1) “Now Hear This: Beethoven’s Ghost,” 9 p.m., PBS. In most “Now Hear This” hours, violinist Scott Yoo (shown here) blends music, commentary and a travelog. Now comes a terrific detour: As five musicians record Beethoven’s music, the composer’s ghost (perfectly played by John Hans Tester) roams … wjth Freud’s ghost trying some instant analysis. The music – especially from Yoo and pianist Anna Polonsky – soars.
2) Halloween surge, Turner Classic Movies. A 50-hour horror marathon begins at 8 p.m. ET with Vincent Price as “The Abominable Dr. Phibes” (1971). The original “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) and the “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” remake (1978) follow at 10 and midnight. Another original, “Halloween” (1978), is at 6 p.m. on AMC, followed by its sequel (1981) at 8 and “Eli Roth’s History of Horror” at 10. Also, FX has “Goosebumps” (2015) at 6 p.m., with its sequel (2018) at 8 and 10.
3) “Scooby Doo, Where Are You Now,” 8 p.m., CW. Scooby has been around for 52 years, helping (sort of) teen-agers solve mysteries. This hour tries to mix everything – animation, real people, fictional crisis, talking-heads history. Much of it is clumsy and inept, but there are a few bright moments. One presents a voice coach, trying to help a theater-trained Scooby ditch his sophisticated pronunciation.
4) “S.W.A.T.,” 8 p.m., CBS. It’s an all-rerun night on CBS, as some viewers drift into Halloween activities. “S.W.A.T.” had planned to move to Sundays now, but that changed when another show was shelved. In this episode, from May, bank robbers are trying to be modern-day Robin Hoods.
5) ALSO: The World Series is scheduled to move to Atlanta now; that’s 8:09 p.m. ET on Fox. PBS has two “One Voice” half-hours, with country music at 10 p.m. and roots music at 10:30. And at 8 p.m., Showtime has “Minari” (2020), the quietly involving story of a Korean family starting a farm in 1980s Arkansas. It drew six Oscar nominations, including best picture, with one win – best supporting actress for Yuh-Jung Youn, 74, as the grandmother.