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Sat, August 1

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

HBO, 8:00 pm ET

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won three Academy Awards for co-writing, directing and producing this surreal 2015 drama that casts Michael Keaton (also Oscar-nominated) as Riggan, an aging actor best known for playing a movie superbero. As opening night looms for a Broadway play he's hoping will re-ignite his career, the actor's personal demons threaten to overwhelm him. Supporting players Edward Norton and Emma Stone also got Oscar nods; Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Merritt Wever ("Nurse Jackie") also star.

MLB Baseball

FS1, 4:00 pm ET

The Freeway Series continues today at Dodger Stadium, where Adrian Gonzalez and the Los Angeles Dodgers play the second of a three-game set against Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Outside of geography, this series has practical significance for both teams -- the Dodgers are trying to stay ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants in the NL West, while the Halos are nipping at the heels of the AL West-leading Houston Astros.

NASCAR Racing

NBCSN, 8:00 pm ET

The .875-mile oval of Iowa Speedway is the setting as a field including Chris Buescher, Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon, Regan Smith and Elliott Sadler do battle in the Xfinity Series' U.S. Cellular 250. Brad Keselowski cruised to an easy win here a year ago when James Buescher's crash erased his lead less than 10 laps from the finish. It was the 2012 Sprint Cup champ's third title in Iowa.

Cedar Cove

HALLMARK, 8:00 pm ET
Cedar Cove

A difficult divorce case rattles Olivia (Andie MacDowell) following a fight with Jack (Dylan Neal) in the new episode "Something's Gotta Give." While Peggy (Barbara Niven) invites Paul (Colin Ferguson) to stay at the Thyme and Tide Inn, Bob (Bruce Boxleitner) is wary of the newcomer's real intentions toward Olivia. New town manager Grace (Teryl Rothery) tries to assemble the entire town for a group photo. Brennan Elliott, Cameron Bancroft and Sarah Smyth also star.

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