TV THIS WEEK: Scream premieres, Penny Dreadful's finale, and more!

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Jun 29, 2015

We're getting deeper and deeper into summer programming, and this week it's here in full force. This week we've got four new premieres and one big finale, including the debuts of Scream and Zoo and the returns of Teen Wolf and Extant.

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

Highlights of the Week

Teen Wolf (MTV) Monday, 10 p.m. - "Creatures of the Night"

Two-night season premiere! - Four years ago, there were a lot of people who thought a new take on Teen Wolf wouldn't work, and while there are probably still plenty of people who don't care for the resulting TV series, it's hard to argue with results. Over four seasons, the show has consistenly maintained its audience, drawn plenty of critical praise and continued to evolve well beyond the bounds of the premise laid out by the original film. The show embraced the more serious aspects of its genre roots and ran with them, and the result is a hit original series for MTV that's led the network to more horror projects like Scream (more on that in a second). This week, the series returns with two episodes (one on Monday and one on Tuesday) on the eve of senior year. Check out a preview below.

Zoo (CBS) Tuesday, 9 p.m. - "First Blood"

Series premiere! - Two years ago, CBS scored a hit summer event series with Under the Dome, a series based on a work by one of the world's best-known authors: Stephen King. This summer, they'll try to capture that success again with another series based on a work by another of the world's best-known authors: James Patterson. Zoo is, primarly, a thriller, but it's not without its sci-fi elements. The series is set in a world in which animal attacks against humans are increasing in frequency and getting more savage, and the show will follow a zoologist (James Wolk) trying to unravel exactly why it's happening. The show sounds like something that will play quite well to the older audience (who devour Patterson's novels) that CBS has cultivated for years now, so the network could have another massive hit on its hands in just a couple of weeks. Check out a preview below.

Scream (MTV) Tuesday, 10 p.m. - "Pilot"

Series premiere! - This week brings us a summer series with a very big question mark hanging over it. Scream the show hopes to capitalize on the popularity of Scream the film franchise, while opting for a long-form approach and changes that include a redesign of the killer's iconic mask. For years now, whispers of a fifth film in the series have been circulating, and this series could serve as a replacement for that, a catalyst for it or both. The show is set in the same town of Lakewood, and will even create ties to the dark past of the town as established in the very first film. What we don't know yet is just how well this will all work when you try to serialize it. The Scream films, particularly the first, work because of their lightning speed. They're scary, they're funny, they're pop-culture criticisms, and they're whodunits, and it's all done within two hours. This show's going to try to do something else with 10 hours, and we'll have to see just how well it works. Check out a preview below.

Extant (CBS) Wednesday, 10 p.m. - "Change Scenario"

Season premiere! - Last season, Extant's ratings slipped to a point where it almost looked like the series wouldn't stick around, but CBS decided on Season 2, and with another chance at summer survival the show is undergoing a reboot of sorts. Halle Berry is still here as astronaut Molly Woods, but this time the show will center on a different kind of mystery. After a string of mysterious deaths occur that may be linked to what happened to her in space (before Season 1 began), Molly must team up with a future cop/hard-drinking mercenary, played by the always-entertaining Jeffrey Dean Morgan, in an effort to solve the case and preserve the future of the human race. This season promises to bring more action and higher stakes, and we'll see if it works well enough to bring Season 3. Check out a preview below.

Penny Dreadful (Showtime) Sunday, 10 p.m. - "And They Were Enemies"

Season finale! - Penny Dreadful was Showtime's foray into the rising force that is Horror TV last year, and it paid off. A second season was ordered, and a couple of weeks ago the show got the order for Season 3. The show might be the best example of remixing characters from old British literature since the first League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic, and it just keeps delivering to its small-but-fierce premium cable fandom. So, watch this week's finale -- in which Vanessa must muster all her strength to face the demon -- with the knowledge that another year of this show is already on the way.


Monday, June 29

Teen Wolf (MTV) 10 p.m. - "Creatures of the Night"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The Whispers (ABC) 10 p.m. - "What Lies Beneath"

Claire tries to jog Sean's memory about their past life together; an epiphany sends Wes back to Mali to reinspect the fulgurite; and Lena keeps a close eye on Minx to see if she is still conversing with Drill.

Tuesday, June 30

Stitchers (ABC Family) 9 p.m. - "Stitcher in the Rye"

Kirsten grows suspicious of her coworkers after she uncovers an algorithm for the Stitchers program in the hidden papers of a conspiracy theorist. Meanwhile, a surprising source sends Kirsten mysterious messages.

Teen Wolf (MTV) 9 p.m. - "Parasomnia"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Zoo (CBS) 9 p.m. - "First Blood"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Scream (MTV) 10 p.m. - "Pilot"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Wednesday, July 1

Extant (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Change Scenario"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Mr. Robot (USA) 10 p.m. - "eps.1.1_ones-and-zer0es.mpeg"

Elliot is torn between accepting a job offer from an evil corporation and joining the fsociety hacker group.

 Thursday, July 2

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

The women ready themselves for Scott Carpenter's launch and a move to Houston; at the same time, Rene receives the opportunity to tell her story in LIFE magazine; and Deke deals with some troubling news that puts his future as an astronaut in doubt.

Beauty and the Beast (CW) 8 p.m. - "Heart of the Matter"

Cat and Vincent see a therapist about their relationship; and Cat investigates a wealthy transplant recipient whom she suspects may be behind the mysterious experiments.

Aquarius (NBC) 9 p.m. - "Cease to Resist"

Hodiak investigates the savage murder of a Hollywood star, but he faces obstacles in the form of an all-powerful movie studio. Meanwhile, Emma and Sadie meet someone special from Manson's past.

Wayward Pines (FOX) 9 p.m. - "Betrayal"

Ethan finds a bomb planted in his car, which leads him to question people he thought he could trust; Kate and Harold discuss their fertility issues with Nurse Pam; Ben's relationship with Amy heats up.

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

The hunt for Hannibal heats up as Crawford and Pazzi seek clues that will lead them to Hannibal's location. Elsewhere, Will and Chiyoh journey to Florence in a quest to track down Hannibal, and Alana continues to work with Mason Verger.

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

The citizens of Chester's Mill try to move on with their lives after their mysterious experience in the tunnels beneath town. Meanwhile, Big Jim suspects new residents Christine and Eva are harboring secrets about the Dome.

Olympus (Syfy) 11 p.m. - "Truth"

Hero and Oracle are faced with the most daunting task ever asked of mortal man.

Friday, July 3

Defiance (Syfy) 8 p.m. - "History Rhymes"

Amanda and Doc Yewll must enlist the Omec for help rescuing Nolan and Irisa, who have fallen into an unexpected and potentially fatal tour of their own past. Meanwhile, Datak and Stahma prepare a decisive move against Gen. Rahm Tak, leader of the Votanis Collective.

Killjoys (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "The Harvest"

A warrant to retrieve a missing migrant worker on Leith isn't as simple as it seems when the Killjoys discover something dangerous lurking beyond the edge of a farm. Meanwhile, a psych exam brings into question whether D'avin is mentally fit to do the job.

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

The past comes back to haunt members of the crew during a stopover at a space station, during which Four makes a stunning discovery, while Two and Five learn that some games of chance come with surprising risks. Elsewhere, Six receives some unwanted attention at a local clinic; and One and Three's attempts to sell the weapons in their cargo hold lands them at a dangerous disadvantage.

Saturday, July 4

Atlantis (BBC America) 9 p.m. - "The Madness of Hercules"

Jason faces a death sentence for killing the Oracle, and it seems that nothing can be done to save him. Pasiphae tightens her grip on Atlantis. Hercules knows that Medusa can save his friend, but it would risk sacrificing his love again.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (BBC America) 10 p.m. - "All the Mirrors of the World"

Returned from war, Jonathan Strange joins Mr Norrell to try to cure England's mad king, George III, but is frustrated at Norrell's refusal to discuss the magic and legends of old times. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the magicians, the Gentleman embarks on a scheme to capture Arabella and destroy Jonathan Strange.

Sunday, July 5

Battlebots (ABC) 9 p.m. - "Full Metal Bracket: Round of 16 Part 1"

No synopsis available.

Humans (AMC) 9 p.m. - "Episode 2"

Niska stages a brutal escape from the brothel and Leo's secret is revealed. Meanwhile, George is horrified to be given a new Synth, Vera.

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

Chandler sees an opportunity to add another vessel to the fleet when a hospital ship is discovered at sea waiting for Dr. Scott's cure. But tensions rise when Chandler and his team board the ship, only to face an unforeseen enemy.

Falling Skies (TNT) 10 p.m. - "Hunger Pains"

An unexpected skitter attack leaves the 2nd Mass without food, triggering a desperate mission to find supplies. Meanwhile, Maggie makes false promises to protect the 2nd Mass, and it's discovered the Espheni have created hybrid being that's part Espheni, part skitter, part hornet and part human.

Halt and Catch Fire (AMC) 10 p.m. - "10BROAD36"

Gordon returns to California to reconnect with his brother, Henry, as Joe uses his newfound leverage to change Wheeler's thinking about computing.

Penny Dreadful (Showtime) 10 p.m. - "And They Were Enemies"

Read more in our Highlights section above.


(Episode synopses via TV Guide)

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