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TV THIS WEEK: 'Elseworlds' begins, Nightflyers rolls out, Counterpart premieres and more

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Jan 3, 2019, 4:00 PM EST (Updated)

From superhero crossovers in Gotham City to a swift rollout for SYFY’s latest horror thriller, it’s looking to be a busy week on TV. So let’s break it all down.

The biggest story this week is the launch of the Arrowverse’s latest crossover event, “Elseworlds,” which begins with a special episode of The Flash on Sunday night. So technically, yes, we’re getting two episodes of The Flash this week (counting the regular episode on Tuesday night). “Elseworlds” will continue into next week. At SYFY, the network is rolling out the first season of its George R.R. Martin sci-fi horror series Nightflyers on a daily basis, with new episodes almost every night. So be sure to set your DVR accordingly.

Beyond "Elseworlds," we have new episodes across the Arrowverse, with Oliver suiting back up on Arrow; Constantine facing some personal demons on Legends of Tomorrow; and a mysterious disappearance on Black Lightning. NBC has a new installment of The Good Place that promises to be very Janet-centric, and tensions finally boil over on Fox’s X-Men drama, The Gifted. If you’re looking for some alt-reality mind-trippiness, Starz’s acclaimed drama Counterpart also returns for a new season this week.

Plus a whole lot more! Check out our full rundown below, then let us know what you’ll be watching.


Nightflyers (SYFY), Monday 10 p.m. - “Torches And Pitchforks”

D'Branin puts his team first as panic spreads. Eris resorts to bold measures to restore balance.

The Gifted (Fox), Tuesday 8 p.m. - “gaMe changer”

Tensions within the Inner Circle are at an all-time high as Andy comes to Rebecca's defense against Reeva. After making an important discovery about Dr. Risman's research, Lauren convinces Reed and Caitlin that they must take action to destroy it. Frustrated with not being taken seriously, Jace begins to strategize with the Purifiers. Meanwhile, the Mutant Underground continues to work on saving mutants. However, tensions flare between Blink and Thunderbird as they confront their differences.

The Good Place (NBC), Thursday 8:30 p.m. - “Janet(s)”

With Janet's help, Michael hatches a plan.

The Flash (The CW), Sunday 8 p.m. - “Elseworlds, Part 1”

When Barry and Oliver Queen wake up one morning and realize they have swapped bodies, the two set off to find out what disturbed the timeline to cause such a shift.

Counterpart (Starz), Sunday 9 p.m. - “Inside Out” 

While hiding in Howard's life, Howard Prime must avoid detection at home and at the OI; Quayle and Clare struggle to adjust to their new arrangement.


Arrow (The CW), Monday 8 p.m. - “Unmasked”

Felicity stands by her recent decisions regarding her family. Meanwhile, Diggle and Lyla continue to look into the Dante painting that Curtis found.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW), Monday 9 p.m. - “Hell No, Dolly!”

With Rory and Ava at odds, Sara tries to come up with a way for them to get along, but all is put on hold when a new magical creature attacks the Legends. Constantine is forced to confront his tragic past, but it could have devastating consequences for the rest of the team. Meanwhile, Mona has a crush on someone she works with and gets some advice from Nate.

Nightflyers (SYFY), Monday 10 p.m. - “Torches And Pitchforks”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.


HBO First Look: Mortal Engines (HB), Tuesday 8 p.m.

A first look at the upcoming sci-fi epic, where entire cities roam the Earth looking for smaller cities to devour.

The Flash (The CW), Tuesday 8 p.m. - “What's Past Is Prologue”

Barry and Team Flash come up with a plan to stop Cicada. The plan calls for Barry and Nora to travel back in time to gather some key necessities, however, and Barry hesitates, concerned about his daughter seeing certain parts of his life. Meanwhile, Sherloque takes his concerns about Nora to Iris, and Caitlin turns up a key asset in the fight against Cicada.

The Gifted (Fox), Tuesday 8 p.m. - “gaMe changer”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

Black Lightning (The CW), Tuesday 9 p.m. - “The Book of Rebellion: Chapter One: Exodus”

The Pierce family is reeling in the wake of Jennifer's disappearance. Jefferson, Lynn, and Anissa all gather to discuss the most effective way to find her. After learning that Jennifer is with Khalil, Lynn goes to Detective Henderson to ask him to issue a warrant for Khalil's arrest. Meanwhile, Jennifer and Khalil are doing their best to stay off the grid, but Tobias' new henchwoman Cutter is closing in on them.

Nightflyers (SYFY), Tuesday 10 p.m. - “The Abyss Stares Back”

D'Branin investigates the source of the malfunctions. Rowan prepares Thale for first contact.


Riverdale (The CW), Wednesday 8 p.m. - “Chapter Forty-Two: The Man in Black”

Fearful that he will be caught, Archie hits the road and ends up at a farm outside Riverdale, where he meets Laurie Lake. Meanwhile, Alice takes extreme measures to ensure Betty's safety from the Gargoyle King, and Betty finds herself up against a formidable foe from her past. Finally, after learning that La Bonne Nuit is in trouble, Veronica makes a risky business decision that could cost her everything.

Vikings (History), Wednesday 9 p.m. - “Murder Most Foul”

Ivar the Boneless asserts his leadership over the Heathen Army. Meanwhile, Lagertha reigns as the Queen of Kattegat.

Nightflyers (SYFY), Wednesday 10 p.m. - “White Rabbit”

The white rabbit probe puzzles the science team. D'Branin learns a secret from Agatha's past.


Supernatural (The CW), Thursday 8 p.m. - “Byzantium”

Sam and Dean join forces with an unexpected ally, and the outcome will alter the course of two lives. Meanwhile, Heaven faces an attack from a dark force, driving Castiel to make an enormous sacrifice to make things right.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Thursday 8 p.m. - “The VCR Illumination”

Sheldon and Amy are still down about their theory being disproven, but a VHS tape from Sheldon's past inspires him not to give up. Also, Bernadette turns into a pageant mom when she tries to help Wolowitz ace his Magic Castle audition.

The Good Place (NBC), Thursday 8:30 p.m. - “Janet(s)”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

Legacies (The CW), Thursday 9 p.m. - “Mombie Dearest”

Lizzie and Josie prepare for their long-awaited sweet sixteen party, while Alaric finds himself preoccupied with the latest supernatural arrival — one that hits a little too close to home. Elsewhere, Penelope's latest plan gives MG one last shot at impressing Lizzie on her big day, while an unexpected betrayal causes tensions to boil over between Hope and Rafael.

Nightflyers (SYFY), Thursday 10 p.m. - “Greywing”

Lommie's talents come in handy for D'Branin. Rowan and Tessia develop a theory about alien life.


Blindspot (NBC), Friday 8 p.m. - “Screech, Thwack, Pow”

Remi races against the ever-worsening ZIP poisoning to enact her ultimate plan.

MacGyver (CBS), Friday 8 p.m. - “Matty + Ethan + Fidelity”

Matty reveals a shocking secret to the team: She has a husband who's been undercover in a criminal organization called D-Company for eight years. When his status as a CIA agent comes out, Matty needs MacGyver to find and extract her husband before it's too late.

Midnight, Texas (NBC), Friday 9 p.m. - “No More Mr. Nice Kai”

An unknown force threatens to reveal all the Midnighters' secrets. Manfred's suspicion toward Kai intensifies. Fiji embraces Dark Magic to save Bobo once and for all.

Z Nation (SYFY), Friday 9 p.m. - “State Of Mine”

Altura militiamen force Talkers to mine a hazardous waste landfill for the secret ingredient to bizkits.

Van Helsing (SYFY), Friday 10 p.m. - “Outside World”

Vanessa, trapped in an abandoned slaughterhouse, wrestles between the light and dark sides of her own self before she can move forward on her path to find the Final Elder.


Sorry, folks, it's a slow night. Head to the movies, catch up on your DVR, dig into Netflix, or read a book.


God Friended Me (CBS), Sunday 8 p.m. - “Coney Island Cyclone”

Miles and Arthur face their own unresolved emotions when the God account sends Miles the name of one of Arthur's parishioners who recently lost his wife; Rakesh and Cara hunt down a new lead on the hacker they think may be behind the God account.

The Simpsons (Fox), Sunday 8 p.m. - “'Tis the 30th Season”

After a failed Black Friday shopping spree, Marge is determined to fix Christmas; Homer and the kids surprise Marge with a vacation to a Florida resort.

Family Guy (Fox), Sunday 9 p.m. - “Pawtucket Pete”

The brewery's new bosses decide to change the company's mascot; in an attempt to be crowned the new face of Pawtucket Ale, Peter and Brian go head to head.

The Flash (The CW), Sunday 8 p.m. - “Elseworlds, Part 1”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

Charmed (The CW), Sunday 9 p.m. - “Jingle Hell”

Mel turns to Harry for guidance after learning information that leaves her questioning everything she knows; Macy is determined not to let fate get in the way of her potential relationship with Galvin.

Doctor Who (BBC America), Sunday 8 p.m. - “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos”

On the planet of Ranskoor Av Kolos lies the remains of a brutal battlefield, but as The Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan answer nine separate distress calls, they discover the planet holds far more secrets.

Outlander (Starz), Sunday 8 p.m. - “Blood of My Blood”

Jamie and Claire are surprised when Lord John Grey drops in on Fraser's Ridge with an unexpected traveling companion; when Grey takes ill, Claire must reconcile her personal feelings with her duties as a doctor.

Counterpart (Starz), Sunday 9 p.m. - “Inside Out” 

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

Nightflyers (SYFY), Sunday 10 p.m. - “The Sacred Gift”

D'Branin and his team explore a more permanent solution to their problem.

*TV listing information via TV Guide, Zap2it.