Sat, August 2
As the Western series returns for a 13-episode fourth season, longtime fans are likely focused mainly on one big question: Did Elam (Common) survive his battle with an enormous bear in the Season 3 finale? Signs point to the affirmative, but one of the show's executive producers recently told Entertainment Weekly that we "will be surprised to see the manner in which he survives." Well, all righty, then. At least Cullen's (Anson Mount) back, although you're not losing your mind: Yes, that IS a different lady (Canadian singer-actress MacKenzie Porter) playing Cullen's bride, Naomi, this season.
Horse racing fans pining for Triple Crown-caliber competition would do well to tune into today's Whitney Invitational Handicap from Saratoga Racecourse in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Grade 1 stakes race is run at 1 1/8 miles and usually features a field of top thoroughbreds vying for a piece of the $750,000 purse. The winner automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Classic in November. Past winners include Alydar, Easy Goer and Kelso.
ESPN2 presents the induction ceremony for the 2014 class of enshrinees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Joining the pantheon of football greats are Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan and Aeneas Williams.