This Week's TV: The Biggest Wasted Opportunity in Ages. Plus Brand New Venture Bros.!

This week on TV, the Venture Bros. are celebrating Halloween in their own unique style. There's the single best cast of a Syfy Original Movie you could possibly imagine, including one Star Trek star and Ernest Hemingway's grandkid. One of DC Comics' coolest characters is coming to Arrow, and Buzz Aldrin is playing himself on Big Bang Theory. Plus Fringe is back!

But most of all, there's a brand new show from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller... and it's the biggest missed opportunity that television has given us in quite some time.

Today:

Adventure Time (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network):
So last week's Adventure Time really knocked me on my keister, and I can't remember when I've been so intensely affected by an episode of a weekly cartoon. And this week, they're following that up with... return of the Lich King. Uh oh. Check out a clip at left, in which Billy is acting kind of untrustworthy... and here's what to expect:

"The Lich": Ooo's secrets are revealed during a visit from the Lich King.

As usual, it's followed by Regular Show and Annoying Orange.

Alphas (8 PM, Syfy):
It's the season finale! And let's hope, not the series finale, given that this show has been picking up quite a bit of steam this year, and it's made a pretty strong case that these characters still have a lot of interesting places to go. In any case, here's what's going on in "God's Eye":

A desperate and slightly delusional Rosen becomes determined to confront Stanton Parish over Dani's fate, while the team races against time to keep the Alpha leader's deadly plan from happening.

Also on TV tonight: A new episode of Crash & Bernstein on Disney XD at 8:30 PM.


Tuesday:

Level Up! (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network):
The season two premiere of this live-action show about video game characters escaping into the real world. And here's what to expect from "Little HQ of Horrors": "Wyatt leaks a vine from the game that grows out of control."

Also on TV tonight: There's a new Looney Tunes Show on Cartoon Network at 8 PM.


Wednesday:

Arrow (8 PM, The CW):
This show is already featuring one of the greatest DC Comics characters of all time. Let's hope they don't screw him up:

DC COMICS' VILLIAN DEADSHOT SETS HIS SIGHTS ON ARROW - Oliver (Stephen Amell) is surprised when someone shoots and kills one of his targets. As his plan is to bring people to justice vs. outright killing them, Oliver doesn't appreciate the help and searches for the gunman. He soon learns that the man, Deadshot (guest star Michael Rowe), is taking out businessmen who are scheduled to bid at an auction on an energy company and Walter (Colin Salmon) is one of the bidders. Realizing he can't protect his family and stop Deadshot at the same time, Oliver enlists Detective Lance's (Paul Blackthorne) help, but his plan has dire consequences. Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Tommy (Colin Donnell) get caught in an awkward situation with Oliver.

The Neighbors (8:30 PM, ABC):
It's another Halloween episode:

"Halloween-ween" - Since arriving on Earth, the aliens - led by the Bird-Kersees - have viewed Halloween as a threat and have set up a barrier at the gates of Hidden Hills to prevent children dressed in costumes from entering the community. The Weavers, on the other hand, are excited about their first Halloween in the suburbs and want to open the gates of the community to celebrate. They do their best to explain the ritual of trick-or-treating to the aliens. Meanwhile, Marty and Debbie's fears are realized when Amber, Max and Abby reject their family costume plans.

Supernatural (9 PM, The CW):
I guess this is the "found footage" episode. Check out a clip at left, and here's more details:

A UNIQUE EPISODE OF SUPERNATURAL - Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a bizarre murder in a college town. Close on the tail of their suspect, they bust into an apartment to find two dead bodies and a laptop cued up to some disturbing video footage. The footage begins with Brian (guest star Leigh Parker), Mike (guest star Brandon W. Jones) and Kate (guest star Britni Sheridan) hearing about an unusual animal attack in their town and the rest of the story is revealed through their eyes. Sam and Dean become unknowing participants in a unique student film.

Nova ScienceNow (10 PM, PBS):
This time around, "How Smart Can We Get?"

How do you get a genius brain? Is it all in your DNA? Or is it hard work? Is it possible that everyone's brain has untapped genius - just waiting for the right circumstances so it can be unleashed? From a man who can match any date in history (or the future) to its day of the week to a "memory athlete" who can remember strings of hundreds of random numbers, David Pogue meets people stretching the boundaries of what the human mind can do.Viewers will meet researchers who are currently seeking out the neurological roots of genius in Einstein's brain, scientists who are searching for the biological source of intelligence and Sian Beilock, a cognitive psychologist who is discovering how we can overcome fear and pressure and maximize a brain's performance.

American Horror Story: Asylum (10 PM, FX):
I'm willing to bet whatever you were expecting from last week's season premiere, it wasn't what we got. And that's just the opening salvo in the assault on your sanity. This time:

"Tricks and Treats" - An Exorcist is summoned to Briarcliff to help save a troubled farm boy. Sister Jude's darkest secret is revealed.

Also on TV tonight: A new Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu on Cartoon Network at 7:30 PM. And an all-new South Park on Comedy Central at 10 PM.


Thursday:

The Vampire Diaries (8 PM, The CW):
I'm proposing a brand new drinking game. Every time Stefan says the phrase "emotions are heightened," just grab the biggest, cheapest bottle of bourbon you can find and guzzle as much as you can in one gulp.

BORN TO BE WILD - Connor (guest star Todd Williams) continues his search to uncover the secrets of Mystic Falls and tries to convince Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) to work with him. With Dr. Fell's (guest star Torrey DeVitto) help, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) question Connor, but the confrontation takes a lethal turn. Trying to keep her new life as normal as possible, Elena (Nina Dobrev) is determined to continue her senior year at Mystic Falls High with support from Matt (Zach Roerig) and Caroline (Candice Accola). Rebekah's (Claire Holt) arrival at school makes it difficult for Elena to control her anger, but she learns that confronting Rebekah can be extremely dangerous. Later, Rebekah realizes how alone she is, and reaches out to April (guest star Grace Phillips). Stefan (Paul Wesley) takes Elena on a thrilling motorcycle ride in an effort to show her that life can still be fun. Tyler (Michael Trevino) gets a surprise visit from Hayley (guest star Phoebe Tonkin, "The Secret Circle"), a werewolf who helped him through the ordeal of breaking his sire-bond to Klaus. Concerned about Elena, as well as his own emotions, Stefan turns to a sympathetic Caroline for advice.

Last Resort (8 PM, ABC):
I'm still really enjoying this show, for the most part, except for the island people. Check out a clip from this week's episode, in which:

"Skeleton Crew" - In an attempt to end the standoff on Sainte Marina, Marcus and Sam enter into tense negotiations with the U.S. Government. Meanwhile, when a critical system fails, Grace must take command of the Colorado on a perilous repair operation.

Big Bang Theory (8 PM, CBS):
Worth mentioning because there's a cameo by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, playing himself. Here's the skinny:

"The Holographic Excitation" - The gang celebrates Halloween at Stuart's comic book store. Meanwhile, Leonard seduces Penny with science. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin makes a cameo appearance as himself.

Person of Interest (9 PM, CBS):
This should be interesting — they've finally gotten the number of someone who may actually not be worth saving.

"Triggerman" - When The Machine gives them the number of a mob enforcer whose life becomes endangered, Reese and Finch must decide whether to intervene or allow karma to balance the scales of justice. Meanwhile, Finch seeks aid from an unlikely source.

Beauty and the Beast (9 PM, The CW):
How much cheesier can this show get? Find out!

CAT AND TESS INVESTIGATE THE VEHICULAR HOMICIDE OF AN IMMIGRATION JUDGE – Iris (Lara Jean Chorostecki), a Bosnian immigrant, is arrested on the suspicion of killing a judge for deporting her brother. Vincent (Jay Ryan) insists that Iris is innocent, so trusting his instincts, Cat (Kristin Kreuk) works behind-the-scenes to uncover the truth. When Cat's actions disrupt the investigation, Joe (Brian White) places her on leave. Nevertheless, she continues on her own to discover that Iris is hiding a family secret, and needs Vincent's help. JT (Austin Basis) is concerned that Vincent risks exposure to Murifield by helping Cat, leading Cat to work out a way to communicate with Vincent without seeking him out.

Misfits (10 PM, Logo):
It's the second season finale, which is also the Christmas special.

Also on TV tonight: There's a new episode of Mad on Cartoon Network at 8, and a new Elementary on CBS at 10.


Friday:

Transformers Prime (7 PM, The Hub):
It's the penultimate episode of the season, and it looks like we're ramping up for the big confrontation:

The Autobots and the Decepticons fight on Cybertron as they pursue the Omega Lock.

Tron Uprising (7:30 PM, Disney XD):
It's "Scars, Pt. 1":

Tron's history before the occupation is revealed. Meanwhile, Beck tries to convince Tron to stop his planned revenge against a program named Dyson that was once his friend.

And that's followed by a brand new Motorcity at 8:30 PM.

Mockingbird Lane (8 PM, NBC):
This just seems like one of the biggest missed opportunities on television in years. Seriously. A reimagining of the classic Munsters horror comedy could have been seriously fun. And a brand new show from Bryan "Pushing Daisies" Fuller? Yes please. But Fuller's original concept was too dark and weird for NBC, including Munsters who actually looked like monsters, and the family moving into the "Hobo Murder House" and starting to kill all the neighbors. The show went back to the drawing board, but it sounds as though they never agreed on the right tone for this show, with Fuller and producer/director Bryan Singer reportedly disagreeing. Now NBC is airing the pilot on a Friday night, with no plans for additional episodes unless this "special event" somehow scores huge ratings. Sigh. In any case, here's the official description:

THERE IS A NEW FAMILY IN TOWN ON MOCKINGBIRD LANE AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME - Sweet little Eddie Munster (Mason Cook) is a normal kid about to enter the horrors of puberty. Truth is, he's about to discover that for him becoming a teenager means growing hair in truly unexpected places — as in all over his body — every time the moon is full! Eddie's got it pretty good though. His loving, supportive, run-of-the-mill family includes his mom Lily (Portia de Rossi), the daughter of Dracula; his dad Herman (Jerry O'Connell), who brings new meaning to "Frankenstein"; and Grandpa (Eddie Izzard), who would give Dracula a run for his money if he weren't actually Dracula! Of course then there's creepy cousin Marilyn (Charity Wakefield), who's really the odd one because she's so completely normal.

Fringe (9 PM, Fox):
Thank goodness, after a somewhat forgettable episode, it sounds like we're going to get some actual story development again. And a lot of old-man makeup.

PIVOTAL AND EMOTIONAL EVENTS UNFOLD ON AN ALL-NEW "FRINGE". When the Fringe team tracks a lead into a hostile and heavily guarded location, Phillip Broyles resurfaces...but can he be trusted?

Grimm (9 PM, NBC):
This week's episode is called "La Llorona," and we'll all try not to sing that to the tune of "My Sharona." Ahem.

IT'S HALLOWEEN IN PORTLAND AND A SERIES OF BIZARRE CHILD ABDUCTIONS LEAD NICK TO A GHOST STORY THAT MAY BE REALITY - KATE DEL CASTILLO GUEST STARS — Despite the enthusiastic anticipation of the city's residents for Halloween, a series of horrifying child abductions make their way to Portland, quickly spoiling the holiday spirit. Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) join forces with Valentina Espinosa (guest star Kate del Castillo, Telemundo's "La Reina del Sur"), a mysterious detective from Albuquerque, to help find and capture the elusive suspect. Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) joins their investigation, acting as the precinct's fill-in Spanish translator. The more Nick digs into the case, the more he realizes the pattern of the kidnapping matches those in the famed Hispanic horror story "La Llorona," a story with its roots intertwined with his own family's history. Meanwhile, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) celebrates the holiday in fine style as he teaches the neighborhood bullies a lesson.

Nikita (9 PM, The CW):
The most ludicrously awesome episodes of this show are usually the ones that deal with brainwashing and weird mind-control devices. So yay!

NIKITA TRIES TO HELP A TROUBLED GIRL BRAINWASHED BY DIVISION -Nikita (Maggie Q), Michael (Shane West) and team extract a young girl named Liza (guest star Annalise Basso), who is being held captive by a rogue Division agent, Wade (guest star Chance Kelly). Wade has brainwashed Liza and trained her to be a Division agent to help him on his own personal mission. Nikita tries desperately to break through to Liza but, in a moment of chaos, the girl escapes Division. The team races to find her before she can complete her mission to unleash a deadly chemical into the UN building during a special event. Meanwhile, Liza's abduction brings up painful old memories for Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca).

Haven (10 PM, Syfy):
This show is having its own Halloween episode:

Audrey, Nathan and Duke find themselves trapped inside a notorious haunted house on Halloween night.

Also on TV tonight: There's a new Phineas and Ferb at 9 PM on Disney. At 10 PM, Nicktoons has a brand new Monsuno, followed by a new Dragon Ball GT at 10:30.


Saturday:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (9:30 AM, Cartoon Network):
Sounds like this is the conclusion of the "Onderon" story arc:

"Tipping Points" - The rebels take control of Onderon as the king falls, but their victory comes with a sobering cost.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (11 AM, Nickelodeon):
We're going to get to see this show's version of Metalhead: "Donatello invents a remote-controlled robot to stand in for him during a battle with Kraang."

The Good Witch's Charm (9 PM, Hallmark):
This is the fifth TV movie in this apparently very popular series. And the storylines sound fiendishly complicated:

Good Witch Cassie Nightingale (Bell) is back to her bewitching ways, but this time she's also juggling a newborn daughter and her job as town Mayor. With such a busy schedule she and her husband, town sheriff Jake Russell (Potter), aren't getting much sleep. Hoping for a break, Cassie plans a much needed vacation with her new family. But things go awry when a crime wave sweeps through town and an investigative reporter (Johnson) tries to ruin Cassie's image after a video of her magically disappearing turns up on the internet. To make matters worse, Cassie's estranged foster mother (Green) appears in town and Cassie's stepdaughter (Endicott-Douglas) is suddenly accused of the recent robberies. Supported by her loyal family and friends, Cassie must rely on her signature charm to put a stop to the rumors before they completely destroy the town and a Good Witch's reputation!

Rise of the Zombies (9 PM, Syfy):
But what if you're not into the idea of spending your Saturday night of Halloween weekend watching a witch become mayor of a small town? Then there's always this:

Survivors of a zombie plague escape their island refuge (Alcatraz) when it's overrun and risk the outside world to find a scientist who is rumored to have found a cure for the disease. Rise of the Zombies stars Mariel Hemingway, LeVar Burton, Danny Trejo and French Stewart.

You have to admit that's the greatest cast of any Syfy original movie. The granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, Geordi La Forge, Harry from Third Rock from the Sun... and Danny Trejo. What could go wrong?

Bedlam (9 PM, BBC America):
In "Jude,"

Ellie reveals a secret that shocks Max as they try to help a boy who is possessed. Meanwhile, Dan makes a shocking revelation to Warren.

Also on TV today: A new Ben 10: Omniverse on Cartoon Network at 9 AM. New episodes of Robot and Monster and Power Rangers on Nickelodeon starting at 12:30 PM. A brand new Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters at 2 PM on The Hub. Also, a new R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series on The Hub at 6 PM.


Sunday:

Ultimate Spider-Man (11:00 AM, Disney XD):
It's a full hour of Spidey, as this show has its first season finale. In "Revealed"/"Rise of the Goblin":

Doctor Octopus and Norman Osborn's plans collide; the Goblin teams up with Venom.

Once Upon a Time (8 PM, ABC):
This episode is called "The Doctor." Are they somehow mixing in the BBC's most famous TV epic, now that they've plundered every public-domain fairy tale? Probably not.

"The Doctor" - While Regina continues to try and stop using her magic in an attempt to win back Henry's affections, she begins seeing what she believes is a ghost from her past; and when Mary Margaret and Emma discover a lone survivor from an ogre massacre, Emma begins to question whether or not he's telling the truth. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Regina finds herself failing at learning the dark arts from a dark master because something from her past is preventing her from using her magic for evil.

The Walking Dead (9 PM, AMC):
Now that it's official and this show is having a major resurgence in its third season, what's next? It's "Walk With Me," in which all the zombies start spouting Aaron Sorkin dialogue. See for yourself in the clip, at left. More info:

After witnessing an accident, Andrea and Michonne are introduced to a new community of survivors. As conflicts arise with their new acquaintances, a decision must be made.

Large Dangerous Rocket Ships (10 PM, Science):
With a title like that, we're already on board.

Every year, rocket enthusiasts from around the country gather in Lucerne Valley, CA for the ultimate event in competitive rocketry - LDRS, otherwise known as Large, Dangerous Rocket Ships. From incredibly powerful rockets reaching altitudes of up to 100,000 feet to flying Port-O-Potties, these amateur engineers are here to show NASA how it's done.

666 Park Ave. (10 PM, ABC):
And this show's synopses continue to be ridiculously entertaining, including one character questioning another about her alleged infidelity while recovering from her "elevator accident." That's a real thing.

"A Crowd of Demons" - As Olivia works to put the finishing touches on the lobby for the annual Drake Halloween costume gala, it brings to mind another memorable Halloween night in 1929, when murder and mayhem reigned in the building. However, now it's Jane who finds herself in the crosshairs of the spirit from the suitcase. Meanwhile, Gavin receives cryptic texts from an unknown source threatening Olivia's safety, and Henry meets a media consultant interested in propelling his political career. A jealous Brian questions Louise about her rendezvous with Dr. Evans while she was recovering from her elevator accident, and one of Gavin's most crucial personal possessions is missing by the end of the evening.

The Venture Bros.: A Very Venture Halloween (11:30 PM, Adult Swim):
Check out your first sneak peek from this special episode at left, and here's all they're telling us about it: "The Venture Family fills your Halloween goody bag with fun-sized Truth in an all-new Halloween themed special of The Venture Bros." That's followed by Robot Chicken and Superjail!.

Also on TV today: There's a brand new Mythbusters on Discovery at 8 PM.

Sources: Futon Critic, MSN TV, TV Guide, and various TV studio press releases.