PopWatch Planner: 'Hocus Pocus,' the World Series, and Charlie Brown

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What’s worthy of PopWatching this week? In an ode to all things spook-tacular, we interrupt your daily programming with a few DVR Halloween treats: family-friendly flicks like Hocus Pocus and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! and to cut the sweetness, a Stephen King killer clown and an American entrepreneur with some serious bite. Happy Halloween!

All times listed are Eastern.

SUNDAY 10/27
Masters of Sex, 10 p.m., Showtime

Couples are now part of their sex studies. Dr. Masters is nervous about becoming a new dad.

Spooky Bonus: Hocus Pocus, 9 p.m., ABC Family

Two teens and a tiny Thora Birch try to take down the campy triumvirate of witches played by Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and the inimitable Bette Midler. When it was released in 1993, critics weren’t so kind, in fact it got a 30% on Rotten Tomatoes. But fans of this cult-Halloween-film beg to differ. As a kid I remember watching this movie over and over … as if I was under someĀ  kind of spell …

MONDAY 10/28
2013 World Series 7:30 p.m., Fox

It’s Game 5 of the World Series and the St. Louis Cardinals host the Boston Red Sox at Busch Stadium.

Watch James Taylor make a Star-Spangled Save during Game 2 here:

Spooky Bonus: Stephen King’s It, 8 p.m., Spike

Nothing scared me more as a child than this flick about a homicidal clown who terrorizes his now grown-up victims. Except going to the dentist. Bozo the Clown jingle or cavity drill? Totally the same thing.

TUESDAY 10/29
Supernatural, 9 p.m., The CW

Dean and Sam unearth a computer that they plan to use as some kind of angel GPS device. Ditch the desktop, pretty sure there’s an app for that.

WEDNESDAY 10/30
The Middle, 8 p.m., ABC

In their holiday episode, called “Halloween IV: The Ghost Story,” Sue hosts a seance and everyone tries to give Brick girl advice. I don’t know which is more frightening, communicating with the dead or relationship tips from mom and pops?

THURSDAY 10/31
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!, 8 p.m., ABC

Now for some wholesome, home-made pumpkin pie, worthy fun. While his pals go trick-or-treating, Linus is determined to wait for the Great Pumpkin to make an appearance.

FRIDAY 11/1
Dracula, 10 p.m., NBC

Alexander Grayson, Dracula’s American entrepreneur persona, courts Lady Jayne. Get our take on the last week’s premiere episode here.

SATURDAY 11/2
Ender’s Game, in theaters (opens Nov. 1)

Based on the book of the same name, Ender’s Game stars Asa Butterfield as the wunderkind who is tasked with saving humankind.

Watch the trailer here:

SUNDAY 11/3
The Simpsons, 8 p.m., Fox

A funeral inspires Homer, Marge and others to reevaluate their lives and attempt to rectify some long held regrets.


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