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TV THIS WEEK: Doom Patrol finale; An American Pickle premiere; SYFY’s Metal Crush Mondays and more

By Trent Moore
Doom Patrol Season 2 Episode 1

One of HBO Max's first big original films arrives this week as Seth Rogen awakens from a century stuck in pickle brine. Yes, seriously. We also have new super-shows, sci-fi, some great films hitting the airwaves, and some kid-friendly streamers. Let's dig in.

The premiere of HBO Max's new Seth Rogen flick An American Pickle is one of the biggest stories this week, along with the season finale of DC Universe's fantastic anti-superhero show Doom Patrol. Digging a bit deeper, there are also new episodes of Stargirl (which is gearing up for its own season finale) and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which finds the team still stuck hanging out in the 1980s thanks to some time travel malfunctions).

On the film side, FXX has the network premiere of the excellent low-ish budget sci-fi flick Upgrade (think a high-tech spin on Venom with some clever world-building) and Showtime has a double bill with the network premieres of the sci-fi comedy Jexi and the surprisingly effective little horror flick Countdown.

Digging deeper, The Fugitive hits Quibi, AMC has a new NOS4A2, SYFY kicks off its new Metal Crush Mondays line-up (which packages classic genre flicks with fresh metal music interviews) and the season finale of The Great Debate, Wizards: Tales of Arcadia on Netflix, and the season finale of HBO's Perry Mason.

Check out the full rundown below and let us know what you'll be watching.


SYFY's Metal Crush Mondays: Lake Placid (SYFY), Monday 7:30PM

The launch of Metal Crush Mondays with Lake Placid: A New York paleontologist (Bridget Fonda) goes to the backwoods of Maine and teams up with the local game warden (Bill Pullman) to stop a 35-foot killer crocodile. Featuring Pustulus Maximus and the Berserker Blother of GWAR and Andy Black of Black Veil Brides. Get some old school sci-fi and some fresh metal action.

Stargirl (The CW), Tuesday 8PM - "Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part One"

With the ISA on their trail, Courtney, Pat and the team regroup to figure out their next steps; Rick makes a breakthrough; the team prepares for a showdown with the ISA.

DC's Stargirl | Season 1 Episode 12 | Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part One Promo | The CW

Upgrade (FXX), Wednesday 8PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: An artificial intelligence implant called STEM gives a paralyzed man superhuman strength and agility — skills he uses to seek revenge against the thugs who killed his wife.

An American Pickle (HBO Max), Thursday

FILM PREMIERE: An immigrant worker falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly, and when he emerges in present day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn't aged a day.

An American Pickle | Official Trailer | HBO Max

Doom Patrol (DC Universe/HBO Max), Thursday - "Wax Patrol"

SEASON FINALE: Before they can save the world from The Candlemaker, the Doom Patrol must first confront their childhood imaginary friends; Jane reflects on the first time that Miranda became "primary," and Dorothy must make a fateful choice.


The Fugitive (Quibi), Monday - "Series Premiere"

Kiefer Sutherland (24) and Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) star in this edge-of-your-seat crime thriller from the creator of Most Dangerous Game and co-executive producer of Prison Break, in which an innocent man on the run, desperate to clear his name, is chased through Los Angeles by the cop who will not rest until he is captured.

The Fugitive | Official Trailer | Quibi

SYFY's Metal Crush Mondays: Lake Placid (SYFY), Monday 7:30PM

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

The Titan Games (NBC), Monday 8PM - "Eastern Region Finals"

Olympic snowboarder Hannah Teter and UFC champ Tyron Woodley return as top athletes from the Eastern Region face off in a three-way battle and head-to-head challenge; winners must defeat the reigning Titans on Mt. Olympus to go to the championship.

How the Universe Works (Science), Monday 8PM - "Earth's Cosmic Threats"

Catastrophic dangers have a constant presence in Earth's delicate journey through the universe, and now with the help of the latest science and cutting edge technology, experts investigate the many cosmic perils that threaten our planet.


Stargirl (The CW), Tuesday 8PM - "Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part One"

See more in our "Highlights section above.


Upgrade (FXX), Wednesday 8PM

See more in our "Highlights section above.

The 100 (The CW), Wednesday 8PM - "A Little Sacrifice"

Sheidheda makes his move. Meanwhile, a Disciple goes rogue.

The 100 | Season 7 Episode 10 | A Little Sacrifice Promo | The CW

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 74 (ABC), Wednesday 9PM - "Brand New Day"

With the help of Kora on the inside, Sibyl and Nathanial continue their fight to shape a dark new future for S.H.I.E.L.D., managing to stay one step ahead of the agents along the way.


An American Pickle (HBO Max), Thursday

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

Doom Patrol (DC Universe/HBO Max), Thursday - "Wax Patrol"

See more in our "Highlights" section above.

The Rain (Netflix), Thursday - Season 3

SEASON PREMIERE: After a brutal virus wipes out most of the population, two young siblings embark on a perilous search for safety.

Killer Camp (The CW), Thursday 8PM - "A Killer Twist"

The campers face more fiendish camp activities: blindly putting their hands inside terrifying boxes for cash, smacking each other with soaking dodgeballs and targeting those they don't trust with buckets of blood. The penultimate campfire sees the killer claim their final victim in an epic, electrifying murder.

Antz (Nickelodeon), Thursday 9PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: A nonconforming ant disrupts colony life by impersonating a soldier and falling in love with a princess.

SYFY WIRE's The Great Debate (SYFY), Thursday 11PM - "De-bate Me to Your Leader"

SEASON FINALE: A superhero theme to settle the hottest hero debates of all time.

Dungeons & Debate-gons with Critical Role | The Great Debate S1 Ep7 (FULL EPISODE) | SYFY WIRE


Wizards: Tales of Arcadia (Netflix), Friday - Season 1

SEASON PREMIERE: When Camelot is attacked by the Arcane Order and the Green Knight, Douxie realizes that the only way he can save the others is by escaping into the past.

Muppets Now (Disney+), Friday - "Episode 102"

Classic Muppets, new unscripted mayhem.

Masters of Illusion (The CW), Friday 8PM - "The Sound of Magic and the Intrusive Rope"

Hosted by Dean Cain, "Masters of Illusion" features amazing magic performed by cutting-edge illusionists, escape artists and performers displaying skills ranging from perplexing interactive mind magic to hilarious comedy routines — all in front of a studio audience. Magicians featured in this episode include Chipper Lowell, Håkan Berg, Shoot Ogawa, Chris Funk, Nick Dopuch and My Uyên.

Jexi (Showtime), Friday 9PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: A man's new cellphone turns into a technological nightmare when the artificial intelligence program becomes obsessed with him.


The UnXplained (History), Saturday 9PM - "The Underground World"

Exploring the center of the Earth.

Countdown (Showtime), Saturday 9PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: When a young nurse downloads an app that claims to predict when a person is going to die, it tells her she has only three days to live. With time ticking away and death closing in, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out.


NOS4A2 (AMC), Sunday 10PM - "Chris McQueen"

Vic and Chris take the Shorter Way to a junkyard; Chris loses his temper; Bing leverages a secret to seek forgiveness; Vic, Lou, Maggie, and Chris hatch a plan; Tabitha impresses her boss.

Perry Mason (HBO), Sunday 9PM - "Chapter Eight"

SEASON FINALE: Della presents a stubborn Mason with her case for putting Emily on the stand; Mason, Strickland, Della, and Drake attempt to tie up loose ends as the trial comes to a close.

Apocalypse Earth (History), Sunday 9PM - "Volcanoes: Fire & Fury"

SERIES PREMIERE: Some of the world's most notorious volcanoes, the devastation they have caused, and the unimaginable beauty they can leave in their wake.

*TV listings via TV Guide, Zap2it, and network listings.