Some Special Sci-Fi This Weekend

In addition to the regular new episodes of shows like "Fringe" (Fox, 9 p.m.) and "The Walking Dead" (AMC, Sun., 9 p.m.), there are a couple of notable special sci-fi entries for fans to be aware of.

On the web, starting today, the "Battlestar Galactica" spinoff "Blood & Chrome" debuts today on the YouTube channel Machinima Prime. It will air through February in 7-10 minute chapters  before SyFy airs it as a TV movie.

"Blood & Chrome" takes place between "Caprica" and "BSG" during the first Cylon War, focusing on the young pilot Bill Adama (here played by Luke Pasqualino). SyFy commissioned "B&C" as a two-hour movie that would have served as a pilot to a new "BSG" series, but elected earlier this year not to pick the pilot up.

Maybe if there's enough positive feedback, SyFy will revisit that decision, since there's nothing much else to watch on that channel.

Also this weekend, The Science Channel is running a marathon of "Firefly" episodes Sunday leading up to a two-hour reunion interview with the cast at 9 p.m. called "Browncoats Unite."

The special was shot during this summer's Comic Con in San Diego, and reunites cast members Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin and Sean Maher, plus creator Joss Whedon, and writers Tim Minnear and Jose Molina.

For a series that only last 12 episodes and one feature film, the show retains a loyal following. Not surprising, considering how good of a show it was and the talent it was.

If someone were to try to put that cast together for another project, it'd be quite difficult considering how successful many of the cast have been: Fillion (star of "Castle"), Gina Torres ("Suits"), Tudyk ("Suburgatory"), Morena Baccarin ("Homeland") and so forth, not to mention that Whedon wrote and directed the biggest movie of the year in "The Avengers."

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: Speaking of fantasy, "Grimm" (NBC, 9 p.m.) is new. The CW has a new "Nikita" at the same time.

CBS has new episodes of "CSI: NY" and "Blue Bloods" from 9-11 p.m., while ABC is new with "Last Man Standing," "Malibu Country" and "Shark Tank" from 8-10 p.m.

On cable, there's a new "Hunted" (Max, 10 p.m.) and "Haven" (SyFy, 10 p.m.)

On Saturday, UGA battles Auburn at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

On Sunday, I'll try to stop reeling from the deaths on "Walking Dead" (AMC, 9 p.m.) and hope that the cast can make it through another week. There's also a new "Talking Dead" and "Comic Book Men" from 11-midnight.

Also on cable are new episodes of "Dexter" and "Homeland" on Showtime from 9-11 p.m. and "Boardwalk Empire" and "Treme" at the same time on HBO.

On the networks, it's the 200th episode of "Family Guy" (Fox, 9 p.m.), surrounded with new episodes of "The Simpsons," "Bob's Burgers" and "American Dad."

I really want the twins to lose after stealing the hippies' money last week on "The Amazing Race." (CBS, 8 p.m.) They may be remembered as the most annoying team in the history of the show. It's followed by "The Good Wife" with guest star Christina Ricci, and "The Mentalist."

ABC is new with "Once Upon A Time," "revenge" and "666 Park Ave." PBS continues "Upstairs, Downstairs" on "Masterpiece Classic" (PBS, 9 p.m.)

Finally, BBC America airs The Britannia Awards beginning at 8 p.m.