This week on television, Robot Chicken returns. And two Lost writers take us to a fairytale land with Once Upon a Time. There's one new Marvel superhero show, plus the return of another. Two Buffy stars reunite on Supernatural. And there's gorgeous new evidence of possible life on other planets!
Plus can you see through Finn and Jake's disguises in a new Adventure Time image? And there are new sneak peeks from Terra Nova, Once Upon a Time, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, American Horror Show, Sanctuary and Walking Dead. Television is your friend!
Cartoon Network has a Halloween-themed outing of its big animated block tonight. First at 7 PM, there's a new Johnny Test, "Trick or Treat." That's followed by a new Amazing World of Gumball at 7:30 PM, "Poltergeist." More importantly, at 8 PM there's a new Adventure Time, featuring a masquerade and murder! Here's what to expect from "The Creeps":
Finn and Jake receive an invitation to a masquerade dinner. It turns into a whodunit as guests start to meet their demise.
Can you spot Finn and Jake in the picture at left? Then at 8:15 PM there's a new Regular Show. Then at 8:30 PM, Cartoon Network has another episode of Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, followed by a new Mad at 8:45 PM.
There's also a new Terra Nova on Fox at 8 PM, in which the show looks like it might shift into high gear. "The Runaway":
A "SIXER" RUNAWAY'S ARRIVAL AT THE COLONY PROMPTS ITS LEADERS TO QUESTION WHO THEY CAN TRUST... When an orphaned "Sixer" girl comes to Terra Nova seeking asylum, Jim and Shannon are at odds if they can trust her; Mira plots to reclaim a valued possession; Taylor begins to suspect there is a traitor in his midst and Reynolds admits his feelings for Maddy.
And here are three sneak peeks:
A third option at 8 PM: Nicktoons has a new episode of Iron Man: Armored Adventures in its new time slot, with "The Might of Doom."
Doctor Doom has come to New York to steal the stolen Iron Man armor specs. Tony has to give it his all to stop him.
Also at 9 PM: a new episode of the frequently mad-sciencesque House on Fox.
And then at 10 PM there's another episode of Castle on ABC, "Eye of the Beholder."
Death Valley premieres in its new 11 PM timeslot on MTV. Yes, the police of the undead are now competing with The Daily Show. Good luck.
There's a new Scaredy Squirrel on Cartoon Network at 7 PM.
At 8 PM, Nicktoons has a new episode of Speed Racer: The Next Generation. Remember that show? It's "The Hunt For Truth, Part 1."
At 10 PM, H2 has the season premiere of The Universe, "Catastrophes that Changed the Planets."
The IFC Channel has another episode of Onion News Network at 10 PM, called "Fantasy Brainwall."
Also at 10 PM, CBS has another episode of Unforgettable, "With Honor."
When Al's ex-partner is gunned down and the investigation reveals he may have been a dirty cop, Carrie must decide how to support him without getting too close.
At 8 PM on Nicktoons, there's a new (to us) episode of Dragon Ball Z Kai, with another great title: "Vegeta's Final Push! Defeat The Invincible Cell!" "Just wait. You'll be the one begging soon enough."
And then at 9 PM, in most markets, PBS has a new Nova, "Finding Life Beyond Earth."
Take a spectacular trip to distant realms of our solar system to discover where secret forms of life may lie hidden. Combining the latest telescope images with dazzling animation, this program immerses audiences in the sights and sounds of alien worlds, while top astrobiologists explain how these places are changing how we think about the potential for life in our solar system. We used to think our neighboring planets and moons were fairly boring-mostly cold, dead rocks where life could never take hold. Today, however, the solar system looks wilder than we ever imagined. Powerful telescopes and unmanned space missions have revealed a wide range of dynamic environments-atmospheres thick with organic molecules, active volcanoes, and vast saltwater oceans. This ongoing revolution is forcing scientists to expand their ideas about what kinds of worlds could support life. If we do find primitive life-forms elsewhere in the solar system, it may well be that life is common in the universe-the rule, and not the exception.
There's an all-new Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel at 9 PM, "Duct Tape Plane":
On this episode of MYTHBUSTERS, Adam and Jamie put three viral videos featuring unconventional uses of excavators to the test. Could this heavy machinery really be used to row a barge, tow a waterskier or hoist itself into a truck? Next up, Kari, Tory and Grant test one of MYTHBUSTERS' most requested myths of all time: Could a plane mauled by a bear be repaired with duct tape? They utilize their wilderness survival skills to put this theory to the test on a plane donated by a viewer.
That's followed at 10 PM by Penn and Teller Tell a Lie.
At 9 PM, there's also another new Ancient Aliens on the History Channel, "Aliens and the Secret Code."
Then at 10 PM, there's another helping of the psychotic/erotic American Horror Story on FX, "Murder House."
Ben receives a visitor who threatens to unhinge him completely. Meanwhile, Vivien investigates the house's original residents, and Constance and Moira confront each over about their shared secret.
And here's a sneak peek.
Another option at 10 PM: a new episode of Psych on USA.
A third option at 10 PM: a new episode of South Park.
There's another new episode of The Vampire Diaries on The CW at 8 PM, "Smells Like Teen Spirit":
WELCOME BACK, SENIORS - On the first day of their senior year, Elena (Nina Dobrev), Caroline (Candice Accola), Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Matt (Zach Roerig) are still reeling from recent events, while Tyler (Michael Trevino) seems to be enjoying everything a little too much. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is annoyed by a new houseguest, and everyone is surprised by the arrival of a new student in Alaric's (Matt Davis) history class. Matt asks Bonnie for help when he realizes he made a serious mistake. Meanwhile, Stefan (Paul Wesley) continues to carry out his latest assignment from Klaus (Joseph Morgan, who does not appear in the episode).
After last week's mind-blowing, sliding doors-tastic Community, the show is taking a break to bask in its awesomeness. But you could always watch another new The Big Bang Theory on CBS at 8 PM, with "The Rhinitis Revelation."
And meanwhile, there's another new Dragon Ball Z Kai on Nicktoons, with "The Strongest Super Saiyan! Trunks' Power Unleashed!"
And then the fourth option at 8 PM is the already-cancelled Charlie's Angels on ABC, "Angels in Paradise."
Then at 9 PM, CBS has another episode of Person of Interest, "Judgment."
REESE AND FINCH TRACK A JUDGE KNOWN FOR HIS HARD LINE ON CRIME... When the Machine produces the social security number of a judge renowned for his tough sentencing, Reese and Finch have the added challenge of investigating a POI who wants nothing to do with their brand of vigilante justice.
Also at 9 PM: The CW has another episode of The Secret Circle, "Wake."
FAYE PLOTS HER REVENGE WHEN AN EX-BOYFRIEND RETURNS TO CHANCE HARBOR - When Jake (guest star Chris Zylka), a mysterious young man, shows up in Chance Harbor, he learns a lot has changed since his last visit. For one, the girl he left behind, Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) has discovered she's a witch and has plans to get even with the handsome guy who broke her heart. To complicate things further, he sets his sights on the alluring Cassie (Britt Robertson), much to Adam (Thomas Dekker) and Faye's dismay.
Cartoon Network has another great Friday night animated bloc. First up at 6 PM: Generator Rex, "Six Minus Six." Then at 6:30 PM, there's an all-new Young Justice, "Humanity." And then at 7, there's a new Batman: Brave and the Bold, "Powerless!"
Captain Atom is drained of his powers but continues to try serving as a superhero with the Justice League, with an assist from Batman.
And finally, at 7:30 PM, there's a new Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.
And then at 8 PM, Nickelodeon has a special presentation: Spongebob Squarepants, "Ghoul Fools!"
The Flying Dutchman returns to Bikini Bottom on Halloween, finds SpongeBob, and tells him about a treasure hidden in an abandoned and haunted house, but warns him of a terrible ghost named Lord Poltergeist who haunts the house.
That's followed at 8:30 by a Kung Fu Panda special.
Also at 8 PM, CBS has another episode of A Gifted Man, "In Case of Memory Loss." Wait, don't tell me — there's an amnesia virus and someone has a cold that turns out to be the solution. Right?
Meanwhile at 8, The CW has more of its spy-fi series Nikita, "Looking Glass":
MICHAEL IS CONFLICTED WITH GUILT OVER A PAST DIVISION ASSIGNMENT - Michael (Shane West) discovers Cassandra (guest star Helena Mattsson), a woman he once romanced under Division orders, is in danger. Feeling guilty for how things ended, he wants to help her but Nikita (Maggie Q) suspects there is more to it than easing his conscience. Amanda (Melinda Clarke) manipulates Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) into helping her on a mission but Sean (Dillon Casey) gets caught in Amanda's web of lies and begins to doubt Division's true motives.
Or for another alternative at 8 PM, Disney Channel has a brand new Wizards of Waverly Place, "Get Along Little Zombie." That's followed at 8:30 PM by Phineas and Ferb, "Escape from Phineas Tower."
At 9 PM, there's another new Supernatural on The CW, "Shut Up, Dr. Phil":
"BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER" ALUMS CHARISMA CARPENTER AND JAMES MARSTERS GUEST STAR - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) meet Maggie Stark (guest star Charisma Carpenter), a witch who has unleashed her wrath on a small town, resulting in numerous deaths. Sam and Dean track down her husband, Donald (guest star James Marsters), to see if he can help. Donald tells the brothers that Maggie is mad at him for having an affair and is taking it out on the townspeople.
Then at 10 PM, there's another episode of Sanctuary on Syfy, "Untouchable."
And then at 11 PM on G4, there's the series premiere of X-Men Anime, with "The Return." Featuring the voice of Friday Night Lights' Scott Porter.
The Hub is showing a new episode of R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series at its new timeslot of 5 PM.
But also, BBC America has another episode of Bedlam at 9 PM, "Hide and Seek."
Molly is spooked when she babysits Ella, a young girl who tells stories about an imaginary friend being abused. Kate is disturbed by revelations about her grandfather.
Meanwhile, Hallmark is having an original TV movie, Oliver's Ghost, at 9 PM.
A boy's extraordinary gift to see ghostly spirits, creates an invisible bond between his two worlds. Martin Mull ("Two and a Half Men," "American Dad!") and Emmy(R) nominated actress Rhea Perlman ("Cheers") star in "Oliver's Ghost," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie, Saturday, October 22 (9p.m. ET/PT, 8C). Mull and Perlman star alongside Nicholas Stargel ("My Parents, My Sister & Me"), Cameron Daddo ("A Kiss at Midnight"), Bridget White ("The Young and the Restless") and Daniela Bobadilla ("Mr. Troop Mom"), in one ghost of a story.
I'm really not sure what any of that means.
And then at 11 PM, Disney XD has a new (to us Americans) episode of Naruto Shippuden, "The Rampaging Tailed Beast."
ABC has the premiere of its new show Once Upon A Time at 8 PM. And here's what to expect:
And they lived happily ever after... or so everyone was led to believe. Emma Swan knows how to take care of herself. She's a 28-year-old bail bondsperson who's been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when Henry — the son she gave up years ago — finds her, everything changes. Henry is now 10 years old and in desperate need of Emma's help. He believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world and is Snow White and Prince Charming's missing daughter. According to his book of fairytales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen's curse, which trapped the characters of fairytale world forever, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world. In the premiere episode, "Pilot," not believing a word of Henry's story, Emma brings him back to Storybrooke, but finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England town. Concerned for him, she decides to stay for a while, but soon comes to suspect that Storybrooke is more than it seems. It's a place where magic has been forgotten, but is still powerfully close...where fairytale characters are alive, even though they don't remember who they once were, and where the Evil Queen, known as Regina, is now Henry's foster mother. The epic battle for the future of all worlds is beginning, and for good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell.
Here are a couple of sneak peeks:
At 9 PM, The Walking Dead has another new episode, "Bloodletting."
Coming to the aid of another, Rick discovers a possible safe haven. Shane must go on a dangerous mission to get badly needed medical supplies.
Check out a sneak peek at left. It's followed at 11 PM by another Talking Dead.
Also at 9 PM, Discovery Channel has a new Curiosity, "Is There Life on Mike?"
We shower, we bathe, we apply perfumes and deodorants. We're cleaner and healthier than at any other point in human history. So it may surprise us to learn that there are 10 times more things living on us than cells in our body. From the flora of our gut to the fauna on our skin and hair, this film explores the wildlife park that is the human body in stunning, microscopic detail – combining the creativity of natural history filmmaking with the charisma of Discovery's very own Mike Rowe of DIRTY JOBS.
And last but not least, there's the season premiere of Robot Chicken, "Beastmaster and Commander," at 11:30 PM on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. That's followed by a new Squidbillies, and another episode of China, IL.