TV THIS WEEK: True Blood bites, Futurama gender-bends, and more!

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:51 PM EST

Summer TV is heating up. While there's a big finale for Syfy's Sanctuary, we get a treat with the premieres of Comedy Central's Futurama and HBO's True Blood. And we'll also get a look at FX's new comedy series, Wilfred.

Also this week, there's a new hunter in town on Teen Wolf, Chloe finds out more about her superhero powers on The Nine Lives of Chloe King, Julius Berger confronts Tate on Outcasts, there's one big mother of a shark chowing down on the locals in Syfy's movie Swamp Shark, and the skies continue to fall on Noah Wyle on Falling Skies.

Here's what we have to look forward to this week on sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and spy-fi TV.

Monday, June 19

Sanctuary (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Into The Black"

Season-three finale! Challenges arise for Magnus and her team when large numbers of Abnormals leave Hollow Earth and emerge on the surface. Meanwhile, Druitt returns with a warning for Magnus about Adam Worth. While this may be the end of Sanctuary's season, take heart, fans. Syfy has renewed the series for a fourth 13-episode season.

Here's a preview:

Teen Wolf (MTV) 10 p.m. - "Magic Bullet"

When a new hunter in town goes after Derek, he's forced to align with Scott and Stiles. Meanwhile, Scott worries about the werewolf that bit him, but he has even bigger problems when he gets invited to Allison's house for dinner and has to face her father.

Here's a preview:

Tuesday, June 20

The Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC Family) 9 p.m. - "Redemption"

It's been a tough start for Chloe. No sooner does she begin sprouting claws than she's pushed off a building and killed, only to come back to life and find out she's not even human. Worse yet, she kisses a boy and the kiss kills him. Someone really needs to give this girl a handbook on her new condition. In the show's second episode, Chloe tries to help Xavier's brother. Meanwhile, she battles her attraction to Brian, fearing a relationship would be bad for his health.

Here's a couple of sneak peeks:

Other Tuesday shows of interest:

On USA's Covert Affairs (10 p.m.), Annie heads back to the Farm to hunt down a leak in "Bang and Blame."

Wednesday, June 21

Hollywood Treasure (Syfy) 10 & 10:30 p.m. - "Blood, Sweater & Terminators" and "Holy Gobstopper, Batman!"

Joe's on the hunt for the coolest Hollywood collectibles out there. In "Blood, Sweater & Terminators" he holds a contest for whoever can find the most interesting item and gets a look at a Men In Black flamethrower, and in ""Holy Gobstopper, Batman," Joe chats with Burt Ward about what may be Robin's sidecar from the classic Batman TV series.

Other Wednesday shows of interest:

On Syfy's Haunted Collector (9 p.m.), the team investigates a firehouse museum in Pueblo, Colo., in "The Sanitarium/Firehouse Phantom." Then, on the Science Channel's Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman (10 p.m.), the question "Does Time Really Exist?" is explored. And ABC premieres its five-part series Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief (10 p.m.), which explores spirituality and ESP. In the opener, "Twintuition," the link between identical twins is explored.

Thursday, June 23

Futurama (Comedy Central) 10 & 10:30 p.m. - "Neutopia" and "Benderama"

Season 6B premieres! It's back! In the gender-bending season premiere, "Neutopia," the crew of the Planet Express crash-lands on an unknown planet and encounters an alien who doesn't understand the concept of gender, which leads it to conduct gender-switching experiments on them. Then in "Benderama," Bender messes with self-replication and begins to produce smaller and smaller Benders. Comedian Patton Oswalt guest-voices the character "Unattractive Giant Monster."

Futurama fans, the good news is that Comedy Central has already ordered 26 additional episodes, which takes the series through two more seasons.

Here's a sneak peek of "Neutopia":

Wilfred (FX) 10 p.m. - "Happiness"

Series premiere! In this oddball series, a suicidal man named Ryan (Elijah Wood) finds his life turned upside down when his pretty neighbor asks him to watch her dog, Wilfred. While Ryan sees Wilfred (Jason Gann) as a wisecracking man in a dog suit, the rest of the world just sees a lovable dog. This live-action comedy is based on the Australian series that also starred Gann.

Here's a look:

Other Thursday shows of interest:

On National Geographic's Known Universe (9 p.m.), scientist David Kaplan takes a look at "end of the world" scenarios. And on the season-five premiere of USA's Burn Notice (9 p.m.), Michael goes back to work for his old agency to find the people who burned him in "Company Man."

Friday, June 24

Paranormal Challenge (Travel) 9 p.m. - "Eastern State Penitentiary"

Two teams square off to see who can find the most paranormal evidence at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.

Here's a general preview of the show:

Other Friday shows of interest:

On Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place (8 p.m.), Alex meets someone new at a dance in "Beast Tamer."

Saturday, June 25

Outcasts (BBC America) 9 p.m. - "Episode 2"

Expeditionaries hunt for survivors from the transporter, but one of the survival shuttles goes missing. Meanwhile, Julius Berger is accused of murder by another survivor, and a group of Advanced Cultivars, or ACs, demand help for a sick AC baby.

Here's a preview and a sneak peek:

Swamp Shark (Syfy) 9 p.m.

Saturday Night at the Movies! Kristy Swanson, Robert Davi and D.B. Sweeney star in this Syfy original about a really big man-eating shark that ends up in a swampy backwoods river and what happens when it gets hungry. Luckily for the shark it's time for the town's annual Gator Fest, meaning lots of walking happy meals are in its future.

Here's a trailer:

Sunday, June 26

True Blood (HBO) 9 p.m. - "She's Not There"

Season-four premiere! Hopefully we'll get some resolution for all the season-three finale cliffhangers. In the premiere, as Sookie learns more about her fairy roots, Eric and Bill go about different public-relation routes to deal with public opinion about vampires. Meanwhile, Jesus takes Lafayette to meet the local coven of witches, and Tara discovers a new channel for her anger.

Here's a promo, as well as the first 7:57 of the premiere:

Falling Skies (TNT) 10 p.m. - "Prisoner of War"

A doctor arrives at the camp who may have a solution to saving the harnessed kids. Meanwhile, Tom and his fighters once again find themselves in a fight for their lives as they encounter the alien skitters and mechs.

Here's a preview:

Other Sunday shows of interest:

On Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva (9 p.m.), Grayson asks Jane to help him plan his wedding on "False Alarm." And on Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot (10 p.m.), the team travels to Washington to investigate pictures of what might be a Bigfoot on a snowcapped mountain.

What are you going to watch?