TV THIS WEEK: Terra Nova debuts, a Doctor may die and more!

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Dec 15, 2012

The biggest premiere of fall, Terra Nova, finally arrives in a two-hour opener. And then it's time to say goodbye to some of the final summer entries, as Doctor Who, Alphas, Haven and Archer sign off until next year.

The other big premiere is BBC America's spirit-infested Bedlam. And a superhero pops up on Castle, Stefan has a run-in with a really old flame on The Vampire Diaries, a mysterious stranger arrives asking questions about The Secret Circle, Finch and Reese look into a dead Person of Interest, that wall in Sam's brain starts tumbling down in Supernatural, and a serial killer brings the Fringe teams together on Fringe.

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

Monday, Sept. 26

Terra Nova (Fox) 8 p.m. - "Genesis"

Season-one premiere! On a dying Earth in the far future, a cop named Jim Shannon (Jason O'Mara) breaks the law to protect his family. The Shannon family is forced to take drastic action if they are going to stay together, even if it means traveling through a crack in time to the Earth's prehistoric past with the Tenth Pilgrimage, a group of colonists who are traveling back in time with hopes of giving humanity a second chance. From producer Steven Spielberg.

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Castle (ABC) 10 p.m. - "Heroes & Villains"

Superhero alert! Castle's Spidey senses are tingling when a vigilante dressed as a superhero appears to be responsible for an ex-con's murder.

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Alphas (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Original Sin"

Season-one finale! Following a full Alphas marathon, things come to a head as the Alphas faces off against a secretive group of Red Flag operatives who've gone to war against the Department of Defense in an explosive finale. Alphas has already been renewed for a second season.

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Other Monday shows of interest:

On MTV's Death Valley (10:30 p.m.) John-John finds out that he's related to a zombie, and the vamps discover a new way to get blood.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Harvesting Murder"

The TAPS team delves into ghostly sightings of a girl and the possibility of haunted artifacts at the Plantation Village in Waipahu, Hawaii.

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Dark Matters: Twisted But True (Science) 10 p.m. - "21 Grams, Missing Cosmonauts, Sound of Death"

Host John Noble (Fringe) leads us into another exploration of freaky science. In this episode, a Boston medic tries to weigh the human soul at the moment of death, and there's a look at a possible Soviet coverup involving cosmonauts who may have died in space.

Other Wednesday shows of interest:

On Syfy's Paranormal Witness (10 p.m.), a Connecticut home renovation proves to be a bad idea for a woman in "The Haunting of Mansfield Mansion." And on History's Ancient Aliens (9 p.m.), it's an exploration of "Aliens and Evil Places," including Australia's Black Mountains and a forest near Mount Fuji in Japan.

Thursday, Sept. 29

The Vampire Diaries (The CW) 8 p.m. - "The End of the Affair"

Klaus and Stefan hit Chicago, where Stefan runs into a vamp (Claire Holt) who once loved him, which leads to a flashback to the 1920s. Meanwhile, Damon and Elena are hot on Stefan's trail, and Tyler turns to Caroline's mother for help. Heroes fave Jack Coleman (aka HRG) guest-stars as someone who wants to "fix" an imprisoned Caroline.

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The Secret Circle (The CW) 9 p.m. - "Loner"

Jealousy rears its head when Adam discovers that Cassie has a hunky date for the school dance. Meanwhile, Melissa tries to get close to Nick at the dance, and a mysterious man named Zachary Star (Dave Baez) arrives in town with an interest in Cassie and the circle.

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

Finch and Reese find themselves in the middle of a curious investigation when the machine tags a dead person of interest, and Finch looks back on how the machine was created.

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Archer (FX) 10 p.m. - "Heart of Archness, Part 3"

Part three of a three-parter! Season-two finale! In the big finale, Archer and the other prisoners plot escape from the Pirate Fortress, while Malory plays hardball when it comes to Archer's ransom. Archer has been renewed for a third season, which premieres next year.

Other Thursday shows of interest:

On CBS's The Big Bang Theory (8 p.m.) Leonard takes Amy to a wedding in "The Pulled Groin Extrapolation."

Friday, Sept. 30

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Cartoon Network) 8 p.m. - "Shadow Warrior"

Jar Jar goes undercover in an attempt to keep Naboo from being attacked.

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A Gifted Man (CBS) 8 p.m. - "In Case of All Hell Breaking Loose"

It looks like Anna's old clinic is going to become Michael's new clinic. The gifted doc finds himself trying to help a pregnant friend with a brain tumor and a young boy with sickle-cell anemia.

Here's a promo:

Supernatural (The CW) 9 p.m. - "Hello Cruel World"

It looks like there's going to be hell to pay when the wall in Sam's head breaks (don't you hate when that happens?) and he starts hallucinating and questioning what is real and what isn't. Meanwhile, Castiel has his own struggles with godhood and Bobby worries when Dean tries to battle Castiel and take care of an ailing Sam. Mark Pellegrino returns as Lucifer, although likely an imaginary Lucifer. It will be interesting to see who else pops up courtesy of Sam's delusions this season.

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Fringe (Fox) 9 p.m. - "One Night in October"

When a serial killer Over There racks up an large body count, the Fringe teams decide to work together to crack the case. Then things get really strange when the killer's alternate, that of a forensic psychologist, is brought into assist on the case.

Here's a look at Fringe this season:

Haven (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Sins of the Fathers"

Season-two finale! Battlestar Galatica's Tahmoh Penikett guest-stars in the finale, which has the living getting a visit from the dead in an effort to resolve unfinished business. And the Rev is back, and he has a plan.

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Other Friday shows of interest:

On the Cartoon Network, there's new episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold (6 p.m.), Young Justice (6:30 p.m.), Generator Rex (7 p.m.) and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (7:30 p.m.). On The CW's Nikita (8 p.m.), Nikita and Michael run into Owen during their investigation of a corrupt Division program in "Falling Ash." On Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place (8 p.m.), Alex clones Harper in "My Two Harpers." On the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures (9 p.m.), the team hunts for the Lady in Red at the historic "Mizpah Hotel" in Tonopah, Nev. And on the channel's The Dead Files (10 p.m.), the investigators probe a possibly haunted restaurant in "The Devil Made Me Do It - Asbury Park, NJ."

Saturday, Oct. 1

Doctor Who (BBC America) 9 p.m. - "The Wedding of River Song"

Season-six finale! The Doctor has a date with destiny as he arrives at Lake Silencio in Utah to attend his own death in an effort to keep history safe. Current Doctor Matt Smith is committed to appear in at least one more season of Doctor Who, so I'm guessing the universe will find a way to save the good Doctor.

Here's a look:

Bedlam (BBC America) 10 p.m. - "Cohabitants"

Season-one premiere! When a former insane asylum is converted into the Bedlam Heights apartment building, spirits begin to interact with the living, and some of them are none too happy. In the premiere, a woman who lives and works in the building gets a visit from her adopted cousin, who can see dead people.

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Sunday, Oct. 2

Making Monsters (Travel) 9 p.m. - "It's Not Easy Making Monsters"

New series premiere! Ed and Marsha Edmunds own Distortions Unlimited, which makes animatronic monsters out of Greeley, Colo. In the premiere, Ed and his crew struggle to create enough new products for the annual Transworld trade show, and then they have to fix two "evil trees" that were damaged during shipping to a client.

Other Sunday shows of interest:

On TLC's Long Island Medium (10 & 10:30 p.m.), real-life psychic medium Theresa Caputo meets the spirit of a 6-year-old boy who she's not sure she can help in "Spirit Release."

What are you going to watch?

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