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Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Oct. 9, 2017

Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “Dynasty” returns to television and Sarah Silverman launches her own talk show.

“Riverdale,” The CW, Wednesday, 8 p.m.

The series inspired by the classic Archie Comics returns for its second season. The first season found characters like Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica reeling from the tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom. For many who had seen their home as perfect, safe, and innocent, the investigation into Jason’s murder peeled back the layers of their hometown to reveal a place bubbling over with secrets, mysteries, and scandals.

Dynasty,” The CW, Wednesday, 9 p.m.

A re-imagining of the iconic primetime soap premieres this week. It centers on the powerful Carrington family as they defend their empire against the Colbys, new rivals and threats, and even each other. Among the series stars are: Elizabeth Gillies, Nathalie Kelley, James Mackay, Sam Adegoke, Robert Christopher Riley and Rafael de la Fuente. Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Sallie Patrick, Brad Silberling, and original series creators Esther and Richard Shapiro executive produce.

“I Love You, America,” Hulu, Thursday

Sarah Silverman launches her own weekly talk show this week. The series, from Funny or Die, will have Silverman discuss the current political and emotional landscape of the country. The episodes will be doled out on a weekly basis. Silverman, an avowed liberal, feels it’s crucial to connect with un-like-minded people, which she hopes to do with this new show.

“Mindhunter,” Netflix, Friday

David Fincher executive produces and directs multiple episodes of this new psychological thriller series for Netflix. The series takes place in the late 1970s and follows two FBI agents as they expand criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder and getting uneasily close to all-too-real monsters. The series stars Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallanay, Anna Torv, and Hannah Gross.

“White Famous,” Showtime, Sunday, 10 p.m.

“SNL” alum Jay Pharoah stars in this new comedy as Floyd Mooney, an up-and-coming stand up comic who is forced to navigate the treacherous waters of maintaining his credibility as he begins to cross-over toward becoming “white famous.” The series is loosely based on the experience of series executive producer and guest star Jamie Foxx. “Californication” creator Tom Kapinos serves as writer and showrunner, while Tim Story executive produces and directs the pilot.

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