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Evan Peters
Evan Peters
Photo: Kurt Iswarienko (FX)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Wednesday, October 31. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

American Horror Story (FX, 10 p.m.): We can’t even guess as to what’s going to happen on this week’s American Horror Story. FX is keeping things pretty darn close to the vest. But even if there were more than a few vague, tantalizing hints out there, it would still be a tough nut to crack, because this season is bonkers—and even if it weren’t, it’s Halloween, so there’s no way “Sojourn” doesn’t go to some truly weird places. Some sort of standoff between Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) and Michael Langdon (Cody Fern) is in the making. The latter is seriously irked because he doesn’t have an antichrist instruction manual. Sandra Bernhard gives a demonic sermon of some kind. That’s about it. That’s what we’ve got to go on. Well, that, and the fact that Evan Peters and Billy Eichner sport these haircuts.

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That right there is reason enough to tune in. Molly Horan stands ready to figure out what the hell’s happening with that whole situation.

Regular coverage

Modern Family (ABC, 9 p.m.)
South Park (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.)
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (FXX, 10 p.m.)


Wild card

Tell Me A Story (CBS All Access, 3:01 a.m.): Either you read the words “fairy tales re-imagined as a dark psychological thriller from the creator of Dawson’s Creek” and immediately grab the popcorn, or you immediately start reading something else, in which case you’ve already clicked away. Sorry! Have a fun Halloween, and make good choices! For those who are still here, the cast includes Kim Cattrall, James Wolk, Dania Ramirez, and Game Night and Maniac standout Billy Magnussen, and based on the trailer, there’s a reason it’s arriving on the spoooooookiest night of the year. All future episodes will air on Thursdays.


If you’d rather just put a classic on in the background, the following all-day marathons await you: Hocus Pocus (Freeform), The Simpsons’ “Treehouse Of Horror” episodes (FXX), a smattering of offerings from the Halloween (AMC) and Alien (IFC) franchises, and a nifty horror movie lineup from TCM, including Cat People (9 a.m., TCM), Black Sabbath (4 p.m., TCM), and The Masque Of The Red Death (11:15 p.m., TCM).

Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves television, bourbon, and dramatically overanalyzing social interactions.

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