AMC's "Fear Fest" — its annual celebration of horror flicks — unofficially launches Saturday with a rundown of "The Walking Dead."
The first two seasons of the zombie adventure starts at 9 a.m. Saturday with the pilot episode. In it, small-town Georgia deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) awakens from a coma and finds the world overrun with zombies.
The marathon runs into the third-season opener of the series (9 p.m. Sunday).
Then, beginning 9:30 a.m. Monday, the rest of the fest takes over, with "Motel Hell," the campy 1980s slaughter tale.
"Flight of the Living Dead" details zombies attacking passengers on a plane from America to Paris takes off at 2 p.m. Tuesday. "True Blood" favorite Ryan Kwayten stars in "Dead Silence," about a ventriloquist's deadly doll killing folks, speaks up at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Each night is Friday.
"Friday the 13th" — the original 1970s gore story — gets heads rolling at 8 p.m. Monday. Sequels from "Friday the 13th Part V," "Friday The 13th Part VII" and others kick off primetime each night of the week.
Other highlights for the week of Oct. 14-20. All times Eastern. Listings subject to change. Check local listings:
n "See Dad Run" (8 p.m. Nickelodeon). Former "Happy Days" star Scott Baio returns to weekly sitcoms as a former TV star who quits the glamorous life to be a stay-at-home dad.
n "My Shopping Addiction" (11 p.m. Oxygen). A new season launches for this unscripted series about young people who can't spend enough — and end up paying the cost.
n "Comic Book Men" (11:30 p.m. AMC). Returning for a second season, Kevin Smith's gang of nerds hang out around their neighborhood comic book shop for reality show cameras and talk about such pressing issues as the number of stars on Wonder Woman's costume.
n "Dancing with the Stars" (8 p.m. ABC). This week, the stars and their pros pick out which dances their competitors must perform.
n "The Men Who Built America" (9 p.m. History). Modern-day American icons such as Mark Cuban, Alan Greenspan and Charles Schwab are profiled are profiled about their success stories and how they are transforming the country.
n "Underemployed" (10 p.m. MTV). At least the recession is working in someone's favor: Five friends in Chicago struggling to make ends meet play out their stories for reality TV.
n "World Without End" (9 p.m. Reelz Channel). Cynthia Nixon and Miranda Richardson star in this two-part medieval miniseries and sequel, set 200 years later, to the epic "The Pillars of the Earth."
n "The Will: Family Secrets Revealed" (9 p.m. Investigation Discovery). When the famous depart this life, their families and friends get caught up in a battle for their estates.
n "Nikita" (9 p.m. CW). Maggie Q is back for a new season of flips, jabs and fighting for the forces of good — at least, good enough.
n "Hunted" (9 p.m. Cinemax). Melissa George headlines this espionage tale from "X-Files" writer and producer Frank Spotnitz about a woman with memory loss who's trying to piece her life back together.
n "The Girl" (9 p.m. HBO). Based on her own story, this film centers on Alfred Hitchcock's obsession with Tippi Hedren ("The Birds"). Sienna Miller plays Hedren.
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