TV THIS WEEK: The Flash premieres, Walking Dead returns, and more!

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Oct 6, 2014

It's another big week of premieres, including two returning horror shows back just in time for Halloween.

If you like to get your scares on TV, you'll be happy to know that we're getting both the season-four premiere of American Horror Story and the season-five premiere of The Walking Dead this week, but even if you're not into those shows, there's plenty more to get excited about. We've also got the series premiere of The Flash, the season-three premiere of Arrow, the season-10 premiere of Supernatural, the season-two premiere of The Originals, the season finale of Intruders, the series premiere of Town of the Living Dead and much more.

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

Highlights of the Week

The Flash (CW) Tuesday, 8 p.m. - "City of Heroes"

Series premiere! - The second of this season's new comic-book-inspired shows is here, and it's also easily one of our most anticipated new series of the year. When The Flash was first announced, there was a concern that Barry Allen's world might end up too much like the world it spun out of: Arrow's dark and moody Starling City. Then we got to meet Grant Gustin's Barry Allen, and we eventually got to see the TV version of Central City he'll live in, and I for one let out a sigh of relief. From the looks of The Flash, it seems The CW isn't just building a little superhero universe on its network. It's building a universe where each hero has a distinct personality and style. Everything we've seen from The Flash so far seems slick, fast and fun, and the show definitely isn't pumping the brakes on giving us superpowers in action. With any luck, we'll get a very enjoyable, relatively non-cynical new superhero series out of this, but we still have to see if the show will garner the same kind of fan response that Arrow's gotten so far. Will The Flash be a hit? We'll see starting this week. Check out a preview for the series below.

Supernatural (CW) Tuesday, 9 p.m. - "Black"

Season premiere! - We're highlighting The CW a good bit this week, but that's because they're rolling out a lot of stuff worth highlighting, including the kickoff of the 10th season of Supernatural. The elder statesman of The CW lineup is back for another round, and we're all wondering the same thing we've wondered with every new Supernatural season for the past few years: Will this be the last one? A lot of viewers will tell you the show probably should've ended a good while ago, but the show's ratings tell a different story. A lot of shows that've been around this long would show a steady decline in viewers from season to season, as more and more simply decided they were done and only the core fanbase stuck around. It was that way with Supernatural for a while, but then something very interesting happened: Season nine pulled in more viewers on average than the previous four seasons did. After nine years on the air, this show actually bounced back, and so we got season 10. Now we wait to see if season 11 is in the cards. In this week's premiere, Dean enjoys life as a demon, while Sam tries to find out what became of his brother. Check out a preview below. 

Arrow (CW) Wednesday, 8 p.m. - "The Calm"

Season premiere! - This is, as we all know by now, a TV season that's giving us a pretty huge influx of new comic-book shows, and more are already in development. We can blame a lot of this wellspring on the continued success of superheroes at the box office, but we're also going to give Arrow some credit. The show took a secondary DC Comics character and ran with him, giving us a first season full of vigilante grit, followed by a second season packed with all kinds of superhuman ambition. Looking at Arrow season one, you might never think that the show would give us a full-fledged Suicide Squad mission in season two, but it did that and more, and in so doing it became a true comic-book series. We've already been promised even bigger things for season three, including the arrival of Ra's al Ghul himself on the scene and a crossover with Arrow's spinoff series The Flash. Now the question becomes whether the show will continue to wield its ambitious plot to great effect, or whether it'll overreach. In the premiere episode, Oliver tries to get his life back in order just as a new villain arrives in town. Check out a preview below.

American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX) Wednesday, 10 p.m. - "Monsters Among Us"

Season premiere! - Just in time for Halloween, Ryan Murphy and his ever-evolving stock company of talented actors are back to give us another American Horror Story. This time around Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy, Emma Roberts and more return to transport us to Florida in 1952, where one of the last remaining freak shows tries to stay in business even as evil forces threaten their way of life. The horror anthology series has carved out a very robust audience with its new takes on classic American horror tropes, but Freak Show might prove to be the least familiar scenario the show's yet taken on. Sure, we all know horror stories about carnivals and evil clowns, but centering a story on "freaks" is a bit less common. That gives Murphy and company not only some room to run creatively, but a new, potentially very challenging hurdle to clear with viewers. Will the show deliver once again? We'll find out. Check out a preview below.

The Walking Dead (AMC) Sunday, 9 p.m. - "No Sanctuary"

Season premiere! - At long last, the biggest show on cable is back for another season, and things are looking pretty grim for the characters at the center of The Walking Dead. Last season ended on a cliffhanger as Rick and company resolved to fight their way out of Terminus while having no clear idea of how to actually do that, and now season five dawns with another variation on the "fight the dead, fear the living" theme that we first saw back when the Governor popped up. Last season also pushed the show into even darker, morally ambiguous territory with episodes like "The Grove," leaving many of the characters feeling less like heroes (or even humans) than ever before. That's also interesting stuff to ponder before season five premieres on Sunday, but we're also pondering the show's potential ratings. Last season The Walking Dead premiered to more than 16 million viewers, an increase of more than 5 million from the season-three premiere. It's not just a big cable show. It's a show big enough to challenge the strongest Sunday night scripted broadcast shows out there, and in an age when more and more viewers are turning to streaming or DVR viewing, it keeps pulling in the big numbers on the night it airs. So, this Sunday, the big question won't just be "What happens next?" but, as always, "Can this show get even bigger?" Check out a preview below.

Monday, October 6

Gotham (FOX) 8 p.m. - "The Balloonman"

A vigilante goes after corrupt Gotham citizens and kills them by hooking them up to weather balloons. Elsewhere, Oswald Cobblepot returns to the city and aligns himself with a powerful ally.

The Originals (CW) 8 p.m. - "Rebirth"

Season premiere! - Season two begins with Klaus plotting his revenge against the Guerrera werewolves and vowing to take down anyone who poses a threat to baby Hope's existence. Meanwhile, Hayley mourns the loss of her daughter and struggles to adapt to her new hybrid status; Marcel tries to rebuild his home; Cami seeks comfort in a surprising place; and Davina tries to use Mikael against Klaus but gets sidetracked when she meets the mysterious yet charming Kaleb, who holds a few secrets of his own.

Sleepy Hollow (FOX) 9 p.m. - "Root of All Evil"

A violent bank robbery puts Ichabod and Abbie on a quest for a mysterious silver coin that possesses unusual power. Meanwhile, Capt. Irving faces a difficult choice involving his family; and the bond between the Mills sisters is tested.

Supernatural (CW) 9 p.m. - "A Very Special Supernatural Special"

Highlights from the show's first nine seasons. Includes interviews with Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard, who share their favorite memories, monsters, angels and demons from the show. Also: a preview of season 10.

Scorpion (CBS) 9 p.m. - "A Cyclone"

A bomb strike threatens the Internet infrastructure for the entire Southwest. Meanwhile, Team Scorpion fails a military training operation and becomes determined to prove itself.

Tuesday, October 7

The Flash (CW) 8 p.m. - "City of Heroes"

Season premiere! - Read more in the Highlights section above.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 9 p.m. - "Making Friends and Influencing People"

A team member is caught in the middle as Coulson and the agents try to reach a man with dangerous freezing powers before Hydra does.

Supernatural (CW) 9 p.m. - "Black"

Season premiere! - Read more in the Highlights section above.

Face Off (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Off With Their Heads"

The remaining artists must create a Greek god -- along with the severed head of the creature they've slain.

Forever (ABC) 10 p.m. - "The Art of Murder"

A wealthy New York matriarch is found dead at a gala held in her honor.

Person of Interest (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Wingman"

Finch asks Fusco to keeps tabs on a professional wingman whose number has come up. In other events, the Machine sends Finch and Root on an unusual errand; and Reese tries to toe the line at his new day job.

Town of the Living Dead (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Jasper Needs Zombies" and "Premature Explosion"

Series premiere! - Town of the Living Dead is an unscripted series that follows a small Alabama town trying to complete its own independent zombie movie, Thr33 Days Dead -- which has been six years in the making. Based on a town urban legend, the film centers on a group of friends trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in rural Alabama.

Wednesday, October 8

Arrow (CW) 8 p.m. - "The Calm"

Season premiere! - Read more in the Highlights section above.

Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "An Officer and an Apparition"

Season premiere! - The TAPS team celebrate their 10th anniversary when they travel to the Old City Hall in Brunswick, Ga., to investigate claims that a person who died during a 19th-century shooting is haunting the premises today.

American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX) 10 p.m. - "Monsters Among Us"

Season premiere! - Read more in the Highlights section above.

Thursday, October 9

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

The Titans try to embrace vegetarianism.

Steven Universe (TOON) 6:45 p.m. - "Space Race" 

Steven attempts to build a spaceship to let Pearl revisit the wonders of the cosmos.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8 p.m. - "Yellow Ledbetter"

Elena deals with the loss of Damon and turns to Alaric to help her move on with her life. Meanwhile, Enzo gets Caroline to help him find Damon and Bonnie; Jeremy spends time with a mysterious girl who recently arrived in Mystic Falls; and Damon and Bonnie reluctantly band together to uncover the mystery of where they are and how they are going to get back home.

Friday, October 10 

Legend of Korra (Nick.com) - "The Forgotten Ones"

Korra must deal with the new power rising in the Earth Kingdom.

Haven (Syfy) 7 p.m. - "The Old Switcheroo, Part 1" 

Vince and Dave head to North Carolina to visit Dave's past; a body switching Trouble hits Haven. 

Z Nation (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Home Sweet Zombies"

The survivors are in Warren's hometown of Central Illinois looking for her long-missing husband and trying to survive a zombie tornado.

Saturday, October 11

Doctor Who (BBC America) 9 p.m. - "Mummy on the Orient Express"

The Doctor and Clara are on the most beautiful train in history speeding among the stars of the future. But a deadly creature is stalking the passengers.

Intruders (BBC America) 10 p.m. - "There Is No End"

Season finale! - Jack discovers the alarming depth and scope of the organization to which he's lost Amy. Meanwhile, Marcus and Madison engage in a fatal struggle, and Richard is forced to go on the run, but he recruits an unexpected partner along the way.

Sunday, October 12

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8 p.m. - "Rocky Road"

Elsa's in trouble when another wielder of ice magic turns up in Storybrooke.

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9 p.m. - "No Sanctuary"

Season premiere! - Read more in the Highlights section above.

Resurrection (ABC) 9 p.m. - "Multiple"

Bellamy confides in Tom, explaining that he's one of the returned; at the same time, the pastor senses a need for a new parish specifically for those who have come back to Arcadia. Elsewhere, Margaret seems determined to keep hidden whatever connection the Langston family has to old human bones that have mysteriously turned up in the river.

Manhattan (WGN) 10 p.m. - "The Gun Model" 

There's no plot synopsis out for this episode at the moment, so you'll just have to tune in and see what's in store.

(Episode synopses via TV Guide)

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