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What To Watch: TV Picks for Oct 24-30

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 23rd 2011 2:30PM
Marshall and LilyMONDAY, OCTOBER 24

'How I Met Your Mother' (8PM ET, CBS)

The gang begins to realize their romantic partner reminds them of one of their parents. Meanwhile, Barney and Nora's planned romantic evening is ruined by a string of bad events. Wayne Brady guest-stars as Barney's brother and Frances Conroy guests as their mother.

'2 Broke Girls' (8.30PM ET, CBS)
Caroline tries to build a Murphy bed for herself in Max's apartment, and the chemistry between Max and Johnny (Nick Zano) heats up.

'Hart of Dixie' (9PM ET, The CW)
Zoe discovers something shocking about the local minister (guest star Peter MacKenzie) and his wife (guest star Kerry O'Malley), causing quite a stir among the residents of Bluebell. Lemon is determined to find the funds to renovate the town's historic bridge that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, but first she is put in the extremely awkward position of having to convince Lavon to choose her proposal over so many other worthwhile submissions.

'Castle' (10PM ET, ABC)
Castle & Beckett confront the possibility of paranormal foul play when a world-renowned ghost hunter is mysteriously murdered while investigating a haunting at a legendary New York mansion. ('Supernatural' fans will recognize guest-star Fred Lehne as Addison Smith -- apt typecasting.)


'The X Factor' (8PM ET, Fox)
2.5 hour episode, special night
Simon Cowell's new singing contest goes live for the first time as the top 17 acts perform, hopefully negating some of the autotune shenanigans that were going on during the pre-taped audition rounds.

'The Rachel Zoe Project' (9PM ET, Bravo) season finale
Rachel attempts to balance motherhood and work by bringing Baby Skyler to a photo shoot, but things don't exactly go smoothly. Meanwhile, Jeremiah embarks on a new role at Rachel Zoe Inc. with an opportunity to design a potential space for Rachel's line at a major retailer.

'Sons of Anarchy' (10PM ET, FX)
An important club vote gets side-tracked when SAMCRO is forced to deal with dangerous external threats against the club.


'The Middle' (8PM ET, ABC)
Although there's no new 'Modern Family' this week (which is a little baffling), you should stick with ABC's comedy block for a Halloween-themed night of hilarity. After being embarrassed over wearing a childish costume at a high school Halloween costume party, Sue asks a flabbergasted Mike for his advice on what boys want when it comes to girls. Meanwhile, Frankie reluctantly volunteers to take Brick's socially awkward school social skills group trick-or-treating, and Axl and his friends devise a plan to trick rather than treat the neighborhood kids on Halloween.

Tessa'Suburgatory' (8.30PM ET, ABC)
Tessa channels her inner "suburban girl" for a Halloween costume, but it ends up spooking her friends and everyone at school since she reminds them of a recently "departed" resident of Chatswin. And George is determined to prove to Halloween-hater Dallas that being scared can be fun, but gets a scare of his own when Steven Royce (guest star Jay Mohr), Dallas' husband, finally comes home from one of his many business trips.

'Happy Endings' (9.30PM ET, ABC)
Jane and Brad spend a scary Halloween house-sitting for friends in the suburbs, while the rest of the gang heads to a warehouse party, where their respective costumes don't quite have the effect they anticipated, especially for Alex and Dave.

'Whitechapel' (10PM ET, BBC America) series premiere
Set in modern-day East London, the police force is faced with the brutal and bloody history of their streets -- from echoes of the 19th century and Jack the Ripper to the infamous 1960s crime twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray. From the producers of Downton Abbey and starring Rupert Penry-Jones ('MI-5'), Phil Davis ('Sherlock') and Steve Pemberton ('The League of Gentlemen'), the six part series focuses on two internationally resonant crime stories with a stylish, cinematic and contemporary spin.


'Community' (8PM ET, NBC)
It's NBC's turn for a night of spooky laughs (though no amount of machete wielding will make us recommend 'Whitney'). When Britta runs anonymous personality tests on everyone for a psychology class, one of the test results seems to indicate that someone in the group is deeply disturbed (only one?!). At the group's Halloween pre-party, she enlists Jeff to help draw out the potential sociopath and the two of them lure everyone into telling their favorite horror stories. Sounds like 'Treehouse of Horror' for the live-action crowd.

'Parks and Recreation' (8.30PM ET, NBC)
Ben is mad when Andy and April decide to throw a Halloween party at their house without asking him. Tom emcees an event for Leslie's campaign but manages to also promote his company. Meanwhile, Ron and Ann give Andy and April an unusual wedding present.

'The Office' (9PM ET, NBC)
Erin struggles to make the Halloween party at the office exactly how Andy and Robert California want it. Meanwhile, Jim and Pam argue about whether ghosts are real, and Dwight bonds with Robert's 11-year-old son, Bert.

'Beavis and Butt-head' (10PM ET, MTV) series premiere
The dimwitted duo who created a cultural dialogue for an entire generation are back. Beavis and Butt-Head are make their triumphant return to MTV for 12 episodes to unleash their hilarious perspective on today's society, music and pop culture, tackling viral videos, reality TV, movies, mixed martial arts and occasionally, even a music video or two.

'Good Vibes' (10.30PM ET, MTV) series premiere
We follow the wild-but-relatable animated adventures of Mondo (Josh Gad) and Woodie (Adam Brody), as they try to navigate the hormone-fueled world of high school, life-changing first experiences, and the complexities of family life. Other stars lending their vocal chords include Alan Tudyk, Tony Hale, Debi Mazar and Danny McBride.


'Chuck' (8PM ET, NBC)
season premiere
The fan-favorite action-comedy kicks off its final season (boo!) in style this week: Without the Intersect in his head or the support of the CIA, the world of espionage is a much more dangerous place for Chuck Bartowski and his team of freelance spies. To start, Carmichael Industries takes on a slick, rich thief named Jean Claude (guest star Mark Hamill), and a conniving investor, Roger Bale (guest star Craig Kilborn), who has stolen money from some of the world's most dangerous people. Meanwhile, Morgan helps Chuck with a special surprise for Sarah.

Nikita 'Nikita' (8PM ET, The CW)
I hope you've got a robust DVR, because over on The CW, another fan-favorite spy comes face to face with her father. While searching for information on the black box, Birkoff stumbles upon Nikita's birth certificate. Nikita and Michael track down Nikita's father Richard (guest star David Keith), but the reunion is not quite what Nikita expected. Percy tells Alex that the black box that Nikita has contains information that could help her avenge her father's death.

'Fringe' (9PM ET, Fox)
In the aftermath of Peter's reappearance, things really escalate when the translucent shapeshifters return. As the threat intensifies, a former Massive Dynamic scientist Malcolm Truss (guest star Arye Gross) enters the fold. Meanwhile, Nina Sharp pays Walter a visit in the lab.

'Supernatural' (9PM ET, The CW)
Sam and Dean are once again on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list when two Leviathans clone the brothers and go on a killing spree. The subject of a nationwide manhunt, Sam and Dean need to drop off the grid so Bobby sends them to Frank Deveraux (guest star Kevin R. McNally), a quirky surveillance expert, for help. Meanwhile, Bobby continues to search for a way to kill the Levianthans, or at least slow them down, so the real Winchesters can stop their evil doppelgangers.

'Blue Bloods' (10PM ET, CBS)
Frank faces a political crisis after Jamie and Renzulli are injured by a church security team that refuses to let them enter a religious center in response to a 911 call.


'From the Sky Down' (8PM ET, Showtime) special presentation
U2. One band. One album. One extraordinary story. From Academy Award winning director Davis Guggenheim, Showtime presents 'From the Sky Down,' the story behind the making of 'Achtung Baby.' Recorded in 1991, this album marked a pivotal point in U2's career. Featuring never-before-seen footage and new interviews, join Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr. and Adam Clayton as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of this visionary triumph.

'Zombie Apocalypse' (9PM ET, Syfy) original telefilm
Ready your shot glasses and settle in for a night of cheese and gore with Syfy's newest original movie offering. In the Halloween-themed Zombie Apocalypse, a zombie plague has wiped out 90 percent of the world's population. A small group of survivors, led by Ving Rhames (what happened, Ving?), fight their way across the United States to a rumored refuge on the island of Catalina.


'Once Upon a Time' (8PM ET, ABC)

Regina does everything in her power to force Emma out of Storybrooke and out of her and Henry's lives forever. Meanwhile, the chilling circumstances of how the Evil Queen released the curse upon the fairytale world are revealed. Kristen Bauer ('True Blood' scene-stealer Pam) guest-stars as Maleficent, one of the Evil Queen's closest frenemies.

'Allen Gregory' (8.30PM ET, Fox) series premiere
Since his family has fallen on hard times, Allen Gregory De Longpre (Jonah Hill), one of the most pretentious 7-year olds of our time, is forced to face his greatest challenge -- attending public school to enter the first grade. His mature ways make it hard for him to fit in and his struggle to adjust is not limited to his classmates. As Allen Gregory makes his rounds with the faculty, his first meeting with his much-older principal takes a special turn in the series premiere.

'The Good Wife' (9PM ET, CBS)
While Alicia wades through diplomatic loopholes to defend a Taiwanese national, Eli is approached by his ex-wife (guest-star Parker Posey) to vet her for a possible political campaign.

'Homeland' (10PM ET, Showtime)
Carrie believes her suspicions about Brody may be proven correct when he confronts the sole survivor of the insurgents who held him hostage, but the reunion ultimately raises more questions. Meanwhile, the agency zeros in on Aileen and Faisel, the lovers who purchased the house near the airport.

What will you be watching this week?

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Interesting, a SYFY movie based on zombies, which are always god awful, low budget, horribly acted, shot with a cam and computer generated Atari looking special effects, is listed on What To Watch, and the wildly popular Walking Dead isn't? What happened, the producers of WD didn't pay this weeks bribe to get on your list? Who in their right mind would list any SYFY movie?

October 26 2011 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

By the way, thank you for putting this together. It is one of the few things I still check out since the switchover from Squad.

I don't mean to be an ass about the previous comment, but that is one grammatical pet peeve that has seemingly grown more common.

October 23 2011 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The ghost hunter on Castle is "world renowned," not "world renown." The ghost hunter *has* world renown (noun), therefore the ghost hunter is world renowned (adjective).

October 23 2011 at 3:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jon's comment

No sweat - it was taken from the ABC press release so I was on auto-pilot about checking it for grammar, but publicists do make mistakes! I'll amend now.

October 23 2011 at 8:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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