Forget Nicki, Mariah, and Keith; our American Idol is John Noble whose continued presence on “Fringe” has kept us captivated for five seasons and 100 episodes. Though we'll be sad to say goodbye to "Fringe" this month, there's plenty coming to the small screen in the coming weeks to fill the void left by their departure. The Syfy channel kicks off its powerful Monday and Tuesday line-up with a Canadian import called “Continuum.” Also returning this week, “Being Human,” “Lost Girl,” and “Face-Off.”
Sister Jude has new inmate trouble on “American Horror Story: Asylum” while Uther returns to haunt Camelot on “Merlin.” The cable channels aren’t done yet! Syfy's original movie Saturdays is back with “Tasmanian Devils” and a stranger crashes in Storybrooke on “Once Upon a Time.”
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 January 14 – 20.
Bones (8 p.m., Fox)
(“The Diamond in the Rough; The Archaeologist in the Cocoon”) In the first case, the Jeffersonian team investigates the death of a professional ballroom dancer who was murdered three days before her audition on a popular dancing competition show. In order to solve the case, Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) go undercover as dance competitors to see if they can find potential suspects. Then, the team investigates the murder of a well-known archeologist with a questionable reputation, who came upon a career-defining discovery right before his death. Mary Murphy and Tyce Diorio ("So You Think You Can Dance") guest star in this two-hour winter premiere.
Continuum (8 p.m., Syfy)
(“A Stitch in Time”) The Canadian sci-fi series made its debut last fall and now Syfy brings it to the US audience. Inspector Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) loses everything she has and finds herself on a new mission when she and eight dangerous terrorists are transported from their time in 2077 back to 2012 during the terrorist’s attempt to escape execution. She takes on a new identity and joins the VPD in order to stop the terrorists’ reign of violence. Along the way, she befriends Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen), the 17 year old who will one day grow up to create the technology her world is built upon.
Being Human (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“It’s a Shame About Ray”) In the third-season opener, Aidan resurfaces to find the vampire community has changed a great deal. Meanwhile, Sally struggles to free herself from limbo; Josh and Nora stand up to Ray, and at the same time a new threat comes looking for them in Boston.
Lost Girl (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“Caged Fae”) Bo risks her freedom to do a favour for Lauren, only to discover she’ll have to go it “au naturel.” The new Ash is revealed. Later, Bo’s new appetites shock… has she not recovered from last season’s battle after all?
Castle (10 p.m., ABC)
(“Under the influence”) This episode finds Beckett and Castle investigating the death of an up-and-coming DJ at a pop star's album release party, exactly the kind of decadent event Castle is accustomed to attending. Among their list of suspects: Regina Cane, a fading pop star desperate to stay in the spotlight; an image-conscious rapper named Bone Thug; and an orphaned 14-year-old street kid with a growing rap sheet. Look for Esposito, who didn’t exactly have the easiest upbringing himself, to take a special interest in helping out the troubled teen.
Face-Off (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“Make It Reign”) Season four begins with 14 makeup artists meeting Michael Westmore, their mentor for the competition. The contestants the take on their first challenge, which is to create goblin kings. Actor John Rhys-Davies serves as a guest judge.
The Science channel is airing three hours of “Fringe” beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern. Found something missing? Email us if you’d like to see your show added to the list!
Arrow (8 p.m., The CW)
(“Burned”) Oliver's (Stephen Amell) confidence is shaken after being beaten by the Dark Archer and he takes a break from being Arrow. However, when Laurel (Katie Cassidy) calls Arrow for help investigating a firefighter's suspicious death, he reluctantly agrees but his hesitance while fighting almost costs him his life. Meanwhile, Tommy (Colin Donnell) throws a benefit for the firefighters and Thea (Willa Holland) tries to lift Moira (Susanna Thompson) out of her depressive state.
The Neighbors (8:30 p.m., ABC)
(“Cold War”) When the entire Weaver family gets sick, it forces the Bird-Kersees to confront something new and terrifying — the common cold. The Bird-Kersees - especially Larry - can't understand why Debbie takes care of her family even though she is exposing herself to their cold. Having learned there is no cure for colds, Larry makes the community quarantine the Weaver house, but Reggie has other plans.
Ghost Hunters (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“Hollywood Horror Stories”) In the ninth-season premiere, the team travel to the Sowden House in Los Angeles, which is the alleged site of the infamous 1947 Black Dahlia murder mystery. They also examine the 1979 death of actor Victor Kilian during a visit to Madame Tussauds Hollywood wax museum.
Supernatural (9 p.m., The CW)
(“Torn and Frayed”) Naomi (guest star Amanda Tapping) tells Castiel (Misha Collins) that Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard) is holding an angel captive and Castiel must rescue him before Crowley finds out their secrets. Castiel turns to Dean (Jensen Ackles) for help. Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) meets with Amelia (guest star Liane Balaban) who asks him to make a choice: stay with her or leave and never contact her again.
American Horror Story: Asylum (10 p.m., FX)
(“Continuum”) A deadly new inmate threatens Sister Jude's chance of release from Briarcliff. Grace's obsession with the aliens turns violent.
Ghost Mine (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“Descent Into Darkness”) Forgotten in the remote woods of Oregon is one of the richest gold mines in the United States that was abandoned 80 years ago when a series of tragedies gave it an infamous reputation for being haunted. Now, a new owner has decided to take on the notorious legend and reopen the mine, assembling a rag-tag group of miners - both seasoned and new - to battle the elements in hopes of finding their fortune and teaming them with a pair of experienced paranormal investigators. In each of the six hour-long episodes, this strong-willed and historically superstitious group of miners will face the day-to-day challenges of mining, aided by the paranormal investigators who unravel the mysteries surrounding the mine, including historic Masonic connections and a spirit who has been known to haunt the area for generations.
The Big Bang Theory (8 p.m., CBS)
(“The Cooper-Kripke Inversion”) The show is taking a two-week hiatus and returns at the end of the month.
Haven (8 p.m., Syfy)
(“Reunion & Thanks for the Memories”) The last two episodes of the third season were delayed due to the events in Newtown, Connecticut. The Syfy channel has decided to air them back-to-back this Thursday. In the first episode, a string of murders at a high school reunion indicates the presence of a Troubled individual taking out their teenage frustrations. The day is here in the final episode; the barn has arrived. But Haven has still some surprises left. Some things come to a head, answers are given and new questions arise. The departure isn't going as planned and the hunter has his eye on Haven.
Last Resort (8 p.m., ABC)
("The Pointy End of the Spear") Kylie works with Admiral Shepard to bring down the President, using evidence of what really happened in Pakistan. This affords Marcus the opportunity to surrender the Colorado, if all goes according to plan. Ernie Hudson guest stars as Speaker of the House Conrad Buell, who meets with a small group of Washington heavyweights to discuss the unthinkable when Kylie's video information helps persuade him to participate in a risky and treasonous maneuver.
The Vampire Diaries (8 p.m., The CW)
(“After School Special”) Appearing unexpectedly at Mystic Falls High, Rebekah (Claire Holt) wastes no time trying to force Stefan (Paul Wesley), Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Caroline (Candice Accola) to answer her questions about the search for a cure, leading to a bombshell piece of information from Elena. When Bonnie's (Kat Graham) father, Rudy Owens (guest star Rick Worthy, "Supernatural"), accepts the role of Interim Mayor, he makes it a priority to protect his daughter, who isn't at all comfortable with the role he suddenly wants to play in her life. Professor Shane (guest star David Alpay) continues to encourage Bonnie to believe in her powers, but he soon finds himself in danger when he reveals too much to the wrong person. Later, Caroline does her best to comfort Tyler (Michael Trevino) after a violent confrontation. Meanwhile, at the lake house, Damon and Matt (Zach Roerig) train Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), trying to raise his game as a hunter, but Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is impatient with their progress and intervenes to speed up the process.
Person of Interest (9 p.m., CBS)
(“Dead Reckoning”) The show is taking a two-week hiatus and returns at the end of the month.
Elementary (10 p.m., CBS)
(“The Red Team”) The show is taking a two-week hiatus and returns at the end of the month.
Fringe (8 p.m., Fox)
(“Liberty & An Enemy of Fate”) The acclaimed series that has explored the human condition through the prism of parallel universes, unexplainable phenomena and unimaginable threats, reaches a milestone 100th episode and comes to an epic and climatic conclusion. First, the Fringe team engages a desperate plan as Olivia embarks on a dangerous and otherworldly journey into the unknown. Then, Peter, Olivia, Walter, Astrid and Broyles face off against the Observers in one final and extraordinary battle for the fate of mankind.
Ghost Adventures (9 p.m., Travel)
(“Sailors’ Snug Harbor”) The team are accompanied by a crew from ABC's “Nightline” when they visit Sailors' Snug Harbor in Staten Island, where they experience phantom noises and a shadow lurking in the darkness.
Merlin (10 p.m., Syfy)
("The Death Song of Uther Pendragon") King Arthur finds himself torn between head and heart when a stranger gives him the power to summon the dead. Unable to turn down such a tempting offer he seizes the opportunity to speak to the person that he misses the most: his father. However, the spirit world is dark and dangerous and such a decision will come to a terrible price. Defying all odds, it'll come to Merlin to put right Arthur's mistake before everything they have fought for and built together is forever destroyed.
An Idiot Abroad (9 p.m., Science)
(“Pilot”) Karl Pilkington has experienced things many only dream of. He's gained notoriety for his pilgrimage to see the Seven Wonders of the World and to conquer the ultimate "Bucket List." But after all of that, Karl is just as annoyed and unhappy as ever. Now, Ricky Gervais has convinced Karl to embark on another ambitious expedition; from Italy to China following in the footsteps of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Joining Karl on the excursion is Ricky's diminutive friend-film and television star Warwick Davis ("Return of Jedi," and "Harry Potter") who tries to raise Karl's spirits while broadening his perspective.
Tasmanian Devils (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“Original Telefilm”) In Tasmanian Devil, starring Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years) and Olympic medalist Apolo Ohno, a group of daredevil base jumpers in New Zealand confront oversized Tasmanian devils determined to kill them.
Celebrity Ghost Stories (9 p.m., Biography)
(“Enrico Colantoni, Lisa Lisa, Bernie Kopell, Heather McDonald”) After moving into an old country house, Enrico has a series of horrifying encounters that make him realize he s not the only one residing in the home. When the girls that Lisa babysits every day go missing, Lisa has a terrifying vision that reveals a tragic ending. Bernie is accosted by the ghost of a woman who was bludgeoned to death on her wedding day. Heather is physically attacked by an entity that depletes all her energy.
Stuff You Should Know (10 p.m., Science)
(“Brains Gone Wild & The CSI Effect”)
Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant are two real guys and actual Discovery Communications employees. Science Channel will follow Josh and Chuck inside and outside the recording booth with “Stuff You Should Know,” a series that combines all the delicious informational nuggets of their podcast and wraps them in deadpan mockumentary-style humor. Along for the ride are a wide array of guests making cameo appearances, including John Hodgman, Sarah Silverman, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Rufus Wainwright, and Michio Kaku.
In the premiere episode, Josh and Chuck's boss, Steve, brings a man who suffers from alien hand syndrome to the office for the guys to do a podcast about him. The man's hand has a grudge against Josh, and Josh suspects all is not what it seems. In their podcast, Josh and Chuck discuss brain anomalies including alien hands, split brains and dual personalities. In episode two, in preparation for their podcast on forensics, Steve sets up a ride-along for Josh and Chuck with the Atlanta police department. As Josh and Chuck shed their staunchly-held beliefs based on TV series, the yin-and-yang duo of Detectives Johnson and Hillburn open their eyes to the realities of life on the force. The guys focus on forensics and the "science in the service of justice" for their podcast.
Once Upon A Time (8 p.m., ABC)
("In the Name of the Brother") Dr. Whale is tasked with mending Hook's wounds and performing surgery on the stranger whose car crashed upon entering Storybrooke. But some of the townspeople fear that the stranger may have seen magic — which could expose their true identities to the world — and think that leaving him to die would be the best solution. Meanwhile, as Mr. Gold tries to reunite with a despondent Belle, Cora attempts to reunite with daughter Regina; and in the land that was, Victor desperately wants to prove to his disapproving father that he can, indeed, bring back the dead.
The Mentalist (10 p.m., CBS)
(“The Red Barn”) The team investigates a 25-year-old case that seems to involve both Red John and the Visualize group, and Lisbon contemplates her future. Has Jane finally found Red John’s origins? And what decision will Lisbon make about her future? Kyle Secor guest stars as Father Peter DiBuono, a former member of Visualize. Reed Diamond returns as CBI Agent Ray Haffner.