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TV THIS WEEK: The Magicians season premiere; Outlander finale; Arrow and Black Lightning return

By Trent Moore
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This week, SYFY is looking to cast a fresh spell with a new season of The Magicians, while the rest of the Arrowverse (or at least most of it) makes its midseason return. Plus a whole lot more.

The lead story this week is likely The Magicians, an all-new season of SYFY's acclaimed urban fantasy hit. At Starz, there's also the pending season finale of time-travel period drama Outlander. Digging a bit deeper, Arrow has its midseason return on The CW; NBC has an all-new The Good Place (which is in the midst of a positively bonkers season); and SYFY has a new episode of high-concept series Deadly Class. Fox has a new installment of buzzy freshman series The Passage, while NBC has a new Manifest — and that's really only scratching the surface.

Check out our full rundown below and let us know what you'll be watching.


Arrow (The CW), Monday 8PM - "My Name Is Emiko Queen"

MIDSEASON PREMIERE: Oliver is ready to get back to work with the SCPD and to focus on his marriage with Felicity. However, when Dinah tasks Oliver with tracking the new Green Arrow, things take a surprising turn. Meanwhile, Diggle and Lyla must answer to ARGUS about Diaz.

Arrow | My Name Is Emiko Queen Extended Promo | The CW

The Magicians (SYFY), Wednesday 9PM - "A Flock Of Lost Birds"

SEASON PREMIERE: Brian takes a friend out for ice cream, while Sam is one week away from retirement.

Deadly Class (SYFY), Wednesday 10PM - "Noise, Noise, Noise"

To survive at an elite academy for Deadly Arts, a teenager goes against very dangerous people.

The Good Place (NBC), Thursday 9:30PM - "Pandemonium"

Various events occur, in a certain specific order.

Outlander (Starz), Sunday 8PM - "Man of Worth"

SEASON FINALE: Honeymooning in 1945 Scotland, a combat nurse is suddenly transported back to the 1700s.


Arrow (The CW), Monday 8PM - "My Name Is Emiko Queen"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Black Lightning (The CW), Monday 9PM - "The Book of Rebellion: Chapter Three: Angelitos Negros"

MIDSEASON PREMIERE: Still on the run, Jennifer and Khalil succumb to their feelings for one another and begin planning their future together. Meanwhile, Jefferson approaches Henderson with a favor.

Black Lightning | The Book of Rebellion: Chapter Three: Angelitos Negros Extended Promo | The CW

The Passage (Fox), Monday 9PM - "You Owe Me a Unicorn"

Amy and a wounded Brad continue on the run from Richards and attempt to seek refuge with an elusive, ex-military instructor of Brad's, while Lila tries to help from afar. Meanwhile, at Project NOAH, Dr. Lear reflects on the decisions that compelled him to involve Fanning in his research, and testing of the virus on Anthony Carter begins as the epidemic in China spreads and the race for a cure intensifies.

Preview: Your Next Thriller Obsession | Season 1 | THE PASSAGE

Manifest (NBC), Monday 10PM - "Vanishing Point"

When Cal is discovered missing from his bedroom, Grace and Ben launch a desperate search that takes them to the remote mountains of upstate New York. A tantalizing trail of breadcrumbs leads them to a startling, game-changing discovery. Meanwhile, Michaela confronts the deceptive Autumn, and the shadowy "Major" finally makes an appearance.


The Flash (The CW), Tuesday 8PM - "Seeing Red"

During a battle with Cicada, Nora is severely injured. Due to Cicada's dampening powers, Nora's speed healing isn't working, leaving Barry and Iris scared for their daughter's future. Upset about his injured child, the Flash is filled with rage and confronts Cicada in a brutal battle. Meanwhile, Killer Frost keeps interfering with Caitlin's work on the cure.

The Flash | Seeing Red Promo | The CW

Roswell, New Mexico (The CW), Tuesday 9PM - "So Much for the Afterglow"

The anniversary of Rosa's death reignites tensions as the town takes aim at Liz and her father, Auturo, for what happened on that fateful day 10 years ago. Meanwhile, Max confronts Michael and Isobel, who are concerned that his feelings for Liz will expose their secret. Elsewhere, Master Sergeant Manes' attempt to convince Kyle of the alien conspiracy in Roswell takes an unexpected turn. Finally, Liz and Kyle make a shocking revelation about Rosa's death.

Roswell, New Mexico | So Much For The Afterglow Promo | The CW

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

Lauren stops sleeping so she can avoid the forces in her dreams pushing her toward joining Andy and giving in to her dark side. Glow is in trouble after being shot by the Purifiers, and Blink convinces the Morlocks to let Caitlin save Glow. Meanwhile, Polaris learns the details of what Reeva is planning, and Reed helps Lauren fight off her dreams.

Project Blue Book (History), Tuesday 10PM - "The Lubbock Lights"

Residents of Lubbock, a town in Texas, claim to have seen a UFO, and Dr. Hynek and Captain Quinn are asked to look into such claims.


Riverdale (The CW), Wednesday 8PM - "Chapter Forty-Five: The Stranger"

With SATs around the corner, Alice and FP urge Jughead and Betty to stop investigating G&G and start focusing on their SAT prep. However, when Alice takes things one step too far, Betty is forced to come face to face with someone from her past. Finally, Jughead makes a bold move against the Gargoyle Gang.

Riverdale | Chapter Forty-Five: The Stranger Promo | The CW

The Magicians (SYFY), Wednesday 9PM - "A Flock Of Lost Birds"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Vikings (History), Wednesday 9PM - "What Happens in the Cave"

Ubbe is forced into hand-to-hand combat; Floki reaches new depths and is met by a shocking sight; Bjorn sets off for Scandinavia with an old rival.

Deadly Class (SYFY), Wednesday 10PM - "Noise, Noise, Noise"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.


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

Gordon and Penguin are forced to work together and alliances are shaken when Lucius, Nygma, and Barbara all have different ideas of the culprit behind recent events at Haven. Meanwhile, Selina continues her quest for revenge against Jeremiah.

Siren (Freeform), Thursday 8PM - "The Arrival"

With more mermaids landing at Bristol Cove's shores, the threat of discovery increases; following his encounter with the siren song, Ben tries to cope with the aftereffects; Maddie's mother returns to town and tries to connect with her daughter.

Supernatural (The CW), Thursday 8PM - "Damaged Goods"

Dean spends some bonding time with Mary and Donna. Nick finally finds the answer he has been searching for. Sam is left to make an unimaginable choice.

Supernatural | Damaged Goods Promo | The CW

Legacies (The CW). Thursday 9PM - "Maybe I Should Start From the End"

After discovering that Landon is in trouble, Hope and Alaric set out in search for him. Along the way, they uncover some startling information about Landon's past.

Legacies | Maybe I Should Start From The End Promo | The CW

The Orville (Fox), Thursday 9PM - "All the World Is Birthday Cake"

The Orville makes First Contact and a new crew member joins the ship.

The Good Place (NBC), Thursday 9:30PM - "Pandemonium"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.


Ghost Adventures (Travel), Friday 9PM - "True Nightmares"

The crew comes face to face with the most evil doll in the world. Then Zak faces his intense fear of clowns when the guys investigate a clown-themed motel.


Planet Earth: Dynasties (BBC America), Saturday 9PM - "Chimpanzee"

A group of chimps in Senegal is led by an alpha male named Dave.

Ghost Adventures (Travel), Saturday 9PM - "Extra Pulses: The Viper Room"

Zak and the crew investigate the Viper Room on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Calif.; with the death of an actor and the unsolved disappearance of a business partner in its past, the nightclub is filled with sinister energy; enhanced.


Supergirl (The CW), Sunday 8PM - "Blood Memory"

Kara joins Nia on a trip to Nia's hometown to visit her family during the town's annual Harvest Festival; Alex deals with a street drug that is turning people violent and giving them temporary superpowers.

Supergirl | Suspicious Minds Extended Promo | The CW

Charmed (The CW), Sunday 9PM - "Witch Perfect"

Macy is eager to share the information she has learned with her sisters; Maggie decides to try out for an a cappella group; Mel runs into an unexpected person from her past.

Charmed | Keep Calm And Harry On Promo | The CW

Outlander (Starz), Sunday 8PM - "Man of Worth"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Counterpart (Starz), Sunday 9PM - "No Strings Attached"

A cog in a bureaucratic agency discovers his agency is guarding a crossing to a parallel dimension.

*TV listings via TV Guide, Zap2it.