The whole gang is back and ready to face mystery at a roadside motel
Need more inspiration this Halloween season? Then get ready for "Toy Story of Terror," which is Disney•Pixar's first television special. "Toy Story of Terror" premieres Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
"Toy Story of Terror" includes all the familiar faces and voices, including 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. This time around, the gang makes an unexpected stop at a roadside motel -- where one of the toys goes missing.
Get your first look at "Toy Story of Terror" now below or here:
"Toy Story of Terror" premieres Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Family-fun Halloween Programming
We get it. Not everyone wants to be freaked out by “American Horror Story: Coven”.
Looking for some kid-friendly Halloween programming with more laughs and less screams? Have the kids tune into the “Monster Mayhem” event on Disney XD. On Monday, all day, the channel will feature Halloween episodes of popular shows, including "Phineas and Ferb," "Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja," "Packages From Planet X" and "Camp Lakebottom,"
Here’s a sneak peek pic of the new “Mighty Med” Halloween episode, featuring a Frankenstein-inspired play:
This episode airs 8:30PM ET/PT on Monday, October 14 on Disney XD.
Come back to MSN TV's TV Buzz blog for more Halloween programming ideas.
FX series draws 5.54 million viewers with premiere
By Tim Kenneally
"American Horror Story: Coven" premiered Wednesday night with record ratings, becoming the most-watched episode of the series.
The Season 3 bow of the FX scare-fest — from "Nip/Tuck" creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk — grabbed 5.54 million total viewers, a record for the franchise.
When put up against the series premiere of "American Horror Story," the jump was even more dramatic. The "Coven" premiere was up 74 percent in total viewers from the series debut, and 90 percent in the demo.
With encore airings factored in, the "Coven" premiere accumulated 7.78 million total viewers and 5.36 million in the demo.
"American Horror Story: Coven" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
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'American Horror Story' star also opens up about not-so-kid-friendly season of 'Coven'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Screen legend Jessica Lange says the secret to her longevity in Hollywood is simply trusting her instincts.
"As you can tell from looking at my career, there was no plan!" the 64-year-old said with a hearty laugh. "It's never setting out with a goal in mind or project or whatever. It's what kind of captures my imagination in the moment."
Lange's gut feeling recently led her to a new path as a children's book author. "It's About a Little Bird" follows two young sisters who discover an antique birdcage at their grandmothers' farm.
"It felt natural and organic and simple and kind of charmed," Lange said of creating the picture book based on her real-life experiences and featuring photographs she took and tinted by hand.
In an interview Monday, the two-time Academy Award winner discussed the book, which began as a handmade Christmas gift for her granddaughters, and the new season of her not-so-kid-friendly FX series "American Horror Story: Coven," premiering Wednesday.
AP: How did you go about writing "It's About a Little Bird?"
Jessica Lange: I didn't do it in that kind of deliberate way. It wasn't something that I had determined to do. It started really because I'm a photographer and I shoot black-and-white film. So that's kind of how it started, working on some of my own black-and-white imagery and hand-tinting them. ... And then one morning I woke up, I was up at my farm at upstate New York and I woke up and this story just kind of came to me and I thought, "I'm going to write this for my granddaughters, make this a story for them." ... And then from there it was one of those things where somebody said "why don't you print this?"
Do your granddaughters get to see much of your work?
Well, obviously there's a lot they can't see, you know. I don't want them to see "Frances" or to see, you know, "Blue Sky." There's a lot that they'll see when they get older. ... I remember years ago when I won the Emmy for "Grey Gardens," which they hadn't seen, but they had seen a picture of me as like Edith Beale, which I'm sure was very confusing. But my daughter, in the morning when they woke up, showed them a little clip of me winning the Emmy and my speech and she told me later that day that my youngest granddaughter went to school and they asked if anybody had anything to share and she stood up and she said "my grandmother won a big prize!" So I thought that was great. That's kind of like as far as it goes for them.
How did Ryan Murphy get you on board for three seasons of "American Horror Story"?
He called me up out of the blue — I had never met him — and started talking. And I just thought "wow, he's got quite a spiel here. This is really something." I haven't been kind of seduced like this in a long time. And you know he has a kind of uncanny intelligence about this, a talent, genius in a way and it became something really fascinating. ... He keeps kind of dangling that carrot out there. It's hard to say no.
What can you tell us about your new "Coven" character Fiona Goode?
It's a woman who has ... all the powers in the world, and again I think it's a metaphor for a lot of different things, and who misuses it for the most selfish, self-serving purposes. You know has that kind of confrontation with her own mortality, finally, and realizes, you know, a wasted life. And what do you do at this age when you think, "I've wasted it all? I've thrown it all away?" ... That's a little bit of where that character is coming from and I don't know where she's going, to tell you the truth. I never know.
What does success mean to you at this point in your career?
Box office success has never meant anything. I've never been so-called "box office." I mean I couldn't get a film made if I paid for it myself. So I'm not "box office" and never have been and that's never entered into my kind of mind set here. ... It is the kind of acknowledgment by other actors, really. That's really what is most meaningful.
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Jessie 'ain't afraid of no ghosts'
By Deanna Barnert
Halloween comes early on Disney Channel and for "Jessie," Monstober is not all tricks and treats. In fact, things get pretty demonic. There's definitely something strange in the neighborhood, but Jessie isn't going call the "Ghostbusters" -- She going to suit up, herself!
Debby Ryan (Jessie) and her costars invited MSN TV to the "Jessie" set for the taping of "Ghost Bummers," Disney's homage to "Ghostbusters" airing Saturday, October 5, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The whole "Jessie" crew was in costume, but Emma, Luke, Mrs. Chesterfield and Kipling weren't themselves once The Gatekeeper and The Keymaster showed up on the scene.
MSN TV: What can you tell us about the "Jessie" Halloween episode?
Debby Ryan: Mrs. Chesterfield is throwing a Halloween party for everyone in the building, except us, so I decide to throw a competing party. During my party, we discover there are ghosts.
Karan Brar (Ravi): Apparently our building is haunted.
Ryan: The legend is that the architect who built it used to summon evil spirits and on the 100th anniversary of the building, two demons will come to life and open a portal for this evil spirit. Of course, the demons come into my kids! I have two possessed kids running around and a goblin mixing thing up in the pantry and terrifying the butler. I try to warn everyone, but they think it's a special effect.
So your first day back to work after summer hiatus is a spooky Halloween party? Not bad!
Ryan: This is our first Friday of our first week. If this wasn't such a massive episode, it would be our first audience taping of the season.
Didn't I see people sitting in the stands?
Ryan: That's our background players. We always have a little audience of friends and family, but today I think we have 70 to 100 lovely extras. It's cool. In the middle of August, everyone's running around in costumes.
What is Jessie wearing?
Ryan: I get to live the dream. Last Halloween, Jessie was a killer nanny. This Halloween, Marilyn!
How did it feel to dress up as Miss Monroe?
Ryan: Intimidating! What do you think? I'm measuring up to one of the most notorious beauty icons of all time, but we have an incredible team. Hair, makeup, wardrobe were phenomenal.
How much work did it take to become Marilyn?
Ryan: A lot; 15 minutes doing the wig cap, an hour in makeup, another 20 minutes securing the wig to the cap and then they put the dress on me. They sew it around me, tailor it, tie the belt and do the whole thing. Yesterday I was in it for 12 hours. Today, I have to get in and out of Marilyn twice. It's Marilyn, Jessie, Marilyn and then Ghostbuster-Marilyn. I have the jumpsuit and the backpack, with the Marilyn wig and lipstick.
What other costumes can we expect to see?
Brar: I am Einstein. I have a massive wig and mustache and they drew on wrinkles. I had to raise my eyebrows to form wrinkles and then they put black liner on them.
Peyton List (Emma): I'm a gypsy fortuneteller with a little table and magic ball. Emma is always fabulous and I also like wearing cute costumes on Halloween.
Skai Jackson (Zuri): I'm dressed as Chubby the Bear.
Cameron Boyce (Luke): I'm a snowboarder who breaks his arm. It bends the wrong way.
Um, with that makeup you look more like a dead snowboarder.
Boyce: This isn't the snowboarder costume. Peyton and I also get to do the demon look. Kipling is Zuul.
Ryan: And when the portal is opened the demon takes the body of Mrs. Chesterfield, played by our fabulous guest star Carolyn Hennesy. She's just incredible.
Halloween marks the start of a new season of "Jessie." What is it like to come back to work after a four-month break?
Ryan: It's been amazing. You have those summers where you're like, "Wow I'm growing up so much and I know everything now." And then you have that summer where you're like, "I know nothing," and actually do most of your growing. That's what this summer was. I had a million meetings, launched a website, did YouTube covers, adopted a kitten, moved out, have the loveliest boyfriend and wrote and produced most of a record. The album's going to come out this fall. I'm nervous and excited!
Jackson: I did a movie called "The Watsons Go to Birmingham" for the Hallmark Channel [airing October 11].
List: I did a Lifetime movie called "A Sister's Nightmare" [which aired on September 7].
And now you're back to your day jobs in the penthouse.
List: It's so fun!
Brar: Two months in, I was like, "I need to come back." It felt weird [to be away].
Ryan: I'm so happy to come back to this world that's so consistent and feels like home.
Boyce: We have some new crew getting inducted into the family, but now that we're getting into the flow again--
List: It feels like we never left.
Can we expect any changes to "Jessie" this fall?
Ryan: The character's growing. I'm growing -- and the boys! Both of their voices got deeper.
Boyce: We're all growing and our characters are growing with us.
Brar: What's cool about Ravi is that he's growing up in a family with all these different personalities. Sometimes he has the sass from Zuri and sometimes he tries to act cool like Luke or fashion savvy like Emma. He's trying to find himself through them.
Boyce: This season you get to see more of Luke's background and family. It would be awesome to see Paula Patton come on the show for that, but I don't know if that's going to happen.
Ryan: We have incredible guest stars. I've been so fortunate, as a comedian. I've gotten to do scenes with comedians like Molly Shannon and Cheri Oteri, who I grew up watching.
Boyce: What's amazing is the comedy vets that come on our show are all from Broadway and Kevin knows every single one of them.
Kevin Chamberlin (Bertrom): I used to be a Broadway guy. The other Disney adults I've run into agree that being on Disney changes your life. The best part is that little children come up with an open hug. I used to get the evil theater queens saying, "I really liked it, but …" Today, I was getting propane for my barbeque and the guy running the gas station was like, "Hey Bertram, it's too far!"
Jackson: Fans always call me Zuri and want me to say a line from the show.
Boyce: Zuri's eight going on 24.
List: Every time I meet a fan, they say, "I love Kitty Couture! When's she coming back?"
Brar: A lot of people expect me to have Ravi's accent, but I don't. It shocks them. But the best is when little kids come up and say, "Where's Mrs. Kipling? Tell her I say Hi!"
List: Fans always ask me, "Where are Luke, Ravi and Zuri?" I just say, "Oh, they're at the penthouse."
"Jessie" returns Saturday, October 5, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.
Enter for your chance to win plus learn the real rules of True American
If you're a fan of "New Girl" on FOX, you know all about True American -- the drinking game created by Jess, Nick, Schmidt and Winston in Season 2. Or maybe you don't? After all, it's kind of crazy to try and follow all of the beer-swigging couch-jumping mayhem straight from your TV screen.
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See a sneak peek gallery of what Disney Junior has to offer this Halloween
“Beverly Hills, 90210” stars Tiffani Thiessen and Tori Spelling guest star on two of Disney Junior's most popular animated series, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.”
These shows will celebrate Halloween with themed episodes, along with “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Henry Hugglemonster."
Click through the gallery here for a sneak peek of more of what Disney Junior has to offer this Halloween.
'Big Bang' star is apparently a fan of the series -- and her sister's singing
Briana Cuoco, younger sister and personal assistant of big sister Kaley, just tried out for "The Voice" on Monday's episode.
Watch her singing Lady Gaga’s “You and I” plus Kaley's reaction when Xtina's chair turns around here:
"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.