Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Wednesday, October 9th, 2019. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities, where AllYourScreens HQ is running on coffee....and not much sleep.
The fifth Democratic debate, with the highest entry threshold yet, will be held November 20th. It'll be co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post and so far it looks as if 8 candidates have hit the raised standards. To qualify for the debate in Georgia, Democrats will need to prove by midnight on November 13th that they attracted 160,000 donations and polled at 3 percent or higher in four polls, or at 5 percent or higher in two polls of the first four primary states.
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER RECAP...OR TWO
The CW is premiering a couple of shows tonight, (see below) and both of these shows will receive the recap treatment each week. So for those of you keeping track at home, the shows we'll be recapping on a regular basis on Wednesday are: Nancy Drew (The CW), Riverdale (The CW), Stumptown (ABC) and The Masked Singer (Fox).
BAD NEWS IF YOU WATCH NETFLIX AND OWN A REALLY OLD ROKU
Netflix has revealed that it is going to stop supporting two older models of Roku. The Netflix app will stop working on those earlier models beginning on December 1st and Roku's that will be losing Netflix will now begin showing a pop-up window warning of the change when customers open the Netflix app. Generally speaking, if your Roku has a version of the Netflix app on it that doesn't allow autoplay, then you are going to lose access.
Here's a rundown of the television and streaming stuff premiering today:
1) Home Is Where The Killer Is (Netflix)
Recovering from cancer, a young woman thinks she's found a friend when she rents a room from a caring ex-doctor. But empathy soon becomes an obsession. My advice? Never rent a room from someone who is an *ex* doctor.
2) Isle Of Chimps (Smithsonian)
This documentary is a colorful portrait of Uganda's Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a place where orphaned and rescued chimpanzees – victims of the illegal exotic pet and bushmeat trades – are given a second chance at life in a community of chimps. Ngamba's staff has the challenging task of integrating new orphans into the community – newcomers, especially males, are not always welcomed, as they can be seen as a threat to existing hierarchies. The documentary follows that process at work through the eyes of Ngamba’s youngest orphan, two-year-old Eazy, as he learns how to communicate, eat new foods and make chimp friends. The other critical job for the staff at Ngamba Island is to provide the chimps with stimulating activities, including puzzles and painting, to aid their rehabilitation. But this year, they’re trying something completely different – video cameras.
3) Nancy Drew Series Premiere (The CW)
Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) is a brilliant teenage detective whose sense of self had come from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine – until her mother’s untimely death derails Nancy’s college plans. Devastated by her mother’s passing, Nancy swears off crime-solving while crossing off the days until she can re-apply to college. But when a socialite is murdered, Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene: Nancy’s nemesis from high school, George Fan (Leah Lewis); a rich girl with a mysterious past, Bess Marvin (Maddison Jaizani); Nancy’s secret boyfriend, Ned “Nick” Nickerson (Tunji Kasim); and amiable burnout Ace (Alex Saxon). The five of them must team up to clear their own names – encountering emotional entanglements and even more mysteries along the way. Nancy’s reawakening brings her into conflict with her widowed father, Carson Drew (Scott Wolf), who is dating Detective Karen Hart (Alvina August). And, when a supernatural presence begins to haunt Nancy’s investigation, she discovers that the current crime has an astonishing connection to the long unsolved murder of a local girl. Whether the ghost is here to help, or hinder Nancy remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: Nancy’s going to have to unravel the clues from both the living and the dead to solve the crimes.
4) Rhythm + Flow Series Premiere (Netflix)
In this music competition series, judges Tip "T.I." Harris, Cardi B and Chance The Rapper hits the streets to find the next rap superstar. Four episodes premiere today, with a new episode every Wednesday until October 23rd, when the final three episodes premiere.
5) Riverdale Season Premiere (The CW)
As the residence of Riverdale prepare for its upcoming Independence Day parade, Archie (KJ Apa) receives a phone call that will change the rest of his life forever.
For a rundown of all the new episodes of television premiering tonight, click here.
TOO MUCH TV REALLY IS A THING
This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.
And if you're a glutton for punishment (or just want to know what you've missed), check out this list of all the shows that have premiered so far in 2019.
I'll be back with another one tomorrow. If you have any feedback, send it along to Rick@AllYourScreens.com and follow me on Twitter @aysrick.