What to watch on Wednesday, October 31...
Happy Halloween! Are you thinking of staying in with a bowl of candy corn tonight and watching some good ol' horror flicks on TV? What if I told you that tuning in for a film like the The Shining could actually kill some calories? Let me explain: As reported in The Daily Telegraph, a study by researchers at the University of Westminster proved that watching horror movies burns calories because getting scared causes your heart rate to increase. So grab a seat, make some popcorn with extra butter, and check out tonight's TV lineup—which happens to be larger than a full-size candy bar. Then burn, baby, burn!
NBC's schedule is all messed up due to Hurricane Sandy, so it's decided to air this election-themed episode of 30 Rock, "There's No I in America," a day early (30 Rock is replacing Animal Practice) instead of pushing it back to next week (as the network is doing with this week's The Office and Parks and Recreation). Tonight, we'll see Liz and Jack stage a debate in an attempt to sway Jenna's political support, and Pete will try to recreate the magic of the 2008 election.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Say it with me now, "I got a rock!" But this classic is anything but. Yes, even though the rest of the Peanuts gang thinks he's crazy, Linus still believes that the Great Pumpkin will visit him in the pumpkin patch on Halloween—one of these years! A must-watch for the 100th time.
From the iconic scene featuring the creepy Grady twins (you know, the last kids you wanted to play with as a kid) to the tidal waves of blood rushing through the hotel halls, this film has enough scenes to frighten you, repeatedly, for life.
The X Factor
Since the 2012 World Series ended in four games (woohoo Giants!), The X Factor's Top 16 acts will perform live for the first time during a special two-hour-and-seven-minute show airing tonight instead of Thursday, as had been previously scheduled. Here's hoping the contestants are well prepared to hit the stage one day early.
Some monsters may turn out to be real in tonight's episode, "The Good Earth," in which the team investigates a disturbing case involving a suspect who keeps his victims in stables "like livestock." Meanwhile, JJ gets upset when her son Henry doesn't want to celebrate Halloween. What kid doesn't like free candy? Well, it is a scary world out there...
SEASON 3 FINALE, 9pm, Syfy
Syfy's horror-makeup reality show couldn't have picked a better day to announce its winner (hmm, it's almost like they did it on purpose). In tonight's special LIVE finale, we'll find out which of the three remaining contestants (Nicole Chilelli, Derek Garcia, and Laura Tyler) wins last night's challenge to create two original Halloween-inspired characters: a demon and a good witch. McKenzie Westmore will host, and the finale will reunite all of the season’s contestants.
In tonight's "One Minute," Chief Boden is accused of leaving a homeless man to die in a warehouse blaze after ordering his men to evacuate the premises. Meanwhile, Detective Voight continues to intimidate Casey in hopes of discouraging him from testifying against his son, and Herman loses his temper during a rescue call at a Halloween party.
American Horror Story: Asylum
A violent storm passes through tonight's episode, "Nor'easter" (too soon, American Horror Story, too soon!), causing chaos and giving a group of patients a chance to escape from Briarcliff. Plus Sister Jude is haunted by her past, and more Bloody Face!
In "We Live in Two Different Worlds," Rayna and Deacon perform at Teddy's campaign fundraiser, and a woman from Teddy's past shows up, testing his and Rayna's marriage. Meanwhile, Juliette works on her public persona by appearing on Good Morning America and Teddy decides to run an "ethical campaign"... but how long will that last?
Charles Barkley on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
Taylor Lautner on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
David Letterman on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 12am, NBC
Bobby Cannavale on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
Demi Lovato and David Morrissey on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?