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ANTICIPATION REPORT: The Dramatic And The Undead Rise In October

"The Walking Dead: World Beyond" premieres on Oct 4th AMC

Fall TV kicks into high gear this October starting with The Walking Dead: World Beyond (No. 1). The second Walking Dead spin-off focuses on the first generation to grow up during the zombie apocalypse. After receiving an urgent message, a group of young adults leave the safety of their home and embark on a cross-country journey to save their father. The AMC series premieres on Sunday, October 4th. (The original April premiere date was postponed due to COVID-19.)

Next, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant star in new limited series, The Undoing (No. 2). HBO’s drama follows a successful therapist and her family as their seemingly perfect life begins to unravel; getting rocked by a violent death, a missing spouse, and a series of terrible revelations.

Coming in at No. 3 is Emily in Paris on the 2nd. From Sex and the City and Younger creator, Darren Star, comes a dramedy about a Chicago twenty-something who lands her dream job at a Parisian marketing firm. Cultures clash as she embraces her new life while juggling work, friendships, and love. Switch gears on the following day with dark fantasy series Jujutsu Kaisen (No. 4), a supernatural anime about a kind-hearted teenager who joins his school’s Occult Club – only to discover that its members are actual sorcerers who can manipulate energy between beings. The series officially premieres on both MBS and TBS’s Super Animeism block on October 3rd.

Hulu rounds out the month’s new category with sci-fi fantasy drama Helstrom. The latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe revolves around siblings, Daimon and Ana Helstrom. As the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer, the siblings track down the worst of humanity with their individual skills starting on October 16th.

The long-awaited second chapter of The Haunting anthology is here! Based on the Henry James novella, The Turn of the Screw, The Haunting of Bly Manor tells the ghost tale about a young au pair hired to look after a man’s niece and nephew, leading to an abyss of chilling secrets. The Netflix series arrives just in time for the Halloween season, on October 9th. 

If ghosts aren’t your thing, zombies return to AMC in Fear the Walking Dead (No. 4) on the 11th. The show’s sixth season explores life behind Virginia's walls, testing each and every one of the group in different ways, forcing them to define who they are across the various settlements.

October 30th offers great binge-watching with The Mandalorian on Disney+ and Suburra on Netflix. Season 2 of The Mandalorian (No. 2) continues the Mandalorian and the Child’s journey, facing enemies and rallying allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy after the collapse of the Galactic Empire. Meanwhile, the balance of power is challenged after Manfredi’s unexpected awakening from a coma in Season 3 of Suburra (No. 5). The Italian crime drama continues to move through the streets of Rome to take a closer look at the world of crime. 

Lastly, NBC drama This Is Us (No. 3) brings the tears on the 27th with its fifth season. The Pearson family returns to follow up on several storylines such as Rebecca’s declining health, Kevin becoming a father, and the major rift between the “Big Three,” while the show’s two-hour premiere will cover current events like Black Lives Matter and the coronavirus pandemic.

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