Death, Scandal & Honoring Luke Perry in October Primetime Premieres
A Netflix telenovela, Hulu book adaptation, and Facebook Watch continuation.
Several primetime series premiered in September, but October is shaping up to be good and juicy as well. Soaps.com has already reported on the October premieres of Almost Family, starring soap opera alums Brittany Snow and Tamara Tunie of Guiding Light and As the World Turns, and All American, featuring Olivia Rose Keegan from Days of our Lives, but we have a few more suggestions for our readers that are sure to satisfy many soap opera-loving hearts, including Young and the Restless alum Shemar Moore’s new season of S.W.A.T.
Sorry For Your Loss
Season 1 of The Facebook Watch series chronicled the very caustic Leigh’s (Elizabeth Olsen, Avengers: End Game) struggle to move on from her husband Matt’s (Mamoudou Athie, The Get Down) death, which may or may not have been by suicide. By the end of the season, Leigh grew closer to Matt’s brother Danny (Jovan Adepo, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan), her mother Amy (Janet McTeer, Ozark) started an affair with her married ex-husband Richard (Don McManus, Mom), whose wife Sabrina (Carmen Cusack, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) started bonding with Leigh’s adopted sister Jules (Kellie Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), a recovering alcoholic. Based on the trailer below, season two looks like it will continue these issues as well as Leigh’s desire to reconnect with her late husband. Sorry For Your Loss premieres October 1.
CBS’ S.W.A.T., led by former The Young and the Restless star Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters), premieres on its new night beginning Wednesday October 2. The series surrounds Moore’s character Hondo as he leads a specialized tactical unit in Los Angeles. Though S.W.A.T. is more procedural than soap opera, there does sound like a lot of drama is in store for the group’s leader. Per TV Insider, Season 3 will feature Hondo becoming a father figure to a troubled youth, developing a new romance and living with his estranged father, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Obba Babatundé (Julius Avant).
The October 9 season premiere of Riverdale will address the passing of Luke Perry’s character Fred Andrews with help from Perry’s former 90210 castmate Shannen Doherty. As showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told Entertainment Weekly, Doherty will play the person who explains what happened to Fred and be a great source of comfort to his son Archie (K.J. Apa, The Hate You Give). The rest of the season will reportedly focus on the changes the teen characters face during their senior year of high school, as well as a new mystery.
TVLine reports that season 3 of Dynasty will see Liam (Adam Huber, Better Days) surviving his near death experience, Fallon (Elizbeth Gillies, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) enduring several romantic “ups and downs” while racked with guilt over Trixie’s (Jessie Goei, The Gifted) death, Dominique (Michael Michele, Queen Sugar) getting promoted to head troublemaker and a new Cristal played by Daniella Alonso. Dynasty premieres on The CW on October 11.
La Casa De Les Flores/House of Flowers
Netflix’s telenovela is back with season 2 on October 18. Season 1 of the dramedy followed the wealthy La Mora family who owns a flower shop, as well as a cabaret. Despite the mother’s attempt at keeping up appearances, the family’s secrets (all members have one) start to come out after the death of the father’s longtime mistress. Get caught up by bingeing season 1 of the sometimes campy series on Netflix now. Don’t worry, there are subtitles!
Looking For Alaska
From writer/producer Josh Schwartz (The O.C.) comes Looking For Alaska, based on the book of the same name. Set in 2005, the limited series is about a teenager attending boarding school to gain a deeper perspective on life while encountering love, friendship, and tragedy. With Swartz helming the series, you just know it’ll get good and angsty. The series debuts on Hulu in its entirety October 18.
Primetime casting news
Deadline broke the news that Griffin Dunne was promoted to a series regular on This is Us, which means we’ll be seeing a lot more of Uncle Nicky’s story in season 4. The same outlet unleashed the news of a Thirtysomething revival being shopped around about the children of the original show’s characters. Several networks are reportedly interested in the continued drama. And Showtime announced Andrew Scott, a.k.a. Fleabag’s “Hot Priest,” a.k.a Sherlock’s Moriarty or however you know the versatile actor, has been tapped to star as Tom Ripley in the Showtime series based on the book and scandalous Jude-Law-starring movie The Talented Mr. Ripley.
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