'Wars' galore as cable doubles down on familiar

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By Kevin McDonough

A "new" show that is anything but, "Real Estate Wars" (10 p.m., Bravo, TV-14) knows what its viewers want. Two teams of real estate agents vie to buy and sell some of the most expensive property in California's Orange County.

During the two-minute introduction to these horrible people, they utter few words that aren't numbers, house prices or the phrase, "number one." Other choice words are unprintable here. If they seem like easy-to-loathe parodies, that's entirely intentional.

One agent is seen driving an expensive sports car, dismissed by a rival agent as an overcompensating device. Another agent texts a client while undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure.

Yes, it's that kind of Bravo show.

• "Real Estate Wars" does not set out to challenge anybody's idea of a cable series. Neither does the 13-episode shocker "Ghost Wars" (10 p.m., Syfy, TV-14). After a calamity, paranormal activity threatens to swamp a rural Alaskan town.

Only local outcast Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia, "Tut") has the psychic wherewithal to take on the mass haunting. But first, he must convince his neighbors to cooperate.

"Rillington Place" begins streaming on Sundance Now, the subscription service from AMC Networks. Tim Roth ("Lie to Me") stars as notorious killer John Christie. The title refers to the dreary apartment he shared with his long-suffering wife, Ethel (Samantha Morton), as he carried out a series of murders during the 1940s and '50s.

"Rillington" begins with the wrongful execution of Timothy Evans (Nico Mirallegro) for Christie's killings and flashes back to his exploits as seen from the point of view of three different characters.

Captivating but slow, "Rillington" plunges viewers into Britain during the war years and its aftermath, a bleak time of rationing and deprivation. Fans of period costume dramas should enjoy this, but some may find the audio muffled and the accents difficult to decipher.

• Also streaming, Crackle's "SuperMansion: Drag Me to Halloween" presents a stop-motion animation holiday special featuring the voices of Bryan Cranston, Keegan-Michael Key, Jillian Bell, Lake Bell and Phil LaMarr.

• TCM puts the spotlight on young actors in literary adaptations, including the 1960 take on Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (8 p.m.), the 1950 version of Rudyard Kipling's "Kim" (10 p.m.) and the 1986 film "Stand by Me" (12:15 a.m.), based on a novella by Stephen King.

CULT CHOICE

Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas star in the 1947 noir thriller "Out of the Past" (6 p.m., TCM).

TONIGHT'S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

• Gordon seeks allies in Miami on "Gotham" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

• Meredith recognizes a familiar face on "Grey's Anatomy" (8 p.m. ABC, TV-14).

• Ryan Seacrest hosts the "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).

• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the New England Patriots in "Thursday Night Football" (8:25 p.m., CBS, NFL). This game also streams live on Amazon Prime.

• Charlize Theron ("Atomic Blonde") guest-stars on "The Orville" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

• Olivia wields great power on the seventh season premiere of "Scandal" (9 p.m. ABC, TV-14).

• Contestants design outfits for members of the crew and their families on "Project Runway" (9 p.m., Lifetime, TV-PG).

• Boden wants answers on "Chicago Fire" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

• Annalise tries to move forward on "How to Get Away With Murder" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).

SERIES NOTES

The gang remembers the fallen on "Superstore" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) * Michael takes a new approach on "The Good Place" (8:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) * Cradle robbers on "Will & Grace" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14) * Katie comes to appreciate Greg's burden on "Great News" (9:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).

LATE NIGHT

Kenya Barris is booked on "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" (11 p.m., Comedy Central) * Jared Leto, Dr. Dale Stuckenbruck and Kane Brown appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS) * Jimmy Fallon welcomes Gal Gadot, Jon Bernthal and Miley Cyrus on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) * Jeff Bridges, Isla Fisher, Steve Aoki and Gucci Mane appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC) * Morgan Freeman, Grace Gummer and Nate McIntosh are booked on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" (11:50 p.m., CBS) * Kerry Washington, Method Man, New Politics and Gene Hoglan visit "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (12:35 a.m., NBC) * Michael Fassbender, Ana de Armas and Jack Hanna appear on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" (12:50 a.m., CBS).

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