A new day dawns on The Walking Dead, where nothing hurts and everything is beautiful

A new day dawns on The Walking Dead, where nothing hurts and everything is beautiful

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, September 15. All times are Eastern.

TOP PICK

The Walking Dead (AMC, 9 p.m.): The fourth season of The Walking Dead opens, and everything’s just fine and dandy! The prison is turning into an ideal survivors’ camp, there’s no Governor to speak of, people are pairing off—sounds like it’s about time for The Walking Dead to settle into being the show it always wanted to be: a pleasant domestic drama. And then here comes Todd VanDerWerff with the suggestion of turmoil on the horizon, and Zack Handlen can only assume that Rick and company shouldn’t get used to this life of ease. Because we can never forget the important truth that eludes The Walking Dead from time to time: This is still a fucking zombie show. 


REGULAR COVERAGE

Once Upon A Time (ABC, 8 p.m.): Tinker Bell temporarily transports Oliver Sava back to his old Sunday-night gig. When he’s done, he can return home by following the second star on the right and straight on ’til morning—or Adventure Time, whichever comes first. 

Revenge (ABC, 9 p.m.): Selected words from this week’s Revenge synopsis: “Confession.” “Surprising.” “Shocking.” “Confrontation.” “Sins.” “Mortality.” Carrie Raisler agrees: Revenge is definitely back on our TV screens.

Boardwalk Empire (HBO, 9 p.m.): Introducing a brand new Boardwalk Empire miniseries: “Nucky Thompson: Steamer Trunk Gangster!” See Nucky visit his estranged wife in New York! Thrill as our man Thompson travels to that most exotic of Floridian locales: Tampa! For further details, visit your travel agent, Genevieve Valentine. 

The Good Wife (CBS, 9 p.m.): Just when Alicia thinks she’s out of Lockhart/Gardner, Will threatens to pull her back in. Guys: David Sims’ delicate constitution can’t handle this much back and forth. Any more of this and his reviews are just going to be vomiting onomatopoeia. 

Homeland (Showtime, 9 p.m.): Oh, hey: Nicholas Brody! Todd VanDerWerff’s glad to see you, old friend. He realizes you don’t have much story left in you, so he understands if you can’t stay long. You brought an awful lot of stuff with you. Yeah, sure, just unpack it anywhere. Oh, oh my. Sure, just help yourself to the fridge. (This is going to turn out to be more than we bargained for, huh?)

Eastbound & Down (HBO, 10 p.m.): Responding to the fact that every water park in America contains, at any given time, at least six dudes who look like Kenny Powers, Eastbound & Down heads to the realm of water slides and wave pools. Scott Von Doviak will meet you by the lazy river.

Masters Of Sex (Showtime, 10 p.m.): Masters wants to get his study back into the hospital, and now all Sonia Saraiya can imagine is a Mission: Impossible-like scenario where Michael Sheen tries to sneak all of his crazy electrodes past Beau Bridges undetected. (What if the electrodes stood on each other’s shoulders under an adult-sized trench coat? No…)

Hello Ladies (HBO, 10:30 p.m.): If the show’s first two episodes are any indication, a yoga studio setup should present Stuart with quite the opportunity for a humiliating pratfall. If that’s the case, Molly Eichel suggests the episode be retitled “Downward Facing Dog.”


TV CLUB CLASSIC

Saturday Night Live (Classic) (1 p.m.): Dyan Cannon crosses paths with Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase, thus opening the path of the damned that leads toward Caddyshack II. Contradicting the sage words of Kenny Loggins, this information does not make Phil Dyess-Nugent feel all right, and everybody should worry about him. 

The Simpsons (Classic) (3 p.m.): The show takes its first trip to the future, a concept that would make Matt Groening and David X. Cohen (back when he was a mere David S. Cohen) think, “Good news, everyone! There might be a show in this!” The future? Erik Adams loves that guy.


WHAT ELSE IS ON?

Bachata Nights (MTV, 5 p.m.): Considering the word “nights” appears in its title, What’s On Tonight? hopes this pilot finds its subjects competing in dance competitions by day and solving sexy, sexy crimes after the sun goes down—a la Baywatch Nights. At the very least, maybe it’ll make an unexpected detour into sci-fi in season two.

America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC, 7 p.m.): At some point, the only ongoing series on TV will be Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, and this show, which enters its 24th season—and eighth year of somehow not being made obsolete by YouTube—tonight. Boy, will our future robotic overlords ever enjoy watching themselves get hit in the robo-nuts.

Last Tango In Halifax (PBS, 8 p.m.): Did you know the first season of this tender British drama about a maturing married couple also features an episode in which two characters are locked in a museum and terrorized by what they think is a ghost? You would if you read Sonia Saraiya’s review of season one—or tuned in for tonight’s finale.

Mountain Monsters: Perry County Grassman (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.): Suggested method for finding this show’s cryptozoological quarry: Combing the highways for hitchhikers and instituting a “Gas, ass, or Grassman” policy.

The Thomas Crown Affair (TCM, 8 p.m.): Welcome to the first-ever What’s On Tonight? Remake Roulette. Given the network, it’s easy to determine whether or not this is the original Thomas Crown Affair from 1968, however…

Fright Night (Syfy, 6:30 p.m.): Is this the Fright Night with Roddy McDowall or David Tenant? No fair looking it up! Just tune in blindly to see who’s helping which young star defeat vampiric beasties.

MLB Playoff: Game 2: Tigers at Red Sox (Fox, 8 p.m.): As of this writing, the ALCS is not yet underway. So we’ll just assume that Detroit systematically dismantled Boston last night, reducing the team to rubble and making a sweep an almost certainty. (Please let this be the case. Anything to avoid a Cardinals-Red Sox World Series.)


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Vanilla Ice Goes Amish (Saturday): Go Amish Go Amish Go Amish Go! / Go Amish Go Amish Go Amish Go! / Go Amish Go Amish Go Amish Go! / Phil Dyess-Nugent 

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