Lori’s list: ‘Glee,’ ‘Walking Dead’
By LORI RACKL TV Critic October 7, 2013 8:56PM
Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) - The Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Updated: November 9, 2013 6:03AM
“LEAGUE OF DENIAL: THE NFL’S CONCUSSION CRISIS” (8 p.m. Tuesday, WTTW-Channel 11): If you play football or care about someone who does, you’ll want to check out this PBS “Frontline” special that tackles the sport’s impact on long-term brain damage. The two-hour program makes a strong case that the violent collisions at the crux of the game are linked to an alarming incidence of early-onset dementia and other neurological problems — and that the NFL has gone to great lengths to refute this growing body of scientific evidence. Rating: ★★★
“FULL CIRCLE” (8 p.m. Wednesday, Audience Network on DirecTV): This original drama series from the satellite TV provider feels like a play, which makes sense: It’s the television writing debut of playwright Neil LaBute, Chicago’s Profiles Theatre resident artist. Each half-hour episode unfolds in a restaurant and centers on a conversation between two people. One of them returns in the next episode to interact with a new character, and so on and so on. Billy Campbell, Ally Sheedy and David Boreanaz are among the rotating cast of characters whose lives, unbeknownst to them, are interlaced and destined to collide in the finale. Rating: ★★★
“GLEE” (8 p.m. Thursday, WFLD-Channel 32): It’s the much-talked-about tribute to the late actor Cory Monteith, who died this summer from a drug and alcohol overdose at age 31. Monteith’s character, Finn Hudson,will be killed off, but the show reportedly won’t reveal how he died. The writers instead opted to celebrate Finn’s life rather dwell on his death. Even so, have a box of Kleenex at the ready; it’s sure to be a tearjerker.
“THE WALKING DEAD” (8 p.m. Sunday, AMC): The most-watched drama in basic cable history is back with a new showrunner for season four. When we catch up with Rick and the gang, the prison is more crowded — both inside and outside the gates. But life is about as normal as it can be in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. Crops are blooming. So is romance. Even Michonne doesn’t scowl as much anymore. The premiere feels a bit slow coming on the heels of last season’s wild ride, but the second episode will leave you hungry for more. Rating: ★★★½