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This Week's TV: Two brand new scifi shows, including one you must watch

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After a few quieter weeks in TV land, we have two scifi premieres airing this week. Check out the goods on Helix, the Arctic outbreak thriller that promises to be one of this year's most exciting shows. And take a peek at Josh Holloway's return to television as a government agent who can communicate with computers in Intelligence. Plus, tons of shows are returning this week, with clips and details below!



Almost Human (8 PM, Fox)

When you're involved in a life-or-death situation, the last thing you need is for your android partner to malfunction:

Det. Kennex and Dorian investigate Simon (guest star David Dastmalchian), a psychopathic killer who is strapping bombs to his victims' neck and broadcasting their final moments over the internet. When Simon targets Kennex, the team is in a nail-biting race against time to save his life. Meanwhile, a power deficiency affects Dorian's energy level, causing him to have unexpected outbursts.


Teen Wolf (10 PM, MTV)

The second half of season three will introduce a brand new creature in the wake of the alpha packs disbandment: the Japanese fox spirit known as the Kitsune. But will this trickster prove friend or foe?


Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (8 PM, ABC)

Will we learn the significance of Agent Coulson's Dollhouse reference?

"The Magical Place" — Coulson uncovers vital information about the mystery of his death, but, with Centipede out for blood, this knowledge may come at the cost of one of the team.

Intelligence (9 PM, CBS)

We weren't huge fans of this pilot when it screened at Comic-Con, but fans of Josh Holloway may enjoy his turn as Gabriel, a cybernetically enhanced government agent. Once Upon a Time's Meghan Ory co-stars as Riley, the Secret Service agent tasked with protecting Gabriel from enemy threats and his own reckless behavior.

Gabriel and Riley must rescue the kidnapped member of CyberCom who invented the chip implanted in Gabriel's brain before the top-secret technology falls into the wrong hands. Meanwhile, Gabriel takes advantage of his chip to search for his wife who disappeared years ago.


Person of Interest (10 PM, CBS)

Person of Interest returns after a major cliffhanger:

Multiple enemies converge on the POI team as they protect a dying man with a connection to Finch's past whose number has come up. They struggle to keep their enemies at bay without Reese, who has left the team and their mission behind following the tragic war with HR. However, being down one man could have catastrophic repercussions for the team.



Johnny Test (7 PM, Cartoon Network)

A Test family portrait turns the Porkbelly Mall upside down. How crazy do things get? This episode is titled "A Picture Worth a 1000 Johnnies."

Teen Titans Go! (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network)

The Titans have to deal with the consequences of overusing Raven's dark magic. You would think that the fact that it's dark magic would be its own warning.

Dreamworks Dragons: Defenders of Berk (8 PM, Cartoon Network)

In "The Flight Stuff," Gustav tries to fill in for Snotlout at Dragon Academy while Snotlout's fate is unclear.

Revolution (8 PM, NBC)

Miles and Monroe's battered bromance continues:

When Miles leads Monroe (David Lyons) and Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) south of the border; they're met with much more than they bargained for as Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) and Julia (Kim Raver) dance a delicate dance. Meanwhile, Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and Gene (Stephen Collins) continue their search for Aaron (Zak Orth).


Nova (9 PM, PBS)

Nova kicks off its 41st season with an exploration of alien worlds—especially those that could harbor life.

American Horror Story: Coven (10 PM, FX)

American Horror Story gets the guest it deserves in "The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks":

Fiona attempts to out the new Supreme with a visit from Stevie Nicks. Cordelia learns the truth about Hank and the Witch Hunters. Madison tries to eliminate her competition for the Supremacy.



Community (8 PM, NBC)

Now that Community has made a triumphant return, it looks like Annie will be testing out those forensic science skills again in "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics":

A BRAZEN BANDIT INVADES GREENDALE - SURREPTITIOUSLY DROPPING COINS DOWN THE BACKS OF PEOPLE'S PANTS - Everyone is up in arms when an anonymous bandit starts dropping coins down people's pants. While Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) mobilizes the school to investigate, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Annie (Alison Brie) pursue their own theories - methodically interrogating staff members. When someone eventually confesses, the school heaves a sigh of relief, but Jeff thinks there is more to the story than meets the eye.



Grimm (9 PM, NBC)

A war between Wesen street gangs spells trouble for our Grimm:

Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called to the scene of a gang-related homicide. The case escalates as Zuri (guest star Sharon Leal), Hank's physical therapist, and her brother get caught up in the investigation. Meanwhile, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) seeks advice from Rosalee (Bree Turner) in dealing with the news that her friend is Wesen.

Helix (10 PM, SYFY)

If you tune in for just one show this week, make it the premiere of Syfy's new series Helix. Based on the pilot, we think this thriller about researchers in the Arctic handling a mysterious outbreak is Syfy's best show in years We're hoping this one turns out to be our new scifi obsession. Watch the first 15 minutes above and get excited.

Dracula (10 PM, NBC)

Things are heating up for Dracula in the episode "Come to Die" as Lady Jayne comes closer to finding the source of London's vampire problem.


The Order intensifies its hunt for Dracula while Van Helsing grows impatient for revenge.



My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (10:30 AM, Hub)

Apple and pie may be a natural match, but could Apple Jack and Pinkie Pie really be related?

Pinky Pie makes an astonishing discovery that may link the Pie family to the Apple clan, and no one is more excited than Pinkie to hop on the Apple wagon to find the pony who will know for sure. Along the way, they must learn to appreciate each other's strengths and faults to find out what really makes a family.


Mythbusters (8 PM, Discovery)

This week, the team tackles moonshining myths, including whether a still could blow up a house and if your bathtub gin could fuel an unmodified car.

Atlantis (9 PM, BBC America)

The mythical mashup returns after the dark secrets spilled by the Oracle in the last episode:

The boys gain an unexpected addition to their workforce with the arrival of Pythagoras's feisty younger brother, Arcas. Charged with escorting valuable cargo across the desert, the gang travels into the unknown with a ramshackle caravan of strangers, but one amongst them has something to hide. It isn't long before their journey takes an eerie turn—danger closes in and a dark secret is exposed. Our heroes are forced to confront some uncomfortable truths as they fight for their lives under the desert sun.


Space Dandy (11:30 PM, Adult Swim)

The adventures of the anime alien hunter continue in the second episode, "The Search for the Phantom Space Ramen, Baby."


Things are quiet on the science fiction front this Sunday, with the return of HBO's Girls and the US premiere of Downton Abbey Season 4 as television's heavier hitters.


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I remember when "Intelligence" was called "Jake 2.0."<shudder>