TV THIS WEEK: Xmas specials for Warehouse 13, Eureka and more!

It's an early present from Syfy and Fox as special Christmas episodes of Warehouse 13, Eureka and Family Guy hit the small screen. Meanwhile, the sidekicks take front stage on No Ordinary Family, Chance rescues Baptiste on Human Target, and Star Trek's Rachel Nichols joins the Criminal Minds gang.

Also—the Ghost Hunters have a spirited Christmas on their season finale, Amy gets hot under the collar on The Big Bang Theory, Tyler gets wolfy on The Vampire Diaires, Homeland Security shoots down Santa on Hallmark's The Santa Incident, matters of the heart figure in on Fringe, Hawkman and Star Girl pop up on Smallville, Death takes a holiday on Supernatural, the search for the hidden city heats up on Sanctuary, and liquid methane hits Syfy's Saturday Night at the Movies on Ice Quake.

Meanwhile, on the scripted-drama front, there's no new Chuck, The Event, SGU or Medium, and The Walking Dead is finished for its mini-season. Bummer!

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 7

No Ordinary Family (ABC) 9 p.m. - "No Ordinary Sidekick"

We get a good look at the sidekick of it all, when George and Katie tell strongman Jim and speedster Stephanie how they really feel about living in their shadows. Meanwhile, Daphne learns that Katie's new boyfriend is not who he seems to be, and J.J. discovers a weak spot when it comes to his powers.

Here's a promo and a sneak peek:

Eureka (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "O' Little Town"

Special Christmas episode! Chris Parnell guest-stars as Dr. Noah Drummer (good Christmas name!), a scientist who decides to steal a dangerous experiment during the Global Dynamics holiday party, which puts the town in danger. Meanwhile, Allison is full of holiday cheer.

Here's a joint Eureka/Warehouse 13 preview and a Eureka sneak peek:

Warehouse 13 (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Secret Santa"

Special Christmas episode! In this stand-alone episode (meaning it's not dependent on last season's cliffhanger), Pete and Myka have to put their Christmas plans on hold when a bad Santa Claus begins robbing people. Meanwhile, Claudia decides she want to help Artie reunite with his estranged father for Hanukkah. Judd Hirsch guest-stars as Artie's dad and The Dresden Files Paul Blackthorne guests as a man who's being tormented by Santa.

Here's a sneak peek:

Wednesday, Dec. 8

Human Target (Fox) 8 p.m. - "The Return of Baptiste"

The Walking Dead's Lennie James returns as the assassin Baptiste, who Chance has to break out of a Russian prison to help him save a friend of Ilsa's.


Criminal Minds (CBS) 9 p.m. - "What Happens at Home"

Star Trek's Rachel Nichols joins the cast! When women are targeted by a killer inside a gated New Mexico community, Hotch seeks help from an FBI cadet (Nichols), who also happens to be the daughter of a serial killer.

Here's a preview:

Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Ghost of Christmas Past"

Season finale! The TAPS team hunts for spirits at a New Hampshire inn during a not-so-silent night.

Here's a preview:

Thursday, Dec. 9

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8 p.m. - "The Alien Parasite Hypothesis"

Amy becomes attracted to Penny's ex-boyfriend. Meanwhile, Howard and Raj have very different opinions about who would make a better superhero.

Here's a promo:

The Vampire Diaries (The CW) 8 p.m. - "By the Light of the Moon"

We're thinking it's werewolf time for Tyler, considering the episode's title and all. As Caroline helps Tyler get ready to go all wolfy, a stranger arrives in Mystic Falls who's looking for Mason. Meanwhile, Bonnie and Luca join forces on a magic spell.

Here's a preview:

The Santa Incident (Hallmark) 8 p.m.

When Santa's sleigh is mistaken for a UFO, he's shot down by Homeland Security and stranded in a small town. A local nurse (Ione Skye) takes in the recovering Santa (James Cosmo) and finds herself facing a deadline ... help Santa or Christmas will be canceled. Directed by Yelena Lanskaya.

Fringe (Fox) 9 p.m. - "Marionette"

When a man's heart is removed and he speaks after the fact, the Fringe Division gets a new case. Meanwhile, Peter makes a confession regarding what happened between him and Bolivia. How do you think she's going to take the news?

Here's a preview and a behind-the-scenes sneak peek:

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Bayou Beast/River Ghost"

Season finale! The team hunts Louisiana's version of Sasquatch in the bayou.

Here's a preview:

And other Thursday shows of interest

Regarding the spy-fi of it all, on the CW's Nikita (9 p.m.), Alex goes on her first assignment, but things don't go as planned, in "All the Way." And on USA's Burn Notice (10 p.m.) Sam attempts to help a cop he's friends with clear his name in "Dead or Alive." Then on the alien front, on the History Channel's Ancient Aliens (10 p.m.) it's a look at "Angels and Aliens."

Friday, Dec. 10

Smallville (The CW) 8 p.m. - "Icarus"

Hawkman and Star Girl return! Michael Shanks is back as Hawkman, and we're thinking an episode called "Icarus" is not going to be a good thing for this winged superhero. When Slade (Michael Hogan) kidnaps Lois, Clark turns to Star Girl (Britt Irvin) and the Hawkman for help. Meanwhile, tensions rise in the wake of the passage of the VRA into law, and the Green Arrow is attacked by people with the Omega Tattoo while trying to stop a mugging.

Here's a preview:

Supernatural (The CW) 9 p.m. - "Appointment with Samarra"

Death takes a holiday! Desperate to figure out a way to get Sam's soul back, Dean turns to Death, who makes him a deal ... act as Death for 24 hours. Meanwhile, Sam decides that he doesn't want his soul back and asks Balthazar to help him with his problem. Julian Richings returns as Death, Sebastian Roche guest-stars as Balthazar, and is that Robert Englund we see in the promo?

Here's a promo:

Sanctuary (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Vigilante"

Will has to work with Adam in an attempt to find an access point for the hidden city. Meanwhile, Magnus and Druitt head to London in search of a critical artifact.

Here's a sneak peek:

And other Friday shows of interest

On Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place (8 p.m.), Alex decides to give up magic in "Lucky Charmed." On the Animal Planet's The Haunted (9 p.m.), it's an "Invasion of the Poltergeist" when a mother and her children are tormented by a dark presence that may be a deceased relative. And on the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures (9 p.m.), the crew heads to Iowa to the scene where eight people were murdered in the "Villisca Axe Murder House."

Saturday, Dec. 11

Ice Quake (Syfy) 9 p.m.

Brendan Fehr, Jodelle Ferland and Victor Garber star in this Syfy Saturday night movie about a family that struggles to survive a natural disaster involving underground rivers of liquid methane that just might take out the planet. Directed by Paul Ziller.

Here's a sneak peek:

And other Saturday shows of interest

On the Biography Channel's Celebrity Ghost Stories (9 p.m.), interviews and reenactments explore the ghost stories of Shelley Long, Daniel Stern, Gail O'Grady and Matt Sorum.

Sunday, Dec. 12

Family Guy (Fox) 8:30 p.m. - "Road to the North Pole"

One-hour Christmas special! It's a very Family Guy Christmas when Brian and Stewie get the brushoff from Santa at the Quahog Mall and they decide to travel to the North Pole to have a chat with Santa. Bones' David Boreanaz guest-voices as himself.

Here's a preview:

What are you going to watch?

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