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This Week's TV: The writer of The Dark Knight creates the most unlikely superhero

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This week's television includes another fantastically bizarre premise: eco-terrorists create a black hole that threatens to swallow the ENTIRE PLANET. Also, the guy who reinvented Batman and Superman for the big screen creates a super-weird superhero show. And meet the scientists who want to bring the mammoths back. Check out clips and details for all this week's most essential television below!


Top image: Da Vinci's Demons.


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

Check out a clip from this week's episode, in which: "Stuck inside the tree house during a sword storm, Jake builds a pillow fort while Finn goes to a different world." And that's followed by a new Regular Show.

Being Human (9 PM, Syfy):

It's the season finale! Now that this show has hit a high note, will it go out on one? In "Ruh Roh," "Sally has another encounter with Donna as Josh and Nora face off against Liam and Aidan deals with the fact that he has turned Kenny into a vampire abomination."

Revolution (10 PM, NBC):

So is this the week when Rachel actually explains what the frak happened to turn off the power? Let's hope, since we need to get past the constant "this show's premise makes no sense" griping and move on to other things about the show that make no sense. Seriously, though — let's hope there's a really clever explanation.

Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) faces danger and hard choices as Monroe (David Lyons) doubts his loyalty, he disowns his son Jason (JD Pardo) and gets captured by Miles (Billy Burke). Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) begin slowly patching their relationship only to be pulled apart again as Rachel suddenly embarks on a quest to restore the power and her self-respect. She must make a dangerous journey to the mysterious Tower as it holds her only chance at redemption.


Lost Girl (10 PM, Syfy):

Hale hasn't gotten to be all that tough since he became the Ash — but it looks like he's going to be put to the test this week, in "Hail, Hale": "Chaos strikes during a daring attack on The Dal, leaving the fate of one of the gang in the balance; The Morrigan ignites the tensions between Light and Dark and catches Kenzi and Hale."

Also on TV tonight: There's a new episode of The Following at 9 PM on Fox. There's also a new Alien Mysteries on DA at 10 PM. And at 11 PM, Syfy has The Making of Defiance, about the channel's brand new science fiction western.


There's just nothing on tonight. Sorry, folks!

Also on TV tonight: At 10 PM, Syfy has a new Robot Combat League.


Nova (9 PM, PBS):

Get inside "Australia's First 4 Billion Years," with Richard Smith: "Experience the history of the Land Down Under, the island continent that has it all."


Also on TV tonight: Syfy has the launch of a brand new series, Deep South Paranormal, about the supernatural below the Mason-Dixon Line.


Community (8 PM, NBC):

We're going ballooning. "The study group takes a wild balloon ride that crash lands in the woods and they end up spending some quality time together with a friendly mountain man (Jason Alexander, "Seinfeld")."


Archer (10 PM, FX): The season finale! In which Archer and the gang go to an underwater SEA LABoratory, to put a stop to the plans of the evil Captain Murphy.

Also on TV tonight: Cartoon Network has the season finale of Incredible Crew at 8. And on BBC America at 10 PM, there's a new Graham Norton Show, in which Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko talk about their new movie Oblivion.



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (7 PM, Nickelodeon):

The Turtles are making an alliance of convenience in the aptly named "Enemy of My Enemy": "After witnessing the Kraang in action, Karai realizes the seriousness of the alien threat and proposes an alliance with the Turtles."

Transformers Prime (7:30 PM, The Hub): The war is heating up! "The Decepticons are in for the fight of their lives when their long-standing fortress comes under the unexpected attack of the vengeful Autobots, who are being led to an anticipated victory by a new and courageous member of Team Prime."

Eve of Destruction (8 PM, Reelz):

Remember a while back when we told you about that Reelz miniseries about an evil oil company causing all the world's biggest volcanoes to erupt at once? That was just the first of many. This time around: environmental activists create a black hole that could devour the entire planet! Here's the skinny:

When two scientists attempt to discover unlimited energy, their experiment is sabotaged by eco-terrorists. The result is a dark energy black hole that could destroy the planet. Eve of Destruction stars Steven Weber (Wings, In Plain Sight), Christina Cox (Blood Ties) and Emmy Award(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominee Treat Williams (White Collar). Eve of Destruction is directed by Rob Lieberman (Earthsea, XIII) and written by Richard Beattie (True Justice).


Yes, it's from the director of Earthsea. Rejoice!

Mammoth: Back from the Dead (8 PM, National Geographic): A brand new special that's about just what it sounds like — bringing back one of the coolest megafauna of all time:

Ten thousand years ago, humans shared the planet with mammoths. They roamed through the heart of Siberia numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Today, that same area is a massive mammoth graveyard, with thousands of skeletons preserved in the frozen tundra — and a team of scientists want to bring the mammoth back to life. Follow this team on a quest to achieve one of the most audacious undertakings ever: to excavate frozen mammoth tissue in order to clone it.


Cult (9 PM, The CW): At this point, this show is actually just drawing half a million viewers per episode, which is kind of sad even by The CW's standards. Here's what's up this time:

ERICA GIMPEL (“NIKITA,” “VERONICA MARS”) GUEST STARS — Jeff (Matt Davis) and Skye (Jessica Lucas) struggle to find evidence against Sakelik (guest star Aisha Hinds, “Weeds”) to use as leverage to gain information on Nate. Stuart invites Roger (Robert Knepper) to a weekend getaway at his Santa Barbara estate. Skye has lunch with her mother (guest star Erica Gimpel) and the two discuss the past. Meanwhile, on the television show, Kelly (Alona Tal) strikes a deal with Billy (Robert Knepper) to get her sister Meadow back.


And before that, at 8 PM, there's a new Nikita.

Da Vinci's Demons (10 PM, Starz):

David S. Goyer helped make Batman cool again with Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. And now he's trying to turn Leonardo Da Vinci into the new Batman. Here's what they want you to know:

The eight-episode drama, produced by Adjacent Productions, follows the 'untold' story of the world's greatest genius, Leonardo da Vinci, during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence... Brilliant and passionate, the 25-year- old Leonardo da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist. As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time. He begins to not only see the future, but invent it.


Expect lots of science, sex and swashbuckling!

Also on TV tonight: A new Fairly Oddparents on Nickelodeon at 4:30 PM. Plus the series finale of Spartacus is on Starz at 9 PM.



Doctor Who (8 PM, BBC America):

The Ice Warriors, the Doctor's classic foes (and sometime friends) from the 1960s and 1970s return at long last in "Cold War." We saw this episode the other day, and it's a corking great throwback to the old-school monster-in-a-confined-space stories from the classic series. The script does justice to the Ice Warriors, and the resolution is pretty satisfying. Probably my favorite episode since "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship."


Orphan Black (9 PM, BBC America):

The whole "pretending to be a cop" thing is starting to wear a bit thin — especially after the cops dig up the body Sarah buried. But the other clones want her to carry on with the ruse, because it might come in useful. Can't see how that would backfire.


Also on TV today: A new Max Steel on Cartoon Network at 9 AM. And a new Monsters Vs. Aliens on Nickelodeon at 11:30 AM. And then at 8 PM, Reelz has the second part of Eve of Destruction.


Ultimate Spider-Man (11 AM, Disney XD):

It's an episode called "The Man-Wolf!" What more do you need to know? Okay, Spidey and the team are going to the Moon, to save J. Jonah Jameson's son, who's discovered what happens to werewolves on the Moon. Yes, it's one of the cleverest bits from the Spidey comics, on television at last.

Game of Thrones (9 PM, HBO):

Certain regrettable events from the books appear to be imminent on television, especially judging from this description of "Walk of Punishment": "Tyrion shoulders new responsibilities. Jon (Kit Harington) is taken to the Fist of the First Men. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) meets with the slavers. Jaime strikes a deal with his captors."


Also on TV today: Fox has a slew of animated shows as usual, starting at 7:30 PM. Also, at 8 PM, ABC is running a one-hour retrospective about Once Upon a Time, to bring lapsed viewers back up to speed on what's been happening since everybody regained their memories of magic. And at 9 PM, MTV has the MTV Movie Awards.

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


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Not to be that guy, but wasn't Leonardo probably gay?