Tuesday TV: Political ‘Horror Story’

american-horror-story-cult-opening-creditsYes, Election Night unfolded as a horror story for many last November, but it ham-handedly becomes the theme on the seventh  iteration of “American Horror Story: Cult” (FX, 10 p.m.). It rattles the returning Sarah Paulson so much, it triggers her killer clown-phobia (which was kind of in the news last year as well).

The annoying guy who is in every season of “AHS,” Evan Peters, plays a kind of scary MAGA guy with blue hair and a man bun, who tries to shake things up in suburban Detroit.

It all seems to threaten the household with two moms, Paulson and Alison Pill, if not the whole community. There’s also an infiltrating evil nanny, which seems to borrow from a Lifetime trope. But it’s overall so cheesy, it may even make you feel better about the political situation: bogus bad politicians are no more scary than bogus clowns.

Elsewhere, the podcast champ (and co-star of “Glow”) returns to standup on “Marc Maron: Too Real” (Netflix, streaming).

“The Bold Type” (Freeform, 9 p.m.) has its first season finale, with Jane writing her last article.

A finale also comes for season two of “Shooter” (USA, 10 p.m.).

Part two of “Road to 9/11” (History, 9 p.m.) as the focus turns to Osama bin Laden from 1995 to 2000.

The FBI closes in on the Montana cabin on “Manhunt: Unabomber” (Discovery, 10 p.m.).

The live semifinals begin on “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 8 p.m.)

At four hours a week, it seems high time to wrap  the increasingly tiresome “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

“Below Deck” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) begins its fifth season.

Less nautical, surprisingly, is the third season of the sports documentary series, now focusing on one of the services, “A Season with Navy Football” (Showtime, 10 p.m.).

The prosecution asks for the death penalty for “The Murder of Laci Peterson” (A&E, 10 p.m.).

A prom or two occurs on “The Fosters” (Freeform, 8 p.m.).

Laura is betrayed by Tom on “Somewhere Between” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

“Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” (Travel, 9 p.m.) goes to Florida.

On “Being Mary Jane” (BET, 10 p.m), the family adjusts to Paul and Helen’s divorce.

Brooke gets back into the ring on “Rattled” (TLC, 10 p.m.).

Laurieann Gibson loses patience with the “Dance Moms” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.).

Artists on “Face Off; Game Face” (Syfy, 9 p.m.) create human-fish hybrids.

“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” (A&E, 9 p.m.) has a round table on how to reach the practice’s top.

Nancy Grace, Tyson Beckford, RuPaul, Weird Al Yankovic, Daymond John and Margaret Cho play “Hollywood Game Night” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

New to daytime talk shows today is a very familiar face: Steve Harvey. “Steve” (check local listings) is something like the fifth current show from the former King of Comedy. He’ll pull out his usual box of facial expressions and tricks with his first guests, Chelsea Handler, Marlon Wayans and James Arthur.

Other daytime shows start new seasons today including “The View” (ABC, 11 a.m.) and “Ellen DeGeneres” (Check local listings).

A month-long Tuesday night salute to the movies of Jennifer Jones begins on Turner Classic Movies with “The Song of Bernadette” (8 p.m.), “Love Letters” (11 p.m.), “Cluny Brown” (1 a.m.), “Duel in the Sun” (3 a.m.) and “Since You Went Away” (5:30 a.m.).

Quarterfinals start at the U.S. Open (ESPN, noon, 7 p.m.).

In soccer, World Cup qualifying matches include Italy vs. Israel (Fox Sports 1, 2:45 p.m.), Iceland vs. Ukraine (Fo Sports 2, 2:45 p.m.),, U.S. at Honduras (beIN Sports, 5:20 p.m.), Paraguay vs. Uruguay (beIN Sports, 7:50 p.m.) and Costa Rica vs. Mexico (beIN Sports, 10 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Sam Heughan, Henrik Lundqvist, Jonathan and Drew Scott. The Talk: LL Cool J (rerun). Harry Connick: Sandra Bullock, Kevin James, Taraji P. Henson (rerun). Steve Harvey: Chelsea Handler, Marlon Wayans, James Arthur. Ellen DeGeneres: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg. Wendy Williams: Keke Palmer (rerun). The Real: Denise Boutte, Michelle Williams (rerun).

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Graham Norton, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. Jimmy Kimmel: Steve Harvey, Bill Skarsgard, Anderson East. Jimmy Fallon: Sarah Paulson, Tig Notaro, Luis Fonsi. Seth Meyers: Jake Tapper, Gwendoline Christie, Gary Clark Jr. James Corden: Kathy Bates, Ed Helms. Carson Daly: Lake Bell, Royal Blood, Andrea Savage. Trevor Noah: Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. Conan O’Brien: Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal, Taron Egerton, Colin Firth (rerun).


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