Oh, and you thought there wasn't going to be any original programming this week, considering the Christmas and New Year's of it all. Not so! Surprisingly, we have a new Chuck, which involves a secret of Sarah's, and the season finale of Sanctuary, in which it looks like the Government vs. Abnormals and the Magnus vs. Will storylines are about to explode.
Beyond that, we'll get a look at Syfy's pilot for Three Inches, and you can catch up via some of the marathons on The Twilight Zone, invasion movies and Once Upon a Time.
Here's what we have to look forward to this week on sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal TV.
Tuesday, Dec. 27
Take Me To Your Leader Movie Marathon (TCM) 8 p.m.
There's some fun to be had as TCM offers up six movies involving aliens, including: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, The Man From Planet X, Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., Unidentified Flying Objects: The True Story of Flying Saucers and War of the Planets.
Here's the Close Encounters mashed-potato scene:
Wednesday, Dec. 28
Trek Nation (Science) 9 p.m.
Repeat alert! Here's another chance to catch this documentary narrated by Rod Roddenberry about his father, Gene Roddenberry, and the legacy left by Star Trek, which includes interviews with people connected to Trek or influenced by Roddenberry's vision, including J.J. Abrams, Nichelle Nichols and George Lucas.
Here's a preview:
Thursday, Dec. 29
Three Inches (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Pilot"
In this potential series, daydreamer and underachiever Walter Spackman (Noah Reid) develops a strange superpower when he's struck by lightning. He can move any object using his mind, but only by 3 inches. Buffy's James Marsters plays Troy Hamilton, an ex-government agent who tries to recruit Walter into a group of ordinary people with odd abilities who are working to battle evil. The pilot also stars Andrea Martin, Stephanie Jacobsen, Antony Del Rio, Naoko Mori, Kyle Schmid and Brandon Jay Mclaren.
Here's a look:
Other Thursday shows of interest:
On Syfy, there's a V: The Series Marathon (8 a.m.), to remind us just how much better the newest (and sadly canceled) V was as a series than the campy 1980s series version. Now, mind you, we're not talking about the excellent original miniseries. And HBO begins running the bloody good time that was season four of True Blood (8 p.m.) this week, beginning with "She's Not There," which follows a confused Sookie as she returns home to find out she's been gone for a long time and presumed dead.
Friday, Dec. 30
Chuck (NBC) 8 p.m. - "Chuck Versus the Baby"
Cheryl Ladd alert! Former Charlie's Angel Cheryl Ladd guest-stars as Sarah's mother, a woman who's deeply involved in a secret from Sarah's past. The beautiful spy heads off on a mission of her own involving that secret and runs into her original handler (Tom DeKay), who may be a threat to the people she loves. There's only a few more original episodes until Chuck is done forever.
Here's a preview:
Sanctuary (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Sanctuary for None, Part 2"
Part two of the two-part season-four finale! In the conclusion to the season finale, Henry and Tesla discover that the government has an evil plan for one of Tesla's designs which involves the trapped Abnormals. Meanwhile, Bigfoot and Kate dig into Caleb's leadership, and Will and Abby investigate Magnus. With no new season ordered, could this be the end of Sanctuary? Should it be?
Here's a sneak peek:
Other Friday shows of interest:
On the Cartoon Network, there's a new Generator Rex (6 p.m.), which follows Rex as he tries to retrieve the goggles that were lost in a fight in "Double Vision."
Saturday, Dec. 31
The Twilight Zone Marathon (Syfy) 9 a.m.
Syfy kicks off two full days of The Twilight Zone, beginning with "Escape Clause," which stars David Wayne as a man who sells his soul in exchange for immortality.
Here's a clip of "Escape Clause":
Other Saturday shows of interest:
TBS gives you the opportunity to ring the New Year in with a chuckle with The Big Bang Theory Marathon (7 p.m.), which runs until midnight.
Sunday, Jan. 1 - Happy New Year
Once Upon a Time Marathon (ABC) 7 p.m.
ABC airs the final four episodes of the season so far, which concludes with a big shocker. Once Upon a Time returns Sunday, Jan. 8.
Here's a preview of the last original episode, "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter":
Other Sunday shows of interest:
Syfy continues its The Twilight Zone marathon until 6 a.m. Monday morning. And Spike is running the original Star Wars trilogy (9 a.m.) twice, making for a full day of Star Wars goodness.
What are you going to watch?