Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Wednesday, October 30. All times are Eastern.
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (FXX, 10 p.m.): If there’s one thing we pop culture aficionados know, it’s that sequels are always better than the originals, right? Okay, so we might be being a little sarcastic there—we took a week off from this whole What’s On Tonight thing and are a little rusty at it—but if any sequel is going to be as good as the original, it’s the Sunny gang making Lethal Weapon 6. Honestly, we think they should put the 6 in Roman numerals just to look even more impressive. Dennis Perkins won’t leave the house for Lethal Weapon 6, but he would consider it for Lethal Weapon VI.
Arrow (The CW, 8 p.m.): Every time we read an episode description of this show, our brain removes the “r” from “Oliver” and just has it be “Olive,” and then we imagine this is a superhero drama centered on Kristin Chenoweth’s Olive Snook, and we get a little melancholy as Alasdair Wilkins narrates our lives.
The Middle (ABC, 8 p.m.): Having successfully reached 100 episodes, the show can now just start phoning it in. Tonight, however, it has a Halloween episode, and we’re hopeful the phoning in will start next week, so we can get some cool costumes. Will Harris is going as Gerard Manley Hopkins this year.
Revolution (NBC, 8 p.m.): Les Chappell is off getting transmogrified into a magic man by magic lightning bugs tonight, so somebody else will be stepping in to check out what’s happening. He helpfully lets us know this episode is centered on David Lyons, so if you want to make fun of The Cape, go right ahead.
Survivor (CBS, 8 p.m.): One castaway is on the spot to prove his love, which can mean only one thing: He has to break up a wedding before his beloved marries Jeff Probst! Carrie Raisler is picturing him riding through the surf on a horse, trying to go faster and faster, while “Gimme Some Lovin’” blares.
American Horror Story (FX, 10 p.m.): We can’t think of a better way to spend your Halloween Eve evening (try saying that five times fast) than watching Jessica Lange camp it up. Todd VanDerWerff reminds us that Halloween already means All Hallows Eve, but nobody likes his fucking pedantry.
South Park (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.): No power outage this week—well, fingers crossed—so here’s a new episode named after the brilliant Broadway musical Passing Strange, in which Ike hits puberty, so he and Kyle go to see Yo Gabba Gabba live for some reason. We’re sure Marcus Gilmer will understand.
Top Chef (Bravo, 10 p.m.): Lea Michele has a Halloween party, but this show was filmed months ago, which means the producers convinced her or Lea Michele just has Halloween parties in the middle of the year for no particular reason. Sonia Saraiya knows which option she’s betting on being the case.
Key And Peele (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.): Even Key And Peele gets in on the Halloween shenanigans, with an episode in which sketches feature ghosts, vampires, and references to torture porn. Brandon Nowalk will be very upset if there isn’t an elaborate sketch based on The Swarm. Very upset.
The League (FXX, 10:30 p.m.): Pilot Viruet is also on the road tonight, so somebody else will be handling whatever happens to the gang this week. Presumably, it will involve Halloween in some capacity, but maybe it will involve the action from Lethal Weapon 6 crossing over, which would be pretty awesome.
WHAT ELSE IS ON
American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): The Oscar finally in hand, Martin Scorsese now has his sights set on winning an American Humane Association Hero Dog Award. Check in to see if he finally triumphs or if he’s yet again defeated by an actor turned hero dog.
The Getaway (Esquire, 9 p.m.): We’re quite enjoying this low-key travel show from a cable network that’s proved surprisingly entertaining. Tonight, Ryan Kwanten heads to Los Angeles to let you know what you should do if you ever find yourself stranded there for a day or two. Hint: Mexican food.
The Tomorrow People (The CW, 9 p.m.): Rowan Kaiser checks out the latest episode of this show, and we contemplate dropping in on the show once per month. Is that something you guys would be interested in? Does it sound like the future of TV criticism to you? Because we will probably do it.
The Art Of (Ovation, 10 p.m.): In case you were feeling a little uncultured, Ovation has a show that takes you into the world of art to let you know what the arty artists are up to, so that you might feel just a little embarrassed about your Thomas Kincaid room. But not too embarrassed. That man could paint.
Halloween (AMC/Spike, 8 p.m.): Pick your poison and prepare for our new film feature on franchises launching Thursday by watching either the John Carpenter-directed original—over on AMC—or Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake on Spike. We’ll be standing outside your houses just kinda watching you.
Sleepy Hollow (FX Movies, 8 p.m.): Try watching the scene where Johnny Depp yells, “Horseman!” then throws his skull at him, only to have the Headless Horseman catch it, without thinking of a very similar scene in A League Of Their Own, only they didn’t throw skulls in that movie. It will change everything.
World Series: Game 6: Cardinals at Red Sox (Fox, 7:30 p.m.): The Sox rallied from falling behind two games to one to lead three games to two headed back to Fenway Park. Will their fanbase, which has suffered so, not having won a World Series since 2007, be rewarded tonight? Let’s find out.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
War Of The Worlds (Tuesday): Orson Welles scared the entire country, okay maybe a handful of cities, okay maybe just a few people, with his radio drama of H.G. Wells’ novel, and PBS’ American Experience series presented the full story. Erik Adams was there to let you know how Welles repelled the Martians.