TV THIS WEEK: Starbuck kicks ass, Wil Wheaton v. Sheldon & more!

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Dec 14, 2012

As November sweeps kicks into high gear, there are plenty of guest stars popping up through the schedule, including Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff on CSI, Wil Wheaton on The Big Bang Theory and Teri Hatcher on Smallville.

Beyond that, Amber Tamblyn squares off with House, Sophia prepares her people for the next part of their mission on The Event, Cybill Shepherd and Bruce McGill have a parental visit on No Ordinary Family, Rush and Young go at it again on Stargate Universe, national treasure Michael J. Fox takes on The Good Wife, Katherine flashes back to 1490 Bulgaria on The Vampire Diaries, Walter doesn't approve of Peter's work on Fringe, it's Camelot in high school on Avalon High, Sam and Dean are on the hunt for a werewolf on Supernatural, Kate goes superhero-crazy on Sanctuary, a deadly disease threatens mankind on The Lost Future, and Rick heads back to Atlanta for a very bad reason on The Walking Dead. What you won't find on TV this week is NBC's Chuck.

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. 8

House (Fox) 8 p.m. - "Office Politics"

Joan of Arcadia's Amber Tamblyn joins the cast as a third-year medical student named Martha Masters who is hired to replace Thirteen (Olivia Wilde, who left temporarily to make TRON: Legacy and other movies). As for the case, it involves a senator's campaign manager who comes down with a sudden illness, which seems to point to the candidate (Pat Finn). Heroes' Jack Coleman guest-stars as House's latest patient.

Here's a promo with a Star Wars reference and a behind-the-scenes sneak peek:

The Event (NBC) 9 p.m. - "I Know Who You Are"

While Sophia and Thomas may have disappeared into a big Stargate/whirlpool sort of thingie, it looks like we'll find out where they went. Sophia retakes control over Thomas and the other detainees and prepares for the next part of their mission. Meanwhile, Sean and Leila learn more about what's going on with the help of Madeline (Paula Malcomson).

Here's a preview:

Scare Tactics (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Alien Road Block"

This week's pranks involve a temp worker, a production assistant, an unusual take on witness protection and a delivery guy with an out-of-this-world package.

Here's a preview:

Tuesday, Nov. 9

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

Cybill Shepherd and Bruce McGill stop by for a surprise visit as Stephanie's parents, who become suspicious that something's amiss when the family tries to keep their powers a secret. Meanwhile, Daphne discovers new aspects of her superpowers when she tries to help a boy at school after his family falls victim to a home invasion. Twilight's Jackson Rathbone guest-stars as Trent Stafford.

Here's a sneak peek:

Stargate Universe (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "The Greater Good"

When the Destiny comes upon a derelict spaceship, Young and Rush end up trapped and once again at each other's throats. Meanwhile, Ginn and Eli get closer.

Here's a preview and a Ginn sneak peek:

The Good Wife (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Poisoned Pill"

Back To the Future's Michael J. Fox guest-stars as a disabled attorney who uses his disability to sway the jury during a class-action suit against a pharmaceutical company that he is representing. Meanwhile, Kalinda finds out where the inside information Blake has on her is coming from.

And other Tuesday shows of interest

On the Cartoon Network's Tower Prep (9 p.m.), Ian takes on the unique sport called "Buffer" but finds himself having trouble figuring it out. And on the Animal Planet's Lost Tapes (8 p.m.), paranormal experts look into a case involving missing teens and an underground society that may just harvest human flesh in "Reptilian."

Wednesday, Nov. 10

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

Steven and Samantha are on the hunt for a pilot who disappeared off the radar with a dangerous bomb. However, when Chechen rebels come into play, Hoyt is injured and the Blooms end up in deep trouble. NBC canceled the series last week, so there are only this and two more episodes to air this year. The final three episodes may be shown at a later date. So what do you think? Did NBC get this one wrong?

Here's a preview:

Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Empire State Haunt"

Ghost Hunter Academy winner Adam Berry joins the TAPS team to investigate a fort older than America, and the results of the live Halloween investigation are revealed.

Here's a preview:

Psych (USA) 10 p.m. - "Extradition II: The Actual Extradition Part"

Season's five's midseason premiere! Saw's Cary Elwes returns to guest-star as Pierre Despereaux, who escapes from prison with the accidental help of Shawn and Gus.

And other Wednesday shows of interest

On Disney XD's Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! (8:30 p.m.), "Everything is Wonderful." On Comedy Central's Ugly Americans (10:30 p.m.), Mark joins Callie in a demonic ritual and Randall takes care of a confused robot in "Soulsucker." And on the Science Channel's Sci Fi Science (10 p.m.), it's a look at robots disguised as cars and trucks in "Shapeshifting Transformer."

Thursday, Nov. 11

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8 p.m. - "The 21-Second Excitation"

Wil Wheaton cameo alert! The guys decide to camp out in line in hopes of seeing a movie. Meanwhile, Penny and Bernadette throw Amy her first slumber party. As for Sheldon and Wil Wheaton ... the battle continues.

Here's a promo:

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

Looks like we'll finally discover why Katherine's such a bitch when flashbacks take us to 1490 Bulgaria. Meanwhile, Damon attempts to unlock the mysteries of the moonstone.

Here's a preview:

Nikita (The CW) 9 p.m. - "One Way"

How about a little Nikita-and-Michael action? The two agree to work together to find the terrorist who murdered Michael's family. However, when Percy discovers what's going on, he decides it's the perfect opportunity to kill Nikita. Meanwhile, Alex gets caught while digging into Division's medical files.

Here's a preview:

Fringe (Fox) 9 p.m. - "6955 kHz"

It's an "over here" story about a case involving a radio frequency that causes memory loss. Meanwhile, Peter continues to work on the doomsday device, which can't be a good thing. However, what we really want to know is what's going to happen the morning after between Peter and Fauxlivia?

Here's a preview and a sneak peek:

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

Starbuck alert! Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff returns for a guest shot (and a possible recurring role) as the feisty Detective Frankie Reed in this murder mystery about two men who are killed just as they are about to expose a natural gas company of poisoning the water in a farming town.

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Sasquatch Spring/Alien Attacker"

The team heads to Chopaka Lake in Washington to investigate Bigfoot footage, and an alleged alien encounter is explored.

And other Thursday shows of interest

The History Channel's Ancient Aliens (10 p.m.) takes a look at the possibility of ancient underwater cities that might provide evidence that aliens were once among us in "Underwater Worlds." And on USA, Burn Notice (10 p.m.) returns with all-new episodes. First up, we discover how Michael's doing after getting shot in the midseason cliffhanger.

Friday, Nov. 12

Medium (CBS) 8 p.m. - "Smoke Damage"

Allison's dreams point to a firefighter as the main suspect in arson-related deaths. Meanwhile, Devalos mulls over a run for the mayor's office, and Allison begins to think about her own future.

Avalon High (Disney) 8 p.m.

Britt Robertson stars in this fantasy television movie about a girl who comes to believe her new high school is actually a contemporary Camelot. Gregg Sulkin and Joey Pollari also star.

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

Lois & Clark's Teri Hatcher returns to the Superman fold as Lois' deceased mom. When Lois watches a video from her mother, she makes a big decision involving Clark. Meanwhile, Tess discovers a music box that she had a nightmare about.

Here's a preview:

Supernatural (The CW) 9 p.m. - "All Dogs Go to Heaven"

Sam and Dean take on a case that looks like it might involve a werewolf but discover a skinwalker that's posing as a family dog. However, when the creature takes human form it has a warning for the brothers.

Here's a preview:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Cartoon Network) 9 p.m. - "Hunt for Ziro"

Ziro escapes the Hutt Council, but with Cad Bane and others on his trail.

Here's a promo:

Sanctuary (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Hero 2: Broken Arrow"

Remember Eureka's Chris Gauthier as Walter, that pudgy guy turned superhero? After gunmen try to snatch Walter's suit, it's superhero time again. But this time Kate is on the receiving end of that suit, which is actually an Abnormal messing with her mind.

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.) Batman, Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters travel to an alien planet to stop an invasion of Earth in "Cry Freedom Fighters!" The Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures (9 p.m.) investigates La Palazza, an abandoned mansion, in Las Vegas. Encores' ILM - Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible (9 p.m.) takes a look at the history of the special-effects company that brought such films as Star Wars and Iron Man to life with interviews from Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Ron Howard. And Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place (9:45 p.m.) begins its fourth season as Alex and her family escape from being held captive by a government agency in "Alex Tells the World."

Saturday, Nov. 13

The Good Witch's Gift (Hallmark) 8 p.m.

In the third movie of the series, Cassie (Catherine Bell) and Jake (Chris Potter) set a date to marry on Christmas Eve. However, as usual, things don't go exactly as planned.

The Lost Future (Syfy) 9 p.m.

In a future where civilization has been lost to jungles, evolution has been reversed. As a tribe battles to survive against mutated creatures, the mysterious disease they carry threatens to wipe out the human race once and for all. Sean Bean and Annabelle Wallis star.

And other Saturday shows of interest

On the Biography Channel's Celebrity Ghost Stories (9 p.m.), interviews and reenactments explore the ghost stories of Vince Neil, Charisma Carpenter, Cynthia Rowley and Orlando Jones.

Sunday, Nov. 14

The Walking Dead (AMC) 10 p.m. - "Tell It to the Frogs"

It looks like Rick's about to find out what happened to his wife and son. After meeting up with the folks outside Atlanta, Rick makes the really bad decision to go back to try to save the redneck jerk they left behind handcuffed on a roof.

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 a home in Newcastle, Calif., where the family have been driven out of the house by paranormal activity in "Who Is the Lurking Man?" On the channel's Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal (10 p.m.), two young psychic girls meet and connect in "The House of Spirits." And on Animal Planet's The Haunted (10 p.m.), a couple believe their century-old apartment building is haunted in "A Touch of Death."

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