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TV THIS WEEK: Project Blue Book premieres; Manifest and The Good Place return

By Trent Moore
Project Blue Book History press photo

The holidays are behind us, 2019 is officially underway, and the regular season is finally starting to resume. This week we have several fall premieres/returns on the schedule, including some genre heavy hitters — plus an intriguing series premiere.

History is debuting its alien invasion drama Project Blue Book, based on the real-life military investigation wing into UFOs. The series is getting some solid early buzz and could be an interesting genre period piece. NBC's breakout hit series Manifest returns this week, along with The Good Place. Fox's The Gifted is also back from hiatus, though if the ratings don't improve, the show could be winding down its second and final season pretty soon.

Outside of those, there's also plenty of new stuff. Gotham continues its absolutely bonkers final season on Fox; Starz has a new Outlander; History has a new Vikings; and CBS has the return of The Big Bang Theory (in the midst of its own final season).

Check out our full rundown below and let us know what you think.


Manifest (NBC), Monday 10PM - "Crosswinds"

MIDSEASON PREMIERE: Michaela's mystifying, next level calling launches her on a mission that brings her relationship with Jared to a head. Determined to protect his family, Ben explores an alternate meaning to Michaela's calling that leads him to a new alliance and a powerful new adversary. Cal's struggle with Ben's absence from home forces the Stones into an agonizing confrontation that could alter the family's fabric forever.

Season 1, Episode 10: A New Enemy - Manifest (Promo)

Project Blue Book (History), Tuesday 10PM - "The Fuller Dogfight"

SERIES PREMIERE: Astrophysicist Dr. Allen Hynek is recruited by the U.S. Air Force into a top-secret program investigating UFOs; Dr. Hynek joins Capt. Michael Quinn to investigate the case of a military pilot who survived a dogfight with an alien craft.

Gotham (Fox), Thursday 8PM - "Trespassers"

Gordon and Bullock investigate a location where several kids have been kidnapped. Barbara proves to be an unlikely ally to Gordon. Meanwhile, Bruce looks into an alleged witch with healing powers for Selina, and Nygma deals with demons of his own.

The Good Place (NBC), Thursday 9:30PM - "The Book of Dougs"

Michael's resolve is put to the test. Meanwhile, Jason wrestles with his feelings and Chidi surprises Eleanor.

Outlander (Starz), Sunday 8PM - "If Not For Hope" 

Jamie, Claire, and Young Ian embark on a long uncertain journey to rescue Roger, while Brianna forges a friendship with one of Jamie's old friends as she fends off Aunt Jocasta's attempts to secure a husband.


The College Football Playoff National Championship Game between Alabama and Clemson looks to dominate the night, though there is a bit to see in regard to fresh genre fare thanks to NBC.

Manifest (NBC), Monday 10PM - "Crosswinds"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.


The Gifted (Fox), Tuesday 9PM - "meMento"

Reed worries as Lauren becomes intrigued by her ancestors and their violent powers. Lorna begins to reevaluate her trust in the Inner Circle after figuring out the past of Reeva's new trainees. Meanwhile, Benedict Ryan continues to encourage Jace to take action with the Purifiers. Marcos asks Clarice to go to the Morlocks in search of information on the Inner Circle, and Thunderbird gets a call from Evangeline.

Project Blue Book (History), Tuesday 10PM - "The Fuller Dogfight"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.


NOVA (PBS), Wednesday 9PM - "Einstein's Quantum Riddle"

Quantum entanglement is poised to revolutionize technology from networks to code breaking, but only if it's real. Physicists seek to capture light from across the universe in a bid to prove Einstein's "spooky action at a distance."

Vikings (History), Wednesday 9PM - "The Most Terrible Thing"

The adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes.


Gotham (Fox), Thursday 8PM - "Trespassers"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Thursday 8PM - "The Propagation Proposition"

Penny's ex-boyfriend, Zack, and his wife want a baby, but when Zack is infertile, they ask Leonard for help. Also, Koothrappali attempts to mend things with his ex-fiancée, Anu.

The Big Bang Theory - The Propagation Proposition (Preview)

Roswell: Mysteries Decoded (The CW), Thursday 9PM

A look into an active cold case investigation involving an unexplained crash in Roswell, N.M., in the summer of 1947. Led by investigator Jennifer Marshall and ufologist Ryan Sprague, the duo will attempt to uncover new evidence that could reveal one of the greatest government cover-ups of the 20th century.

Roswell: Mysteries Decoded Trailer | The CW

The Orville (Fox), Thursday 9PM - "Home"

Ed, Gordon, and Alara visit Alara's home planet.

The Orville s02e03 Promo "Home"

The Good Place (NBC), Thursday 9:30PM - "The Book of Dougs"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

The Dead Files (Travel), Thursday 10PM - "Revealed: Surrounded - Cedar Park, Texas"

In an enhanced episode, Amy and Steve travel to Cedar Park, Texas, to investigate bizarre paranormal sightings at a historic homestead. While Steve uncovers the town's disturbingly violent past, Amy encounters several unsettled spirits that she believes


Blindspot (NBC), Friday 8PM - "Check Your Ed"

The team's desperate gambit to get Jane back puts her head to head with Remi.

Blindspot 4x09 Promo HD "Check Your Ed"

MacGyver (CBS), Friday 8PM - "Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241"

The Phoenix teams up with a woman who's a soccer mom by day but a master thief by night to catch one of her contacts, an underworld criminal, who has hired her to steal a dirty bomb.

MacGyver - Fence + Suitcase + Americium-241 (Preview)

Ghost Adventures (Travel), Friday 9PM - "Haunted Hotels"

Zak and the crew return to Las Vegas to investigate the Riviera Hotel and Casino before its demolition. Then the guys investigate two locations haunted by the same violent entity in Eureka, Nevada.


Super 8 (AMC), Saturday 8PM

A series of unexplained events follows a horrifying train derailment, leading some young filmmakers (Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney) to suspect that the catastrophe was not an accident.

Captain America: Civil War (TNT), Saturday 8PM

Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side when a feud between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) leaves the Avengers in turmoil.

Ghost Adventures (Travel), Saturday 9PM - "Mineral Springs Hotel" 

In Alton, Ill., the crew investigates the Mineral Springs Hotel, which has witnessed multiple deaths; Zak believes a demonic entity is keeping these lost souls trapped inside the building.


God Friended Me (CBS), Sunday 8PM - "Miracle on 123rd Street" 

Miles is shocked when the God account sends him 76 simultaneous friend suggestions; Ali moves in with Miles while her apartment is being fumigated; Rakesh receives surprising news at work.

Outlander (Starz), Sunday 8PM - "If Not For Hope" 

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

*TV listing information via TV Guide and Zap2it.