Happy Halloween Week everyone! This week’s The TV Addict will be focused on the ghoulish, horrifying and downright scary things happening on our favorite tv shows. No, I will not be talking about American Horror Story: Freakshow or The Walking Dead because I neither watch nor have a desire to watch those shows since I can barely get through an episode of Pretty Little Liars without feeling like I’m going to get a text message from ‘A’ at any moment. Here are some highlights from a few of this fall’s Halloween themed episodes.
*Note: This is organized based on order of premiere date
IN THE SPIRIT OF HALLOWEEN:
Girl Meets World
The Disney Channel spin-off of every ‘90s kid’s favorite coming-of-age series was one of the first to have its Halloween episode, which occurred at the very beginning of the month. Instead of trying to scare the living daylights out of its young viewers, Girl Meets World focused on three tales of overcoming your fears (in which they happened to occur during Halloween). The episode starts off with Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis) dealing with a severe case of stage fright. As the good friend that he is, Lucas (Peyton Meyer) ends up tricking Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) into getting Farkle a home run during an indoor game of baseball by getting in her head and making her pitch poorly. The second story focused on Riley (Rowan Blanchard) getting over her fear of being away from her parents Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) and successfully spent a whole night at Maya’s. Lastly, the world’s cutest little brother Auggie (August Maturo) overcame every young kid’s fear of the monster under the bed (because he’s, you know, like 5).
The episode was quite enjoyable and positive on all aspects. However, I was a little more distracted by the fact that Maya and Riley’s costumes were a tad questionable and elaborate for being middle school kids and made me question what is deemed ‘appropriate’ for young girls nowadays. I was quite impressed with Riley’s little ‘which hand does the glove go on?’ thing to get Lucas to help her and totally made me flashback to the old school antics of the Boy Meets World gang.
A hilarious holiday episode starts with the entire gang minus Riley (Chelsea Kane) and baby Emma (Harper and Ember Husak) in jail for assaulting an officer, obstruction of justice, indecent exposure and murder. Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau), Danny (Derek Theler) and Tucker (Tahj Mowry) all plan to have a fun night of partying their faces off and being surrounded by scantily clad women while Bonnie (Melissa Peterman) is planning on being the scantily clad woman for a her date with a sexy international businessman, but Riley thinks that everyone should go trick-or-treating with Emma (as they should because she’s the baby and all). Apart from treats, Halloween for the Wheelers also means a notorious 24 hours of never-ending tricks that tend to always be towards Riley. After a failed attempt of crashing of a bachelorette party (the guys’ stripper dance was the best thing ever) and possibly the worst date ever, Riley reveals that she planned the prank to end all pranks. Ironically she still ended up with iching powder in her bra. Better luck next Halloween Riley!
It was a double-header of gruesome and terrifying premieres on NBC this week with returning fairytale crime drama Grimm and rookie demon fighting series Constantine. The fourth season of Grimm kicked off from the following the events of Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner)’s disastrous vessen wedding. Nick (David Giuntolli) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) are dealing with the betrayal caused by Adalind (Claire Coffee). Hank (Russell Hornsby) and Sergeant Wu (Reggie Lee) are running around like chickens with their heads cut off with Sean (Sasha Roiz) recovering from the attack in the season finale. And newly discovered Grimm Trubel (Jacqueline Toboni) is not only adjusting to her powers but also as being the only Grimm in Portland with Nick losing his powers in the season finale. But hey, at least it got a brand new opening credit scene.
The night ends with series premiere of the DC Comics Hellblazerinspired Constantine. Viewers get an introductory glimpse into the hectic and utterly horrifying life of John Constantine (Matt Ryan) as he struggles with having his demons (both past and present) coming back to haunt him. The pilot episode definitely had everything that you could possibly expect from this type of show – creepy crawly bugs, demons controlling innocent women, ghosts, flashbacks, fire and smartass-ness. What I’m really interested to see is what they do with writing off a seemingly important character (Lucy Griffiths’ Liv Aberdine) considering there was a whole lot of fuss over her in the pilot episode. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has to offer and I can’t get over how perfect the Grimm/Constantine scheduling is with them back to back on Fridays.
SOME OTHER SPOOKY HIGHLIGHTS:
America’s Next Top Model and Happyland
Whoever thought it would be a fantastic idea to have a photoshoot after the contestants have been wandering around an abandoned slaughterhouse in the dark with people popping out at you is sick and twisted in all sorts of ways. Of course, most of the girls were going to be afraid of the dark and the guys were going to hold it together, but shockingly the ones that did the best were comeback kid Chantelle Young and Asian beauty Shei Phan with Chantelle as the challenge winner. It wasn’t necessarily a Halloween themed episode because they obviously film it ahead of time, but I think the producers knew that it would be airing around Halloween time so hence the creepy ass challenge. Plus, resident frat boy Adam Smith was freakin hilarious when he tried to scare the monsters during the challenge.
On MTV’s new dramedy Happyland, Lucy (Bianca A.Santos) is still adjusting to being the new Princess Adriana and having to work alongside her newfound half-brother Ian (Shane Harper) while her mother Elena (Camille Guaty) adjusts to being the new Hagula the Witch, which was ironic that it premiered the week before Halloween. Definitely not completely Halloween, especially since Elena got promoted to a tour guide and will no longer be donning her Hagula dreads in this week’s episode. I think the scariest part of the episode was when Ian and Lucy were stuck on the new rollercoaster at the employee preview night (at least for me).
I’m probably not the only one who wasn’t too thrilled with the fact that the annual Halloween episode of Pretty Little Liars was degraded to a fan Q & A segment. I mean, I get that time wise in the storyline it wouldn’t have made sense since they were getting ready for Thanksgiving but you can’t just rob the fans of their Halloween episode! Apart from that little annoyance, the Halloween season for tv shows have been alive and well. I’m certain there will be a few more this week and maybe you can have a marathon of all of the Halloween-themed episodes after your night of tricks and treats. I don’t know about you, but I’m still pretty excited to record It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!
UNTIL NEXT TIME, KEEP CALM, TV ON & HAVE A HAPPY HALLOWEEN!