TV THIS WEEK: Golan the Insatiable premieres, Duchovny's back on TV, and more!

We usually like to do these little TV roundups on Mondays, but yesterday just happened to be both a holiday and a day with no new genre programming to be had, so we held off until today. Things are getting a little scarce out there, but we're not out of TV. In fact, w'ere beginning to reach the point where we'll be deep in our enjoyment of summer event series. Some, like HannibalUnder the Dome, and The Strain, haven't arrived yet, but we are getting new premieres this week, including David Duchovny's new series and the second season of Halt and Catch Fire

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


Highlights of the Week

Aquarius (NBC) Thursday, 9 p.m. - "Everybody's Been Burned" and "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game"

Miniseries premiere! - We won't get that long-awaited X-Files revival for a while, but this week we do get David Duchovny back on TV, and he's even playing a law enforcement officer. Aquarius isn't a sci-fi or fantasy show, but given that our schedule is a little light right now, and given that it's Duchovny, we thought we'd let you know about it. Yet another attempt to capitalize on the "event series" wave that's swept our summers over the past few years, Aquarius is a 13-episode miniseries that documents the hunt for notorious cult leader Charles Manson. Duchovny stars as LAPD Sergeant Sam Hodiak, the man who will put together the pieces and hunt down the Manson Family, while Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones) stars as Manson. Check out a preview below.

Wayward Pines (FOX) Thursday, 9 p.m. - "Our Town, Our Law"

We've got some interesting ratings news from Wayward Pines. The show premiered two weeks ago to less than three million live viewers, which isn't a great audience for such a heavily hyped event series airing in a prime timeslot, but Wayward Pines turned itself around with DVR numbers. The show's Live+3 ratings jumped 90 percent from its live numbers, and total viewer numbers jumped 65 percent to a total of 6.2 million, with more likely to come when the Live+7 numbers hit. That doesn't mean the show's on its way to becoming a runaway hit, but episode two's live numbers were more than a million viewers higher than the series premiere, and we'll likely see a big DVR jump after that too. So, people are turning out for Wayward Pines, just not necessarily on Thursday nights. This week, Ethan uncovers new evidence. Check out a preview below.

Outlander (Starz) Saturday, 9 p.m. - "To Ransom a Man's Soul"

Season finale! - It seems like we just got Outlander back after that long break that fans dubbed the "Droughtlander," and now we're losing it again. The good news is that the show got an early Season 2 renewal, and over the course of its first season live viewers jumped from fewer than 800,000 for the series premiere to nearly 1.5 million at its height. That's pretty solid for Starz, and as word of mouth grows (because fans who love this show really love it) it could get even better by the time Season 2 finally premieres. So, get ready for another Droughtlander, because after this we're done for a while. Check out a preview below.

Golan the Insatiable (FOX) Sunday, 9:30 p.m. - "Pilot"

Golan the Insatiable has been around for nearly two years, but we haven't seen it since March 2014. It originally aired as shorts on Fox's Animation Domination programming block, and now it's back with its own half-hour series. In case you don't know, it's the story of a warlord from another dimension who's banished to ours by his enemies. He ends up in Minnesota, where he meets a goth girl who both teachs him about Earth customs and follows him in his adventures. Check out a preview below.

Halt and Catch Fire (AMC) Sunday, 10 p.m. - "SETI"

Season premiere! - For a while, we didn't know if we'd get more of Halt and Catch Fire, and AMC waited until well after the Season 1 finale to renew the show, but now it's time for Season 2. The show isn't exactly genre, but we included it our lineup last summer because, for one thing, summers are a little slow, and for another, it was about something a great many nerds are into: The computer revolution of the 1980s. Season 1 followed the personal and professional lives of a group of people in early 1980s Texas as they tried to engineer and market a personal computer that could compete with the big boys, and it was anchored by great performances from Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis and Kerry Bishe. This season, the show continues that story, and also branches out into another tech revolution that even more nerds love to talk about: Gaming. Check out a preview below.



Tuesday, May 26

Community (Yahoo! Screen) Streaming - "Wedding Videography"

A surprise marriage proposal in Jeff’s law class reveals an unexpected connection between the bride and groom.

iZombie (CW) 9 p.m. - "Astroburger"

Someone close to Major dies of an apparent suicide, so Liv consumes the victim's brains to learn more and the result is a mix of reality and paranoia. Meanwhile, Clive questions Major and learns of a secret computer file that may help find the killer.

Wednesday, May 27

Wednesday's quiet this week, but hey, it's new comic book day.

Thursday, May 28

Aquarius (NBC) 9 p.m. - "Everybody's Been Burned" and "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Wayward Pines (FOX) 9 p.m. - "Our Town, Our Law"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Lost Girl (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Here Comes the Night"

The aftermath of a storm is dealt with by Bo and her friends.

Olympus (Syfy) 11 p.m. - "Danger and Desire"

King Minos invades Athens with the intent of killing the royal family, but instead strikes a bargain with Hero to spare their lives in exchange for the Lexicon. Meanwhile, Hero devises a bold plan that will either set him on the road to Olympus, or lead to the demise of everyone he holds dear.

Between (Netflix) 11:30 p.m. - "Episode Two"

No synopsis available.

Friday, May 29

The Messengers (CW) 9 p.m. - "Deus Ex Machina"

Joshua's past resurfaces and he must deal with it. Meanwhile, the Messengers look for the next Horseman and discover a deadly cyber plot.

Bitten (Syfy) 11 p.m. - "Dark Arts"

Having possessed Clay's body, Aleister returns to Stonehaven to lay the groundwork for his plan to abduct Savannah; at the same time, Clay finds himself trapped in his unconscious, fighting to gain control of himself before he's destroyed.

Saturday, May 30

Outlander (Starz) 9 p.m. - "To Ransom a Man's Soul"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Orphan Black (BBC) 9 p.m. - "Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate"

No synopsis available.

Sunday, May 31

Game of Thrones (HBO) 9 p.m. - "Hardhome"

Arya makes progress in her training; Sansa meets an old friend; Jon takes to the road; Cersei's troubles pile up.

 Golan the Insatiable (FOX) 9:30 p.m. - "Pilot"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

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

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Penny Dreadful (Showtime) 10 p.m. - "Above the Vaulted Sky"

Hecate returns to her mother with a gift; Evelyn works on a new totem; the mansion is attacked; the Creature grows impatient with Frankenstein; Rusk interrogates Ethan; Vanessa and the Creature's friendship deepens; Angelique is humiliated while out with Dorian.

Salem (WGN) 10 p.m. - "Wages of Sin"

Mary and Wainwright grow closer; at the same time, the Starry Messenger comet approaches Earth; Anne continues to glean knowledge from her dead father's writings; and a long-brewing feud reaches a tipping point.


(Episode synopses via TV Guide)

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