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TV Watchlist: Castle Is Just Too Pretty To Die

Plus, Browncoats unite for a 10-year reunion

Rejoice! Jonathan Frakes directs this week’s MUST SEE episode where your attendance at Supernova Con is required during Nathan Fillion’s voyage to the final frontier. Can “Castle” fans spot all the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Easter eggs? If you aim to misbehave, tune in on Sunday for the “Firefly 10th Anniversary” airing on the Science Channel. We don’t even know what we don’t know. So don’t miss the final season of “Fringe” as it heats up with an “Alice in Wonderland” inspired episode.

The television landscape isn’t as bleak as it seems. Each week we’ll countdown the best in sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal television for the viewer with discriminating tastes. Here is this week’s Watchlist for Nov. 5–11.

‘Bones’ (8 p.m., Fox)
(“The Method in the Madness”) The Jeffersonian team investigates the death of a woman whose body was found mutilated and discarded in a city garbage can. Meanwhile, Booth invites Sweets to stay with Brennan and him while Sweets searches for a new apartment. What’s the old saying, “Two’s company and three’s a crowd?” I can only imagine the shenanigans (that’s right I said it!) when those three live under the same roof.

‘Lab Rats’ (8 p.m., Disney)
(“Mission: Space”) Adam, Bree and Chase try to repair a broken panel on a space station. “Lab Rats” fans be sure to check your local listing. The Disney Channel will be airing the season finale at a special time, one-hour earlier.

‘Castle’ (10 p.m., ABC)
(“The Final Frontier”) As Beckett and Castle investigate a murder at a sci-fi convention, they encounter avid fans in costume, egotistical celebrities and a lot of drama. Jonathan Frakes directs this cheeky, sci-fi episode.

“There’s a Browncoat in the show,” Frakes reveals. “Nathan does a Shatner impersonation that is absolutely killer. Armin Shimerman (“Star Trek: Deep Space 9”) plays a mad scientist, and Ed Quinn (“Eureka”) — the cast is filled with sci-fi actors. There are moments in the writing that are winks to “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Firefly,” “Star Wars” — all kinds of double entendres. Sci-fi fans will be highly entertained.

Jonathan Frakes said his favorite moment of the episode came while Castle is signing autographs on his newest graphic novel and someone resembling Riker says, “I am your No. 1 fan.” Lastly, “Castle” fans will appreciate the last scene at the convention most of all. Frakes promises it will take their relationship to — if you’ll pardon the expression, the final frontier. Make it so!

‘Revolution’ (10 p.m., NBC)
(“The Children’s Crusade”) Charlie must convince Miles to help a village of lost children — When Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) meets a boy who’s suffered a plight similar to her own, she relates and longs to help him and his young friends. First, she must convince Miles (Billy Burke). Meanwhile, Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) grows weary of Gen. Monroe (David Lyons) as she meets someone from her past. Are they at long last going to reveal the secret behind the event?

Note: Broadcast networks and cable channels will be airing live coverage of the U.S. presidential election and other contests of national importance.

‘Arrow’ (8 p.m., The CW)
(“Damaged”) DC Comics’ villain Deathstroke appears on the island with Oliver! After Detective Lance arrests Oliver for murder, Oliver tells Moira the only lawyer he’ll allow to represent him is Laurel. Laurel takes the case, which puts her at odds with her father. Oliver offers to take a polygraph in front Detective Lance but things get tense when Lance asks him if anyone else was on the island with him. Oliver flashes back to when he got his first scar, courtesy of Deathstroke (guest star Jeffrey Robinson).

‘The Neighbors’ (8:30 p.m., ABC)
(“50 Shades of Green”) The Zabvronian mating season coincides with Debbie and Marty’s wedding anniversary, and Debbie and Jackie are intrigued by, respectively, alien and human expressions of love. Meanwhile, Amber is invited to a party by a handsome boy, and Reggie Jackson tags along. If someone breaks out the “soccer mom” porn I’m going to be ill …

‘Ghost Hunters’ (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“Heir Apparition”) While investigating the Governor’s Mansion in Hampton Falls, N.H., the team digs up information about a little boy who is rumored to have been the secret child of a former senator.

‘NOVA’ (9 p.m., PBS)
(“Mystery of Easter Island”) A remote, bleak speck of rock in the middle of the Pacific, Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, has mystified the world ever since the first Europeans arrived in 1722. How and why did the ancient islanders build and move nearly 900 giant statues or moai, weighing up to 86 tons? And how did they transform a presumed paradise into a treeless wasteland, bringing ruin upon their island and themselves? Among the radical new theories is that the islanders used ropes to “walk” the statues upright, like moving a fridge. With the help of an accurate 15-ton replica statue, a ‘NOVA’ team sets out to test this high-risk, seemingly unlikely theory.

‘Supernatural’ (9 p.m., The CW)
(“Southern Comfort”) Garth returns to help Sam and Dean on a case. Sam and Dean investigate a murder and find Garth (guest star DJ Qualls) is already on the case. Dean is not happy to learn that Garth has assumed Bobby’s duties, but Garth points out that both Sam and Dean have been missing for the last year and someone needed to do it. They guys discover an “avenging ghost” is responsible for the murders and they need to find the source before the killings starts again.

‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ (10 p.m., FX)
(“I am Anne Frank, Part 1”) A new patient turns up at Briarcliff and exposes secrets about Dr. Arden’s past. Meanwhile, Kit learns about Grace’s past and why she was admitted. Last week’s preview teased a horrifying scene with Dr. Arden preparing to inject something into Shelley’s head. She asks if she is going to die and he cryptically responds, “After this, you’re probably going to live forever.” Is he going to turn her into one of the creatures in the woods?

‘Deals from the Darkside’ (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“Titanic Deck Chair”) A seller approaches Steve Santini claiming to be in possession of an authentic deck chair salvaged from the Titanic. Santini’s quest to determine whether or not the chair is the real deal leads him to the world famous Titanic Museum in Branson, Mo.

(“Houdini Handcuffs”) Steve Santini gets the rare chance to purchase Victorian handcuffs said to have been used by his idol, Harry Houdini. Santini’s efforts to authenticate the cuffs include a visit to Scranton, Pa. to hook up with some quirky Houdini experts and a pit stop at Houdini’s grave in Queens, N.Y.

Watch the premiere, as the Syfy channel delves into the world of some of the creepiest and most notorious antiques and relics in existence in the new half-hour reality series.

‘NOVA’ (10 p.m., PBS)
(“scienceNOW: What are Animals Thinking?”) We humans have long wondered how animals see the world and us. Does your dog really feel shame when it gives you that famous “guilty look?” What is behind the “swarm intelligence” of slime mold or a honeybee hive? How can pigeons possibly find their way home across hundreds of miles of unfamiliar terrain? In this episode, David Pogue meets with a menagerie of smart critters that challenge preconceived notions about what makes “us” different from “them.”

‘Big Bang Theory’ (8 p.m., CBS)
(“The Habitation Configuration”) The new Mrs. Wolowitz wants her husband to move out of old Mrs. Wolowitz’s house, while Amy and Wil Wheaton (as himself) get into a dispute while filming fun with flags, and Sheldon gets caught smack dab in the middle. Sci-fi fans will cheer for Wheaton wearing “The Guild” shirt and BBT’s shout out to the United Federation of Planets flag.

‘Last Resort’ (8 p.m., ABC)
(“Another Fine Navy Day”) The crew is hit with an attack by an unknown force unlike anything they’ve seen before. As confusion and aggression take hold, Marcus and Sam can no longer trust their own senses even as they race to save the sub and defend the island. How can they fight the enemy when they’re losing their minds?

‘The Vampire Diaries’ (8 p.m., The CW)
(“The Killer”) Stefan and Klaus form an uneasy alliance to try and contain the danger that Connor has unleashed on the town. When Connor takes Jeremy, Matt and April hostage at the Grill, Stefan and Damon have a serious disagreement about the best course of action, and Elena is again caught between the two brothers. The situation quickly turns violent when Klaus sends one of his hybrids, Dean, to stand up to Connor. Caroline is surprised to find Hayley at the Lockwood mansion. Meanwhile, Professor Shane works with Bonnie to help her get past her fear and guilt. Is Stefan being cautious or does he not want Connor to die?

‘Beauty and the Beast’ (9 p.m., The CW)
(“Saturn Returns”) Vincent is captured on video while preventing a robbery and Cat warns him when his photo appears in the newspaper. Cat and Tess investigate the disappearance of a woman named Amy (Annie Murphy). Later, Michael also goes missing and Joe learns that his team has been deceived. Meanwhile, Heather is planning a surprise birthday party for her sister, forcing Cat to postpone her birthday plans with Vincent.

‘Person of Interest’ (9 p.m., CBS)
(“The High Road”) Reese is out of his element as he goes undercover in an idyllic neighborhood when The Machine’s latest number sends him to the suburbs. Is Reese playing house with the cunning and beautiful Zoe (Paige Turco)?

‘Elementary’ (10 p.m., CBS)
(“Flight Risk”) Holmes investigates a plane crash and tries to prove the disaster was not a mechanical error after he becomes convinced that one of the victims died before the aircraft went down. Meanwhile, Watson attempts to get Holmes to meet with his elusive father.

‘Chronicle’ (8:35 p.m., Cinemax)
This electrifying “found footage” thriller replays the video chronicle of three high-school teens who gain super-human powers after coming in contact with a mysterious rock. Awkward teen Andrew (Dane DeHaan), his cousin Matt (Alex Russell) and campus superstar Steve (Michael B. Jordan) become unlikely buddies as they record their incredible — and ever-developing — telekinetic powers. Soon they are moving objects at will and even fly, but with a price as Andrew becomes increasingly unhinged in the process.

‘Fringe’ (9 p.m., Fox)
(“Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There”) A team member assumes a new role, while Walter searches for a vital object to help in the fight against the Observers.

The team switches focus back to the tapes as they follow Walter to what looks to be a somewhat rundown building. Once inside, nothing’s quite what it seems. In fact, Peter describes it as one of Walter’s bad trips on acid. Now that Peter has put the Observer tech in his own neck, its unclear what will happen next but something is sure to change. What does this mean for his relationships with the team? What will it mean as they continue to search for a way to defeat the Observers?

‘Ghost Adventures’ (9 p.m., Travel)
(“Brookdale Lodge”) The team visit California’s historic Brookdale lodge, where they use Zak’s dog in an attempt to contact the spirit of a deceased little girl.

‘Grimm’ (9 p.m., NBC)
(“To Protect and Serve Man”) Hank’s newfound knowledge of the Wesen world leads him to question an arrest he made earlier in his career regarding a man (Jason Gedrick) who committed murder claiming “self-defense against monsters.” With the man’s death sentence rapidly approaching, Hank begins to wonder if there was more truth to the man’s seemingly absurd story then he once thought. Monroe deals with an unexpected situation at the spice shop.

‘Cursed’ (10 p.m., Biography)
(“Unwelcome Guests”) A house, swamp and theater are believed to be cursed.

‘Haven’ (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“Magic Hour, Part 2”) In a frantic race against the clock, Audrey, Duke and Tommy search for a woman with a resurrection touch. How far will Audrey go to get Nathan back? Claudia Black guest stars as Moira, a woman whose bitterness makes her capable of murder (aren’t all women?).

‘Hunted’ (10 p.m., Cinemax)
(“Kismet”) Jack Turner overbids on the dam project and must quickly come up with the extra funds, so Sam pays close attention to how he’ll raise the money. Meanwhile, Aidan uncovers some of Sam’s secrets.

‘Bedlam’ (9 p.m., BBC America)
(“Reunion”) In the season finale, Max is haunted by his father who begins leaving objects behind. Warren reaches rock bottom as we learn a fatal revelation during one of his blackouts. Ellie faces the truth about her past. Will this year’s finale be as lethal to the cast as the last?

‘Celebrity Ghost Stories’ (9 p.m., Biography)
Bill Bellamy discovers a ghost living in his house, Jack Blades has a run-in with Native American spirits and Mary Lambert encounters an entity in a Hollywood mansion.

‘Ghost Storm’ (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“Original Telefilm”) An action packed chase led by Hal and Ashley to save the people on this small island from a strange electrical storm that is led by angry souls from a mass suicide looking for revenge. I hope the ending involves a meteorological exorcism involving the green Jello and …

‘The Haunting of…’ (10 p.m., Biography)
(“Eric Mabius”) Eric Mabius visits Allaire Village in Farmingdale, N.J., to look for a ghost he saw there as a child.

‘Mythbusters’ (8 p.m., Discovery)
(“Cannonball Chemistry”) A mattress myth is examined; Kari, Tory and Grant conduct a cannonball test. Does this mattress myth involve a pea or a princess?

‘Once Upon a Time’ (8 p.m., ABC)
(“Child of the Moon”) Ruby is the main suspect in a savage killing during a full moon. Meanwhile, Decker considers revealing David’s true background, Leroy uncovers a prized item in the mines, and in the fairy-tale world, Red Riding Hood discovers people similar to her.

‘Dexter’ (9 p.m., Showtime)
(“Chemistry”) Quinn falls back into his old ways as he makes some questionable choices to protect Nadia. Things heat up as Dexter and Hannah grow closer, but when Sal Price discovers the two are involved, he wants the exclusive story.

‘The Walking Dead’ (9 p.m., AMC)
(“Say the Word”) Rick struggles after experiencing another loss; Michonne has her suspicions about the Governor, who throws a party for the people of Woodbury, but gives it an unusual twist. Wait, another loss … what? They’re dropping like flies!

‘Firefly: 10th Anniversary’ (10 p.m., Science)
(“Browncoats Unite”) Jeff Jensen moderates a roundtable discussion of the short-lived sci-fi series “Firefly,” which was canceled during its first season but became a cult classic after its DVD release. Panelists include series creator Joss Whedon; actors Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin and Sean Maher; show runner Tim Minear; and writer Jose Molina. Taped at San Diego’s Comic-Con International on July 13.

‘666 Park Ave.’ (10 p.m., ABC)
(“Downward Spiral”) One of the Drake’s greatest mysteries is revealed when Jane searches for Nona’s missing grandmother. Meanwhile, Henry receives a commendation from the mayor and a doctor learns the frightening terms of his payback to Gavin in exchange for his help.

‘Talking Dead’ (11 p.m., AMC)
(“Say the Word”) Host Chris Hardwick is joined by celebrity guest Greg Nicotero to recap this week’s episode and take your questions live.

‘Comic Book Men’ (11:30 p.m., AMC)
(“The Sidewalk Stash”) To unload inventory, Ming decides the store should participate in a local sidewalk sale; Walt gets a buyer for some early “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” comics.

Note: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will be airing the 2012 Britannia Awards on BBC America tonight. Alan Cummings serves as host for the fourth time. The honorees include BAFTA award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Craig, Quentin Tarantino, Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Will Wright.

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