Before fall floods us with TV, we've got yet another big summer finale on the way.
This week HBO series The Leftovers ends its first season, with a second one already on the way. Plus, History celebrates Labor Day with a Houdini miniseries, Doctor Who pays a visit to Sherwood Forest, we talk a bit about Steven Universe, and more.
Check out the week in TV below. What's on your watchlist?
Highlights of the Week
Houdini (HISTORY) Monday, 9 p.m. and Tuesday, 9 p.m.
Miniseries event! - Houdini might not technically fit the genres we usually cover here, but the schedule is light as we wait for the fall premieres, and there are plenty of sci-fi and fantasy fans out there who'll find this two-part, four-hour event intriguing. Oscar winner Adrien Brody stars as the titular magician and legendary escape artist, and the event will follow him from humble beginnings as a sideshow performer from Eastern Europe through his rise as an internationally renowned star, while also delving into his work to disprove spiritualists, and even his adventures in espionage. History's had a great deal of success with events like this in the past, from The Bible to Hatfields & McCoys, and they seem poised to do it again this time around. Check out a trailer for the miniseries below.
Steven Universe (TOON) Thursday, 6:30 p.m. - "Steven and the Stevens"
Like Adventure Time and Gravity Falls, Steven Universe is an animated series that's proved a hit with viewers of all ages, and it's got a decidedly genre-driven premise, so we're going to go ahead and include it in our weekly lineup. The series made history as the first Cartoon Network Studios series to be created by a woman, and every episode so far has pulled in more than 1 million viewers, with quite a few nearing the 2 million mark. Cartoon Network's built a whole new version of its animated empire on shows like this one, and adults are just as happy to be along for the ride as children. This week, Steven goes back in time to recruit a past version of himself to join his band.
Doctor Who (BBC America) Saturday, 9 p.m. - "Robot of Sherwood"
Now that we have a couple of Peter Capaldi adventures under our belt, it's time to check in and see just where Doctor Who stands these days. Sadly, given that it's a holiday weekend, we haven't seen American numbers for episode two, "Into the Dalek," just yet (though it did earn more than 5 million overnight viewers in the U.K., and an audience appreciation score slightly higher than the season premiere), but we can examine episode one for the time being. Though "Deep Breath" couldn't beat the U.K. numbers Matt Smith pulled in for his debut back in 2010, it was a different story in the States. The first broadcast of "Deep Breath" on BBC America brought in 2.2 million viewers, a 46 percent increase from Smith's last U.S. premiere, 2013's "The Bells of St. John." That number couldn't top the BBC America record set by the 50th-anniversary special, "Day of the Doctor," last November, but "Deep Breath" did close out the night with a total of 2.6 million viewers. All in all, that's a very good start for the Capaldi era. We'll check in again later in the season to see if it stays that way. This week, the Doctor and Clara travel back in time to meet Robin Hood. Check out a preview below.
The Leftovers (HBO) Sunday, 10 p.m. - "The Prodigal Son Returns"
Season finale! - After a good deal of early critical buzz, The Leftovers premiered earlier this year to numbers that couldn't touch the might of HBO series like Game of Thrones or True Blood but were still respectable. A few weeks ago, it got renewed, and it did it by keeping those respectable numbers consistent. The show began with 1.77 million viewers, eight episodes later it's only dipped below 1.5 million viewers twice, and its penultimate episode two weeks ago set a series best 1.85 million viewers. Factor in DVR viewers, and The Leftovers packs a premium cable punch that HBO will be happy to have around next year. In the finale, the Guilty Remnant's Memorial Day initiative will plunge Mapleton into chaos. Check out a preview below.
Manhattan (WGN America) Sunday, 10 p.m. - "The New World"
We haven't talked much about Manhattan since it premiered in July, in part because it's more science than science fiction. Given that it's a light week, though, and given that the show is part of an early initiative by yet another cable network to successfully jump into the original programming game, it's worth taking a moment to look at how it's doing. Back in the spring, WGN launched its original programming with the supernatural drama Salem, and by the time three episodes had aired, the network had ordered a second season. In the case of Manhattan, we're now six episodes in, and no renewal's happened yet. Does that mean the show is failing? Well, not exactly, but it is turning in less robust numbers than its network mate. The Manhattan premiere pulled in 0.94 million viewers compared to Salem's 1.52 million, then dropped off to less than 0.4 million viewers in its second week. Since then, the show's remained steadily below the 0.4-million-viewer mark. Now, that's not necessarily a number low enough to kill a cable show, and of course that's not counting the people catching the series via DVR or streaming services like Hulu, but Manhattan is definitely not proving itself as flashy as Salem was. So will it get renewed? We'll just have to wait and see how much confidence WGN execs have in the series as it heads toward its finale. This week, Abby begins a journey of self-discovery, while Helen and Charlie deal with a crisis.
Monday, September 1
Under the Dome (CBS) 10 p.m. - "The Fall"
Big Jim learns the shocking truth about what really happened to his wife, Pauline, when they are reunited. Meanwhile, climate change poses a new threat to Chester's Mill.
Teen Wolf (MTV) 10 p.m. - "A Promise to the Dead"
Scott battles an old enemy.
Tuesday, September 2
Face Off (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Judge Match"
Judges Ve Neill, Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page compete against each other for charity. Their challenge is to create a pair of living chess pieces—one pure and pristine, the other evil and twisted. Helping them in their endeavor are former contestants and champions, including Roy Wooley, Miranda Jory, Wayne Anderson, Conor McCullagh, J. Anthony Kosar and Laura Tyler. The winner is determined by Michael Westmore and Lois Burwell.
Wizard Wars (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Rated Arrgh!"
A pirate costume and tarot cards must be used in magic routines.
Wednesday, September 3
Extant (CBS) 10 p.m. - "A New World"
As the offspring's powers increase, Molly learns about Yasumoto's painful path to immortality and why he wants to save the offspring. Meanwhile, Anya takes charge when Sparks begins to have doubts about the mission, and Odin tries to secretly access Ethan's circuitry.
Thursday, September 4
Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6:30 p.m. - "Love Monsters" and "Slumber Party"
Starfire unleashes two tiny Destroyers who are fueled by love; the Titans have a slumber party to help Cyborg face his fear of the dark.
The Quest (ABC) 8 p.m. - "Verlox Attacks" and "Dragon's Lair"
Verlox finally shows his full power, and the remaining Paladins must prevent a dragon attack.
Friday, September 5
Friday's rather quiet this week.
Saturday, September 6
Outlander (Starz) 9 p.m. - "Rent"
Claire goes along on the MacKenzies' trip to collect rents and witnesses Dougal using Jamie's scars to elicit sympathy for the cause of the Jacobites. Later, she realizes a momentous event in Scottish history is coming up fast.
Intruders (BBC America) 10 p.m. - "Time Has Come Today"
Jack returns home and discovers a distraught and distant Amy. Meanwhile, Madison becomes determined to get to Seattle, regardless of the cost, and evade Richard's vengeance.
Sunday, September 7
The Strain (FX) 10 p.m. - "The Disappeared"
Eph learns that Kelly is missing; Dutch reveals her role in Palmer's plan.
Witches of East End (Lifetime) 9 p.m. - "Sex, Lies, and Birthday Cake"
Freya and Frederick celebrate a milestone birthday; Tarkoff puts pressure on Frederick to get things done; Ingrid and Dash grow closer; Tommy gets a surprise from Wendy; Joanna faces one of her worst fears.
The Lottery (Lifetime) 10 p.m. - "St. Michael"
Alison and James share with Vanessa their theory about the source of the fertility crisis. Meanwhile, Vanessa discovers Darius is working with some co-conspirators to take over the Lottery; Kyle is asked to compromise his relationship with Allison; and Gabrielle takes the press behind the scenes of the Lottery as contestants face psychological evaluations.