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Tuesday, Aug. 1: Discovery Channel’s Drama ‘Manhunt: Unabomber’

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Tuesday, Aug. 1

Manhunt: Unabomber
Discovery Channel, 9pm
New Series!
Go inside the FBI’s desperate hunt to stop the Unabomber, the deadliest serial bomber in U.S. history. Sam Worthington stars as FBI profiler Jim Fitzgerald, whose maverick use of forensic linguistics created an accurate profile of the domestic terrorist and reclusive genius Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany). Chris Noth, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jane Lynch, Mark Duplass, Michael Nouri and Brian d’Arcy James costar.

Season Finale!
Valerie has a lot to work through in the third-season ender, thanks to those strained relationships with her daughter and mother. Meanwhile, Alex’s camping trip gets epically derailed.

Maz Jobrani: Immigrant
Iranian-American comic Maz Jobrani takes the stage for a standup special in Washington, D.C., to discuss immigration, protests, political donations, the Olympics and more.

Dance Moms
Lifetime, 9pm
New Episodes!
The Lifetime reality train wreck returns with new Season 7 episodes — and new faces. As the show’s star, dance instructor Abby Lee Miller, watches her legal woes grow ever more dire, guest choreographers Cheryl Burke (Dancing With the Stars), Laurieann Gibson (In Living Color), Beyoncé collaborator Aisha Francis and Abby Lee Dance Company alum Miranda Maleski (So You Think You Can Dance) step up to coach the ALDC girls. But don’t expect the spirit of peace and cooperation to infuse the show — Miller’s longtime nemesis Christi Lukasiak and daughter Chloe return as series regulars, which doesn’t sit well with some.

Animal Kingdom: “Custody”
TNT, 9pm

When Baz (Scott Speedman) bows out of the yacht heist, Craig (Ben Robson) and Deran (Jake Weary) consider their options. Meanwhile, Baz recruits J (Finn Cole) for a more personal job.

Chopped: Grill Masters
Food Network, 10pm
In this five-part tournament where $50,000 is up for grabs, grilling’s greatest meet head-to-head and tongs-to-tongs in a spectacular outdoor kitchen. The first mystery basket challenges four determined competitors with a strange pie and a beautiful cut of pork. A vegan product counters the giant beef ribs in the entrée basket. And the judges are impressed when they see a chef making a creative choice for their dessert basket, but will the innovative idea result in a tasty plate?

Wednesday, Aug. 2

An Inconvenient Special
MTV, 7:30pm
Former Vice President Al Gore, rapper Fat Joe, DJ Steve Aoki and 17-year-old activist Delaney Reynolds are joining forces with MTV for an upcoming special to start a dialogue about climate change. The televised town hall, shot in MTV’s Times Square studio, is meant to open a conversation with young people about the effect of climate change as witnessed by Gore in his upcoming documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. The event will be moderated by MTV News correspondent Gaby Wilson.

MasterChef: “Holy Cannoli”
FOX, 8pm
The MasterChef kitchen is transformed into a full dining room, filled with purveyors of fresh local ingredients. The home cooks must split into two teams and prepare dishes using the guests’ own ingredients. Then, in the pressure test, the losing team cooks the classic Italian dessert, the cannoli.

America’s Got Talent: “Best of Auditions”
NBC, 8pm
Judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel revisit some of the biggest, best and most show-stopping moments from the Season 12 auditions.

Trailer Park Shark
Syfy, 8pm
Original Film!
Syfy’s weeklong lead-up to the premiere of Sharknado 5 continues with this movie, in which a tropical storm floods a trailer park and forces a hungry shark upriver. Sharknado star Tara Reid also appears here, with Thomas Ian Nicholas and Dennis Haskins.

The Carmichael Show: “Low Expectations”
NBC, 9pm
When Bobby (Lil Rel Howery) suffers an on-the-job injury that spurs him to want to go to college, Maxine (Amber Stevens West) defends his decision to the disapproving Carmichaels, but struggles herself once he declares what career he’d like to pursue.

Suits: “Divide and Conquer”
USA Network, 9pm
Harvey (Gabriel Macht), Louis (Rick Hoffman) and Donna (Sarah Rafferty) must get on the same page — and fast — when Bratton Gould comes after PSL for poaching an attorney. Meanwhile, Mike (Patrick J. Adams) and Rachel (Meghan Markle) struggle to make time for their wedding plans.

CBS, beginning at 9pm
Tonight features two back-to-back new episodes of Salvation. In “The Human Strain,” Darius (Santiago Cabrera) must reveal one of his most closely guarded secrets to prove that he’s not a traitor. Then in “Keeping the Faith,” Darius is forced to reckon with his past while trying to discover who killed his best friend, Lazlo (guest star Aaron Poole).

The Lowe Files
A&E, 10pm
New Series!
Actor Rob Lowe and his two sons, Matthew and John Owen, travel around America exploring infamous unsolved mysteries. Lowe has had this curiosity for the unknown since childhood and apparently passed it down to his sons. (We’re glad Lowe also passed down his famous good looks and legendary charm.) In the first episode, the Lowes visit Preston Castle, a condemned boys reformatory that is said to house angry, vengeful spirits. Along with Rob’s personal shaman, the three attempt to draw out the spirit of a murder victim.

Discovery Channel, 10pm
New Series!
Survival goes next-gen in this visceral new series. Each week, three strangers replicate actual training used by NASA and the U.S. military as they try to survive, problem-solve and then escape from a zero-light location. The survivalists test themselves in locations ranging from a system of prehistoric caves, tunnels formed by volcanic lava, unused silver mines and even an abandoned nuclear fallout shelter.

Baroness Von Sketch Show
IFC, 10pm
New Series!
IFC has acquired this female-led Canadian sketch comedy series, with episodes starting tonight. In the premiere episode, sketches include ad execs struggling with a campaign to market women’s soap; the difficulty of writing a sympathy card; and how far is “too far” at the cottage?

The Sinner
USA Network, 10pm
New Series!
Jessica Biel (7th Heaven) executive produces and stars in this eight-episode event series based on Petra Hammesfahr’s page-turner. Biel plays Cora Tannetti, a small-town mom whose life revolves around her job and her family, until a day at the beach goes very, very wrong. There’s no question that Cora’s now a murderer — but why? Figuring it out becomes the job of Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman), a world-weary cop with secrets of his own.

Thursday, Aug. 3

Boy Band: “Break Up Week!”
ABC, 8pm Live
The remaining 11 boy band hopefuls pull at America’s heartstrings as they take on iconic songs about breaking up.

NFL Preseason: Hall of Fame Game: Dallas vs. Arizona
NBC, 8pm Live
The 2017 NFL preseason begins on a Thursday night as the Dallas Cowboys face the Arizona Cardinals in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on NBC. Previously, the game was held on Sunday, the day following the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.

Toxic Shark
Syfy, 8pm
Original Film!
A tropical singles retreat takes a terrifying turn when guests realize a poisonous shark is infesting the surrounding water. Not only does this toxic shark rip apart its victims, but it also uses projectile acid to hunt in and out of the water.

Small Town, Big Mayor
UP TV, 9:30pm
New Series!
The town of D’Lo, Miss., consists of one town hall, one masonic lodge, 240 cows, three swimming holes, 74 rocking chairs, three churches, a bona fide World War II veteran, 456 bighearted residents and a passionate mayor. Mayor John Henry Berry has a 95-point plan to revitalize his beloved community, and each episode of this docuseries tackles a different point on his plan including legalizing golf carts, going green, putting the town on Kickstarter, building a library and launching a recruitment drive to find new volunteer firemen.

The Gong Show
ABC, 10pm

Tonight’s celebrity judges are Megan Fox, Andy Samberg and Maya Rudolph.

The Guest Book
TBS, 10pm
New Series!
Writer/producer Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope) turned his penchant for writing absurd, fictitious stories in the guest books at cabins he rented into this 10-episode comedy anthology series. The series centers on the small town of Mount Trace, where vacationers who stay at Froggy Cottage find themselves embroiled in scandalous scenarios. Comedy all-stars and favorites from Garcia’s past comedies appear in recurring and guest roles.

Zoo: “Oz Is Oz”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “Oz Is Oz,” Mitch (Billy Burke) seeks to rescue Clementine (Gracie Dzienny) from her captors.

What Would Diplo Do?
Viceland, 10pm
New Series!
Almost 15 years after playing an aspiring director on Dawson’s Creek, James Van Der Beek finally gets to work on the other side of the camera as showrunner and star of Viceland’s first fully scripted series, a mockumentary about the exploits of DJ and producer Diplo. “The real-life Diplo is incredibly smart, and confident enough in his talent that he’s allergic to taking himself too seriously [versus this version],” explains Van Der Beek (who previously spoofed himself on Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23). “For our fake Diplo, we kept the musical genius part but gave him a million other blind spots … like recognizing reality and one-on-one human interaction.”

Discovery Channel, 10pm
Tonight, three more brave participants undertake an extreme survival experience that mirrors zero-light training used by NASA and the U.S. military. Additional episodes of the extreme survival series will air on Discovery this later this year.

Friday, Aug. 4


In this bold documentary, director Bryan Fogel, who is also an amateur bike racer, seeks to investigate doping in sports by doping himself. Fogel observes the changes in his performance, and also sees if he can evade detection. In the process, he is connected to renegade Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, whom allegations place at the center of Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program.

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
New Series!

Catch up with the gang of Camp Firewood in 1991, 10 years after the ’80s-set original 2001 cult film. The eight-part limited series stars much of the original cast — including Amy Poehler, Christopher Meloni, David Hyde Pierce, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black and more — as well as newcomers such as Mark Feuerstein, Dax Shepard, Alyssa Milano and Adam Scott.

“Star Trek: The Original Series” Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 12pm

Journey through the final frontier on the Starship Enterprise with a marathon of the 1960s Star Trek series featuring episodes from Seasons 2 and 3.

WE Day
CBS, 8pm

This special recognizes inspiring young Americans whose work has created change in their communities and around the world. Selena Gomez cohosts the celebration, and the one-hour broadcast features a star-studded lineup of speakers and performers including Alessia Cara, James Franco, Josh Gad, Tyrese Gibson, Evan Goldberg, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, Demi Lovato, Seth Rogen, Hannah Simone, Lilly Singh, Stomp, Oprah Winfrey and Miss Piggy.

Killjoys: “Necropolis Now”
Syfy, 8pm

As Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) faces off with someone from his past, Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) faces her own personal hell.

Dark Matter: “Built, Not Born”
Syfy, 9pm

A distress call from the Android’s (Zoie Palmer) friend Victor leads to answers about Two’s (Melissa O’Neil) past.

Wynonna Earp: “Forever Mine Nevermind”
Syfy, 10pm
Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) asks Doc (Tim Rozon) to make an impossible choice. Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) makes a new friend — and is terrorized by an old one.

Million Dollar Matchmaker
WE tv, 10pm
Season Premiere!
This season, Patti Stanger, the world’s favorite love guru, has upped her matchmaking game, taking over the west wing of the exclusive Luxe Hotel tucked away in the hills of Bel Air. Each week, two of her hardest-to-match clients will check in for a weeklong stay in an elegant boutique hotel, hoping to leave with the love of their life. Unbeknownst to them, Patti’s eyes and ears are everywhere as her clients enjoy the hotel, digging deep to figure out why they are still single, and learning a few “love lessons” from Patti to ensure they’re truly ready for “the one.” Tonight’s season premiere features The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise alums Daniel Maguire and Vinny Ventiera.

Saturday, Aug. 5

“Sniper” Marathon
Sony Movie Channel, 10am
It’s a Sniper summer with a marathon of six Sniper films, beginning with 1993’s Sniper (starring Tom Berenger and Billy Zane) followed by Sniper 2, Sniper 3, Sniper: Reloaded, Sniper: Legacy and Sniper: Ghost Shooter. And, if you don’t have an entire day to devote to all things Sniper, the films will show as double features on Monday nights throughout the month, starting Aug. 13.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: “Discordant Harmony”
Discovery Family Channel, 11:30am
Midseason Premiere!

William Shatner and Felicia Day lend their voices to MLP’s Season 7 midseason premiere.

CBS, beginning at 8pm
Two new episodes of Doubt air back-to-back tonight. In “Finally,” Albert (Dulé Hill) and Sadie (Katherine Heigl) struggle to rebuild broken trust and do their best in Billy’s (Steven Pasquale) trial as the prosecution lays out a devastating case. Then in “I’m In If You Are,” Billy upends his case when he chooses to go against Sadie and Albert’s advice and decides to testify in his trial.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony
ESPN & NFL Network, 7pm Live
ESPN and NFL Network present the induction ceremony for the 2017 class of enshrinees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Entering the pantheon of football greats are Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jason Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn: “The Wonderful Wizard of Quads”
Nickelodeon, 8pm

When Dawn doesn’t get the part of Dorothy in a performance of The Wizard of Oz, she goes on a mission to prove that she deserves the role. Gabby Douglas, Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Jade Pettyjohn guest-star in this 60-minute episode.

Empire of the Sharks
Syfy, 8pm
Original Film!
Set in a future where most of Earth is covered by water and the only land left is controlled by a warlord who rules with an army of hyper-intelligent sharks, unlucky humans are used as shark food. But when two friends risk their lives to rescue a prisoner, those imprisoned decide to rise against their captor and his legion of bloodthirsty sharks.

The Essentials: “Singin’ in the Rain”
TCM, 8pm
Tina Fey is back as host for what is often hailed as the greatest film musical ever. In addition to starring in Singin’ in the Rain, Gene Kelly co-directed the film with Stanley Donen. The picture came in 10th at the box office in 1952 and only scored two Oscar nominations, but it earned a reputation as one of MGM’s greatest creations.

Turn: Washington’s Spies: “Reckoning”
AMC, 9pm
Washington heads south to lay siege on Yorktown, Abe volunteers for the Continental Army and Peggy goes into labor.

Love at the Shore
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
When Jenna (Amanda Righetti), a single mom and author, plans a summer trip to the shore with her kids, she never expects to share a duplex with a carefree surfer (Peter Porte). What she discovers is that first impressions are not always what they seem.