The Olympics means this is another quiet week for new television, with exception of one mid-season premiere, which adds extraterrestrial refugees to a Romeo and Juliet story. Plus, there are even more revelations ahead for Helix and The Walking Dead, and a smart house goes nuts on Almost Human. Check out the clips and details for this week's non-athletic TV.
Star-Crossed (8 PM, The CW)
In the midst of the new TV desert formed around the Olympic, the CW is premiering its alien Romeo and Juliet series Star-Crossed. Despite the show being an immigration narrative centered on pretty white teenagers, we rather liked the pilot when it showed at Comic-Con. Aimee Teegarden stars as Emery Whitehill, who was just six years old when an Atrian spaceship crashed on Earth. For a decade, the Atrians have lived segregated from humans, in their own fenced-off internment camp under constant monitoring and curfews. Now Emery is 16 and the first group of Atrian teens are enrolling in her high school to see if Atrians and humans can coexist. This reunites Emery with Roman (Matt Lanter), an Atrian she met on the night his ship crashed. Naturally, though, many humans and Atrians at the high school aren't terribly excited about interacting with one another on a daily basis.
Almost Human (8 PM, Fox)
There are bad houses and there are smart houses, and this week's Almost Human gives us a smart house gone bad. You can watch a clip of the smart house's hologram above. He doesn't look terribly homey. Also, we get a peek at life with our two new roommates.
A deadly crime from the future occurs when a "smart home" goes terribly bad and turns on its occupants. Detective Kennex and Dorian lead the investigation that forces them to interface with a house that is represented by a mysterious hologram character.
Bitten (8 PM, Syfy)
Things go disastrously for Elena as she tries to live a normal human life, acting as bridesmaid for Philip's sister. Meanwhile, Jeremy struggles to maintain his role as Alpha.
Steven Universe (8:45 PM, Cartoon Network)
The Crystal Gems head to Funland Arcade, where Garnet is enticed by the video games.
Beauty and the Beast (9 PM, The CW)
What if Vincent had never been transformed?
When some of Gabe's (Sendhil Ramamurthy) acquaintances go missing, Cat (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent (Jay Ryan) must come together to save them. Vincent ends up returning to the hospital where he was an intern, allowing him to see what his life could have been.
Being Human (9 PM, Syfy)
It sounds like the past is coming back to bite everyone (perhaps literally) in "Cheater of the Pack." Someone from Sally's past pops up again while Aidan reconnects with an old flame. And Josh gets some life-shattering news.
Lost Girl (10 PM, Syfy)
The voice of a cursed opera singer could unlock the secrets Bo is seeking. And someone from Hale's past threatens Kenzi.
Teen Wolf (10 PM, MTV)
How do you solve a problem like nogitsune possession? The solution might be related to the title of tonight's episode, "Letharia Vulpina," more commonly known as wolf lichen.
Johnny Test (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network)
The girls ask Johnny to take an important project to the Institute. The problem? Everyone else seems to want it for themselves.
Face Off (9 PM, Syfy)
This week, the contestants apply their makeup effects wizardry to creating cryptids.
Teen Titans Go! (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network)
Cyborg falls into an illicit romance with the villain Jinx, earning the disapproval of both the Titans and H.I.V.E.
Dreamworks Dragons: Defenders of Berk (8 PM, Cartoon Network)
When three adolescent Thunderdrums wreak havoc on Berk, only Thornado can control them.
Thursday is extra-light on new television. Time to get to work on that time-travel device so we can start watching next week's TV.
Helix (10 PM, Syfy)
We've enjoyed the way Helix has been resolving its mysteries lately, and hopefully that trend will continue in the next episode as Daniel gets closer to the truth about his past. Meanwhile Jeri Ryan's Constance Sutton is wreaking havoc on the base.
MythBusters (8 PM, Discovery)
This week, the team tackles ballistics questions:
Will a bent-barreled shot gun fire? Can you fire a gun in space? Will a gun dropped in a deep fryer go off? What weird items will stop a bullet? And does a neon sign really explode when hit by a bullet?
Space Dandy (11:30 PM, Adult Swim)
This week's episode is titled "The Lonely Pooch Planet, Baby."
The Walking Dead (9 PM, AMC)
It sounds like we'll be learning more about the pasts of the various scattered survivors while Rick, as per usual, deals with a number of threats.
Also on tonight: True Detective (9 PM, HBO); have you gotten a chance to dig into Robert W. Chambers' The King in Yellow, and has it changed your understanding of the show?