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What to watch and listen to this weekend: 'Westworld,' Historically Black podcast

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Watch this weekend

Westworld, 9 p.m., HBO, Sunday

After so much buildup, years of production mired in controversy, television critics and fans were left wondering if HBO's Westworld would be another smash hit like Game of Thrones. Inspired by the Michael Crichton-directed 1973 film of the same name, Westworld follows the hosts and guests of the technologically advanced, highly interactive theme park. The hosts are artificial intelligence, created to bleed, cry and act exactly like the human guests they serve. The hosts are so realistic, the entire show is basically a giant game of "real or not real."

Review: Westworld mashes Wild West fantasy with chilling science fiction.

NEW Marvel's Luke Cage, midnight, Netflix, Friday. You fell in love with Mike Colter's Luke Cage in Jessica Jones. The diamond-skinned hero is back for his own series, following Luke after the experiment that gave him super strength.

NEW Crisis in Six Scenes, midnight, Amazon, Friday. After a couple of years of negotiations, Amazon finally gave Oscar-winning filmmaker Woody Allen complete creative freedom to produce the one-season comedy. It's set in the 1960s and stars Miley Cyrus as a young hippie who meets an uptight New York family.

SEASON PREMIERE Ash vs. Evil Dead, 8 p.m., Sunday. In the second season premiere, the gang has made it to the Promised Land of Jacksonville, Fla., but soon Ash Williams and his companions are roped back into the war against the Deadites.

Halloween Wars, 9 p.m., Food Network, Sunday. Elvira is a guest judge on the season 6 premiere when six teams of pumpkin carvers, cake decorators and sugar artists have to create witchy displays.

DOUBLE SEASON FINALE Fear the Walking Dead, 9 p.m., AMC, Sunday. Travis is blindsided by new refugees at the hotel. Nick must choose between leaving Colonia or staying with Luciana.

Plug in

Historically Black

To celebrate the opening of the first National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Washington Post and APM Reports teamed up to produce Historically Black, based on the Post's tumblr page.

The Post's page is a people's museum of user-submitted objects and photos from black history. The podcast takes some of the most powerful items and discusses their history and what it means to be the person who submitted it. The podcast launched Sept. 19 and has released two episodes so far. The first details NASA's human computers during World War II, when the military hired African-American women to help make complicated formulas for warplanes. A woman whose grandmother was one of those computers helps tell the story. The second follows the Million Man March in 1995, recreated through a conversation with one woman and her father, who attended the march.

The podcast releases new episodes on Mondays, featuring hosts Keegan-Michael Key, Roxane Gay, Issa Rae, Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher and apmreports.org.

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

 

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