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Summer TV season is starting, which means television is getting weird. There's a new sitcom where Anne Heche communicates with God. There's a taste of Disney XD's brand new Avengers show. There's new proof that mermaids are real. And there's a documentary about the town whose teen girls got Tourettes Syndrome. Plus tons more!


Top image: Marvel's Avengers Assemble


Adventure Time (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network):

Here's what to expect from "The Suitor": "Peppermint Butler thinks Princess Bubblegum is spending too much time in her lab and decides she needs a suitor." OMG is Princess Bubblegum really going to marry someone other than Finn? And what's wrong with her spending all her time in the lab, anyway? That's followed by Regular Show and Mad.

Winx Club: Magical Adventure (8 PM, Nickelodeon):

It's the second full-length Winx Club movie! There's some kind of prom and everybody is asking each other out, but there are evil supervillains crashing it. Basically, an animated episode of Vampire Diaries.

Defiance (9 PM, Syfy):

This time around, an old war buddy of Nolan's is coming to town chasing a dangerous arms dealer — and Nolan and the town get caught in the middle. Check out the first four minutes above.

Warehouse 13 (10 PM, Syfy):

Now that we know this show is only getting six more episodes after this season, time to enjoy it while it lasts, I guess. Here's what's up:

Pete and Myka head to Vegas to investigate murders that are tied to the world of high magic. Meanwhile, Claudia and Jinks search for an artifact used to rig horse races, while Artie meets the new B&B owner, Abigail Cho.


Revolution (10 PM, NBC):

So now everybody is converging on the tower. Please please please let this season end with an actual bang. Please.

NORA IS LEFT FOR DEAD AND MONROE IS STALKED BY RACHEL AS MILES SEEKS A MURDERER AMONG HIS CORE GROUP- A captive Nora (Daniella Alonso) is tortured and left for dead. Monroe (David Lyons) learns of Rachael's (Elizabeth Mitchell) attempt to reach the Tower but is unaware of her deadly plan for him. Meanwhile, Miles (Billy Burke) is desperate to find out how so many of his close associates are being brutally murdered. Later, Miles, Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos), Neville (Giancarlo Esposito), Jason, (JD Pardo) Hudson (Malik Yoba) and Sanborn (Leland Orser) struggle to make it out of the Plains Nation to join Rachel and save her from what they believe to be certain death.

Also on TV tonight: The series premiere of James May's Man Lab on BBC America at 10 PM.


Johnny Test (7:00 PM, Cartoon Network):

The show about twin sisters who are mad scientists is back — and this time, they're erasing Johnny's memory, in "How to Train Your Johnny": "Susan and Mary accidentally erase all of Johnny's memories when they try to help him forget the dreaded “Cleaning Song.” Now they have to restore Johnny's memory in time for Dad's Cleaning Day feast!" And that's followed by Teen Titans Go! and Looney Tunes Show.


Man-Eating Super Squid! (9 PM, Animal Planet):

Title basically says it all. This is the kick-off of Monster Week on Animal Planet, which is probably one of your main reasons for owning a television this week.


Grimm (10 PM, NBC):

The second season finale — and luckily, this show will be back for a third season. Here's what's up:

THE ROYALS BRING THEIR AGENDA FOR NICK TO PORTLAND - JAMES FRAIN AND SHOHREH AGHDASHLOO GUEST STAR — Just when things look like they're back to normal with Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch), Nick (David Giuntoli) is called to investigate a flurry of rage-fueled assaults happening all over Portland. He goes to Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) for help battling Portland's newest wave of "undead." As if that weren't enough, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) informs Nick that his brother Eric (guest star James Frain) is in town on family business. Meanwhile, Stefania (guest star Shohreh Aghdashloo) and Frau Pech methodically use their alliances with Adalind (Claire Coffee) to battle one another.



Devoured: Man-Eating Super Snake Returns (9 PM, Animal Planet):

How do you follow up the Man-Eating Super Squid? The only way you can. Monster Week continues!


The Town That Caught Tourettes? (10 PM, TLC):

How do you "catch" Tourettes? I guess we'll find out:

In the fall of 2011, in a small town in upstate New York, a group of teenage girls from the same high school mysteriously developed symptoms resembling Tourette’s. This documentary follows the lives of the girls at the heart of the baffling outbreak.


Also on TV tonight: There's a new Mythbusters on Discovery at 9 PM, followed by a new Big Brain Theory. At 10 PM, USA has a new Psych.


Save Me (8 PM, NBC):

This sounds like the most demented show of the summer right here. It's Anne Heche — and she's receiving messages from God! There's a full hour of this magnificence in one evening. Here's the skinny:

THE BOOK OF BETH - "Save Me" premieres with Emmy nominee Anne Heche ("Hung") starring as Beth Harper, an absentee wife and mother who suffers a dramatic near-death experience and is revived only to discover that she now receives messages from God. As she warms up to her powers and begins dispensing advice that is astonishingly accurate, her husband Tom (Michael Landes, "Final Destination 2") is skeptical and their teenage daughter Emily (Madison Davenport, "Shameless") is horrified. Complicating matters even more, Tom's mistress Carly (Alexandra Breckenridge, "American Horror Story") shows up to confront Beth about the affair and quickly gets a shocking surprise.


Also on TV tonight: Cartoon Network has a new Annoying Orange at 7:30 PM. At midnight, there's the season finale of Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell on Adult Swim.


Merlin (9 PM, Syfy):

The first half of the two-part series finale. In which "Morgana succeeds in stripping Merlin of his magic."



Orphan Black (9 PM, BBC America):

It's the penultimate episode of the season! And here's what's up: "After Kira’s life is threatened, Sarah is on the warpath, but Dr. Leekie makes her think twice about her plans for revenge."


Also on TV today: At 10 PM on BBC America, The Nerdist has Guillermo del Toro and Katee Sackhoff.


Marvel's Avengers Assemble (11 AM, Disney XD):

This is the show that they cancelled Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes for. So let's hope it's worth it. The above promo looks a bit... wooden. Anyway, here's what to expect from this movie tie-in:

This animated series follows the great adventures of Marvel's favorite super heroes, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Falcon. A special one-hour preview will be presented SUNDAY, MAY 26, followed by the series premiere on SUNDAY, JULY 7. Starring are Adrian Pasdar as Iron Man, Fred Tatasciore reprising his role as Hulk, Roger Craig Smith as Captain America, Travis Willingham as Thor, Troy Baker as Hawkeye, Laura Bailey as Black Widow and Bumper Robinson as Falcon.


And in this episode:

When Captain America is apparently destroyed by Red Skull, Iron Man re-unites the team to try and avenge his friend and stop Red Skull's army.


Doctor Who Revisited: The Fifth Doctor (8 PM, BBC America):

He was the youngest of the classic Doctors, sporting a big sprig of celery on his lapel and a pair of stripey pants that just wouldn't quit. He played cricket and seemed constantly annoyed with his gaggle of bitchy companions. He's Peter Davison, and now BBC America is giving him the tribute he deserves.

Mermaids: The New Evidence (10 PM, Animal Planet)

In case you missed it, Animal Planet made a big, er, splash a while back with a controversial "documentary" called Mermaids: The Body Found. Which claimed there was actual evidence that mermaids actually existed. This got so much attention, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was forced to issue an official statement saying that mermaids actually do not exist. Yep. So now Animal Planet is back — they're airing an "extended cut" of The Body Found at 8 PM, and then at 10 PM, they're presenting The New Evidence. Somewhere at NOAA, a media relations person is clutching his or her head.


Also on TV today: Nicktoons has two new Yu-Gi-Oh! Episodes at 11 AM, followed by a new Monsuno at noon.


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

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