'Walking Dead,' 'Suburgatory' and more return this week


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AMC's "The Walking Dead" returns at 9 p.m. Sunday with Maggie (Lauren Cohen) and most of the gang fighting zombies in an abandoned prison. Catch a full series marathon beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- So, I had some good columns prepared for this week and next. I was going to evaluate the season's new dramas this week and the comedies next week. Yes, I had all my insights ready to share with you. And then my computer died. It's toast, and thus, so is everything I wrote.
I've got plans that prevent me from rewriting everything right now, so that will have to wait. (Although I will get to it soon.) However, there are several noteworthy listings that I wanted to share. I hear from a lot of people that the listings part of my column is a big help, and there's some good stuff to be found in it this week -- like the season premieres of "The Walking Dead" on Sunday and "Suburgatory" on Wednesday. Yay! (Speaking of "The Walking Dead," check out its Season 3 web series, "Cold Storage," at amctv.com. It stars Diana, W.Va., native Josh Stewart.) So without further ado . . . CW SERIES PREMIERES "Beauty and the Beast," 9 p.m. Thursday (crime drama with a romantic twist about a cop and the mysterious doctor/beast, who saved her as a child; starring Kristen Kruk and Jay Ryan); "Emily Owens, M.D.," 9 p.m. Tuesday (quirky medical drama about a surgical intern starring Mamie Gummer and Justin Hartley). SCRIPTED SERIES PREMIERES "Dog with a Blog," 9:40 p.m. Friday, Disney (a family adopts a talking, blog-writing shelter dog); "Underemployed," 10 p.m. Tuesday, MTV (five friends navigate post-college life). SERIES PREMIERES "Little Shop of Gypsies," 10 p.m. Thursday, TLC (gypsy dressmaker opens a new factory); "Extreme Cheapskates," 10 p.m. Tuesday, TLC (outrageous penny pinchers); "My Life is a Lifetime Movie," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Lifetime (true stories of women in peril). NETWORK SEASON PREMIERES
"The Vampire Diaries," 8 p.m. Thursday, CW; "Suburgatory," 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, ABC. SEASON PREMIERES "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," 10 p.m. and "The League," 10:30 p.m. Thursday, FX; "The Walking Dead," 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC (full series marathon starts 10 a.m. Saturday); "Flashpoint," 11 p.m. Tuesday, ION (final season; thanks to reader Joyce Tutalo for the heads up!); "American Horror Story: Asylum," 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX. RETURNING "BrandX with Russell Brand," 11 p.m. and "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," 11:30 p.m. Thursday, FX; "Covert Affairs," 10 p.m. Tuesday, USA.
SEASON FINALES "Project Runway," 9 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime (part one of two); "Cheer," 10 p.m. Friday, CMT; "Major Crimes," 9 p.m. Monday, TNT. SPECIALS "The Men Who Built America," 9 p.m. Tuesday, History (four-part documentary); "Remembering Whitney," 9 p.m. Wednesday, Lifetime (tribute to Whitney Houston). POLITICS Vice presidential debate, 9 p.m. Thursday, all broadcast networks; "Kids Pick the President: The Candidates," 8 p.m. Monday, Nickelodeon (President Obama answers videotaped questions from children; Mitt Romney did not participate.); presidential debate, 9 p.m. Tuesday, all broadcast networks. W.Va. ALERT "Frank Kearns: American Correspondent," 10 p.m. Monday, PBS (documentary chronicling the Morgantown native's journalism career and the allegation he was an undercover CIA agent). Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com.
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