There's a brand new TV movie with a premise so ridiculous, Sharknado is looking more plausible all the time. And Axe Cop goes to Zombie Space Island! Also on TV this week: the funniest-sounding Futurama in ages, Jonathan Frakes directs Falling Skies, and the origin of Adventure Time's BMO. Check out tons of clips and details!
Top image: Axe Cop!
This week, "In order to save BMO, Finn and Jake disguise themselves as MOs to infiltrate the MO factory." That's followed by Regular Show and Mad.
Cat.8 (8 PM, Reelz):
Remember when Reelz had that weird miniseries about all of the world's biggest volcanos going off at once because of the evil oil industry? They're at it again, with another crazy disaster miniseries, this time starring Matthew Modine! Who's responsible this time? The defense industry!
The greatest breakthrough in global defense research becomes the greatest weapon known to man—and the irreversible catalyst in bringing about Armageddon.
The Military Advanced Defense Agency’s Dr. Jane Brandt (Maxim Roy, ReGenesis) has unveiled the world’s most advanced global security system: a space-based interceptor that can harness the unlimited power of the sun and, if necessary, release an A-class solar flare against any threat, from rogue missile to asteroid. This High Frequency Disruptor Program is quickly celebrated as the future of global defense, until an unanticipated accident triggers an unimaginable consequence. A solar flare that bombards our planet with electromagnetic impulses, and with it comes a wave of disaster. Earthquakes rock the ground, cities are incinerated, power grids and navigation systems fail on massive levels. But the greatest threat yet is a squall of fiery sleet hurtling toward Earth guaranteed to end all human life on the planet.
Civilian scientist Michael Mitchell (Emmy nominee Mathew Modine, The Dark Knight Rises), now laboring out of his ad-hoc lab in Boston, knows the danger in messing with the sun’s power. It’s the reason he destroyed the original HFDP years ago—and Jane knows he’s the only man who can help. But they’re up against insurmountable odds. The huge mass of seething solar plasma heading towards Earth is four times larger than the planet itself. In only a matter of hours, the atmosphere will be ignited. Even if Michael can reverse the oncoming threat, the after-effects are something even he couldn’t have predicted. As chaos reigns across the globe, as government officials relinquish all hope, the countdown to the end of the world begins.
Under The Dome (10 PM, CBS):
We saw this episode at Comic-Con, and it was pretty suspenseful. And some annoyingly longstanding situations are resolved at last. "The Chester's Mill residents receive an unexpected visit from their loved ones on the other side. Meanwhile, the community braces for a threat from outside the Dome."
Teen Wolf (10 PM, MTV):
The gang seeks answers by listening to stories, and learns a secret about werewolf eye color. Okie doke.
Also on TV tonight: There's a new Crash and Bernstein on Disney XD at 8:30 PM.
Johnny Test/Teen Titans Go! (7:00 PM, Cartoon Network):
This time around, Johnny and Dukey become cops, while Starfire learns how to lie so she can spare the other Titans' feelings — except this backfires.
Also on TV tonight: A new Bang Goes the Theory on BBC America at 9 PM.
Oh yay, an episode about Calculon — and the Robot Devil! Check out a clip above. Here's what happens: "Bender and Fry travel all the way to Robot Hell to ask the Robot Devil to release Calculon."
Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman (10 PM, Science):
This time, Morgan Freeman asks, "Do we have free will?"
Also on TV tonight: Cartoon Network has new episodes of Annoying Orange and Amazing World of Gumball, starting at 7 PM. Syfy has the premiere of a new show, Joe Rogan Questions Everything, at 10 PM. Read our interview with Rogan here.
Nothing much on tonight, because Syfy is taking a break from its new policy of wacky Thursday-night TV movies.
Also on TV tonight: A new episode of The Hero on TNT at 8 PM, and a new Burn Notice on USA at 9 PM. And a new Wilfred on FX at 10 PM. Plus the Season premiere of NTSF:SD:SUV on Adult Swim at 12:15 AM.
Continuum (10 PM, Syfy):
Here's what happens in "Second Listen": "Kiera looks for the missing bodies of several time travelers; at the same time, Alec is held hostage by Garza."
Beware the Batman (10 AM, Cartoon Network):
Batman puts his new sidekick Katana through a series of tests to prove her loyalty, while also battling the teenage supervillain Anarky.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (11 AM, Nickelodeon):
Meet the Newtralizer — a mutant newt. Yes, really. "Donatello breaks into a secret Kraang detention center in order to rescue Kirby O'Neil, but ends up trapped inside with a deadly prisoner called the Newtralizer."
Axe Cop (11 PM, Fox):
The series premiere of this new animated show on Fox, and it's putting its best axe forward — with space zombies. Behold:
AXE COP, one of two new quarter-hour ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF series, is an action-comedy about the baddest superhero who ever existed. In the "Zombie Island... In Space" episode of AXE COP, badass crime fighter AXE COP (Nick Offerman) and partner FLUTE COP (Ken Marino) are asked to find a kidnapped British scientist by his daughter (guest voice Megan Mullally) and must travel to the Zombie Island planet to help save the Queen of England.
Also on TV today: A&E has three hours of a reality TV miniseries called American Haunting, starting at 8 PM. Also at 8 PM, ABC burns off another episode of Zero Hour. And at 9 and 10 PM, Syfy burns off episodes of the imported shows Sinbad and Primeval: The New World. And also at 10 PM, BBC America has a new episode of the original Being Human. And finally at 10 PM, H2 launches a new show called Your Bleeped-Up Brain, all about how dumb you are.
Speed Racer: The Next Generation (4 PM, Nicktoons)
This show was cancelled two years ago, but for some reason there's a TV movie comprising three previously unaired episodes, collectively titled "The Shadow World." In which: "The unstable Hourglass Part transports Speed, Alpha, Chim Chim and X to an alternate dimension."
True Blood (9 PM, HBO):
Remember Sam? He's coming back to Bon Temps!
Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) makes a last-ditch effort to save an ailing Nora (Lucy Griffiths). A tragedy close to home forces Sam (Sam Trammell) to ignore Alcide's (Joe Manganiello) warning and return to Bon Temps. Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) shows her gratitude to James (Luke Grimes), a fellow incarcerated vamp, while an emboldened Sarah (Anna Camp) exacts a measure of revenge on Jason (Ryan Kwanten).
Falling Skies (10 PM, TNT):
This episode is directed by Jonathan Frakes — aka Will Riker — who's usually a guarantee of a certain measure of awesomeness when it comes to television direction. Here's hoping!
Tom uncovers confidential intelligence about the heart of the alien operation. Meanwhile, Charleston prepares to mount an offensive against the Espheni, but a massive explosion brings the operation to a halt. And the identity of the mole is finally uncovered, but not before more blood has been shed.
Also on TV today: A new Avengers Assemble on Disney XD at 11 A.M, followed by a new Ultimate Spider-Man. There are two episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! at 11 AM. Disney has a new Dog With a Blog at 8 PM, in which the dog probably has to figure out a new RSS reader. CBS has the second season premiere of Unforgettable at 9 PM. And at 10 PM, there's a new Stan Lee's Superhumans on H2.