TV THIS WEEK: Bates Motel checks in, a Continuum finale and more!

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Mar 18, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT

Welcome to TV, Norman Bates! AMC premieres its Psycho-inspired TV show, Bates Motel, and time-tripping Continuum finishes up its first season on Syfy.

Also this week, Stevie causes trouble on Being Human, Wes Craven guest-stars on a horror-filled Castle, Bo's ultimate challenge arrives in Lost Girl, Face Off visits Defiance for an alien makeup challenge, the Huntress returns on Arrow, Sam and Dean hunt for Lucifer's crypt on Supernatural, Damon takes Elena to New York on The Vampire Diaries, the police close in on Vincent on Beauty & The Beast, it's one dog of a mission for Archer and Lana on Archer, Skye is drugged at a costume party on Cult, one nasty Wesen challenges Nick on Grimm, the search for Amelia continues on Touch, Eric Estrada mounts his motorcycle to battle beasties in Chupacabra vsThe Alamo, Pinocchio returns on Once Upon a Time, and Rick weighs the Govenor's offer on The Walking Dead.

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

Monday, March 18

Continuum (Syfy) 8 p.m. - “Endtimes”

Season one finale! Kiera rushes to prevent a terrorist attack. Meanwhile, Alec is kidnapped by Liber8. A second season is in the works.

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Being Human (Syfy) 9 p.m. - “For Those About to Rot”

Stevie wants Sally to kill him, and Aidan goes out on an eventful date with Kat, which brings up memories of his wife and son.

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Castle (ABC) 10 p.m. - “Scared to Death”

Wes Craven alert! It's a horror-filled Castle, when people start to die after they watch a mysterious DVD. Horror filmmaker Wes Craven pops in to offer Castle and Becket a little advice in dealing with the paranormal, something Castle desperately needs after he accidently watches the DVD.

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Bates Motel (A&E) 10 p.m. - “First You Dream, Then You Die”

New series! The series inspired by Alfred Hitchhock's Psycho explores the twisted teenage years of Norman Bates. In the opener, Norma buys a motel and Norman has to deal with being the new kid in town. Best guess regarding the pilot … somebody's going to die.

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Lost Girl (Syfy) 10 p.m. - “Ceremony”

The time has come for Bo's ultimate challenge. Unfortunately, none of her training and preparation will mean a thing as she has to deal with putting others at risk. Meanwhile, her friends face their own challenges.

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Tuesday, March 19

Face Off (Syfy) 9 p.m. - “Alien Apocalypse”

Syfy gives us a behind-the-scenes look at its upcoming series Defiance as the final four makeup artists head to Toronto to visit the set, and then they are tasked with creating an original alien.

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Robot Combat League (Syfy) 9 p.m. - “The Fight of Your Life”

It's the final fight of round one as Steam Punk takes on Medieval.

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Other Tuesday shows of interest:

The Science Channel's NASA – Mission to Mars (9 p.m.) takes a look at the Mars rover Curiosity. And then on the channel's The Definitive Guide to Aliens (10 p.m.), part one of this two-parter examines where aliens might live and if they will ever visit Earth.

Wednesday, March 20

The Neighbors (ABC) 8:30 p.m. - “Mo Purses Mo Money Mo Problems”

Debbie and Jackie begin a business making purses but run into problems when they can't fulfill the orders. Real Housewives of New York's Bethenny Frankel guest stars.

Arrow (The CW) 8 p.m. - “The Huntress Returns”

Trouble follows when the Huntress returns to Starling City. Meanwhile, Dinah Lance's return disrupts Laurel and her father's lives when she says she has proof that Sara is alive. Steve Aoki plays at the grand opening of Oliver's nightclub.

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Supernatural (The CW) 9 p.m. - “Goodbye Stranger”

The search is on for Lucifer's Crypt, which may just hold a valuable asset. Meanwhile Crowley unleashes several demons on a small town in the hunt, and Castiel reappears to send Sam and Dean to find the crypt first. And the brothers realize something's not entirely right with Castiel.

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Haunted Collector (Syfy) 9 p.m. - “Ghost Behind Bars; Haunted Brothel”

Dead miners and a letter from beyond the grave figure into the team's latest investigations.

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Stranded (Syfy) 10 p.m. - “Burn Brae Manor”

Three Philidelphians hunt ghosts at a legendary mansion in New York's Catskills Mountains where the former owner hanged herself.

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Other Wednesday shows of interest:

On the Cartoon Network's Dagons: Riders of Berk (8 p.m.), it's the season-one finale. And on the Science Channel's Through the Wormhold with Morgan Freeman (9 p.m.) the question involves “Is There a God Particle?”

Thursday, March 21

The Vampire Diaries (The CW) 8 p.m. - “Because the Night”

While Damon and Elena do New York, Caroline and Stefan work on convincing Klaus to help them find Silas. Meanwhile, Bonnie has trouble keeping a grasp on reality.

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Beauty & The Beast (The CW) 9 p.m. - “Insatiable”

Muirfield and the police close in on Vincent, leaving Cat and J.T. to come up with an extreme solution to save him.

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Archer (FX) 10 p.m. - “Un Chien Tangerine

Archer and Lana's mission goes to the dogs when they must extract an agent from Morocco.

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Other Thursday shows of interest:

On AMC's Comic Book Men (9 p.m.), the guys create their own comic book in “Cryptozoic Men.”

Friday, March 22

Cult (The CW) 9 p.m. - “The Kiss”

Have Jeff and Skye dug too deep? The duo go to a costume party where Skye's drink is spiked. Meanwhile, Jeff gets a video from his brother.

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Grimm (NBC) 9 p.m. - “Mr. Sandman”

When a woman is blinded and killed, Nick and Hank discover the crime involves a Wesen who feeds off his victim's tears. Meanwhile, Juliette works with Rosalee to repair her memory.

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Touch (Fox) 9 p.m. - “Reunions”

Martin, Lucy and Jake track down Calvin and force him to help them find Amelia. Meanwhile, Jake's brain scans prove revealing.

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Other Friday shows of interest:

On the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures (9 p.m.), the team revisits Nevada's Goldfield Hotel, which they first investigated in 2004, for a 48-hour lockdown.

Saturday, March 23

Chupacabra vs The Alamo (Syfy) 9 p.m.

Erik Estrada alert! Yep, CHiPs' Estrada mounts his motorcycle one more time, this time to take on blood-sucking Chupacabras in this Syfy original movie. He stars as a DEA agent, Carlos, who must team up with a band of outlaw gangsters in a battle with the creatures that culminates in a bloody confrontation at the Alamo. Stargate Universe's Julia Benson also stars.

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Other Saturday shows of interest:

On Bio's My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera (10 p.m.), a young girl is attacked by a spirit while bathing.

Sunday, March 24

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8 p.m. - “Selfless, Brave and True”

Neal's fiancé comes to Storybrooke. Meanwhile, Mary Margaret runs into someone in the form of their fairytale world counterpart. Eion Bailey guest-stars.

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The Good Wife (CBS) 9 p.m. - “Death of a Client”

John Noble alert! Nope, there aren't likely to be any shape-shifters or Fringe events, but Noble guest-stars as a brilliant yet erratic former client of Alicia's who constantly sued people. It's hard to tell how much Noble we'll get in the episode, since his character gets murdered. Also guest-starring, Matthew Perry returns as Mike Kresteva, and Stockard Channing returns as Alicia's mother.

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The Walking Dead (AMC) 9 p.m. - “This Sorrowful Life”

With only two episodes left, things are about to get even more tense as Rick and his group weigh the Govenor's offer. You just have to suspect that Rick's going to regret not shooting the Governor in the head when he had the chance.

Talking Dead follows the episode, with Chris Hardwick leading the discussion about “This Sorrowful Life.”

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Other Sunday shows of interest:

On Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot (10 p.m.), the team searches for evidence of Bigfoot in “Bigfoot the Friendly Ghost.” And in Finding Bigfoot: Further Evidence (9 p.m.), it's an enhanced episode of the team's trip to Oregon, where they hope to capture one of the creatures.

What are you going to watch?