TV THIS WEEK: Hello, Doctor Who, goodbye, Futurama and more!

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Dec 17, 2012

Just when we thought the pickings were going to be rather slim thanks to so many of the summer shows ending and the holiday weekend, the premiere of Doctor Who pops up on the schedule and there are Daleks to be had.

We also get an hourlong Futurama finale along with Captain Picard's voice, and Monday brings in a slew of sci-fi stars, including Summer Glau on Alphas, Lindsay Wagner on Warehouse 13 and Mark Pellegrino on Grimm. Also this week, Face Off offers up a little pirates' booty, a deadly virus threatens the hospital on Saving Hope, Ryan examines his own mental state on Wilfred, and Bo accepts her destiny on Lost Girl.

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

Monday, August 27

Alphas (Syfy) 8 p.m. - "Alphaville"

Summer Glau alert! She's back! Rosen enlists tech whiz Skylar Adams to help him dig into the Alpha-enhancing technology.

Here's a promo:

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Fractures"

Lindsay Wagner alert! Alice returns from Wonderland with a vengeance after breaking out of Lewis Carroll's mirror again and going after Artie and Dr. Vanessa, disrupting their planned weekend together.

Here's a preview:

Grimm (NBC) 10 p.m. - "Bad Moon Rising"

Mark Pellegrino alert! Pellegrino plays an old friend of Hank's whose daughter has gone missing. Meanwhile, Nick delves into the motives that led to the girl's disappearance. However, what we really want to know is, will Hank learn the truth? So will he?

Here's a preview:

Tuesday, Aug. 28

Face Off (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Pirate Treasure"

In honor of Ve Neill's work on the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, the contestants are tasked with creating pirates, with the winner taking home $5,000 worth of booty.

Here's a sneak peek:

Collection Intervention (Syfy) 10:30 p.m. - "Thinking Outside the Boxes"

Collectible expert Elyse Luray helps a couple with a one-bedroom apartment, a dog and 30,000 comic books. Then it's off to assist a Transformers collector who needs help when it comes to his toy business.

Here's a sneak peek:

Wednesday, Aug. 29

Futurama (Comedy Central) 10 p.m. - "31st Century Fox" and "Naturama"

Patrick Stewart's voice alert! Futurama finale alert! In the penultimate episode, Bender explores the morality of robot fox hunting. And then in the big finale, a mock natural documentary with three parts portrays the crew as different types of wild animals living out their life cycles, including salmon, elephant seals and animals on the Galapagos Islands.

Here's a preview of "31st Century Fox":

Haunted Collector (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Haunted Island; Ghosts of Maui"

Season-two finale! The team explores the dark side of paradise by investigating paranormal events in Hawaii and the Iao Theater on Maui.

Here's a promo:

Paranormal Witness (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "The Dybbuk Box"

Paranormal activity is re-enacted regarding what happens when an antique shop owner opens a Dybbuk Box, which may contain a malevolent spirit.

Here's a preview:

Thursday, Aug. 30

Saving Hope (NBC) 9 p.m. - "The Law of Contagion"

When a plane is forced to land due to an ill passenger, he's rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. However, the patient may be carrying a deadly virus.

Here's a look:

Wilfred (FX) 10 p.m. - "Questions"

Ryan goes on a mind-bending journey to find out the truth about Wilfred.

Here's a preview:

Friday, Aug. 31

Lost Girl (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Lachlan's Gambit"

The Ash takes action, forcing Bo to make a life-threatening decision. And Bo finally accepts her destiny, which likely means she's going to kick some ass.

Here's a sneak peek:

Saturday, Sept. 1

Doctor Who (BBC America) 9 p.m. - "Asylum of the Daleks"

Season-seven premiere! The Doctor's back! The Ponds are back! The Daleks are back! Yay! In the premiere, the Doctor and the Ponds are trapped in a planetary prison with some nasty convicts, and they attempt an escape. Five episodes will air from the 13-episode season, focusing on Amy and Rory and their exit from the series. After that, the series breaks until the Christmas special, which will introduce the new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. And then the final eight episodes of season seven are expected to return next spring.

Here's a look at season seven:

What are you going to watch?