Prime Time Sci Fi TV: Syfy Takes Over the Week with the Premieres of Childhood’s End, The Expanse, and The Magicians

By | December 13, 2015

Weekly roundup of science fiction and fantasy shows (as well as movies/specials of note) on the Prime Time TV schedule, also including programs that may be of interest to genre fans. Air dates and times subject to change without notice.

childhoods-end-syfyMost shows have already headed into their winter hiatus and Syfy is apparently taking advantage of the lull with an aggressive programming block for the week.  Their much anticipated mini-series Childhood’s End, based on the classic Arthur C. Clarke novel, airs in three parts from Monday through Wednesday.  In addition, their new space opera series The Expanse, based on the James S. A. Corey series of novels, debuts on Monday after Childhood’s End and then takes up it regular timeslot on Tuesdays the next day (the pilot is currently available for free viewing online at this link).  Also, Syfy will give a special preview of upcoming series The Magicians as the first episode of that show will air on Wednesday following Childhood’s End.  Then that one will continue after the Winter break starting on January 25th (The Expanse will air all of December and into January).  Apart from that, Supergirl and Limitless both air a new episode this week on CBS before taking a two week break then returning at the beginning of January.  Also, American Horror Story will have its Fall finale, Into the Badlands and Z Nation will have their season finales, Haven will have its series finale, and Ash vs. Evil Dead and The Librarians continue their ongoing runs throughout December.  So despite all the show taking breaks, there is still plenty to watch this week and you can start getting caught up on your DVR the last two weeks of the year.

Prime Time Sci Fi TV for the Week of Dec 14 – Dec 20:

Monday Dec 14
Supergirl (CBS) 8:00-9:00
Gotham (FOX) 8:00-9:00 On Hiatus
Childhood’s End (Syfy) 8:00-10:00 Mini-Series Premiere
Minority Report (FOX) 9:00-10:00 Season Ended
The Expanse (Syfy) 10:00-11:00 Series Premiere

Tuesday Dec 15
The Flash (CW) 8:00-9:00 On Hiatus
Childhood’s End (Syfy) 8:00-10:00
Agents of SHIELD (ABC) 9:00-10:00 On Hiatus
Scream Queens (FOX) 9:00-10:00 Season Ended
iZombie (CW) 9:00-10:00 On Hiatus
Limitless (CBS) 10:00-11:00
The Expanse (Syfy) 10:00-11:00 Timeslot Premiere
Saving Hope (ION) 11:00-12:00

Wednesday Dec 16
Arrow (CW) 8:00-9:00 On Hiatus
Childhood’s End (Syfy) 8:00-10:00 Mini-Series Finale
Supernatural (CW) 9:00-10:00 On Hiatus
Star Wars Rebels (DXD) 9:30-10:00
American Horror Story (FX) 10:00-11:00 Fall Finale
The Magicians (Syfy) 10:00-11:00 Series Preview

Thursday Dec 17
Vampire Diaries (CW) 8:00-9:00 On Hiatus
Heroes Reborn (NBC) 8:00-9:00 On Hiatus
The Originals (CW) 9:00-10:00 On Hiatus
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) 9:00-10:00 On Hiatus
Haven (Syfy) 9:00-11:00 2 Hr Series Finale

Friday Dec 18
Grimm (NBC) 9:00-10:00 On Hiatus
Z Nation (Syfy) 10:00-11:00 Season Finale

Saturday Dec 19
Doctor Who (BBCA) 9:00-10:20 Season Ended
Ash vs. Evil Dead (STARZ) 9:00-9:30
The Returned (aka Les Revenants) (SUND) 10:00-11:00 Season Finale

Sunday Dec 20
Once Upon A Time (ABC) 8:00-9:00 On Hiatus
The Librarians (TNT) 8:00-9:00
The Walking Dead (AMC) 9:00-10:00 On Hiatus
The Leftovers (HBO) 9:00-10:00 Season Ended
The Last Man on Earth (FOX) 9:30-10:00 On Hiatus
Into the Badlands (AMC) 10:00-11:00 Season Finale

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