This Week's TV: One of our favorite animated scifi movies is becoming a TV series!

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This week, Gizmodo is becoming a television show. And Erik Estrada is fighting chupacabras. Also, learn the truth about the end of the world, the God Particle, and the Mars rover. Plus one of the funnest animated films of the past few years is becoming a TV series... but will the television version ruin it? Check out tons of clips and details for this week's television below...


Top image: Once Upon a Time by KoutenTaisa via Fanpop


Continuum (8 PM, Syfy):

It's the season finale — which means we get some answers about just what all these time-traveling terrorism shenanigans have added up to. But will the answers actually make sense? Also, can we really trust Alec, that fresh-faced super-nerd in a barn? Or is he playing the ultimate long game? Find out at least some stuff tonight!

Being Human (9 PM, Syfy): Here are a clip and the first four minutes of this week's episode, "For Those About to Rot." In which:

Josh learns Aidan made a deal with the vampires. Aidan's date with Kat (Deanna Russo) causes him to remember his wife and son. Sally learns more about Nick (Pat Kiely) and Stevie (Robert Naylor).

Lost Girl (10 PM, Syfy):

Check out a brand new clip from tonight's episode, in which "Bo takes on her ultimate challenge, unaware that she's putting others at risk. Meanwhile, her friends face an unthinkable decision; and Trick deals with feelings of dread."

Gizmodo: The Gadget Testers (10:20 PM, BBC America)

Here it is! The first taste of a brand new series based on our sister site, in which they're putting devices to the test. Check out your first glimpse above, and here's what to expect:

Join reporters Joel Johnson, Greg Foot, OJ Borg, and Veronica Belmont as they use their technological expertise to test all manner of the latest gadgets, devices, and household appliances in outrageous, adrenaline-charged and sometimes dangerous ways... he team of gadget testers put miniature action cameras to the test - for picture quality, durability and sound - through heart pumping challenges they call "Battlemodo," including street luge racing and sumo wrestling. They'll battle it out to see which camera's picture truly holds up against speeds of nearly 60 mph only inches above the ground, how durable they are when faced with the crushing weight of 370lb, world sumo champion "Byamba" and sound quality when being thrashed to the mat. They'll also pit traditional and non-traditional vacuums in a head-to-head battle to determine which brand can stand up to a stairway to hell - an outdoor staircase in Baldwin Park California - and a chicken coop filled with feathers, feathers and more feathers. They'll measure for mobility and suction and crown one as the master cleaning device. Whether racing, thrashing or climbing, our team is on a mission to find out which of their picks make the cut - and which ones fail to make the grade.

Also on TV tonight: Nickelodeon has a new Rocket Monkeys at 3:30 PM. There's a new Crash & Bernstein at 8:30 PM on Disney XD, and a new House of Anubis on Teennick. Plus The Following at 9 PM on Fox. There's also a brand new Castle on ABC at 10 PM.


NASA: Mission to Mars (9 PM, Science):

In the first of two hours of extraterrestrial programming, Science looks at the journey of the Curiosity Rover: "In August 2012, Mars had a visitor. NASA’s Curiosity Rover was the biggest and most powerful ever launched. It is a mobile lab, packed with diverse scientific equipment, intended to answer the big question:Is Mars a suitable environment for life?"

The Definitive Guide to Aliens: What to Expect (10 PM, Science):

And here's hour two of Science's otherworldly slate, in which "viewers trek to stunning, remote locations on Earth and throughout the galaxy to gain a better understanding of what mankind currently knows about life beyond our planet including on Earth-like exoplanets."


Also on TV tonight: Nickelodeon has another new Rocket Monkeys at 3:30 PM. And at 8:30 PM, there's another new House of Anubis on Teennick. There's a new Doomsday Preppers at 9 PM on Discovery, and a new Face Off on Syfy at the same time. Then at 10 PM, Syfy has a new Robot Combat League.


Dragons: Riders of Berk (8 PM, Cartoon Network): The season finale! Check out a clip above, and here's what's going on:

“We Are a Family Part II”—Hiccup and Toothless are kidnapped and must escape Outcast Island.

Arrow (8 PM, The CW):

This episode is called "The Huntress Returns," which is a big clue as to what to expect. Need more hints? Here's the skinny:

EDM MEGASTAR STEVE AOKI OPENS OLIVER’S NEW NIGHTCLUB — With his nightclub set to open and a new romance brewing with McKenna (guest star Janina Gavankar), Oliver (Stephen Amell) is as happy as he’s been since returning to Starling City. But when Oliver’s ex, The Huntress (guest star Jessica De Gouw), suddenly returns to town, she threatens to destroy everything and everyone he cares about. Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and her father (Paul Blackthorne) struggle with the return of Dinah Lance (guest star Alex Kingston) who claims she has proof Sara is still alive. Thea (Willa Holland) gets Roy Harper (guest star Colton Haynes) a job at Oliver’s club, but he’s not too inclined to stop his life of crime. Oliver and Tommy (Colin Donnell) are thrilled they were able to get Steve Aoki to play at the opening of their new nightclub, Verdant.


The Neighbors (8:30 PM, ABC):

What wacky misunderstanding are we having with the aliens next door this week? Actually, it has to do with business.

Debbie is thrilled when a tough-minded businesswoman (guest star Bethenny Frankel as Jill) offers her a chance to revitalize her purse business. Jackie jumps in to help, but her negotiating skills work a little too well, and they’re soon in way over their heads trying to produce an impossible number of purses

Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman (9 PM, Science):

In which the actor who's played God at least once asks us, is there such a thing as the "God Particle"? This special episode is tied to some newly released data:

On the heels of the newest data released by physicists last week at the world-renowned CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) Conference held in La Thuile, Italy regarding The Higgs Boson “The God Particle”, Science Channel premieres a special ... Last Wednesday’s data update again underscores the unpredictable nature of the particle, finding an inconsistency with the Boson’s decomposition into photons. Evidence of the Higgs Boson is not yet completely conclusive, but scientific opinion continues to strongly favor the existence of the God Particle as predicted by Peter Higgs and others in the widely-accepted Standard Model originally issued in 1964. The upcoming Higgs Boson episode of THROUGH THE WORMHOLE – IS THERE A GOD PARTICLE?features thought-leading Higgs researchers; Joe Incandela and Lyn Evans.

Supernatural (9 PM, The CW):

Pretty much everyone is back this time.

SAM, DEAN, CASTIEL AND MEG TEAM UP AGAINST CROWLEY AND HIS DEMONS — Castiel (Misha Collins) reappears in Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) life and tells them Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard) has unleashed several demons into a small town. The demons are looking for Lucifer’s Crypt, which holds a valuable asset, but Castiel lies to Sam and Dean about what it is. While interrogating a demon, the three discover Crowley has been torturing Meg (guest star Rachel Miner), who knows the exact location of the crypt. Sam and Meg fight to hold Crowley off while Dean and Castiel go in search of the crypt.


Rise of the Continents (10 PM, Science):

The U.S. debut of this BBC series, in which we explore the origins of the continents, starting with Africa.


Also on TV tonight: Nickelodeon has yet another new Rocket Monkeys at 3:30 PM, plus there's another new House of Anubis on Teennick at 8:30 PM.


The Vampire Diaries (8 PM, The CW):

Tired of flashbacks to the 19th century where Damon and Stefan sport crazy wigs? How about a flashback to the 1970s, featuring a different set of crazy wigs, instead?

FLASHBACK TO DAMON’S LIFE IN 1970s NEW YORK / THE BAND DEAD SARA PERFORMS — Realizing that Elena (Nina Dobrev) needs some time away from Mystic Falls, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) takes her to New York City, where he lived and partied hard in the 1970s. When Rebekah (Claire Holt) also shows up in New York, she’s impressed with Elena’s secret agenda. Flashbacks reveal Damon’s hedonistic life in the underground club scene and a complicated encounter with Lexi (guest star Arielle Kebbel). Meanwhile, Caroline (Candice Accola) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) try to convince Klaus (Joseph Morgan) that it would be in his own best interest to help them track Silas down, and Bonnie (Kat Graham) struggles to keep her grasp on reality and do the right thing.

Forecasting The End (9 PM, Weather):

The first episode of a brand new series about the ways the world could come to an end. First up: "Rogue Planet"!

Beauty and the Beast (9 PM, The CW):

Sounds like this show is moving forward at a pretty brisk clip, which is a good thing all around.

CAT AND VINCENT GET A FRESH START — After taking their relationship to a new level, Cat (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent (Jay Ryan) are forced to deal with reality when someone appears to be the framing the vigilante. Evan (Max Brown) finds proof that Cat knows more than she is letting on about the beast. Muirfield and the police are closing in on Vincent and this time there is no escape, so J.T. (Austin Basis) and Cat come up with an extreme solution. Meanwhile, Tess (Nina Lisandrello) following a tip, finds something that will forever change her relationship with Cat.

Archer (10 PM, FX):

Check out a brief sneak peek from this show above, and here's what to expect:

“Un Chien Tangerine” — Archer and Lana extract an agent from Morocco only to find out his bark is worse than his bite.


Also on TV tonight: Once again, Nickelodeon has a Rocket Monkeys at 3:30 PM, and yet again, there's a House of Anubis on Teennick at 8:30 PM. There's a new Annoying Orange on Cartoon Network at 7:30 PM. At 8 PM, there's a new Big Bang Theory, a new Community, and a new Incredible Crew.


Transformers Prime (7:30 PM, The Hub):

The third season premiere. Making this one of the longest-lasting cartoons on television right now, given how many shows seem to be dying after just one season. And this season is called "Beast Hunters," so we're moving into some pretty classic territory. Here's what's up: "Optimus struggles to survive after the destruction of the Autobot base; the separated members of Team Prime try to reconnect."

Cult (9 PM, The CW):

I think there are late-night infomercials that have more viewers than this show at this point. Will we actually get to see all 13 episodes of the season? Or will the "True Belivers" keep you from ever learning the truth about Stephen Rea? In any case, this time around there are drugs!

JEFFREY PIERCE (“ALCATRAZ”) GUEST STARS IN THE EPISODE — Jeff (Matt Davis) receives news that one of Nate’s friends might be planning something at an upcoming “Cult” fan costume party, so Jeff and Skye (Jessica Lucas) attend the party dressed as Billy and Kelly. At the party, Skye’s drink is spiked with a hallucinogenic drug similar to a drug used on the television show “Cult.” Sakelik (guest star Aisha Hinds “Weeds,” “Hawthorne”) warns Jeff that he might be in over his head. Also, at the party, Roger (Robert Knepper) meets mysterious stranger named Stuart (guest star Jeffrey Pierce). Meanwhile, on the television show, Kelly (Alona Tal) marries Billy (Robert Knepper) in a flashback scene.

Grimm (9 PM, NBC):

Now that we've had supernatural bank robbers, how can this show possibly top that? With this:

Nick and Hank are on the case after a woman contracts a sudden case of blindness and then dies, and the search leads them to a Wesen that feeds off its victim's tears. Elsewhere, Adalind reflects on her new situation; and Juliette works on her memory with Rosalee's help.


Touch (9 PM, Fox): This week's episode is directed by B'Elanna Torres herself, Roxann Dawson. And it's called "Reunions":

Following an exhausting turn of events at Breakwire, Martin, Lucy, and Jake track down Calvin outside Tony Rigby's house. After Martin collars Calvin into helping him locate Amelia, they head to Calvin's loft where he explains Aster Corps' motivations connected to Amelia, while Jake attaches himself to a revealing brain scanner. Jake's scan provides more information about Amelia's whereabouts as well as a final piece to the puzzle for Calvin to communicate with his brain-dead brother. Armed with leads to Amelia's location, Martin, Lucy and Jake put their lives on the line when they attempt to infiltrate an Aster Corps desert facility.


Also on TV tonight: There's a new Alien Dawn at 10 PM on Nicktoons.


Chupacabra Vs. The Alamo (9 PM, Syfy):

Welcome to the latest Syfy original movie, in which Erik Estrada takes on drug dealers and chupacabras! We watched some of this, and it was pretty bloody, and the chupacabras look pleasingly CG.

He's back on the bike and roaring down the highway - to the Alamo! Erik Estrada (CHiPs) mounts a motorcycle to take on deadly legendary beasts in the new Syfy Original Movie Chupacabra vs The Alamo, premiering Saturday, March 23 at 9PM (ET/PT). When Chupacabras attack the San Antonio region, DEA Agent Carlos (Estrada) teams with a band of outlaw gangsters to battle a horde of the blood-sucking creatures — culminating in a final bloody confrontation at the Alamo. Julia Benson (Stargate Universe) also stars.

Monsters Vs. Aliens (9:30 PM, Nickelodeon):

I really liked Monsters Vs. Aliens when it came out a few years ago, and since then I've rewatched it on cable a couple times, and it's grown on me quite a bit. So fingers crossed that it translates to a weekly series — although the fact that the above trailer shows a normal-sized Ginormica, who doesn't even get to say anything, is a bad sign. So is the notion that they're now teaming up with aliens, which rather defeats the purpose. In any case, here's a half-hour sneak peek of the show, which debuts officially on April 6.

Welcome to Area Fifty-Something, a secret desert outpost crawling with displaced monsters and aliens. Monsters and aliens have quite a bit in common — strange appearance, superpowers and senses of humor, to name a few — but when they are forced to work side by side in a strange land, tempers begin to boil. Watch as they do their best to get along, this Spring on Nick!


Also on TV today: A new Ben 10: Omniverse on Cartoon Network at 9 AM ("Rules of Engagement"). A new Fairly Oddparents on Nickelodeon at 7:30 PM.


Ultimate Spider-Man (11 AM, Disney XD):

Yes, this show is back! Another survivor of the brutal animated TV wars. Except that Spidey may have to find a new city to protect:

Spider-Man accepts an invitation from the city of Boston to become their official hero. But the grass isn't always greener in his new home.

Once Upon a Time (8 PM, ABC):

Once again, ABC doesn't want you to know anything about this episode in advance — but the above promo gives away a fair bit. The outside world is closing in, people want to steal the magic, and the only hope may be in a particular trailer...

The Walking Dead (9 PM, AMC):

Check out a couple sneak peeks for this episode, in which "a possible truce with the Governor comes with strings attached for Rick and the group." Also on TV today: A new episode of the show about the canine who undertakes the noblest of professions, Dog With a Blog, on Disney at 8 PM. Fox has a slew of animated shows as usual, but not until 8:30 PM this time.


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



Oh yay... Ultimate Spider-Man is back.... <—- sarcasm

meanwhile good shows like Young Justice have been killed and will probably replaced with brainless shows like ... Ultimate Spider-man