I’m still not used to this hour change from Daylight Savings—it’s pitch black by 5pm now! As the days get shorter, at least we have Thanksgiving and Christmas to look forward to. I can’t believe I already started my Christmas shopping earlier this week. At this rate, I’ll be all done before Black Friday! Now that it’s November, that means Sweeps month, with a packed primetime lineup every night, so we’ve got some suggestions to help you decide what to watch.
Last week, Sundance Channel premiered the new zombie import, The Returned, which originally aired as Les Revenants in France (and is an adaptation of a 2004 film of the same name). In a small mountain town, people who died are suddenly returning as though nothing happened. In last week’s premiere, teenager Camille shocked her mother when she suddenly showed up at the door four years after the bus she was on drove off a winding mountain road. Camille’s parents had separated after the accident but are now forced back under the same roof, and Camille’s twin Léna, with whom Camille seems to share some sort of psychic connection, is also shocked to see her sister, who hasn’t aged in 4 years. Other returnees include Simon (dead 10 years), who’s looking for his fiancee Adèle, and Madame Costa (dead 30 years), who returns to her overwhelmed husband who ties her up, sets the house ablaze, and then jumps to his own death. Finally, there’s the creepy young boy Victor, who doesn’t speak, seemingly has no family, and was the cause of Camille’s bus crash 4 years earlier.
The series is creepy (in a good way) and has a nice blend of drama and mystery. It’s not your typical zombie story with mindless brain-eating creatures rising from the dead. These “zombies” seem perfectly normal, like they just froze and thawed out in the present. All of these character’s lives seem inter-twined, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this whole mystery plays out. How and why have these people returned? How are they connected? And what’s up with creepy Victor—who is he, how long has he been dead, and why was he standing in the middle of the road?!
If you missed the first episode of The Returned, it had been available for free on iTunes and other digital platforms (not sure if it still is), so check for it online and On Demand.
On tonight’s episode, “Simon,” Simon approaches Adèle, but Thomas finds out about his “return”; Camille is unable to fit back in to her family.
Find out what happens tonight on Sundance Channel at 9/8c.
I’ll also be watching/recording The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, Elementary, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Grey’s Anatomy, Sean Saves the World, The Michael J. Fox Show, Parenthood, Glee, Inside the Actors Studio, White Collar, Covert Affairs, and The Greatest Event in Television History.
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