Spooky mythology: Lore
This new Amazon series couldn't have a better release date: Friday the 13th. Lore brings to life Aaron Mahnke's smash-hit podcast of the same name in a six-episode anthology series. For the uninitiated, Lore the podcast chronicles strange phenomena, folklore and urban legends through Mahnke's painstaking research of the darker sides of history. The series aims to bring these same stories to life on the small screen. The episodes combine documentary elements with a bit of dramatization with actors like Robert Patrick, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Adam Goldberg, Holland Roden, Colm Feore and Campbell Scott. Viewers are in for a dose of macabre history when Lore delves into the origins behind monsters like vampires and werewolves and myths like the belief in changelings. The new series also boasts executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) and Glen Morgan (The X-Files). Now available on Amazon Prime.
How serial killers think: Mindhunter
Among the sinister offerings this month is Netflix's serial killer drama Mindhunter. The 1979-set FBI series is based on the 1996 book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and follows two agents (Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany) who interview imprisoned murderers in an attempt to understand how they think and hopefully use that information to solve ongoing crimes. In the trailer, psychologist Wendy (Anna Torv) tells the agents, "Psychopaths are convinced that there is nothing wrong with them, so these men are virtually impossible to study, yet you have found a way in near-perfect laboratory conditions." Sounds like the agents are going to be delving into investigative techniques beyond the simple one-on-one interview. True crime junkies will dig into this new series set during a time when real serial killers David Berkowitz and Charles Manson shot to notoriety. Now available on Netflix.
Britain's gay history: Queers
To celebrate National Coming Out Day, which was Oct. 11, BBC America aired Queers throughout the day - eight short films that see new writers respond to the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalized sexual acts between men in the United Kingdom. The stories are directed by Sherlock's Mark Gatiss and star Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Rebecca Front, Russell Tovey, Gemma Whelan, Ian Gelder, Kadiff Kirwan and Fionn Whitehead. The short films explore 1957's Wolfenden Report, the HIV crisis and the 1967 Sexual Offences Act while highlighting poignant, funny and heartbreaking moments of Britain's gay history and including personal rites of passage. All eight short films are available at bbcamerica.com and on the BBC America app.
Out for revenge: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
At the end of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's last season, Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) was finally at her wedding day, only to be left at the altar by her ex-boyfriend-turned-fiance-turned-ex-fiance Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III). And the entire Crazy Ex-Girlfriend fanbase screamed in outrage. So what does our intrepid, slightly nutty BFF do now? Well, she plans to get revenge, of course. Because while Josh ran off to become a priest (it was a wild wedding), he still left her at the altar. We'll also see how far Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin) will go to protect her cookie, Rebecca, in Season 3. Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz) and Heather (Vella Lovell) also face challenges in their personal lives while White Josh (David Hull) and Darryl (Pete Gardner) confront some serious baby fever. All this, plenty of hilarious songs and more West Covina shenanigans arrive this season. 8 p.m. Friday, CW.
Disaster relief: One Voice: Somos Live!
On Saturday, pop stars, actors and other entertainers pitch in for disaster relief with a concert telethon through NBC, Telemundo and Univision. Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Alex Rodriguez hosts the event with performances from stages in Los Angeles and Miami by Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Daddy Yankee, Gwen Stefani, Maroon 5, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Ricky Martin, Demi Lovato, DJ Khaled, Camila, Prince Royce, Alejandro Sanz and more. Proceeds from the telethon and concert benefit aid organizations including United Way, UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America, Save the Children and Unidos for Puerto Rico to helps victims of recent natural disasters in the southwestern U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean. Lopez also recently announced a $1 million pledge to help with recovery in Puerto Rico, which was pummeled by Hurricane Maria. The Spanish telecast starts at 8 p.m. Saturday on Univision and Telemundo. The English hour starts at 10 p.m. on NBC.
Upcoming streaming releases
Wednesday: Freakish Season 2 (Hulu)
Oct. 20: 1922 (Netflix), Red Oaks Season 3 (Amazon)
Oct. 21: Adventure Time Season 9 (Hulu)
Oct. 24: The Mist Season 1 (Netflix)
Oct. 27: Stranger Things 2 (Netflix)
Oct. 28: Arrival (Hulu)
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