Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of Oct. 20

Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in a scene from 'The Counselor.'
Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in a scene from 'The Counselor.'

Big screen

Opening Friday

The Counselor (R): Ridley Scott directs the first original screenplay by the revered novelist Cormac McCarthy ( No Country for Old Men, Blood Meridian). Michael Fassbender stars as a lawyer whose life is upended after he dabbles in the drug trade. Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Brad Pitt round out the cast.

Jackass: Bad Grandpa (R): Johnny Knoxville stars as an 86-year-old grandfather who takes his 8-year-old grandson on a cross-country trip, stopping at every inappropriate spot possible (including strip joints, funeral homes and biker bars). Shot largely with hidden cameras using real people, a la Borat.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

What If...Armageddon 1962 (10 p.m. Tuesday, Military Channel): About a month after John F. Kennedy was elected president in 1960, a disgruntled postal worker — yeah, those guys were around even back then — plotted to kill him with a bomb at the Kennedy family compound in Palm Beach. This alternative-history documentary asks: What if the plot had succeeded? What would have happened two years later when the United States went eyeball to eyeball with the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis with the presidency in the hands of Lyndon Johnson instead of Kennedy?

Blackfish (9 p.m. Thursday, CNN): Now that Dexter’s gone, Orlando has all the best serial killers, including the subject of this documentary: the killer whale at Sea World who has been involved in the deaths of three humans in the past two decades.

Dracula (10 p.m. Friday, NBC): Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the thirsty count in NBC’s deliciously conspiratorial and delectably carnal new series, which returns us back to Dracula’s original setting in London of the 1890s.

Zombie Night (9 p.m. Saturday, Syfy): The 1980s’ most famous mermaid (Daryl Hannah, Splash) and most famous teenage dork (Anthony Michael Hall, Sixteen Candles) team with the 1970s’ most relentlessly chipper screen mom (Shirley Jones, The Partridge Family) team to fight brain-eating ghouls. Not really sure whom I’m rooting for here.

Glenn Garvin

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