TV THIS WEEK: Shark Week is here again, The Strain returns, and more!

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Jul 8, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

July is officially upon us, and we're still not done with summer premieres. This week we get the Season 2 premiere of Dominion, plus the Season 2 premiere of The Strain. Plus, Shark Week is back, a ratings check-in on Under the Dome, and more.

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


Highlights of the Week

Shark Week  (Discovery) Monday, 8 p.m.

Event alert! - Yes, it's that time again. Summer's here, and that means it's Shark Week time. For nearly three decades, the Discovery Channel has wowed us all with a week-long look at the lives of sharks, ranging from the educational to the bonkers-entertaining, and this year will be no different. Shark Week kicks off tonight and continues all week with a staggering amount of programming. For more information, check out the official website.

Aquarius (NBC) Thursday, 9 p.m. - "Sick City"

A few days back, word came that NBC had renewed Aquarius -- its '60s-set David Duchovny drama centered on the Manson murders -- after an impressive performance not just in live viewers, but in viewers who caught the show on DVR, Hulu and NBC's website. When the show premiered, NBC made the bold move of making every single episode available to stream online, and it seems to have paid off. Even if the live numbers were somewhat weak, the show became the second-best performer on NBC's website and app, second only to The Blacklist. New media viewing is working for NBC on this show, and they're embracing it. So get ready for another year.

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

Under the Dome arrived in 2013 as a massive summer hit for NBC, but the show's second season cast doubt on that. Live viewers slipped considerably in Season 2, but the show still performed well enough that the network wanted it back for Season 3. Now we're a few episodes in to the third year, and it's time to take a look at where the show stands. Well, in  terms of live viewers, things don't look great. The season premiere hit a series low in viewers, and by the third episode that low had been topped by another low. The show's still pulling in more than 5 million live viewers weekly, which is actually quite good for a network show in the summer, but these numbers make you wonder if the show will have the strength to stick around.

Dominion (Syfy) Thursday, 10 p.m. - "Heirs of Salvation"

Season premiere! - Dominion arrived last year as a show that hoped to add some serious fantasy programming to Syfy's push for more powerful "hard" genre programming, and so far it's proved successful. This Angel war drama rarely dropped below 1.5 million live viewers last summer, and considering it aired in prime time on a Thursday, that's pretty impressive. Now we have to see if the show will find its way through another summer TV landscape that includes new contenders and old favorites. Check out a preview for Season 2 below.

The Strain (FX) Sunday, 10 p.m. - "BK, NY,"

Season premiere! - Last season, The Strain was one of the two biggest summer cable debuts of the year, along with TNT's The Last Ship. The show's different approach to the vampire tale, coupled with plenty of scares and a story that refused to give in to pressures to go too fast, made it a hit with viewers, and now it's back to see if it can earn a chance to finish its story. Last season the show rarely fell below 2 million live viewers, which is fantastic for an FX series. Now we get to see if it can sustain it. Check out a preview below.


Monday, July 6

Shark Week (DISC) 8 p.m. 

Marathon Kickoff! - Read more in our Highlights section above.

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

Claire talks to a group of children who've had contact with Drill, leading to an amazing breakthrough, while Wes uncovers remarkable evidence about Drill's possible mission.

Teen Wofl (MTV) 10 p.m. - "Dreamcatchers"

Scott tracks a new shapeshifter that's threatening Stilinski; and Malia receives information about her mother.

Tuesday, July 7

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

A puzzling car accident leaves a brain researcher dead, and Kirsten's determined to uncover what happened. Meanwhile, Kirsten wants Linus' assistance in decoding a clue left by Ed Clark; and Kirsten seeks info on the roots of the Stitchers program.

Zoo (CBS) 9 p.m. - "Fight or Flight"

Jackson rescues his best friend Abraham from a lion attack in Botswana. Details of the event reveal that the wild cats are no longer afraid of humans and might possibly be killing for sport. Elsewhere, Jamie and Mitch make an interesting discovery while running tests on a cub at the Los Angeles Zoo; and Chloe struggles to focus on her work as a government intelligence analyst after returning to Paris.

Scream (MTV) 10 p.m. - "Hello, Emma"

The death of another teen raises questions; and leads to a rift between Emma and Audrey. In other events, a podcaster arrives in town to report on the past and present murders.

Wednesday, July 8

Extant (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Morphoses"

Molly and J.D. discover another pregnant woman who is suffering from inexplicable and fatal symptoms. Meanwhile, Molly begins to question her own mental stability; and Julie struggles with Ethan's rebellion.

Mr. Robot (USA) 10 p.m. - "eps.1.2_d3bug.mkv"

Elliot tries to lead a normal life, but can't escape fsociety. Gideon, meanwhile, grows suspicious; and Tyrell plays dirty.

Thursday, July 9

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

The Mercury 7 families live the glamorous life in Houston, while the Cold War intensifies and the Cuban Missile Crisis comes to a head. At the same time, with the arrival of the Gemini Project wives, group dynamics begin to change; tensions ease between Trudy and Gordo; and Marge and Deke embrace new roles.

Beauty and The Beast (CW) 8 p.m. - "The Most Dangerous Beast"

Cat is assigned to a new partner; and comes to suspect that Bob and Carol are working to separate her from Vincent. In other events, JT learns that his newfound healing ability comes with a high price.

Aquarius (NBC) 9 p.m. - "Sick City"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Wayward Pines (FOX) 9 p.m. - "The Friendliest Place on Earth"

An explosion on Main Street leaves two key residents of Wayward Pines in critical condition. As Ethan works to determine who's responsible for this horrific act, Harold opts out of the covert operation he and Kate were planning. Meanwhile, Nurse Pam questions surveillance engineers to make sure no workers are making false reports.

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

Will and Jack reunite and renew their alliance, yet Jack questions Will's true loyalty. Meanwhile, Hannibal and Bedelia sense their time in Florence is reaching its end as Hannibal plots his final stand, and Mason Verger plans Hannibal's capture.

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

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Dominion (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Heirs of Salvation"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Friday, July 10

Defiance (Syfy) 8 p.m. - "Where the Apples Fell"

Nolan and Berlin pursue the Tarrs after their connection to the Votanis Collective is exposed; at the same time, Alak comes to grips with his future as a father.

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

The Killjoys find their real rhythm as a trio while navigating the ugly side of Qreshi politics as they transport a group of gorgeous Surrogates in a bullet-riddled ride from a badlands fortress.

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

The crew are hired by their handler to salvage a seemingly deserted space freighter, a reclaim op that appears to be straightforward until a deadly cargo is uncovered and they are forced to fight for their lives.

Saturday, July 11

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (BBC) 9 p.m. - "Arabella"

Jonathan Strange's remarkable magic helps England win the Battle of Waterloo, after which Strange returns home hoping for a peaceful new life, but the Gentleman's scheme for revenge wrecks all of his and Arabella's plans, leaving Jonathan Strange a ruined man.

Sunday, July 12

Battlebots (ABC) 9 p.m. - "Last Chance to Advance: Round of 16 Part 2"

No synopsis available.

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

Anita saves Toby's life; George tries to break free; and Pete is angry at the brothel-murder cover-up.

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

Chandler and his crew duel against rogue British naval officers manning a nuclear-powered submarine. Meanwhile, Slattery interrogates a mercenary to learn more about a hospital ship, and a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse ensues.

Halt and Catch Fire (AMC) 10 p.m. - "Working for the Clampdown"

Gordon and Donna harbor secrets from one another as Gordon launches a new venture. Meanwhile, at Mutiny, an acquisition puts Cameron's principles to the test.

The Strain (FX) 10 p.m. - "BK, NY"

Read more in our Highlights section above.


(Episode synopses via TV Guide)