SHOULD-SEE: Presidential debate, 9-10:30 p.m. ET, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox,
PBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox Business, C-Span, Univision and
This long, loud
campaign feels like it's been going on for decades. Now we have the
final debate; it's back to the format of the first one, this time
with Chris Wallace of Fox News as the moderator.
Wallace says he
won't fact-check; that's up to the candidates ... and to follow-ups.
The big networks plan to go to 11 p.m., the news channels longer.
After the previous weekday debate, “Daily Show” (11 p.m., Comedy
Central), Stephen Colbert (11:35, CBS) and Seth Meyers (12:37 a.m.,
NBC) went live.
ALTERNATIVE: “Frequency,” 9 p.m., CW.
It you've already
overdosed on the election, don't fret. There are some other fairly
good choices, including the only big (well, semi-big) broadcast
network that's skipping the debates.
Raimy found she
could chat with her dad (a cop, like her) via a radio signal that
bounces back 20 years. They can change the past ... sometimes
creating new disasters. Their changes wiped out her romance and left
her mother dead ... at least for now. Can they change the past again?
Can they catch the serial killer before he kills her mom ... 20 years
ago? It's a bizarre plot, but executed with solid competence.
ALTERNATIVE II: Halloween shows, all night, Freeform.
Some 18 years –
and two network name-changes – ago, “13 Nights of Halloween”
was born. Now it's back, this time with Charli XCX -- a successful
singer-songwriter-producer at 24 – as the host.
Tonight starts and
ends with Tim Burton films -- “Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)
at 5:30 p.m. and “Corpse Bride” (2005) at midnight. At 7 p.m. is
the TV premiere of “Monsterville” (2015), an R.L. Stine tale with
Katherine McNamara (“Shadowhunters”) and Dove Cameron. At 10 is
“Hocus Pocus” (1993), with Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah
Jessica Parker as witches sent to modern Salem.
movies, cable. There's lots of heavy-duty vampire stuff tonight; AMC
continues its “Walking Dead” reruns from 6 p.m. to midnight and
FX has Brad Pitt's “World War Z” (2013) at 7:30. But there's also
the light side: “Twitches Too” (2007), at 7:10 p.m. on Disney,
has Tia and Tamera Mowry as twins (which they are) and witches (which
they're not), searching for their biological father.
“It's the Great
Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “Toy Story of Terror,” 8 and 8:30
p.m., ABC. Here's more Halloween, via animation – a 1966 tale
that's so-so, but beloved; a 2013 one with some good moments.
p.m., CBS. So far, the older people have had a tough time. The
“Millennials” tribe has only lost one person; “Gen X” has
lost three ... including the two oldest ones, Paul Wachtel, 52, and,
last week, Lucy Huang, 42. Tonight, there's a hunt for an immunity
"Nature,” 8 p.m.,
PBS. Vianet D'jenguet spent part of his youth in Paris, where his dad
(a doctor) was known as a malaria expert. He became a nature
cameraman; in this warm portrait, he visits his native Republic of
Congo. There are gorgeous wildlife views, plus a human connection:
D'jenguet meets some of the last of the indigenous Forest People ...
and hears them praise his great-grandfather, a healer.
8 p.m., Fox. Murtaugh pondes the psyche of a suspect (a former Navy
SEAL) who is similar to his police partner Riggs (also ex-military).
That spurs Riggs to open up about his past.
9, 9:30 and 10 p.m., IFC. This is perfect fot the debate-skipping
skeptic. It's a brilliant fake political documentary, with Bill Hader
as a perverse variation on James Carville.
and “Graves,” 9 and 10 p.m., Epix. Here are reruns of Sunday's
debuts – a well-crafted (but monotone) spy tale and then a loose
(and sometimes goofy) tale of an ex-president. They're preceded at
7:15 by “Mr. Holmes” (2015), a fairly good film with Ian McKellan
as a fading Sherlock.
Worst,” 10-11:30 p.m., FX. At 10:30, just as the debate wraps up
(in some time zones), “Worst” reruns last week's episode. There
are great moments from Ben Folds and at a memorial for Jimmy's dad.
Also, Edgar seeks pot for his PTSD; that sets up a new episode at 10,
rerunning at 11.