All Times Eastern.
Friday, Aug. 5
Rio Olympics: Opening Ceremony
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.
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.
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”
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”
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!”
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
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
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.”
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.
Sunday, Aug. 7
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Cheez-It 355 at the Glen
USA Network, 2:30pm Live
Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and other top Sprint Cup stars take on the 2.45-mile, 7-turn road course at Watkins Glen International, outside of Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Disney Channel, 8pm
Step right up! On a special one-hour episode of Disney Channel’s spy comedy K.C. Undercover, titular hero K.C. Cooper (Zendaya) and her family of secret agents go undercover at the Cecil B. Deville Traveling Circus to catch an elusive art thief who K.C. believes is hiding under the big top. Zendaya dons a record five incognito costumes for the installment, including an artist, a little girl, a prison guard and a tightrope walker.
NFL Preseason: Hall of Fame Game: Green Bay vs. Indianapolis
ESPN, 8pm Live
The 2016 NFL preseason kicks off tonight in Canton, Ohio, with the Hall of Fame Game between the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts.
The Hunt: “Race Against Time — Coasts”
BBC America, 9pm
In this episode of the nature documentary series, viewers will see how coasts are a world of continuous change, where opportunities to hunt never last long. The coast is the only place on the planet where predators from air, land and sea come together.
Inspector Lewis: Season 8: “One for Sorrow”
As the final season begins, Lewis — who needs to prove himself to a new boss — and Hathaway try to establish a connection between the remains of a body discovered in a well and the death of a young artist. And Hathaway finally gets to know his estranged father.
The Jim Gaffigan Show: “My Brother’s Keeper”
TV Land, 10pm
In the new episode “My Brother’s Keeper,” Jim’s brother visits New York and makes a life-altering decision, forcing Jim to choose between following his heart and supporting his brother.
BrainDead: “The Power of Euphemism: How Torture Became a Matter of Debate in American Politics”
In this new episode, Laurel (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) comes under investigation about her potential involvement with the bug infestation. Also, Gustav (Johnny Ray Gill) and Rochelle (Nikki M. James) discover a unique way to communicate with those infected by the bugs.
Monday, Aug. 8
Little League Baseball World Series
ESPN, beginning at 7pm Live
ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC share coverage of the Little League Baseball World Series through Aug. 28 beginning with a Southeast Regional Semifinal game tonight on ESPN. All 32 games of the 70th Little League Baseball World Series from South Williamsport, Pa., will be televised by ESPN networks beginning Aug. 18. The international and U.S. championship games are Aug. 27 on ABC. ESPN airs the third-place game and ABC airs the championship game on Aug. 28.
Bachelor in Paradise
The reality hit debuts in its regular Monday night time slot.
In 1962, famed filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut locked themselves away for a week to talk all things cinema. Crafted from the original recordings of that epic conclave, which were used to create Truffaut’s 1966 book, Hitchcock, this film plunges viewers into the private world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds and Vertigo. Today’s leading filmmakers — including Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader — also weigh in on how the book and the horror master himself influenced their own work.
Secret Eats With Adam Richman
Travel Channel, 10pm
The culinary traveler shares information about some of the world’s most amazing off-the-grid restaurants and mouthwatering off-the-menu dishes. The new season debuts tonight with back-to-back half-hour episodes.
Tuesday, Aug. 9
Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise
Host Chris Harrison, cast members and celebrity fans discuss and dissect the most recent episodes of Bachelor in Paradise. Harrison also takes questions and comments from viewers and reveals deleted scenes, outtakes and exclusive extra content that’s can’t-miss for Bachelor Nation.
Animal Kingdom: “What Have You Done?”
Puzzled by Catherine’s (Daniella Alonso) disappearance, Baz (Scott Speedman) hunts down all leads. With J (Finn Cole) caught in the middle, the cops close in on the Codys and threaten to take them all down.
Zoo: “Zero Sum”
In the new episode “Zero Sum,” Jackson (James Wolk) learns that his mother is missing in Africa, but before he can look for her, he must contend with a hostile force that has overtaken their plane.
Comedy Central, 10pm
Daniel Tosh’s comedy series commenting on and mocking all aspects of the internet has its Season 8 finale on Comedy Central tonight.
Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Los Angeles Rams
Season 11 of HBO’s Hard Knocks training camp reality series follows the Rams, who’ve moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles. It’s the first time a relocating team will appear on Hard Knocks, and the first time a No. 1 overall draft pick — quarterback Jared Goff — gets documented by HBO’s cameras in his rookie season. The five-episode series airs Tuesdays through Sept. 6.
Not Safe With Nikki Glaser
Comedy Central, 10:30pm
Comedian and self-described “curious perv” Nikki Glaser wraps up Season 1 of her series examining everything to do with sex and relationships.
Wednesday, Aug. 10
Fast & Furious 6
Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) reassemble their crew to try to take down an international organization of mercenary drivers. Their reward: a full pardon for their crimes. Dwayne Johnson also stars.
Penn & Teller: Fool Us: “You Dirty Rathead!”
The CW, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
World-famous ginger-haired comedian Carrot Top makes an appearance as talented magicians show off their best tricks in an effort to stump Penn & Teller.
Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry
Without any prior knowledge of who he will be reading, 20-year-old Tyler Henry will bring messages from beyond the grave to new celebrity clients including Kris Jenner, Tori Spelling, Linda Blair, YouTube starlet Madison Beer and Melissa Joan Hart. “Not much has changed with Season 2; however, there are more recognizable clients, for me,” Henry shares. “In going through this process, it’s been interesting being starstruck and then having to sit down and go into this person’s personal life and navigate that intuitively.”
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
The CW, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom is crazy funny when she swings by as cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, along with guest comedian Jeff David, put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games.
American Gothic: “Kindred Spirits”
While Cam (Justin Chatwin) is in rehab, Jack (Gabriel Bateman) is lured into a dangerous adventure by a new friend, Sadie (guest star Aviv Cohen). Also, Garrett (Antony Starr) and Alison (Juliet Rylance) work to silence a local reporter who is harassing the Hawthornes in the new episode “Kindred Spirits.”
Thursday, Aug. 11
Rio Olympics: Men’s Golf, First Round
Golf Channel, 6:30am Live
Golf returns to Olympic competition for the first time in 112 years as the men’s tournament tees off today in Rio de Janeiro. A field of 60 men qualify for the 72-hole stroke play tournament, which concludes Aug. 14. Golf Channel airs all four rounds live. The women’s Olympic tournament takes place Aug. 17-20.
Golf: U.S. Senior Open, First Round
FS1, 1pm Live
FS1 and FOX combine to televise all four rounds of the 2016 U.S. Senior Open golf tournament from Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. FS1 airs Thursday and Friday rounds with FOX airing rounds on Saturday and Sunday.
Last month, RFD-TV introduced this afternoon series (which repeats on Tuesdays at 9:30pm), in which viewers get to explore some of the most exclusive properties in North America and meet American landowners who share the history of the property and their strong commitment to conservation. “Land is important to all of us. It’s in our heritage and offers humanity a place to thrive. Within the fences of these properties are the stories and adventures that create lasting memories of the landowner and provide a glimpse of what might be in store for the next owners of these exclusive properties,” said Dax Hayden, national director for LandLeader, a network of exclusive real estate professionals in North America.
FXX, beginning at 8pm
FXX airs eight episodes of The Simpsons tonight, all featuring some ill-advised or ill-fated romances. Country singer Lurleen Lumpkin tries to seduce Homer in 1992’s “Colonel Homer,” Homer must think unsexy thoughts about coworker Mindy (voice of Michelle Pfeiffer) in 1993’s “The Last Temptation of Homer,” and Marge is paranoid that houseguest Becky (voice of Parker Posey) is trying to usurp her place in the family in 2000’s “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge.”
AXS TV Concerts Hosted by Mark Cuban
AXS TV, 9pm
This five-week concert series hosted by AXS TV founder Mark Cuban is filmed live in Dallas, and kicks off tonight with The Monkees.
Friday, Aug. 12
The Get Down
Baz Luhrmann’s (Moulin Rouge!) first series for television is set in 1970s New York City, where a ragtag crew of South Bronx teenagers shelter each other amid their violent, run-down surroundings, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements to the SoHo art scene, and from CBGB to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop.
FXX, beginning at 6pm
Highlights of tonight’s 12-episode stunt of The Simpsons include 1995’s “King-Size Homer,” in which Homer puts on weight in order to qualify for disability at work, and 1997’s “El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Our Homer),” in which Homer is guided by a “Space Coyote” (voice of Johnny Cash) on a hallucinatory quest.
This mix of Men in Black and Ghostbusters follows a recently slain cop who finds that even death could not get him off the force. He joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest In Peace Department and searches for the man who killed him. Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Bacon star.
The Real Housewives of Melbourne: “Here Come the Brides”
In a super-sized 75-minute episode, Pettifleur rejects Gamble’s wedding invite, and when Chyka organizes a shower for the bride-to-be, it comes with a dress-code twist.
Saturday, Aug. 13
Rio Olympics: Tennis: Women’s Singles Final
Bravo, 11am Live
The Olympic women’s singles tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro comes to a conclusion with final-round action today.
Major League Baseball
FS1, beginning at 4pm Live
A Saturday MLB doubleheader on FS1 has the Pittsburgh Pirates at the L.A. Dodgers, followed by the L.A. Angels visiting the Cleveland Indians.
Rush Hour: “The Dark Knight”
In the new episode “The Dark Knight,” when seemingly upstanding members of society are being publicly humiliated by a mystery man, Detectives Carter (Justin Hires) and Lee (Jon Foo) search for someone targeting powerful people with something to hide.
NFL Preseason: Dallas at Los Angeles
ESPN, 8pm Live
The NFL returns to Los Angeles for the first time since the 1994 season as the Dallas Cowboys visit the newly relocated Rams in this preseason game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Summer in the City
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
A charming, small-town woman (Julianna Guill) is given a big promotion managing a flagship store in the Big Apple. When she tries to adopt a big-city personality, it leads to disastrous results. She realizes that it’s better to be true to herself, and when she lets her personality shine, it becomes the secret to her success — in work and in love. Also stars Vivica A. Fox, Natasha Henstridge and Marla Sokoloff.