How will new superhero show The Flash stack up against Arrow? Plus, a new docuseries follows a small town making a zombie movie that could air on Syfy—if they finish it in time. American Horror Story: Freak Show debuts, and Supernatural, The Originals, and The Walking Dead return!
Gotham (8 PM, Fox)
Someone is attaching the corrupt citizens of Gotham to weather balloons, and Bullock and Gordon are after the vigilante. And Cobblepot's back in Gotham—and he wastes no time attaching himself to another powerful figure in Gotham's underworld.
The Originals (8 PM, The CW)
The supernatural factions of New Orleans are back for another season of mayhem. Klaus has spent the last few months holed up in his compound, but as the season opens, he's plotting his revenge against the Guerrera werewolves and is prepared to bare his teeth at anyone who threatens baby Hope. Things aren't pretty for Hayley, who is in a spiral following the loss of her daughter and her new status as a hybrid. Marcel is looking to rebuild his home; Cami seeks normalcy; and Davina plots her revenge against Klaus—and we'll be meeting some mysterious new characters along the way.
Dead Still (9 PM, Syfy)
A camera harbors a deadly curse in this new Syfy original movie, starring Ben Browder (of Farscape and Stargate SG-1), Gavin Casalengo, and Ray Wise. Browder plays a wedding photographer who inherits an antique camera that was famously used in Victorian death photography. But when the photographer uses the camera, the subjects die, only to reappear as death portraits—sending Browder on a quest to uncover the mystery behind the curse.
Scorpion (9 PM, CBS)
What bad science will Scorpion grace us with this episode? We'll find out when terrorists threaten to BOMB THE INTERNET. Okay, just the American Southwest's Internet.
Sleepy Hollow (9 PM, FOX)
A bank robbery turns violent in Sleepy Hollow, putting Abbie and Ichabod on the hunt for one particular silver coin—one whose power is more than monetary. But what about Irving and that new lawyer of his? Irving may have to choose between his family and the greater good. And it sounds like things between Abbie and Jenny could turn tense.
Also on tonight: a one-hour Supernatural special goes behind the scenes of the past nine seasons with the Winchester brothers (9 PM, The CW).
The Flash (8 PM, The CW)
Will the fastest man alive prove as much fun on TV as Arrow? Will find out when Barry Allen, the latest DC hero to grace the small screen, steps into his own show. Grant Gustin plays the CSI investigator who gains speed powers after an accident with a S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator. Now Barry must learn to control his powers with the help of physicist Harrison Wells and his team while keep them a secret from his best friend, Iris. But he'll need to put those powers to work when metahumans start attacking his city.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (9 PM, ABC)
Coulson's team and Hydra are competing for superpowered assets now, and their latest shared target is Donnie Gill, a superhuman who can freeze objects. I sense a Blizzard coming.
Supernatural (9 PM, The CW)
Yup, Supernatural is back for its 10th (for those of you keeping score at home, that's seven seasons longer than Eric Kripke originally planned and five seasons longer than Kripke's main storyline lasted) season and Dean is all demony now. Nope, this won't get weird.
Forever (10 PM, ABC)
When Gloria Carlyle, philanthropist and ruthless matriarch of one of New York's oldest and wealthiest families, is found dead at Metropolitan Museum of Art gala, Henry and Jo hope her family's estate sale will offer clues to her demise. Naturally, though, Henry is haunted by memories of the Met—and of course he has his own connection to the late socialite. New York's a small town when you're a couple of centuries old.
Person of Interest (10 PM, CBS)
The latest Person of Interest is one of those professional wingmen—which means a lot of Fusco awkwardly hitting on ladies. The Machine sends Root and Finch on a mysterious errand, but it sounds like Reese will have more mundane worries as he tries to navigate his day job.
Town of the Living Dead (10 PM, Syfy)
How hard is it really to make a zombie movie? Apparently, the people of Jasper, Alabama, have been working on their independent zombie movie, Thr33 Days Dead, for six years. In this reality series, Syfy gives the town a deadline to finish the film. If it's done in time, Syfy will air it as an original movie. The first two episodes air at 10 PM and 10:30 PM.
Also on tonight: a new episode of Face Off (9 PM, Syfy) and Spider-Man travels to the Savage Land with Wolverine to find Ka-Zar on a new Ultimate Spider-Man (9 PM, Disney XD).
Arrow (8 PM, The CW)
So the good news for Oliver Queen in Arrow's third season premiere? Crime in Starling City is at an all-time low, so Oliver can actually focus on being Oliver for a while. But just as he's about to ask Felicity out on a date, a new Count Vertigo appears on the scene. And the folks around Oliver are going through life changes at the same time: Diggle becomes a father; Lance is promoted to Captain; Laurel joins the Arrow inner circle, and Felicity gets a part-time job. Oh, and Brandon Routh joins the cast as Ray Palmer, a charming fellow who lock horns with Oliver over Queen Consolidated.
American Horror Story: Freak Show (10 PM, FX)
The latest iteration of American Horror Story arrives this week, taking us to Jupiter, Florida, in the year 1952. One of the last surviving sideshows in America has just arrived in town, trying to compete with the eye candy that is television. But their just in time to witness something dark emerge in Jupiter, and when the police make a disturbing discovery in a nearby farmhouse, Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange), the show's manager, sees her operation's potential salvation. We're especially curious to see how Sarah Paulson will pull off the dual roles of conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler.
Also on tonight: Sean Bean returns to television in the head-trippy spy thriller Legends (9 PM, TNT). Let's see if he can keep his head on his shoulders.
Teen Titans Go! (6 PM, Cartoon Network)
The Titans decide to follow Beast Boy's lead and become vegetarians—but they end up taking their new diets much more seriously than BB does.
Steven Universe (6:45 PM, Cartoon Network)
Steven wants to give Pearl the opportunity to revisit the cosmos and decides to build her a spaceship.
The Vampire Diaries (8 PM, The CW)
Where do you go once your main character goes all serial killer? Well, Elena turns to Alaric for help in dealing with her grief in a less murdery way while Enzo and Caroline track down a lead on Damon and Bonnie—and finally figure out what Stefan has been up to. And community protection program leader Tripp (Eureka's Colin Ferguson) confesses an interesting connection to the town of Mystic Falls. And while they may be kind of, sort of dead, Bonnie and Damon are still in the mix, trying to figure out where they are and how to get back home.
The Legend of Korra (Streaming, Nick.com)
Will Korra get her butt in gear and deal with Kuvira's questionable unification of the Earth Kingdom? We'll see where we are in this week's episode, "The Forgotten Ones."
Haven (7 PM, Syfy)
Haven airs at an earlier time starting this week. (Can't have it interfering with wrestling, now can we?) Vince and Dave try to unravel Dave's past during a trip to North Carolina, but they encounter a body-swapping Trouble that affects folks back in Haven. You know what that means: everyone who isn't immune to the Troubles gets to play a different character. It's the first episode in a two-parter.
Animal (9 PM, Chiller)
Animal had a limited theatrical and VOD release over the summer, but it gets its Chiller debut this weekend. The movie, produced by Drew Barrymore, follows five friends who hole up in a cabin in the woods and soon find themselves hunted by a ravenous beast. Secrets will come out as the body count rises.
The Knick (10 PM, Cinemax)
Things aren't looking good for the Knick after a late-night crime, and as Thackery grows increasingly desperate for drugs, Lucy goes to extreme measures to procure them.
Z Nation (10 PM, Syfy)
Two words: zombie tornado. You either want to see that or you don't.
Also on tonight: new episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (8 PM, Nick), Utopia (8 PM, Fox), and Ultimate Spider-Man (9:30 PM, Disney).
Doctor Who (9 PM, BBC America)
The Doctor has boarded the Orient Express—but so has a mummy with a deadly stare.
Intruders (10 PM, BBC America)
In the show's first season finale, Jack discovers the alarming scope of the organization to which he's lost Amy.
Once Upon a Time (8 PM, ABC)
Elsa isn't the baddest Snow Queen to cast her wintery spell over Storybrooke. She's got an icy rival in another sparkly dress.
Resurrection (9 PM, ABC)
When Tom decides to create a new parish for the Returned, Bellamy decides to confide in him. But things get even weirder when human bones start turning up in the river—bones somehow linked to Margaret and the Langston family. Nothing stays buried in Arcadia, after all.
The Walking Dead (9 PM, AMC)
Last season ended with most of our survivors locked in a rail car in Terminus. Who will survive the season premiere? And what will we learn about this settlement's desperate measures?
Manhattan (10 PM, WGN)
What mysteries will come to light in "The Gun Model"?
Also on tonight: with The Walking Dead, Talking Dead returns to AMC at 10 PM, and Adult Swim has new episodes of Mr. Pickles (11:30 PM) and Squidbillies (11:45 PM).