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Madness And Mayhem Reign

Madness And Mayhem Reign
By Paul Hall
Origin stories are a tough nut to crack. Trying to bring people up to speed about what came first for a character we know is more of a challenge than meets the eye. In the new film Joker, we get a look at one possible story for the creation of one of the biggest nemeses Batman faces.

Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) lives a quiet life. Caring for his mother Penny (Frances Conroy) and working a variety of gigs for a clowning agency, Fleck is an unrecognizable individual walking the streets of the behemoth of Gotham City, but that slowly will change.

After getting jumped by kids while twirling a “Going Out of Business” sign, Arthur is given a gun by a coworker. Though he knows he shouldn’t have it, Arthur carries the weapon to a variety of assignments. It’s the last thing you’d expect a clown to be carrying, and the beginning of Fleck’s metamorphosis from quiet, unassuming clown to the over-the-top “performer” Joker.

Throughout Arthur’s evolution, we see all the little dark and disturbing moments that occur within the cocoon of his life. The experiences that hurt him, the thoughts he has, the actions he takes and the revelations that percolate to the surface all expose his internal mental illness. We get Joker’s first meeting with one Bruce Wayne (the future Batman, in case you weren’t aware) as a boy, and the structure is there to integrate this story into the Batman storyline.

Please be aware that there is nothing fun or comical about Joker. Phoenix does an amazing job of bringing the internally tormented Fleck to the screen. I feel all the jabs he takes like little gut punches throughout the film. I empathize with the character about his treatment, whether real or perceived. But that treatment does not excuse bad behavior and at the point Arthur changes, I stepped off and rather loathed the villain. All of this is made possible because of Phoenix.

This is not my father’s Joker (Cesar Romero) or my Jokers (Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger). Phoenix develops a Joker who is much more similar to that of Ledger in his madness, but even darker and more real, which is something I didn’t think was possible.

Slower and more methodical than most films within a superhero universe, Joker will shock and disturb some to no end. If you are like me, you feel it’s a great entry to have a much different and frank discussion about mental illness and how we treat one another in a social-media-driven world. We are quick to belittle, quick to criticize and quick to attack. Maybe it’s time for more discussions, deeper dialogue and a touch of heart when dealing with one another. There is help for all of us, even Arthur Fleck. Hopefully more individuals will take that away from Joker rather than simply glorifying the violent actions of the madman. One thing is clear, though — madness and mayhem reign in Joker.

Paul’s Grade: A-
Rated R
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz
Director: Todd Phillips
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The Addams Family
Rated PG
Voices of: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz
Directors: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
An animated look at our favorite creepy yet kooky family and their move to New Jersey.
Gemini Man
Rated PG-13
Stars: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen
Director: Ang Lee
A hitman is being hunted by the one person who knows his every move: a younger clone of himself.
High Strung Free Dance
Rated PG
Stars: Thomas Doherty, Harry Jarvis, Juliet Doherty
Director: Michael Damian
When a choreographer casts an unknown dancer alongside a raw but innovative pianist for his highly anticipated Broadway show, it could just be the perfect combination of talent to make the performance special.
Rated R
Stars: Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp, voice of Rose Byrne
Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
When Phil’s voice assistant on his phone evolves into more than just a phone feature, his life gets all kinds of crazy.

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Henry Winkler Takes The Stage In New Season Of "Inside The Actors Studio"

By Kellie Freeze

For over two decades, Inside the Actors Studio, the venerable acting master class created by James Lipton, has welcomed actors, directors and writers to share the secrets of their craft. After Lipton’s September 2018 retirement, the series moved to Ovation, where now rotating guest hosts will interview Hollywood notables about their works and methods. The new season premieres Sunday, Oct. 13 with current Actors Studio co-president Alec Baldwin interviewing Henry Winkler.

When we talked to Winkler, the actor admitted that when he got the invitation from Ovation, “I thought, ‘See? You sit at the table long enough and all the chips come to you.’” He laughs, echoing a line from his 2018 Emmy acceptance speech after being awarded Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role of Gene Cousineau on Barry. “I thought it was swell.”

In his episode, Winkler is led by Baldwin down memory lane from his boyhood — where he struggled academically due to undiagnosed dyslexia — through his early TV appearances, including an overly earnest dinner guest on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, his breakout role as greaser Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on Happy Days and his career resurgence on the HBO comedy Barry.

As he reminisces, Winkler shares stories and anecdotes, but focuses his attention on explaining the skills that he’s developed throughout his career — particularly how he built confidence and an instinct for risk-taking when creating characters — in the hopes of inspiring the next generation of thespians. After all, Winkler points out that taking risks led to him being cast in his most iconic role. “They weren’t looking for me for Arthur Fonzarelli,” he says. “They were looking for a large Italian, and they got a short Jew. They don’t know what they’re looking for all the time. You have to show them, you have to tell them, ‘I’m who you’re looking for.’”

Winkler says the best part of his Inside the Actors Studio experience was sitting on the lip of the stage and fielding questions from the audience of young actors, directors and playwrights. “It’s one of my favorite things I’ve done in my entire career,” he shares. “I always wished somebody who had been through it would have talked to me and said, ‘It’s going to be OK.’”

Now that Winkler has been a guest, he says that if his schedule would allow, he’d love to return as a guest host. His wish list of interviewees includes “Olivia Colman, Helen Mirren and Judi Dench. And since you asked, I would like to interview a lot of musicians, because they’re also actors when they sing their songs. Ryan Gosling, I think Ryan Gosling is just great. And Brad Pitt, the evolution of Brad Pitt to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is just magnificent.”

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Ruby Rose Is Gotham's
New Caped Crusader

By Jeff Pfeiffer

Although Australian actress Ruby Rose made a memorable Arrowverse debut as Kate Kane — a.k.a. Batwoman — in last year’s crossover event among The CW’s several DC Comics-inspired superhero series, she now gets to shine in her own show. As Arrowverse fans prepare to say farewell to the series that started it all, Arrow, which begins its final season this month, they can say hello to this similarly fun series with hints of darkness about a masked hero who takes to the streets to fight crime.

Of course, a setup like that is also familiar to fans of Batman, and this series does take place in the Caped Crusader’s hometown of Gotham. But Batman/Bruce Wayne has been mysteriously missing for three years as Batwoman begins (Sunday, Oct. 6 on The CW), and criminal gangs are again running rampant with no Dark Knight to stop them. Even the military-grade Crows Private Security firm run by Kate’s father, Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott), can only do so much when a psychotic supervillain named Alice (Rachel Skarsten) — who has a thing for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland stories and is as off-the-rails as the Mad Hatter of those tales — threatens the city.

Eventually, Kate — who returns to Gotham to help however she can after Alice kidnaps Kate’s ex-girlfriend Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy) — inadvertently learns the secret identity of her cousin Bruce Wayne after discovering his Batcave. With the reluctant aid of Wayne’s security expert Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson), Kate fashions herself into a new hero for Gotham — Batwoman (not to be confused with Batgirl; the two are separate characters in the DC universe).
“That suit is literal perfection,” Fox objects when Kate asks him to adapt the Batsuit for her.
“It will be,” Kate counters, “when it fits a woman.”

Onscreen, Rose clearly has a blast wearing that outfit, designed for the series by four-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood, and the actress recently recalled the thrill that comes from donning it even when cameras aren’t rolling.

“I still remember putting it on for the first time with Colleen,” Rose said, “and it’s just a magical feeling. … This thing has been — like, within an inch of its life, it just fits me like a glove. … You feel the transformation, it’s unlike any costume I’ve ever put on in any role in my life. … You literally feel faster and stronger and bulletproof. And you are like, ‘But I’m not, am I?’ … It’s just very difficult to pee in, that’s all.”

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Good Witch: Curse from a Rose

By Rick Gables

Hallmark Channel
will premiere its two-hour special event Good Witch: Curse From a Rose, starring Catherine Bell and James Denton, on Saturday, October 19 at 8 PM ET/PT. Cassie (Bell) receives an unexpected visit from her college roommate Autumn Deveraux (Lolita Davidovich), who harbors resentment toward Cassie over a past event. Cassie relies on her magical instincts to help Autumn through her unresolved feelings before she sabotages Middleton’s celebrations. Martha (Catherine Disher) plans a bonfire to honor the season and tries to ignore her husband’s failure to recognize the anniversary of their engagement on Halloween night. Bad luck seems to thwart Sam’s (James Denton) attempts to plan a romantic Halloween for Cassie since it’s their first as a married couple, despite the arrival of a mysterious good luck charm.

HBO will premiere the four-part series, Catherine the Great, on Monday, October 22 at 10 PM ET/PT. Starring Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke, this drama is set against the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of Russian empress Catherine the Great (Mirren) who wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century. The series follows Catherine towards the end of her reign during her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin (Clarke). Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together serving as the architects of modern-day Russia through a series of liberalizing reforms.

We will be treated to spectacular views of Earth from space when PBS premieres its four-part series Life from Above on Wednesdays from October 23 through November 13 at 10 PM ET (check your local listings). The series offers a rare look at Earth, its landscapes and its inhabitants that goes beyond what we thought we knew, as the planet’s unique movements, beautiful colors, exotic patterns and forces that continue to shape and change the Earth are captured. Over the four episodes, cameras will explore the powerful forces that create Earth’s restless movement, while exploring the secrets of its beautiful colors, shapes and patterns of its surface, along with its changing landscape.

photo below credit: Copyright 2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Marni Grossman

photo caption: James Denton and Catherine Bell in Good Witch: Curse from a Rose

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Ovation TV News And More!

By Rick Gables

Ovation TV
will premiere the new season of award-winning master class on the craft of acting, Inside the Actors Studio, on Sunday, October 13 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Host and guests for these brand new episodes will include Jane Lynch interviewing David Oyelowo, Alec Baldwin interviewing Henry Winkler, Kelsey Grammer interviewing director James Burrows, Ellen Burstyn interviewing Al Pacino, with additional talent names to be announced.

Hallmark Channel will premiere its new original movie Love, Fall and Order on Saturday, October 12 at 9 PM ET/PT. With the Fall season underway, Claire (Erin Cahill), an ambitious New York attorney, returns to her small hometown in Vermont to help save her father’s farm from being lost in a legal battle with his neighbor. There, she runs into her former high school rival, Patrick (Trevor Donovan), a handsome local lawyer, whom she soon learns is related to the woman suing her dad and is also representing her in the upcoming court case against him. Before long, Claire and Patrick find themselves on opposing sides of the heated property dispute and conflicting feelings arise when an autumn romance begins to bloom between them.

The CW will premiere the new season of Dynasty on Friday, October 11 at 9 PM ET/PT. The Carrington family will face the unknown on all fronts. Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) is surrounded by a host of rivals looking to destroy her, the most wicked of which is her own brother, Adam (Sam Underwood), who takes the idea of “sibling rivalry” to a whole new level of crazy. At the same time, Fallon and Liam (Adam Huber) attempt to keep their romance sane, but secrets and skeletons from her closet will make that more difficult than ever. Blake (Grant Show) will jump back in the game and his half-sister Dominique (Michael Michele), is here to stay. Meanwhile, Sammy Jo (Rafael De La Fuente) enters an exhilarating phase of the upper-class life, but amongst the thrills of his newfound freedom, there will be dangers lurking. The road ahead is full of the shocking twists and turns from the Carrington world. As in the past, the family will have to find a way to come together if they are to claw their way back to the top of the billionaire mountain.

The CW will premiere its new series Nancy Drew on Wednesday, October 9 at 9 PM ET/PT. Starring Kennedy McMann as a brilliant teenage detective whose sense of self had come from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine, until her mother’s untimely death derails Nancy’s college plans. Devastated, Nancy swears off crime-solving while crossing off the days until she can re-apply to college. But when a socialite is murdered, Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene: Nancy’s nemesis from high school, George Fan (Leah Lewis); a rich girl with a mysterious past, Bess Marvin (Maddison Jaizani); Nancy’s secret boyfriend, Ned “Nick” Nickerson (Tunji Kasim); and amiable burnout Ace (Alex Saxon). The five of them must team up to clear their own names – encountering emotional entanglements and even more mysteries along the way. Nancy’s reawakening brings her into conflict with her widowed father, Carson Drew (Scott Wolf), who is dating Detective Karen Hart (Alvina August). And, when a supernatural presence begins to haunt Nancy’s investigation, she discovers that the current crime has an astonishing connection to the long unsolved murder of a local girl.

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Question: Dancing with the Stars excludes the West Coast from voting. Why should I watch a show that totally dismisses us viewers? As for the new set, the focus should be on the dancers, not a bunch of glitz. —Ricki, Oregon

Matt Roush: But where would Dancing with the Stars be without glitz? That said, you have a legitimate complaint. It does seem counter-intuitive for a competition show based on audience participation to exclude such a large portion of the American public. Although reading the fine print in ABC’s press releases, live voting on Mondays is available to fans in all time zones during the 8-10 pm/ET hours (via, the ABC app and SMS/text). So theoretically, you could vote for a favorite team — from the week before, not the live show, obviously
— during those hours (5-7 pm PT), although your vote won’t be responding to what’s happening live, unless you’re watching from a satellite. Dancing also promises to announce a “big format change in voting” so we’ll see what that’s all about.

Question: I streamed Yellowstone season 1. Now I have to pay Paramount? —Marci

Matt Roush: Last I looked, both seasons were available for replay on Paramount Network’s website. You do have to register, though.

Question: I LOVE Lucifer! It has a sexy, smart, rascal lead who relishes the freedom to not follow the rules, struggles with evolving ethics and loyalties, but is grounded by a core of integrity. I’m looking for another playful, clever, rascal character this Fall. Can you help me find one? —Corinna in KY

Matt Roush: The one breakout character of the season who best fits this
bill is Portland, Oregon’s “scrappy and sexy” PI Dex Parios, played by the terrific Cobie Smulders in ABC’s Stumptown. Dex breaks the rules, can dish it out and take it, and has been likened in this very column to a female Rockford (James Garner, look it up, a classic). She’s wildly appealing,even when her behavior is borderline appalling, and embodies the spirit you seem to be looking for. I hope the show lives up to my very high expectations and finds an audience on Wednesdays. Stumptown is great fun.

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by Damian Holbroo

Cheers to The Unicorn
for being a horse of a different color for Walton Goggins. So good at playing dark (Justified’s Boyd Crowder and Six’s Rip Taggart) and demented (Vice Principals’ weird Lee Russell), the actor is unexpectedly and refreshingly lovable as a widowed dad in CBS’s heartfelt new comedy.

Cheers to Emergence
for emerging as the new Lost. Between the mysterious plane crash, the kid with possible powers (Alexa Swinton), those shady folks who are after her and a guest arc by an ex-castaway, you can’t help flashing back to ABC’s prior sci-fi thriller. Toss in the fabulous Allison Tolman as the police chief trying to figure it all out and we’re all in.

Jeers to BH90210
for that 9021-ewww moment. As much as we adored the so-meta limited series that brought the Peach Pit posse together again, the season finale freaked us out with a dream sequence that saw onscreen siblings Shannen Doherty and Jason Priestley in bed and about to kiss!

Jeers to NBC’s Grim Weepers.
During the first official week of the new fall season, tears were flowing all over the network as Chicago Med offed Ava (Norma Kuhling), Chicago Fire’s Otis (Yuri Sardarov) died following a mattress-factory fire and New Amsterdam revealed that Max (Ryan Eggold) had lost his wife in last May’s cliffhanger ambulance crash. Guess death really does come in threes!

Cheers to A Very Brady Renovation
for nailing the nostalgia factor. More than 10 million fans tuned in to the premiere of HGTV’s new series (over three days of time-shifted viewing) to watch Brady Bunch kids Susan Olsen, Mike Lookinland, Eve Plumb, Christopher Knight, Maureen McCormick and Barry Williams re-create their TV home inside the L.A. crib used in the original’s exterior shots.

Jeers to The Alec Baldwin Roast
for leavi a bad taste in our mouths. If the Comedy Central “salute” to the 30 Rock vet was supposed to be funny, why was barely anyone laughing—especially Baldwin— as his daughter Ireland (pictured, with Alec) slammed him for being a bad dad and that notorious nasty voicemail he left her when she was a kid?

Jeers to Survivor
for adding an unnecessary twist to the game. For this season’s Island of the Idols, the CBS reality show has recruited former champs Sandra Diaz-Twine and “Boston Rob” Mariano to act as mentors for various contestants—a great idea on a show like The Voice, where there’s actual talent on display, but do castaways really need a tutor for screwing each other over?

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Father Of The Dead
George A. Romero Had A Knack For Making Zombies On A Shoestring. 

By Kellie B. Gormly, ReMIND Magazine
What started as a brotherly joke on his sister eerily foreshadowed a fictional nightmare of epic proportions in a western Pennsylvania graveyard.
“They’re coming to get you, Barbra!” Johnny says in a creepy voice, frightening her after visiting their father’s grave.

If only Johnny knew the extent of this, ahem, dead-serious ambush in the cult classic Night of the Living Dead, the original masterpiece by horror master George A. Romero, who passed away in July at age 77. The 1968 shocker flick about flesh-eating corpses — which grossed some $30 million worldwide from a meager $114,000 budget — started the popular zombie genre that continues to grow today. In recent years, especially, the zombie club has exploded with highly popular series like AMC’s The Walking Dead and movies like World War Z.

It is said that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but Romero expressed resentment about the modern zombie shows. He told IndieWire earlier this year that he “used to be the only guy on the zombie playground,” and that the current movies and television shows about the undead were making the zombie genre Hollywood-ized. Romero said he had hoped to do another zombie film with a modest $2 to $3 million, but the big-budget blockbusters ruined his chances.
But a lack of modern opportunities for more Romero zombie films does not tarnish the creative genius’ legacy. Who needs a new zombie film anyway? Retro lovers are satisfied with Romero’s oldies from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, including 1978’s Dead sequel Dawn of the Dead, with box office success that topped the original.

Even if the zombie genre isn’t your thing, Romero created several other horror classics. As a child of the ’80s, my personal Romero favorites are the campy Creepshow movies. Romero joined forces with famed horror writer Stephen King to make Creepshow (1982) and Creepshow 2 (1987). Romero’s horror anthology combines the macabre and scary with a dark, quirky sense of humor, as is typical for ’80s campy flicks.

Perhaps Romero’s most notable ability among horror creators was the underlying satire and social commentary he weaved into many seemingly simple films. In Dawn of the Dead, the zombies served as a cartoonish and gory symbol for excessive capitalism and consumption. One also can see a definite, environmentally friendly warning in Night of the Living Dead, since radioactive contamination from a space probe is speculated to have caused the massive global resurrection of evil corpses.

May George A. Romero rest in peace. And if someone wants to honor his legacy by making another low-budget undead movie, featuring an actor playing Romero’s own bodily zombie — well, he probably would feel honored.
Photo Credit: George A. Romero: Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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Catching Up With ... Tippi Hedren

By Lori Acken, ReMIND Magazine
Still stunningly lovely at age 87, actress Tippi Hedren now devotes most of her time to Shambala Preserve, the exotic-feline sanctuary she has helped fund since 1983 to further walk the talk of her 45-year passion for saving big cats. But Hedren — mom to actress Melanie Griffith (Working Girl) and grandmother to actress Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) — still takes an acting job now and then, if the project appeals. And she’s well aware that you will never stop thinking of her as the tormented blond beauty in Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary 1963 thriller The Birds. What you may not know is that the torment was equally harrowing offscreen, as the then 32-year-old ingenue — born Nathalie Kay Hedren in New Ulm, Minn. — gratefully accepted Hitchcock’s mentorship but refused his love, setting in motion years of physical and psychological abuse and a power struggle that would ultimately define their careers and then ruin them. Abuse she fearlessly chronicled in her 2016 memoir Tippi, after allowing the tale to be told in HBO’s 2012 original film The Girl. We caught up with Hedren to talk Hitchcock and her very personal Hollywood horror story.

How badly did Hitchcock underestimate the young woman who showed up on his set?

Tippi Hedren: Well, that wasn’t my first rodeo, as the saying goes. [Laughs] My parents had given me a very wonderful background in philosophies and morals and what is right — and to hold firmly to what is right and do it. So that protected me when I was a fashion model in New York and when I was doing commercials and when I traveled all around the world by myself. The career in commercials was so successful that I took six months off and toured the world, which was fantastic!

Alma Reville (Hitchcock’s wife) was aware of her husband’s boorish and abusive nature. Why do you think she stayed mum?

She had lived through this kind of situation over and over and over. Their marriage was an enigma to everyone. What is that relationship? I don’t know that many people did know — or will ever know. But, at one time, she came to me and said, “I’m so sorry you have to go through this,” and I just looked at her and said [drops her voice to an intense whisper], “But you can stop it! Just STOP it!”

Did you ever consider dropping out of the film?

No, no, no — never! The filming actually was never that much of a problem. [The harassment] became a problem after three or four days, and then it became horrible. But making movies is fun! It’s extremely satisfying and enjoyable, actually doing the work. It was the surrounding situations that made it so difficult. And there were really wonderful times — because there had to have been some or I wouldn’t have stuck with it as long as I did.

You agreed to make Marnie after The Birds? Why?

This was a real movie role. The Birds was fluff — but Marnie was a really involved character. I went through a lot of studying to do it. I talked to the book’s author, Winston Graham; I talked to psychologists and psychiatrists about the fact that when a child suffered a traumatic experience and it wasn’t dealt with at that time, how it manifests itself in adult life. And this is a fairly new observation. When we did the movie, it was not even heard of on general levels.

When Marnie wrapped, Hitchcock didn’t use you again, but refused to terminate your contract. Devastating?

It was so easy for him. He paid me $600 a week for almost two years, then gave the contract to Universal who wanted me to do a television show I didn’t think I would be right for. They said, “Well, if you don’t do it, you’re out of this contract,” and I went [thrusts out her hand] “Shake on it!” Two weeks later, Charlie Chaplin called me directly to ask if I would play Marlon Brando’s wife in A Countess From Hong Kong. So I was back, but it wasn’t a lead role. From what I understand, Hitchcock almost had a heart attack when he heard.

Do you still think about what you might have accomplished in those two years?

No. But I would hear years later how such and such producer or director wanted to use me. To get to me, they had to go through him — and he said, “She isn’t available.” So easy. Just, “She isn’t available.” The one that really hurt the worst was François Truffaut wanted me for his Fahrenheit 451 and I didn’t even know about it.

What might others learn from what you survived?

I hope that women — young women, especially — get the message that you do not have to acquiesce to any demands that are made of you by anyone if you are not interested. Hitchcock ruined my career, but not my life!
Photo Credit: Tippi Hedren: Credit: Keystone/Getty Images

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A Touch Of Evil
These Seven Deadly Femmes Unleashed The Dark Side Of The Silver Screen.

By Eric Kohanik, ReMIND Magazine
Call them femmes fatales or deadly dames or sinister sisters. Whatever name is given to them, they have been cultural icons for centuries.
In more recent times, there have been dozens and dozens of actresses whose characters have brought a memorable touch of femme fatale evil to the silver screen. Here’s a quick glimpse at seven “deadly femmes” whose onscreen personalities and sometimes diabolical tactics have caused moviegoers to gasp …
Pola Negri
Credited as being Hollywood’s first femme fatale, Polish actress Pola Negri had a dark allure that stemmed from the early days of silent movies. She garnered worldwide publicity and fame for being the first European film star recruited by a Hollywood studio. Before long, Negri became known as the “Queen of Tragedy” in America, thanks to evil roles in a string of vintage films.
Gene Tierney
The most famous turn as a femme fatale for Gene Tierney was probably in the title role of 1944’s Laura, thanks to the unusual way in which Laura Hunt caused police detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) to become obsessed with her while investigating her apparent death. But Tierney also proved herself to be a dangerously manipulative and pathological force when she donned the role of Ellen Berent Harland, a jealous woman who entraps her husband (Cornel Wilde) in another film noir gem: 1945’s Leave Her to Heaven.
Lana Turner
The role of Cora Smith in the 1946 version of The Postman Always Rings Twice did a lot to give the beautiful Lana Turner a deadly aura on the screen. But then, that was to be expected after Cora and her lover (John Garfield) murder her boring, older husband (Cecil Kellaway) in order for the two of them to work their way up in the world.
Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner honed her skills in bit parts until she landed the role of Kitty Collins, a glam gun moll who betrays her lover in the 1946 film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s The Killers. Other vampy roles soon followed, earning her a seductress reputation that she augmented offscreen with three Hollywood marriages (Mickey Rooney, bandleader Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra) and an international cadre of lovers that included bullfighters, playboys and other bons vivants.
Peggy Cummins
As a trigger-happy sharpshooter named Annie Laurie Starr, Peggy Cummins displayed a memorable penchant for crime in a 1950 movie called Gun Crazy. The story takes a big turn after she convinces her boyfriend/husband (John Dall) to become part of her crime spree. As you might expect, things don’t end well.
Photo Credit: Ava Gardner: Credit: Baron/Getty Images

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Thursday, Oct. 10
The Price Is Right
CBS, 11am
Come on down! TV’s longest-running game show — with more than 65,000 contestants and $250 million-plus awarded in cash and prizes since Bob Barker debuted as host in 1972 — airs its 9,000th episode! Current host Drew Carey celebrates by bestowing a bonus $9,000 on every player who wins a pricing game; anyone who spins $1 on the Big Wheel pockets $9,000, too.
Grey’s Anatomy: “Reunited”
ABC, 8pm
With new restrictions, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) tiptoes the line of protocol as she helps Jo (Camilla Luddington) with a difficult procedure from afar. Koracick (Greg Germann) makes things challenging for Owen (Kevin McKidd) at Grey Sloan. Meanwhile, a patient at the hospital is brain-dead after falling into a construction site, and her two sisters must decide whether or not to keep her alive.
Young Sheldon: “An Entrepreneurialist and a Swat on the Bottom”
CBS, 8pm
Sheldon (Iain Armitage) takes matters into his own hands when Meemaw (Annie Potts) refuses to drive him to a lecture with Dr. Linkletter (Ed Begley Jr.) in the new episode “An Entrepreneurialist and a Swat on the Bottom.”
Supernatural: “Back and to the Future”
The CW, 8pm
Season Premiere!
The beloved horror show opens its final season in Winchester style — with demon hunters Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) in the midst of an apocalypse after an angry God (Rob Benedict) opened the gates of Hell, releasing all the fiends.
NFL Football: N.Y Giants at New England
FOX & NFL Network, 8pm Live
The N.Y. Giants head into Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., to meet with old foes Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football.
Superstore: “Forced Hire”
NBC, 8pm
When Amy (America Ferrera) hires Dina’s (Lauren Ash) nemesis Colleen (guest star Heidi Gardner), Dina blackmails Garrett (Colton Dunn) into making Colleen’s life a living hell. Jonah (Ben Feldman) is forced to befriend Marcus (Jon Barinholtz) in order to unionize the warehouse guys.
Horror Classics: Black Magic
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Tonight’s spooky movie lineup is themed around practitioners of the dark arts. The evening begins with 1934’s The Black Cat and also includes Curse of the Demon (1958), The Seventh Victim (1943), The Devil’s Bride(1968) and more.
Perfect Harmony: “No Time for Losers”
NBC, 8:30pm
Arthur (Bradley Whitford) helps Ginny (Anna Camp) conquer stage fright. Meanwhile, Reverend Jax (Rizwan Manji) is caught in the rift between Wayne (Will Greenberg) and Dwayne (Geno Segers).
The Unicorn: “Widow’s Group”
CBS, 8:30pm
Wade (Walton Goggins) reluctantly joins a support group for partners who’ve lost a spouse in the new episode “Widow’s Group.”
A Million Little Things: “mixed signals”
ABC, 9pm
On the verge of becoming a filmmaker, Rome (Romany Malco) takes a meeting with an old producer friend, which causes him to feel torn about the creative changes he suggests for his script. Meanwhile, Gary (James Roday) steps in to help Danny (Chance Hurstfield) prepare to audition for his school play while Delilah (Stephanie Szostak), craving some adult time, agrees to go to dinner with Andrew (James Tupper).
Mom: “Goat Yogurt and Ample Parking”
CBS, 9pm
Criminal Minds’ Paget Brewster guest-stars in a role very unlike her levelheaded Special Agent Prentiss. As Christy’s (Anna Faris) new boss at the law firm, she’s a demanding yeller! Plus: Bonnie (Allison Janney) may keep her born-with-it last name, Plunkett, instead of taking that of new hubby Adam Janikowski (William Fichtner).
Legacies: “I’ll Never Give Up Hope”
The CW, 9pm
Season Premiere!
After discovering that there may be a way out of Malivore, Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) becomes more determined than ever to find her way back to Mystic Falls. Alaric (Matthew Davis), who is still reeling after being voted out as headmaster by the honor council, continues looking into the mysterious night Malivore was destroyed.
Torn Apart: Separated at the Border
HBO, 9pm
This documentary from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ellen Goosenberg Kent (Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1), follows two mothers who were separated from their children at the U.S. border and are desperate to reunite with them. The film tracks both women as they attempt to find their children after months apart and await their asylum claims to be processed.
Carol’s Second Act: “The Zebra”
CBS, 9:30pm
In the new episode “The Zebra,” Carol’s (Patricia Heaton) standard, run-of-the-mill case turns out to be something more than it seems.
Evil: “3 Stars”
CBS, 10pm
The team investigates the case of a high-strung theater producer who is believed to be demonic in the new episode “3 Stars.”
Law & Order: SVU: “Down Low in Hell’s Kitchen”
NBC, 10pm
A serial predator targeting men in gay bars proves difficult to catch, until a celebrity comes forward with his story.
Temptation Island
USA Network, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Four couples at relationship crossroads travel to Maui where they will explore the single life alongside two dozen sexy singletons. “Being single again is not about who’s going to cheat and who’s not going to cheat,” says series host Mark L. Walberg. “It's more about, ‘I forgot who I am.’ And on Temptation Island, they’re forced to work on themselves and their issues because they can't control the other side.”
Friday, Oct. 11
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Original Film!
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan wrote and directed this thriller that reunites fans of the former, beloved AMC drama with Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future. Charles Baker also stars, reprising his role as Skinny Pete.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: “A Decade of Pony”
Discovery Family Channel, 5pm
Take a look behind the scenes at the pony-rific animated series that inspired and delighted adults and children alike. The creators, animators and voice actors behind My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic share their favorite memories from the past nine seasons and invite viewers into the recording studio to witness the magic that goes into making an episode.
Hawaii Five-0: “E Uhi Ana Ka Wa I Hala I Na Mea I Hala (Passing Time Obscures the Past)”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “E Uhi Ana Ka Wa I Hala I Na Mea I Hala (Passing Time Obscures the Past),”
Five-0 investigates when a plane that mysteriously crashed into the Pacific in the ’80s is found, but with a recently murdered scuba diver inside.
Charmed: “Safe Space”
The CW, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Following the devastating loss of the Elders, Mel (Melonie Diaz), Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) and Macy (Madeleine Mantock) take over their duties. Maggie takes time to celebrate her birthday with a big bash, but Mel finds herself too preoccupied with their new responsibilities to join in the fun. As the girls clean up the following morning, Macy shocks her sisters with an announcement.
The Blacklist: “Louis T. Steinhil: Conclusion”
NBC, 8pm
Liz (Megan Boone), Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq) and the task force continue to search for Red (James Spader). Red attempts to escape his abductors with help from a surprise ally, but discovers he is not Katarina Rostova’s (Laila Robins) only target in her hunt for information.
MLB Playoffs: NL Championship Series: Game 1
TBS, 8pm Live
TBS airs the best-of-seven National League Championship Series beginning with Game 1 tonight. The NL champion advances to the World Series beginning Oct. 22 on FOX.
Monster of the Month: Godzilla
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Tonight’s lineup of original Godzilla classics from Japan’s Toho Studios includes Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965), Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966), Son of Godzilla (1967) and Destroy All Monsters (1969).
Fresh Off the Boat: “Grandma’s Boys”
ABC, 8:30pm
Ken Jeong returns as Gene, Louis’ (Randall Park) scheming brother, to help their jobless, mahjong-playing, TV-addicted mother, Jenny (Lucille Soong), celebrate her latest inspired life decision — retirement.
Dynasty: “Guilt Trip to Alaska”
The CW, 9pm
Season Premiere!
On the eve of the Carrington Foundation Fundraiser, drama immediately floods the scene as bodies are pulled from the lake on the Carrington estate. As reporters and detectives move in, Blake (Grant Show), Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies), Cristal (Daniella Alonso), Adam (Sam Underwood) and Anders (Alan Dale) realize they need to get their stories straight very quickly.
Gold Rush
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Big bucks or bankruptcy? Fortunes flip for the scrappy Yukon miners in Season 10 of Discovery’s most popular show, Gold Rush. Established miner Tony Beets fails to obtain a water license and must abandon the Indian River claim where he’s invested millions. Beets goes to Paradise Hill, where he started out 30 years ago. When his kids stake their own claims, youngest Mike surprises everyone by besting siblings Kevin and Monica, spurring a rivalry. Adventurous Rick Ness opts to relocate to Keno City, site of legendary monster nuggets.
Gabby Duran & the Unsittables
Disney Channel, 9pm
New Series!
Thirteen-year-old Gabby Duran (YouTube star Kylie Cantrall) inadvertently lands a job babysitting an unruly group of VIP extraterrestrial children disguised as everyday kids. Gabby is resourceful and courageous and steps up to the challenge to protect these youngsters and their secret identities, while proving she’s the best babysitter in the galaxy.
Taken at Birth
TLC, 9pm
TLC’s three-part series ends tonight, concluding the stories of the Hicks babies. Over 50 years ago, Thomas Hicks, a doctor from a small mining town in northern Georgia, illegally sold over 200 newborn babies out of the back of his clinic. Hosts Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner worked with lead investigator Jane Blasio, a Hicks baby herself, to help reunite stolen babies with their birth families and, ultimately, help them find closure, acceptance and truth.
Blue Bloods: “Behind the Smile”
CBS, 10pm
Police commissioner Frank’s (Tom Selleck) former friendship with a now-dead socialite proves difficult when her son threatens to reveal who she really was. In the ranks, the PC’s daughter-in-law, Eddie (Vanessa Ray) — who no longer reports to sergeant husband Jamie (Will Estes) — bumps heads with a tough new boss, Sgt. McNichols (Stephanie Kurtzuba).
The Hispanic Heritage Awards
PBS, 10pm
Join the country’s highest tribute to Latinos by Latinos. The program includes award presentations, performances and appearances by celebrated Hispanic artists.
Ghost Nation
Travel Channel, 10pm
New Series!
Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango — who largely started the current trend of paranormal investigation shows on TV with their former Syfy series Ghost Hunters — are back for new adventures. This time, these pioneers of the genre respond to urgent calls from fellow paranormal investigators nationwide who have reached a dead end with vexing personal cases.
Marriage Boot Camp: Family Edition
WE tv, 10pm
Season Premiere!
This season, pop star Aaron Carter and his mother Jane come face-to-face in the most dramatic momager and son reunion ever. Just off the heels of a public divorce, The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Alexis Bellino and her also-divorced mother Penelope suffer from years of pent-up resentment. And, in a last-ditch effort to save his brotherly bond, notorious child actor Corey Feldman enters with his brother Eden and his wife Courtney.
Freakshow Cakes
Cooking Channel, 11pm
You know Halloween is approaching when the Cooking Channel starts serving up twisted competitions like this new gem, which tasks this week’s trio of bakers with creating a snake-themed confection. Fingers crossed one of them gets (sorry) rattled!
Hometown Horror
Travel Channel, 11pm
New Series!
Many small communities across America are gripped with tales of horror, mystery and intrigue that have lingered over these towns for centuries. This series delves into these quiet locales to examine what is behind these stories and myths of small-town America, from the Pigman of Angola in New York to the hauntings of circus town Baraboo, Wis., and more.
Saturday, Oct. 12
College Football
FOX & NBC, beginning at 12pm Live
The Texas Longhorns take on the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Showdown today at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on FOX. Later tonight on NBC, the USC Trojans visit the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a rivalry battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh trophy.
 “Scream” Marathon
Freeform, beginning at 6pm
You might lose your voice after watching three scream-inducing movies in this horror franchise from director Wes Craven: Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997) and Scream 3 (2000).
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Discovery Family Channel, 8pm
Series Finale!
After nine years and 221 magical episodes, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic comes to an end with a 90-minute finale where a villainous alliance unleashes their unified might on Equestria, and it’s up to the Mane Six to save the kingdom. Then, years later, Princess Twilight is visited by a student with a friendship problem. As she attempts to solve it, she looks back on the times she and the Mane Six spent together.
MLB Playoffs: League Championship Series
FOX & TBS, beginning at 8pm Live
The American League’s two remaining playoff contenders meet tonight in Game 1 of the best-of-seven AL Championship Series. FS1 and FOX split coverage of the series. Game 2 of the National League Championship Series is on TBS.
The College Admissions Scandal
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!
The College Admissions Scandal follows Caroline (Penelope Ann Miller) and Bethany (Mia Kirshner), two wealthy and successful mothers who are obsessed with getting their teens into elite colleges. When charismatic college admissions consultant Rick Singer (Michael Shanks) offers a side door into the institutions of their dreams, they partake with visions of coveted acceptance letters in their heads. But when Singer cooperates with the FBI and pleads guilty, the mothers must face the consequences of their crimes.
Love, Fall & Order
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
When Claire (Erin Cahill) goes home to save her dad’s annual Fall Fest on her family’s pumpkin farm, sparks fly with an old rival — the opposing lawyer (Trevor Donovan) she now faces in court. Gregory Harrison also stars.
The Banana Splits Movie
Syfy, 9pm
Original Film!
Leave it to Syfy to reimagine the beloved late ’60s/early ’70s Hanna-Barbera live-action/animated kids’ series The Banana Splits as a horror film. Although, when recalling how creepy the show’s costumed hosts — Fleegle, Drooper, Snorky and Bingo — looked, perhaps it makes perfect sense.
Beyond the Headlines: The College Admissions Scandal With Gretchen Carlson
Lifetime, 10pm
Gretchen Carlson explores the remarkable story of privilege and greed behind the recent college admissions scandal. After Carlson examines the headlines, a family shares their personal encounter with Rick Singer; a former Ivy League dean of admissions sheds light on the high-stakes admissions process; and Carlson speaks with a mother who has filed a $500 billion class action lawsuit against those accused in the scandal.
Saturday Night Live: “David Harbour/Camila Cabello”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Stranger Things star David Harbour makes his SNL hosting debut, and he is joined by Camila Cabello, making her own debut as musical guest.
Sunday, Oct. 13
NFL Football
NFL Network & NBC, beginning at 9:30am Live
A full Sunday of NFL action begins in the morning as the Carolina Panthers take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on NFL Network. Sunday Night Football on NBC has the Pittsburgh Steelers in Carson, Calif., to face the L.A. Chargers.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: 500
NBC, 2pm Live
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs continue today at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway with the second of three races in the Round of 12.
The Simpsons: “The Fat Blue Line”
FOX, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
Jason Momoa guest-voices as himself while Bob Odenkirk voices a mob lawyer in an episode where a pickpocket targets festivalgoers. After the state investigator puts the wrong man in jail, Chief Wiggum sets out to clear his name, catch the real criminal and show he’s still up for police work.
Deadline: Crime With Tamron Hall: “The Sheriff’s Son”
Investigation Discovery, 8pm
When an Arkansas outdoorsman disappears, authorities wade through a series of accusations and rumors in their hunt for the missing man. As they zero in on a suspect and the body count rises, detectives rush to capture the killer before it’s too late.
Crossword Mysteries: Proposing Murder
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!
Lacey Chabert and Brennan Elliott return for the second installment of their mystery franchise as puzzle-solving newspaper crossword editor Tess Harper and police lieutenant Logan O’Connor. After a marriage proposal turns from joy to murder, Tess and Logan are called upon to solve the crime. “We have to solve the puzzle,” teases Elliott. “So get your thinking caps on!”
NCIS: Los Angeles: “Hail Mary”
CBS, 9:30pm
In the new episode “Hail Mary,” Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Sam (LL Cool J) run protection detail for retired Navy Admiral Kilbride (guest star Gerald McRaney) in an operation to locate a missing Naval intelligence officer.
The Rookie: “The Bet”
ABC, 10pm
Castle reunion! Tonight Nathan Fillion welcomes two actors who played detectives to his crime-solving mystery writer on the 2009-16 ABC drama. Seamus Dever visits as the shady right-hand man to a city councilwoman, and Jon Huertas is a Homeland Security agent in peril.
Why We Hate
Discovery Channel, 10pm
New Series!
Tennessee Williams said hate “can only exist where there is no understanding.” This ambitious six-part docuseries from Steven Spielberg and documentarian Alex Gibney digs deep into that emotion and the destruction it causes.
E! True Hollywood Story: “Who Is Kim Kardashian West?”
E!, 10pm
Reality star, businesswoman, mother, wife, sister, prison-reform advocate and potential attorney Kim Kardashian West, along with friends, family and Keeping Up With the Kardashians executive producer Farnaz Farjam Chazan, discusses the real Kim.
Madam Secretary: “The Strike Zone”
CBS, 10:30pm
Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) faces mounting protests over rising fuel costs as she prepares to throw out the first pitch at a New York Mets game in the new episode “The Strike Zone.”
HBO, 11pm
Series Finale!
Tonight, the comedy that explores the world of pro football through the eyes of past and present players comes to an end. The series stars Dwayne Johnson as ex-superstar Spencer Strasmore, who has reinvented himself as a financial manager.
Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America
AMC, 12am (late-night)
New Series!
Each episode of this musical docuseries from executive producers Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Alex Gibney, and directors Erik Parker and One9 focuses on a groundbreaking song. The premiere episode delves into Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks” and how, in an era of excess, a Christian rap song challenged the church and its own ideals about religion and rap music.
Monday, Oct. 14
The Casagrandes
Nickelodeon, 1:30pm
New Series!
This spinoff of the Nickelodeon animated series The Loud House follows the adventures of 11-year-old Ronnie Anne after she, her mom and her older brother move into the city to live above the family’s mercado as a large and loving multigenerational family. The series premieres with back-to-back episodes “Going Overboard” and “Walk Don’t Run.”
The Neighborhood: “Welcome to Co-Habitation”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “Welcome to Co-Habitation,” the Butlers temporarily move in with the Johnsons and Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer) makes a surprising discovery about Dave (Max Greenfield).
NFL Football: Detroit at Green Bay
ESPN, 8pm Live
Matthew Stafford leads the Detroit Lions into Green Bay’s Lambeau Field to duke it out with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Monday Night Football.
9-1-1: “Triggers”
FOX, 8pm
The first responders race to save workers in a high-rise during a fire drill; a mother and her sons are involved in a perilous car accident; and squabbling siblings fight over a family heirloom.
The Voice: “The Blind Auditions, Part 7/The Battles Premiere”
NBC, 8pm
The blind auditions come to an end as the coaches finalize their teams. The battle rounds then begin, and the coaches enlist music industry powerhouses Normani (Team Kelly), Darius Rucker (Team Blake), Usher (Team Legend) and (Team Gwen) to prepare their artists for a dueling duet. After the vocal face-off, each coach must choose which artist from their team is the strongest to move forward to the knockout rounds. The battle rounds continue tomorrow night.
The Terror: Infamy
AMC, 9pm
Season Finale!
In the finale of the season that was partially set in a Japanese internment camp, the Nakayamas look to the past for answers while Amy and Yamato-san struggle to once again assimilate into American life. Starring Derek Mio, Kiki Sukezane, Cristina Rodlo, Shingo Usami, Naoko Mori, Miki Ishikawa and George Takei.
All Rise: “A View From the Bus”
CBS, 9pm
When a jury’s field trip to a crime scene takes a dramatic turn, Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick) must determine if the trip she granted helped the defendant or biased the jury in the new episode “A View From the Bus.”
Ultimate Cowboy Showdown
INSP, 9pm
New Series!
Country superstar Trace Adkins hosts this weeklong reality competition that will test a dozen real-life cowboys (and cowgirls) in team and individual challenges. At the end of the competition-filled week, a single cowboy will rise above the rest and earn the title of Ultimate Cowboy.
The Good Doctor: “Take My Hand”
ABC, 10pm
As a conspiracy theorist (Josh Malina) questions Dr. Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez) about his liver damage, Dr. Browne (Antonia Thomas) treats a woman whose inability to feel pain is threatening both her marriage and her life. Meanwhile, Dr. Murphy (Freddie Highmore) and Dr. Glassman (Richard Schiff) each face crises in their romantic relationships.
Bluff City Law: “Fire in a Crowded Theater”
NBC, 10pm
After a young woman is murdered, Elijah (Jimmy Smits) and Anthony (Michael Luwoye) take on hate speech in a case against controversial leader Campbell Mathers, who is represented by Elijah’s old friend and attorney Rachel Madsen.
Tuesday, Oct. 15
NHL Hockey: Tampa Bay at Montreal
NBCSN, 7pm Live
Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning travel to Quebec to face off against Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens on NBCSN.
The Conners: “Lanford … Lanford”
ABC, 8pm
Desperate for more income, Becky (Lecy Goranson) seeks a bartending position at Casita Bonita, causing major concern for Dan (John Goodman) due to her struggle with alcoholism. Meanwhile, Darlene (Sara Gilbert) finally nears a decision between David (Johnny Galecki) and Ben (Jay R. Ferguson), and Harris’ (Emma Kenney) new friend Odessa (Eliza Bennett) means new trouble.
AMC, 8pm
Catch the AMC premiere of this 2013 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore.
NCIS: “Someone Else’s Shoes”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “Someone Else’s Shoes,” the NCIS team links a bizarre crime scene at Arlington National Cemetery to a string of attacks on homeless veterans.
The Flash: “A Flash of the Lightning”
The CW, 8pm
Faced with the news of his impending death, Barry’s (Grant Gustin) resiliency suffers as he struggles to fight fate. Meanwhile, Cecile’s (Danielle Nicolet) career as a D.A. conflicts with her identity when she crosses paths with a villainous meta-human.
FBI: “An Imperfect Science”
CBS, 9pm
After a shooting at a nightclub, it appears that the FBI may have ignored previous threats from a local white supremacist group in the new episode “An Imperfect Science.”
Arrow: “Starling City”
The CW, 9pm
Season Premiere!
While trying to decipher the Monitor’s (guest star LaMonica Garrett) mission, Oliver (Stephen Amell) returns to Starling City where he encounters familiar faces. Meanwhile, Mia (Katherine McNamara) and William’s (Ben Lewis) team clash with a new foe.
The Curse of Oak Island: The Top 25 Theories
History, 9pm
This pre-season special looks back on six seasons of the docuseries and counts down the 25 most incredible moments ahead of Season 7.
This Is Us: “Flip a Coin”
NBC, 9pm
Kevin (Justin Hartley) reflects on his past. Rebecca (Mandy Moore) visits Randall (Niles Fitch) at college. Beth’s (Susan Kelechi Watson) mom comes to visit. Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) share new experiences with baby Jack.
The Purge
USA Network, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The second season of the series based on the hit horror films, which revolve around a 12-hour period when all crime, including murder, is legal, dives into what life is like the rest of the year. Opening on Purge Night, the season follows the characters as they are changed by their experiences and now face 364 days to prepare for the next Purge holiday.
Emergence: “No Outlet”
ABC, 10pm
After learning more about Piper’s (Alexa Swinton) origins, Jo (Allison Tolman) struggles with the decision to shelter her. Benny (Owain Yeoman) enlists a friend to hack Kindred’s (guest star Terry O’Quinn) secret files, and Chris (Robert Bailey Jr.) clashes with a headstrong informant he’s assigned to protect.
NCIS: New Orleans: “Overlooked”
CBS, 10pm
The NCIS team uncovers a sinister plot by a private detention center contracted by the government to house undocumented immigrants in the new episode “Overlooked.”
New Amsterdam: “The Denominator”
NBC, 10pm
When Iggy (Tyler Labine) and Kapoor (Anupam Kher) discover a patient might be suffering from lead poisoning, they are forced to take on the city. Meanwhile, Max’s (Ryan Eggold) unsolicited attempts to help a patient backfire.
USA Network, 10pm
New Series!
Set amid the CIA black ops program Operation Treadstone, this series explores the origin story and present-day actions of the infamous covert program that uses behavior modification protocol to turn recruits into nearly superhuman assassins. The first season follows sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions.
Wednesday, Oct. 16
NHL Hockey
NBCSN, beginning at 7pm Live
The Colorado Avalanche are in Pittsburgh to skate against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins in the first game of NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Hockey twin bill. The second game has the Philadelphia Flyers in Edmonton to face off against the Oilers.
CMT Artists of the Year 2019
CMT, 8pm Live
The 10th annual celebration will air live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center and will honor this year’s Artists of the Year: Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett. The 90-minute special will also feature country icon Reba McEntire being honored with the “Artist of a Lifetime” award, joining the ranks of previous “Lifetime” recipients including Loretta Lynn (2018), Kenny Rogers (2015) and Merle Haggard (2014).
Riverdale: “Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times at Riverdale High”
The CW, 8pm
Archie (KJ Apa) encourages Mad Dog (Eli Goree) to attend Riverdale High and join the football team. Jughead (Cole Sprouse) meets Mr. Chipping (guest star Sam Witwer), who offers him a spot at an elite school called Stonewall Prep. Veronica (Camila Mendes) is conflicted when information about her involvement in Hiram’s (Mark Consuelos) arrest leaks to the public.
Chicago Fire: “Infection, Part I”
NBC, 8pm
Chicago Fire airs at a special time tonight as it kicks off a three-show crossover among the Chicago series. A rare but deadly bacteria takes its toll on numerous victims around the city, leaving Chicago’s finest first responders to work together alongside the CDC to resolve the dangerous situation. Following a fire at a local university that ties into the outbreak, Severide (Taylor Kinney) has suspicions that something bigger is happening.
Modern Family: “Pool Party”
ABC, 9pm
Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) help Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) overcome her insecurities about wearing a bathing suit to a pool party but discover their own. Meanwhile, now that Gloria’s (Sofia Vergara) new internship is taking up so much of her time, Jay (Ed O’Neill) is feeling particularly neglected.
SEAL Team: “Adapt and Overcome”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “Adapt and Overcome,” Bravo Team is on a mission in Azerbaijan to help retake a power plant in order to avoid political instability in the area.
Chicago Med: “Infection, Part II”
NBC, 9pm
An entire apartment complex is forced into quarantine when cases of the deadly virus turn into an epidemic. P.D. chases a lead that could point to a case of bioterrorism, and Will (Nick Gehlfuss) gets dangerously close to the suspect.
S.W.A.T.: “Funny Money”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “Funny Money,” the SWAT team bumps heads with Lt. Lynch (Amy Farrington) when she signs them up for an off-book undercover operation to take down a local gang printing counterfeit money.
Chicago P.D.: “Infection, Part III”
NBC, 10pm
The three-show Chicago crossover concludes.
Thursday, Oct. 17
NHL Hockey: N.Y. Rangers at New Jersey
NBCSN, 7pm Live
Metropolitan Division rivals duke it out at Newark’s Prudential Center as the N.Y. Rangers visit the New Jersey Devils.
Grey’s Anatomy: “It’s Raining Men”
ABC, 8pm
After Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) inadvertently stirs up negative press for Grey Sloan, she tries to make things right with her former colleagues, jeopardizing her community service hours. Station 19’s Ben (Jason George) and Vic (Barrett Doss) bring a young woman into the hospital, and Jackson (Jesse Williams) stands up to Koracick (Greg Germann) when he goes too far with a patient’s family.
Young Sheldon: “Hobbitses, Physicses and a Ball With Zip”
CBS, 8pm
Sheldon (Iain Armitage) is forced to take a break from science when his new obsession with The Lord of the Rings leads to an unhealthy habit in the new episode “Hobbitses, Physicses and a Ball With Zip.”
NFL Football: Kansas City at Denver
FOX & NFL Network, 8pm Live
Thursday Night Football heads to Empower Field at Mile High in Denver as Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs play against Joe Flacco, Von Miller and the Broncos.
Horror Classics: Ghost Stories
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Tonight’s spooky film lineup goes bump in the night with several classic ghost movies, beginning with The Uninvited (1944) and also featuring The Haunting (1963), The Fog (1980), Poltergeist (1982) and more.
Annual Latin American Music Awards 2019
Telemundo, 8pm Live
This annual ceremony pays tribute to today’s most influential and iconic Latin artists, as voted by the fans in the tradition of the American Music Awards. The three-hour special showcases electrifying musical performances in English and Spanish and is preceded by an hourlong red carpet preshow.
Mixtape: “The Doors’ Robby Krieger With Dennis Quaid”
AXS TV, 8:30pm
The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger performs a rendition of “Don’t Be Cruel” with actor/musician Dennis Quaid.
The Unicorn: “The Unicorn and the Catfish”
CBS, 8:30pm
Wade (Walton Goggins) changes the password to his online dating profile because his friends become too involved in the new episode “The Unicorn and the Catfish.”
Perfect Harmony: “Hunting Season”
NBC, 8:30pm
When Arthur (Bradley Whitford) is faced with a choir rebellion, he decides — against Ginny’s (Anna Camp) advice — to take on Adams (Tymberlee Hill) , the group’s alpha, at their annual deer-hunting trip. Meanwhile, Wayne (Will Greenberg) takes Cash (Spencer Allport) on his first hunting trip to teach him how to be a man, but Dwayne (Geno Segers) shows his friend there is more than one way to express masculinity.
A Million Little Things: “the perfect storm”
ABC, 9pm
Maggie (Allison Miller) is shocked to learn Eric’s (Jason Ritter) true identity. Meanwhile, Eddie (David Giuntoli) realizes how much he wants to be a part of Charlie’s life as Katherine (Grace Park) makes a decision about her and Eddie’s relationship.
Mom: “Twirly Flippy Men and a Dirty Bird”
CBS, 9pm
Christy escorts a reluctant Chef Rudy (returning guest star French Stewart) to court-ordered AA meetings in the new episode “Twirly Flippy Men and a Dirty Bird.”
College Football: UCLA at Stanford
ESPN, 9pm Live
A Thursday primetime college football clash in the Pac-12 has the UCLA Bruins visiting the Cardinal in Stanford, Calif.
Liberty: Mother of Exiles
HBO, 9pm
This documentary follows fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, “godmother” of the Statue of Liberty, in her quest to discover how sculptor Auguste Bartholdi’s dream became a reality and what the statue means to people around the world. The film spotlights almost 70 subjects whose lives have been touched by the statue, from street artists and factory workers to the families who lived on Liberty Island until their homes were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
The Good Place: “Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy”
NBC, 9pm
Uncertainty abounds when an unexpected visitor arrives.
Carol’s Second Act: “Marathon Day”
CBS, 9:30pm
In the new episode “Marathon Day,” Dr. Jacobs (Ito Aghayere) collapses after running a marathon, and Carol (Patricia Heaton) becomes her doctor.
Sunnyside: “Schnorf Town”
NBC, 9:30pm
Garrett (Kal Penn) gives Diana (Ana Villafañe) some media training as she tries to pass a new bill. With Brady’s (Moses Storm) help, Hakim (Samba Schutte) finds a creative new way to practice medicine.
Law & Order: SVU: “The Burden of Our Choices”
NBC, 10pm
Rollins (Kelli Giddish) clashes with the parents of a teenaged runaway. The squad comes together for a special event.
Friday, Oct. 18
Looking for Alaska
New Series!
Miles “Pudge” Halter (Charlie Plummer) enrolls in boarding school to find himself and meets the mysterious Alaska Young (Kristine Froseth), who he immediately begins to develop feelings for. But when tragedy strikes, Miles and his group of friends try to figure out life, death and how to let go.
The Laundromat
Original Film!
When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep) begins investigating a fake insurance policy, only to find herself down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings that can be linked to a law firm with a vested interest in helping the wealthy amass even larger fortunes. Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas also star in Steven Soderbergh’s film.
Living With Yourself
New Series!
Paul Rudd takes on double duty with his first leading role(s) in a television series as star of this eight-episode comedy told from multiple perspectives. Rudd plays a man struggling in life who undergoes a novel spa treatment that promises to make him a better person. However, he finds that he’s been replaced by a new and improved version of himself. Aisling Bea also stars.
“Friday the 13th” Marathon
AMC, beginning at 10am
Join this stabby celebration of Jason Vorhees with screenings of 10 flicks in the franchise.
American Housewife: “Lasagna”
ABC, 8pm
Greg (Diedrich Bader) hosts a meeting for the Westport Historical Guild to welcome back Stan (Timothy Omundson), and Katie’s (Katy Mixon) homemade lasagna is a huge hit with the guys. After Stan makes several trips back for seconds and begins spending an inordinate amount of time at the Otto house, Chloe Brown Mueller (Jessica St. Clair) becomes convinced that Katie and Stan must be having an extramarital affair.
The Blacklist: “Les Fleurs du Mal”
NBC, 8pm
Aram (Amir Arison) goes undercover to infiltrate a secret society of wealthy thrill-seekers whose entertainment hinges upon spectacular acts of violence. Meanwhile, Red (James Spader) tries to negotiate with a former associate involved in the Townsend Directive, while Katarina Rostova (guest star Laila Robins) takes steps to insinuate herself into Liz’s (Megan Boone) life.
Monster of the Month: Godzilla
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Tonight’s lineup features Godzilla starring in All Monster Attack (1969), Godzilla vs. Hedora (1971) and Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972). These are followed by the film that introduced one of Godzilla’s eventual frequent costars/frenemies, the giant birdlike monster of 1958’s Rodan.
Sid & Judy
Showtime, 8:05pm
Narrated by Emmy winner Jon Hamm and Academy Award nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh, this documentary explores the dramatic career and personal struggles of entertainer Judy Garland through rare concert footage, never-before-heard voice recordings and personal photos. The memories of Garland’s confidant, manager and third husband Sid Luft help paint a poignant portrait of the troubled singer/actress.
Great Performances: “Grammy Salute to Music Legends”
PBS, 9pm
Enjoy a star-studded awards concert for Recording Academy honorees with performances by George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Johnny Mathis, Dionne Warwick, Garth Brooks, Snoop Dogg, Patti Austin, Sheila E., Sam Moore, Julio Iglesias and more.
Long Island Medium
TLC, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Theresa Caputo shares more of the heartwarming — and sometimes heartbreaking — readings that fans have come to love. This season includes celebrity readings with Tatum O’Neal, Louie Anderson, Wayne Brady, Taylor Dayne and others.
Blue Bloods: “Another Look”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “Another Look,” Frank (Tom Selleck) takes one of Jamie’s (Will Estes) cases to heart when it involves the suspicious death of a friend’s terminally ill wife.
In Search Of: “The Lost Colony of Roanoke”
History, 10pm
Four hundred years ago, over 100 English colonists vanished from their New World settlement without a trace. Was the colony attacked? Did they all relocate, only to meet their end somewhere else? Or did some of them manage to survive? This episode hunts for clues where the colony once stood, and brand-new DNA testing seeks to determine if there were any survivors.
Saturday, Oct. 19
Stephen King Marathon
AMC, beginning at 6am
Pay tribute to author Stephen King, the Maine master of the macabre, with a marathon of movies based on his works: Graveyard Shift (1990), Cujo (1983), Misery (1990), Thinner (1996), Silver Bullet (1985), The Shining(1980), Christine (1983), Pet Sematary (1989), Pet Sematary Two (1992) and Creepshow (1982).
The Casagrandes
Nickelodeon, 11:30am
After premiering earlier this week, the new animated series — featuring voices by Izabella Alvarez (Westworld) as 11-year-old Ronnie Anne, Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush) as her brother Bobby and Sumalee Montano (Nashville) as mom Maria — moves to its regular time slot.
Good Witch: Curse From a Rose
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!
Cassie (Catherine Bell) and Sam (James Denton) adjust to life as empty nesters, and Cassie receives an unexpected visit from her college roommate Autumn Deveraux (Lolita Davidovich), who harbors resentment over a past event. Cassie uses her magical instincts to help Autumn resolve her feelings before she sabotages Middleton’s biggest autumn celebration, and bad luck seems to thwart Sam’s attempts to plan a romantic Halloween for Cassie — their first as a married couple.
Patsy & Loretta
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!
Actresses/singing stars Megan Hilty and Jessie Mueller portray country music legends Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn in this gripping and emotional biopic about the short but heartfelt friendship that developed between the women. Nashville creator Callie Khouri directed the film, which features Hilty and Mueller performing several iconic Cline and Lynn songs.
Critters Attack!
Syfy, 9pm
Original Film!
This is the fifth entry in the Critters horror/comedy film franchise about killer aliens. While babysitting, a college student (Tashiana Washington) discovers that the alien Krites have landed in the nearby forest. They soon receive help from the mysterious Aunt Dee (Dee Wallace, who starred in the original film), who might have a history with the hungry intergalactic beasts.
Countdown to Christmas 10th Anniversary Preview Special
Hallmark Channel, 10pm
Candace Cameron Bure hosts a sneak peek of the 40 original movies that will premiere as part of Hallmark’s 10th annual “Countdown to Christmas” programming event.

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