TV THIS WEEK: Goodbye Primeval, Chuck meets Mystique and more!

It's starting to get barren out there when it comes to new episodes, but we will get the season finale (and possibly the series finale) of Primeval; Chuck has a run-in with Rebecca Romijn (aka The X-Men's Mystique); and Grimm takes on its own version of Rapunzel. We'll also get a little zombie action by way of Steve Niles' Remains.

Also this week, it's the big buildup to next week's two-hour Terra Nova, Stephen King's Bag of Bones returns for a second night, Vivien's bundle of joy arrives on American Horror Story, the machine spits out four numbers in Person of Interest, Will and Magnus get trapped in a cave-in on Sanctuary, and Hallmark continues its holiday cheer with Christmas Magic, about an angel who's trying to earn her wings.

Here's what we have to look forward to this week on sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and spy-fi TV.




Monday, Dec. 12



Terra Nova (Fox) 8 p.m. - "Within"

As things heat up for next week's big two-hour finale, the colony prepares for the arrival of the 11th Pilgrimage. Meanwhile, Lucas works to finish his device, and Taylor and Jim confront the traitor. And if you've been watching, you know who that is.

Here's a sneak peek:


Stephen King's Bag of Bones (A&E) 9 p.m.

Two-part miniseries! Part two of two! Pierce Brosnan returns for the second night of the miniseries about a writer who runs into paranormal issues while trying to deal with writer's block.

Here's a promo for the miniseries:




Tuesday, Dec. 13



Unforgettable (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Spirited Away"

The show about a lady cop who can't forget anything, ever, heads into a spirited direction when a well-known ghost hunter is murdered while on a ghost hunt in an abandoned mental hospital.

Here's a promo:




Wednesday, Dec. 14



American Horror Story (FX) 10 p.m. - "Birth"

It looks like there's going to be a new addition to the house when Vivien has her baby. Meanwhile, Violet and Tate plot to rid the house of some of its troublesome ghosts.

Here's a preview:




Thursday, Dec. 15



Person of Interest (CBS) 9 p.m. - "Number Crunch"

When the machine spits out four numbers, Reese and Finch are baffled. Meanwhile, saving Dective Carter may have turned out to be a mistake.

Here's a promo:


Other Thursday shows of interest:

On the season five finale of USA's Burn Notice (10 p.m.), Michael gets his biggest CIA mission just when Anson's plans take flight. Eric Roberts and Dean Cain guest-star.




Friday, Dec. 16



Chuck (NBC) 8 p.m. - "Chuck Versus the Curse"

While on a mission involving a computer virus, Chuck and Sarah run into a fierce spy (Rebecca Romijn). Meanwhile, Ellie and Awesome's date night goes awry, and Morgan gets a special mission.

Here's a preview:


Grimm (NBC) 9 p.m. - "Let Your Hair Down"

Nick digs into a murder that took place in the woods, which leads to an old missing-persons case.

Here's a look:


Steve Niles' Remains (Chiller) 10 p.m.

Welcome to Reno by way of zombie apocalypse! This original movie from Chiller takes the graphic novel written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and illustrated by Kieron Dwyer, and spins out a tale about survivors of a apocalypse that has turned most of the world's population into zombies. The group holds up in a vacant casino and struggle to survive as the undead gets stronger, smarter and more aggressive. Remains stars Grant Bowler (True Blood), Lance Reddick (Fringe), Miko Hughes (Pet Sematary), Tawny Cypress (Heroes) and Evalena Marie. The film was written by John Doolan and directed by Colin Theys.

Here's a peek at Steve Niles' Remains:



Sanctuary (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "The Depths"

Will and Magnus head to Bolivia to hunt for a legendary Abnormal but end up fighting for their lives when they're trapped in a cave-in. Meanwhile, Henry works on a new invention and records video letters to someone special.

Here's a promo:


Other Friday shows of interest:

On the Cartoon Network there's a new episode of Generator Rex (6 p.m.) that takes the gang to Egypt in "Riddle of the Sphinx." And on the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures (9 p.m.), the team investigates "Old Charleston Jail."




Saturday, Dec. 17



Primeval (BBC America) 9 p.m. - "Episode 6"

Season five finale! In what could well be the series finale, Matt and Abby go through the anomaly to rescue Connor and discover what the future looks like thanks to Philip's anomaly. With the anomaly growing increasingly unstable, it looks like it's up to the team to save the Earth ... again! No additional seasons have been ordered of Primeval, and it's been over a year since production wrapped. However, there is a Canadian version in the works called Primeval: New World.

Here's How to Pulverize a Predator, from season five:




Sunday, Dec. 18



Christmas Magic (ABC) 8 p.m.

Lindy Booth (The 4400) plays an angel who must earn her wings by taking on the earthbound mission of convincing a man (Stargate Atlantis' Paul McGillion) that life is worth living.

Here's a promo:


What are you going to watch?

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