Brian J. Smith and Robert Patrick
Red Faction: Origins (Saturday, 9/8c, Syfy)
Not a cheesy sharktopus in sight, as Syfy's Saturday-night movie franchise turns to the world of video games for inspiration. Intended as a narrative bridge between the Red Factions: Guerilla game and the Armageddon sequel to be released Tuesday, Origins stars Stargate Universe's Brian J. Smith as Jake Mason, the last surviving son of the rebel hero (Robert Patrick) who led the Martian colonies to freedom. Jake's mission: to seek justice against the enemies that killed his mother and kidnapped his sister 12 years ago.
MTV Movie Awards (Sunday, 9/8c, MTV)
For those who prefer their awards shows not to take themselves seriously, this spoofy and often parody-filled extravaganza should fill the summer bill. Saturday Night Live's Jason Sudeikis hosts the festivities, where the irreverent categories include "Best Scared-as-Bleep Performance" and "Best Jaw-Dropping Moment." The nominees for the latter include dueling self-mutilations by James Franco (127 Hours) and Natalie Portman (Black Swan).
The Glades (Sunday, 10/9c, A&E)
One of last summer's more enjoyable scripted breakthroughs returns for a second summer of criminal shenanigans amid the steamy swampland of the Florida Everglades. The very likable Matt Passmore stars as transplanted Chicago detective Jim Longworth, whose laid-back demeanor is at odds with the job's demands. In the season opener, he tries to solve the murder of a Cuban mobster's daughter before a war breaks out between rival families. Meanwhile, his fetching love interest Callie (Kiele Sanchez) awaits her husband's release from prison.
Teen Wolf (Sunday, 11/10c, MTV)
Closer in tone to the angst-ridden scares of The Vampire Diaries than the 1985 horror-comedy movie that gives this new supernatural drama its name, Teen Wolf stars newcomer Tyler Posey as the unfortunate adolescent who finds that getting bitten improves his bark — with heightened senses and newly improved skills on the high school lacrosse team. Mystery, romance, surging hormonal urges — and a dig at Teen Mom along the way. As MTV expands its scripted portfolio, this is an evolutionary leap beyond the misfire of Skins.
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