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 a ...
Pop Up Video
VH1 is reviving Pop Up Video after a 10-year hiatus.
The network announced Wednesday that it has ordered 60 half-hour episodes. The revived show will feature current videos, some new graphics and those pop-up "bubbles" fans loved back in the day. Returning in the fall, Pop Up Video will also integrate user-generated content.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles
In anticipation of Friday's royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, TLC will air Charles and Di: Once Upon a Time (Sunday, April 24, 7/6c), which is essentially a Pop-Up Video-style rebroadcast of the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. In this exclusive clip of the special, relive that special time in pop culture history when Lady Di said her husband's name wrong on the altar...
Unfortunately for those of us who refuse to watch TV on our phones, VH1 resurrected Pop-Up Video yesterday, yet only made the fun, formerly defunct show available in mobile format, under the new but not necessarily improved title Pop Up Video to Go. First to be "trivialized" were the videos for Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" and Fall Out Boy's copy-editor nightmare, "Thnks fr th Mmrs." The third season of the supernatural gay soap Dante's Cove kicks off on here! Networks on Oct. 19, with Amazing Racer Reichen Lehmkuhl and Angelina's ex, Jenny Shimizu, new to the inordinately buff cast. The Season 3 premiere of FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was up 62 percent from its sophomore-season bow. The comedy averaged 2.3 million total viewers, its best showing ever.