This Week's TV: Are you ready to say goodbye to Futurama forever?

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It's going to be tough to let go. But hopefully the final batch of Futurama episodes, starting this week, will help numb the pain of saying farewell to the Planet Express Crew. Meanwhile, there's a superhero "girls' night out," and someone finally explains how sex works. Plus Finn and Jake have a time machine!


Check out clips and details for all of this week's television below...

Top image: Futurama


Adventure Time (7:30 PM, Cartoon Network):

People liked the "five short graybles" anthology format so much, it's back for a third go-round. And this time around, there's a time machine! "Why are Finn and Jake building a time machine? Can Princess Bubblegum help Cinnamon Bun conquer his fear of the dark?" That's followed by a brand new Regular Show and a new Mad.

House of Anubis: The Touchstone of Ra (9 PM, Teen Nick):

This is a 90-minute special TV movie, which already aired in some other countries. In a nutshell, the students in Anubis House are about to graduate, but first they have to deal with the annoyance of having underclassmen moving in to the house — and the mysteries of Ra's Touchstone, which leads to ultimate power and stuff.

Defiance (9 PM, Syfy):

Check out the first four minutes of this episode! We've had a "razor rain," we've had a faux astronaut in suspended animation, and now we've got a mostly human-specific plague: "A plague affecting only humans strikes Defiance, which Datak takes advantage of. Quentin questions Nicky about what really happened to his mother."

Warehouse 13 (10 PM, Syfy):

We're just a few episodes from the season finale, and no closer to any resolution on the mysteries we glimpsed in the midseason opener — so maybe we'll get some movement this week? Here's what's up: "The agents investigate when a series of mysterious incidents occur at an expensive gated community, and soon discover that someone is using an artifact to get revenge." Is it just me, or is "someone using an artifact to get revenge" a theme lately?

Teen Wolf (10 PM, MTV):

Here's all we know about this week's episode: "Boyd and Cora are under the influence of the full moon; Scott and Derek seek help from an unlikely ally."



Johnny Test/Teen Titans (7:00 PM, Cartoon Network):

Check out some new clips from these episodes, in which Johnny creates a "cerealstalk" out of super-soil that leads him on a mystical adventure in "the land of Marshmallow Berry Cookie Smush." And Robin, Cyborg and Beast Boy go on a "boys' night out," so Raven and Starfire bust Jinx out of prison and have a "girls' night out" in response.


Sex: How it Works (8 PM, National Geographic):

There are "gripping simulations." Are you ready for this?

We've been doing it since we first walked the Earth. It gives us pleasure and it gives us life. But how much do you know about how sex works? Now, National Geographic Channel takes a fascinating look at one of the world's most popular pastimes: sex. Through gripping real-life stories and simulations, we journey from first times to playing the field, and all the way to humankind's ultimate goal, procreation. We'll learn anything and everything you've ever wondered about sex.


Also on TV tonight: Another episode of Bang Goes The Theory on BBC America at 9 PM.


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

This week's totally unanswerable question: "How do aliens think?": "What kinds of creatures thrive on other planets? Would they resemble beings on Earth, or could life take on new and unexpected forms? Perhaps we can learn how alien minds might work by studying the non-humans around us."

Futurama (10 PM, Cartoon Network):

A special one-hour premiere, kicking off the very last batch of Futurama episodes we're ever likely to see. At least, when we interviewed John DiMaggio (Bender) a little while ago, he seemed pretty resigned this time around. Here's what's up in these two episodes. First: "After being trapped in an alternate two-dimensional universe, the Planet Express crew must face unexpected challenges to daily life." And then: "Fry and Leela go on a romantic vacation but, unbeknownst to them, their secluded, romantic bungalow is actually an alien zoo."


Also on TV tonight: Disney XD has a new Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures at 11 AM. Cartoon Network has Annoying Orange and Amazing World of Gumball, starting at 7. Also at 7 PM, Discovery has the season finale of Big Brain Theory. And then, there's a new Mythbusters on Discovery at 9 PM.



Wilfred (10 PM, FX):

This show in which Elijah Wood forms a weirdly close bond with his neighbor's pet dog is back, and this time around he's searching for Wilfred's original owner.


Also on TV tonight: Disney XD has another new Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures at 11 AM. At 8 PM, there's a new The Hero on TNT. There's a new Burn Notice on USA at 9 PM.


Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters (3:30 PM, Hub Network):

This show was the main reason we were interviewing DiMaggio recently — because he voices Master Nigel. And DiMaggio made a passionate case that this show includes "some heavy themes," including a huge emphasis on tolerance, as these kids struggle with being friends with the magical animals they are supposed to trap and control.


Continuum (10 PM, Syfy):

I'm kind of stoked about the Sonya/Travis rift, which sounds like it's going to go nuts this week: "Kiera looks into a new street drug that she recognizes from the future; at the same time, the warring Sonya and Travis use gangs as their weapons."


Also on TV tonight: Disney XD has yet another new Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures at 11 AM. There may be a new Transformers Prime on Hub Network at 7:30 PM, but we're not sure.


Wizards Vs. Aliens (7:30 PM, Hub):

This show is chugging along — I think I would have been more interested if the wizards had faced different aliens sometimes, or if the aliens had had other goals besides just capturing the wizards. This week: "When Tom meets another wizard called Jackson Hawke, he can’t resist dabbling in dangerous magic. Benny tries to warn him, to no avail, but all three lads are unaware of the Nekross getting closer and closer – and this time, alien Prince Varg is determined to make it personal."


Zero Hour (8 PM, ABC):

We're just burning off the episodes of this already-cancelled show — which means each week that airs is one last precious ration of The Crazy. This week:

Still searching for answers to the secrets of his past, Hank confronts his parents about his birth and childhood. Realizing they can no longer stay silent but fearful about how the truth could affect him, they fess up. But Hank immediately senses his parents are not being fully transparent. White Vincent revisits memories of his own childhood and the parallel lives he and Hank have lived. Meanwhile, the hunt for Laila and the next clock brings Beck, Paige, Arron and Rachel to Istanbul, Turkey. Hank searches for more information about his "doppelganger," Commandant Korbin Sturm, and makes an unlikely connection with a man who holds the key to more than Hank could have ever imagined.


666 Park Avenue (9 PM, ABC):

Yes, not only is ABC burning off episodes of Zero Hour, it's also dumping the remaining episodes of another cancelled show. If you've been waiting months and months to find out exactly how Satan's ownership is going to affect Manhattan real estate values, then wait no longer. Flocke is back! Here's what to expect:

Jane's disturbing dreams keep fusing with reality, but many Drake residents have reason to celebrate. Gavin and Olivia are thrilled and grateful that Sasha (a.k.a., Laurel Harris) has returned; Olivia connects Louise with a great opportunity to work for a top magazine, and Brian is close to making a deal with a producer for his play. Meanwhile, Alexis' overwhelming guilt over her indiscretion with Brian drives her to find an escape clause in her deal with Gavin. Finally, the Dorans plan a big kick-off fund raiser to introduce Henry into the political world, and Jane, propelled by her dreams, visits an ancient Harlan Moore to learn more about Peter Kramer's journal and The Drake's history.


Sinbad/ Primeval: The New World (9 PM, Syfy):

And here are two more shows that are already cancelled (in the UK and Canada, respectively) but are busy airing their first and only seasons on Syfy. On Sinbad, they lose their ship due to some imprudent gambling and have to win it back. On Primeval, a cargo plane vanishes into an anomaly and the gang has to do a search and rescue mission in the distant past.


Also on TV today: The Hub Network has a new Pound Puppies at 9:30 AM, and a new SheZow! at 12:30. There's a new Fairly Oddparents at 9:30 AM on Nickelodeon. Also at 11:30 AM: a new Monsters Vs. Aliens on Nickelodeon. Also, there's a new Aquabats! Super Show! on Hub Network at 1 PM.


Ultimate Spider-Man (11 AM, Disney XD):

It's "The Incredible Spider-Hulk." Pretty much 'nuff said, right? Or in case you need more details, here goes: "Spider-Man and The Hulk switch minds, leading to lots of craziness and a clobberin' from The Thing of The Fantastic Four." I might actually have to watch this one.

True Blood (9 PM, HBO):

Sounds like Sookie has a new love interest! That didn't take long.

A long-lost relative reveals himself to Jason and Sookie. After Tara is victimized by a new government weapon, Eric takes matters into his own hands in an effort to thwart Burrell's anti-vampire initiatives. On the road to work, Sookie is drawn to a handsome stranger who shares her faerie abilities. Sam is unnerved by supernatural-rights zealot Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and is confronted by Alcide and Martha (Dale Dickey) about Emma's future. Bill contemplates the scope of his heightened powers.

Falling Skies (9 PM, TNT):

Yep, it's more dramz. Including Tom facing a challenge to his position as President of the U.S.A. from a most unexpected source — the actual President of the U.S.A. And the mystery of Anne's baby deepens, sort of.


After the people of Charleston defeat another alien attack with the help of new advanced weaponry, Tom is invited to meet with a powerful leader (guest star Stephen Collins). While Hal wrestles with an invasive evil, Ben struggles with his identity and the notion of being human again. And Anne uncovers startling new information that puts everyone in jeopardy.

Venture Bros. (Midnight, Adult Swim):

Here's what happens in "Spanikopita": "During Dr. Venture's annual trip to Spanikos, a dark secret from his past threatens the vacation."


Also on TV today: Nicktoons has two new Yu-Gi-Oh! Episodes at 11 AM, followed by a new Monsuno at noon. And at 8 PM, Disney has the show about a canine who attempts to join the elite ranks of bloggers, in Dog With a Blog. (Still waiting for Hamster with a Tumblr.)

Sources: Futon Critic, MSN TV, TV Guide, and various TV studio press releases.




I wanted to go and rail about why Johnny Test is even given a mention, but I'm also having a personal battle in my head about why I can't stand that show while finding a show I like (Adventures of Gumball) pretty similar.

First and foremost, Johnny is downright despicable. He's horrible to just about every other character in the show and the setups for each episode never resolve with him ever learning anything. I'm not wanting after-school special conclusions per se, but I never get the impression that Johnny gets that the dumb shit he pulls off that becomes the episode's calamity should be changed. In the end, what he does will probably happen again. He's just an awful kid.

But then there's Gumball. He's not as mean, but there's the same sort of bad streak. The overall feel of each show is about fixing the mistakes he made, but at least he's coming to a realization every once in a while.

Both shows are about mischievous boys. While Gumball seems to be silly kid that's figuring out right and wrong through trial and error, Johnny Test is a brat that's never going to get it right and will probably wind up a horrible adult. Is it strange or correct to think this or are there roughly the same idea, but with one in the form of a teenage boy and one with as cartoon cat?

This is likely overthinking. I'm 31, and I'm overanalyzing the shit out of anything I watch, play, or read. But, I watch these with my nephew all the time nowadays and I wonder if the 'horrible person' archetype (Johnny Test, Rigby from Regular Show, Daffy Duck in the New Looney Tunes Show, etc.) is the only way to make an interesting cartoon.