Boomerang Ushers in Halloween with Billy & Mandy
Boomerang announced new spooky programming this October with the first-time premiere Cartoon Network’s original animated series, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, playing for a full hour on Saturday and Sunday nights, starting Saturday, Oct. 12 at midnight (ET).
The month-long celebration of spine-tingling content also includes Boomerang’s presentations of the 1964 live-action series The Munsters and 1964’s The Addams Family, both of which will be telecast back-to-back on weekdays at 2:30 and 3 p.m., and weeknights at midnight (ET), respectively.
More ghostly animated fare in October will include the award-winning 1993 holiday special, The Halloween Tree, on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 9 a.m., and the weekday afternoon presentation of Hanna-Barbera’s Goober and the Ghost Chasers, which will play at 12 p.m.
“Whether watching live or through DVR recording, the entire month of Boomerang’s holiday programming should be sure to satisfy this year’s Halloween craving,” said Stacy Isenhower, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Cartoon Network and Boomerang.
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (often shortened to simply Billy and Mandy) is an American animated television series created by Cartoon Network in 2003, an original spin-off of the 2001 show Grim & Evil. The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy tells the story of two young kids, happy-go-lucky Billy and cynical, deadpan Mandy, who become best friends with the Grim Reaper after winning an otherworldly limbo contest against the messenger of Death. Together, this unlikely trio deals with typical suburban challenges—school, family, and dealing with unwanted visitors from the spirit world.
The Munsters comically depicted the “average” American home life of a close-knit blue-collar family—of monsters!—that were based on the classic monsters of Universal Studios, including Frankenstein, Count Dracula, The Werewolf and The Bride of Dracula. Presented in black-and-white, the half-hour series starred Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster; Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily; Al Lewis as Grandpa; Butch Patrick as Eddie; and Beverly Owen/Pat Priest as Marilyn, the “ugly niece” who resembled Marilyn Monroe. The show featured satirical situations where the lovable Munsters interacted as normal, good citizens with an unsuspecting public, who were terrified solely by their appearance. The Munsters premiered on CBS Television on Sept. 24, 1964, and played for two full seasons (70 episodes) that concluded on May 12, 1966.
Based on Charles Addams’ New Yorker comics, The Addams Family featured a much more well-to-do family of creepy characters that generally stayed within their eerie yet palatial mansion. Also shot in black-and-white and immortalized by a catchy, snappy theme-song, The Addams Family starred John Astin as Gomez Addams; Carolyn Jones as his wife, Morticia; Jackie Coogan as Uncle Fester; Ted Cassidy as the butler, Lurch; Blossom Rock as Grandmama Addams; and Lisa Loring and Ken Weatherwax, respectively, as the Addams’ children, Wednesday and Pugsley. -The series’ humor derived from a culture clash with the rest of the world—the Addams treat normal visitors (often arriving with evil intentions) with great warmth and courtesy, but are puzzled by the horrified reactions to their “ordinary” behavior and tastes. The Addams Family premiered on ABC Television on Sept. 18, 1964, and presented 64 episodes that concluded on April 8, 1966.