This Week's TV: It's Zombie Week! Including Candy Zombies, Alien Zombies, and Max Brooks Explaining Zombie Lore!

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It's not just Walking Dead rocking the zombie scares this week. Instead, there's a zombie outbreak on Adventure Time, plus the truth about aliens and the undead. Max Brooks and friends explain the history of zombies, and Ving Rhames fights a zombie apocalypse. Basically, it's wall-to-wall zombies!


Meanwhile, this week also sees the debut of Grimm, the fairy-tale cop show from the makers of Angel. There's also a 5,000 year old ice mummy. Zachary Quinto comes to American Horror Story, and Community does horror story-telling. The Simpsons have another Treehouse of Horror. Beavis and Butthead and Chuck are both back (although they're not teaming up.) You must watch the trailer for Rebecca Romijn's cheesetastic horror TV movie. Here's everything to look out for on television this week!


Cartoon Network has more Halloween-themed episodes tonight. First at 7 PM, there's a new Johnny Test, "Nightmare on Johnny's Street." And then at 8 PM, there's a new Adventure Time, "From Bad to Worse." There's a zombie outbreak in the land of Ooo, and it's all Princess Gumball's fault! Check out a clip that premiered at New York Comic Con. Then at 8:15 PM there's a new Regular Show followed by Secret Mountain Fort Awesome at 8:30 and Mad at 8:45.

Also at 8 PM: Nicktoons has a new episode of Iron Man: Armored Adventures, with "The Spider and the Hawk."

And then at 10 PM there's another episode of Castle on ABC, "Eye of the Beholder."

And another episode of Death Valley airs at 11 PM on MTV.


There's a new Scaredy Squirrel on Cartoon Network at 7 PM.

And then at 8 PM, the History Channel has a two-hour special, Zombies: A Living History.

Relentless. Infectious. All consuming. Since the beginning of time they have embodied our deepest fears and today their power to frighten us is more potent than ever before. They are the monster that history cannot kill. Beyond Haiti. Beyond Romero. Get ready for an unprecedented exploration of history's most terrifying and enduring horror. What are the origins of the living dead and what makes them more relevant than ever before? Join Max Brooks, Jon Maberry, Roger Ma, JL Bourne, Kim Paffenroth, Rebekah McKendry, Steven Schlozman, Daniel Drezner, The Zombie Squad and many more as we investigate the roots of our ultimate fear and find out what you can do to prepare yourself for the zombie apocalypse.


At 8 PM, Nicktoons has a new episode of Speed Racer: The Next Generation.

At 10 PM, H2 has the season premiere of The Universe,

The IFC Channel has another episode of Onion News Network at 10 PM,

Also at 10 PM, CBS has another episode of Unforgettable, "Friended":

Carrie and Al's investigation into the murder of a hard-partying heiress takes an unexpected turn when they discover that the woman apparently didn't exist until 18 months earlier.



At 8 PM on Nicktoons, there's a new (to us) episode of Dragon Ball Z Kai, "Cell Invades the Airwaves! Announcing 'The Cell Games!'"

And then at 9 PM, in most markets, PBS has a new Nova, "Iceman Murder Mystery."

A new forensic investigation of a 5,000-year-old mummy reconstructs his death and reveals an ancient way of life.


There's an all-new Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel at 9 PM, "Location! Location! Location!"

Talk to anyone on the MYTHBUSTERS team about what really makes a myth come to life and they'll say that location is vital. In this special episode, the team reveals their top 12 most memorable locations and gives the inside scoop on the MYTHBUSTERS' list of dangerous destinations! From Alameda to Africa, and from the desert to the deep blue sea, the team celebrates their favorite locations.


That's followed by an all-new Penn & Teller Tell a Lie.

At 9 PM, there's also another new Ancient Aliens on the History Channel, "Aliens and the Undead."

Then at 10 PM, there's another helping of the psychotic/erotic American Horror Story on FX, guest-starring Spock himself, Zachary Quinto!

The spirits of the Murder House become ever stronger, blurring the line between life and death. Meanwhile, the house's former residents offer some tips on decorating for Halloween to the Harmons.


Another option at 10 PM: a new episode of Psych on USA, "This Episode Sucks."

A third option at 10 PM: a new episode of South Park.


There's another new episode of The Vampire Diaries on The CW at 8 PM, "Ghost World." Is someone going to be discovering a racist painting from an old fast-food chain? Possibly. Or maybe this is what happens:

As Mystic Falls prepares to celebrate the traditional Illumination Night, the town is invaded by spirits of the dead. After a particularly violent encounter with an angry spirit, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) asks Bonnie (Kat Graham) to find the reason behind the ghosts' surprising power. Elena (Nina Dobrev) convinces Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) to use his connection to the other side to help her find a new way to reach Stefan (Paul Wesley), leading Jeremy to a terrible choice. Finally, Alaric (Matt Davis) discovers a long-hidden clue to the past.


A second option at 8 PM: Community is back, with the promisingly-titled "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps."

Britta fears someone in the group is a sociopath after her anonymous personality test turns up unsettling results. In order to find out who's disturbed, she and Jeff persuade the gang to tell horror stories.


Also at 8 PM: another new The Big Bang Theory on CBS at 8 PM, "The Good Guy Fluctuation."

And meanwhile at 8 PM, there's also another new Dragon Ball Z Kai on Nicktoons, "Training Complete! Goku Sizes up the Competition!"


Then at 9 PM, CBS has another episode of Person of Interest, which is fast becoming the guiltiest pleasure on television. Who is Jesus going to rough up this week? Find out in "The Fix":

Reese is captivated by their newest POI - a beautiful, shrewd and remarkably resourceful woman.


Also at 9 PM: The CW has another episode of The Secret Circle, "Masked"

CASSIE THROWS AN EPIC HALLOWEEN PARTY THAT TAKES A DANGEROUS TURN - Deciding the Circle needs to have a little fun, Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) convinces Cassie (Britt Robertson) to throw a big Halloween party. Intent on wooing Jake (guest star Chris Zylka) back, Faye goes all out on her Halloween costume. After a fight with Diana (Shelley Hennig), Adam (Thomas Dekker) turns to Cassie for advice. Meanwhile, some dangerous, uninvited guests set their sights on the Circle.


At 10 PM, there's the long-awaited return of Beavis and Butthead on MTV, which is worth mentioning because apparently there are werewolves in the first episode.


Cartoon Network has a brand new (to Americans) episode of Batman: the Brave and the Bold, called "Crisis 22,300 Miles Above Earth!". That's followed at 7:30 PM by a new Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, "The Ultimate Sacrifice."


And then at 8 PM, there's the final ever season premiere of Chuck, on NBC, "Chuck Vs. The Zoom."

AS CHUCK BEGINS LIFE AS A SPY-FOR-HIRE, HE MUST ADJUST TO HIS NEW BUSINESS, NEW THREATS, AND A NEW INTERSECT — HIS BEST FRIEND MORGAN GRIMES — MARK HAMILL AND CRAIG KILBORN GUEST STAR - Without the Intersect in his head or the support of the CIA, the world of espionage is a much more dangerous place for Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) and his team of freelance spies. To start, Carmichael Industries takes on a slick, rich thief named Jean Claude (guest star Mark Hamill), and a conniving investor, Roger Bale (guest star Craig Kilborn), who has stolen money from some of the world's most dangerous people. Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) helps Chuck with a special surprise for Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski). Back in the Buy More, Jeff (Scot Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) have taken things to another level with their latest scheme.


Here are a couple of sneak peeks:

But that's not all! Cartoon Network has a brand new Star Wars: The Clone Wars: "Darkness on Umbara."

When Anakin is forced to temporarily turn over command of his clone troopers to a new commander, the Jedi Pong Krell, tensions begin to run high as the clones are assigned with a very deadly mission to take the capital of Umbara.


That's followed at 8:30 PM by a new Thundercats episode, "Berbils."

Also at 8 PM, CBS has another episode of A Gifted Man, which is apparently already in danger.

While at the clinic, Michael runs into a former football star that he performed successful surgery on years ago, and is now a shell of his former self, living on the streets. At Holt Neuro, Michael examines a patient who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.


Meanwhile at 8, The CW has more of its frequently fantastical spy show Nikita, "384 Walnut Lane."

While searching for information on the black box, Birkoff (Aaron Stanford) stumbles upon Nikita's (Maggie Q) birth certificate. Nikita and Michael track down Nikita's father Richard (guest star David Keith), but the reunion is not quite what Nikita expected. Percy (Xander Berkeley) tells Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) that the black box that Nikita has contains information that could help her avenge her father's death.


Or for another alternative at 8 PM, Disney Channel has a brand new Wizards of Waverly Place, followed at 8:30 by a new A.N.T. Farm.

At 9 PM, NBC has the series premiere of the new supernatural cop show Grimm, from the producers of Angel.

INSPIRED BY THE CLASSIC GRIMM FAIRY TALES - NICK BURKHARDT'S LIFE IS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN WHEN HIS FAMILY'S LEGACY IS REVEALED - KATE BURTON GUEST STARS - After the mysterious brutal attack of a local college co-ed, Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) discovered he is descendant of an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms," charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world. As he tries to hide the dangers of his new found calling from his fiancee, Juliette Silverton (Bitsie Tulloch), and his partner, Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby), he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries and alliances of the Grimm world. With help from his reluctant confidant, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), a reformed Grimm creature himself, Nick must navigate through the forces of a larger-than-life mythology.


Yes, this is the show we got instead of 17th Precinct.

Also at 9 PM, there's another new Supernatural on The CW, "Slash Fiction."

DOUBLE THE WINCHESTERS, DOUBLE THE FUN - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are once again on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list when two Leviathans clone the brothers and go on a killing spree. The subject of a nationwide manhunt, Sam and Dean need to drop off the grid so Bobby (Jim Beaver) sends them to Frank Deveraux (guest star Kevin R. McNally), a quirky surveillance expert, for help. Meanwhile, Bobby continues to search for a way to kill the Levianthans, or at least slow them down, so the real Winchesters can stop their evil doppelgangers.

There's also a new Fringe at 9 PM on Fox, "Novation."

In the aftermath of recent shocking events, things really escalate when the translucent shapeshifters return. As the threat and circumstances intensify, a former Massive Dynamic scientist Malcolm Truss (guest star Arye Gross) enters the fold. Meanwhile, Nina Sharp pays Walter a visit in the lab.


Then at 10 PM, there's another episode of Sanctuary on Syfy, "Monsoon."

A hostage situation unfolds when Magnus flies to a remote island off of Africa to meet the Sanctuary's new financial adviser; a shipping container mix up has Will and Henry tracking a missing abnormal.


And then at 11 PM on G4, there's a new episode of X-Men Anime.


The Hub is showing a new episode of R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series at 5 PM.

And then in the evening, there are not one but three Halloween-themed TV movies to give you drinking-game fodder. First at 8 PM, Lifetime has an original movie called Possessing Piper Rose, starring Raven Darkholme herself.

The story of a couple (Rebecca Romijn, X-Men, Ugly Betty and David Cubitt, Medium, Lifetime's Bond of Silence) so desperate to adopt a child they might even bend the rules to get one. But when the three-year old little girl of their dreams arrives, strange, inexplicable events begin to happen that threaten the couple's lives.


Honestly, you owe it to yourself to watch this trailer. It's hilarious.

And then Syfy sees Lifetime's bid and counters at 9 PM with a movie called Zombie Apocalypse — starring Ving Rhames!

In the Halloween-themed Zombie Apocalypse, a zombie plague has wiped out 90 percent of the world's population. A small group of survivors, led by Rhames, fight their way across the United States to a rumored refuge on the island of Catalina. The movie also features Taryn Manning (Hawaii Five-O, Sons of Anarchy). Zombie Apocalypse is a production of The Asylum (Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid).


Yes, it's The Walking Dead as done by the people who brought you TransMorphers.

But wait! That's not all! There's also another TV movie at 9 PM — the Hallmark Channel is challenging Syfy's zombie rampage with a film called The Good Witch's Family.

Catherine Bell ("Army Wives") and Chris Potter ("Heartland") return to star in the World Premiere of "The Good Witch's Family," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie, Saturday, October 29 (9p.m. ET/PT, 8C). Sarah Power ("Saw V"), Catherine Disher, ("The Border"), Hannah Endicott-Douglas ("Casino Jack") and Matthew Knight ("The Grudge 3") co-star. This is the fourth installment of Hallmark Channel's highest-rated and longest-running Original Movie series, and is based on the characters from the original film, "The Good Witch."


Honestly, if you can't get drunk watching these three TV movies, we're revoking your drinking-game card.

But also, BBC America has another episode of Bedlam at 9 PM, "Committed."

And then at 11 PM, Disney XD has a new (to us Americans) episode of Naruto Shippuden, "Inside the Mist."



The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXII airs on Fox at 8 PM. Here's what to expect:

In the spooky opener of the 22nd annual installment of "Treehouse of Horror," Homer takes a dangerous dive into an isolated canyon on Candy Peak, but when a crashing boulder traps his arm, he channels Aron Ralston (guest voicing as himself) to save himself. In "The Diving Bell and Butterball," the first of three hair-raising Halloween tales, a venomous spider bite leaves Homer paralyzed, but when Lisa discovers Homer's ability to communicate through natural gases, he is able to express his love for Marge. The killer spells continue in "Dial D for Diddly," when Ned Flanders, devout preacher by day, transforms into a cold-blooded vigilante by night. In the final terrifying tale, "In the Na'Vi," Bart and Milhouse are assigned on a mission to access a sacred extract on a distant planet. They morph into the land's indigenous one-eyed avatars, but when Bart finds love and an eternal mate abroad, he is caught in planet warfare.


That's followed by a new series, Allen Gregory: Pilot, at 8:30. And then new episodes of Family Guy and Cleveland.

Meanwhile, ABC has another chapter of Once Upon A Time at 8 PM, "The Thing You Love Most."

Regina does everything in her power to force Emma out of Storybrooke and out of her and Henry's lives forever. Meanwhile, the chilling circumstances of how the Evil Queen released the curse upon the fairytale world is revealed.

And then at 9 PM, The Walking Dead shows all the zombie pretenders, with "Save the Last One."

The group await Shane's return, unaware that he's trapped in a school surrounded by zombies; Daryl and Andrea scour the woods for a missing person.


Check out a new sneak peek!

Also at 9 PM, Discovery Channel has a new Curiosity, in which Eli Roth has a question for you: "Are You Evil?"

Actor/director Eli Roth knows a thing or two about the nature of evil. This generation's master of horror, his Hostel films terrified us by dramatizing the fiendish acts of lunatics and madmen. Now, Eil plans to unveil the most horrifying monster of them all, capable of callous murder with only the slightest prodding: the Average American. Roth himself and a team of psychological experts will carry out a series of startling experiments based on Yale Professor Stanley Milgram's groundbreaking experiments half a century ago. Roth wants to learn about the capacity for evil that lurks within ordinary men and women and what he finds will astound you.


A third option at 9 PM: Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot:

The two-hour special FINDING BIGFOOT: BIRTH OF A LEGEND takes viewers to the site where the notorious footage was captured to confirm the elusive beast's existence and settle the more than 50-year-old debate originated by the tape. Outfitted with the latest technology, including night-vision and infrared cameras, the BFRO team also scours the Redwoods to uncover additional evidence of the presence of Sasquatch. With more Bigfoot signals discovered in the Redwoods than anywhere else in North America, each broken branch or peculiar noise could mean a Squatch is lurking nearby.


And last but not least, there's a new Robot Chicken at 11:30 PM on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. That's followed by a new Squidbillies, and another episode of China, IL.

Sources: Futon Critic, MSN TV, TV Guide, and various TV studio press releases.




I guess they don't want Grimm to succeed. My DVR can only do two shows, and I'm not about to give up Fringe or Supernatural.