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I'm starting off the week with a sore throat and a pounding headache (yay for me!) but at least there's a new episode of Fringe to look forward to this Thursday. Plus, Heroes takes us back to season one, and ABC finally debuts its brand new take on V starring Lost's Elizabeth Mitchell and Firefly's Morena Baccarin.

Catch the first nine minutes of V below, and read on for this week's TV picks and previews.

Heroes – "Once Upon a Time in Texas" – Heroes takes us back to the good ol' days – season one to be exact – when Hiro travels back in time to visit his dearly departed gal pal Charlie (Jayma Mays). But can he save her from Sylar's death grip this time? Hiro himself, Masi Oka, has compared "Once Upon a Time" to the incredible season one ep "Company Man." Could it really be that good? (Monday, 8 p.m. on NBC.)

More TV picks and previews after the jump.

V, "Pilot" – They're here! Strangely attractive yet undeniably creepy aliens arrive on Earth promising peace, love and new technology. But you can't fool Scott Wolf and Elizabeth Mitchell that easy -- they know these non-Earth dwellers are up to no good in ABC's remake of V. Catch the first nine minutes below and tell us what you think. (Tuesday, 8 p.m. on ABC.)

Fringe, "Earthling"Fringe is back with the first of three new episodes. This week's case involves a murderer who turns victims into ash by using a high-energy discharge, plus we get a peek into Broyle's past. (Thursday, 9 p.m. on Fox.)

FlashForward, "The Gift" – The agents investigate the mysterious Blue Hand group with the help of MI6 agent Fiona Banks. And Battlestar Galactica's Leoben (Callum Keith Rennie) guest stars this week. That's all I need to know. Let's hope he gets more to do here than he did on BSG: The Plan. (Thursday, 8 p.m. on ABC.)

Supernatural, "Changing Channels" – Presumably taking a cue from a bizarre John Ritter movie, this week's Supernatural traps San and Dean inside a series of TV shows that look like CSI, ER and Happy Days. Unfortunately, I think the writers missed a golden opportunity to work in a Gilmore Girls reference here. (Thursday, 9 p.m. on The CW.)

Smallvile, "Kandor" – Julian Sands makes his Smallville debut as Jor-El in an episode that sees Clark and Zod racing to find Clark's father – or a clone of Clark's father, I'm still not sure what's going on with these young versions of Jor-El and the Kandorians. (I'm guessing they're not robots, ala Toyman.) (Friday, 8 p.m. on the CW.)

Stargate Universe, "Earth" – Eli, Chloe and Young use the communication stones to travel back to Earth to execute a risky plan to bring the Destiny crew home. This, of course, means Col. Telford is back on the ship barking the wrong orders at the "wrong people" and making every Stargate fan hate Lou Diamond Phillips. (Seriously, why do they let this guy on the ship?). Richard Dean Anderson guest stars. (Friday, 9 p.m. on Syfy.)

Sanctuary, "Pavor Nocturnus" – Magnus wakes up to find the Sanctuary and the city surrounding it destroyed and decayed. Is it a post-apocalyptic dream, or has she somehow traveled to the future or another dimension? Watch a preview clip below: (Friday, 10 p.m. on Syfy.)

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