What to watch on Friday, June 28...
BURNOFF DEBUT, 8pm & 9pm, The CW
Do my eyes deceive me? Why, Cult, you loony ol’ dingbat, what’re you doing back on the schedule?! Ah, it's time for your summer burnoff, of course. Couldn’t let your fellow whackadoodle Zero Hour have all the fun. So this week you bring us Jeff and Skye searching high and low for dirt on Sakelik in “The Devil You Know” at 8pm, and then Skye sneaking into a meeting of the True Believers to scrounge up their latest lowdown in “Off to See the Wizard” at 9pm.
Shorts have been a staple of Disney animation since the days when Walt’s noggin was at normal body temperature. Mickey and friends return to the classic format in a new series of episodes being rolled out this summer, beginning tonight with “No Service.” Join the round-eared rapscallion and his short-tempered buddy Donald as they attempt to procure refreshments from a beach snack shack, only to be thwarted in myriad comical ways.
From the Walt Disney Company’s newer vintage of animated mirth comes the latest adventure of the Pines siblings, whose appearances are increasingly Halley’s Comet-esque. In “Land Before Swine,” they and their pals must venture into a prehistoric realm to rescue Waddles from the clutches of a dimension-hopping beastie.
Heading to Cuba to bring back Maria’s ashes, Ike also finds time to launch his Ben-booting scheme in “Adapt or Die.” Meanwhile, Stevie offers Vera a chemical boost to help her cope with rehearsals, and with any luck it’s the kind that makes you break out into random tap-dancing.
In “Second Skin,” a former (i.e., future) colleague of Kiera’s turns up in the present day. But Kiera isn’t the only one who’s noticed—Liber8 and Agent Gardiner also have their sights set on the latest time traveler in their midst.
SEASON 1 FINALE, 10pm & 10:30pm, IFC
A successful filmmaker (Eric Stoltz) offers his old college chum Marc a part in his newest movie in “Projections,” but the role is somewhat less than flattering. The season concludes with “Mexican Angel” at 10:30pm, in which Marc’s one-time sex buddy becomes his temporary roommate, prompting much consternation from Marc and quizzical reaction shots from podcast guest Adam Scott.
What to watch on Saturday, June 29...
In “Sync,” it’s tearin’ up Hank’s heart when he’s with Laila, but they reluctantly team up to crack a major clue in the search for the True Cross. Meanwhile, White Vincent finds a clue of his own that could have him saying “bye bye bye” to the treasure hunt business.
8:30pm, BBC America
Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited
Sixth Doctor Colin Baker weighs in on his TARDIS tenure and discusses his slick archrival, Sil. Then the Doctor and the industrialist duke it out in the 1985 installment “Vengeance on Varos.”
666 Park Avenue
Sasha enacts her cunning plan to put Henry into public office in “Sins of the Father,” and later has an odd confrontation with her parents. Around the hotel, a new revelation about Louise inspires Alexis to plot revenge, the return of Louise’s substance abuse vexes Brian, and the Drake greets a cryptic new tenant who will probably also give Louise shit about something or another.
“Old Man of the Sea” takes Sinbad and the ‘Baddies aboard a mysterious ship, abandoned save for one enigmatic stranger who either bears a grudge against a crew member or would like to sell them a nautical timeshare.
Primeval: The New World
Evan and Dylan are captured by a couple of drug pushers in “Angry Birds,” and... wait, that doesn’t sound very prehistoric-monstery at all. Those dealers had better be, like, freaky human-archaeopteryx hybrids or something. Know your niche, Primeval. You ain’t Blue Bloods.
BURNOFF DEBUT, 10pm, NBC
Do No Harm
What’s that? You say you’ve watched two episodes of Cult and one of Zero Hour so far, but you still haven’t reached your weekend quota of bugnuttery? Luckily, Do No Harm is back to provide the chaser you need. Mild-mannered Dr. Jason Cole returns to mop up the sundry messes left by his psychotic alter ego Ian Price, including one stemming from a tavern kerfuffle in “Morning, Sunshine.”
What to watch on Sunday, June 30...
SEASON 5 PREMIERE, 8pm, Smithsonian
The Real Story
“Star Trek” looks at the life and legacy of Gene Roddenberry, whose seminal sci-fi series was inspired by—and itself inspired—real-world scientific advancements. Interviews include show favorites such as Leonard Nimoy and Tribble #4,587.
Secrets of Henry VIII’s Palace
Take a tour of Hampton Court, which was bestowed upon the towering English monarch by Cardinal Wolsey, and discover what its development reveals about Henry’s life and his many wives. For the record, I suggested that PBS call this progarm Tudor Cribz, but was aggressively shot down at the pitch meeting.
The battle between Eric and Burrell intensifies in “You’re No Good,” while Sookie discovers Warlow’s motives. Elsewhere, Nicole and her compatriots lend Sam an unexpected hand, Steve Newlin’s past returns to bite him in the heinder, and Bill assigns Jessica a fetch quest.
SEASON 8 PREMIERE, 9pm, Showtime
“A Beautiful Day” picks up six months after LaGuerta’s offing last season, with Deb working as a private gumshoe and Miami Metro tracking a killer who absconded with pieces of the victim’s brain. Also, Cory tells me this one’s a real barnburner for you Quinn fans (fan?) out there, so dig in!
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, Showtime
As the eponymous heavy, Liev Schreiber does dirty deeds (but not dirt cheap) for L.A.’s movers and/or shakers. “The Bag or the Bat” kicks things off with Ray burying an action star’s scandalous secrets, guarding a singer from a stalker, and coping with the early release from prison of his violent and vengeful old man (Jon Voight).
Valentina schemes ways to cozy up to Remi, much to Zoila’s consternation. Meanwhile in “Setting the Table,” Alejandro and Odessa’s absence creates an opportunity for Carmen, Spence questions Peri’s integrity, and Marisol brainstorms ways to spend more time at the Powell house, preferably without sneaking around whilst hiding behind a potted plant.
Bea, Pete, and Monk arrive in the States to share the remainder of Tom’s trip in “Indians.” They’re just in time to accompany him on a visit to a reservation, where Tom explores clues that his great-great-grandmother may have been Native American.
Cooperation is Tom and Pope’s only chance of survival after the bottom falls out of their latest mission in “Search and Recover.” Back in Charleston, Marina usurps Tom’s authority, and Weaver heads up a search party when two 2nd Mass members vanish, though his continued insistence that “this is just like 'Pine Barrens'!” isn’t really helping.
12am, Cartoon Network
The Venture Bros.
In “O.S.I. Love You,” a traitor may be lurking in the elite organization’s midst. When the escape of two prisoners reeks of an inside job, can Brock bludgeon, lacerate, and explode his way to the truth?
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