This week's episode of American Horror Story: Asylum is all about a massive storm devastating the Northeastern United States... coincidence, or demonic inspiration? Also, there's one of the weirdest-sounding Monty Python specials ever, combining animation and the voice of a dead Python. Ben Edlund is back, and doing what he does best!
Plus check out brand spanking new clips from this week's episodes of Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and The Walking Dead. And full coverage of Halloween's weirdest marathons and special events!
Top image: American Horror Story: Asylum.
Regular Show(8 PM, Cartoon Network):
No new Adventure Time until November 12 — but meanwhile, feast your brains on a new clip from tonight's Regular Show, in which "Benson wants to prove that he performed a famous drum solo." That's followed by a new Annoying Orange.
Revolution (10 PM, NBC):
It's become cool to make fun of this show's lapses in logic and sometimes baffling characterization. But I still have hope for it to spread its wings and soar, and all that. This week, we're getting more of Google Boy's backstory! Check out a clip at left.
DANNY COMES FACE-TO-FACE WITH GENERAL MONROE - In order to save Nora (Daniella Alonso) from her injury, Miles (Billy Burke) leads the gang on a detour to visit an old acquaintance of his for medical support, but they quickly find themselves in unfriendly territory. Aaron (Zak Orth) recalls his meek history as he looks back at his pre/post-blackout life, and Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) delivers Danny (Graham Rogers) to Monroe (David Lyons).
Also on TV tonight: A new episode of Crash & Bernstein on Disney XD at 8:30 PM. And a new Alien Surf Girls on Teennick at 9 PM.
Level Up! (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network):
In the enticingly titled "Lice Guys Bathe Last," "A zombie-like outbreak occurs when lice leak from the game."
Also on TV tonight: There's a new Looney Tunes Show on Cartoon Network at 8 PM. And a new Alien Surf Girls on Teennick at 9 PM.
All day long, The Hub is showing Halloween episodes of classic TV shows, including Mork and Mindy, Transformers Animated, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, ALF and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. FMC wins some points for showing a mini-marathon of Bill Bixby/Incredible Hulk TV movies, followed by another mini-marathon of Killer Tomatoes movies, followed by several airings of Monsters Vs. Aliens. Spike and Cienemax are showing generic horror movies all day long. ABC Family is going for "quirky" with Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, both Addams Family movies, and Hocus Pocus. AMC is showing all the Halloween movies, in no particular order. TCM, true to form, is showing classic old-school horror films all day, including The Ghoul, Dementia 13 and The White Bat.
Arrow (8 PM, The CW):
Speedy is helping out! And Ollie and Laurel are teaming up!
ARROW RECRUITS LAUREL TO HELP WITH A CASE - Oliver (Stephen Amell) still hasn't figured out how to get back in Laurel's (Katie Cassidy) good graces, but a late night bonding session with Thea (Willa Holland) gives him the inspiration he needs. Looking into a suspicious murder case, Oliver realizes an innocent man, Peter Declan (guest star Lane Edwards), was framed by one of the targets on his list. As Arrow, he asks Laurel to help prove Declan's innocence. Meanwhile, Walter (guest star Colin Salmon) asks one of his employees, Felicity Smoak (guest star Emily Rickards), to look into a $2.6 million withdrawal that Moira (Susanna Thompson) made without his knowledge.
The Neighbors (8:30 PM, ABC):
What does this alien sitcom have in common with Game of Thrones? Apparently, there is conflict over the Iron Throne:
"Larry Bird and the Iron Throne" - Jackie Joyner-Kersee tries her best to help as Debbie whips herself into a frenzy planning the perfect birthday for little Abby. Meanwhile Larry shadows Lenny at work for a day; and a smitten Reggie Jackson tries to find the perfect gift for Amber (even if it isn't her birthday)
Supernatural (9 PM, The CW):
Check out a clip at left! There are just four words that can make me automatically excited for a Supernatural episode, and they appear at the very end of the summary below:
BENNY CALLS DEAN FOR HELP - After Benny (Ty Olsson) gets brutally beat up by some vampires, he calls Dean (Jensen Ackles) for help. Dean abruptly packs up and tells a confused Sam (Jared Padalecki) that he's taking a "personal day." Benny confesses that he's going after his Maker (guest star Patrick Stafford) so Dean offers to help, flashing back on the many times Benny helped him and Castiel (Misha Collins) in Purgatory. Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) uses his solo time to reflect on the life he left behind with Amelia (guest star Liane Balaban). However, when things go bad for Dean and Benny, Dean calls Sam for help, which makes everything very complicated. Guy Bee directed the episode written by Ben Edlund.
Nova (9 PM, PBS):
First on Nova, there's "Ghosts of Machu Picchu." Then at 10 PM on Nova ScienceNow, there's the intriguing question, "Can I eat that?" (In my experience, the answer is usually, "No.")
American Horror Story: Asylum (10 PM, FX):
What can this show possibly add to all the crazy shit it's packed into just its first two episodes of the season? Here's your clue:
"Nor'easter" (Airs October 31, 10:00 pm e/p) - A violent storm hits Briarcliff, allowing a group of patients to plan a daring escape. Sister Jude is haunted by her past.
Sounds weirdly topical, actually.
Also on TV tonight: A new Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu on Cartoon Network at 7:30 PM. And a new Alien Surf Girls on Teennick at 9 PM. And an all-new South Park on Comedy Central at 10 PM.
The Vampire Diaries (8 PM, The CW):
I love that this show's idea of class is to juxtapose a frat party and the middle ages. New clip at left, and here's the description:
A FRAT PARTY AND A FLASHBACK TO 12TH CENTURY ITALY - Damon (Ian Somerhalder) goes with Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) to visit Whitmore College, where Professor Shane (guest star David Alpay, "The Borgias") is taking over the Occult Studies classes formerly taught by Bonnie's grandmother. At a fraternity costume party, Damon takes advantage of the wild scene to give Elena a lesson in choosing a victim. Rebekah's (Claire Holt) attempt to buy Matt's (Zach Roerig) forgiveness falls flat, but she is intrigued by unexpected news from Klaus (Joseph Morgan). When Stefan (Paul Wesley) questions Klaus about Connor's (guest star Todd Williams) motives, Klaus reveals a long-ago encounter with a powerful group of vampire hunters, but it's Rebekah who delivers the information that stuns Stefan.
Big Bang Theory (8 PM, CBS):
This show continues its run of geektastic guest stars, this time featuring Stephen Hawking:
"The Extract Obliteration" - Sheldon's relationship with Stephen Hawking is threatened over a game of "Words with Friends," and Penny secretly enrolls in a class at the local college.
Person of Interest (9 PM, CBS):
So last week's "number of the week" story was kind of run-of-the-mill, except for the stuff where Finch talks about "Bad Code." But this week's episode sounds like it could be different — the show is always most interesting when the POI has something to do with surveillance or information-gathering in their own right. Here's what's up.
"Bury The Lede" - Reese must protect an investigative journalist through surreptitious means to avoid becoming part of her story.
Beauty and the Beast (9 PM, The CW):
In this week's episode, "Basic Instinct":
VINCENT OFFERS TO SACRIFICE HIMSELF TO PROTECT CAT — Vincent (Jay Ryan) revives a 19-year old boy who was left for dead in a dumpster and rushes him to the E.R., where he remains in a coma. After Evan (Max Brown) declares that the boy's x-rays reveal a history of bone fractures, Cat (Kristin Kreuk) and Tess (Nina Lisandrello) question the father, Zachary Holt (guest-star Alex Carter), who worries that his son's ADHD and history of fighting and gambling might have gotten him mixed up with the wrong crowd. The detectives question Lois Whitworth (guest-star Madchen Amick), who owns the Westchester Polo Club where the boy worked. Lois is surprised to learn that her daughter, Clarissa (guest-star Jenn Proske), has been dating this young man. Clarissa claims that she ended the relationship because he was involved in illegal activities, but Cat and Tess suspect that there's more to her story. Meanwhile, Silverfox (guest-star Peter Outerbridge) and his Murifield agents track down Cat, and offer to tell her the truth about her mother in exchange for turning over Vincent, who they insist is a monster. Cat tells Vincent about her Silverfox encounter, and Vincent realizes that Cat might be afraid of him. JT (Austin Basis) wants them to flee, but Vincent refuses to leave Cat, instead offering to surrender to Silverfox in exchange for Cat's safety.
Also on TV tonight: There's a new episode of Mad on Cartoon Network at 8, a new Alien Surf Girls on Teennick at 9 PM, and a new Elementary on CBS at 10.
Transformers Prime (7 PM, The Hub):
It's the second season finale! And here's what's up:
Due to Megatron's crafty plan, Optimus must make a hard decision which could affect the whole Autobot team.
Tron Uprising (7:30 PM, Disney XD):
It's the second half of the big two-parter, "Scars Part 2":
Beck fights to make Tron realize derezzing is not the answer to getting even with his mortal enemy and Clu's top officer Dyson. More of Tron's history before the occupation is revealed including how he got his scars and managed to survive from Dyson's clutches.
And that's followed by a brand new Motorcity at 8:30 PM.
Fringe (9 PM, Fox):
Last Friday's episode changed everything. And now it looks like we're going to see the return of Dark Peter. Here are the deets about "An Origin Story":
THE FRINGE TEAM GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE - The Fringe team responds to recent devastating events, and a key member makes a pivotal and shocking move.
Grimm (9 PM, NBC):
I'm actually pretty jazzed about the idea of another Grimm targeting Nick for being insufficiently Grimm-y. Sounds like a neat story.
A SERIAL KILLER DESCENDS ON PORTLAND AND THE WESEN COMMUNITY IS IN GRAVE DANGER — When a brutal vigilante homicide is made public, it sends Portland's Wesen community into a frenzy. As Nick (David Giuntoli) investigates further, he discovers a pattern similar to that of a particularly brutal line of past Grimms. Is there another Grimm in town, or is Nick dealing with a sadistic copycat? Meanwhile, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) takes it upon himself to offer Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) comfort in handling her ongoing dilemma with Nick.
Nikita (9 PM, The CW):
It's tough to try and tear down an evil covert agency — but it's even tougher to try and run it after you've succeeded in ousting the old management:
NIKITA STRUGGLES WITH HER ROLE IN THE NEW DIVISION - When Ryan (Noah Bean) tells Nikita (Maggie Q) an undercover agent has been arrested and they need to extract her from prison, Nikita questions why Division is continuing to run Percy's old missions. Nikita, Michael (Shane West) and Sean (Dillon Casey) attempt to stop a terrorist attack but are one man down after Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) is shot. Meanwhile, Birkhoff (Aaron Stanford) and Sonia (guest star Lyndie Greenwood) continue to bicker.
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (10 PM, EPIX):
Holy crap. This is probably the most exciting TV broadcast of the week — the life of Graham Chapman in his own words, with totally crazypants animation and the other Monty Python members filling in the gaps. Here are the details:
Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as 'the dead one from Monty Python', writes and stars in the animated movie of his own life story, A Liar's Autobiography. He was born, he went to Cambridge and met John Cleese, he smoked a pipe, he became a doctor, he became a Python, he decided he was gay (well, 70/30, according to a survey he did on himself), he got drunk a lot, he stopped being drunk, he made some films, he had some sex (actually, a lot), and moved to Los Angeles. Finally, he was whisked up into space by aliens (although that might have been in a film).
Featuring recordings of Chapman that he made of his book in 1982 and matched with recorded sound from present, the film reunites members of the Monty Python troupe and brings Chapman back to life in a tour de force of animation through 17 different animation styles from 15 different animators.
Haven (10 PM, Syfy):
Featuring Claudia Black! Wearing cute glasses! This time around, "Audrey and Duke head West to follow a lead on the true identity of the Colorado Kid."
Also on TV tonight: There's a new Phineas and Ferb at 9 PM on Disney. At 10 PM, Nicktoons has a brand new Monsuno.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (9:30 AM, Cartoon Network):
In "An Old Friend," Padme is back, and we're delving into the thrilling world of banking and finance. Umm... yay?
A friend asks Padmé to help weed out banking corruption.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (11 AM, Nickelodeon):
This episode is called "Monkey Brains," and all you really need to know are the words "psychic monkey."
Donatello and April investigate a scientist's disappearance, but discover a conspiracy regarding a bizarre psychic monkey instead.
Bedlam (9 PM, BBC America):
This show about an old insane asylum turned luxury condos is ramping up the "yowza" factor, with an element that American Horror Story has already proved always works: religion.
A man breaks into the asylum's old chapel and gets an unwelcome surprise; Max and Dan come to blows.
Also on TV today: A new Ben 10: Omniverse on Cartoon Network at 9 AM. New episodes of Robot and Monster and Power Rangers on Nickelodeon starting at 12:30 PM. A brand new Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters at 2 PM on The Hub. Also, a new R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series on The Hub at 6 PM.
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (11:30 AM, Disney XD):
Quite possibly my favorite episode title, of any show, ever: "Live Kree or Die."
The Avengers' space adventure concludes in a crash landing on the alien Kree homeworld, Hala, but Captain Mar-Vell's homecoming isn't very welcoming. Outnumbered, the Avengers' only hope is to convince the Supreme Intelligence, the ruler of the Kree Empire, that humanity is worth saving.
Once Upon a Time (8 PM, ABC):
The obligatory "every show from the writers of Lost must feature Jorge Garcia" clause has been invoked, and we couldn't be happier.
"Tallahassee" - With the hopes of finding a magical compass that could help her and Mary Margaret get back to Storybrooke, Emma takes a journey with a not-too-trustworthy Captain Hook up a treacherous beanstalk in an attempt to steal the item from a murderous giant (Jorge Garcia, "Lost"). Meanwhile, Emma's past is revealed to be anything but magical when she meets up with a fellow thief who wants to make an honest woman out of her.
The Walking Dead (9 PM, AMC):
Check out a clip from "Left for Dead." In which:
Lives are endangered when the group gets separated, while in Woodbury, Merle makes an appeal to the Governor.
666 Park Ave. (10 PM, ABC):
Part two of the Halloween storyline, in which it sounds as though there are actually going to be some pretty big revelations.
"Diabolic" - The aftermath of the Dorans' Halloween party leaves everyone with an emotional and psychological hangover. Jane, traumatized by the terror she experienced, is even more devastated by the lack of support not only from the detectives investigating the case, but from Henry, leading to repercussions in their relationship. Meanwhile, Dr. Evans, who suffers from a gambling addiction, becomes beholden to Gavin in order to pay off a large debt. Finally, Gavin tracks down the person responsible for endangering Olivia and stealing his property, and is determined to end the trouble or risk losing The Drake and everything he owns. And in one horrifying moment, Jane pieces together how is she is connected to the history of the building.
Robot Chicken (Midnight, Adult Swim):
Episode titles for this show seem to be following a theme of "how would you like to die" lately, and this week it's "Choked on Multi-Colored Scarves." Let's hope that means an actual Doctor Who skit. According to Wikipedia, which is the only site currently containing any info on this episode:
The creators imagine how Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber live their life; Yin and Yang enter a dodgeball tournament; Greg Heffley tries his luck with a triangle and Huckleberry Hound playing James Bond.
That's followed by a brand new Superjail!.
Also on TV today: There's a new Winx Club on Nickelodeon at 1 PM. And a brand new Mythbusters on Discovery at 8 PM. And perhaps most important to both canine lovers and bloggers, a new episode of Dog With a Blog in its new timeslot of Sunday 8 PM on Disney.