Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Halloween Programming Notes

Tonight at 12:00 a.m. midnight, The Men's Channel will be presenting a preview broadcast of The Horror Channel, the much-ballyhooed everyman's alternative to Monsters HD. Things start tonight with what is described as "a tribute to film director George A. Romero," but I could find no details about whether this means movies we've already seen or new interview material we have not. Until The Horror Channel is properly launched, these previews will continue on The Men's Channel on Saturday nights at midnight beginning on November 5th. Visit this link for more information about where to find The Men's Channel on your existing cable lineup.

This weekend, The Game Show Network will celebrate Halloween with a special late night retrospective of horror and thriller star celebrities' appearances on vintage game shows, notably appearances by Vincent Price and Alfred Hitchcock on WHAT'S MY LINE? (My fingers are crossed that they might also show John Zacherle's WML appearance, which caught me unawares when it played some years ago in the dead of night.) I can't find any details about the special programming on GSN's website (thanks a lot) but the promo I saw last night suggested it would be running all weekend long in their "Late Night Black & White" slot, which should begin on Friday morning at 3:00 a.m. eastern. I will amend this posting later should I find out more.

And lastly, don't forget that Friday also marks the debut of Showtime's new horror anthology series MASTERS OF HORROR, at 10:00 p.m. eastern. The first episode, "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road," adapted from a short story by Joe Lansdale, was scripted and directed by Don Coscarelli (PHANTASM). It will be repeating all weekend long in the same time slot. You can find more information about the series and program here.

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