“Walking Dead” anthology, life of Princess Di, season finales (“Westworld”, “Grantchester”), “South Park” concert
The Walking Dead spawns an anthology of standalone vignettes set in the zombie apocalypse. An HBO documentary brings Princess Diana’s turbulent life to life in the public spotlight. Among the series signed at the end of the summer: HBO’s WestworldPBS’ GrantchesterStarz’ P-Valley and more. South Park celebrates its 25th anniversary with a raucous concert from Colorado’s Red Rocks Park.
Tales of the Living Dead
SUNDAY: Breathing new life into an unraveling franchise, this eclectic anthology of small-scale vignettes is a welcome reminder that less can be more. The opening episode is the most conventional of the four (out of six) episodes available to preview, but it’s a pretty satisfying road trip through Zombieland. America’s Got Talent Terry Crews and The press room Olivia Munn stars as mismatched travelers looking for a connection – she’s a doomsday prepper reluctantly coming out of isolation and she’s much more of a people person, but not without skills. Although they’re often at each other’s throats, they’ll eventually learn – as most heroes in the Land of Hell do. dead– that they are the other’s best chance of survival. (See the full review.)
SATURDAY: This month marks the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic and untimely death, the occasion for a flurry of new documentaries about her well-documented life. Director Ed Perkins takes a “you’re there” approach, using archival audio and video footage to immerse the viewer in the relentless public fishbowl that was Diana’s existence. We still can’t stop looking.
SUNDAY: The world has become a war zone, with everyone playing William/The man in black (Ed Harris) deadly game, as the fourth season of the visionary sci-fi/fantasy series reaches its endgame with one of the highest body counts – including robot bodies – in recent memory. Will Christina/formerly Dolores (Evan Rachel Hall) come out of her existential haze to help sort things out? Will we understand what happens if and when she does? And since we know mechanical “hosts” can be resurrected, does that mean we’ll still see many of these great actors return – should the show ever be renewed for a fifth season – despite the bloody endings we continue to see? ‘to assist ? Time will tell us.
SUNDAY: The long duration Mystery masterpiece! The series ends its seventh season with Will (Tom Brittney) and Geordie (Robson Green) still on the hunt for a serial killer of homeless men, a case that puts the vicar’s heart and life in danger. Fans go “ahhh” at the end. (An eighth season is already in production.) Also finishing for the season: Starz’s steamy and provocative P-Valley (Sunday 10/9c), the romantic comedy Epix bridge and tunnel (Sunday 10/9c) and HBO docuseries The anarchists (Sunday, 10/9c), in which the Anarchapulco community’s supposed utopia crumbles as they realize the emptiness of their dreams.
South Park: The 25th Anniversary Concert
SATURDAY: Fans gathered earlier this week at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater in Colorado to celebrate a quarter century of the animation phenomenon that spawned a wave of secular song and humor. Creators Trey Parker and matte stone are joined by Primus and Ween, and some surprise musical guests, to rock out with memorable songs like “Uncle ******”.
Power Book III: Raising Kanan
SUNDAY: The unstoppable Power franchise continues to expand, with Raising Kanan renewed for a third season before the second even begins this weekend. The winner of the Tony Patina Miller (Madam Secretary), as Queen Raquel “Raq” Thomas, also has expansion in mind, running her drug empire in Queens and moving into mob territory. His son Kanan (MeKai Curtis) is far less enthusiastic, especially once he learns a secret about Raq and Detective Howard (Omar Epps).
Inside Weekend TV:
- Emergency! 50! The show that saved your life (Saturday, 7/6c, COZI): Emergency!a hit for NBC from 1972 to 1977, created the template for shows like 9-1-1 (and coming soon on CBS land of fire). original stars Randolph’s Man’s Tooth (Johnny Gage) and Kevin Tighe (Roy DeSoto) reflects on the series, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, giving fans a look at the show’s original emergency equipment stored at the Los Angeles County Fire Museum.
- Who do you think you are? (Sunday, 7/6c, NBC): star trek Star Zachary Quinto is the subject of the genealogy show’s season finale, traveling to Italy and the Midwest to learn more about his great-grandfather, a politician with a jaw-dropping connection to a catchphrase associated with Quinto’s career.
- Chesapeake ribs (Sunday 8/7c, Hallmark Channel): The sixth and final season of the romantic drama opens with Abby (Meghan Ory) choosing between her two love interests: kind professor Jay (Greyston Holt) or the mischievous billionaire Evan (Robert Buckley).
- Who killed Biggie and Tupac? (Sunday 9/8c, Investigation Discovery, streaming on Discovery+): A special documentary offers new interviews and insights, and possibly answers, to the fatal shootings that galvanized the rap world 25 years ago.