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This Week's TV: When Every Home Has An Android Servant, Things Get Weird

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Summer TV is in full swing, and we’ve got a couple of new shows premiering this week. There’s the vigilante hacker thriller Mr. Robot and Humans, a series that explores the line between humans and their synthetic servants. Plus, Under the Dome and Falling Skies are both back for new seasons. Details ahead.



Star vs. The Forces of Evil (8:30 PM, Disney XD)

First, “When Ludo fires one of his monster minions, Lobster Claws, Marco and Star attempt to help him adjust to life on Earth.” Then, “When Star “sleep spells,” Marco tries to use psychology to cure her, but her nocturnal magic turns out to be her subconscious defenses against an interdimensional criminal trying to steal her face.”

The Whispers (10 PM, ABC)

While Minx tries to persuade a disillusioned Henry to play one more game for Drill, the race is on for Claire and Wes to thwart Sean from causing a major meltdown at a nuclear power plant, which could potentially kill millions of people.

StarTalk (11 PM, National Geographic)

The producer of sitcoms like All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and The Jeffersons guest stars this week:

Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews legendary television producer Norman Lear and discusses his influence on American culture with studio guests Chuck Nice and Saul Austerlitz.



Stitchers (9 PM, ABC Family)

Ah, using your coworker’s neighbor to spy on him? Not cheesy at all:

When Cameron’s neighbor is killed, the Stitchers group works to determine if the bullet was really meant for Cameron. As they stakeout the location from Cameron’s apartment, Kirsten finds that she enjoys the reconnaissance, maybe a little too much. Meanwhile, Cameron shares more details with Kirsten about Marta’s disastrous stitch.


Mr. Robot (10 PM, USA)

USA’s new thriller stars Rami Malek as Elliot, a cyber-security professional who moonlights as a vigilante hacker. But his world gets even more complicated when Christian Slater tries to recruit him to destroy his employer. If you can’t wait for Wednesday, you can preview the pilot embedded above.



The Astronaut Wives Club (8 PM, ABC)

Even though one of the astronauts has been to space, life continues to be complicated for the wives:

As Louise and Alan Shepard bask in the success of his mission, Betty Grissom preps for Gus’ launch and turns to Louise for advice. And Annie Glenn grapples with her stutter, anticipating that the press will want to hear from her after John’s orbit is completed

Beauty and the Beast (8 PM, The CW)

Yes, this show is still terrible. But if you’re still watching it, here’s what to expect:

When two married agents (guest stars Alan Van Sprang and Natasha Henstridge) from the FBI take over an investigation, Cat (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent (Jay Ryan) hope they are seeing a future version of themselves but fear their work schedules are jeopardizing their relationship. When the two couples bond and team up on the case, a mysterious coincidence surfaces that raises suspicions. JT (Austin Basis) investigates whether he has super powers of his own while Tess (Nina Lisandrello) considers a career move. Meanwhile, Heather (Nicole Gale Anderson) offers up an interesting option to make her big sister’s life a little easier.

Under the Dome (9 PM, CBS)

The Dome is back! Actually, it’s still there. Being a Dome. Doing Dome things. Dome.

The residents of Chester’s Mill appear both inside and outside the Dome following their mysterious encounter in the tunnels beneath the town. As the Dome begins to reveal its ultimate agenda, the townspeople are forced to question what and whom they can trust as fresh threats appear, new residents emerge and surprising alliances form.

Wayward Pines (9 PM, Fox)

Ethan gets a tour of the facility and personnel that manage the day-to-day operations of Wayward Pines and learns more about the history and how the residents ended up in the eerie town. Meanwhile, at the realty office, Theresa finds a map of an unusual plot of land she wants to investigate and Kate and Harold are planning a covert operation.

Hannibal (10 PM, NBC)

Hannibal serves up its “Apertivo”:

After surviving a disfiguring gunshot, Dr. Frederick Chilton (guest star Raul Esparza) is now focused on rallying support to capture Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen), using Will (Hugh Dancy) as bait. Jack (Laurence Fishburne) is distracted by Bella’s (guest star Gina Torres) failing health, but he implores Will to abandon the risky idea of finding Hannibal. Meanwhile, Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) entertains a different approach, potentially partnering with Mason Verger (guest star Joe Anderson) to utilize his vast resources.


Olympus (11 PM, Syfy)

Hero and his crew reach Olympus, where a god awaits them.

Between (Streaming as of 11:30 PM, Netflix)

We’ve reached the season finale, titled “War.”


DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge (Streaming as of 3 AM, Netflix)

The third series in How to Train Your Dragon’s TV-style offerings takes place more than three years after Defenders of Berk and a year and a half before How to Train Your Dragon 2.


Defiance (8 PM, Syfy)

The return of a familiar face turns Amanda’s world upside down while Stahma forms a dangerous new alliance.

Killjoys (9 PM, Syfy)

We’re already fans of Syfy’s gleeful new space bounty hunter show:

The Killjoys must take on the gun-wielding 99% as they attempt to rescue a kidnapped heiress.

Dark Matter (10 PM, Syfy)

As secrets about One and Five come to life, the team must unite to save one of their own.



Atlantis (9 PM, BBC America)

The mythological mashup is back for the summer:

When news reaches Pasiphae of Ariadne and Jason’s impending marriage, she is terrified that Atlantis will be lost to her forever, and resolves to do all she can to stop the union, no matter the cost. But Pasiphae’s pursuit of power has far-reaching and devastating consequences, and as the battle for Atlantis continues, it seems none is immune to her touch.


Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (10 PM, BBC America)

It it never good when the Gentleman takes interest in a new person:

Jonathan Strange accesses ancient and troubling magic as he fights the Napoleonic armies, while Mr Norrell battles to keep his secrets hidden, and the mysterious Gentleman enrolls Sir Walter’s servant Stephen to help him enchant the beguiling Arabella.



Battlebots (9 PM, ABC)

The robot-on-robot violence continues.

Humans (9 PM, AMC)

We’ve got another series premiere this week! Based on the Swedish show Real Humans, Humans is set in a world much like our own, except that sophisticated android called Synths exist — and everyone has to have one. But when robots are so eerily like humans beings, where is the line between human and machine?

The Last Ship (9 PM, TNT)

Nathan James returns home to Norfolk on a mission to produce and mass distribute the cure. With his family now safely aboard the James, Chandler sends his crew in search of their own friends and loved ones. Who, if any, will find their families? And will those who do return to the ship?

True Detective (9 PM, HBO)

Ben Caspar’s autopsy reveals the gruesome details of his demise, and Ray and Ani wonder if it has anything to do with his fondness for prostitutes. Meanwhile, Frank looks into what might have happened to his missing fortune.


Golan the Insatiable (9:30 PM, Fox)

Dylan and Golan adopt a diseased covered turtle in hopes of poisoning the whole town in the Oak Grove Chili Eat Out. Meanwhile, Carole is whooshed into the insurmountable highs and lows of modeling despite Alexis’ cries of caution.

Falling Skies (10 PM, TNT)

The alien invasion drama is back for its fifth and final season:

On the heels of Tom and Lexi’s successful albeit tragic mission to destroy the Espheni power core on the moon, we pick up with Tom’s life hanging in the balance as his Beamer drifts into space. While onboard the beamer, Tom encounters a surprising guest who urges him to find his inner warrior. Meanwhile, back on earth, Anne reluctantly steps into Tom’s shoes to help lead the 2nd Mass in his absence. Against all odds, Tom makes a miraculous, yet mysterious return to earth. Once reunited with the 2nd Mass, Tom shares a new plan for winning the war. The Espheni, for the first time, are on their heels, and the 2nd Mass will not rest until they are gone from this planet for good.

Halt and Catch Fire (10 PM, AMC)

Cameron and Joe cross paths again, putting Cameron in a tailspin. Meanwhile, Gordon searches for connection as he processes difficult news.

Penny Dreadful (10 PM, Showtime)

Vanessa desperately tries to save Sir Malcolm and goes alone to battle Evelyn.

Salem (10 PM, WGN)

And we’ve reached another season finale in Salem’s Witch War.


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Falling Skies! You’re back! You’re going to suck mightily! I will watch with glee.

In case you’ve forgotten, this is a show that had aliens communicating by squeezing chunks of hot dirt and transporting themselves to some kind of virtual volcano world where they could insult each other.