This Week's TV: William Hurt plays legendary physicist Richard Feynman

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This week, Karl Urban teams up with an android to fight crime in Almost Human, while his Star Trek crewmate John Cho returns to Sleepy Hollow. Possibly the best TV show of the past few years comes to our screens. And a legendary physicist is played by an Academy Award-winner! Check out clips and details for all this week's TV.


Top image: Almost Human.


Steven Universe (8 PM, Cartoon Network):

In two brand new episodes: "A mission to the Lunar Sea Spire takes a treacherous turn, but Steven has packed his totally amazing Cheeseburger Backpack with anything they could ever need!" And then: "Steven tries to get the Crystal Gems to take part in his special breakfast tradition, but instead finds himself tumbling through the magical rooms of the Crystal Gems' Temple."There's also a new Regular Show at 7:30 and a new Mad at 8:30 PM.

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

That's what this show needed: daddy issues!

VINCENT'S LATEST MISSION GOES HORRIBLY WRONG — Cat (Kristin Kreuk) confronts her birth father (guest star Ted Whitall) about the mysterious role he's played in her life, while Vincent (Jay Ryan) has to neutralize a high-profile beast. In the process of doing so, Vincent finds himself rescuing Tori (guest star Amber Skye Noyes), a damsel in distress, who may be the key to completing his mission.

Sleepy Hollow (9 PM, Fox):

Not only are we getting a dose of Karl Urban this week (scroll down for info), we're also getting a visit from his Trek co-star John Cho! Let's hope there's more weird dislocated neck shenanigans... "Abbie and Ichabod must find hidden clues to thwart the evil in Sleepy Hollow and Abbie gets an unexpected visit from the enigmatic Andy Brooks (guest star John Cho)."

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.


Agents of SHIELD (8 PM, ABC):

Once again, it seems like our heroes aren't being kept entirely in the loop... let's hope this leads to a general raising of the emotional stakes here. "Dangerous secrets are being kept from Coulson's team, and he works the system to save Ward and Fitz when they are sent on a Level 8 classified mission that may end in tragedy."

The Originals (8 PM, The CW):

I'm pretty excited about Marcel making Rebekah an enticing offer. Also, I guess this is the one where Tyler from Vampire Diaries comes back and fights Klaus, just to make sure this show doesn't carve out too much of its own identity.


A BLAST FROM THE PAST — When someone from Hayley's (Phoebe Tonkin) past makes a startling revelation, she grows concerned for herself and the baby. Amidst growing tensions between them, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) turn to Sabine (guest star Shannon Kane) for help in locating Hayley, who has gone missing. After making a trip down to the bayou, Klaus has a surprising and dangerous encounter with an unexpected visitor. Meanwhile, Davina (Danielle Campbell) makes a surprising connection, and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) makes Rebekah (Claire Holt) an enticing offer that leaves her torn.

Black Mirror (9 PM, DirecTV):

I guess this is the first time this amazing British anthology series by Charlie Brooker has been broadcast officially in the United States. All six episodes are airing over the next month and a half. As we wrote last year: "All three episodes [of the first season], set in near and distant futures, are about how we integrate new technologies into the most intimate parts of our lives, often with hideous results. What makes this series so powerful is its incredible psychological realism. The future worlds we see in Black Mirror may be fantastical, but the pettiness, self-absorption, and misdirected righteousness of its inhabitants are as familiar as home." If you get DirecTV, this is not to be missed.


Supernatural (9 PM, The CW):

The last couple episodes have been a bit disappointing, but this one promises to be something else — Castiel's new status quo is the best part of this show lately, so high hopes:

CASTIEL GETS A JOB — Castiel (Misha Collins) gets a job at a Gas-N-Sip and actually starts to enjoy life as a human. A headline in the local newspaper about some disappearances in the area catches his eye, so he calls Dean (Jensen Ackles) to help him investigate the case. Dean knows he needs to keep Sam/Ezekiel (Jared Padaleck) away from Castiel, so he tells Sam that he and Kevin (guest star Osric Chau) need to stay and work with Crowley to decipher the tablet. Crowley agrees to help Sam and Kevin but in return he wants one phone call to hell.


Person of Interest (10 PM, CBS):

The first part of a three-part event — which they're hinting will result in the death of a beloved character. Perhaps a beloved character who hasn't been getting enough screen time lately? Let's hope not...

The POI team's war with HR nears a boiling point when Finch receives 38 numbers at once from The Machine. He discovers they are connected to an unknown player who is inciting an all-out war between the crime organization and the Russian mob. Meanwhile, a window into Carter's past is seen through flashbacks with her son's father.


Also on TV tonight: There's a new Total Drama: All Stars on Cartoon Network at 7 PM, followed by Amazing World of Gumball and Uncle Grandpa. There's a new Ravenswood on ABC Family at 8 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 Johnny uses his hiking knowledge to save the family from disaster on a hiking trip. Then Robin gets called back to the Batcave... but only as a house-sitter while Batman is out of town.


Revolution (8 PM, NBC):

Here's what to expect this time around:

AARON'S DEATHLY EXPERIENCE CATCHES PEOPLE'S ATTENTION - As Miles (Billy Burke) and the gang try to escape the perils of their current situation, Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Gene (Stephen Collins) continue to struggle with their relationship, which affects Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos). Meanwhile, Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) takes a gamble with the Patriots.

Arrow (8 PM, The CW):

When we talked to David Ramsay, he promised us Diggle would get lots of badassery this season, as well as a cool arc with Deadshot. Looks like that's happening now:

DIGGLE GOES AFTER DEADSHOT — Amanda Waller (guest star Cynthia Addai-Robinson) sends A.R.G.U.S. agents to kidnap Diggle (David Ramsey). Waller informs Diggle that Lyla (guest star Audrey Marie Anderson) has gone missing after following a lead on Deadshot (guest star Michael Rowe) in Moscow. When Diggle tells the team he's headed to Russia to rescue Lyla, Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) decide to join, but things get messy when Isabel (guest star Summer Glau) shows up on the tarmac and insists on joining Oliver's "work trip." Meanwhile, Moira's (Susanna Thompson) lawyer, Jean (guest star Teryl Rothery), tells Thea (Willa Holland) that dating Roy (Colton Haynes), a known criminal, is hurting her mother's case.


Tomorrow People (9 PM, The CW):

This show is definitely getting downright watchable, and I'm hopeful that now that Astrid knows Stephen's secret, she'll get more to do. Also, John is starting to seem a lot more sympathetic, and Cara is showing some grit. Let's hope this next episode builds on all that newfound good will:

FAMILY BONDS — When Stephen (Robbie Amell) and Russell (Aaron Yoo) head out for a night of fun, they run into a potential new break-out. Stephen and Russell report back to John (Luke Mitchell) and Cara (Peyton List) about the new person, but they want to keep a low profile from Ultra. Sadly, Russell learns that his dad has passed away and he is torn about whether or not he should go home. John volunteers to accompany Russell to help keep him out of trouble. Meanwhile, Jedikiah (Mark Pellegrino) has a shocking secret that could destroy his career.


American Horror Story: Coven (10 PM, FX):

The madness continues, in an episode written by former Buffy scribe Doug Petrie. In which: "Zoe, Queenie, and Nan make contact with a dark spirit trapped in the Academy. Cordelia's new power brings on a heartbreaking revelation."


Also on TV tonight: PBS has a new Nova at 9 PM. Comedy Central has a new South Park at 10 PM. Science has a new How the Earth Works at 10 PM.


Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (8 PM, ABC):

Some Red Queen backstory for ya: "In a flashback, Will Scarlet and Anastasia jump through the looking glass to enter Wonderland against her mother's wishes? They both soon realize that life in Wonderland isn't exactly what they had both imagined. Meanwhile, in current Wonderland, we find out how the Red Queen ascended to royalty status."


Vampire Diaries (8 PM, The CW):

I can't wait until every single part on this show is played by either Nina Dobrev or Paul Wesley. We can use the "Agent Smith" software from the third Matrix film to have dozens of them rubbing elbows with each other.

THE POWER OF DOPPLEGANGERS — While Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) try to explain Amara's (Nina Dobrev) situation to Stefan (Paul Wesley), Dr. Wes (guest star Rick Cosnett) gives Katherine (Nina Dobrev) some deeply disturbing news. Nadia (guest star Olga Fonda) shows up at Caroline's (Candice Accola) dorm room, searching for Katherine. After a surprising conversation with Amara, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) share a glimmer of hope. Silas (Paul Wesley) fails to keep a promise, causing Damon to turn to Tessa (guest star Janina Gavankar) for help with his new plan, and Stefan makes a heartbreaking confession to Damon and Elena.


The Returned (9 PM, Sundance):

Sorry we forgot to include this show about the dead coming back last week. This time around, Camille tries to live a normal life, and Julie faces a major obstacle in adopting Victor.


Also on TV tonight: Cartoon Network has a new Legends of Chima at 7 PM, followed by a new Dragons: Defenders of Berk. CBS has a new Big Bang Theory at 8 and a new Elementary at 10. 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):

Good news is, this show's ratings seem to be rebounding. Here's what's up this time around: "Bolin saves the day when President Raiko is mysteriously attacked in Republic City. With Mako arrested, Asami tries to free him and to learn who is framing him." And then: "With the help of her closest friends, Korra must close both spirit portals before Harmonic Convergence occurs. Meanwhile, Tenzin must learn how to overcome his own innermost demons."


The Neighbors (8:30 PM, ABC):

Debbie decides to go to business school, meaning Marty has to help around the house more. And meanwhile, Amber and Reggie's relationship is put to the test.


Grimm (9 PM, NBC):

Yep, it's the traditional "sexy water creatures that kill after sex" episode: "BIZARRE DROWNINGS LEAD TO A MYSTERIOUS GROUP OF WATER-BOUND WESEN — When Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) investigate a drowning death with mysterious marks on the victim's ankles, they happen upon a group of water-bound Wesen with a deadly postcoital cuddle. Meanwhile, Rosalee (Bree Turner) starts unpacking her things at Monroe's (Silas Weir Mitchell), and Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) makes a startling realization about the possible identities of the Royal Baby's parents."

Dracula (10 PM, NBC):

This show is way more ridiculously fun than we could have anticipated, from the crazy flashbacks to the nonstop Victorian sexytime and weird pseudo-science. Basically a worthy challenger to the Sleepy Hollow throne. This week: "Grayson ruthlessly sets out to compromise Lady Jayne, by winning her heart. Lucy's enthusiastic plans for Mina and Harker's engagement party conceals a broken heart. Grayson's unexpected reunion with a very old friend proves a growing complication to his and VanHelsing's mission of vengeance. Van Helsing achieves a breakthrough in his efforts to enable Grayson to conquer sunlight, only to suffer an unanticipated setback."

Haven (10 PM, Syfy):

Audrey finds herself in an alternate Haven that's never known any Troubles, but is this too good to be true? (Yes.)


Also on TV tonight: Disney has a new Phineas & Ferb at 9:15 PM. Another episode of Misfits airs on Logo at 1 AM.


The Challenger Disaster (9 PM, Science/Discovery):

Why hasn't Richard Feynman been the hero of more movies and TV shows yet? Seriously. We may never get to see the long-in-gestation Feynman Chronicles, but at least there's a new TV movie in which an Academy Award-winning actor plays the legendary scientist. Here's the details:

Based upon Feynman's book "What Do You Care What Other People Think?", THE CHALLENGER DISASTER, tells the largely unknown, riveting story of Feynman's efforts to uncover the cause of the Challenger explosion in 1986. THE CHALLENGER DISASTER premieres Saturday, November 16 from 9-11 PM ET/PT. Co-produced by the BBC, THE CHALLENGER DISASTER features powerful performances headlined by Mr. Hurt as physicist Dr. Richard Feynman. Joining Hurt is actor Bruce Greenwood who plays fellow commissioner U.S. Air Force General Donald Kutyna in the second lead role. He is joined by Brian Dennehy as William Rogers, Chairman of the Presidential Commission, actress Joanne Whalley who plays Feynman's wife Gweneth, and Eve Best as astronaut Sally Ride.


Against tough competition, this is still our must-see show of the week.

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. Cartoon Network has a new Ben 10 Omniverse at 9:30 AM. Nickelodeon has 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 the season finale of Pound Puppies at 9:30 AM, followed by a new Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch at noon, a new Kaijudo at 2 PM, a new Spooksville at 6:30 PM, and a new R.L. Stine at 7:30 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.



Almost Human (8 PM, Fox):

Premiering on a Sunday, before launching in its regular Monday timeslot the next day, for a two-day event. This is the long-awaited futuristic buddy-cop show from one of the showrunners of Fringe, starring Karl Urban. We interviewed Urban and his costar Michael Ealey here. Here's what's up in the pilot:

ALMOST HUMAN takes place approximately 30 years in the future - when being a cop has only become a more dangerous job than it is today. Following an unprecedented increase in the crime rate, every police officer must partner with an android. This series follows the week-to-week missions of JOHN KENNEX (Urban), a detective and sole survivor of a devastating police ambush, and his robot partner, DORIAN (Ealy), as this buddy-cop duo solves cases and fight to keep the lid on dangerously evolved criminals in this futuristic landscape.

Once Upon a Time (8 PM, ABC):

Looks like there's some serious Tinkerbell shit going on next week.

The Walking Dead (9 PM, AMC):

Check out a sneak peek from "Live Bait," in which "a familiar face returns." Hmm... who could that be?


Witches of East End (10 PM, Lifetime):

You know what this show needed? A novelist. Preferably one who's writing all this crazy shit down. "The shifter summons a familiar face; Ingrid discovers something startling from her past; a novelist comes to East End to research his new book; Wendy tries to get serious with Leo; Joanna reads Freya's tarot cards."


Also on TV today: Disney XD has a new Hulk and the Agents of SMASH at 11 AM. 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.

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




Okay, forgive the stupid question (as I will probably end up watching them all anyway), but I get confused. Is The Returned mentioned here a foreign (I think maybe French) show with dubbed in English or with English subtitles? Or is this a British show based on the foreign show? Or do we have now have an American show based on either a British show or a foreign show? Or is this something else entirely? Cause I heard we were getting another shot at Babylon Fields and two or three other zombie shows, and I don't know which one this is.