‘The Way Down: God, Greed and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin’ profiles the late Tennessee pastor and diet guru

The higher the hair, the closer to God.
The higher the hair, the closer to God. Photo by Scott Sabo, CC/SA

Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 29: The Chestnut Man — Can't get enough Scandinavian crime drama? Gorge yourself on a Danish series about a serial murderer whose calling card is a doll made of chestnuts and sticks. (Mmm ... gorge .... Danish ... nuts.) (Netflix)

No One Gets Out Alive — A Mexican woman moves into a Cleveland boarding house, only to find it's a haven for vengeful ghosts. I'll tell you what, that sounds like another of those Stephen Miller schemes right there. (Netflix)

Séance — Havoc ensues when students at a girls' school try to contact a dead classmate. But all they wanted was to find out where she hid the Love's Baby Soft! (Shudder)

Premieres Thursday, Sept. 30: The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo — I was going to joke that Elmo's guests in Season 2 include Lil Nas X, but then I remembered that actually happened in Season 1. So now I'm going to joke that Elmo's guests in Season 2 include DaBaby, so we'll all have something really fun to look back on in a year and a half. (HBO Max)

The Problem With Jon Stewart — The legendary late-night host resurfaces, this time with a current-affairs program that tackles a different pressing issue every week. Issue No. 1: "Boy, was I right about Tucker Carlson or what?" (Apple TV+)

Ten-Year-Old Tom — Series creator Steve Dildarian voices the title role of a perpetually overwhelmed kid in a show that looks a little like Home Movies, a little like South Park ... and with Tim Robinson among the guest stars, hopefully has a few coffin flops as well. (HBO Max)

Unidentified With Demi Lovato — When you learn that Demi Lovato is hosting a series about the search for extraterrestrial life, you're tempted to chalk it up as a "what's the matter with kids today?" moment. But our generation actually thought Leonard Nimoy knew where Bigfoot was! (Peacock)

The Way Down: God, Greed and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin — A new docuseries profiles the late Tennessee pastor and diet guru, whose church got caught up in a lurid case of child murder. But listen, somebody's got to provide an alternative to those godless secular pageants. (HBO Max)

Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs — Half a century after the fact, the caretakers of Hanna-Barbera's Flintstones property think we want another spinoff focused on Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. Yeah, maybe in a world where Weirdly and Creepella Gruesome never existed. Jerks. (HBO Max)

Premieres Friday, Oct. 1: Diana: The Musical — In a highly unconventional move, this musical-theater tribute to the People's Princess is coming to streaming a month before it debuts on Broadway. In Diana's favor, being dead makes her only slightly less likely to prevail in a breach-of-contract suit than Scarlett Johansson. (Netflix)

The Guilty — Jake Gyllenhaal's turn as a 911 dispatcher saw a limited theatrical release a week ago. And the movie itself is a remake of the 2018 Danish thriller of the same name. In other words, this entire blurb would only be less timely if I posted it on Friendster. (Netflix)

LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales — The Star Wars franchise gets its very own "Treehouse of Horror" with a trilogy of animated shorts that explore the dark side of the Force. "Oh sure, and I'm the asshole," grumbles Rian Johnson. (Disney+)

Maid — Margaret Qualley plays a single mom who finds work as a housecleaner in a limited series that'll remind you how much you liked those unemployment benefits. (Netflix)

The Many Saints of Newark — The Sopranos prequel arrives in theaters today. But if you watch it at home, nobody gets hurt. Capiche? (HBO Max)

Premieres Monday, Oct. 4: On My Block — The fourth and final season of this series about inner-city L.A. youths finds gangbanger Cesar predicting that he'll die in the streets while his girlfriend, Monse, becomes a professional writer. But points to him for not lording it over her that he'll be the one getting off easy. (Netflix)


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