Robert Kirkman was already successful in his own right before AMC adapted for TV his popular comic book series The Walking Dead. Now that Dead is such an undeniable hit on screen and page, another Kirkman work gets the TV treatment. And while both works are designed to scare the bejesus out of audiences, Outcast (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Friday, Cinemax) is more of a supernatural horror.
Based on the namesake comic book series by Kirkman and Paul Azaceta, Outcast follows Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit of Almost Famous, Gone Girl), a man who grew up with a mother possessed by evil spirits.
Now an adult with an estranged wife and daughter, Kyle sets out for answers. When a young boy from his hometown begins to show signs of possession similar to Kyle’s mother, the troubled Reverend Anderson (British actor Philip Glenister) reaches out to Kyle, and he returns to investigate. Kyle and the pastor embark on a journey to learn the meaning behind their town’s experience with supernatural manifestations and Kyle’s role in it all.
MasterChef (Season 11 Premiere, Fox) – Gordon and Christina welcome 40 home chefs into the MC kitchen to compete for the MasterChef title, a cookbook deal and $250,000.
Inside Amy Schumer (10 p.m., Comedy Central) – Amy stars in a commercial, shows up in a sitcom and experiences a difficult labor.
Vice Guide to Film (9:30 p.m., VICELAND) – This tribute to horror master John Carpenter features interviews with Eli Roth and Rob Zombie, followed by his cult horror film The Thing at 10 p.m.
Preacher (9 p.m., AMC) – Jesse tries to be a good preacher as an unknown duo follows his every move; a mysterious cowboy enters the scene.
Game of Thrones (9 p.m., HBO) – Bronn joins Jaime as they travel to The Riverlands to carry out Tommen’s order to confront Blackfish; Yara and Theon set out to take the throne from their uncle; Arya hatches a plan; the North continues to remember.
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Silicon Valley (10 p.m., HBO) – Pied Piper’s beta version garners surprising attention; Erlich weighs a big choice; Dinesh grows concerned over his squad status; Monica contemplates how to give criticism; Gavin pushes the Nucleus team.
UnReal (Season 2 Premiere, 10 p.m., Lifetime) – This satire of The Bachelor manages to do in two seasons what the original hasn’t accomplished in 20 — put a person of color at the center of the action. When Quinn promotes Rachel to Everlasting producer, she looks to make history by casting the first black suitor. Meanwhile, Chet tries to regain control of the show.
Scream ( 11 p.m., MTV) – Maggie reveals a secret from Emma’s past; Noah follows a creepy lead for his podcast; a newbie is welcomed to town.
Woman (10 p.m., VICELAND) – This episode explores the cycle of incarceration in America, where more women are locked up than in any other country, making their children seven times more likely to also end up in jail.
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