TV highlights: ‘Toy Story’ gets spooky


Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and Woody are all part of Disney Pixar’s first special for television, “Toy Story of Terror!,” a spooky new tale featuring all of your favorite characters from the film series. (Disney via Pixar)
October 14, 2013

The Toy Story gang takes a wrong turn on “Toy Story of Terror!” (ABC at 8 p.m.), a family-friendly Halloween special that puts your most treasured characters in imminent danger. They get detoured to a very “Psycho”-like roadside motel where one vanishes and spooky fun abounds.

Premium cable subscribers get a treat tonight with “Schooled: The Price of College Sports” (Epix at 8), an Epix original documentary that examines the business, history and culture of big-time college football and basketball in America with a critical eye. The film is an adaptation of “The Cartel,” by civil rights scholar Taylor Branch, and his October 2011 article in the Atlantic, “The Shame of College Sports.”

Thieves hijack medical supplies sent to Glades Memorial on this week’s “Arrow” (CW at 8) as Oliver and China White get into a heated battle over the critical items. Meanwhile, Laurel schemes to catch the Arrow and Thea gives Roy an ultimatum.

Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West are cast as the 20th century’s most volatile lovers, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, in “Burton and Taylor” (BBC America at 9). In a movie bound to be better than that Lohan Lifetime disaster, we see the couple and their ill-fated appearance during the 1983 revival of Noel Coward’s stage play, “Private Lives.”

The new Behavioral Analysis Unit chief arrives amid a bit of controversy on “Criminal Minds” (CBS at 9), while an unknown subject terrorizes Baltimore.

Rayna tries to make peace with her divorce and backs out of the remainder of her tour with Juliette on “Nashville” (ABC at 10). Teddy moves right along with his plans to get hitched to longtime girlfriend Peggy but finds it hard to break the news to his children.

After being resurrected from the antebellum era, Delphine struggles to adjust to a much more modern life on “American Horror Story” (FX at 10). Fiona helps Zoe and Madison deal with last week’s witchcraft tragedy.

“Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35) hosts political pundit Bill O’Reilly and musical guest the Head and the Heart.

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and libertarian politician Ron Paul are on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC at 11:35), along with musical guest Little Big Town.

Actor Danny McBride comes to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35) with musician Michael Franti.

— Rachel Lubitz

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