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Critic’s picks: Television

SUNDAY

THE WALKING DEAD 9 p.m., AMC

Last week’s season 4 premiere drew a staggering — or is that shuffling? — 16.1 million viewers, besting all non-sports competition for the night and setting a record for basic cable. It also ruled in the all-important 18-49 demo. The ratings were up from the last season’s finale which drew 12.4 million viewers, so clearly some folks played catch-up to prepare for the new season.

MONDAY

CRAZY, SEXY, COOL: THE TLC STORY 9 p.m., VH1

There is no shortage of drama in the story of TLC, the multiplatinum female hip-hop soul trio famous for hits like “Waterfalls,” “No Scrubs,” and “Creep.” Bankruptcy, arson, illness, and sadly, the 2002 death of member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes will no doubt all be part of this biopic of Lopes, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. Watkins and Thomas worked closely with the producers on the project to give it authenticity.

TUESDAY

THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. 8p.m., Channel 2

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Harvard’s Gates returns to PBS with this six-part series that aims to take viewers on a guided tour of African-American history “from slavery to freedom, and from the plantation to the White House.” Gates traveled across the United States to key locations and to talk to key newsmakers and historians about the evolution of African-Americans from cultural, political, religious, and social perspectives. The series will cover five centuries of events and will include a look at our current national discussion on race. Among those Gates interviews are Ruby Bridges, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, former Black Panther Kathleen Neal Cleaver, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

WEDNESDAY

NOVA: MAKING STUFF WILDER 9 p.m., Channel 2

This four-part series explores the ways in which the “stuff” in our world is changing. After first studying our ever-accelerating pace, this week
David Pogue examines some of the world’s “wildest” inventions derived from natural resources, including fabric made from fish slime.

THURSDAY

SECRET SOCIETIES OF HOLLYWOOD 8 p.m., E!

If you didn’t already believe that the denizens of Tinseltown held secret meetings and parties — where they no doubt exchange anti-aging and diet tips — this special aims to convince you that the people in the public eye are doing plenty out of it.

FRIDAY

DRACULA 10 p.m., NBC

Keep your garlic, holy water, and stake handy because the vampire invasion is not over. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, last seen chewing scenery on “The Tudors,” will now be nibbling necks as he slips on the Count’s famous choppers.

SATURDAY

ZOMBIE NIGHT 9 p.m., Syfy

The genre network continues its tradition of fabulously cheesy Saturday movies, getting ghoulish for Halloween with this undead fest with made-in-the-’80s stars Daryl Hannah and Anthony Michael Hall. What’s on the menu for the breakfast club? Brains!

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