FALL SCI-FI TV PREVIEW: Your complete guide to 45 returning shows

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Dec 17, 2012

There are zombies and dragons and world-ruling Observers headed our way, as well as ghosts and vampires and werewolves (and sometimes they're all in the same TV show). This is part two of our three-part Fall 2012 TV Preview, and we've got enough info here to make your head explode.

Fringe heads to the future for its final season, the dead continue to walk and get more gross-looking on The Walking Dead, Diana Rigg becomes a queen on Game of Thrones, Elena becomes a vampire ... or does she on The Vampire Diaries, and Doctor Who gets a new companion.

To get the scoop on all your favorites, we hunted down show creators and producers to see if they had a quote to give us on their upcoming seasons.

Here's our list of 45 shows that are returning or continuing, as well as some series that have fates that are yet to be determined.

Returning and Continuing Shows

Alphas, Syfy

Season two is currently airing on Mondays at 8 p.m.

Alphas is about half way through its season, and ratings are decent. However, if Syfy has made any decisions about a third season of Alphas, they haven't announced it yet.

Here's a look at next week's episode:

American Horror Story: Asylum, FX

Season two premieres Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 10 p.m.

Season two is an entirely new story, with a new setting and some of season one's cast returning in different roles. So whatever you think you know about American Horror Story, forget about it. The only thing to take away from season one is that each season will be a completely new story that's self-contained. For season two, Jessica Lange will take center stage for the story, which is set in the 1960s at a mental institution run by Lange's character. The cast includes returning actors Lange, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe, and new actors James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Franka Potente, Jenna Dewan, Adam Levine and Clea Duvall.

While there won't be any ghosts this season, the horror will take other forms, said actress Sarah Paulson. "This season is much more of a psychological terror and preying on all of our fears as humans about being left, being unwanted, unloved and disenfranchised. So it's got, I think, a much more ... I don't know. It taps into a kind of universal fear that we all have. I think that makes it all the more terrifying for me. It's not just about things that go bump in the night."

Here's a freaky look: