Stay Tuned: Not your average teenage witch in ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’
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-- Note: Incorrect information about the “Heathers” run dates was updated.--
Dispatches: Weekly TV news
Good news for “Grimm” fans. An untitled spinoff is planned at NBC from writer and executive producer Melissa Glenn and executive producers Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner. The show continues the mythology of the original series with new characters and mysteries and a few returning fan favorites. Here’s hoping that includes big, bad wolf Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell).
Contenders: Buzz worthy shows to watch this week
With Halloween just around the corner, new and returning series bring a few vampires and witches to your screen this week. The debut of “Legacies” (CW, Oct. 25, 9 p.m. EDT) continues the saga of “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals” with a focus on a new generation of supernaturals. Familiar characters Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) and Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis) are featured in the series, which is set at where else but the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.
More supernatural adventures are on NBC with the return of “Midnight, Texas” (Oct. 26, 8 p.m. EDT), which begins its second season after airing in summer 2017. Based on Charlaine Harris’ book series of the same name, the show lacks the seductive appeal of “True Blood” but the premise of a town full of magical outsiders has some charm.
Netflix launches a darker version of the ABC/WB version of the teenage witch with “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” (Oct. 26). Expect a solid performance from “Mad Men’s” Kiernan Shipka, as the not your average high school conjurer. The series is from “Riverdale” creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Scary teenagers of the mortal variety debut on the television version of the 1988 cult movie “Heathers” (Paramount Network). Delayed in the aftermath of several school shootings (and with a few sensitive scenes cut), the show premieres on Oct. 25 at 10 p.m. EDT and will broadcast its nine-episode run over five nights.
Take a break from all things spooky with the 2018 World Series, which begins at 8 p.m. EDT on Oct. 23 on Fox. The Boston Red Sox face the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Report Card: A look at winners and losers
Winners: Freshman comedy “Single Parents” earned a full season order from ABC on the strength of its second place finish behind “The Conners,” as the number two new comedy of the season in adults 18-49. Through its first three episodes, the show has drawn an average of 5.6 million viewers. Also on ABC, “The Rookie” was the network’s most-watched drama debut in the 10-11 p.m. hour in over seven years, with 5.4 million viewers tuning-in.
Losers: Netflix cancelled superhero drama “Luke Cage” after two seasons. It was the second Marvel series that the streaming service axed, recently announcing a similar fate for “Iron Fist.”
— Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter at @MelissaCrawley.