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Thursday, Aug. 4: Killing the Colorado

Killing the Colorado Discovery Channel

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Thursday, Aug. 4

Killing the Colorado
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Six award-winning filmmakers — Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Barbara Kopple, Alan and Susan Raymond, and Jesse Moss — worked together on this documentary that looks at the multiple reasons behind the water problems facing the western United States, and searches for solutions.

Home Free: “Overnight Success/Dream Come True”
FOX, 8pm
Season Finale!
The final two contestants compete to win the ultimate dream home for their personal heroes. In tonight’s two-hour finale, cohosts Mike Holmes and Tim Tebow announce the winner.

The Simpsons
FXX, beginning at 8pm
FXX airs eight episodes of The Simpsons tonight with episodes featuring Brazil or the Olympics. The stunt begins with “Blame It on Lisa,” in which the Simpsons go to Rio de Janeiro. The 2002 episode sparked controversy in Brazil for its depiction of Rio as a crime-infested and poverty-stricken city. Following that episode is “You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee,” in which Homer is selected as a referee for the World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil.

Ripper Street: “The Strangers’ Home, Part 2”
BBC America, 10pm
In this new episode, Detective Inspector Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn) continues to investigate the mysterious murder of a young Indian-born lawyer. However, things get tricky for Drake and his men when it becomes clear that their investigation is stepping on Special Branch’s toes.

Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ’N Out
MTV, 10pm
Season Premiere!
After three seasons on MTV2, the hip-hop-flavored improvisational comedy series returns to MTV, where it all began. This season, new cast members and hilarious comedy veterans are captained by celebrities including Tyga, Iggy Azalea, Timbaland, Bella Thorne, Travis Scott, Keke Palmer, Chris Paul, Erykah Badu, Tip “T.I.” Harris, 2 Chainz, Waka Flocka and Omarion.

MTV’s Joking Off
MTV, 10:30pm
Season Premiere!
In Season 3 of the fast-paced comedy competition, hilarious comedians flex their funny bones against social media and the internet by roasting terrible tweets, viral videos, and Instagram photos.

Kingin’ With Tyga
MTV, 11pm
Season Premiere!
Rap superstar Tyga describes his lifestyle as “kingin’,” and this season, the self-made millionaire further builds his hip-hop empire by traveling the world — from Los Angeles to Australia to Dubai — recording music, performing and flexing his spending power. When money is no object, Tyga is “kingin’” — including installing a private fast-food restaurant in his L.A. mansion and buying himself a jaguar as a guard animal.

Friday, Aug. 5

The Little Prince
Airing on Netflix the same day it debuts in select theaters around the country, this animated film is based on one of the most beloved stories of all time, and features the voice work of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco and Ricky Gervais.

Rio Olympics: Opening Ceremony
NBC, 7:30pm
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro officially begin tonight with the always-spectacular opening ceremony, which includes the Parade of Nations and the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and Hoda Kotb host NBC’s telecast. The networks of NBCUniversal air Rio Games competition and programming through Aug. 21.

Kitten Summer Games
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Beth Stern hosts an all-new sporty special celebrating the nation’s most athletic and adoptable kittens. Announcers Mary Carillo and David Frei call the action as cat-letes compete in gymnastic disciplines like balance beam, uneven bars, rings and floor exercise; track and field, where competitions will be waged in de-CAT-lon, pole vault and high jump; and frisky sports like volleyball, tennis and wrestling. If we aren’t treated to a kitten named “Tabby Douglas,” we’re boycotting.

Killjoys: “I Love Lucy”
Syfy, 9pm
Dutch’s search for the mysterious green plasma puts the team at the mercy of an eccentric galactic collector.

Dark Matter: “We Should Have Seen This Coming”
Syfy, 10pm
Strapped for cash, the crew of the Raza follow Nyx’s lead on an op, only to find out their target is a personal one.

Saturday, Aug. 6
Major League Baseball: Boston at L.A. Dodgers
FS1, 4pm Live
FS1 airs an MLB interleague matchup featuring the Boston Red Sox visiting the L.A. Dodgers for Game 2 of a three-game series.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony
ESPN & NFL Network, 7pm Live
ESPN and NFL Network present the induction ceremony for the 2016 class of enshrinees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Entering the pantheon of football greats are Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler, Dick Stanfel, coach Tony Dungy and owner Edward DeBartolo Jr.

Rush Hour: “O Hostage! My Hostage!”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “O Hostage! My Hostage,” Detectives Carter (Justin Hires) and Lee (Jon Foo) discover that a hostage situation at a concert hall is more than a robbery gone wrong.

My Summer Prince
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
When a hard-partying prince finds himself in hot water, the royal family hires a PR consultant to clean up his royal mess. But when the consultant falls ill, her assistant steps in to revamp the naughty prince’s image. Starring Taylor Cole, Jack Turner and Lauren Holly.

2 Lava 2 Lantula
Syfy, 9pm
Original Film!
In this sequel to last year’s Lavalantula, Police Academy alums Steve Guttenberg, Michael Winslow and Marion Ramsey take on Round 2 of the fiery arachnids — including the new “Gargantulantula.”

The Bandit
CMT, 10pm
Original Film!
This enthralling documentary tells the tale of ’70s superstar Burt Reynolds, his best friend, roommate and stunt double Hal Needham, and the making of their unlikely smash hit Smokey and the Bandit. The film features new interviews with Reynolds, rare archive material — including footage from Reynolds’ personal collection — and candid interviews with the late Needham.