A reality show in a haunted house with 'Scared Famous'

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By Kevin McDonough

Reality stars in a haunted house! Where have we seen this before? Just in time for Halloween, "Scared Famous" (9 p.m., VH1, TV-14) invites semi-celebrities to endure challenges loosely based on recent horror movies and TV series.
The entire enterprise seems lifted from the plot to "American Horror Story: Roanoke." The haunted cast includes Alaska ("Rupaul's Drag Race"); Drita D'Avanzo ("Mob Wives"); Tiffany "New York" Pollard ("I Love NY") and Yung Joc ("Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta"), among others.
Like vampires who have tasted blood, these contestants are now addicted to appearing on reality shows and will submit to any indignity to stay on camera.
Rapper Redman serves as host.

• The "POV" documentary "Cameraperson" (10 p.m., PBS, TV-14, check local listings) explores director Kirsten Johnson's career as a cinematographer on documentary films. It offers a slow, meditative collage of clips from films shot over the past quarter-century as well as Johnson's own musings on the art of filmmaking and the ethics of capturing the lives of strangers.
"Cameraperson" is the kind of documentary that film festival-goers love, and it has won acclaim from many such gatherings. It offers a timely and interesting rumination on what it's like to point a camera at a time when the average person has a smartphone in his or her pocket. It's been said that an iPhone 6 has a camera that's superior to the best professional video camera from the late 1990s. We're all potential filmmakers now. Is that a good thing?
"Cameraperson" may be slow going for those not enthralled with the mysteries of cinema. On rogerebert.com, critic Matt Zoller Seitz wrote, "This film's first twenty minutes * struck me as opaque to the point of impenetrability." I couldn't agree more.
"Cameraperson" reminded me that even the most beautiful footage can seem boring when not presenting a story with a beginning, a middle and an end.

HALLOWEEN-THEMED OFFERINGS

• Malcolm McDowell stars in director Rob Zombie's 2009 version of "Halloween II" (7 p.m., AMC).
• A child's nightmare comes to life in the 2017 shocker "The Sandman" (8 p.m., Syfy).
• Friends rue the day they crossed a legendary killer in the 1981 shocker "My Bloody Valentine" (9 p.m., Starz Encore).
• Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis star in director John Carpenter's original 1978 shocker "Halloween" (9:30 p.m., AMC).
• Cheerful experts concoct a haunted talking-doll cake on the series premiere of "Freaky Sweets" (10 p.m., Food, TV-G).

TONIGHT'S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

• The battle round continues on "The Voice" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
• A suspect hides among the posh on "Lucifer" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
• The Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles meet in "Monday Night Football" (8:15 p.m., ESPN).
• The mutants target Sentinel Services on "The Gifted" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
• Terror strikes a tech convention on "Scorpion" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).
• A mission takes "The Brave" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14) to Nigeria.
• A patient resembles Shaun's dead brother on "The Good Doctor" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).

CULT CHOICE

A doctor rescues a deformed man (John Hurt) from a sideshow in the 1980 adaptation of the stage drama "The Elephant Man" (8 p.m., TCM), directed by David Lynch and co-starring Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud and Wendy Hiller. Co-producer Mel Brooks left his name off the credits so audience members would not confuse it with a comedy.

SERIES NOTES

Bernadette finds herself in the middle on "The Big Bang Theory" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * "Dancing With the Stars" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * A wedding shower to remember on "Supergirl" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14) * An appetizing deception on "9JKL" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * Lies and revenge on "Kevin Can Wait" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * Nora reverts to bad habits on "Valor" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14) * Putting together the family tree on "Me, Myself & I" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).

LATE NIGHT

"Weird Al" Yankovic, Taran Killam and Solomon Georgio appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS) * Anna Faris, Amy Sedaris and Tyminski are booked on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" (11:35 p.m., CBS) * Jimmy Fallon welcomes Clive Owen, Colleen Ballinger and Julia Michaels on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) * Mariska Hargitay, John Cho, ZZ Ward, Fantastic Negrito and Sonny Emory visit "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (12:35 a.m., NBC) * Gabrielle Union, Method Man and Sabrina Claudio appear on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" (12:35 a.m., CBS).

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