Thursday: Halloween’s Horror Film Bounty

BrideOfFrankensteinAs prime time will be interrupted by trick or treaters all night, Dean Cain counts down “The 13 Scariest Movies of All Time” (CW, 8 p.m.). They’re not saying what they are but I’m guessing the list won’t overlap the fine roster of classic horror assembled tonight by Turner Classic Movies that starts with “Bride of Frankenstein” (8 p.m.) and continues with “The Devil-Doll” (9:30 p.m.), “House of Usher” (11 p.m.), “Pit and the Pendulum” (12:30 a.m.), “The Haunted Palace” (2 a.m.), “Die, Monster, Die!” (3:45 a.m.) and “The Curse of Frankenstein” (5:15 a.m.).

It starts much earlier on TCM with “Freaks” (6:45 a.m.) and continues with “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (8 a.m.), “The Bat” (9:45 a.m.), “House on Haunted Hill” (11:15 a.m.), “Black Cats and Broomsticks” (12:45 p.m.), “From Beyond the Grave” (1 p.m.), “Black Sabbath” (2:45 p.m.), “Chamber of Horrors” (4:30 p.m.), “House of Wax” (6:15 p.m.).

Other contenders for scariest movies are scattered on several channels all day, including “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (BBC America, 5:30 p.m.), “Beetlejuice” (Paramount, 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.), “Return to Halloweentown” (Disney, 6:40 p.m.), “Hocus Pocus” (Freeform, 6:45 and 8:50 p.m.), the 1978 “Halloween” (AMC, 7 p.m.),  “Get Out” (FX, 7:30 p.m.), the 2018 “Halloween” (HBO, 8 p.m.), “Friday the 13th” (IFC, 7 p.m.), “It” (TBS, 8 p.m.), “Teen Wolf” (CMT, 8 p.m.), “Rosemary’s Baby” (Epix, 8 p.m.), “Halloweentown” (Disney, 8:20 p.m.), “Boo! A Madea Halloween” (Syfy, 8:30 p.m.), “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later” (AMC, 9 p.m.), “Trick ‘r Treat” (IFC, 9:15 p.m.), “Hell Fest” (Showtime, 9:30 p.m.), “Slender Man” (Starz, 9:55 p.m.), “Hostel” (Cinemax, 11 p.m.), “The Dead Zone” (Sundance, 1 a.m.) and “Sinister” (IFC, 1:30 a.m.).

It’s telling, though, that the one new movie tonight is for an entirely different holiday (though if you’ve delayed going to the store to get your Halloween candy until today you’ll see it may be more timely than it appears), “A Nostalgic Christmas” (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m.). Or as another movie puts it, “Christmas Around the Corner” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.).

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Wednesday TV: A Game 7 for Devil’s Night

IMG_1341They went to the trouble of making Halloween promos, but “The Masked Singer” won’t be seen again until next month after a two week absence, due to the existence of a decisive Game 7 of the World Series, with Washington at Houston (Fox, 8 p.m.). No home team has won a game yet, so place your bets accordingly.

It’s the last time they’ll celebrate Halloween on “Modern Family” (ABC, 9 p.m.), a great tradition. But they also mark the holiday on shows from “Riverdale” (CW, 8 p.m.)  and “Single Parents” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.)  to “Forged in Fire” (History, 9 p.m.).

But Barry has a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” party on “The Goldbergs” (ABC, 8 p.m.); CB plays “The Blair Witch Project” to students on “Schooled” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.).

The once-maligned borough gets its due in the nostalgic “The Bronx, USA” (HBO, 9 p.m.), a documentary from the show biz manager George Shapiro, that includes appearances from his client Carl Reiner, as well as Alan Alda, Melissa Manchester, rapper Melle Mel and former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.

“Nova” (PBS, 9 p.m.) looks into that time 66 million years ago, after the dinosaurs died off, when the mammals took over.

Today is a day you could compare Kennedy McMann from the current series “Nancy Drew” (CW, 9 p.m.) to Bonita Granville in the 1938 “Nancy Drew … Detective” (TCM, 8:15 a.m.).

A fourth season of Canada’s “Baroness Von Sketch Show” (IFC, midnight) begins with a couple of episodes.

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Monday TV: The Fire Last Time

FireEven as California is engulfed in flames again this year with the Getty Fire, “Frontline” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) takes an inside look at the 2018 Camp Fire there that began a one year ago next week. The deadliest fire in California history killed more than 85 people, destroyed almost 19,000 homes and caused an estimated $16.5 billion in damage. Jane McMullen’s “Fire in Paradise” tries to find blame for the fire, which was sparked by a failed power line and had a delayed evacuation order. Climate change may make such fires more frequent, it concludes.

A documentary, “Any One of Us” (HBO, 9 p.m.), follows pro mountain biker Paul Basagoitia’s path to recovery after a spinal cord injury.

The World Series returns to Texas for Game 6 with Washington at Houston (Fox, 8 p.m.) and no

The comic, former talk show host and “Celebrity Apprentice” winner presents his first standup comedy special “Arsenio Hall: Smart & Classy” (Netflix, streaming).

Halloween infuses just about every sitcom tonight, from “The Conners” (ABC, 8 p.m.) and “Blesss This Mess” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.) to “Mixed-ish” (ABC, 9 p.m.) and “Black-ish” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.). But also “The Flash” (CW, 8 p.m.).

A new episode of “RetroReport” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) looks at sex ed and Napster.

Knockout rounds continue on “The Voice” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

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Dave Chappelle Snares Mark Twain Prize

TwainThe 22nd recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Sunday was a hometown hero, comedian Dave Chappelle — a perfect pairing, said comic Sarah Silverman, since “you both love using the n-word.”

The marching band of his Washington D.C. alma mater, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, joined in on the Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” to start the long event, which will be edited for broadcast early next year in what’s likely the most-bleeped program ever on PBS.

A roster of musicians and hip-hop artists — including Common, John Legend, Q-Tip, Erykah Badu and yasiin bey, the former Mos Def — joined the comics on the roster, which included Tiffany Haddish, Jon Stewart and Aziz Ansari to demonstrate the way Chappelle has always brought together artists and musicians, in the manner of his 2005 film “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” that served as a coming out party after he abruptly quit his wildly successful “Chappelle’s Show” that made him a superstar.

Morgan Freeman served as a master of ceremonies in an event that drew another Hollywood star to the stage in Bradley Cooper, who directed and co-starred with the comic in “A Star is Born,” calling their scene together “probably the best scene I’ve ever done with another actor.”

But the Kennedy Center audience was filled with celebrity friends including Chris Tucker, Chance the Rapper, Michelle Wolf, Jeff Ross, Marlon Wayans and George Lopez — as well as the patrons of the Kennedy Center.

“I had no idea you had so many old white fans,” said Michael Che of “Saturday Night Live.” “I feel like I died and went to Brooks Brothers.”

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Monday TV: All the Babies from Boise

Made In BoiseIt’s not just known for potatoes anymore. Idaho has become a leading center in surrogacy, drawing hopeful parents from around the world. A new documentary “Made in Boise” looks at four women sharing their experiences with intended parents, making its debut on “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings).

Other documentaries today include “A 3 Minute Hug” (Netflix, streaming), about a moment last year when families who had been separated by the U.S.-Mexico border policies have a brief reunion, and “Little Miss Sumo” (Netflix, streaming) about a young female wrestler in Japan.

It probably came at just the wrong time, but the look back at the Times Square skin trade and porn industry “The Deuce” (HBO, 9 p.m.) doled out some interesting character studies and fine performances. The series from David Simon and George Pelecanos all ends tonight with the third season finale, with key decisions to make, as the world changes around them.

Ashley Jensen’s sleuth becomes a pro detective in the Halloween special “Agatha Raisin & the Haunted House” (Acorn TV, streaming).

He’s averaging three to seven points lower than anybody else, six points below the person eliminated last week, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, but Sean Spicer still remains in the remaining eight on “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC, 8 p.m.). Maybe it’s time to look into Russian meddling in the vote. Tonight has a Halloween theme.

Taylor Swift returns to mentor on “The Voice” (NBC, 8 p.m.) as battles end and the knockout rounds begin.

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Sunday TV: Hahn Embodies ‘Mrs. Fletcher’

mrs-fletcherThe oft-seen Kathryn Hahn stars in the new series “Mrs. Fletcher” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.), as a woman who begins to rediscover her own sexual life after her son goes off to school on his considerably dopier quest.

Tom Perrotta has adapted his book with more control than he had on, say, “The Leftovers,” so there is more humor and observation of the American scene. Hahn is very good as usual, though you can see what’s going to happen from the first moments — as in the book.

It premieres after the fifth and final season from “Silicon Valley” (HBO, 10 p.m.), which has remained consistently sharp and funny as it tackles the tech world. It begins with Richard messing up a Congressional Hearing like no one since, say, Zuckerberg did last week.

“The Affair” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) has had an unexpectedly strong final season, reliving past actions through a lens of #MeToo that seems accurate and painful. But it also ends tonight after five seasons with something else even more immediate from the news – threatening California wildfires.

There is more sports than usual on prime time broadcast TV for a Sunday night, with Game 5 of the World Series, Houston at Washington (NBC, 8:15 p.m.) with the series tied up 2-2.

Sunday Night Football has Green Bay at Kansas City (NBC, 8:15 p.m.). Earlier games include Arizona at New Orleans (CBS, 1 p.m.), Philadelphia at Buffalo (Fox, 1 p.m.) and Cleveland at New England (CBS, 4:25 p.m.).

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Saturday TV: October’s Christmas Start

XmasKissesHalloween won’t come for another five days, but already here comes the onslaught of Christmas movies that will run nonstop until the end of the year. The forced cheer is reflected in the title of the season’s first original, “Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.), based on the book by Jenny Hale, in which Jill Wagner, above, plays a decorator hired to decorate the estate of a businessman (Matthew Davies) for the holidays. Donna Millis is also part of the cast.

Predictable stuff, but something new this season may be real competition from Lifetime promising even more original Christmas movies than Hallmark. Their first is “The Road Home for Christmas” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), in which dueling pianists Marla Sokoloff and Rob Mayes find themselves without a gig on Christmas Eve (which is certainly understandable). So they decide to go to their nearby hometowns together. Maria Osmond also stars.

Other networks celebrate days that also do not coordinate with the calendar, such as IFC which brings an onslaught of the slasher series starting this morning with “Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan” (9 a.m.), “Friday the 13th Part IX: Jason Goes to Hell” (11:15 a.m.), “Friday the 13th” (1:15 and 3:15 p.m.), “Friday the 13th, Part 2” (5:30 p.m.), “Friday the 13th Part III” (7:30 p.m.), “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” (9:30 p.m.) and “Friday the 13th – A New Beginning” (11:30 p.m.).

The only prime time college football today is Notre Dame at Michigan (ABC, 7:30 p.m.). (The rest of the games are listed below).

More prominent, sportswise, is Game 4 of the World Series, with Houston at Washington (Fox, 7:30 p.m.). Nats still lead 2-1. And I’ll be in the nosebleed section.

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Friday: Eddie Murphy’s ‘Dolemite’ on TV

dolemite-stillAnother anticipated movie with the near-simultaneous opening in theaters is streaming is Eddie Murphy’s take on a Blaxploitation hero, “Dolemite Is My Name” (Netflix, streaming). He stars as comedian Rudy Ray Moore, who starred in the 1972 cult classic “Dolemite.” The comedy also stars Keegan-Michael Key, Craig Robinson and Snoop Dogg.

A second season starts for the award-winning “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix, streaming) with Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, joined this season by Paul Reiser and Jane Seymour.

The fifth and final season of perhaps the best loved animated streaming series is here: “Bojack Horseman” (Netflix, streaming).

Not to be confused with the Netflix series of a dozen years ago, the Brazilian import “Brotherhood” (Netflix, streaming) is a new series about a lawyer who finds her estranged brother is in prison and a leader of a criminal group. So she’s asked to become an informant. Starring Naruna Costa, Seu Jorge and Hermila Guedes.

In the new film “Rattlesnake” (Netflix, streaming), Carmen Ejogo stars as a single mother driving cross country with her daughter when her car breaks down and she’s bitten by the titular snake.

A second season of the plain mean hidden camera scare show, “Prank Encounters” (Netflix, streaming) begins, hosted by that kid from “Stranger Things,” Gaten Matarazzo.

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Thursday TV: Learning to Drive in Riyadh

SaudiDrivingSchoolHere’s a look at a bold new business that opened in Riyadh after some loosening of restrictions on women, the documentary “Saudi Women’s Driving School” (HBO, 9 p.m.). It’s directed by Erica Gornall

In the new series “Daybreak” (Netflix, streaming), a California teenager searches for lost love, except he has to do it in a post-apocalyptic zombie world. Colin Ford stars with Sophie Simnett, Matthew Broderick and Cody Kearsley. Based on the comic by Brian Ralph.

The failure of “Sunnyside” to bring an audience causes “Will & Grace” (NBC, 9:30 p.m.) to begin its 11th and final season. (Its return in 2017 after an 11 year absence season wasn’t quite the ratings blockbuster expected either. It once drew as many as 17 million viewers weekly in 2001; last year it averaged  just 5.3 million). On tonight’s episode, Grace returns from Europe a new woman, Jack has a yard sale and Karen teaches Will phone sex techniques.

In the made-for-TV movie “Kindred Spirits” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), Thora Birch plays a woman is visited by a younger sister after a long absence (Caitlin Stasey), who wants to inject herself into her life with her daughter (Sasha Frolova).

Meredith has a court hearing after skipping out on community service on “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

On “Supernatural” (CW, 8 p.m.), Castle can’t forgive an arrogant betrayal.

Glen has a health scare on “Superstore” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

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Wednesday TV: Tyler Perry’s Empire Grows

The-Oval-BETTyler Perry’s latest soap takes an upstairs/downstairs look at the White House. “The Oval” (BET, VH1, 9 p.m.), written, produced and directed by Perry, stars Ed Quinn and Kron Moore(above) as the first couple. Javon Johnson and Ptosha Storey are the White House butler and his wife. As it begins, plans are made for the inaugural ball, but tragedy strikes.

It’s paired with another new series written, produced and created by Perry: “Sistas” (BET, VH1, 10 p.m.), starring KJ Smith, Ebony Obsidian, Mignon Von and Novi Brown as single women from different walks of life.

In the new series “Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner” (Netflix, streaming), Momofuku chef David Chang visits four different locales with famous people, tasting local cuisine. They include Kate McKinnon in Cambodia, Vancouver with Seth Rogen, Los Angeles with Lena Waithe and Chrissy Teigen in Morocco.

In the four-part miniseries “The Cry” (Sundance, 11 p.m.) stars Jenna Coleman of “Doctor Who” fame, as a mother who loses her baby while visiting family in Australia. Based on the Helen FitzGerald novel of the same name, the UK?Australian co-production also stars Ewen Leslie, and was previously seen on the streaming service Sundance Now.

The Stephen King series “Castle Rock” (Hulu, streaming) returns for a second season, with Tim Robbins joining the cast. The show which picks up on various King stories, will touch on themes from “Salem’s Lot” and particularly “Misery,” this time with Lizzy Caplan in the old Kathy Bates role. Also featured: Elsie Fisher of “Eighth Grade.”

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