This Week's TV: Legend of Korra returns. Plus Syfy gives us RoboCroc!S

Two shows make their long-awaited returns this week, including Legend of Korra. But meanwhile, there are dueling TV movies. In one, a space shuttle crashes into the sun with the First Lady on board, sending the Earth back to the Stone Age. In the other, nanotech turns a regular crocodile into... RoboCroc. Truly, we are blessed.

Top image: Legend of Korra

Today:

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

For some reason, this "time sandwich" episode was delayed from a month or two ago, when it was originally supposed to air. Maybe because it's just gotten lost in the time vortex? Anyway, it's the return of Magic Man! "Jake crafts the most delicious sandwich ever, but when Magic Man steals it, Finn must defy the laws of space and time to win back Jake’s creation." That's followed by Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa and Mad.

Exploding Sun (8 PM, Reelz):

Another week, another weird disaster movie on Reelz. Syfy must be really feeling the heat here. This time around, Julia Ormond co-stars, to tide you over before her upcoming turn in Witches of East End. Here's what's on tap this time around:

The first ever commercial space shuttle is struck by a solar storm. The disaster hyper-charges the engine and catapults the ship on a direct course for the sun. But the danger becomes more universal when it's discovered the event will trigger an infinitely larger solar storm that could send Earth back into the Stone Age. For those on board, including the First Lady, and those at Mission Control, preparing for the inevitable seems the last — and only — terrifying option.

Note: If any of the preceding plot description makes sense to you, consult your doctor.

Under The Dome (10 PM, CBS):

The whole "Big Jim vs. Barbie" thing feels incredibly forced, and it might have been more fun to see Big Jim and Barbie as uneasy allies for longer. Oh well. Here's what's up this week: " While the manhunt for Barbie continues, Big Jim gets the residents of Chester's Mill riled up and the town demands justice for all of Barbie's supposed crimes. Meanwhile, Joe and Norrie must find a new hiding place for the mini dome."

Also on TV tonight: There's the season finale of Crash and Bernstein on Disney XD at 8:30 PM. At 9 PM, the Weather Channel has the season finale of Why Planes Crash. NBC has another new Siberia at 10 PM, in which one group gets abducted by a hostile local tribe and another group discovers disturbing evidence of sinister experiments — which may still be going on.


Tuesday:

There's just nothing on tonight. Be with your families. Or rewatch Legend of Korra Book One, to get back up to speed.

Also on TV tonight: There's the season premiere of Total Drama: All Stars on Cartoon Network at 7 PM, followed by Amazing World of Gumball. Syfy has a new Face-Off at 9, followed by a new Heroes of Cosplay.


Wednesday:

Johnny Test/Teen Titans Go! (7:00 PM, Cartoon Network):

First, Johnny and Dukey travel back to the 1980s to discover the truth about Dad's terrible video game experience. Then, a computer dating program matches Beast Boy with Raven, so he tries to woo her. Sigh. That's followed by a new Annoying Orange.

Also on TV tonight: There's a new Amazing World of Gumball on Cartoon Network at 7:30 PM, followed by a new Legends of Chima at 8. PBS' Nova is just one of several shows doing a 9/11 anniversary special, in this case focusing on the "supertower" that's replacing the old WorldTradeCenter.


Thursday:

Burn Notice (9 PM, USA):

Worth mentioning because it's the series finale, and supposedly all your questions will be answered in an explosive fashion. Yup, it's our last chance to see Bruce Campbell in a weekly TV series, at least for the foreseeable future.

Also on TV tonight: Cartoon Network has a new Legends of Chima at 7 PM. Also at 9 PM, there's a new Mysteries at the Museum on Travel. At 10 PM, there's a new Unsealed: Alien Files on Discover America. And at 12:15 AM, there's a new NTSF:SD:SUV on Adult Swim.


Friday:

Legend of Korra (7 PM, Nickelodeon):

Hot damn, it's finally back. Check out a sneak peek, and here are descriptions for the two episodes airing this week:

Rebel Spirit - Korra struggles to find a deeper connection to the spirit world.

The Southern Lights - Korra and Chief Unalaq find a source of great spiritual power.

Haven (10 PM, Syfy):

And here's another long-awaited return. We finally find out what happened after Audrey disappeared. Here's what to expect: " Six months after the events of last season, Duke is ejected from the barn-without Audrey and rescued by Jennifer, a young woman with a mysterious connection to a place she's never been: Haven."

Also on TV tonight: The Hub Network has a new Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters at 6:30 PM. History has a special two-hour Target Earth at 9 PM. Disney has a new Phineas & Ferb at 9:30 PM.


Saturday:

Beware the Batman (10 AM, Cartoon Network):

This time around, Lt. Gordon asks Batman's help getting back his kidnapped daughter Barbara. And meanwhile, "Batman and Katana find a rhythm." I'm hoping this will involve popping and locking.

Robocroc (9 PM, Syfy):

Syfy is finally back to showing monster movies on Saturday night, where they belong — hopefully this whole "Thursday night" experiment was just a brief thing. And Syfy is challenging Reelz, full on — not to mention giving all of us who were disappointed with the Robocop trailer something to chew on. "A military nanotech experiment goes awry, infecting a huge crocodile in a zoo and transforming it into a metal killing machine." Nanotech and crocodiles — they just go together.

Also on TV today: Disney XD has a new Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures at 7 AM, and a new Packages from Planet X at 8:30 AM. There's also a new Camp Lakebottomon Disney XD at 10 AM. And then at 10 PM: The first episode of a new show called Ghost Bait on Biography.


Sunday:

Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H./Avengers Assemble (11 AM, Disney XD):

First, A-Bomb wants to prove himself to the Hulk but then finds himself out of his depth when Sauron and his dinosaurs try to flood the Earth with lava. Then, Attuma tries to shrink Manhattan, and the Hulk has to prove he's the strongest there is... or die trying. I like that first, we see people trying to prove themselves to the Hulk, then we see Hulk trying to prove himself to others. It's a nice symmetry.

Also on TV today: Nicktoons has two new Yu-Gi-Oh! Episodes at 11 AM. At 9 PM, AMC has a brand new Breaking Bad, directed by Looper's Rian Johnson, in which "everybody copes with radically changed circumstances." Also at 9 PM, there's a new Dexter on Showtime. At midnight, there's a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force on Adult Swim, followed by a new Squidbillies.

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