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What the devil is Lifetime up to?

October 31, 2012

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Whenever somebody starts or ends a remark with the words “my friend,” it’s safe to say he or she is not your friend. With that in mind, consider the word “real” in “The Real Exorcist” (10 p.m., Lifetime).

This isn’t just a Halloween special. It’s a whole new series dedicated to the work of the Rev. Bob Larson, who has made a career of driving demons from tortured souls. By his own account, or that of Lifetime’s publicists, he has “over” 10,000 exorcisms under his belt. Actually, it should be “more than” 10,000, but in this case, bad writing is the least of our concerns.

That’s a staggering number of possessed souls. And like many large numbers, it has a way of diminishing the experience. I wonder if my local mechanic has 10,000 oil changes under his belt? Has my dentist filled 10,000 cavities? The 1973 shocker “The Exorcist” (7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., IFC) left the impression that driving Old Scratch from a human host was a harrowing, once-in-a-lifetime nightmare. But 10,000? That’s an exorcism a day, every day, for a solid 27 years. Does Reverend Bob ever take a day off?

Apparently, he has it down to a science. Or is “science” a dirty word in a world where people believe in medieval nonsense like exorcism?

• A viewing favorite since it first aired in 1966, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (7 p.m., ABC) remains a ratings hit as well. It’s also one of the few Halloween-related shows that is both for and about children.

Tonight’s other highlights:

• Game six of the World Series (6:30 p.m., Fox). If not required, look for “The X-Factor” (7 p.m., Fox).

• Laurel still holds a grudge on “Arrow” (7 p.m., CW).

• Jay and Gloria hold a fundraising yard sale on “Modern Family” (8 p.m., ABC).

• Residents of two towns take competitive jack-o’-lanterning to new extremes on “Pumpkin Wars” (8 p.m., HGTV).

• A missing partner inspires a dogged pursuit on “CSI” (9 p.m., CBS).

• Boden is blamed for a homeless man’s death on “Chicago Fire” (9 p.m., NBC).

• A fundraiser for Teddy proves stressful on “Nashville” (9 p.m., ABC).

• A violent storm complicates efforts to escape from Briarcliff on “American Horror Story” (9 p.m., FX).

• The third season of “Face Off” (9 p.m., Syfy) culminates before a live audience.

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