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Thursday, June 22: Spike’s Eerie ‘The Mist’ Is Not to Be Missed

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Thursday, June 22

The Mist
Spike, 10pm
New Series!
Based on a story by Stephen King, the 10-episode series follows a broken family in Bridgeville, Maine, which finds itself engulfed by an eerie mist containing a myriad of inexplicable and bizarre threats. Cut off from the rest of the world, and in some cases each other, the family, friends and adversaries become strange bedfellows, battling the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain morality and sanity as the rules of society break down.

Boy Band
ABC, 8pm
New Series!
ABC’s new music competition series features talented singers battling it out to become a member of the next great boy band. To create a group America can truly call its own, viewers at home will vote live for their favorite contestants. Over 10 episodes, Boy Band will capture the audition process and behind-the-scenes excitement as young vocal talents compete for a spot in the finished product and a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

Hollywood Game Night
NBC, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Jane Lynch is back to host Season 5 of this game show. The new season will include such celebrities as Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley from This Is Us and Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash and Nico Santos from Superstore, as well as Michael Bolton, Ne-Yo, Natalie Morales, Mike Colter, Chris Hardwick, Margaret Cho, Gabby Douglas, Matt Iseman, Taye Diggs, RuPaul and more. In tonight’s premiere, cast members from Veep — Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky and Matt Walsh — take on The Walking Dead actors Christian Serratos, Josh McDermitt and Lauren Cohan.

The Wall
NBC, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Last winter’s hit competition series hosted by Chris Hardwick is back. With more than $12 million on the line every night, and up to $3 million on a drop at four stories high, the game can change people’s lives in an instant.

The Tunnel: Sabotage
PBS, 9pm
A sound bite from the plane’s black box suggests a terrifying possibility. A surprising chain of events brings Karl and Elise closer to the abductors, but will they get to the Fourniers in time?

The Gong Show
ABC, 10pm
New Series!
British comedic legend “Tommy Maitland” — really Austin Powers’ Mike Myers in some impressive prosthetics — hosts ABC’s update of the ’70s talent extravaganza that made household names of Chuck Barris, the Unknown Comic and Gene Gene the Dancing Machine. Executive produced by Will Arnett, each episode will celebrate unusually talented and unique performers judged by Hollywood’s hottest stars.

The Night Shift
NBC, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Season 4 of the medical drama finds the staff at San Antonio Memorial Hospital busier than ever. Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Brendan Fehr and Scott Wolf star.

Queen of the South: “Un Pacto Con el Diablo”
USA Network, 10pm
On a mission to destroy Epifanio’s (Joaquim de Almeida) drug-smuggling tunnels, Teresa (Alice Braga) and James (Peter Gadiot) come face-to–face with a group of American border vigilantes.

Friday, June 23

New Series!
Inspired by the short-lived but beloved 1980s Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) league and TV show, this comedy set in 1985 Los Angeles stars Alison Brie as an out-of-work, struggling actress who finds one last chance for stardom when she is thrust into the glitter-and-spandex world of women’s wrestling. Jenji Kohan, who created Orange Is the New Black, serves as an executive producer.

The Originals” The Feast of All Sinners”
The CW, 8pm
Season Finale!
The Mikaelsons find themselves out of options as they face the all-powerful and un-killable entity known as The Hollow. With the life of Hope (guest star Summer Fontana) at stake, Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood) proposes a final, desperate plan — one that will force Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt) and Freya (Riley Voelkel) to make the greatest sacrifice their family has ever endured.

Dark Matter: “All the Time in the World”
Syfy, 9pm
Unbeknownst to the rest of the crew, Three (Anthony Lemke) has been trapped in a time loop, reliving the same day.

CMT Crossroads: Earth, Wind & Fire and Friends
CMT, 10pm
Catch the first ever outdoor episode of this series when Earth, Wind & Fire are joined by country music stars including Lady Antebellum to entertain thousands of fans with their legendary hits.

Wynonna Earp: “Gonna Getcha Good”
Syfy, 10pm
Doc (Tim Rozon) tries to help Dolls (Shamier Anderson), while Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) must deal with an angry Djinn with payback on his mind.

Playing House: “Cookie Jar”
USA Network, 11pm
Season Premiere!
Maggie (Lennon Parham) and Emma (Jessica St. Clair) take a self-defense class for moms, and Maggie becomes the teacher’s star pupil. Emma is ready to take her relationship to the next level with Mark (Keegan-Michael Key), but is afraid that he won’t be turned on by her 40-year-old body. And Maggie’s ex-husband (Brad Morris) has a girlfriend, but Maggie may not be ready to see her old man with someone new.

Saturday, June 24

The Boy Next Door
FXX, 10:30am

Love is in the air today on FXX with a marathon of romantic dramas, beginning with The Boy Next Door starring Jennifer Lopez. Other movies in the marathon are Aloha, The Vow, The Longest Ride and The Fault in Our Stars.

“Power” Marathon
Starz, 5pm
Gearing up for the premiere of Season 4 (tomorrow) of the hit drama, Starz will air back-to-back episodes of Seasons 1-3. The series follows James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), who straddles the glamorous Manhattan lifestyle of the rich and infamous and the underworld of the international drug trade. The third season of Power was the most-watched ever for a Starz original series, and was the second-highest-rated series on all of premium pay television in 2016. So now’s the time to catch up.

The Thundermans: “Thunder in Paradise”
Nickelodeon, 8pm
In this 60-minute special, the Thundermans are off to Hawaii for summer vacation, but there’s trouble in paradise when Phoebe inadvertently absorbs Dark Mayhem’s evil powers and becomes determined to complete his plan for world domination.

The Essentials: “Rear Window”
TCM, 8pm
Tina Fey begins her series of guest appearances with host Alec Baldwin tonight, kicking off things with a discussion of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 suspense classic Rear Window, starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly.

My Favorite Wedding
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
Potential Northwestern University fellow Tess Harper (Maggie Lawson) lasers through her best friend’s wedding planning like the star doctor she hopes to soon become. In fact, Tess puzzles through any problem — provided it’s not her own. When she meets divorce lawyer and the groom’s best friend Michael, Tess maneuvers around him like a gurney in the emergency room until she discovers this best man has a few moves of his own.

Sunday, June 25

Masterpiece: My Mother and Other Strangers
PBS, 8pm
Francis goes poaching and Emma finds a new suitor. Rose stands up for justice and becomes a local hero.

Masterpiece: Grantchester
PBS, 9pm
Follow Sidney and Geordie as a mysterious death and the unsettling appearance of a dead bird at the vicarage lead them down a dark path. Leonard forges a bond with a woman close to the case. Amanda and Sidney are in love — but can it continue?

Starz, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Season 4 picks up on the heels of James “Ghost” St. Patrick’s (Omari Hardwick) highly publicized arrest by his ex-girlfriend, Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Valdes (Lela Loren), for the murder of FBI agent Greg Knox — a crime he did not commit. Ghost can’t outrun his past choices and mounting enemies this season, which threaten his freedom and his family’s safety at every turn. His fight for redemption brings him face-to-face with the feds, the media, new allies and old foes. But the biggest obstacle for Ghost remains himself and his internal struggle between the man he wants to be and the one he really is.

AMC, 10pm
Season Premiere!
As Preacher’s long-awaited second season dawns, Annville’s in ashes and Jesse (Dominic Cooper), Tulip (Oscar nominee Ruth Negga) and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) are on a mission to find God, with otherworldly baddies hellbent on catching ’em. The Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) is finally operating in the 21st century — and a new foe awaits in The Grail’s Herr Star (Pip Torrens). But the trio’s biggest problem might be their own “lies and jealousies and secrets and secret passions,” says showrunner Sam Catlin.

Famously Single
E!, 10pm
Season Premiere!
It’s rough to be a celebrity. You never know if someone loves you for your “celebrity” or for who you really are. Seven new celebrities and one returning lovelorn star are ready to find a new match. This season’s “celebrity” cast (you’re going to have to Google who some of these people are) includes Karina Smirnoff, Chad Johnson, Malika Haqq, Ronnie Magro-Ortiz, David McIntosh, Tiffany Pollard, Calum Best and Dorothy Wang, who will live together in a downtown Los Angeles loft while taking part in dating exercises and coaching sessions with relationship experts Dr. Darcy Sterling and Robert Mack, as well as going on real dates seeking the love they’ve lacked until now.

Masterpiece: Prime Suspect: Tennison
PBS, 10pm
New Series!
Survey the early career of iconic detective Jane Tennison — the role played by Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect. The drama rewinds to 1970s London, when Jane (Stefanie Martini) is a young probationary officer in an environment where sexism is the norm. The first episode follows young Tennison as she becomes immersed in her first murder investigation.

Monday, June 26

“That ’70s Show” Marathon
IFC, beginning at 4pm

IFC’s marathon of That ’70s Show features episodes from Season 4, highlighted by “Uncomfortable Ball Stuff,” “Jackie Says Cheese,” “Eric’s Hot Cousin” and “Tornado Prom.”

POV: “Dalya’s Other Country/4.1 Miles”
PBS, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Follow the nuanced story of a family displaced by the Syrian conflict, walking the line between their Muslim values and the new world they inhabit, and a Greek Coast Guard captain caught in the middle of the biggest refugee crisis since World War II.

The Real Story With María Elena Salinas: “Lost Girls of the Mesa”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
Season Finale!
A serial killer is still on the loose in this ongoing investigation into the 2009 discovery of the remains of many missing women who worked as prostitutes. Police and families struggle to find the truth.

Tuesday, June 27

“CSI: Miami” Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 12pm

Watch Horatio (David Caruso), Calleigh (Emily Procter), Delko (Adam Rodriguez) and the rest of the team crack some of the toughest, strangest cases in a marathon of episodes from Season 8.

The Story of China: “Golden Age/The Ming”
PBS, 8pm
See the stunning achievements of two of China’s most brilliant dynasties: the Song, creators of a Chinese renaissance; and the Ming, builders of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

Wednesday, June 28

Original Film!
Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) directed and cowrote this film about Mija, a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful multinational company from kidnapping her best friend — a massive animal named Okja. Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, An Seo Hyun, Byun Heebong, Steven Yeun, Giancarlo Esposito and Jake Gyllenhaal star.

Big Brother
CBS, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Big Brother is back for Season 19 beginning tonight with a two-hour premiere. The series will have three weekly episodes: Thursdays beginning June 29, Sundays beginning July 2 and Wednesdays in its regular time period beginning July 5. Julie Chen returns as host.

Great Yellowstone Thaw
PBS, 9pm
See how spring brings new life and a break from the brutal winter temperatures. But the dangers aren’t over. Wildlife families face a torrent of water cascading down the mountains as the great thaw gets underway. Beavers are in particular danger.

I Am Jazz
TLC, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The GLAAD award-winning series returns for a third season. Jazz, who is now 16, faces the biggest decision of her life as she looks to move forward with gender confirmation surgery. But the decision is further complicated by the news that her surgical options are more limited than previously thought.

Big Star Little Star
USA Network, 9pm
Olympic volleyball champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and son Joey, actor and TV host Mario Lopez and daughter Gia, and singer/actress Christina Milian and daughter Violet answer hilariously charming trivia questions about each other in this family-friendly game show.

SundanceTV, 10pm
Season Premiere!
The Hairypeople return! Set in a dystopian future in Australia, Cleverman follows a group of extraordinary beings from ancient aboriginal mythology who battle for survival in a world where humans feel increasingly threatened by them. Known as the “Hairypeople” for the matted hair covering their bodies, the creatures have recently made themselves known, but are cast as social misfits despite having extraordinary strength, speed and longevity. They seek refuge in The Zone, a fragile community that finds strength in the brotherhood between Hairy and human.

TV Land, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Season 4 of Younger finds Liza’s (Sutton Foster) love life in disarray as she reels from her breakup with boyfriend Josh (Nico Tortorella), who was going to propose until he discovered her kissing her boss, Charles (Peter Hermann). Now Liza will be forced to deal with the fallout of her deceit and learn that the truth hurts.

Thursday, June 29

Man on a Ledge
Sony Movie Channel, 8pm
This twisty crime tale follows a police negotiator trying to talk down an escaped prisoner who is threatening to jump off a Manhattan hotel. But she begins to wonder whether there is an ulterior motive at play. Stars Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell.

BBC America, 8pm
“Are you not entertained?!” BBC America airs director Ridley Scott’s 2000 epic, winner of five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor (Russell Crowe). Crowe plays the great Roman general Maximus, who is betrayed and forced into slavery as a gladiator. Joaquin Phoenix and Connie Nielsen also star.

Battle of the Network Stars
ABC, 9pm
New Series!
ABC is revamping its classic competition series while staying true to its ’70s and ’80s roots. Executive producer Will Staeger shares, “We are excited about tapping into America’s nostalgia while bringing a fresh take and big production values to this proven format.” While we can only hope for the resurgence of tube socks and short-shorts, we do know that each action-packed episode will feature celebrities competing against each other in events like swimming, track and field, the obstacle course and tug of war.

WAGS Miami
E!, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars) head back to Miami for another wild season of what the network defines as “playing the most competitive sport out there,” which is getting and sometimes pathetically keeping that pro-athlete man. The series follows the extravagant lifestyles and real-life drama that comes with being a wife or girlfriend of a professional athlete. Learning the hierarchy of the WAG world and the stress that comes with it is part of the drama, as these outspoken and independent ladies are the experts of maneuvering and manipulating — and always making sure to look damn good while doing it.

The Tunnel: Sabotage
PBS, 9pm
Elise uncovers some disturbing facts about a passenger, while Karl makes a major breakthrough. The police trace their way to the door of the political cell Defence, but what will they find behind it?

CBS, 10pm
Season Premiere!

In Season 3 of Zoo, the year is 2027 and the world has reached a tipping point. As the human population continues to dwindle due to the sterility problem, an equally devastating threat rises in the form of “the hybrids,” an army of unstoppable lab-made creatures hellbent on destroying humanity.

Friday, June 30

“Star Trek: The Original Series” Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 4pm

Season 3 favorites like “Wink of an Eye,” “Elaan of Troyius” and “That Which Survives” are part of BBC America’s Friday marathon of the original 1960s Star Trek TV series episodes.

Syfy, 8pm
Season Premiere!
In Season 3, after sustaining serious personal losses, the bounty hunters must come together and prepare themselves for what lies ahead. Tension and tragedy loom over the J Star System as they struggle to assemble an army and prepare for battle.

Masters of Illusion
The CW, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Dean Cain hosts back-to-back episodes of the series that showcases astonishing feats of magic performed by cutting-edge illusionists and escape artists. Each episode features world-class acts displaying skills ranging from interactive mind magic to hilarious comedy routines.