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TV Junkie: Halloween Options Galore

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"Night of the Living Dead" version of "Medium" tonight at 9pm on CBS

"Night of the Living Dead" version of "Medium" tonight at 9pm on CBS
Halloween Weekend EditionYou will have plenty of Halloween options starting tonight with CBS covering all bases with "NUMB3RS", "Medium" and "Ghost Whisperer" (fans of the last two should check out this "Spirit of Friday Night" website) but don't forget oldies but goodies like Psycho on TCM at 9pm. Tomorrow there will be Halloween fare all over the place with scary movies on IFC, TCM, and AMC which will be running Night of the Living Dead back to back from 6pm until midnight. You can always check out Martha Stewart's TV options or consider one of these "True Blood" jack-o-lantern stencils for last-minute Halloween ideas.

Sunday you can recover from your efforts with a marathon running of the original "V" series on Syfy starting at Noon - do this in preparation for the launch of the remade series launching on ABC this Tuesday at 8pm which looks pretty damn good. Then settle in for an evening that should begin with an excellent episode of "Nature" on the births of many interesting animals before moving on to the difficult choice on the premium channels at 9pm: serial killer "Dexter" on Showtime or comedy hour on HBO with "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Bored to Death"? We're going with comedy. Be sure to check out our full listings!
"American Dad" has been picked up for a 6th season thus ensuring that FOX's animation-Sunday stays fully animated. Not sure if that's such a good idea but if you are a fan, let us know, is this show any better than "The Cleveland Show"? If you had to pick between the 3 Seth MacFarlane shows, would "American Dad" be the one?
If you're interested in the status of a favorite show (on the big networks), you should check out The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed Live Feed's TV Series Survival Status Chart. We use it regularly as a reality check along with with Tim Goodman's (of the SF Chronicle) Power Rankings.
The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - "Stargate Universe", "The Soup", "The Prisoner", Letterman, Fallon. Saturday - The Body Snatcher. Sunday - "V" Miniseries Marathon, "Nature", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "Bored to Death", "Mad Men".


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8:00pm Ghost Adventures Live! Travel Channel - Zak, Nick and Aaron perform a "lockdown" paranormal investigation at the historic Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, W.Va

9:00pm Monk USA - Monk reluctantly adopts a dog while looking into the disappearance of its owner.

9:00pm Stargate Universe Syfy - The team must locate a new water source before the ship's water reserves are depleted.

9:00pm Ugly Betty ABC - Wilhelmina makes Marc be Betty's temporary assistant; Betty decides to cover the worst jobs in New York

9-11:00pm The Prisoner IFC - More episodes of the classic series from Patrick McGoohan

9:00pm Friday Night With Jonathan Ross BBC America - Tim Minchin; 50 Cent; Joanna Page; Boy George; Jamie Cullum

9:00pm Psycho TCM - (1960) A woman (Janet Leigh) on the run stops at a 12-cabin motel with showers, run by mother-fixated Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins)

9:55pm Crash Starz - This week's episode will feature special guest stars Peggy Lipton (of "Twin Peaks" fame) and Keith Carradine
10:00pm White Collar USA - New episode, check out our video of the premiere event.

10:00pm The Soup E! - Halloweenified we hope

10:00pm NUMB3RS CBS - The body of a dead woman turns up at a decommissioned air base where spooky things have been happening.

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10:00pm The Jay Leno Show NBC - Actor John Cusack; comic Frank Caliendo; comic Adam Carolla.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - TV host Regis Philbin; comic Brian Regan (check out our ancient interview); Weezer performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien NBC - Actress Susie Essman; pumpkin grower Don Young; professional monster truck driver Dennis Anderson; Alice in Chains perform.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - TV personality Paris Hilton; Slipknot performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Lauren Graham; Fruit Bats perform.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Comic Wanda Sykes; actor Josh Charles; mentalist The Amazing Kreskin; Andrew Bird performs.


8:00pm The Graham Norton Show BBC America - Sue Perkins; Michael Buble

8:00pm Top 20 Most Shocking truTV - "Escapes from Death" including tornados, hit and run, and an ambulance crash

9:00pm The Locator Bravo - Season Finale

9:05pm The Body Snatcher TCM - (1945) A carriage cabby (Boris Karloff) sells cadavers to a medical-school doctor (Henry Daniell) in 19th-century Edinburgh

10:00pm Robin Hood BBC America - Isabella is desperate to prove her loyalty to the Prince and win the Sheriff's job


12:30pm "V" Miniseries Marathon Syfy - The 1983 classic is aired in its entirety in preparation for the relaunch of the series this week.

8:00pm The Amazing Race 15 CBS - One team reveals a personal secret to the others

8:00pm Nature: Animals, Born Wild: The First Days of Life PBS/KCET - The birth of different animals, including marmoset, moose, elephant and gorilla.

9:00pm Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO - Larry has bad luck on the same golf hole twice

9:00pm Dexter Showtime - Dexter works to stay ahead of the Trinity investigation; an unexpected source offers advice on the friction between Rita and Dexter.

9:00pm Desperate Housewives ABC - Bree starts to fall for Karl; Katherine continues her attempts to seduce Mike, exacerbating her conflict with Susa

9:30pm Bored to Death HBO - Ray enlists Jonathan's help to track down a lesbian couple

10:00pm Californication AMC - Trouble with Becca and Chelsea interrupts a weekend visit from Karen; Marcy consummates her girlhood crush, crushing Charlie.

10:00pm Mad Men AMC - Don meets with a candidate; Peggy second guesses her taste in men; Pete makes a big decision.

10:00pm Storm Chasers Discovery - Tempers flare across tornado alley as new technology hits the scene.

10:00pm The Girls Next Door E! - Spooky Halloween themed - Playmates scream with terror

10:00pm Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew VH1 - Series Premiere.

Drunk Ewoks pound vodka and hump legs on the "Today" show this morning: