Wednesday evening’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- The CW’s Arrow saw a significant rise in viewership for its second episode of the season, earning a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.02 million viewers. That’s up 22% from last week’s 0.9 rating. Read Dave’s recap here.
- NBC’s Revolution struggled yet again, scoring a new series low 1.4 rating and 5.39 million viewers. That’s down one tenth from last week’s 1.5 rating. Odds are not looking great for a third season.
- Pixar’s half-hour Halloween special Toy Story of Terror! garnered a strong 3.0 rating and 10.29 million viewers, ensuring the short will be a staple of ABC’s lineup for plenty of Halloweens to come. Read Matt’s review here.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Wednesday, October 16th, including CSI, Modern Family, Super Fun Night, The Tomorrow People, and more.
The Toy Story shorts have been a nice way of continuing the franchise without the burden of heavy expectations that would come with a new feature film. Thus far, they’ve been fun little episodes that are nice ways to warm up a crowd of kids for a Disney feature. But with Toy Story of Terror!, Pixar has made their most ambitious Toy Story short film to date. In addition to being the longest short film, it’s also the first one to push beyond being cute and provide some drama and tension. Once the film gets past a rough start, it ends up being as funny and as emotionally moving as any of the three features.
From Disney•Pixar and director Angus MacLane (Small Fry) comes a spooky new tale featuring all of your favorite characters from the Toy Story films. Toy Story OF TERROR! starts out as a fun road trip for the gang, but quickly takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate. The voice cast includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Joan Cusack as Jessie, Carl Weathers as Combat Carl/Combat Carl Jr., Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, Wallace Shawn as Rex and Kristen Schaal as Trixie.
I have to admit, Toy Story OF TERROR! is so much fun that after watching it, I immediately wanted to watch it again, so naturally, I jumped at the chance to talk to football star turned actor Carl Weathers about his experience making the 30-minute film. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, he talked about what made him want to be a part of the Toy Story franchise, what he thought when he saw what Combat Carl and Combat Carl Jr. would look like, that the recording process took four days, two of which he got to spend at Pixar, and how he hopes Combat Carl will make another appearance, in the future. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Disney has released the first clip from the Pixar short film Toy Story of Terror! ahead of its TV debut next week. The half-hour short finds the Toy Story gang staying in a motel after Bonnie takes them on a road trip only to have the car break down along the way. Once inside the spooky motel, one of the toys goes missing, and the rest of the group is suddenly caught up in “a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate.” This clip is incredibly promising, as we see the group discuss the aforementioned disappearance and how to proceed with the overly dramatic Pricklepants chiming in with appropriate gusto.
Hit the jump to watch the clip. Toy Story of Terror! premieres on ABC on October 16th at 8/7c.
Disney has released a new image from the upcoming Pixar television special Toy Story of Terror!, this time introducing a brand new Toy Story character. The half-hour short film finds the Toy Story gang staying in a motel after Bonnie takes them on a road trip only to have the car break down along the way. Once inside the spooky motel, one of the toys goes missing, and the rest of the group is suddenly caught up in “a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate.” This new image gives us a look at the character of Combat Carl, who will reportedly be voiced by Carl Weathers.
Hit the jump to check out the new image. Toy Story of Terror! premieres on ABC on October 16th.
A new trailer has surfaced for Pixar’s very first TV special Toy Story of Terror!. The half-hour short film finds the Toy Story gang staying in a motel after Bonnie takes them on a road trip only to have the car break down along the way. Once inside the spooky motel, one of the toys goes missing, and the rest of the group is suddenly caught up in “a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate.” Dave caught 10 minutes of the special at D23 and deemed it a “must-watch,” and I look forward to catching up with the Toy Story characters next month.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Toy Story of Terror! will premiere on ABC October 16th.
What do the above-mentioned properties have in common? Well, they’re spooky, will both appear on TV this October and have just released first looks at their respective posters. (Other than that, very little besides the word “story”.) First up is the poster for FX’s American Horror Story: Coven, the third season of the Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk horror anthology that will see the return of stars Jessica Lange, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare, Alexandra Breckenridge, Patti LuPone, Gabourey Sidibe, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, and Lily Rabe on FX starting Wednesday, October 9th at 10pm.
We also have a look at some art from Toy Story of Terror!, a Halloween special that will see Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang heading out on a road trip that takes a disastrous detour. Toy Story of Terror! premieres Wednesday, October 16th at 8pm on ABC. Hit the jump to see both posters.
If you’re a fan of all things Disney and have yet to attend D23, make plans to change that for next year as this event is only going to get bigger and better. Today was my first-ever experience attending D23, the annual Disney event that’s just for fans. In my naivete, I assumed it would be like San Diego Comic-Con. Some things are similar: the lines, the sneak peeks, the star sightings. But where Comic-Con is a loose collection of mostly unrelated one-hour panels scattered across a few days, D23 is a top-notch production meant to entertain and reward fans from start to finish.
In today’s D23 presentation for “Art and Imagination: Animation at the Walt Disney Studios”, the production company’s three animation divisions were highlighted. This article deals with a recap of the anticipated work coming out of Disney/Pixar, which includes Bob Peterson and Peter Sohn’s The Good Dinosaur, Pete Docter’s Inside Out, Andrew Stanton’s Finding Dory, and two short films, including Monsters University’s “Party Central” and the Halloween special, Toy Story OF TERROR! Hit the jump for some up-to-the-minute info on each of these films as well as my take on the presentation itself.
We’ve seen quite a bit of news out of Disney’s D23 panel today, having already shared the voice casts and first images from Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out, new voice casting for Finding Dory, and the announcement of Disney’s new animated film Zootopia, and now new images for a few other upcoming films have been released. Briefly:
- Big Hero 6 – A new image from Disney Animation’s adaptation of the Marvel comic. The film opens on November 7, 2014.
- Frozen – A new image from Disney’s animated musical, featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel. The film opens this coming November 27th.
- Planes: Fire & Rescue – The first concept art image from DisneyToon Studios’ next film in the Planes universe. The film opens on July 18, 2014.
- The Pirate Fairy – The first image from the direct-to-video DisneyToon animated film, featuring the voices of Tom Hiddleston and Christina Hendricks. The film will be released in spring 2014.
- Toy Story of TERROR! – A new image from Pixar’s upcoming half-hour Halloween TV special, premiering on ABC on October 16th.
- Get a Horse! – A new image from the new Disney Animation short, playing in front of Frozen this November.
Hit the jump to check out the images, and check back here on Collider later for our full D23 coverage.
Pixar continues to roll out Toy Story shorts, and this Halloween we’ll be getting another one. Disney has announced that they’ll be releasing Toy Story of Terror on ABC. According to TV Guide, the short will be 30-minutes long, and has the toys staying in a motel after Bonnie takes them on a road trip only to have the car break down along the way. Once inside the spooky motel, one of the toys goes missing, and “the rest of the gang will find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate.” The short will appeal to kids, but adults should enjoy references to Psycho, Aliens, and Predator. One of the Predator references could be the return of Combat Carl (from the first movie), who will be voiced by Carl Weathers. The gang will be joined by Toy Story 3 toys, Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton) and Trixie (Kristen Schaal).
Hit the jump for the image and more.
And the upfronts madness continues. ABC has announced its schedule for the 2013-14 TV season, and there are a few shakeups to be found. Here are some of the highlights:
- The highly-anticipated Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will kick off Tuesday night’s programming at 8pm ET, followed by a block of entirely new series including The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, and Lucky 7.
- The Once Upon a Time spinoff Once Upon a Time in Wonderland will run concurrently with the original series, as it will air Thursday nights at 8pm ET.
- Rebel Wilson’s new series Super Fun Night will air in the coveted post-Modern Family slot on Wednesday nights.
- The reality competition show Dancing With the Stars has been cut back to one night a week, with the results show scrapped entirely.
- The Neighbors has been moved from Wednesdays to Fridays, where it will air after Last Man Standing at 8:30pm ET.
- Returning comedy series Suburgatory is being held for midseason, so don’t expect to see it until after the new year.
- As previously reported, the Pixar special Toy Story of Terror will air later this year.
Hit the jump to take a look at the full lineup, and check back on Collider soon for some images and trailers for all of the new series.
More Toy Story is headed to the small screen. Though most figured that Toy Story 3 would be the last time we saw Pixar’s loveable band of toy characters in their own story, the studio decided to let Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang live on in short form. The first Toy Story short, the very funny Hawaiian Vacation, debuted with Cars 2, and the studio has continued the trend with two further shorts, Small Fry and Partysaurus Rex.
Earlier this summer we got wind that Pixar was planning two 22-mintute Toy Story TV specials to debut in 2013 and 2014, and now we have a tantalizing title for the first installment: Toy Story of Terror. Hit the jump for more.