9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29
TLC (Comcast Ch. 68)
While country music queen Tanya Tucker has a reputation as a hard-drinking, hard-fighting, rhinestone-bedecked, hell-on-wheels broad, the truth is she’s left most of that behind her. Sober these days, she still tours relentlessly. In addition, she’s juggling her career with rearing three teen-agers. Here, trying to do for Tucker what “The Osbournes” did for Ozzy, TLC gets an all-access pass to the singer’s life, both on the road (massive, decked-out tour bus) and off (500-acre spread near Nashville). While the results are sure to be a pop-culture-meets-white-trash train wreck of Biblical proportions, it’s also bound to be a reality show classic. Now if TLC can just get a fifth of Jack Daniel’s and ex-hubby Glen Campbell to guest star, they might have a hit.
5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31
Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 30)
Early risers looking for a scare in the pre-dawn hours of Halloween are in for a treat: Director F.W. Murnau’s silent horror classic “Nosferatu.” After being turned down by Bram Stoker’s widow when he requested the rights to make a movie of the novel “Dracula,” Murnau simply made his movie anyway, changing the character of Dracula to “Count Orlock.” Stoker’s widow sued, causing a flurry of renewed interest in Stoker’s tale of undead bloodsuckers and helping make “Dracula” the pop-culture phenom it is today. (Mrs. Stoker eventually won, with the judge ordering all prints of Murnau’s film destroyed. A few copies survived, however, luckily for us.) A crown jewel of the silent era, “Nosferatu” is still genuinely scary today, employing light, shadow, colored filters and negative prints — not to mention the creepy Max Schreck in the lead role — to heighten the terror. See it and scream.
GHOST HUNTERS: HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31
Sci-Fi (Comcast Ch. 36)
While there’s way too much hokum in the field of paranormal research, there’s much to be admired about the methods used on the Sci-Fi reality series “Ghost Hunters.” Employing such equipment as thermal imaging and electromagnetic field detectors, and always going into a case with the idea of disproving ghostly claims, founders Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson mostly shun the psychics and seances that have always rendered parapsychology the Loch Ness of scientific research. While this approach means they often go weeks at a time without turning up anything, it also means that when their instruments do turn up something, you can trust it’s the real deal. Here, they present the best evidence from two seasons.