MONDAY, OCTOBER 7
Mighty Med (Disney XD at 8:30pm)
Two best friends, comic book nerds, discover and end up working at a secret hospital for superheroes. Although I fall well out of the desired demographic, I didn’t hate it. The comedy can be a bit forced, but my guess is that kids will love it and it will leave them laughing. I’ve seen much worse shows aimed at younger audiences.
Valentine Road (HBO at 9:00pm)
Marta Cunningham’s documentary is one of the most profoundly disturbing things I have ever seen. Telling the story of the 2008 murder of Larry King, a transgender 15-year-old, by a 14-year-old classmate, the film takes an amazingly balanced approach to the story. This film haunted me and I watched it again a day later, unable to convince myself that people could honestly believe that the kid who pulled the trigger should be excused because he was “only solving a problem.” If you believe that LGBT issues are a thing of the past, or if you know someone who is struggling with these issues, don’t miss this. If I had my way, it would be required viewing in every middle and high school in this country.
Dream School (Sundance at 10:00pm)
A reality show based on a UK premise. Fifteen at-risk kids are sent to school for thirty days where they are taught by the best in their respective fields. I thought this was going to be really interesting, but it ended up being too much like a reality show with manufactured drama and too much talking to camera.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8
League of Denial (PBS at 9:00)
A Frontline documentary about the link between brain damage and playing football. It was very interesting, especially around the allegations that the NFL has known about and covered up this problem for years. The film, however, was a bit long and could have said in an hour what it took two to say. Still, worth a watch even if you are not a fan of the sport.
Tiny Commando (Yahoo! Screen Streaming)
Criss Angel: BeLIEve (Spike at 11:00pm)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9
The Tomorrow People (The CW at 9:00pm)
Billie reviewed the pilot. Neither she nor I were overly impressed with the show, but neither did we think it was horrible. Personally, I have seen much worse pilots.
Full Circle (DirecTV at 9:00pm)
Big Tips Texas (MTV at 10:00pm)
Preachers of LA (Oxygen at 10:00pm)
Best in Chow (Cooking Channel at 10:30pm)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC at 8:00pm)
Panda wrote an excellent review of the pilot. I had decidedly mixed feelings about this show and, most likely, will wait to see if it picks up its game before committing to a weekly viewing of it.
Filthy Sexy Teen$ (Adult Swim at 12:15 am)
Alaska Gold Diggers (Animal Planet at 8:00pm)
Million Dollar Shoppers (Lifetime at 10:30pm)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
Made in America (Showtime at 9:00pm)
I am a huge fan of music and I love listening to artists talk about their work. Add this to a documentary filmed by Ron Howard, and I was really excited to see this. Unfortunately, my vision and Howard’s are two different things. Made in America is a two-day festival that has been performed in Philadelphia over the past two years. The film does not have enough music. What it does have is a lot of wealthy music types talking about how hard they worked to get where they are and giving little or no credit to those who helped them or the sheer luck that being successful in the music business is. There were some good moments, but overall, a huge disappointment.
Gold Fever (Discovery at 9:00pm)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12
Sabrina, Secrets of a Teenage Witch (Hub at 12:00pm)
Signed, Sealed and Delivered (Hallmark at 9:00pm)
Pearl Jam Twenty (VH1 at 10:00pm)
Vanilla Ice Goes Amish (DIY at 10:00pm)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
Killer Profile (Lifetime Movie at 8:00pm)
Chasing Rhinos with Billy Bush (National Geographic Wild at 9:00pm)