SUNDAY: Hmmmm. “The Walking Dead” is still the king, but ratings for Sunday’s episode are the lowest in four years. It could have been because no one really cared about the return of Tara (who?), but maybe it was because the Chiefs-Denver “Sunday Night Football” game was sooooo good.
MONDAY: Horrors! R.I.P., Grant Tinker, husband to Mary Tyler Moore and a TV producer and director who had a hand in creating “I Spy,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “WKRP in Cincinnati,” “Hill Street Blues” and “St. Elsewhere.”
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TUESDAY: Huzzah! “Hamilton” auteur Lin-Manuel Miranda appears in an Alexander Hamilton episode of Comedy Central’s “Drunk History,” featuring the brilliant Aubrey Plaza as electoral college loser Aaron Burr. (And the “Hamilton” mixtape is released on Friday. Double huzzah!)
WEDNESDAY: Hmmmm. Trevor Noah didn’t land a lot of punches in his debate with “Tomi” host Tomi Lahren on “The Daily Show.” But even though it was essentially a 20-minute infomercial for Lahren’s brand of commentary, it did establish Noah as a much bettter interviewer than his predecessor, Jon Stewart.
THURSDAY: Huzzah! Dolly Parton raises money for folks displaced by Tennessee wildfires, saying, “I’ve always believed charity begins at home and my home is some place special. I know it has been a trying time for my people. This assistance will help get them back on their feet.” Mountain angel, indeed.
FRIDAY: Huzzah! The Rolling Stones release “Blue & Lonesome,” an excellent collection of covers of blues stomper standards. Which reminds us, if Keith Richards can survive 2016, he truly is invincible.