This Week's TV: The Most Personal Star Trek Documentary Yet. Plus the Worst Superhero Costumes Ever!

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This week on television, get a brand new insight into the history of Star Trek with the son of creator Gene Roddenberry. Syfy tries to give a radical new look at Peter Pan with a new miniseries.


But that's not all! Also, Victoria's Secret tries to reinvent the superhero costume once and for all. The Muppets squander all the good will they just earned, with a craptastic holiday special. Adventure Time's Jake and Supernatural's Bobby are both facing imminent death. The truth about UFOs is revealed, for real this time.

Check out a ton of clips and details for this week's television, below.


Cartoon Network has a new Johnny Test at 7 PM, "Cool Hand Johnny." That's followed at 7:30 by a new Amazing World of Gumball. Then at 8 PM, there's a new episode of Adventure Time, "New Frontier":

Jake has a dream that he believes reveals to him when his last days are, and when the events that occurred in the dream begin to unfold in real life, Finn intervenes to try and stop the twisted nightmare from becoming a reality.

And then at 8:15, there's a new Regular Show, followed by a new Mad at 8:30. Check out an "animatic" from the Adventure Time episode.

There's an all-new Terra Nova on Fox at 8 PM, "Now You See Me." Here's what happens:

Taylor and Mira square-off in the jungle where he learns more about her plans and about his son. But then they both face a pre-historic enemy they must conquer together. Meanwhile, the "Sixer" mole scrambles to cover its tracks as Terra Nova goes on lockdown and Jim closes in. Also, Zoe faces a difficult decision as the Ankylosaur she has been caring for grows rapidly.

And here's a featurette and four sneak peeks:

And then at 9 PM, House has its midseason finale on Fox, "Perils of Paranoia."


At 10 PM, instead of yet another Unforgettable, CBS is showing the superhero-themed Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which we already mocked here. If a whole hour of hot ladies prancing around in the worst superhero costumes ever made is your thing, then this is a can't-miss spectacle.


But there's also a new Sanctuary on Syfy, on a special night. Check out a sneak peek from "Chimera" at left.


A third option at 10 PM: H2 has another episode of The Universe, "Worst Days on Planet Earth."

Earth may seem like the most hospitable planet in the solar system. But look again. Startling new discoveries reveal the blue planet has been plagued by more chaos and destruction than scientists once imagined. Stand on the Earth billions of years ago as a primitive planet slams into it. Shiver as our entire globe is frozen over like a gigantic snowball. Feel the heat as mammoth volcanoes scorch the landscape and darken the sky. From a cosmic gamma ray burst frying away the ozone layer to an Everest-size asteroid slamming into the ocean, we'll reveal new information about how these unparalleled events drove life to the brink of total extinction. Out of this continuous devastation, how has our planet—and life—got to where it is today? Are the worst days behind us—or lurking in the distant future?



Gene Roddenberry's son Rod anchors a new documentary about Star Trek — and talks frankly about his father — in Trek Nation, a two-hour documentary.


SCIENCE celebrates the 45th anniversary of one of the greatest television franchises of all time, Star Trek, with the world-premiere two-hour event, TREK NATION. This tribute follows Gene Roddenberry's son, Rod, as he explores the deep impact of his father's singular vision for the future. Through interviews with fans, including George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, Seth MacFarlane, and many notable Star Trek alums, TREK NATION chronicles a son's journey to discover his father's work that helped defined science fiction. TREK NATION premieres on SCIENCE on Wednesday, November 30 at 8PM ET/PT.

TREK NATION draws on hours of exclusive footage, including never-before-seen home movies from the Roddenberry family collection and the first-ever Star Trek convention. This film demonstrates that Roddenberry's work has not only inspired legions of fans across the globe, but generated a cultural movement. Star Trek is a phenomenon that goes beyond entertainment; it has influenced politics, space travel, social morality and much more. Star Trek was a catalyst which has fostered an enhanced understanding of the human condition, capturing man's constant search for a better world.

Also at 8 PM, The CW has a holiday special, the formerly direct-to-DVD movie A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. Here's what to expect:

A STAR-STUDDED CHRISTMAS SPECIAL ─ When Gonzo accidentally diverts three letters to Santa, he talks Kermit and his friends into delivering them personally to the North Pole. Guest stars include Nathan Lane, Uma Thurman, Whoopi Goldberg and Jane Krakowski.


Just in case you've forgotten how pathetic the Muppets were seeming before this past weekend.

Then at 9 PM, there's the fall finale of MythBusters on the Discovery Channel, with "Toilet Bomb."

Adam and Jamie tackle a blockbuster bathroom bomb, while Kari, Tory, and Grant find out if a flying V works for planes as well as it does for birds.


At 10 PM, there's the midseason finale of Ridley Scott's Prophets of Science Fiction on the Science Channel. This time: Arthur C. Clarke.

Some sci-fi storytellers are content to predict - but Arthur C. Clarke creates. His collaboration with Stanley Kubrick on 2001 predicted videophones, iPads, and commercial spaceflight. His sci-fi legacy inspires us to unveil the mysteries of the universe.

Also at 10 PM, there's another new American Horror Story on FX, "Spooky Little Girl."

While Constance copes with her ghostly child, a famous murder victim pays the Harmons a visit.


A third option at 10 PM: Brad Meltzer's Decoded is having a special "UFO" episode on the History Channel:

What if I told you the government had proof of alien life but was actively covering it up? Millions of Americans believe in UFOs, but the government vehemently denies any alien encounters, from the infamous Roswell incident to the ultra-secretive military base known as Area 51. Finally, members of top military and aviation organizations break their silence to reveal exactly what the government knows about alien life, and what they stand to gain by lying about it.


A fourth option at 10 PM: a new Psych on USA, guest-starring William Shatner.


Enjoy the new episodes of Community while they last on NBC. This week at 8 PM: "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism."

JEFF AND SHIRLEY BOND OVER FOOSBALL; ANNIE COMES UP WITH AN ELABORATE PLAN TO HIDE THE FACT THAT SHE BROKE ABED'S NEW DVD - When a group of arrogant students commandeer the foosball table at school, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) unite to defeat them. Meanwhile, Annie (Alison Brie) accidentally breaks Abed's (Danny Pudi) new limited edition "Dark Knight" DVD and claims that someone broke into the apartment and stole it. Things snowball out of control when Abed thinks he knows who took the DVD and sets about getting it back.


At 9 PM, National Geographic has a new special, Finding the Next Earth. Here's the description:

Join astronomers as they enter the final lap in a race to find a planet capable of sustaining life, a world like ours, the next Earth. See the launch of France's CoRot and America's Kepler missions, and the smoking hot worlds they discover. See a controversial and tantalizing discovery of a planet where life could exist in a strange twilight zone, that is, if the planet really exists. Astronomers are working to determine what conditions are necessary for life to exist, and they are building the radical James Webb Space Telescope, a spacecraft that can look at the atmosphere around a planet and reveal whether or not life as we know it actually exists. It may be the greatest discovery in human history and it could change how we see ourselves.


That's followed at 10 PM by National Geographic's The Truth Behind, with an episode focusing on UFOs.

Also at 10 PM, there's another Burn Notice on USA. There's also a full hour of Beavis and Butthead on MTV.



At 6 PM, Cartoon Network has the one-hour premiere of a new show, Lego Ninjago - The Series. Then at 7:30 PM, Cartoon Network has a new Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.


At 7:45 PM, Disney has Phineas and Ferb's Family Christmas Special.

There are a few choices at 8 PM. First of all, there's a new Star Wars: The Clone Wars, "Slaves of the Republic"

To locate the missing colonists, Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka go undercover to infiltrate the slavers on Zygerria. Anakin struggles with his emotions as a wily Zygerrian queen forces him to take questionable actions in order to carry out his mission.


Check out a preview!

Also at 8 PM: the midseason finale of Nikita, "Guardians." In which:

NIKITA AND OWEN TEAM UP TO STEAL A BLACK BOX - With Michael (Shane West) out of town, Nikita (Maggie Q) turns to Owen (guest star Devon Sawa) to help her track down and steal another black box from a Guardian. Unfortunately, she discovers that Owen is working for an unlikely employer that could jeopardize Nikita's whole operation. Amanda (Melinda Clarke) realizes Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) received privileged information about Semak (guest star Peter J. Lucas) and that information could only have come from Percy (Xander Berkeley). Furious that Percy undermined her, Amanda strips him of all his amenities. Back home in Russia, Alex finally makes her move on Semak.


Or you could always watch A Gifted Man, the show about the doctor and his ghost wife, on CBS.

And at 9 PM there's the midseason finale of Supernatural, "Death's Door." Here's what's up:

BOBBY REVISITS HIS PAST - As Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) race the clock on a high-stakes mission, Bobby (Jim Beaver) seeks the help of an unlikely old friend to solve one of the most personal cases of his life. Robert Singer directed the episode written by Sera Gamble.


Then at 10, there's a new Onion News Network on IFC.

And at 11 PM on G4, there's a new episode of X-Men Anime, "Betrayal."


The Hub is showing a new episode of R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series at 5 PM.

And then at 9 PM, BBC America has another new Primeval, in which

Philip and Connor secretly open an anomaly within the ARC, only to be invaded by a mass of scurrying future-beetles, who force the ARC into lockdown. The team have just moments to save the day before the ARC and the beetle threat is destroyed when Philip threatens to incinerate the building.


Some clips from the episode at left.


At 8 PM, there's a brand new Once Upon A Time, "The Shepherd," co-written by Andrew Chambliss, whom we interviewed here. And here's what happens:

David - aka John Doe - must choose between staying with Kathryn or leaving her to be with Mary Margaret, with whom he's fallen deeply, and inexplicably, in love; and Emma catches Sheriff Graham in a lie. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world that was, Prince Charming is about to encounter a life-changing event that will forever alter his destiny.


Fox has its usual Sunday-night animation bloc starting at 8 PM with The Simpsons, Allen Gregory, Family Guy and Cleveland Show. No American Dad, due to football.

At 9 PM, Syfy has the first night of its two-night miniseries event, Neverland. Basically, Syfy aims to do for Peter Pan what they previously did for Wizard of Oz with Tin Man. Not to mention their gothic Alice in Wonderland miniseries.

This original prequel to author J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan sweeps in time from the turbulent seas of the pirates of the Caribbean and the back alleys of Dickensian London to a world of pure imagination. The film stars Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) as James Hook, Oscar nominee Keira Knightley as the voice of Tinker Bell, Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) as Captain Elizabeth Bonny, Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins as Smee (who previously played the character in Steven Spielberg's feature Hook), Raoul Trujillo (Tin Man) and Charlie Rowe (Pirate Radio) as one of literature's most cherished characters, Peter Pan.


Then at last, there's a new Robot Chicken on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim at 11:30 PM, "Casablankman II."

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




*notices that The Hub is mentioned* But what about the Ponies?