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TV Junkie: Halloween Programming Ramps Up; Sarah Colonna of 'Chelsea Lately' Gets Her Own Show

We're a happy family .... not. The Harmon family moved into their Hollywood mansion and may never move out, prepare to be even more confused/thrilled by tonight's episode of "American Horror Story"
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The final 15 minutes of last night's episode of FX's "Sons of Anarchy" brought the show to it's most dramatic moment so far this season. If you've DVRd the episode, watch it ASAP before somebody spoils it for you. Did what happened really happen? Be sure to rewind to catch the final moments and verify what you can. The next week will be a tough one.Tonight, after some comedy on NBC and ABC, we again turn to FX for the twisted psychological and supernatural "American Horror Story." While this week it doesn't become clearer if the Harmon family are operating in a dream state, we are introduced to the idea that some of the characters are "trapped" by the house and are serving it or some other entity. Great performances by Denis O'Hare and Jessica Lange tonight. Don't miss it.
I watch "Chelsea Lately" because no one else is doing what Handler is doing for comedians: providing them with the chance to be involved with 15 minutes of material in front of a large TV audience. For the show's group of panel regulars and show-writers and producers, there is no similar (or comprehensive) support network and it's admirable. Now that NBCUniversal owns E!, it was no surprise to see Handler's sitcom, "Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" get picked up by NBC, as well as panel regular Whitney Cummings' "Whitney." Now NBC has picked up a show from the very funny and excellent writerSarah Colonna, called "Life As I Blow It," it's based on her upcoming book of the same name. No air date has been released but hopefully we'll be seeing it in 2012.
Also "Chelsea Lately"-related is the second season of "After Lately" which will stay on E! and show up sometime in the next 5 weeks. The show is currently in production and I've seen some photos leaked by cast members. It's going to be as funny and raw as season 1 so I'm happy to see remain on E! during the late night hours.
Halloween is fast-approaching and while there will be plenty of scary movie marathons on AMC, TCM, and Syfy among others, as well as TV marathons of "The Walking Dead" and "American Horror Story," I'd suggest that you want real horror story genre material, you'll want to check out FEARnet. FEARnet has movie trailers and discussions as well as all the extras horror fans want including FEARnet original "Trick 'r Treat" videos, like the new one embedded at the end of this post. Special Halloween programming on FEARnet includes the US exclusive broadcast of the hit British series "Psychoville" and a "Trick 'r Treat" marathon.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Up All Night," "Suburgatory," "Modern Family," "Happy Endings," "American Horror Story," "Chelsea Lately," "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson"

8:00pm Up All Night NBC - Birth Reagan tries to roll with the punches when her birth plan goes up in flames; Chris struggles with the decision to quit his job; Ava must deal with issues that are keeping her away from Reagan.

8:00pm Nature PBS SoCal/KOCE - Radioactive Wolves Wolves and other wildlife thrive in the "dead zone" surrounding the remains of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

8:30pm Suburgatory ABC - Don't Call Me Shirley Tessa is thrilled to encounter some excitement when Sheila Shay's (Ana Gasteyer) doll collection is stolen; afraid of burglars, Dallas and Dalia stay with the Altmans.

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9:00pm Modern Family ABC - Go Bullfrogs! Phil takes Haley to visit his alma mater; Claire goes out with Mitchell and Cameron; Gloria and Jay may have to broach a delicate subject with Manny.

9:00pm NOVA PBS SoCal/KOCE - Finding Life Beyond Earth: Are We Alone?; Moons and Beyond Scientists explore the potential for life throughout the solar system.

9:00pm MythBusters Discovery - Duct Tape Plane Adam and Jamie test three viral videos; Kari, Grant, and Toby attempt to repair a plane with duct tape.

9:30pm Happy Endings ABC - Secrets and Limos Jane tries to help her friends visualize the path to their dreams; Brad has a hard time relating to his humorless boss; Dave is afraid to introduce his new girlfriend to the gang.

10:00pm American Horror Story FX - Murder House Vivien learns about the house's first residents; Ben's visitor causes him to further unravel; Constance and Moira's history is revealed.

10:00pm Psych USA - Late Night Gus With no memory of the previous night, Gus, Shawn and Woody are suspects in a murder.

10:00pm South Park Comedy Central - Bass to Mouth Secrets are being leaked on a new gossip website.

10:00pm Penn & Teller Tell a Lie Discovery - Piranha Will Not Kill You Claims include that road kill can be healthy and that piranhas will not kill.

10:30pm Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Comedy Central - PETA Not on Set The iPhone and the Droid; a local news broadcast; a man meeting his girlfriend's parents; a man and his dog.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actor Emilio Estevez; TV personality Ross Mathews; comic Iliza Shlesinger; comic Ben Gleib.

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11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Tom Selleck; performer Julianne Hough; All Time Low perfroms.

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Coldplay guests

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Carla Gugino; actor Jake Johnson; comic Joe Matarese.