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TV Junkie: 'Vampire Mob' Continues to Rock the Genre(s); Pan Am Tips from NBC + More

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'Tis the season: Sure, we'll have even more Halloween-themed episodes of TV shows tonight and over the weekend but how about a web series that is committed to a humorous take on the perennial favorite: vampires. With a concept rooted heavily in television Vampire Mob loosely embraces multiple genres with the "mob" referring to HBO's "The Sopranos" and "vampire" referring to every other TV show these days. Check out the most recent episode above and marvel at a cast that includes Emmy-winner Marcia Wallace ("The Simpsons"), Tony Award winner Rae Allen ("The Sopranos"), Kirsten Vangsness ("Criminal Minds"), Chris Mulkey ("BoardWalk Empire"), Retta ("Parks and Recreation"), and Andy Lauer ("Caroline in the City") - all these people and even more behind the camera were pulled together on this project that has truly been bootstrapped from the beginning. Well into the 2nd season I'd love to see more of these guys so please watch and share this show so we can make sure it returns.
It doesn't look like there's a new "Chelsea Lately" tonight, but you will be able to get plenty of Chelsea Handler, recently named "Favorite Late Night Host" in Entertainment Weekly, on both "The Tonight Show" and one of my favorite new programs, "Dave's Old Porn" on Showtime at 11:30pm.
OK, so maybe you don't want to go out to a costume party this weekend dressed as a vampire, zombie, or hooker, or any combination of those. ABC has kindly put up a PDF of how to dress up like one of the PanAm stewardesses, complete with quality logos you can print and cut out, etc.
I can't tell you how pleased I was to see that NBC has bought a TV show from comedian Jim Gaffigan - it's about time that we saw this funny man back on TV! The show is based on a version of his life: a lazy man helping his wife raise a bunch of kids in a cramped 2-room apartment in New York but Jim is anything but lazy. He's getting ready to go on a major stand-up tour next year while getting this show ready (no specific dates for a pilot).
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Community," "Parks and Recreation," "The Office," "Whitney," "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," "The League," "Beavis and Butt-head," "Dave's Old Porn," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"

8:00pm Community NBC - Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps When an anonymous personality test that Britta runs on the group indicates that one of them is severely troubled, she asks Jeff to help her identify the person.

8:00pm It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown ABC - Linus waits in the pumpkin patch for the elusive Halloween symbol to appear; a bonus cartoon, "You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown"

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8:30pm Parks and Recreation NBC - Meet 'n' Greet April and Andy throw a Halloween party, to Ben's dismay; Tom promotes his company while emceeing a campaign event for Leslie; Ron and Ann give Andy and April an unusual gift.

9:00pm The Office NBC - Spooked Erin tries to put on a Halloween party that will please both Andy and Robert California; Jim and Pam fight about the existence of ghosts; Dwight bonds with Robert California's son.

9:30pm Whitney NBC - The Wire Whitney asks Mark to help her prove Alex uses a condescending tone; when Alex's brother visits, old rivalries lead to fisticuffs.

10:00pm It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX - Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games The gang plays the most twisted board game ever; Dee and Dennis face Mac, Charlie and Frank.

10:00pm Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution Comedy Central - Shaun Latham; Tommy Chunn; Carlos Oscar.

10:30pm The League FX - Ol' Smoke Crotch Kevin struggles with getting older; Ruxin gets Rafi's help; Taco finds a market for Kevin and Jenny's wedding cocktail napkins; Pete learns a new sexual position.

11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Hugh Laurie; TV show host Kari Byron; T.J. Miller performs.

11:00pm Beavis and Butt-head MTV - Series Premiere. Werewolves of Highland; Crying The guys try to join the vampire craze at school to score chicks; Butt-head catches Beavis crying.

11:30pm Dave's Old Porn Showtime - Chelsea Handler; Randy and Jason Sklar.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Johnny Depp; Foster the People perform.

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11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Comic Chelsea Handler; blogger Drew Manning; The Original 7ven performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Justin Timberlake; actress Rebecca Romijn; The Fray performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Kunal Nayyar.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Eva Longoria; actor Kal Penn; GWAR performs.

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