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Monday’s new episode of “Bones” is this week’s big pick and it clearly hits home for many U.S. viewers as it airs the day after Veterans Day. The episode explores the plight of military veterans, garnering an award from the Los Angeles City Council with a proclamation that recognizes the series in general as well as this specific episode.
It is one of the four “bonus episodes” shot during Season 7, but held over due to Fox’s scheduling problems. In past episodes, Emily Deschanel’s character (Brennan) could turn off her humanity, but her life has changed now. Having a partner and a child makes her feel things she couldn’t feel before. See the description and video promo included below for more.
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. 12–18.
‘Bones’ (8 p.m., Fox)
(“The Patriot in Purgatory”) When Brennan becomes fascinated with basketball and the underlying concepts behind Phil Jackson’s philosophy of “teamwork,” she calls upon five of her best “squinterns” to complete the task of identifying remains that have been deemed unidentifiable. During their investigation, they uncover the identity of a man who died as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which propels the team to determine if he was a perpetrator or a victim.
The video promo below, Cam (Tamara Taylor) explains how the episode is intense both for the audience, the cast and characters.
‘Castle’ (10 p.m., ABC)
(“Swan Song”) Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a rock star who was being filmed by a documentary crew. The film crew decides to keep their cameras rolling and record some crime-solving skills in action. What a great chance for the characters to break the fourth wall and ham it up, especially Richard Castle. C. Thomas Howell guest stars.
‘Revolution’ (10 p.m., NBC)
(“Ties That Bind”) Nora runs into a close relative, forcing her to make a tough decision; a ruthless militia member named Strausser (David Meunier) tracks Miles, Charlie and the gang; Monroe gives Neville a stern warning. After all the violent things we’ve seen Miles do, if he’s afraid of Sgt. Strausser then I’m not sure I want to meet this guy in a dark alley. Only three episodes left this season.
‘Ink Master’ (10 p.m., Spike TV)
(“Star Wars Forever”) The remaining artists create “Star Wars” tattoos for super fans of the franchise; and the winner of the Flash Challenge receives a special surprise from George Lucas. Do or do not artists, there is no try.
‘Arrow’ (8 p.m., The CW)
(“Legacies”) A gang of bank robbers, dubbed The Royal Flush Gang, hits a local bank and seriously wounds an off-duty police officer during a heist. Diggle tells Oliver he needs to deviate from his father’s list and start helping the citizens of Starling City. Meanwhile, Tommy asks Thea for relationship advice, but things get awkward when she realizes he was asking about Laurel. Oliver’s mother Moira confronts him about all of his recent disappearances in the middle of family functions.
‘The Neighbors’ (8:30 p.m., ABC)
(“Thanksgiving is for the Bird-Kersees”) Debbie wants her family’s first Thanksgiving at their new home to be different from Thanksgivings past, so she convinces Marty to un-invite his parents and decides to invite the neighbors over instead. Unfortunately, despite his promise to Debbie, Marty caves to parental pressure and confirms his mother and father (Stacy Keach) will be on hand for Turkey Day. Meanwhile, after learning the meaning of the holiday, Dick secretly invites Jackie’s estranged sisters, Venus and Serena, to make an appearance. Thanksgiving Day is anything but normal with the crazy alien neighbors, alien and human in-laws, and the Weavers all under one roof.
‘Ghost Hunters’ (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“Paranormal Pioneers”) Josh Gates (“Destination Truth”) lends a hand to the team when they travel to Gloucester, Mass., to investigate the spooky Hammond Castle minutes away from his childhood home.
‘NOVA’ (9 p.m., PBS)
(“Ultimate Mars Challenge”) A look at NASA’s Curiosity mission to Mars. Included: remarks from Mars Science Laboratory personnel, including chief engineer Rob Manning, chief scientist John Grotzinger, deputy scientist Ashwin Vasavada and mission manager Michael Watkins.
‘Supernatural’ (9 p.m., The CW)
(“A Little Slice of Kevin”) Sam and Dean are stunned when Castiel suddenly appears back on Earth with no memory of how he escaped from Purgatory. Meanwhile, Mrs. Tran enlists a witch (Cyrina Fiallo) to concoct a demon bomb. Even prophets of the Lord have embarrassing mothers.
‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ (10 p.m., FX)
(“I am Anne Frank, Part 2”) Sister Jude employs a renowned Nazi Hunter to gather evidence against Arden. Later, Kit makes a surprising confession. Bloody Face is unmasked, and it may not be who you think. Could it be one person or multiple? Holy Trinity!
‘Deals from the Darkside’ (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“Mohawk Axe Head & Cat ‘O’ Nine Tails”) The history of a mohawk axe head. A former dominatrix attempts to sell artifacts from an insane asylum and a unique cat o’ nine tails.
‘NOVA’ (10 p.m., PBS)
(“scienceNOW: What will the future be like?”) The Season 6 finale looks at what the future may hold for science and technology, as well as technological hurdles engineers and computer scientists must overcome to make their visions reality. Included: thought-controlled video games; robotic exoskeletons; and a virtual reality that seamlessly integrates into real life via three-dimensional holograms. Also: computer scientist Adrien Treuille on video games that can help cure diseases.
‘Big Bang Theory’ (8 p.m., CBS)
(“The 43 Peculiarity”) Where in the world is Sheldon? Raj and Howard are determined to find out what Sheldon is doing for 20 minutes every day in a storage room in the Caltech Physics Department basement. Meanwhile, Leonard is jealous of an English student Cole (Ryan Cartwright) that is working on a college project with Penny. She gets very angry at Leonard and makes a startling admission.
‘Last Resort’ (8 p.m., ABC)
(“Nuke It Out”) As Marcus and Sam hunt for the traitor in their ranks who stole their nuclear launch key, Prosser disobeys orders and starts a small war he can’t control. Meanwhile Grace and James must work together to defuse a dangerous situation, as back in D.C. Christine is indicted as Sam’s co-conspirator. Who do you think the enemy within is?
‘The Vampire Diaries’ (8 p.m., The CW)
(“We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes”) Terrifying hallucinations leave Elena shaken and confused, causing her to make a dangerous mistake. After giving Stefan some very disturbing news about Elena, Klaus takes matters into his own hands. Professor Shane (David Alpay) reveals a story of ancient witchcraft to Damon and Bonnie. With help from Klaus and Stefan, Jeremy begins a new chapter in his life. Finally, Elena makes a painful personal confession to Stefan, and Matt gives Damon startling new information about Professor Shane.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ (9 p.m., The CW)
(“Worth”) After she’s seemingly stood up by Vincent, Catherine wonders if it’s because he saw her kissing Evan at her birthday. Actually, Vincent mysteriously blacked out on his way to meet Catherine, and is now searching for answers. Catherine’s case pulls her into the sophisticated world of the SoHo art scene. When Vincent finds Catherine all dressed up to go to a gallery opening — with Evan — he has to admit that his feelings for her are growing deeper. All the while Evan makes his affections for Catherine known, leaving Catherine torn between the two very different suitors.
Congrats to the cast and crew! The CW recently announced a full season pickup of the show.
‘Person of Interest’ (9 p.m., CBS)
(“Critical”) The Machine gives Finch and Reese the number of a brilliant surgeon, but they soon discover that a resourceful third party has raised the stakes for this POI, forcing them to turn to an unlikely source for help. Julian Sands guest stars.
‘Elementary’ (10 p.m., CBS)
(“One Way to Get Off”) Sherlock assists with a double homicide that has the same M.O. as a series of murders that took place 13 years ago. Meanwhile, after being frozen out by Sherlock, Watson visits his old rehab center in order to learn more about the mysterious man in her care. Is there some subtext between the episode title and foreshadowing a dominatrix character named Irene Adler?
‘Fringe’ (9 p.m., Fox)
(“Five-Twenty-Ten”) As the fight for the future intensifies, a member of the Fringe team orchestrates on a Fringe event of his own. How long will it be before they figure out what Peter did? We’ve passed the halfway mark on the final season of “Fringe.”
‘Ghost Adventures’ (9 p.m., Travel)
(“Tor House”) A search for the ghost of American poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) at the Tor House, a home he built on California’s Big Sur coast.
‘Grimm’ (9 p.m., NBC)
(“Season of the Hexenbiest”) In the “Grimm” fall finale, Adalind (Claire Coffee) returns to wreak havoc in everyone’s lives and avenge her mother’s brutal death. She has her eyes set on Nick and those closest to him –- especially Hank and Juliette. Elsewhere, Capt. Renard’s obsession continues to escalate. Meanwhile, a surprise visit at the spice shop gives Monroe more than he ever bargained for. Reggie Lee also guest stars.
‘Cursed’ (10 p.m., Biography)
(“Borrowed Agony”) A doll, a painting and a welding mask are believed to be responsible for misfortune in the opener of this series, in which individuals share stories about how their lives have been impacted by curses.
‘Haven’ (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“Sarah”) Someone with a “Trouble” sends Duke back in time to Haven in the 1950s. Audrey and Nathan must rescue their friend before he changes the past … and eliminates their present.
‘Hunted’ (10 p.m., Cinemax)
(“Ambassadors”) Upon awakening in the hospital, Sam is greeted by a familiar face who alludes to a connection to her past and swears his allegiance to her.
‘R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour’ (6 p.m., The Hub)
(“Red Eye”) It’s always a good day for Georgia when she gets a postcard from her father traveling away in another country, but soon Georgia has a reason to believe that he is being followed by someone and decides to figure out what’s going on before it’s too late.
‘Mythbusters’ (8 p.m., Discovery)
(“Surreal Gourmet Hour”) Chef Alton Brown examines myths involving lasagna; Kari, Tory and Grant conduct a tryptophan test.
‘NOVA’ (9 p.m., PBS)
(“Inside the Megastorm”) Examining Hurricane Sandy, its impact and the future of storm protection. Included: first-person accounts from survivors; remarks from experts and scientists.
‘Dexter’ (9 p.m., Showtime)
(“Argentina”) Dexter attempts to keep his relationship with Hannah a secret from Debra, but that gets blown out of the water when Astor, Cody and Harrison pay him a surprise visit and the news leaks out. Meanwhile, Isaak gets out of jail and steps up his pursuit of Dexter, while Quinn’s power struggle with the Koshkas intensifies.
‘The Walking Dead’ (9 p.m., AMC)
(“Hounded”) Michonne makes a decision as Andrea grows ever closer to the Governor. Sweethearts Glenn and Maggie go on the run, and Rick struggles to maintain control. How many different groups are there now?
‘The Mentalist’ (10 p.m., CBS)
(“Red Sails in the Sunset”) Jane thinks Lorelei will lead a trail to Red John if she’s no longer incarcerated, so he seeks Brett Stiles’ assistance in springing her from prison. Malcolm McDowell guest stars.
‘Talking Dead’ (11 p.m., AMC)
(“Hounded”) 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: ABC will be airing a three-hour special for the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards, pre-empting shows like “Once Upon a Time” nd “66 Park Ave.”