Ogres, vampires and zombies, oh my! We’re in the midst of Halloween Week and primetime television just loves to celebrate this spook-tacular holiday.Â Here’s Part 2 of the TV Goodness preview that highlights Halloween-themed specials and episodes starting with Thursday night programming. Think of it as Must-Scream TV.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, ABC 8/7C Thursday October 28th and Friday October 29th
Yes, the classic Charlie Brown Halloween special is required viewing this time of the year. Linus hopes to get a Great Pumpkin visit and Charlie Brown is invited to a Halloween party. And just in time for the November 2nd elections, make sure to look out for a bonus Peanuts cartoon. ABC is also treating viewers to You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown, in which Linus runs for class president.
Scared Shrekless, NBC 8/7C Thursday October 28th
Shrek goes Halloween as the ogre challenges Donkey, Puss in Boots and the other characters to a scary storytelling contest. They also must spend the night in a haunted castle. Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas reprise their roles from the popular big screen films. Eddie Murphy, however, does not. Dean Edwards (Saturday Night Live, Spiderman-3) takes on the voice of Donkey.
Community, NBC 8:30/7:30C Thursday October 28th
It’s Halloween Community-style as Pierce along with other Greendale students ingest a bio-hazardous material that causes them to turn into zombies. Wonder how many movie references Abed and Troy will make as the study group tries to save the school? Heads up: Community will not be anchoring the Thursday comedy block like it normally does. Scared Shrekless airs first. Let’s hope an actual lead-in will help boost this critically acclaimed show’s ratings.
TVGuide.com Previews Community’s Halloween episode.
NBC.com has a three-minute sneak peek of the episode.
The Office, NBC 9/8C Thursday October 28th
The Dunder-Mifflin employees get geared up for the Halloween costume contest. Look for everyone to be in a competitive mood. Plus, Justified’s Timothy Olyphant once again guest stars.
The Vampire Diaries, The CW 8/7C Thursday, October 28th
It’s the Lockwood’s Masquerade ball and everyone’s dressed up for drama. Katherine’s on the loose and Stefan and Damon have a plan to deal with the vampire that sired them. Plus, things take an ugly turn when Matt and Tyler start doing shots with their friends.
Watch a preview.
Supernatural, The CW 9/8C Friday, October 29th
We’re used to Sam and Dean facing down ghosts, demons, vampires and werewolves. But the most terrifying thing the Winchesters will be battling in “You Can’t Handle the Truth” is each other. Brutal honesty is the order of the day and in the Supernatural universe, there’s nothing scarier.
Watch a preview.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, ABC 8/7C Sunday, October 31st
Horror film director and heavy metal musician Rob Zombie guest stars on a special Halloween episode. Zombie travels to the Pacific Northwest where he meets the students of Oregon School for the Deaf. The school throws an annual Haunted House that takes place in the school’s basement. The EM:HE team will work their magic on that basement and make sure the Nightmare Factory kicks off without a hitch. Actress Marlee Matlin also surprises the students during their visit.
Desperate Housewives, ABC 8/7C Sunday, October 31st
Halloween on Wisteria Lane is not that different from every other time of the year: there are lots of secrets and suspicions. Susan’s about to reveal her sexy internet gig to hubby Mike; Juanita becomes suspicious of Gabrielle’s sudden interest in Grace; and Bree learns a secret about her new boy toy Keith.
The Walking Dead, AMC Sunday, October 31st
There are shows about vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters, now get ready for a new TV series about zombies. Appropriately debuting on Halloween, AMC gets into the supernatural game with The Walking Dead. The world has been ravaged by a zombie epidemic; the new series tells the story of the weeks and months after this apocalypse. Will The Walking Dead do for zombies what Twilight and True Blood did for vampires and werewolves? Can’t wait to find out.
Watch videos and sneak peeks of AMC’s new series.
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