“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” season-opener, 9 p.m., CW.
Suddenly, TV has
re-discovered the joy of musicals. Fox had “Rocky Horror” on
Thursday; coming are “Hairspray” on NBC (Dec. 7) and “Dirty
Dancing” on ABC. And here's “Crazy,” which has at least two big
numbers – with Emmy-winning choreography and Emmy-nominated songs –
because tonight's comedy portions are so-so; the songs, by
comparison, are a delight. One may (or may not) be the first time
you've heard people sing during sex. The other is surely the first
time you've heard someone proclaim: “I'm like a sexy fashion
II: “Great Performances,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local
network that savors musicals. Tonight, PBS starts its “Fall Arts
Festival,” which includes a fairly good “Gypsy” (Nov. 11) and
is hosted by Broadway's Lin-Manuel Miranda.
starts with a portrait of how Miranda created and starred in
“Hamilton,” the hip hop musical that drew raves, sell-outs, 11
Tony awards and a Pulitzer Prize. This starts shortly before the
rehearsals began. With a new apartment and (soon) a new son, Miranda
prepares to transform theater.
ALTERNATIVE: “Wolf Creek,” 10 p.m., Pop.
(available on www.poptv.com) hit
with fierce intensity. (To avoid spoilers, skip the rest of this
item.) Vacationing in the Outback, Americans met an amiable Aussie
... who suddenly killed them.
That much is similar
to the “Wolf Creek” movie, which had the same villain (John
Jarrett) and the same writer-director (Greg McLean). The difference
is that this time, one woman survived. Eve (superbly played by Lucy
Fry) is 19 and intent on revenge. This is a six-part mini-series that
meshes with the movie; indeed, the lone surivivor in that film will
re-appear in the final two episodes.
(1991), 4 p.m., Freeform. Here's an entertaining start to a night of
Halloween treats. The sequel (1993) is at 6:10 p.m., followed by two
Tim Burton films -- “Sleepy Hollow” (1999) at 8:20 and
“Frankenweenie” (2012) at midnight.
p.m., CBS. A train has been sabotaged and MacGyver doesn't have a
repair kit, so ... Oh wait, he does have a curtain rod, an armrest
and a toothpick; maybe that will be enough.
8 p.m., Fox. After a surprising elimination, the contestants have
head-to-head competition in a seafood challenge.
Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. Mike (Tim Allen) can choose a theme for the
family's Halloween party; he decides that each person must dress as
someone else in the family. Soon, tempers flare.
“Dr. Ken,” 8:31
p.m., ABC. On Halloween, Allison frets that her son doesn't get
scared. Not to worry, Ken tells a Korean ghost story (acted out by
his co-workers) that could frighten anyone.
9 p.m., CBS. Kono and Adam are finally re-united, when he's released
from prison. Also, someone has stolen weapons from a gun range and
plans to make a deadly statement.
10 p.m., CBS. Judy Reyes, the “Scrubs” and “Devious Maids”
star, plays an activist who isn't a citizen. Erin and her
investigator (Steven Schirripa) try to keep her from being deported.