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'Walking Dead,' 'Suburgatory' and more return this week

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- So, I had some good columns prepared for this week and next. I was going to evaluate the season's new dramas this week and the comedies next week.

Yes, I had all my insights ready to share with you.

And then my computer died.

It's toast, and thus, so is everything I wrote.

I've got plans that prevent me from rewriting everything right now, so that will have to wait. (Although I will get to it soon.) However, there are several noteworthy listings that I wanted to share. I hear from a lot of people that the listings part of my column is a big help, and there's some good stuff to be found in it this week -- like the season premieres of "The Walking Dead" on Sunday and "Suburgatory" on Wednesday. Yay!

(Speaking of "The Walking Dead," check out its Season 3 web series, "Cold Storage," at amctv.com. It stars Diana, W.Va., native Josh Stewart.)

So without further ado . . .

CW SERIES PREMIERES

"Beauty and the Beast," 9 p.m. Thursday (crime drama with a romantic twist about a cop and the mysterious doctor/beast, who saved her as a child; starring Kristen Kruk and Jay Ryan); "Emily Owens, M.D.," 9 p.m. Tuesday (quirky medical drama about a surgical intern starring Mamie Gummer and Justin Hartley).

SCRIPTED SERIES PREMIERES

"Dog with a Blog," 9:40 p.m. Friday, Disney (a family adopts a talking, blog-writing shelter dog); "Underemployed," 10 p.m. Tuesday, MTV (five friends navigate post-college life).

SERIES PREMIERES

"Little Shop of Gypsies," 10 p.m. Thursday, TLC (gypsy dressmaker opens a new factory); "Extreme Cheapskates," 10 p.m. Tuesday, TLC (outrageous penny pinchers); "My Life is a Lifetime Movie," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Lifetime (true stories of women in peril).

NETWORK SEASON PREMIERES

"The Vampire Diaries," 8 p.m. Thursday, CW; "Suburgatory," 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, ABC.

SEASON PREMIERES

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," 10 p.m. and "The League," 10:30 p.m. Thursday, FX; "The Walking Dead," 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC (full series marathon starts 10 a.m. Saturday); "Flashpoint," 11 p.m. Tuesday, ION (final season; thanks to reader Joyce Tutalo for the heads up!); "American Horror Story: Asylum," 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX.

RETURNING

"BrandX with Russell Brand," 11 p.m. and "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," 11:30 p.m. Thursday, FX; "Covert Affairs," 10 p.m. Tuesday, USA.

SEASON FINALES

"Project Runway," 9 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime (part one of two); "Cheer," 10 p.m. Friday, CMT; "Major Crimes," 9 p.m. Monday, TNT.

SPECIALS

"The Men Who Built America," 9 p.m. Tuesday, History (four-part documentary); "Remembering Whitney," 9 p.m. Wednesday, Lifetime (tribute to Whitney Houston).

POLITICS

Vice presidential debate, 9 p.m. Thursday, all broadcast networks; "Kids Pick the President: The Candidates," 8 p.m. Monday, Nickelodeon (President Obama answers videotaped questions from children; Mitt Romney did not participate.); presidential debate, 9 p.m. Tuesday, all broadcast networks.

W.Va. ALERT

"Frank Kearns: American Correspondent," 10 p.m. Monday, PBS (documentary chronicling the Morgantown native's journalism career and the allegation he was an undercover CIA agent).

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com.


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