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TV best bets with ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Auction Kings,’ ‘In Treatment,’ season finale of ‘Project Runway’

L-R: Owner Paul Brown, manager Cindy Shook, and assistant manager Jon Hammond CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

L-R: Owner Paul Brown, manager Cindy Shook, and assistant manager Jon Hammond CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Two programs shot in Atlanta are debuting this week and they couldn’t be any more different.

First, on Tuesday, there’s Discovery’s reality series “Auction Kings,” which features Gallery 63, a Buckhead auction house. Paul Brown heads the operation each week. It is, in many ways, a higher-end  “Pawn Stars.”

On Sunday, AMC introduces its latest drama on Halloween called “Walking Dead,” based on the comic-book series. Its gruesome and grim but is very much a character drama like other AMC shows. And it features Atlanta in a very obvious way.

For something a bit more sedate but also a riveting character study, HBO’s award-winning “In Treatment” series begins its third season. And season eight of “Project Runway” draws to a close after a decent, if not riveting, season.

MONDAY

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Despite only seven dancers left, ABC is still obnoxious enough to stretch this out to two hours.
“How I Met Your Mother” 8 p.m. CBS — Marshall and Lily want to pick the gender of their potential baby.
“In Treatment” 9 p.m. HBO (third season debut) — Dr. Paul Watson grapples with his own divorce and signs he may have Parkinson’s Disease.
“The Event” 9 p.m. NBC — This show, despite less-than-eventful ratings, has gotten a full-season pick up.
“Two and a Half Men” 9 p.m. CBS — Charlie has a tough time adjusting to dating an older woman.
“Hawaii Five-O” 10 p.m. CBS — Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules”) guests as a real estate mogul.
Thintervention With Jackie Warner” 10 p.m. Bravo (first season finale) — It’s the final weigh in!
“Castle” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Castle and Beckett try to stop the Triple Killer.

TUESDAY

“Glee” 8 p.m. Fox — Let the rice fly! The kids pay homage to “Rocky Horror” with Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf guesting.
“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Abby becomes obsessed with the case of a murdered Navy scientist.
“Dancing With the Stars” 9 p.m. ABC — Heart and Kylie Minogue sing before the sixth celebrity is cut.
“NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS— Terrorists kill a plastic surgeon who had their faces altered.
“Auction Kings” 10 p.m. Discovery (new series) — Atlanta’s Gallery 63 is featured in this show about life in an auction house.
“Dance Cam Slam” 10 p.m. VH1 (new series) — Contestants create dance videos.
“Sons of Anarchy” 10 p.m. FX — SAMCRO visits another Sons of Anarchy chapter, but it does not go smoothly.
“The Good Wife” 10 p.m. CBS — A massage therapist sues a Nobel Peace Prize winner of sexual assault.

WEDNESDAY

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — The La Flor tribe attempts to get the hidden immunity idol away from arrogant Marty.
“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Halloween conjures up terrible memories for Cameron.
Throwdown With Bobby Flay” 9 p.m. Food — A chicken-fried steak challenge in Texas.
The Defenders” 10 p.m. CBS  — An attempt to collect on a debt leads to a dead person.
“Hollywood Treasure” 10 p.m. SyFy (new series) — Joe Maddalena tracks down Hollywood memorabilia.
“Top Chef: Just Desserts” 10 p.m. Bravo — It’s “Dessert Shop Wars,” this spin-off’s version of “Restaurant Wars.” And Team Diva starts to fall apart.
Terriers” 10 p.m. FX — Hank and Mark travel to Tijuana to get Britt out of hot water.

THURSDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Raj’s sister shows up and shakes things up.
“Scared Shrekless” 8 p.m. NBC — Shrek challenges his fairy-tale friends to come up with scary stories in a contest.
“CSI” 9 p.m. CBS — Katie Sackhoff was very funny as a guest on “Big Bang Theory” recently. Now she jumps over to this drama as an insensitive detective.
“Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — A TV crew arrives to see life at the hospital six months after the shooting.
“The Office” 9 p.m. NBC — Somebody dresses up as Lady Gaga. Fortunately, it’s not Michael. And Darryl’s aspirations are made apparent.
“Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime (eighth season finale) — This is Mondo’s competition to lose.
“Jersey Shore” 10 p.m. MTV — It’s the reunion episode so we’ll likely hear from annoying Angelina yet again.
“The Mentalist” 10 p.m. CBS — The team checks out a murder at a wealthy family’s compound.

FRIDAY

“Medium” 8 p.m. CBS — Allison sees what she thinks is a catastrophic future event but is in no position to prevent it.
“School Pride” 8 p.m. NBC — Lady Antebellum performs at a school damaged by floods.
“CSI: NY” 9 p.m. CBS — The CSIs investigate when a badly composed body is found in an abandoned car on a rooftop.
What Not To Wear” 9 p.m. TLC (eighth season debut) — Mindy Cohn (“Facts of Life”) gets a makeover.
Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Three teens die from a drug overdose.
Snow Men” 10 p.m. Discovery (new series) — Following men who labor to reopen dangerous roads that were closed due to severe weather.

WEEKEND

“Pitbulls & Parolees” 10 p.m. Saturday Animal Planet (second season debut) — Tia searches for two puppies loose in a trucking yard.
“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC  — Jon Hamm hosts.
“The Amazing Race” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — The contestants go to St. Petersburg, Russia.
Boardwalk Empire” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Nucky renovates his childhood home, conjuring up some bad memories.
“Dexter” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Dexter seeks a new serial killer to kill.
Desperate Housewives” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Bree learns a secret about Keith.
The Walking Dead” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC (new series)  — Shot in Atlanta, this mesmerizing horror series opens with a sheriff seeking his family after zombies take over.

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13 comments Add your comment

Mr. Ed

October 25th, 2010
7:46 am

Rumor has it that Tim Gunn will assist Federal authorities in the fitting of rapper T.I.’s upcoming stylish orange jumpsuit.

Marie

October 25th, 2010
8:26 am

I noticed you didn’t say what would be happening on “The Event” tonight. Well I have tried to watch for the past few weeks and all I can say is what a wierd show — it is making less and less sense each week. So Rodney you really cannot give us a blurb about what will happen tonight because the producers don’t know either. They billed it to be like a replacement for 24 but this is probably one of the worst shows ever produced in the history of network television.

Carlos

October 25th, 2010
10:30 am

The Event is following the play book of Lost. Another copy cat was flashback and eleven about those hostages in a bank robbery.

Expect more copycats of Glee which is a copycat of High School Musical. TV producers are talentless hacks.

Carlos

October 25th, 2010
10:33 am

Correction: Flashforward and The Nine.

Astrid G.

October 25th, 2010
11:50 am

Beg to differ, Rodney, I think this season’s PR has been pretty gripping, what with the bullying of Michael C, Gretchen’s tonedeafness and Mondo’s coming out as HIV positive.

The Advocate

October 25th, 2010
12:18 pm

Carlos…then High School Musical is a copycat of FAME.

Rodney Ho

October 25th, 2010
1:14 pm

On second thought, Astrid, you’re right. It has been a good PR season and the 90 minute episodes have worked because the personalities have been able to sustain it.

Babs

October 25th, 2010
2:53 pm

I love project runway and In treatment. Glee and some of the other shows don’t interest me. Producers do need to come up with new and fresh ideas for TV viewing.

Debbie

October 25th, 2010
9:50 pm

Are there now more films and TV filmed here than anywhere else outside of California? Anyone know? Just curious.

Rodney Ho

October 25th, 2010
9:53 pm

We are definitely in the top 5 now for sure;

Rodney Ho

October 25th, 2010
9:54 pm

The other states with heavy TV business are New York, Michigan and Louisiana.

Neil

October 26th, 2010
11:04 am

How come no love for Todd Margaret?

Traffic Headache

October 26th, 2010
2:42 pm

Fame was bad enough with its ham-fisted presentation of a bunch of kids who want to be famous as opposed to talented. Glee is an unoriginal waste of airtime.