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Updated: April 14, 2014 4:48PM



“AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN” (9 p.m. Wednesday on FX): Witches have never been as cool — or as cruel. We’re just two episodes in and I’m already spellbound by this mega-twisted miniseries set in New Orleans. Jessica Lange’s alpha witch and voodoo queen/9th Ward salon owner Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) have an intriguing rivalry brewing, while Kathy Bates continues to kill it as a slave-torturing Creole socialite. Patti LuPone joins the stellar cast this week as a Christian fundamentalist who moves next door to the Hogwarts-like school for witches with training wheels.

“THE SIMPSONS: TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XXIV” (7 p.m. Friday on WFLD-Channel 32): Catch a timely repeat of this year’s installment of the show’s long-running Halloween anthology, “Treehouse of Horror.” Made up of a trio of mini-stories, the episode includes a Dr. Seuss parody, a decapitated Bart and a homage to the cult-hit circus classic “Freaks.” Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro packed the opening sequence couch gag with plenty of horror references, so have the remote handy and prepare to pause and rewind. Last year’s “Treehouse” special airs at 7:30. Rating: ★★★

“DRACULA” (9 p.m. Friday on WMAQ-Channel 5): NBC has resurrected Dracula with a new series that, unlike the title character, does not suck. It’s set in late 19th century London, where an often-shirtless Dracula — played by a seductive Jonathan Rhys Meyers — poses as a cocky American entrepreneur wanting to bring modern science to Victorian society. His real agenda: settle an old grudge and take down an evil cabal of powerbrokers. The show has a lot going on and it isn’t always easy to follow, but for the most part it’s stylish, sexy and smart. It follows the season three launch of the fairy tale-inspired horror series “Grimm.” Rating: ★★★

“FEARFEST” (through Oct. 31 on AMC): Contemporary and classic horror flicks make up AMC’s 19-day virtual film festival. See how Gregory Peck’s 1976 “The Omen” (8:45 a.m. Friday) stacks up against the 2006 remake starring Liev Schreiber at 9 p.m. Saturday. This will make your head spin: “The Exorcist” turns 40 this year. Celebrate by watching it at 6:15 p.m. Friday. Follow up “The Walking Dead” with more zombies in “The Return of the Living Dead” at 9 p.m. Sunday.

Email: lrackl@suntimes.com

Twitter: @lorirackl



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