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Friday, Aug. 18

Marvel’s The Defenders
New Series!
The heroes of Netflix’s previous series in their Marvel Comics universe — Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones) — team up to ward off a threat to New York City in the form of the villainous Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver). Scott Glenn, Elodie Yung, Rosario Dawson, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, Simone Missick and Jessica Henwick are also on hand from the previous series.

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

BBC America’s Friday marathon of the 1960s Star Trek series features the series finale “Turnabout Intruder” (1969), immediately followed by the series premiere “The Man Trap” (1966).

Killjoys: “Heist, Heist Baby”
Syfy, 8pm
As the Killjoys plan a theft on an armored convoy, Aneela (Hannah John-Kamen) finds herself on a desperate search for Delle Seyah (Mayko Nguyen).

Guy’s Family Road Trip
Food Network, 9pm
New Series!
Guy Fieri and his family load up their RV for an American rite of passage: a family road trip from coast to coast. From quirky festivals and campfire cooking to national parks and roadside attractions, Guy, his wife Lori, and his sons Hunter and Ryder dig into America’s signature dishes, landscapes and experiences.

Great Performances: “Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2017”
PBS, 9pm
Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic’s annual open-air concert from Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. Featured are guest conductor Christoph Eschenbach with superstar soprano Renée Fleming as special guest soloist.

Dark Matter: “My Final Gift to You”
Syfy, 9pm
Ryo invites his former crew to Zairon in a final attempt to secure the Blink Drive and his victory over Pyr.

Wynonna Earp: “Gone as a Girl Can Get”
Syfy, 10pm
Allies become enemies when a vengeful wish goes awry.

Saturday, Aug. 19

Marvel’s Spider-Man
Disney XD, 7am
New Series!
This new animated series puts a fresh take on the saga of Spider-Man. Newly minted superhero Peter Parker juggles his social life at a high school for brilliant young scientists, while hiding his secret identity from everyone — including his best friend Harry Osborn, who attends a competing academy for geniuses.

The Shadow Riders
getTV, 8pm
Based on the classic Louis L’Amour Western novel, this film stars Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott as brothers who fought on opposite sides of the Civil War, but now must team up to rescue their surviving family members, who have been kidnapped by a group of bandits.

The Essentials: “The Manchurian Candidate”
TCM, 8pm
William Friedkin returns as host for tonight’s film, the 1962 Cold War suspense thriller The Manchurian Candidate, starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh. Costar Angela Lansbury was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for her supporting role as Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin. Though it was originally released in 1962, it went unseen for years after Sinatra purchased the rights in the 1970s and withdrew the film from circulation.

Princess Diana: Her Life — Her Death — The Truth
CBS, 9pm
This encore of the two-hour primetime special from May, hosted by the compassionate Gayle King, explores the life and legacy of Princess Diana, and puts to rest many questions that still surround the crash that killed her.

Halt and Catch Fire
AMC, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Anna Chlumsky joins AMC’s tech drama series in its fourth and final season, playing chief ontologist Dr. Katie Herman. Meanwhile, Joe, Cameron, Gordon, Donna and John continue navigating the early days of the internet and web browsers, pondering their destinies both personally and professionally as the competitive nature of the tech world further complicates their lives.

The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway
Oxygen, 9pm
New Series!
Oxygen debuts this true-crime franchise that follows real-time investigations. A worldwide media frenzy erupted when 18-year-old Natalee Holloway disappeared on the island of Aruba on May 30, 2005. Natalee’s body was never found, and her father, Dave Holloway, continues his gut-wrenching search for answers. Now, 12 years later, the series follows Dave and the family’s longtime private investigator, T.J. Ward, as they explore what they believe to be the most credible lead to date: a detailed firsthand account from a man who claims to know the whereabouts of Natalee’s remains, and the hope of finally getting a conviction of prime suspect Joran van der Sloot.

Sunday, Aug. 20

Golf: 117th U.S. Amateur Championship
FOX, 4:30pm Live
Hopeful amateur golfers tee up for final round action at the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship from Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Candy Crush: “I Like to Move Fast”
CBS, 9pm
Competitors in tonight’s edition of the Candy Crush game show include twin sisters, a dating couple, newlyweds and a team of pastors. Mario Lopez hosts.

The Great Food Truck Race
Food Network, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Seven of America’s most successful food truck owners team up with friends and family to hit the road and cook their way across America. Each week, host Tyler Florence gives the trucks a limited budget with which they’ll shop, cook and plot the day’s victory. The teams that sell the most food race on to the next round, while the losing team goes home, until one ultimate winner drives home with the $50,000 grand prize.

Garage Sale Mystery: Murder Most Medieval
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!
Jennifer Shannon (Lori Loughlin) buys a replica 15th-century suit of armor for a wealthy client whose hobby is taking part in epic battle re-enactments dressed as a medieval knight. Soon after, Jennifer discovers the dead body of a local professor of medieval history hidden in the armor. The prime suspect is a disgruntled student athlete, worried that his failing grade in history will keep him out of the pro-football draft. Clues further implicating the young athlete arrive by mail, but before Jennifer can resolve the case, the history professor’s beautiful teaching assistant becomes the next victim.

The Last Ship
TNT, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The fourth season begins with a new mission to save humanity as the world continues to struggle for survival. After the chilling events at the end of last season, Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) has given up his heroic titles and responsibilities and sought solace — and anonymity — with his family in a small fishing village in Greece. Meanwhile, Capt. Slattery (Adam Baldwin) and the crew of the Nathan James have discovered that the virus has “jumped kingdoms” and now infects the world’s food crops, bringing humanity to the brink of global famine. As the ship traverses the Mediterranean in search of a solution that can save the world’s food supply, Chandler encounters his own enemies in Greece.

The $100,000 Pyramid
ABC, 10pm
First up, Richard Kind takes on his fellow actor/comedian Rachel Dratch. In game two, comedian Margaret Cho and actor Michael Rapaport try to win their contestant partner the ultimate prize of $100,000.

At Home in Mitford
Hallmark Channel, 10pm
Original Film!
Andie MacDowell stars as bestselling author Cynthia Copperstone, who, with her cat (and muse) Violet in tow, leaves Boston to spend some time in her late uncle’s small town of Mitford, N.C., where she finds the heart and soul of the Southern town in Father Tim Kavanagh (Cameron Mathison).

Showtime, 10pm
Season Premiere!
It’s the final season of the Matt LeBlanc laugher and it looks like it might be epic.

Survivor’s Remorse
Starz, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Season 4 finds Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher) dealing with the effects of his massive success, which has impacted everyone in his life with some unintended, far-reaching consequences. The past that he has been desperately trying to avoid comes rushing back with a vengeance, and family secrets threaten to destroy everything he has worked so hard to achieve.

Monday, Aug. 21

“Dirty Dancing” Marathon
Freeform, starting at 11am
In celebration of the dance classic’s 30th anniversary, Freeform will air Dirty Dancing back-to-back, all day long.

NFL Preseason: N.Y. Giants at Cleveland
ESPN, 8pm Live
Week 2 of the NFL preseason wraps up with this primetime matchup on ESPN between the N.Y. Giants and the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium.

Preacher: “Dirty Little Secret”
AMC, 9pm
Jesse (Dominic Cooper) connects with an unlikely source and learns more about God’s whereabouts. Tulip (Ruth Negga) can’t forgive Jesse when she finds out he’s been lying to her.

NOVA: “Eclipse Over America”
PBS, 9pm
Join scientists and citizens alike as they observe the first total solar eclipse to traverse the U.S. mainland in more than a generation. Discover the storied history of eclipse science and follow current, cutting-edge research into the solar corona.

Great American Eclipse
Science Channel, 9pm
As a total solar eclipse spans the continental United States for the first time in 99 years today, Science Channel presents same-day footage of the event in this primetime special. The network will also have live footage of the eclipse online throughout the day.

POV: “Tribal Justice”
PBS, 10pm
Follow two Native-American judges who reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities and create a more positive future for their youth.

Tuesday, Aug. 22

Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beast
In this standup special, unabashed New Yorker Lynne Koplitz offers a woman’s take on being crazy, the benefits of childlessness and the three things all men really want.

America’s Got Talent: “Live Show 2”
NBC, 8pm Live
Twelve acts perform tonight as judging is turned over to the American viewing audience.

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
Sony Movie Channel, 8pm
In this 1973 fantasy film, John Phillip Law plays Sinbad, who comes across a mysterious winged creature carrying a golden tablet. Evil magician Koura (Tom Baker) pursues Sinbad and his crew, hoping to recapture the tablet. The film won the first ever Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film.

Forged in Fire: “The Kampilan”
History, 9pm
Four bladesmiths head to a scrapyard to create a blade using only harvested metal and a coal forge. In the final round, with two left standing, the smiths must re-create a fearsome battle weapon: the kampilan.

Hollywood Game Night: “HGN’s Got Talent”
NBC, 10pm
Mel B, Darius Rucker, Sherri Shepherd, David Feherty, Derek Hough and Andy Richter compete in tonight’s episode.

Face Off: Game Face
Syfy, 10pm
New Series!
This spinoff of Syfy’s hit Face Off competition series continues to explore the world of special effects makeup, but in a fast-paced competition that ensures multiple makeup reveals and eliminations throughout each stand-alone episode.

Wednesday, Aug. 23

The Real Housewives of New York City: Reunion Part 2
Bravo, 8pm
In the second dramatic reunion special, new housewife Tinsley Mortimer opens up about her traumatic past relationship with her ex and reveals big news. Carole Radziwill reflects on her political aspirations, and Sonja Morgan discusses her personal love triangle — which elicits shocking accusations from Dorinda Medley. Additionally, Bethenny Frankel reveals information about her personal life and how she plans to move forward.

MasterChef: “In a Pinch/Gordon’s Game of Chicken”
FOX, 8pm
The cooking competition heats up with two all-new episodes. First, the skills test gets “crabby” when the 11 home cooks are given a bag of live crawfish. Then, the second episode features the top 10 home cooks facing off in a chicken-and-potato team challenge.

Vanderpump Rules Jax & Brittany Take Kentucky
Bravo, 9pm
New Series!
The new half-hour series follows notorious Vanderpump Rules’ hilarious himbo (i.e. male bimbo) bartender, Jax Taylor, and his southern sweetheart, Brittany Cartwright, as they venture to her family’s Kentucky farm. City-boy Jax ditches his chunky sweaters for overalls and is a fish out of water as he tries to embrace the southern lifestyle.

The Farthest — Voyager in Space
PBS, 9pm
Launched in 1977, NASA’s epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their spectacular moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager 1 left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age.

Suits: “Full Disclosure”
USA Network, 9pm
Harvey (Gabriel Macht) learns the scope of Alex’s (Dulé Hill) involvement in the prison case, while Mike (Patrick J. Adams) races to keep it alive. Lipschitz (Ray Proscia) forces Louis (Rick Hoffman) out of his comfort zone. Donna (Sarah Rafferty) struggles with her work/life balance.

Snowfall: “Baby Teeth”
FX, 10pm
In the new episode “Baby Teeth,” Franklin’s (Damson Idris) business ramps up, causing a rift in his inexperienced crew. Meanwhile, Teddy (Carter Hudson) pulls out all the stops to protect Alejandro (Juan Javier Cárdenas).

Blood Drive: “Episode XI: Rise of the Primo”
Syfy, 10pm
Arthur (Alan Ritchson) resists bloodlust, and Grace (Christina Ochoa) confronts a shocking revelation in a deadly battle dome fight.

The Sinner: “Part IV”
USA Network, 10pm
With Ambrose’s (Bill Pullman) help, Cora (Jessica Biel) struggles to recover missing memories, which lead Ambrose to a new suspect.

Thursday, Aug. 24

“Man vs. Wild” Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 12pm
Watch Bear Grylls tackle some of the most extreme wilderness challenges and eat anything he can find as BBC America airs a marathon of Man vs. Wild episodes.

Boy Band: “Top 5 Revealed!”
ABC, 8pm
Season Finale!
The final eight contestants learn their fate as America’s choices for the five boy band members are revealed, earning them a recording contract with Hollywood Records. The newly formed band performs its new single “Eyes Closed.”

Battle of the Network Stars: “ABC Stars vs. Variety”
ABC, 9pm
Past ABC and current stars Ted Lange, Troy Gentile, Jill Whelan, Denise Richards and Joely Fisher take on Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Adrienne Houghton, Cameron Mathison and Kelly Osbourne in the newest outing of the classic celebrity-competition favorite.

First in Human
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Series Finale!
All four patients meet with their doctors one last time to learn whether their experimental treatments were successful, and what the future holds for them.

Zoo: “The Black Forest”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “The Black Forest,” Mitch’s (Billy Burke) alter ego, Mr. Duncan, attacks the team’s plane, then goes on the run.

Ice Road Truckers
History, 10pm
Season Premiere!
After two short driving seasons, the drivers are ready for what is forecast to be a cold and busy winter.

Queen of the South: “Todas las Horas Hieren”
USA Network, 10pm
Determined to break away from Camila (Veronica Falcón) for good, Teresa (Alice Braga) forges new, uneasy alliances — and, for the first time, she brings the fight to Camila’s doorstep.

The Guest Book: “Story Five”
TBS, 10:30pm
Hopeful medical researcher Laurie (Jenna Fischer) visits the cabin with her Alzheimer’s patient Edgar (Orson Bean) in an attempt to re-create his past life and help him recapture some of his memories.

Friday, Aug. 25

The Tick
New Series!
Ben Edlund, who created the comedic comic book superhero The Tick in 1986, also created and executive produces this new live-action comedy series featuring the blue-suited title character, played by Peter Serafinowicz.

Death Note
Original Film!
Based on a famous Japanese manga, this original film follows a high-school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds a great power: If the book’s owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Adam Wingard (Blair Witch) directed the film.

New Series!
Kathy Bates headlines this comedy series from Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory) and former Daily Show head writer David Javerbaum. Bates plays Ruth, a lifelong advocate for marijuana legalization, who finally lives her dream as the owner of a Los Angeles cannabis dispensary. Joining her are her entrepreneurial 20-something son, a very troubled security guard and three “budtenders.”

NFL Preseason: Kansas City at Seattle
CBS, 8pm Live
This Week 3 NFL preseason matchup has the Kansas City Chiefs visiting CenturyLink Field to face the Seattle Seahawks.

Heston’s Fantastical Food
Cooking Channel, 8pm
New Series!
From making the world’s largest boiled egg to re-creating the magic of Willy Wonka’s edible world, renowned chef Heston Blumenthal makes edibles — and food TV — like you’ve never seen before.

Great Performances at the Met: “La Traviata”
PBS, 9pm
Hear Sonya Yoncheva sing the tragic courtesan Violetta in Verdi’s classic, with Michael Fabiano as her ardent lover Alfredo and Thomas Hampson as his disapproving father Germont, in a revival of Willy Decker’s staging conducted by Nicola Luisotti.

Saturday, Aug. 26

Mayweather vs. McGregor: Prelims
FOX, 7pm Live
Before the highly anticipated 12-round super welterweight matchup between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor, available only on pay-per-view, catch the exciting preliminary boxing bouts of the event’s undercard.

NFL Preseason: L.A. Chargers at L.A. Rams
CBS, 8pm Live
The L.A. Chargers (formerly the San Diego Chargers) take on the L.A. Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a Week 3 preseason matchup.

The Essentials: “White Heat”

TCM, 8pm
William Friedkin’s choice for this week’s The Essentials is the classic crime-heist White Heat. It is one of the last of Warner Bros.’ gritty crime films and is an entertaining and hypnotic movie of a flamboyant, mother-dominated, psychotic killer. It was also 50-year-old Jimmy Cagney’s return to his popular, tough-guy gangster image. He even had his hand in molding the part he played, in suggesting to the writers to pattern the character of Cody Jarrett and his mother after the legendary outlaws Ma Barker and her boys and to make Cody psychotic. The movie’s infamous line “Made it, Ma! Top of the world!” was voted as the No. 18 movie quote (out of 100) by the American Film Institute.

Sun, Sand & Romance
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
Tricia Helfer stars as Kate, a woman whose romantic getaway turns into anything but relaxing when her boyfriend shifts his focus from pleasure to business in search of his next deal. Seemingly abandoned, Kate discovers that an old friend from her camp counselor days is the resort’s activities director (Helfer’s former Battlestar Galactica castmate Paul Campbell), who happily leads her on tropical adventures. Helfer shares, “It’s about finding your passion again and listening to your true self.” Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson also appears in the film.

College Football: Stanford vs. Rice
ESPN, 10pm Live
The Stanford Cardinal and Rice Owls help kick off the 2017 college football season in this matchup from Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.