This Week's TV: Two of the Year's Most Anticipated Shows Are Finally Here!

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Yes, Ash vs. Evil Dead and Supergirl are making their debuts at last. Plus Bones and Sleepy Hollow are crossing over! Lexi Alexander directs Arrow! George R.R. Martin becomes a zombie! People are getting buried alive! And this week’s television includes tons and tons of Halloween excitement!


Uncle Grandpa (6:30PM, CARTOON)

By now we’re all aware of Cartoon Network’s infamously tempestuous schedule, but here’s some out-of-focus evidence they will, indeed, be airing a full week of Halloween specials. In the new Uncle Grandpa, Belly Bag’s a werewolf!


Fear: Buried Alive (8 PM, A&E)

Three people are getting buried alive in coffins, in this event that will be broadcast live. And they get subjected to worse and worse horrors, in an attempt to test the strength of their coffins. And their psyches, presumably.

Gotham (8PM, FOX)

While that adorable new Firefly runs amok, Butch gets a chainsaw hand.

Supergirl (8:30PM, CBS)

It’s finally here. Superman’s cousin comes to Earth to prove she’s just as big a hero as the big guy. But can she be the equal of the Man of Steel in a world full of sexist jerks and her own undermining sister?


Wander Over Yonder (8:30PM, DISNEY XD)


Minority Report (9PM, FOX)

“Arthur and Dash team up to help a young girl in poor health whom they fear is the victim they see in their next vision. Although modern technology could save her, the community in which she lives prohibits the use of such equipment.”


Wouldn’t it be amazing if this anti-technology community turned out to be the Herculoids?

Blindspot (10PM, NBC)

“Trakzer” is a mobile app capable of tracking FBI vehicles! Delightfully, its Napster-inspired logo (we’re told its an owl…) looks just like Stinkor from Masters of the Universe.


Cursed: The Bell Witch: (10PM, A&E)

Limited series where a military man and his best friend, “Chad Higgenbotham”, try to break a witch’s curse over his family:

“In the early 1800s, a Tennessee landowner named John Bell had a child out of wedlock with a local witch named Kate Batts. To cover his tracks, it is believed he murdered her and in turn she cursed his family bloodline from her grave; the first-born male of each generation would either be driven insane or suffer a mysterious, untimely death.”



The New Scooby-Doo Movies (11AM, BOOMERANG)

The rare episode with Phyllis Diller being terrorized by a gargoyle! Catch it here, because rights issues with Diller’s representatives have kept it from getting any sort of home video release, ever.


Clarence (6:30PM, CARTOON)

Halloween special!

The Flash (8PM, CW)

Firestorm, again!

The Muppets (8PM, ABC)

“Miss Piggy and Reese Witherspoon have a heated rivalry but when the two volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, their feud escalates to a whole new level.”


Um, yeah. There’s some potential here.

Face Off (9PM, SYFY)

Season finale!

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (9PM, El Rey)

Also season finale!

iZombie (9PM, CW)

Someone’s killing country stars! I LOVE themed murder sprees. Luckily, this season of iZombie has been providing the very best killer motives on TV. I could ask for none better.


Agents of SHIELD (9PM, ABC)

Little Girl Lost meets The Martian! Will Jemma fight a crater-lake monster? Will it be non-humanoid?!



Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! (6:30PM, CARTOON)

“Where There’s a Will, There’s a Wraith may be Scooby-Doo’s best title to date.

Bones/Sleepy Hollow (8 PM, Fox)

Here it is—the crossover that nobody saw coming! Here’s what it’s about:

Just in time for Halloween, the scientific world of BONES meets the supernatural world of SLEEPY HOLLOW in a crossover event to thrill the living, the dead and everything in between, airing Thursday, Oct. 29. On BONES (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), the grisly discovery of human remains lead Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) on a hunt for clues, during which they encounter Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), searching for answers of their own. Realizing that they are after the same evidence, they team up to solve the mystery. Then, immediately following on SLEEPY HOLLOW (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the intrigue continues as Ichabod’s old nemesis is back from the dead. Ichabod and Abbie need advanced forensic help and expertise to stop him and turn to Brennan and Booth to unlock 18th century secrets using 21st century science.


Arrow (8PM, CW)

This will be a great episode—because Lexi (Punisher: War Zone) Alexander directed it.


Treasures from the Disney Vault (8:45PM, TCM)

From eight, to seven in the morning: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, The Old Mill, The Plausible Impossible, Escape to Witch Mountain, Lonesome Ghosts, Frankenweenie (1984), Mr. Boogedy, Ghost of Buxley Hall and Return to Witch Mountain. If you’re still awake, a second horror marathon kicks off with Freaks just afterward.


Nova: Animal Mummies (9PM, PBS)

The “whys” and “hows” of ancient Egyptian animal mummification!

Star Wars: Rebels (9:30PM, DISNEY XD)

Inquisitors stalk an abandoned medical station—this is Star Wars doing Halloween II!


American Horror Story: Hotel (10PM, FX)

Another episode written by Jennifer (de Palma’s Sisters; Gargoyles ‘72) Salt!

Moonbeam City (10:30PM, COMEDY)

The show after South Park.


Teen Titans Go! (6:30PM, CARTOON)

Halloween special!

The Vampire Diaries (8PM, CW)

Tour guides are always disrespecting the supernatural.

Heroes Reborn (8PM, NBC)

Hayden Panetierre’s absence is addressed.

Monsters Inside Me: There’s Something Living in My Knee?! (9PM, ANIMAL)

Followed by, “Help! My Son is a Leper” at 10…

The Originals (9PM, CW)

I only attend parties with featureless, white masks.

Haven (10PM, SYFY)


Hammer Horror Marathon (8:15AM, TCM)

Beginning with The Mummy, stay tuned for a steady stream of Dracula and Frankenstein pictures until 4:45PM—the rhythm is then interrupted for an uncommon airing of Crescendo!


Regular Show (6:30PM, CARTOON)

Terror Tales of the Park V!

Val Letwon Marathon (8PM, TCM)

A whole night and most of the following morning of Val Lewton films, including Cat People, The Body Snatcher, The Leopard Man, Isle of the Dead, and more!


Grimm (9PM, NBC)

Season premiere!

Z Nation (10PM, SYFY)

George R.R. Martin guest stars!


Pokemon (8AM, CARTOON)

Tyrantrum debuts.

My Little Pony (11:30AM, DFC)

A Halloween episode...?

The Tingler (3PM, TCM)

Scream for your lives.

Doctor Who (9PM, BBC AMERICA)

A UNIT episode featuring the Zygons—from the writer of last year’s polarizing episode, “Kill the Moon”.


Ash vs. The Evil Dead (9PM, STARZ)

SERIES PREMIERE! Bruce Campbell is back as Ash, and once again he’s stumbling into Deadite trouble. He can just never catch a break, can he?



David Lynch Short Film Marathon (2:45AM, TCM)

If you’re awake in the dead of night, each of David Lynch’s early shorts are on TCM, followed by the complete series of DumbLand. After that, it’s the mega-rare animated feature Twice Upon a Time. What a cool channel!


Nation Geographic Special: Bill Nye’s Global Meltdown (8PM, NGC)

Bill Nye gives us the hand.

The Librarians (8PM, TNT)

Season premiere! Two episodes.

Once Upon a Time (8PM, ABC)

Rumplestiltskin fights a bear. Also: Everybody has nice hair on this show.

The Mike Tyson Mysteries (12:15AM, CARTOON)

Season premiere! Remember those celebrity-lead animated shows from Ruby-Spears and Hanna-Barbera? Mister T, in particular? Do you remember The Funky Phantom? Mike Tyson, his adopted ward, the Marquess of Queensbury’s ghost and a talking pigeon solve mysteries in a van. Following a new Robot Chicken.


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I notice that Supergirl starts at 8:30 and goes to 9:31. Is this a new thing? Usually hour-long shows start at the beginning of the hour. This is going to mess up a lot of DVRs and people who want to watch a show at 9 PM will apparently miss half of Supergirl.