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'Conviction,' 'Westworld,' 'The Flash' and 'Shameless' top this week’s TV must-sees

By Bill Harris, Special to Postmedia Network

Anthony Hopkins in "Westworld."

Anthony Hopkins in "Westworld."

Bill Harris' TV must-sees for the week of Oct. 2:

1. Westworld

Debut

Based on the 1973 movie, but the story differs. An all-star cast, featuring Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Evan Rachel Wood, tells the tale of a scientifically advanced wild-west theme park with robot “hosts.” So what would happen if the “hosts” start to wake up to the daily abuse they're enduring? Creepy in a good way.

When: Sunday, Oct. 2 on HBO

2. Kim's Convenience

Debut

Based on a stage play and premiering with back-to-back episodes, this follows the Kims, a Korean-Canadian family that runs a convenience store in downtown Toronto. The series centres around Mr. and Mrs. Kim (played by Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Jean Yoon) and their two grownup kids (played by Simu Liu and Andrea Bang).

When: Tuesday, Oct. 4 on CBC

3. Shameless

Season-7 debut

When this critically acclaimed show debuted back in 2011, I thought it probably was too extreme to have this much staying power. But here we are, more than a half-decade later. Frank (William H. Macy) wakes up from a coma to learn that he has not exactly been missed, while Lip (Jeremy Allen White) considers rehab.

When: Sunday, Oct. 2 on TMN (Showtime in the U.S.)

4. Conviction

Debut

Former U.S. “First Daughter” Hayes Morrison, played by Hayley Atwell, is a plucky and problematic lawyer. She essentially is blackmailed into taking a job with the Conviction Integrity Unit in exchange for getting out of a drug charge, which obviously would negatively impact her mom's Senatorial campaign if word got out.

When: Monday, Oct. 3 on ABC, CTV

5. Timeless

Debut

There have been a lot of time-travel shows in recent years, which is odd, because they seem to have limited appeal with the viewing audience. In this one, a fugitive named Garcia Flynn, played by Goran Visnjic, steals a time machine, which forces a specialized team to go after him. Wasn't this a Stewie story on Family Guy?

When: Monday, Oct. 3 on NBC, Global

6. Elementary

Season-5 debut

Hitting upon a subject that sadly has proven to be a little too on the mark in recent weeks, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) assist the NYPD as they search for a serial bomber who is terrorizing the city. Watson turns to a former criminal, whose life she saved during her time as a surgeon, for help.

When: Sunday, Oct. 2 on CBS, Global

7. Madam Secretary

Season-3 debut

After a storm destroys a naval base in Bahrain, U.S. Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) advises President Conrad Dalton (Keith Carradine) to reconsider his approach to climate change. Meanwhile, Elizabeth's husband Henry (Tim Daly) tries to squirm his way back into the Defence Intelligence Agency.

When: Sunday, Oct. 2 on CBS, Global

8. This is High School

Debut

Everyone seems to have strong opinions about our education system. This six-part documentary series brings audiences inside a Canadian high school for an up-close look at what life is like for today’s teens. Producers outfitted South Kamloops Secondary School in Kamloops, B.C., with 50 remote-controlled cameras.

When: Sunday, Oct. 2 on CBC

9. The Flash

Season-3 debut

OK, when did everybody on this show start to get rapper names? The Reverse Flash taunts Kid Flash, and warns of repercussions if Barry (Grant Gustin) continues to forget his old life. When disaster strikes, Barry must decide whether to live as Barry Allen or return to his universe as The Flash. Um, is there a third option?

When: Tuesday, Oct. 4 on CW, CTV

10. Ice Guardians

TV debut

This documentary feature, recently shown at TIFF, delves into the lives and threatened careers of hockey goons, past and present. Is that even a job any more? Tough guys still are trying to rise through the ranks, even as their role is skating toward obsolescence. And not to mention, less work for dentists everywhere.

When: Saturday, Oct. 8 on Super Channel

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