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Archive for Saturday, October 13, 2012

Shows go from cute to creepy

October 13, 2012

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“American Horror House” (8 p.m. Saturday, Syfy) revisits the haunted sorority house theme and adds creepy new touches: a recurrent child’s song, a flashback to bloody murder, a haunted violinist — actually, a haunted closet full of stringed instruments. And “Horror” has the most terrifying touch of all: Morgan Fairchild as the demented housemother!

• Platonic pals suddenly realize they’re missing something in the 2012 comedy “The Seven Year Hitch” (7 p.m. Saturday, Hallmark Movie Channel), starring soap opera regulars Natalie Hall and Darin Brooks, along with Frances Fisher (“Titanic”) and George Wendt (“Cheers”).

• The aptly titled “Too Cute!” (7 p.m. Saturday, Animal Planet) returns for a new season with eight episodes dedicated to animal “coming of age” stories. In other words, shameless clips of puppies and kittens, as well as mini pigs, hedgehogs, dwarf rabbits and a baby goat. Resistance is futile.

In addition to weekly dollops of adorableness, “Too Cute!” invites viewers to follow a 24-hour-a-day live Kitten Cam at animal.discovery.com/tv/too-cute-kittens/kitten-cam. Office productivity is sure to plummet.

Saturday’s other highlights

• AMC airs a marathon of “The Walking Dead” (9 a.m.) in anticipation of season three.

• NASCAR’s Bank of America 500 (6:30 p.m., ABC), live from Charlotte, N.C.

• Washington hosts USC in college football (6 p.m., Fox).

• Dueling chefs mix love with cuisine in the 2011 comedy “A Taste of Romance” (8 p.m., Hallmark), starring Teri Polo.

• Nicolas Cage rides again in the 2012 sequel “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” (8 p.m., Starz).

• Dan nears the enigmatic blogger on “Bedlam” (8 p.m., BBC America).

• On “48 Hours Mystery” (9 p.m., CBS): Questions arise after an Air Force veteran dies in a car crash.

• Christina Applegate hosts “Saturday Night Live” (10:30 p.m., NBC), featuring musical guest Passion Pit.

Cult choice

A third-rate novelist (Joseph Cotten) arrives in postwar Vienna for a friend’s (Orson Welles) funeral, only to discover that he’s alive and at the center of an evil conspiracy in director Carol Reed’s 1949 adaptation of Graham Greene’s mystery “The Third Man” (7 p.m. Saturday, TCM). The popularity of this movie’s theme music would make the zither a staple of easy listening for more than a decade to come.

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