TV THIS WEEK: The Walking Dead, Dr. Horrible, Arrow and more!

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Dec 17, 2012, 4:24 PM EST

The Walkers are back with the season-three premiere of The Walking Dead, and we'll have plenty of CW premieres with Arrow, The Vampire Diaries and Beauty and the Beast. But just to get us tooled up for their big premiere week, the CW is also giving us a little present with the television premiere of Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

Also this week, Sean Astin guest-stars on Alphas, someone's going to die on Revolution, there's a Dr. Seuss challenge on Face Off, the humans try to spend more time with their own kind on The Neighbors, Sam and Dean work to get their hands on the Word of God on Supernatural, the crew try to get their people back on Last Resort, Sheldon hires a young female assistant on The Big Bang Theory, Chiller offers up an original horror flick with Dead Souls, the rogue Fringe team meets some people trying to record human history on Fringe, Nick and Hank face another Grimm murder, the town might just have its first serial killer on Haven, attempts are made to discover who the mystery blogger is on Bedlam, a sorority faces a killer housemother on American Horror House, Emma and Mary Margaret run into a legendary character on Once Upon a Time, Jane starts seeing what might be ghosts at the Drake on 666 Park Avenue, and Chris Hardwick and company help us wrap our heads around the latest episode of Walking Dead on Talking Dead.

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

Monday, Oct. 8

Alphas (Syfy) 8 p.m. - "If Memory Serves"

Sean Astin alert! The Lord of the Rings star guest-stars as Mitchell, an Alpha with enhanced memory capabilities, who can store and play other people's memories. He's targeted by the team as a Stanton Parish asset. Meanwhile, Senator Burton (Lauren Holly) arrives unexpectedly.

Here's a preview:

Revolution (NBC) 10 p.m. - "The Plague Dogs"

Someone's going to die alert! Yep, it looks like someone is about to bite the dust, but who? In this episode, Charlie and Nora try rescue Miles from the militia, while Nate stalks Charlie.

Here's a look:

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (The CW) 9 p.m.

Awesome alert! Finally! The CW shows just how cool a network it really is by bringing Joss Whedon's Internet musical masterpiece to TV. Neil Patrick Harris stars as a budding supervillain, Dr. Horrible, who hopes to be accepted into the Evil League of Evil and impress the girl of his dreams (Felicia Day). Unfortunately, his evil attempts are met with resistance by his superhero archnemesis, Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion). If you haven't seen it, here's your chance.

Here's a preview:

Face Off (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Who's the New Who?"

The remaining contestants are challenged to make looks inspired by Dr. Seuss' Sleep Book, which is having its 50th anniversary. Brian Grazer (24, How the Grinch Stole Christmas) guest-judges.

Here's a promo:

Hot Set (Syfy) 10:00 p.m. - "Down the Rabbit Hole"

Competing production designers and their teams must build a storybook wonderland inspired by Lewis Carroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In the challenge they must create sets where Alice is oversized, shrunken or both as she moves through two rooms in a dream state.

Here's a look:

Wednesday, Oct. 10

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

Series premiere! Billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is rescued after being trapped on a desert island for five years. However, when he returns, he takes on a secret identity called Arrow, a vigilante who is determined to battle the evil he believes has ruined the city he loves, Starling City. Stephen Amell stars as Oliver Queen. The rest of the cast includes Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Colin Donnell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Willa Holland and John Barrowman.

Here's a look:

The Neighbors (ABC) 8:30 p.m. - "Things Just Got Real"

When Marty and Debbie decide to spend more time with their human friends, Larry and Jackie crash Marty's poker night and Debbie's girls' night out.

Here's a look:

Supernatural (The CW) 9 p.m. - "What's Up, Tiger Mommy?"

Sam and Dean have a lot on their plate these days, including saving the prophet Kevin's mother from demons and finding the Word of God tablet so they can close the gates of hell forever. Too bad they don't have anything important to do.

Here's a look:

Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Paranormal Politics"

TAPS heads to Louisiana's Old State Capitol, a Gothic castle-esque building in Baton Rouge to investigate paranormal activity that may involve the Civil War and a congressman's death. And then it's off to Charleston, S.C., to help the owners of a plantation who believe their paranormal activity involves a relative who died in an accident in the 1800s.

Here's a preview:

Other Wednesday shows of interest:

On Syfy's Paranormal Witness (10 p.m.), a creature with 14" feet is tracked in London, Ohio, and a man believes he sees the ghost of a red-haired girl in his backyard in North Carolina in "The Cabin; Ghost in the Garden."

Thursday, Oct. 11

Last Resort (ABC) 8 p.m. - "Eight Bells"

Things begin to get tense on the island when the search for the three missing crew members takes Chaplin to Serral's compound. Elsewhere, Shepard and Sinclair meet secretly.

Here's a look:

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8 p.m. - "The Higgs Boson Observation"

When Sheldon hires a young female assistant, Amy gets jealous. Elsewhere, Wolowitz begins to feel the pressure of being in space crashing down on him.

The Vampire Diaries (The CW) 8 p.m. - "Growing Pains"

Season four premieres! After last season's shocking and hard-to-believe cliffhanger—where Stephen saved Matt instead of Elena after their car went off a bridge, and where Elena died but had vampire blood in her system—Elena wakes up and realizes she's got a choice to make. Meanwhile, Bonnie's attempt to change Elena's fate may have a steep cost.

Here's a promo:

Beauty and the Beast (The CW) 9 p.m. - "Pilot"

Series premiere! Smallville's Kristin Kreuk stars as a homicide detective who joins forces with a man who has beastly qualities when he's enraged.

Here's a preview:

Friday, Oct. 12

Dead Souls (Chiller) 9 p.m.

This Chiller original, which was adapted from a novel by Bram Stoker Award Finalist Michael Laimo, delves into the frightening story of Johnny Petrie, who on his 18th birthday learns he was adopted. He inherits a farm in Maine, which was abandoned 18 years earlier when his birth father murdered his entire family. The title should give you a clue as to what happens next. The movie stars The Amityville Horror's Jesse James, House of 1,0000 Corpses' Bill Moseley, and Caprica's Magda Apanowicz.

Here's a look:

Fringe (Fox) 9 p.m. - "The Recordist"

The rogue Fringe team end up in a forest, where they meet people who are dedicated to recording the history of the human race.

Here's a preview:

Grimm (NBC) 9 p.m. - "The Bottle Imp"

Nick and Hank investigate a horrifying murder that involves an unstable father and his daughter. Meanwhile, Monroe discovers that taking over for Rosalee at the spice shop has its challenges, and Captain Renard is faced with a woman from his past.

Here's a preview:

Haven (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Over My Head"

Things are about to get wet for Audrey and the gang when the town suffers a rise in ocean-related deaths that might be involve Haven's first serial killer.

Here's a preview:

Other Friday shows of interest:

On the Bio Channel's My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera (9 p.m.), a police chief suspects her building is having paranormal activity. Then, on the channel's new series, Cursed (10 p.m.), people share stories about being ... well, you know. On the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures (9 p.m.) the team investigates spirit activity in the Black Moon Manor in Indiana. And on the channel's The Dead Files Revisited (10 p.m.), Amy and Steve go back to an old Alabama plantation home and the New Mexico State Penitentiary in "A Widow's Rage and Death Sentence."

Saturday, Oct 13

DC Nation (Cartoon Network) 9 a.m

New episodes of Ben 10: Omniverse, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice: Invasion almost, but not quite, give us a reason to get up that early in the morning to watch cartoons.

Bedlam (BBC America) 9 p.m. - "Pool of Tears"

Ellie and Max attempt to save a woman, and Dan gets closer to discovering who the mystery blogger is.

American Horror House (Syfy) 9 p.m.

Another Syfy Saturday Night at the Movies alert! It's one horrifying night when the girls of a sorority are invaded by ghosts AND a housemother on a killing spree. The film stars Morgan Fairchild and Caprica's Alessandra Torresani.

Here's a preview:

Other Saturday shows of interest:

On Bio's Celebrity Ghost Stories (9 p.m.), Lost's Man In Black, Titus Welliver, is faced with the ghosts of murder victims in a Maine barn, while other celebs Johnny Gill and Marcus Schenkenberg run into their own paranormal events.

Sunday, Oct. 14

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8 p.m. - "Lady of the Lake"

Emma and Mary Margaret meet Sir Lancelot while trying to get home to Storybrooke. Meanwhile, in the fairy-tale world, King George poisons Snow White.

Here's a look:

The Walking Dead (AMC) 10 p.m. - "Seed"

Season-three premiere! Yay! It's back! Things get more dangerous as Rick and his people try to take a prison with hopes of creating a safe haven. Meanwhile, Laurie and her new BFF try to find a safe haven of their own while killing lots of Walkers.

Here's a look at season three:

Talking Dead (AMC) 11 p.m.

Chris Hardwick hosts as The Walking Dead cast, crew and fans discuss the latest episode of the series.

666 Park Avenue (ABC) 10:01 p.m. - "The Dead Don't Say Dead"

Jane begins seeing an apparition, while Gavin tries to convince Henry he needs a career change. Meanwhile, a journalist at the Drake discovers that everything she writes becomes the truth.

Here's a promo:

Other Sunday shows of interest:

On the Travel Channel double header of Making Monsters (8 and 9 p.m.), the team builds a giant "Evil Tiki" for a haunted maze, and then they take on three-headed Dino Pods for the Discovering the Dinosaurs attraction in "Must Make More Monsters!". On TLC's Long Island Medium (9 p.m.), Theresa tries to get a family picture taken, and then Theresa reads for a couple who want answers regarding the death of their son. And on AMC's Comic Book Men (11:30 p.m.), a larger-than-life Darth Vader helmet is investigated.

What are you going to watch?