10/17: Jane the Virgin Season 3 (CW)
Our beloved Jane the Virgin returns for its third season this month, and after the shock of the Season 2 finale, it can hardly come soon enough. The last season ended with Jane (Gina Rodriguez) and Michael’s (Brett Dier) wedding, but just as the two were finally, finally going to have sex, Michael stepped out of their hotel room to get ice — and was shot by Rose, a.k.a. Sin Rostro, the villain who had long ago been assumed dead. It remains to be seen if Michael survived the shooting, but one thing’s certain: Creator Jennie Snyder Urman has confirmed that Jane will finally lose her pesky virginity in Season 3. Praise the TV gods!
10/19: Chance (Hulu)
House fans will want to check out Chance, based on the novel by Kem Nunn, in which Hugh Laurie stars as a doctor…with an American accent…whose last name is also the name of the series. Laurie plays Dr. Eldon Chance, a San Francisco-based neuropsychiatrist lured into the city’s seedy underbelly when he gets a little too involved in one of his patient’s cases. Gretchen Mol co-stars as Jaclyn Blackstone, a patient who may or may not a multiple personality disorder. Hulu has already ordered two ten-episode seasons of Chance, which has an intriguing pilot.
10/20: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Fox)
Technically Fox has titled its remake of this cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again, but hey, technically this is a list of TV shows, and Rocky Horror is a movie, so let chaos reign! The remake stars Laverne Cox as Frank-N-Furter, Victoria Justice as Janet Weiss, Disney star Ryan McCartan as Brad Weiss, Broadway performers Annaleigh Ashford and Reeve Carney as Columbia and Riff-Raff, respectively, Christina Milian as Magenta, and Adam Lambert as Eddie. Tim Curry — who played Frank-N-Furter in the original 1975 movie — plays the narrator. I’m weary of remakes in general, and one of this beloved, weird little monster of a film in particular, but Kenny Ortega — who’s directed and/or choreographed a number of beloved dance movies, including Dirty Dancing — is at the helm of this one. Fingers crossed he doesn’t mess it up.
10/21: Black Mirror Season 3 (Netflix)
The popular BBC anthology series Black Mirror returns for a third season, this time on Netflix. Each episode of Black Mirror is a standalone story, and, as I wrote when the show premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month, the first two installments of the new season present competing visions of technology’s ability to augment reality. The new season features plenty of talent, from actors Mackenzie Davis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Bryce Dallas Howard to Rashida Jones and Mike Schur, who wrote the very funny episode “Nosedive,” directed by Joe Wright. Enjoy, and don’t forget to take a breather from your devices when you’re done.
10/21: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 2 (CW)
The first season of this gem of a musical comedy — which earned co-creator and star Rachel Bloom a Golden Globe for best actress — culminated with Rebecca (Bloom) finally admitting what we had known all along: She moved from New York City to West Covina, California just to be with her ex-boyfriend from camp, Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III). In the season finale, Rebecca and Josh sleep together at last, and she gets a little too comfortable, telling him she moved to town for him. Now that cat’s out of the bag, where will Crazy Ex go now? October 21st can’t come soon enough.
10/26: Rectify Season 4 (SundanceTV)
I wish more people watched Rectify, a beautiful, contemplative series about a man who’s released from prison after nearly 20 years on death row when DNA evidence exonerates him of the murder of his high-school girlfriend. When Daniel Holden (Aden Young) returns to his tiny Georgia hometown, he finds himself stuck: Half the townspeople think he’s a murderer, and his mother has since remarried, leaving him with new family members, some of whom don’t quite trust him. Rectify is a slow series, but I never find it boring, perhaps because of its uniformly excellent performances, and the fact that it sticks so close to its core cast of characters. (J. Smith-Cameron is particularly good as Daniel’s mother, Janet.) The SundanceTV original returns for its fourth and final season this month; all three previous seasons are on Netflix if you want to catch up.