Be sure to get yourself committed so you can catch all the twisted, crazy fun on television. The season premiere of "American Horror Story: Asylum" and the Hitchcock biopic, "he Girl" are the highlights this week.
The television landscape isn’t as bleak as it seems. Each week we’ll countdown the best in genre television for the viewer with refined tastes. Here is this week’s Watchlist for Oct. 15–21.
'Alphas' (8 p.m., Syfy)
(“Need to Know”) The team wonders how far Rosen will go to seek revenge for the death of his daughter. Last week’s emotional episode is a highlight of the series thus far; accenting the memorable performances of Kat (Erin Way) and Mitchell (Sean Astin). There’s no telling what comes next. We’ve definitely seen a darker side of "Alphas" this season. I know I’m not the only one that cheered when Rosen said: “Yes, Senator, you are right. My team is dangerous. And so am I.” Only two episodes left as Summer Glau and Sean Astin guest star.
'Lab Rats' (9 p.m., Disney)
(“Night of the Living Virus”) Leo becomes Davenport's lab assistant and releases a powerful Internet virus, which results in Eddy becoming a demon named Teddy. This show is a non-animated, superheroes show for the 6-14 age group. If "Arrow" is too violent for your tween, check out Disney’s top-rated series "Lab Rats."
'Castle' (10 p.m., ABC)
(“Murder, He Wrote”) Castle and Beckett head to the Hamptons for a romantic getaway, but their plans go awry when a man dies in Castle's pool and they assist the small-town police with the ensuing homicide investigation. After waiting all this time, we finally get them alone together and look what happens? Not sure how Castle and Beckett are going to keep their relationship a secret now. Although, you must be blind not to see the secret glances, touching, and getting each other coffee.
'Revolution' (10 p.m., NBC)
(“Soul Train”) The gang close in on Neville's group, but a discovery threatens to impede their efforts to rescue Danny. In other events, Monroe ups the value of Danny's life; and Nora makes a connection with another rebel. This show has picked up some momentum with a full season pickup and the death of a principal character. In a conference call last week, creator Eric Kripke teased the discovery of why the lights went out before the first season ends. A few hints will be revealed this week as Danny reunites with his mother Rachel.
'Nuclear Family' (Syfy.com)
Syfy Digital premieres the new post-apocalyptic world of "Nuclear Family," an online-exclusive series. It tells the story about a family's struggle to survive in a lawless society ruled by a savage clan led by The Man, while desperately searching for their missing child, lost in the apocalyptic chaos following a mysterious mega-explosion.
All 20 episodes of "Nuclear Family" will premiere on Xbox LIVE, Syfy.com, Hulu, VOD and Syfy's new Roku channel starting Oct. 15. "Nuclear Family," Syfy Digital's third original series following the highly successful "Riese" and "Mercury Men," stars Corin Nemec ("Stargate SG-1"), Kinsey Packard ("Sleeper Cell"), Ray Wise ("Mad Men") and Sharon Lawrence ("Desperate Housewives").
'Face-Off' (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“Junkyard Cyborg”) Producer-writer Gale Anne Hurd tasks the contestants with crafting a junkyard cyborg. Dr. Seuss and Brian Glazer brought some luck to the star bellied Sneeches of prosthetic make-up with the renewal announcement for a fourth season. As the number of competitors gets smaller, the competition gets bigger!
'Hot Set' (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“Basement of Horrors”) Dueling set designers, Roger Ambrose and Charlotte Newman, compete to create the creepiest trophy room for a spine-chilling serial killer. Wouldn’t it be awesome to see Dexter stroll on the set ... not gonna happen. But a girl can dream.
Note: The major networks will be airing a two-hour special presentation of the second 2012 Presidential Debate possibly pre-empting shows. Check your local listings.
'Arrow' (8 p.m., The CW)
(“Honor Thy Father”) Laurel is targeted by the violent Chinese Triad and by ruthless mercenary China White played by Kelly Hu. Meanwhile, Oliver is asked to take over his family's company. With the revelation about Oliver’s mother last week, perhaps what happened to the ship wasn’t an accident? If I could cut the first minute of the show off, this episode would have worked for me. The storyline feels like a bit of "Batman" mixed with a dash of "Legends of Greystoke." I’ll give it a few weeks to show me some teeth.
'The Neighbors' (8:30 p.m., ABC)
(“Bathroom Etiquette”) Marty and Debbie help Larry and Jackie's kids, Dick Butkus and Reggie Jackson, get ready for their first day at school with humans. But when an anti-bullying tactic goes awry, the Bird-Kersees grow frustrated with their neighbors' parenting advice. Good news Zabvronians! The network has decided to live with "The Neighbors" a little bit longer. ABC ordered three more scripts last week.
'Supernatural' (9 p.m., CW)
(“Heartache”) Sam and Dean investigate a series of murders involving victims who each received organs from the same donor. Dean’s personality is darker this season, but who wouldn’t be after spending a year in purgatory? As predicted, each episode reveals flashbacks of the missing year; a storyline that true "Supernatural" fans are going to love. Jensen Ackles directs.
'American Horror Story: Asylum '(10 p.m., FX)
(“Welcome to Briarcliff”) Brace yourself for another twisted, crazy and scary ride. In the second-season premiere, the series returns with an entirely different saga set inside a New England facility for the criminally insane. Jessica Lange is back — this time as a sadistic nun. This format isn’t something that has been done before on television and it will be exciting to see if it pays off. This episode written by Tim Minear ("Firefly").
'Big Bang Theory' (8 p.m., CBS)
(“The Re-Entry Minimization”) This week, Wolowitz is disappointed when he doesn't receive a hero's welcome upon his return from space, while game night degenerates into a pitched battle of the sexes. Last week’s episode brought back the comedy when Penny walked in on Amy spreading her scent to mark her territory against Sheldon’s attractive assistant. Oh yeah, she went there! Penny expresses her doubts to which Amy replied: "Really? Because just before you became my best friend I did this all over your apartment." Now there's a disturbing visual.
'Last Resort' (8 p.m., ABC)
(“Voluntold”) Chaplin and Kendal are charged with treason. Meanwhile, Christine is consoled by an old friend of her husband's. Overall, the show came out of the gate guns blazing and hasn’t shown any indications of slowing down. The addition of Jay Karnes as the Secretary of Defense is also an exciting development, and it’s worth tuning in this week to see if the show manages to maintain the level of tension and storytelling they’ve managed in the first three episodes.
'The Vampire Diaries' (8 p.m., ABC)
(“Memorial”) Stefan believes a stranger in town who questions the sheriff and the mayor is actually a vampire hunter. Meanwhile, Elena tries to cope with the extreme highs and lows that are part of being a vampire; and Jeremy and Matt are surprised to see a girl they used to know enroll at the high school. At a town meeting, Elena almost loses control. Will there be bloody results?
'Beauty and the Beast' (9 p.m., The CW)
(“Proceed with Caution”) Vincent helps Cat investigate the suspicious death of a ballerina. Meanwhile, Tess makes a surprising discovery about the man she's dating. For this show, you have to suspend belief the beautiful detective has no trouble finding the beast while he easily escapes the clutches of the government.
'Person of Interest' (9 p.m., CBS)
(“Masquerade”) With Finch back safely in the library, Reese returns to field work and is charged with protecting a Brazilian diplomat's daughter played by Paloma Guzman. Reese is instantly suspicious of her boyfriend. The only question I have is when we will see the return of Root?
'Misfits' (10 p.m., Logo)
The gang achieves celebrity status around the world. Later, they encounter a bizarre adversary: the Magneto of Milk. The storyline is interesting and filled with British humor, but language and mature themes make this not necessarily a show for teens.
'Elementary' (10 p.m., CBS)
(“Child Predator”) A child is abducted by a serial killer known as the Balloon Man, who leaves a signature batch of balloons at each of his crime scenes. While the writing leaves a lot to be desired, the chemistry between Holmes and Watson just about saves the show. Kudos for the addition of the melancholy violin in last week’s episode. Let’s hope the next episode of "Elementary" steps up to the plate and brings in something new to the mix.
'Grimm' (9 p.m., NBC)
(“The Other Side”) Nick and Hank are called to the scene of a murdered high school academic decathlete and learn just how competitive some extracurricular activities can be, and the extremes some coaches and parents will go to give students the best chance for success. In other police matters, Capt. Renard deals with an unwanted infatuation while we learn an old accomplice of his has been spending time with his family in Europe. Elsewhere, Monroe continues to manage the spice shop and gets a visit from an unlikely customer.
'Haven' (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“Double Jeopardy”) A hauntingly beautiful woman shows criminals and Duke her version of cruel and unusual punishment. Beware the shocking touch of a woman.
Note: "Fringe" has been pre-empted for two weeks due to the baseball playoffs.
'R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour' (6 p.m., The Hub)
(“The Cast”) A boy plays a prank on a neighbor and gets out of trouble by blaming his friends, but the guilt weighs heavily on him.
'Bedlam' (9 p.m., BBC America)
(“Unfaithful”) Ellie sees something that could ruin Reeta's wedding day. Dan attempts to work his magic on the bride-to-be and has already proved himself indispensable to Warren. Warren is worried about his sanity after images of Kate plaster his walls.
'The Girl' (10 p.m., HBO)
This new film delves into Alfred Hitchcock’s dark side. It follows the famed director (Toby Jones) as he develops a creepy obsession for Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller), his leading lady in "The Birds" and "Marnie." As he attempted to sculpt Hedren into the perfect Hitchcock blonde of his imagination, he became obsessed with the impossible dream of winning the real woman’s love. Her rejection of his misguided attempts only added to his obsession, putting both their careers and personal lives in jeopardy.
"Television has brought back murder into the home where it belongs!" -- Alfred Hitchcock
'Mythbusters' (8 p.m., Discovery)
(“Hail Hijinx”) Adam and Jamie pick apart some rope bridge physics; giant hail vs. the hull of a fishing boat. Visions of Titanic anyone?
'Once Upon a Time' (8 p.m., ABC)
(“The Crocodile”) A fed-up Belle threatens to leave Mr. Gold, and then she encounters someone from her past. Meanwhile, the dwarfs mine for fairy dust; and, back in fairy-tale land, Rumplestiltskin tries to prevent his wife from being taken by a gang of ruthless pirates.
'Dexter' (9 p.m., Showtime)
(“Run”) Despite apprehending a killer, problems plague Miami Metro and Debra feels the brunt of it. To help his sister, Dexter undertakes a risky game of cat and mouse, and Ukrainian mobsters step up their retaliatory efforts. It’s fascinating to watch him open up and bring Deb into his world more and more. Is Dexter a necessary evil in the world?
'The Walking Dead' (9 p.m., AMC)
(“Sick”) With the world growing increasingly more dangerous and Lori’s pregnancy advancing, Rick discovers a potentially safe haven in the prison. But first he must secure the premises, pushing his group to its limit. Traumatic events leave a life hanging in the balance, while the survivors deal with a new threat. “ello govna!”
'666 Park Ave.' (10 p.m., ABC)
(“Hero Complex”) Henry learns that Gavin is under investigation for questionable real-estate transactions and must choose between loyalty to his boss or his friendship with Gavin. Meanwhile, Jane discovers the identity of the thief at the Drake; and Nona sees alarming visions of Henry's future. Didn’t we already have the “loyalty” test in last week’s episode?
'Talking Dead' (11 p.m., AMC)
(“Sick”) Host Chris Hardwick will be joined by Wil Wheaton ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") and an unnamed member of the cast to recap this week’s episode and take your questions live.
'Comic Book Men' (11:30 p.m., AMC)
Watch Kevin Smith and his crew of fan boys turned pop culture experts live, work and breathe comic books. Mike, Walt, Ming and Bryan geek-out over rare artifacts and memorabilia and discover treasures of the comic collecting world. Realize your inner superhero and satisfy your fan boy fantasies by joining their outrageous podcasts where they tackle the burning questions all fans grapple with.