‘The Walking Dead’

1tvwalkingdeadIs it Glenn? Maggie? Abraham?, or — heaven help us — Daryl? This zombie drama’s legions of fans have been waiting, and speculating, for six months as to which of the popular characters will meet their end tonight at the hands of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Star Andrew Lincoln said on a recent special that you probably shouldn’t watch the premiere alone. Season premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, on AMC.

‘Hamilton’s America’

hamilton-2_tzrPBS’ “Great Performances” series takes a behind-the-scenes look at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning, pop-culture juggernaut of a Broadway musical. Miranda talks about his process of creating the show and clips from the New York production are featured, as well as interviews with George W. Bush, Elizabeth Warren, Hank Paulson, Timothy Geithner, Questlove, Black Thought, Jimmy Fallon, John Weidman, Nas, Stephen Sondheim and President Barack Obama. 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, on KCTS.

‘The Simpsons’

1tvsimpsonstreehouseIn the annual “Treehouse of Horror” outing (that also happens to be the series’ 600th episode), Mr. Burns sets off a competition in which the children of Springfield battle each other, Lisa’s imaginary friend becomes jealous and Moe tells Bart his patrons are really spies. 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, on Fox.

Jan. 13, 2017. Are you ready?


1tvwestworld_tzrThis new sci-fi drama series — a new version of Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie — has been promised for a long, long, time. What has arrived is a dark, brooding meditation on artificial intelligence and reality, set in the town of Sweetwater, an adults-only, Wild West-themed amusement park. Jeffrey Wright plays a programmer concerned with recent strange behavior by the park’s “hosts”; Evan Rachel Wood is rancher’s daughter Dolores; Anthony Hopkins does his creepy best as the park’s founder; and be on the look out for the Man in Black (Ed Harris). Creepy and thought-provoking. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, on HBO.

fear-the-walking-dead-season-2b-madison-dickens-strand-domingo-935-1It took awhile for this “Walking Dead” spinoff to find its bearings, but as the show begins the second half of its second season, it seems to be finding its own pace and rhythm. The main group of human survivors (including Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Ruben Blades and Colman Domingo) have escaped a conflagration and are now split up and headed in different directions. Midseason premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, on AMC.