This Week's TV: Animals Decide to Take Back the Planet from Humanity

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Believe it or not, Zoo, the show where mammals start attacking humans, is the less bloody of this week’s television series premieres. There’s also MTV’s TV adaptation of the slasher series Scream. Plus, we kick off the new seasons of Teen Wolf and Extant and wrap up season two of Penny Dreadful.


Teen Wolf (10 PM, MTV)

It’s the fifth season premiere for the teen wolves, who will soon have to think about becoming 20-something wolves. After all, they’ve already got college applications on the brain. But first off, they have to deal with the return of an old face. There’s also Wolf Watch right after the show, starting at 11 PM.


The Whispers (10 PM, ABC)

Claire speaks with Sean, who has no memories of her or their life together, and tries to get him to remember something... anything about his past; Wes has an epiphany and heads back to Mali to take another look at the fulgurite, and Lena keeps a watchful eye on Minx to make sure that her conversations with Drill have ceased.


Stitchers (10 PM, ABC Family)

This week’s episode is titled “Stitcher in the Rye” for... reasons.

When the algorithm for the Stitchers program turns up among thousands of classified documents hidden by a conspiracy theorist, Kirsten starts to suspect her colleagues. Meanwhile, Kirsten starts getting cryptic messages from an unexpected source.


Teen Wolf (10 PM, MTV)

Yes, it is double Teen Wolf this week. In the second of this week’s episodes, Stiles is suspicious of a new classmate and Lydia helps a student dealing with night terrors.

Zoo (10 PM, CBS)

When animals attack! Based on the novel by James Patterson, Zoo imagines a world where animals suddenly start attacking humans all around the world:

Jackson Oz, an American ex-pat safari guide living in Africa, discovers a link between strange animal attacks on people occurring around the world and his late father’s controversial theories about an impending threat to the human race. Meanwhile, journalist Jamie Campbell and veterinary pathologist Mitch Morgan team up to investigate similar abnormal animal behavior in Los Angeles.

Scream (11 PM, MTV)

The TV show based on the horror movie franchise starts this week, with a new mask and lots of fresh blood spilling everywhere:

After a cyber-bullying incident results in a brutal murder, the shocking violence stirs up memories of a killing spree from the past that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe just inspired a new killer. A group of teens - with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart - become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets and victims of a killer who’s out for blood.



Extant (10 PM, CBS)

The second season premiere of the “Halle Berry gets pregnant in space” show is called “Change Scenario,” which makes sense since everyone swears it’s a completely different show this time around. It better be.

Six months after her life unraveled and dark secrets were revealed, Molly is confined to a psychiatric hospital when she learns of bizarre deaths that sound eerily similar to those she witnessed in space. When she escapes to investigate, she crosses paths with JD Richter, a determined cop who just signed on to the case.


Um, okay... so more people telling Halle Berry she’s crazy? This sounds like more of the same. We’ll see.

Mr. Robot (10 PM, USA)

The vigilante hacker thriller is already a hit after just one episode. This week, Elliot’s still torn about joining the collective, but if he doesn’t make a decision, the people in his life could be hurt.



The Astronaut Wives Club (8 PM, ABC)

Perfection still isn’t easy for the astronauts and their wives:

It’s Scott Carpenter’s turn to go up, and as the world - and the Astronaut Wives - ready themselves for his launch, Rene receives the opportunity to tell her own story, in her own words, in LIFE Magazine. Meanwhile, tensions flare as Deke deals with some troubling news of his own that questions his future as an astronaut, but all the while, the women come together to support each other.


Beauty and the Beast (8 PM, The CW)

Good thing Kristin Kreuk’s still pretty. That’s why people are still watching this show, right?

Cat (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent (Jay Ryan) take their relationship to a couples counselor (Saul Rubinek) when Cat dives into her work and suspects a wealthy transplant recipient of being involved with the mysterious experiments on innocent people in the city.


Aquarius (9 PM, NBC)

Hodiak (David Duchovny) investigates the murder of a Hollywood star but hits a wall when the powerful movie studio wants the case to remain unsolved. Emma (Emma Dumont) and Sadie (Ambyr Childers) meet a special person from Manson’s (Gethin Anthony) past.


Wayward Pines (9 PM, Fox)

Are you actually allowed to trust people in Wayward Pines? Don’t they have surveillance to prevent that?

After discovering the truth behind Wayward Pines, Ethan finds a bomb planted in his car, which makes him question people whom he thought he could trust. Meanwhile, Kate and Harold have a fertility consult meeting with Nurse Pam and Ben and Amy’s (guest star Sarah Jeffery) relationship heats up.


Hannibal (10 PM, NBC)

We reach Hannibal’s “Contorno.” Hannibal episode titles, why must you make me so hungry?

Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) and Inspector Pazzi (guest star Fortunato Cerlino) search for clues that will lead them closer to Hannibal Lecter’s (Mads Mikkelsen) location in Florence, but the promise of riches offered by Mason Verger (guest star Joe Anderson) threatens to corrupt Pazzi’s quest for redemption. Meanwhile, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Chiyoh (Tao Okamoto) travel to Florence, both on a mission to find Hannibal, but at odds over the desired outcome. Elsewhere, as Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) continues to work with Mason Verger she grows concerned for the safety of all involved.

Under the Dome (10 PM, CBS)

We can’t wait to see what the Dome has to say about this week’s episode:

The residents of Chester’s Mill try to move on with their lives in the aftermath of their mysterious experience in the tunnels beneath town. Meanwhile, Big Jim suspects new residents Christine (Marg Helgenberger) and Eva (Kylie Bunbury) are keeping secrets concerning the Dome.


Olympus (11 PM, Syfy)

Yup, Olympus is having its first season finale. Will the characters triumph? Will they ever get real names?

Access to Olympus is granted, but not everyone survives the journey.


Defiance (8 PM, Syfy)

Amanda and Doc Yewll must enlist the Omec for help rescuing Nolan and Irisa, who have fallen into an unexpected and potentially fatal tour of their own past. Meanwhile, Datak and Stahma prepare a decisive move against Gen. Rahm Tak, leader of the Votanis Collective.


Killjoys (9 PM, Syfy)

A warrant to retrieve a missing migrant worker on Leith isn’t as simple as it seems when the Killjoys discover something dangerous lurking beyond the edge of a farm. Meanwhile, a psych exam brings into question whether D’avin is mentally fit to do the job.


Dark Matter (10 PM, Syfy)

The past comes back to haunt members of the crew during a stopover at a space station, during which Four makes a stunning discovery, while Two and Five learn that some games of chance come with surprising risks. Elsewhere, Six receives some unwanted attention at a local clinic; and One and Three’s attempts to sell the weapons in their cargo hold lands them at a dangerous disadvantage.



Atlantis (9 PM, BBC America)

As Jason is due for execution in two days unhappy high priest Melas protests to Pasiphae, who has his adopted daughter Cassandra as her hostage to make him betray Jason. Hercules tries to free Jason but is himself caught and imprisoned with him though Ariadne and her loyal advisor Delmos arrange for their escape, which leads to their own arrest by the traitor Cilix. Pasiphae now prepares to declare herself the ruler of Atlantis and a reluctant Hercules prevails upon Medusa to tell the truth and save them all.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (10 PM, BBC America)

We get into the Madness of King George in this week’s US episode:

Norrell survives the attempt to kill him by Lady Pole, who is taken away to be cared for by John and Mr Honeyfoot. Along with Jonathan he is summoned to use magic to cure the madness of King George but refuses. Jonathan, however, calls upon the spells of the Raven King as a cure, almost playing into the hands of the Gentleman, who tries to kill George to put Stephen on the throne. Childermass, unconscious after taking the bullet intended for Norrell, finds himself visiting Fairyland, the Raven King’s domain, and so does Jonathan, who marvels at it. Norrell warns him it is the home of evil, dangerous magic, causing a rift between the two men. Jonathan gets a further summons from Wellington to help fight Bonaparte but the Gentleman uses Arabella to exact revenge on him for thwarting the attempt on King George’s life.


Battlebots (8 PM, ABC)

This week kicks off a round of 16. Sparks will fly (and so will a few robot parts).


Humans (9 PM, AMC)

The humans continue be uncomfortable jerks around their Synth companions:

Laura feels increasingly threatened by the presence of Synth Anita, and Leo’s quest for information takes him to dangerous places.


The Last Ship (9 PM, TNT)

Even with a working vaccine, things aren’t exactly easy in the post-pandemic world:

The crew of Nathan James discovers that hospital ship USNS Solace was sent to sea to wait for Dr. Scott’s cure. Captain Chandler sees an opportunity to add another ship to their fleet while Rachel is eager to find a lab better equipped to replicate the vaccine. When Solace fails to respond to radio communications, Chandler and his team board the ship...and come face-to-face with an unexpected enemy.


True Detective (9 PM, HBO)

Ani lets Ray know she’s in charge after he goes rogue on the investigation, even though he stumbles on crucial evidence that takes the case in a new direction. Meanwhile, Frank meets with his former associates in the criminal underworld, but they make it clear they’re not taking orders from him anymore; and Paul hits the streets to see if Caspar’s face rings a bell.


Falling Skies (10 PM, TNT)

The Espheni experiments take a grotesque turn:

A surprise skitter attack leaves the 2nd Mass without food. In desperation, Maggie, Ben, Pope, and Sara go on a dangerous mission hoping to find supplies. Along the way, they encounter a family deeply scarred by the Espheni plan. Maggie must make false promises to insure the 2nd Masses’ survival. Meanwhile, Tom and Anne discover the Espheni have created something part Espheni, part Skitter, part Hornet... and part human.


Halt & Catch Fire (10 PM, AMC)

Gordon returns to California to reconnect with his brother, Henry, as Joe uses his newfound leverage to change Wheeler’s thinking about computing.


Penny Dreadful (10 PM, Showtime)

In the second season finale, Vanessa must rely on her own strength to defeat the demon.


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You know, the number of people killed by animals each year (not counting diseases) is less than 1,000. The worldwide murder rate is about 10 per 100,000, so the number of people killed by people is about 700,000. 700X higher. People are large, as animals go, and they like to live away from creatures that prey upon them, and they react badly to being eaten. Unless all our dogs turned upon us due to some toxoplasmosis-type plague, the animal world can’t actually do much damage to the human race. The cats already despise us, but haven’t been able to do anything about it.