Monthly Archives: October 2017

Tuesday TV: Halloween and Beyond

Halloween means horror all day on Turner Classic Movies with “White Zombie” (8:45 a.m.), “Mad Love” (10 a.m.), “Dementia 13” (11:30 a.m.), “13 Ghosts” (1 p.m.), “The Fearless Vampire Killers” (2:30 p.m.), “House of Wax” (4:30 p.m.) and “Poltergeist” (6 p.m.). Primetime means Boris Karloff and Gloria Stuart in the 1932 “The Old Dark House” […]

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Monday TV: Good Time for Poe Update

Denis O’Hare portrays Edgar Allan Poe on a timely edition of “American Masters” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings), who despite his connection to horror, actually published more comedies. Kathleen Turner narrates. Of course there are Halloween Dances and group numbers to “Monster Mash” on “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC, 8 p.m.). Nick Lachey finally […]

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Sunday TV: ‘The Deuce’ Season Finale

It’s been the best thing on TV this season, with the richest array of characters and action, but there was something quite slow about “The Deuce” (HBO, 9 p.m.) developing its point, which was the shift from street walking to massage parlors and the rise of the porn movie industry. So I hope there’s a […]

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Saturday TV: David S. Pumpkins Again

What began as a quirky, funny and weird skit last year is now turned into “The David S. Pumpkins Animated Halloween Special” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.). Tom Hanks returns to give voice to the oddball Halloween character; Peter Dinklage narrates the tale. There’s no harm in networks trying to produce their own new annual holiday tradition, […]

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Friday TV: Michael Jackson, Re-Animated

Michael Jackson’s 1983 video for “Thriller” might have been perfect Halloween fare, right down to Vincent Price’s cackle. But it still wasn’t quite long enough to qualify as an hour long TV special, so here’s a half hour animated version titled “Michael Jackson’s Halloween” (CBS, 8 p.m.) from a production company that’s owned by his […]

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Thursday TV: Back to the ’80s

The anticipated second season of “Stranger Things” (Netflix, streaming) drops in its entirety, with (almost) all of the youthful characters in the Duffer Brothers’ ‘80s series returning, along with its twists in the aftermath of the demogorgon and the Hawkins Lab. It’s Halloween and the eve of the Reagan Will Byers has been rescued from […]

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Wednesday TV: Awards Show for Dogs

A least the speeches will be short at the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards (Hallmark, 8 p.m.), honoring canines in the military and law enforcement and other service roles. James Denton and Beth Stern host. The first of a new, two-part “Frontline” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) looks at Vladimir Putin and his […]

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Tuesday TV: ‘At Home with Amy Sedaris’

One of TV’s sharpest wits gets another shot with a new show “At Home with Amy Sedaris” (truTV, 10:30 and 11 p.m.) that, in the tradition of her line of books, both celebrates the craftiness of home projects and pokes fun at them, on a fanciful set where she steps out of the shower in […]

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Yep Roc 20’s Rockin’ Anniversary

Sometimes, a record label anniversary concert can be a pretty disparate affair, if only because of the breadth of the rosters. Motown 25 was probably a pinnacle of its type in 1983, even though it also included Adam Ant and DeBarge as well as Michael Jackson. Atlantic Records’ 40th anniversary fete in 1988 featured both […]

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Monday TV: Focusing on ‘Cameraperson’

Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson looks back at 25 years of remnants from shooting many documentaries, sometimes with her own whispered commentary, from Brooklyn to Bosnia, ground zero and Guantanamo Bay, and puts it together impressionistically in the film “Cameraperson,” a terrific film with several lasting sequences, from anger of a losing boxer, to the difficulty of […]

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