TV THIS WEEK: The Strain is back, Halt and Catch Fire returns, and more!

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Aug 23, 2016

We're still recovering from the Olympics, but there are some fun premieres to look forward to. This week, we get the return of The Strain and Halt and Catch Fire, plus more Steven UniverseThe Last Ship, and more!

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



Halt and Catch Fire (AMC) Tuesday, 9 p.m. - "Valley of the Heart's Delight" and "One Way or Another"

Season premiere! - Halt and Catch Fire is not what we'd typically consider a genre series, unless you really want to see it as a kind of alternate history of the 1980s tech frontier. Still, it's one of those shows that fills our summer void, and every season seems to garner more and more critical acclaim. This week, the show returns as its characters stand on a precipice. Gaming was king last season, but now chat might be the next big thing, and it could all converge into a powerful metaphor for how we interact online now, 25 years ago. Check out a preview below.


The Last Ship (TNT) Sunday, 9 p.m. - "Legacy"

The Last Ship was renewed for a fourth season just a couple of a weeks ago, and its continued success is a reflection of where so many cable series are winning these days: post-live viewing. If you look at the show's live numbers, the series -- on of cable's hottest in the year it debuted -- has declined by nearly half. If you look at the Live + 3 numbers, though, the viewership nearly doubles. Viewers haven't necessarily abandoned The Last Ship. They just might be watching a little later, and that's why we'll keeping seeing this series.


The Strain (FX) Sunday, 10 p.m. - "New York Strong"

Season premiere! - The Strain is back this week, and the landscape of its human vs. vampire war continues to evolve. One of the most interesting things about this series has been watching how its viral war has enveloped New York City, changed the game, and refused to bow to the usual rules of the outbreak thriller. Now we get to see just how intense things can get. Check out a preview below.



Monday's very quiet this week, but get ready, because the premieres aren't far away.



Zoo (CBS) 9 p.m. - "Yellow Brick Road"

Mitch and Abraham must find Jackson before General Davis and the International Animal Defense Group can catch him and prevent the team from making a cure.


Dead of Summer (Freeform) 9 p.m. - "Home Sweet Home"

Deb and the counselors come face to face with the evil that lurks in the lake at Camp Stillwater.

Halt and Catch Fire (AMC) 9 p.m. - "Valley of the Heart's Delight" and "One Way or Another"

Read more in our Highlights section above.



Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Children in the Attic"

A mother and son are entangled in phenomena with a frightening family from the past at one of the country's oldest yacht clubs.


Paranormal Witness (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "The Contract"

The eldest son of a loving Christian family enters into a deadly contract with the Devil.

Mr. Robot (USA) 10 p.m. - "eps2.6succ3ss0r.p12"

A video is released by fsociety; Darlene decides to act on an old desire.



Steven Universe (TOON) 7 p.m. - "Mindful Education"

Steven and Connie must concentrate more to take their training to the next level.

BattleBots (ABC) 8 p.m. - "Rise of the Machines: The Round of 16 Part 2​"

The battle goes on as 16 teams continue to fight for the championship; guest judge Michael Stevens.

Beauty and the Beast (CW) 9 p.m. - "Meet the New Beast"

Vincent and Cat wonder if it's time for life on the run after discovering they have lost control of their secret; Vincent sees that he must face his past, while Cat worries about how much they have to lose.



Killjoys (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Johnny Be Good"

Pawter's plans to free Old Town from Jelco's control get Dutch seized by an angry mob.

Dark Matter (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Going Out Fighting"

The crew takes a dangerous mission inside Dwarf Star Technologies in a desperate bid to save their ailing leader.



Saturday's another quiet day. Catch up on your DVR.



The Last Ship (TNT) 9 p.m. - "Legacy"

Read more in our HIghlights section above.

Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) 9 p.m. - "Los Muertos"

Madison, Strand and others move forward after the compound falls; Nick gets picked for a dangerous assignment.


BrainDead (CBS) 10 p.m. - "The Path to War Part Two: The Impact of Propaganda on Congressional War Votes​"

Laurel works with an old boyfriend to help Luke create a political documentary to support his anti-war initiative; Laurel has concerns about Germaine and Luke's baby.

The Strain (FX) 10 p.m. - "New York Strong"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

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