This week, things start to get back to normal! Supergirl, Limitless, Teen Wolf, American Horror Story, Heroes Reborn, Reign, and Nova all return! The Shannara Chronicles, based on Terry Brooks’ fantasy novels, debuts! Plus a full week of Steven Universe, and a couple excellent insect movies! It’s all on This Week’s TV.

Tonight

Steven Universe (5:30 PM, CARTOON NETWORK)

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It’s Steven’s Birthday Week (he’s 14)—meaning we’re getting new episodes each weekday at 5:30. Huzzah! Today: “The Answer: Garnet finally tells Steven the story of how she came to be a Crystal Gem. ”

Supergirl (8PM, CBS)

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“With Astra in captivity at the DEO, her husband, Non (Chris Vance), captures Hank, leading to a tense standoff between the two sides. Also, Kara continues to refute Cat’s allegations that she is Supergirl.”

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Tuesday


Steven Universe (5:30 PM, Cartoon Network)

In today’s new episode, “Steven’s Birthday: Steven has a birthday party at the barn and decides he has some growing up to do.”

Teen Wolf (9PM, MTV)

Teen Wolf is back this week. And so is the The Beast of Gévaudan!

The Expanse (10PM, SYFY)

“Miller pays a tense visit to his partner Havelock, who managed to survive a spike through the chest.”

Josephus Miller very thoughtfully keeps his hair in a side bun for this scene, lest it dip into his partner’s sucking chest wound.

Limitless (10PM, CBS)

“When an assassin makes an attempt on Senator Edward Morra’s life, Brian is ordered to sabotage the FBI’s investigation into it in order to prevent exposing the Senator’s connection to NZT. As Brian and Morra’s fates become further intertwined, Brian is faced with how far he’s willing to go to protect the politician.”

Limitless also returns this week, and the premiere promises at least a few minutes with Bradley Cooper. Perhaps three.

Shannara Chronicles (10PM, MTV)

Series premiere! When a leaf falls from the Ellcrys tree, a demon is born! That’s a fun premise. Read our review of the first few episodes here.

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Wednesday

Steven Universe (5:30 PM, Cartoon Network)

Another new installment. This time: “It Could’ve Been Great: The Gems take a trip to the moon.”

Nova (9PM, PBS)

“Join archaeologists who reveal traces of WWI’s most devastating, ultra-secret tunneling operation.”

Season 43 of Nova kicks off this Wednesday.

American Horror Story (10PM, FX)

“Ramona draws vitality from an unlikely source. Sally uses her past to negotiate her future. Scarlett learns the truth of her family’s affliction.”

Cannibalism! Furnaces! AHS: Hotel is finally back.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10PM, FXX)

It’s not a science/science fiction/fantasy/ show, generally (Frank counts, though. “I love eggs, Charlie! And I love crabs!”), but we do get a lot of reaction GIFs of Dayman/Nightman, so it’s going in! Season eleven premieres, with an episode about selling a board game.

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Thursday

Steven Universe (5:30 PM, Cartoon Network)

This time around: “Message Received: Steven has some doubts about believing in everyone.”

Heroes Reborn (8PM, NBC)

“Following Noah’s mysterious disappearance, Luke (Zachary Levi) and Malina (Danika Yarosh) unite to rescue Tommy (Robbie Kay) and save mankind. At the mysterious Sunstone Manor, Carlos (Ryan Guzman) and Farah (guest star Nazneen Contractor) fight alongside The Haitian (guest star Jimmy Jean Louis) to take down Matt Parkman (guest star Greg Grunberg) and free the prisoners under his control. Meanwhile, Tommy and Miko (Kiki Sukezane) join forces against Erica (Rya Khilstedt) and her brutal plan for the future. “

Angel from Hell (9:30, CBS)

Series premiere. It’s about a guardian angel who wears a lot of purple and green: aka the Supervillain Colors...

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margret (10PM, IFC)

Hour long premiere! No one expected it, but Todd Margret has somehow bounced back from the nuclear apocalypse and his exile to North Korea. I’ll watch the first episode to see *how* if you do!

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Friday

Steven Universe (5:30 PM, Cartoon Network)

Steven Universe week ends! Here’s what’s in store: “Log Date 7 15 2: Steven sneakily listens to a friend’s audio diary.”

Reign (8PM, CW)

“As Mary and Catherine deal with the aftermath of Prince Don Carlos’ (guest star Mark Ghanimé) accident, Mary realizes that she will have to marry for the good of her country and not follow her heart. When Catherine is accused of poisoning Francis, Lola is shocked when Mary thinks Narcisse framed Catherine in order to become Regent of France.”

Mysteries at the Castle (9PM, TRAVEL)

An episode on topless dueling! Third season premiere, of course.

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Saturday

Svengoolie Presents Werewolf of London (10PM, METV)

Mutant Insect Double Feature (2:15AM, TCM)

Phase IV and Them! Stay up late to see Saul Bass’s sole directorial feature.

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Sunday

Bob’s Burgers (7:30PM, FOX)

Also returning! A frequent victim of sporadic scheduling, so I thought I’d include it.

Galavant (8PM, ABC)

Two more back-to-back episodes!

The Simpsons (8PM, FOX)

“Homer decides to buy a new brand of “milk,” which causes early puberty, both for Bart (augmenting his wooing powers) and Lisa (whose small bout with acne opens her up to the world of makeup and popularity).”

Not to be confused with Futurama’s season four episode Teenage Mutant Leela’s Hurdles, here we have The Simpsons’ season twenty-seven episode, Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles. The show’s second episode in a row with a science-fiction bent!


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