This Sunday The Walking Dead returns to AMC at 9/8c. And do you know what that means? The return of TV Talk! For those of you unfamiliar with TV Talk, this is what's up: Every week Devin, Henri and I will dissect the latest episode of a show in an analytical and often argumentative manner. Every episode gets three posts--one from each of us--bringing you up to speed on our mostly well-informed or sometimes wildly off-base opinions and theories before the new episode airs, and you can join in on the conversation in the comments! You can read all the posts from the The Walking Dead Season One TV Talk here. If you didn't watch S1 and you want to get caught up before the second season airs so you can follow along with us, you have plenty of time to watch the first season's six episodes before Sunday.
But that's not all! We're also going to TV Talk up two new fairy tale shows that are premiering this month. They start the same week and share the same modern fairy tale concept, so they're going to share a TV Talk column and fight it out for the right of living happily ever after on our TVs.
First we have Once Upon A Time, premiering on ABC on Sunday, October 23 at 8/7c. The summary from ABC's website is sort of complicated and torturously written:
"Emma Swan’s life has been anything but a fairytale. A 28-year-old bail bondsperson, she’s been taking care of herself since she was abandoned as a baby. But when Henry—the son she gave up 10 years ago—finds her, everything changes. Henry is desperate for his mom’s help and thinks that Emma is actually the long, lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. Yes, the actual Snow White and Prince Charming. Even stranger, Henry believes that Storybrooke, the sleepy New England town he calls home, is really part of a curse cast by the Evil Queen, freezing fairytale characters in the modern world with no memory of their former selves.
Of course the seen-it-all Emma doesn’t believe a word, but when she gets to Storybrooke, she can’t help sensing that everything’s not quite what it seems. As Henry shows Emma around with the help of his fairytale book, the town, and its inhabitants like Henry’s therapist Archie Hopper and the enigmatic Mr. Gold, seem just strange enough to set off her already suspicious nature. She becomes even more concerned for Henry when she meets his adopted mother, Regina, who he suspects is none other than the Evil Queen herself!
Storybrooke is a place where magic has been forgotten—but is still powerfully close—and happily ever after seems just out of reach. In order to understand where the fairytale world’s former inhabitants came from, and what ultimately led to the Evil Queen’s wrath, you’ll need a glimpse into their previous lives. But it might just turn everything you’ve ever believed about these characters upside-down.
Meanwhile, the epic battle for the future of all worlds, modern and fairytale alike, is about to begin. For good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell." Okay!
Next up on the fairy tale roster is Grimm, premiering on NBC on Friday, October 28 9/8c. Here's the more straightforward, Fables-light summary from NBC's website:
"Grimm is a new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm's Fairy Tales. Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, Turn The Beat Around) discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms," charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world.
As he tries to hide the dangers of his new found calling from his fiancé, Juliette Silverton, (Bitsie Tulloch, quarterlife), and his partner, Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby,Lincoln Heights), he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries and alliances of the Grimm world.
With help from his confidant, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell, Prison Break), a reformed Grimm creature himself, Nick must navigate through the forces of a larger-than-life mythology, facing off with Hexenbiests, Blutbads and all manner of ancient evils, including royal lines dating back to the original profilers themselves, The Grimm Brothers."
Got it? Mostly? So look for the first Walking Dead TV Talk post on the morning of Monday, October 17 and the first Grimm/Once Upon A Time TV Talk post the morning of Monday, October 31. Halloween, suckas!