This week on television, Kiefer Sutherland returns to the network that gave him 24. Plus another new TV show debuts, in which video games invade the real world! And Chuck finally races to its conclusion after five years of spy craziness. Plus Brad Dourif is threatening to destroy Miami with a super-volcano!
Check out clips from this week's episodes of Adventure Time, Alcatraz, Touch, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Being Human, Merlin, The Fades and more!
There's another two episodes of House of Anubis on Nickelodeon today at 7 PM.
Adventure Time is back at 7:30 PM, on Cartoon Network, with "Another Way":
Finn decides to heal a broken toe his own way, even if it means causing more problems.
Check out a brand new clip at left. And that's followed at 8 PM by a brand new Regular Show, and a new Mad at 8:30.
And at 9 PM, there's a brand new Alcatraz in its new timeslot, with "Kit Nelson." And yes, every episode of this show will be named after the Returnee of the Week. Here's what to expect:
When child killer Kit Nelson, a terrifying kidnapper who always returns his victims home - after he's killed them - reappears from the past, the team is in a race against time to catch the man before he kills again.
You would think some of these guys would make a really basic mistake and get caught easily, since they don't know about facial recognition software and DNA. Anyway, check out a sneak peek!
Also at 9 PM, there's another new episode of Being Human on Syfy, "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me".
Sally wields new powers thanks to new ghost friends; Aidan assists Suren's bid to claim Boston; Josh tries to deal with a change in his relationship with Nora.
And here's a clip!
Syfy has a brand new (to Americans) episode of Lost Girl at 10 PM, "Where There's a Will There's a Fae."
Bo agrees to help a will-o'-the-wisp find the person who stole his treasure in exchange for information on her birth-parents.
At 10 PM, there's a brand new Castle on ABC, "An Embarrassment of Bitches." Which is really the greatest episode title ever.
At 7 PM, Nickelodeon has more episodes of House of Anubis.
At 7:30 PM, Cartoon Network has a new episode of The Amazing World of Gumball in its new timeslot. In "The Wand,"
Gumball and Darwin make their dad believe in magic again.
And here's a clip from the episode!
And at 8 PM, Cartoon Network has a brand new Level Up, its show about video games that become real, in its series premiere (after an earlier TV movie).
Teen pals decide to make use of a barbarian who has made his way to the real world in the premiere of this live-action series in which video-game foes become real-life challenges after finding their way to Earth.
That's followed by another new Looney Tunes Show, in its new timeslot at 8:30 PM.
At 10 PM, Science has the season premiere of Monster Bug Wars, which is just what it sounds like.
Nickelodeon has two more new episodes of House of Anubis at 7 PM.
At 7:30, Cartoon Network has a new Johnny Test, "Johnny Germ Fighter."
Dad's tired of Johnny's bathroom being a filthy mess and won't let him go outside until he's made it germ-free. But when he combines his sister's "Germ Destroying Foam 85" and dad's McPhobe cleaning products, the germs grow out of control and attack Porkbelly.
That's followed at 8 by a new Ninjago.
And at 8 PM, there's another new Dragon Ball GT on Nicktoons, "Whisker Power."
At 9 PM, Fox is having a special preview of its new series Touch, which actually debuts in March on Monday nights. This is Kiefer Sutherland's return to the network that spawned 24, in a series created by Heroes creator Tim Kring.
MARTIN BOHM (Kiefer Sutherland), is a widower and single father who is haunted by an inability to connect to his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son JAKE (David Mazouz). But when Martin discovers that Jake can predict events before they happen, everything changes. Martin meets social worker CLEA HOPKINS (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Professor Arthur Teller (guest star Danny Glover) who may have the keys to help unlock Jake's mind.
Here are four clips:
At 9 PM in most markets, PBS has a new episode of Nova, "Mystery of a Masterpiece."
Art experts investigate whether a portrait sold for about $20,000 in 1998 is actually a lost Leonardo worth millions.
That's followed at 10 by a PBS Special: Inside Nature's Giants: Monster Python. Do you think the monster python has a flying circus?
Nickelodeon has another two new episodes of House of Anubis at 7 PM.
Instead of its Thursday night supernatural dramas, The CW is showing Renny Harlin's 2006 horror movie The Covenant, in which four young men who belong to a supernatural legacy must battle an evil they thought was long gone. Will you be able to tell the difference?
At 8 PM, there's a new episode of The Big Bang Theory on CBS, "The Beta Test Initiation."
And at 8 PM, there's also a new National Geographic special, The Fireball of Christ.
Also at 8 PM, there's another new Dragon Ball GT, "Lord Luud."
At 10 PM, FX has another new Archer, "El Contador".
Cyril is promoted to field agent, and Malory institutes a strict drug-testing policy at ISIS. The staff doesn't think much of either development.
Cartoon Network is showing another new Secret Mountain Fort Awesome at 4:30 PM, "President the Fart." Another great episode title here.
Once again, Nickelodeon has two new episodes of House of Anubis at 7 PM.
At 8 PM, there's another episode of Chuck, on NBC, "Chuck Vs. Sarah." That sounds... kinda ominous.
SARAH MUST KEEP A SECRET FROM CHUCK IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH A MISSION — ANGUS MACFADYEN GUEST STARS AS 'NICHOLAS QUINN' — After a harrowing mission, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) returns to Chuck (Zachary Levi) with a huge secret. Meanwhile, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) are presented with a new opportunity that could change their lives.
Also at 8 PM, there's a new episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on the Cartoon Network, "Friends and Enemies." And here's a clip!
At 8:30 PM, there's a brand new A.N.T. Farm on Disney, and a new Generator Rex on Cartoon Network.
And then at 9 PM, there's a second Chuck on NBC, the show's finale.
CHUCK'S FINAL MISSION BRINGS HIM BACK TO HIS ROOTS AS HE FIGHTS TO SAVE HIS FUTURE - ANGUS MACFADYEN AND LINDA HAMILTON GUEST STAR — Chuck (Zachary Levi) enlists his family, friend and some unexpected allies as he races to stop Nicholas Quinn (guest star Angus Macfadyen, "Braveheart") from destroying everything Chuck has built over the past five years.
At 9 PM, Fox has a new episode of Fringe, "Forced Perspective." And it looks like we're mostly back to "freak of the week" episodes. Here's what happens:
Olivia continues to cope with the ominous warning from the Observers, while Peter and the team track a girl with the mysterious ability to predict death.
At 10 PM, Syfy has a new (to Americans) episode of Merlin, "Aithusa."
The mysterious Julius Borden arrives in Camelot with news of a magical secret that threatens to change the landscape of the kingdom forever.
And here's a clip!
Also at 10 PM: The season premiere of the historical drama Spartacus: Vengeance on Starz.
At 11 PM, G4 has a new (to Americans) episode of Blade Anime, "Dead on Arrival."
At 5 PM, The Hub has a new episode of R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series.
At 9 PM, BBC America has episode three of The Fades, and here's the "previously on" segment from the start of the episode, to get you caught up.
But also, Syfy has a brand new original movie at 9 PM, "Swamp Volcano." And it's got Brad Dourif!
Just in time for 2012, Syfy will kick off the New Year by threatening the end of all life on Earth with the Saturday Original Movies Swamp Volcano, starring Rachel Hunter (The Benchwarmers) and Brad Dourif (Lord of the Rings), and Collision Earth, starring Kirk Acevedo (Fringe) and Diane Farr (Californication). In Swamp Volcano, premiering Saturday, January 28 at 9PM (ET/PT), oil rig drillers in the Gulf of Mexico accidentally hit an underground lava flow, causing a massive volcano to form in Miami. Now a volcanologist and her sister attempt to blow the whistle on an illegal oil drilling scheme before it sets off the eruption that will destroy civilization.
At 10:15, BBC America has a new Graham Norton Show with Liam Neeson and Patrick Stewart.
Starting at 7:30 PM, Fox has more of its animated comedies, with new episodes of Cleveland Show, The Simpsons, Napoleon Dynamite, Family Guy and American Dad.
At 8 PM there's a new Once Upon a Time on ABC, "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree."
A dejected Sidney enlists the aid of Emma to help uncover evidence that could expose Mayor Regina as the corrupt person she really is to the townspeople of Storybrooke; and Mary Margaret and David continue their secret rendezvous while trying to figure out a way to unleash their unrequited love. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, King Leopold (Richard Schiff), who is the father of Snow White and married to the Evil Queen, stumbles upon a magic lamp and is granted three wishes by a Genie - who warns the king to be careful what he wishes for.
At 10 PM, there's a brand new Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet.
At 12:15 AM, Mary Shelley's Frankenhole returns on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.