A night of eerie fun

Today's TV

October 30, 1997

All sorts of witches, hobgoblins and other creatures of the night take over Nickelodeon today.

A day of kid-themed Halloween programming kicks off with "Inspector Gadget" (2 p.m.-2: 30 p.m.) and includes episodes of "Beetlejuice" (3 p.m.-3: 30 p.m.) and "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" (5 p.m.-5: 30 p.m.).

The ghostly goings-on continue when the reruns of Nick-at-Nite take over, including a haunted lakeside lodge on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (10: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 2: 30 a.m.-3 a.m.), a take-off on "War of the Worlds" on "Newhart" (11 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., repeats 3 a.m.-3: 30 a.m.) and a pair of winners from "The Addams Family": First, Morticia and Gomez have to repair the damage done by a neighbor, who insists there's no such thing as witches (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 1: 30 a.m.-2 a.m.); then Don Rickles is a burglar who'd just as soon break out of the Addams house (midnight-12: 30 a.m., repeats 4 a.m.-4: 30 a.m.).

At a glance

"The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" (6 p.m.-7 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Chinese President Jiang Zemin sits down for the only scheduled TV interview of his U.S. visit, a 30-minute chat with Lehrer taped earlier today at Blair House. PBS.

"Village of the Damned" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- John Carpenter's remake of the 1960 thriller boosts the original's violence level. Here, a mist covers a Northern California town, leading to the birth of mind-controlling children. Christopher Reeve (his last role before the horseback-riding accident), Kirstie Alley and Mark Hamill star. ABC.

"Union Square" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- On the night before Halloween, Michael (Michael Landes) zeros in on a costumed diner who's game to go home with him. And a witch gives vengeful Suzanne a spell to cast on her husband. NBC.

"Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Instead of getting a new car as payment for performing, Jerry gets a van and is not happy; Elaine meets a new guy and hears something that convinces her he's Mr. Right; George is upset when his parents starts ignoring him; and Kramer realizes that mail is obsolete. NBC.

"Mystery!" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- "Hetty Wainthropp Investigates" ends a four-week run as the matronly sleuth searches for an arsonist. PBS.

"ER" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Benton's new role as a parent affects his professional life. Elsewhere, Carter struggles with his medical student and Hathaway seeks funding for a free clinic. NBC.

Cable

"Monster Mania" (7 p.m.-4: 30 a.m., AMC) -- A run of nasty monsters kicks off AMC's three-day Halloween filmfest. Today's entrants include "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" (7 p.m.-9 p.m.), "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms" (9 p.m.-10: 30 p.m.), "The Giant Behemoth" (10: 30 p.m.-midnight), "Gorgo" (midnight-1: 30 a.m.), "Kronos" (1: 30 a.m.-3 a.m.), "Tobor the Great" (3 a.m.-4: 30 a.m.) and "The Mask" (4: 30 a.m.-6 a.m.).

Pub Date: 10/30/97

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