TV THIS WEEK: Killjoys premieres, Star Wars Rebels returns, and more!

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Jun 15, 2015, 6:57 PM EDT (Updated)

We're now officially rolling in fun summer TV. This week Killjoys premieres on Syfy, while Proof debuts on TNT. Plus, The Last Ship returns, Orphan Black's finale, a full week of Steven Universe, and more. 

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

Highlights of the Week

Proof (TNT) Tuesday, 9 p.m. - "Pilot"

Series premiere! - Last summer brought a substantial genre hit to TNT with The Last Ship, and now the network will try again with Proof, another drama series that tackles genre concepts in a contemporary setting. In this series, a doctor (Jennifer Beals) dealing with the death of her son, a distant relationship with her daughter, and divorce is approached by a dying billionaire (Matthew Modine) with an interesting job: Try to find out if there really is something beyond death. Together, they'll investigate all manner of paranormal phenomena, including hauntings, reincarnation and near-death experiences, in the hope of finding scientific proof of life after death. Check out a preview below.

Killjoys (Syfy) Friday, 9 p.m. - "Bangarang"

Series premiere! - This week, Syfy's quest to return to hard sci-fi form continues with what looks to be an action-packed new show. Killjoys will visit territory that franchises like Star Wars have already covered pretty thoroughly -- bounty hunters in space -- but it'll do it with a style that we've never really seen on TV before, even from the likes of Firefly. The show follows a trio of bounty hunters as they work in The Quad, a planetary system on the brink of war. They love to have a good time at work, and they want to remain impartial, but can they? We'll find out as the show progresses. Everything we've seen so far is stylish, sexy and clever. Let's hope the full episodes can keep delivering that. Check out a preview below.

Orphan Black (BBC America) Saturday, 9 p.m. - "History Yet to be Written"

Season finale! - This week, we come to the end of another season of one of the smartest sci-fi shows on TV. Orphan Black has been winning more and more acclaim with each passing season, and while Season 3 didn't deliver numbers quite as big as Season 2, BBC America has already seen fit to order Season 4. So if you're a member of the Clone Club, you can watch this finale knowing that there's more ahead in 2016. Season 3 was easily the most ambitious of the show's run yet, and while we don't know what Season 4 has in store, we can go into the end of this run of the show celebrating that we've got a series like this, that aims higher and digs deeper with each passing episode and, perhaps more importantly, usually hits the mark. Check out a preview below.

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD) Saturday, 9 p.m. - "The Siege of Lothal"

Season premiere! - Last fall, Star Wars Rebels essentially launched the Disney era of the franchise with an ambitious story, plenty of original voices making cameo appearances and a finale that returned Ahsoka Tano to the Star Wars TV landscape. Now the show is back to kick off Season 2 just like the launch of Season 1: with a double-sized "movie" episode. The Season 1 finale certainly set the stage for a lot of big stuff to come, and though the show has had its fair share of run-ins with original trilogy characters already, this week, it'll get closer to the main Star Wars story than ever before. In the season premiere, the Rebels finally face off with Darth Vader himself, and Ahsoka does her best to figure out the Sith Lord's true identity. Check out a preview below.

The Last Ship (TNT) Sunday, 9 p.m. - "Unreal City" and "Fight the Ship"

Season premiere! - Falling Skies is on the verge of ending, but after last summer TNT knows it has a hit genre show ready to take its place in The Last Ship. The show's 2014 debut was the biggest cable series premiere of the year, even when matched up against fellow hits like The Strain, and throughout its Season 1 run the show never dropped below 4 million live viewers. Now the series is back, with even more adventures for the crew just trying to survive a global pandemic. Check out a preview below.



Monday, June 15

Steven Universe (TOON) 6 p.m. - "Sworn to the Sword"

Connie trains to be a swordfighter.

Star vs. The Forces of Evil (Disney XD) 8:30 p.m. - "Mewberty" and "Pixtopia"

Star sprouts hearts all over her body, which is a sure sign of Mewberty; Marco and his friends run up Star's Magic Mirror bill with prank calls and are forced to pay off the debt in the Shard Mines.

The Whispers (ABC) 10 p.m. - "Collision"

John Doe takes Dr. Benavidez hostage and a mysterious entity leads him to a secret location, while Claire and Wes dig further into John Doe's past, where they find clues to his next target.

Tuesday, June 16

Steven Universe (TOON) 6 p.m. - "Rising Tides/Crashing Skies"

Ronaldo investigates Steven and the Crystal Gems to see if they're safe for Beach City.

Stitchers (ABC Family) 9 p.m. - "Connections"

A newlywed husband is suspected of killing his wife, but a stitch doesn't yield enough evidence against him. However, Kirsten has powerful emotions from the stitch and is convinced of his guilt. Meanwhile, Linus bonds with Camille.

Proof (TNT) 9 p.m. - "Pilot"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Wednesday, June 17

Steven Universe (TOON) 6 p.m. - "Keeping It Together"

Steven and the Gems find a dark secret when they revisit the Kindergarten.

Thursday, June 18

Steven Universe (TOON) 6 p.m. - "We Need to Talk"

Greg shares how he learned about Gem fusion.

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

Series premiere! - (Note: This isn't a genre series, but it will probably interest those of you into the history of the space program.) The series premiere of this adaptation of Lily Koppel's novel tells the story of seven women who, in the opener, are transformed and forever bonded when their husbands are chosen to be the first Americans in space.

Beauty and the Beast (CW) 8 p.m. - "Primal Fear"

Vincent moves in with Cat, and they follow a new lead in their investigation of the super-human experiments. In other events, J.T. tries to impress Tess' brothers, and Heather returns to town with a surprise announcement.

Aquarius (NBC) 9 p.m. - "A Change is Gonna Come"

Hodiak's investigation of a black woman's murder is impeded by the Black Panthers. Meanwhile, Emma runs away from home, and violence results when Hodiak pays Manson a visit.

Hannibal (NBC) 10 p.m. - "Secondo"

Will gains a potential ally in his continuing hunt for Hannibal when he makes his way to Hannibal's childhood home in Lithuania. Elsewhere, Jack arrives in Italy and hopes to avert tragedy by finding Will, and Bedelia gives Hannibal a warning.

Olympus (Syfy) 11 p.m. - "The Speed of Time"

Hero, trapped in the frozen palace, has a chilling vision of Gaia informing him that he'll die if he attempts to enter Olympus. Trying to escape this fate, he comes to the realization that in order to survive he'll need Medea's faith in the gods, Daedalus' scientific genius and Oracle's visionary gifts.

Between (Netflix) 11:30 p.m. - "End of the Rope" 

No synopsis available.

Friday, June 19

Steven Universe (TOON) 6 p.m. - "Chille Tid"

Steven plans a slumber party to help the Crystal Gems to relax.

Defiance (Syfy) 8 p.m. - "The Broken Bough"

Amanda negotiates with the Omec, a new alien race, for the future of Defiance; and the Tarrs return to find much changed and their loyalties tested among the humans, the Omec and the Votanis Collective. Meanwhile, Nolan and Irisa encounter a survivor of Votanis Collective atrocities that can aid their first strike against Gen. Rahm Tak's oncoming army.

Killjoys (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Bangarang"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The Messengers (CW) 9 p.m. - "Why We Fight"

The team head to California in search of a pair of brothers who are about to execute a doomful act.

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

The crew come to terms with revelations about their respective pasts; at the same time, they face the dilemma of helping the miners against insurmountable odds or abandoning them to certain death.

Saturday, June 20

Orphan Black (BBC) 9 p.m. - "History Yet to be Written"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD) 9 p.m. - "The Siege of Lothal"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (BBC) 10 p.m. - "How Is Lady Pole?"

Jonathan Strange goes to London after his magical ability grows, to take an apprenticeship with Mr. Norrell.

Sunday, June 21

Battlebots (ABC) 9 p.m. - "The Battle Begins: Qualifiers Part 1"

Series premiere! - Premiere of the series reboot featuring fights between remote-controlled robots, though the new version eliminates weight classes and includes profiles of the builders.

The Last Ship (TNT) 9 p.m. - "Unreal City" and "Fight the Ship"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

True Detective (HBO) 9 p.m. - "The Western Book of the Dead"

Season premiere! - (Again, not strictly a genre show, but last season was spooky enough to hook many genre fans, and this season might too.) Season 2 begins with the murder of a corrupt California politician with possible ties to a career criminal, and the ensuing investigation that brings together three law-enforcement officers from different jurisdictions.

Halt and Catch Fire (AMC) 10 p.m. - "Play with Friends"

Joe and Gordon reunite to make Joe's vision a reality. Meanwhile, at Mutiny, tensions between Cameron and Donna run high in the aftermath of Sonaris.

Penny Dreadful (Showtime) 10 p.m. - "Memento Mori"

The Creature unleashes his rage; Sir Malcolm goes to confront Evelyn.

Salem (WGN) 10 p.m. - "Midnight Never Come"

The final countdown to the consecration begins.


(Episode synopses via TV Guide)

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