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TV THIS WEEK: The CW is back with The Flash, Charmed, Supergirl, Black Lightning and Riverdale

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Oct 8, 2018, 11:18 AM EDT (Updated)

To put it mildly, The CW is sucking most of the air out of the room this week. The network's schedule is loaded with genre fare, and a big chunk of it finally returns this weekend for the fall. From superheroes to witchy reboots, here's the rundown.

The CW's (arguably) flagship superhero series The Flash returns this week, along with sophomore super-hit Black Lightning. The network's biggest news this week comes at the very end, as The CW launches a Sunday night programming block with the series premiere of Charmed and the return of Supergirl. Outside of those, schedule stalwart Supernatural is back, along with the twisty teen thriller Riverdale.

Looking beyond The CW's portfolio, there's a whole lot of ongoing shows to check out. BBC America has another new Doctor Who with new star Jodie Whittaker, Fox's The Gifted is back, The Walking Dead continues to shamble toward Andrew Lincoln's exit, NBC's breakout hit Manifest is new, The Good Place keeps twisting ahead, and SYFY's zombie dramedy Z Nation tries to build a new world (with some wild results).

Check out our full rundown below and let us know what you'll be watching.


The Flash (The CW), Tuesday 8PM - "Nora"

SEASON PREMIERE: Barry and Iris try to return an unexpected guest from the future to her timeline.

Black Lightning (The CW), Tuesday 9PM - "The Book of Consequences: Chapter One: Rise of the Green Light Babies"

SEASON PREMIERE: Jefferson Pierce and his family may have survived Tobias's attack, but they're not out of the woods yet. Concerned for the safety of Garfield's students, the board considers a motion to shut down the school, forcing Jefferson to go to Napier Frank to sway the vote. Jennifer struggles with her powers and her actions have unforeseen repercussions. Meanwhile, Anissa finds a new way to give back to Freeland. Lastly, Lynn continues her quest much to the dismay of Agent Odell.

Riverdale (The CW), Wednesday 8PM - "Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day"

SEASON PREMIERE: The jury begins deliberations in the murder trial; and Archie makes a surprising request about how he wants to spend his final days of summer. Betty is forced to deal with her problems head-on after a heated confrontation with Alice and Polly brings up some dark secrets she's kept hidden. Veronica pleads with Hiram to step in and help Archie before a verdict is announced. Finally, Jughead leads the Serpents against the Ghoulies latest attack.

Supernatural (The CW), Thursday 8PM - "Stranger in a Strange Land"

SEASON PREMIERE: Sam enlists everyone's help in trying to track down Dean, who can literally be anywhere. Meanwhile, Castiel may be in over his head after meeting up with an unreliable source. After being drained of his grace, Jack is adjusting to life as a human, learning new skills and figuring out how he fits in to this world of hunters.

Supergirl (The CW), Sunday 8PM - "American Alien"

SEASON PREMIERE: Kara welcomes a new cub reporter to CatCo; James and Lena argue about James' impending indictment for acting as the vigilante Guardian; Alex and Brainy struggle to get in sync at the DEO.

Charmed (The CW), Sunday 9PM - "Pilot"

SERIES PREMIERE: After the tragic death of Mel and Maggie's mother, the sisters are shocked to discover they have an older sister; the three sisters begin to exhibit strange new abilities.


Ghost Adventures (Travel), Monday 9PM - "Ghosts of Hollywood"

Zak and the crew head to sunny Los Angeles to explore the darker side of Tinseltown. They investigate the infamous Black Dahlia murder and capture compelling visual evidence of a tragic spirit lurking around the iconic Hollywood sign.

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

Ben and Michaela investigate a shocking murder in fear that it's connected to Flight 828. Meanwhile, Ben struggles to accept the life Grace led in his absence, while Olive and Cal realize that being twins after five and a half years apart is harder than they thought.

Lodge 49 (AMC), Monday 10:25PM - "Full Fathom Five"

SEASON FINALE: The Lodge's fate hangs in limbo. Dud resigns himself to a new path. Liz reaches her breaking point.


The Flash (The CW), Tuesday 8PM - "Nora"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

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

Polaris' baby begins to suffer from a deadly illness, leaving the Inner Circle unable to heal her, and prompting them to turn to an unexpected source for help. Meanwhile, Reed and Lauren take an excursion to deliver illegal meds, but Reed's powers complicate their plans. Then, Thunderbird and Blink meet the leader of the Morlocks—a shadowy group of mutants that live underground—who offers to help them find the Inner Circle, but the two factions may not have the same goals.

Black Lightning (The CW), Tuesday 9PM - "The Book of Consequences: Chapter One: Rise of the Green Light Babies"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

The Purge (USA), Tuesday 10PM - "The Forgotten"

Joe remembers the past. Miguel confronts Henry. Jane learns a dark truth about David Ryker.


Riverdale (The CW), Wednesday 8PM - "Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

American Horror Story: Apocalypse (FX), Wednesday 10PM - "Boy Wonder"

Episode 5 of "American Horror Story: Apocalypse."


A Haunting (Travel), Thursday 8PM - "Fires of Hell"

When a family moves into an Ohio farmhouse, they soon find out their idyllic home and property are haunted by the ghosts of a brutal murder and a deadly blaze.

Supernatural (The CW), Thursday 8PM - "Stranger in a Strange Land"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Thursday 8PM - "The Tam Turbulence"

Sheldon won't tell anyone why he's never mentioned Tam, his childhood best friend, so Leonard takes matters into his own hands. Also, Bernadette and Penny take out Raj's fiancée, Anu, for dinner to get the skinny on her.

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

A surprising announcement from one of the humans threatens to dissolve the group.

A Haunting (Travel), Thursday 9PM - "Mind Horror"

A family is haunted by a dark entity after bringing a relative's cursed necklace into their home, and a paranormally gifted teenager must match wits against a cagey demon intent on engineering his demise.


Blindspot (NBC), Friday 8PM - "Hella Duplicitous"

SEASON PREMIERE: In the Season 4 premiere, the FBI team hunts a dangerous enemy operative; and a deadly new foe emerges

MacGyver (CBS), Friday 8PM - "Bozer + Booze + Back to School"

MacGyver, Riley, Bozer and Leanna go undercover on a college campus to smoke out a deep-cover operative who is recruiting students to carry out deadly attacks around the world. Also, Jack joins bounty hunter Billy Colton in the hunt for a bail jumper but is concerned when he finds out Billy offered Riley a job.

The Dead Files (Travel), Friday 9PM - "Revealed: No Vacancy - Grass Valley, Ca"

In an enhanced episode, retired NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi and physical medium Amy Allan investigate paranormal activity at a small-town hotel in Grass Valley, California. Their separate investigations take harrowing turns as Steve uncovers

Z Nation (SYFY), Friday 9PM - "A New Life"

Warren must leave her new life behind and find her way to Newmerica, reuniting with Murphy and the other heroes, while discovering George is an old friend.

Haunted Live (Travel), Friday 10PM - "10-12-18"

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 - "Super Unknown"

To find its totem, the First Elder brings Vanessa, Scarlett and Axel to an abandoned insane asylum protected by powerful vampires, where they discover the legacy of a long dead Van Helsing relative.


Ghost Adventures: Graveyard of the Pacific (Travel), Saturday 9PM - "Norblad Hostel"

Zak and the crew continue their investigation of the Graveyard of the Pacific in Astoria, Oregon, where they encounter a very dangerous and very unholy presence in the basement of a historic hotel.


Decorating Disney: Halloween Magic (Freeform), Sunday 8PM

A spooky behind-the-scenes look at how Halloween "spirits" spread throughout the Disney parks, as dedicated Disney cast members bring the holiday to life with pumpkins, ghosts and ghoulish delights around every corner of these magical destinations.

Supergirl (The CW), Sunday 8PM - "American Alien"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Doctor Who (BBC America), Sunday 8PM - "The Ghost Monument"

Still reeling from their first encounter, the Doctor and her new friends fight to stay alive long enough, in a hostile alien environment, to solve the mystery of Desolation; the mystery of Angstrom and Epzo.

God Friended Me (CBS), Sunday 8:30PM - "Heavenly Taco Truck"

Miles' wallet is stolen when he, Rakesh and Cara check out a food truck the God Account suggests that he "like"; when the account suggests that he befriend a private investigator, Miles decides to have the investigator track down the thief.

Charmed (The CW), Sunday 9PM - "Pilot"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

The Walking Dead (AMC), Sunday 9PM - "The Bridge"

The communities join forces to restore a bridge that will facilitate communication and trade; someone is gravely injured at the construction site.

Marvel's Avengers: Black Panther's Quest (Disney XD), Sunday 9PM - "The Zemo Sanction"

Black Panther faces off against a collection of old and new foes as he struggles to balance his responsibilities to his homeland and his newfound duties as a member of the Avengers.

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

The Nathan James crew must seek the aide of a prominent rebel leader in order to create a staging area before mounting an invasion of their own.

*TV listing information via TV Guide, Zap2it.

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