TV tonight: premiere of ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ on FX

Kathy Bates joins the cast of ‘American Horror Story: Coven’

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2013 —Tonight when the Emmy winning “American Horror Story” franchise rolls out season three it will include Oscar winner Kathy Bates and Oscar nominee Angela Bassett. The two will join Oscar winner Jessica Lange in a tale of witches, both past and present.

The first two seasons of “American Horror Story” were nominated for 67 Emmys with 19 wins, so adding Bates and Bassett probably means the accolades will continue with season three. Bates plays serial killer Delphine LaLaurie, a role she should navigate with ease, especially when we remember her way creepy performance in the classic film “Misery.”


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Add in Bassett’s role as Marie Laveau, a real-life practioner of voodoo in the 1800s, and the result should be a viewer’s delight. With these two stars in the driver’s seat, so to speak—or better yet, on their respective broomsticks—look for tonight’s premiere to attract its biggest audience yet. (American Horror Story: Coven at 10 p.m. on FX)

The Tomorrow People” also premieres tonight on CW (9:00p.m.), but don’t expect anything new from a network that has taken teen angst to the bank one time too many, maybe more.

Regardless of how many paranormal abilities the cast may possess, at its heart “The Tomorrow People” is just another tale of teens and their struggle to “find themselves.” And besides, there’s always a diversity issue in these shows. As in, “why did no one in our high school graduating class ever look as foxy or hunky as these TV teens always do?” Yawn.

Elsewhere tonight, “South Park“ (10 p.m. on Comedy Central) demonstrates again just how politically incorrect it can be with a parody of the George Zimmerman trial. “World War Zimmerman” is just the latest installment for a show that has left no stone unturned when it comes to mocking pop culture.


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And shades of Brad Pitt summer blockbusters. We wonder if South Park’s predictably wicked metaphorical take on l’affaire Zimmerman via “World War Z” will feature endless waves of multi-ethnic zombies, all intent on killing Kenny. Guess we’ll have to tune in to see. Prepare to be offended. And to laugh while it’s happening.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: The Middle: (New) In order to get her own car, Sue gets a job at a mall eatery; Mike and Frankie learn that Brick hasn’t been attending any classes; Axl spends nights at home to avoid his horrible roommate.

CBS: Survivor: Blood vs. Water: (New) A husband and wife are pitted against each other; a castaway refuses an immunity clue.

FOX: The X Factor: (New) The four-chair challenge continues.

NBC: Revolution: (New) While tribesmen threaten Willoughby, Rachel and her dad stage a daring rescue attempt.

CW: Arrow: (New) Felicity and Diggle head to Lian Yu to look for Oliver; Isabel Rochey (Summer Glau) prepares a hostile takeover of Queen Consolidated; Roy tries to fill the Arrow’s absence.

PBS: Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation: (New) The Season 1 finale shows how the series was made, including the relationships that formed between people and birds. Also: the use of microlights, paragliders, drones and camera-carrying birds.

8:30 p.m.

ABC: Back in the Game: (New) Terry looks for a girlfriend for the Cannon, thinking it would make him be nicer to her and the Angles; Danny decides to share his feelings with Vanessa.

9 p.m.

ABC: Modern Family: (New) When Cam’s sister comes to visit, he tries to find a gentle way to break the news of his engagement; Phil and Claire decide to miss one of Luke’s games; Gloria is in denial about needing glasses.

CBS: Criminal Minds: (New) The BAU team must determine if the anniversary of the Kennedy assassination is a motivating factor when a sniper strikes Dallas.

NBC: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: (New) With his precinct under investigation, Cassidy goes undercover for the IAB.

CW: The Tomorrow People: (New) Stephen questions his sanity when he starts hearing voices and waking up in unusual places; a voice in Stephen’s head leads him to a genetically advanced race known as the Tomorrow People.

PBS: Nova: (New) Examining Hurricane Sandy, the October 2012 superstorm that devastated the East Coast. Included: whether it was a freak storm or a harbinger of things to come; the progress that’s been made in making urban infrastructure more resilient.

9:30 p.m.

ABC: Super Fun Night: (New) When Kimmie embellishes the girls’ online dating profiles; they end up on a group date trying to maintain their lies.

10 p.m.

ABC: Nashville: (New) Rayna and Teddy embark on new paths as they divorce becomes final; Peggy plans to win Teddy back; Juliette takes a job playing at a billionaire couple’s anniversary party; Deacon’s past casts a shadow over his future with Maddie.

CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: (New) A fire at a music venue kills four people, including two members of a band.

NBC: Ironside: (New) Ironside and his team track a serial killer who posts his murders online.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Toddlers & Tiaras at 8 p.m. on TLC

American Pickers at 8 and 9 and 10 p.m. on History Channel

Cocaine Cowboys at 9 p.m. on NGC

Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles at 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Property Brothers at 9 p.m. on HGTV

Ghost Hunters at 9 p.m. on Syfy

Restaurant Stakeout at 9 p.m. on Food Channel

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman at 9 p.m. on SCI

Tyler Perry’s For Better or For Worse at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on OWN

Duck Dynasty at 10 p.m. on A&E

Mystery Diners at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Top Chef at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

How the Earth Works at 10 p.m. on SCI

South Park at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central

Ghost Mine at 10 p.m. on Syfy

American Horror Story: Coven at 10 p.m. on FX

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

House Hunters International at 10 p.m. on HGTV

Key & Peele at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Hidalgo on ENC

The Ref on FLIX

Paranormal Activity on FX

Valentine Road on HBO

Full Metal Jacket on IFC

Boat Trip on SHO

The Constant Gardener on SUND

Love and Death on TCM

54 on TMC

9 p.m.

Warm Bodies on CINEMAX

Joyful Noise on HBO

Varsity Blues on MOMAX

Later tonight:

Behind the Candelabra at 9:30 p.m. on HBO

Murder by Death at 9:30 p.m. on TCM

Autumn in New York at 9:35 p.m. on TMC

Mr. Wrong at 9:40 p.m. on FLIX

Maverick at 10:20 p.m. on ENC


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