Happy Early Halloween: Turner Classic Movies launches a month-long series of Monday night horror marathons with the special A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (8/7c), an enjoyable survey of the genre by one who knows. "Terror is something that lives in the head whereas the reaction we have to horror is ... visceral," the prolific author explains during a discussion of The Exorcist, one of many seminal movies featured here, including the original Cat People, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Night of the Living Dead and, of course, Halloween. Bela Lugosi's Dracula, however, never impressed the King: "To me, he looked like some kind of wacked-out concert pianist." Tonight's lineup of spooky classics includes the original 1931 Frankenstein and the notorious Freaks, plus in the wee hours the silent masterpieces Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu and Lon Chaney's Phantom of the Opera.
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Jail-House Rock: The eighth season of Fox's House (9/8c) begins with the imprisoned doctor imparting a little jailhouse wisdom: "Me and humanity, we got together too young." Sadly, House is showing its age, and watching the professional grouch alienate a new branch of authority has lost much of its zing. "Are you trying to annoy us?" says a member of the panel — need they ask? — about to decide whether he will get early release on parole (having served eight of 12 months for driving his car into Cuddy's house in the notorious season finale). "Can you stay out of trouble for five days?" wonders the warden. If you think the answer to that is yes, you don't know House. As House enlists a young prison doctor (Odette Annable, a new regular) to help him treat an inmate with typically puzzling symptoms, we hit many of the familiar beats but in a new setting with a new set of restrictive rules. If only it felt new.
Closing shop: Syfy's ever-popular Warehouse 13 (9/8c) wraps its third season with its first two-hour finale event, in which arch-villain Walter Sykes (Anthony Michael Hall) continues his murderous vendetta against the Warehouse and its Regents by recruiting H.G. Wells herself (Jaime Murray). Yes, herself.
So what else is on? ... Look what's back. VH1's Pop Up Video (noon/11c) returns after a 10-year absence, promising new interactive elements and user-generated content in the pop-up "bubbles." Is this even relevant in an age of Twitter? ... Can't wait for the Oct. 16 premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead? A six-episode web series devoted to the backstory of a zombie named Hannah debuts on amctv.com at 2 pm/ET. ... Look, up in the sky! As Fox's Terra Nova (8/7c) settles into its regular hour format, the colony is threatened by a legion of CGI Pterosaurs. ... Kal Penn, formerly of House before joining the Obama administration, guests on How I Met Your Mother (8/7c) as Robin's therapist. ... The fall phenom known as Two and a Half Men 2.0 (CBS, 9/8c) continues with Walden prepping for a date with his ex and turning to Alan (really?) for advice. Meanwhile, Jake decides to follow Walden's example and drop out of school. Like they'd miss him. ... Please, someone, put a Southfork in it. Even the Ewings would likely be appalled by the shenanigans of social-climbing gays as Logo expands its trashiest franchise with The A-List: Dallas (10/9c). ... Pete Wentz hosts VH1's five-night look at 100 Greatest Songs of the '00s (10/9c), a list topped by Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" featuring Jay-Z.
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