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Best bets: Finally, ‘30 Rock’ returns

Finally, "30 Rock" returns. Plus: "Mystery Science Theater's" 20th anniversary DVD set, The Cure returns, "Zach and Miri Make a Porno."
/ Source: msnbc.com

TVEvery other long-awaited TV show made its debut in September or early October, but poor "30 Rock" fans were left hanging. And with star and creator Tina Fey making headlines left and right for her portrayal of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Fey's former show, "Saturday Night Live," fans have been itching for more Fey. The Emmy Award-winning comedy finally returns this week and it's a welcome sight. (NBC, Returns Oct. 30, 9:30 p.m. ET)

If you want to load up on scary movies for this Halloween week, tune in to AMC's Fearfest all week. Fright flicks range from the classic ("Halloween," "Bride of Frankenstein") to the creepy ("Motel Hell"). But take a few minutes out from cutting extra eyeholes in your ghost costume to watch that Halloween classic, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." What'd you get? I got a rock. (ABC, Oct. 28, 8 p.m.)

DVD"Mystery Science Theater 3000" can't just put out entire seasons on DVD like other shows can. The rights to each mocked movie have to be negotiated, and fans anticipate new releases as if they were awaiting Christmas This week, a limited edition four-DVD box set honoring the show's 20th anniversary is out, and Santa is here. The movies included are "First Spaceship on Venus," "Laserblast," "Werewolf" and "Future War," there are plenty of new cast interviews, and the set even includes even a figurine of Crow T. Robot. Robot roll call! (On DVD Oct. 28)

It's a hilarious week for TV classics on DVD: "NewsRadio," "Good Times," and "Sanford and Son" all are now out on complete series sets. Count the number of times Fred Sanford finds a new way to insult Aunt Esther or J.J. delivers his famed "Dy-no-mite!" (All three come out Oct. 28.)

MoviesKevin Smith has a perfect film for our bleak economy. “Zach and Miri Make a Porno” tells the story of two platonic friends (Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks) who, in dire need of funds, decide to make an adult movie. In the process, not only do we get wacky porn-induced laughs, but the two lead characters fall in love. (Opens Oct. 31)

Halloween definitely cries out for a horror movie. “The Haunting of Molly Hartley” tells the story of a girl whose parents have sold her soul to the devil and now he’s come to collect. Kind of sounds like “Reaper” without the laughs, but if you’re in dire need of a new scary flick, this is your best bet. (Opens Oct. 31)

Music
Need an ’80s goth flashback, but with new songs? The Cure returns with their first album of original material since 2000’s “Bloodflowers.” With songs such as “It’s Over,” “Freakshow” and “Sleep When I’m Dead,” “4:13 Dream” is sure to enhance The Cure’s image as “the masters of mope rock.” (On sale Oct. 28)

Grammy-winning soul singer John Legend is back with “Evolver,” which features collaborations with Kanye West, Andre 3000 and Estelle. Rolling Stone gives this new CD three and a half stars, saying, “aspirational babymaking music doesn’t get more skillful than this.” (On sale Oct. 28)

Indie Irish rockers Snow Patrol return with “A Million Little Suns.” Rolling Stone magazine describes these indie Irish rockers by writing, “Snow Patrol are all about big: echoing soundscapes; gargantuan guitar crescendos — emotions that can be described only in terms of mythology and astronomy.” (On sale Oct. 28)