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TV THIS WEEK: 'Finch' hits Apple TV, new 'Chucky' and 'Day of the Dead,' 'La Brea,' 'Doctor Who' & more

This week has killer dolls, killer sink holes, killer twists — and Tom Hanks hanging with a robot.

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As the back half of the World Series plays out this week, there's still plenty of sci-fi and genre programming for non-baseball fans on the dial — including some great horror fare to ring in the fall season for November.

The big movie release on streaming this week lands on Apple TV+, as the buzzy sci-fi film Finch — starring Tom Hanks as a man on a post-apocalyptic road trip with his dog and robot — becomes available this weekend. Apple has not been shy about making big swings with A-list stars, and they don't get much bigger than Hanks.

On the more traditional TV side, SYFY and USA have a new episode of the horror hit Chucky, while SYFY has a new episode of Day of the Dead. NBC has the latest installment of it's sci-fi mystery thriller La Brea, and BBC America has a new episode of Doctor Who, as Jodie Whittaker's Doctor continues on with the big new "Flux" storyline. HBO Max has a new episode of Doom Patrol ahead of next week's season finale.

The CW has plenty of new superhero shows filling out its schedule, with new Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Stargirl and Batwoman. For those keeping count, The Flash returns later in the month with a big kickoff event. If you're jonesing for more zombies after Day of the Dead, AMC has new episodes of Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond to finish out the weekend.

Queue up the full rundown below, as we've broken down all the sci-fi, fantasy and horror to save you the dive through the TV listings.

HIGHLIGHTS

La Brea (NBC), Tuesday 9 p.m. - "The Way Home"

With time running out before their window home closes, the survivors hatch a final escape attempt, but that plan is put into question when they receive a stark warning from Gavin that it will end in disaster, forcing Eve to make an impossible choice.

Chucky (SYFY/USA), Tuesday 10 p.m. - "Just Let Go'

Jake's bond with Devon intensifies as he teams up with an unlikely ally to outwit Chucky.

Finch (Apple TV+), Friday

FILM PREMIERE: Tom Hanks is Finch, a man who embarks on a moving and powerful journey to find a new home for his unlikely family—his beloved dog and a newly created robot—in a dangerous and ravaged world.

Day of the Dead (SYFY), Friday 10 p.m. - "Forest of the Damned"

An ordinary day in Mawinhaken takes a terrifying turn when the dead begin to rise; an election, a funeral, a wedding, a party and a day of mowing the lawn fall apart as the townsfolk fight for survival against the dead.

Doctor Who (BBC America), Sunday 8 p.m. - "Flux: War of the Sontarans"

An eccentric yet compassionate extraterrestrial Time Lord ventures through time and space to battle injustice and solve problems across the universe.


MONDAY

4400 (The CW), Monday 9 p.m. - "All Things Are Possible"

As the 4400 become even more disenchanted with their accommodations, new rules have everyone on edge; Andre and LaDonna help Claudette push her newfound ability to new limits; Shanice gets an unexpected visitor.

Ordinary Joe (NBC), Monday 10 p.m. - "The Letter"

The origins of Joe Kimbreau's three paths are revisited in greater detail over graduation weekend in 2011.


TUESDAY

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

As Eclipso unleashes the final part of his master plan, Courtney, Pat and the JSA band together to take him down once and for all.

La Brea (NBC), Tuesday 9 p.m. - "The Way Home"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Supergirl (The CW), Tuesday 9 p.m. - "Truth or Consequences"

Supergirl is determined to keep everyone safe from Lex and Nyxly, so she doubles down on patrol; Alex is torn between duty and finally allowing herself the time to enjoy her new family; Brainy receives heartbreaking news.

Chucky (SYFY/USA), Tuesday 10 p.m. - "Just Let Go"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.


WEDNESDAY

Rambo: Last Blood (SYFY), Wednesday 7 p.m.

NETWORK PREMIERE: War veteran John Rambo tries to find some semblance of peace by raising horses on a ranch in Arizona. But when a vicious Mexican cartel kidnaps a teenage girl, Rambo embarks on a bloody and personal quest to rescue her and punish those responsible.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW), Wednesday 8 p.m. - "Speakeasy Does It"

The legends arrive in Chicago and come across a speakeasy that caters to a diverse crowd, but their presence upsets a mob who then burns down the club; Gary points out something that Nate never realized about his relationship track record.

Batwoman (The CW), Wednesday 9 p.m. - "Antifreeze"

When Ryan makes Gotham's "30 Under 30" list, Luke worries about how Marquis's involvement in Ryan's rising popularity as Wayne Enterprises' acting CEO will land with Jada; Mary returns from a late night out not feeling quite herself.


THURSDAY

The Lost Symbol (Peacock), Thursday - New Episode

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

Gen:Lock (HBO Max), Thursday - Season 2 Premiere

In this action-packed adult animated series, an all-out war leaves only a handful of highly skilled soldiers fighting for the future of humanity. After sustaining devastating injuries, pilot Julian Chase (Michael B. Jordan) returns from the dead in the form of a Holon warrior, one of a select few whose mind is compatible with the mech-suit gen:LOCK program.

Foundation (Apple TV+), Thursday - New Episode

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.

Invasion (Apple TV+), Thursday - New Episode

We are not alone. Extraterrestrial beings have made their way to Earth from across the universe. Civilization could collapse. And survival is up to you. Follows a global cast - including Sam Neill, Golshifteh Farahani, Shamier Anderson, Billy Barrett, and Shioli Kutsuna - as they try to navigate a terrifying new reality infested by lethal aliens. 


Doom Patrol (HBO Max), Thursday - New Episode

Do you have what it takes to join a super-powered gang of outcasts?

Yesterday (FX), Thursday 8 p.m.

NETWORK PREMIERE: After a worldwide power outage, struggling musician Jack Malik wakes up to discover that no one has ever heard of the Beatles. When he starts to play the band's songs, he soon becomes a pop sensation in the eyes of the media and the adoring public.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (SYFY), Thursday 8 p.m.

NETWORK PREMIERE: As the dragon Smaug rains fire on the citizens of Lake-town, Sauron sends legions of Orcs to attack the Lonely Mountain. Men, Dwarves and Elves must decide whether to unite and prevail -- or be destroyed -- and Middle Earth hangs in the balance.

Ghosts (CBS), Thursday 9 p.m. - "Pete's Wife"

Pete convinces Sam to invite his living wife to the mansion, only to discover she's been keeping a dark secret from him; Sasappis gets angry with Thorfinn for binge-watching their favorite show without him; Trevor learns he may have a daughter.

Legacies (The CW), Thursday 9 p.m. - "See You on the Other Side"

Hope wrestles with her reality; Alaric entrusts the Super Squad to work together; Cleo confides in Landon; MG divulges some important information to Lizzie.


FRIDAY

Finch (Apple TV+), Friday

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Nancy Drew (The CW), Friday 9 p.m. - "The Vision of the Birchwood Prisoner"

After a major setback in the Frozen Hearts case, Nancy asks Temperance for help with an occult approach to getting answers from a murder suspect; the Bobbsey entanglement creates a world of trouble for Ace; George confronts someone from her past.

The UnXplained (History), Friday 9 p.m. - "The Hunt for Hidden Treasures"

Sunken ships filled with priceless cargo; lost cities of gold; ancient temples concealing untold riches; there's something about these hidden treasures that captures the human imagination.

Eli Roth's History of Horror (AMC), Friday 10 p.m. - "Mad Scientist"

SEASON FINALE: From Frankenstein to Frank N. Furter, mad scientists smash the barriers of polite society; featuring "Frankenstein," "Ex Machina," "The Invisible Man," "The Fly," "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," "Altered States" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

Day of the Dead (SYFY), Friday 10 p.m. - "Forest of the Damned"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.


SATURDAY

This looks like a fairly thin night. Maybe snag some tickets to see Marvel's Eternals? Or watch some college football, or catch up on your streaming queue, or just ... go for a walk?


SUNDAY

Doctor Who (BBC America), Sunday 8 p.m. - "Flux: War of the Sontarans"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

The Simpsons (Fox), Sunday 8 p.m. - "A Serious Flanders"

When a ruthless debt collector comes to Springfield, Homer and Ned's lives are sucked into the artfully violent world of prestige TV.

Legends of the Hidden Temple (The CW), Sunday 8 p.m. - "The Hindu Legend of Rama"

Contestants Josh and Nick, competitors on the original series in the '90s, return to compete as a team.

Fear the Walking Dead (AMC), Sunday 9 p.m. - "Breathe With Me"

Against the advice of the group, Sarah searches for Wendell, and in the process encounters a dangerous survivor who forces her to take part in a search of his own.

Family Guy (Fox), Sunday 9:30 p.m. - "Cootie & The Blowhard"

Stewie takes drastic measures when he thinks he is diagnosed with terminal cooties; Peter becomes infatuated with Bonnie's cooking.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond (AMC), Sunday 10 p.m. - "Who Are You?"

A member of the group becomes the target of an investigation; while some grow further apart, others begin to grow closer.

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

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