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Sunday, July 3: The Thrill of BBC America’s The Hunt

BBC America The Hunt © Silverback Films 2015

All Times Eastern.

Sunday, July 3

The Hunt
BBC America, 9pm
New Series!
From the makers of Planet Earth, The Blue Planet and Frozen Planet comes this new documentary series narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The seven-part series presents stunning footage of the life-and-death struggle between predator and prey. The premiere episode, “The Hardest Challenge,” reveals the extraordinary range of techniques predators use to catch prey. But even with these finely tuned strategies, most predators fail most of the time.

Follow Donal to Vietnam
Cooking Channel, 9:30am
New Series!
Cookbook author and food blogger Donal Skehan invites you to join him as he explores the markets of Vietnam, traveling across the country to discover new cultures, traditions and food with the help of newfound friends. After his gastronomic adventures, Donal heads back to the kitchen to show viewers how easy it is to re-create authentic Vietnamese dishes at home. On tonight’s premiere episode, Donal heads to Hanoi to explore the country’s capital city.

Preacher: “Sundowner”
AMC, 9pm
Jesse (Dominic Cooper) finally comes face-to-face with DeBlanc (Anatol Yusef) and Fiore (Tom Brooke) and learns more about the being that has taken over his body.

The Killing Games
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Shark Week 2016 comes to a close with this special that follows Dr. Jonathan Werry and shark cinematographer Andy Casagrande to South Australia to research a new great white shark hunting strategy that has been discovered. There, the sharks no longer wait for seals to enter the ocean — they come out of the water and snatch them from the shore.

Ride With Norman Reedus: “Texas: Twisted Sisters”
AMC, 10pm
Norman and his guest take a spirited ride from Austin to San Antonio.

Island Explorers
Travel Channel, 11pm
New Series!
From Hawaii to the Caribbean and beyond, each episode follows the hosts as they discover the best off-the-beaten-path spots on one island.

4th of July “Twilight Zone” Marathon
Syfy, beginning at 11:30pm
Beginning tonight and running all day July 4, Syfy’s annual marathon offers several episodes from Rod Serling’s legendary sci-fi anthology series.


Monday, July 4

NCIS Fourth of July Marathon
USA Network, beginning at 7am
Celebrate Independence Day the way the founding fathers surely intended: with Mark Harmon! NCIS will reign for 13 hours on the big day, and you won’t even miss the fireworks.

“Coming to America” Marathon
Comedy Central, beginning at 10:19am
Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones and John Amos star in the 1988 comedy classic about an African prince who runs off before his arranged marriage and comes to New York City to find a wife. Comedy Central airs the movie four times in a row as part of its “U.S. Hey! Weekend” celebration.

100th Annual Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest
ESPN, 3pm
Competitive eaters descend upon Coney Island’s famous boardwalk for an all-American eating competition. In 10 frenetic, food-filled minutes, contestants choke down as many hot dogs and buns as possible in hopes of winning the men’s bejeweled mustard yellow belt or the ladies’ pink bejeweled belt. Fans can also watch the event live at 12pm ET on streaming service ESPN3, or catch other rebroadcasts of the event on ESPN2.

Idris Elba No Limits
Discovery Channel, 7pm
New Series!
In this four-part series, which airs in its entirety tonight, acclaimed actor Idris Elba pushes his body, mind and engineering know-how to the limit by racing on land, water and in the air. Elba will immerse himself in rally driving, street racing, aerobatics and power boating to master not only the discipline of racing, but also the engineering, science and history behind it.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
NBC, 8pm Live
The annual event, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, commemorates America’s birthday with all-star performances in New York City, culminating in a dazzling pyrotechnics display.

A Capitol Fourth
PBS, 8pm Live
Join the festivities for America’s Independence Day. The celebration of our country’s 240th birthday airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands in person, and millions at home. Hosted by Tom Bergeron, the event features performances by Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Gavin DeGraw, Cassadee Pope and more.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
CBS, 9pm Live
Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas perform tonight in this two-hour Independence Day special broadcast from the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, featuring a fireworks display and the music of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.

Houdini & Doyle: “The Pall of LaPier”
FOX, 9pm
Season Finale!
When all but two residents of a small village (a priest and a child) die simultaneously, Harry Houdini, Arthur Conan Doyle and Constable Adelaide Stratton must uncover whether this tragedy is divine revenge for the town’s murderous past.

Devious Maids: “A Time to Spill”
Lifetime, 9pm
Rosie’s (Dania Ramirez) attempts to prove Spence (Grant Show) is innocent put her in great danger. Marisol (Ana Ortiz) seeks Evelyn’s (Rebecca Wisocky) assistance when Peter (James Denton) invites her to an important gala, and Daniela (Sol Rodríguez) turns to Jesse (Nathan Owens) to help her avoid Carmen (Roselyn Sanchez). Zoila (Judy Reyes) goes to great lengths to make Kyle (Ryan McPartlin) jealous. Genevieve (Susan Lucci) and Fabian’s (Christopher J. Hanke) relationship takes an unexpected turn.