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TV THIS WEEK: Doom Patrol, Foundation, Star Wars: Visions and Midnight Mass premiere; new Lost Symbol & more

By Trent Moore

It's a loaded one for premieres this week, with everything from millennia-spanning epics, weirdo superheroes and a fresh take on Star Wars all buoying a schedule that should keep sci-fi fans locked in.

HBO Max has the Season 3 premiere of its acclaimed series Doom Patrol, which follows a ragtag group of heroes as they take on the weirder threats in the DC universe. Apple TV+ has one of its most ambitious sci-fi projects to date with the debut of Foundation, based on the Isaac Asimov book series. Disney+ continues its animation domination with the premiere of anime Star Wars: Visions, which reimagines the galaxy far, far away in a new form.

Netflix is rolling out its latest high profile horror series with the full season drop of Mike Flanagan's Midnight Mass, and NBC is premiering its reality-bending new drama Ordinary Joe, which explores how a man's life could change when one decision leads him down differing paths. Looking past the premieres, we have new episodes of The Lost Symbol and Frogger on Peacock; a new Marvel's What If...? on Disney+; and a new American Horror Story: Double Feature ... plus a whole lot more.

Fill up your queue, set your DVR, and check out the full rundown below.


Ordinary Joe (NBC), Monday 10 p.m. - "Way Leads on to Way"

SERIES PREMIERE: After his college graduation, Joe Kimbreau is faced with a pivotal decision that steers his life down three drastically different paths.

Star Wars: Visions (Disney Plus), Wednesday - "Series Premiere"

SERIES PREMIERE: Seven Japanese anime studios bring their unique talent and perspective to Star Wars: Visions - a collection of animated short films. As a first formal venture into anime, each short bears a unique Japanese sensibility, which in many ways aligns with the tone and spirit of Star Wars storytelling. From the beginning, stories told in the Star Wars galaxy have counted Japanese mythology and the films of Akira Kurosawa among their many influences, and these new visions will further explore that cultural heritage through the unique animation style and perspective of each anime studio.

The Lost Symbol (Peacock), Thursday - "The Araf"

A young Harvard symbologist must solve a series of deadly puzzles to save his kidnapped mentor and thwart a chilling global conspiracy.

Doom Patrol (HBO Max), Thursday - "Season 3 Premiere"

SEASON PREMIERE: Do you have what it takes to join a super-powered gang of outcasts? Starring Matt Bomer as Negative Man, Joivan Wade as Cyborg, Brendan Fraser as Robotman, Abigail Shapiro as Dorothy, and the legendary Timothy Dalton as The Chief, Season 3 of Doom Patrol is primed to explode.

Foundation (Apple TV+), Friday - "Series Premiere"

SERIES PREMIERE: The fate of an entire galaxy rests on the beliefs of Dr. Hari Seldon (Jared Harris). Will his conviction save humanity or doom it? Based on the award-winning novels by Isaac Asimov, Foundation chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire.

Midnight Mass (Netflix), Friday - Season 1

SERIES PREMIERE: This little island, so sleepy it might be dead. The isolated community on Crockett Island experiences miraculous events - and frightening omens – following the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest. An original series from Mike Flanagan.


The Da Vinci Code (SYFY), Monday 7:30 p.m.

A murder in the Louvre Museum and clues in paintings by Leonardo da Vinci lead to the discovery of a religious mystery that could rock the foundations of Christianity.

Roswell, New Mexico (The CW), Monday 8 p.m. - "Tones of Home"

Liz and Max continue to search for a way to stop Jones; Michel is worried about Alex; Isobel finds a big piece of the puzzle.

Ordinary Joe (NBC), Monday 10 p.m. - "Way Leads on to Way"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Creepshow (AMC), Monday 10 p.m. - "The Right Snuff; Sibling Rivalry"

Season 2 of the Shudder hit comes to cable: A misunderstanding in space ensures two astronauts go down in history for all the worst reasons; Lola is convinced her brother is trying to kill her but she's worried about the wrong monster.


DC's Stargirl (The CW), Tuesday 8 p.m. - "Summer School: Chapter Seven"

When the guilt over Brainwave's death becomes too much to handle, Yolanda is forced to make a heartbreaking decision.

Supergirl (The CW), Tuesday 9 p.m. - "Blind Spots"

Kelly is horrified when the Ormfell building implodes, injuring many in the community; Kelly embraces her power and fully steps into her role as Guardian.


Marvel's What If…? (Disney+), Wednesday - "Episode 7"

Flips the script on the MCU, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. Marvel Studios' first animated series focuses on different heroes from the MCU, featuring a voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their roles. The series is directed by Bryan Andrews; AC Bradley is head writer.

Star Wars: Visions (Disney Plus), Wednesday - "Series Premiere"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Riverdale (The CW), Wednesday 8 p.m. - "Chapter Ninety-Three: Dance of Death"

After learning that a friend has gone missing, Tabitha enlists help from Jughead and Betty to investigate the disappearance; Penelope plants doubt in Kevin's mind, which leads him to confront Cheryl about the ministry.

Archer (FXX), Wednesday 10 p.m. - "Dingo, Baby, et Cetera"

Lana makes rookie mistakes as ghosts from Archer's past haunt him on a special mission.

American Horror Story: Double Feature (FX), Wednesday 10 p.m. - "Winter Kills"

Ursula devises a sinister plan; the Gardners write their final act.


The Lost Symbol (Peacock), Thursday - "The Araf"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Doom Patrol (HBO Max), Thursday - "Season 3 Premiere"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Frogger (Peacock), Thursday - "New Episode"

A competition series bringing the beloved 1980s video game to life as contestants leverage both strategy and strength to take on supersized crossings amid daring obstacles, featuring epic landings and hilarious wipeouts along the way.

Titans (HBO Max), Thursday - "Souls"

Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find where they belong. In season three, circumstances draw our heroes to Gotham City, where they will reunite with old friends and face new threats.

The Outpost (The CW), Thursday 9 p.m. - "Guardian of the Asterkinj"

Talon and Luna must make a very difficult choice; Zed returns to the outpost with a heavy burden.

What We Do in the Shadows (FX), Thursday 10 p.m. - "The Chamber of Judgement"

Justice is served, both vampirically and also in small claims court.


Foundation (Apple TV+), Friday - "Series Premiere"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Midnight Mass (Netflix), Friday - Season 1

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Enemy of the State (SYFY), Friday 7 p.m.

A former NSA operative (Gene Hackman) aids the innocent victim (Will Smith) of a politically motivated assassination cover-up.


Cult of Chucky (USA), Saturday 7 p.m.

NETWORK PREMIERE: Chucky returns to terrorize his human victim, Nica, who is confined to an asylum for the criminally insane. Meanwhile, the killer doll has some scores to settle with his old enemies, with the help of his former wife.


The Simpsons (Fox), Sunday 8 p.m. - "The Star of the Backstage"

SEASON PREMIERE: A musical comes to life in Springfield as Marge stages a revival of her beloved high school show — but her wonderful memories are threatened by the return of a rival from the past.

Preview: All-Musical Event Starring Kristen Bell | THE SIMPSONS

The Walking Dead (AMC), Sunday 9 p.m. - "On the Inside"

Escaping from walkers, Connie and Virgil hide in a house occupied by mysterious creatures; Pope tests Daryl's loyalty to the Reapers with a conflicting mission; Kelly leaves Alexandria in search of Connie.

Family Guy (Fox), Sunday 9:30 p.m. - "LASIK Instinct"

SEASON PREMIERE: With her vision waning, Lois elects to get LASIK surgery but exploits her new disability for monetary gain; Peter, Chris and Stewie must partake in all the activities with Doug that his father neglects.

The Osbournes Want to Believe (Travel), Sunday 10 p.m. - "Playing With Dolls"

Jack attempts to convince Ozzy and Sharon that things aren't as they seem with video evidence of haunted dolls, poltergeist activity, a Russian UFO and a ghostly grandma; Jack's dog, Doug, joins the party for some moral support.

Talking Dead (AMC), Sunday 10 p.m. - "On The Walking Dead 1106"

Yvette Nicole Brown and Lauren Ridloff discuss the Season 11 episode of "The Walking Dead," "On the Inside"; host Chris Hardwick.

*TV listing information via network and streaming listings, Zap2it.