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Wednesday, July 20: American Gothic Takes a Turn for the Weird

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Wednesday, July 20

American Gothic: “The Artist in His Museum”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “The Artist in His Museum,” Cam’s (Justin Chatwin) hallucinations make him question his own participation in a gruesome crime. Also, Madeline (Virginia Madsen) receives a cryptic message and leaves town to confront the sender.

MasterChef: “The Good, the Bad and the Offal”
FOX, 8pm
In the third mystery box challenge, the contestants have only $20 to spend on the ingredients to prepare four entrees. The winner earns immunity and his or her recipe will be featured in a national magazine.

Growing Up McGhee: “Must See Moments”
UP TV, 9pm
Tonight’s special episode features highlights of never-before-seen footage, bloopers and an intimate conversation with parents Mia and Ro.

Duck Dynasty: “Half in the Bag”
A&E, 9:30pm
After Si has started moonlighting as a grocery bagger, the guys show up at the store and their teasing inadvertently causes Si to lose his job and his chance to enter a local bagging competition. To make up for it, they create their own competition to help Si get his job back.

The Bravos
Bravo, 10pm Live
Ultimate master of ceremonies Andy Cohen hosts Bravo’s inaugural awards honoring the year’s buzziest, most unforgettable moments from Bravo and beyond. Mariah Carey is scheduled to receive the “Giving Me Life Achievement Award.” You’ll have to tune in to find out who wins other categories, such as “Bravo Award for Jumpsuit Achievement,” “The Sorry Not Sorry Award” and “The Susan Lucci Award for Best Performance in a Reality Show.”

Thursday, July 21

FOX, 8pm
Season Finale!
Who’s pulling the gruesome strings? Bones closes out the season by revisiting a mysterious serial killer (introduced in April) who turns his victims into puppets. With no real leads on how to catch the suspect — and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) feeling guilty that the first victim’s remains turned up while she and Booth (David Boreanaz) were temporarily retired — “we get to deal with some of the more psychological elements [of the job] than in other episodes,” executive producer Michael Peterson says.

The Simpsons
FXX, beginning at 8pm
It’s the middle of summer, but Halloween will be here before you know it. Get in the spirit (and get lots of Kang and Kodos cameos) during FXX’s eight-episode mini-marathon of The Simpsons’ “Treehouse of Horror” episodes tonight.

Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge: “Spartan Season One Championship”
NBC, 8pm
Season Finale!
The top six teams from the season compete on the longest, toughest Spartan course yet, vying for the $250,000 prize and title of Spartan Champion.

Syfy Presents Live From Comic-Con
Syfy, 8pm Live
Syfy’s first ever live broadcast from San Diego’s famed Comic-Con will air three nights beginning this evening. Each broadcast will bring the Con’s action directly to viewers, and will feature celebrity interviews, breaking news and behind-the-scenes reports.

TNT, 8pm
The 2014 hit film starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James makes its cable premiere tonight. In a future world, people are segregated into different factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is categorized as “Divergent” and warned that she will never fit into one of these groups. When Tris learns of a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she has to find out why before it’s too late. The film also stars Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn and Maggie Q.

Friday, July 22

BoJack Horseman
Season Premiere!
In Season 3, BoJack is grappling with his legacy while trudging through an increasingly turbulent Oscar campaign for his star-making turn in the Secretariat biopic.

Elena of Avalor
Disney Channel, 7pm
New Series!
She looks pretty darn good for 57! The new Disney Channel animated series Elena of Avalor features Disney’s very first Latina princess, a frisky 16-year-old who was orphaned by an evil sorceress and kept in a state of suspended animation for 41 years. Now she’s free and ready to rule her kingdom. And she’s not waiting for some Prince Charming to show up and complete her. Elena is so cool she even gets her Khaleesi on with a trio of winged jaguars, who help her out of tight spots. And the Game of Thrones riffs don’t stop there. Because mythical Avalor is a port kingdom and center of trade, creator and exec producer Craig Gerber has built an entire world around Elena so she can mix it up with a variety of international monarchs, voiced by the likes of George Takei, Aasif Mandvi and Echo Kellum. That world further expands this fall with a Disney Channel movie, Elena and the Secret of Avalor, which will link this series to the Disney Junior hit Sofia the First. The series blends myths and legends from throughout Latin America and has an original song score heavy on salsa, mariachi, Latin pop and Chilean hip-hop — all with a Disney twist, of course.

The Real Housewives of Melbourne
Bravo, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Season 3 kicks off with cocktails and nibbles as the ladies catch up on all the gossip and meet the new housewife — property stylist Susie McLean. Later, the wives take off on a luxurious vacation, but can’t escape the drama as tension brews within the group.

Killjoys: “Schooled”
Syfy, 9pm
A simple escort mission takes a frightening turn when the Killjoys discover students have mysteriously disappeared from a school for gifted Westerly children.

Dark Matter: “We Were Family”
Syfy, 10pm
Three reconnects with his former crew, while the Android finds herself in unique company.

Saturday, July 23

The Twilight Saga
FXX, beginning at 12pm
It’s time to debate Team Edward vs. Team Jacob all over again as FXX airs a marathon of all five movies from The Twilight Saga: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and both Breaking Dawn films.

Angel From Hell: “Believe Me, Parts 1 & 2”
CBS, 8pm
Series Finale!
CBS concludes canceled comedy Angel From Hell with a two-part series finale episode tonight. In “Believe Me, Part 1” Allison (Maggie Lawson) and Amy (Jane Lynch) try to keep Marv (Kevin Pollak) from hearing a conversation about guardian angels that they accidentally recorded on his answering machine. In Part 2, Amy survives being hit by a bus, making her determined to break up Allison’s friend’s wedding in order to put Allison’s future on track.

Hello World!
Discovery Channel, 8pm
Season Finale!
The season concludes with back-to-back episodes tonight. “Joan Jett Presents: ‘Bad Reputation’” highlights the stories of many creatures that we love to hate. Then, “Dave Matthews Presents: ‘Save Me’” follows the stories of three very different species as they search for desperately needed water.

Hell on Wheels
AMC, 9pm
Series Finale!
Cullen Bohannon’s five-season ride comes to a close as former California governor Leland Stanford prepares to drive the last spike that will finally merge the Central Pacific and Union Pacific lines into the Transcontinental Railroad.

Rush Hour: “Prisoner of Love”
CBS, 9pm
Canceled action/comedy series Rush Hour returns to CBS tonight with the new episode “Prisoner of Love.” Carter (Justin Hires) and Lee (Jon Foo) hunt an escaped prisoner who is trying to find his estranged wife and daughter who are in witness protection.

Summer Villa
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
Tonight, Hallmark Channel kicks off a wave of new films that celebrate the best things about summer. After a disastrous first date with hotshot New York chef Matthew Everston (Victor Webster), romance novelist Terry Russell (Hilarie Burton) flees to a friend’s French villa to finish her latest novel. But Terry and Matthew are shocked to discover they’re sharing the villa — which belongs to his family — and as the summer days wear on, the chill between them thaws and romance begins to bloom.

Looking: The Movie
HBO, 10pm
TV series get cut short all the time, leaving characters at crossroads, plotlines unresolved and cliffhangers dangling. But with Looking: The Movie, HBO is giving producers Andrew Haigh and Michael Lannan the rare opportunity to wrap up the story they told over the course of two seasons about a trio of gay friends in San Francisco. At the end of Season 2, Patrick’s (Jonathan Groff) fraught relationship with his boss turned boyfriend, Kevin (Russell Tovey), had essentially imploded almost immediately after the couple moved in together. The movie picks up nine months later, with Patrick returning to San Francisco for a friend’s wedding after having fled to Denver. Patrick’s unfinished business includes reconnecting with besties Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez) and Dom (Murray Bartlett) as well as his exes Kevin and Richie (Raúl Castillo).


Sunday, July 24

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Brickyard 400
NBCSN, 3pm Live
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to the legendary 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400, as top drivers Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and others race for a win on the famed track.

The Rise and Fall of El Chapo
History, 8pm
This two-hour special takes an in-depth look at Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and his international drug cartel. It details how the poor Mexican orange-seller with a third-grade education rose to lord over a multinational drug cartel with billion-dollar profits. The documentary includes rarely seen footage of the prison escape that stunned the world, as well as the chase that followed, and a firsthand look at the intricate drug-smuggling tunnels that have become El Chapo’s trademark. People interviewed for this program include El Chapo’s beauty-queen wife, Emma Coronel; former undercover DEA agent Mike Vigil; former Department of Justice senior official and Department of Homeland Security legal advisor Peter Vincent; and investigative reporter Anabel Hernandez.

The Hunt: “Hunger at Sea — Oceans”
BBC America, 9pm
This episode follows blue whales, sharks, sea lions, frigate birds, dolphins and albatrosses to reveal the strategies they use to hunt for prey. The open ocean is an immense wilderness that covers more than half the surface of our planet. Predators face an endless search to find and catch food, yet these great tracts of ocean are home to some of the most remarkable hunters on the planet.

Atomic Shark
Syfy, 9pm
Original Film!

Geeking Out
AMC, 10pm
New Series!
Director Kevin Smith joins Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) for this new series celebrating all things pop culture, sci-fi, comics and more. Geeking Out features reports and segments by a diverse group of correspondents and genre fans from around the world. The series launches tonight with a Comic-Con special episode and then begins its eight-week run in late August.

Survivor’s Remorse
Starz, 10pm
Season Premiere!
From business deals to relationships and friendship, the rookie NBA basketball star Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher) and his cousin/confidant Reggie (RonReaco Lee) confront the challenges of balancing the needs of family with the rewards and responsibilities generated by their newfound wealth and fame. Cam, Reggie and the unforgettable group of characters that is the Calloway clan wrestle with the rewards and pitfalls of stardom, love and loyalty.