Coming up as we approach the New Year—a new fiendish series (Demons), a worthy original or two (Better Off Ted), some finales (Doctor Who, Eastwick) and a couple killer marathons (True Blood, Twilight Zone).
Here's what we have to look forward to on sci-fi and paranormal TV this week.
Better Off Ted (ABC), Tuesday at 9:30 & Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT
Special New Year's Day episode
If you're a glass-half-full type, you'd probably like to look at ABC's airing of two original episodes of Better Off Ted this week as a vote of confidence. (Though perhaps your Scrooge-like nature has led you to believe ABC is burning off the remainder of its original Ted episodes.) On Tuesday's episode, Veronica slacks off work when her magician boyfriend, Mordor, comes to town in "It's Nothing Business, It's Just Personal." Meanwhile, Lem (Malcolm Barrett) is given a red lab coat while everyone else gets a white one. Then, on Friday's episode, "The Great Repression," both Ted (Jay Harrington) and Linda (Andrea Anders) are falsely accused of sexual harassment. Luckily, Veronica (Portia de Rossi) comes up with a unique defense that sexual harassment is a disease and that no one can be held responsible for it.
Demons (BBC America) Saturday, 10 p.m.
Just call him Luke the Vampire Slayer! Seemingly average teen Luke Rutherford (Christian Cooke) discovers he's actually the great-great-grandson of Abraham Van Helsing (you know, the Van Helsing who took down Dracula). Well, his dead dad's best bud, Rupert (Philip Glenister), pops by to tell Luke that the force is with him and that destiny is a bitch. Apparently Luke has to go into the family business, killing inhumans and freaks (aka demons), and still get good grades in school. Talk about life sucking. Luckily, a blind concert pianist named Mina Harker (Zoe Tapper) is around to counsel Luke on humanity's demon problem, along with a spooky priest named Father Simeon (Richard Wilson).
Luke quickly discovers he's up against a bunch of nasties including a Type 12 vamp with Van Helsing issues named Gladiolus Thrip (Mackenzie Crook), a cockroach-munching Type 5 called Redlip (Martin Hancock), a child-snatching demon in angel's clothing named Gilgamel (Rich English) and the half-man/half-rat Mr. Tibbs (Kevin McNally). Since this is a BBC series, there are only six episodes in the first season. Beginning Jan. 9, Demons airs on Saturdays at 9 p.m.
Doctor Who: The End of Time, Part Two (BBC America), Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
David Tennant's final appearance as the Doctor!
As the Doctor (Tennant) faces the final moments of his life, you'd think he could finally get some rest. But no ... there are deadly prophecies, sacrifices and the Master's evil plan to stop. Meanwhile, those blasted drums grow louder, as an ancient trap closes round the Earth with only the Doctor and Wilfred (Bernard Cribbins) left to fight alone. Series creator Russell T. Davies wrote the David Tennant finale, which we're guessing ends with the 10th doctor's regeneration into Matt Smith, who plays Doctor #11. Guest stars include John Simm as the Master, Catherine Tate, Timothy Dalton, David Harewood and June Whitfield. Euros Lyn directs.
And if you want even more Tennant, there's the BBC America special Doctor Who: The David Tennant Special, which airs just before The End of Time.
Doctor Who New Year Two Day Marathon (BBC America). Begins Friday, 12 a.m.
A whole lot of Who
If you're not feeling Twilight Zone-ish, BBC America is offering a mega Doctor Who marathon, featuring David Tennant as the 10th Doctor. First up is "The Christmas Invasion," where ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston regenerates into Tennant. Then it's two full days of Tennant eps (with a little Demons thrown in on Saturday). Look on the bright side. After this week you never have to hear about it being Tennant's last original anything, at least for a really long time.
Eastwick (ABC) 10 p.m.
Last episode to air ever?
Rebecca Romijn's hubby, Jerry O'Connell, guest-stars in what will probably be the last we'll see of the canceled Eastwick. It's all about "Magic Snow and Creepy Gene" when the ladies agree they'll never again use their powers or speak about what they did to Jamie (Jack Huston). Meanwhile, Kat's (Jaime Ray Newman) drawn toward her new single-father-with-a-dark-secret neighbor (O'Connell) while Roxie (Rebecca Romijn) tries to learn the truth about Darryl (Paul Gross) and Joanna (Lindsay Price) helps Penny (Sara Rue) get some closure. Beginning Jan. 6, Ugly Betty takes over Wednesdays, and Eastwick's final two episodes will most likely be burned off during the summer or just head to Hulu and DVD.
Ghost Lab (Discovery), Tuesday, 10 p.m.
Season finale and a New Year's Eve marathon
The ghost-hunting brothers Brad and Barry Klinge bring their first season to a close with "If Walls Could Talk," which takes the team to Lemp Mansion in St. Louis as they investigate the home of a brewing dynasty that has suffered murders and suicide. Then they head to Alton, Ill., to check out the condemned McPike Mansion so they can investigate reports of apparitions and disembodied voices.
And to bring in the new year with some good cheer (and a few ghosts), there's a Ghost Lab Marathon (Thursday, 9 a.m. - 3 a.m.) to help you catch up on the first season of the series.
The only other ghostly original this week is the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures (Friday, 9 p.m.), which takes its investigation to Ohio's Prospect Place Mansion.
Outer Space Astronauts (Syfy), Tuesday, 11 p.m.
It's a bad day for the crew when they're plagued by equipment troubles, oxygen depletion, radioactive teeth and an ex-commander with "a knack for really inconvenient mutinies," as a younger, more innocent Amos (Adam Clinton) arrives on the ship "One Year Ago."
Paranormal State (A&E), Tuesday, 10 & 10:30 p.m.
First up, the team investigates the tale of an Indiana toddler who fell out of a window and survived to say, "Boy Pushed Me." Psychic C.J. Sellers joins the team while Bruce and Danielle discover a psychic threat in an EVP, and there just might be a connection to a local missing persons case. Then medium Chip Coffey and Chad Calek join the team as they dig into the "Haunted Sex Dungeon," a sprawling mansion on Greyhaven Island near Detroit. Ken, the owner, is dealing with voices, banging and a bad run of luck, leading the PRS team to investigate whether a Native American massacre on the land just might have left Ken "cursed."
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal (A&E), Tuesday, 9 p.m.
13-year-olds Bryson and Colt take on a 100-year-old opera house in "Ghost School." But their paranormal investigation isn't anything compared to trying to get their fathers to accept them for the psychic teens they are.
True Blood (HBO) Monday-Thursday, 8 p.m.
Season one marathon
Want to know what everyone's talking about when it comes to HBO's blazing-hot series True Blood? Well, here's your chance to catch up with the first season. A season-two encore begins in March 2010 so you'll be ready for all things True Blood when it comes time for the season-three premiere this June.
Twilight Zone Marathons (Syfy) Thursday, Dec. 31 at 8 a.m. and all day Friday, Jan. 1
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day marathons!
It's time for two full days of Rod Serling with Syfy's annual Twilight Zone marathon. This year the focus is on "Twist Endings," featuring uncut episodes and special interstitials (which means something cool in between the commercials).
What are you looking forward to this week on TV?