TV THIS WEEK: Terra Nova debuts, a Doctor may die and more!

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Dec 15, 2012

The biggest premiere of fall, Terra Nova, finally arrives in a two-hour opener. And then it's time to say goodbye to some of the final summer entries, as Doctor Who, Alphas, Haven and Archer sign off until next year.

The other big premiere is BBC America's spirit-infested Bedlam. And a superhero pops up on Castle, Stefan has a run-in with a really old flame on The Vampire Diaries, a mysterious stranger arrives asking questions about The Secret Circle, Finch and Reese look into a dead Person of Interest, that wall in Sam's brain starts tumbling down in Supernatural, and a serial killer brings the Fringe teams together on Fringe.

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

Monday, Sept. 26

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

Season-one premiere! On a dying Earth in the far future, a cop named Jim Shannon (Jason O'Mara) breaks the law to protect his family. The Shannon family is forced to take drastic action if they are going to stay together, even if it means traveling through a crack in time to the Earth's prehistoric past with the Tenth Pilgrimage, a group of colonists who are traveling back in time with hopes of giving humanity a second chance. From producer Steven Spielberg.

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Other Wednesday shows of interest:

On Syfy's Paranormal Witness (10 p.m.), a Connecticut home renovation proves to be a bad idea for a woman in "The Haunting of Mansfield Mansion." And on History's Ancient Aliens (9 p.m.), it's an exploration of "Aliens and Evil Places," including Australia's Black Mountains and a forest near Mount Fuji in Japan.

Thursday, Sept. 29

The Vampire Diaries (The CW) 8 p.m. - "The End of the Affair"

Klaus and Stefan hit Chicago, where Stefan runs into a vamp (Claire Holt) who once loved him, which leads to a flashback to the 1920s. Meanwhile, Damon and Elena are hot on Stefan's trail, and Tyler turns to Caroline's mother for help. Heroes fave Jack Coleman (aka HRG) guest-stars as someone who wants to "fix" an imprisoned Caroline.

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Other Sunday shows of interest:

On TLC's Long Island Medium (10 & 10:30 p.m.), real-life psychic medium Theresa Caputo meets the spirit of a 6-year-old boy who she's not sure she can help in "Spirit Release."

What are you going to watch?