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TV THIS WEEK: Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Z Nation and Van Helsing premiere

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Oct 1, 2018

Two high-profile premieres drop this week, along with several other debuts and a boatload of new episodes across the spectrum. But we're really all just here for Doctor Who and The Walking Dead.

Jodie Whittaker makes her debut as the first female Doctor on Doctor Who with a long-awaited premiere that will be simulcast across the globe. Early buzz is positive, but anticipation is through the roof. AMC's The Walking Dead returns this week with the beginning of the end for Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes. The show has been preparing for a major transition for a while now, but the pressure is on this season to prove the show can survive into the next phase of its life. Along with those two, SYFY is also launching new seasons of Z Nation and Van Helsing.

Beyond the premieres, we also have new episodes of The Good Place, Manifest, The Gifted, The Purge, God Friended Me, and a whole lot more. Check out our full rundown below and let us know what you'll be watching.

HIGHLIGHTS

The Good Place (NBC), Thursday 8:30PM - "The Brainy Bunch"

Michael's grand scheme hits an unexpected snag and forces him to take drastic measures.

Z Nation (SYFY), Friday 9PM - "Welcome to the Newpocalypse"

SEASON PREMIERE: Warren recovers from the drone crash with mysterious Cooper; and Doc and the others finally arrive in Newmerica, where they meet George, who is helping form the new country.

Van Helsing (SYFY), Friday 10PM - "Fresh Tendrils"

SEASON PREMIERE: Vanessa is once again resurrected and must confront her family's legacy. Axel, Scarlett, and the others fend off Blak Tek's forces, who hope to add Scarlett to their list of lab rats.

Doctor Who (BBC America), Sunday 8PM - "The Woman Who Fell to Earth"

SEASON PREMIERE: A mysterious woman who can't even remember her own name falls from the sky.

The Walking Dead (AMC), Sunday 9PM - "A New Beginning"

SEASON PREMIERE: Rick and his group make a risky run into Washington D.C. to search for artifacts they will need to build the civilization he and Carl envisioned.


MONDAY

Ghost Adventures (Travel), Monday 9PM - "Haunted Museums"

Zak calls on the four top personalities in the paranormal field to help prove he owns the most haunted museum in the world. Then the crew investigates reports of paranormal activity at the Titanic Museum in Branson, Mo.

HBO First Look: First Man (HBO), Monday 9:05PM

A behind-the-scenes look at the film "First Man," starring Ryan Gosling.

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

The passengers from Flight 828 find themselves under government scrutiny as they struggle to resume their lives. Michaela is forced to confront the fact that Jared is married to her once best friend, while Ben tries to help a fellow passenger reconnect with his son. Cal is approached by an obsessive stranger as Grace and Olive disagree on whether to reveal a devastating secret.


TUESDAY

The Gifted (Fox), Tuesday 8PM - "unMoored"

Thunderbird contacts a mutant lawyer who recruited him to the Underground years ago, hoping she can help him find the Inner Circle. Lauren and Andy have a shared dream, which distracts Andy from his training and prompts Reeva to consider cutting her losses with him, which, in turn, makes Andy second-guess his separation from his sister. Meanwhile, Reed must keep a huge secret from the group and Jace picks up the mutants' trail again.

The Outpost (The CW), Tuesday 9PM - "The Dragman Is Coming"

SEASON FINALE: The Season 1 finale: Talon, Garret, and Janzo return from the Greyskin wastelands to find the Outpost very different from how they left it. Talon faces Dred but is torn between getting revenge and saving her friends.

The Purge (USA), Tuesday 10PM - "Rise Up"

Catalina warns Jenna; Henry torments Penelope; Jane goes on a ride along with the Matron Saints.


WEDNESDAY

American Horror Story: Apocalypse (FX), Wednesday 10PM - "Could It Be... Satan?"

Episode 4 of "American Horror Story: Apocalypse."


THURSDAY

A Haunting (Travel), Thursday 8PM - "Blazing a Trail"

A fire reveals the dark and deadly past of a family's new home, and they must find help before a demon claims their lives as well.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Thursday 8PM - "The Procreation Calculation"

The Wolowitzes' life gets complicated when Stuart starts bringing his new girlfriend home. Also, Penny and Leonard talk about starting a family while Koothrappali explores an arranged marriage.

The Good Place (NBC), Thursday 8:30PM - "The Brainy Bunch"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

A Haunting (Travel), Thursday 9PM - "Masks of Ghost"

When a woman buys a set of Haitian masks to decorate her dream home, the voodoo spirit attached to the masks emerges to wreak havoc. A teenager with the "gift" gains the attention of restless spirits and must convince her family the ghosts are real.

The Walking Dead (AMC), Thursday 9:47PM - "Season 9 Premiere Sneak Peek"

A sneak peek of the Season 9 premiere of "The Walking Dead."


FRIDAY

BattleBots (Discovery), Friday 8PM - "Championship Night"

Four dominating bots put everything on the line to become the 2018 World Champion.

MacGyver (CBS), Friday 8PM - "Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship"

Jack receives an emergency distress signal from one of his old Delta buddies who is falsely accused of terrorism in a foreign country, so MacGyver and Jack quickly recruit the rest of Jack's old Delta team and stage an unsanctioned rescue op.

The Dead Files (Travel), Friday 9PM - "Revealed: Killed by the Klan - Key West, Fl."

In an enhanced episode, Steve and Amy travel to Key West, Fla., to investigate a couple's claims of hauntings in their home. While Steve uncovers a history of unspeakable crimes, Amy is horrified by visions of disfigured dead that still reside in the home.

Z Nation (SYFY), Friday 9PM - "Welcome to the Newpocalypse"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Haunted Live (Travel), Friday 10PM - "10-5-18"

Viewers participate in a live ghost hunt via social media as the Tennessee Wraith Chasers investigate of some of the country's most haunted locations.

Van Helsing (SYFY), Friday 10PM - "Fresh Tendrils"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.


SATURDAY

Ghost Adventures (Travel), Saturday 9PM - "Astoria Underground"

Zak and the crew begin their investigation of the Graveyard of the Pacific in Astoria, Oregon, where they explore the port city's infamous Shanghai tunnels and uncover a series of misfortunes connected the works of H.P. Lovecraft.


SUNDAY

God Friended Me (CBS), Sunday 8PM - "The Good Samaritan"

Miles' dreams come true when a satellite radio company wants to put his podcast on the air; Cara tries to build a relationship with her estranged mom; Rakesh is crushed when he spots Jaya on a date.

The Simpsons (Fox), Sunday 8PM - "Heartbreak Hotel"

Marge and Homer's marriage is tested when they travel to a tropical island to compete on Marge's favorite reality competition show.

Doctor Who (BBC America), Sunday 8PM - "The Woman Who Fell to Earth"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Family Guy (Fox), Sunday 9PM - "Dead Dog Walking"

Brian's marriage to Jess is not what he envisioned; at Peter's suggestion, Brian lets himself go, causing Jess to make a surprising decision.

The Walking Dead (AMC), Sunday 9PM - "A New Beginning"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

The Last Ship (TNT), Sunday 9PM - "Warriors"

After months of fighting, the crew of Nathan James must embark on a dangerous mission to secure important intelligence that could decide the fate of the war.

*TV listing information via TV Guide and Zap2it.

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