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Sunday, July 16: Winter Is Here: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Premiere

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Sunday, July 16

Game of Thrones
HBO, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The battle for the Iron Throne gains steam as the HBO smash drama bows its seventh and penultimate season. But Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) — the youngest surviving Stark and newly minted Three-Eyed Raven — knows firsthand that a much bigger battle looms. “I love that every character in Game of Thrones has got some serious enemies after them, but Bran now has the most powerful creature in the history of Westeros on his tail, and that might destroy him,” Wright tells us. “Bran should be very, very frightened.”

Tennis: Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final
ESPN, 9am Live

The remaining two men compete for the Wimbledon singles championship in this match at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club live on ESPN.

Shahs of Sunset
Bravo, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Season 6 finds Bravo’s larger-than-life Persian-Americans still dealing with the remnants of last year’s breakups, makeups and moments of betrayal. Series returnees Asa Soltan Rahmati, Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, Mercedes “MJ” Javid, Mike Shouhed, Reza Farahan and Shervin Roohparvar each find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. And when Reza enlists the help of his friend Destiney Rose in organizing Mike’s housewarming party, she wastes no time inserting herself into the group’s shenanigans.

Masterpiece: My Mother and Other Strangers
PBS, 8pm
See how an unwelcome note leads to a disastrous meeting. Find out if Tillie can stop the captain and Rose from making a terrible mistake.

Candy Crush: “Start Swiping, Mama!”
CBS, 9pm
In this new family episode of the Candy Crush game show, parents team up with their children to compete for the $100,000 prize.

Home for Christmas Day
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!
When a young woman (Matreya Fedor) falls in love and develops a long-distance relationship with a soldier (Victor Webster) on active duty, her protective mother (Catherine Bell) tries her best to steer her daughter away from heartache. Little do they know they are about to learn important lessons of the heart and that taking chances can make this Christmas one they will cherish forever.

The Strain
FX, 10pm
Season Premiere!

The fourth and final season of FX’s action horror series begins tonight with “The Worm Turns.” As the season begins, the world has fallen into darkness from nuclear winter and the strigoi are in control. Facing annihilation, do our heroes have what it takes to save humankind?

Remember Me
PBS, 10pm
New Series!
In this chilling mystery series, pensioner Tom Parfitt (Michael Palin) enters assisted living, and a social worker falls to her death. Traumatized, Tom is taken to the hospital. Inexplicably, the folk song “Scarborough Fair” angers and agitates him.

Monday, July 17

So You Think You Can Dance: “Academy Week No. 1”
FOX, 8pm
The first round of callbacks begins as talented dancers vie for a spot in the Top 10.

Taken 3
FX, 8pm
In the third film in the Taken saga, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is framed for the brutal murder of his ex-wife, and he fights to take back his life.

American Ninja Warrior: “Denver Qualifiers”
NBC, 8pm
The Mile High City hosts the final qualifying round, where competitors will tackle three challenging new obstacles: Bouncing Spider, Rail Runner and Ninjago Roll. Ninjas will compete for the finals in Las Vegas and a shot at winning the $1 million grand prize. Denver features the return of veterans Jake Murray, Sam Sann, Meagan Martin and Brian Arnold.

Preacher: “Dallas”
AMC, 9pm
With Tulip’s secret relationship revealed, a visit to Jesse and Tulip’s rocky past reveals a darker side of Jesse.

American Pickers: “Superhero Heaven”
History, 9pm
In a jam-packed home, Mike and Frank come across a rare Superman comic, plus the very first Spider-Man comic, worth $50,000.

Loaded
AMC, 10pm
New Series!
AMC’s new dramedy follows the lives of British tech entrepreneurs and childhood friends Josh, Leon, Watto and Ewan, who sell their startup video game company for hundreds of millions of pounds to an American company. Overnight, the four 30-something friends are transformed from “people who play games” to “serious players in the game.” The series is about friendship, ambition, gluttony, the peculiar distaste for other people’s success and how money can put even lifelong friendships to the test.

Reno, Set, Go!: “Gone to the Dogs”
Discovery Family Channel, 10pm
Animal advocate Melissa wants to thank her patient husband Stan for embracing her passion for rescuing animals, by renovating their master bedroom.

Pawn Stars: “Pawn Samurai/Pawned at the Stake”
History, 10pm
In “Pawn Samurai,” Chum takes a stab at making a deal for three Japanese samurai swords. In the following episode, “Pawned at the Stake,” an 18th-century “Tryal of Witches” book possesses the interest of the shop.

POV: “Presenting Princess Shaw”
PBS, 10pm
View the extraordinary true story of Princess Shaw, an aspiring musician down on her luck, who inspired internationally famous YouTube artist Kutiman to create a magical collaboration that would bring her music to a whole new audience.

Tuesday, July 18

Weekend in Havana
PBS, 8pm
Join Geoffrey Baer as he travels to Havana, where dancers, musicians, architects and writers invite him into their lives to experience the color, culture and history of a beautiful and seductive city only recently reopened to Americans.

Rare — Creatures of the Photo Ark
PBS, 9pm
Join Joel Sartore in this three-part series as he travels to Madagascar and the Florida Keys on his mission to photograph beautiful and endangered animals for the Photo Ark, his lifelong project to document the world’s species. In Florida, he checks in on the Key deer, a species that he first saw 20 years ago.

Being Mary Jane
BET, 10pm
New Episodes!
Season 4 of the drama starring Gabrielle Union in the title role continues tonight.

A Night With My Ex
Bravo, 10pm
New Series!
This new series brings together ex-couples for one night to hash out their unresolved issues. In each of the 10 episodes, a pair of exes will spend a night together in a one-bedroom camera-rigged apartment, without producers or interruptions. Viewers will witness startling confessions, wild hookups and shocking resolutions in a format where anything can happen.

Shooter
USA Network, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Ryan Phillippe is back as Bob Lee Swagger in Season 2 of the action drama based on the bestselling novels by Stephen Hunter and the 2007 film starring Mark Wahlberg.

Wednesday, July 19

Soccer: International Champions Cup: AS Roma vs. Paris Saint-Germain
ESPN2, 8pm Live

The first ever professional soccer match at Detroit’s Comerica Park features Italian powerhouse AS Roma vs. elite French Ligue 1 team Paris Saint-Germain F.C. as part of the 2017 International Champions Cup.

Little Big Shots: Forever Young: “Young at Heart”
NBC, 8pm
Host Steve Harvey visits with an 82-year-old hand balancer and acrobat from Brazil; a burlesque performer; a “pickpocket king”; a 95-year-old yodeler; an archer; and a couple in their 70s who are competitive eaters.

Black Ink Crew: Chicago
VH1, 8pm
Season Premiere!
This season, 9Mag owner Ryan takes the lead in re-evaluating the shop’s future as he balances growing the business and reuniting with the mother of his child. Van, Don, Phor and Charmaine continue to carve their own paths as their visions for the shop and personal aspirations begin to differ from Ryan’s. Newcomer tattoo artist Lily joins the crew eager to impress and make a name for herself, while Danielle tries to bring original crew member Kat back from L.A.

Salvation: “Another Trip Around the Sun”
CBS, 9pm
Darius (Santiago Cabrera) and Liam (Charlie Rowe) work to invent a theoretically impossible piece of technology to divert the asteroid, and Grace (Jennifer Finnigan) risks everything to help Darius in the new episode “Another Trip Around the Sun.” Also, Liam heads home to Boston to track down critical research, but finds something shocking instead.

The Carmichael Show: “Evelyn and Vernon”
NBC, 9pm
In what is likely one of the last remaining new episodes of this sitcom, which NBC announced recently that it has canceled, Cynthia (Loretta Devine) discovers her parents (guest stars Starletta DuPois and Bill Cobbs) are having marriage problems. That realization forces her to confront issues in her own marriage.

Suits: “The Statue”
USA Network, 9pm
Harvey (Gabriel Macht) butts heads with his partners over a bold move; Mike (Patrick J. Adams) pursues a pro bono case with a legal clinic; Donna’s (Sarah Rafferty) actions raise tough questions at the firm.

Snowfall: “Slow Hand”
FX, 10pm

In the new episode “Slow Hand,” Franklin (Damson Idris) enlists help to retrieve his stolen property, while Teddy (Carter Hudson) receives an unexpected visitor during a weapons deal.

Thursday, July 20

Golf: British Open, First Round
Golf Channel, beginning at 1:30am Live

The Open Championship (a.k.a. the British Open) is at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in England for the year’s third major tournament. Top contenders for the Claret Jug include Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Jordan Spieth and defending champion Henrik Stenson. Golf Channel and NBC share coverage through Sunday.

“Man vs. Wild” Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 12pm
See Bear Grylls tackle some of the most extreme wilderness challenges as BBC America airs a marathon of Man vs. Wild episodes.

Boy Band: “Blast From the Past”
ABC, 8pm Live
In this week’s live episode, the remaining 14 contestants open the show with the 1983 Billy Joel hit “Uptown Girl.” Then, three new groups will perform Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” and the Rolling Stones classic “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Architects Emma Bunton, Nick Carter and Timbaland critique their performances and select the bottom two who are up for elimination. Audiences at home will vote live and decide who will stay and who will go.

Lone Survivor
FX, 8pm

In the 2013 action film based on a true story, Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) and his fellow Navy SEALs set out on what seems like a simple mission in Afghanistan. But as with anything there, nothing is as straightforward as it seems. With the enemies closing in, will decisions of principle help or hurt them?

Hollywood Game Night: “Game Night Is the New Black”
NBC, 8pm
Celebrities Natasha Lyonne, Dascha Polanco, Taye Diggs, Matt Iseman, Gabby Douglas and Cheryl Hines appear on teams in this episode.

Hooten & the Lady: “Rome”
The CW, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Former Bond girl and all-around ageless beauty Jane Seymour guest-stars as Lady Lindo, Alex’s (Ophelia Lovibond) mother, who is distressed when Alex and Hooten (Michael Landes) attempt to find an ancient Sibylline book in Rome. While on their search, the two break into the Sistine Chapel, battle an alligator, and someone close to Alex is put in jeopardy.

Flip or Flop Atlanta
HGTV, 9pm
New Series!
The renovation franchise invades the South this summer, and in the premiere, expert flippers Ken and Anita Corsini reimagine the dated layout and funky ’70s exterior of a vintage split-level.

The Tunnel: Sabotage
PBS, 9pm
Watch as the connection between Elise and Eryka intensifies, while an anonymous package gives the investigation its biggest breakthrough yet. Karl thinks he knows who Koba is, but why won’t Bowden listen?

The Gong Show
ABC, 10pm
Rob Riggle, Ken Jeong and Regina Hall are tonight’s celebrity judges. At the end of the show, their favorite act receives the fabulous The Gong Show trophy and a check for $2,000 and 17 cents.

Zoo: “Welcome to the Terra Dome”
CBS, 10pm
Abraham (Nonso Anozie) and Dariela (Alyssa Diaz) reunite with the team as they try and stop the hybrids from taking over New York City in the new episode “Welcome to the Terra Dome.”

The Night Shift: “Turbulence”
NBC, 10pm
Drew (Brendan Fehr), his mom (guest star Becky Ann Baker) and Rick’s (guest star Luke MacFarlane) flight home turns into a medical crisis at 35,000 feet when passengers become sickened one-by-one.

Queen of the South: “El Precio de la Fe”
USA Network, 10pm
With the deadline for El Santo’s payment looming, Teresa (Alice Braga) and Camila (Veronica Falcón) must find a new distributor — but familiar enemies threaten to derail their plans.

Syfy Live From Comic-Con
Syfy, 11pm
Syfy is back at Comic-Con San Diego this year with three nights of live-to-tape, one-hour specials from the pop culture convention. Things kick off tonight, and run through Saturday. Zachary Levi (Chuck) hosts.

Friday, July 21

Ozark
Netflix
New Series!
Jason Bateman and Laura Linney star in this 10-episode drama about a family who struggles after moving to an Ozarks resort community, where they are thrust into a world of dirty money. Bateman also executive produces.

Disney’s Descendants 2
ABC, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Freeform and Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!
In the follow-up to 2015’s Descendants, the teen children (played by Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Booboo Stewart and Cameron Boyce) of Disney’s greatest villains adjust to life as model citizens alongside the children of Disney heroes at Auradon Prep. But when Mal (Cameron), the daughter of Maleficent, crumbles under the pressure to be perfect, she returns to the Isle of the Lost and discovers that a new group of teen baddies, including Uma, the daughter of Ursula the Sea Witch, have taken her place.

Killjoys: “The Lion, the Witch & the Warlord”
Syfy, 8pm
An ambush sends Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) and Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) on the run for help, while D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) tries to get to the bottom of a Black Warrant.

TCM Spotlight: 50 Years of Hitchcock
TCM, 8pm
Hitchcock moved to Paramount Pictures and filmed Rear Window in 1954. In 1955, he became a United States citizen and produced The Trouble With Harry. In 1956, he remade his own 1934 film, The Man Who Knew Too Much, with James Stewart in the starring role. His other 1956 film, The Wrong Man, is a low-key, black-and-white production based on a real-life case of mistaken identity. Catch all four films tonight.

The Great British Baking Show: “Desserts”
PBS, 9pm
Learn why sweet challenges mean a bitter end for one baker as the remaining six battle for a spot in the quarterfinal. The signature has them rolling out their skills, the technical is a tricky French dessert and the showstopper is a bit of a mousse marathon.

Dark Matter: “Hot Chocolate”
Syfy, 9pm
While providing safe transport for some allies, the Raza comes under attack from within.

Raven’s Home
Disney Channel, 10pm
New Series!
Raven-Symoné reprises the role of Raven Baxter from the iconic Disney Channel comedy That’s So Raven in this new family sitcom. Raven is a single mom of 11-year-old twins who comes together with her lifelong best friend Chelsea (That’s So Raven’s Anneliese van der Pol reprising her role) — who is single-handedly raising a 9-year-old son — in one chaotic household. Raven still catches glimpses of the future, but she’s not the only one in the family who does.

Wynonna Earp: “Everybody Knows”
Syfy, 10pm
Doc (Tim Rozon) and Wynonna’s (Melanie Scrofano) indiscretions haunt the team and the ties that bind them; Wynonna and Nicole (Katherine Barrell) hit the road for answers.

Syfy Live From Comic-Con
Syfy, 11pm
Zachary Levi (Chuck) hosts tonight’s coverage from San Diego Comic-Con. With insider looks at the convention, exclusive content, sneak peeks and more from the center of all the action, pop culture fans can see the best of Comic-Con without leaving the couch.

Saturday, July 22

“Doctor Who” Christmas Specials Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 6am

Enjoy Christmas in July with the Doctor, as BBC America airs a marathon of Doctor Who Christmas specials, featuring some of the series’ most memorable moments and episodes.

Milo Murphy’s Law: “Missing Milo”
Disney XD, 7am
In a special one-hour episode, when Cavendish and Dakota stop Milo from destroying a pistachio plant, they change the future. Pistachio plants become sentient and take over the planet, so Cavendish, Dakota and Milo must race through time to save the future.

Major League Baseball
FS1, 4pm Live

The St. Louis Cardinals head to Wrigley Field to take on the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, then the Texas Rangers face the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
FXX, 5:30pm

With War for the Planet of the Apes now in theaters, see the first two films in the series with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes airing back-to-back tonight on FXX.

Cold Justice
Oxygen, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Veteran prosecutor Kelly Siegler; seasoned detectives Johnny Bonds, Steve Spingola, Aaron Sam and Tonya Rider; and local law enforcement agencies dig into unsolved murder cases in the hopes of finding justice for the victims. In the season premiere, “One of Our Own,” Siegler returns to her Texas turf to investigate the 1991 murder of a 35-year-old wife who is the mother of two young boys and an employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The Essentials: “All About Eve”

TCM, 8pm
All About Eve was nominated for 14 Academy Awards in 1951 and won six, including Best Director and Best Picture. In it, an ingénue (Anne Baxter) insinuates herself into the life of an established but aging stage actress (Bette Davis), ultimately threatening her career and her personal relationships. George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe, Barbara Bates and Thelma Ritter also star, and this film provided Marilyn Monroe one of her earliest important roles. Tina Fey hosts.

Turn: Washington’s Spies: “Quarry”
AMC, 9pm
Ben’s plan to kidnap Benedict Arnold conflicts with Abe’s plot to kill Simcoe. Shifting loyalties turn old enemies into allies.

The Dude Perfect Show
Nickelodeon, 9pm
Season Premiere!
In Season 2 of the comedy-sports series, the best friends who make up Dude Perfect — Tyler Toney, Cody Jones, Garrett Hilbert, twins Coby and Cory Cotton, and their beloved panda mascot — take fans inside their 25,000 square-foot extreme-sports paradise where they dream up and perform viral sports videos.

The Jury Speaks: “O.J. Simpson”
Oxygen, 9pm
Each night of this 4-part TV event examines a different high-profile case through the eyes of the jurors who heard every shocking detail. Tonight, go beyond the verdict of the O.J. Simpson murder trial and hear from jurors Lionel Cryer, Yolanda Crawford, David Aldana and Jeanette Harris as they recount the horrors of months in sequestration and how the stress and isolation they faced affected America’s most controversial verdict.

Still Star-Crossed: “Hell Is Empty and All the Devils Are Here”
ABC, 10pm
An argument between Lord Montague and Lord Capulet leads to a senseless act of violence that makes tensions between the two houses run dangerously high. Meanwhile, Rosaline finds herself in a compromising situation when her fate is in the hands of an unsuspecting person.

Syfy Live From Comic-Con
Syfy, 11pm
It’s the final night of Syfy’s coverage of Comic-Con San Diego. Don’t miss the breaking news, hot new trailers and insider party peeks.