TV highlights for Oct. 22: ‘Ravenswood’ premieres on ABC Family

Skip Bolen/ABC FAMILY - "Ravenswood" centers around a cursed town and its teen inhabitants. (Skip Bolen/ABC Family)

SERIES PREMIERE: A new kind of stage mom makes her debut on “Mother of All Talent” (TVGN at 8 p.m.), a reality show that follows casting agents Nikki and Lorri Tierney, who have made a name for themselves while running Tribute Talent, a children’s talent agency in Staten Island, N.Y.

It’s a different type of terrifying on the “Pretty Little Liars” (ABC Family at 8) annual Halloween special, which has the girls donning Edwardian wear and heading to a cemetery after they get a clue from “A” suggesting that Ali is still alive. Meanwhile, Caleb travels to Ravenswood and encounters a kindred spirit.

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SERIES PREMIERE: “Ravenswood” (ABC Family at 9) centers on a town, not far from Rosewood, Pa. (the home base of “Pretty Little Liars”), that has suffered from a deadly curse for generations. Five strangers suddenly find themselves connected by this curse and need to dig into the town’s mysterious history before it’s too late.

There’s more Halloween spookiness on “New Girl” (Fox at 9) this week when Jess throws a Halloween party to cheer up a gloomy Schmidt. She teams up with Nick and Winston and pretends to be Schmidt’s childhood hero, Michael Keaton.

SERIES PREMIERE: “Chasing Nashville” (Lifetime at 10) focuses on four ambitious teen singers from the hollers of Appalachia who lay everything on the line in pursuit of fame and fortune in country music.

SERIES PREMIERE: They launch themselves through the air in cars and motorcycles, jump off tall buildings and risk their lives in countless crash-and-burn stunts for fun on “American Daredevils” (History at 10). The reality series brings to life the stories of men who proudly carry the torch lit by Evel Knievel as they travel the country performing death-defying acts without the luxuries of rehearsals or second chances.

SERIES PREMIERE: D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black headline the new game show “Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host” (TBS at 10:30).

RETURNING SHOW: The uncomfortable situations continue on the MTV smash hit “Awkward” (MTV at 10:30) when Jenna has a fling with Colin.

Actor Tom Hanks comes to “The Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), along with musical guest Two Door Cinema Club.

Actress Kristin Chenoweth and TV personality Ross Matthews join “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC at 11:35), along with musical guest Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35) has politician Al Gore, actors Ethan Dizon and Skylan Brooks and musician Michael Franti.

— Rachel Lubitz

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