This Week's TV: Will DC succeed on TV where it's failed at the movies?

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DC has struggled to create a movie universe, with Green Lantern, only to go back to square one with Man of Steel. But this week, we'll see our first clue as to whether Arrow can spawn a Flash spinoff, and create a single TV continuity. Plus Community's Dan Harmon goes mad... with science!


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

Top image: Arrow


Adventure Time and Steven Universe (7 PM, Cartoon Network):

First Adventure Time introduces us to Root Beer Guy, who has a boring office job by day but writes mystery stories by night — and then he witnesses Finn and Jake kidnapping Princess Bubblegum, but nobody will believe him. Then Steven forms a magic crystal bubble to protect a girl he likes from danger, but then he can't turn the bubble off, and it gets awkward. Also, there's a new Regular Show Thanksgiving special at 7:30, and a new Mad at 8:30.

Almost Human (8 PM, Fox):

We've had sexbots, so what's next? Deadly futuristic drugs! Are you ready to get... the Bends?

DEADLY DRUGS OF THE FUTURE HAVE INTENSE EFFECTS ON DETECTIVES — An old cop friend of Detective Kennex's (Karl Urban) goes undercover, posing as a "cook" of a highly addictive street drug called "The Bends." But his cover is blown. As the scope of the intense drug investigation unfolds, a determined Kennex and Dorian (Michael Ealy) call on Rudy Lom (Mackenzie Crook) for assistance.

Rick and Morty (10:30 PM, Adult Swim):

This brand new animated comedy from Community's Dan Harmon seems to be trying to move into Venture Bros. territory, only more disgusting. Watch the pilot above, and here's the lowdown:

The new half-hour animated series about a sociopathic scientist who drags his unintelligent grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe premieres on Monday, December 2nd at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT). After missing for nearly 20 years, Rick Sanchez (Justin Roiland) suddenly arrives at his daughter Beth's (Sarah Chalke) doorstep looking to move in with her and her family. Beth welcomes him with open arms, but her unremarkable husband Jerry (Chris Parnell) isn't too thrilled about the tearful reunion as Rick's arrival serves to shake things up quite a bit around the household. Rick converts the garage into his personal laboratory and gets to work on all sorts of dangerous sci-fi gadgets and contraptions. That wouldn't be so bad if not for the fact that Rick continues to involve his grandchildren Morty (Roiland) and Summer (Spencer Grammer) in his insane adventures.


The Originals (8 PM, The CW):

Check out a clip, in which this show looks more like a sitcom than ever. It's the midseason finale! Was anybody else a tad disappointed that Klaus took down Marcel so easily, and made Marcel swear loyalty to him and all that jazz? I mean, isn't this show basically over now?

NEW ALLIANCES ARE FORMED —Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), deeply conflicted by recent events, is surprised when Klaus (Joseph Morgan) opens up to him about some of his past indiscretions.Cami (Leah Pipes) tries to make sense of cryptic messages she's come across and is disturbed when she gains some insight into Klaus' past. Meanwhile, in a surprising turn of events, the human faction takes matters into their own hands, resulting in a violent confrontation. Elsewhere, when Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) learns of a plan to harm the werewolves in the bayou, she turns to Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (Claire Holt) for help. After heading to the bayou, they run into a werewolf named Eve (guest star Tasha Ames), who has information that leads them to a shocking discovery.


Supernatural (9 PM, The CW):

Another midseason finale, and this one featuring Castiel being tortured.

AN ANGEL WAR BEGINS — After a massive angel slaughter occurs, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) arrive at the scene to investigate and are surprised to run into Castiel (Misha Collins).While investigating, Castiel is captured and tortured.Meanwhile, Dean questions Ezekiel's demands and wonders if it might be time to tell Sam the truth.


Futurescape (10 PM, Science):

This time, it's about "Replacing God." Sure, why not?

Also on TV tonight: There's the season finale of Total Drama: All Stars on Cartoon Network at 7 PM, followed by Amazing World of Gumball, Uncle Grandpa and Annoying Orange. There's a new Crash & Bernstein at 7 on Disney. If you subscribe to DirecTV, you can see the second season premiere of Black Mirror at 9 PM. Also at 9, Discovery has a new Doomsday Preppers. At 10 PM, Spike has a new episode of Criss Angel: BeLIEve.



Johnny Test/Teen Titans Go! (7 PM, Cartoon Network):

Johnny borrows the girls' new invention, which lets him talk to animals — but he accidentally encourages all the chipmunks to rise up and kill everybody. And then the Titans are sad that Christmas is already over (it is?), but they trick Starfire into thinking there's a holiday after Christmas called Second Christmas. Sigh. Then there's an Annoying Orange Thanksgiving special.


Arrow (8 PM, The CW):

Barry Allen arrives, in an episode co-written by comics scribe Geoff Johns!

BARRY ALLEN COMES TO STARLING CITY — A seemingly impossible robbery at Queen Consolidated's Applied Sciences Division brings Central City police scientist Barry Allen (guest star Grant Gustin) to town.Citing a similar case back home, Barry offers to help Oliver (Stephen Amell) and team with the investigation.Oliver senses there is more to Barry than meets the eye, but he's distracted by the similarities between this current case and something that happened on the island.Meanwhile, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) takes a liking to Barry, which doesn't go unnoticed by Oliver.Sin (guest star Bex Taylor-Klaus) asks Roy (Colton Haynes) for help when a friend of hers goes missing.Roy is surprised when Thea (Willa Holland) not only encourages him to help, but joins the search.Unfortunately, Sin's friend is connected to Brother Blood (guest star Kevin Alejandro), and their search ultimately gets one of them seriously injured.


The Tomorrow People (9 PM, The CW):

Are we finally getting somewhere on the mystery of Stephen's missing dad? I gotta say, any episode whose synopsis doesn't mention Astrid is already starting out with a disadvantage at this point:

HIDDEN SECRETS — Stephen (Robbie Amell) is determined to uncover what he hopes is the key to finding his father, and crafts a plan with the Tomorrow People that involves getting inside Jedikiah's (Mark Pellegrino) head.Meanwhile, Cara (Peyton List) and Russell (Aaron Yoo) encounter an uninvited visitor in the subway tunnel base.Stephen takes a risky opportunity and snoops around Ultra.

American Horror Story (10 PM, FX):

In "The Sacred Taking," here's what happens: "Cordelia rallies the girls in the fight to stop Fiona. A dangerous new enemy puts Misty in the crosshairs. The rivalry between Marie Laveau and Delphine comes to a head."


Also on TV tonight: Comedy Central has a new South Park at 10 PM.


The Vampire Diaries (8 PM, The CW):

How will Damon's torture scenes in this episode stack up against the Castiel torture scenes in Tuesday's Supernatural?

FLASHBACKS TO A DARK TIME IN DAMON'S LIFE — Stefan (Paul Wesley) continues to offer Katherine (Nina Dobrev) his support while trying to mask his own pain, until Caroline (Candice Accola) shows up with an unusual form of therapy.After trying to make amends with Caroline, Elena (Nina Dobrev) grows so concerned about Damon (Ian Somerhalder) that she turns to Aaron (guest star Shaun Sipos) for help.Later, when Damon tells Elena about a terrible ordeal in his past that he has kept secret for decades, she shares the disturbing information she just learned about her own family.Finally, Aaron decides on a desperate course of action after a conversation with Dr. Wes (guest star Rick Cosnett).


Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (8 PM, ABC):

This show is back! And everybody is having family traumas: "When Alice discovers that her father is in Wonderland, they begin healing their broken relationship, which leads to her having to make a difficult decision. In flashback, a young Jafar is emotionally distraught after his mother dies and we find out what drove him to become the unforgiving villain he is today."


Also on TV tonight: Cartoon Network has the season finale of Legends of Chima at 7 PM, followed by a new Dragons: Defenders of Berk at 7:30 PM. CBS has a new Big Bang Theory at 8 and a new Elementary at 10. Sundance has a new episode of the French show The Returned at 9 PM. Also, there's a new Reign on The CW at 9 PM. At 10 PM, there's a new Unsealed: Alien Files on Discover America.


Nikita (9 PM, The CW):

Looks like Birkhoff really isn't Birkhoff. Or is he? This show continues to make your head spin, in its final short season.

JUDD NELSON GUEST STARS — Tensions continue to escalate between the United States and Pakistan after Amanda (Melinda Clarke) plants evidence that Pakistan hired Nikita (Maggie Q) to kill the President. Ryan (Noah Bean) becomes suspicious of Birkhoff's (Aaron Stanford) increasingly odd behavior and tells Nikita and Michael (Shane West) that he thinks Amanda may have kidnapped Birkhoff and planted a double on the plane. An NSA official, Ronald Peller (guest star Judd Nelson), gets under Birkhoff's skin. Meanwhile, the CIA captures Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) and questions her about her involvement with Nikita.


Grimm (9 PM, NBC):

This show continues to throw everything out there. This week: demonic possession!

A YOUNG BOY'S AILMENTS LEAD EVERYONE TO THINK THEY ARE DEALING WITH A CASE OF DEMON POSSESSION - Nick (David Giuntoli) faces his toughest challenge yet when he and Hank (Russell Hornsby) investigate a case that combines religious phenomenon with the dark dealings of the Wesen Council. Meanwhile, Rosalee (Bree Turner) is torn when Nick's case challenges her Wesen loyalties. Elsewhere, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) leaves town to tend to some "family matters."


Dracula (10 PM, NBC):

Worth noting that this episode's main plots revolve around whether our heroes can develop a "solar vaccine" and wireless electricity in time to cope with two massive challenges. How on Earth did this show get to be so bonkers so quickly?

Browning sets out to prove once and for all that Grayson is the master vampire stalking London by hosting a board meeting outdoors in the sunlight. Grayson and Van Helsing seek to acquire the final component to make their wireless electricity technology a success to be witnessed. Meanwhile, Mina and Harker consummate their love - not knowing that Lord Davenport plots to destroy the object that Grayson loves most...Mina.


Haven (10 PM, Syfy):

And meanwhile, here's what's up on this show: "William exposes Audrey to the truth about her origins, whether she wants to hear it or not; at the same time, a curse is unleashed that brings with it new Troubles for Haven."



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

OMG it's the MLP version of J.K. Rowling:

RAINBOW DASH FINDS DANGER IN HER OWN TEMPLE OF DOOM WHEN SHE TRIES TO HELP HER FAVORITE AUTHOR A.K. YEARLING. When Rainbow Dash discovers that the new A.K. Yearling book she has been eagerly anticipating is delayed, she recruits her reluctant pony friends to spring into action to ensure the book gets written. However, when the ponies arrive to help the famous author, they soon discover that A.K. Yearling has a secret that sends Rainbow Dash and her pony friends on an unexpected mission.

Santa Switch (8 PM, Hallmark):

Another week, another ludicrous holiday TV movie. This time, a department-store Santa finds that he's actually gotten hired as the real Santa. Yadda, yadda. Sean Astin plays Santa's uptight assistant, determined to make sure Christmas goes according to schedule, which should be mildly amusing.


Atlantis (9 PM, BBC America):

Yay more Alexander Siddig action! "Jason and his friends are at the mercy of King Minos who declares that Poseidon will decide their fate, which is to become bull leapers. To survive, they must jump the charging beast."


Also on TV today: Disney XD has the one-hour season finale of Max Steel at 8 AM. Cartoon Network offers a brand new Ben 10 Omniverse at 9 AM. Nickelodeon has a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at 11 AM, a new Monsters Vs. Aliens at noon, and the season finale of Power Rangers at 1 PM. Hub Network has a new Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch at noon, a new Kaijudo at 2 PM,a newSpooksville at 5:30 PM, and a new R.L. Stine at 7:30 PM. There's a new episode of The Thundermans on Nickelodeon at 8 PM. followed by a new Golan the Insatiable.


Once Upon a Time (8 PM, ABC):

Looks like everybody's back in Storybrooke at last — but Henry is Peter Pan? Or something? Confusing!


Holidaze (8 PM, ABC Family):

Yep, another wacky fantasy Christmas movie, this time involving Jennie Garth as a "high-powered corporate workaholic" who returns to her hometown to convince the townsfolk to let her company build a new discount store. But then an accident sends Melody into an alternate universe, in which she never left her hometown and moved to the big city, and she's married to her childhood sweetheart. (Let's hope this movie ends with her getting back to the "real" universe and bulldozing her old hometown once and for all.)


Also on TV today: Disney XD has a new Hulk and the Agents of SMASH at 8 AM, followed by a new Avengers Assemble. Fox has its usual assortment of animated shows in the evening. There's a new Masters of Sex on Showtime at 10 PM, while Animal Planet has a new Finding Bigfoot. At midnight, there's the season finale of Comic Book Men on AMC.

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



Is Barry going to have powers in the episode or are they waiting for the Flash series to do the origin story?