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2015
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Despite the buckets of blood and gallons of gore, a viewer can die laughing while wallowing in Ash vs Evil Dead...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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Starting at 1 p.m. ET, to celebrate Halloween, Doctor Who is presenting a mini-marathon of some of its scariest episodes of the modern era – and if you’re a Who fan, you know that can be pretty spooky stuff indeed. Truly, it’s a wonderful daytime warmup to the evening’s festivities – and it culminates in an all-new episode at 9 p.m. ET. Watch, in particular, for “Blink” (pictured) at 7 pm. ET – and don’t blink while you watch it, or…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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Here’s a first: It’s the first time a U.S. broadcast network has presented live coverage of the Rugby World Cup. This year it’s Australia vs. New Zealand, and if you’ve never watched a rugby match, imagine a cross between football and hot potato, with no concerns whatsoever about concussions or, for the most part, rules.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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If you’ve been watching Fox’s new Scream Queens series, and especially if you haven’t, you might be interested in watching today’s Halloween marathon. Starting at 6 p.m. ET, Fox’s sister network, FX, is repeating every episode aired to date of this campy, intermittently clever series. Emma Roberts (pictured) and Jamie Lee Curtis star.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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The New York Mets, playing its first World Series game at Citi Field, managed to beat the Kansas City Royals 9-3, and reduce its deficit in games in this series to 2-1. Timely hitting, and especially strong pitching, was the key – and if the Mets can cast that same magic again tonight, then the series will be tied 2-2, and we’ll be set for one compelling postseason battle.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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SERIES PREMIERE: Well, this was a long time coming. The original The Evil Dead movie, an audacious mix of horror and comedy, was made by director Sam Raimi in 1981, starring a young Bruce Campbell as Ash, whose incantation of an ancient curse releases evil in the form of very persistent possessed people – and corpses. The photography and special effects were inventive and playful, and, in the eventual cinematic sequels, including 1997’s Evil Dead II and 1992’s Army of Darkness,
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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SEASON PREMIERE: There’s understandable confusion about this series, and its U.S.-made variant presented by A&E. But trust me: This French series, shown on Sundance with subtitles, is the original article, and by far the best one. Last season, The Returned was all about an isolated town bordering a man-made lake, and how long-dead people began suddenly returning to their former town and homes. Season 2 begins with the town still trying to understand, and deal with, that unsettling phen
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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The Kansas City Royals have a 2-0 edge in this year’s World Series, winning both games at home – the first in an extra-innings epic battle, the second in a blowout where it dominated with both pitching and hitting. Now comes Game 3, from New York, with the Mets trying to use the home crowd to spur it to its first victory in this 2015 contest.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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’Twas the night before Halloween, and all through the house, TVs are all tuned to… well, they’re tuned to lots of things, because many, many networks are filling their Friday schedules with spooky televised treats. TCM, for example, has a night devoted to horror filmmaker Val Lewton, beginning at 8 p.m. ET with his 1942 classic, Cat People (starring Simone Simon, pictured), a sort of film noir monster movie. Next, at 9:30 p.m. ET, comes a repeat of an excellent perspective-pro
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
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John Mauceri conducts the full orchestra for this multimedia presentation, which includes filmmaker Tim Burton’s sketches, film clips, and story boards, accompanying the whimsical, magical movie music by Burton’s frequent collaborator, Danny Elfman. Elfman also appears in person here, as guest vocalist, singing the role of Jack Skellington in a song from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Other music heard is from Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice and more. Great fun should be ha
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 
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