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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW (Netflix/Hulu)
Before the fifth installment of the AHS franchise, Hotel, premieres on Wednesday, October 8, catch up with last season’s freaky incarnation. Set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1952, it follows the denizens of a traveling carnival and became not only FX’s highest-rated show ever but also its most honored, with 20 Emmy nominations. Among the actors honored were Jessica Lange, Denis O'Hare, Finn Wittrock, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates — plus Sarah Paulson for her role as Siamese twins. Does that count as one nomination or two?
SWORD OF HONOUR (Acorn TV)
If you can’t wait until next month to get your fill of Daniel Craig’s derring-do as James Bond in Spectre, check out this 2001 British TV movie based on Evelyn Waugh’s World War II-era novels. The future 007 stars as Guy Crouchback, an heir to a wealthy family who joins the Army and ends up traveling to a Scottish island as well as Crete, all while pursuing his estranged wife. An earlier TV version, shot in 1967, cast Edward Woodward — aka the original Equalizer — in the lead role.
POIROT: SEASON 12 (Netflix)
Agatha Christie’s mustachioed detective, Hercule Poirot (played by David Suchet) returns to solve more cases, including “Three Act Tragedy,” “Hallowe'en Party,” “The Clocks,” and the ever-popular “Murder on the Orient Express.” Among the suspects in the last: Jessica Chastain, Barbara Hershey, The Hunger Games’ Toby Jones, Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, The Walking Dead’s David Morrissey, and Upstairs, Downstairs’s Dame Eileen Atkins. Now that’s what we’d call a killer cast.
THE GOOD WIFE: SEASON 6 (Hulu)
The seventh season of CBS’ Emmmy-winning drama just started airing, but it’s not too late to stream the last docket of cases for Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) & Co. Highlights include the final scene between Alicia and best frenemy Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) — reportedly shot using a split screen so the actresses didn’t have to be in the same room! — and dramatic guest shots from TV-comedy veterans David Hyde Pierce (Frasier), Linda Lavin (Alice) and Ana Gasteyer (Saturday Night Live).
GOING THERE WITH ANA GASTEYER (Yahoo)
Speaking of Ana Gasteyer, she’s also the star of a new nine-episode Web series, executive-produced by Ellen DeGeneres, in which she travels around running errands with friends like The Office’s Jenna Fischer, Playing House’s Jessica St. Clair, and her fellow SNL alum Maya Rudolph. And in case you’re wondering why they extol the virtues of the Chevrolet Traverse along the way, it’s because the series is sponsored by Chevy. Not to be confused with SNL vet Chevy Chase.
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Time, Emmy Magazine, Fast Company, and Vulture.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.