TV THIS WEEK: Legends of Tomorrow returns, new The Magicians, Beyond and more

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Dec 26, 2019, 2:51 PM EST (Updated)

We have to be honest on this one: The Winter Olympics are sucking pretty much all the air out of the room this week, leaving things pretty thin on the genre front. But if you're not completely engrossed with all the curling and snowboarding, there are still a few things to check out.

The biggest story this week is the return of The CW's Legends of Tomorrow, complete with a heaping dose of Matt Ryan's John Constantine. There's also a new Black Lightning, but beyond that, the rest of the network's super-shows are off — so these are pretty much the only options when it comes to capes and cowls. SYFY also has a new Channel Zero: Butcher Block and The Magicians. Digging a bit deeper, TBS is showing off a preview of its new animated series Final Space, and Freeform has a new Beyond.

Check out our full rundown below and let us know what Olympics alternative programming you'll be seeing.


DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW), Monday 8PM - "Daddy Darhkest"

MIDSEASON PREMIERE: After Sara's encounter with Mallus, the Legends are paid a visit by John Constantine, a demonologist detective. The Legends agree to accompany him to a present-day psychiatric hospital, and they are surprised to discover who Constantine is trying to help. During the exorcism, Sara, Leo, and Constantine go missing, leaving Ray and Zari to try to take care of Constantine's client. Meanwhile, Amaya and Nate once again come face to face with Kuasa.


Channel Zero: Butcher's Block (SYFY), Wednesday 10PM - "Father Time"

Alice becomes more deeply entangled with the Peach family and their dark history, while Zoe begins to behave strangely following her unexplained return to Garrett.


Beyond (Freeform), Thursday 8PM - "Bedposts"

Holden turns to Charlie for help in understanding what is happening with him and the Realm, but she is reluctant to share why she's back in Fort Reed. Jeff digs up info on the mysterious Edgar and what his connection to Holden might be. Diane and Tom feel pressured to learn more about Pastor Ian. Meanwhile, Willa and Holden realize they need to work on their communication.


Final Space (TNT), Saturday 10:30PM - "Sneak Peek"

A preview of the animated space comedy, which chronicles adventures of an astronaut and his planet-destroying pal.


DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW), Monday 8PM - "Daddy Darhkest"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Battle: Los Angeles (SYFY), Monday 9PM

The sci-fi action flick is one heck of a fun romp, best described as Black Hawk Down with aliens.


Black Lightning (The CW), Tuesday 9PM - "And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light"

An unexpected phone call unearths the long-buried need for Jefferson to investigate the murder of his father. Meanwhile, Annisa wrestles with the fact that her actions have dire consequences, and Jennifer learns the importance of controlling her temper in all situations.


The Magicians (SYFY), Wednesday 9PM - "Do You Like Teeth?"

Quentin faces a formidable foe, as Julia helps Alice with a dangerous endeavor.

Channel Zero: Butcher's Block (SYFY), Wednesday 10PM - "Father Time"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.


Beyond (Freeform), Thursday 8PM - "Bedposts"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

The Book of Eli (AMC), Thursday 8PM

This meditative tale of the post-apocalypse is absolutely fantastic, and the perfect option for a slow night.


Ancient Aliens: Declassified (History), Friday 8PM - "Angels, Gods and Heroes"

Myths and legends have long been regarded as fantastic stories that describe powerful gods, mutant giants, and monsters. A look into the possibility that myths and legends were really eyewitness accounts of ancient astronauts descending to Earth.

Josh Gates' Destination Truth (Travel), Friday 9PM - "Hanging Coffins and Bigfoot"

Josh braves the Philippine jungles to explore a graveyard unlike any other. Then, in Kazakhstan, the team is on the hunt for Central Asia's Bigfoot.


Ghost Adventures (Travel), Saturday 9PM - "Extra Pulses: Hell Hole Prison"

The crew arrives in Arizona to investigate the dark energy found at Yuma Territorial Prison. During the investigation, they interact with ghostly band members and Zak has a close encounter with a long-dead prisoner.

Falling Water (USA), Saturday 10PM - "Love Is a Dreamer"

Tess' sister starts to fall apart. Taka and Alex pay a visit to Shadowman's family. Burton struggles with his guilt. Bennett puts a hit out on Woody.

Final Space (TNT), Saturday 10:30PM - "Sneak Peek"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.


Counterpart (STARZ), Sunday 8PM - "Shaking the Tree"

Howard and Emily search for answers about a mysterious drop site. Aldrich and Quayle seek intel from an old friend.


The Walking Dead (AMC), Sunday 8PM - "A Look at Season 8 Final Episodes"

A look-ahead preview at the show's return.