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Thursday, Aug. 11: Olympic Golf Tees Off in Rio

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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.

ALSO SEE: Channel Guide Magazine Coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics

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.

RFD-TV, 2:30pm
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.

The Simpsons
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
New Series!
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
New Series!
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.

The Simpsons
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.

FX, 8pm
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”
Bravo, 9pm
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”
CBS, 8pm
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
Original Film!
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.