This Week's TV: Halle Berry Is Having Rosemary's Space Baby!

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We've got two big TV premieres this week: Halle Berry gets mysterious pregnant on a solo space mission in Extant and Guillermo del Toro brings his vampire contagion to TV with The Strain. Plus, Hemlock Grove, Mythbusters, and Masters of Sex are all back for their fresh new seasons. Summer TV is in full swing!


Top image from The Strain comic book.


Beauty and the Beast (9 PM, The CW)

Beauty and Beast rounds its second season finale tonight, and will apparently be back later this year for a third season. So, uh, yay for Beauty and the Beast fans?

Cat (Kristin Kreuk) searches for a way to thwart Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and finds her answer in an unexpected place: the journal of her ancestor, which makes Cat fear the only way to stop Gabe is by killing Vincent (Jay Ryan).

Teen Wolf (10 PM, MTV)<

Ready those sticks, lads. There's high drama on the field this week:

Whilst Stilinski investigates a murder, Scott has his place on the Lacrosse team threatened by a freshman.

Under the Dome (10 PM, CBS)

Nobody ever suspects the butterfly.

Barbie risks his life to help Rebecca save the Chester's Mill food supply when she discovers an infestation of butterfly eggs on the town's crops.



The Wil Wheaton Project (9 PM, Syfy)

Andy Serkis shows up this week—presumably sans mo-cap.


Extant (9 PM, CBS)

Halle Berry stars in this new series about an astronaut who comes back from a solo space mission mysteriously pregnant.

Astronaut Molly Woods tries to reconnect with her husband, John, and son, Ethan, after returning from a 13-month solo mission in outer space. Molly's mystifying experiences in space lead to events that will ultimately change the course of human history.

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman (10 PM, Science)

This week, the Science Channel wonders just how powerful humanity could become through scientific advancements.

Could we become as powerful as God? Scientific breakthroughs grant our species seemingly divine abilities. Scientists are figuring out ways to grow new life, create artificial consciousness, use big data to solve any problem, or even travel at light speed.



Adventure Time (7 PM, Cartoon Network)

Shelby is thrust into a new role after a party-related accident.

Defiance (8 PM, Syfy)

Datak and Stahma's marriage continues to be complicated:

Nolan is ordered to hunt down and destroy those responsible for a vicious attack in the badlands on a badly shaken Pottinger and his caravan. Tensions flare when Nolan's investigation turns up evidence implicating one of Rafe's miners. Meanwhile, Datak sets his vengeful sights on reclaiming control over the family business.

Dominion (9 PM, Syfy)

The truth about the Chosen One gets out, leading to a dangerous stand off. Meanwhile, a new angel threat emerges and someone dies.


Mythbusters (9 PM, Discovery)

The Mythbusters are back, and they're wasting no time blowing things up:

The MythBusters tackle some of Hollywood's favorite explosive scenarios. Could a hero really shoot a live grenade in midair and thus render it useless? Could you really contain a TNT explosion inside an ordinary object like a file cabinet or aquarium?



Hemlock Grove (Streaming, Netflix)

Season Two of Eli Roth's supernatural small-town drama goes online for your weekend binging. Hopefully, it will be less meandering than Season One.


Legend of Korra (8 PM, Nickelodeon)

Hooray for more Lin Beifong! In the first of this week's two episodes:

Korra finds out that the Earth Queen imprisoned airbenders to create an army. Jinora leads an investigation with her spiritual projection. Lin joins the Avatar Team.


And in the second:

Korra, Mako, Bolin and Asami visit Sao Fu, the city of Metal Clan. Lin does not want to meet her past. Su Jin tells her life story. Air Temple Island training camp has a new recruit.



Space Dandy (12:30 AM, Adult Swim)

In "There's Music in Darkness, Baby," Dandy is captured by a ukulele-playing alien who wants to turn him into a statue.


The Last Ship (9 PM, TNT)

Days after a trying series of events at Gitmo, Chandler and his crew are put under extreme duress when the ship's propulsion system suffers a catastrophic event. With Dr. Scott in danger of losing all her research on the virus and a crew overworked, overtired and desperately low on drinking water, Chandler's leadership and ingenuity are put to the test.


True Blood (9 PM, HBO)

Another day in Louisiana, another bloodbath:

In the aftermath of yet another bloodbath, Sam (Sam Trammell), Sookie and Jason find themselves the bearers of bad news in Bon Temps and beyond. Pam recalls the events that led her and Eric to Shreveport and Fangtasia. Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) get nourishment from unexpected sources. Following a new lead, Sookie enlists a band of vampires and humans to track down the H-Vamps.


Witches of East End (9 PM, Lifetime)

Joanna is thrilled when Frederick returns, but Wendy remains suspicious of his behavior. Meanwhile, Killian discovers he has a lot in common with new love Eva; and Dash reluctantly deals with his blackmailer.


The Leftovers (10 PM, HBO)

After two weeks of watching Christopher Eccleston do nothing but hand out fliers, it'll be good to see him getting in on the action.

In the face of dwindling church attendance and threats on his life, Reverend Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston) continues to preach his gospel: that many who disappeared in the Departure were sinners and not saints. Matt's campaign is detoured when he learns he may lose the church to foreclosure, forcing him to launch a desperate, last-minute plan to come up with the cash to keep it.

Masters of Sex (10 PM, Showtime)

Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson are back for another season of human sexual response:

Season 2 begins with Masters dealing with the ramifications of his disastrous presentation and being fired from the hospital. Meanwhile, Libby urges Masters to get another job; and Virginia fights off advances and innuendos stemming from the belief that she was the woman in Master's explicit film.


Salem (10 PM, WGN)

In the Salem season finale, the show's most obvious secret comes to light:

Aiden learns a huge secret that Mary has been keeping from him.

The Strain (10 PM, FX)

We're ready for Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's vampire show to creep us out:

When a plane lands in New York City with everyone on board dead, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, head of the CDC's Canary Project, and his team are called upon to investigate. Harlem pawnbroker Abraham Setrakian races to the airport, convinced that what looks at first like a mysterious viral outbreak might be the beginning of something infinitely more sinister.


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Honestly adding "in space" to an existing story or genre always makes it more interesting in my eyes. There are the classics like cowboys and pirates but I think we could take it farther. For example:

Homer's the Odyssey but IN SPACE

Journey to the West but IN SPACE

King Arthur but IN SPACE

the possibilities are endless