A selective critical checklist of notable Tuesday TV:
The Conners (9/8c, ABC): In another great TV Halloween tradition (this one still airs on TV), the Conners do their best to preserve the holiday of their youngest, Mark (Ames McNamara) and Mary (Jayden Rey), although the mayor said treatment or treatment was off-limits during the 2020 pandemic. For Mary, who spent too much time alone while her father, DJ (Michel Poissonman, director of the episode for the first time), advances her career, this setback hurts enough for the family to mobilize to remedy her situation. But first, the adults turn the house into a haunted playground with tricks or treats behind every door. Even Roseanne would be proud.
Archer (10/9c, FXX): This is Archer on ice — Antarctic ice — for 11and season finale, when the team heads to the South Pole to investigate a murder, repair a critical communications antenna, and try to prevent further damage to Earth’s ice caps. When a suspect suggests, “If we’re going to solve this problem, it won’t be by indulging in petty bickering,” Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) slams, “Dude, you don’t know us at all.” We who know Archer are thrilled that the animated spy parody has already been renewed for a 12and season. As if to celebrate, the stars of two of FX’s best series, Pamela Adlon (better things) and Kayvan Novak (What we do in the shadows), provide guest voices.
The scam (10/9c, ABC): The notorious scam docuseries investigates one of the biggest scandals of the past year: the efforts of deep-pocketed parents (including celebrities like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin) to game the college admissions system in order to get their children into elite universities. Host Whoopi Goldberg explains how mastermind Rick Singer succeeded and lured celebrity clients into his scheme, and how the FBI solved the case, giving them all a failing grade with criminal charges. The episode includes audio recreations of the FBI wiretaps that helped nail Singer and his clients.
HOT AND COLD : As wildfires continue to rage across the American West, the HBO documentary Burning Ojai: Our Fire Story (7/6c) could hardly be more timely. Filmmaker Michael Milano, a California community resident, captured the devastation of the 2017 Thomas Fire that consumed 282,000 acres of land, whipped by Santa Ana winds. It also reports on relief and recovery efforts and the resilience of residents who continue to face this ongoing climate threat… PBS’s Nature goes Down Under to survey the Australian bushfire rescue (8/7c, check local listings at pbs.org), helping koals, kangaroos and other local species recover from the country’s scorching natural disaster… It all makes the latest episode of PBS Nova particularly welcome scientific series. In Can we cool the planet? (9/8c, check local listings at pbs.org) scientists and engineers offer solutions from controversial geoengineering study in an attempt to adjust the planet’s thermostat while we still can .
Inside Wednesday TV: Alright, alright, alright… Oprah Winfrey dig Matthew McConaugheynew optimistic memoirs Green light so much so that she decided to make it the last subject of The Oprah Conversation on Apple TV+… With her youngest now in high school, Beverly Goldberg (Wendi McLendon Covey) needs a new hobby, so she decides to run for office as city comptroller on ABC The Goldbergs (8/7c)… A new season of HGTV Martha knows best (8/7c) opens with consecutive episodes, and Martha Stewart is to carve pumpkins and decompose organic materials for Halloween, relax with Chelsea manager for bourbon apple cider, then share martinis with Kate Hudson… With CBS Fantastic race (8/7c) now in Brazil, the first U-turn looms… Someone is going to win this CBS season Big Brother (9/8c) in a two-hour finale… Emma Roberts (american horror story) stars in Netflix romantic comedy Vacation as Sloane, a misanthrope who shares her hatred of all holidays with Jackson (Luc Bracey), and they decide not to celebrate together all year. Can they handle something as cliché as a happy ending?