io9's Charlie Jane Anders says that Toy Story of Terror—Pixar's first ever TV special—is so good that she watched it two times in a row. It "lives up to the Toy Story legacy." It's airing on Wednesday at 8pm on ABC.
Check out our spoiler-free review of Toy Story of Terror, the first ever Pixar special, below. Also, The CW tries to capture some Game of Thrones magic. Mythbusters looks at The Walking Dead. PBS explains the history of superheroes, plus there's a brand new superhero show. Check out tons of clips and details for this week's TV!
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It's a Marceline episode! Most excellent: "Finn, Jake and Marceline are trapped in an underground cavern with no red in sight. If Marceline doesn’t feed, like ASAP, she will turn into a vampiric beast and suck out all of Jake’s blood! So, Finn heads off to explore the cave and find something red to satiate her until they can be rescued. But time is running out!" That's followed by Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa and Mad.
The Thundermans (7:30 PM, Nickelodeon):
A brand new show, from one of the producers of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, about a suburban family with superpowers... and one of the kids wants to become a supervillain. Woot. Here's the logline: "The Thundermans are a typical suburban family who happen to have astounding superpowers. At the center of the action are the 14-year-old Thunderman twins, Max (Jack Griffo) and Phoebe (Kira Kosarin), who share the same bathroom, the same school and the same annoying younger siblings. Their only difference? Phoebe is a super student with a super sunny disposition who super looks forward to being a superhero someday, and Max aspires to become a super villain."
Check out a clip! How are you liking this show's hard reboot thus far? Here's what's up this week:
VINCENT’S FEELINGS FOR CAT START TO RE-SURFACE JUST AS SHE DISCOVERS HOW DANGEROUS HE REALLY IS — While attempting to learn more about Vincent's (Jay Ryan) mission, Cat (Kristin Kreuk) gets kidnapped by Vincent. Their growing chemistry complicates his mission. Meanwhile, Tess (Nina Lisandrello), J.T. (Austin Basis) and Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) come together to help Cat.
Sleepy Hollow (9 PM, Fox):
So annoying to realize that we're a week or so away from being halfway through the first season of this show. Who is going to say "leftenant" on our screens when this show vanishes until next fall? Here's what to expect from "John Doe": " When an unidentified boy is discovered in Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane and Lt. Abbie Mills are called to the scene. After speaking with the child, they immediately realize that something sinister and sickly is afoot and the duo go on a hunt to discover his home and origins - and are shocked by what they find."
Yes, that's right. It's the only documentary series with an interrobang in the title — and this time around, they're devoting a whole hour to "Bronies." In which Lauren Faust talks about the phenomenon. Apparently this is more or less the same thing as the already-released documentary Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony. But that previous title lacked an interrobang, so this is way better.
Also on TV tonight: There's a new Crash & Bernstein on Disney XD at 7:30 PM. There's a new Castle on ABC at 10 PM, in which Castle meets his unhinged "Number One Fan."
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (8 PM, PBS):
Liev Schreiber (aka Sabretooth) hosts this three-hour PBS special that tracks the history of superheroes from their beginnings in 1938, up to the present day. You can see some clips on YouTube, including Lynda Carter and Jenette Kahn talking about Wonder Woman, Trina Robbins talking about the women of the X-Men, Stan Lee talking comic-book science, Len Wein explaining the invention of Wolverine, Jim Lee on how he discovered comic books, Joe Quesada on modern comic-book production, and Todd McFarlane explaining why he made Spawn African-American.
Marvel's Agents of SHIELD (8 PM, ABC):
Check out a clip! We watched this episode at New York Comic-Con, and it had some funny moments. Here's what to expect: " Agent Coulson and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team try to track down a mysterious woman who has single-handedly committed numerous high-stakes heists. But when the woman's identity is revealed, a troubling secret stands to ruin Coulson."
So basically, this show only has one human character who doesn't know about all the supernatural hijinks already: Cami. How long before she learns everything, and how long after that before she gets turned? More importantly, will Cami actually start seeming more like a fully fledged character and less like a chew-toy soon?
BETRAYAL AT THE MASQUERADE BALL — After discovering interesting news about someone in Marcel’s (Charles Michael Davis) inner circle, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Rebekah (Claire Holt) come together to attempt to unravel Marcel’s empire from within in spite of Elijah’s (Daniel Gillies) concerns. They enlist help from Sophie (Daniella Pineda), who is reluctant to get involved for fear of the wrath of Marcel’s secret weapon, Davina (Danielle Campbell). Rebekah sneakily invites an oblivious Cami (Leah Pipes) to a huge vampire party thrown by Marcel, managing to anger Marcel in the process. Elsewhere, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) learns from the witch Sabine (guest star Shannon Kane) that the supernatural creatures of New Orleans are reacting to the potential existence of a hybrid baby.
Supernatural (9 PM, The CW):
So that's Dean's plan? Tracking down every demon on Earth, one by one?
ABADDON RISES — Dean (Jensen Ackles) shocks Sam (Jared Padalecki) by popping open the trunk of the Impala and showing him that he has kidnapped Crowley (Mark Sheppard). Kevin (guest star Osric Chau) freaks out when he sees the King of Hell, but Sam and Dean convince him that they need Crowley to find the demons on Earth. Meanwhile, Abaddon (guest star Alaina Huffman) re-emerges and plans to take over Hell.
Person of Interest (10 PM, CBS):
Sounds like we don't have to wait too long to find out what Carter's new partner's agenda is.
"Reasonable Doubt" - The team gets the number of a prominent New York lawyer and has to determine whether she orchestrated the death of her recently murdered husband, or if she is being framed. Meanwhile, Carter faces an issue with her new partner, Laskey, after he spots her with Reese, aka "The Man in the Suit."
Also on TV tonight: There's a new Total Drama: All Stars on Cartoon Network at 7 PM, followed by Amazing World of Gumball. The Disney Channel has a brand new Wolfblood at 8 PM. Syfy has a new Face-Off at 9, followed by a new Fangasm. At 10 PM, Spike has a new episode of Criss Angel: BeLIEve.
First of all, Johnny competes in a Halloween trick-or-treat contest to win an edible candy mountain. And then Robin decides he needs a new arch-enemy so Starfire volunteers... only to be too good at it. And then there's an Annoying Orange.
Toy Story of Terror! (8 PM, ABC)
The first ever Pixar TV special, featuring the whole Toy Story gang in a spooky Halloween adventure. We saw an early screener of this show, and it's pretty fantastic, more or less completely living up to the Toy Story legacy. In particular, this show focuses on an under-utilized member of the gang, and provides a ton of development and a really nice character arc, in just 30 minutes. Also, you'll meet some brand new toys — one of whom might win you over with his habit of referring to himself in the third person, and his hilarious miniature-sized sidekick. Just saying, you might have to make way for a brand new favorite Toy Story character or two after this special. I watched it twice in a row.
Revolution (8 PM, NBC):
Not gonna lie, kind of excited to see the "Aaron's mind works overtime with mind-blowing effectiveness" part of this episode.
WOUNDS HEAL, WHILE NEW BONDS FORM - Monroe (David Lyons) and Charlie's (Tracy Spiridakos) dynamic begin to evolve. Meanwhile, wounds of Miles (Billy Burke) and Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) begin to heal, yet her curiosity and heightened awareness could be her undoing. Neville's (Giancarlo Espositio) manipulation of Patriot power brokers makes Machiavelli look like a cherub and Aaron's (Zak Orth) mind works overtime awake or asleep with mind-blowing effectiveness. Rachel and Miles begin planning a resistance to what they believe might be the Patriot occupation.
Arrow (8 PM, The CW):
I love that we're just two episodes into the season, and we're already getting the pieces in place for the Suicide Squad. Yeah!
DC COMICS’ BRONZE TIGER ANDCHINA WHITE WREAK HAVOC ON THE GLADES — Oliver (Stephen Amell) finds out the medicine that is being sent to Glades Memorial is being hijacked by thieves. Without an influx of supplies, the hospital will close. Roy (Colton Haynes) attempts to stop the thieves, but he fails and is arrested by Officer Lance (Paul Blackthorne). Oliver gets into a heated battle with China White (guest star Kelly Hu) and her new partner, Ben Turner, AKA the Bronze Tiger (guest star Michael Jai White), over the supplies. Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) makes plans to catch the Arrow, and Thea (Willa Holland) gives Roy an ultimatum.
Tomorrow People (9 PM, The CW):
The pilot was pretty frenetic, but the second episode is where we'll see just how well this show's premise can hold up going forward. Fingers' crossed... Here's what's up:
BREAKING OUT — When Ultra tries to probe Stephen’s (Robbie Amell) brain, he looks to his fellow Tomorrow People for help, but is rebuffed by an angry John (Luke Mitchell), leaving Cara (Peyton List) to go behind John’s back to help Stephen. Meanwhile, Ultra tracks down the identity of a new break-out, who has been using his powers to commit crimes. Stephen tracks down the new break-out, but is shocked when an Ultra swat team is called in. At a loss for what to do, Stephen calls on John, Cara and Russell (Aaron Yoo) for help, leaving them with a risk of also getting caught. Upon learning of Ultra’s evil motives, John tries to convince Stephen to spy on Ultra to help save other potential Tomorrow People, while still pursuing the answers he seeks about this father.
Nova (9 PM, PBS):
David Pogue is back, and this time he's explaining how technology makes everything faster. Check out an ultra-fast promo, for more info.
American Horror Story: Coven (10 PM, FX):
There are just four words that you need to know about this episode, and they are "Written by Tim Minear" (aka the writer of Firefly's "Out of Gas," and some of the best past installments of this show.) Here's what to expect from this outing: " Fiona helps Zoe and Madison deal with a horrible tragedy. Delphine LaLaurie struggles to adjust to modern life. Cordelia faces a dark decision about her family."
Also on TV tonight: Disney has a new Wolfblood at 8 PM. Comedy Central has a new South Park at 10 PM.
Dragons: Defenders of Berk (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network)
Oh no, there's a sick dragon! Everybody stop what you're doing. "'Race to Fireworm Island' –Hookfang is losing his ability to catch on fire, and it’s up to Snotlout, Hiccup and the others to find the lair of the Fireworm Queen, before it’s too late."
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (8 PM, ABC):
They've promised no filler episodes of this spin-off, so we're racing forward with a sexy Jafar-Red Queen confrontation:
In Wonderland, Alice concocts a plan to find Cyrus and uses his genie bottle as bait to find out who she's up against and who her real friends are. Meanwhile, the Red Queen and Jafar face off and in flashback, viewers find out how Alice and Cyrus fell in love and how Cyrus ends up in Wonderland.
Vampire Diaries (8 PM, The CW):
Check out a clip! So now there are really going to be two Paul Wesleys and two Nina Dobrevs running around. Ian Somerhalder must be feeling cheated. Here's the synopsis:
SECRETS OF THE PAST — When Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Katherine (Nina Dobrev) have the same dream that Stefan (Paul Wesley) is in danger and desperately needs their help, they convince Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to help them find Stefan. However, their plans are thwarted by a mysterious young woman named Tessa (guest star Janina Gavankar) who seems to know everything about Stefan's history. In flashbacks to a distant time and place, Tessa reveals the shocking secrets in her past and what she has planned for the future. She also has a disturbing message for Damon about his own future. Silas (Paul Wesley) forces an unwilling accomplice to help him search for Katherine, leading to a confusing and life-threatening situation for Matt (Zach Roerig). Finally, Silas reveals the reason he's determined to find Katherine, and Damon and Elena face a disturbing new reality.
Reign (9 PM, The CW):
This new historical drama is worth mentioning for a couple reasons: 1) It's clearly The CW's attempt to do a CW-ified version of Game of Thrones, except based on real historical figures. 2) It does have some undefined fantasy elements, given that Nostradamus is hanging around making prophecies (as seen in this clip!) that apparently are going to come true, or at least will get treated as real. Here's what to expect from the completely bonkers first episode:
DANGER AND INTRIGUE LURK AROUND EVERY DARK CASTLE CORNER IN THIS STORY OF A YOUNG, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS — After spending a childhood safely hidden away in a monastery, a teenage Mary Stuart (Adelaide Kane) arrives in France where she has been sent to secure Scotland’s strategic alliance by formalizing her arranged engagement to the French King’s dashing son, Prince Francis (Toby Regbo). Further complicating things is Bash (Torrance Coombs), Francis’ handsome, roguish half-brother and Francis’ mother, Queen Catherine (Megan Follows). When the strong-willed Queen learns of a prophecy that marriage to Mary will cost Francis his life, she is determined to save her son, no matter how many others have to pay with their lives.
Mythbusters: Walking Dead Special (10 PM, Discovery):
Now that the Mythbusters crew has fact-checked Breaking Bad, they're moving on to another basic cable juggernaut. Because the zombie apocalypse really needs a dose of rigorous testing.
Also on TV tonight: Cartoon Network has a new Legends of Chima at 7 PM. There's a new Deadtime Stories on Nickelodeon at 8 PM. CBS has a new Big Bang Theory at 8 PM, and a new Elementary at 10 PM. At 9 PM, there's a new Mysteries at the Museum on Travel. At 10 PM, there's a new Unsealed: Alien Files on Discover America.
Avatar: The Legend of Korra (8 PM, Nickelodeon):
Note: special time, because this is a one-hour special, in which "Beginnings" parts 1 and 2 will air back-to-back. Part 1 was shown at New York Comic-Con this past weekend, and by all accounts it was pretty thrilling — and featured Korra glimpsing the origins of the First Avatar.
The Neighbors (8:30 PM, ABC):
What Earth custom will the aliens be confused by this time? If you guessed "Halloween," you're sort of not quite right. Instead, it's Chanukkah:
When Larry hears the story of Chanukah, he becomes instantly enamored with the holiday and announces that he wants to combine his two favorite holidays - Halloween and Chanukah - to create "Challoweenukah." When no one shows up for the first seven nights of the new holiday, Larry decides to publicize it by giving out candy to kids at the local playground, getting him in trouble with the police. Meanwhile, Marty and Debbie's arch-nemesis couple challenges them to a family Halloween costume contest.
Haven (10 PM, Syfy):
This week: "Nathan, Duke and Lexie struggle to find a connection between the victims of a trouble involving clocks that count down the last 15 minutes of a person's life."
Also on TV tonight: Disney has a new Dog With a Blog at 8:30 PM, and then a new Phineas & Ferb at 9:15 PM.
Ben 10: Omniverse (9:30 AM, Cartoon Network):
You gotta love a cartoon that sneaks in a Coen Brothers reference. "'Oh Mother, Where Art Thou?' - Ma Vreedle threatens to blow up the sun if Ben and the Plumbers don’t find her missing son!"
Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch (Noon, The Hub):
This time around, Sabrina brings some flowers to school. But someone puts a spell on them, turning them into (wait for it) werewolf roses, that bite people and turn them into werewolves. Okay, sure. To stop this menace, Sabrina has to find the source of the spell.
A brand new Pokemon movie, never before aired in the United States. From Bulbanews: "Five Genesect, led by the Red Genesect, endanger an unnamed big city's power supply, attracting the attention of Mewtwo. Ash and friends must intervene when the Genesect's leader confronts Mewtwo. A two-episode sneak preview of the next season of the Pokémon anime, Pokémon the Series: XY, will air after the movie."
Grave Halloween (9 PM, Syfy):
Sadly, no flying sharks this time, because it's Halloween month. Instead, we get the SuicideForest, which is probably where the Suicide Girls built their treehouse or something. Here are the deets: " An American college student studying in Japan risks her own life to save the spirit of her dead mother who killed herself in the notorious real-life Suicide Forest."
Also on TV today: Disney XD has a new Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures at 7 AM, followed by a new Max Steel and a new Packages from Planet X. There's a new Pound Puppies on The Hub at 9:30 AM, and also a new Kaijudo at 2 PM. Nickelodeon has a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at 11 AM, a new Monsters Vs. Aliens at noon, and a new Power Rangers at 1 PM. There's a new episode of R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour on The Hub at 7:30 PM. Bruce Willis is on Saturday Night Live, so here's hoping for a Looper or Fifth Element skit.
Ultimate Spider-Man/Avengers Assemble (11 AM, Disney XD):
First, Spidey has to team up with a "cured" Norman Osborn, who claims he's now a hero: the Iron Patriot. Then, the Impossible Man makes the Falcon into the star of his own action movie... which could lead to the whole world being destroyed.
Once Upon a Time (9 PM, ABC):
This episode is called "Nasty Habits," and let's hope it's a riff on last year's American Horror Story nun-fest. As usual, ABC hasn't released any synopsis for the episode yet. The promo shows a desperate rescue mission, and everybody facing their greatest fears.
The Walking Dead (9 PM, AMC):
Sounds like we'll learn a lot more about the new threat the crew is facing this season, which is probably just going to be a nasty non-zombie-related disease outbreak. Here's the first synopsis for "Infected": "The group faces a new enemy; Rick and the others fight to protect their hard-won livelihood."
Witches of East End (10 PM, Lifetime):
Here's what to expect from "Today I am a Witch": "Ingrid struggles with the consequences of the resurrection spell; Joanna tries to figure out which of her former enemies might be responsible for framing her; Wendy teaches Ingrid and Freya how to use their powers; Freya gets a new coworker at the bar."
Also on TV today: Nicktoons has a new Yu-Gi-Oh! at noon. Fox has its usual raft of animated TV shows in the evening. There's a new Masters of Sex on Showtime at 10 PM. At midnight, there's a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force on Adult Swim, followed by a new Squidbillies. Also at midnight: the season premiere of Comic Book Men on AMC.