This Week's TV: An Hour of Television That Might Just Ruin Superheroes Forever

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This week on television, Syfy brings you an unprecedented second sequel to Dungeons & Dragons, and you'll be quoting this dialogue for months. Revolution gets to the point, with a Led Zeppelin soundtrack. Check out a Fringe marathon, featuring brand new science knowledge. There's a camptastic superhero tribute that could tarnish your relationship with superheroics for all time. (Probably not, though.) A young woman gains the power to see who's naughty and nice, and it's not a porn movie.


Check out clips and details for all this week's TV, below.

Top image: Dungeons & Dragons 3: The Book of Vile Darkness.


Adventure Time (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network):
How do you follow up an epic half-hour adventure that transformed reality and changed our understanding of the origins of Ooo? With an anthology!

"Five More Short Graybles" – Finn and Jake stick their thumbs in everything; Marceline tries to find her way to Wizard Bill's Music Shop; Ice King gets a new bride.


And that's followed by a brand new Regular Show and a new Annoying Orange.

Revolution (10 PM, NBC):
New clip at left. And yeah, this is the "Led Zeppelin" episode of this show. Are you excited yet? More to the point, maybe Miles and Bass are finally going to meet up, and we'll get some fireworks around here:

MILES LEADS CHARLIE AND THE GANG TO INDEPENDENCE HALL - Miles (Billy Burke) and the gang are bound for Monroe's (David Lyons) lair - Independence Hall, but their efforts are impeded when they begin to have difficulty separating fantasy from reality. Meanwhile, Danny (Graham Rogers) starts to grow suspicious of Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell).

Also on TV tonight: A new episode of Crash & Bernstein on Disney XD at 8:30 PM. And a new Castle on ABC at 10 PM.


Fringe (8 PM, Science):
This show is coming to the Science Channel, featuring some new content including science info, and new intros by John Noble:

Science Channel is airing all five seasons of FRINGE in 2012 and 2013, starting with the network premiere of the two-hour pilot and first episode on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, from 8-11 PM (ET/PT). To celebrate the premiere, Science Channel is continuing season one of FRINGE with daylong marathons on Friday, November 23 from 10:30 AM – 11 PM (ET/PT) and Saturday, November 24 from 11:30 AM – 11 PM (ET/PT). Following the marathon, FRINGE will air regularly every Tuesday night from 8-11 PM (ET/PT) beginning on Tuesday, November 27 with season two.

Featuring leading experts such as Dr. Michio Kaku, Science Channel will examine phenomena such as time travel, dream sharing and parallel universes with the short-form series, "Science of Fringe". Also, every Tuesday night Science Channel airings of FRINGE will begin with a special appearance by series star John Noble, who will set the stage for the back-to-back-to-back episodes.


Also on TV tonight: There's a new Amazing World of Gumball at 7 PM on Cartoon Network, followed by a new Looney Tunes Show at 7:30 and a new Level Up! at 8. Plus a new Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic at 9 PM, and also a new Mankind: The Story of All of Us on History Channel at 9 PM.


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Dragons: Riders of Berk (8 PM, Cartoon Network):
It's part two of the epic two-parter!

"Heather Report Part II" – Hiccup and the gang infiltrate the outsiders in order to free Heather's parents.


Dark Matters: Strange But True (9 PM, Science):
Didn't get enough John Noble with the three hours of Fringe on Tuesday? He's back, with an episode focusing on Agent Orange, and Benjamin Franklin: Fraud Slayer?:

Science Channel returns to the laboratory to unearth history's most sinister tales with DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE. Hosted by the incomparable John Noble (Fringe, Lord of the Rings), the series opens forbidden research records on the most shocking scientific studies ever executed. From gruesome lobotomy experiments, to controversial CIA studies, to spine-chilling accounts of live human transplants, the all-new season shows that science fact can be stranger - and even more entertaining - than science fiction. Beginning Wednesday, November 21 at 9 PM (ET/PT), DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE takes audiences inside a real-life Twilight Zone, where shocking CGI re-creations illustrate unforgettable tales of genius gone horribly awry.


Nova (9 PM, PBS):
There's no more Nova ScienceNow, but the mothership keeps flying. This time, in "Inside the Megastorm," we explore Hurricane Sandy:

Was Hurricane Sandy a freak combination of weather systems? Or are hurricanes increasing in intensity due to a warming climate? How did this perfect storm make search and rescue so dangerous? "Inside the Megastorm" takes viewers moment by moment through Hurricane Sandy, its impacts, and the future of storm protection. Through first person accounts from those who survived, and from experts and scientists, "Inside the Megastorm" gives scientific context to a new breed of storms.

American Horror Story: Asylum (10 PM, FX):
Hard to believe this is only episode six of this season — it feels like we've already climbed through a hundred dumpsters at this point. In "The Origins of Monstrosity," written by co-creator Ryan Murphy,

A mysterious little girl is abandoned at Briarcliff. The Monsignor makes a Faustian pact with Dr. Arden. The origin of Bloody Face is revealed.


So basically... the bad guy is Sylar, right?

Also on TV tonight: The season finale of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu on Cartoon Network at 7:30 PM. Plus the one-hour season finale of Alien Surf Girls on Teennick at 9 PM, and the season finale of Monsuno on Nicktoons, also at 9:30 PM.



Glee (9 PM, Fox):
Not only is Glee airing on Thanksgiving night (which takes some moxie) — it's not doing a Thanksgiving episode. Instead, this is a superhero-themed outing called "Dynamic Duets." We watched the whole episode already and... it's seriously campy. Like, Adam West Batman campy, but not necessarily in a clever way. Every time I watch Glee lately, I wind up scratching my head a bit, but this episode left my head covered in scratches. Most of the superhero tributes feel simultaneously dated and a bit forced — although there are a few great moments sprinkled in there, including a jockstrap-fueled impersonation of Tom Hardy's Bane that nearly made me fall out of my chair. Warning: Might wash all the happy taste of The Avengers out of your mouth, and replace it with some weird artificial grape bubble-gum flavor.


Also on TV tonight: At 9 PM, Nicktoons has a brand new Dragon Ball GT.


Just a reminder that this is day one of the Science Channel's two-day Fringe marathon.

SpongeBob SquarePants: It's a Spongebob Christmas! (9:30 PM, Nickelodeon):
There's literally nothing else on, due to the holiday weekend. But also, this special is notable because it's the first ever stop-motion SpongeBob episode, and because John Goodman guest stars as Santa Claus. Details here:

As the first stop-animation feature for "SpongeBob SquarePants," IT'S A SPONGEBOB CHRISTMAS! is inspired by the popular song, "Don't be a Jerk, It's Christmas," by Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob SquarePants) and Andy Paley. In this new special, Mr. Krabs' nemesis, Plankton, vows to get his Christmas wish - obtaining the Krusty Krab's secret Krabby Patty formula - by turning everyone bad in Bikini Bottom with the help of his special jerktonium-laced fruitcake.


Sneak peek above!


And this is day two of the Science Channel's Fringe marathon.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (9:30 AM, Cartoon Network):
Yay, at least something is still airing during the Thanksgiving weekend! In "A Necessary Bond,"

When General Grievous attacks Hondo's camp, Ahsoka and the younglings help the pirates defend it.


My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (10:30 AM, The Hub):
In "One Bad Apple,"

The Cutie Mark Crusaders are crushed when Apple Bloom's cousin, Babs Seed, rejects their invitation to become a fellow Crusader and instead becomes a bully determined to make their lives miserable.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (11 AM, Nickelodeon):
In "Panic in the Sewers,"

When their home is attacked by Bradford, the Turtles must step up and defend the only home they've ever known.

Naughty or Nice (8 PM, Hallmark):
And the gratifyingly absurd holiday TV movies keep coming. And this one actually has a slightly cleverer premise than usual:

Hilarie Burton ("One Tree Hill," "Secret Life of Bees") portrays Krissy Kringle, a beautiful young woman who nonetheless rejects everything positive about the holiday season. As if the name she got saddled with wasn't bad enough, things really start falling apart as Christmas approaches. First, she gets fired from her high-powered advertising job, then her attorney boyfriend Lance (Matt Dallas, "Kyle XY") starts pestering her about marriage and on top of all of this, she lives on Candy Cane Lane! The final straw is her part-time job wrapping presents and playing Santa's elf at the mall. One day, as she's cursing the fates, Krissy gets mistakenly delivered a crusty old book titled Naughty or Nice that's filled with blank pages. She doesn't think anything of it, until she recites someone's name to the book and it suddenly springs to life, exposing the naughty deeds of those around her. Now, no one can hide their misdeeds from Krissy. But it turns out having this power isn't so nice. It takes a lot of trial and error for her to ultimately discover the power of love, humility, and the wonder of Christmas.

Dungeons & Dragons 3: The Book of Vile Darkness (9 PM, Syfy):
Doesn't this look amazing? Dialogue like "I've traveled to the floor of the pit of my own free will" and "Is it in your heart to be terrible" is destined to be quoted until the end of time. You probably didn't even know there was a Dungeons & Dragons 2. (You can watch it here.) Here's the skinny on this latest outing:

A noble warrior must battle dragons and demons while upholding his moral code as he covertly joins a group of villains to rescue his kidnapped father from Shathrax, the Mind Flayer, who threatens to destroy the world.


Also on TV today: A new Ben 10: Omniverse on Cartoon Network at 9 AM. New episodes of Robot and Monster and Power Rangers on Nickelodeon starting at 12:30 PM. A brand new Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters at 2 PM on The Hub. Also, a new R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series on The Hub at 6 PM.


Once Upon a Time (8 PM, ABC):
Is the "Mary Margaret and Emma trapped" storyline winding down? Sounds possible:

"Into the Deep" - Cora does everything in her power to steal the compass away from Mary Margaret and Emma in her quest to find the entrance to Storybrooke. Meanwhile, in order to protect Henry from further danger, Regina and Mr. Gold must put David's life in jeopardy in an attempt to put him in contact with Mary Margaret across the lands to give her vital information that could help her and Emma return through the portal back to Storybrooke.


Animation Domination (8 PM, Fox):
The usual line-up of animated shows: Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy and Cleveland Show. In The Simpsons, Ned Flanders discovers a magical tree in the Simpsons' backyard.

The Walking Dead (9 PM, AMC):
Check out a totally badass sneak peek from "When the Dead Come Knocking," in which:

The Governor seeks information from Glenn and Maggie, who have been taken prisoner by Merle. Meanwhile at the prison, Michonne forces Rick's hand.

666 Park Avenue (10 PM, ABC):
Sadly, this show has been axed, which means you only have a handful of episodes left to find out which apartment Asmodeus lives in. This week:

"What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" - Jane disappears without a trace, forcing a despondent Henry to worry for her safety and sanity. When she suddenly pops up in the middle of Times Square dazed and confused and is taken to a hospital for observation, Jane discovers that a horrible fate may be waiting for her there. Meanwhile, Gavin has Victor Shaw held captive in The Drake's boiler room with Kandinsky torturing him to give up the location of the red box. Shaw, however, shockingly reveals to Gavin his knowledge of what really happened to his daughter, Sasha, and threatens to tell Olivia. Finally, to Brian's dismay, he discovers that unless he is with Alexis, his creativity vanishes.


Also on TV today: There's a new Winx Club on Nickelodeon at 1 PM. And a brand new Mythbusters on Discovery at 8 PM. And most important of all — a new Dog With a Blog at 8 PM on Disney (called "World of Woofcraft").

Sources: Futon Critic, MSN TV, TV Guide, and various TV studio press releases.


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Dr Emilio Lizardo

My TiVo Seems to think that this week's NOVA is "Inside the Megastorm." I can't find the Greek computer thing in the listings. agrees. They have done this before , airing specials on major events just a few weeks after they occur. They did it for the Japanese tsunami, Katrina and Curiosity I think.