TV THIS WEEK: Chuck's back, Grimm premieres, Halloween and more!

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Dec 15, 2012

Halloween is popping up all over the schedule this week, with special episodes of Castle and The Simpsons, but the big news is that Chuck's back for its fifth and final season, and we'll get the final fall premiere of the season with NBC's Grimm.

Also, the History Channel goes a little Walking Dead with the cleverly titled Zombies: A Living History, Meredith Vieria joins TAPS on Ghost Hunters, Heroes' Zachary Quinto delves into American Horror Story for several episodes, including a Halloween two-parter, Shawn and Gus hunt vampires on Psych, the ghosts come out to play on The Vampire Diaries, Cassie throws a Halloween party on The Secret Circle, Sam and Dean get cloned on Supernatural, the shape-shifters return on Fringe, there's a hostage situation on Sanctuary, Rebecca Romijn deals with one nasty ghost on Possessing Piper Rose, Jed's history is revealed in Bedlam, the good witch has to deal with a bad relative in The Good Witch's Family, Syfy goes for a Zombie Apocalypse, the Evil Queen unleashes her curse on Once Upon a Time, and Shane's stuck in zombieland on The Walking Dead. As for Terra Nova, it's taking a week off for baseball.

Here's what we have to look forward to this week on sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and spy-fi TV.

Monday, Oct. 24

Castle (ABC) 10 p.m. - "Demons"

You've got to love the way this show falls into genre subjects at the drop of a hat. And what could be better than Castle and Beckett in a famous mansion hunting ghosts, or at least the murderer of a popular ghost hunter?

Here's a preview:

Scare Tactics (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "If These Walls Could Bleed"

Pranks this week include a giant reptile nest found in an old building where animal tests were performed, a farmer's organic soil with a surprise secret ingredient and scientific rivalry that sucks in a lab tech.

Here's a promo:

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Zombies: A Living History (History) 8 p.m.

Zombies! Brains! Yummm! Now even the History Channel is chiming in with this special on the history of zombies, including the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible, Viking legends and voodoo rituals in Haiti.

Here's a look:

Wednesday, Oct. 26

Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 p.m. "Murdered Matron"

Meredith Vieria goes ghost hunting with TAPS in search of the spirit of a murdered matron at a former retirement facility for seamen called Sailors' Snug Harbor in Staten Island, N.Y.

Here's a promo:

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

Part one of a two-parter! Zachary Quinto alert! It's Halloween, and you just know that's not going to be a good thing for the Harmons, especially when the line between the living and the dead blurs at the famous Murder House! Quinto plays the gay former owner of the house named Chad, who pops in for four episodes to give Vivien decorating advice. Teddy Sears plays Chad's partner, Pat.

Here's a preview:

Psych (USA) 10 p.m. - "This Episode Sucks"

Movie Buffy guest star alert! When a murder victim's blood is drained Shawn and Gus suspect vampires, who's more likely a vamp than Lassiter's mysterious new girlfriend (Kristy Swanson)? Corey Feldman (Lost Boys) also guest-stars.

Here's a preview and a Corey sneak peek:

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Cajun Apparition/Area 51"

The team probes the haunted Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana and Area 51 for possible UFOs.

Here's a look:

Other Wednesday shows of interest:

History's Ancient Aliens (9 p.m.) delves into "Aliens and the Undead," naturally.

Thursday, Oct. 27

The Vampire Diaries (The CW) 8 p.m. - "Ghost World"

It's Illumination Night, which allows Mystic Falls to be invaded by ghosts, including one angry and powerful werewolf spirit who is none too happy with Damon. Meanwhile, Elena can't get over her Stefan obsession as she asks Jeremy to use his ghost-whisperer powers to help her find the formerly reformed vamp.

Here's a preview:

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

Cassie really needs to start watching The Vampire Diaries. If she did, she'd know that throwing a Halloween party, or any event, would be a very bad idea.

Here's a promo:

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

Reese falls for his latest Person of Interest, a beautiful woman who fixes problems for a price.

Here's a preview:

Other Thursday shows of interest:

On CBS's The Big Bang Theory (8 p.m.), Leonard gets jealous when a charming comic-book artist turns Priya's head, and Sheldon decides to scare his friends for Halloween in "The Good Guy Fluctuation."

Friday, Oct. 28

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

Season five premiere! As the fifth and final season of Chuck kicks off, Chuck may have Sarah, but he's obviously missing his inner Intersect. However, he doesn't have too much time to fret as Carmichael Industries must deal with a wealthy thief (Mark Hamill) and a sly investor (Craig Kilborn), as well as the new Intersect. Meanwhile, Jeff and Lester plot a new scheme.

Here's a look and a sneak peek:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Cartoon Network) 8 p.m. - "Darkness on Umbara"

Anakin is forced to turn over the 501st to Pong Krell, and the clones find themselves on a deadly mission to take the Umbaran capitol.

Grimm (NBC) 9 p.m. - "Pilot"

Series premiere! Just in case you didn't get enough fairytales with ABC's Once Upon a Time, here's a completely different take. The series follows a cop named Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) who discovers he's one of the last surviving Grimms, descendants of an elite group of hunters who protect the human race from fairytale creatures who masquerade as people. In the opener, Nick gets a visit from his Aunt Marie and learns he's inherited the family curse.

Here's a promo:

Supernatural (The CW) 9 p.m. - "Slash Fiction"

Awesome title alert! While Supernatural's taken a hit since the loss of Smallville as a lead-in, there's no denying the show's writers are having a blast with the material. In this episode, two Leviathans clone Sam and Dean and go on a killing spree to frame the Brothers Winchester. That gets them on the FBI's most wanted list and lands them in some mighty hot water. Elsewhere, Bobby attempts to hunt down a way to take out the Leviathans. Here's a hint ... get a witch! It worked last week.

Here's a preview:

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

Thank god it's back! One week without Fringe and I start to go through withdrawal. In this episode, both Peter and the shape-shifters return for a story that involves a former Massive Dynamic scientist (Arye Gross). Meanwhile, Nina Sharp pays a visit to Walter in his lab.

Here's a preview:

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

Will and Henry try to track down a missing Abnormal after a shipping container mixup, and Magnus' mission to a remote African island to meet the Sanctuary's new financial adviser sets off a tense hostage situation.

Here's a sneak peek:

Other Friday shows of interest:

On the Cartoon Network, there are new episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold (7 p.m.), Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (7:30 p.m.) and ThunderCats (8:30 p.m.). On CBS's A Gifted Man (8 p.m.), Michael treats an ex-football star who's homeless "In Case of Memory Loss." On Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place (8 p.m.), the wizards must combine their powers in an attempt to stop the Angel of Darkness from destroying the Wizard World in "Wizards vs. Everything." On the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures (9 p.m.), the team delves into "Letchworth Village." And on the channel's The Dead Files (10 p.m.), Amy and Steve probe a historic hotel in Central Florida, which has reports of staff and guests suffering from terrifying visions.

Saturday, Oct. 29

Possessing Piper Rose (Lifetime) 8 p.m.

Rebecca Romijn and David Cubitt star in this TV movie about a couple that adopt a 4-year-old girl only to discover that her dead birth mother isn't about to let her go.

Here's a preview:

Bedlam (BBC America) 9 p.m. - "Episode 5"

Mark (Ashley Walters) believes he might have a stalker when he starts getting phone calls in the middle of the night, and Ryan begins to unravel the mystery of Jed's birth when he finds a photo of his mother.

Here's a look:

The Good Witch's Family (Hallmark) 9 p.m.

Catherine Bell returns as Cassie for the fourth installment of the Good Witch movie series. In this film, Cassie takes in her long-lost cousin, Abigail, only to discover that her newfound relative may not have good intentions. This is Hallmark's highest-rated movie series, and a fifth film is already in the works.

Here's a promo:

Zombie Apocalypse (Syfy) 9 p.m.

After a zombie apocalypse, a small group of survivors try to reach the island of Catalina in hopes of surviving.

Here's a preview:

Other Saturday shows of interest:

On Bio's My Ghost Story (10 p.m.), people relate hauntings involving a Kentucky bar, the Sept. 11 attacks and a former speakeasy.

Sunday, Oct. 30

The Simpsons (Fox) 8 p.m. - "Treehouse of Horror XXII"

It's the 22nd annual installment of The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror," and in this one Homer considers a grave alternative when a boulder traps his arm, it's Ned Flanders a la Dexter, and Bart and Milhouse explore the world of interplanetary warfare. And The Cleveland Show gets caught up in the Halloween of it all with "A Nightmare on Grace Street."

Here's the poster:


Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8 p.m. - "The Thing You Love Most"

ABC's new hit digs right back into the story as Regina tries to drive Emma out of Storybrooke and the Evil Queen unleashes her curse on the fairytale world.

Here's a look:

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9 p.m. - "Save the Last One"

With Carl's life hanging in the balance, the group waits for Shane's return. However, Shane is stuck at a school that's surrounded by zombies. Meanwhile, Daryl and Andrea hunt for the missing Sophia.

Here's a look and a sneak peek:

Other Sunday shows of interest:

On the Animal Planet it's a night of Bigfoot with a Finding Bigfoot: Further Evidence marathon starting at 3 p.m., followed by a two-hour Finding Bigfoot: Birth of a Legend (9 p.m.). And on TLC's Long Island Medium (10 p.m.), "Theresa Explains It All."

What are you going to watch?