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

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Jan 25, 2016, 4:21 PM EST (Updated)

We've already had one major week of premieres, but we're not done yet. This week, The Walking Dead is back for what will surely be a blockbuster new season, and The CW is rolling out new seasons of everything from The Flash to Supernatural.

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


The Flash (CW) Tuesday, 8 PM - "The Man Who Saved Central City"

Season premiere! - Even before The Flash arrived on our TV screens, I was impressed with the comic-book ambitions of Arrow that set it up. I mean, this was a show that was teasing things like KGBeast and Lazarus Pits, and then its spinoff series decided to dive even deeper into comic-book lore, to great effect. Season 1 brought with it the introductions of Weather Wizard, Captain Cold, Reverse Flash and more, and Season 2 promises to bring us even more. We've already seen Gorilla Grodd in action; now we get the chance to see Jay Garrick speed his way into the proceedings, as a little TV Multiverse forms. The Flash is a show that thrives on ambitious storytelling, and Season 2 looks to capitalize on that in what could be absolutely thrilling ways. Check out a preview below.


American Horror Story: Hotel (FX) Wednesday, 10 PM - "Checking In"

Season premiere! - Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story anthology series has always been a hit, but the fascinating thing is finding out which season will be a hit for which viewers. With each passing year, the show loses and gains viewers based on its premise, its cast and its overall tone, and with Hotel, Murphy and company will in many ways confront an entirely new audience. Numerous members of the Murphy stock company remain, Lady Gaga is a key selling point, and we expect the show to continue to bring its particular blend of sexy, silly and scary to TV. The question isn't whether the show will deliver. The question is who will sit up and take notice this time. Check out a preview below.


The Vampire Diaries (CW) Thursday, 8 PM - "Day One of Twenty-Two Thousand, Give or Take"

Season premiere! - Though Supernatural is the senior series on The CW right now, The Vampire Diaries is the network's most reliable ratings earner for the moment. Though Arrow and The Flash continue to gain on it, the vampire series is still churning out substantial numbers, and though there's no reason to doubt that will continue for the moment, this season in particular is crucial. Why? Well, it's the first season that won't involve star Nina Dobrev, who's been one of the key focal points of the series since its inception. This year, The Vampire Diaries will have to learn to live without one of its pillars, and we as an audience will have to see how the other pillars hold the show up. Check out a preview below.


Haven (Syfy) Thursday, 10 PM - "New World Order" and "Power"

Midseason premiere! - At last, we come to the beginning of the end of Haven. We've known since August that the Syfy series adapted very broadly from Stephen King's The Colorado Kid would come to an end this year, and now we get to see the final handful of episodes that will wrap it all up. If you're familiar with the source material, you know that the very idea of this show could've been a major stretch that didn't work, but the cast and crew made this thing succeed for five seasons. That's no small thing. Check out a preview below.


The Walking Dead (AMC) 9 PM - "First Time Again"

Season premiere! - By now, even if you don't watch the show, you're likely aware of the massive cultural impact of The Walking Dead. The show's set cable ratings records multiple times, and it's such a huge entity that even its spinoff series, Fear the Walking Dead, is setting records. The series is a massive force in the pop-culture landscape, and there's no reason to think that this season will be any different. So, what's next? Well, we're going to keep exploring how Rick and the group succeed or fail in Alexandria, and we're going to await the arrival of more comic-book-based foes ... like the dreaded Negan. Check out the preview below.



Gotham (FOX) 8 PM - "Rise of the Villains: The Last Laugh"

Gordon faces off with Jerome (Cameron Monaghan); a magic show at a gala for the Gotham Children's Hospital becomes a hostage situation.


Minority Report (FOX) 9 PM - "Hawk-Eye"

Vega wants Dash to be the analyst for Hawk-Eye, a new police program monitoring suspicious behavior; Dash and Vega wonder what Arthur's plans are.


Scorpion (CBS) 9 PM - "Fish Filet"

Sylvester goes under cover in a federal prison in hope of saving three judges' lives; the team must orchestrate a prison break when Sylvester's life is threatened.



The Muppets (ABC) 8 PM - "Bear Left Then Bear Write"

Nick Offerman assists the gang; Christina Applegate brings Miss Piggy a surprise; Liam Hemsworth, Pepe and Rizzo help Gonzo with online dating.


The Flash (CW) 8 PM - "The Man Who Saved Central City"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

iZombie (CW) 9 PM - "Grumpy Old Liv"

Season premiere! - Liv eats a cantankerous old man's brain to learn the details of his death; Ravi thinks Major is experiencing a side effect of the cure; Liv visits Blaine.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 9 PM - "Purpose in the Machine"

Fitz and the team ask an Asgardian for help unlocking the secrets of the monolith that swallowed Simmons; May comes to a crossroads.


Face Off (Syfy) 9 PM - "Beyond the Expanse"

The artists must tackle a focus challenge inspired by ``The Expanse''; contestants have to re-imagine human evolution.

Scream Queens (FOX) 9 PM - "Haunted House"

As Halloween approaches, Zayday makes a stunning announcement and Chanel concocts a devious plan; Pete and Grace visit a mysterious woman connected to Kappa's past; Dean Munsch struggles to keep Wallace University open.


From Dusk Till Dawn (El Rey) 9 PM - "Bring Me the Head of Santanico Pandemonium"

With Uncle Eddie’s help, Richie and Seth hatch a plan to complete Santanico’s revenge and walk away with the score of a lifetime. Meanwhile, Freddie and Kate find themselves facing an unexpected foe after Malvado’s attack.

Limitless (CBS) 10 PM - "The Legend of Marcos Ramos"

A retired FBI agent's murder is connected to the head of a notorious drug cartel; Brian and an old flame (Analeigh Tipton) reconnect.


The Bastard Executioner (FX) 10 PM - "Piss Profit/Proffidwyr Troeth"

The King's right hand visits Ventrishire on official royal business; Milus enlists Wilkin to go on a covert mission to retrieve a valuable artifact


Arrow (CW) 8 PM - "Green Arrow"

Season premiere! - Oliver and Felicity's blissful getaway comes to an abrupt end when Laurel and Thea ask for their help; Diggle is opposed to working with Oliver.


Supernatural (CW) 9 PM - "Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire"

Season premiere! - Dean and Sam are faced with their biggest threat: the darkness that has been unleashed; Castiel experiences the impact of Rowena's spell and remembers his battle with Crowley.


Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 PM - "The Plot Thickens"

After buying the building next door to their haunted theatre in Woonsocket, R.I., the owners notice a spike in activity.

Paranormal Witness (Syfy) 10 PM - "Demon House"

After buying what they thought was their ``forever home,'' a couple discovers satanic symbols carved into the floorboards.

American Horror Story: Hotel (FX) 10 PM - "Checking In"

Read more in our Highlights section above.


Steven Universe (TOON) 6:30 PM - "Back to the Barn"

Steven and the Gems work on building robots in the family barn.

Heroes Reborn (NBC) 8 PM - "The Needs of Many"

Noah searches for answers; Miko travels the world in hopes of finding her sword; Tommy must use his ability to save a life; Luke faces surprising obstacles in his relationship with Joanne.


The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8 PM - "Day One of Twenty-Two Thousand, Give or Take"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The Originals (CW) 9 PM - "For the Next Millennium"

Season premiere! - Freya looks for a way to repair the bond between Klaus and Elijah; Hayley struggles with her curse; Vincent and Cami help Detective Kinney (Jason Dohring) when it appears there is a serial killer on the loose.


Sleepy Hollow (FOX) 9 PM - "Whispers in the Dark"

Crane and Abbie are forced to face their pasts in surprising ways when a new form of evil is unleashed.


Haven (Syfy) 10 PM - "New World Order" and "Power"

Read more in our Highlights section above.


Z Nation (Syfy) 10 PM - "Zombaby!"

A pregnant Serena tracks down Murphy; the survivors stumble across a hidden Mennonite farm with new dangers.


Continuum (Syfy) 11 PM - "The Desperate Hours"

Kiera pressures Carlos for more time; Kellog faces unexpected danger; the future soldiers plan a raid.



Doctor Who (BBC America) 9 PM - "Before the Flood"

An alien warlord sets a twisted plan in motion in order to ensure his survival on a remote Army outpost, and the Doctor may have to do something unthinkable.


Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors (Disney XD) 9 PM - "Contest of Champions: Part Two"

Spider-Man, the Avengers and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. battle their greatest foes for the fate of the planet.

Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney XD) 9 :30 PM - "Take the Milano and Run"

The Guardians crash land on a space station run by the Grandmaster.


Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8 PM - "Siege Perilous"

No synopsis available.


The Walking Dead (AMC) 9 PM - "First Time Again"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The Leftovers (HBO) 9 PM - "A Matter of Geography"

Kevin, Nora and Jill try to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the Mapleton riots; Nora makes an impulsive choice; Kevin becomes entangled in the Murphy family's problems.


The Last Man on Earth (FOX) 9:30 PM - "Dead Man Walking"

Carol follows Phil's example when she tells a lie that is difficult to recover from.

CSI: Cyber (CBS) 10:30 PM - "Heart Me"

Raven's friend Tracy is hacked by a man she met on a dating app; things get even more complicated when the hacker is found dead and Tracy wakes up with the murder weapon and no memory of what happened.


(episode synopses via Zap2It)

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