For those of you who are enjoying Fox’s Dads, word came late Friday that the show has gotten a full-season pickup from the network. Not sure if that constitutes a trick or a treat, so let’s see what’s in store for the rest of this Halloween week.
Monday, October 28
Seduced and Abandoned (HBO, 9-11 pm)
Film director and writer James Toback and Alec Baldwin attend the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in search of financing for a project they are looking to produce. It’s an insightful look inside the process of how movies get financial backing.
Tuesday, October 29
American Experience (9-10 pm, PBS)
It’s difficult to imagine that a radio broadcast of a science-fiction story could induce a panic, but that’s exactly what happened on October 30, 1938 when Orson Welles and his troupe of performers presented H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Tonight’s show looks back at what happened 75 years ago.
Wednesday, October 30
Broken Flowers (8-10:15 pm, Sundance)
Will Bill Murray ever win the Oscar he so richly deserves? This movie, directed by Jim Jarmusch, features another great performance by Murray as a man reconnecting with his exes.
Thursday, October 31
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (8-9 pm, ABC)
I was worried this classic wasn’t going to be shown this year, but I guess ABC was saving it for Halloween night. It’s padded out to an hour with a lesser-known cartoon, You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown. (It was announced this week that there will be a new Peanuts animated feature film in 2015, to be directed by Paul Feig.)
Friday, November 1
Cheech and Chong’s Animated Movie! (8:15-10 pm, IFC)
I admit to not being aware of the existence of this project, but it seems like an appropriate way to unwind at the end of the week; it features the comedy duo’s classic material set to animation. Prepare accordingly, if that’s your thing.
Saturday, November 2
Movie Night: Viewer’s Choice
There are several decent movie choices tonight, so if you’re home and looking for something to watch, I’ll leave it to you: on Encore, Good Will Hunting (8-10:15 pm); on FXX, The Social Network (8-10:30); on IFC, The Fugitive (8-10:45); on Sundance, Barney’s Version (8-11 pm); on TCM, How Green Was My Valley (8-10:15); and on TNT, Mission: Impossible II (8-10:30).
Sunday, November 3
Witches of East End (10-11 pm, Lifetime)
Until fairly recently, Lifetime’s original programming consisted of melodramatic women-in-danger movies and fictionalized versions of true-crime stories about women in danger, so it’s nice to see them branching out somewhat. I unintentionally overlooked this show when it premiered three Sundays ago, but it’s gotten decent reviews and may be worth a look if you enjoy stories about witches.
This week’s suggestion was going to be The Car, one of the silliest “scary” movies ever, but I was dismayed to find it’s no longer available via streaming, so plan B is director Darren Aronofsky’s first full-length feature, a mind-bending, black-and-white trip down a rabbit hole of paranoia and high-level mathematics. It’s exactly as weird and disorienting as it sounds. Just a friendly note of advice: if you’re inclined to partake in any of the sort of extracurricular materials I referenced above under Cheech and Chong, DO NOT watch this movie while under the influence.
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