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What to watch and listen to this week: EW's Binge podcast, '90s Halloween favorites



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There's only one week left until Halloween, which means there are only 15 days until the presidential election and 62 days until Christmas! So, yeah, watch some spooky movies while you have the chance.


SERIES PREMIERE: Man With a Plan, 8:30 p.m., CBS: We should be more excited for Matt LeBlanc's return to network TV, but he plays a contractor and dad who takes a bigger role with the kids when his wife returns to work. The whole Mr. Mom trope is regressive and isn't funny anymore.

Movie: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 4:30 p.m., TNT: It all started with a hobbit, a wizard and a group of dwarves seeking to reclaim a dragon's treasure.

Movie: Halloweentown, 7 p.m., Disney Channel: Before the Harry Potter movies there was Marnie Piper, a young girl who gleefully discovers she's a witch and must use her powers to help save the town where it's Halloween all the time.

Movie: Addams Family Values, 6:40 p.m., Freeform: In the spooky sequel, Gomez and Morticia welcome their new baby boy and Uncle Fester weds the evil Debbie.

Movie: Hocus Pocus, 8:50 p.m., Freeform: Three 17th century witches are resurrected and wreak havoc in modern-day Salem in the family-friendly Halloween classic.


Movie: Halloweentown 2: Kalabar's Revenge, 7 p.m., Disney Channel: In the sequel, Marnie's grandmother Aggie once again has to save her peaceful Halloweentown from evil.

Movie: The Strangers, 7 p.m., Syfy: A young couple is terrorized by masked intruders in a secluded country house.


SEASON PREMIERE: Rectify, 10 p.m., SundanceTV: Sundance's breakout hit ends this season, its fourth. Rectify centers on a man recently released from death row for the rape and murder of his high school girlfriend 19 years ago.

Movie: Sleepy Hollow, 8:20 p.m., Freeform: A detective is sent to investigate gruesome murders in the hometown of the legendary Headless Horseman.

Movie: The Purge: Anarchy, 8 p.m., FX: On the one night of the year when all crime is legal, a young couple must fight to survive after their car breaks down in the city.


SERIES PREMIERE: The Great Indoors, 8:30 p.m., CBS: A renowned magazine writer transition from adventurous reporting to guiding a website run by listicle-loving, social media-addicted millennials.

SEASON PREMIERE: Mom, 9 p.m., CBS: Adam moves in with Bonnie in the Season 4 premiere, which tests their relationship.

SEASON PREMIERE: Life in Pieces, 9:30 p.m., CBS: The second season sees Tommy moving in with Colleen, John taking the wrong dose of his daily pill and Jen and Greg keeping a secret from the family.

SERIES PREMIERE:Pure Genius, 10 p.m., CBS: A veteran surgeon with a shady past joins a pretentious tech geek to run his superpowered hospital. We feel like we've seen this show before.

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EW's Binge

Though it has been almost 20 years since we first met The Boy Who Lived, Harry Potter fever is as strong as ever. Since the last film debuted five years ago, author J.K. Rowling has been using social media to keep the magic alive by answering fan questions, reminding followers of character birthdays and anniversaries and sharing new stories of Harry Potter's world through Pottermore, the online epicenter of the fandom.

In July, she released the screenplay for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play about Harry's son 19 years after the defeat of Voldemort. And in less than a month, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will hit theaters along with its published script.

For uninitiated muggles  or those who just need more Harry in their lives  there's Entertainment Weekly's Binge podcast, which explores the world of Harry Potter. Every Wednesday, writers Marc Snetiker and C. Molly Smith weave through the magical world of wizards and witches with in-depth discusses on the books, movies, characters and creatures.

Though only two episodes in so far, Binge already had some hefty guests on the show. For the episode on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Snetiker and Smith spoke with director Chris Columbus about casting the iconic trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione and other secrets from the set. In episode two, the two talked to actor Hugh Mitchell, who played the beloved and quirky Colin Creevey in Chamber of Secrets.

The episodes are casual and seep with love for the Harry Potter films and books. The hosts don't just recap the series, they delve into essential moments for Harry and his friends and the characters he met that changed his life forever.

You might have accepted both Arthur Weasley and Lucius Malfoy as important characters for various reasons, but might not have realized that Harry, having picked Ron as a friend rather than Draco Malfoy, inadvertently chose Ron's father, Arthur, as the father figure he never had. It all seems a little over-analyzed, but we Potterheads LIVE for this.

This podcast is best listened to with a frosty glass of butterbeer and maybe a chocolate frog or two.

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Contact Chelsea Tatham at Follow @chelseatatham.


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