For Your Spine-Chilling Halloween Pleasure

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The cast of “Fringe.”

Noooo! Fringe is in its fifth and final season Friday nights on Fox TV, with only 13 glorious mind-blowing episodes. That’s not really enough for the die-hard fans who have embraced the brilliant alternate universe storytelling created by JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman (the team that gave the Star Trek franchise a reboot).

The stars of the show, Joshua Jackson (as Peter), Anna Torv (Olivia), and John Noble (Walter Bishop) are out to save the world from its bleak future. And the first couple of episodes have shown that an awesome battle is underway for the Bishop family, with Peter and Olivia’s daughter Etta (Georgina Haig), plus Walter’s sidekick Astrid (Jasika Nicole) joining in.

At the summer TV press tour, Jacksonexplained the final season moves forward to the year 2036 taking on “a different flavor than you might imagine. Nothing is what you’d expect.” Also unexpected for Jacksonwas his last Fringe experience at Comic-Con this summer inSan Diego. “For me to bear witness to the passion and dedication that the fans of the show bring every single time we’re there, it’s such a unique experience. Unlike anything else I’ve ever done. I tried to take the opportunity to enjoy and just drink this stuff in, because you don’t get to do it very often.”

So to reward the fans, Jacksonpromises Fringe has “taken the opportunity that was given to us and we really made it the kick-ass finale that we’ve always said we wanted for the show.”

OK, if you’re late to discovering Fringe, the Discovery Networks’ SCI, the Science Channel, will launch the series from the beginning, starting Nov. 20. It’s a perfect fit for SCI as the Fringe team explores the blurring lines between science fiction and reality. Also on SCI is a docu-series called Dark Matters debuting Nov. 21 hosted by Fringe star John Noble. It will dramatize stories of science on the dark edge of experiments gone wrong.

Tune in Discovery’s kid-friendly Hub Channel for a bunch of Halloween shows, including R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series. Kids are familiar with Stine as the author of the “Goosebumps” books and a master of spooky storytelling. There will be a four hour marathon of Goosebumps episodes on Monday, Oct. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. The entire family can enjoy the special “Haunted Hub” programming event.

But for the adults, there’s scarier programming on the web at FEARnet.com. It’s a popular web destination that offers classic horror movies and content such as Tales from the Crypt. And now FEARnet has expanded its short films library, and given fans the power to rate and review them. “Shorts are important to the film community at large,” says Sarah Shannon, FEARnet’s director of programming. Some are funny, creepy, scary, or spoofs. It doesn’t matter how long the short is, as a horror fan, you can still get what you want from it,Shannon explains. The wide variety of shorts has work by established genre stars, and new filmmakers are given a boost, according to FEARnet president Peter Block.

The Bag Ladies Luncheon

Now get ready for something really scary, the 10th annual Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon on Nov. 1 at the Beverly Wilshire to benefit the wonderful work done by Lupus LA (go to lupusla.org). What’s scary about that? Well, have you ever gotten between the Lupus LA supporters and the silent auction display of fabulous handbags? Ooh, the thought of it sends chills down my spine. You don’t want to get in the way of a lady and the purse she wants!

All joking aside, the annual fun-filled celebration is a “must do” hosted by Louise Roe of NBC’s Fashion Star, and featuring a fashion show by Kevan Hall, the international designer who knows how to make the ladies look great.

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