Believe it or not, there is family-suitable programming in primetime on weeknights — not a lot, but some. And we’ve got a trio for you …
Nature: Animal Reunions — Wednesday, 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings for time and channel in your area)
What happens when people are reunited with the wild animals with which they forged a deep bond years ago? Will these gorillas, elephants, cheetahs and chimpanzees still recognize their human caregivers and how will they react? That is the premise of this program which also raises the question whether wild creatures can really experience emotions like joy, devotion, and love. It’s a debate that many animal lovers are convinced is true and the scientific community is beginning to accept. Animal Reunions — narrated by actor Richard Thomas — contains interviews with scientists, authors, and caregivers including scenes of their journeys to reconnect with their former wild charges.
The full episode can be seen here.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown — Thursday, 8 p.m., ABC
The holiday classic is back!
In the 1966 animated special It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, The PEANUTS gang celebrates Halloween, with Linus hoping that, finally, he will be visited by The Great Pumpkin, while Charlie Brown is invited to a Halloween party.
The whole thing can be seen here.
Toy Story of TERROR! — Thursday, 8:30 p.m., ABC
Disney•Pixar presents a spooky tale featuring all of the favorite characters from the “Toy Story” films. What starts out as a fun road trip for the “Toy Story” gang 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 in this “Toy Story OF TERROR!”
Voices include Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Wallace Shawn, Joan Cusack, Timothy Dalton and Carl Weathers.
Image: Courtesy ABC