Rocktober is a pretty cheesy seasonal phrase, but it’s a whole lot better than Monstober, which the Disney Channel is advancing to promote the Halloween-themed episodes of its regular series.
But there’s also a new movie, “Girl vs. Monster” (Disney, 8 p.m.), in which a fearless teen learns she has a monster hunter heritage. Which is better than the listing that says “a girl unleashes a monster when she disobeys her parents and attends a Halloween party. “Kickin’ It” star Olivia Holt is the girl in question.
More horror movies tonight include the Stephen King double play of “Christine” (AMC, 8 p.m.) and “Pet Sematary” (AMC, 10 p.m.), as well as “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare” (Flix, 8 p.m.), “Hellraiser: Inferno” (Flix, 9:30 p.m.) and “Scream” (Encore, 10 p.m.).
If you’re looking for “Made in Jersey” you’re out of luck. The CBS law show was the first new show of the fall season to be cancelled after just two episodes. For now the network is providing a supposedly new episode of “NCIS” (CBS, 8 p.m.), bumping up the new “CSI: New York” (CBS, 9 p.m.).
For your Garden State fix, you’ll have to settle for reruns of the original “Jersey Shore” (MTV, 8 and 9 p.m.).
Dresses out of pillowcases? A business plan is presented on “Shark Tank” (ABC, 8 p.m.).
Ben Affleck, Darrell Issa, Ann Coulter, Brian Schweitzer and Sheila Bair are scheduled guests on “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.).
A finale comes for the first season “Cheer” (CMT, 10 p.m.) at the world cheerleading championship, of course.
The “Secret Princes” (TLC, 10 p.m.) finally come clean about their monarchies to their American ladies.
Catch the premieres of “Arrow” (The CW, 8 p.m.) and “Beauty and the Beast” (The CW, 9 p.m.) from earlier in the week.
When someone is eliminated on “Ultimate Fighter Fridays” (FX, 10 p.m.), it doesn’t mean they die, does it?
Winners will be determined once and for all in the final divisional series games of Orioles at Yankees (TBS, 5 p.m.) and Cardinals at Nationals (TBS, 8:30 p.m.).
Cuba’s National Art Schools get the focus on “Voces on PBS” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings).
Finally, Disney’s penchant for live action talking dog comedies filters down to sitcoms with the new “Dog with a Blog” (Disney, 9:40 p.m.) featuring Beth Littleford.
The salute to political films on Turner Classic Movies continues with George Cukor’s “Born Yesterday” (8 p.m.) with Judy Holliday, Preston Sturges’ “The Great McGinty” (11 p.m.) and “I Married a Witch” (12:30 a.m.) as well as a replay of the special “A Night at the Movies: Hollywood Goes to Washington” (10 p.m.).
Later, it’s motorcycle flicks: “The Born Losers” (2 a.m.) and “The Wild One” (4 a.m.).
“Titanic: Blood & Steel” (Encore, 8 and 9 p.m.) rolls on its second to last night.
Erin’s ex is up against her in court on “Blue Bloods” (CBS, 10 p.m.).
The historians are stuck in the woods on “Fringe” (Fox, 9 p.m.).
In college football, it’s Navy at Central Michigan (ESPN2, 8 p.m.). There’s some college hockey too from Kansas City with Maine vs. Notre Dame (NBC Sports, 7 p.m.) and Army vs. Nebraska-Omaha (NBC Sports, 10 p.m.), my alma mater.
And there are a couple of the first NBA preseason games with Detroit at Toronto (NBA, 7 p.m.) and Portland at Phoenix (NBA, 10 p.m.).
Kelly & Michael: Salma Hayek, Kyle MacLachlan. Katie Couric: Kevin James, Allison Tate. The View: Michael Strahan, Jewel, Lara Spencer. The Talk: Megan Mullally, Zachary Knighton, Kyle Schuneman, Shemar Moore. Ellen DeGeneres: Kate Walsh, Mike Epps, Anthony Robles.
David Letterman: John Goodman, Jeff Altman, Jamey Johnson with Alison Krauss. Jay Leno: Whitney Cummings, Rove McManus, the Script. Jimmy Kimmel: Amy Poehler, Alan Arkin, Garbage (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Salma Hayek Pinault, Andrew Lincoln, Peter Gabriel, Ben Gleib (rerun). Craig Ferguson: Dennis Quaid, Ellie Kemper (rerun). Carson Daly: Billy Corgan, Gilles Walker, Andrew Bird (rerun). Tavis Smiley: Ethan Hawke. Chelsea Handler: Jennifer garner, John Caparulo, Ali Wong, Ben Gleib (rerun).
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