TV THIS WEEK: The Gifted, Ghost Wars premiere; Lucifer and Van Helsing return

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Oct 2, 2017

The fall schedule at SYFY is getting into full swing, and Fox's excellent X-Men spinoff series The Gifted also makes its debut this week. And oh, there's more!

SYFY leads the charge this week with the series premiere of Ghost Wars, along with the season premiere of Van Helsing. The network also has a new episode of the freaky horror project Channel Zero: No End House, in case all these other horror-themed projects don't freak you out enough.

Fox's The Gifted is the big network premiere this week, and the X-Men-related spinoff is actually pretty great. Lucifer also returns for a new season, and we have new episodes of everything from the twisty-smart The Good Place, DuckTales, Gotham, and a whole lot more.

Check out our full rundown below and let us know what you'll be watching.

Highlights

Lucifer (Fox), Monday 8PM - "They're Back, Aren't They?"

SEASON PREMIERE: After Lucifer wakes up in the middle of the desert with his wings back, he recruits the help of Chloe to help figure out what happened to him and why. They come across a crime scene that could be tied to Lucifer's kidnapping. When the Lancaster Police Department get involved, newcomer Lt. Marcus Pierce fails to make a great impression. The investigation goes awry when Lucifer finds himself in another compromising situation.

 

The Gifted (Fox), Monday 9PM - "eXposed"

SERIES PREMIERE: A suburban couple's lives are rocked by the discovery that their children possess mutant powers, forcing the family to go on the lam from a hostile government and seek help from an underground network of mutants.

 

Van Helsing (SYFY), Thursday 9PM - "Began Again"

SEASON PREMIERE: Vanessa and the other survivors go deep into the world of the vampire apocalypse, where they discover old alliances have crumbled and new connections expose buried secrets about the Rising, the Van Helsing heritage, and the survival of humankind.

 

Ghost Wars (SYFY), Thursday 10PM - "Death's Door"

SERIES PREMIERE: Just as troubled medium Roman Mercer prepares to leave the one-horse town of Port Moore, an earthquake strikes the Alaskan island and awakens a supernatural force hell-bent on destruction.

 

The Last Ship (TNT), Sunday 9PM - "Detect, Deceive, Destroy," "Endgame"

SEASON FINALE: The crew of Nathan James faces a threat that will test the limits of their Naval tactics and strategies. Then: In the Season 4 finale, Chandler confronts his enemy — and his personal demons — in a final showdown, with the fate of humanity on the line.

 

Monday

Lucifer (Fox), Monday 8PM - "They're Back, Aren't They?"

See more in our Highlights section above.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Monday 8PM - "The Retraction Reaction"

NEW: Leonard angers the university and the entire physics community when he gives an embarrassing radio interview. Meanwhile, Amy and Bernadette bond over having to hide their success from Sheldon and Howard.

 

The Gifted (Fox), Monday 9PM - "eXposed"

See more in our Highlights section above.

Scorpion (CBS), Monday 10PM - "More Extinction"

NEW: Team Scorpion continues to work with their nemesis, Mark Collins, to prevent an extinction event that could end humanity. Meanwhile, Cabe's last-minute decision on the case leads to the possible end of his career.


Tuesday

DuckTales (Disney XD), Tuesday 8PM - "Escape to; From Atlantis!"

NEW: The latest installment of the animated reboot sends Scrooge and the kiddos off to the lost city of Atlantis.

 

Face Off: Game Face (SYFY), Tuesday 9PM - "The Killer Behind the Mask"

NEW: The artists must create cave art-inspired aliens, a mask worn by a horror slasher, and a superhero character and their archenemy.

 

American Horror Story: Cult (FX), Tuesday 10PM - "Holes"

NEW: Episode 5 of American Horror Story: Cult.


Wednesday

Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials (Travel), Wednesday 9PM - "Close Encounters"

NEW: Josh begins his search for extraterrestrial life with a visit to NASA. He then hunts for evidence of aliens in Chile, where he views a UFO video captured by the military, and assists scientists at the largest telescope on Earth.

Channel Zero: No-End House (SYFY), Wednesday 10PM - "Beware the Cannibals"

NEW: Margot flees The Father with the help of Jules, Seth, and JT. Meanwhile, Dylan attempts to deprogram Lacey, and Jules falls deeper under the spell of a sinister influence.

 

Thursday

Gotham (Fox), Thursday 8PM - "A Dark Knight: They Who Hide Behind Masks"

NEW: Gordon takes matters into his own hands when he travels to Miami in attempts to persuade Carmine Falcone for his help in the fight against Penguin. There he meets Carmine's daughter, Sofia, who unexpectedly follows Gordon back to Gotham. The battle for Penguin's prized weaponry continues during auction night at the Iceberg Lounge, and Bruce's presence puts him on Penguin's radar.

 

The Good Place (NBC), Thursday 8:30PM - "Team Cockroach"

NEW: Michael approaches things from a new angle. Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason struggle to make a collective decision.

 

Van Helsing (SYFY), Thursday 9PM - "Began Again"

See more in our Highlights section above.

The Orville (Fox), Thursday 9PM - "Pria"

NEW: After the crew saves a stranded ship and its attractive captain, Ed becomes smitten with the Orville's new guest, while Kelly suspects all is not what it seems. Meanwhile, Gordon attempts to teach Isaac the art of pulling off a practical joke.

 

Ghost Wars (SYFY), Thursday 10PM - "Death's Door"

See more in our Highlights section above.

 

Friday

MacGyver (CBS), Friday 8PM - "Roulette Wheel + Wire"

NEW: MacGyver, using cuff links and a wire, tries to gain access to diamonds in a casino vault before a terrorist group can remove and sell them in exchange for a weapon of mass destruction.

 

Once Upon a Time (ABC), Friday 8PM - "Hyperion Heights"

SEASON PREMIERE: In the Season 7 opener, Henry leaves Storybrooke and encounters a troubled Cinderella, changing the trajectory of his quest. Years later, Lucy finds a disillusioned Henry at his home in Seattle and tries to make him remember his true self.

 

Z Nation (SYFY), Friday 9PM - "Escape From Zona"

NEW: Driven by Warren's dream of a Black Rainbow, Warren and Murphy must make their way back to the mainland.

 

Marvel's Inhumans (ABC), Friday 9PM - "Divide and Conquer"

NEW: The Inhumans desperately search for each other after fleeing their home in the wake of Maximus' coup, and they have to learn whom they can trust on Earth.

 

The Exorcist (Fox), Friday 9PM - "Safe As Houses"

NEW: Tomas and Marcus attempt to finish Cindy's exorcism and escape her enraged family. Also, Rose conducts her inspection of Andy Kim's household and is concerned about Caleb's mental state; Andy's neighbors offer to teach the children farming skills, but there's something sinister behind their intentions; Verity may be hiding something from the rest of her foster family; and Father Bennett tries to warn the Office of Exorcism of a new threat, but finds his attempts railroaded by menacing forces.

 

Saturday

Ghost Adventures (Travel), Saturday 9PM - "Hauntings of Vicksburg: Mcraven Mansion"

NEW: Zak and the crew are called upon by the mayor of Vicksburg, Mississippi, to explore the Siege of Vicksburg and its lasting impact on the city. Their first stop is McRaven Mansion, widely considered to be the most haunted building in the South.

Ghost Adventures (Travel), Saturday 10PM - "Hauntings of Vicksburg: Demons and Dolls"

NEW: Zak and the crew continue their exploration of Vicksburg, MS, by investigating a demonic presence at a hair salon that was hit by cannonfire during the Civil War. They also investigate an antique doll museum said to contain dolls that come alive.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America), Saturday 10PM - "Episode 1, Season 22"

NEW: Harrison Ford; Ryan Gosling; Margot Robbie; and Reese Witherspoon. Also: pop group Bananarama perform.


Sunday

Outlander (STARZ), Sunday 8PM - "Freedom & Whisky"

NEW: Brianna grapples with life-changing revelations, and Claire must help her come to terms with the fact that she is her father's daughter; Roger brings news that forces Claire and Brianna to face an impossible choice.

 

Ghosted (Fox), Sunday 8:30PM - "Jermaine the Zombie"

NEW: Leroy and Max take Jermaine trick-or-treating, although Jermaine hopes they'll drop him off at a party instead. The party becomes the least of their worries when Jermaine is infected with a zombie-esque virus by a demon cat. Meanwhile, Halloween is a busy night, full of paranormal activity, for LaFrey, Annie, and Barry at the Bureau Underground.

 

The Last Ship (TNT), Sunday 9PM - "Detect, Deceive, Destroy," "Endgame"

See more in our Highlights section above.

Fear the Walking Dead (AMC), Sunday 9PM - "El Matadero"

NEW: Alicia encounters a potential ally; and Ofelia fights for survival, while Nick uses his skill set for profit in the apocalypse.

 

The Last Man on Earth (Fox), Sunday 9:30PM - "Stocko Syndome"

NEW: Tandy devises an escape plan to get away from Pamela and back to Carol and the others. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang encounters a castaway, Glenn, who has been stranded on an island for years.

 

Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access), Sunday 8:30PM. - "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry"

NEW: The latest installment in CBS All Access' exclusive new Star Trek series.

 

*Episode descriptions via TV Guide.