Archive for Tuesday, October 26, 2010

‘Glee’ pays tribute to ‘Rocky Horror’

October 26, 2010


Given the dearth of Halloween-themed musicals, it’s almost inevitable that “Glee” (7 p.m., Fox) would put its own spin on “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” the mid-1970s camp classic featuring such numbers as “The Time Warp” and “Damn It, Janet.” To commemorate the event, and the 35th anniversary of the movie, the Fox Movie Channel will air the 1975 B-movie parody “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (8 p.m., Fox Movie Channel) immediately following the “Glee” tribute.

The Fox Movie Channel will air a 24-hour “Rocky Horror” marathon on Halloween to give viewers plenty of chances to catch the film that inspired decades of special screenings for dressed-up patrons and helped launch the careers of Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Tim Curry and a man named Meat Loaf.

l “Raising Hope” (8 p.m., Fox) will also air an hourlong holiday episode featuring a guest stint from Jason Lee, the star of “My Name Is Earl.” Like “Hope,” “Earl” was produced and created by Greg Garcia.

l While not officially a Halloween special, there’s plenty of implied gore in tonight’s episode of “The Good Wife” (9 p.m., CBS). Political sparks fly when Alicia’s firm considers taking the civil case of a massage professional who claims she was subject to sexual advances by a well-respected liberal activist who happens to be a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Personal issues also abound when Peter (Chris Noth) takes a gander at his wife’s cell phone and notices how many messages she has saved from a certain partner.

l “Mad Men” addicts who can’t get enough mid-century Madison Avenue creativity should check out the documentary “Art & Copy” on “Independent Lens” (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings), a profile of the men and women who hatched the catchy jingles and slogans (“I Love NY,” “Where’s the Beef?” and “Got Milk?”) that have wormed their way into our pop-culture lexicon.

l Tonight’s “30 for 30” (7 p.m., ESPN) sports documentary “Fernando Nation” looks back at the dynamic debut and career of Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, who got off to a remarkable 8-0 start in 1981, his rookie season. He electrified Dodgers fans, most notably, Mexican-Americans who had long felt estranged from the franchise because its stadium was built in Chavez Ravine, the former site of a Mexican community whose residents had been forced from their homes through political chicanery and eminent domain.

Tonight’s other highlights

l The earth moves on “No Ordinary Family” (7 p.m., ABC).

l A special episode of “Nova” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) looks back at the recently completed rescue of Chilean miners.

l A terror suspect has a change of face on “NCIS: Los Angeles” (8 p.m., CBS).

l “Frontline” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) examines the safety record of oil giant BP before and after this spring’s disaster in the gulf.

l Adam faces down a career crisis on “Parenthood” (9 p.m., NBC).

l A school janitor’s overdose seems suspicious on “Detroit 1-8-7” (9 p.m., ABC).

l “16 and Pregnant” (9 p.m., MTV) returns for a new season with nine new profiles.

l “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (9 p.m., HBO) looks at Miami’s hopes for a new baseball stadium.


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