TV THIS WEEK: Big Bang goes JLA, Sanctuary goes to Tibet and more

Even with reruns in full swing for the holidays, there's still a few original TV goodies, including The Big Bang Theory going all Justice League on us, the search on Sanctuary for the ancient city and Robot Chicken embracing the Star Wars of it all.

Also, there's a big Vampire Diaries marathon this week, Buffy's James Marsters gets villainous again on Hawaii Five-O, a guardian angel visits Hallmark on Three Wise Women, Chance helps an amnesiac on Human Target, Shawn finds out what life would have been like for his friends without him on Psych, and Burn Notice signs off for its fourth season.

Here's what we have to look forward to this week on sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and spy-fi TV, along with non-sci-fi shows that involve sci-fi or fantasy storylines or stars.

Monday, Dec. 13

The Vampire Diaries (The CW) 8 p.m. - "The Return"

Marathon event! In what's looking like an annual thing, the CW is running all this season's episodes of The Vampire Diaries Monday through Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. First up is Katherine's startling return to Mystic Falls as we find out the fate of Uncle John, Jeremy and Caroline. We also get our first look at Tyler's Uncle Mason. In the second episode, "Brave New World," Caroline has a rude awakening at the hospital and Damon begins to suspect Mason is a werewolf.

Here's a preview of "The Return":

Hawaii Five-O (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Hana 'a'a Makehewa"

Guest star alert! Buffy's James Marsters returns to haunt McGarrett as Victor Hesse, the guy who killed his dad. He's back to do his worst with more McGarrett-tormenting activity when Chin Ho is kidnapped and left with explosives strapped to his body. The episode's title, "Hana 'a'a Makehewa," means "Desperate Measures" in Hawaiian, so we're thinking things are about to get pretty desperate for the Hawaii Five-O team.

Here's a promo:

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Three Wise Women (Hallmark) 8 p.m.

When a successful thirty-something doctor named Liz decides to marry, she gets a visit from her guardian angel—who travels through time to get some help from past and future versions of Liz—in an effort to keep her from making a terrible mistake. The Hallmark movie stars Fionnula Flanagan, Amy Huberman, Hugh O'Connor, Lauren Coe and John Rhys-Davies.


And other Tuesday shows of interest

On The Vampire Diaries (8 p.m.), the CW continues its season-two rerun marathon. And on the Cartoon Network's Tower Prep (9 p.m.), the students begin to have similar "Dreams," which may lead to clues about the school.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Human Target (Fox) 8 p.m. - "Dead Head"

When the team ends up taking on the case of a man who can't remember who he is or why someone is trying to kill him, Winston is forced to turn to his ex-wife for help.


Psych (USA) 9 & 10 p.m. - "The Polarizing Express" and "Dead Bear Walking"

Double the Psych! When Shawn screws up a big case involving a crime lord, Psych and Henry are fired, and Shawn finds himself dreaming of his own version of It's a Wonderful Life in "The Polarizing Express"—and learning what life for his friends might be without him. Tony Cox guest-stars. Then, in "Dead Bear Walking," Shawn and Gus find themselves trying to save a polar bear when the animal is blamed for an animal trainer's death.

Here's a preview and a sneak peek of "The Polarizing Express":

And other Wednesday shows of interest

On The Vampire Diaries (8 p.m.), there's more of the CW season-two rerun marathon. And on the Science Channel's Ghost Lab (10 p.m.), the team heads to Montana State Prison for an investigation and then to Tennessee to help a family who believe an evil spirit is threatening their son.

Thursday, Dec. 16

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8 p.m. - "The Justice League Recombination"

The gang decide to use Penny's new boyfriend to enter a costume contest as they dress up as members of the Justice League.

Here's a promo:

Burn Notice (USA) 9 & 10 p.m. - "Out of the Fire" and "Last Stand"

Season-four finale! It's blackmail when Brennen tries to get Michael to kill government agents in "Out of the Fire." And then in the fourth-season finale, Michael scrambles to keep himself and everyone he loves alive when a tactical-assault team goes after Team Michael.


And other Thursday shows of interest

On The Vampire Diaries (8 p.m.), the CW season-two rerun marathon continues. On the History Channel's Ancient Aliens (9 p.m.), it's a look at "Unexplained Structures."

Friday, Dec. 17

Sanctuary (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Hollow Men"

Midseason finale! Magnus and the team head to Tibet to search for the hidden city and find it laden with deadly security measures. Meanwhile, back at the Sanctuary, Tesla and Druitt must deal with Adam.

Here's a sneak peek:

And other Friday shows of interest

On The Vampire Diaries (8 p.m.), the CW completes its season-two rerun marathon. Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place (8 p.m.) takes a "Journey to the Center of Mason" when Alex and Mason try being best friends. And on the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures (9 p.m.), the crew heads to a Seattle pub that was once the location of an old morgue in the early 1900s in "Kell's Irish Restaurant Pub."

Saturday, Dec. 18

Battle of the Bulbs (Hallmark) 8 p.m.

As Hallmark continues its countdown to Christmas, Eureka's Matt Frewer and Stargate SG-1 and Caprica's Teryl Rothery star in this television movie about two neighbors, Bob (Daniel Stern) and Stu (Fewer), who go at it to see who can come up with a better-decorated house for Christmas.

Here's a preview:

And other Saturday shows of interest

On the Biography Channel's Celebrity Ghost Stories (9 p.m.), interviews and re-enactments explore the ghost stories of Sugar Ray Leonard, Aida Turturro, Larry Manetti and Jonathan Schaech.

Sunday, Dec. 19

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III (Cartoon Network) 11:30 p.m.

One-hour special! This George Lucas-approved parody is the third for writer-producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. In this outing we'll see a naked Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader discos, and R2-D2 has the hots for Padme Amidala! Afterward, if you haven't had enough Robot Chicken, you can check out Robot Chicken Star Wars Special at 12:30 a.m. and Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II at 1 a.m.

Here's a preview:

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