Gaga's 'American Horror Story' is here: Six shows to watch this week

Story highlights

  • "American Horror Story: Hotel" premieres this week starring Lady Gaga
  • Acclaimed Showtime series "Homeland" and "The Affair" return

(CNN)Lady Gaga's hotel is officially welcoming guests.

One would guess there's plenty of vacancy in the "American Horror Story: Hotel," since it is likely to give potential clients the creeps.
It's one of six shows to watch this week:

    1. 'American Horror Story: Hotel,' Wednesday, 10 p.m. ET, FX

    Co-creator Ryan Murphy pulled off a coup casting Lady Gaga in a major role as the proprietor of a mysterious hotel in the fifth season of his disturbing anthology series.
    Alongside his cast of regulars and semi-regulars (but without Jessica Lange), this year's series also stars Matt Bomer, Max Greenfield, Naomi Campbell and Darren Criss.
    The typically surreal trailer gives us a few clues as to what to expect, but with this series, there's always an element of shock and surprises.

    2. 'The Affair' Sunday 10 p.m., Showtime

    The Golden Globe winner for best drama series is back, and for the uninitiated, one reason it has won over many critics is the fact that it uses multiple perspectives and jumps timelines; the steamy show includes a murder mystery and great performances by Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Joshua Jackson and Maura Tierney.
    "The Affair" itself is just the tip of the iceberg.

    3. 'The Flash,' Tuesday 8 p.m., The CW

    The DC Comics adaptation of the "Scarlet Speedster" broke ratings records for the CW last season, and it's back to break the laws of physics once again (plus, more time-traveling).
    More characters from the comic books should appear as well to face our hero, Grant Gustin.

    4. 'Homeland,' Sunday 9 p.m., Showtime

    A funny thing quietly happened last season: "Homeland's" fourth season staged a comeback for the show, according to critics, who weren't fans of the third season (spoiler alert: the last one with Damian Lewis).
    So expectations are higher now for season 5, which continues to focus on the story of Claire Danes' always-on-edge Carrie Mathison, now in self-imposed exile from the CIA.
    Say what you will: this show is never boring.

    5. 'The Leftovers,' Sunday 9 p.m., HBO

    Season two of one of the most unusual shows on TV is here.
    Justin Theroux and Amy Brenneman return, and continue to deal with the aftermath of an unexplained event that resulted in 140 million people disappearing from the Earth.
    The involvement of Damon Lindelof, co-creator of "Lost," lets you know what you're in for.

    6. 'iZombie,' Tuesday 9 p.m., The CW

    "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas took what could have been a corny or campy concept, based on a Vertigo Comics series, and made it into excellent television.
    Much of the credit goes to star Rose McIver's performance as the title zombie, Liv, in a world where zombies only go crazy for brains when they get really angry (the rest of the time Liv sprinkles brains in with her food).
    This season, we can expect Liv's visions to continue to give her insight into murders in Seattle and for the scheming zombie Blaine to try to get revenge.