IFC's horror parody 'Stan Against Evil' returns

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The horror parody "Stan Against Evil" (10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., IFC, TV-14) returns for a second season. For those who haven't seen it, "Stan" stars John C. McGinley ("Scrubs") as the retired sheriff of a small town that happens to be the site of a 17th-century witch burning. McGinley makes the most of his role as a retired layabout who would rather drink beer and watch TV than battle demons and other supernatural creatures. In the season opener, he bonds with the no-good ex-husband of the new sheriff (Janet Varney, "You're the Worst").

Obviously over-the-top, "Stan" seems a tad too similar to the Starz series "Ash vs. Evil Dead," starring Bruce Campbell of the "Evil Dead" franchise. As such, it's a parody of a parody. That gets small real fast.

IFC is now best known for "Portlandia" and the sportscast parody series "Brockmire." It has also aired the amusing "Baroness von Sketch Show," imported from Canada.

One wonders what ever happened to the "Independent Film" part of the Independent Film Channel, or IFC.

"NOVA" (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) explores the Great Hurricane of 1780, a catastrophic event that killed more than 20,000 when it hit the Caribbean. This report, "Killer Hurricanes," includes explorations of old ruins and computer simulations of the weather event that was estimated to have packed 230 mph winds and 25-foot storm surges. The same experts scour records as far away as Mexico and stretching back 1,000 years to find evidence of other historical "mega-hurricanes."

"Frontline" (10 p.m., PBS, check local listings) presents the concluding second half of its report "Putin's Revenge."

Drawn from more than 60 interviews with heads of U.S. intelligence agencies, diplomats, Russian politicians, historians and journalists, "Revenge" recalls how American intelligence agencies looked on with alarm as an emboldened Putin aggressively moved into Crimea, using veiled military might, cyber-sabotage, disinformation, public denials and bald-faced lies.

The same intelligence officials never imagined that the Russians would use similar tactics to tamper with an American election. Compounding that concern and amazement was one American candidate's eagerness to put Russian-friendly officials on his campaign, to make friendly gestures toward the Kremlin and even publicly encourage further hacking and illegal activities by a hostile foreign power.

The cacophony of the contemporary "news" media can sometimes leave one with the feeling that there are no longer any grown-ups in the room. As it has in the past, "Frontline" assures us that history still matters, that some people still have memories that last longer than 24 hours and that fact-based evidence has a way of outlasting spin, tweets and propaganda.

• Fans of the long-running "George Gently" series can stream the final two feature-length mysteries on the Acorn TV service.

CULT CHOICE

Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall star in director Stanley Kubrick's chilling 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's novel "The Shining" (6:30 p.m., Sundance).

TONIGHT'S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

• Memory serves on "Empire" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14) and Richard Roundtree ("Shaft") guest-stars on "Star" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14). These shows will be pre-empted if there is a Game 7 in the World Series.

• A dealer is accused of killing a family on "Chicago P.D." (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

• Delicate negotiations on "Designated Survivor" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).

SERIES NOTES

Cooper needs Red's help on "The Blacklist" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14) * Barry woos a girl on "The Goldbergs" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * The mayor calls for calm on "Riverdale" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14) * J.J. finds a kindred spirit on "Speechless" (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * Jason cooperates with a rival on "SEAL Team" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * Undercover in a rehab facility on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14) * Phil rehearses a magic trick on "Modern Family" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * Secrets and lies on "Dynasty" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14) * Greg won't bring home the bacon on "American Housewife" (9:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * Killers in the Old Dominion on "Criminal Minds" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

LATE NIGHT

Hillary Clinton appears on "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" (11 p.m., Comedy Central) * Kristen Bell and Frank Grillo are booked on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS) * Expect Nicole Kidman, Jonathan Groff and Walter Isaacson on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" (11:35 p.m., CBS) * Jimmy Fallon welcomes Chris Hemsworth, Lindsey Vonn and Maroon 5 featuring SZA on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) * Blake Shelton, Robin Thede and Anton Fig visit "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (12:35 a.m., NBC) * Mila Kunis and Jim Parsons appear on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" (12:35 a.m., CBS).

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