Bruce Boxleitner and Rachel Miner fight an escaped alien prisoner with sharp tentacles

You didn't get to see much of Bruce Boxleitner as Tron in Tron Legacy, but you can see a lot of him fighting nasty aliens this Saturday in a new film from After Dark Originals.

Meanwhile, Supernatural's monster fighter find themselves in an alternate universe where they are the stars of a show called... Supernatural? Also this week: We delve into Summer Glau's psyche, explore superheroic guilt, and observe some more alien lizard queen mating practices. It's all happening on television this week!

Minor spoilers below...

Today:

There's another new Chuck at 8 PM on NBC, "Chuck Vs. The Masquerade." Is Chuck infiltrating last Friday's Smallville episode? Not exactly:

Valentine's Day is interrupted when Chuck (Zachary Levi) and the team are sent on a mission to England to protect a reclusive young heiress, Vivian McArthur (guest star Lauren Cohan). Meanwhile, Casey (Adam Baldwin) gets an offer from the mysterious Jane Bentley (guest star Robin Givens). Back at home, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) find an unlikely solution to a parenting problem, as Morgan (Joshua Gomez) ponders a big move.

There's also a new episode of the often-sciencey House on Fox at 8 PM, "Two Stories."

Also at 8, there's a new Adventure Time with Finn and Jake on Cartoon Network. That's followed by the return of Mad at 8:15. ("So You Think You Can Train Your Dragon To Dance") And then a new Regular Show at 8:30.

The Cape is back on NBC at 9 PM, with "The Lich, Part 2", and it's a Summer Glau-centric episode!

The Cape (David Lyons), Max (Keith David) and Rollo (Martin Klebba) are forced to rely on Dana's (Jennifer Ferrin) legal connections to help them discover The Lich's whereabouts. Heavily entranced by Conrad Chandler's (The Lich) potent serum, Orwell (Summer Glau) struggles to fight off the physiological and mental effects of the strong dose. Meanwhile, Netta's (guest star Illeana Douglas) strange loyalty to The Lich is clarified. In a sedated, weak state, Orwell drifts between reality and fantasy sequences, which slowly reveal her history and past.

Also on at 9 PM: Syfy's remake of the British show Being Human, with "It Takes Two To Make a Thing Go Wrong."


Tuesday:

Syfy is having a Star Trek: Enterprise marathon all day long. See if the "temporal cold war" makes sense this time around.

FX is showing Wanted, the super-assassin movie with James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie, at 7:30 PM. Possibly the basic cable premiere, I'm not sure.

A new No Ordinary Family airs at 8 PM on ABC, with "No Ordinary Proposal":

Jim's feelings of guilt are overwhelming when, during a fight with a thug, he diverts a bullet that accidentally hits a boy - causing life-threatening harm. Meanwhile, Daphne's boyfriend, Chris, steals the trilsettum serum from the Powell house and injects his wheelchair-bound father, Roy (Anthony Michael Hall), with disastrous results; Joshua proposes to Katie; and JJ's teacher takes unscrupulous steps to get him to join the school's academic decathlon team.

And then there's another new V at 9 PM on ABC, "Birth Pangs." Here are six sneak peeks!


Wednesday:

There's a new Nova ScienceNow ("What's The Next Big Thing?") on most PBS stations at 8 PM, and at 9 PM, there's the original Nova ("Venom: Nature's Killer").

At 11 PM, SOAPNet has another episode of Being Erica, "Being Adam"


Thursday:

Syfy is treating us to another Green Hornet marathon all day long. Possibly worth it for the one awesome Bruce Lee moment in each episode.

National Geographic has a new Naked Science at 7 PM, "Birth of the Grand Canyon."

Rejoice! Another new episode of The Vampire Diaries at 8 PM on The CW, "The House Guest":

Katherine's (Nina Dobrev) mind games are getting on everyone's nerves, but Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) realize that her knowledge of Mystic Falls history will help them stay alive. Frustrated with her relationship with Matt (Zach Roerig), Caroline (Candice Accola) finds a new way to get his attention. Alaric (Matt Davis) makes a surprising confession to Jenna (Sara Canning), and Katherine makes a different kind of confession to Damon. Stefan and Bonnie (Katerina Graham) try to convince Jonas (guest star Randy Goodwin) and Luka (guest star Bryton James) that they should all be working together, but Jonas' lack of trust leads to a violent and fiery confrontation.

There's also a new Big Bang Theory, at 8 PM on CBS, "The Toast Derivation." And also at 8 PM, Community tackles "Political Science."

A new Nikita airs at 9 PM on The CW, "Echoes":

In order to speed up her healing, Amanda (Melinda Clarke) sedates Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) after her last mission then takes advantage of Alex's drugged condition to question her about the secrets Amanda believes Alex is keeping. Nikita (Maggie Q) realizes Alex is in danger and tries to secure her another identity to smuggle her out of the country. However, Nikita's contact double-crosses her and she comes face to face with a surprising opponent. Meanwhile, Michael (Shane West) becomes suspicious of Alex and asks Birkhoff (guest star Aaron Stanford) to investigate her.

At 10 PM, there's another episode of the superspy comedy Archer, on FX, "The Double Deuce":

When members of Woodhouse's famed WWI Royal Flying Corps squadron (the old "Double Deuce") start dying mysteriously, he naturally suspects foul play. As does Archer, who tries to help his loyal manservant track down the killer. While also babysitting the wee baby Seamus. So it should be a fairly busy weekend.

And here's a new clip, just for you!


Friday:

Get your vampire detective on, with a Moonlight marathon all day long on Syfy.

No new Cartoon Network shows, due to something called Hall of Game.

Could this be the silliest Smallville episode of all time? Just read the description:

After Zatanna sends a magically spiked bottle of champagne to Clark (Tom Welling) and Lois (Erica Durance) for their bachelor/bachlorette parties, the gang blacks out after the toast, only to wake up the next morning and realize they can't remember anything about the night before. While trying to retrace their steps, Lois realizes she lost her engagement ring and drags Oliver (Justin Hartley) back to the Fortune Casino where she thinks she lost it. The two run into Fortune (guest star James Kidnie), the eccentric casino owner, who accuses them of stealing money from him. Meanwhile, Clark tells Chloe (Allison Mack) he has a memory of stealing an armored truck the night before.

You never thought you'd be using the phrase "magically-spiked bottle" in a sentence, did you? That airs at 8 PM on The CW.

And then at 9 PM, there's a new Fringe on Fox. The good news is, last Friday's episode turned around Fringe's ratings free-fall and made a fourth season look more likely — if the trend continues. Fingers crossed. This week:

This follow-up to last season's "Peter" flashback episode revisits a poignant period of time for both the Bishops and Olivia.

And here's a sneak peek.

This week's Supernatural is actually giving Smallville a run for its money in the silliness sweepstakes. And it's written by The Tick creator Ben Edlund!

Raphael (guest star Lanette Ware) launches an attack on Castiel (Misha Collins) and his allies, sending a particularly frightening angelic hitman (guest star Carlos Sanz) after Balthazar (guest star Sebastian Roche), Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles). In an effort to protect the brothers, Balthazar sends them to an alternate universe where they are the stars of a TV show called "Supernatural" and they are actors named "Jensen Ackles" and "Jared Padalecki." The brothers are confused when Castiel appears to be a tweet-happy actor named Misha Collins and Sam is married to Ruby (Genevieve Cortese).

That's at 9 PM on The CW. Here's an extended promo.

At 10 PM, there's a new (to Americans) episode of Merlin on Syfy, "Castle of Fyrien."

Or you could also check out Bar Karma, a new community-generated show that airs on CurrentTV at 10 PM Fridays. What's it about? "There's a place at the edge of the universe, a venue that's behind time and before space, a watering hole where the tab you run up may never be paid - in this lifetime, at least."

There's also a new Onion News Network on IFC at 10 PM.

And a fourth option at 10 PM: the season finale of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena on Starz, "The Bitter End."


Saturday:

Bruce Boxleitner and Rachel Miner fight an escaped alien prisoner with sharp tentacles

Ready for another fantastic Syfy original movie? This time around, it's called Area 51, and it has everybody in it. It has Bruce Boxleitner, John Shea, and Rachel Miner — plus it's directed by Jason Connery, the son of James Bond and a former Doctor Who guest star.

In the movie, the Air Force decides to allow a few reporters into the most secretive base on the planet, Area 51, but the visit turns into violent mayhem when one of the captive aliens leads an escape.

This film is an "After Dark Original" from After Dark Films, meaning it'll be sorta horror-oriented. At left is a still from the movie, via Dread Central — one more at the link, plus one more up top.

Also at 9 PM, BBC America has the original British version of Being Human, "Adam's Family." And according to random people on YouTube, the epicness just keeps coming in this episode.

A third option at 9 PM: TMC is showing The Signal, a super low-budget horror movie about a mysterious electronic signal that drives everybody in Terminal City crazy. We quite liked this film when it came out in 2008, and it's not shown on TV that often.


Sunday:

Fox's animation bloc is missing, for some reason. But there's the Oscars, in case you want to freak out over Inception getting robbed for Best Picture.

Adult Swim is showing a new Robot Chicken at 11:45 PM, "No Country for Old Dogs."

Sources: Futon Critic, TV Guide, and various TV studios.