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TV THIS WEEK: The Mandalorian, Star Trek: Discovery, The Walking Dead franchise and more

By Trent Moore
The Mandalorian

Sure, most eyes will probably be on the news this week — Tuesday is Election Day, after all — but there's still plenty of geeky stuff to keep us busy and distracted from reality as needed.

The big story is on Disney Plus this week, where an all new episode of The Mandalorian is rolling out. The streamer also has a new episode of its Space Race docu-drama The Right Stuff. CBS All Access has a new episode in its future-set season of Star Trek: Discovery and The CW continues its jaw-dropping march toward the Supernatural series finale.

Digging deeper, AMC has an all-new night of zombie thrills with new episodes of Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond; Showtime has the network premiere of recent horror flick Brahms: The Boy II; SYFY has a Futurama marathon on Election Night if you're looking to tune out the news; and Fox has a new Simpsons and Family Guy. Of course, we've also flagged plenty of fun genre movies on the dial.

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


Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access), Thursday - "Forget Me Not"

Burnham and Adira visit the Trill homeworld while Saru's efforts on the Discovery to help the crew reconnect yield surprises

Supernatural (The CW), Thursday 8PM - "Despair"

With the plan in full motion, Sam, Dean, Castiel and Jack fight for the good of the common goal.

Supernatural | Season 15 Episode 18 | Despair Promo | The CW

Brahms: The Boy II (Showtime), Friday 9PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: Terror strikes when a boy discovers a doll that appears to be eerily human.

The Mandalorian (Disney Plus), Friday - "Chapter 10"

The Mandalorian must ferry a passenger with precious cargo on a risky journey.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond (AMC), Sunday 10:12PM - "Shadow Puppets"

When an unexpected newcomer reveals information that could help them reach their destination, the group cuts a deal; while some are intrigued by the new arrival, others are suspicious.


Pitch Black (SYFY), Monday 7:30PM

After crash landing on a distant planet, survivors (Radha Mitchell, Vin Diesel, Cole Hauser) must fight deadly creatures that come out only at night.

Shaft (MOMAX), Monday 8:05PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: When his best friend dies under mysterious circumstances, an FBI cyber security expert joins forces with his father — the legendary cop John Shaft — to scour the streets of Harlem and uncover the truth.


Futurama Marathon (SYFY), Tuesday

Looking to tune out election night coverage for a while? Well, jumping ahead about a thousands years into the future with the Planet Express crew should do the trick.

LEGO DC Shazam: Magic and Monsters (Cartoon Network), Tuesday 7PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: The further adventures of wisecracking superhero Shazam.


The Predator (FX), Wednesday 8PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: The universe's most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with new DNA. Now, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biologist can save the human race from extinction.

American Ninja Warrior (NBC), Wednesday 9PM - "Finals 2"

The competition intensifies as the remaining ninjas take their shot at the finals course, and the elite few who move on to the top eight compete in a playoff bracket where they race head-to-head on the Power Tower to determine the winner of $100,000.

An Epic Ending to an Unforgettable Season - American Ninja Warrior 2020

Paranormal: Captured (Travel), Wednesday 10PM - "Lady of the Night"

The White Swan in Henley is reported to be a haunted hotspot. This former jailhouse with gallows has a gruesome history and the owners believe a lady of the night still roams. Paranormal Investigator MJ Dickson is on the hunt for stronger evidence.


Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access), Thursday - "Forget Me Not"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Supernatural (The CW), Thursday 8PM - "Despair"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Skyscraper (FX), Thursday 8PM

Former FBI agent Will Sawyer gets framed for a blazing fire in the world's tallest building. Now a wanted man and on the run, he must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family when they become trapped inside the inferno.

The Fifth Element (SYFY), Thursday 8:30PM

A New York City cabdriver (Bruce Willis) tries to save 2259 Earth from impact with an onrushing anti-life force.

The Outpost (The CW), Thursday 9PM - "Under Yavalla's Control"

Tobin returns to the outpost with an army -- and a secret; Talon presses for answers and a fight ensues.


The Mandalorian (Disney Plus), Friday - "Chapter 10"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

The Right Stuff (Disney Plus), Friday - "Episode 6"

The incredible story of the early days of the U.S. space program, based on the iconic bestseller by Tom Wolfe. At the height of the Cold War, newly formed NASA selects seven of the military's best test pilots to become astronauts. Competing to be the first in space, these men achieve the extraordinary, inspiring the world to turn towards a new horizon of ambition and hope.

Brahms: The Boy II (Showtime), Friday 9PM

See more in our "Highlights" section above.


Escape Plan (SYFY), Saturday 7PM

An expert (Sylvester Stallone) in prison security joins forces with an inmate (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to break out of a top-secret, high-tech facility.

Urban Legends: Final Cut (TMC), Saturday 9PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: A film student's (Jennifer Morrison) crew fights a killer on the set.


The Simpsons (Fox), Sunday 8PM - "The 7 Beer Itch"

When Marge and the kids take a seaside vacation, Homer is unwittingly tempted by a British femme fatale.

Pandora (The CW), Sunday 8PM - "Pay in Blood"

Xander, Ralen, and Jett help defend a mining colony that is under constant siege from pirates; Jax is recruited by Osborn for a secret mission.

Fear the Walking Dead (AMC), Sunday 9PM - "Honey"

Dwight and Sherry team up with a mysterious faction of people to take down Ginny; when Morgan unexpectedly offers to help, a power struggle ensues.

Family Guy (Fox), Sunday 9:30PM - "La Famiglia Guy"

When Joe asks Peter to be the godfather to his daughter, Peter commits to his mistaken interpretation of the role so much that he becomes a real gangster.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond (AMC), Sunday 10:12PM - "Shadow Puppets"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

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