TV THIS WEEK: The Walking Dead finale, Alaric gets naked & more!

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Dec 14, 2012

With a decent run of originals before the cold, long winter reruns set in, we can look forward to a naked Alaric on The Vampire Diaries, Psych embracing its inner Twin Peaks and the big finale of The Walking Dead. Beyond that, there's midseason finales for The Event and Stargate Universe.

And Chuck's mom crashes Thanksgiving leftovers, Jim and Stephanie team up to fight crime in No Ordinary Family, we'll find out more about Ames in Human Target, the Real Housewives of Atlanta join the Ghost Hunters, Kevin Sorbo plays Santa for Hallmark on The Santa Suit, Olivia finally gets home on Fringe, Kathy Baker visits Medium, Clark discovers what would have happened if he'd been a Luthor in Smallville, Sam and Dean make another deal with a demon in Supernatural, there's more Magnus mythology on Sanctuary and The Simpsons goes live-action with Katy Perry.

Here's what we have to look forward to this week on sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and spy-fi TV, along with non-sci-fi shows that involve sci-fi or fantasy storylines or stars.

Monday, Nov. 29

Chuck (NBC) 8 p.m. - "Chuck Versus the Leftovers"

Guess who's coming to dinner? Linda Hamilton returns as Chuck's mom just in time for a Thanksgiving leftovers dinner, and she brings along Alexei Volkoff (you remember ... that guy who tried to kill Chuck and Sarah, played by Timothy Dalton). Can you say awkward? Meanwhile, back at the Buy More, Morgan has to deal with Black Friday, while Jeff and Lester plot their latest scheme, and Ellie works to uncover clues to the mystery left behind by her father.

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The Event (NBC) 9 p.m. - "Everything Will Change"

Fall finale! Martinez confronts the vice president about what he knows, while Sophia suspects Thomas and Isabel are up to something and sends Simon to investigate. Meanwhile, Sean and Leila find the location where Samantha was held. How do you feel about waiting several months for more of The Event?

Here's a preview:

Tuesday, Nov. 30

No Ordinary Family (ABC) 9 p.m. - "No Ordinary Anniversary"

New time! A romantic evening to celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary heats up for Jim and Stephanie when they face off together against an arsonist. Elsewhere, Daphne and J.J. use the opportunity to host a poker game and decide to use their abilities to win.

Here's a promo and a sneak peek:

Stargate Universe (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Resurgence"

Midseason finale! You just know it's going to be trouble when Young agrees to Rush's plan to check out a remote energy signature in an area of space filled with destroyed ships they believe to be from an ancient battle. Meanwhile, Eli struggles with an issue involving his mother.

Here's a preview and a sneak peek:

And other Tuesday shows of interest

On the Cartoon Network's Tower Prep (9 p.m.), while running for vice president of the class, Gabe loses his powers of persuasion, and then other students begin losing their powers as well on "Election."

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Human Target (Fox) 8 p.m. - "Taking Ames"

Chance ends up with Ames as his client when she is lured back to her criminal ways by an old friend who's part of a gang planning a diamond heist.

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Undercovers (NBC) 8 p.m. - "A Night to Forget"

Postponed from an earlier date. The focus is on Leo as he becomes a murder suspect in Mexico after he wakes up in a hotel room with dead woman and no memory of how she got that way. As the team leaps into action to prove Leo's innocence, things get complicated, because there's also a terrorist they need to stop.

Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "TAPS Meets The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

The ladies join the TAPS team as they hunt for the ghost of the man who built Rhodes Hall.

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Psych (USA) 10 p.m. - "Dual Spires"

It's the 20th anniversary of Twin Peaks! Shawn and Gus attend the Cinnamon Festival of a quirky small town, only to end up investigating the drowning of a teenage girl. Things get even stranger when they learn that the girl was declared dead years before. The Twin Peaks cast reunites, including Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise and Dana Ashbrook.

Thursday, Dec. 2

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

A plan is set in motion to save Elena from the Originals, and Aunt Jenna and Alaric get up close and personal. Elsewhere, Jeremy helps Bonnie with her plan to retrieve the moonstone, and Tyler takes Caroline to see the Lockwood cellar.

Here's a preview and a sneak peek:

The Santa Suit (Hallmark) 8 p.m.

Kevin Sorbo stars as a narcissistic toy company CEO who learns the meaning of Christmas when he's transformed into a Santa lookalike and ends up in a homeless shelter. What else is there to do except take a job as a mall Santa, where he gets to know a social worker (Jodie Dowdall) and a kid (Brianna Daguanno). Directed by Robert Vaughn.

Fringe (Fox) 9 p.m. - "Entrada"

It looks like this one might be an "over here" and "over there" episode. While Olivia tries to find an ally, the Fringe team discovers a device that can communicate between universes.

Here's a preview and a sneak peek:

Nikita (The CW) 9 p.m. - "Dark Matter"

When Owen leaks Division secrets to the press about an assassination in Chile, Percy sets up a trap for them by framing a CIA agent for murder. Meanwhile, Alex makes a discovery about Percy.

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Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Lunar Landing Hoax/Tropical Intruder"

Was the moon landing faked? The team looks into the possibility and tries to duplicate the video. Then it's a look into an alleged UFO sighting in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Here's a preview:

And other Thursday shows of interest

The History Channel's Ancient Aliens (10 p.m.) explores "Alien Tech" on Earth. And on USA's Burn Notice (10 p.m.), Michael helps Nate when it comes to finding a stolen car filled with drugs, while Sam and Jesse try to stop the sale of a sensitive government document in the Dominican Republic.

Friday, Dec. 3

Medium (CBS) 8 p.m. - "Blood on the Tracks"

Allison's visions lead her to believe murder was involved when a man is hit by a train, and Joe gets bad news about his mother (Kathy Baker).

Smallville (The CW) 8 p.m. - "Luthor"

John Glover is back as Lionel Luthor by way of a parallel universe when a kryptonian box leaves Clark trading places with his evil twin (who no doubt who has an evil mustache!). Clark learns that in that universe he was adopted by the Luthors instead of the Kents. Elsewhere, the gang must deal with evil Clark.

Here's a preview:

Supernatural (The CW) 9 p.m. - "Caged Heat"

Meg's back, and she kidnaps Sam and Dean with plans to force them to tell her where she can find Crowley. However, she's in for a surprise when they offer to help her if she'll torture Crowley to get info on how they can retrieve Sam's soul from hell.

Here's a promo:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Cartoon Network) 9 p.m. - "Pursuit of Peace"

It's intrigue and danger in the Senate for Padmé.

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Sanctuary (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "For Kings & Country"

Magnus confesses to Will about her relationship with Adam Worth (Ian Tracey) and how he is linked to the Five. Meanwhile, Tesla admits that Druitt may have information on Adam, and Will discovers something shocking when he analyzes blood tests.

Here's a sneak peek:

And other Friday shows of interest

The Cartoon Network's Batman: The Brave and the Bold (7 p.m.) it's "Darkseid Descending!" And the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures (9 p.m.), the crew investigates Ontario's "Old Fort Erie," which was the site of Canada's bloodiest battle.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Farewell Mr. Kringle (Hallmark) 8 p.m.

Christine Taylor stars as a jaded journalist who decides to discredit a local Santa (W. Morgan Sheppard) in the town of Mistletoe, but ends up finding the spirit of Christmas instead. And what kind of story would it be if she didn't find love with a former divorce attorney (Christopher Wiehl) as well. Written by Robert Tate Miller and directed by Kevin Connor.

Here's a promo:

And other Saturday shows of interest

On the Biography Channel's Celebrity Ghost Stories (9 p.m.), interviews and re-enactments explore the ghost stories of American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, Janine Turner, Charles Dutton and Joshua Leonard.

Sunday, Dec. 5

The Simpsons (Fox) 8 p.m. - "The Fight Before Christmas"

Christmas special! It's a very merry and disturbing Simpsons Christmas, with a voice cameo by Martha Stewart and a live-action segment with Katy Perry.

The Walking Dead (AMC) 10 p.m. - "TS-19"

Season one finale! A doctor gives Rick and the group access to the CDC, but they discover shocking information.

Here's a sneak peek:

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