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This Week's TV: The Afterlife, Futurama-Style. And Star Wars Cakes!

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This week on television, Bender becomes a ghost! And Eric crashes a witch meting on True Blood! But also, they're making Star Wars-themed cakes! And on Falling Skies, the gang decides to bring Pope on a mission, for some reason.

Plus this week's television brings you stoner Heaven. Including a lifesize broken Katy Perry doll, Fairy School and monster summer camp!



The Disney Channel is having the official premiere of My Babysitter's a Vampire, appearing in its regular time slot for the first time. (I think the thing that aired a few weeks ago was a TV movie, and now this is an ongoing series.) The first episode is called "Lawn of the Dead," which you've got to admit is a pretty funny title. And I think a lot of us will watch this show for Evil Twisted-Limb Katy Perry.

Benny tries to impress his crush by using his spellbook to resurrect her dead dog, but he uses a little too much magic potion and accidentally brings other creepy creatures back to life.

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There are two new episodes of Johnny Test at 7 PM on the Cartoon Network:

"Spotless Johnny" - The twins make a cleaning agent that makes dirt literally disappear. Johnny uses it on himself, and discovers the advantages and disadvantages of being invisible. Followed by "Johnny vs. Bling Bling: The Final Battle" - The twins team up with Johnny against Bling Bling and his scientists in their biggest clash yet.


And then in a new Amazing World of Gumball at 7:30: "Gumball must learn to say "no" when Carrie the Ghost uses his body against his will." Check out a Gumball clip at the left.

But suppose you got stoned at 7 PM while watching teen vampires and ghost-possessed cartoon characters, and it hasn't worn off by 8 PM? Nickelodeon has you covered, with the debut of a new series called Winx Club at 8 PM. This show looks like stoner heaven:

Launching first with four one-hour specials, followed later this year with a weekly series, Winx Club focuses on six best friends enrolled in fairy school as they face many adventures together with strength, smarts and teamwork. Culled from the first two seasons of the Italian hit series from Rainbow S.p.A, the four specials include state-of-the-art visual effects and feature the voices of some of Nick's biggest stars, including: Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP) as Aisha; Elizabeth Gillies (Victorious) as Daphne; Ariana Grande (Victorious) as Diaspro; and Matt Shively (True Jackson, VP) as Skye; as well as Molly Quinn (Castle) as Bloom. Cymphonique Miller (How to Rock) performs the show's theme song, "Winx You're Magic Now."

Teen Wolf is on MTV at 10 PM, with "The Tell."


Syfy is showing Tales from the Darkside episodes all day until 4, when the channel switches to James Bond movies.

At 7 PM, there's another new My Babysitter's a Vampire on Disney at 7 PM. It's "Three Cheers for Evil."

Sarah and Erica join the cheer squad, but Ethan and Benny are suspicious of Erica's motives.

At 7:30 PM, the Cartoon Network has another new Scooby-Doo: Mystery Inc., "Attack of the Headless Horror." That's followed by another episode of the Looney Tunes Show at 8 PM.

And then at 9 PM, there's a new episode of The Nine Lives of Chloe King on ABC Family, "Green Star." In which Chloe's mother gets targeted by the Rogue. And she meets the San Francisco head of the Mai, who tells her some bad news.



Disney is showing one more My Babysitter's a Vampire at 7 PM, "Blood Drive."

Click to viewAnd then at 9 PM, there's the ninth season finale of Mythbusters, "Paper Armor".

Adam and Jamie explore the physics of shock waves in water and, if you're nearby, how best to avoid injury, while Kari, Grant and Tory find out if battle armor made of paper can compare to steel.


And then at 10 PM, there's a new episode of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, on Science, "Are There More Than 3 Dimensions?"


Watch out for Insectoid Xindi! Syfy is showing Star Trek: Enterprise episodes all day until the late afternoon.


At 7 PM on Disney, there's — wait for it — another new episode of My Babysitter's A Vampire. The Disney press release claimed this show would be appearing Mondays at 7, but it seems like DIsney is burning off the episodes a lot faster than that.

Turner Classic Movies is having one of its TCM Spotlight: Drive-In Double Features blocs, starting at 8 PM and going all night. That includes The Blob, The H-Man, The Magnetic Monster, X: The Unknown, The Thing From Another World and It! The Terror from Beyond Space.


At 8:30, NickToons has another new episode of Voltron Force, "Joyride of Doom."

The cadets take the lions and sneak off to Lotor's home planet, where Maahox abducts them. Lotor then invades the Castle of Lions and kidnaps Allura.


And then at 9 PM, there's a new Burn Notice on USA, "Bloodlines."


And there's another new Futurama at 10 PM on Comedy Central, "Ghost in the Machines."

After Bender dies, his software takes on a ghostly existence.

Also at 10 PM: another new Wilfred! on FX. What crazy shit will that anthropomorphic dog get up to this time?


And then at 10:30 PM, Comedy Central has the second season premiere of Ugly Americans, that show about monsters among us.

In the second-season premiere, a secret wizard compound is infiltrated by Twayne and a group of demons, while Mark oversees their creation of a summer camp.



Prepare for the return of Warehouse 13 by watching reruns all day on Syfy — except for a break for wrestling at 8 PM. And then, starting at 11 PM, Syfy switches to Eureka reruns.


And...that's all there is on the Friday of July 4 weekend.


BBC America is showing a Battlestar Galactica marathon from 1 PM to 9 PM, including the original miniseries and the first four episodes of the ongoing series. Relive the early dose of awesome that BSG brought us when it was just beginning.


The Hub is having its random grab-bag of Transformers and G.I. Joe cartoons as usual from 7 to 9 PM.

That's followed at 9 PM by episode three of the BBC's Outcasts, in which:

A whiteout of unprecedented strength threatens to destroy Forthaven. Fleur attempts to make peace with the ACs.



Syfy is showing Twilight Zone episodes all day and all night.

The Food Network is having a new episode of Food Network Challenge, "Star Wars Cakes."

Four gifted cake artists must use The Force to re-create Star Wars cakes to celebrate the grand reopening of Disney Resort's Star Tours ride. It's a Challenge filled with plot twists and Jedi mind tricks. And the competitor that can deliver an epic cake will win $10,000 and a trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

There's another new True Blood on HBO at 9 PM, "You Smell Like Dinner."

Sookie adjusts to Bon Temps' new realities; Bill reveals pieces of his past; Eric crashes a witches' meeting; Jason gets his wounds licked; Andy struggles with his addiction; Sam learns of Luna's special talents; Jessica satisfies her blood cravings; Arlene witnesses strange behavior from her family.


Also at 9 PM: another new Leverage on TNT, "The Ten Li'l Grifters Job."

Then at 10 PM, TNT has a new episode of Falling Skies, "Grace."

Tom and his crew undertake a mission to retrieve motorcycles and cautiously allow Pope to join them. While on the task, they're attacked by a harrowing entity that may be even more formidable than aliens. Elsewhere, Anne and Harris hit upon a crucial discovery.


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