TODAY'S TOP TV PICKS
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Wed, August 5
Actor/comedian Craig Robinson ("The Office") stars in this new NBC comedy as a musician who substitute teaches a Chicago high-school music class to pay the bills. After he is hired as a full-time teacher, Craig must balance his work, his band, and his feelings for an old flame (Meagan Good) who also teaches at the school.
America's Next Top Model
Cycle 22 kicks off with seven male and seven female models battling in a series of challenges. Tyra Banks hosts the competition and serves as head judge alongside P.R. maven Kelly Cutrone and runway coach J. Alexander (a.k.a. “Miss J.”). This cycle will feature special guests supermodel Chrissy Teigen, world-renowned fashion editor Joe Zee, and Jonathan and Drew Scott (Property Brothers), who designed the cast house.
America's Got Talent
As popular a summer entry as this show is, it's just one variation of the format around the globe. Highlights from many others are compiled in the new episode "World's Got Talent," which shows that unusual abilities and performance skills aren't exclusive to the United States. Nick Cannon hosts the hour, which includes clips from "Britain's Got Talent" -- on which former "America's" regulars David Hasselhoff and Piers Morgan were judges in earlier times.
Frankie (Patricia Heaton) tries to broker friendships between Brick (Atticus Shaffer) and other young attendees during a school field trip in "Operation Infiltration." Axl (Charlie McDermott) tries to get on Devin's (guest star Gia Mantegna) good side by playing "perfect brother" to Sue (Eden Sher). Mike (Neil Flynn) fears he was a negative influence on his brother (guest star Norm MacDonald) in their youth. Dave Foley also guest stars.
"A Little Southern Flare" goes into one of the rounds of competition in this new episode, but getting to that stage first involves using "mystery box" ingredients to make a flambe. The winner of that contest will be safe from elimination, and also will get to dictate the Southern dish that the others must prepare. Host Gordon Ramsay weighs in on the results along with fellow judges Graham Elliot and Christina Tosi.
Melissa & Joey
Mel panics when she gets news that will directly affect her Senate run. Meanwhile, Ryder gets his orders from the Navy, and Lennox and Zander have a change of heart after they almost die in a car crash. Series star and executive producer Melissa Joan Hart reveals that she’s happy with how the series ends after four seasons. “The writers did a fabulous job of tying up the loose ends of the series. The audience has a really clear idea of where the characters are going in the future.” The actress also admits, “This character’s been my favorite character I’ve ever played. It’s such a blessing to get to know her, and play her and embody her.”
Life on the Reef
The new miniseries exploring the history and possible future of Australia's Great Barrier Reef concludes with "Episode Three," detailing how human and animal residents alike brace for a cyclone as it targets the North Queensland coast. Expectedly, the eventual devastation is powerful and far-reaching ... but inevitably, the cyclone season subsides and the region regains its more tranquil status. Not only does it survive, it thrives in many ways.
Shades of "Grease" and "Hairspray" are evident in "Dance Party USA," as Erica (Hayley Orrantia) heads toward her goal of dancing on a television program. However, her dream is thwarted when she catches decidedly non-telegenic pink eye from Barry (Troy Gentile). Adam (Sean Giambrone) tries to emulate Pops' (George Segal) gambling skills at school, but only ends up betting away his toys as a result. Jeff Garlin and Wendi McLendon-Covey also star.
Melissa Peterman's former sitcom co-star Reba McEntire ("Reba") guest stars in the season finale "It's a Nice Day for a Wheeler Wedding," which finds Bonnie's (Peterman) wedding to Brad (Peter Porte) collapsing into ruins after the bridezilla's exhausted wedding planner quits. Her best friend (McEntire) comes to the rescue, but she may have a hidden agenda. Elsewhere, Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau) prepares a wedding speech designed to unite big brother Danny (Derek Theler) with true-love Riley (Chelsea Kane).
As much as it might seem that Vikings always carried swords, only a relative handful had what could be considered the top-of-the-line model. "Secrets of the Viking Sword" examines the Ulfberht, not only a swift and effective weapon, but also an example of the artistry of its era. Rivals were long unaware of what went into crafting it, but this program uses science and simple human curiosity to uncover and reveal how it was designed and constructed.
Jeff and his team discover that they didn't manage to leave some personnel issues behind them as they settle into their new Hollywood office in a new episode called "Say Hello to Hollywood." With Joe off his A-game and Vanina struggling to stay focused, Jeff struggles to keep his current clients happy.
Jay (Ed O'Neill) celebrates a birthday that turns eventful for many reasons in "Grill, Interrupted." Phil (Ty Burrell) can't wait for his gift to Jay to be seen, and Claire and Mitch (Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson) offer a present that really isn't one: the payback of a loan Jay made to them. Gloria (Sofia Vergara) decides to give Manny and Luke (Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould) an education on the subject of drinking. Eric Stonestreet also stars.
Mike (Patrick J. Adams) is stunned when, at Jessica's (Gina Torres) behest, he works with Harvey's old nemesis Jack Soloff (John Pyper-Ferguson) as co-counsel on a case and the two find common ground in the new episode "Hitting Home." Esther Litt (guest star Amy Acker), Louis' (Rick Hoffman) sister, returns to the firm hoping to solve a problem discreetly, which is, needless to say, not her brother's preferred mode of operation. Donna and Harvey (Sarah Rafferty, Gabriel Macht) struggle to get back on track.
After Uncle Si has a brush with death, he decides to create a bucket list, then asks the guys to help him cross his dream items off it in the new episode "The Ducket List." Meanwhile, Kay tries to prove to a skeptical Alan and Willie that she really did graduate from high school.
In "You Say You Want an Evolution," the first of two new back-to-back episodes, Molly (Halle Berry) is stunned to find her physical being transforming into something unknown, while Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is visited by his ex-wife (guest star Melina Kanakaredes). Then, in "The Other," Shepherd (guest star David Morrissey) may be the key to establishing peace between humans and hybrids. Hilarie Burton also guest stars. Grace Gummer also stars.
Little Women: LA
In a new episode called "Big Secrets," Jasmine wants to host an extravagant party to score points with the other ladies, but since her husband recently lost his job, she may have to modify those plans. Elsewhere, Christy undergoes a painful IVF procedure, while Terra reveals a shocking secret that could permanently destroy a relationship.
A Wicked Offer
Couples must decide to complete a series of scandalous and controversial tasks involving their unsuspecting friends, families and coworkers for cash prizes. Each challenge tests the couple’s moral and ethical boundaries, and as each task is completed, the stakes and the cash value are raised, forcing the couple to decide how far they’re willing to go for money.
Job or No Job
In each episode, one young adult chronicles his or her journey to land a first job. Each job seeker will go on three interviews for their dream job, and viewers will watch the intense ride to find out if he or she lands three, two, one or zero offers. Jane Buckingham (founder of Trendera and best-selling author of The Modern Girl’s Guide to Life) will help guide each job applicant as the show’s career expert.
Dre (Anthony Anderson) gets caught in a lie by Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) in "Sex, Lies and Vasectomies." She learns from another source that Dre never had a certain procedure he was supposed to undergo long ago -- check that subtitle again -- so she decides to test him on how long he'll perpetuate the fib. As a likely indicator of how that goes, consider that talk-show host Maury Povich guest stars as himself. Laurence Fishburne also stars.
Last Comic Standing
"The Invitationals -- Part 3" welcomes -- as the new episode's title implies -- invited comedians to show their stuff for judges Roseanne Barr, Norm Macdonald and Keenen Ivory Wayans. However, just because they've been asked to show up doesn't necessarily mean they'll be sent right through to the finals. They still have to bring the funny, at least as far as the judging panel is concerned. Anthony Jeselnik is the host.
Celebrity Wife Swap
"Celebrity Former Wife Swap" actually might be a better title for this new episode, since two of the participants are veteran actor George Hamilton and his ex-spouse Alana Stewart, who have been divorced for four decades but have remained close. Stewart trades households with Angela "Big Ang" Raiola, a crime-family descendant now of "Mob Wives" television fame -- and it pretty much goes without saying how different each woman will find the other's home life.
Key & Peele
In this new episode of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s sketch comedy series, a politician denies sending lewd photos, a detective interrogates a rapper, Cedric and Levi find lightning in a bottle, two Southern gentlemen compliment women, Jordan runs into an old friend, and a cop takes things literally.
The Jim Gaffigan Show
In the new episode "In the Name of the Father," Jim and Jeannie (Ashley Williams) reluctantly agree to dine with Daniel (Michael Ian Black) and his father (guest star Larry Pine) to act as buffers in their emotionally fraught relationship. After the meal is over, Dave (Adam Goldberg) joins the group for what turns out to be a wild night.
Donnie Loves Jenny
In the new episode "Waffle House Rules," Jenny settles into the new family home in Chicago while Donnie is away on tour. Her inability to make decisions, however, grows frustrating for the McCarthys as they try to help Jenny decorate the house, a process that is complicated further when her old sibling rivalry with sister Lynette is reignited. Elsewhere, on the road, Johnny and Danny hatch a plan to help remind Donnie what it means to be a pop star.
With Elliot (Rami Malek) missing in action, Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) scrambles frantically to pull the fsociety team back together, a mission on which the entire future of their organization depends, in a new episode called "eps1.6view-s0urce.flv." Elsewhere, Angela (Portia Doubleday) puts her life at risk as she goes head to head with a dangerous old nemesis. Carly Chaikin also stars.
Little Women: LA: Terra's Little Family
Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful life events anyone could ever experience, but as Terra and Joe's wedding plans swing into high gear, they find out things can always get worse as they receive unexpected news about Penny's health in the new episode "In Over My Head."
Clearly he needs to brush up on his Ten Commandments: Buddy (Michael Rosenbaum), saddled with yet another major gambling debt, steals a ruby necklace from a woman in a coffin in the new episode entitled -- told you! -- "Thou Shalt Not Steal." Meanwhile, Dora and Alexa (Sara Rue, Mircea Monroe) clash over the church's upcoming fashion show, while Schmidt (David Rasche) is swept off his feet by a mystery woman. Mike Kosinski also stars.
Goaded by their friends to prove their bartending skills on opening night at their new bar, Nick and Drew take bartending classes to brush up on their mixology knowledge in a new episode called "From Boy Bands to Bar Backs." Making their schedule even more crowded, the guys are selected to serve as the Grand Marshals of Cincinnati's Oktoberfest celebration, during which they enter several different competitions.
Stuart's (David Alan Basche) sister, Nicki (Leah Remini), raises some eyebrows when she returns home from her extended European vacation with a new female lover in tow in the new episode "The Forty Year Old Her-Gin" (which must set some kind of record for longest reach to make a pun). Holly (Kristen Johnston), inspired by Nicki's free-spirited example, decides to try dating within her own gender pool, too. Donald Faison, Wayne Knight and Kelly Stables also star.
Thu, August 6
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
When Jon Stewart took over "The Daily Show" in 1999, the latenight series was a half-hour of frat-boy snark. Stewart had bigger fish to fry, shifting to political satire so savvy and cutting that "The Daily Show" became as noted for its news coverage as for its comedy (it won two Peabody Awards among a warehouse full of other accolades, including 18 Primetime Emmy Awards). After 16 years, however, Stewart bids farewell to the show where he also mentored Stephen Colbert and John Oliver, among others.
PGA Tour Golf
The third of four World Golf Championships of 2015 tees off today in Akron, Ohio, where Firestone Country Club plays host to the Bridgestone Invitational. Known by golfers simply as "the Monster," the par-70 South Course plays at 7,283 yards and features a series of intimidating par 4s and a gargantuan 667-yard par-5 16th hole. Rory McIlroy, who came from three shots back to win by two here a year ago, will likely not be back to defend his title while his ankle heals.
Let's be honest, shall we? If past seasons are any indication, more than once in the coming weeks we're going to find ourselves asking an obvious question: "How the heck did this bozo ever make it onto 'Project Runway'?" That's one of the reasons this one-hour casting special is always essential viewing before diving into the new season, which immediately follows. Judges and past contestants help thin the herd of applicants who hope to make it into the final 16 featured designers of Season 14.
The Big Bang Theory
The acting bug bites Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) again in "The Communication Deterioration," as she weighs auditioning for a movie against staying focused on the job that is going so well for her in the pharmaceutical business. An invitation for Raj (Kunal Nayyar) to develop a potential message for space aliens prompts a debate between him and his pals over how he should respond. Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Simon Helberg also star.
Beauty and the Beast
Ready to give up? That doesn't sound like Cat (Kristin Kreuk), but after the events she experienced in the course of her wedding plans, she's convinced she'll be ineffective against the danger that remains at hand in the new episode "Cat's Out of the Bag." Dismayed to see her in that state, Vincent (Jay Ryan) joins with J.T., Tess and Heather (Austin Basis, Nina Lisandrello, Nicole Gale Anderson) to convince Cat that she still can get the job done.
"Fear My Skills, and My Heels" is quite a mantra for a woman from Dallas -- and quite a title for this new episode -- as she puts her kitchen prowess up against that of chefs including Brian Malarkey. Before she gets to the round that features him, the stay-at-home mom faces five other cooking professionals in her quest to emerge $100,000 richer as the hour's winner. Adam Richman is the host.
The Astronaut Wives Club
In the wake of Gus' death, Betty Grissom (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) experiences a range of emotions in the new episode "Abort." Initially in shock over the loss, her mood turns to something else -- rage -- when she discovers the tragedy might have been prevented, sending her on a campaign to get the answers she wants from NASA. Yvonne Strahovski, Odette Annable, Erin Cummings, Desmond Harrington, Bret Harrison and Wilson Bethel also star.
Yes, it's a traditional food staple, but that doesn't mean you want to end up wearing it. "It's the Macaroni & Cheese Bomb!" describes how those who answer questions incorrectly could be "decorated" in this episode, as host Tom Papa oversees the competition that turns wrong responses into the fuses that set off said bomb. Innocent bystanders also could wind up with clothing bathed in pasta, thanks to the force of the detonation.
This series has an undercurrent of serious themes along with its humor, but it leans farther than usual toward gravity in "Three Smiles and an Unpainted Ceiling" -- due to a sudden death. Christy and Bonnie (Anna Faris, Allison Janney) are shaken by the unexpected loss, and they try to help each other come to terms with it. Beverly D'Angelo returns in her recurring guest role.
Budding designers vie to dress America and to impress host Heidi Klum, mentor and cohost Tim Gunn, and judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen in Season 14 of the fashion competition. Gunn reveals that this season’s contestants are “particularly diverse,” which has led Garcia to lament, “I wish they could be more sophisticated.” Gunn gently retorts, “They’re not. It’s not who they are as designers. They’re not sophisticated and they’re not going to be and that’s not who their customer is. They have an entirely different niche and their muse is someone entirely different. For me — especially coming up from many years of teaching — that’s perfectly valid.”
The team tries to piece together an ex-convict's fate -- literally, since the body was discovered in parts -- in "The Baker in the Bits." The investigation starts at a bakery with a history of hiring former inmates, but a robbery that went awry could be a major factor. Cam (Tamara Taylor) has concerns about Arastoo's (guest star Pej Vahdat) possible return to Iran to see his seriously ill father. Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz also star.
Beyond Scared Straight
After being caught on video attacking his own mother, 14-year-old Dylan gets a taste of his own brutal medicine as he is detained for what seems like an endless overnight stay at South Carolina's Richland County Jail in a new episode called "Richland County, SC: Final Jeopardy."
Karen (Yunjin Kim) is shocked by what a doctor's-office visit yields in the new episode "Unreliable Witness," which also sees a plan by Joss (Jes Macallan) to get the goods on Calista (Jennifer Esposito) backfire. Lucy (guest star Corinne Massiah) continues to have reservations about the relationship of April and Blair (Rochelle Aytes, guest star Brian White). Harry (Brett Tucker) helps Marc (Rob Mayes) cope with resurfaced troubles.
John (Jason O'Mara) is thrust into an even more volatile situation as Detective Holden (Brent Sexton) forces him to testify against the Latin gang, which wins him no friends among its members, in the new episode "Deterioration." Back at home, Samantha's (Beth Riesgraf) past threatens her marriage. Jessica Szohr and Lauren Stamile also star.
In "David and Mia," Will Mellor ("Broadchurch") plays a novice at online dating -- and his initial experience doesn't seem encouraging. The woman he's chosen (Oona Chaplin, "Game of Thrones") decides she wants out, until his reaction turns out to be much different from what she had anticipated. Following immediately is the show's season finale, which flips the equation between the characters ... as indicated by the episode title "Mia and David."
From Wags to Riches With Bill Berloni
Legendary theatrical animal trainer Bill Berloni has the unique ability to transform shelter dogs into stars. Go inside the world of the man who cast and cultivated the original Sandy — the dog featured in Broadway’s beloved musical Annie — and visit the Berloni Family Farm, where Bill, his wife Dorothy and daughter Jenna raise a menagerie of animals, from dogs and cats, to pigs and llamas.
The new happiness of a couple of members of 15 Division is tainted by the startling discovery that Oliver (Matt Gordon) may have had a direct role in the recent precinct bombing in the new episode "Best Man," co-written by series co-star Enuka Okuma. Andy and Sam (Missy Peregrym, Ben Bass) try to clear Oliver before Internal Affairs gets too far in pursuing the hunch. At the same time, the officers unite in a search for a missing child.
Under the Dome
A tradition of history gets a modern variation as a resistance movement is launched in Chester's Mill in the new episode "Breaking Point." The reason is Christine (Marg Helgenberger), who has residents undertaking a huge excavation project beneath the town. Big Jim and Julia (Dean Norris, Rachelle Lefevre) are among the leaders of the opposition. Hunter (Max Ehrich) applies himself to contacting the world beyond the dome.
Regretting the damage he impulsively caused to the pool, Daniel (Aden Young) tries to make amends in the new episode "The Future." Teddy (Clayne Crawford) shares his grave concerns about his marriage to his therapist (Melinda Page Hamilton), who reminds him that Tawney (Adelaide Clemens) carries some deep scars from her childhood. Daniel fears the worst when Sheriff Daggett (J.D. Evermore) questions him about his trip to Florida, but Daggett surprises him with an unexpected theory about George Melton's death.
In the new episode "Son of the Fallen," Alex (Christopher Egan) spearheads a plan to intercept Michael and Gabriel (Tom Wisdom, Carl Beukes), who have breached the walls of New Delphi in pursuit of their mutual quarry. Elsewhere, while David (Anthony Head) considers any means necessary to restore his legacy, Claire (Roxanne McKee) begins the negotiating process with the revolting V1s. A familiar face returns to Vega, just in time to see it changed forever.
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
As their profile starts to rise, The Heathens are caught unprepared by their re-energized fame in the new episode "What You Like Is in the Limo," but they're especially surprised when Gigi's (Elizabeth Gillies) success on the New York club scene inadvertently leads to the discovery that the band is still red-hot in Belgium. Denis Leary, John Corbett and Elaine Hendrix also star.
Behind Bars: Rookie Year
Unlike other reality shows that chronicle the experiences of prison inmates, or those who seem on the road to that fate, this new series examines the physical and emotional demands faced by those who are embarking on careers as correction officers. Those plucky souls immediately become targets for some of the hardest criminals in America, and 25 percent of these newbies don't even last 60 days before quitting.
Some well-meaning plans go badly awry in the new episode "Bob Voyage," as Charlie (Vanessa Ferlito) tries to pull Amber (guest star Brit Morgan) from Florida, while in an effort to help Briggs (Daniel Sunjata), Paige (Serinda Swan) sets up a bust aimed at pulling the plug on the Sarkissian organization. Val Lauren, Tom Schanley, Rhys Coio and Katherine Crawford also star.
As temperatures plummet on Vancouver Island, the remaining contestants are forced to face the onset of winter head on in the new episode appropriately titled "The Freeze." Trying to prepare for a long, frigid siege against the elements, one man attempts to relocate closer to his food source, only to get caught away from shelter when the big freeze hits. Gnawing hunger and overwhelming social isolation drive more than one player to consider quitting, but one man turns to music to beat back tempting visions of home.
Living With the Enemy
A new episode called "What's the Beef?" offers plenty of food for thought for its two main participants: a meat eater who is proud of his ability to "live off the land" and a vegan animal rights activist, each of whom tries to change or at least modify the other's opinion when it comes to exploiting and consuming animals, as they share living quarters for eight days.
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Why mess with success? That's another way of saying don't expect any significant changes as this hit unscripted series returns for its 10th season. There's no dearth of drama, however, with longtime director Kelli Finglass and choreographer Judy Trammell confronted with the task of replacing 13 veterans from the team -- and the recruits picked for a shot at joining the most iconic cheerleading squad in the world will do what it takes to survive the cutthroat competition.
Fri, August 7
The Comment Section
If you've ever seen Joel McHale hosting "The Soup," you're aware he knows a thing or two about snark, which could be why he selected this new series to make his debut as an executive producer. Comic Michael Kosta dives into all corners of the Internet to spotlight how the week's major news stories were covered and received, as well as -- here's the fun part -- some of the more outrageous and comical remarks from the comment section of these sites.
If you're a parent who's ever wanted a direct hand in the making of your child's toys, one of the pitches in this episode is bound to be of interest. A mom from Atlanta has come up with design-your-own plush animals, and she seeks approval and financial backing from Sharks who include Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec. Also on deck: a beekeeper who wants to market a certain kind of hive, and two developers of lightweight running shoes.
Amanda (Julie Benz) welcomes a Votanis Collective delegation to Defiance despite Nolan's (Grant Bowler) skepticism in the new episode "When Twilight Dims the Sky Above." Meanwhile, Stahma's (Jaime Murray) loyalties are tested by an unexpected arrival, and T'evgin (Conrad Coates) makes strides as he tries to acclimate to life on Earth. Stephanie Leonidas also stars.
Lucy Liu -- alias the show's Watson -- also directed "The Female of the Species," in which her character is surprised to be reunited with a crime boss (returning guest star Gina Gershon) she put away. Watson's involvement in that situation forces Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) to find another partner to investigate a robbery at a zoo, so he chooses Detective Bell (Jon Michael Hill). Aidan Quinn also stars.
In the new episode "Room No. 10," Kelly, Yolanda and their team return to Fort Myers, Fla., to reopen an investigation into the 22-year-old case of a woman who was shot in the head and dumped behind a community center, her body wrapped and covered in bloody sheets.
Masters of Illusion
There's bound to be something for just about everyone in a new episode titled "Big Cats, Dream Girls and Fun Physics" -- which could be the name of a story on "The Big Bang Theory" otherwise, though possibly without the cats. Greg Frewin, John Gabriel, Tom Burgoon, Greg Gleason, Ed Alonzo, Rich Thomas and Mike Caveney are the illusionists introduced by host Dean Cain.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Cedric the Entertainer adds his distinctive brand of humor to the improvisational goings-on. He joins Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles to put his own spins on suggestions from the studio audience for skits and songs. Gary Anthony Williams also is a guest star. Aisha Tyler is the host.
Live From Lincoln Center
A renowned arts academy allows an extremely rare behind-the-scenes peek at its process with the offering "Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Performances," showcasing the school's 50th annual presentation of that kind with a program that pays tribute to master choreographer George Balanchine. Relatively new dancers who could well become major names in the future are featured in the 90-minute telecast, which was taped in June.
Academy Award nominee Barkhad Abdi ("Captain Phillips") guest stars in "E 'Imi Pono" (Hawaiian for "Searching For the Truth"), in which the murder of a journalist sends McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and the rest of Five-0 after a Congolese warlord who had been presumed dead but may be living in Oahu. As Valentine's Day approaches, Danny (Scott Caan) overreacts when Grace's (Teilor Grubbs) texts to a boy start showing up on his phone.
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
"The Invisi-Ball Thread" presents Penn Jillette and Teller with several more aspiring magicians, all vying to fool them in regard to how the illusions are performed. One of the contestants is named Mike Hammer, but we presume he's not the classic private-detective character reincarnated; Leon & Romy, Shin Lim and Peter Boie are the others in this hour who try to puzzle Penn & Teller, who give those who succeed a spot in their Las Vegas show.
The summer season reaches the boiling point as Tawantza's temper rages out of control in a new episode called "Dancing Dolls Not for Life," where she and Zatia may get the boot from Dianna. As the Dancing Dolls take on the Purple Diamonds, their hometown rivals, Miss D has a secret weapon up her sleeve in the person of Jalen, a former member of that other squad. Are Jalen and her mother trustworthy, or are they moles for the Purple Diamonds?
In "Scarecrow," Gordon and Bullock (Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue) try to stop Gerald Crane, a twisted biology teacher who has been harvesting the glands of his murder victims. Elsewhere, Falcone (John Doman) tries to change Maroni's (guest star David Zayas) plans for Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), while Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) continues scheming for a way to regain her power. Morena Baccarin also guest stars.
Cold Justice: Sex Crimes
In the new episode "A Very Public Place," former Harris County, Texas, prosecutors Casey Garrett and Alicia O'Neill travel to Lake Charles, La., to assist the police department there as they investigate two cases in which the victims were sexually assaulted in public places.
A toxic storm of black rain forces John and Pawter (Aaron Ashmore, Sarah Power) to take shelter with a gang of violent criminals in a new episode called "Come the Rain." Elsewhere, Dutch and D'avin (Hannah John-Kamen, Luke Macfarlane) are trapped dangerously close to the path of the storm's eye.
Playing It Cool
Actor Chris Evans could have used some help from his screen alter-ego Captain America with this 2015 romantic comedy, which barely got a theatrical release despite a solid cast. Evans plays a romance-shy writer who falls for a beauty (Michelle Monaghan), only to discover she's already engaged to another guy (Ioan Gruffudd, "Forever"). Aubrey Plaza, Topher Grace, Patick Warburton and Anthony Mackie also appear.
Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) tries to save Baez (Marisa Ramirez) when she's taken captive at the precinct in "Only in New York." She's held at gunpoint by a troubled man (guest star Dominic Fumusa, "Nurse Jackie") she has served with a restraining order. Frank (Tom Selleck) is put in a difficult position when Garrett (Gregory Jbara) seeks help involving charges filed against a loved one. Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes and Robert Clohessy also star.
In the new "Episode Nine," after a space station stopover, Four (Alex Mallari Jr.) disappears, only to put his trust in the wrong place, leading to an ambush on a remote mining planet. His predicament sends the rest of the crew racing against time to locate and rescue him before he is taken back to his home world to face execution. Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil and Anthony Lemke also star.
In the aftermath of the bomb at the British Embassy, Scott, Stonebridge (Sullivan Stapleton, Philip Winchester) and their Section 20 team know all too well that they must find out who Ray McQueen (Max Beesley) is really working for. Unfortunately, the answers they get suggest that they're going up against their biggest, most dangerous enemy yet. Robson Green and Michelle Lukes also star in this new episode.
The Lion in Winter
Katharine Hepburn won her third Academy Award for her work in this extremely literate, beautifully acted 1968 adaptation of James Goldman's play. Hepburn plays Eleanor of Aquitaine, who gets -- and stays -- in the face of her husband, King Henry II (Peter O'Toole), as he struggles to determine his successor to the throne. Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton made early screen appearances here.
In the new episode "Garbage Bag Diva," Dr. Crawford has to deliver difficult news to defensive end Mike, a football player concerned about his undersized "package." Dr. Baron undertakes an important surgery for Vladimere, her first-ever transgender patient. A patient wants to acquire the body she's always dreamed of, hoping to rekindle passion with her boyfriend.
Missing in Alaska
In a new episode called "Alaska's Body Snatchers," mountain climber disappears near Mt. Hayes, a location where UFO sightings are rampant. Using eyewitness and expert testimonials, the team searches for any tangible evidence of potential extraterrestrial abductions in the Alaska Triangle.
Freddie (Ian McKellen) enjoys the taste of the nightlife he gets in "Episode 4." Ash's (Iwan Rheon) new job opens Freddie and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) to a colorful and energetic change in atmosphere. After taking to it so well, Freddie goes back for more the next night with some of Ash's friends. He's dismayed to find that it isn't quite the same the second time around, though.
Sat, August 8
2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony
Jerome Bettis, "The Bus" who helped drive the Pittsburgh Steelers to a Super Bowl win in 2006, tops the list of seven inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Others include Tim Brown, a nine-time Pro Bowl receiver for the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders; Charles Haley, a two-time All-Pro defensive end for three teams; former Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts GM Bill Polian; and the late Junior Seau (pictured), a 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker for three teams.
Valerie's Home Cooking
Actress Valerie Bertinelli launches her cozy new cooking series by inviting -- come on, you should have seen this one coming -- her former "Hot in Cleveland" co-stars Betty White, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves for a lunch that includes her own "Quiche Valerie," along with Betty's favorite, Italian tuna salad, accompanied by grilled romaine with a Caesar-like dressing. There's panna cotta for dessert. Future episodes likewise find Bertinelli cooking for family and friends.
A doubleheader featuring mostly playoff contenders is on the docket this afternoon, starting with this match-up at Pittsburgh's PNC Park between Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates and Yasiel Puig and the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. Then in the nightcap, Jhonny Peralta and the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals invade Milwaukee's Miller Park to face Ryan Braun and the Brewers.
Rarely seen since her "CSI: NY" days, Melina Kanakaredes upholds law and order again in "Nanahu" (Hawaiian for "Embers"). She guest stars as an ATF agent helping McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) seek an arsonist (guest star Randy Couture) who's victimizing couples on Oahu. Danny and Amber (Scott Caan, Lili Simmons) are imperiled by Amber's ex-husband. Golfer Michelle Wie guest stars as herself. Joe Dante ("Gremlins") directed the story.
In the new two-hour episode "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," Olivia's (Andie MacDowell) sibling rivalry with Will (Cameron Bancroft) ignites when he wants to move ahead with redeveloping their mother's house. Bob (Bruce Boxleitner), meanwhile, suspects Paul (Colin Ferguson) wants more than just friendship from Olivia. After AA meetings bring Jack and Alex (Dylan Neal, Rebecca Marshall) closer, he helps her with a tough test of her sobriety. Sebastian Spence and Teryl Rothery also star.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
As director Peter Jackson concludes his latest J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired trilogy, the Lonely Mountain is the setting for an epic clash of various races -- goblins, dwarves, elves, humans and a fearsome dragon (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) among them -- as Middle-earth's fate hangs in the balance. Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Christopher Lee, Luke Evans and Stephen Fry return for the visually dazzling wrap-up.
His Secret Family
In this 2015 thriller, wife and mother Sarah lives a perfect life with husband Jason and son Brandon until Jason inexplicably disappears without a trace. When their son's rare genetic disorder requires Jason's DNA to save his life, Sarah finally tracks him down, but Jason is determined to do whatever it takes to make sure Sarah doesn't expose a second life he has going or reveal any of his multiple past deceptions. Haylie Duff stars.
A serial killer with a very particular modus operandi is hunted by Hodiak and Shafe (David Duchovny, Grey Damon) in the new episode "(Please Let Me Love You and) It Won't Be Wrong." They seek the help of a famous person in trying to solve the case. Record producer Elliot Hillman (guest star Evan Arnold) develops a renewed, even intensified interest in Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony). Emma Dumont and Claire Holt also star.
Crime-scene evidence offers Will (Hugh Dancy) and the FBI possible clues to Francis Dolarhyde's (guest star Richard Armitage) ultimate intentions in the new episode "And the Woman Clothed in Sun." The villain's immediate intention, though, is to contact Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen). Seeking criminally minded insight that might help him, Will gets in touch with Bedelia (Gillian Anderson). Laurence Fishburne and Caroline Dhavernas also star.
In the Season 2 finale, "The Queen Must Die: Part Two," Jason and Ariadne (Jack Donnelly, Aiysha Hart) prepare to assume their new positions of power, but they realize they must decide whom they can trust. Their roles as rulers make it necessary to forge new alliances with old enemies, while also taking a more calculating look at their loved ones. They know only one thing for sure: Nothing ever will be the same again. Mark Addy and Robert Emms also star.
America's Next Weatherman
Will Ferrell's "Funny or Die" production company and "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett are behind this lighthearted new reality competition series in which 12 competitors vie for a position as the country's next high-profile meteorologist. We're guessing a lot of them will find it's a lot harder than it looks, and veteran weathercasters Johnny Mountain and Jillian Barberie will be judging their efforts. Comic Matt Oberg hosts this new eight-episode series.
Sun, August 9
Led by devastating performances from Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, Season 1 of "True Detective" was a sensation with both critics and viewers. Season 2, starring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams, has suffered a serious sophomore slump, however, with viewers scratching their heads as to what the heck was going on even as the show hit its season mid-point a few weeks ago. Those who stuck with it may be rewarded -- or not -- in tonight's season finale, "Omega Station."
The second and last road-course race on the 2015 Sprint Cup schedule takes the series to the storied Watkins Glen International in upstate New York for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. A.J. Allmendinger took his first career Cup win a year ago on the eight-turn, 2.45-mile track ahead of road-course specialist Marcos Ambrose. A field including Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will challenge him.
It may not be Halloween now, but is there ever a better time than another to start a love affair with a ghost? Tina (voice by Dan Mintz) provides her own answer in the aptly titled episode "Tina and the Real Ghost," as a spectre that apparently resides in the Belchers' basement touches her emotions. Nothing necessarily lasts forever, though ... not even an affair with the supernatural. Another episode follows.
The past comes alive again in "Let's Go Fly a Cool," as Grampa (voice by Dan Castellaneta) reflects on his time and exploits in the Air Force -- which viewers can share via animated flashbacks. Smitten with Milhouse's (voice of Pamela Hayden) Dutch cousin Annika (voice of guest star Carice van Houten, "Game of Thrones"), Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) starts smoking to try to impress her. Julie Kavner and Yeardley Smith also are in the voice cast.
Secrets of the Tower of London
"With her head tucked underneath her arm, she walks the bloody Tower." Legend has it that the ghost of Anne Boleyn haunts the Tower of London, where she was beheaded in 1536. That's one of the tales -- not all of them legends -- told in this special, which takes viewers into rarely seen parts of the thousand-year-old landmark, the site of many infamous executions.
NFL Preseason Football
Though it's only early August, one of the first sure signs of fall is football, and that makes its first appearance tonight in Canton, Ohio, with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. Teddy Bridgewater and the Minnesota Vikings will kick off the preseason against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
An inactive Jake (Andy Samberg) is an edgy Jake, as "AC/DC" confirms. He hurts himself during an investigation, prompting Terry (Terry Crews) to insist that he take some time off. Holt and Rosa (Andre Braugher, Stephanie Beatriz) also have reason to be on edge, since their double date with their respective significant others prevents them from addressing their feelings for each other. Melissa Fumero and Joe Lo Truglio also star.
In the Halloween-themed episode "Baking Bad," Lois and Peter (voices of Alex Borstein, Seth MacFarlane) open a cookie store together, but things get messy when Peter, in search of more dough, comes up with a half-baked scheme to bring in more customers. The voice cast also includes Mila Kunis, Mike Henry, Seth Green and Patrick Warburton.
Ice Road Truckers
In a new episode called "Icy Grave," as Polar Industries pushes its drivers to the limit, Art Burke has to cross one of the longest winter roads in the world. Elsewhere, Todd Dewey, the company's top driver, must dig himself out of mountains of fresh snow or risk a dangerous night in freezing temperatures. His rival, Darrell Ward, transports a load over a newly opened road that is eerily littered with abandoned trucks that appear frozen in time.
Who Do You Think You Are?
During her long career, Alfre Woodard often has served as a storyteller of the African-American Southern experience, yet she knows little of her own family story. Information is especially scant on her paternal side, since her father was only 3 when his own father died, taking much of that family history with him. Genealogist Joseph Shumway helps Woodward begin a long search for the answers she is seeking in this new episode.
Food Network Star
In the new episode "Dish of a Lifetime and Pilots," the winner of Star Salvation rejoins the competition, and the remaining finalists each choose a sous chef from the eliminated contestants to help them cook the best dish of their life. When they're finished, they get a single take to present the dish on camera. The final three winners get to film pilots directed by special guest Rachael Ray.
Finney (Ian McShane) assigns Ray (Liev Schreiber) to acquire incriminating photos that could sink a lucrative NFL deal, but the job inadvertently turns Ray into a wedge between Finney and Paige (Katie Holmes) in the new episode "Handshake Deal." With Abby (Paula Malcomson) away in Boston, Ray tries to help Bridget (Kerris Dorsey) with several issues. Mickey and Daryll (Jon Voight, Pooch Hall) sell a coke-and-hookers party to a Silicon Valley start-up, but the bash gets out of hand. Devon Bagby also stars.
Married to Medicine
Back from Los Angeles, a refreshed Quad refocuses her energy on marketing her doggy fashion line. Elsewhere, Heavenly's husband insists she's spending too much time away from home, although she has a different opinion on that subject. Simone withdraws Lisa Nicole's invitation to her party in the new episode "Invites and Dis-Invites."
The Last Ship
With Rachel (Rhona Mitra) on the verge of a breakthrough, Chandler (Eric Dane) and his team head out to land in search of supplies and materials for her lab. Burk (Jocko Sims) stumbles upon a gang of children whom the Immunes have bribed to spy on the Navy. Rachel's efforts to produce a spreadable cure depend on Niels (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). Adam Baldwin also stars in the new episode "Uneasy Lies the Head."
Time is of the essence in bringing a foreign diplomat to justice, since he has taken a maid hostage, in "Chains of Command." Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) tries to speed up the process, but as is to be expected, diplomatic relations must be considered. The crisis coincides with a visit from Elizabeth's father-in-law (guest star Tom Skerritt, "Picket Fences"). John Pankow ("Mad About You") also guest stars.
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Captain Greg Mayer and his Fishin' Frenzy crew are the top earners at the start of day nine in the Outer Banks' bluefin tuna fleet, but he's hotly pursued by the Reels of Fortune father-son team of Charlie and Jake Griffin in the new episode "Salty Gals and Southern Nights." The Griffins aren't lacking for motivation, either: They've still got a $10,000 boat repair bill hanging over their heads.
The Making of a Lady
Set in turn-of-the-20th-century England, this 2012 drama sees young Emily (Lydia Wilson) married off to her employer's (Joanna Lumley) widowed nephew (Linus Roache), who desperately needs an heir. While he's overseas, Emily finds comfort in the company of his nephew and niece-in-law (James D'Arcy, Hasina Haque) ... who, it turns out, are plotting to kill her so they can inherit the family home. Maggie Fox also stars.
Garage Sale Mystery: The Wedding Dress
The mystery movie series continues with this new entry in which Jennifer Shannon (Lori Loughlin), rummaging for hidden treasures to sell in her consignment shop, comes across a wedding dress that a bride wore on the day her groom went missing. Drawing on her natural sleuthing skills, Jennifer dives into this decades-old cold case, assisted by Detective Lynwood (Kevin O'Grady). Cheryl Ladd guest stars; Sarah Strange and Steve Bacic also star.
Sutton Roberts' (Italia Ricci, "Chasing Life") world threatens to spin out of control when her sister April (Magda Apanowicz) becomes the prime suspect in their mother's fatal stabbing. Traumatized and with no memory of the killing, April is institutionalized. Upon her release, Sutton tries to be supportive of her still-fragile sister, but when the past seems to resurface, Sutton starts to wonder whether April is innocent after all in this 2015 thriller. Shauna Johannesen also stars.
The Last Man on Earth
Phil's (Will Forte) efforts to explain away his encounter with Erica and Gale (Cleopatra Coleman and Mary Steenburgen) don't go over very well in "Pranks for Nothing." As he tries to make amends with the others, he only meets with silence. Ultimately, he's prompted to come clean about every lie he's ever told, prompting Carol (Kristen Schaal) to make a move of her own. January Jones and Mel Rodriguez also star.
The 2nd Mass finds a welcome safe haven as it arrives at a functional military base run by Weaver's (Will Patton) former flame, Capt. Katie Marshall (guest star Melora Hardin). As the two groups make plans for the final assault on the Espheni, the 2nd Mass gradually senses that all is not as it appears in the new episode "Everybody Has Their Reasons."
Eph (Corey Stoll) changes his appearance to slip out of the city, leaving Nora (Mia Maestro) to act as the reluctant parent for Zach (Max Charles). Dutch (Ruta Gedmintas) and Nora make a deal with Justine (Samantha Mathis) to secure Fet's (Kevin Durand) release from jail. David Bradley also stars in the new episode "Quick and Painless."
Stories of cyber-bullying are not unknown these days ... but what if one of the victims decided to get even? That's the theme of "URL, Interrupted," as a teenage target of such high-tech torment seeks appropriate revenge. That brings Avery (Patricia Arquette) and her team into the picture, to try to keep the situation from spinning dangerously out of control. Ashley Jones ("The Bold and the Beautiful") guest stars. James Van Der Beek also stars.
In the new episode "Dropping the Mic," Carla puts pressure on the board to step up its game, As the fundraiser draws near, time is running out for Carla to endorse a new PTO president for next year. Meanwhile, Shana and Robin plan to crash the party and make a jaw-dropping contribution of their own. While Bravo is calling this episode a 'season finale," this show's future appears to be in doubt: The Henry County school district recently shut down the PTO in the face of heavy negative publicity.
In the new episode "His Healing Hands," while a pastor in Detroit is home alone, an intruder breaks in and stabs the minister 37 times, then leaves him for dead. In an unrelated incident, a pole vaulter is left with a devastating head injury following a serious fall. In both cases, little short of a miracle could save the victims. Roma Downey is host.
In the new episode "Dead Standing," the arrival of spring brings a host of opportunities and chores. Mary Miller hunts her first black bear, while Gary Muehlberger tries to trap a beaver, so he can teach Port Protection newbie Amanda Maker how to skin and treat it for its fur. Hans and Timbi Porter put their recent surgeries behind them as they hike up a mountain to a patch of land called "the blow down" in search of firewood.
A two-part episode concludes with "Reckoning," as Castle (Nathan Fillion) and company have not just one serial killer to contend with but two, played by guest stars Annie Wersching ("24") and Michael Mosley. Beckett (Stana Katic) is their latest target, and Castle tries to locate her before the worst can happen. Series creator Andrew W. Marlowe wrote the script. Penny Johnson Jerald also stars.
Those familiar with this series by now can expect a dinner party to result in the unexpected -- which is pretty much what happens in "Episode 5." Freddie and Stuart (Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi) extend an invitation to Ash (Iwan Rheon) and his new girlfriend. The evening becomes more challenging for all concerned as Ash's seemingly "perfect" woman turns less and less ideal. Violet (Frances de la Tour) also has romantic problems.
In the new episode "Gaslighting," Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) has to make peace with his past if he is going to save Vernon (Donovan Carter), while Joe (Rob Corddry) makes a permanent commitment to his future. Charles (Omar Miller), meanwhile, finds a way to utilize his football skills at the car dealership, and Ricky (John David Washington) shells out some major cash to win back Bella (Anabelle Acosta).
As tensions in Islamabad approach a genuinely scary pitch, Walter (Tim Robbins) redoubles his efforts to convince the president (Esai Morales) to act with extreme caution in the new episode "Who's Grover Cleveland?." Zeke (Pablo Schreiber) finally is forced to deal with the women in his life as he awaits new orders from his commanders. Meanwhile, Alex (Jack Black) tries to make amends with Rafiq and Fareeda (Aasif Mandvi, Melanie Kannokada).
Mon, August 10
I Am Chris Farley
One of the iconic figures in the storied history of "Saturday Night Live," Chris Farley did everything past its limit. This documentary tells Farley’s hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story through clips from his most memorable TV and film roles, home movies, photos, and interviews with the people who knew him best and loved him most.
"Vintage Salt Lake City" marks another 15-years-later return for the program. The Utah city is the setting for reappraisals of prisoner-of-war items from the Napoleonic era, which have increased in value by roughly a fifth since 1999. The same applies to the Mormon certificate of gratitude and bead-laden Kiowa objects that are surveyed. Mark L. Walberg is the host.
So You Think You Can Dance
The number of dancers left in this season's competition goes down by another two by the end of the new episode "Top 14 Perform and Elimination." The differences between the stage dancers and the street dancers become even more pronounced, yet they have to strike similar chords of professional excellence with judges Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo and Nigel Lythgoe -- and with at-home viewers who also get to weigh in. Cat Deeley is the host.
American Ninja Warrior
Those who made the cut for the top 30 in Pittsburgh the last time the show was there tackle the course again -- with some elements that are new to them -- in the new episode "Pittsburgh Finals." The Salmon Ladder, the Floating Monkey Bars, the Door Knob Arch and the Invisible Ladder are the added tests ... and as always, the goal is to qualify for the Las Vegas final and a shot at the $1,000,000 grand prize. Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila are the hosts.
2 Broke Girls
Veteran comic Sandra Bernhard guest stars in "And the Zero Tolerance," playing the owner of a posh restaurant where Max and Caroline (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) take extra jobs. They need the money to help pay off their bank loan, but the new atmosphere isn't entirely conducive to them. Fred Savage ("The Wonder Years") directed the story written by series co-creator Michael Patrick King. Jennifer Coolidge and Matthew Moy also star.
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
What are the odds that at least one rabbit is involved in the new episode "Now That's Bunny!"? Pulling one out of a hat is one of the oldest magic tricks there is -- but any contestant who can put a fresh spin on it stands a good chance of landing a spot in Penn & Teller's Las Vegas act. Contenders for that prize here include Jay Sankey, Greg Wilson, Trigg Watson and Jen Kramer. Jonathan Ross is the program's host.
In the new episode "Idyllwild," life-changing secrets are unveiled and long-repressed feelings revealed as the family heads to Brandon's (David Lambert) music competition. Callie (Maia Mitchell) risks getting hurt when she confronts Carmen and Brooke (Alicia Sixtos, Alessandra Torresani) about their motives. Mike (Danny Nucci) makes an unexpected connection that may support Stef's (Teri Polo) theory about the hit-and-run driver. Sherri Saum also stars.
The Odd Couple
At Felix's (Thomas Lennon) prompting, Oscar (Matthew Perry) moves his sportscasting into the television realm -- providing opportunities for guest stars Rich Eisen and Kenny Smith to play themselves -- in "Secret Agent Man." Though Teddy (Wendell Pierce) thinks he should stick with radio, Oscar proceeds to go before the cameras ... and quickly learns that having to be concerned only with using his voice is a much different deal.
After the Major Crimes unit identifies a murder victim as the son of a judge (guest star Patricia Wettig) who is widely known for being tough on criminals, the squad searches through the judge's current case load. Among them is a case involving an Aryan motorcycle gang, which turns out to be linked to the disappearance of a 13-year-old boy. Mary McDonnell stars in the summer finale, "Fifth Dynasty."
When Spence (Grant Show) starts questioning Ernesto's (Cristian de la Fuente) behavior, Rosie (Dania Ramirez) makes an important decision in a new episode called "Terms of Endearment." Elsewhere, Zoila (Judy Reyes) learns something very troubling about Dr. Neff (John O'Hurley) and tries to warn Genevieve (Susan Lucci). Jesse and Marisol (Nathan Owens, Ana Ortiz) clash over her suspicions about Olivia, while Evelyn (Rebecca Wisocky) puts Carmen (Roselyn Sanchez) in charge of disciplining her foster son.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
As the title "Gary Anthony Williams 2" indicates, the comedian by that name returns in this new episode to again match wits and create improvised skits and songs with series regulars Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles. The studio audience supplies the subjects, then it's left to the comics to let their imaginations and inventiveness run wild with them. Aisha Tyler is the host.
Music is a major matter in "Risky Business," to the degree that Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi and Cliff "Method Man" Smith guest star. Their characters figure into the team's probe of a music blogger's murder, leading to an algorithm that yields hit songs. Walter (Elyes Gabel) is in a tough spot when he's asked by Drew (guest star Brendan Hines) to be the latter's conduit to Ralph (Riley B. Smith). Katharine McPhee also stars -- and, for about half a minute, sings.
She's Got Game
California-based rapper Jayceon Taylor -- better known to fans as The Game -- proved himself to be a devoted father on his previous VH1 series "Marrying the Game," but this new 10-episode unscripted series finds him turning to his celebrity pals for help finding the right lady to win his heart. The women picked by his pals will accompany The Game on his national tour, which will test their ability to stand up to the all-consuming rock-star lifestyle and prove, for one of them, that she has what it takes.
In the new episode "The Last W," April (Italia Ricci) experiences a bumpy wedding day as she battles nerves and lingering doubts over whether Leo (Scott Michael Foster) is marrying her out of love or pity. Meanwhile, her old flame Dominic (Richard Brancatisano) struggles with whether he can just stand by as April is lost to him forever. Mary Page Keller and Aisha Dee also stars.
"When I Walk" traces filmmaker Jason DaSilva's bout with multiple sclerosis. After the disease's impact on him became pronounced during a 2006 family vacation, he decided to use his professional skills to make a movie about it. Animation is among the techniques he uses in explaining exactly what MS is and does. DaSilva also details what a strong influence his mother has been by inspiring him to cope.
One of the iconic figures in the storied history of Saturday Night Live, Chris Farley did everything past its limit. This documentary tells Farley’s hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story through clips from his most memorable TV and film roles, home movies, photos, and interviews with the people who knew him best and loved him most.
A new episode called "On the Road" takes viewers on a review of some of the most exciting items that have been discovered and presented outside the usual confines of the shop. Rick's trip to London yielded some rare maps of America, while eccentric collector Lonnie Hammargren had a vintage piano once used by the Rat Pack in his home. The hour also includes an exclusive tour of an L-39 Soviet Albatros Fighter Jet.
NCIS: Los Angeles
Who poisoned Granger (Miguel Ferrer)? The guilty party is still inside headquarters, since Hetty (Linda Hunt) immediately orders a lockdown, in the aptly titled episode "Traitor." Eric (Barrett Foa) is among those who come under open suspicion as Callen (Chris O'Donnell), Sam (LL Cool J) and others suddenly must ponder which of their colleagues they can -- and can't -- trust. Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen also star.
Murder in the First
Witnesses begin to take the stand in the case against Dustin (Mateus Ward), while Jamie (Laila Robins) deals with the fallout from her tirade in the new episode "Nothing but the Truth." Hildy (Kathleen Robertson), meanwhile, swears to take down The Union once and for all once threats are made against her family. Taye Diggs also stars.
Relieving Drill of its energy might be a way to stop it -- but it also could be made really, really mad, making matters worse if the plan doesn't work. In the new episode "Darkest Fears," Claire, Sean and Wes (Lily Rabe, Milo Ventimiglia, Barry Sloane) help engineer the scheme to remove the threat ... but if Drill survives and seeks vengeance, chaos of a lethal nature may result. Kristen Connolly and Derek Webster also star. David Andrews and Catalina Denis guest star.
Running Wild With Bear Grylls
She's about as tough as they come as Letty in the "Fast and the Furious" movie franchise, but Michelle Rodriguez's true stamina is tested by Grylls in the Red Deserts of Nevada in this new episode. The adventurous spirit required is evident right from the start of the hour, as the duo enters the region by free-fall skydiving. After that, the trek becomes increasingly grueling, made even more so by the sparse water available in the punishing environment.
In the Season 1 finale, "EveryPictureTellsAStory," as Sutton and Kevin's wedding day approaches, a question lingers as to whether Carly will be able to attend. Ben invites Danielle to his long-awaited gallery show, but she's not sure she would be comfortable with Ben's new girlfriend also present. Elsewhere, Sallydan has an announcement for Mandy and Danielle.
Forged in Fire
In the season finale, "The Moro Kris," the bladesmiths are tasked with forging a signature weapon using only everyday steel objects. Following that challenge, two competitors will move on and are given only five days to create the mystical Moro Kris Sword, a distinctive blade that dates all the way back to 300 B.C.
Tue, August 11
Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Houston Texans
This season of HBO’s cinema verité series focuses on the daily lives and routines of players and coaches as the AFC South’s Houston Texans conduct the franchise’s 14th training camp and prepare for the 2015 NFL season. "Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Houston Texans" follows head coach Bill O’Brien and a fascinating mix of high-profile veterans, emerging stars, free agents and rookie hopefuls throughout training camp and the four-game preseason.
A current case has ties to another one four decades old in "Patience." A petty officer's murder provides clues to an airport bombing that's gone unsolved for 40 years, and that Gibbs and DiNozzo (Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly) have been re-examining recently. As the probe intensifies again, McGee (Sean Murray) resents that he was left out of it earlier. A Martinez guest stars. David McCallum, Pauley Perrette and Emily Wickersham also star.
America's Got Talent
The show's earlier episodes this season have been building towards "Live Round 1," the first of the summer's programs staged at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Of the remaining 36 acts, one-third of them perform here, with viewers given the bulk of the task of choosing who moves forward in the competition. Judges Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern still get to weigh in with their impressions. Nick Cannon is the host. The results show airs Wednesday.
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
The challenge continues for a middle-school principal, while a restaurant manager starts his own quest toward a possible $1 million prize, in the new episode "Brent (Part 2)/Caleb (Part 1)" As usual, several smart youngsters are standing by to help the adult players if they need assistance with the grade-school-level questions. Host Jeff Foxworthy has quips ... and you just know he won't go easy on the principal if the occasion warrants it.
Pretty Little Liars
Are the Pretty Little Liars finally approaching the end of their ordeal? Probably not, but longtime fans of this glossy but spooky suspense series will not want to miss this summer finale, provocatively titled "Game Over, Charles." The storyline finds the Liars coming face to face with their tormentor, the shadowy "A," as they learn how and why their nemesis targeted them for such relentless punishment. Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Sasha Pieterse and Shay Mitchell star.
Fresh Off the Boat
Jessica's (Constance Wu) efforts to give the restaurant workers sexual-harassment training don't work out too well, so Louis (Randall Park) hires a professional (guest star Brett Gelman) to do it in "Persistent Romeo." Eddie (Hudson Yang) tries to make another use of the seminar, in a bid to gain popularity with his peers. Paul Scheer ("The League ") and Jillian Armenante ("Judging Amy") also guest star.
Deciding she and Barry (Grant Gustin) need to move on from Ronnie and Iris (guest star Robbie Amell, Candice Patton) and find romance elsewhere, Caitlin takes him to a karaoke bar, where Barry meets sports reporter Linda Park (guest star Malese Jow). While the team searches for a metahuman (guest star Britne Oldford) who can teleport, Cisco (Carlos Ramon) ponders Hartley's (guest star Andy Mientus) risky offer in "Crazy for You." Jesse L. Martin also stars.
Today's audiences have gotten a taste of its history via the series "Manhattan," but the nuclear bomb and its roots also are examined in this documentary, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the weapon's first explosion. Physicist Derek Muller recalls the tests that ultimately yielded one of the most destructive devices in history, proven for all time by its deployment on Hiroshima. Former Secretary of State George Shultz is among interviewees.
The chat about the birds and the bees is always a big one for a parent and a child, so Dre (Anthony Anderson) isn't thrilled that Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) already has had that with Andre Jr. (Marcus Scribner) in "The Talk." Dre then decides to have his version of the conversation with his son anyway, prompting endless questions from the youngster about intimate matters. Laurence Fishburne and Miles Brown also star.
The Real Housewives of New York City
In the season finale, "New Beginnings, My Ass," Bethenny and Ramona's front-row ruckus leads to great press for Sonja's Fashion Week debut. Carole comes over to see Bethenny's completed apartment and shares the gossip that LuAnn has been talking about Bethenny behind her back. Things turn awkward during a lunch between John and Dorinda when he wants to take their relationship to the next level and she says she's not ready for that. Unresolved conflicts arise during Ramona's New Beginnings party.
Rizzoli & Isles
There's no shortage of suspects in the murder of a college student after Jane and Maura (Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander) discover that the young victim had 32 girlfriends in the new episode "Love Taps." Elsewhere, Korsak (Bruce McGill) finally introduces everyone to the new woman in his life. Lorraine Bracco also stars.
This award-winning reality competition series logs its 100th episode in the new "Surprise of the Century," which finds the artists transforming real-life engaged couples into "whimsically undead" duos. After that challenge, host McKenzie Westmore, who recently became an ordained minister, marries the couples in front of their friends and family.
Extreme Weight Loss
Different destinies await the title subjects of the new episode "John & Panda," as two men begin journeys toward fitness. Only one will succeed, though, and that person will end up losing more weight in the first 90 days than anyone has on this series before. The other participant will find the program so tough, he'll ultimately be asked to leave. NFL player LeSean McCoy and the "World s Strongest Man," Brian Shaw, make appearances.
Executive producer Rob Thomas clearly is enjoying using actors he's worked with before on this series, and it's "Veronica Mars" alum Percy Daggs III's turn in "Patriot Brains." He guest-stars as the new husband of the ex-wife of a newly deceased ex-sniper (guest star Ronald Patrick Thompson), one of the people questioned by Liv and Clive (Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin) about the death. Major's (Robert Buckley) own probe continues.
Did communication by bear researchers in Paris suddenly cease because of an attack by the animals? Jackson (James Wolk), Jamie (Kristen Connolly) and company try to find out by heading for France in the new episode "Sleuths." The situation hits close to home for Chloe (Nora Arnezeder) in a number of ways, particularly since the investigation reunites her with the man she was going to marry. Jamie's legal trouble prompts her comrades to get tech-inventive.
This new unscripted series is set inside Tippie Toes Nail & Beauty Salon in Miami, where some of the city's most demanding clients turn to owner Dana Cody and her staff for their signature crystal-embellished manicures that cost upwards of $10,000. In the series premiere, "Turn Up at Tippie Toes," Dana hopes to raise the profile of her shop by hiring Nuni, an Instagram-famous nail artist, but the staff is not quick to welcome him.
Next Step Realty: NYC
This new business-centric docu-series unfolds in the offices of the titular Manhattan real estate firm that specializes in helping recent college graduates find their first New York apartments. In the series premiere, "Checks and Balances," the agents learn they are all in the running to replace the firm's managing broker, who has just been demoted. One of them, however, is flirting with disaster because of his fondness for flirting with clients.
In the new episode "All Bid and No Bite," the buyers head to Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., where Mary must stay within her budget and learns a hard lesson about Dave. Rene tries a secret strategy, while Jarrod and Brandi try to hit the auctions with some old-school style.
Emma (Jessica St. Clair) is seriously playing with fire as she gets hot and heavy with an old flame in a new episode called "Cashmere Burka." Meanwhile, Maggie (Lennon Parham) very reluctantly lets herself be persuaded to direct a play written by Gwen (Jane Kaczmarek), Emma's estranged mother.
In the new episode "Inside Men and Outside Women," Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) is running out of people he can trust. Barry (Adam Rayner) decides he no longer can conceal the truth and tells Molly (Jennnifer Finnigan) that he's alive. Ahmed (Cameron Gharaee) asks Nusrat (Sibylla Deen) to run away with him. Meanwhile, Ihab (Alexander Karim) zeroes in on a traitor in the Caliphate.
NCIS: New Orleans
An enemy known as "Baitfish" perplexes Pride (Scott Bakula) anew in "More Now." Certain that his nemesis has returned, the team leader dispatches his agents to a variety of crime scenes covering a wide range of territory. They eventually wonder if they're on a goose chase, despite Pride's determination to catch the villain. Zoe McLellan, Lucas Black and CCH Pounder also star.
Carolyn (Jennifer Beals) begins to lose her grip on reality as she deals with a delicate heart transplant case in the new episode "Tsunami: Part One." Elsewhere, Turing (Matthew Modine) makes plans to take a dangerous trip, while Zed (Edi Gathegi) experiences complications in his romantic life. Joe Morton and David Sutcliffe also star.
In the new episode "Free Wednesday," a high school teacher comes by the barbershop, prompting the gang to remember an embarrassing story concerning Ben (Ryan Pinkston). Meanwhile, Joy (Lauren Lapkus) looks for a sign from heaven about the future of her marriage. Mike Castle, Ashley Tisdale, Matt Cook and George Wendt also star.
Hollywood Game Night
In the case of the new episode "Mr. Smith Goes to Game Night," the "Mr." is filmmaker Kevin Smith ("Clerks"), who has shown himself to have a good grasp of movie trivia. Elisha Cuthbert ("24," "Happy Endings") is the lone female celebrity alongside Smith, Justin Long, Brandon T. Jackson, "Saturday Night Live's" Jay Pharaoh and "The Sixth Sense" alum Haley Joel Osment as they try to help two "civilians" win $25,000. Jane Lynch is the host.
A new episode called "A Rich Collaboration" finds Smo reunited with John Rich, this time to co-write a song in hopes of convincing Warners to order a second album. Concurrently, Smo is forced to deal with a huge emotional hurdle as he deals with the news of his mother's tumor. A second episode, the season finale, immediately follows.
A group of entrepreneurial millennials embarks on a semester at Draper University in Silicon Valley. Led by billionaire founder and venture capitalist Tim Draper, the seven-week program teaches the fundamentals of launching a startup company under the mentorship of America's business leaders. In the end, students pitch their ideas to a panel of hungry venture capitalists with the hope that they'll receive a life-changing investment to launch their business.