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Channel Surfing: Awesome TV picks for the week of 10/04/2021

A pair of relaunches and a YA novel adaptation.

All the Channel Surfing TV picks this week involve previously established IP; there are a pair of relaunches along with a YA novel adaptation. Return to the series that spurred several spin-offs and inspired a generation to be interested in forensic sciences in CSI: Vegas. Explore a high school murder mystery in One of Us is Lying. Then a classic children’s game show is reimagined for adults in Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Back to Sin City

The original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ran for 15 seasons but has been off the air for over six years. When it was originally announced that the show would be receiving a sequel in the form of a limited series, the premiere date was to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the first episode. Now, only a year late, CSI: Vegas is coming this week.

Much has changed since we last viewed the Las Vegas Police Department’s crime scene investigation laboratories. An all-new team has set up shop and technology has advanced providing more ways to catch a criminal. But that only means they have gotten smarter to cover their tracks. When a particular case involves a familiar face, Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle return to their own stomping grounds.

CSI: Vegas premieres Wednesday, October 6, on CBS.

Who Can Be Trusted?

Author, Mary M. McManus, released her debut novel, One of Us Is Lying, a few years back to relatively positive reviews. The book was so well received, that it remained on the New York Times best-seller list for 166 weeks. With such success, it was only a matter of time before someone adapted it for another medium.

A new series with the same name and premise is arriving soon. The story begins with five high school students in detention with one of them, the founder of an online gossip group to snitch on their peers, dies from an allergic reaction. When it is determined that the death isn’t an accident, the other four students become the prime suspects and each has their own reasons for the student’s demise.

The first three episodes of One of Us Is Lying drop Thursday, October 7, on Peacock.

Artifact Hunting

In the 80s and 90s, Nickelodeon was home to some of the best children’s game shows. From Double Dare to Guts to Figure it Out, kids had chances to win some great prizes including trips to Six Flags or astronaut camp. One of their other beloved shows was Legends of the Hidden Temple.

It is receiving an update and caters to the adults who grew up with the original as contestants. The show also is updated being filmed in an outdoor jungle setting with tougher challenges and bigger prizes — $25,000 to be exact. Don’t worry though, because Olmec, the Moat Crossing, the Steps of Knowledge, the Temple Games, the Temple Run, and the iconic team names of Purple Parrots, Blue Barracudas, Orange Iguanas, Red Jaguars, Silver Snakes, and Green Monkeys all return.

The series premiere of Legends of the Hidden Temple is Sunday, October 10, on The CW.

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