TV THIS WEEK: American Horror gets freakier, Terra Nova and more!

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Dec 15, 2012

Last week was big for Halloween and baseball, and while we still have some Halloween to look forward to, especially with American Horror Story and Ghost Hunters, baseball is done, which means we can get back to Terra Nova and Fringe.

Also, Robert Englund (aka Freddie!) pops up on a non-sci-fi show filled with sci-fi people, Elena takes on Rebekah on The Vampire Diaries, Cassie locks lips with the newest member of The Secret Circle, Carrie-Anne Moss joins Chuck as a kick-butt spy, Walter and the gang deal with more mad science and Peter's return on Fringe, someone's murdering mediums on Supernatural, Tesla's back on Sanctuary, Snow White and Prince Charming meet for the first time on Once Upon a Time and something's driving Shane to act weird on The Walking Dead.

Here's what we have to look forward to this week on sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and spy-fi TV, along with non-sci-fi shows that feature sci-fi actors.

Monday, Oct. 31

Ghost Hunters Halloween Live (Syfy) 7 p.m.

Josh Gates takes a break from Destination Truth to once again host the annual 6-hour live ghost hunt. This year TAPS members from both Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International head to Pennhurst Asylum in Pennsylvania, an abandoned state mental institution.

Here's a promo:

Terra Nova (Fox) 8 p.m. - "Bylaw"

Jim sinks his teeth into a big investigation when Terra Nova gets it's first murder. Meanwhile, Elisabeth and Zoe try to save an unborn ankylosaurus and Skye — in what's obviously a new mating technique — continues her efforts to help Josh bring his girlfriend from 2149 to the colony.

Here's a preview:

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Kaw Iwi Kapu (Sacred Bones)"

Robert Englund alert! It's Halloween, so it must be time for Robert Englund (aka Freddie Krueger) to pop up in a scary guest spot. In this episode, Danny gets cursed by a drifter (Englund) and a couple is murdered while filming a spooky documentary about a traditional Hawaiian burial site.

Here's a look:

Other Monday shows of interest:

Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, zombies and ghosts all join in on the fun as TCM unleashes 24 Hours of Horror (7:15 a.m.) with a 13-film classic horror movie marathon that includes Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Night of the Living Dead and The Haunting.

Tuesday, Nov. 1

Covert Affairs (USA) 10 p.m. - "The Wake-Up Bomb"

Mid-season premiere! That's right... It's a "mid-season" premiere and Annie's back with an assignment that involves the Basque separatist movement and a chef.

Here's a look:

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "The Bloodiest 47 Acres"

Didn't get enough Ghost Hunters on Monday for the live Halloween event? Well, there's more. TAPS investigates the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City and things get bloody.

Here's a promo:

American Horror Story (FX) 10 p.m. - "Halloween"

Part two of a two-parter! There's even more Zachary Quinto in this week's American Horror freakfest. Part two of the episode comes crashing down as Ben and Vivien find themselves haunted by a new visitor to the house, and Tate faces his past.

Here's a preview:

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Sinister Spirals/Flying Saucers"

The team looks into a classic and controversial UFO case in Santa Ana, CA.

Here's a look:

Thursday, Nov. 3

The Vampire Diaries (The CW) 8 p.m. - "Ordinary People"

Elena and Rebekah battle it out, as Rebekah's ancient family secrets are finally spilled. Meanwhile, Damon tries to make a breakthrough with Stefan. How do you like evil Stefan this season?

Here's a preview:

The Secret Circle (The CW) 9 p.m. - "Beneath"

When Cassie's grandmother goes missing, the circle tries to find her, and Faye has to face someone from her past. Meanwhile, Cassie finds herself drawn to the newest member of the circle.

Here's a promo:

Person of Interest (CBS) 9 p.m. - "Witness"

Reese and Finch try to help a witness to a mob murder.

Here's a preview:

Other Thursday shows of interest:

On CBS's The Big Bang Theory (8 p.m.), Penny and Bernadette go wedding dress shopping, but don't invite Amy in "The Isolation Permutation." And on the return of USA's Burn Notice (10 p.m.), Michael and Fiona's plan to kidnap a hacker in Puerto Rico develops complications in "Damned If You Do."

Friday, Nov. 4

Chuck (NBC) 8 p.m. - "Chuck Versus the Bearded Bandit"

Carrie-Anne Moss alert! Doesn't it just seem wrong that Chuck's on Friday nights? Chuck and his team's latest case involves a missing person, as they deal with a new spy rival (Moss). Meanwhile, Morgan tries to work out the kinks with the Intersect, while Chuck adapts to life as Morgan's handler. And the Buy More gets a new spokesperson. Justin Hartley and Jeff Fahey also guest star.

Here's a look:

Grimm (NBC) 9 p.m. - "Bears will be Bears"

Nick and Hank probe a case involving breaking and entering which leads to a mysterious family with a history of crossing the line between right and wrong. And Nick asks Monroe to protect his Aunt Marie. How do you feel about Grimm so far? Can it survive against BOTH Supernatural and Fringe?

Coming up this season on Grimm:

Fringe (Fox) 9 p.m. - "Novation"

Thank God it's back! Two weeks without Fringe and I started going through withdrawal. In this episode, both Peter and the shape-shifters return for a story which involves a former Massive Dynamic scientist (Arye Gross). Meanwhile, Nina Sharp pays a visit to Walter in his lab.

Here's a preview:

Supernatural (The CW) 9 p.m. - "The Mentalists"

Sam and Dean take on an angry ghost which is murdering mediums in the most psychic town in America. But the real question is how do they get back together after last week, when Sam discovered Dean killed his first love WHO JUST HAPPENED TO BE JEWEL STAITE!

Here's a preview:

Sanctuary (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Resistance"

Tesla's back and don't you just know he's going to cause trouble? While on an Abnormal fugitive hunt, the team runs into Tesla (Jonathan Young), who's now the head of a secret research lab for Homeland Security. What could possibly go wrong?

Here's a sneak peek:

Other Friday shows of interest:

On the Cartoon Network, there are new episodes of Secret Mountain Fort Awesome (5:30 p.m.), Generator Rex (6 p.m.), Young Justice (6:30 p.m.), Batman: The Brave and the Bold (7 p.m.), Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (7:30 p.m.), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (8 p.m.) and ThunderCats (8:30 p.m.).

On CBS's A Gifted Man (8 p.m.), Michael and Kate treat a clinic patient with a deadly virus "In Case of Abnormal Rhythm." On the CW's Nikita (8 p.m.), Ryan offers Nikita secrets about how Oversight is funded in "Clawback ". On Disney there's a new Wizards of Waverly Place (8 p.m.). And on the Travel Channel's The Dead Files (10 p.m.), Amy and Steve probe a historic home in Montana that might be haunted by the ghost of a murdered socialite in "Am I Crazy? - Great Falls, MT."

Saturday, Nov. 5

Outlander (Syfy) 9 p.m.

Jim Caviezel (Person of Interest) stars in this Saturday night Syfy film about a warrior from space that crashes into ancient Norway and battles to protect the local Vikings from a terrible monster. The movie also stars Sophia Myles, Jack Huston, Ron Perlman and John Hurt.

Here's a preview:

Other Saturday shows of interest:

On BBC America's Bedlam (9 p.m.), Ryan tries to protect Molly from the ghost of a burning man, and Jed attempts to get in touch with his mother on "Burning Man." And it's a Syfy guest star alert on Lifetime's The Pastor's Wife (8 p.m.), when Stargate's Michael Shanks plays a beloved Tennessee pastor who may have been murdered by his wife (Conan the Barbarian's Rose McGowan).

Sunday, Nov. 6

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8 p.m. - "Snow Falls"

Clever title. In the land of now, Emma asks Mary Margaret to read to John Doe out of the storybook, and in the fairytale world, Snow White meets her Prince Charming.

Here's a look:

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9 p.m. - "Cherokee Rose"

After last week's shocking — and I mean SHOCKING — revelation, catch up with the series if you're behind. Because you're not going to want to miss what happens next. In this week's episode, Shane's acting weird, and the search for Sophia gets organized.

Here's a preview and a sneak peek:

Other Sunday shows of interest:

On TLC's Long Island Medium (10 p.m.), Theresa give a group reading aboard a cruise ship in "Sailing With Spirits."

What are you going to watch?