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Adventure Time (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network)
This could be really interesting — it's science versus magic, Adventure Time-style. Judging from the previews I've seen and the above clip, Princess Bubblegum insists on asking the wizards, "How does it work?" Which can't possibly end well. Here's the deets: "Princess Bubblegum believes magic is nothing but a bunch of hooey, but when Starchy gets sick and asks her to use magic to cure him, she asks Finn and Jake to help her sneak into Wizard City to get a cold spell." That's followed by Regular Show and Mad.
Defiance(9 PM, Syfy):
Looks like there could be a regime change soon! "On the eve of the mayoral election, Nolan and Amanda both come under fire when the Lawkeeper is involved in an accident."
Siberia(10 PM, NBC):
Did you know this show existed? Us neither. It's some kind of fake reality TV show set in the spot where the Tunguska meteor landed, and there appears to be some kind of extraterrestrial threat stalking the Survivor-esque contestants. Here's the skinny:
In 1908, a meteor hit deep into the remote Siberian territory of Tunguska. Now, more than 100 years later, 16 contestants descend on Tunguska unknowing of the land's mysterious past. When a contestant is badly injured and no help arrives, the contestants are met with the chilling realization that the strange occurrences are not part of the show. With their safety threatened, competing contestants must band together in an effort to survive.
Under The Dome (10 PM, CBS):
Now we get to find out how well this show can sustain its drama from week to week, with an episode focusing on the difficulty of putting out a fire without any fire trucks: "While the residents of Chester's Mill face the uncertainty of life in the dome, panic is heightened when a house goes up in flames and their fire department is outside of the dome."
Way to raise the stakes — sounds like Claudia's predicament has far-reaching consequences. Also, will we get to see Giles and Spike reunited on screen? Here's what's up: "After bronzing Claudia, Paracelsus escapes with the only artifact that can cure her, and the team has to hunt him down before it's too late. Meanwhile, Claudia's link to Warehouse 13 endangers the building and Mrs. Frederic."
Teen Wolf (10 PM, MTV):
Here's what to expect from "Frayed": "During a bus ride to a cross country meet, Scott and his friends flash back to the events of a preemptive strike against the Alphas that has left several injured and possibly one or more dead."
This time around, Johnny is using science to cheat in a ventriloquist contest. And Robin decides to get his own superpowers — first using science and then magic, with disastrous results both times.
Didn't Bender already try to become a folksinger once before? In any case, here's what's up this week, according to The Infosphere:
Bender meets his hero, a famous folksinger who has been in jail 30 times, and wants to duplicate his success. This means duplicating his guitar too, which he tries to steal from a maximum-security prison, but fails, so instead resorts to 3D-printing technology to duplicate the guitar — again resulting in horrible consequences.
Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman (10 PM, Science):
I'm going to just climb out on a limb and say "No."
"Will Sex Become Extinct?" Every single person who has ever lived was created from the genes of one man and one woman. But human sexual reproduction, unchanged for millions of years, is about to undergo radical change.
TV Marathons (All Day, Various Channels):
It's Independence Day — the day we celebrate aliens blowing up the White House. But if you don't want to head out and look at fireworks, you can always stay in and watch various TV marathons. AMC is having three days of The Walking Dead. BBC America is showing a ton of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Syfy is showing nonstop Twilight Zone. Encore is showing the Back to the Future trilogy over and over. And various movie channels are having various movies, some of which are genre.
Waking The Baby Mammoth (National Geographic, 8 PM):
Awww, baby mammoths.
She is the most perfectly preserved woolly mammoth ever discovered. She's called Lyuba, a 1-month-old baby that walked the tundra about 40,000 years ago and then died mysteriously. And she has mesmerized the scientific world with her arrival — creating headlines across the globe. How did she die? What can she tell us about life during the ice age and the Earth's changing climate?
Cult (8 PM, The CW):
Two more episodes of this already-doomed show are airing, and here's what's up:
JEFF AND SKYE CONTINUE THEIR SEARCH FOR NATE — On the set of the television show “Cult,” Skye (Jessica Lucas) consoles Edie MacDonald (guest star Shauna Johannesen), the actress who plays Meadow, after she confesses to being spooked by a pair of figurines she recognizes from her childhood. Jeff (Matt Davis) and Skye pay a visit to Edie’s mother (guest star Teryl Rothery, “Kyle XY”). Peter (guest star Ben Hollingsworth) continues to spy on Skye. Meanwhile, on the television show, Billy (Robert Knepper) nears his breaking point.
JEFF AND SKYE FAIL TO DECIPHER PHILIP KELLIAN’S MANUSCRIPT — Jeff (Matt Davis) and Skye (Jessica Lucas) question Dr. Kimble’s teaching assistant, Allegra (guest star Sheila Vand, “Argo”), and the three discover that Kimble’s lab has been ransacked. Allegra identifies Phillip Kellian’s manuscript as being almost identical to one of Kimble’s. Skye discovers that Stuart (guest star Jeffrey Pierce) opened a production company on the Cult studio lot, so they break into Stuart’s offices and discover a surveillance room with hidden camera feeds. On the show, Kelly (Alona Tal) worries about Andy’s (guest star Christian Michael Cooper) growing fear of Meadow (guest star Shauna Johannesen). Kelly accompanies Meadow to therapy, and it is revealed that they witnessed their own parents’ murder as young girls.
This looks like a pretty pivotal episode, both for Kiera's police pals and for Alec's career: "The day of Sam's birthday causes Kiera emotional stress and trouble when Inspector Dillon is relieved of duty and a new regime threatens Kiera's cover identity. Meanwhile, Alec accepts Kellog's partnership offer and meets Jason."
Also on TV tonight: There's a new Phineas & Ferb on Disney at 9 PM.
Zero Hour (8 PM, ABC):
You should just pause to savor the insanity of this plot synopsis:
"Winding" - Hank and Laila are on the run in Strasbourg determined to beat the Pyrates in their quest for the True Cross, while "Molars," still captive on a salvage ship with White Vincent, shares some of his findings with him, including a journal written by his doppelganger, Kriegskommandant Dietrich. Back at Modern Skeptic Magazine, Arron and Rachel are convinced there's a mole within the FBI who is feeding information to The Shepherds. With so much at stake - life, death and the possible end of the world - the mole is closer than anyone realizes. And when Beck, Paige, Arron and Rachel meet up with Hank and Laila in Strasbourg, the mole is revealed. Beck, still grappling with so many unanswered questions about her husband, makes her own startling discovery that leaves everyone to wonder: "Whom can I trust?".
666 Park Avenue(9 PM, ABC):
Jane is joining the "Conspiratii" — who are like the Illuminati, only with more conspiracy. Plus Henry is finding Jane's estranged father, and there's a humongous party. The penultimate episode, so almost your last chance to revel in real estate porn and supernatural intrigue...
Sinbad gets a stalker — this being an era before Facebook, magic is apparently involved somehow.
Big diinosaurs on campus. Probably also, dinosaurs gone wild.
We're already halfway through the season. How are you feeling about an Alan Ball-free True Blood? Here's what this week has in store:
Sookie (Anna Paquin) confronts her growing attraction to the mysterious Ben (Rob Kazinsky). Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) counters Burrell's (Arliss Howard) brutal anti-vampire initiatives by hitting his nemesis where it hurts the most. Growing up all too quickly, Andy's (Chris Bauer) faerie daughters end up keeping dangerous company. Sam (Sam Trammell) and Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) make a connection. Bill (Stephen Moyer) tasks Takahashi (Keone Young) to synthesize a new kind of blood.
The other shoe is finally going to drop on the "Hal has turned evil and is sleeping with his Overlord ex-girlfriend" storyline:
Hal finally reveals his internal struggle to everyone, and it doesn't bode well for the Masons. Lourdes experiments with a risky new medical procedure. And Charleston's government sees a massive shift in leadership when a group breaks away on a search and rescue mission.
The Venture Bros. (Midnight, Adult Swim):
Everybody's losing their marbles this week! "A friendship begins to unravel Dr. Venture's sanity; Hand and Henchman 21 are committed; Dean has a relationship with a mystery woman."
Also on TV today: A new Avengers Assemble on Disney XD at 11 A.M.