TV THIS WEEK: Nightflyers scares up a premiere, plus new Flash, Doctor Who, Outlander and more

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

Ring in the holiday season with a terrifying trip to space — where no one can hear you scream. SYFY’s new sci-fi horror series Nightflyers, based on the George R.R. Martin story, makes its eagerly anticipated debut this week. But there’s also a whole lot of other stuff to check out, too.

Along with Nightflyers, the Arrowverse is all new across the board, with everything from Flash to Supergirl dropping new episodes this week. For those keeping count, we’re just a few weeks away from the big “Elseworlds” crossover, so it’s not a bad time to jump in and get caught up. BBC America has a new adventure of Doctor Who, Fox has a new installment of The Gifted, Starz has a steamy new episode of Outlander, and there's a whole lot more.

Also of note: We’re getting closer to the dead period around Christmas, so enjoy all the newness this week (or just bank it up on your DVR for when things quiet down). Check out our full rundown below and let us know what you’ll be watching.


The Flash (The CW), Tuesday 8 p.m. - “O Come, All Ye Faithful”

While Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) grapples with unresolved anger over her father's disappearance in the future, Barry (Grant Gustin) and Team Flash must stop a powerful new meta, Weather Witch (guest star Reina Hardesty), from killing her own father, Weather Wizard (guest star Liam Mcintyre).

The Gifted (Fox), Tuesday 8 p.m. - “the dreaM”

In attempts to stabilize Reed's powers, Reed, Caitlin, and Lauren meet with Dr. Risman, a doctor who treats patients with debilitating X genes. However, Lauren finds out Dr. Risman is not who she thought she was. Following the Inner Circle's bank ambush, Thunderbird and Blink continue to work together to chase them down. Meanwhile, Polaris reflects on her troubled relationship with her father and takes steps to protect Dawn from the Inner Circle.

Outlander (Starz), Sunday 8 p.m. - “Savages”

Claire's medical expertise proves invaluable, but she begins to fear for her life when tragedy strikes her patients' household; Jamie and Young Ian travel to a nearby town to recruit settlers for Fraser's Ridge.

Doctor Who (BBC America), Sunday 8 p.m. - “It Takes You Away”

A Time Lord travels through the universe and time.

Nightflyers (SYFY), Sunday 10 p.m. - “All That We Left Behind” 

SERIES PREMIERE: A team of scientists join the crew of the Nightflyer on a journey to make contact with alien life.


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

Oliver makes a choice that will affect his entire life, as well as the lives of everyone he cares about.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW), Monday 9 p.m. - “Tender Is the Nate”

Hank Heywood confronts Ava about the spending habits of the Legends, and Nate steps in to try and smooth things over by inviting Hank on to the Waverider. The Legends then show Hank what they do by visiting 1920s Paris, trying to capture the newest Fugitive. Meanwhile, Mona is trying to make a good impression with Ava, but her overeagerness gets her and Ava stuck in a cell instead.

Star Wars Resistance (Disney XD), Monday 9 p.m. - “The Platform Classic”

Yeager is reunited with his estranged brother for an upcoming race.

Manifest (NBC), Monday 10 p.m. - “Dead Reckoning”

Ben and Michaela put everything on the line to save the other missing passengers, but the mission goes horribly awry and not everyone makes it out alive. The devastating result pushes Ben and Grace to a traumatic brink, while pulling Michaela and Jared dangerously close together.


The Flash (The CW), Tuesday 8 p.m. - “O Come, All Ye Faithful”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

The Gifted (Fox), Tuesday 8 p.m. - “the dreaM”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

Black Lightning (The CW), Tuesday 9 p.m. - “The Book of Blood: Chapter Three: The Sange”

When Black Lightning (Cress Williams) and Thunder (Nafessa Williams) are attacked by Looker (guest star Sofia Vassilieva, “Supergirl”) and her clan, they fight to get her to release control over the Sange. Meanwhile, Jennifer (China Anne McClain) and Khalil (Jordan Calloway) continue to grow closer. Christine Adams, Damon Gupton, Marvin Jones III, and James Remar also star. Eric Laneuville directed the episode written by Keli Goff.


Riverdale (The CW), Wednesday 8 p.m. - “Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter”

Betty follows some strong leads in hopes of finding out who the true Gargoyle King is after confronting the parents, who were part of "The Midnight Club" 25 years ago. Meanwhile, Veronica's attempt to prove Archie's innocence lands her in hot water. Finally, Archie turns to Kevin (Casey Cott) for help making things right.

Vikings (History), Wednesday 8 p.m. - “The Saga of Bjorn,” “The Revelation”

On the run after being defeated by Ivar the Boneless in Kattegat, Torvi tells her son Hali the story of his legendary father, Viking warrior and explorer Bjorn Ironside, to ensure their family saga lives on. Then: Ivar is crowned the new king of Kattegat just in time to welcome Rollo home; Bjorn, Lagerth, and Ubbe must rely on unsteady alliances to survive.


LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit (NBC), Thursday 8 p.m. - “The Secret Exhibit”

A trio of dinosaurs is transported across Jurassic World to a super-secret exhibit, but the task proves more troublesome than thought. Then: A trio of dinosaurs is transported across Jurassic World to a super-secret exhibit, but the task proves more troublesome than thought.

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

Sam and Castiel track down a Shaman who may be able to help a friend. Nick continues to spiral down a dark path as he looks for answers surrounding the deaths of his wife and son. Jack turns to Dean for help enjoying the human experience.

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

Tensions rise among the students after Alaric decides to give the students a bigger voice by forming an honor council. Determined to find out more about Landon's past, Hope does a series of magical tests on him. Meanwhile, Alaric and Dorian take on the next creature to try and find out what they want and where they are coming from.

The Dead Files (Travel), Thursday 10 p.m. - “Revealed: Burned Alive - Seattle, Washington”

In an enhanced episode, Steve and Amy inspect claims of frightening paranormal activity at a Seattle restaurant. While Steve unearths evidence of a bloody massacre, Amy encounters several disturbing entities that want to harm the living.


Blindspot (NBC), Friday 8 p.m. - “Case: Sun, Moon, and the Truth”

Remi's schemes put her and Weller in danger, while Patterson and Rich solve a mysterious puzzle at the FBI.

MacGyver (CBS), Friday 8 p.m. - “Specimen 234 + PAPR + Outbreak”

A vial containing a deadly virus is stolen from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, and MacGvyer and the team race to recover it before the thief unleashes a global pandemic.

Ghost Adventures (Travel), Friday 9 p.m. - “Ghosts of the Old West”

Zak and the crew go to Colorado to examine reports of an entity threatening the staff of a museum. Then the team explores a historic gold mine haunted by a tiny, malicious spirit, known as a Tommyknocker.

Midnight, Texas (NBC), Friday 9 p.m. - “Drown the Sadness in Chardonnay”

Lem makes a shocking decision. Olivia's past comes back to haunt her. Fiji seeks outside help from her fellow Light Witches. A suicide pits Manfred and Kai against one another.

Z Nation (SYFY), Friday 9 p.m. - “Water Keepers”

Doc must help save the chief of the Water Keepers and get the water flowing to Newmerica.

Van Helsing (SYFY), Friday 10 p.m. - “Loud Love”

Doc and Jolene clash with Denver authorities over the repellent; Flesh chooses to face his past; Axel struggles with leaving Scarlett behind; and Ivory and the Sisterhood infiltrate Denver.


Ghost Adventures (Travel), Saturday 9 p.m. - “Terror in Fontana” 

Zak and the crew investigate a suburban home in Fontana, Calif., where family members say they're being terrorized by a demon; during the intense lockdown, the guys are shocked by a satanic message sent through a child's toy.


Outlander (Starz), Sunday 8 p.m. - “Savages” 

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

The Simpsons (Fox), Sunday 8 p.m. - “Daddicus Finch”

Lisa and Homer's bond gets stronger when they start spending real quality time together; Bart feels neglected, so Marge tries to help Homer balance his attention between the kids.

Supergirl (The CW), Sunday 8 p.m. - “Bunker Hill” 

Nia has a powerful dream about Agent Liberty but refuses to look at it as a prophetic dream; Kara and Brainy try to persuade Nia to embrace her destiny; Manchester Black pays Ben Lockwood a menacing visit.

Doctor Who (BBC America), Sunday 8 p.m. - “It Takes You Away” 

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

Charmed (The CW), Sunday 9 p.m. - “Bug a Boo” 

Mel is on the hunt for Jada; a changeling demon puts one of the sisters in danger; Maggie signs up for a job helping to market a new dating app which could land her a summer internship; Macy decides to go outside her comfort zone.

Family Guy (Fox), Sunday 9 p.m. - “Con Heiress” 

Stewie and Brian compete for the inheritance of a wealthy, older heiress; Peter and Chris battle for Mr. Herbert's affection.

Nightflyers (SYFY), Sunday 10 p.m. - “All That We Left Behind” 

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

*TV listing information via TV Guide, Zap2it.