TV THIS WEEK: Face Off returns, Hannibal tackles a new story, and more!

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Jul 28, 2015, 12:52 PM EDT

Some of our summer shows are on a break this week, but there's still plenty to watch. On Syfy, Face Off is back for its ninth season, while Hannibal is deep into the final story of its third season. Plus, Halt and Catch Fire's finale, more Rick and Morty, and more. 

Check out the week in TV below. What's on your watchlist?

Highlights of the Week


Face Off (Syfy) Tuesday, 9 p.m. - "Intergalactic Zoo"

Season premiere! - Though Syfy is pushing more and more for fiction-driven genre shows that will return it to the Battlestar Galactica era of glory, Face Off remains a reliable non-fiction show for the network. The reality competition series is back for its ninth season this week, and its devoted fans will very likely be back with it. To kick off this season, 16 artists will work in pairs to create a work that merges each of their models, and the judges have a surprise in store.

Extant (CBS) Wednesday, 9 p.m. - "The New Frontier"

It's still tough to tell at this point how much life Extant has left, especially after a storytelling twist that essentially rebooted the series. Season 2 of this show is a very different beast than Season 1, and that seems to be a showing a bit in the series' ratings. Last week's episode pulled in only 4.34 million viewers, a respectable number for some shows, but a new low for Extant. That definitely doesn't mean the show is dead, though. As of July 12, the show was gaining a 40% viewer increased from DVR numbers, and that figure could bolster it throughout the summer. We were worried about the show late in Season 1, and we'll stay worried about it, but it's still putting up quite a fight to keep going with its new direction.

Under the Dome (CBS) Thursday, 10 p.m. - "Ejecta"

Before Extant even arrived on the scene, we were wondering about the future prospects of Under the Dome, and its ratings for Season 3 keep giving us more reason to question its future. The show premiered two years ago with more than 13 millions live viewers, and for the last two weeks it's failed to garner more than five million. The season premiere last month was a series low for live viewers, and the show's sank to new lows with every week that's followed. It's certainly not done, though. The show remains in the top five DVR increases for broadcast shows as of July 12, with a ratings increase of 73% and a viewer increase of 61%. As the show keeps slipping, though, we have to wonder whether it'll be enough to keep the series afloat.

Hannibal (NBC) Saturday, 10 p.m. - "And the Woman Clothed with the Sun..."

While questions about its future still linger, Hannibal keeps steaming ahead into fertile new storytelling territory. Last week's episode featured a time jump, the debut of a new villain the "Tooth Fairy" (Richard Armitage), and an entirely new dynamic for a series that's frequently shifted focus over the course of its three season. We still don't know if Hannibal will live on beyond Season 3, but we do know that the show keeps finding ways to make things interesting, and that makes it worth watching right up until the final minutes. 

Halt and Catch Fire (AMC) Sunday, 10 p.m. - "Heaven is a Place"

Season finale! - Halt and Catch Fire is still not a major ratings hit for AMC, but it's become an even bigger critical hit with its second season, which shifted focus from the PC construction of Season 1 and focused more on the game-building enterprise that is Mutiny. The show's found feritle new ground in which to play with its characters, and it's produced memorable moments unlike anything Season 1 ever dreamed of. Now, we're coming to the end of it, and we still don't know if the show will get to continue another year. What we do know, though, is that this series has become one of the most fertile character development grounds on TV.

And now, the rest of the week...


Monday, July 27


Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6 p.m. - "The Hive Five"

The gang take a day off from the Titans.

Star vs. The Forces of Evil (Disney XD) 8:30 p.m. - "Freeze Day" and "Royal Pain"

Star accidentally freezes time with her wand and then tries to convince Father Time to set things right; Star's dad makes an unexpected visit and soon wears out his welcome.

Teen Wolf (MTV) 10 p.m. - "Required Reading"

Scott and his friends follow Dr. Valack's advice; and experience strange effects as a result.

Tuesday, July 28


Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6 p.m. - "The Return of Slade"

Cyborg and Beast Boy hire a clown who does not live up to expectations.

Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warrios (Disney XD) 8 p.m. - "Burrito Run"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Face Off (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Intergalactic Zoo"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Stitchers (ABC Family) 9 p.m. - "Future Tense"

A popular psychic is killed, so the team investigate. Meanwhile, Camille accepts an invitation to meet Linus' folks, but she's not eager about it.

Zoo (CBS) 9 p.m. - "Blame it on Leo"

Jackson, Jamie and Agent Shaffer search for a chemist in Alabama who has evidence of Reiden Global's role in the growing animal problem. Meanwhile, Chloe, Mitch and Abraham come up against a ruthless drug lord after they fly to Rio de Janeiro in an attempt to delay the local government's plan for a massive bat extermination.

Wednesday, July 29


Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6 p.m. - "More of the Same"

The gang try to break a cycle of bad years by learning New Year's traditions.

Extant (CBS) 9 p.m. - "The New Frontier"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Mr. Robot (USA) 10 p.m. - "eps1.5_br4ve-trave1er.asf"

Elliot attempts to hack Vera out of jail in order to save someone he cares about; Tyrell's "game" gets crazy; and Angela digs deeper into her mother's death.

Thursday, July 30


Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6 p.m. - "Some of Their Parts"

No synopsis available.

The Astronaut Wives Club (ABC) 8 p.m. - "Rendezvous"

The pressure on the wives grows as the Gemini missions are being successfully launched and the Apollo program kicks into high gear. Meanwhile, Marilyn Lovell finds herself hiding an unexpected pregnancy; and tragedy hits home.

Under the Dome (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Ejecta"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Dominion (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "A Bitter Truth"

Alex, knowing his welcome in New Delphi is running thin, takes a dangerous step in his hunt for Gabriel; at the same time, he, Noma and Riesen uncover the truth behind Julian's origin. Elsewhere, Claire and Gates go toe-to-toe with a dangerous assassin; and David attempts to forge an alliance with the revolting V1s.

Geeks Who Drink (Syfy) 11:30 p.m. - "John DiMaggio vs. David Giuntoli"

Team On a Bender, led by John DiMaggio ("Futurama"), competes against "Grimm" star David Giuntoli and the members of Hot Pub Time Machine.

Reactor (Syfy) 12 p.m. - "Episode 3"

No synopsis available.

Friday, July 31


Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6 p.m. - "Cat's Fancy"

No synopsis available.

Defiance (Syfy) 8 p.m. - "Ostinato in White"

A gruesome murder is committed by an unusual beast that's on the loose and being hunted down by Nolan and Irisa, while Doc Yewll delves into the surprising victim. Elsewhere, Amanda resists welcoming back Stahma; and T'evgin learns an unsettling truth about his daughter.

Killjoys (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye"

The quest to uncover the mystery behind D'avin's missing memories leads the Killjoys to an underground black market and triggers a shocking incident that will haunt the team.

Dark Matter (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Episode Eight"

The crew stop at a space station to refuel and rest, but Six has a different agenda, which has to do with revenge. Meanwhile, One is taken aback by an unwelcome revelation.

Saturday, August 1


Hannibal (NBC) 10 p.m. - "And the Woman Clothed with the Sun..."

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Atlantis (BBC America) 11 p.m. - "The Queen Must Die"

Jason is determined to rescue his fellow prisoners from the amphitheatre. But this means returning to Atlantis, the heart of Pasiphae's power and, with traitors at every turn, this is more dangerous than ever. As events come to a head it becomes clear that while Pasiphae lives, there will never be peace. For Jason and his friends only one thing is certain - the Queen must die.

Sunday, August 2


Humans (AMC) 9 p.m. - "Episode 8"

Laura and Mattie's relationship reaches a breaking point; and Karen decides to tell Pete the truth.

The Last Ship (TNT) 9 p.m. - "Safe Zone"

Chandler tries to gain intel and reverse the brainwashing suffered by Michener. Also: Rachel attempts to construct Dr. Hunter's lost formula while wrestling with the knowledge that her bitter enemy is now on board the Nathan James.

The Strain (FX) 10 p.m. - "The Silver Angel"

Fet takes charge of security in Red Hook; Dutch and Setrakian head for Staten Island to look for Fitzwilliam, Palmer's one-time bodyguard; Eph and Nora witness their virus in action.

Falling Skies (TNT) 10 p.m. - "Respite"

An injured Tom takes refuge with a family and learns about life without war in the process. Meanwhile, Hal and Isabella's relationship blooms as they search for Tom; the 2nd Mass locates an Espheni device; and Maggie makes a decision, with consequences.

Halt and Catch Fire (AMC) 10 p.m. - "Heaven is a Place"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Rick and Morty (TOON) 11:30 p.m. - "Mortynight Run"

Morty tries to save a life.


(Episode synopses via TV Guide)