TV THIS WEEK: It's Christmas on Syfy for Eureka, Haven and more!

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Dec 16, 2012

Ho, ho, ho ... It's Christmas on Syfy—or at least it's the channel's second annual Countdown to Christmas Week. There's part two of Neverland, and then it's on to special standalone holiday episodes of Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Haven.

And NBC is offering up a little Christmas present in the form of two episodes of Grimm, one on Thursday involving man-eating rats, and the other a Friday episode that digs into Monroe's past.

Also this week, it's the season finale of Ghost Hunters, Violet learns the house rules on American Horror Story, Zachary Levi takes the director's chair on Chuck, Kate Freelander returns to Sanctuary, anomalies go wild on Primeval, a mystical snow globe shakes things up on Syfy's original movie Snowmageddon, someone dies in Storybrooke on Once Upon a Time, and Pierce Brosnan goes all Stephen King in Bag of Bones.

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

Monday, Dec. 5

Neverland (Syfy) 9 p.m.

Part two of the two-part miniseries! Nick Willing's Peter Pan origin story continues as we learn how Peter and Hook evolved into their respective characters. Neverland stars Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel, Charlie Rowe, Bob Hoskins and Keira Knightley as the voice of Tinker Bell.

Here's the cast talking about Neverland:

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Eureka (Syfy) 8 p.m. - "Do You See What I See"

Special holiday episode! Eureka and the gang get animated when a mysterious kaleidoscopic wave of color washes over the town. The episode will feature anime, claymation, Looney Tunes-style animation and modern CG. Matt Frewer returns as Jim Taggart, and Jim Parsons, Edward James Olmos and Chris Parnell will guest-voice characters. Like all the Syfy holiday episodes, this one is a standalone, which won't reference last season's cliffhanger.

Here's a sneak peek:

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "The Greatest Gift"

Special holiday episode! Things get interesting for Pete when he touches an artifact and he's suddenly living in a world where he was never born. In order to set things right he has to reassemble the team, even though they don't recognize him, and deal with an enemy from his past. Showrunner Jack Kenny directs this episode, which is inspired by the classic movie It's a Wonderful Life. This is a standalone episode that does not delve into the events of last season.

Here's a sneak peek:

Haven (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Silent Night"

Special holiday episode! It's Christmas in July for the town, and Audrey is the only one who thinks that's strange, at least until people can't seem to leave and others disappear without a trace. Like Eureka and Warehouse 13, this is a standalone episode.

Here's a sneak peek:

Other Tuesday shows of interest:

On the season-two finale of USA's Covert Affairs (10 p.m.), Annie and Danielle's vacation in Stockholm is interrupted when Danielle is mistaken for a spy in "Letter Never Sent."

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Christmas Spirit"

Season finale! TAPS head to Bethlehem, Pa., for their final investigation of the year.

Here's a sneak peek:

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

Violet learns the rules of the house and it doesn't look like it's going to be pretty, there's an explanation for Larry's condition, and the police interrogate Constance. Couldn't happen to a nicer gal.

Here's a preview:

Thursday, Dec. 8

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

When Detective Carter becomes a person of interest, Reese and Finch must figure out a way to protect her without blowing their cover.

Here's a promo:

Grimm (NBC) 10 p.m. - "Danse Macabre"

Special day and time! Night one of a two-night event! NBC gives Grimm a Thursday night tryout with this episode, which involves death by rat. When a high school teacher is killed, Nick's investigation leads to a young musical prodigy. There's also an original episode on Friday.

Here's a look and a sneak peek:

Other Thursday shows of interest:

On CBS's The Big Bang Theory (8 p.m.) Leonard relives his high school fears when he's contacted by the bully who tormented him as a teen in "The Speckerman Recurrence. " On National Geographic's The Truth Behind (10 p.m.), it's a look at "The Crystal Skulls." And on USA's Burn Notice (10 p.m.), Jesse asks the team to help him take on a smuggler who's trying to bring blood diamonds into the country.

Friday, Dec. 9

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

Zachary Levi directs! Chuck must reach out to Gertrude Verbanski for help when his latest mission involves an extreme computer virus, a strange cult and Chuck's past as a hacker. Meanwhile, a new employee at the Buy More changes things for Jeff and Lester.

Here's a preview:


Grimm (NBC) 9 p.m. - "The Three Bad Wolves"

Night two of a two-night event! Nick investigates a case that might involve arson and uncovers a family feud at the core of things. Meanwhile, Monroe has to deal with people from his past. Jaime Ray Newman guest-stars.

Here's a look at Grimm's two-night event, with a preview for this episode about halfway through:

Sanctuary (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Acolyte"

Kate's back! Kate Freelander returns bearing a warning that a Hollow Earth faction is about to launch an attack. But the big news is that Bigfoot might be involved.

Here's a promo:

Other Friday shows of interest:

On the Cartoon Network there's new episodes of Generator Rex (6 p.m.) and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (7:30 p.m.). And on the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures (9 p.m.), the team hunts for the infamous White Witch at the Rose Hall Great House in Jamaica in "Rose Hall."

Saturday, Dec. 10

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

As anomalies increase, the team races to try to find a way to stop them. Meanwhile, Matt considers the point when his mission will come to an end.

Here are James Lester's Top 5 Sardonic Witticisms from season five:

Snowmageddon (Syfy) 9 p.m.

Here's a little holiday cheer from Syfy. Snowmageddon involves a "mystical snow globe that makes very bad things happen in the real world when it is shaken." I guess not shaking the snow globe isn't an option? Just saying. ... The film stars Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica), David Cubitt (Medium) and Magda Apanowicz (Caprica).

Here's a promo:

Sunday, Dec. 11

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8 p.m. - "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter"

In the fairytale world the evil queen looks for an assassin to take out Snow White. Meanwhile, in the real world, a Storybrooke resident dies and someone starts to remember their fairytale past.

Here's a look:

Stephen King's 'Bag of Bones' (A&E) 9 p.m.

Two-part miniseries! Part one of two! Pierce Brosnan stars in this miniseries about a grieving novelist who suddenly has to deal with the paranormal. After losing his wife, he travels to a lakeside home where he meets a widow and her daughter, along with the ghost of a blues singer.

Here's a preview:

What are you going to watch?