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TV Tonight: American Horror Story, South Park, Penn & Teller

by Bill Frost
- Posted // 2011-10-05 - New shows picked up for full seasons: New Girl (Fox); Whitney, Up All Night (NBC); 2 Broke Girls (CBS). Canceled already: The Playboy Club (NBC). Old shows in danger of cancellation over $ disputes: The Simpsons (Fox); Dexter (Showtime).

What’s new tonight:
American Horror Story
(FX) Series Debut: Two conclusions after watching the pilot of American Horror Story: 1. Showrunner Ryan Murphy has some seriously dark weirdness to work out after three seasons of Glee, and 2. The Walking Dead won’t be the scariest show on TV this fall. Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton headline a killer cast (which also includes Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy) as a couple who moves across the country with some heavy marital baggage and a teenage daughter (Taissa Farmiga) to Los Angeles into—what else?—a haunted Victorian. The setup is familiar, but the execution, from the deliciously Grindhouse-style opening and closing credits to the slowly stacking creepiness and tension in between, makes for the best horror movie no one’s made in years. At least, for the first episode, which is all FX has provided so far—let’s see if American Horror Story can sustain the intensity until Christmas. [Update: Episode 2 airing Oct. 12 falls on the “meh” side, so maybe not.]

South Park (Comedy Central) Midseason Premiere: If you recall, the first half of this season left off on a major bummer, what with Stan having an existential crisis on his 10th birthday and all. There’s more of that tonight, as well as Cartman dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome—when did South Park turn into The Big C?

Penn & Teller Tell a Lie (Discovery) Series Debut: Done with Bullshit!, Penn & Teller move onto bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, truth! in Tell a Lie, a shell game of a TV show wherein you have to pick which wacko scientific theory is actually real. Great, more homework …

Raising Hope (Fox) Special Night: Apparently, The X Factor could only fill 90 minutes tonight, so we get an extra ep of Raising Hope. Enjoy!

Also new tonight:
The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family, Happy Endings, Revenge
(ABC); Survivor: South Pacific, Criminal Minds, CSI (CBS); The X Factor (Fox); Up All Night, Free Agents, Harry’s Law, Law & Order: SVU (NBC); H8R, America’s Next Top Model (The CW); Ghost Hunters, Paranormal Witness (Syfy); The Ultimate Fighter, Blue Mountain State (Spike); Luther (BBC America); Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time (Comedy Central); Top Chef: Just Desserts (Bravo); Dance Moms (Lifetime); I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant, Extreme Couponing (TLC); The Real World (MTV)

American Horror Story brings that Ryan Murphy freak-magic back to FX:

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Posted // October 27,2011 at 10:04 American Horror Show is one of the few things within the horror genre that I really like. It's well written, well made, and there's just not anything else like it on TV. Fortunately for us FX is willing to take risks like this, otherwise we wouldn't have a lot of their great programming. I mean look at It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, or Archer, Sons of Anarchy, all these great shoes that probably would have been deemed to risky for most of the other channels. And because of all that FX has become my most watched channel. This is one of the reasons I'm glad I'm not a DirecTV customer right now. With their contract dispute with Fox Direct is almost certainly going to lose FX, NatGeo, Speed and a bunch of other channels come November 1st. As a DISH Network employee and subscriber I don't have to worry about that since we have a long term contract with Fox but it makes me feel bad for those people who are going to lose all of this great entertainment.


Posted // October 7,2011 at 08:12
The best word to describe American Horror Story is “awesome”.
Now that I have Sling technology with DISH Network, I never miss any episodes
because I can use my iPhone to watch shows anytime I want. Being that I am a
customer and employee of DISH I can’t recommend the TV Everywhere feature
enough to anyone who likes TV on the go. Right now new DISH Network customers
can get a free Sling Adapter.