What to watch on Friday, July 26...
SERIES FINALE, 7:30pm, Hub
This one’s for all the microchips, folks. “Deadlock” pits the Autobots against the Decepticons for one final, decisive throwdown... at least until the next rebooted series, feature film, or Robot Chicken sketch once again makes them fight, and fight, and fight and fight and fight.
The hotel is swarmed by hedonists during Stevie’s DJ convention in “Sitting on Top of the World,” while Ben’s revenge plot sparks somewhat less festive results. Meanwhile, Mercedes drops a bombshell on Vera and Ike carries out a cunning plan to rig the Cuban lottery.
Time travelers are going missing left and right in “Second Listen,” and it’s up to Kiera to get to the bottom of why. Alec’s whereabouts are clearer, if not safer: He's being held hostage by Garza, apparently on orders from Future Alec.
– Katy Perry, Chris Collingsworth, and Kacey Musgraves on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Liev Schreiber, Anthony Anderson, and Imagine Dragons on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Lisa Kudrow and Michael McDonald on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
What to watch on Saturday, July 27...
10am, Cartoon Network
Beware the Batman
In “Tests,” Batman tangles with new rogue Anarky and grudgingly updates the Bat-Computer’s spell-checker.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Donatello’s mission to spring Kirby in “Operation: Break Out” goes awry when it turns out that getting out of a super-secret prison is a tad harder than getting in. Donatello, you will recall, is the smart one.
7pm, BBC America
Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited
The splendiforously surreal swashbuckling of Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy is profiled, as is the regal villainy of his brilliant foe The Rani. The featured episode is 1988’s “Remembrance of the Daleks.”
A dinged and discombobulated Hank finds himself on Plum Island in the clutches of “Mother” and 41 Trust, putting his father in a desperate situation. Elsewhere in “Hands,” Beck’s search-and-rescue plan doesn’t move speedily enough for Laila, and White Vincent bumbles into a treacherous deal in the Plum Island lab.
Do No Harm
An anonymous text message threatens to expose Jason, and if you can read that sentence and prevent your brain flooding with sexting jokes, you’re a stronger person than I. Meanwhile in “I Can’t Keep Your Secret,” Olivia and Cole find a hiding spot fraught with memories, and Jordan’s probe into Jason’s past bears fruit.
10pm, BBC America
A TV weatherman/fellow werewolf dazzles Tom, who wants to follow in the man’s seemingly pristine footsteps in “Pie and Prejudice.” Hal hopes to make a good impression of his own during a surreptitious meeting with an old friend—one who may share unexpected qualities with Tom’s new hero.
The daughter (Megan Mullally) of an abducted British scientist recruits Axe Cop and Flute Cop to rescue her imperiled pop. The site of this highly dangerous and awesome mission? “Zombie Island...In Space,” naturally.
High School USA!
When a classmate’s intimate pic goes viral in “Sexting,” Marsh handles damage control. Hopefully said classmate was a high-profile candidate for student body president, just to give the episode that extra dash of zeitgeistiness.
What to watch on Sunday, July 28...
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 9pm, CBS
By a tally of 4-3, the Executive Council of What to Watch Tonight has voted that I forgo any jokes in the “Hey, it’s a show about a cop with perfect recall and no one remembers it!” oeuvre. Instead, I’ll just remind you that the canceled-then-uncanceled Poppy Montgomery vehicle returns as a summer series with “Bigtime,” in which Carrie and Al are invited to join the NYPD’s high-pressure Major Crimes Section and deal with a child abduction.
If “This Little Piggy” follows the example of the fantastic Justice League Unlimited episode of the same name, we’ll finally get to see Dexter croon karaoke after Deb gets magically morphed into a wee oinker. If not, I guess the Morgans will just protect Dr. Vogel from the Brain Surgeon and Masuka will meet his long-lost daughter.
Drop Dead Diva
Teaming up to defend a professor against drug-smuggling charges, Jane and Owen attempt to mend fences in “Fool for Love.” Elsewhere, an intellectual property case pits Kim against Grayson’s ex-fiancée, and Stacy throws a bash to evaluate her most promising sperm donor candidates.
Out of better options, Eric swears allegiance to Bill in order to save Nora. Meanwhile in “In the Evening,” a personal blow compels Sam to return to Bon Temps against Alcide’s warnings, Sarah strikes back at Jason, and Jessica shows her appreciation to a fellow vamp prisoner, which has me disturbingly curious as to what the vampire equivalent of a fruit basket might look like.
Sarah’s mistakes come back to haunt her in “Six Minutes,” while inner turmoil plagues Holder. By this standard, Seward fessing up looks to be the sunniest part of the episode by a country mile, even though his tale will probably involve multiple grisly details.
An accident injures Ezra, bad news rocks Ray and Avi, and Bunchy takes his settlement check out for a spin on the real estate market in “The Golem.” Yet if this episode fails to deliver an actual giant, mystical warrior made of clay, I think we’ll all be severely disappointed.
10pm, BBC America
Corcoran and Maguire are forced to team up on a murder case, and that sounds to me like the beginning of their enemies-become-besties arc. Why, they’ll be the Rory Gilmore and Paris Gellar of 1860s New York in no time! Also in “To One Shortly to Die,” Morehouse’s tough decision throws a wrinkle into the Robert Cobb Kennedy trial, Eva and Ellen try to keep their mutual skeletons in the closet, and the Freemans welcome a loved one home.
Top secret details emerge about Alien Operation Central in “Journey to Xilbalba,” and closer to home, the mole is unmasked at last. Seems like everything’s comin’ up Charleston! Well, except for the pesky humongous explosion that bollixes up the rebels’ planned offensive against the Espheni.
Twitter reveals another witness to the Genoa incident in “Willie Pete,” so get psyched for another Sorkin-tackles-the-internet story. In other newsy happenings, Will comes clean to Nina Howard while everyone in New Hampshire is keeping mum about Jim’s questions.
And now, let’s all vote to crown the What to Watch Tonight Episode Title of the Week!