This week on television, the creators of Glee and Nip/Tuck pay homage to The Shining and Rosemary's Baby with American Horror Story. Syfy has the season finale of Warehouse 13 and the season premiere of Sanctuary.
But that's not all! Jewel Staite is a demon on Supernatural, an asteroid is on a collision course with Earth, George Washington meets aliens, and Fringe's Walter Bishop is getting closer to the truth. Plus we've got new clips from Adventure Time, Warehouse 13, Terra Nova, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and more. It's your whole week in television, right here.
Syfy is having a Warehouse 13 marathon starting at 11 AM, re-running the whole third season to get you ready for the season finale tonight.
Cartoon Network has another big animated block tonight. First at 7 PM, there's a new Johnny Test, "Johnny Two-Face":
The twins try to stop Johnny from lying, but they all find out that sometimes the truth hurts.
That's followed by a new Amazing World of Gumball at 7:30 PM. And then there's a new Adventure Time at 8 PM, "The Apple Thief":
Finn and Jake are feeling peckish and the only one thing can satisfy their hunger is Tree Trunks' world- famous apple pie!
Check out a clip above. That's followed by Regular Show at 8:15. Then at 8:30 PM, Cartoon Network has another episode of Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, followed by a new Mad at 8:45 PM.
Or you could be watching the second episode of Terra Nova on Fox at 8 PM. It's called "Instinct," and here's what it's all about:
JIM AND TAYLOR MUST PROTECT THE COLONY WHEN IT'S INVADED BY A SWARM OF PREHISTORIC FLYING BIRDS; ELISABETH DISCOVERS A FORMER FLAME MAY HAVE RECRUITED HER TO THE PAST ON AN ALL-NEW "TERRA NOVA" MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 ON FOX. When Terra Nova comes under attack from a legion of Pterosaurs, Jim and Taylor must find a way to save the colony before it's completely overtaken. Elisabeth discovers a former flame is also living in Terra Nova and may have been responsible for her recruitment. Syke tries to make Josh feel at home and Reynolds get protective of Maddy.
Here are three clips from the episode:
The two-hour Warehouse 13 season finale, called "Emily Lake"/"Stand", is airing at 9 PM on Syfy. Here's what it's about:
Pete and Myka investigate the theft of a top-secret file from the warehouse, which brings them to a high school in Wyoming, where H.G. Wells is working as a teacher named Emily Lake in the Season 3 finale.
And here's a sneak peek from the episode.
Also at 10 PM: another episode of Castle on ABC, in which we all hope they top last week's comic-book episode.
Plus there's another episode of MTV's cops-and-zombies show Death Valley at 10:30 PM.
The IFC Channel has the season premiere of Onion News Network at 10 PM, with the extremely promising title of "Asteroid Heads to Earth."
At 10 PM, CBS has another unforgettable episode of Unforgettable, "Check Out Time."
When a hotel maid is accused of murdering a guest who she says tried to rape her, Carrie takes matters into her own hands to uncover the truth, threatening Al's investigation.
There's an all-new Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel at 9 PM, "Newton's Cradle":
The MythBusters are swinging for science - testing a viral video that supersizes Newton's cradle using wrecking balls to transfer energy. Kari, Grant, and Tory tackle a Hollywood classic - is a bird landing on your hood enough to tip your car off a cliff?
That's followed at 10 PM by the premiere of Penn and Teller Tell a Lie.
At 9 PM, there's also another new Ancient Aliens on the History Channel, "Aliens and the Founding Fathers." Which you have to admit is an intriguing topic.
Then at 10 PM, there's the series premiere of American Horror Story on FX, the horror show from the makers of Glee.
American Horror Story, co-created by former Nip/Tuck executive producers and current Glee co-creators/executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, revolves around The Harmons, a family of three who move from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile past anguish. The All Star cast features Dylan McDermott (The Practice) as "Ben Harmon," a psychiatrist; Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) as "Vivien Harmon," Ben's wife; Taissa Farmiga as "Violet," the Harmon's teenage daughter; Jessica Lange (Tootsie, Blue Sky, Grey Gardens) in her first-ever regular series TV role as "Constance," the Harmon's neighbor; Evan Peters (One Tree Hill) plays "Tate Langdon," one of Ben's patients; and Denis O'Hare (The Good Wife) as "Larry Harvey." Guest stars for the series include Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) as the Harmon's housekeeper; Alexandra Breckenridge (Dirt) as the Harmon's housekeeper; and Jamie Brewer as Constance's daughter.
Watch the first five minutes of the first episode here.
But also at 10 PM, there's the premiere of a new show on National Geographic called Mad Scientists, and the first episode is called "Ultimate Rock Crawler." That's followed at 10:30 PM by a second episode, "26-Foot Lawn Dart."
Also at 10 PM, Science has the season finale of Dark Matters: Twisted But True, covering such topics as "How to Make a Zombie." Which sounds more mad-sciencey than "Ultimate Rock Crawler," it must be said.
There's another new episode of The Vampire Diaries on The CW at 8 PM, "Disturbing Behavior":
Still in Chicago, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) uses Gloria (guest star Charmin Lee), a witch he knew long ago, to help him track down missing information that will explain why his plan isn't working. Gloria's spells reveal intriguing glimpses of the truth, but she soon realizes she needs Stefan's (Paul Wesley) knowledge to complete the puzzle. When Stefan suddenly finds himself in danger, help comes from a surprising ally. Back in Mystic Falls, a frustrating new enemy pushes Damon (Ian Somerhalder) over the brink and he lashes out in a way that will have lasting consequences. Caroline (Candice Accola) struggles with her own emotional issues, even as she tries to help Elena (Nina Dobrev) face her feelings. Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) makes a brief but disturbing breakthrough with one of his ghostly visitors, leaving him more confused than ever. Finally, Bonnie (Kat Graham) has a strange encounter that will affect everyone.
Also at 8: another episode of Community on NBC, "Competitive Ecology":
THE STUDY GROUP TACKLES THEIR FIRST BIG BIOLOGY ASSIGNMENT FROM PROFESSOR KANE (MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS) WHILE CHANG KEEPS THE CAMPUS SAFE - As the study group sets to work on their first big assignment in biology - a terrarium - they are driven to distraction over how they should pair off to do their project. Elsewhere on campus, Chang (Ken Jeong) patrols the school grounds looking for signs of trouble and imagines himself in a noir detective mystery.
Or you could also watch another new The Big Bang Theory on CBS at 8 PM, "The Wiggly Finger Catalyst."
And then the fourth option at 8 PM is episode three of Charlie's Angels on ABC, with "Bon Voyage, Angels," which is written by former Buffy the Vampire Slayer scribe Douglas Petrie. (This was supposed to be the second episode, but was pushed back a week for some reason.)
Then at 9 PM, CBS has another episode of Person of Interest, "Mission Creep":
When the Machine directs Reese and Finch to a former Marine with shady connections to a crime ring, Reese must infiltrate the gang, taking part in their heist. Meanwhile, Detective Carter is closer than ever to finding out who Reese is.
Also at 9 PM: The CW has another episode of The Secret Circle, "Heather":
Cassie (Britt Robertson) looks up an old friend of her mother's named Heather Barnes (guest star Camille Sullivan) and discovers she has been in a catatonic state since the night of the fire 16 years ago. Feeling guilty that her mother and her Circle may have had something to do with Heather's current state, Cassie tells Diana (Shelley Hennig) that she wants to use magic to help Heather. Diana refuses to help, but Faye (Phoebe Jane Tonkin) is more than happy to conjure up a spell – for a price.
Cartoon Network has another great Friday night animated bloc. First up at 6 PM: Batman: Brave and the Bold, "Triumvirate of Terror!". Then at 6:30 PM, there's an all-new Young Justice, "Alpha Male." Then at 7 PM, there's a new Generator Rex, "Exposed." And at 7:30 PM, there's a new Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, "The Flame Keeper's Circle."
Or you could watch a brand new Phineas and Ferb on Disney at 7 PM, "The Curse of Candace" and "That's The Spirit!".
At 8 PM, CBS has another episode of A Gifted Man, "In Case of Discomfort."
While interviewing doctors to run the clinic, Michael helps a man who passed out, but refuses care due to lack of insurance. Meanwhile, as Michael evaluates a woman, he notices lesions on her brain that require immediate surgery, even as he doesn't know the exact diagnosis.
Also at 8 PM, there's a new episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, "Mercy Mission."
After groundquakes have devastated the planet Aleen, a Republic relief effort arrives, including the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO. When the native Aleena's pleas go unheard, it becomes the duty of the droids to embark on asurreal journey through Aleen's subterranean world to save the planet.
Meanwhile at 8, The CW has more of its spy-fi series Nikita, "Knightfall":
Birkoff (Aaron Stanford) tells Nikita (Maggie Q) and Michael (Shane West) that a black box file reveals that an international terrorist named Ramon (guest star Simon Kassianides), who has been taking credit for some serious political assassinations, now works for Division. This news upsets Nikita since she was the agent that captured Ramon years ago and turned him over to Percy (Xander Berkeley). Amanda (Melinda Clarke) convinces Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) to kill Anton Kochenko (guest star Paul Braunstein), a man who used to work for Alex's father, and plans to let Ramon take the credit for the murder. However, when Nikita disrupts Amanda's plan, Amanda fights back by taking what Nikita loves most.
Or for another alternative, Disney Channel has a brand new Wizards of Waverly Place, "Wizards of Apartment 13B." That's followed by a brand new A.N.T. Farm at 8:30, "MutA.N.T. Farm."
And then at 9 PM, Fox has another episode of Fringe, "All Alone in the World":
Two 12-year-old bullies are found dead after tormenting another boy, but the abnormally rapid decomposition of their bodies leads to the Fringe team's discovery of a strange entity and a trail of more victims. Meanwhile, Walter's hallucinations are beginning to take their toll.
Also at 9 PM, there's another new Supernatural on The CW, featuring the one and only Jewel Staite! Here's the scoop:
Dean (Jensen Ackles) is furious after Sam (Jared Padalecki) disappears to follow a lead on a case with clues that are identical to a case Sam solved as a kid. The demon turns out to be Amy (guest star Jewel Staite), who has been killing low-life thugs and taking their brains for dinner – the same demon Sam found as a kid.
Jensen Ackles directed this episode!
Then at 10 PM, there's the season premiere of Sanctuary on Syfy, with "Tempus":
Magnus goes to 1898 London to try to stop Adam Worth from saving his daughter, which would alter the current time line.
And then at 11 PM, G4 has new episodes of Iron Man Anime and Wolverine Anime.
The Hub is showing a new episode of R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series at 8, followed by a new Transformers Prime at 8:30, "One Shall Rise: Part 2."
In mourning for the end of Doctor Who season six? Don't worry — Syfy has a new original TV movie for you at 9 PM! It's called Terror Beneath, and it will definitely help you get through that long Saturday evening. It features Adrian Pasdar, and it was originally called "Garden of Evil" or "Seeds of Destruction". Here's the scoop:
They thought they found the Garden of Eden, but they unleashed the root of all evil. Militant environmentalists Kate and Joe witness, and videotape, the rapid growth of a gigantic root system that literally begins mowing through the country like an earthquake. At the same time, government agent Jack Taylor contacts plant expert Jocelyn Snow, who discovers that her ex-colleague, Frame Marcos, is the probable source of the ancient seed that started the whole ecological disaster. Under the growing threat of massive tsunamis should the enormous root system burrow under the ocean, Jack, Jocelyn, Joe and Kate confront Frame in his compound, then return to the place where it all began, with the hopes that Jocelyn can disable the embryonic root and bring the disaster to an end.
Also, BBC America has another episode of Bedlam at 9 PM, "Driven."
A new tenant is haunted, and Kate learns that the woman has a secret that may hold the key to the spirit visitation, while Jed and Ryan try to stop the spirit before it kills the woman.
And then at 11 PM, Disney XD has a new (to us Americans) episode of Naruto Shippuden, "The Target Appears."
At 8 PM, Discovery Channel has a new Curiosity, "Egypt: What Lies Beneath?"
Only 1% of Ancient Egypt has been discovered - 99% remains hidden. Egypt - What Lies Beneath? will use unique Space Archaeology to blow away the sands and reveal this ancient land as it truly was - 4,000 years ago. Featuring specially commissioned data-driven Computer Generated Graphics, this landmark 60-minute film will leave all other films on Ancient Egypt in its wake.
Also at 10 PM, there's the season finale of Breaking Bad on AMC, "Face Off."
At 11:45 PM, Cartoon Network's Adult Swim has another new Squidbillies. That's followed at midnight by another episode of China, IL.