This Week's TV: Could Community possibly be worth watching without Dan Harmon?

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This week, The Walking Dead returns, as we head towards the inevitable showdown between Rick and the Governor. Not only that, but there are three other shows coming back to our screens. Syfy brings us what might be its most far-fetched TV movie of all time. But most of all, we finally get our first answer to the burning question: Can Community really be any good without its original showrunner?

Check out tons of details and sneak peeks from this week's television below!

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Adventure Time (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network):
Check out a clip from this week's episode, in which:

While Finn and Jake go swimming, Finn's hat magically comes to life!

That's followed by a new Regular Show and a new Mad.

Continuum (8 PM, Syfy):
This time around, a scientist who is developing a clean energy source is found murdered, and Kiera gets involved This is the first episode of the show that feels more episodic and more like a standard "police procedural" — although it does wind up raising some questions about whether Kiera can afford to change the future in the name of justice. Also this episode has the amazing scene where Kagame looks at present-day Vancouver and "sees" the buildings transforming from their future versions.

Being Human (9 PM, Syfy):
Here's what to expect from "I'm So Lonesome I Could Die":

Sally confronts Aidan over his reckless behavior; and Josh, in between trying to get hold of untainted blood, tags along when Nora visits her family.


And here are the first four minutes of the episode!

Lost Girl (10 PM, Syfy):
The crazy pun titles just keep coming. This time? "Fae-de to Black." At least we've gotten the obligatory "everybody gets drunk/turns into teenagers" episode out of the way. Instead, this time, it's all about: "Self-delusion meets illusion when Bo and Dyson take on a case in the world of new age psychology, and Bo suffers the consequences of denying her ravenous hunger. Kenzi feels the weight of trying to find a place in her friends' new lives – leaving her vulnerable to an impending threat."

Also on TV tonight: There's a new Crash & Bernstein at 8:30 PM on Disney XD. Plus The Following at 9 PM on Fox. There's also a brand new Castle on ABC at 10 PM.


As usual, Tuesday is sort of a dead zone for genre TV.

Also on TV tonight: There's a new Amazing World of Gumball on Cartoon Network at 7, followed by a new Looney Tunes Show and a new Level Up!. There's a new Dual Survival at 9 PM on Discovery, at the same time as a new Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic.



Arrow (8 PM, The CW):
Should have known that Cyrus Vance was too good to be true. That Carter Administration official was just biding his time... oh. Wait.

DAVID ANDERS ("ONCE UPON A TIME," "THE VAMPIRE DIARIES") GUEST STARS - Cyrus Vanch (Anders), a nefarious criminal, is recently released from prison and intends to re-secure his position as leader of the underworld. His first step is to take down his biggest opponent in the city – Arrow (Stephen Amell). Meanwhile, Oliver shows Moira (Susanna Thompson) his father's notebook and questions her about the names on the list. Thea (Willa Holland) is miserable as she starts her internship with Laurel (Katie Cassidy) at the legal aid office and Detective Lance (Paul Blackthorne) makes a deadly mistake that puts Laurel in the crosshairs of Vanch.

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Dragons: Riders of Berk (8 PM, Cartoon Network):
This time around:

"What Flies Beneath"-Toothless encounters a rival from the past.

The Neighbors (8:30 PM, ABC):
Now we're on to nerd high school dating storylines. Yay?

"Space Invaders" - Debbie's relationship advice to Reggie Jackson about nerdy new girlfriend Giselle (guest star Lora Plattner) backfires badly, making things even more difficult for Jackie and Larry, who are having a hard time dealing with the fact Reggie even has a love life. Meanwhile, Amber resists Debbie's attempts to talk about her new boyfriend, handsome but dim jock Jeremy.

Supernatural (9 PM, The CW):
Thank Sweet Baby Jesus, it's a Ben Edlund episode. Honestly, whenever Edlund manages to write an episode, this show still achieves true greatness. Here's what's up with "Everybody Hates Hitler":

SAM AND DEAN FACE OFF AGAINST A GOLEM - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate the death of Rabbi Bass (guest star Hal Linden, "Barney Miller"), who spontaneously combusted. The case becomes ever more confusing when they learn that the Rabbi was researching Nazi Necromancers. Sam and Dean are attacked by a Golem (guest star John DeSantis) who turns out to belong to the Rabbi's grandson, Aaron (Adam Rose). The key to the case lies with the Golem but Aaron doesn't know how to control him, which leaves everyone in danger.


Also on TV tonight: The Americans on FX. And there's a new Nova on PBS at 9 PM, about building Pharoah's chariot.


The Vampire Diaries (8 PM, The CW):
We're going to Canada, Home of the Immortals! And now that Elena is a master schemer instead of just a minor player, I can't wait to see who she steamrolls over next:

MYSTERIOUS ISLAND - Shane (guest star David Alpay) leads an expedition to a desolate island off the coast of Nova Scotia, where he believes the secret of the cure lies hidden. On the trek to the island's interior, Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) continue their bitter rivalry, Stefan (Paul Wesley) does his best to keep the peace, and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) accuses Shane of leading them into a trap. Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) try to figure out the message of the Hunter's mark, while Shane reveals more of the legend of Silas and the witch Qetsiyah, along with his own personal history. Back in Mystic Falls, Tyler (Michael Trevino) confronts Klaus (Joseph Morgan), and Caroline (Candice Accola) is caught up in the violence that follows.

Community (8 PM, NBC):
Seriously, is there any way that this is going to live up to the show's first three seasons now that creator Dan Harmon has been ousted? I guess we'll all find out. Here's our first hints:

THE GREENDALE STUDY GROUP RETURNS FROM SUMMER BREAK FOR THEIR FOURTH YEAR - The Study Group returns from summer break ready to tackle their fourth year of Community College. Jeff (Joel McHale) is particularly focused on graduating and is just a few credits away. When there is a mix-up with a history class registration, Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) institutes an elaborate physical competition for class space. Meanwhile, Britta (Gillian Jacobs) helps Abed (Danny Pudi) deal with the anxiety he is experiencing over the thought of the study group graduating and breaking up. Chevy Chase, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover and Ken Jeong also star.

Beauty and the Beast (9 PM, The CW):
There's probably some pun to be made about going "cold turkey" on the Beast, but I can't think what it is.

DESPITE TRYING TO KEEP HER DISTANCE, CAT RISKS EVERYTHING TO KEEP VINCENT SAFE - Cat (Kristin Kreuk) suspects Muirfield might know Vincent's (Jay Ryan) whereabouts and in spite of her vow to go cold turkey, she is forced to interrupt his romantic cabin getaway with Alex (guest star Bridget Regan) in order to save their lives. Meanwhile, Evan (Max Brown) finds a bug in his lab and becomes increasingly suspicious of J.T. (Austin Basis).

Person of Interest (9 PM, CBS):
Now that the subplot involving Reese's former partner has been swept under the rug (probably because she's co-starring on The Following), we're back to the "number of the week" format — but at least this is a pretty interesting one. This time, the target has just as much wealth and information as Mr. Finch.

"One Percent" - Reese and Finch meet their match in a tech billionaire POI whose curiosity and limitless resources threaten to expose their identities and sabotage their efforts to save his life.


Archer (10 PM, FX):
In "Midnight Ron," "The beginning of beautiful hatred between Archer and his new stepfather plays out as the two are chased by gangsters."

Also on TV tonight: Cartoon Network has a new Annoying Orange at 7:30 PM. There's a new House of Anubis on Nickelodeon at 8 PM, plus a new Big Bang Theory on CBS at the same time. And the season finale of Deadliest Space Weather on the Weather Channel at 9. And CBS has a new Elementary at 10 PM. Also at 10: a new Do No Harm on NBC.



Touch (8 PM, Fox):
Yep, this show is back, because somebody somewhere demanded it. It sounds like season two has been retooled somewhat to focus more on the "paranoid conspiracy" angle that fans of 24 might expect from Kiefer Sutherland. Here's what's up:

Season Two of TOUCH picks up right where Season One left off - with Kiefer Sutherland's character, MARTIN, on the run with his son, JAKE (David Mazouz). Martin is determined to keep Jake safe from those who want to exploit his supernatural abilities, but Jake is on a mission of his own - to find the elusive Amelia (Saxon Sharbino). When Jake leads Martin to Los Angeles and to Amelia's mother, LUCY ROBBINS (Maria Bello), these three form an ad hoc family, searching for the girl who may be the key to understanding Jake's abilities. Factoring into the unfolding equation is the genius of Aster Corps., CALVIN NORBURG (Lukas Haas), who's on the verge of making a career-defining discovery, as well as the extreme religious zealot GUILLERMO ORTIZ (Said Taghmaoui), who stops at nothing to attain his vision. As ominous connections appear, Martin remains determined to uncover a global conspiracy in order to protect his family and save the lives of the innocent.


Merlin (10 PM, Syfy):
It's "The Dark Tower," not to be confused with the Stephen King storyline. In which:

When Gwen (Angel Coulby) is snatched from Camelot without warning, Merlin (Colin Morgan) knows there can be only one person responsible: Morgana (Katie McGrath). Arthur (Bradley James) is determined to rescue his queen, but it will not be easy; she is locked in the Dark Tower, a place that haunts the dreams of men...


Also on TV tonight: There's a new Nikita at 8 PM on The CW. There's a new Ancient Aliens on H2 at 9 PM. Also at 9 PM: A new Dragon Ball Z Kai on Nicktoons.


Star Wars: The Clone Wars (9:30 AM, Cartoon Network):
At long last, Ahsoka is back to being front and center! And Anakin is acting extremely suspicious... "Anakin and Ahsoka investigate an explosion at the Temple, suspicious that a Jedi-turned-dark is responsible."


Africa (10 AM, Discovery):
Worth mentioning because this time the documentary series is dealing with "The Future" of Africa, and the world. Here's more details:

Africa remains home to many of the world's largest animals, despite the fact that mankind has lived here longer than anywhere else on the planet. What lessons learned by the rest of the world can we apply to our ancestral homeland?


DC Nation (10 AM, Cartoon Network):
Best enjoy Green Lantern and Young Justice while they last, since neither of them is apparently coming back after this run ends. This time around: "Hal and his team are stranded on a planet with depleted power rings, and are forced to take refuge from the poisonous atmosphere in a domed city... home to bandits and thieves from across the sector." And then: "An intergalactic conqueror comes to Earth with plans to take the planet for his own."

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (10:30 AM, The Hub):
Here's what to expect from "Games Ponies Play":

In the hopes of proving that the Crystal Empire is more than worthy of being selected as the next venue for the upcoming Equestria Games, Princess Cadance commissions Twilight to work her magic with the deciding Games Inspector.


Heebie Jeebies (9 PM, Syfy):
This sounds like it could be the most random Syfy Original Movie yet, starring Jim Belushi's son:

Kicking off the month on Saturday, February 9 at 9PM will be Heebie Jeebies, starring Robert Belushi (Valentine's Day), Marion Ross (Happy Days) and Cathy Shim (MADtv). In the movie, gold miners trapped hundreds of years ago come back to life as a supernatural monster seeking revenge. When the creature comes into contact with its victims, it inflicts an uncontrollable fear (the heebie jeebies) before tearing them apart.


Also on TV today: A new Ben 10: Omniverse on Cartoon Network at 9 AM ("Store 23"), and a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at 11 AM. And a new Power Rangers: Megaforce at 1 PM on Nickelodeon. The second season opener of Supah Ninjas is on Nickelodeon at 8:30 PM.


Ultimate Spider-Man (11 AM, Disney XD):
Featuring a team-up with everybody's favorite superhero archer who isn't named after a 1970s glam-rock supergroup:

Spider-Man and Hawkeye are forced to team up when the armored mercenary The Beetle returns to New York City.

Once Upon a Time (8 PM, ABC):
Yay, more Jorge Garcia!

"Tiny" - Kidnapped and brought to Storybrooke by Cora, the Giant (Jorge Garcia) unleashes his vengeance on the town when a case of mistaken identity leads him to try and settle an old score with David; Mr. Gold, accompanied by Emma and Henry, attempts to depart Storybrooke - hoping to keep his memory intact when he crosses the town line — and heads to the airport in search of his son Bae; and Greg (Ethan Embry) questions Belle as to what she saw on the night of his car accident. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was and against his brothers' wishes, Anton, the Giant, climbs down the beanstalk and attempts to befriend some humans - whose intentions may not be so noble.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome (8 PM, Syfy):
If you haven't already watched this TV movie on Youtube — or even if you have — now's your chance to see it on television. Find out just how William Adama went from wet-behind-the-ears newbie to the slightly more seasoned veteran we saw in the "Razor" TV movie. And marvel at the fact that Syfy chose to burn this TV pilot off as a webseries instead of premiering it on their own cable channel first.

The Walking Dead (9 PM, AMC):
At long last, we pick up where we left off, with some major carnage going down — and now we have one last batch of episodes to enjoy before showrunner Glen Mazzara follows former showrunner Frank Darabont into retirement. Here's a couple sneak peeks, plus an official synopsis:

Rick tries to rescue a member of his group. Woodbury is in disarray after a recent attack. New guests raise concerns at the prison.


Also on TV today: Fox has its usual animated shows, starting at 7:30 PM. And there's another Robot Chicken on Adult Swim at mignight.

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


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I was asked to describe it and could only think of "Silence of the Lambs: The Series".