This Week's TV: Can Syfy Win Back Your Love By Adapting Three of Your Favorite Books?

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Syfy’s bid to get back the people who loved Battlestar Galactica begins tonight. Not just one, but three of our most beloved books are coming to the channel this week, in an all-out effort to regain your eyeballs. Plus a ton of finales and huge turning points, in this week’s TV!



Supergirl (8PM, CBS)

Cat Grant, besmirched! Can Supergirl get her abusive boss back in power, AND handle her wicked Aunt Astra’s opposing viewpoints on her mother?


Looks like there’s thematic parallels in the “A” and “B” plots on the winter finale of Supergirl!

Uncle Grandpa (5:30PM, CARTOON)

New episodes all week!

Childhood’s End (8PM, SYFY)

The much-anticipated Arthur C. Clarke adaptation finally premieres! Three parts, three nights in a row.

The Expanse (10 PM, Syfy)

This is it: The new TV series based on the beloved space opera books by James S.A. Corey. The whole first episode has already shown up online, but now’s your chance to see it on your lovely TV screen. And tell your friends. This really is the best gritty space opera since Battlestar Galactica, and we can’t wait.




Childhood’s End (8 PM, Syfy)

The second night of the three-night Syfy event! And read our review of the whole thing here.


Limitless (10PM, CBS)

“When Agent Casey Rooks and his SWAT team skim 80 NZT pills for themselves from the recovery of stolen inventory, it starts an internal investigation that is viewed through the shifting perspectives of Brian’s immediate circle at the FBI.”




Dolph Lundgren Double Feature (2PM, EL REY)

Masters of the Universe & I Come In Peace, back-to-back!

Childhood’s End (8 PM, Syfy)

And here’s the final installment of this huge miniseries. Will the human race prevail? If you’ve read Arthur C. Clarke’s original novel, you already know the answer.


American Horror Story (9PM, FX)

“Alex enlists John’s help in containing an outbreak. Donovan learns The Countess’ true intentions. Liz and Iris plan to leave the hotel for good.”


The Magicians (10 PM, Syfy)

And here’s the third book that Syfy is adapting starting this week: Lev Grossman’s famous literary novel about magicians going to a special boarding school is getting a lavish adaptation, produced by Sera Gamble (Supernatural). Read our description of visiting the set here. The first episode wasn’t supposed to air until January, but they’re sneaking it out early. The rest of the show will air starting in 2016.




New Titans Thursday (6PM, CARTOON)

All Christmas episodes!


Luther teams up with Rose Leslie to track a clue-dropping cannibal! Can he get his rookie partner to internalize on the job? “Keep it togethah! We do this by the book, wot!”


Haven (9PM, SYFY)

Two-hour series finale!



Glitter Force (3:01AM, NETFLIX)

Saban’s take on Sailor Moon by way of Winx Club. At some point, they encounter a humungous, clown-faced medicine ball creature. All episodes premiere simultaneously at 3:01AM, when the barrier between the living and the dead is at its thinnest.


Z Nation (10PM, SYFY)

“The heroes seem to be nearing the end of their adventure when, in the Season 2 finale, they drive through the abandoned city of Los Angeles on their way to the mobile CDC lab, where Dr. Merch awaits their arrival. Meanwhile, the Zeros are hot on Murphy and the gang’s heels.”


Season finale!



Pokemon (8AM, CARTOON)

Ash battles the weirdo psychic gym leader, Olympia, and her two Meowstics.

Ash vs Evil Dead (9PM, STARZ)

The OTHER Ash finally returns to the cabin, 28-years later! Improbably, so does his severed hand…


The Returned (10PM, SUNDANCE)

The season finale of the French revenant series!



Possession (2AM, TCM)

Isabelle Adjani gives one of the greatest performances in film history in a rare TV presentation of Zulawski’s untouchable POSSESSION. Followed by Louis Malle’s Black Moon.


The Librarians (8PM, TNT)

“The team has scattered, all living the ideal versions of their lives. Soon these “strangers” are drawn together to solve a supernatural mystery - the appearance of Ariel, the sprite bound to Prospero’s service. Can the Librarians do what no other human has ever been able - turn their backs on their own ultimate happy endings?”


Oh, it’s one of those “For The Man Who Has Everything”-type stories (or There’s No Place Like Springfield, if you’re a GI Joe fan). I bet Christian Kane can really sell the denouement. “PROSPERO!”

National Geographic Special: Inside Lego (8PM, NGC)

“On “Inside Lego,” LEGO’s Vice President of Design, Matthew James Ashton, opens the doors of LEGO HQ and reveals how the company finds the next generation of LEGO Set Designers.”


Their major criterion is to find people who can build passable likenesses of the Imperial Star Destroyer with the fewest pieces, but also retain the same price point of their earlier, superior model (right?!) .

Agent X (9PM, TNT)

“John travels in disguise to a party on a reclusive billionaire’s island, in the hopes of stealing a dangerous high tech weapon, code named Geryon. At the same time, Natalie struggles to contain the latest fallout from the conspiracy against the President.”


A reclusive island billionaire (who throws parties?) and a weapon named after Medusa’s grandson? If it wasn’t for Ash, this could be the pick o’ the week!

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Also, I see Luther is back.