“People of Earth” debut, 9 and 9:27 p.m., TBS.
Ozzie is an ordinary
reporter – or, at least, thinks he is – with an extraordinary
assignment: Go to a small town, where an alien-abductee support group
meets at Our Lady of Sorrows church.
He soon finds
oddness in everyone, including himself. A terrific cast – led by
Wyatt Cernac (“The Daily Show”), Anna Gasteyer and Oscar Nunez –
captures the droll humor. Some of the biggest laughs come from
surprising detours – especially the squabbling aliens and two
mismatched sketch artists.
“Man With a Plan,” 8:30 p.m., CBS.
In the TV tradition,
Adam (Matt LeBlanc) has tickets everyone wants. Soon, he's lying
That much is kind of
fun; back when he was on “Friends,” LeBlanc played the bad liar
hilariously. The difference is that “Plan” tries to stretch this
into an entire episode, getting tangled in excess. We soon long for
the days of LeBlanc's “Friends” or “Episodes.” We wish TV had
something that clever to turn to now ... which it does, thanks to
cable and “People on Earth.”
ALTERNATIVE: “Jane the Virgin,” 9 p.m., CW.
Last week ended with
the possibility that Jane might really, actually become a non-virgin
some day. Her husband, recovering from a gunshot, received good
medical news; they rushed home.
Naturally, there are
complications there. Her mother may abandon her singing career. Her
dad, already a Spanish-language TV star, is trying to sell a
telenovela to the CW. And Jane wants to expand her college thesis, to
include her grandmother's estranged sister; the grandmother is not
cable. If kids finish trick-or-treating early, they might want
something to watch while munching. At 7 p.m., Cartoon has “Lego
Scooby-Doo: Haunted Halloween” (2016) and Freeform has “Addams
Family Values” (1993). At 8 and 10 p.m., FX has “Hotel
Transylvania” (2012). And grown-ups? At 8 p.m., there's “The
Craft” (1996) on Pop and “The Ring” (2007) on WGN America.
8-10:01 p.m., NBC. The “knockout rounds” conclude, giving us the
top 20 for the live shows. On Tuesday, there will be a recap of
what's happened so far.
“Dancing With the
Stars,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. With Maureen McCormick's elimination last
week, seven celebrities remain. That includes all four athletes, plus
Marilu Henner, Jana Kramer and Terra Jole.
p.m., Fox. It does seem kind of logical to watch a show about Lucifer
on Halloween. Tonioght, he clashes with Chloe and she chooses a
different partner for her police work. Also, Maze (a demon in
disguise) takes Chloe's daughter trick-or-treating.
Nashville,” 10 p.m., ABC. On Wednesday, ABC will have the 50th
Country Music Association awards. In this special, Robin Roberts
looks at the history and also talks with current stars, including
Keith Urban and Thomas Rhett.
10:01 p.m., NBC. It's time to visit the Alamo; don't bet on the
ALSO: This is a good
time to catch British shows via streaming. Today, one service
(www.acorn.tv) debuts “Brief
Encounters,” an interesting-but-cliched drama/comedy about women
selling lingerie and sex toys in 1982; another (Neflix) debuts the
comedy “Chewing Gum.” A third (www.amazon.com)
recently added “Love & Friendship,” Whit Stillman's breezy
delight, adapting a Jane Austen novella.