Thursday TV: A New Swing at ‘The Witches’

Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth and Chris Rock are all part of a remake of “Roald Dahl’s The Witches” (HBO Max, streaming). The remake of the 1990 Angelica Huston feature is from Robert Zemeckis, working with Guillermo del Toro and Kenya Barris among others. The boy at the center of the coven is played by Jahzir Bruno. 

More scary, perhaps is the final Presidential Debate (ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, CSPAN, Fox News, 9 p.m.) where the MVP will likely be the mute button instated by the Debate Commission after the disastrous first debate. Naturally, Trump has complained about it, just as he’s unfairly criticized the moderator, Kristen Welker of NBC News, possibly because she is a woman of color. It all happens live at Belmont University in Nashville.

Instant analysis, or rapid ridicule is available on a live edition of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS, 11:35 p.m.). 

The Norwegian import “Cadaver” (Netflix, streaming) is a thriller about a family tries to survive following a nuclear disaster. 

The new four-episode dramatic series that looks at early leaders in the gay rights movement, “Equal” (HBO Max, streaming) actually begins tonight, with a cast that includes Cheyenne Jackson as Dale Jennings and Anthony Rapp as Harry Hay. 

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