What to Watch This Weekend: Mockingbird Lane, the World Series, and The Venture Bros.' Halloween Special

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Welcome to the weekend, folks, we made it! Broken record alert: Once again, your television lineup will be primarily Halloween-themed. If you love Halloween episodes, great! If you don't, at least you'll have something to boo! (That was some Halloween humor for ya.) Alright, let's do this:


What to watch on Friday, October 26...


SERIES PREMIERE, 8pm, NBC
Mockingbird Lane
Just in time for Halloween, the pilot of Byran Fuller's long-planned revamping of the classic 1960s comedy The Munsters will finally see the light of your TV screen. The new iteration of the ghoulish family sees Jerry O' Connell in the role of Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, Mason Cook as Eddie, and Charity Wakefield as Marilyn. Will you be parking your remote control at 313 Mockingbird Lane?


SEASON 5 PREMIERE 8pm, FOX
Kitchen Nightmares
Yep, Kitchen Nightmares has really reached Season 5. In tonight's premiere, Gordon Ramsay goes to Boston's La Galleria 33 and tries to help the owners turn their failing restaurant around. Also there will probably be some swears.


9pm, NBC
Grimm
Yes, every episode of Grimm has a certain scary flair, but the show gets extra spooky tonight with a Halloween special that promises a twisted new take on the legendary Mexican ghost story "La Llorona" (English translation: The Wailing Woman). Plus Kate del Castillo guest-stars as Valentina Espinosa, a detective who investigates a string of kidnappings where the suspect could very well be La Llorona herself.


9pm, Fox
Fringe
After taking last week off, Fringe returns tonight with "The Bullet that Saved the World," and it's bringing Broyles back with it! But whose side will he be on, the Fringe Division's or the Observers'?


10pm, Syfy
Haven
Syfy's Haven is another one of those shows that has a bit of the Halloween spirit built into every episode, but tonight it'll celebrate the spooky-themed holiday on purpose. In "Real Estate," it's Halloween night and Audrey, Nathan, and Duke find themselves trapped inside a haunted house while investigating a murder... and then their captor manages to pit them against each other. Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey) will guest-star as the "captor" in question.


10pm, CBS
Blue Bloods
In "Risk and Reward," Frank is ordered to hunt down one of his own men who's being held hostage by a Malaysian drug lord. Meanwhile, Henry goes on a ride with Jamie, who has another method of getting the job done. Yikes!


LATE-NITE HIGHLIGHTS:
Dennis Quaid and Krysten Ritter on Late Show With David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
Sarah Silverman on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
Amanda Peet and John Cho on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
Ethan Hawke, James Van Der Beek, and The xx on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, 12:35pm, NBC



WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING ON FRIDAY?



What to watch on Saturday, October 27...


24-HOUR MARATHON, 12pm, TNT
Supernatural
For those of you who haven't spent much time with Eric Kripke's monster-hunting drama, please consider investing an ENTIRE DAY in the series to get yourself up to speed. Yep, TNT is airing a 24-hour Supernatural marathon, featuring episodes from the series' first six seasons. You can see the full lineup here; the fun begins at noon with Season 4's "Death Takes a Holiday."


LIVE, 8pm Eastern, Fox
2012 World Series: San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers
The action moves to Michigan this weekend for Game 3. Will the Tigers' home-field advantage lead them to victory after losing twice in San Francisco? We hope not! Go Giants!


SEASON 2 FINALE, 9pm, CMT
Bayou Billionaires
The finale kicks off with Gerald Sr. and Kitten bringing the whole family to Hawaii for their honeymoon. Will there be hula dancing? Yes. How about surfing? Yes. Boar hunting? Of course!


SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, Bio
Celebrity Ghost Stories: The Haunting Of...
Hosted by world-renowned psychic and medium Kim Russo, each episode of The Haunting promises to give us an exclusive look at a celebrity's real-life experience with the paranormal. In tonight's season opener, Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven) returns to Pennhurst Asylum to find answers about the ghosts she encountered while filming a movie there.



WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING ON SATURDAY?



What to watch on Sunday, October 28...


8pm, ABC
Once Upon a Time
In "The Doctor," Regina refrains from using magic for Henry's sake, but then begins to see a ghost from her past. Meanwhile, Emma questions a survivor from an ogre massacre, and Regina takes an interest in mastering the dark arts.


8pm, Discovery
MythBusters
Got to love an episode with a title like "Fright Night!" This week Adam and Jamie get into the Halloween spirit and set out to determine whether the smell of fear really exists. If it does exist, is it scratch n' sniff? Also, the guys test certain sound frequencies to find out whether certain ones can convince people they're experiencing paranormal activity.


9pm, AMC
The Walking Dead
Zombies! Can't get enough of them, amiright? In tonight's "Walk With Me," Andrea and Michonne run into a new group of survivors, but then it turns into trouble. Are you ready to meet The Governor?


HALLOWEEN SPECIAL, 9pm, Adult Swim
The Venture Bros.
The Venture Bros. comes back from its extended hiatus tonight with "A Very Venture Halloween," which promises to "fill your Halloween goody bag with fun-sized Truth" before the show returns for real in 2013.


SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 10pm, E!
Ice Loves Coco
Will the love for Coco continue? Tonight's premiere is called "Baby Got Haters," so we can't really know for sure. But it's guaranteed to be ridiculous either way!


10pm, Discovery
Flipping the White House
In this documentary special, a team of 93 White House staffers discuss what it's like to "flip" the White House when one president leaves and another moves in. Interesting, and here I thought they just repainted the walls white! The special will also feature interviews with former Reagan chief-of-staff James Baker, former Clinton chief-of-staff “Mack” McLarty, former George W. Bush adviser Karen Hughes, and former vice president Dan Quayle.


10pm, CBS
The Mentalist
Crack open some champagne, ya'll! Tonight's episode "Red Dawn" is The Mentalist's 100th, and will feature a flashback to when Patrick Jane first met Teresa Lisbon and the CBI team.



WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING ON SUNDAY?


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