Jacob Anderson interviewed by The Vampire; Jake Lacy in A Family Friend; Hilary Swank in Alaska DailyPhoto: Michele K. Kurz/AMC; Erika Doss/Peacock; Darko Sikman/ABC
Welcome to What’s On, our weekly selection of must-see shows. Here’s what you must see from Sunday 2nd October to Thursday 6th October. All times are Eastern. [Note: The weekend edition of What’s On drops on Fridays.]
the big ones
Anne Rice’s interview with The Vampire (AMC, Sunday, 10 p.m.)
Anne Rice’s Interview with The Vampire – Official Trailer (2022) Jacob Anderson, Sam Reid
Interviewing the Vampire might be the best way to start your Halloween month. The gothic, sensual, unabashedly queer series is an adaptation of Anne Rice’s 1967 novel of the same name. Louis (Jacob Anderson), resentful of the limitations of black life in 1910s New Orleans, finds it impossible to Resisting an offer from Lestat de Lioncourt (Sam Reid) to join him as a vampire mate. However, Louis’ exhilarating new powers come at a heavy price, setting her on a decades-long quest for revenge. The cast includes Bailey Bass and Eric Bogosian.
A Family Friend (Peacock, Thursday, 3:01 p.m.)
A family friend | Official Trailer | Peacock original
Created by Nick Antosca, A Friend Of The Family chronicles and analyzes the horrific true experiences of actor Jan Broberg, who as a teenager was twice abducted by a family friend while living in Idaho. (Her story is also featured in the Netflix documentary Abducted In Plain Sight.) The Peacock series cast includes Jake Lacy, Anna Paquin, Colin Hanks, McKenna Grace, Hendrix Yancey and Lio Tipton. Keep an eye out for The AV Club’s review next week.
Alaska Daily (ABC, Thursday, 10 p.m.)
Alaska Daily Season 1 Trailer
Spotlight’s award-winning writer and director Tom McCarthy can’t get enough of journalist stories. And that doesn’t bother us one bit. His new ABC mystery drama, Alaska Daily, is directed by Hilary Swank. In it, she plays a respected New York reporter whose personal and professional life is thrown off balance following a scandal. In search of a fresh start, she moves to Anchorage and teams up with another local reporter to solve missing Indigenous women cases. The cast includes Jeff Perry, Grace Dove and Matt Malloy.
Hasan Minhaj: The King’s Jester (Netflix, Tuesday, 3:01 p.m.)
Hasan Minhaj: The King’s Fool | Official Trailer | Netflix
Hasan Minhaj, who filmed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, returns to Netflix with his second stand-up comedy special, Hasan Minhaj: The King’s Jester, where he shares his thoughts on fertility, family, fatherhood and freedom of expression.
Reginald The Vampire (Syfy, Wednesday, 10 p.m.)
REGINALD THE VAMPIRE Trailer (2022) Jacob Batalon, Em Haine, Rachelle Goulding, Series
It’s vampire week, okay. Syfy debuts its latest drama, Reginald The Vampire, starring Jacob Batalan (best known as Ned Leeds in the MCU’s Spider-Man films). He takes on the eponymous Reginald, whose life undergoes major changes when he turns into a vampire. His quests include: keeping secrets from his loved ones, including the girl of his dreams, and figuring out how to stop enemies who suddenly want him dead. In the process, he discovers abilities and powers that he only dreamed of. Other leading roles are played by Em Haine, Mandela Van Peebles and Savannah Basley.
Monster High (Paramount+, Thursday, 3:01 p.m.)
Monster High: The Movie FULL TRAILER! | monster high
Directed by Todd Holland, Monster High is a musical fantasy film based on – wait a minute – a Mattel fashion doll franchise. Hey, if Greta Gerwig can do a Barbie movie, anything is possible. Monster High revolves around Clawdeen Wolf (Miia Harris), half human, half wolf, who feels she’s finally found a place at her new school. But when a devious plot to destroy her home threatens to reveal her true identity, Clawdeen learns to embrace her true monster heart and save the day.
More good stuff
East New York (CBS, Sunday, 9 p.m.)
East New York (CBS) Trailer HD
CBS adds East New York to its list of police cases, led by Amanda Warren and Jimmy Smits. Warren plays Deputy Inspector Regina Haywood, the recently promoted commander of Brooklyn’s 74th Precinct. She leads a motley crew of detectives and detectives, most of whom are reluctant to pay attention to her creative methods as social upheaval and gentrification swept the neighborhood. Kevin Rankin, Richard Kind, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Lavel Schley and Olivia Luccardi round out the cast.
Solar Opposites: A Sinister Halloween Special (Hulu, Monday, 12:01 AM)
Solar Opposites Halloween Special | Official Trailer | Hi
It’s going to be quite a celebration if you’re a fan of Solar Opposites. The animated comedy from Justin Roiland and Mike McCahan is airing a holiday special that promises to show just how spooky alien life can be at times. The series follows four aliens equally upset about whether the earth is terrible or great. In season three, the group strives to be less of a team and more of a family. The series has already been renewed for a fourth season.
Mr. Harrigan’s phone (Netflix, Wednesday, 3:01 a.m.)
Mr. Harrigan’s Telephone | Official Trailer | Netflix
Writer-director John Lee Hancock is adapting Stephen King’s 2020 novella Mr. Harrigan’s Phone into a film for Netflix. A young man, Craig (Jaeden Martell), befriends a reclusive billionaire Mr. Harrigan (Donald Sutherland), who is tragically dead. When the old man dies, Craig finds he can communicate with his deceased sidekick. The film is co-produced by Ryan Murphy, Jason Blum and Carla Hacken and stars Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Joe Tippett and Cyrus Arnold.
Can’t miss summaries
Saturday night live (NBC, Saturday 11:30 p.m.)
house of the dragon (HBO, Sunday, 9 p.m.)
Kevin can fuck himself (AMC, Monday, 9 p.m.)
Andor (Disney+, Wednesday, 3:01 am)
archer (FXX, Wednesday, 10 p.m.)
She-Hulk: Lawyer (Disney+, Thursday, 3:01 am)
Atlanta (FX, Thursday 10pm)
Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Prime Video, Friday 00:01)
The equalizer (CBS, Sunday 8:30 p.m. Season 3 Premiere)
the Walking Dead (AMC, Sunday, 9 p.m., Midseason 11 Premiere)
The good doctor (ABC, Monday, 9 p.m., season six premiere)
chucky (Syfy, Wednesday 9 p.m., Season Two Premiere)
Kung Fu (The CW, Wednesday 9 p.m. Season 3 Premiere)
Pennyworth: The Origins Of Batman’s Butler (HBO Max, Thursday 3:01 p.m., Season 3 Premiere)
train station 19 season six premiere, Grey’s anatomy Season 19 Premiere (ABC, Thursday, 8-10pm)
walker third season premiere, Walker: Independence Series Premiere (The CW, Thursday, 8-10 p.m.)
Blood And Treasure (Paramount+, Sunday, 3:01 p.m., Season 2 Finale)
Best In Dough (Hulu, Monday 12:01 AM, Season 1 Finale)
Leonardo (The CW, Tuesday, 8 p.m., season one finale)
The Hype (HBO Max, Thursday 3:01 p.m., Season 2 finale)