TV THIS WEEK: Fringe premieres! A Doctor Who farewell! And more!

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Dec 17, 2012

Finally! After months of waiting, we get to take a look at what fall TV has to offer. The premieres are here. Fringe returns with a look at the future, Doctor Who says goodbye to the Ponds, and 666 Park Avenue returns Terry O'Quinn to TV in a brand-new mysterious bad guy role.

Also this week, Hicks switches sides in Alphas, Amy Acker and Jeri Ryan pop up on Warehouse 13, Charlie continues her search for her brother on Revolution, the makeup artists create a steampunk, videogame look on Face Off, the contestant set designers make an alien queen's lair on Hot Set, Darth Vader has Darth Maul issues on LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, the Ghost Hunters head to the zoo, aliens hit the suburbs on the series premiere of The Neighbors, and Andre Braugher goes rogue on the series premiere of Last Resort.

Beyond that, Wolowitz finds he can't get away from his mother even in outer space on the season-six premiere of The Big Bang Theory, Reese tries to rescue Finch on the season-two premiere of Person of Interest, there's a new Sherlock Holmes and a lady Dr. Watson who take on crime in New York City on the series premiere of Elementary, Monroe goes to church on Grimm, barbarian-type people invade the town on Haven, Yancy Butler and Robert Englund look like dinner to the big crocs of Lake Placid: The Final Chapter, and magic and memories return to the people of Storybrooke on the season-two premiere of Once Upon a Time.

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

Monday, Sept. 24

Alphas (Syfy) 8 p.m. - "The Devil Will Drag You Under"

Guest star alert! Has Hicks turned traitor? As he begins working with Parish, the team begins to question his loyalties. Battlestar Galactica's Kandyse McClure guest-stars.

Here's a preview:

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "The Ones You Love"

Amy Acker and Jeri Ryan guest star alert! In an effort to get Artie to reverse the Astrolabe's effects, Brother Adrian (Brent Spiner) starts to play dirty when he begins sending deadly artifacts to the agents' families and loved ones. Spiner, Ryan AND Acker in one episode ... now, that's cool.

Here's a promo:

Revolution (NBC) 10 p.m. - "Chained Heat"

C. Thomas Howell alert! Howell guest-stars in an episode that continues Charlie's quest to find her brother, Danny. Miles leads the small group to a Militia prison camp in an effort to rescue an old flame. Meanwhile, Aaron makes a confession to Maggie and Danny's troubles continue.

Here's a look:

Tuesday, Sept. 25

Face Off (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Dishonorable Proportions"

The contestants are charged with creating exaggerated characters that might fit into the steampunk world of Bethesda's videogame Dishonored.

Here's a preview:

Hot Set (Syfy) 10:00 p.m. - "Alien Queen"

Competing production designers and their teams must create throne room fit for an alien queen.

Here's a promo:

Wednesday, Sept. 26

LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out (Cartoon Network) 8 p.m.

LEGO Star Wars special! This half-hour special follows new celebrity, Luke, who has trouble pulling off a secret mission when his fans get in the way. Meanwhile, Darth Vader has issues with Darth Maul.

Here's a look:

Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Don't Feed the Apparition"

The best evidence ever alert! With a new investigator in tow, TAPS head to the Alexandria Zoo in Louisiana and come up with the best evidence they've ever captured.

Here's a promo:

The Neighbors (ABC) 9:30 p.m. - "Pilot"

New series! When a family moves into a gated community in suburban New Jersey, they soon discover that the neighbors are actually aliens from the planet Zabvron.

Here's a look:

Paranormal Witness (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Fox Hollow Farm"

A family believes their Indianapolis mansion might just be haunted by a serial killer who once lived there.

Here's a preview:

Thursday, Sept. 27

Last Resort (ABC) 8 p.m. - "Captain"

New series! When Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) of the U.S. Colorado, a ballistic missile sub, gets mysterious orders to nuke Pakistan, he refuses the order and goes rogue. As the captain and his XO (Scott Speedman) focus on saving the lives of the crew and trying to figure out what's really going on, back home in the states their families are being notified that they're dead. On the run from their own government, the captain and his crew are left with little choice but to set up a base on an exotic island and use the power of the sub to protect themselves. Meanwhile, mystery surrounds the Navy SEAL team the Colorado picked up just before the order arrived that started everything.

Here's a look:

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8 p.m. - "The Date Night Variable"

Season-six premiere! It's an out-of-this-world premiere as Wolowitz must deal with an argument between his mother and Bernadette from space. Meanwhile, Raj feels lonely when everyone else ends up on a date.

Here's a preview:

Person of Interest (CBS) 9 p.m. - "The Contingency"

Season-two premiere! With Finch missing, Carter and Fusco try to track him down, while Reese gets a new number from the Machine. Amy Acker returns as Finch's nemesis, Root.

Here's a look:

Elementary (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Pilot"

New series! No, it's not sci-fi, but it is Sherlock Holmes. In this new reboot of the most famous detective ever, Jonny Lee Miller stars as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu plays a female Dr. Watson. Holmes hits New York after a fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab. There Dr. Joan Watson arrives as his "sober companion," a job arranged by Holmes' father. Together they begin to solve crimes. Aidan Quinn plays Capt. Tobias Gregson, their police contact.

Here's a look:

Friday, Sept. 28

Fringe (Fox) 9 p.m. - "Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11"

Season-five premiere! The final season of Fringe begins, and it picks up where last season's "Letters of Transit" left off. Twenty years after being encased in amber, Peter and his daughter, Etta, search for Olivia in 2036. Meanwhile, the team takes up the fight against the world's rulers, the Observers.

Here's a look:

Grimm (NBC) 9 p.m. - "The Good Shepherd"

New day and time! Grimm moves back to Fridays. In the episode, Nick is tracked by a threatening adversary. Meanwhile, Monroe goes undercover and delves into a robbery at a Wesen church, and Nick tries to reconnect with Juliette.

Here's a preview:

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

Audrey and Nathan get their weirdest case yet, when odd, violent, naked men go on the attack in Haven.

Here's a look at the season:

Saturday, Sept. 29

Doctor Who (BBC America) 9 p.m. - "The Angels Take Manhattan"

Midseason finale! The Ponds final episode alert! The most terrifying angel statues in the history of, well, angel statues are back, and they're once again after the Doctor and the Ponds. And, of course, Amy and Rory part ways with the Doctor. Doctor Who returns later this year with a Christmas special and a new companion. New episodes premiere in 2013.

Here's a promo:

Lake Placid: The Final Chapter (Syfy) 9 p.m.

The crocs are back! Yancy Butler and Robert Englund star in this Syfy Saturday Night at the Movies flick, which proves that big crocs are really hard to contain.

Here's a preview:

Sunday, Sept. 30

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

Season two premieres! Magic comes to the real world, and the fairy-tale characters begin to remember their past lives. That should have interesting repercussions when it comes to Regina and Mr. Gold. And we're guessing Captain Hook will make his presence known in Storybrooke, judging from the previews. Meanwhile, in the fairy-tale world, Prince Phillip wakes up Aurora.

If you want a recap of the first season, check out Once Upon a Time: Magic Is Coming at 7 p.m.

Here's a preview of "Broken":

666 Park Avenue (ABC) 10:01 p.m. - "Pilot"

New series! Terry O'Quinn is back in another delectable role as the mysterious owner of The Drake, an exclusive Manhattan apartment building, which appears to be controlled by evil forces. As the series opens, a young couple are hired to manage the property and find themselves quickly discovering that things aren't exactly what they seem at The Drake.

Here's a promo:

Other Sunday shows of interest:

On the two-episode season two premiere of the Travel Channel's Making Monsters (8 and 9 p.m.) the team works round the clock on a new spooky line of shocktronics in "Horrors for Houston," and they build stage props for the heavy metal band Megadeth in "Zombie, Say Cheese!" Then, on TLC's Long Island Medium (9 and 9:30 p.m.), Theresa and her husband head to the beach, which causes the typical problems in "Beach Bonding," and Victoria graduates from high school in "The Graduate."

What are you going to watch?

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