TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Claire, we've learned, loves a grisly-ghoulish kind of Halloween.
Her husband Phil figures it's his turn to build “Awesomeland,”
which is light-hearted fun.
Then things are stirred up by their mischievous new neighbors
(Andrea Anders and Steve Zahn). Despite a weak sub-plot – Mitchell
flounders in court because the stenographer is in costume – this is
a fun episode, leading an ABC night of Halloween comedies.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “The 100,” 9 p.m., CW.
In its first season, this was merely a survival tale – albeit a
good one: Teen prisoners were dumped onto Earth, to see if it was
finally habitable. But now the story spins in fresh directions.
The grown-ups have landed, with a stern leader (Henry Ian Cusick)
and a passionate doctor (Paige Turco). Her brainy daughter Clarke is
missing – housed by survivors who are, Clarke feels, too good, to
be true. Also missing is spitfire Octavia, rescued by her boyfriend,
an enemy “Grounder.” In the space ship, Jaha has the sort of
mental adventure that seems unreal, but has been reported in
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “A Poet in New York,” 8-9:30 p.m., BBC
Brilliant and broke, Dylan Thomas reached New York in 1953 in a
fragile state. He was a Welshman whose poetry flowed lyrically on
paper ... and glowed when read by actors or by Dylan himself. As his
39th birthday neared and his health faded, he arrived in
the U.S. to do readings.
Now another great Welsh writer (Andrew Davies, a PBS “Masterpiece”
veteran) has richly captured Thomas' final days, along with
flashbacks to his life in Wales. Tom Hollander is perfect in the
Other choices include:
“Ghost Hunters,” 8 a.m. to 3 a.m., Syfy. This marathon
includes a 7 p.m. rerun of last week's episode, with semi-scary
moments in an abandoned “lunatic asylum.” Then a new hour visits
the Cincinnati Music Hall; it was built in 1878, on the site of an
insane asylum – and above a paupers' cemetery.
“The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC. The Heck kids find themselfs in
unfamiliar places. Sue is in a cornfield (to show a Charlie Brown
cartoon); Axl is in a library, where he's accidentally locked in on
“To Russia With Love,” 8 p.m., Epix. This sometimes-chilling
documentary views Russia's tough anti-gay approach and the
possibility – never realized – of confrontation during the 2014
“The Goldbergs,” 8:30 p.m., ABC. Pops (George Segal) moves in,
“Black-ish,” 9:31, ABC. Dre takes great pride in his
Halloween-time practical jokes. Now he faces competition, in a fairly
"How We Got to Now," 10 p.m., PBS
(check local listings). As people scrambled
to create light, this interesting hour says, life
transformed. There was the rush to kill whales for their oil, leading
to one of the first monopolies. Then Thomas Edison – who called
himself "more of a sponge than an inventor" – bought all
the right patents, gathered scientists, perfected
the lightbulb and changed the world.