When and where to watch Halloween shows and movies this month
HARTFORD — Throughout the month of October, FOX airs all-new Halloween-themed programming. Kicking off the celebration is The Simpsons, which airs its milestone 600th episode, “Treehouse of Horror XXVII,” on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m.
The highly anticipated musical event The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again premieres Thursday, Oct. 20 from 8-10 p.m. A reimagining of the original movie, the two-hour event follows sweethearts Janet (Victoria Justice, “Victorious”) and Brad (Ryan McCartan, “Liv & Maddie,” “Heathers the Musical”), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s (Emmy Award-nominated actress Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black”) bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious mad-scientist, is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of ROCKY HORROR – a muscle-bound specimen created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires. Actor and singer Staz Nair (“Game of Thrones”) will star in the role. Also featured in the event are
“American Idol” alum Adam Lambert as Eddie, Reeve Carney (“Penny Dreadful,” “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark”) as Riff Raff, Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford (“Sylvia,” “You Can’t Take It With You,” “Masters of Sex”) as Columbia, Christina Milian (“Grandfathered”) as Magenta, Ivy Levan as Usherette, Tony Award winner Ben Vereen (“Pippin”) as Dr. Everett Scott and Emmy Award nominee Tim Curry, the original Frank-N-Furter, as the show’s Criminologist Narrator.
Celebrating 40 years of theatrical distribution – longer than any other film in history – “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is one of the most popular films of all time, and still plays in movie theaters around the world.
Sunday, Oct. 16
THE SIMPSONS (8-8:30 p.m.) – “Treehouse of Horror XXVII”
In the series’ milestone 600th episode, a major drought occurs, after which Mr. Burns (Harry Shearer) introduces a “Hunger Games”-style contest in which Springfield’s children fight each other for a day in Burns’ personal reservoir. Meanwhile, Lisa’s (Yeardley Smith) imaginary best friend, Rachel (guest voice Sarah Silverman), is jealous of Lisa’s real best friends and starts killing them.
Tuesday, Oct. 18
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – (8-8:30 p.m.) – “Halloween IV”
It’s Halloween in the Nine-Nine, which can only mean one thing: heist time. This year, the squad pulls out all the stops in their quest to win the new defending title of “Ultimate Detective Slash Genius.” Lines are drawn and plans are made, but there can be only one reigning champion.
SCREAM QUEENS – (9-10 p.m.) – “Halloween Blues”
After the latest attack by The Green Meanie leaves everyone shocked and saddened, Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Denise (guest star Niecy Nash), along with Hester (Lea Michele), devise a plan to catch the killer by throwing a Halloween party in the hospital. Meanwhile, Chanel (Emma Roberts) celebrates a different kind of Chanel-O-Ween and attempts to make contact with the killer’s latest victim from beyond the grave. Once the party begins, an outbreak surprises the hospital, leading Brock (John Stamos) and Cassidy (Taylor Lautner) to jump into action, and another victim falls.
Thursday, Oct. 20
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again – (8-10 p.m.)
A two-hour musical event and re-imagining of the classic 1975 cult film, featuring timeless songs such as “The Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite” and “Dammit Janet.” The highly anticipated special stars Laverne Cox, Tim Curry, Victoria Justice, Ryan McCartan, Reeve Carney, Christina Milian, Annaleigh Ashford, Adam Lambert, Staz Nair, Ben Vereen and Ivy Levan.
Friday, Oct. 21
THE EXORCIST (9-10 p.m.) – “Chapter Five: Through My Most Grievous Fault”
The exorcism begins. As the storm of the century descends upon Chicago, Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera) and Marcus (Ben Daniels) engage the demon in spiritual warfare. But the demon is ready and waiting with a few secrets of its own. Meanwhile, the demon’s manipulations slowly begin to drive a wedge between members of the Rance family. Loyalties will be tested and lives will be forever changed.
Sunday, Oct. 23
BOB’S BURGERS (7:30-8 p.m.) – “Teen-A-Witch”
With Halloween quickly approaching, Tina (Dan Mintz) reveals her brilliant idea that will finally win her first place in the annual costume contest. When Tammy (guest voice Jenny Slate) steals her idea, Tina is forced to seek the help of Mr. Ambrose (guest voice Billy Eichner), who leads her to alternate and other-worldly methods of winning. Meanwhile, Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) is on a mission to figure out who is stealing his perfectly crafted pumpkins.
Monday, Oct. 31
GOTHAM (8-9 p.m.) – “Mad City: Red Queen”
After coming in contact with a substance by the hand of Mad Hatter (Benedict Samuel), Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) gets led on a psychedelic trip and must confront his past, present and future. Meanwhile, Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) struggles with Nygma’s (Cory Michael Smith) new relationship.
LUCIFER (9-10 p.m.) – “Monster”
Guilty and self-destructive, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) clashes with Chloe (Lauren German) during an investigation, leading her to team up with Dan (Kevin Alejandro) instead. Meanwhile, Amenadiel (DB Woodside) bonds with Charlotte (Tricia Helfer), and Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) takes Trixie (Scarlett Estevez) trick-or-treating.