TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “The Middle” and more, 8 p.m., ABC.
Ever since “Roseanne,” ABC has had great Halloween comedies.
Here are more prospects.
First, the Heck kids flounder. Brick doesn’t know how to ask
a girl to the dance; Axl does, but his teammates are hazing and won’t let him
into the party. Also, Sue has a Ouija-board fright.
Then “Back in the Game” (8:31 p.m.) has Danny no longer
trick-or-treating with his mom; she tries a grown-up party. At 9, “Modern
Family” repeats last year’s episode, with Phil’s real-estate open house.
TONIGHT’S MIGHT-SEE: “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,”
9-11 p.m., NBC.
Last week, NBC swept house. “Ironside” and the excellent
“Welcome to the Family” were ousted after four episodes … topping the three
weeks for CBS’ “We Are Men” and two for ABC’s “Lucky Seven.”
Oddly, the network has no replacement for either until
January. Tonight, it fills in with an “SVU” two-parter (last season’s finale,
this season’s opener), with Benson held captive.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Nightmare Factory,” 8 p.m., Epix and
Who are these people who craft the visual horrors of
Halloween and beyond?
“We all were the kids (your) mothers wouldn’t let you play
with,” Andy Schoneberg says here. They read monster magazines, made home movies
and fashioned gore while their parents showed dismay. “You guys will do nothing
with that (long) hair,” Greg Nicotero’s dad, a Pittsburgh doctor, said.
Nicotero and his friends have done everything, crafting
special effects for tiny movies, big ones and the hit “Walking Dead” series. They’re
the center of a fascinating documentary.
Other choices include:
“Twilight” (2008), 7:30-10 p.m., ABC Family. On Halloween
eve, we’re reminded that vampires can bring both love and horror.
“Revolution,” 8 p.m., NBC. Can Monroe be trusted? Miles –
once his friend, then his enemy – and his colleagues have doubts.
Baseball, 8:07 p.m. ET, Fox. The best-of-seven World Series
returns to Boston for its sixth game.
“Halloween” (1978), 8-10 p.m., AMC. In the Epix film, John
Carpenter analyzes horror filmmakers: “You have to have an unnatural motivation
to do this.” Fortunately, he has the skill to go with it. Working on a tiny
budget, he made this beautifully crafted film that launched the modern horror
“Nova,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Yes, cold can be
a good thing. Doctors found – sometimes by accident – that it can save lives.
Now its use in medicine is one of many things pondered here.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 10 p.m., CBS. A homeless
man is killed after winning big.
“Nashville,” 10 p.m., ABC. Next week, Robin Roberts will
have her annual interview of real country stars. First, she guests on this
scripted show, interviewing Rayna … who then searches for financing.