Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Discover how the prolific creator of All in the Family effected social change through his groundbreaking sitcoms and activism. American Masters profiles television legend Norman Lear – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

If you’ve been online in the past 24 hours, you know that fans of The Walking Dead are reacting to last night’s season premiere. Granted, it’s not a PBS show – but you may get a kick out of Monty Python’s John Cleese catching you up on the first six seasons of the pop culture staple. (Warning: video is incredibly NSFW.)

Speaking of funnymen, Bill Murray receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Tune in for that Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Great news for fans of the furry red Muppet: Elmo’s World is returning to Sesame Street!

Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie premieres next week and, as such, Benedict Cumberbatch will be making the rounds on the late night chat shows. Check out this fantastic video from the Jimmy Kimmel show in which Jimmy discovers that the Master of the Mystic Arts is not a party magician.

Now let’s see who’s celebrating birthdays this week, shall we?

October 24

Dervla Kirwan (Assumpta Fitzgerald, Ballykissangel) turns 45

October 26

Roger Allam (DI Thursday, Endeavour) is 63

October 27

John Cleese (Monty Python’s Flying Circus; Fawlty Towers) celebrates his 77th

October 28

Matt Smith (Doctor Who) is 34

Oliver Dimsdale (Mr. Keen, Mr. Selfridge) has his 44th

David Dixon (Ford Prefect, The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy) turns 69

October 29

Robert Hardy (Siegfried Farnon, All Creatures Great And Small) celebrates 91

October 30

Clémence Poésy (Elise Wassermann, The Tunnel) is 34