This Week's TV: Guillermo del Toro's Cartoon Tribute to Classic Horror

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There are tons of premieres on TV this week, including witches, werewolves, vampires, scarecrows and zombies. But the most exciting news might be two hours of Fringe's John Noble as the planet-eater Unicron. And a cartoon horror spoof crafted by the one and only Guillermo del Toro!


Check out clips and details for all this week's TV below...

Top image: Witches of East End


Adventure Time (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network):

People all over the world, join hands, and let's form a Dungeon Train! See a new clip above.

“Dungeon Train” — All aboard! Finn and Jake discover a train where every car is a dungeon filled with a new foe for Finn to fight. Jake quickly gets bored and wants to leave, but Finn is having the BEST time and doesn’t want to leave... ever!


That's followed by Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa and Mad.

Sleepy Hollow (9 PM, Fox):

Check out a brand new clip! This show continues to be pleasingly insane. See for yourself:

MISTER SANDMAN, GIVE ME A... .NIGHTMARE? Another soldier in the army of evil, the Sandman, seeps into the dreams of the residents of Sleepy Hollow. By infiltrating their minds at night, he tortures them to the brink - all because they, at one time, turned a blind eye to justice. When the Sandman seemingly sets his sights on Abbie, she is forced to begin to face her past - and her institutionalized sister, JENNY (Lyndie Greenwood). With Ichabod by her side, and her life at stake, the duo must try to defeat the Sandman and continue their fight against evil.


Marvel's Agents of SHIELD (8 PM, ABC):

It'll be interesting to see how much of the premiere's 12 million viewers this show can hang onto in its second week. In any case, looks like this show is still focusing on Coulson pretty heavily, as this week we meet Phil's ex.

AGENT COULSON AND THE S.H.I.E.L.D. TEAM ARE HOT ON THE TRAIL OF AN ITEM OF UNKNOWN POWER WHEN COULSON COLLIDES WITH A MYSTERIOUS WOMAN FROM HIS PAST. "0-8-4" - Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. agents travel to Peru to investigate an object of unknown origin, codenamed 0-8-4. But when he runs into Comandante Camilla Reyes, more than just sparks fly at 30,000 feet.

Wolfblood (8 PM, Disney Channel):

Disney is picking up this British teen drama about cute werewolves! Here's the details:

Maddy Smith is a seemingly ordinary 14 year-old girl with a really big secret — she is a Wolfblood. Not completely wolves nor humans, Wolfbloods have special powers including extraordinary strength, super speed, heightened senses and they can change into wolves every full moon. Maddy realizes she is not alone when she discovers the new boy at school, Rhydian, shares her same secret.

Person of Interest (10 PM, CBS):

This show continues to find new metaphors about surveillance and the relationship between technology and privacy, and it's fascinating. This time around: "The number comes up for an Internet entrepreneur in the business of eliminating people's privacy, but finds his own being rapidly stripped away. As his life spirals out of control, Reese tries to protect him while Finch calls on Shaw, Carter and Fusco for help finding whoever is after him. Meanwhile, Carter finds herself unexpectedly paired with new rookie partner, Mike Laskey."


Also on TV tonight: There's a new Total Drama: All Stars on Cartoon Network at 7 PM, followed by Amazing World of Gumball. Syfy has a new Face-Off at 9, followed by a new Fangasm.


Johnny Test/Teen Titans Go! (7:00 PM, Cartoon Network):

First, Johnny and Dukey use a state of the art cybernetic dog collar to get inside an exclusive dog spa — but then the dog collar is used to turn Dukey evil, or something. And then Raven shows the other Titans that books can be fun.

Revolution (8 PM, NBC):

Here's what's up this week, now that the nanites seem to be getting a mind of their own:

THE MYSTERIES OF LIFE AND DEATH ARE REDEFINED IN WILLOUGHBY AND OUR HEROES FIND THEMSELVES TO BE STRANGERS IN A VERY STRANGE LAND Miles's (Billy Burke) life is in grave danger as he finds himself in the clutches of Titus Andover (Matt Ross). Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) is determined to find Monroe (David Lyons), as Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) and her father, Dr. Porter (Stephen Collins) desperately attempt to revive Aaron (Zak Orth). Meanwhile, Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) hatches a plan to infiltrate the Patriots.


Arrow: Year One (8 PM, The CW):

Sorry, Arrow isn't back yet. But this is a one-hour special getting you up to speed on the events of the first season, in case you've forgotten all the ab-tastic action.


South Park (10 PM, Comedy Central):
So what do you think so far — is the reduced number of episodes this season leading to an increase in quality?

Also on TV tonight: There's a new Amazing World of Gumball on Cartoon Network at 8 PM. At 9 PM, Science has the season finale of Unexplained Files, and Syfy has the season premiere of Paranormal Witness.



Dragons: Defenders of Berk (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network)

The kids go to Dragon Island on a training mission, and they meet Dagur, the Berserker Chief, who's obsessed with hunting the Night Fury.

Deadtime Stories (8 PM, Nickelodeon):

A kids' horror series in which the Cryptkeeper is replaced with — shudder — the Babysitter.

Ghosts, zombies and monsters come to life every week in October as Nickelodeon celebrates the spookiest month of the year with the premiere of Deadtime Stories, a brand-new, half-hour series, scaring on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). The single-camera show stars Jennifer Stone (Wizards of Waverly Place) as "The Babysitter," who shares stories from her collection of creepy tales with children every week. Deadtime Stories is based on the popular eponymous children's book series, and chronicles kids' eerie encounters, from hauntings to monsters to supernatural occurrences. In each episode of Deadtime Stories, kids embark on different thrilling adventures with ghostly tales, including a grave with something unusual buried inside, a wishing game gone awry and a magic kit with irreversible tricks.

Vampire Diaries (8 PM, The CW):

Yay, this show is back at last. Check out a clip! MysticFalls is having one of its five million annual parties/ceremonies/dances, which only exist to provide something for the vampires to disrupt with their shocking terrible behavior, according to this synopsis:

COLLEGE DAYS — After spending the summer enjoying her passionate relationship with Damon (Ian Somerhalder), and making sure that Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is adjusting after his return from the dead, Elena (Nina Dobrev) is thrilled to move into the dorm at nearby Whitmore College with her new roommate, Caroline (Candice Accola). Still believing that Bonnie (Kat Graham) has been traveling all summer and will soon join them, Elena and Caroline are surprised when a student named Megan (guest star Hayley Kiyoko) shows up and announces that she will be sharing their dorm room. Katherine (Nina Dobrev) makes an unexpected appearance at the Salvatore house and pleads with Damon to help her now that she is human and vulnerable to her enemies. Matt (Zach Roerig) and Rebekah (Claire Holt) return to Mystic Falls after spending a wild summer in Europe, where they met a mysterious beauty named Nadia (guest star Olga Fonda). Elena can’t shake the feeling that something is wrong with Stefan (Paul Wesley), and Silas (Paul Wesley) makes a terrifying appearance at the “End of Summer” party in the town square.


The Originals (9 PM, The CW):

And TVD is followed by the revamped pilot for its spin-off show. By all accounts, this is the same episode we saw last spring, except with more material about Elijah added, to beef up his part of the storyline. The upshot, in any case, is two hours of vampire hijinks instead of one.


Also on TV tonight: Cartoon Network has a new Legends of Chima at 7 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. And at 12:15 AM, there's a new NTSF:SD:SUV on Adult Swim.


Avatar: The Legend of Korra (7 PM, Nickelodeon):

Apparently this show is in a ratings decline, and there are reports that it's being dropped by Nickelodeon and moved to the Nick Toons channel instead, as of next week. Let's hope it's not true! In any case, here's what's up this week: " When the president of the United Republic refuses to help Korra, she decides to take matters into her own hands."

Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising (8 PM, Hub):

There are all sorts of reasons to be excited about this TV movie, but really just four words ought to do the trick: John Noble plays Unicron! I guess he played Unicron once before on this show, but it's still pretty exciting. Check out a clip above, and here's what's up:

This epilogue to the popular Hub Network series, "Transformers Prime Beast Hunters," takes viewers on a cinematic adventure with a captivating storyline and unforgettable characters and features amazing CG animation. In the "Transformers Prime Beast Hunters" series a fearsome new faction, the dragon-like PREDACONS, emerged on Earth and the AUTOBOTS adapted with never before seen BEAST HUNTERS abilities to battle this all new enemy led by the spectacular PREDAKING character. In "Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Predacons Rising," a resurrected UNICRON has taken over the now empty body of MEGATRON to seek vengeance on the AUTOBOTS and ultimately, the destruction of CYBERTRON. This formidable enemy forces an unlikely alliance between the AUTOBOTS, DECEPTICONS, PREDAKING and two new PREDACONS, who come together in an epic battle to help protect their newly restored planet.


The Neighbors (8:30 PM, ABC):

Jackie Joyner-Kersee is working at a Mexican restaurant part time to make extra money. Hilarity ensues!


Beneath (9 PM, Chiller):

An underwater monster movie! Here's what it's about:

When a group of young friends commemorating their high school graduation take a trip to the remote BlackLake, their celebration turns into a nightmare with the sudden appearance of a bloodthirsty, underwater predator. Stuck in a leaking boat with no oars, the teens face the ultimate tests of friendship and sacrifice during a terror-stricken fight for survival.

Haven (10 PM, Syfy):

This time around, the creepy mystery of this nightmare town has to do with little kids: "Children in Haven begin disappearing and the cause may be related to an ancient legend. Meanwhile, Duke and Jennifer try to pinpoint Audrey's location."


Also on TV tonight: Disney has a new Dog With a Blog at 8:30 PM, and then a new Phineas & Ferb at 9:30 PM.


Ben 10: Omniverse/Beware the Batman (9:30 AM, Cartoon Network):

Ben 10 is back! Rejoice, Ben-heads! (I just made up that term for fans of this show. Not wedded to it. Maybe Benzodiaze-fans? Must ponder.) In any case, this time around, the Secret Saturdays show up to investigate a rash of chupacabra attacks, like you do. And then Batman must fight on a yacht full of "glitterati," after Pyg and Toad target the fashion industry.

Scarecrow (9 PM, Syfy):

This movie basically does what it says on the tin. It's a movie about a scarecrow. Robin Dunne from Sanctuary stars, and here's what happens: "A group of teens and their teacher are stranded in the countryside when they discover that the local legend of a murderous scarecrow creature is real - and the creature's after them."


Ultimate Spider-Man (9 PM, Disney):

This show seems to be moving to Saturday nights, at least for now. This time around, Spidey teams up with Blade... and the Howling Commandos. Not the classic 1940s version but the recent, already-cancelled comic book version. Here's the skinny: "It's Halloween, but there's no time for Spider-Man and his friends to trick-or-treat when they find themselves attacked by evil vampires led by Dracula himself. Spidey's only hope of stopping a world takeover is to team up with Nick Fury's secret team of super-powered monsters, The Howling Commandos. Led by Jack Russell, aka Werewolf by Night, The Howling Commandos include vampire hunter Blade, The Living Mummy, Frankenstein's Monster and Man-Thing."


Also on TV today: Nickelodeon has a new Monsters Vs. Aliens at noon, followed by a new Power Rangers at 1 PM.

And then at 10 PM: The first episode of a new show called Ghost Bait on Biography.



Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXIV (8 PM, FOX):

What would it take to get you excited about the Treehouse of Horror again? How about an extended "couch gag" crafted by Guillermo del Toro?

The opener of the 24th annual "Treehouse of Horror" is from Guillermo del Toro and features monsters and classic characters from horror films throughout history. In "Oh The Places You'll D'oh," the first of three spine-tingling stories, Homer rides around Springfield wreaking havoc as "The Fat in The Hat" in a rhyming Dr. Seuss-ian tale. In "Dead and Shoulders," Bart is beheaded during a kite accident, his head is attached to Lisa's body and they must live together as one. The final terrifying tale, "Freaks no Geeks," features Mr. Burns' traveling circus, The Burnsum and Bailey Circus, which has stopped in Springfieldland in the 1930s. Trapeze artist Marge and Strong Man Homer are performers and things go awry when circus freak Moe starts to make advances towards Marge.

Once Upon a Time (9 PM, ABC):

This episode is called "Lost Girl," but I don't think it's a crossover. You never know with this show, though. In any case, there's no synopsis of the episode yet, but check out a lengthy clip!

Witches of East End (10 PM, Lifetime):

The adaptation of Melissa de la Cruz's novel comes to television — and the notion of a woman who keeps getting pregnant with the same daughters over and over, only to have them die each time, is kind of fascinating.

Witches of East End centers on the mysterious Beauchamp family: free-spirited artist Joanna (Ormond) and her two grown daughters, wild-child bartender Freya (Dewan Tatum) and shy librarian Ingrid (Boston), both of whom are unaware that they are gifted (and cursed) with a magical birthright. Freya is recently engaged to the man of her dreams, wealthy playboy Dash Gardiner (Winter), but when she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Dash's troubled, enigmatic brother Killian (DiTomasso), bizarre occurrences begin to manifest in her life. Meanwhile, Joanna's long-estranged sister Wendy (Amick) shows up with a warning that could change the Beauchamps' fate forever, forcing Joanna to reveal to her daughters they are, indeed, immortal witches who possess great untapped powers. With their idyllic small town life now turned upside down, and a formidable and ancient enemy intent on ending the Beauchamp family line, will Freya and Ingrid be able to accept their true potential before it is too late?


Also on TV today: 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.

Sources: Futon Critic, MSN TV, TV Guide, and various TV studio press release


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Seriously, substitute Agent Coulson and The SHIELD Team with Pete and Myka and this could be any filler episode of Warehouse 13.