>> TV PARTY TONIGHT: For the past few weeks, TV’s new Fall season has been trickling in like a gentle rain. Now, prepare yourselves -- you’re about to be hit by a tidal wave of entertainment. There’s a new Dancing with the Stars Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC; the season debut of NCIS Tuesday at 8 on CBS, and Modern Family Wednesday at 9 p.m. on ABC. Two and a Half Men is now on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on CBS, with Grey’s Anatomy at 9 p.m. on ABC. And don’t forget about FOX. Fringe make its debut Friday at 9 p.m. .... Arrrggghhh. All this TV madness makes one long for the serenity of the old Indian test pattern.
>> I AM AN .. ACTOR!: There are two types of cinema lovers in this world. Those who like munching popcorn when they check out the hot new movie at the theater. And those that like … (dramatic pause) … FILM! Bruce Willis has a new MOVIE opening this week. The Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock is holding its Fall FILM Festival. See how that works. Movie. Film. The festival at the Dietrich runs through Oct. 4, and will feature such FILMS as “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Safety Not Guaranteed,” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Wait. What? No “Battleship?”
>> HIT ME ONE TIME: Hey music lovers, Don’t Worry, Be Happy. If you like your tunes with term limits, then this Tuesday is for you. It’s a day to do the Macarena or the Mambo No. 5. It’s your chance to discover who really Let the Dogs Out and who Killed the Radio Star. It’s National One-Hit Wonder Day. So take a trip to Funkytown, Relax in your Cars, and celebrate those artists who were Too Sexy for continued success.
>> BLASTS FROM THE PAST: They don’t write songs like they used to. Especially when they used to write ‘em like this: “Bom ba ba bom ba bom ba bom bom ba ba bom ba ba bom ba ba dang a dang dang …” May not read like much, but when the Marcels sang “Blue Moon” back in the day, it sounded great. If you’re in the mood for some nostalgic classics, then you might want to check out Doo Wop Plus at the F.M. Kirby Center this Friday. The show starts at 7 p.m. and features Lou Christie, Johnny Tillotson, The Skyliners .. and more. Wait. No “Battleship?”
>> EAST BEASTS: While the Steelers are off snoozing on their bye week, the area’s other two favorite teams have a prime time date this Sunday on NBC. Eli Manning and the Giants will be stomping into Philly to take on Michael Vick and the high-flying Eagles. FYI: There are actually more people on the team than those two guys, and those metaphors are just for kicks. No one’s really stomping or flying. The game starts about 8:30 p.m.