This Week's TV: The Worst Thing Ever to Come Out of The Hunger Games!

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Seriously, just watch the previews for this new reality TV show, which is wants so badly to look like Hunger Games, and judge for yourselves. Meanwhile, Disney XD is giving us a brand new sneak peek at Guardians of the Galaxy and other upcoming Marvel movies. Check out clips and details for all this week's TV!

Top image: True Blood.


Adventure Time (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network)

OMG, Princess Bubblegum and Marceline teaming up! Check out a clip above! "Marceline is on a top-secret mission tracking Maja the Sky Witch. But when she loses the witch’s trail, Marceline turns to Princess Bubblegum for help." That's followed by Regular Show and Mad.

Under The Dome (10 PM, CBS):

We continue the Stargate Universe-esque thing of dealing with the lack of basic amenities, one commodity per week. This week: drinking water. "'The Endless Thirst' - When the town begins to run low on water, the residents of Chester's Mill begin to fight for the remaining resources. Meanwhile, Julia discovers a strange connection that two of the town's residents have with the Dome."


Teen Wolf (10 PM, MTV):

This time around, "Allison becomes suspicious of someone close to her." And apparently, in this episode, we learn Lydia's true nature.

Also on TV tonight: A brand new episode of NBC's Lost-meets-Survivor show Siberia, at 10 PM.


Johnny Test/Teen Titans Go! (7:00 PM, Cartoon Network):

Check out a clip above. This time around, the girls invent an "attitude alternator" which makes everybody do the opposite of what they'd normally do. And then, Cyborg tries to convince Raven to join a meatball party — I don't think that's a euphemism — and in the process he accidentally fires a half-robot meatball into her mouth — still not a euphemism — which awakens the demon octopus that lives inside her. And that's followed by a new Looney Tunes Show.

Capture (9 PM, The CW):

The CW tried twice to create a scripted Hunger Games show, The Selection — but now, instead, you get the reality TV version. It's got all the hallmarks, including two people in each grouping and the whole "hunting each other in a wilderness" schtick. Check out the promo and see for yourself. And here are the details:

THERE IS ONLY ONE RULE: DON’T GET CAUGHT Luke Tipple hosts this new action-adventure reality series where twelve teams of two are about to enter the Hunting Grounds, a high-tech wilderness compound, where they must live in primitive conditions for one month in a winner-take-all battle to survive. Armed with the latest GPS technology and a “talon,” which acts as a kill-switch to the vests worn by the hunted, the hunters search four acres of wilderness, sometimes in brutal weather, in order to capture two teams in 48 hours. In addition to battling fatigue, hunger and extreme weather, the hunted teams cannot stand still for more than three minutes without alerting the hunters to their location. Once two teams are captured, the others vote who should be sent home. Relying on their survival skills and primal instincts, the teams form alliances and strategize to be the ones that take home the coveted $250,000 prize.


Star Wars Tech (11 PM, Disney XD):

As part of Disney's "Disney XD Fandom" event, they're showing a new special documentary about the technical aspects of Star Wars, "from Darth Vader’s robotic limbs to the light saber, to how X-wings compare to modern jets."


Also on TV tonight: A new Bang Goes the Theory on BBC America at 9 PM.


Disney Fandom Special: Earth's Mightiest Show (8 PM, Disney XD):

No clue what this half-hour special is, but apparently it'll include a sneak peek of Thor 2, Captain America 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, and maybe other upcoming Marvel films. Maybe they'll show the footage that we saw at Comic-Con? That would be seriously awesome.

Futurama (10 PM, Comedy Central):

How are we going to bite Bender's shiny metal ass now? It's gone AWOL. In "Assie Come Home," Bender is forced to search the entire universe for his missing posterior. Sorry about video quality!


Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman (10 PM, Science):

The season finale throws us the biggest mind-bender yet: "Did God create evolution?" Apparently it has to do with the "moral molecule." Sigh.

Is life the product of evolution or is it thanks to the guiding hand of God? Believers in Intelligent Design argue complex life could not have evolved randomly. One evolutionary scientist is filling in the gaps in the fossil record by bringing extinct creatures back to life as robots. An engineer has discovered a single pattern that appears throughout the entire universe. Is the existence of a "moral molecule" in our brains a sign that God created humanity? Was life created by evolution, by God or both?


Also on TV tonight: Cartoon Network has new episodes of Annoying Orange, Amazing World of Gumball and Legends of Chima, starting at 7 PM. Syfy has a new episode of Joe Rogan Questions Everything at 10 PM.


Meet the Disney Legends (8:30 PM, Disney XD):

More of the Disney XD Fandom event, this time focusing on some famed animators and creators who are being inducted into the Disney Legends hall of fame. That's followed by a special featurette about ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Also on TV tonight: The season finale of The Hero on TNT at 8 PM, and a new Burn Notice on USA at 9 PM. And a new Wilfred on FX at 10 PM. Plus a new NTSF:SD:SUV on Adult Swim at 12:15 AM.


Gravity Falls (8:30 PM, Disney):

The season finale! And everything's coming to a head in "Gideon Rises": "Gideon has taken over the Mystery Shack, and Dipper and Mabel are forced to go back home."


Continuum (10 PM, Syfy):

In "Seconds," another member of Alec's family is struck by tragedy, as Kiera has to decide whether she's willing to change Julian's destiny as the Liber8 leader Theseus.



Beware the Batman (10 AM, Cartoon Network):

It's a Katana-centric episode, and she's being tied in with the League of Assassins... "Katana’s history as a member of the League of Assassins is revealed – as well as the fact she’s been hiding the famed Soultaker Sword."


Being Human (10 PM, BBC America):

The original British show is in its homestretch. This time around: "Tom struggles to introduce an isolated 1980's werewolf - Bobby, to modern day life. Crumb comes to stay at Honolulu Height for a bit of rehab."


Also on TV today: At 11:30 AM, Nickelodeon has the first episode of Rabbids Invasion, a new videogame tie-in. Syfy burns off five episodes in a row of Sinbad, its British import, from 6 to 11 PM, culminating in the series finale. Speaking of which, at 9 PM, ABC shows the series finale of Zero Hour. At 10 PM, H2 has another episode of Your Bleeped-Up Brain. And at 11 PM, there's a new Axe Cop on Fox.


There's a Torchwood: Miracle Day marathon on Starz all day, starting at 10 AM. Maybe it'll hold up better this time around? Stranger things have happened.

True Blood (9 PM, HBO):

Getting towards the end of this season. How are we feeling about it at this point?

Sookie (Anna Paquin) faces a major dilemma in deciding whether to broker a deal between Warlow (Rob Kazinsky) and Bill (Stephen Moyer). In vamp camp, Jason (Ryan Kwanten) gets to know Violet (Karolina Wydra), while Sarah (Anna Camp) goes to extremes to keep Tru Blood flowing. Alcide (Joe Manganiello) makes a decision that will impact the futures of Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Sam (Sam Trammell).

Falling Skies (10 PM, TNT):

The season finale. Can this show pull it out? At least it sounds like we'll get lots of closure, whatever that's worth:

When the 2nd mass destroys a crucial Espheni base, a relentless enemy is taken down and the Mason family is reunited with those who had been lost. But the arrival of more interstellar players puts the fate of the Earth's remaining survivors in doubt.


Also on TV today: A new Avengers Assemble on Disney XD at 11 A.M. CBS has another new Unforgettable at 9 PM. And at 10 PM, there's a new Stan Lee's Superhumans on H2.

Sources: Futon Critic, MSN TV, TV Guide, and various TV studio press releases.


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"the hunted teams cannot stand still for more than three minutes"
in case you needed to be reminded that The Hunger Games owes a little something to The Long Walk.