This Week's TV: The Superhero Police Procedural We've Been Waiting For

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It's finally here: Powers, the cops-for-superheroes TV show based on the comic book debuts this week, and we'll see if it lives up to the source material. (Eddie Izzard as a villain is a good start.) Plus, we've got tons of new Steven Universe this week and check out what Tara and Eugene are up to on next week's Walking Dead.


Steven Universe (5 PM, Cartoon Network)

We've got extra Steven Universe this week (be sure to check for the rest of this week's episodes). Tonight, Steven joins Pearl on a special mission to a place that belonged to Rose-Quartz.

The Originals (8 PM, The CW)

The vampires are back from their mini-break, and there are some unlikely alliances happening:

When a dangerous run-in with a coven of vengeful witches forces Rebekah (guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers) to align with Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), they quickly discover that the body Rebekah is currently inhabiting has a checkered past. Upon learning that Rebekah is in danger, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) seeks out a respected elder witch, Josephine (guest star Meg Foster), in the hopes she might offer her assistance. Meanwhile, tensions build when Klaus (Joseph Morgan) clashes with Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) over how best to protect baby Hope from Finn (Yusuf Gatewood). Elsewhere, Freya (guest star Riley Voelkel), convinces Finn to bring her to Mikael (guest star Sebastian Roche), the father she hasn't seen in over a thousand years. Lastly, a confrontation with Freya leaves Elijah and Klaus questioning whether they can trust their long-lost sister.


Gravity Falls (8:30 PM, Disney XD)

Nick Offerman guest voices a government agent who takes Stan into custody this week, forcing Dipper and Mabel to question just how much they really know about their Grunkle Stan.

Scorpion (9 PM, CBS)

In this week's hyperbolic episode, the team had to facilitate secret peace talks to prevent WORLD WAR III. Yep.

The Returned (10 PM, A&E)

Much like Resurrection, this remake of the French series Les Revenants involves long-dead people who mysteriously start reappearing in a small town. We'll see if it puts a different spin on the concept.



Powers (Streaming PlayStation Network)

Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's police procedural comic set a world of superheroes comes to life this weekend on Sony's PlayStation Network. We've been waiting for this for ages, and it looks like this is one superhero show you're going to want to keep away from the smaller kiddies.

Steven Universe (5 PM, Cartoon Network)

Crystal Gems week continues with Steven and the Gems trying to retrieve a message from the Wailing Stone.

Face Off (9 PM, Syfy)

It's a real Miss Universe beauty pageant this week. Each of the contestants selects a sash with the name of a real galaxy and has to come up with that galaxy's beauty queen.


Agents of SHIELD (9 PM, ABC)

Jaimie Alexander is back as Lady Sif! After a battle with a mysterious warrior, Sif has lost her memory, and that warrior's true mission will send shockwaves through SHIELD. Plus, Bobbie and Mac continue to hide their true mission from everyone around them.



Steven Universe (5 PM, Cartoon Network)

The Gems cause a power outage in Beach City, and Steven helps Mayor Dewey do damage control.

The 100 (9 PM, The CW)

Everyone is experiencing major tension in this winter finale. We've got Murphy shocked by a move that Jaha makes on their journey to the City of Light. Clarke gets help from an unexpected source. Cage is trying to move forward with his mission for Mount Weather while Bellamy tries to break free.


CSI: Cyber (10 PM, CBS)

This week, CSI has its team investigating a roller coaster crash caused by someone who was able to hack the ride's computer. Maybe a good argument for those creaky old rides?



Cartoons (5 PM, Cartoon Network)

We've got — you've guessed it — more Steven Universe (5 PM), a half-hour episode that sees a new threat arriving in Beach City and then the Gems teaming up with a new ally. Then, on Uncle Grandpa (5:30 PM), a head injury turns Mr. Gus into a bumbling fool whose wacky antics make him Uncle Grandpa's coolest friend. On Teen Titans Go! (6 PM), Beast Boy and Raven are shocked to discover that their exes, Terra and Aqualad, are now dating each other. And on Regular Show (7:30 PM), Mordecai wants to share a piece of cake with C.J.


The Vampire Diaries (8 PM, The CW)

In the wake of her mother's death, Caroline shuts off her humanity and gives her friends an unexpected ultimatum. Stefan attempts to intervene, but ends up setting off a dangerous chain of events. Meanwhile, Damon's world is turned upside down when he learns something devastating about his own mother.


Archer (10 PM, FX)

An office romance is interrupted by the Russians.

Dig (10 PM, USA)

The thousands-year-old conspiracy thriller continues:

Peter (Jason Isaacs) continues his personal quest to find the murderer of a young American while also pursuing the escaped Yussef Khalid (Omar Metwally). Peter and Detective Golan Cohen (Ori Pfeffer) forge an uneasy alliance as Peter grapples with staying one step ahead of his partner. Elsewhere, Avram's (Guy Selnik) journey with the red heifer to Israel encounters a dangerous road block. Meanwhile, Tad Billingham (David Costabile) and his disciples prepare Josh (Zen McGrath) for a new life and an event that could alter the fate of the world.


Vikings (10 PM, History)

The victorious Wessex/Viking forces return to Wessex, but there is rancour in the Viking camp.



Steven Universe (5 PM, Cartoon Network)

Steven Tries to avoid Connie so he doesn't have to tell her about his most recent harrowing adventure. Once it's over, bask in the glow of all of this week's Crystal Gem goodness.

12 Monkeys (9 PM, Syfy)

Cole finds himself in 2017 at the height of the plague, while Dr. Jones faces an impossible choice.

Helix (10 PM, Syfy)

Sarah attempts to meet Amy's demands for immortality as Kyle takes desperate measures to get out of a terrifying predicament.



The Good Witch (8 PM, Hallmark)

Trouble brews when Ashley goes missing. And a pair of Middleton visitors shakes things up just in time for the town's annual heritage ball.



Once Upon a Time (8 PM, ABC)

Destroying the Disney witches means entering their domain, but Regina will have to fight against the temptation of that delicious, delicious evil.

The Walking Dead (9 PM, AMC)

Naturally, Rick and the rest of the group face challenges in their new home, some of which are life-threatening. Is Alexandria the utopia it seems to be?


The Last Man on Earth (9:30 PM, Fox)

Phil's latest pickle means he's going to have to work fast to save human existence.


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Angrier Geek

On one hand, Powers was an amazing book. On the other hand, I'm so utterly blinded by hatred of what Bendis did on The Avengers I want everything he touches to fail. On the third hand (I'm not from your world) Ultimate Spider-Man is great and always had been. On the fourth hand (seriously, not from your planet) I think of how utterly he fucked up Dr. Strange and I can only see red.

Oh, well. I guess I can at least watch one episode. Yes, you can Other Barry.