I visited the pumpkin patch last weekend and totally massacred a 30 lb. pumpkin and feasted on its flesh, so I am officially in the Halloween spirit. Luckily, there's a crapload of TV to help sustain my ghoulish mood. TV Tango has compiled a pretty comprehensive list of Halloween-themed programming starting today and going through the rest of the month.
Some of the highlights include a Moonlight marathon starting today on SyFy, as part of their "31 Days of Halloween" programming. On Sunday, The Simpsons is airing their 20th "Treehouse of Horror" episode, while Monday has a some good kids' fare, with Halloween-themed America's Funniest Home Videos on ABC Family, and Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie on Disney.
Sun., Oct. 12, beginning at 6 AM on TCM
Celebrate the career of the late Paul Newman with TCM's all day marathon. Selections include classic films like 'Hud' and 'Cool Hand Luke,' along with Newman's directorial debut, 'Rachel, Rachel,' which earned wife Joanne Woodward an Oscar nomination.
Mon., Oct. 13, 9PM on MOMAXe
A writer (Jack Nicholson) goes mad while serving as caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and clairvoyant son (Danny Lloyd) at a snowbound Colorado hotel.
Apparently, someone had some free time on his or her hands and used it to post various stills from The Simpsons episodes which mimic various famous movie or television scenes. Considering that the show has been around for almost 20 years, it's certainly had time to get such pastiche correct.
These stills seem to originate from earlier episodes, back when the naysayers would say the show was good. I admit I don't recognize every Simpsons episode in the list (or for that matter every movie still in the list), but it's easy to tell that the writers and animators were trying to reference the original movie or show for satire's sake.
A lot of people don't realize that the first James Bond wasn't Sean Connery on the big screen, it was Barry Nelson on television, on a 1954 episode of the CBS series Climax. Nelson played 007 in an adaptation of Casino Royale.
Nelson died in Buck's County, PA on April 7 while traveling. He was 89.
Besides the classic role of Bond, Nelson was a regular on the 50s series My Favorite Husband, and guest starred on several other shows, including The Twilight Zone, Murder, She Wrote, Fantasy Island, Magnum, P.I., Dallas, The Love Boat, Thriller, Cannon, Longstreet, The F.B.I., The Philco Playhouse, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and many others. On the big screen he was in several films, including The Shining, Airport, and Pete N' Tillie, and starred on stage in several productions.
Jolinda, for instance. This was good, although it didn't go down at all how I expected. Having seen it hinted at in the promos for weeks, I was pretty sure that she was going to show up to meet Doug in person. And almost convinced of it when Hugh pointed out to Wayne that ex-wives always find you. Having Wayne and Dahlia head that one off at the pass actually worked out even better though.
- At 8, NBC has a new Dateline.
- UPN has a new Friday Night Smackdown at 8.
- TLC has two new episodes of Take Home Chef starting at 8.
- The Shining airs at 8 on A&E.
- PBS has new episodes of NOW, Washington Week, and Bill Moyers on Faith & Reason, with guests Margaret Atwood and Martin Amis.
- It's "blonde night" on TCM: at 8, they're showing The Strawberry Blonde, with James Cagney and Rita Hayworth, followed by Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, with Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell.
- At 9, ABC reruns the latest Kyle XY episode from ABC Family.
- USA has a new Monk at 9, followed by a new Psych.
- Also at 9: The Sci-Fi Channel has a new Stargate: SG1, followed by a new Stargate: Atlantis.
- At 10, ABC has a new 20/20.
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