A look at some noteworthy television this week:
The Simpsons (Sunday, 8:00 p.m., WNYW 5) This is the annual Treehouse of Horror episode airing after Halloween thanks to Tim McCarver and bad baseball coverage.
Family Guy (Sunday, 8:30 p.m., WNYW 5) The good news is that it is the 100th episode, the bad news is that it is a clip show. Thankfully the clip show is followed by a new episode entitled “Stewie Kills Lois” which will probably be better.
Cold Case (Sunday, 9:00 p.m., WCBS 2) Another show a bit late for Halloween has the Cold Case team investigating a disappearance that occurred during Orson Welles terror inducing War of the Worlds broadcast in 1938. This also marks the 100 episode for the police procedural drama.
American Masters: Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character (Monday & Thursday, 9:00 p.m., WNET 13) The legendary comedienne gets the American Masters treatment.
Frontline/World: Extraordinary Rendition (Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., WNET 13) A look into the CIA’s controversial rendition program, which holds suspected terrorists in third countries and uses "enhanced interrogation techniques" to try to obtain information.
New York Voices (Tuesday, 10:30 p.m., WNET 13) Channel thirteen’s public affairs show normally seen on Fridays is on Tuesday this week and takes a look at Columbia University’s expansion plans
MythBusters (Wednesday, 9:00 p.m., Discovery) A new episode of the show has the MythBusters trying to get a water heater to explode and to quash some urban legends about jeans.
30 Rock (Thursday, 8:30 p.m., WNBC 4) NBC Universal has a green theme across all the networks it owns this week (resulting in several very special episodes) and 30 Rock has a bit of fun with it with an annoying mascot and Al Gore. This looks like it is is going to the best of the mandated green episodes of all the NBC shows and no doubt the funniest.
A Night at the Opera (Friday, 10:30 p.m., Turner Classic Movies) This 1935 film is definitely a classic and it has the Marx Brothers, so you know all sorts of wackiness will ensue.
Cops (Saturday, 8:00 p.m., WNYW 5) The idea for this show was hatched during a writers strike in the 1980s and with a writers strike almost bound to happen this week, this granddaddy of unscripted television shows marks its 700th episode and will most likely show why it is better than these over scripted “reality” shows.