This year, ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey’s Halloween episode (Tonight, 8/7C) is doing a bit of a time warp and getting all Sabrina The Teenage Witch – right down to guest starring Beth Broderick, who played Sabrina’s Aunt Zelda on the show.
Late last week, Melissa Joan Hart, who directed the special, sat down to talk with a group of fans and bloggers about the episode.
In an extremely clever movie, Fox has designated this week as Sleepy Holloween Week and is giving viewers who might not have caught up with its supernaturally entertaining hit series, Sleepy Hollow (Mondays, 9/8C), an opportunity to both catch up and max out on the chills and thrills this brilliant, ‘one molecule short of absurd’* show has to offer.
Between now and the next new episode of Sleepy Hollow, you can watch the first five episodes online and on demand on participating cable and telco providers. Then you’ll be up to speed for November 4th’s new episode, Sin Eaters – which guest stars Fringe’s John Noble. Check out the press release, after the jump.
In a very cool move, NBC will air the pilot for Bryan Fuller’s Munsters reboot, Mockingbird Lane as part of a two-hour block for Halloween on Friday, October 26 – pairing it with a special episode of NBC’s unique supernatural series, Grimm, La Llorona, which is based on the Latin American legend.
Mockingbird Lane will run at 8/7C followed by Grimm at 9/8C. Grimm will then be broadcast in Spanish on Telemundo (12am/11pmC) and in English on mun2 at 1am/12C). For more details, follow the jump to the official press release.
Halloween kicks off with Zombie Apocalypse, as part of SyFy’s launch of a new slate of holiday-themed Saturday Original movies.Zombie Apocalypse,stars GoldenGlobe winner Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, Mission Impossible, Dawn of the Dead), and will premiere tonight, Saturday, October 29 at 9PM (ET/PT).
Said Thomas Vitale, Executive Vice President, Programming and Original Movies: “Syfy is committed to finding new and different ways to destroy the world in our Saturday Original Movies. Since 2002, we’ve unleashed natural disasters, unnatural disasters, creatures on land, sea and air, and iconic fantasy characters. Now we’re taking over the holiday seasons, one terrifying movie at a time.”
In the Halloween-themed Zombie Apocalypse, a zombie plague has wiped out 90 percent of the world’s population. A small group of survivors, led by Rhames, fight their way across the United States to a rumored refuge on the island of Catalina. The movie also features Taryn Manning (Hawaii Five-O, Sons of Anarchy). SyFy plans other holiday themed movies for Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day.
Tim Burton is a genius. That’s been made apparent by films like Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood, among others. He might not have directed The Nightmare Before Christmas, but it comes from his story and all the major design work, a goodly chunk of the song lyrics and the story are his – and Henry Selick does a marvelous job of bringing them to life.
The story – about how Jack Skellington, Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, gets bored with his life and decides to try his hand at Christmas – is bizarre, but only in the best of ways. It’s a holiday mashup, with Jack having “Sandy Claws” kidnapped so that he can deliver Christmas presents [and his idea of cool prezzies is certainly not anyone else’s. It’s a funny, scary and occasional poignant film that accepts the premise that kids like to be a bit scared now and then [and that stories fro kids do not have to be all sweet and nice...].
This new release comes in a box that features a 3-D plastic bust of Jack, which looks amazing. There is also a third disc which contains the digital copy for download to your computer or portable viewing device. Other features include: Commentary by Burton, Selik and composer Danny Elfman; What’s This? Jack’s Haunted Mansion Holiday Tour with Actual Narration, plus an optional Trivia Track, and Off Track – a look at how the Tour was adapted for Jack; Tim Burton’s Original Poem, read by Christopher Lee; The Making of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas; Disc Two: The Uncut Version of Frankenweenie [with new intro by Burton]; Burton’s first animated short, Vincent; Deleted Scenes [Deleted Storyboard Sequences and Deleted Animated Scenes – all with intros by Burton]; The worlds of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – Halloweentown, Christmastown, The Real World; Storyboard-to-Film Comparison; Posters; Teaser Trailer, and Theatrical Trailer.