A fantastical TV show that's gotten raves for its stunning imagery and emotionally powerful storytelling finally debuts in the United States, and it's our must-see show of the week. Other highlights include the Black Canary, the Little Mermaid, Root and Shaw teaming up, and the return of Felicia Day to Supernatural!
Scroll down to see tons of brand new clips, plus details for all this week's TV!
Top image: The Returned
Beauty and the Beast (9 PM, The CW):
In "Hothead", here's what to expect:
VINCENT COMES FACE TO FACE WITH SOMEONE FROM HIS PAST — After getting stonewalled by Cat (Kristin Kreuk) in his quest to track down a suspected beast, Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) enlists Vincent’s (Jay Ryan) help, but Vincent quickly takes matters into his own hands. Unfortunately, the beast as an advantage over Vincent that requires Cat’s help, in addition to the help of someone else who opens up old wounds from Vincent’s past.
WHAT?! (10 PM, Logo):
The interrobang is back. This time, it's a two-hour documentary about superheroes. Real-life superheroes, I guess, like Phoenix Jones. Where is ROACH when you need them?
Also on TV tonight: There's a new Crash & Bernstein on Disney XD at 8 PM. There's a new Castle on ABC at 10 PM.
The Originals (8 PM, The CW):
So far, this spinoff is proving surprisingly entertaining, given the lack of characters to root for. (I guess you can root for Marcel — I just hope he doesn't wind up losing as badly as it seems like he will.) In any case, this time around:
PASTS ARE REVEALED AND SECRETS ARE EXPOSED — Angered by recent events involving the safety of his unborn baby, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) demands answers from Sophie (Daniella Pineda), believing she was involved. Sophie reveals to Klaus and Rebekah (Claire Holt) a troubling secret from her past. Meanwhile, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) asks Klaus to accompany him to the bayou after gruesome remains are discovered, while Rebekah, Sophie and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) set off on a mission of their own. Davina (Danielle Campbell) confides in an unexpected ally and reveals shocking information about the witches, ultimately leading to a disturbing revelation.
Sad to admit, the first episode of this spinoff was hard to sit through, with the endless scowling and the creepy gravedigger and his creepy housekeeper. The mysteries, like the gravestones that keep appearing and disappearing, felt a bit perfunctory as well. But maybe it'll pick up this week? Here's what's up:
Remy begins to draw troubling parallels between recent events and painful chapters in Ravenswood history. Luke bristles at Caleb's presence, especially around Remy. And Miranda can't quite grasp her new reality. Meanwhile, Luke tries to make Olivia face some hard truths about their parents. And Caleb comes face to face with the last person he ever expected to see.
Supernatural (9 PM, The CW):
Two reasons for celebration: 1) The return of Felicia Day. 2) Wizard of Oz episode! Squee, I say squee:
FELICIA DAY RETURNS AS CHARLIE/SAM, DEAN AND CHARLIE MEET DOROTHY FROM OZ — Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) discover that the table in the Men of Letters house (the one that lit up like a Christmas Tree when the angels fell), has an ancient computer attached to it. They figure if they can get the computer on, they can track the angels. Who better to call for help than the best IT girl there is, Charlie (guest star Felicia Day)? While moving the massive computer, they dislodge a hidden hexbag that unleashes a magical green-webbed wall. Sam and Dean break through it and discover the one and only Dorothy (guest star Tiio Horn) from Oz. She had trapped herself and the wicked witch (guest star Maya Massar) in the web years ago to stop the witch from finding the key that would open the gate that connected their world with Oz. With the wall broken, a massive and magical fight ensues that threatens to destroy the Men of Letters house.
Person of Interest (10 PM, CBS):
A Root/Shaw team-up episode! Could there be any finer prospect?
"Mors Praematura" - Freed from her psych ward confinement, Root receives a directive from The Machine that requires Shaw's assistance - by any means necessary - and takes extreme measures to gain her compliance. Also, Reese and Finch look for clues as to why a mild-mannered estate investigator's number has come up.
Also on TV tonight: There's a new Total Drama: All Stars on Cartoon Network at 7 PM. Syfy has a new Face-Off at 9. Also at 9, Discovery has the season premiere of Doomsday Preppers. At 10 PM, Spike has a new episode of Criss Angel: BeLIEve.
Johnny Test/Teen Titans Go! (7:00 PM, Cartoon Network):
First, a new "Super Ultra Mega Villain" shows up and steals everybody's high-tech gear, leaving it up to Johnny to save the Founder's Day Parade. Then Cyborg and Beast Boy have a staring contest that lasts 30 years.
Has this show finally found its footing? Sure seems like it, based on the last couple episodes. Let's hope this is a trend! Here's what's up this week:
MILES CONSIDERS THE CONSEQUENCES OF MONROE'S ACTIONS - As Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos), Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Gene (Stephen Collins) question Monroe's (David Lyons) true allegiance, Miles (Billy Burke) himself is weary of his former friend's intentions. Meanwhile, Aaron (Zak Orth) continues to have visions that lead to endless questions.
Arrow (8 PM, The CW):
Yay, some more Black Canary action:
OLIVER MEETS THE CANARY — Oliver (Stephen Amell) discovers a man who goes by the name “The Mayor” (guest star Cle Bennett) is bringing illegal guns in to The Glades, so Oliver sponsors a “Cash for Guns” event to help clean up the city. Unfortunately, The Mayor crashes the event with his gang and seriously injures Sin (guest star Bex Taylor-Klaus). The Canary (Caity Lotz) is furious when she learns her friend is in the hospital and sets out for revenge. Meanwhile, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) stuns Oliver with a bit of information about the Canary, Donner (guest star Dylan Bruce) asks Laurel (Katie Cassidy) to dinner, and Diggle (David Ramsey) reconnects with an old friend.
Tomorrow People (9 PM, The CW):
I guess after exploring Cara's past last week, now we're onto John's past, and luckily it involves smouldering staring contests with Logan from Veronica Mars. Let's hope this show finds smarter ways to talk about its core themes of mental illness and disability, shall we?
UNFINISHED BUSINESS — When Ultra’s most wanted, Killian McCrane (guest star Jason Dohring, “Veronica Mars”), resurfaces after years of being in hiding, Stephen (Robbie Amell) enlists John’s (Luke Mitchell) help in tracking him down. John reluctantly agrees to help, but changes his mind when he learns that Killian isn’t after Jedikiah (Mark Pellegrino) as everyone suspects. Stephen, wants to help, but Cara (Peyton List) explains that John’s history with Killian, which brings back a flood of memories from John’s past, making him do something he never thought he would do again. Meanwhile, Stephen’s mom (guest star Sarah Clarke) is suspicious of his whereabouts, putting him in an awkward position.
Nova (9 PM, PBS):
This week's installment of "Making Stuff ———er" is about "Making Stuff Colder." Here's hoping for a Vanilla Ice cameo.
American Horror Story: Coven (10 PM, FX):
This episode has the best title ever, "Fearful Pranks Ensue." And here's what actually happens:
Fiona's choices rattle a decades-long truce between the Salem witches and Marie Laveau. The Council of Witchcraft pays a surprise visit to the Academy with disturbing allegations.
Also on TV tonight: There's a new Dora the Explorer at 10 AM on Nickelodeon. Disney has a new Wolfblood at 8 PM. Comedy Central has a new South Park at 10 PM.
It wouldn’t be Mystic Falls if there wasn't a random festival or seasonal celebration. This week: a costume ball. Whee! Also, curious to find out what would be "an unthinkable act" for Damon, considering how many acts he's thought up over the years.
COSTUME PARTY OF THE DAMNED — On campus, Elena (Nina Dobrev) is touched by a sad and secretive student named Aaron (guest star Shaun Sipos). Elena and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) attend the Whitmore Historical Ball dressed as Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. At the Ball, Elena shares a dance with Dr. Maxfield (guest star Rick Cosnett), who has a disturbing message for her. Caroline’s (Candice Accola) evening at the Ball takes her from happiness to heartbreak. Meanwhile, Nadia (guest star Olga Fonda) reveals her surprising history to Katherine (Nina Dobrev), and Damon tries to make a deal with Silas (Paul Wesley). Silas’ demand that Damon commit an unthinkable act leads to a violent confrontation.
The Returned (9 PM, Sundance):
Here it is — our must-see show of the week. This French TV show, based on a 2004 movie, appeared in France in 2012 and in the U.K. over the summer, and it's gotten nothing but rave reviews everywhere. You can see some of it (mostly without subtitles) on Youtube, and the imagery is just to die for. And then, to come back to life again for. It's a show in which the dead start returning to life, but it's not a zombie uprising — more in the vein of Truly, Madly, Deeply:
In an idyllic French mountain town, a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they don't know yet is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. As they struggle to reintegrate with their families and past lovers, buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality. But it seems they are not the only ones to have returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past.
Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories: Haunted House (Midnight, Adult Swim):
A spooky new TV special co-starring Zach Galifianakis:
In Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories: Haunted House, Tim, Eric and Zach are elated to learn their grandfather has left them money in his will. However, there's a catch. In order to collect the money, they must live in his haunted mansion for the rest of their lives. Are the three of them up for it? This Halloween live-action special is written, directed and stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) with Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover).
Also on TV tonight: There's a new Deadtime Stories on Nickelodeon at 8 PM. At 9 PM, The CW has a new Reign. At 10 PM, there's a new Unsealed: Alien Files on Discover America.
Avatar: The Legend of Korra (8 PM, Nickelodeon):
This show is back after a couple weeks off — sorry I missed it. In "The Guide," "Korra seeks Tenzin's help to enter the spirit world for the first time."
Grimm (9 PM, NBC):
The "Nick is a Zombie" saga continues!
THE MAN HUNT FOR NICK ESCALATES - SHOHREH AGHDASHLOO GUEST STARS - Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), Hank (Russell Hornsby), Rosalee (Bree Turner) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) track down a manic Nick (David Giuntoli) and do all they can to find him and reverse what's been done to him before he causes any more damage. Meanwhile, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) does his best to clean up the zombie fallout on all fronts - domestic and international. Elsewhere, the more time Adalind (Claire Coffee) spends with Stefania (guest star Shohreh Aghdashloo), the more disturbing things seem to get in her quest to regain her Hexenbiest abilities.
Dracula (10 PM, NBC):
So now Sleepy Hollow (and American Horror Story) have a crazy new competitor for the "most bizarre and historically revisionist fantasy show" crown. This is the major upside of the fact that fantasy has taken over so much of television lately — fantasy shows seem to feel free to go way, way over the top and stay there. More than a science fiction show might feel comfortable doing. In any case, what are Dracula and his best friend Van Helsing cooking up this week?
Grayson takes Lady Jayne as a lover even as he investigates her lethal connections to The Order of the Dragon. Grayson helps Mina face a critical challenge at medical school. Van Helsing continues his quest to develop a solar vaccine to enable Grayson to conquer sunlight. Jonathan Harker strikes a devil's bargain with Grayson which has unexpected consequences.
There you have it: an episode synopsis that includes the phrase "solar vaccine." Truly we are living in an age of wonders.
In "Crush," there's someone using crushing powers to crush things. Hopefully at some point, he or she confesses to having a "crush on you" before crushing someone. Please?
Also on TV tonight: Disney has a new Dog With a Blog at 8:30 PM, and then a new Phineas & Ferb at 9:15 PM. Season four of Misfits begins on Logo at 1 AM, for some reason.
Ben 10: Omniverse (9:30 AM, Cartoon Network):
Sadly, no more Beware the Batman until January. But at least you can still see Ben turn himself into various cool aliens. This time around, Ben tries to find out "how the Psyphon thugs are getting Plumber technology."
10 Things You Don't Know About (9 PM, H2):
Yes, it's a listicle in TV show form. On this show, Henry Rollins from Black Flag illuminates surprising facts from history. In the first episode: "Rollins has his sights set on the most shocking facts surrounding presidential assassinations. Four American Presidents have lost their lives to some of the most notorious madmen in all of history, but Rollins looks at some strange and wild tales of assassination that most don’t know about. Whether it’s failed attempts and medical oddities, or brain-busting conspiracies and savage gun battles, Henry has his crosshairs trained on the most shocking facts surrounding presidential assassins."
Also on TV today: Disney XD has a new Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures at 7 AM, followed by a new Max Steel and a new Packages from Planet X. Nickelodeon has a new Fairly Oddparents at 9:30 AM, as well as a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at 11 AM, a new Monsters Vs. Aliens at noon, and a new Power Rangers at 1 PM. Hub Network has a new Pound Puppies at 9:30 AM, a new Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch at noon, a new Kaijudo at 2 PM, and two new episodes of Spooksville starting at 6:30 PM. There's a new episode of superhero show The Thundermans on Nickelodeon at 9 PM. And there's a new Axe Cop on Fox at 11 PM.
Ultimate Spider-Man/Hulk and the Agents of SMASH (11 AM, Disney XD):
First, the Sinister Six are back and trying to prove that they're not a rap group on Sugarhill Records circa 1981. (Probably featuring Kool Moe Dee.) And then the Hulk and his gang face off against a Wendigo, or possibly Wendigos.
We meet the Little Mermaid, at long last!
The Walking Dead (9 PM, AMC):
That "splitting up" plan? Not as brilliant as you might have thought: "Obstacles are encountered by the group members on a mission to find supplies. Meanwhile, conditions at the prison get worse."
Witches of East End (10 PM, Lifetime):
This episode features Freddie Prinze, Jr. guest-starring as someone who doesn't wear a shirt. Here's what's up: "Ingrid finds a unique way to mourn for Adam; Joanna and Harrison take their friendship to the next level; Freya meets Dash's former fiancée when she returns to deal with some unfinished business."
Also on TV today: Fox has its usual raft of animated TV shows in the evening. There's a new Masters of Sex on Showtime at 10 PM. At midnight, there's a new Comic Book Men on AMC.