Dancing with the Stars’ spoilers: Full list of ‘Halloween Night’ dances, including Team Dances.Dancing with the Stars has reached the point in season 25 where it becomes hard to predict who will go home. The bad dancers are gone and we’re left with eight couples, any one of whom could get to the finale.
TV picks for Monday, Oct. 30
“Dancing With the Stars” (8 p.m., ABC): Halloween comes to the show as the eight remaining celebrities and their pros will be grouped into two teams and perform terrifyingly fun dances to celebrate the spooky holiday. The teams are Team Monster Mash (captained by Terrell Owens) and Team Phantom of the Opera (captained by Drew Scott).
“Lucifer” (8 p.m., Fox): When a food chemist is found dead, Lucifer and Chloe’s investigation pits them against an unexpected face – criminal defense attorney Charlotte Richards. Everyone is caught off guard when they see her back in the precinct. As Lucifer tries to understand her return, he makes a shocking discovery that helps solve the case.
“American Masters — Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive” (9 p.m., PBS): Just in time for Halloween, this new documentary vows to tell the “real story” of the notorious author best known for his Gothic horror tales and eerie poem “The Raven.” The film insists that the images of Poe as a drug-addled madman akin to the narrators of his horror stories are mostly fabricated and can be attributed, in large part, to a high-profile obituary filled with falsehoods. Denis O’Hare (“American Horror Story”) stars as Poe, and Kathleen Turner narrates.
“Superior Donuts” (9 p.m., CBS): The Season 2 premiere of this comedy returns us to the quickly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood where Arthur and Franco run a small, old-school donut shop. Diane Guerrero joins the cast as a food-truck owner who serves healthy, socially conscious breakfast food.
“The Good Doctor” (10 p.m., ABC): In “Not Fake” – Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Claire Browne devise an experimental procedure that can save the leg and life of a young groom, that is if his bride-to- be and parents can learn to work together. Meanwhile, Jared struggles to emotionally connect with his patient whose scars may prove too deep to overcome.
Nick Lachey‘s elimination from “Dancing with the Stars” season 25 last Monday night leaves eight celebrities in the competition, and while Lindsey Stirling and Jordan Fisher have been the two frontrunners all season, the other six are fairly evenly matched, which puts the pressure on all of them to perform at their best, because one misstep on the dance floor could make all the difference between making the finals and finishing in eighth place.
So there’s a lot riding on “Halloween Night” this coming Monday, October 30. And the pressure is heightened even more by the fact that the celebrities will have to learn two routines instead of just one. Their first dances will be the usual: a new routine in a previously unlearned dance style between the celebs and their pro partners. The second dance, however, will bring the celebs together in two teams of four, so they will all need to work together to keep their scores up.
The first team will consist of Stirling and Fisher along with Nikki Bella and Terrell Owens. The second team comprises Frankie Muniz, Vanessa Lachey, Drew Scott, and Victoria Arlen. On paper those teams seem unevenly stacked; the first team has the four highest scoring dancers from last week’s show, including both of this season’s frontrunners. But it’s not all about pure dance skill. Team routines are typically also judged on their creativity, the quality of their choreography, and the synchronicity of the contestants. So it’s hard to know just what combination of celebrities will contribute to the best possible dance based on their past performances alone.