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PopWatch Planner: 'Simpsons' Halloween special, 'Walking Dead' returns

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Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror XXIV

First course of the week for our pop culture palates? An early taste of Halloween with the annual Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” episode. Second is a sampling of season premieres, and the third course is a trip down a John Lithgow rabbit hole. But save room for dessert, which features organic and free-range zombie sweetbreads, courtesy of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Bon Appéteeth!

All times listed are Eastern.


The Simpsons, 8 p.m., Fox

Make sure you pay close attention to the intro, which features some sure-to-delight visual handiwork from director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) in the annual Halloween episode.


Hart of Dixie Season Premiere, 8 p.m., CW

Zoe must return to BlueBell for one final task; Brick will write Zoe a glowing reference only if she locates George.


Supernatural, Season Premiere, 9 p.m., CW

Sam is in dire straits, so Dean asks for a little help from the angels.


Top Chef, 10 p.m., Bravo

In this episode, “Rebuilding New Orleans,” the chefs must cook for Chef Leah Chase and make food truck meals for Habitat for Humanity volunteers.


Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Series Premiere, 8 p.m., ABC

A spin-off of the Once Upon a Time series,  we follow the action-adventures of Alice (Sophie Lowe)  with the Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) and the white Rabbit (voiced by John Lithgow). Watch the trailer here:

FRIDAY 10/11

Captain Phillips opens in theaters

Tom Hanks stars as Capt. Richard Phillips, whose crew is held for ransom by a band of Somalian pirates. It’s based on the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama. Watch the trailer here:


College Football, 3:30 p.m. CBS

Florida at LSU

SUNDAY 10/13

The Walking Dead, Season Premiere, 9 p.m., AMC

Season 4 returns, with the group holding on for dear life at the prison. We got some scoops of this season’s plot points at their 2013 Comic-Con panel.