Primetime Preview: Toy Story of TERROR!, American Horror Story and More

Which shows will you watch tonight?

by | October 16, 2013 | Comments

Welcome to Primetime Preview, RT’s compendium of the primetime shows that are worth your time. This evening’s slate includes an animated Halloween special (Toy Story of Terror!), new episodes of a couple intriguing new shows (Super Fun Night, Back in the Game), and a bunch of returning favorites (Modern Family, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, American Horror Story). So grab your remote, find your favorite spot on the couch, and tune in for lots of television goodness!

Premiering Tonight:

Toy Story of TERROR!

Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack), and the rest of the gang is back in this new animated adventure that finds the toys searching for one of their own after a road trip takes a spooky detour.

New Episodes Tonight:

American Horror Story: Coven

A noteworthy ensemble cast combined with creepy storytelling and campy, outrageous thrills make American Horror Story: Coven a potently structured fright-fest, according to critics. Tonight, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) and Madison (Emma Roberts) deal with tragedy with help from Fiona (Jessica Lange).

Arrow: Season 2

Thanks to polished action sequences, solid storytelling, and intriguing characters, the first season of Arrow was a critical success, and so far the pundits like what they see from season two. Tonight, Oliver (Stephen Amell) gets into a fight with China White (Kelly Hu) over the theft of some medical supplies.

Back in the Game: Season 1

The critics say James Caan is appealing as an arrogant ex-jock, but Back in the Game is full of stale jokes and crude humor that isn’t very family friendly. In tonight’s episode, the Cannon shares advice on how to deal with the ladies.

Criminal Minds: Season 9

Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, and Matthew Gray Gubler are back for the ninth season of CBS’ FBI procedural; tonight, the Behavioral Analysis Unit gets a new chief, one who has a history with J.J. (A.J. Cook)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 14

Now entering its fourteenth season, the popular crime procedural shows no signs of letting up, as Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue continue to lead grisly discoveries in Las Vegas; tonight, the team investigates a potentially murderous reality show chef.

Ironside: Season 1

Critics say Ironside is an unnecessary, lackluster remake that could be a decent police procedural if it wasn’t so mundane and monotonous. In tonght’s episode, a high-stakes card game is hit in a brazen robbery.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 9

Critics say It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is still consistently wild, wicked, and hilarious in equal measure. Tonight, our heroes quarantine themselves from a citywide flu outbreak.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 15

On tonight’s edition of the venerable procedural, Det. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) investigates an outwardly charming computer geek who appears to have a yen for exploiting vulnerable women.

The League: Season 5

Critics say its humor might wear thin for some, but The League‘s fifth season keeps the laughs coming with memorable guest stars, crude jokes, and typically silly antics. In tonight’s episode, Andre (Paul Scheer) tries to lean how to become a stand-up comedian.

Modern Family: Season 5

The Emmy-winning sitcom returns for its fifth season, which finds the Pritchett clan a little older, a little wiser, and just as prone to get into trouble. Tonight Jay (Ed O’Neill) makes reservations at a hot new restaurant, but the family is delayed by Gloria’s (Sofía Vergara) preperations.

Nashville: Season 2

In Season 2 of ABC’s musical drama, Country diva Rayna James (Connie Briton) and young rising star Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) continue to fight for the spotlight. Tonight, the divas’ joint tour is cancelled.

Revolution: Season 2

The critics say Revolution‘s grim, electricity-free dystopian setting has been a more interesting place to visit in its second season. On tonight’s episode, Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Miles (Billy Burke) plan for a potential Patrot occupation.

South Park: Season 17

Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s long-running animated series continues to skewer the pop culture landscape; on tonight’s episode, a goth girl is remanded to a camp for troubled youth.

Super Fun Night: Season 1

Despite the presence of the funny and talented Rebel Wilson, critics say Super Fun Night is overreliant on tired, clichéd weight jokes. Tonight, Kimmie (Wilson) gets some sage advice from one of the firm’s top lawyers (played by guest star Bob Saget).

The Tomorrow People: Season 1

A reboot of the 1970s cult series, The Tomorrow People suffers from a middling plot that feels cobbled together from better sci-fi dramas, according to critics. Tonight, Stephen (Robbie Amell) gets a brian probe from Ultra.

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