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What to watch and listen to this weekend: 'The Walking Dead' marathon, Election College podcast

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Watch this weekend

Friday

Haters Back Off, midnight, Netflix: Follows the oddball family life of YouTube personality Miranda Sings (Colleen Ballinger), who is on the rise to stardom despite an utter lack of talent.

Goliath, midnight, Amazon: This eight-episode series follows scrappy a lawyer (Billy Bob Thornton) as he takes on a big aerospace company.

Saturday

Harry Potter marathon, starts at 7 a.m., Freeform: Wands at the ready for more than 15 hours of Harry Potter magic.

AMC Fearfest, AMC: The channel's annual small-screen scare marathon continues this weekend with all five Nightmare on Elm Street movies, the 2010 remake and Friday the 13th. Full schedule at amc.com.

Movie: The Innocents, 8 p.m., TCM: The 1961 version of Henry James' ghost story The Turn of the Screw.

America Divided, 9 p.m., EPIX: Features actor Jesse Williams speaking with the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team from the Tampa Bay Times that wrote "Failure Factories." Williams (far left) explores the fight to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline by investigating the Pinellas County School District. Later, Peter Sarsgaard explores the addiction crisis, and America Ferrera reports on undocumented people.

Sunday

The Walking Dead marathon, starts at 7 a.m., AMC: The seventh season starts next week. What better way to welcome the new season  and prepare for tears after we see who Negan kills  than with a marathon of episodes from the past six seasons. It's not a continuous marathon, though  AMC still needs spots to air their other shows.

Killing Reagan, 8 p.m., National Geographic: A dramatized look at the presidential election from 1980 and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley Jr.

The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXVII, 8 p.m., Fox: The three stories of the newest installment of the annual special: Mr. Burns introduces a Hunger Games-style contest; Lisa's imaginary friend is jealous of her real friends; and Moe tells Bart his barflies are covert agents.

SPECIAL The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far, 9 p.m., AMC: Refresh your memory on how far your favorite characters have come since Episode 1, "Days Gone By." Members of the cast and producers recount epic moments from its six seasons.

SERIES PREMIERE Eyewitness, 10 p.m., USA: This might be your next crime to fill the hole left by American Crime. While fooling around in a secluded cabin, two boys witness a triple homicide. They barely escape but realize they can't keep the crime or their relationship a secret for long.

Plug in

Election College

If you've ever groaned at the thought of listening to a podcast about presidential election history, clearly you've never heard Election College.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, hosts Jason Goff and Ben Smith release episodes about the highest office in the country and what it took for that person to get there.

If you think the 2016 election is crazy, just wait until you hear about the election of 1800.

Election College doesn't just tackle election history, it also features key players, laws and documents that helped shaped the presidency and how we vote today.

The best part about Election College is that you don't have to listen to the episodes in any particular order. Sure, they start at the beginning in episode 1, but do some jumping around to cover President Nixon, the Libertarian Party and explanations on PACs and super PACs and why the two hosts won't discuss the current presidential debates.

There are episodes on the Bill of Rights, the Alien and Sedition Acts and the perks of flying on Air Force One.

Yes, there also are two episodes dedicated to everyone's favorite $10 bill and founding father, Alexander Hamilton, and "the man who shot him," Aaron Burr.

Many say the 2016 election is the most controversial in our country's history. Election College delves into past elections to show that they weren't always that way.

Listen in iTunes, Stitcher and electioncollege.com.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.

 

[Last modified: Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:18pm]

    

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