Hey not sure what to watch this week on the small screen? No worries #SetTheVCR is here to help you make some of those decisions easier. Each week Sammy Younan and I will give you our picks for each day of the coming week. Please note – All times are Eastern Standard Time so please adjust for your time zone.

Horror is starting to take over this week to a much larger extent than previous years. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Also Sammy might get confrontational this week. I think he hasn’t been sleeping well lately. I know maybe you can send him some lullabies to help sooth the savage puns.

Some more Happy Halloween horror recommendations but that’s not all for this week’s #SetTheVCR if you’re in the mood to Netflix and Chiller…

Sammy Younan

Monday, October 12

Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Uncut Podcast (Anytime / Spotify etc.) – In this space, I’ve written about the latest TV trend that all the cool kids are doing: issuing an official companion podcast to a popular TV show. However, this Shudder podcast will be one of the best. On Saturday, October 10 Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Season 2 kicked off, and all the guests on that show? The podcast is their candid uncut interviews from the show. That list of luminaries includes: Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Jordan Peele, Ari Aster, Bill Hader, Nancy Allen, Megan Fox, Greg Nicotero, Rob Zombie, James Brolin, Edgar Wright, Piper Laurie, Leonard Maltin, Katharine Isabelle, Jack Black, Slash, Rachel True, Ashley Laurence, Joe Dante, Roger Corman, Mary Harron, John Landis, Tom Savini, Karyn Kusama, and many others. The Bill Hader episode is already out now; new podcast episodes every Monday. (Sammy)

Doctor Who and the Daleks (9:30pm / TCM) – Listen I get it. This isn’t really Doctor Who but come on it’s Peter Cushing! This movie the other with Cushing one has never been considered part of the official canon for the Doctor and I don’t see that happening any time in the future either. Whoever as Elseworlds style entries into the universe of the Timelords it’s not that terrible. Plus any excuse for me to watch time travel stories I will take it. So yeah it gets a recommendation this week. As Sammy likes to say – “You’re either in or you’re out”. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, October 13

Nocturne (3am / Amazon Prime) – A classical musician turns to one of the classics! A deal with the devil for fame and fortune… I mean what could wrong? She even uses a “mysterious notebook” that belonged to a deceased classmate…she committed suicide. Shoutout to all the fools in horror movies who don’t “Bach” at the red flags to entertain us. (Sammy)

Evil Eye (3am / Amazon Prime) – Part of Blum House’s October from hell Evil Eye takes dating and impressing your parents to a new level. A woman after meeting a man is looking for her parent’s approval and is eventually met with superstition and curses from her mother. That’s because her mother believes her daughter’s new boyfriend is the reincarnation of her former abusive suitor from decades earlier. Is the mother mad or is the daughter in actual danger? This looks like a lot of fun and Blum House continues to be the current king of the horror genre. It’s hard to beat them when their model is perfect for it and is proving to create winners at a higher percentage than most other studios. Now pair that with Amazon Prime and we all win. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, October 14

War of the Worlds (8pm / CBC) – So… it turned out the space signal from Ross 128 was bad; Episode 1 concluded with the alien attack. I mean the show is called War of the Worlds so you kinda knew that was coming. (You’re not surprised watching Haunting of Bly Manor to see ghosts are you?!) Episode 2 will no doubt focus on the survivors and hopefully, what that new world is like as we’ve seen in the Walking Dead there’s a natural adjustment period. Episode 1 was “Wells-done;” great pacing focused on the end goal yet patiently working. If you want a horror break and are up for some solid sci-fi here ya go. (Wednesday nights on CBC though all episodes will also be added to CBC Gem. Season 2 has been entirely shot so the “war” is not over.) (Sammy)

Archer (10pm / FXX) – Somehow Lana and Archer go on a double date and of course, things are going to go badly. Archer hates that Lana married while he was in the coma and his date is also most likely going to try and kill him as usual. Last week’s episode with Simon Pegg was a great return to form for the show as has this entire season. As I’ve mentioned before other than the last season in space the previous two coma seasons were sorely lacking in comedy and storylines. Now we are back and things are moving along at a much more interesting pace and developing into something great. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, October 15

Sammy’s Pick of the Week

Mr. Mercedes (3am / Peacock)Mr. Mercedes all three seasons have arrived on Peacock! Easily one of the best Stephen King adaptations… in yo’face Castle Rock; and sorry IT with John Ritter and see you in hell Langoliers with Bronson Pinchot! Brendan Gleeson is an Irish treasure and outstanding like the show’s soundtrack. Mr. Mercedes rocks the disco and jams the nightclub. Based on the spellbinding Mr. Mercedes trilogy (Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of Watch) over 3 seasons the series combines supernatural elements, a murder mystery; devious characters, and characters seeking redemption. There’s also a lazy turtle if you dig animals. Enjoy…you’re so in for a treat. (Sammy)

Mr. Green’s Pick of the Week

Star Trek: Discovery (9pm / CTV Sci-Fi)SEASON PREMIERE! Discovery returns to our screens with a rather familiar storyline from other science fiction properties but giving it it’s own Star Trek spin on it. I already know the Discovery haters are foaming at the mouth with all the videos they have been populating Youtube with over the last few years with conspiracy theories and brutal attacks on the show. The reality is that the show has continued to move in a better direction and with this final move to the future it gets around all the other nonsense around being bound to s specific timeline it was hemmed into in the first two seasons. With that removed we can see what they have for us and judge that. My only regret is that the original plan looks to have ended this season with the beginning of the second season of Picard but that is not happening, unfortunately. Still rolling from ten weeks of Lower Decks into this run gives us almost six months of Star Trek each week and not feeling like it’s too much. These are halcyon days indeed even with the other utter nonsense going on. (Mr. Green)

Friday, October 16

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (3am / Netflix)The Trial of the Chicago 7 is written and with a rare bonus directed by Aaron Sorkin easily among the best of us. So that’s it… it’s Aaron Sorkin: you’re either in or you’re out. (Sammy)

Helstrom (3am / Hulu) – New Marvel content drops with Helstrom on Hulu. This also marks what might be the beginning of the Disney push to have the more mature Marvel content played over on Hulu versus Disney+ which has been a long held belief by many as the merger became a thing. Product like the old FOX titles which are now Marvel Legacy branded content did skew to an older audience for the most part. Helstrom looks to also fall into that category while it feels like it would fit perfectly with Dr. Strange this has a definite horror vibe going for it long with the more murdery aspects of those types of stories. Hopefully this is not a waste of time like many of the other Marvel TV entries have been, not because of quality but more to do with their short lived time on tv. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, October 17

David Byrne’s American Utopia (8pm / HBO & Crave) – It’s David Byrne. That’s it… that’s the hook. Dude is an automatic IN! (Sammy)

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (3am / Netflix) – As Sammy states above you are either in or you’re not with Aaron Sorkin stories. I am a fan of his particular way of writing and how it propels action just through the spoken word. However, this also has the task of delving into a historical point in American history. Personally I’m not really familiar with the story but this will I’m sure catapult me into wanting to learn more as his other work has done especially when dealing with historical events. Sorkin has also assembled the Avengers of acting currently to help present his narrative which is no surprise. I’m really looking forward to watching this. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, October 18

The Simpsons (8pm / Fox) – For the sake of consistency I’ll conclude the weekend with the same obvious salty invitation: it’s Treehouse of Horror XXXI! You’re either in or you’re out! Here’s a brief clip spoofing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse I guess this is the Homer-Verse? (Sammy)

La Revolution (Anytime / Netflix) – A fantastical re-imaging of the French Revolution. Here we see the aristocracy brought low by not just their creed but apparently a infection that causes them to go murderous rampages against those in the surrounding areas, which are usually the common people who they lord over. The more things go south in the story the more the people want to the revolution to happen until they rise up. I’m sure that this will not be historically accurate in most ways other then the revolution taking place. It still looks to be worth while and interesting to watch. (Mr. Green)

Well, there you go plenty of options for the week ahead. Enjoy yourself and watch responsibly.

If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!