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We’ve got Ed, Chazz, Jen and Sofia in a black minidress? This may be the best episode of Modern Family ever.


We’ve got Ed, Chazz, Jen and Sofia in a black minidress? This may be the best episode of Modern Family ever.

On TV this week


Ghost Hunters Halloween Live, 7 p.m., SyFy Technically, a show about ghosts can never truly be live, can it? That seems to be counterintuitive.

The Sing-Off, 8 p.m., NBC It's Halloween, so you know what to expect: Ghostbusters and This Is Halloween being sung on a cemetery set. And lots of bad makeup.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, 10 p.m., Food Guy Fieri stops by Tampa Bay to stuff his face. Because we don't remember all the places he visited, we'll just say he eats well and leave it at that.

SERIES PREMERE Rock Center With Brian Williams, 10 p.m., NBC Brian takes time off from making guest appearances on The Daily Show to host his own prime-time newsmagazine. How many inquisitive stares and earnest eye squints can one show contain?


Unguarded, 8 p.m., ESPN A documentary about Chris Herren, the Denver Nuggets draftee who almost died from wild bouts of drug abuse. Thank goodness the trend now for basketball players is gun violence.

90210, 8 p.m., CW Sure, Halloween was yesterday, but the rich kids have a costume party to show off. It woulda been great if they dressed as the original cast.

New Girl, 9 p.m., Fox Only a few weeks in and we're already using the female roommate walks in on naked roommate storyline. This does not bode well.

SEASON PREMIERE Covert Affairs, 10 p.m., USA Annie blows it in Brazil, but gets to take on Basque separatists to make up for it. The Brazilians are not happy.


Modern Family, 9 p.m., ABC Putting Chazz Palminteri and Jennifer Tilly on this show is one of those strokes of genius that make this an Emmy winner. It's not difficult if you apply yourselves, Tinseltown.

America's Next Top Model, 9 p.m., CW Game shows up to help the contestants make music videos. This is way more impressive than having on LaToya Jackson.

SEASON PREMIERE Top Chef Texas, 10 p.m., Bravo Speaking of celebrity appearances, we can look forward to Patti LaBelle, Charlize Theron, Pee-wee Herman and Cat Cora this season. Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson are here, too; that's not as impressive.

Mad Scientists, 10:30 p.m., NatGeo A robotics engineer is challenged to build a basketball-playing robot taller than most normal men. Hey, somebody has to replace Yao Ming.


Grey's Anatomy, 9 p.m., ABC George O'Malley's mom shows up for an operation. And to bum everyone out by reminding them he was run over by a bus.

SEASON PREMIERE Bones, 9 p.m., Fox Booth and Brennan get ready for their baby, who will have very bizarre toys in his or her room growing up.

Lost Fleet of Columbus, 9 p.m., NatGeo Scientists examine Christopher Columbus' ill-fated second voyage to the New World. Don't feel bad, Chris, you did plenty of damage the first time around.

SEASON PREMIERE Burn Notice, 10 p.m., USA Michael and Fiona abduct a hacker from Puerto Rico and bring him to Miami, where people are looking for him. That's probably not the safest place for him then, is it?


Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8 p.m., ABC Ty and the gang build a house in a quiet neighborhood for an Iraq War vet who can't handle loud noises. It's a bit imperative to get him out of his old house, then, because it's next to a rock quarry and a train yard.

Chuck, 8 p.m., NBC Carrie-Anne Moss from The Matrix stars as the head of a security company squaring off with Chuck and his pals. Watch out, man, she can kick some ass.

CSI: NY, 9 p.m., CBS A high-school house party invite goes viral on social media, with hundreds of people showing up and a girl dying. Hey, we remember when that really happened on Facebook. The party part, not the dying part.

Boss, 10 p.m., Starz Kane's supporters are already starting to turn on him. Apparently his 9-9-9 plan didn't work out. Wait, that's Cain.

— Joshua Gillin

On TV this week, Oct. 31-Nov. 4 10/30/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 30, 2011 5:33pm]
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