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TV THIS WEEK: The Walking Dead, Z Nation, Doctor Who, Manifest, The Flash and more 

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Nov 12, 2018

There aren't many major premieres or finales this week, but that said, it's still a crazy busy week for new sci-fi shows. From Doctor Who to the Arrowverse, we've got the full rundown.

Highlights for the week include another post-time-jump episode of The Walking Dead, picking up years into the post-Rick era for the zombie drama. There's also a new installment in NBC's breakout mystery hit Manifest, and a new episode of SYFY's Z Nation that takes a humorous angle on American history. Doctor Who continues its new season with a new Doctor, NBC's The Good Place continues to subvert expectations, and the entire Arrowverse is new across the schedule on The CW.

We've also highlighted a few movies for the slow Saturday schedule, including the network premiere of Pacific Rim: Uprising on HBO. Oh, and a basic cable screening of Wreck-It Ralph, in case you're wanting to get refreshed ahead of the sequel.

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

HIGHLIGHTS

Manifest (NBC), Monday 10PM - "S.N.A.F.U."

The detained passengers are secretly moved and subjected to painful experimentation, with Cal's health directly linked to them. Ben takes advantage of an old friend to find out where they were taken. Meanwhile, a mysterious new version of the calling pulls Michaela into a murder investigation that has deep personal ramifications for her.

The Flash (The CW), Tuesday 7PM - "All Doll'd Up"

Nora lets something slip about the future that devastates Iris. In an attempt to distract his wife, Barry asks Iris to team up to stop a new meta, Rag Doll. Meanwhile, Caitlin learns something about her father.

Z Nation (SYFY), Friday 9PM - "Doc's Stoned History"

As Doc explains his version of American History to George; Sketchy and Skeezy re-enact Doc's stories about the Founding Fathers; and Warren and the others go to the bakery that invented bizkits in search of the secret ingredient.

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

Carol seeks out an old friend living alone in a wilderness teeming with walkers; survivors make the perilous trek to a new home.

Doctor Who (BBC America), Sunday 8PM - "Kerblam!"

A Time Lord travels through the universe and time.


MONDAY

Arrow (The CW), Monday 8PM - "The Demon"

Felicity learns something new about Oliver that shocks her. Meanwhile, Diggle asks Curtis to go undercover for ARGUS. Dinah works with an unlikely ally.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW), Monday 9PM - "Wet Hot American Bummer"

The Legends discover that kids at a summer camp have disappeared, so Sara, Ava, Ray, and Constantine find themselves as the new camp counselors. At camp, Ava struggles to get along with the kids, but Constantine whips up a potion that helps Sara and Ava bond with the children. Luckily, the team finds clues to the whereabouts of the missing kids, but the battle to save them leaves one member in bad shape. Meanwhile, Rory and Zari are tasked with watching the fugitive.

Manifest (NBC), Monday 10PM - "S.N.A.F.U."

See more in our "Highlights" section above.


TUESDAY

The Flash (The CW), Tuesday 7PM - "All Doll'd Up"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

The Gifted (Fox), Tuesday 7PM - "no Mercy"

Reeva reveals her plans for a major mission for the Inner Circle to secure some needed funds. Meanwhile, the Mutant Underground must contend with Reed's unstable powers, hoping that some medical help from Caitlin and Lauren will keep his destruction in check. Also, Jace is introduced to Benedict Ryan, a well-connected public figure who supports the efforts of the Purifers, but the two may not see eye to eye. Then Thunderbird finally confronts Blink about her dealings with Urg.

Black Lightning (The CW), Tuesday 8PM - "The Book of Blood: Chapter One: Requiem"

Jefferson and Anissa work together investigating the hometown of a creepy man at the clinic and make a shocking discovery. Meanwhile, with Syonide gone, Tobias puts an increasing amount of pressure on Khalil to help fill some of the void left in the organization.


WEDNESDAY

Riverdale (The CW), Wednesday 7PM - "Chapter Forty: The Great Escape"

After weeks go by with no contact from Archie, Veronica devises a plan to break him out of juvie. Meanwhile, Betty learns that Jughead has taken their investigation into Griffins & Gargoyles a step too far, and she finds herself in a race against the clock to save him.

American Horror Story: Apocalypse (FX), Wednesday 9PM - "Apocalypse Then"

The latest episode of FX's anthology horror hit.


THURSDAY

Supernatural (The CW), Thursday 8PM - "Optimism"

Sam and Charlie team up to get to the bottom of a string of random disappearances. Meanwhile, Jack believes that he has found a case and convinces Dean to partner with him on the hunt.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Thursday 8PM - "The Citation Negation"

Sheldon and Amy are devastated after learning from a Russian paper that Super Asymmetry has already been discovered and disproven. Also, ultra-competitive Bernadette asks Stuart's girlfriend, Denise, to teach her how to beat Howard in a popular videogame.

The Good Place (NBC), Thursday 8:30PM - "Don't Let the Good Life Pass You By"

Michael and Janet take an important journey. Eleanor ponders whether she should share a secret.

Legacies (The CW), Thursday 9PM - "Hope Is Not the Goal"

When two local students go missing, Alaric sends Hope, Lizzie, MG, and Landon to Mystic Falls High to investigate. Meanwhile, as Josie helps Rafael adjust to his new life at the school, his reluctance to follow the wolf pack's rules makes him a target. Lastly, an unsettling discovery puts Alaric and Sheriff Donovan at odds with one another.


FRIDAY

Blindspot (NBC), Friday 8PM - "Ca-Ca-Candidate for Cri-Cri-Crime"

The team is drawn into dangerous political intrigue when a tattoo points to someone from Weitz's past.

MacGyver (CBS), Friday 8PM - "Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome"

MacGyver and the team set off on a dangerous capture operation after an Irish military intelligence officer approaches them claiming to know the whereabouts of "The Ghost," a lethal bomb maker whom Mac has been hunting for years.

Midnight, Texas (NBC), Friday 9PM - "I Put a Spell on You"

The Midnighters join forces to protect a newcomer in town. With Bobo still in danger, Fiji's forced to take desperate action to save him. Patience and Manfred bond over their relationship troubles.

Z Nation (SYFY), Friday 9PM - "Doc's Stoned History"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Van Helsing (SYFY), Friday 10PM - "Hunted Down"

Sam moves closer to his destiny; Mohamad tries to free himself from imprisonment; Axel escorts San Francisco survivors to Denver; and Ivory and Scab take control of the Daywalker horde.


SATURDAY

We'll be honest — it's a slow night. If you're not out doing something fun, or clearing through your DVR/Netflix queue, there are a few movies worth checking out.

Pacific Rim Uprising (HBO), Saturday 8PM

Rebellious pilot Jake Pentecost and his estranged sister must lead a brave new generation of fighters against otherworldly monsters that want to destroy humanity.

Wreck-It Ralph (Freeform), Saturday 9:25PM

After years of losing to his adversary (Jack McBrayer), an arcade-game character (John C. Reilly) grows tired of always being the bad guy and takes matters into his own hands to finally become a hero.


SUNDAY

God Friended Me (CBS), Sunday 8PM - "Matthew 621"

Miles and his friends must unravel a mystery when the God account suggests he befriend a man who died six months ago; Miles asks Nia on a date; Rakesh and Lucy, his hacker friend, continue searching for the person behind the God account.

Supergirl (The CW), Sunday 8PM - "Call to Action" 

As everyone gathers for Thanksgiving, Kara is feeling down after her televised debate with Ben Lockwood; James and Lena argue about the best way to handle the Children of Liberty.

Charmed (The CW), Sunday 9PM - "Kappa Spirit"

Maggie tries to make amends with Lucy and realizes that there is a new Kappa member she doesn't know; concerned about Galvin, Macy invites herself to his birthday party to investigate; Macy receives a cryptic message about her past.

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

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Doctor Who (BBC America), Sunday 8PM - "Kerblam!"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

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

The key to Black Panther's quest is stolen and he must recover it before it leaves Wakanda.

Kubo and the Two Strings (FXX), Sunday 8PM

Young Kubo (Art Parkinson) leads a quiet life in a small village until a spirit from the past renews an age-old vendetta, plunging him into a search for his father's magical armor to survive.

Outlander (Starz), Sunday 8PM - "The False Bride"

Jamie and Claire search for a place to call home; meanwhile, in the 29th century, Brianna and Roger's romance heats up and then fizzles during a road trip that winds up highlighting their differences.

*TV listing information via TV Guide, Zap2it.

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