Season 4 doesn’t kick off officially until Sept. 23, but Fox offers the show’s legion of fans a sneak peek tonight in this new one-hour special. Ken Jeong, Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke and Jenny McCarthy all return as the show’s panel of “celebrity detectives” tasked with unmasking the ornately costumed mystery performers. This season’s singing characters include The Gremlin, The Snow Owl, The Crocodile, The Giraffe and The Broccoli, among others. Nick Cannon returns as host.
Preceded by the one-hour casting special “Road to Halloween Wars 2020,” this perennial fan favorite returns with host Jonathan Bennett to open Season 10, with six new teams consisting of a pumpkin carver, cake artist and sugar master fighting for glory by creating edible Halloween displays. In the premiere, “Haunted Highway,” the teams create delicious and imaginative displays depicting Halloween haunts hitting the road for a trip together. Shinmin Li and Todd Tucker are joined on the judges panel by “It” film star Jeremy Ray Taylor.
After making a Faustian bargain with William (Jordan Patrick Smith), Ruby (Wunmi Mosaku) finds herself walking in the charmed and privileged shoes of a white woman in Jim Crow-era America, but the experience only heightens her bitter resentment over the racial divide in the new episode “Strange Case.” Atticus’ (Jonathan Majors) long-simmering rage is triggered after Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams) betrays him, driving the latter into the comforting arms of his secret lover and leaving Leti (Jurnee Smollett) feeling deeply disturbed.
Marc Warren (“Beecham House”) stars as world-weary Amsterdam detective Piet van der Valk in three new mystery yarns drawn from Nicolas Freeling’s literary crime thrillers. In the first, “Love in Amsterdam,” Piet’s favorite Vermeer painting may hold a vital key to two murders and a suspected kidnapping. The case, which mingles art, politics and personal passion, puts Piet’s eager new assistant, Job Cloovers (Elliot Barnes-Worrell), through a real baptism of fire. Maimie McCoy and Luke Allen-Gale co-star; Emma Fielding and Darrell D’Silva appear in recurring roles.