This Week's TV: Torchwood, Futurama and True Blood end. Plus Neil Patrick Harris times two!

The indispensable Neil Patrick Harris appears on two different cartoons this week, as a handsome prince and a deadly supervillain — and he sings power ballads both times! Plus there are season finales of Torchwood, True Blood and Futurama.

But that's not all! Doctor Who also gives us new insights into the amazing Amy Pond. And experts teach us how to make a zombie uprising happen. And Patton Oswalt explains the world we live in. Plus much, much more!



The big news today is that there's a new Adventure Time, featuring Neil Patrick Harris as the singing Prince Gumball! Here are the deets:

It's a gender-swapping, parallel universe featuring the female "Fionna" and her cat "Cake" exploring adventures in the Land of Aaa. Neil Patrick Harris guest stars at Prince Gumball.

And check out another clip below:

Cartoon Network is also having new episodes of Johnny Test, Gumball and Mad.

Then at 9 PM, Nicktoons has a one-hour special, Hero Factory: Savage Planet. Check out a clip at left.


Or you could try some nerd humor! At 10 PM, Showtime has a special presentation, Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour, in which Oswalt will no doubt share his opinions about Star Wars and stuff.

Not enough science fiction and fantasy humor for you? You could always try another episode of MTV's cops-vs.-the-undead show Death Valley at 10:30 PM.



At 8 PM, G4 has a special episode of its show Proving Ground, in which experts recreate stuff from video games. And this time around, it's dedicated to "Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse."


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


At 9 PM in most markets, PBS has a new Nova, "Engineering Ground Zero."

At 10 PM, Science has another episode of Dark Matters: Twisted But True, hosted by Fringe's John Noble. Segments include "I have Einstein's Brain" and "Unidentified Flying Nazis."



There's a new Voltron Force on Nicktoons at 8:30 — the episode the network originally told us was running last week. "Inside the Music" features the very first formation of Green Center Voltron, and here's a clip!


Also at 8:30: a new Problem Solverz on Cartoon Network, "Glam Vampire Hunterz."

At 9 PM, there's the season finale of Burn Notice, "Dead to Rights."

And then at 10 PM, there's the season finale of Futurama, "Reincarnation" — in which the show gets reborn as three different weird segments: a toy-driven Japanese animation show, a 1980s video game, and a Max Fleischer Betty Boop-style cartoon. We saw the whole of the anime segment at San Diego Comic-Con, and it was the greatest thing ever. Here's a snippet from it.


Also at 10 PM: the season finale of Wilfred on FX. We're going to miss that crazy talking dog. (Not really.)

And a third option at 10 is another new Ancient Aliens on the History Channel.


Didn't get enough Neil Patrick Harris on Monday? Nickelodeon has a one-hour special, Penguins of Madagascar: Blowhole Strikes Back! Here are the deets:

Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) returns as the title characters' sinister nemesis, Dr. Blowhole, in Nickelodeon's brand-new Penguins of Madagascar special, "Blowhole Strikes Back," premiering Friday, Sept. 9, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The hour-long special features Harris performing in four original musical numbers, two of which he is singing alongside The Penguins of Madagascar characters...

"Our viewers loved Dr. Blowhole in the first special, so we were excited to bring the character back and work with the very talented Neil Patrick Harris again," said Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon. "In this second special, he has expanded his role with unforgettable vocal performances, including a stand-out power ballad."

In the special, Skipper arrives in Shanghai on a super secret solo mission that leads him waddling right into a Dr. Blowhole trap. Without his men, who are back at the zoo, he is helpless and his memory gets wiped away by Blowhole's "Mind-Jacker." Blowhole's despicable plan uses Skipper's memories to locate Kowalski, Private and Rico, blast them with his "Diabologizer," and render them evil monsters who destroy their headquarters. The lyrics from the special-which includes six original songs-were written by series executive producers Robert Schooley and Mark McCorkle and composed by Adam Berry, who recently won a Daytime Emmy Award for his work on the series.


Also at 8 PM, there's a new Jurassic C.S.I. on National Geographic.

And then there's a new ThunderCats at 8:30 PM on Cartoon Network, "The Duelist and the Drifter."


Then at 9 PM, Disney has a new Phineas and Ferb, "My Fair Goalie."

And then at 10 PM, there's the final episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day, "The Blood Line."

The Torchwood team travels across the world on a final, desperate mission – but the Three Families are unstoppable, unless a terrible sacrifice is made…


Also at 10 PM: a new episode of Haven on Syfy, "Lockdown."

And then at 11 PM, G4 has new episodes of Iron Man Anime and Wolverine Anime.


At 7 PM, The Hub has a brand new episode of Transformers Prime, "T.M.I."

At 9 PM, there's another all-new Doctor Who on BBC America, "The Girl Who Waited." Are we going to get some character development for Amy Pond? It sure looks like it. Here's a special introduction to the episode.

Also at 9 PM, Syfy is showing another original movie, Jabberwock. Featuring Tahmoh Penikett! We were wondering what happened to Tahmoh.

Jabberwock, premiering Saturday, September 10, at 9PM (ET/PT), features the horrifying Jabberwock (from the classic Alice in Wonderland stories by Lewis Carroll), a black-eyed winged monster with the body of a dragon and the head of a gruesome insect. In the movie, a peaceful man (Tahmoh Penikett) wields the all-powerful Vorpal sword to rescue the woman he loves — taken by the Jabberwock into its hideous lair. Jabberwock, a production of American World Pictures, also stars Kacey Barnfield (Resident Evil).


A third option at 9 PM: a new Supah Ninjas on Nickelodeon.


It's the season finale of True Blood on HBO at 9 PM!

It's Samhain, Wicca's greatest holy day, and spirits of the dead surface in Bon Temps, giving Sookie some valuable allies to combat Marnie's newest incarnation. Lafayette's latest medium encounter imperils his relationship with Jesus; Jason finds confession good for the soul, but not the body; Alcide makes a heartfelt appeal to the woman he loves; Terry receives an unexpected visitor at Merlotte's; Sam and Luna envision a storybook ending, for once; Nan wears out her welcome with Bill and Eric. As Season Four comes to a shattering conclusion, Debbie confronts Sookie and Tara with deadly consequences, and the denizens of Bon Temps brace for a new crisis with a familiar face.


Or you could always watch two new episodes of Dinosaur Revolution on Discovery, from 9 to 11.

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

At 11:45 PM, Cartoon Network's Adult Swim has the season premiere of Squidbillies.


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

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