This Week's TV: Fringe's John Noble explores the weirdest real-life science. Plus a wizard battle on Adventure Time!

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The man behind Walter Bishop, John Noble, proves that the real world is just as demented as Fringe's bizarre science, as he hosts a new show featuring "twisted but true" stories. MTV gives us C.O.P.S. with zombies and werewolves. And meanwhile, the Doctor ventures into a child's scary bedroom, on Doctor Who. And both True Blood and Torchwood race towards their huge season finales.


Our preview of this week's television also includes a clip of the wizard battle in this week's Adventure Time, plus clips from Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Haven!


Syfy is having a Eureka marathon all afternoon to prepare you for tonight's episode.

There's another helping of Cartoon Network's Monday night animation bloc. At 7 PM, there's a new Johnny Test. Here's the story: "In order to win a prize in a male-only science club, Susan switches bodies with Johnny." That's followed at 7:30 by a new The Amazing World of Gumball, and here's what happens: "Gumball and Darwin barely survive a school picnic in the Forest of Doom." And then at 8 PM there's a new Adventure Time — check out a brand new clip at left. Here's the dope:

Every couple hundred of years or so, all of the wizards in Ooo assemble for "Wizard Sport," a fantastic, wizards-only battle royale.


That's followed at 8:30 by a new Mad, including "Konan the Kardashian."

Meanwhile, Syfy once again has its Monday night bloc, starting with Eureka at 8 PM. Here's what Syfy told us about the clip, at left:

Allison and Carter are interrupted by an emergency evacuation sequence. An attempt to do an engine test on a space craft has caused everything to go awry and they can't get the engines to turn off on the hangar floor. It appears they can't contain it and if the thrusters activate, the craft will tear a hole right through Global Dynamics.

There's a new Warehouse 13 at 9 PM on Syfy, and you can watch a clip at left. According to Syfy:

Myka and Artie are about to board an elevator with 40 floors to the ground. Myka insists that they should take the stairs instead, but a frustrated agent claims it would take too long, plus they had the area secure until she showed up. Just a few floors into the ride and the automatic brakes stop their trip down, and Artie claims it only happens in case of an emergency.

That's followed by a brand new Alphas at 10 PM on Syfy. Check out a preview at left, which shows the team getting their own glimpse of heaven through a "winged counterpart."

And then at 10:30 PM, MTV is premiering a new horror-comedy show called Death Valley, which follows the Undead Task Force as it patrols the vampires and zombies of the San Fernando Valley. Here's what MTV wants you to know about this show:

A year ago, vampires, werewolves and zombies mysteriously descended upon the streets of California's San Fernando Valley. Death Valley is the dark comedy that follows the cops that capture the monsters, and the camera crew that captures the cops.

Follow the horrific yet comedic exploits of the newly formed Undead Task Force (UTF), a division of the LAPD created to combat the emergence of monsters in the San Fernando Valley. Death Valley showcases the outrageous and courageous men and women working the toughest beat in the US: Death Valley.

Balancing dark humor with horror, the show is built upon cold-blooded conflict and character driven comedy, following the cops bent on keeping the streets safe from the presence of the paranormal. Documenting each case of zombie, vampire and werewolf encounter is the daring camera crew that is embedded within the task force, quickly revealing that the monster problem goes much deeper than anyone could have possibly imagined.

Full of subtext about living in today's insane world, Death Valley is at its core a fun, non-stop thrill ride featuring chases, hardcore kills, and extraordinary creatures. The zombies are disgusting, menacing and brutal, the vampires are dangerous, smart and powerful and the werewolves are beastly and insane. From "blood-for-sex" prostitution busts to undead traffic jams, every call from dispatch will take you to a place you've never been: right to the bleeding heart of Death Valley.


Cartoon Network has a new Looney Tunes Show at 8 PM.


For a good chunk of the day, Syfy is showing episodes of Friday the 13th: The Series, so you can see just how similar this show was to Warehouse 13.

At 10 PM, Science has the premiere of a new show, Dark Matters: Twisted But True — hosted by Fringe's John Noble. The first episode looks at the Philadelphia Experiment, the "Ape-Man Army," and "Zapped to Death." Here's how Science is describing the show.

This August, SCIENCE examines what happens when scientific research goes too far, with the world premiere of DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE. The six-part series takes viewers inside the laboratory to profile strange science and expose some of history's most bizarre experiments. Hosted by noted science fiction actor John Noble (Fringe, Lord of the Rings), DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE delves into the most unusual research ever conducted, including attempts to crossbreed humans and apes, actual zombie investigations and head transplantation studies. Cutting-edge CGI recreations enable viewers to witness the pivotal moments when brilliant minds face controversy or ethical crossroads on the fringes of science.


Notice how they worked the word "Fringe" in there at the end?


Also at 8:30: a new Problem Solverz on Cartoon Network, "Puffy Puppiez."

At 9 PM, there's a new Burn Notice, "Better Halves."

And there's another new Futurama at 10 PM on Comedy Central, "Overclockwise." Bender gets overclocked and reaches a kind of technological singularity, becoming basically a cyber-god who no longer cares about his former friends. This episode, as they mentioned at Comic-Con, was originally planned as the season finale, and wraps up the series in case it didn't get renewed — which, thank goodness, it did.


Also at 10 PM: another new Wilfred on FX, "Sacrifice."

There's also a new Ancient Aliens on the History Channel at 10 PM, "Aliens and Ancient Engineers."

Building tools and technology and the possibility that they were influenced by aliens are explored. Included: a mountaintop fortress in Peru; and temples at Vijayanagar, India.


And then at 10:30 PM, Comedy Central has the second season finale of Ugly Americans, "Mummy Dearest."


Syfy is showing a lot of the best Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes during the day, including "Darmok," "Relics," "The Best of Both Worlds Parts 1 & 2," "The Inner Light" and "Yesterday's Enterprise."


A lot of shows aren't on today due to the Labor Day Weekend. But there's still a new ThunderCats at 8:30 PM on Cartoon Network, "Legacy."

And then at 10 PM, there's a brand new installment of Torchwood: Miracle Day on Starz, "The Gathering."

As the Three Families plunge the world into recession, the Torchwood team – defeated, powerless, and hunted – must strike a bargain with the devil himself.


Judging from the promo, it looks like things are going to start ramping up with this one — fingers crossed!

Also at 10 PM, Syfy has a new Haven, "Friend or Faux." In which "A banker hides a dark secret that connects him to a serial killer hiding in Haven." Check out a freaky clip at left.


At 11 PM, G4 has all-new episodes of Iron Man Anime and Wolverine Anime.


BBC America is having a Battlestar Galactica marathon, starting at 9 PM Friday night and ending 9 PM Saturday night. They're showing the miniseries, the first season, and a big chunk of the second season.

At 9 PM, there's another all-new Doctor Who on BBC America, "Night Terrors."

The Doctor receives a distress call from the scariest place in the Universe: a child's bedroom.


At 11 PM, Disney XD has a new (to Americans) episode of Naruto Shippuden.


At 8 PM, the Discovery Channel's Curiosity asks, "Is There a Parallel Universe?"

There's the penultimate True Blood episode of season four, on HBO at 9 PM, "Soul of Fire."

It's up to Sookie and her powers to keep Bill, Eric and Pam from harm. While Jesus casts a spell, Lafayette is totally absorbed by the past. Sams gets even with Marcus and Alcide deals with Debbie head on. Andy's foray into the forest is filled with deep, overwhelming emotion.


And at 10 PM, there's a new Breaking Bad on AMC, "Hermanos."

Also at 10 PM: a new Dinosaur Revolution on the Discovery Channel, "The Watering Hole."


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

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