TV highlights: Meeting Samantha on ‘Carrie Diaries’


New NBC drama "Dracula" stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers. (Jonathon Hession/NBC)
October 23, 2013

SERIES PREMIERE: Another competitive fashion reality series is coming to TV. Produced by Rihanna, “Styled to Rock” (Bravo at 8 p.m.) is more about what to wear on stage than what to wear on the runway. The contestant who proves he or she has a trend-setting vision fit for a star will receive a $100,000 cash prize, a fashion feature in Glamour magazine and the chance to become the next member of Rihanna’s design team.

RETURNING SHOW: Our time has come to meet a young Samantha Jones as she makes her debut on the Season 2 opener of “The Carrie Diaries” (CW at 8). High-society drama forms elsewhere as Mouse attempts to ignore Maggie at the country club.

RETURNING SHOW: The boys are back for the fourth season of “Gold Rush” (Discovery at 9), with Parker receiving some bad news and the Dakota crew forced to find a route over thin ice.

After success at the box office, Showtime is airing “Springsteen & I” (9), an intimate look at Bruce Springsteen and his most devoted fans. Interviews and never-before-seen archival footage give fans a new take on the Boss.

RETURNING SHOW: Zombies find their way into the fairy-tale world in the Season 3 opener of “Grimm” (NBC at 9). Juliette, Monroe, Rosalind and Hank are forced to fend off the undead while Adalind takes on a grisly task to regain her powers.

SERIES PREMIERE: New drama “Dracula” (NBC at 10) debuts, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the titular vampire character. Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever says, “ ‘Dracula’ shows a lot of skill when it comes to launching a swift-paced series and weaving together several taut story lines and characters. . . . Rhys Meyers is an adequately creepy vampire and there is sex, style, mystery and ad­ven­ture all around. Only one crucial piece is missing: ‘Dracula’ isn’t scary.”

SERIES PREMIERE: A prequel drama series to “Strike Back,” which ended last week, “Strike Back: Origins” (Cinemax at 10) tells the story of John Porter, a Special Air Services member who notices a connection between a current hostage situation and a mission he ran in Iraq in 2003.

RETURNING SHOW: Four bachelor princes move to Austin, where they find jobs and shed their royal facades to find a suitable mate on “Secret Princes” (TLC at 10).

Cher makes an appearance on the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35).

Comedian Wanda Sykes and journalist Richard Engel come to “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC at 11:35). Scott McCreery is the musical guest.

— Rachel Lubitz

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