Off the Wall: scary stuff before Halloween

"The Walking Dead" returns to AMC for a

"The Walking Dead" returns to AMC for a third season. (Credit: AP )

Diane Werts

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Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was

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BUZZDAY Vinny Gaudagnino of "Jersey Shore" joins Lenay Dunn to co-host "10 on Top" (Saturday at 12:30 p.m., MTV), counting down the week's most buzzworthy happenings. Watch online, too, at 10ontop.mtv.com.

MARATHON MANIA Gotta watcha lotta? Cloo burns up the weekend with "Burn Notice" (6 a.m. Saturday-6 a.m. Sunday) and "Covert Affairs" (6 p.m. Sunday-6 a.m. Monday). Follow a championship cheerleading team in the docuseries "Cheer" (Saturday 2-6 p.m., CMT). Chris Noth stars in the miniseries "Titanic: Blood & Steel" (Sunday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Encore), with Neve Campbell and Derek Jacobi. Celebrate National Boss Day with a run of Kelsey Grammer's gritty drama "Boss" (Tuesday 10 a.m.-6:40 p.m., Starz), leading up to Friday's 10 p.m. second-season finale. Video recap at starz.com/boss.


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YOU'LL LAUGH, YOU'LL CRY Some good stuff in comedy and drama this week. Back for new seasons of scares: "The Walking Dead" (Sunday at 9 p.m., AMC) and "American Horror Story" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., FX). New series are lining up, too. Scott Baio headlines "See Dad Run" (Sunday at 8 p.m., Nick at Nite) as an ex-actor turned stay-at-home father. "Dirty Sexy Money" producer Craig Wright goes dramedy with "Underemployed" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., MTV), following five Chicago friends creating new lives a year out of college. Ken Follett's "World Without End" (Wednesday at 8 p.m. with an encore at 10 p.m., Reelz) finds Cynthia Nixon scheming amid civil war in 14th century England. "Strike Back" producer Frank Spotnitz has created "Hunted" (Friday at 10 p.m., Cinemax), starring Melissa George in global espionage adventures shot in Europe. Check it out at cinemax.com/hunted.

TV TO DIE FOR Halloween-themed Weekends to Die For include creepy stuff like the hour special "Halloween Crazier" (Oct. 21 at 10 p.m., Travel Channel), visiting a zombie race, a pumpkin regatta and (ooh, creepy!) Providence. Meanwhile, frights go full-time in 13 Nights of Halloween, starting Friday with films like "The Mummy," "The Addams Family" and "Addams Family Values" (4:30, 7 and 9 p.m., ABC Family). Full lineup at abcfamily.com/13nights.

RED HOT AND NEW WEEK Guess who's got it? Wrong! It's Military Channel, premiering new series and sneaking in upcoming offerings every night. Among the previews: "The Brokaw Files" (Monday at 10 p.m.), where Tom Brokaw revisits D-Day with World War II vets, and "Commander in Chief: Inside the Oval Office" (Thursday at 10 p.m.), flashing back to 1962's epic Cuban Missile Crisis during which the Kennedy administration faced down Soviet nukes. More at military.discovery.com.

UNSCRIPTED ARRIVALS What's new? How about "My Shopping Addiction" (Monday at 11 p.m., OWN)? Other new thrills: "Extreme Cheapskates" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., TLC), "Tattoo Nightmares" (Tuesday at 11 p.m., Spike), "I'm Married to a . . ." (Wednesday at 11 p.m., VH1). Then there's "My Life Is a Lifetime Movie" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., Lifetime), explained at mylifetime.com/shows.

HISTORY BIGGIES The United States came out of its catastrophic 1860s Civil War to rise into a global colossus. Historic names like Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan and Ford would turn out to be "The Men Who Built America" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., History), as sketched in an epic new series. A one-hour special gets more contemporary, following terror clues to their conclusion in "Osama bin Laden: The Finish" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., Discovery). It's based on the new book by "Black Hawk Down" author Mark Bowden.