What to Watch This Weekend: The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror
Plus: Billy Bob Thornton goes legal
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PICK OF THE WEEKEND
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror
Sunday, Fox, 9 p.m.
Aaah, yes — forget the pop-up costume stores and the overpriced Fun Size candy at the grocery store. The Halloween season doesn’t really start until The Simpsons airs its annual “Treehouse of Horror” special (which, for many, is also their obligatory yearly check-in with the long-running comedy.) This one also happens to be the show’s 600th episode and the opening couch gag can be seen in virtual reality.
Friday, Amazon, streaming
A hard-drinking, down-on-his-luck trial lawyer who catches a malpractice case against a corporate behemoth — and sleeps with his client along the way? It’s the kind of role Billy Bob Thornton was made for! The show, which also stars the likes of William Hurt, Molly Parker, and Dwight Yoakam, comes from the mind of David E. Kelley, so expect plenty of well-crafted legal drama.
Sunday, CBS, 9 p.m.
Elizabeth’s son’s computer has been hacked, and the family must deal with the fallout. Just great, now there are even more leaked emails we’ll all have to hear about.
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Sunday, USA, 10 p.m.
This moody, gray-skies mystery, adapted from a (surprise!) Scandinavian series, looks a lot like the others we’ve seen before it, from The Killing to Broadchurch. The premise: Dead bodies are found, and it’s up to a tough small-town cop with a past (Julianne Nicholson) to put all the pieces together. The twist that’s supposed to make this feel different? Her closeted gay foster son is involved with the crime.
Sunday, Epix, 10 p.m.
Nick Nolte is such a lovable old grizzly bear that you want to cheer for him as a Republican ex-president who’s a bit of a mash-up of LBJ, Reagan, the Bushes, Bill Clinton, Bulworth, and Trump all at once. But can this series actually pull off its premise? Some have described it as “Veep for dummies,” which could be a good thing or a bad thing.