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TV THIS WEEK: Almost Human, The Returned, Atlantis and more!

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Dec 16, 2013, 1:34 PM EST

Holiday time is upon us, and that means thin TV pickings for the next three weeks. However, there is a cherry tale on Almost Human involving the future black market for human organs, and there's the finale of The Returned.

Also this week, The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln gets to use his real accent to narrate at How Sherlock Changed the World; there are two episodes of Haunted Highway as the series finishes out its second season, and two episodes of Killer Contact; we'll meet Finch as a boy on Person of Interest; and Jason helps Ariadne on Atlantis.

Here's what we have to look forward to this week on sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal TV and genre shows featuring sci-fi actors.

Monday, Dec. 16

Almost Human (Fox) 8 p.m. - “Arrhythmia”

Kennex and Dorian investigate when a man drops dead at a hospital and learn there's a strange new twist in the black market for vital organs. Meanwhile, Dorian reconnects with an old DRN friend.

Here's a preview:

Mermaids: The New Evidence – Extended Cut (Animal Planet) 10 p.m.

Just because the original cut of this sequel to the smash-hit special wasn't enough. Dr. Paul Robertson returns with startling new evidence that mermaids do exist in this supposed “documentary.”

Here's a look at Mermaids: The New Evidence:

Tuesday, Dec. 17

How Sherlock Changed the World (PBS) 9 p.m.

This two-hour special narrated by The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln delves into how the methods of Sherlock Holmes have had an impact on the world of criminal investigations and forensics.

Here's a promo:

Haunted Highway (Syfy) 9 p.m. - “Shades of Death; Bridge of Doom”

The teams head to Ashtabula, Ohio, to investigate the site of a tragic railroad disaster and to New Jersey to check out a haunted the Shades of Death Road.

Here's a sneak peek:

Killer Contact (Syfy) 10 p.m. - “The Hellfire Club”

The team travels to the United Kingdom to investigate paranormal activity involving the Hellfire Club, an elite secret society that may have been involved in murder.

Here's a promo:

Person of Interest (CBS) 8 p.m. - “Lethe”

In the last new POI of the year, we flash back to Finch's past, when he first was inspired to create a machine that could think. Meanwhile, the team gets the number of a man who is dying, and Reese considers leaving.

Here's a preview:

Other Tuesday shows of interest:

On the Science Channel's Futurescape With James Woods (10 p.m.), it's a look at how genetic engineering has the potential to change humans in “How to Be a Superhuman.”

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Haunted Highway (Syfy) 9 p.m. - “Black Angel; Arizona Domes”

Season-two finale! Jack and Dana head to Iowa City, Iowa, to investigate dome structures, and Jael and Devin travel to Casa Grande, Ariz., to dig into paranormal activity involving a black angel tombstone in a cemetery.

Killer Contact (Syfy) 10 p.m. - “The Mayan Empire”

The team investigates paranormal activity that may have been caused by a ruthless and cruel Mayan ruler in the jungles of Belize.

Thursday, Dec. 19

The Returned (Sundance) 9 p.m. - “La Horde”

Season-one finale! Relationships become strained between the living and the returned when a new horde arrives in town.

Friday, Dec. 20

The Dead Files (Travel) 10 p.m. - “Summon Souls; Starks, ME”

A frightened woman who has been a victim of disturbing paranormal activity calls in  Steve and Amy and discovers that her property may once have been a cemetery.

Saturday, Dec. 21

Atlantis (BBC America) 9 p.m. - “White Lies”

A messenger arrives with shocking news for Ariadne, who asks Jason to help her find the person who sent the message.

Here's a preview:

What are you going to watch?