TV THIS WEEK: Damien premieres, S.H.I.E.L.D. returns, and more!

We've returned to a very solid TV schedule at this point thanks to midseason premieres, and this week we get even more. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back, The Walking Dead is in the midst of a major new arc, and we're about to see how The Omen translates to the small screen with the series premiere of Damien.

Check out the week in TV below. What's on your watchlist?


Damien (A&E) Monday, 10 p.m. - "The Beast Rises"

Series premiere! - Adapting a popular film (or series of films) for television has become an increasingly popular trend in genre TV. We got Hannibal, a new take on Dracula, and the still-airing Bates Motel, and there's more on the way. This week, we get to see the TV take on The Omen with Damien, the new series from former The Walking Dead showrunner Glenn Mazzara. The series will follow an adult version of the title character (played by Merlin's Bradley James) as he attempts to come to terms with the Satanic past he's long since buried. Will the show be able to sustain the tension and supernatural drama for the duration of a full season? Tonight's the night we start to find out. Check out a preview below.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) Tuesday, 9 p.m. - "Bouncing Back"

Midseason premiere! - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is still a very divisive show among Marvel fans, but Season 3 was the year it really upped its game in terms of ambition. We've traveled to other worlds, the Secret Warriors have assembled, and we've got more Inhumans than ever. When we last left the show, a certain Hydra agent was dead...or so the agents thought. Now, facing a threat they don't see coming, Coulson and crew have to try to take Hydra once and for all, with plenty of, sometimes Inhuman, resistance standing in their way. Check out a preview below.


Legends of Tomorrow (CW) Thursday, 8 p.m. - "Night of the Hawk"

Now that Legends of Tomorrow has been around for a while, let's have a quick look at how it's faring in ratings. When it debuted, it drew more than 3 million total viewers and a key demo rating of 1.2, giving The CW its best night in that timeslot in two years. Since then, it's dipped a bit, hovering between two and three million viewers and around a 1.0 rating pretty comfortably. That number sounds small, but remember, this The CW we're talking about. The standards are different, and it's also a network driven by younger viewers who aren't necessarily watching the show on a television. Expect Season 2 to happen. Check out a preview of this week's episode below.


The Walking Dead (AMC) Sunday, 9 p.m. - "The Same Boat"

Negan Time? - For many fans of The Walking Dead comics, we may be entering the most exciting time in the history of the TV series, because it's almost time for Negan. If anyone has ever competed with The Governor in terms of evil leadership and sadistic tactical brilliance, it's him, and we already know he'll be played by the amazing Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Negan hasn't appeared onscreen yet, but his followers, The Saviors, have, and at this point they're doing far more than just lurking in the background. We're in the midst of a major confrontation, and that means Rick and company could meet the man, himself, any day now. Check out a preview below.


CSI: Cyber (CBS) Sunday, 10 p.m. - "Legacy"

Season finale! - We don't talk about CSI: Cyber all that much here, because while it's rather tech-heavy and nerdy in that way, it's not exactly supernatural. That said, we're approaching the time of year when network executives are making decisions regarding their regular season shows. Some will stay, but some will go and make room for other developing projects. If you're a fan of Cyber, I'm sorry to tell you this show will likely be the latter. Though it debuted last year with more than 10 million viewers, Season 2's live viewers have never topped more than 7 million, and while another network might consider that a great number, this is CBS, home to NCIS -- a show that regularly tops 15 million viewers in its 13th Season -- and The Big Bang Theory -- a show putting up similar numbers. In an age of cord-cutting, CBS boasts shows that frequently defy ratings odds, and thought CSI was once its most popular franchise, it's likely executives are already thinking of replacing Cyber with something that can perform better in prime timeslots. Maybe it's time for NCIS: Cyber?



Gotham (FOX) 8 p.m. - "Rise of the Villains: A Dead Man Feels No Cold"


Gordon, Barnes and Bullock look to Nora for help in their search for Victor Fries; Penguin meets Hugo Strange; Alfred gives Bruce crucial information about his parents' murder.


Lucifer (FOX) 9 p.m. - "Wingman"


Lucifer gets help from an unlikely source while trying to find the contents of his stolen container; Chloe uncovers a vital clue.


Bates Motel (A&E) 9 p.m. - "A Danger to Himself and Others"


Season premiere! - Norma searches for Norman, who finds himself in unfamiliar surroundings; Dylan waits for news about Emma; Romero gets a surprising proposition.


The Magicians (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "The Strangled Heart"


Penny is violently attacked by someone thought to be a friend; Quentin tries to find a connection to The Beast; Julia considers giving up magic for good.


Lost Girl (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Follow the Yellow Trick Road"


While under lockdown, the gang rallies to save one of their own.


Damien (A&E) 10 p.m.  - "The Beast Rises"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Bitten (Syfy) 11 p.m. - "A Quiet Dog"

Jeremy acts as mediator for a negotiation between Sasha and Roman; Elena watches over prisoner Konstantin.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.(ABC) 9 p.m. - "Bouncing Back"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Shadowhunters (Freeform) 9 p.m. - "Rise Up"

Clary, Jace and Isabelle are forced to take drastic action after they suspect Lydia's harsh plan for the Seelies could prove to be disastrous; Alec is emotionally torn by events at the Institute.

Teen Wolf (MTV) 9 p.m. - "Apotheosis"

While Scott and the others work to stop the Beast before Beacon Hills is razed to the ground, loyalties are tested and alliances are forged.

Limitless (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Close Encounters"


When Brian and Rebecca investigate a citywide blackout, they are exposed to an unknown substance and placed under quarantine; Rebecca catches Brian using NZT from his private stash.


Of Kings and Prophets (ABC) 10 p.m. - "Offerings of Blood"


Series premiere! - King Saul tries to defend his kingdom by planning a strategic marriage for his daughter, Merav; Samuel relays a message from God to Saul.


Face Off (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Bottled Up"

The artists get inspiration from unique vessels and create mischievous genie characters.

CSI: Cyber (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Flash Squad"

The team investigate a traffic app that reroutes users to remote locations where they are robbed by women in masks; with business completed in Los Angeles, Russell and Greer Latimore reconnect.


Legends of Tomorrow (CW) 8 p.m. - "Night of the Hawk"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

You, Me and the Apocalypse (NBC) 8 p.m. - "T Minus..."

Jamie and Dave finally locate Layla and her daughter; Ariel kidnaps Frankie; Scotty must choose between his sister and Project Savior.

The 100 (CW) 9 p.m. - "Terms and Conditions"


Kane's attempt to handle things peacefully may have to give way to more drastic measures; Pike suspects that someone in Arkadia is leaking information; Raven confides in Jasper for help with a plan.

Colony (USA) 10 p.m. - "Zero Day"


Will wants to remove the family from the occupation; Katie and Broussard prepare for an operation; Snyder tries to protect his office; Maddie makes a bold move.

Elementary (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Hounded"

Holmes and Watson investigate the death of a wealthy businessman who a witness claims was chased down by a large, glowing animal; Sherlock believes ME Hawes' work may be compromised because of the trauma caused by the morgue bombing.


Sleepy Hollow (FOX) 8 p.m. - "Into the Wild"


Sophie and Abbie are faced with a monster that might blow their cover with Reynolds; Joe and Jenny find something precious; Crane realizes the symbol from the catacombs might be more important than he thought.

Grimm (NBC) 9  p.m. - "Into the Schwarzwald"


Nick and Monroe uncover a long-hidden treasure in Germany; Renard helps Hank and Wu track down an assassin who is terrorizing Portland.

Second Chance (FOX) 9 p.m. - "When You Have to Go to There, They Have to Take You In"


Duval and Pritchard team up to search for a serial killer; Alexa and Connor seek key technology from Lookinglass; as Mary and Pritchard grow closer, Otto takes measures to make sure Mary won't leave him.


Doctor Who (BBC) 9 p.m. - "Doctor's Notes: The Husbands of River Song"

While hiding from Christmas festivities on a remote human colony, the Doctor is recruited to help River Song.

Beowulf (Esquire) 10 p.m. - "Episode 108"

Herot prepares for Slean and Keta's wedding; when secrets are revealed, the couple must make decisions about loyalties; Abrecan must choose whether to accept his sister's rule or stand against her.


Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8 p.m. - "Labor of Love"


No synopsis available. 

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9 p.m. - "The Same Boat"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The Last Man on Earth (CBS) 9:30 p.m. - "Valhalla"


The gang seeks closure after a tragic event; Melissa and Todd deal with the consequences of her surprise proposal.

CSI: Cyber (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Legacy"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The Venture Bros. (TOON) 12 a.m. (Technically Monday) - "A Party for Tarzan"

The Guild targets Dr. Venture for assassination, which ruins a party thrown for his fancy new friend.


(Episode synopses via Zap2It)

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