Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the controversial reboot of “The Munsters.” “Mockingbird Lane” finally sees the light of day just in time for Halloween. Lots of post-season baseball and a debate fill the calendar this week. U.K. fans finally get the long awaited Season 2 premiere of “Grimm.” With beginnings comes an end as “Alphas” concludes its second season with genre favorite Summer Glau. Don’t miss a moment of this week’s science fiction favorites!
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. 22–28.
‘Alphas’ (8 p.m., Syfy)
(“God’s Eye”) An injured and increasingly desperate Doctor Rosen seeks a final confrontation with Stanton Parish. The season finale guest stars Summer Glau, who will be live tweeting during the episode. Join her online @AlphasSyfy on Monday night.
‘Lab Rats’ (9 p.m., Disney)
(“Mission Invisible”) Adam, Bree and Chase are caught using bionics on the principal’s surveillance camera and then try to retrieve the evidence before anyone sees it. What is the worst thing you’d do if you could be invisible?
Note: Season 2 of the supernatural crime series “Grimm” premieres in the U.K. at 9 p.m. tonight on the satellite network Watch. Also, the major networks will be airing a two-hour special presentation of the third 2012 Presidential Debate, possibly pre-empting shows. Check your local listings.
‘Face-Off’ (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“Scene of the Crime”) The final four contestants must create a creature capable of a grisly crime. Special guest Silas Weir Mitchell (“Grimm”) joins the judges panel for the final critique. Just remember what Edna E. Mode said, “No Capes!”
‘Hot Set’ (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“Super Villian’s Lair”) Rival set designers compete to create a headquarters worthy of a comic book villain. Tudor Boloni (“Teen Wolf”) and Carol Clements battle it out on the Season 1 finale.
‘Arrow’ (8 p.m., The CW)
(“Lone Gunman”) Oliver is surprised when someone shoots and kills one of his targets. As his plan is to bring people to justice vs. outright killing them, Oliver doesn’t appreciate the help and searches for the gunman. He soon learns that the man, Deadshot (guest star Michael Rowe), is taking out businessmen who are scheduled to bid at an auction on an energy company, and Walter is one of the bidders. Realizing he can’t protect his family and stop Deadshot at the same time, Oliver enlists Detective Lance’s help, but his plan has dire consequences. Meanwhile, Laurel and Tommy get caught in an awkward situation with Oliver.
‘The Neighbors’ (8:30 p.m., ABC)
(“Halloween-ween”) Since arriving on Earth, the aliens have viewed Halloween as a threat and have set up a barrier at the gates of Hidden Hills to prevent children dressed in costumes from entering the community. The Weavers, on the other hand, are excited about their first Halloween in the suburbs and want to open the gates of the community to celebrate. Amber, Max and Abby reject Marty and Debbie’s costume idea.
‘Supernatural’ (9 p.m., The CW)
(“Bitten”) Sam and Dean investigate a bizarre murder in a college town. Close on the tail of their suspect, they burst into an apartment to find two dead bodies and a laptop cued up to some disturbing video footage. The footage begins with Brian (Leigh Parker), Mike (Brandon W. Jones) and Kate (Britni Sheridan) hearing about an unusual animal attack in their town and the rest of the story is revealed through their eyes. Sam and Dean become unknowing participants in a unique student film.
‘NOVA’ (10 p.m., PBS)
(“scienceNOW: How Smart Can We Get?”) How do you get a genius brain? Is it all in your genes? Or is it hard work? Is it possible that everyone’s brain has untapped genius–just waiting for the right circumstances so it can be unleashed? From a man who can immediately name the day of the week of any date in history to a “memory athlete” who can remember strings of hundreds of random numbers, David Pogue meets people stretching the boundaries of what the human mind can do. Then, Pogue puts himself to the test: After high-resolution scanning, he finds out how the anatomy of his brain measures up against the greatest mind of the century: Albert Einstein.
‘Big Bang Theory’ (8 p.m., CBS)
(“The Holographic Excitation”) Leonard tries a scientific approach to seducing Penny, while the gang celebrates Halloween at Stuart’s comicbook store. Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin has a cameo. “Good heavens Miss Sakamoto — you’re beautiful!”
‘Last Resort’ (8 p.m., ABC)
(“Skeleton Crew”) Sam and Marcus enter negotiations with the U.S. government in hope of ending the standoff on Sainte Marina; Grace takes the lead on a perilous repair operation. Deadline.com reports that ABC has ordered two additional scripts of its struggling freshmen drama “Last Resort.” This does not guarantee that more episodes will be filmed; it is a sign the network has not given up on this show.
‘Person of Interest’ (9 p.m., CBS)
(“Triggerman”) Reese and Finch face an ethical dilemma when the Machine gives them the number of a mob enforcer who’s in danger. Meanwhile, Finch gets help from an unlikely ally. Do you help the man who isn’t deserving or leave him to his fate?
‘Misfits’ (10 p.m., Logo)
(“Christmas Special”) Just before Christmas, a member of the gang sees graffiti that offers “Money for Powers.” In the second season finale the gang meets Seth, a drug dealer who is able to deal powers after being struck in the storm. Remind me to add “super power” to my Christmas list!
‘Elementary’ (10 p.m., CBS)
(“The Rat Race”) When a Wall Street executive’s death is tagged as a heroin overdose, but Holmes isn’t convinced. He’s called upon to consult, even though he loathes bankers. Watson uses her logical thinking processes when she re-enters the dating scene.
Note: Major League Baseball will be airing the second game of the 2012 World Series tonight, possibly pre-empting shows. Check your local listings.
‘Mockingbird Lane’ (8 p.m., NBC)
(“Pilot”) A revamping of the 1964-66 TV series “The Munsters” tracks the lives of a ghoulish family. Here, young Eddie discovers he grows hair all over his body during a full moon, and funeral director Herman Munster suffers from a heart condition. NBC’s new version is from writer-producer Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies”) and director Bryan Singer (“X-Men,” “House”) with a cast including Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as Lily Munster and Eddie Izzard as the Dracula-esque Grandpa.
‘Fringe’ (9 p.m., Fox)
(“The Bullet that Saved the World”) While infiltrating an Observer outpost, the Fringe team meet up with an old friend. The team wonders if the recently resurfaced Broyles can be trusted when they find themselves in hostile territory. After a two-week hiatus, it’s good to get back into the action on the last season of the series.
‘Grimm’ (9 p.m., NBC)
(“La Lloranna”) Nick and Hank team with an Albuquerque detective to solve a recent rash of child abductions, and Nick starts to notice correlations between the case and a Hispanic legend that has links to his own family history. Elsewhere, Monroe decides to teach some neighborhood bullies a lesson.
‘Haven’ (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“Real Estate”) Audrey, Nathan and Duke find themselves trapped inside a notorious haunted house on Halloween night. A former Haven resident returns to settle a 27-year-old score with Audrey. Guest: Iain Glen.
‘R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour’ (6 p.m., The Hub)
(“The Weeping Woman”) A young boy, Chi, must rescue his friends from a river witch, “La Llorona.”
‘Bedlam’ (9 p.m., BBC America)
(“Jude”) A new resident moves in whose young brother has a grudge to bear. He chants the last rites and possesses some strange powers making him no ordinary child.
‘Rise of the Zombies’ (9 p.m., Syfy)
(Original telefilm) The survivors of a zombie plague risk life and limb to find a scientist who they believe can save mankind from the walking dead. Starring Danny Trejo, Levar Burton and Mariel Hemingway.
Note: Major League Baseball will be airing the third game of the 2012 World Series tonight, possibly pre-empting shows. Check your local listings.
‘Mythbusters’ (8 p.m., Discovery)
(“Fright Night”) A sound-frequency test is conducted; Kari, Grant and Tory determine if the smell of fear exists. If it does exist, is it scratch and sniff?
‘Once Upon a Time’ (8 p.m., ABC)
(“The Doctor”) 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.
‘The Walking Dead’ (9 p.m., AMC)
(“Walk With Me”) Andrea and Michonne meet a new band of survivors, but conflicts arise. With the rest of the gang secure in the prison, we finally get to meet the Governor. Welcome to Woodbury!
‘Large Dangerous Rocket Ships’ (10 p.m., Science)
(“Science Special”) Every year, rocket enthusiasts from around the country get together in Lucerne Valley, Calif. for LRDS (Large, Dangerous Rocket Ships). Kari Byron hosts this event where amateurs come together to test all kinds of crazy explosives and cross lines that rocket ships have never crossed!
‘666 Park Ave.’ (10 p.m., ABC)
(“A Crowd of Demons”) Olivia prepares for the Drake’s annual Halloween costume gala and recalls a murderous Halloween night at the building in 1929. Meanwhile, Jane is troubled by the spirit from the suitcase; Olivia’s safety is threatened; and Henry meets a media consultant who is interested in propelling his political career. As stated above, ABC has ordered two additional scripts of “666 Park Avenue,” which is also struggling in the ratings. This does not guarantee that more episodes will be filmed; it is a sign the network has not given up on this show.
‘Talking Dead’ (11 p.m., AMC)
(“Walk With Me”) Host Chris Hardwick is joined by celebrity guests 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.
Note: Major League Baseball will be airing the fourth game of the 2012 World Series tonight, possibly pre-empting shows. Check your local listings.