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What to Watch: TV Picks for October 24 - 30

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 24th 2011 11:30AM
Allen Gregory - Sunday October 30, 8:30PM ET/PT, Global/Fox

Tonight marks the series premiere of a new animated series with the sweetest timeslot of the week. Voiced by Jonah Hill and French Stewart, it combines plot elements form 'Family Guy,' 'My Two Dads' and oddly, 'Frasier.' Hill plays Allen Gregory, a super-smart home-school kid who gets plopped into public school when the economy goes south. He's a hopeless snob, but I think we're supposed to like him because hey, we like Stewie Griffin. And the good news is, 'Bob's Burgers' isn't canceled, it's just resting and will return eventually.

Also This Week:

The Good Wife - Sunday October 30, 10PM ET/PT, Global/CBS

Perennial indie favourite Parker Posey guest stars as Eli's ex. She turns up hoping he'll vet her for a run for office, so he asks Kalinda to do a background check. What a world we live in where people have to get themselves investigated before they feel they can run for office. Even worse are the implications -- if you know you're clean you wouldn't bother. This move says yes, I have skeletons, but can anyone find them? I'm going to pretend this only happens on TV, and just try to enjoy Posey's performance without getting all depressed about the state of modern politics.

Grimm - Friday October 28, 8PM ET/PT, CTV/ NBC

If ever there was a time to debut the second drama based on modern fairy tales, I suppose a few days before Halloween is it. I still can't believe we're really dealing with a television season in which both Snow White and the Brothers Grimm are genuine source material. Personally, I blame Stephenie Meyer. But moving on, the series opens tonight as a detective realizes he is one of a rare breed of Grimms, meant to protect the balance between humans and supernatural entities in this world, or some such nonsense. And he has to make sure his fiancee and his partner don't find out, because then they'd have him committed and there would be no show.

Skate Canada International - Saturday October 29, 4PM ET, CTV

Live from exotic Mississauga, Ontario, superstar skaters and the next generation of Olympians and World Champions kick off the season with Pairs and Men's Free Skate this afternoon, and Ice Dance tomorrow. Skaters include 2011 World Champion Patrick Chan, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Ice Dance Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, 2011 Canadian Champion Cynthia Phaneuf and 2011 ISU World Junior Champion Andrei Rogozine. The competition actually begins on Friday with coverage on TSN (for the truly devoted).

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