Hulu launches the horror anthology series "Into the Dark."
Every month for a full year, the service will stream a new movie-length episode, beginning today with the Halloween-themed "The Body."
Seamlessly blending horror and comedy, gore and farce, "The Body" stars Tom Bateman ("Da Vinci's Demons") as Wilkes, a suave hit man.
If you can imagine the glib urbanity of Christian Bale in "American Psycho" combined with the single-mindedness of Arnold Schwarzenegger's "The Terminator," it's Wilkes.
When first seen, he's just murdered a famous person at the behest of a shadowy client who wants the body delivered in four hours in order to make some grand media statement.
So, from the start, "The Body" is propelled by a ticking clock.
Conveniently, for Wilkes, it's Halloween. So rather than clean up and hide his prey, he wraps it up like a mummy and drags it around like a prop for a holiday party.
This ruse gets him entangled with some rich airheads on their way to an A-list velvet-rope rager. Complications ensue.
A fun premise and strong first act bog down as midnight nears. By the end you're not sure if there's anyone left to root for as dead bodies continue to fall.
"The Body" will probably never be considered a classic, but Wilkes' mantra, "There is no we," is a memorable catchphrase.
- "The Man in the High Castle" begins streaming its third season on Amazon Prime.
This alternative history about an Axis-occupied America circa 1962 has been eclipsed in the dystopian-metaphor department by Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale."
A beautifully produced series, it presents a lot to follow and digest. In addition to stories in three different American sectors (German, Japanese and the neutral zone), it offers glimpses at alternative futures and realities that characters seem bound to either realize or prevent.
- Streaming on Netflix and in select theaters today, "Private Life" stars Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti as a couple who stumble into an unorthodox solution to their infertility problem.
- "Great Performances" (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) recognizes recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. Look for salutes to Neil Diamond, Tina Turner, Queen, conductor John Williams, Emmylou Harris and others.
Tonight's season premieres
- Jessica's book rolls off the presses on "Fresh Off the Boat" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
- London calls on "Speechless" (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
- A panel of juveniles offers adults insight on the quiz show "Child Support" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
- Warren recovers on "Z Nation" (9 p.m., Syfy, TV-14).
- Vanessa returns to life on "Van Helsing" (10 p.m., Syfy, TV-14).
Tonight's other highlights
- Teams to be determined meet in the American League Division Series (7:30 p.m., TBS).
- Mike has a heart-to-heart with Bud (Robert Forster) on "Last Man Standing" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG).
- The gang goes nightclubbing on "The Cool Kids" (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
- Risotto to go on "Hell's Kitchen" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
- A colleague may be behind an attack on "Blue Bloods" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
Jack's pal faces false charges on "MacGyver" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14) ... Michaela confronts her old friend on "Manifest" (8 p.m., NBC, r, TV-PG) ... On two episodes of "Masters of Illusion" (CW, TV-14), the season finale (8 p.m.), a switcheroo (8:30 p.m., r).
Tourists are kidnapped midflight on "Hawaii Five-0" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) ... Max ignores his diagnosis on "New Amsterdam" (9 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14) ... Illusionists audition on "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (9 p.m., CW, r, TV-14) ... "Dateline" (10 p.m., NBC) ... "20/20" (10 p.m., ABC).
Ellie Kemper and Sam Elliott are booked on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" (11:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jimmy Fallon welcomes Mark Ruffalo, Travis Scott and Jaboukie Young-White on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Riz Ahmed, Brad Garrett and Avril Lavigne appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC, r).
Kevin Hart, Kristen Bell, Hari Nef and Ben Sesar visit "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (12:35 a.m., NBC, r) ... Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Hayley Atwell and Snow Patrol appear on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" (12:35 a.m., CBS, r).