This week sees the launch of two exciting new television shows. Green Lantern gets an animated adventure show from the guy who helped put DC animation on the map. Meanwhile, Sir Ridley Scott explores the history of science fiction. Plus Primeval returns to American TV! And Terra Nova does something unutterably cool with a dinosaur, for real.
Click through for your first look at clips from this week's episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Adventure Time, The Walking Dead, Terra Nova, Mythbusters, American Horror Story, Fringe and Primeval!
Cartoon Network has a new Johnny Test at 7 PM, in which the show will be challenging geek sexism. Here's what happens: "In order to win a prize in a male-only science club, Susan switches bodies with Johnny." At 8 PM, there's a new episode of Adventure Time, "Beautopia" — in which "Susan Strong returns to tell Finn and Jake that her world is in danger!" Check out a clip over on the left, in which Jake takes a shape we've never seen before!
And then at 8:15, there's a new Regular Show, followed by a new Mad at 8:30. Here's a new Regular Show clip.
Also at 8 PM: Nicktoons has a new episode of Iron Man: Armored Adventures, "Fugitive of S.H.I.E.L.D."
There's an all-new Terra Nova on Fox at 8 PM, "Nightfall." It sounds like things are going to start moving forward a teeny bit:
A crashing meteor wipes out all technology and wreaks havoc on the colony. Meanwhile, Maddy and Reynolds are stuck out in the wilderness, Elisabeth and Skye work together to save a life and Taylor tries to prevent Mira and the "Sixers" from invading Terra Nova. Also, a mystery man makes his presence known.
The stunt Mira pulls with a dinosaur (see first video below) might be a genuinely cool moment that could make people take another look at this show. Here's a featurette and four clips:
And then at 9 PM, the frequently weird-science-tinged House is also on Fox.
And another episode of Death Valley airs at 11 PM on MTV.
At 8 PM, Nicktoons has a new episode of Speed Racer: The Next Generation, while Cartoon Network has a new Looney Tunes Show.
At 9 PM, National Geographic has a new special, Hunt for the Giant Squid.
At 10 PM, H2 has another episode of The Universe, "How the Solar System Was Made."
The IFC Channel has another episode of Onion News Network at 10 PM.
Also at 10 PM, CBS has another episode of Unforgettable, the show about the cop who can freeze-frame and enhance her memories and stuff. This time:
Carrie and Al investigate the death of a public defender, only to discover that the killer has a larger plan which may lead to a second murder.
At 8 PM on Nicktoons, there's a new (to us) episode of Dragon Ball Z Kai.
And then at 9 PM, in most markets, PBS has a new Nova, "The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time."
Time. We waste it, save it, kill it, make it. The world runs on it. Yet ask physicists what time actually is, and the answer might shock you: They have no idea. Even more surprising, the deep sense we have of time passing from present to past may be nothing more than an illusion. How can our understanding of something so familiar be so wrong? In search of answers, Brian Greene takes us on the ultimate time-traveling adventure, hurtling 50 years into the future before stepping into a wormhole to travel back to the past. Along the way, he will reveal a new way of thinking about time in which moments past, present, and future-from the reign of T. rex to the birth of your great-great-grandchildren-exist all at once. This journey will bring us all the way back to the Big Bang, where physicists think the ultimate secrets of time may be hidden. You'll never look at your wristwatch the same way again.
There's an all-new Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel at 9 PM:
Apparently when a methane blast happens in a sewer, manhole covers are thrown high into the air, crashing back to the ground with a resounding "gong" a few seconds later. Adam and Jamie test whether a shockwave from a sewer explosion could really propel a manhole cover sky high. Meanwhile, Grant, Kari and Tory test truck bed liner myths. A pickup truck bed liner is said to be indestructible. But is it really? Can it really stop an animal attack, prevent a car from being damaged … and even be bomb-proof?
That's followed by the season finale of Penn & Teller Tell a Lie.
At 10 PM, Ridley Scott illuminates the secrets of science fiction on the Science Channel with the first episode of Prophets of Science Fiction. Here's what to expect:
Ridley Scott, the creative genius behind legendary Hollywood classics including "Alien," "Blade Runner" and "Gladiator," comes to SCIENCE this November with the world premiere eight-part series, PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION. An auteur of science fiction himself, Scott goes from behind the camera to on-air guide to explore the relationship between genre and the constantly-evolving worlds of science and technology. From Jules Verne and Isaac Asimov to George Lucas and Phillip K. Dick, the dreams of storytellers often become the inspiration for researchers seeking mankind's next transformative discovery.
"For years I have been fascinated with the connection between creative inspiration and scientific progress," said Scott. "Often there is an attempt to separate the worlds of art and science, when in reality the two are inseparably linked. I am thrilled to work with SCIENCE on PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION, which will be the definitive exploration of science fiction's ability to spark real-world genius."
Each episode of PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION focuses on a visionary sci-fi figure whose spark of imagination changed our reality. The premiere episode explores the celebrated author, Mary Shelley. Widely credited with creating the science fiction genre, Shelley's seminal work, Frankenstein, provided a springboard for the future study and development of organ transplantation, cardiac defibrillation, electric batteries, and many other modern advances.
Using iconic movie clips and cutting-edge animation, each episode of PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION features a bold future-forward on-air look that is consistent with Scott's big-screen legacy. Scott and his group of cinematic and scientific experts, including famed director, Paul Verhoeven, and renowned theoretical physicist, Dr. Michio Kaku, dissect the genius of Shelley and other science fiction titans; such as George Lucas, Isaac Asimov, Jules Verne, Phillip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke, H.G. Wells, and Robert Heinlein.
Then at 10 PM, there's another new American Horror Story on FX, and here's a clip. In "Piggy Piggy":
Constance enlists Violet's assistance with Tate. Ben helps a new patient confront his fears.
Another option at 10 PM: a new episode of Psych on USA, "Dead Men's Curveball."
A third option at 10 PM: a new episode of South Park.
There's the midseason finale of The Vampire Diaries on The CW at 8 PM, in which I really hope that Damon and Stefan are going to feed misinformation to Tyler, in order to trap Klaus. (It's the obvious thing to do.) Here's what happens according to the CW:
On the night of the Homecoming dance, Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt) opens up to Elena (Nina Dobrev) about why the evening is so important to her, leaving Elena with conflicting emotions. Caroline (Candice Accola) and Matt (Zach Roerig) are both shocked at Tyler's (Michael Trevino) behavior throughout the evening. The night takes a surreal turn when Klaus (Joseph Morgan) puts his latest plan into action. Determined to outsmart Klaus, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) enters into a dangerous partnership, leading to a terrifying turn of events. The band My Morning Jacket performs in the party scenes.
A second option at 8 PM: Community, "Studies in Modern Movement."
Also at 8 PM: another new The Big Bang Theory on CBS at 8 PM, "The Ornithophobia Diffusion."
And then there's one of the final episodes of Charlie's Angels on ABC, also at 8.
And meanwhile at 8 PM, there's also yet another new Dragon Ball Z Kai on Nicktoons.
Also at 9 PM: The CW has the midseason finale of The Secret Circle, "Balcoin." Here's what happens:
Cassie (Britt Robertson) and Jake (guest star Chris Zylka) look into her father's side of the family, hoping to discover more about her lineage and why she has powers separate from the Circle. Meanwhile, Adam (Thomas Dekker) becomes protective of Cassie when Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) reveals that Jake might be hiding something dangerous from them. At the same time, Adam's equally concerned when Melissa's (Jessica Parker Kennedy) cousin Holden (guest star Arlen Escarpeta) comes to town and catches Diana's (Shelley Hennig) eye. A power shift forms between Charles (Gale Harold) and Dawn (Natasha Henstridge) that threatens to destroy their plan.
I have a feeling Secret Circle is one of those shows that will be more fun watching a whole season in a weekend on DVD. What do you think?
No new Person of Interest this week — it's back next week.
And then at 10 PM, there's another Burn Notice, "Breaking Point."
Cartoon Network has a new Generator Rex at 6 PM, followed by a new Young Justice, "Disordered."
The Forever People come seeking a missing possession: Sphere, which has undergone a bizarre transformation.
And then at 7 PM, there's the one-hour series premiere of Green Lantern: The Animated Series on Cartoon Network!
Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an all-new CG animated action series from Warner Bros Animation and overseen by world-renowned producer, artist and animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Teen Titans, Batman Beyond, DC Universe original animated movies). As Earth's Green Lantern, Hal Jordan is used to being in dangerous situations - but he's never faced anything like this! Set at the farthest reaches of deep space, Green Lantern: The Animated Series finds Hal on the Guardian Frontier, where he must face down an invasion from by the Red Lantern Corps. Powered by pure rage, the evil Red Lanterns have sworn to destroy the Green Lantern Corps and everything they stand for. Dispatched with his friend and former drill sergeant - the gruff, hulking alien Kilowog - on the experimental spacecraft The Interceptor, Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mission to protect Guardian Space - and the Green Lantern Corps itself!
Honestly, the words "Bruce Timm" are all I need to get excited about this. Watch a lengthy preview above.
And then at 8 PM, there's another episode of Chuck, on NBC, "Chuck Vs. The Frosted Tips":
WHEN LIFE AS THE INTERSECT INFLATES MORGAN'S EGO, CHUCK IS TESTED AS BOTH HIS HANDLER AND HIS FRIEND. CARRIE-ANNE MOSS GUEST STARS. As the team is tasked with finding one of the CIAs most wanted, Chuck (Zachary Levi) fears that the Intersect may be going to Morgan's (Joshua Gomez) head. Meanwhile Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) helps Casey (Adam Baldwin) navigate his relationship with Gertrude (guest star Carrie-Anne Moss). Elsewhere, Captain Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) makes a startling revelation about Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay).
But that's not all! Cartoon Network has a brand new Star Wars: The Clone Wars, "Plan of Dissent," and we've got your first look at a brand new clip! Sounds like General Krell is still not winning over the Clone troopers, judging from this synopsis:
After the Republic conquers an Umbaran airbase, General Krell orders Rex and his men on towards the heavily fortified capital. Realizing there's a better plan, several clone troopers disobey orders to carry out a rogue, covert operation.
Also at 8 PM, CBS has another episode of A Gifted Man, the ghost-doctor show that's being described as a sure thing for cancellation at this point.
Meanwhile at 8, The CW has more of its frequently sciencey spy show Nikita, "London Calling":
Michael (Shane West) becomes alarmed when he hears Cassandra (guest star Helena Mattsson) is in trouble and rushes off to help her. He discovers General Tupelov (guest star Paulino Nunes) has accused her of stealing two million dollars and has threatened to kill her unless she returns it. However, when Cassandra's story doesn't add up, Nikita (Maggie Q) becomes suspicious of what she might be hiding. Meanwhile, Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) receives a very tempting offer from Percy (Xander Berkeley) that could give her the resources to eliminate Semak.
Or for another alternative at 8 PM, Disney Channel has a brand new Wizards of Waverly Place, followed at 8:30 by a new A.N.T. Farm.
Also, at 8:30 PM, Cartoon Network has a brand new Thundercats, "The Forest of Magi Oar."
At 9 PM, NBC has an all-new Grimm, "Beeware." No, that's really the title. Will the monsters beehave? We'll bee finding out soon:
A SOCIAL MEDIA CRAZE DISGUISES A STRING OF BIZARRE MURDERS - The station is abuzz as Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called to a case where an innocent flash mob results in a gruesome homicide. As Nick delves further into the investigation, he learns more about his unique family history, and finds himself at odds when he and Hank are assigned to protect a dark character from his recent past.
There's also a new Fringe at 9 PM on Fox, "And Those We Left Behind." Here's a sneak peek. And here's what it's about:
The FRINGE team must find the pattern between tragic time loop anomalies. As the investigation unfolds, Raymond (guest star Stephen Root), an electrical engineer, and his wife Kate (guest star Romy Rosemont), a professor of theoretical physics, enter the picture.
Also at 9 PM, there's another new Supernatural on The CW, with yet another ridiculously meta title: "Season 7, Time for a Wedding!"
HERE COMES THE GROOM; PLUS DJ QUALLS GUEST STARS - While on a hunt, Sam (Jared Padalecki) runs into someone from his past and a confrontation ensues. Meanwhile, Dean reluctantly teams up with a quirky, laid-back hunter named Garth (guest star DJ Qualls), when he finds himself in a situation that he just cannot explain.
Then at 10 PM, there's another episode of Sanctuary on Syfy, "Homecoming."
And then at 11 PM on G4, there's a new episode of X-Men Anime.
The Hub is showing a new episode of R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series at 5 PM.
Cancel all your Saturday night plans! Syfy is having a brand new TV movie at 9 PM, Rage of the Yeti — directed by Stargate's David Hewlett! Here's what it's about:
A team of treasure hunters in the Arctic are attacked by ferocious snow beasts. Before long, the adventure is no longer about finding riches — it's about getting down the mountain alive. Starring David Chokachi and Yancy Butler, Rage of the Yeti is a production of UFO Films.
Also at 9 PM, BBC America has the season five premiere of Primeval, which apparently is Connie Willis' favorite show ever. I watched this episode already and it was pretty fun, and a decent jumping-on point. Here's what happens:
An underground creature brings chaos to the city, forcing the team to chase around the city to track down the movements of this vicious burrowing creature. When the creature strikes for the final time, the team find one of their own in mortal danger and fight to save their life.
And then at 11 PM, Disney XD has a new (to us Americans) episode of Naruto Shippuden,
Fox has its usual Sunday-night animation bloc starting at 8 PM with The Simpsons and continuing with Allen Gregory, Family Guy and American Dad.
Also at 8 PM: Yet another hilariously shit-tastic holiday TV movie, Cancel Christmas on the Hallmark Channel:
Imagine Santa's (Judd Nelson) surprise when the Christmas Board of Directors issues an ultimatum to holiday's top Elf: In 30 days or less, make Christmas less commercial and material, or lose it forever. The Board is so sure the turnaround is hopeless that they give Santa the task of changing the hearts of privileged kids so they, in turn, will reach out to help a less fortunate boy. As he views the mission before him, Santa sees the following themes: private school, privilege, rich kids, mean kids, a science fair, a Golden Retriever, and a friendless boy in a wheelchair. Daunting? No more so than making reindeer fly. If ever there was a force for joy, goodness and sharing, it is the mythical man in red. After all, it's Christmas - believe with all your heart!
ABC has another chapter of Once Upon A Time at 8 PM, "The Price of Gold":
Emma tries to help a young pregnant woman escape from the clutches of Mr. Gold. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world that was, Cinderella (Jessy Schram, "Falling Skies") makes a regrettable deal with Rumplestiltskin.
And then at 9 PM, there's another episode of The Walking Dead, "Chupacabra." Here's your first sneak peek! And here's what happens:
Concerned for their safety, the group makes a plan – one that Hershel disagrees with adamantly. He makes it clear the group is fine to stay for now, but not indefinitely.
Also at 9 PM, Discovery Channel has a new Curiosity, in which Donald Trump reveals how much America would be worth if you put the whole shebang up for sale.
And finally, there's a new Robot Chicken at 11:30 PM on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. That's followed by the season finale of Squidbillies.