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Wednesday, Aug. 17: Ryan Ferguson’s Unlocking the Truth on MTV

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

Wednesday, Aug. 17

Unlocking the Truth
MTV, 11pm
New Series!
MTV’s new docuseries takes an in-depth look at the justice system through the viewpoint of Ryan Ferguson, who spent 10 years in jail for a murder he didn’t commit. Ferguson is passionate in his resolve to help other innocent people who have been wrongfully convicted. He and co-investigator Eva Nagao examine three high-stakes cases of inmates who claim they are innocent.

Rio Olympics: Women’s Golf, First Round
Golf Channel, 6:30am Live
Sixty of the world’s top female golfers compete in the Rio Games’ women’s golf tournament with first-round action today. Golf Channel airs all four rounds of the tournament live through Aug. 20.

Rio Olympics
NBC, 8pm Live

NBC’s live primetime coverage of track and field finals features 2015 world champion Tianna Bartoletta and defending Olympic gold medalist Brittney Reese as U.S. contenders in the women’s long jump; first-time Olympian Tori Bowie, from the small town of Sandhill, Mississippi, in the women’s 200m; and a strong trio looking to put Team USA on the women’s 100m hurdles podium for a fifth consecutive Games. Elsewhere on the Rio track, two-time defending champion Usain Bolt runs his 200m semifinal heat and American Ashton Eaton concludes day one of the decathlon with one of his best events: the 400m. Also: the women’s beach volleyball final and qualifying-round coverage of the women’s platform diving event.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us: “Penn & Teller Snake Their Chances”
The CW, 8pm
In this show, hosted by How I Met Your Mother’s Alyson Hannigan, talented magicians do their best to stump world-famous magicians Penn & Teller for the right to perform with the duo in Vegas. Tonight’s magicians: Paul Gertner, Matthew DiSero, Rokas and Elliot Zimet — whose magic often includes birds. We’re not sure what Penn & Teller are “snaking” their chances on, but we hope it’s not Zimet’s birds.

Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry: “Jennifer Esposito, Whitney Port, Kris Jenner”
E!, 8pm
They say you can sleep when you’re dead. Well, don’t count on it — not while Tyler Henry’s around! The 20-year-old psychic star busily connects celebrities with the dearly departed.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
FX, 8pm
Living as a Wall Street executive, Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) seems unassuming to his friends, but he has long been enlisted in the CIA. As an analyst, he discovers an attempt originating in Moscow to bring down America’s financial backbone. Based on the character created by Tom Clancy. Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley also star.

We Bought a Zoo
FXX, 8pm
Based on an unlikely true story, this Cameron Crowe-directed comedy moves a man and his two children to a countryside home where they renovate and reopen a zoo. Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church star.

My Last Days
The CW, 9pm
New Series!
Jane the Virgin star Justin Baldoni created and hosts this inspiring documentary series — which will air over three consecutive nights — about courageous young people who achieve incredible goals despite facing terminal illnesses.

Suits: “Spain”
USA Network, 9pm
Harvey defends Sutter from Cahill, as Mike’s past threatens to derail his mission. Meanwhile, Rachel and Jessica seek evidence to re-open Bailey’s case, and Louis woos Tara with a trip to the Hamptons.

American Gothic: “The Oxbow”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “The Oxbow,” key Hawthorne family secrets are revealed when Garrett (Antony Starr) is forced to reflect on his 14 years of solitude in the woods. Also, Alison (Juliet Rylance) turns the screws on a local reporter, with shocking results.

Paranormal Witness: True Terror: “From H.E.L.L.”
Syfy, 10pm
There are three cardinal rules to stay safe when using a Ouija board. Break just one and you risk opening a door to the “other side.” When three young girls from a Hispanic family break all three, they open a gateway to hell.

Mr. Robot: “eps2.5_h4ndshake.sme”
USA Network, 10pm
On the Fourth of July, Mr. Robot and Elliot try to make nice, fsociety releases a holiday video in honor of Uncle Sam and Darlene acts on a desire from long ago.

Thursday, Aug. 18

The Other Guys
FX, 7:30pm
Will Ferrell re-teams with director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights) for this action-packed comedy about a pair of mismatched New York City detectives who seize an opportunity to grab the spotlight — just like the city’s top cops whom they idolize — when a seemingly dull case turns out to be a massive financial conspiracy. Mark Wahlberg and Eva Mendes also star.

60 Days In
A&E, 9pm
Season Premiere!
An explosive second season is in store as eight new innocent participants, all with an interest in the criminal justice system, go undercover at Indiana’s Clark County Jail for a deeper dive into the drugs, violence and internal corruption exposed during Season 1. This season, we meet the wife of Season 1 participant Zac, along with a former corrections officer, a mother with an incarcerated child, a bounty hunter, a criminal justice student and a young lawyer. Each participant’s background will help give Sheriff Jamey Noel more feedback to improve the facility.

AXS TV Concerts Hosted by Mark Cuban: “Village People”
AXS TV, 9pm
The fan-favorite disco sextet performs in tonight’s episode.

My Last Days
The CW, 9pm
The inspiring docuseries, created and hosted by Jane the Virgin star Justin Baldoni, continues with more stories of greatness from people who have decided that although they may be dying, they’re ready to live. Baldoni explains, “I’m proud to share these stories that remind people that each and every one of us has the power to choose happiness and to make a difference — regardless of the hand we’ve been dealt.”

Queen of the South: “Coge Todo lo Que Puede Llevar”
USA Network, 10pm
Teresa races to save a witness in the recent heist. With renewed confidence, Camila assures her partners that she’s back in business and vows to be done with Epifanio once and for all.

Friday, Aug. 19

NASCAR Xfinity Series: Food City 300
USA Network, 7:30pm Live
Daniel Suarez, Elliott Sadler, Ty Dillon, Erik Jones and Brendan Gaughan are among the top Xfinity Series drivers looking to survive the hard-nosed, short-track racing at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway tonight.

2016 Rio Olympic Games
NBC, 8pm Live
In the last race of Usain Bolt’s legendary Olympic career, the world’s fastest man anchors Jamaica against Justin Gatlin and Team USA in the men’s 4x100m relay, among other highlights tonight.

My Last Days
The CW, 9pm
Series Finale!
In the finale of the three-night event that celebrates the extraordinary achievements of people who refuse to let their terminal illnesses define them, two more heroes show us how they’re making the most of the time they have left.

Bring It: “Hoop Dreams Drama”
Lifetime, 9pm
Coach D takes her game to the next level and enlists her husband to help with an ambitious basketball-themed creative routine. Will it be a slam-dunk or will these dancers double dribble? In the viewing room, Tamala calls a foul on inappropriate behavior, forcing the DDP to go to therapy to tame their courtside behavior.

Killjoys: “Full Metal Monk”
Syfy, 9pm
Clues from Khlyen’s Red 17 transmission lead Dutch, D’avin and Alvis to an old research facility on Arkyn, while Johnny and Pawter try to rally outside support in the impending war for Westerly.

Major League Baseball: N.Y. Yankees at L.A. Angels
FS1, 10pm Live
The N.Y. Yankees visit the L.A. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim for the first game of a three-game series.

Superstore: “Olympics”
NBC, 10:30pm
Tying in with NBC’s coverage of the Rio Olympic Games, this special standalone episode, according to executive producer Justin Spitzer, “takes place in the world of the show at some point last season before the walkout.” So don’t be surprised that Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) is still pregnant, and that the group hasn’t had the big union discussion yet. What you will see: A Cloud 9 Olympics promotion gives Amy (America Ferrera) the chance to meet her childhood hero, gold medal-winning gymnast Missy Jones (special guest star Cecily Strong of Saturday Night Live), who proves to be a little too inspirational. Meanwhile, storewide “Olympic fever” causes Glenn (Mark McKinney) to have some difficulty balancing his extreme patriotism, makes Jonah (Ben Feldman) learn a secret about Mateo’s (Nico Santos) past and has Dina (Lauren Ash) striving to create a “closing ceremony” her colleagues will never forget. The episode features special appearances by Olympic gold medalists Apolo Anton Ohno, Tara Lipinski and McKayla Maroney.

Saturday, Aug. 20

Rio Olympics: Women’s Golf, Final Round
Golf Channel, 6:30am Live
Olympic medals are awarded to the top three players following today’s final round of the Rio Games’ women’s golf tournament.

Major League Baseball: N.Y. Mets at San Francisco
FS1, 4pm Live
The N.Y. Mets take on the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of a four-game series at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Rush Hour: “Familee Ties”
CBS, 8pm
Series Finale!
When the Quantou gang orchestrates a meeting of rival Los Angeles gang lords, Carter (Justin Hires) and Lee (Jon Foo) must infiltrate it to find Lee’s sister Kim (Jessika Van) and save her from going further with the Quantou in the series finale “Familee Ties.”

Mr. Peabody & Sherman
FXX, 8pm
The smartest guy in the room is the dog! Mr. Peabody has done it all, including adopting his human son Sherman. But when Sherman messes with Mr. Peabody’s latest invention, the WABAC machine, history will never be the same. Features the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles and Ariel Winter.

Boy in the Attic
Lifetime, 8pm
A teenage girl and her mom inherit an old house, unaware that a boy has been living in the attic for months. When the girl discovers the boy, the teens fall in love and she agrees to keep his secret from her mom. But it’s not the only thing he’s hiding. Her new love has been falsely accused of murder, forcing her to decide just how far she’ll go to protect him.

2016 Rio Olympic Games
NBC, 8pm Live
The last full session of track and field features Allyson Felix attempting to lead the U.S. to a sixth straight Olympic gold in the women’s 4x400m relay, and LaShawn Merritt and Team USA seeking to restore supremacy in the men’s 4x400m relay after a surprise loss to the Bahamas in 2012. Other coverage tonight includes American David Boudia defending his gold in the men’s 10m platform diving final, the women’s volleyball final and more.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
NBCSN, 8pm Live
The steeply banked, .533-mile short track at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee provides a 500-lap endurance test for Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and other top Sprint Cup stars tonight.

Summer Love
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
A widowed suburban mom (Rachael Leigh Cook) takes an internship in the fast-paced tech world of millionaire “app-trepreneurs.” She discovers that although life seems to be a lot more digital, love needs to be a lot more real.