There was plenty to disdain about the former Sci-Fi Channel’s in the years since it changed names to the eminently mockable “Syfy.” The Ghost Hunters and the innumerable “paranormal reality shows” that followed. The philosophy that saw them distance themselves from the very genre that gave them their name. One of the few programs from that dark time that I actually really enjoy is the makeup competition Face Off, which returned with new episodes a couple of weeks ago. This week the series is following its common trend of tying in with a popular genre property — The Hunger Games. The artists will be faced with a “predator challenge” (no, not that Predator), and Hunger Games actor Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) will serve as a guest judge.
Face Off‘s “Let the Games Begin” airs Tuesday at 9/8c on Syfy. You can check out the rest of this week’s TV picks below, including new episodes of The 100, The Flash, Helix, and 12 Monkeys!
Gotham (Fox, 8/7c) — “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon”
Gordon suspects an inside job when the key witness in a homicide ends up dead while being held for questioning by the police, so he turns to an old friend for information. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot takes control of a prized possession belonging to Fish Mooney.
Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 9/8c) — “Kali Yuga”
Nick Hawley gets help from Ichabod, Abbie and Jenny as he confronts his sinister childhood caretaker. Meanwhile, Capt. Irving adjusts to his new surroundings.
The Flash (The CW, 8/7c) — “The Sound and the Fury”
Dr. Wells’ former protégé, Hartley Rathaway, returns to seek revenge on his mentor after being affected by the particle accelerator explosion. Meanwhile, Iris is hired as a cub reporter; Cisco recalls his first day on the job at S.T.A.R. Labs when he met Hartley and Caitlin; and Joe asks Eddie for a favor but asks him to keep it a secret from Barry.
Marvel’s Agent Carter (ABC, 9/8c) — “The Blitzkrieg Button”
Howard Stark suddenly returns under mysterious conditions. Meanwhile, Chief Dooley threatens Peggy.
Supernatural (The CW, 9/8c) — “There’s No Place Like Home”
Charlie returns from Oz and is seen on video beating up a district attorney. Dean suspects she is hunting on her own and that the D.A. must be a demon. When Sam and Dean find her, they are shocked to learn the real reason for her return.
The 100 (The CW, 9/8c) — “Survival of the Fittest”
THE BEAST WITHIN — Lives are at risk as Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Lexa (guest star Alycia Debnam Carey) encounter a new emeny. Bellamy (Bob Morley) and Lincoln (Ricky Whittle) agree to work together to break into Mount Weather. Murphy (guest star Richard Harmon) helps Jaha (Isaiah Washington) confront his past. Meanwhile, Indra (guest star Adina Porter) makes Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) an offer she can’t refuse.
Arrow (The CW, 8/7c) — “Midnight City”
Arsenal and Diggle confront Laurel about trying to step into her sister’s shoes and warn her to stop before she gets herself killed. Meanwhile, Brick kidnaps the city’s aldermen and threatens to kill them unless the police evacuate the Glades; and Malcom tells Thea that Ra’s al Ghul is after him and his family, and that they must leave town immediately.
12 Monkeys (Syfy, 9/8c) — “Cassandra Complex”
Cole’s search for the location of the virus leads him to 2014, and to a devastating moment in Dr. Railly’s life involving a dangerous outbreak in Haiti.
Constantine (NBC, 8/7c) — “A Whole World Out There”
A group of Ivy University students test a disturbing theory in an experiment that goes horribly wrong when they find a way to an alternate dimension where they encounter a maniacal killer.
Grimm (NBC, 9/8c) — “Death Do Us Part”
Captain Renard seeks assistance from a mystical woman from his past; at the same time, Nick and Hank investigate a shocking homicide at an abandoned residence that is allegedly haunted, leading many locals to believe a ghost is the culprit.
Helix (Syfy, 10/9c) — “Scion”
Jordan and Peter travel outside the safety of the abbey to retrieve some specimens and discover just what’s living in the woods; at the same time, Sister Amy plots to make the CDC team leave forever.
Black Sails (Starz, 9/8c) — “X.”
Flint offers advice to Dufresne; Silver attempts to make himself indispensable; Eleanor is requested to depose a captain; and Rackham turns ambitious.
MythBusters (Discovery, 9/8c) — “Video Games Special”