TV THIS WEEK: Fringe returns, it's a Simpsons Halloween & more!

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Dec 14, 2012

It looks like it's going to be a great week, with some Eliza Dushku action over at The Big Bang Theory, The Simpsons' "Treehouse of Horror XXI" and the return of Fringe.

Beyond that, James Bond pops up on Chuck, aliens attack on Stargate Universe, the Undercovers must stop an assassination, Elena deals with her kidnappers on The Vampire Diaries, Allison can't understand speech on Medium, Clark has issues with Lois' father on Smallville, Dean discovers the truth about Sam on Supernatural, Nikola Tesla is back on Sanctuary, Holmes has an explosive mystery to solve on the final episode of Sherlock, and Rick's going to run into a whole lot more zombies on The Walking Dead.

As for the shows you won't see this week, NBC's The Event is pre-empted by a special, ABC's No Ordinary Family was knocked off the schedule due to election coverage, and Syfy's Caprica was canceled, with plans to air the final five episodes next year.

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. 1

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

It does indeed look like Chuck and Sarah are about to have their first fight. Could her snatching up his spy mom (Linda Hamilton) have anything to do with it? Looks like there's only one thing to do, as Chuck sets out to prove his mom is innocent by tracking down an MI-6 agent named Gregory Tuttle (Timothy Dalton). Meanwhile, Ellie does her own spy work as she tries to uncover her family's secrets. Dalton joins the cast for a multi-episode arc, and Ana Gasteyer guest-stars as a Russian agent.

Here's a preview:

And other Monday shows of interest

On Syfy's Scare Tactics (9 p.m.) the pranks include one involving organ-harvesting, a witch, aliens and a creature that causes an accident.

Tuesday, Nov. 2

Stargate Universe (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Trial and Error"

It looks like it's going to be one bad day for Col. Young. First he begins having visions that there's an alien attack coming, and then his wife wants a divorce. Meanwhile, Chloe continues to transform.

Here's a preview and a sneak peek:

And other Tuesday shows of interest

On the Cartoon Network's Tower Prep (8 p.m.), Ian and the gang decide to break into the headmaster's office. And on the Animal Planet's Lost Tapes (8 p.m.), paranormal experts investigate the "Beast of Bray Road."

Wednesday, Nov. 3

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

Leo and the Blooms head to Lima to stop the assassination of Peru's president-elect (Alex Fernandez), but the mission doesn't go as planned. Elsewhere, Lizzy caters an event for a college friend of Samantha's.

Here's a preview:

Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Home Is Where the Heart Is"

The TAPS crew investigates Beardslee Castle, which leads them to try and track down the origin of footsteps, singing and strange noises.

Here's a preview:

And other Wednesday shows of interest

On Disney XD's Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! (8:30 p.m.), the Avengers rescue Captain America, who's been frozen since World War II, in "Living Legend." Biography's The Captains of the Final Frontier (9 p.m.) profiles the fictional captains of the Star Trek franchise using clips, photos and expert commentary. Then on Comedy Central's Ugly Americans (10:30 p.m.), when Randall goes on a reality show, Mark ends up having to deal with an obsessed producer in "Trolling for Terror." And on the Science Channel's Sci Fi Science (10 p.m.), Dr. Kaku seeks to create Star Trek's "Holodeck."

Thursday, Nov. 4

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8 p.m. - "The Apology Insufficiency"

Eliza Dushku guest-star alert! Sheldon is perplexed when Howard won't accept his apology. Meanwhile, a hot FBI agent (Dushku) interviews the gang regarding Howard's security clearance.

Here's a promo:

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

With Elena's abduction, Stefan and Damon agree to work together to find her. Elsewhere, Caroline helps Tyler deal with his werewolf issues, and Jeremy and Bonnie appear to be making a connection, and that continues when he helps her out after she casts a challenging spell. Does anyone think the whole Bonnie/Jeremy thing is just weird?

Here's a preview:

Nikita (The CW) 9 p.m. - "Phoenix"

In order to get continued government funding, Division takes on a mission that involves killing a woman who is having an affair with a senator. Meanwhile, Nikita and Alex decide to talk to the woman's parents.

Here's a preview:

Fringe (Fox) 9 p.m. - "Amber 31422"

Fringe returns this week with an "Over There" episode, assuming baseball doesn't interfere. The Fringe Division looks into a security breach when a man helps his twin brother escape from a quarantined amber area. Elsewhere, Walternate experiments on Olivia using sensory deprivation, which probably doesn't help when it comes to those continuing visions of Peter.

Here's a preview and a sneak peek:

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Symphonic Spirits/Hovering Humanoid"

It's ghosts and flying people in this episode, as the Fact or Faked team look into a video of a ghost that is believed to haunt a museum in Victor, N.Y. And then it's off to Texas to check out footage of what appears to be a person flying.

And other Thursday shows of interest

Discovery offers up a new Ghost Lab (10 p.m.), with a look at an old West Virginia penitentiary. And then there's a new Ancient Aliens (10 p.m.) on the History Channel that looks into "Gods & Aliens."

Friday, Nov. 5

Medium (CBS) 8 p.m. - "Native Tongue"

After waking up from a dream, Allison suddenly can't understand the spoken word. When Joe can't get through to his wife, he begins to wonder if their marriage can survive her psychic issues. I'm guessing this also has something to do with murder.

One complaint ... while it's long since time Joe had issues with the way Allison's psychic abilities affect her life, don't you think it's a little odd to have this episode right after the episode where she saved hundreds of lives by stopping a bombing? Just saying ...

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

Michael Ironside guest-stars as Lois' father, the General, who along with Lucy Lane (Peyton List) drop in unexpectedly on Lois and Clark for Thanksgiving dinner. However, when the General begins to badmouth superheroes and brags that he's trying to pass a vigilante registration law, Clark and he get off to a rocky start. However, Clark isn't the only one with issues involving the General. Rick Flagg (Ted Whittall) plans to assassinate him to keep the law from being passed.

Here's a preview:

Supernatural (The CW) 9 p.m. - "Family Matters"

Unfortunately, the promo for this week's episode completely gives away what's going on with Sam. So you may not want to check out the promo below if you want to avoid spoilage. This is very disappointing, considering that "What's going on with Sam?" has been a storyline through the season so far, and then boom, it's in a preview.

As far as the episode goes, we do find out the truth about Sam. And as if the brothers don't have enough problems, Dean thinks his grandfather has a secret, and the brothers decide to get the truth.

Here's a preview with heavy spoilers:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Cartoon Network) 9 p.m. - "Evil Plans"

Cad Bane kidnaps C-3PO and tries to get information out of him.

Sanctuary (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Trail of Blood"

Nikola Tesla is back to cause trouble. When the team answers his distress call and finds him in the Colombian highlands, their rescue pits them against killer multipedes. Elsewhere, Bigfoot and Kate explore the murder of a longtime friend in Old City.

Here's a promo and a sneak peek:

And other Friday shows of interest

On The Cartoon Network's Batman: The Brave and the Bold (7 p.m.), it's the "Plague of the Prototypes!," And on the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures (9 p.m.), the adventurers investigate the USS Hornet in San Francisco, which is reported to be haunted by the soldiers who died on the ship during World War II.

Saturday, Nov. 6

Messengers 2: The Scarecrow (Syfy) 9 p.m.

A prequel to the original movie explores the origins of the haunted house, which involves a farmer (Norman Reedus) who puts the wrong scarecrow in his field and then has a battle on his hands when it comes to life.

A Family Thanksgiving (Hallmark) 9 p.m.

Daphne Zuniga stars as a successful attorney who gets an alternate look at what her life might have been like if she'd been a wife and mother, with the help of a magical stranger (Faye Dunaway).

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 Rebecca De Mornay, Michael Rapaport and Margaret Cho.

Sunday, Nov. 7

The Simpsons (Fox) 8 p.m. - "Treehouse of Horror XXI"

Baseball may have pushed this episode a week late for Halloween, but the spirit of the holiday is still there. In this horror-filled delight, Lisa falls for a vampire (voiced by Daniel Radcliffe), Bart and Milhouse have fun with board games, and when Marge and Homer attempt to have a romantic second honeymoon at sea, their plans are interrupted by a castaway (voiced by Hugh Laurie).

Along with The Simpsons, the other Fox Sunday animated series have Halloween themes too, including Cleveland Show, Family Guy and American Dad!

Masterpiece Mystery! (PBS) 9 p.m. - "Sherlock: The Great Game"

Holmes must deal with an explosive situation when a bomber begins attaching explosive devices to innocent people and forces him to solve mysteries before letting the people go. The game is afoot! This is the last of the three Sherlock episodes, unfortunately. Let's hope there's more Sherlock in our future.

Here's a sneak peek:

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

Rick gets help in getting out of the zombie-surrounded tank and meets other survivors who've barricaded themselves in a downtown department store. However, Rick's shots draw the zombies to the department store, forcing him to come up with a plan to save them all.

Here's a sneak peek:

And other Sunday shows of interest

On A&E's Paranormal State (9 & 9:30 p.m.), the team investigates the Lake County poorhouse in Painesville Township, Ohio, in "Ghosts of The Forgotten." On the channel's Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal (10 p.m.), two psychic teens help the police search for a missing boy in "The Disappearance." And on Animal Planet's The Haunted (10 p.m.), when a family looks into why they and their pets suffer mysterious ailments, they discover they are living on cursed Native American land.

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