This Week’s TV: David Duchovny Hunts Down Charles Manson

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It’s a light week for television, but there are still some interesting things going on in TV land. David Duchovny heads to the 1960s with the Charles Manson-themed crime drama Aquarius. Aubrey Plaza voices a macabre little girl whose best friend is a godlord. And Halt and Catch Fire returns for a new season.


Top image from an earlier episode of Golan the Insatiable, “A Pox on Your Pox.”


StarTalk (11 PM, National Geographic Channel)

Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews former president Jimmy Carter and discusses eradicating disease with guest comedian Chuck Nice and parasitologist Mark Siddall.


Community (Streaming, Yahoo! Screen)

Garrett’s getting married! The group is invited to the wedding, with Abed filming the whole thing.

iZombie (9 PM, The CW)

Major is involved in this week’s case when someone close to him — someone we just met in the show — dies of an apparent suicide. When Liv consumes the fellow’s brains, she finds herself experiencing a mix of delusion and reality. And Clive learns of a computer file that could lead to the killer — but could it lead him to an even bigger secret?


Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman (10 PM, Science)

This week, the dulcet tones of Morgan Freeman’s voice will guide us through the idea of alien life — or life as we may not know it — in surprising places:

Odds are excellent that extraterrestrial life exists. So why haven’t we found aliens out in the galaxy? Are we looking in the wrong places? New research shows we should look closer to home, even inside our bodies. It turns out that a lot of our DNA is from a mysterious, nonhuman source. Theoretically, alien microbial life can make the journey to Earth from distant worlds, and scientists are finding some unearthly microbes in our upper atmosphere. Could it be from outer space? Could we be part alien? It’s even possible alien life is already here as digital life forms, hiding inside our technology.



Aquarius (9 PM, NBC)

In a mixture of fiction and true crime, the new series Aquarius stars David Duchovny and follows the 1967 investigation of the disappearance of a young girl. But it turns out that the missing girl has fallen in with a man who will become very famous: Charles Manson.

Wayward Pines (9 PM, Fox)

Following Beverly’s “reckoning” in the town square, Ethan is shocked by Kate’s participation in the heinous act. Although determined to find his way out of Wayward Pines, Peter meets real estate agent Peter McCall (guest star Justin Kirk), who gives him a new house. Meanwhile, Theresa and Ben head to Idaho to find Ethan, who has another run-in with Sheriff Pope.


Olympus (10 PM, Syfy)

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 (Streaming as of 11:30 PM ET, Netflix)

The remaining residents of Pretty Lake collect the dead in hopes that the quarantine will be lifted once the bodies are burned.



Major Lazer (12 AM, FXX) & Axe Cop (12:15 AM, FXX)

Lazer’s a Jamaican superhero living in a dystopic world. Axe Cop’s a cop with an axe. They’re both on TV.


Bitten (9 PM, Syfy)

Aleister returns to Stonehaven as Clay where he convinces Jeremy to let the Coven complete her initiation ritual on the property. Meanwhile, Clay finds himself trapped in his unconscious, wrestling with Aleister and his own mind.

The Messengers (9 PM, The CW)

As the Messengers race to stop the next Horseman, they uncover a cyber plot to kill thousands. Meanwhile, Joshua (Jon Fletcher) finds he can no longer escape his past.


Lost Girl (10 PM, Syfy)

Bo and friends are in the dark after an unholy storm.


Orphan Black (9 PM, BBC America)

In a twist no one could have expected, Alison and Donny’s suburban drug empire may have encountered some complications.


Outlander (9 PM, STARZ)

Jamie is freed following a daring rescue, but his mind lingers on the torture he endured.



Game of Thrones (9 PM, HBO)

Arya makes progress in her training. Sansa confronts an old friend. Cersei (Lena Headey) struggles. Jon travels.


Golan the Insatiable (9:30 PM, Fox)

Golan the Insatiable moves from its spot on the Animation Domination High-Def block to its own 30-minute series:

New half-hour animated comedy series GOLAN THE INSATIABLE follows a mighty godlord (Rob Riggle “22 Jump Street,” “FOX NFL Sunday”) from an alternate dimension who arrives in Oak Grove, MN, where his only friend is a macabre, nine-year-old girl named Dylan (Aubrey Plaza, “Parks and Recreation”), who constantly urges him to wreak havoc on her town.


Halt and Catch Fire (10 PM, AMC)

The series about the personal computing revolution is back for a second season.

Penny Dreadful (10 PM, Showtime)

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 (10 PM, WGN)

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.



Owl is lost

Did anybody else try to watch Between? I was looking forward to it but I found it kind of meh.

Also I’m a little annoyed that the business who perfected the art of binge-watching is doing a weekly release. (Yes, I know. “The food is terrible. And in such small portions.” I have no defense for my lack of logic.)