TV THIS WEEK: Z Nation returns, Under the Dome's finale, and more!

We're so close to the big fall premieres you can almost taste it, but we're not quite there yet, and this week is all about summer shows winding down. Over the next few days we'll get the season finales of Beauty and the Beast and Extant and the series finale of Under the Dome, but it's not all about endings. We also get the Season 2 premiere of Z Nation on Friday.

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


Extant (CBS) Wednesday, 9 p.m. - "Double Vision" and "The Greater Good"

Season finale! - By the end of Extant's first season, it was drawing four million fewer live viewers than the series premiere, and I wondered aloud if the show would stick around. It took nearly a month following the season finale for CBS to announce a renewal, but Extant survived, and hoped to inject more action and intrigue into Season 2 with the addition of Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a futuristic bounty hunter. So, how did things turn out? Well, the show's still relatively critically acclaimed, but on the viewers side things are still slipping, from a little more than five million live viewers for the season premiere to about 4.75 million last week. All things considered, that's not a bad dropoff, and the show is still picking up significant DVR increases, including a 35% Live+7 viewer increase at last count. Extant's first season saw a very sharp drop in viewers, but now it looks like it's found a sizeable audience that's willing to stick around for the duration of the summer. The question is, will that be enough for CBS? This week, JD and Molly fight to thwart a plot that could destroy the human race. Check out a preview below.


Beauty and the Beast (CW) Thursday, 8 p.m. - "Destined"

Season finale! - Beauty and the Beast has had an interesting ride on The CW thus far. Last spring, the network's announcement that it was shuffling the finale episodes of Season 2 off into the summer, combined with live viewers numbers that were always under one million (something no Season 1 episode suffered), made it seem like a quiet cancellation was on the way. That didn't happen, and Season 3 was ordered for a summer 2015 run. At the time, it seemed like the third season might have been a mild gamble, but then The CW upped the ante, ordering a fourth season months before Season 3 even premiered. The network has confidence in this show and its audience, so you can watch this finale knowing that more is coming. Check out a preview below.


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

Series finale! - Well, that Dome is finally coming down, and for many viewers not a moment too soon. Two years ago, this show was the great summer success story, a shining example of exactly what networks wanted in a summer event, and a call to arms for competitors looking to develop their own year-round programming. Under the Dome was the poster child for an age of TV in which the traditional broadcast season is getting murkier and murkier, and it still is, but it's not longer the smash that it was in Season 1. The show's first season was a smash hit for CBS, delivering more than 10 million live viewers every single week but one. Those are numbers broadcast shows that aren't named Empire or The Big Bang Theory would kill for, and they weren't coming in November or May. They were coming in July and August. Though the show began as an adaptation of a single Stephen King novel, renewing it was a no-brainer, so the story extended, and extended, and extended. Now, here we are at the end of Season 3, with eight consecutive episodes bringing in fewer than five million live viewers, and more and more critics bemoaning the show's plot. So, it's no surprise that CBS announced last week that this will be the end. The Dome is coming down, and it's coming down with a bang. Check out a preview below.


Z Nation (Syfy) Friday, 10 p.m. - "The Murphy"

Season premiere! - Before Z Nation arrived, I wondered aloud if cable TV could stand another zombie show (how dumb did I feel after I saw Fear the Walking Dead's ratings?), but Z Nation succeeded by being the kind of show The Walking Dead never will be. It's a show that embraces the inherent ridiculousness of a zombie apocalypse in very creative ways, while also driving an ambitious story forward, and viewers responded. Z Nation premiered as the most-watched cable show in its timeslot, and while some episodes dropped off a bit from that, the viewers never really went away. The live average stayed more-or-less steady throughout the Season 1 run, and that was good enough for Syfy to order more. Now, we get to see if the series can do it again. Check out a preview for Season 2 below.


Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) Sunday, 9 p.m. - "The Dog"

So, we're a couple of episodes into Fear the Walking Dead now, and since the schedule is relatively light, I thought I'd take a moment and examine the ratings. So, how are they? Short answer: They're good. They're really good. How good? Well, remember when everyone was speculating that Guardians of the Galaxy, and then Ant-Man, would be failures, and then they made money and many declared the Marvel Studios brand unbreakable? Well, that seems to be pretty much the case with The Walking Dead brand too. The series premiered to 10.1 million live viewers, a cable TV record, and tacked on another 3 million in the following days. Episode two slipped to 8.2 million live viewers, still a huge numbers, then added 3.5 million more in Live+3. So, in case you hadn't heard already: Fear the Walking Dead is a hit. Check out a preview of this week's episode below.



LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales (Disney XD) 8 p.m. - "Mission to Mos Eisley"

C-3PO recounts his adventure with the ``Star Wars Rebels'' crew in an effort to find R2-D2, who has been kidnapped.


Gravity Falls (Disney XD) 8:30 p.m. - "The Last Mabelcorn"

A new threat leads Mabel to venture into the enchanted realm of the unicorns; Dipper learns something new about Bill Cipher.


Fall Preview Special (CBS) 8:30 p.m.

Previews of new fall shows include ``Life in Pieces,'' ``Limitless,'' ``Code Black,'' ``Supergirl'' and ``Angel From Hell,'' with host Jane Lynch; additional content includes moments from behind the scenes and interviews with cast members


Zoo (CBS) 9 p.m. - "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" & "Wild Things"

A run-in with rebels in Zambia leaves Jackson injured, but the hospital turns out to be overrun by animals; Jamie and Mitch try to formulate a cure; a surprising turn of events puts everything in jeopardy.


Face Off (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "All That Glitters"

The artists must turn male models into famous female Shakespearean characters.

From Dusk Till Dawn (El Rey) 9 p.m. - "Attack of the 50 ft. Sex Machine"

Richie and Santanico pose as sex traffickers to infiltrate Malvado’s food supply, while Sonja forces Seth to kick his drug habit. Meanwhile, Freddie faces off with Sex Machine, who attacks his family to retrieve the codex.


Steampunk'd (GSN) 8 p.m. - "Brave New Wardrobe"

The makers steampunk the manor's closet with retro-futuristic outfits and designing; guest judge Kirsten Vangsness.

Extant (CBS) 9 p.m. - "Double Vision" and "The Greater Good"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Ghost Hunters (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Last Will and Evidence"

A bride-to-be wants to determine if her dream wedding venue is safe; the team investigates Gallaher Mansion in Connecticut.

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

A politician from Pennsylvania must battle the ghost of the murderous doctor and the ancient demon-god the doctor once worshipped, both of whom haunt his home.


Steven Universe (TOON) 6:30 p.m. - "Nightmare Hospital"

Steven and Connie sneak into a hospital in order to steal Rose's sword.


Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 7 p.m. - "Hey You, Don't Neglect Me in Your Memory"

When Robin decides to become an all-American class president-type person, he convinces the Titans to return to school with him.


Beauty and the Beast (CW) 8 p.m. - "Destined"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

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

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Dominion (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "House of Sacrifice"

Michael faces the repercussions of his time in Mallory; Alex and Gates try to save Vega from destroying itself; David comes to terms with his past; Gabriel unleashes an unspeakable evil.


Geeks Who Drink (Syfy) 11 p.m. - "Harold Perrineau vs. Zachary Knighton"

Harold Perrineau's ``Les Quzerables'' competes against Zachary Knighton's ``Smartinis.''


Z Nation (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "The Murphy"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Continnum (Syfy) 11 p.m. - "Lost Hours"

Season premiere! - Season 4 begins with newly arrived time travelers threatening to destroy Kiera and her alliance with Brad. As she deals with the risk that they pose, she also finds herself yearning to return to her own time and her son.



Doctor Who: The Doctor's Finest (BBC) 8 p.m. - "The Time of the Doctor"

Host Hannah Hart and special guests revisit the biggest and best episodes of the revived Doctor Who so far.


Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) 9 p.m. - "The Dog"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The Strain (FX) 10 p.m. - "The Assassin"

Eph and Dutch work together to thwart the Master's greatest ally; Justine runs into trouble with the mayor; Setrakian tracks down the real owner of the Lumen.



(Episode synopses via Zap2It)

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