TV THIS WEEK: Summer Glau does Chuck, a Futurama Xmas & more

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Dec 14, 2012

There's lots of goodies in the last full week before the holidays as Human Target returns with its second season, Summer Glau kicks butt over at Chuck and Futurama gives us an early Christmas present with a special holiday episode.

Beyond that, we discover who's behind the assassination attempt on the president on The Event, aliens become the prime suspects in a murder on Castle, J.J. gives dating advice on No Ordinary Family, Simeon does something really bad on Stargate Universe, Meat Loaf joins the Ghost Hunters, Shawn and Gus end up on a ghost hunt of their own on Psych, Biography goes behind the scenes of Harry Potter, Olivia realizes she's running out of time on Fringe, Aquaman returns on Smallville, Sam and Dean take on fairies on Supernatural, Henry gets hairy on Sanctuary, and Rick's trip to Atlanta does not go as planned on The Walking Dead. Meanwhile, The Vampire Diaries and Nikita are in reruns.

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.

UPDATE 11/16/10: NBC announced that this week's episode of the canceled Undercovers would be pre-empted on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in favor of a Dateline NBC special on the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton. While Undercovers is schedule to air on Wednesday, Dec. 1, we'll have to see if that will still happen. There are five unaired episodes of the series.

Monday, Nov. 15

Chuck (NBC) 8 p.m. - "Chuck Versus the Fear of Death"

Firefly's Summer Glau puts on the Nerd Herd outfit, which leaves the Buy More boys hot and bothered. Meanwhile, Chuck tries to get the Intersect working again with the help of an ambitious agent (Rob Riggle). Richard Chamberlain also guest-stars.

Here's a promo:

The Event (NBC) 9 p.m. - "For the Good of Our Country"

Martinez decides to interrogate Bucanan himself about who is behind the assassination attempt. Meanwhile, Sean and Leila struggle to continue their quest for answers without getting caught, and Dempsey has a new mission for Vicky. Hal Holbrook guest-stars.

Here's a preview:

Castle (ABC) 10 p.m. - "Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind"

Millennium's Lance Henriksen pops up in a case involving an astrophysicist who is found dead in her car, and Castle and Beckett find evidence that may just point to an alien abduction. Meanwhile, a government agent (Lyle Lovett) tries to stop their investigation.

Here's a preview and an alien sneak peek:

And other Monday shows of interest

On Syfy's Scare Tactics (9 p.m.) this week, the pranks involve a demonic doll, an old book that summons spirits and what happens when a news crew does a report on death cults.

Tuesday, Nov. 16

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

The downside of being a superhero is explored when a mobster threatens to expose Jim's abilities. Meanwhile, Stephanie goes against Dr. King when she digs into Dr. Volson's plant research, and Katie and Daphne look to J.J. to help them with their love lives, because apparently being a boy genius gives you insight into romance somehow. It's probably just like learning to play football with math.

Here's a sneak peek:

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

When Simeon escapes the Destiny, the crew attempt to try and find him on an alien planet because Homeworld Command believes he has information about an impending attack on Earth by the Lucian Alliance. If you saw last week's preview, you know it had a major spoiler.

Here's a preview and a sneak peek that both have a MAJOR SPOILER:

And other Tuesday shows of interest

On the Cartoon Network's Tower Prep (9 p.m.), Ian and Gabe are recruited by a secret society on "The Rooks." And on the Biography Channel's Creating the World of Harry Potter (8 & 9 p.m.), the creation of the "Characters" and the "Creatures" are explored.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Human Target (Fox) 8 p.m. - "Ilsa Pucci"

Season two premiere! After a false start earlier this fall, we'll finally get to see Human Target. The boys are back for more high-octane excitement, but two new female characters are crashing the action. In the opener, Chance and Guererro try to rescue Winston. Meanwhile, a wealthy woman (Indira Varma) is afraid the same people who killed her husband are after her, which brings her to Chance, while a young thief (Janet Montgomery) decides Guererro would make the perfect mentor.

Here's a preview:

Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Sloss Furnaces"

Meat Loaf joins the TAPS team in Birmingham, Ala., as they check out the Sloss Furnaces for an intense two-night investigation.

Here's a preview:

Psych (USA) 10 p.m. - "In Plain Fright"

It's a Scooby-Doo case for Shawn and Gus when they witness a murder at a haunted attraction and begin to suspect that the ghost of a man who died in the same location years earlier might have done the deed.

And other Wednesday shows of interest

There's more Harry Potter on Biography's Creating the World of Harry Potter (9 p.m.), with a look at the creation of the movie series' "Sound & Music" is explored. And on the season-one finale of Comedy Central's Ugly Americans (10:30 p.m.), Mark babysits a lost baby Man-Bird, while Grimes finds himself involved in a blood feud.

Thursday, Nov. 18

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8 p.m. - "The Boyfriend Complexity"

Penny tries to convince Leonard to lie to her father (Keith Carradine) when he visits. Meanwhile, Howard, Raj and Bernadette spend a night with a telescope.

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

It's an "over there" story, as Broyles struggles with a serial kidnapping case. Meanwhile, Olivia enlists the help of cabdriver Henry (Andre Royo) in her quest to return home before it's too late.

Here's a preview and a sneak peek:

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Mystery Mermaid/Ghostly Guardian"

Half the team looks for mermaids off the coast of Cairns, Australia, while the other half hunts for a guardian angel in Mililani, Hawaii.

Here's a preview and a sneak peek with Jael in a mermaid suit:

And other Thursday shows of interest

The History Channel's Ancient Aliens (10 p.m.) explores "Underground Aliens" in tunnels and caverns. And on USA's Burn Notice (10 p.m.) Michael is forced to work with an enemy to prevent disaster when a thief tries to steal a chemical weapon.

Friday, Nov. 19

Medium (CBS) 8 p.m. - "The People in Your Neighborhood"

When a convicted sex offender moves into Allison's neighborhood, her neighbors are furious, but she begins having visions that he might not be guilty. Meanwhile, Joe gets a business opportunity that might interfere with Allison's plans to go back to school to get her law degree. Saving Grace's Laura San Giacomo guest-stars.

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

Aquaman's back! When Oliver takes one for the team by registering for the Vigilante Registration Act, he's locked up and tested by Col. Slade. Meanwhile, Aquaman and his wife, Mera, join Clark in an attempt to rescue the green one. And when Clark won't let Lois help, she does what any good girl reporter does by sitting back and waiting for him to call ... NOT.

Here's a preview:

Supernatural (The CW) 9 p.m. - "Clap Your Hands If You Believe"

It's Dean versus fairies when he's abducted from a crop circle while investigating a UFO sighting. When Sam tries to find his brother, fairies aren't his only problem as he runs into elves, gnomes and a leprechaun.

Here's a preview:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Cartoon Network) 9 p.m. - "Heroes on Both Sides"

Padmé and Ahsoka join forces on a secret mission involving the Separatists. Meanwhile, Padmé looks for advice from her mentor and Ahsoka learns something surprising about an enemy.

Here's a promo:

Sanctuary (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Animus"

It looks like it's going to be a Henry story. Will and Henry head to England to follow up on a werewolf sighting, and they find a psychiatric facility that may not be what it seems. Meanwhile, Tesla joins Magnus' search for answers regarding the holographic city.

Here's a sneak peek:

And other Friday shows of interest

The Cartoon Network's Batman: The Brave and the Bold (7 p.m.) takes a look to the future, which involves Batman's son in "The Knights of Tomorrow!" And the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures (9 p.m.) delves into the history of Fort Chaffee in Greenwood, Ark.

Saturday, Nov. 20

The Night Before, the Night Before Christmas (Hallmark) 8 p.m.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... When Santa accidentally leaves for his rounds a day early, he crashes his sleigh into the home of a dysfunctional family. And when the crash causes amnesia for the Jolly One and he loses his magic gift bag, the family must come together to help Santa so Christmas won't be have to be canceled. Jennifer Beals, Rick Roberts and R.D. Reid star.

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 Don Most, Gina Lee Nolin, Fred Willard and Lolita Davidovich.

Sunday, Nov. 21

Futurama (Comedy Central) 10 p.m. - "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular"

Xmas special! Futurama's back with an original to get you in the mood for the holidays, and you've got to love an episode that brings Al Gore and Coolio together. In the episode, the Planet Express crew attempts to save the holiday traditions of Xmas, Kwanzaa and Robanukah.

Here's an Al-Gore's-head sneak peek:

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

Problems arise for Rick and the others during their mission to save the redneck and get Rick's weapons. Meanwhile, back at the camp they have problems of their own.

Here's a sneak peek:

And other Sunday shows of interest

On A&E's Paranormal State (9 & 9:30 p.m.), the team attempts to help a single mother who's been attacked by a spirit in her Kentucky home in "Dwelling of the Dead." On the channel's Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal (10 p.m.), psychic children look into the Lizzie Borden case in "Messages from the Dead." And on Animal Planet's The Haunted (10 p.m.), a family secret may have something to do with a haunting in "Dead in the Water."

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