Only one man can go anywhere in the universe, and any time in history — and this week, he's coming to your house. Doctor Who is back at last, with a mind-bending trip to the 1960s.
But the Doctor's not the only one traveling through time — so are the Winchester boys, and Smallville's latest hero. The Vampire Diaries serves up more crazy historical flashbacks, which are the next best thing. And of course, Game of Thrones is still transporting us to another world. Oh, and Batman's becoming a vampire.
Here's our complete list of everything that makes a television worth owning this week!
Remember the last time Steven Spielberg created a science fiction show for television? You can relive those days now. Syfy is having the first of two days of marathons of Spielberg's Taken all day today.
There's a new Adventure Time with Finn & Jake on the Cartoon Network at 8 ("Video Makers"), followed by a new Regular Show at 8:30. And then there's The Problem Solverz at 8:45, in which "Robot Dog K-999 joins The Problem Solverz as they help get revenge on a group of mean little girl explorers who have a secret mission to help aliens take over the world."
In a new Chuck, Chuck and Sarah lose the wedding money, and they need to recruit a real con man – Sarah's father – to help get it back. And meanwhile, Morgan pressures Casey to face up to his baby mama. That's on NBC at 8 PM.
And then at 9 PM, NBC has a new episode of The Event, "Cut Off the Head," in which:
Vice President Jarvis (Bill Smitrovich) vocalizes his lack of faith in President Martinez's (Blair Underwood) leadership and agrees to meet with an adversary. Senator Catherine Lewis (guest star Virginia Madsen, "Sideways") reports the findings of her surreptitious blood testing of the White House staff only to find one holdout, someone very close to the President. Sophia (Laura Innes) pushes forward in her search for a super weapon. And, after witnessing injustices within the Sleeper community, Leila (Sarah Roemer) begins to question where she belongs. Elsewhere, Sean (Jason Ritter) and Vicky (Taylor Cole) find whom they've been hunting for, but it may be too late.
Also at 9 PM — note new timeslot — there's a new Stargate Universe on Syfy, "Common Descent":
Attacking drones return when the Destiny tries to recharge in a star. Eli proposes a risky alternative, which requires the rest of the crew to gate to a nearby planet for safety, where they find an abandoned city.
Syfy has the second day of its Taken marathon. Otherwise, Tuesday is a bit of a wasteland.
At 3 AM Wednesday morning, Syfy is showing Bruce Campbell's My Name is Bruce. And TBS has The Last Mimzy at the same time. Flipping back and forth between those two movies while in the throes of sleep deprivation could be quite interesting.
At 9 PM there are two fearless investigations into scientific frontiers for you to choose between: PBS has a new Nova and Discovery Channel has a new Mythbusters. So which should you choose? Well, Nova asks whether we're finally on the brink of a clean energy revolution, while Mythbusters wants to know which common items can be bomb-proof, and whether viral videos are real. So it depends which questions feel more pressing to you.
At 11 PM, SOAPNet has the third season finale of Being Erica.
There's a new Vampire Diaries on The CW at 8 PM, in which:
Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) are furious when they discover that Elena (Nina Dobrev) has defied them both to make a new ally and take control of the plan to out-maneuver Klaus (Morgan). Disagreement over how to protect Elena leads to growing tension between the Salvatore brothers. Meanwhile, Stefan has his hands full trying to keep a confused and frightened Jenna (Sara Canning) safe. Flashbacks to 1491 reveal Katherine's (Nina Dobrev) introduction to Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Klaus, along with the origin of the moonstone curse. Elena learns shocking new information about Klaus' motives.
Judging from the extended promo at left, it's going to be nonstop scenery chewing and awesomeness. I want 20 minutes of Elijah just saying "I believe the term you are looking for is OMFGWTFLOLBBQROTFLMAOKTHXBAI."
And then there's a new Nikita on The CW at 9 PM, in which things continue to come to a head:
Nikita (Maggie Q) believes it's getting too dangerous for Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) at Division and decides its time Alex disappeared. Alex agrees but before the plan can be put in motion, she and Jaden (Tiffany Hines) are assigned to an overseas mission to stop the son of a foreign president (guest star Edi Gathegi) from selling a newly developed nerve toxin. Things go awry and Alex must decide between saving the mission or saving herself.
At 10 PM, there's the season finale of the superspy-parody Archer, on FX, "Double Trouble":
Suspicion and jealousy are rife at ISIS as Krieger nears completion of a top-secret project, and Archer brings beautiful – and mysterious – former KGB agent Katya Kazanova home to meet Malory. Who reacts about like one would expect.
Syfy has a marathon of Eureka episodes until about 4 PM.
The Cartoon Network once again has a full slate of programs, starting at 6:30 PM with Batman: The Brave and the Bold, "Shadow of the Bat!"
While battling vampires, Batman is bitten and undergoes a monstrous transformation... and only his teammates in the JLI can stop him.
Then at 7:30, there's a new Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, "Moon Struck." That's followed by a new Generator Rex at 8 PM.
Also at 8 PM, there's a new Smallville on The CW, in which the Blue and the Gold get introduced:
DC COMICS CHARACTER BOOSTER GOLD ARRIVES FROM THE FUTURE; THE BLUE BEETLE IS BORN! - After everything that happened with the VRA, Lois (Erica Durance) tells Clark (Tom Welling) it's best to make "Clark Kent" forgettable and awkward so people don't suspect he's The Blur. However, the two are stunned when a fame-hungry superhero from the future, Booster Gold (guest star Eric Martsolf, "Days of Our Lives"), sweeps into town and begins making saves and posing for press ops, completely winning over the city of Metropolis. Booster begins his campaign to take The Blur's place as the "World's Greatest Superhero" and tries to charm Lois into writing a story about him, but she's not having his antics and begins her own campaign for The Blur. During one of Booster's saves, an alien weapon in the form of a scarab falls from a truck and fuses itself to a boy named Jaime Reyes (guest star Jaden Brandt Bartlett), turning him into the Blue Beetle. Unfortunately, Jaime is unable to control the suit and Blue Beetle starts attacking Metropolis.
And then at 9 PM, Fringe cranks into high gear on Fox, as Walternate discovers a way to wreak havoc in our universe, at long last. Here's the first sneak peek, featuring full frontal Walter.
And there's a new Supernatural at 9 PM on The CW, which could well be the silliest episode yet:
SAM AND DEAN RETURN TO THE WILD, WILD WEST - While searching for a way to defeat Eve, Dean stumbles upon Samuel Colt's (guest star Sam Hennings) journal in the Campbell library. Realizing Samuel might have the answer to their problems, Sam and Dean ask Castiel (Misha Collins) to send them back in time so they can meet the man himself. While Sam is a bit reluctant to time travel, Dean is beside himself with excitement to return to the Wild, Wild West.
And here's your first sneak peek, as shown at PaleyFest. (I think the woman screaming "Oh my God" is not going to be part of the actual soundtrack.)
At 10 PM, there's a new Sanctuary on Syfy, in which Henry gets attacked.
Or you could also check out the crowd-sourced TV show Bar Karma, on CurrentTV at 10 PM.
BBC America is having a Doctor Who marathon (actually it starts Friday evening) to get you up to speed for the new season. That culminates at 8 PM with a new special: Doctor Who Rewind:
Countdown to the premiere of season six of Doctor Who with a special look back at all the best places, people and moments from season five. This hour-long special recaps the key happenings from season five and prepares viewers for the highly-anticipated premiere of season six.
That's followed at 9 PM by the actual season opener of Doctor Who season six, "The Impossible Astronaut." Here's how BBC America is describing it:
Four envelopes, numbered 2, 3 and 4, each containing a date, time and map reference, unsigned, but TARDIS blue. Who sent them? And who received the missing envelope numbered 1? This strange summons reunites the Doctor, Amy, Rory and River Song in the middle of the Utah desert and unveils a terrible secret the Doctor's friends must never reveal to him. Placing his life entirely in their hands, the Doctor agrees to search for the recipient of the fourth envelope and figure out just who is Canton Everett Delaware the Third? Also what is the relevance of their only other clue: 'Space 1969'? Their quest lands them-quite literally-in the Oval Office, where they are enlisted by President Nixon to assist enigmatic former-FBI agent Canton in saving a terrified little girl from a mysterious spaceman.
And then at 10 PM, BBC America winds up the evening with an exclusive special on the making of the new season, Doctor Who in America:
BBC America takes you behind the scenes of Doctor Who's dramatic sixth season in this all-new special. Go inside the most highly-anticipated season of Doctor Who yet, with an exclusive look at the making of the season that will leave everyone talking.
But besides Doctor Who, there are a few other options. The Hub is having its random grab-bag of Transformers and G.I. Joe cartoons as usual from 7 to 9 PM. At 8:30 PM, George Takei is proving once again that he's really up for anything, by playing the holographic sensei Gramps in Supah Ninjas on Nickelodeon.
But if you really hate Doctor Who, Syfy has your back. Syfy, which for some reason didn't show a new TV movie last week, when there was nothing else on Saturday night, has decided to schedule a new original movie opposite the Doctor Who season premiere. But this isn't just any original movie — it has a scary old woman and a "Simuroc." Are you worried yet, BBC America? Here's the official synopsis for Road Kill:
Road Kill, premiering Saturday, April 23, at 9PM (ET/PT), features a group of friends on a scenic RV road trip through Ireland, whose cross-country adventure takes an unexpected turn when they accidentally run down an old gypsy woman. Before she dies, the woman curses them, summoning a giant bird of prey called a Simuroc to exterminate the young people, one by one. Road Kill stars Stephen Rea and Roisin Murphy (Johnny English, Grey's Anatomy).
No animated shows on Fox tonight.
HBO's Game of Thrones is back at 9 PM, with episode two: "The Kingsroad." Don't worry, all the nastiness was last week, everything is sunshine and happy dancing this week. (Well, okay, not exactly.) Here's the official blurb:
Bran's fate remains in doubt. Ned leaves Westeros with daughters Sansa and Arya, while Catelyn stays behind to tend to Bran. Jon Snow heads north to join the brotherhood of the Night's Watch. Tyrion decides to forego the trip south with his family, instead joining Jon in the entourage heading to the Wall. Viserys bides his time in hopes of winning back the throne, while Daenerys focuses her attention on learning how to please her new husband, Drogo.
The Science Channel is still re-showing all the original episodes of Joss Whedon's Firefly, with special segments featuring physicist Michio Kaku. Tonight, there's "Out of Gas" at 9 PM and "Ariel" at 10 PM.
And then at midnight, there's a new Superjail! on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, "Hotchick."