It’s the second full week of October, and I’m here to give you the scoop on new TV shows and movies to look out for. We’ve got some spooky movies and excellent TV coming out this week, so put on your excited caps with me.
First up, premiering tonight at 9 p.m./8 p.m. central is the second season of The CW’s telenovela-esq series, Jane the Virgin. Fans will tune in to find out what the heck happened after a world-ending twist finished off the first season. If I know Jane the Virgin like I think I do, the season 2 premiere will only leave us with bigger twists and cliffhangers. I can’t wait.
Next up at 10 p.m./9 p.m. central, we’ve got another second season of another critically acclaimed series: Fargo. Taking place in the late ’80s, season 2 will follow a new cast of oddballs and miscreants in the great frozen state of Minnesota. Fans of season 1 will be happy to learn that the new season will tell the tale of the oft-mentioned “Sioux Falls” incident that many of the older characters mention. With a dark reputation that would one day put the fear in seasoned Minnesota police officers, the mysterious Sioux Falls incident should make for great television.
With yet another season 2, Star Wars Rebels returns to Disney XD at 9:30 p.m./8:30 p.m. central. Following this summer’s epic standalone episode “Siege of Lothal,” season 2 finds the ragtag group of rebels battling the forces of the empire alongside the Jedi Knight Ahsoka Tano, a character carried over from The Clone Wars animated series. Fans can also look forward to TV’s former vampire slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar voicing a new recurring character on the show, which frankly sounds awesome.
Releasing this Friday, the live-action adaption of spooky children’s books Goosebumps lurches into theaters. Starring Jack Black as the author of the series, R.L. Stine, the movie looks to be combining a wide-array of the books into one story. Seeing Slappy the Dummy alongside the Lawn Gnomes from Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes (where has this book been all my life!?) but if the early reports can be believed, Goosebumps new silver screen treatment is not a hot mess.
Also this Friday, Guillermo Del Toro takes a break from his movies about giant robots vs. giant monsters and giant red Ron Pearlman to bring us another surrealistic ghost story with Crimson Peak. Come for Del Toro’s signature style of dark, dramatic horror — stay to see the stellar cast of Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddelston and the gorgeous Charlie Hunnam chew foreboding scenery dressed in high-Victorian fashion.
For our final release of the week, on Friday Netflix will premiere Cary Fukunaga’s (director of True Detective’s first season) film about child soldiers in a war torn country, Beasts of No Nation. Debuting Abraham Attah as an orphaned boy and starring Idris Elba as the charismatic-yet-violent war lord who takes him in, Beasts of No Nation looks like pure adrenaline. Seriously, the trailer for this movie is so intense you may find a few extra grey hairs afterward.
With this new crop of films and television shows, October is shaping up to be a fantastic month for viewers everywhere.