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TV THIS WEEK: The X-Files returns, Legends of Tomorrow premieres, and more!

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Oct 1, 2020, 6:03 PM EDT (Updated)

After weeks of most of our shows being on break and weeks without many new premieres, we've got our first big TV week of the new year. In the coming days, we'll see a special celebrating Captain America, a special celebrating the dawn of the DC Comics Cinematic Universe and the premiere of the CW's third superhero series, Legends of Tomorrow. Oh, and a little show called The X-Files is back on TV for the first time in nearly 14 years.

Check out the week in TV below. What's on your watchlist?


Captain America: 75 Heroic Years (ABC) Tuesday, 8 p.m.

One-hour special! - Captain America turns 75 this year, and to celebrate, Marvel Studios is using its ABC connection to air a one-hour documentary special celebrating the character's legacy. Guests will include Stan Lee (of course), Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg and Ming-Na Wen. I'm hoping for lots of Jack Kirby and Joe Simon talk ... and more Civil War footage.


Agent Carter (ABC) Tuesday, 9 p.m. - "The Lady in the Lake" and "A View in the Dark"

Series premiere! - Last year, Agent Carter was a sort of Grand Experiment for Marvel Studios, an attempt to take a supporting character and spin her off into something unlike anything else (expect perhaps Captain America: The First Avenger) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's not only the first Marvel Studios property led by a woman, but also a period piece, a science-fiction-infused spy thriller, and the kind of show that might make viewers of The Avengers scoff at its scope. All of the same questions that met Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. met Agent Carter, and then some, so it was heartening to find that -- thanks to attention to detail, thrilling writing and an amazing performance by Hayley Atwell in the title role -- the show worked. Now, for Season 2, Agent Carter heads to Los Angeles, where it will continue to shape the early days of the Marvel Universe. We just hope it keeps working. Check out a preview below.


DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League (CW) Tuesday, 9:30 p.m.

Half-hour special! - Not to be outdone, Warner Bros. is also trotting out a tribute to its cinematic heroes this week, with a look at how the DC Cinematic Universe will shape up in the coming years. We don't yet know everything this special will feature, but we do know to expect a new trailer for Suicide Squad and a new look at the universe's first female-led superhero flick, Wonder Woman. That alone is enough for me to tune in.


Legends of Tomorrow (CW) Thursday, 8 p.m. - "Pilot, Part 1"

Series premiere! - At long last, a superhero team-up show that's not a cartoon has arrived. I've written before about how impressed I am with the ambition of the CW superhero shows. Who would have thought five years ago that we'd see live-action versions of Gorilla Grodd and King Shark on television, and now we're heading into potentially even crazier territory with this time-traveling sci-fi adventure series starring the likes of the Atom, Firestorm, Hawkman, Hawkgirl and Vandal Savage. There are a number of reasons to hope this show works out, but "live-action Vandal Savage" is absolutely at the top for me. Check out a preview below.


The X-Files (FOX) Sunday, 10 p.m. - "My Struggle"

Season premiere! - For more than a decade, fans had a dream of an X-Files revival, and while we got a version of one through the I Want to Believe film, it wasn't enough. Then creator Chris Carter and stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny couldn't stop talking about it, and our hopes swelled. Now it's no longer a dream. This is real. In a matter of a few short days, The X-Files is coming back, and it's arguably the most exciting thing to happen to nerds like us since The Force Awakens. Over the next month or so, we'll get six new episodes of the beloved series, bookended by a premiere and a finale that will continue the show's classic mythology. Mulder and Scully aren't FBI agents anymore, but there is a new conspiracy to unravel, and Mulder just can't give up that search for The Truth. I don't know how excited you are for this, but personally, I just might cry when I finally see the Cigarette Smoking Man again. Check out a preview below.



Supergirl (CBS) 8 p.m. - "Childish Things"

Winn's father, a supervillain named Toyman, escapes from prison and contacts his son; Cat offers Lucy a position at CatCo; Alex wants Hank to uncover Maxwell Lord's plans.


Scorpion (CBS) 9 p.m. - "Sun of a Gun"

Sylvester's father, a retired general, asks the team for help when he thinks a dictator in Africa has uncovered weapons of mass destruction from World War II.



Marvel's Captain America: 75 Heroic Years (ABC) 8 p.m.

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The Flash (CW) 8 p.m. - "Potential Energy"

The Flash; Joe and Iris get to know Wally; the team pursues a meta-human capable of slowing time down.


DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Their Time Is Now (CW) 9 p.m.

Taking a look at new series `DC's Legends of Tomorrow'; interviews with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Phil Klemmer and Wendy Mericle.


Agent Carter (ABC) 9 p.m. - "The Lady in the Lake" and "A View in the Dark"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Shadowhunters (Freeform) 9 p.m. - "The Descent Into Hell Isn't Easy"

Jace suspects that Clary's memories are the key to locating Jocelyn and the Mortal Cup; Jace, Isabelle and Alec take Clary to face the Silent Brothers in the City of Bones; Simon attempts to adjust to his best friend's new life.


DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League (CW) 9:30 p.m.

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Teen Wolf (MTV) 9 p.m. - "Codominance"

Kira and her mother make a journey to help Kira deal with her dark side; Lydia is surprised at Eichen House.


The Expanse (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Windmills"

Holden and crew realize they're not alone on the Rocinante; Miller finds a new reason to keep going; Avasarala visits Holden's family.


The Shannara Chronicles (MTV) 10 p.m. - "Changeling"

Amberle embarks on a deadly task to prove her worth to the Ellcrys; the Dagda Mor sends the Changeling, an ancient, shape-shifting Demon, to kill Amberle and anyone else in its way.


Limitless (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Stop Me Before I Hug Again"

For his first field assignment, Brian goes to Quantico to help the unit that catches serial killers; Rebecca gets closer to discovering Sen. Morra's connection to NZT.



Arrow (CW) 8 p.m. - "Blood Debts"

Forced to deal with the brutal consequences of Darhk's most recent attack, Oliver sets out on a manhunt, intent on revenge.


Supernatural (CW) 9 p.m. - "The Devil in the Details"

Lucifer offers Sam a costly way out of the cage; Dean and Castiel investigate the angel smiting that might have killed Amara.


Second Chance (FOX) 9 p.m. - "One More Notch"

The power surge used to bring Pritchard back to life allows two murderers to escape from prison; Pritchard informs Duval that they're half-brothers.


Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD) 9 p.m. - "A Princess on Lothal"

An aide to Bail Organa is sent to Lothal with ships for the rebel fleet, but an Imperial lockdown forces the rebels to come up with a new plan to steal the vehicles.



Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6 p.m. - "Secret Garden"

When Cyborg starts to rage out, Starfire takes him to her secret garden in the backyard to relax.

Adventure Time (TOON) 7:30 p.m. - "Scamps"

No synopsis available.

Heroes Reborn (NBC) 8 p.m. - "Project Reborn"

Series finale! - Tommy is faced with his biggest challenge; Erica goes to extremes to make sure her plan succeeds; Luke and Quentin help Malina as she tries to fulfill her great-grandmother's prophecy; Emily and Ren search for Miko; Carlos must make a choice.


Legends of Tomorrow (CW) 8 p.m. - "Pilot, Part 1"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The 100 (CW) 9 p.m. - "Wanheda, Part One"

Season premiere! - Bellamy and Kane lead a team into Grounder territory to rescue Clarke, who has bounty on her head; Murphy finds a changed Jaha is on a different mission.


Angel From Hell (CBS) 9:30 p.m. - "Go With Your Gut"

Amy tries to get Allison to cut loose by taking her to a nightclub; Marv runs a background check on Amy.

Elementary (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Murder Ex Machina"

Holmes and Watson pursue a computer hacker responsible for three murders, including the murder of a visiting Russian billionaire.

Colony (USA) 10 p.m. - "A Brave New World"

Will's first day brings unforeseen challenges; Katie gets her first assignment; Maddie and an old acquaintance reconnect; Carols pays for Will's collaboration.



Friday's a little quiet this week, but you'll either be catching up with your DVR or marathoning old X-Files episodes, and we both know it.


Saturday's also quiet, but again...X-Files bingeing.


Galavant (ABC) 8 p.m. - "Love and Death" and "Do the D'DEW"

Richard, Roberta and Sid rush Galavant to a healer in hopes of saving his life; Madalena shares her true feelings with Gareth; the battle begins between Hortensia and Valencia; Richard and Roberta take their relationship to the next level.

The X-Files (FOX) 10 p.m. - "My Struggle"

Read more in our Highlights section above.


(Episode synopses via Zap2It)

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