TV THIS WEEK: Salvation premieres, new Preacher, a face-off with The Mist and more

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It’s a relatively light week, with the big story being the premiere of CBS’s new summer sci-fi-ish story Salvation — but there’s still enough new (and old) stuff out there to keep you out of the heat. Just trust us.

Salvation focuses on the imminent arrival of an asteroid that is on track to take out the Earth. Instead of just focusing on the action movie mission to stop it, it turns the spotlight on the fallout of that realization and a grand conspiracy (the asteroid is on it?). Guess we’ll just have to watch to find out. This week also brings us a new episode of AMC’s excellent Preacher, a new installment of Spike’s The Mist with a mystifying face-off, and some fresh sci-fi fare at Syfy with Killjoys, Wynonna Earp, Blood Drive and Dark Matter.

Check out our recommendations below, and be sure to set your DVR accordingly.

Highlights

Preacher (AMC), Monday 9 p.m. - “Viktor”

Jesse pursues a lead and dives deeper into his search for God with Cassidy; and more about Tulip's secret past is discovered.

 

Salvation (CBS), Wednesday 9 p.m. - “Pilot”

SERIES PREMIERE: An MIT grad student discovers an asteroid is set to collide with Earth in just 186 days. He joins forces with a tech billionaire and the U.S. government to try and stop it, and they stumble onto a gigantic conspiracy. Series premiere.

 

The Mist (Spike), Thursday 10 p.m. - “Pequod”

Kevin, Mia, Jonah and Adrian arrive at an abandoned gas station, where Kevin tries to reason with Clay amid fears of the wherabouts of his child. At the mall bookstore, Alex comes face to face with the Mist.

 

Killjoys (Syfy), Friday 8 p.m. - “The Hullen Have Eyes”

The Killjoys trace the last coordinates of a Black Root ship to a radiation-scorched planet, finding an abandoned Hullen training camp, creepy inhabitants and a surprising connection to their past.

 

Orphan Black (BBC America), Saturday 10 p.m. - “Manacled Slim Wrists”

Cosima is forced into an alliance when an old enemy returns to the island, accelerating PT Westmorland's sinister agenda. Elsewhere: On the mainland, Krystal stumbles onto a vital clue to the Neolution endgame.

 

Monday

Shadowhunters (Freeform), Monday 8 p.m. - “A Problem of Memory”

Simon goes down a dark path, while Alec and the team prepare to transport Valentine.

 

Preacher (AMC), Monday 9 p.m. - “Viktor”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

Stitchers (Freeform), Monday 9 p.m. - “Paternis”

Cameron's estranged father, who is incarcerated for white-collar crimes, is accused of murdering a prison guard, but he claims it was self-defense.

 

Tuesday

Man Of Steel (TNT), Tuesday 6:15 p.m.

Go back to where the DCEU began: After being sent to Earth from planet Krypton by his parents with a special object from his home planet in tow, Clark Kent grows up with the help of his earthly adopted parents and later assumes the identity of Superman and sets out to defend Earth from the villainous General Zod.

 

Beetlejuice (CMT), Tuesday 8 p.m.

It’s a relatively slow night, so the perfect time to revisit this classic: Newlyweds are killed suddenly and don't realize it until a city family moves in and redecorates their beloved New England country house. Since they are not expert enough to scare anyone, they seek the advice of an unsavory self-proclaimed “bio-exorcist."

 

Face Off (Syfy), Tuesday 9 p.m. - “Dante's Demons”

The artists must create a demon that would oversee a specific circle of Dante's version of Hell.

 

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life, (BBC America), Tuesday 9 p.m.

The movie isn’t great, but with a reboot on the way, why not look back to appreciate how far we’ve (hopefully) come: The feisty video-game heroine goes against an evil scientist who specializes in biological weapons as they both race to find Pandora's Box.

 

Wednesday

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (FX), Wednesday 7 p.m.

Get caught up before the latest sequel: War begins to brew between the human survivors of a deadly plague and a thriving society of genetically evolved apes led by the sage simian Caesar. When their fragile truce collapses, the fight to become the dominant species starts.

 

Salvation (CBS), Wednesday 9 p.m. - “Pilot”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

Blood Drive (Syfy), Wednesday 10 p.m. - “The F...Ing Dead”

Arthur and Grace must find a cure to a deadly sex plague that is unleashed on the Mayhem Party.

 

Thursday

Zombieland (Syfy), Thursday 8 p.m.

This movie is awesome. Period: A cowardly shut-in teams up with a seasoned zombie slayer and two resilient young girls to battle the legions of the undead.

 

The Mist (Spike), Thursday 10 p.m. - “Pequod”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

Zoo (CBS), Thursday 10 p.m. - “Ten Years Gone”

Abraham and Dariela consider making a deal with Reiden Global for personal reasons; Jamie and Clementine perform a risky surgery on Mitch.

 

Friday

Killjoys (Syfy), Friday 8 p.m. - “The Hullen Have Eyes”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

Ancient Aliens (History), Friday 9 p.m.

A series exploring theories regarding supposed alien visitations involving ancient civilizations.

Dark Matter (Syfy), Friday 9 p.m. - “Wish I Could Believe You”

A familiar face returns as one of the Raza crew learns a game-changing bombshell about their past.

 

Wynonna Earp (Syfy), Friday 10 p.m. - “Whiskey Lullaby”

Wynonna races against the clock to save Purgatory before the whole town takes a permanent dirt nap.

 

UFO Files: Revisited (History), Friday 10 p.m. - “Alien Obsession”

A look at the public's fascination with aliens begins.

Saturday

Ghost Adventures (Travel), Saturday 9 p.m. - “Asylum 49”

The crew returns to Tooele, Utah, to investigate a recently abandoned nursing home that shares a building with a haunted attraction. During the lockdown, something grabs Aaron's ear, and he witnesses a shadow figure in a room where a patient died.

Orphan Black (BBC America), Saturday 10 p.m. - “Manacled Slim Wrists”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

Sunday

Toy Story 3 (Freeform), Sunday 7:20 p.m.

With another sequel in the works, enjoy this refresher course: When Andy leaves for college, Woody, Buzz and the rest of his toys end up in a day-care center. There the gang plots a daring escape with the help of some new friends. But some of the toys aren't quite what they seem.

 

X-Men: Days Of Future Past (FXX), Sunday 8 p.m.

Hey, there’s not much else on — just watch it again: When the X-Men are targeted for death by giant robots called Sentinels, Wolverine travels through time to reshape the future by altering the course of a crucial historical event. In the process, he must work with a younger version of the mutant team.

 

Scream (El Rey), Sunday 8 p.m.

A modern horror classic: Wes Craven's clever spoof of '80s slasher films is about a killer who targets a teen (Neve Campbell) whose mother was brutally murdered the year before. Drew Barrymore. Billy: Skeet Ulrich. Gale: Courteney Cox. Riley: David Arquette. Stuart: Matthew Lillard. Tatum: Rose McGowan. Randy: Jamie Kennedy. Principal: Henry Winkler. Neal: Lawrence Hecht.

[Episode descriptions via TV Guide]

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