TV THIS WEEK: Caprica premieres, Supergirl returns and more!

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Dec 14, 2012

While most fall shows have settled into their runs, Caprica and Ugly Americans return for the second halves of their seasons, Scare Tactics comes back for its fourth, and Haven winds up its first season.

Beyond that, Nicole Richie returns (for another catfight with Sarah, we hope!) on Chuck, find out what happened to the plane's passengers on The Event, Jim channels his inner and outer superhero on No Ordinary Family, Rush makes a big discovery on Stargate Universe, see what happens when Sheldon goes off the deep end in The Big Bang Theory, Mason and Damon go to war on The Vampire Diaries, Walternate lays out his plan on Fringe, CSI goes to a vampire and werewolf convention, Supergirl returns to Smallville, Sam and Dean battle biblical plagues with Castiel's help on Supernatural, and a Monsterwolf gets bitchy with Robert Picardo.

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, Oct. 4

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

Chuck and Sarah run into some old enemies when Hugo Panzer ("Stone Cold" Steve Austin) and Heather Chandler (Nicole Richie) turn up on "Chuck Versus the Cubic Z." While Heather may have some info on Chuck's mom, is that Chuck popping the question to Sarah? Oh, my! Meanwhile, Morgan gets the store ready for a video-game release.

Here's a preview:

The Event (NBC) 9 p.m. - "Protect Them From the Truth"

Big surprises abound in tonight's episode, which focuses on a detainee who's planning on telling the president's people everything and Sean's efforts to identify who Vicky really is as he attempts to get Detective Collier on his side.

Here's a preview and a sneak peek:

Scare Tactics (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "It's My Party"

Season-four premiere! Host Tracy Morgan rolls out a new season of scares, with tonight's episode focusing on pranks involving a caterer, mutilated livestock, an eviction and a lottery winner.

Tuesday, October 5

No Ordinary Family (ABC) 8 p.m. - "No Ordinary Marriage"

Talk about a power couple! Jim and Stephanie agree to keep their powers under wraps, but Jim can't help but try to stop crime and Stephanie is tempted to use her super speed. Meanwhile, Daphne discovers J.J. Is actually super-smart.

Here's a promo:

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

Rush stops the Destiny at a planet that is locked out of the controls when food and water become an issue. Meanwhile, the Lucian prisoners must be dealt with.

Here's a preview and a sneak peek:

Caprica (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Unvanquished"

Midseason premiere! Yes, Caprica's back with season 1.5, as Clarice tries to convince Gemenon that a terrorist attack against the STO leadership is necessary and Daniel meets with the Ha'La'Tha in an effort to get support for creating a virtual afterlife.

Here's a preview and a sneak peek:

And other Tuesday shows of interest

On the Animal Planet's Lost Tapes (10 & 10:30 p.m.), paranormal experts investigate deaths on an oil company's drilling site in "Strigoi," and then it's a look into ghostly happenings involving a child in "Poltergeist."

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Undercovers (NBC) 8 p.m. - "Devices"

Steven and Samantha travel to Berlin to track down a code-breaking device that just might put all CIA agents at risk of exposure.

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Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Grammar School Ghosts"

Joe Chin joins the TAPS team as they head back to school to investigate a local elementary school.

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Great Performances (PBS) 9 p.m. - "Macbeth"

Patrick Stewart alert! This adaptation of Rupert Goold's West End/Broadway production takes Shakespeare's Macbeth to a whole new level. Set in a modern-day militaristic society, the production features Patrick Stewart as Macbeth and Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth.

Ugly Americans (Comedy Central) 10:30 p.m. - "Better Off Undead"

Returns with new episodes! Ugly Americans is back with even uglier episodes. In "Better Off Undead," Randall joins a zombie cult thanks to ex-girlfriend issues and Mark gets a codependent roommate.

And other Wednesday shows of interest

Discovery's Bad Universe (10 p.m.) explores deadly extraterrestrial encounters and the existence of aliens. And on the Science Channel's Sci Fi Science (10 p.m.), Dr. Kaku designs a star fighter that could "Destroy the Death Star."

Thursday, Oct. 7

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8 p.m. - "The Zazzy Substitution"

It's the return of Sheldon and Amy. However, when they break up, it's a cat-astrophe, and his friends worry Sheldon just might be headed for a breakdown.

Here's a promo:

The Vampire Diaries (The CW) 8 p.m. - "Kill or Be Killed"

It looks like there just might be some vampire vs. werewolf action as Damon and Mason go to war. Meanwhile, Mason gives Tyler the 411 on the family curse, and the sheriff discovers shocking information about what's really been going on in her town.

Here's a preview and a sneak peek:

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

How do you feel about the Over Here/Over There setup? Well, it's back to Over There as our Olivia begins to suffer visions. Meanwhile, the team races to stop a series of catastrophic events and Walternate explains his secret plan to Broyles-nate.

Here's a preview and a sneak peek:

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS) 9 p.m. - "Blood Moon"

CSI hops on the Twilight train as the team heads to a vampire and werewolf convention to solve a murder.

Destination Truth (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Siberian Snowman"

It's another frigid investigation as Josh Gates and Team Truth go in search of a Yeti-like creature known as the "Siberian Snowman."

Here's a preview:

And other Thursday shows of interest

On The CW's Nikita (8 p.m.), Percy tries to capture a fugitive operative who could expose Division's secrets, and Alex gets caught in Percy's office trying to send Nikita a warning in "The Guardian." And on the Syfy Channel's Beast Legends (10 p.m.), the team takes on the legend of the "Wildman of Vietnam."

Friday, Oct. 8

Medium (CBS) 8 p.m. - "Means and Ends"

Ariel, who's about to go off to college, begins having dreams about missing women, while Detective Scanlon has his own dreams about his dead brother.

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

Laura Vandervoort alert! When a powerful dark force threatens Smallville, Jor-El sends Kara to back up Clark for the coming battle. Meanwhile, a shock jock goes after the Blur, and when he's possessed by the dark force, he takes Lois hostage.

Here's a preview:

Supernatural (The CW) 9 p.m. - "The Third Man"

The Brothers Winchester look into a rash of murdered cops who appear to have been killed by the biblical plagues of Egypt. That means a visit from Castiel, who informs them that some of heaven's weapons were stolen.

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Haven (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Spiral"

Season-one finale! After last week's big shocker, Audrey struggles with what she's learned about her and Lucy, while a criminal returns to Haven to cause some trouble.

Here's a promo:

Law & Order: UK (BBC America) 9 p.m. - "Unloved"

Battlestar Galactica's Jamie Bamber and Doctor Who's Freema Agyeman (aka Martha Jones) take on the legal system in the U.K. Bamber's next gig is coming up in December in Outcasts, a new BBC America sci-fi series about the surviving population of Earth, which has settled on a new planet.

Here's a series preview:

And other Friday shows of interest

On The Cartoon Network's Batman: The Brave and the Bold (7 p.m.), it's "The Last Patrol." And on the channel's Star Wars: The Clone Wars (9 p.m.), Padme investigates the black market on Mandalore in "Corruption." Then on the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures (9 p.m.), the crew heads to the notorious "Waverly Hills Sanitarium," where thousands of tuberculosis patients were residents in the 1900s.

Saturday, Oct. 9

Monsterwolf (Syfy) 9 p.m.

An Indiana animal spirit, the Kachinawaya, comes to life as a monstrous wolf that wages war on an unscrupulous oil company's staff. Monsterwolf stars Star Trek: Voyager's Robert Picardo and Jason London.

Here's a sneak peek:

Sunday, Oct. 10

The Haunted (Animal Planet) 10 p.m. - "Demon Attack"

A mother begins to suspect her daughter can see the spirits of the dead and brings a paranormal group in to confirm her suspicions.

Here's a general promo for the series: