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The Week

A guide to notable programs (times are Eastern daylight and are subject to change)

Halloween

The scariest of all networks, Fox, celebrates the holiday with extra-spooky episodes of its series. For instance, a horrific costume party at the KEG house provides the backdrop for Beverly Hills, 90210 (Oct. 26, 8-9 p.m.). Among the creepy doings: Andrea (Gabrielle Carteris) freaks out when Jesse (Mark D. Espinoza) wants to take their baby daughter to a graveyard as part of his family's seasonal ritual, while Clare (Kathleen Robertson) and David (Brian Austin Green) head for the desert to search for aliens. Most terrifying of all: This episode is directed by Jason Priestley. Later that night, on Models Inc. (9-10 p.m.), Brian (Cameron Daddo) organizes a monster bash to cheer up Cynthia (Garcelle Beauvais), who's being stalked by an ex- beau. And in the unholy spirit of the season, Sarah (Cassidy Rae) tempts Mark (John Haymes Newton) to leave the priesthood. You may know Newton from the TV revival of The Untouchables, appropriately enough.

Sci-Fi

CBS' TV movies usually don't stray too far from the heartwarming-family-drama and woman-in-jeopardy genres, but this week brings two uncharacteristically futuristic endeavors. In the tradition of Orson Welles' War of the Worlds, Without Warning (Oct. 30, 9-11 p.m.) is a mock newscast (anchored by real-life veteran TV journalist Sander Vanocur) covering the aftermath of asteroid crashes in China, France, and Wyoming. Others playing themselves include 2001: A Space Odyssey author Arthur C. Clarke and California congressman George E. Brown Jr. (your tax dollars at work). Speaking of cash, Six Million Dollar Man Steve Austin (Lee Majors) and Bionic Woman Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner) tie the knot in the tentatively titled Bionic Breakdown (Nov. 1, 9-11 p.m.) — until a pesky computer virus threatens Jaime's life. Given government spending rates these days, 6 million smackers wouldn't pay for Steve's pancreas. Though after you factor in depreciation ...

Schlock

A sleazy sexploitation film masquerading as a feminist-message picture, against their will: Women In Prison (ABC, Oct. 30, 9-11 p.m.) lets Who's the Boss' Judith Light draw on her melodramatic One Life to Live training to play an ex-con mom who gets sent back to the big house — for a crime she didn't commit, natch. Only this time Light discovers, as one of her jailbird pals (Midnight Caller's Kay Lenz) indelicately puts it, that ''the staff has turned this place into a giant orgy.'' With the assistance of an impossibly sensitive attorney (Stacy Keach, who knows a thing or two about hard time from his 1984 cocaine rap), Light blows the whistle on her brutal keepers. Hey, I like a good chicks-in-chains flick as much as the next guy, but there are two key elements missing from Against Their Will: (1) nudity and (2) Linda Blair.

Music

The Eagles (see page 82) aren't the only old-fogey rockers with a new cable special. Mick, Keith, and company field questions from an unseen Kurt Loder in Conversations with the Rolling Stones (VH-1, Oct. 27, 10-10:30 p.m.). They don't say anything interesting, and they're heard rehearsing only three lackluster songs from their new album, Voodoo Lounge, but let's look on the bright side: Unlike the Stones' recent appearance on MTV's evil infomercial show, The Goods, the interviews aren't interrupted by a pseudocool announcer hawking tacky T-shirts and tour jackets. And unlike in Gimme Shelter, the 1969 concert film that precedes Conversations on VH-1 at 8 p.m. (and was also codirected by Albert Maysles), no one was slain during the making of this film.

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