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Fall TV season preview

September 19, 2010|By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic

"Luther" ( BBC America, 10 p.m.) Dark detective drama with Idris Elba hunting psychos and serial killers as he battles his inner demons and pines, as so many TV lawmen seem to nowadays, for his estranged wife. High-style unpleasantness is balanced by nicely matter-of-fact performances from Elba, boss Saskia Reeves and Ruth Wilson as his personal sociopathic human Tinkerbelle.

Monday, Oct. 25

"Dead Set" (IFC, 11:59 p.m.). British-import zombie show, from journalist-comedian Charlie Brooker, slips in just ahead of AMC's "The Walking Dead." Satirical, because zombies always are — the series is set in and around the U.K. "Big Brother" house — and profane, because it's British. But not really a comedy. Tense and gross, rather, in the tradition.

Sunday, Oct. 31

"The Walking Dead" (AMC, 10 p.m.). The deliberate pacing that's become AMC's stock in trade would seem naturally to lead to zombies, the slowest ex-people on Earth. Frank Darabont ( "The Shawshank Redemption") directs from the Robert Kirkman comic, with Andrew Lincoln as the cop searching for his family among the flesh-eaters.

To be announced:

"Body of Proof" (ABC) Hot coroner Dana Delaney, sidelined by an accident from a brilliant surgical career, cuts up corpses for cops, then solves their cases for them.

"Secret Millionaire" (ABC) New in network only, this show bears the same title and working parts as a Fox series from 2008, itself based on a British series. A rich person goes incognito among the poor, "searching for unsung heroes who need his help," which is to say, money. Says one multimillionaire, walking L.A.'s Skid Row, "Quite honestly, this neighborhood's pretty depressing."

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