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Wednesday, Aug. 23

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

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.

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.

Sunday, Aug. 27

NFL Preseason
FOX, beginning at 1pm Live

FOX has a doubleheader of NFL preseason Week 3 games this afternoon as the Chicago Bears visit the Tennessee Titans and the Cincinnati Bengals are at the Washington Redskins.

Little League Baseball World Series: Championship
ABC, 3pm Live

The U.S. champion takes on the international champion today at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa., for the 2017 Little League World Series title.

Celebrity Family Feud
ABC, 8pm
Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills, 90210) and Kyle Massey (That’s So Raven) compete with their families to win cash for their chosen charities. In game two, country music favorites Lee Brice and Jerrod Niemann go head-to-head with help from each of their families.

2017 MTV Video Music Awards
MTV, 8pm Live
Katy Perry hosts the MTV VMAs from the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

NFL Preseason: San Francisco at Minnesota
NBC, 8pm Live

NBC airs the Week 3 NFL preseason finale at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis as the San Francisco 49ers visit the Minnesota Vikings.

Candy Crush: “Catching Air”
CBS, 9pm
Siblings put their communications skills to the test in tonight’s edition of the Candy Crush game show. Mario Lopez hosts.

Chesapeake Shores: “It’s Always Nashville”
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Trace (Jesse Metcalfe) hits the road to record an album with his ex-girlfriend, but has trouble channeling creative inspiration while he is away from Abby (Meghan Ory); a well-intentioned Jess (Laci J. Mailey) creates trouble for Bree (Emilie Ullerup) when she advertises that a famous author will attend a book reading at Bree’s new bookstore.

Garage Sale Mystery: A Case of Murder
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!
Jennifer Shannon (Lori Loughlin) buys an old reel-to-reel recorder and discovers the recording of a violent struggle and a man’s voice pleading for his life. She learns that the former owner of the recorder is a retired therapist and finds his corpse in the apartment of one of his former female students, who hasn’t been seen for several days. Jennifer’s investigation reveals that the love lives of the therapist’s patients are deeply entangled, and after the missing female student is murdered, Jennifer’s suspicions fall on the therapy group.

The $100,000 Pyramid
ABC, 10pm
First up, NASCAR driver Kyle Busch takes on Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer. Then in game two, rapper and actor Ice-T and actress Peri Gilpin compete to try to win their contestant partner the ultimate prize of $100,000.

Monday, Aug. 28

Tennis: US Open, Early Rounds
ESPN & ESPN2, beginning at 1pm Live
The year’s last Grand Slam returns to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y., with US Open early rounds beginning today on ESPN and shifting to ESPN2 in the evening. Angelique Kerber is the reigning women’s singles champion. Men’s champion Stan Wawrinka ended his season due to injury. ESPN and ESPN2 combine to air the tournament through Sept. 10.

Nickelodeon, 4pm
New Series!
This action series follows four girls who transform into legendary warriors and band together to save their realm from an evil queen, Necrafa.

Sniper: Legacy/Sniper: Ghost Shooter
Sony Movie Channel, 8pm
The final installment of Sniper double-feature Mondays presents Sniper: Legacy, in which a rogue assassin is taking out military leaders. Brandon (Chad Michael Collins) gets word that his father is one of them, and he soon realizes that his superior officers are using him as bait to track the killer. In Sniper: Ghost Shooter, elite snipers are fighting extremists eager to make a political statement in the Middle East.

Preacher: “Backdoors”
AMC, 9pm
Jesse’s (Dominic Cooper) pursuit of God is alienating Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun). Tulip gets advice about her relationship with Jesse, and Cassidy starts to doubt Denis (Ronald Guttman).

Reno, Set, Go!: “Fresh Start”
Discovery Family Channel, 10pm
After her husband’s death, a woman’s supportive sisters surprise her with a remodeled living and dining room.

Midnight, Texas: “Blinded by the Light”
NBC, 10pm
When a local girl goes missing, the Midnighters try to find her before law enforcement descends into town. Manfred (François Arnaud) and Creek (Sarah Ramos) discover Aubrey’s murder was not an isolated incident — someone or something is killing young women in Midnight — and in the race to find the missing girl, Bobo (Dylan Bruce) resolves to get justice for Aubrey.

POV: “Raising Bertie”
PBS, 10pm
View an intimate portrait of three African-American boys coming of age in rural North Carolina. The young men navigate unemployment, institutional racism, violence, first love, fatherhood, and estrangement from family members and mentors.

Tuesday, Aug. 29

America’s Got Talent: “Live Show 3”
NBC, 8pm Live
Twelve acts take the stage live tonight as the American viewing audience judges their talent.

Dance Moms: “All Choked Up”
Lifetime, 9pm
With Abby missing in action, Laurieann Gibson pushes the girls out of their comfort zones with professional-level choreography. Kalani and Brynn compete head-to-head with unique solos. The group routine focuses on a hot-button issue and provokes two jealous moms into having one of the craziest fights in Dance Moms history!

Face Off: Game Face: “Makeup to the Max”
Syfy, 9pm
The artists must create beautifully grotesque spider-human femme fatales, Mad Max: Fury Road-inspired warriors and classic monsters afflicted by a weakness that can kill them.

Chopped Grill Masters: “Finale Battle”
Food Network, 10pm
The tournament’s four champion grill masters grill masters face their finale battle for the $50,000 grand prize and a Napa Valley vacation. First, tiny, celebratory beers help kick off the first round of live-fire cooking, along with a beautiful rack of boar. As the competition heats up, s’mores and a delicate vegetable accompany a lean meat on the competitors’ entrée plates. A giant sweet surprise in the dessert basket ensures that the final plates will be colorful and unusual. But whose will taste like 50,000 bucks to judges Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Chris Santos?

So Sharp: “Bring the Performance”
Lifetime, 10pm
The University of Louisville dance team, the Ladybirds, will debut the first half of their Hip Hop Nationals routine at this week’s game, including an extremely difficult new trick. Kayla and Taylor’s new friendship takes a turn when Taylor hears Kayla has been talking about her behind her back. Meanwhile, Ryleigh strives to get back into Todd’s good graces after questioning his coaching. Can the Ladybirds pull together to perform this challenging routine?

Hollywood Game Night: “Super Smashed Game Night”
NBC, 10pm
Iliza Shlesinger, Cheryl Hines, Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir, Pamela Adlon and Tyler Hoechlin are the celebrities taking part in tonight’s episode.

Shooter: “Someplace Like Bolivia”
USA Network, 10pm
Bob Lee (Ryan Phillippe) and Isaac (Omar Epps) must team up to escape a Mexican prison before Solotov finds them. As Nadine (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) digs deeper into Atlas, the cover-up points back to Bob Lee’s unit. Julie (Shantel VanSanten) has problems with the law.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

The CW, 8pm
This 2-hour animated adventure introduces DC Comics’ female crime fighter Vixen. Originally from Africa, Mari McCabe’s (voiced by Megalyn Echikunwoke) parents were killed by local greed, corruption, and wanton violence. But the orphaned Mari refuses to succumb to the terrors surrounding her. Inheriting her family’s Tantu Totem, Mari can access the powers of animals — anything from the super-strength of a gorilla to the speed of a cheetah. As Vixen, she fights valiantly to protect the world from the threats like those that claimed her family.

MasterChef: “A Mexican Tag Team Challenge/The Great Outdoors”
FOX, 8pm
In this week’s mystery box challenge, the top nine must create a dish using Nutella as the key ingredient. The challenge’s losers must pair up for a Mexican-themed tag-team challenge. Then, the top eight head to Big Bear Lake to cook fresh fish.

Salvation: “Coup de Grace”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “Coup de Grace,” Grace (Jennifer Finnigan) and Darius (Santiago Cabrera) seek answers from the president (guest star Tovah Feldshuh), while Harris (Ian Anthony Dale) discovers deadly secrets.

Marlon: “Project Kids”
NBC, 9pm
Feeling that Marley (Notlim Taylor) and Zack (Amir O’Neil) don’t appreciate everything they have, Marlon (Marlon Wayans) teaches them a lesson by recreating the projects from his childhood. Another new episode follows.

USA Network, 9pm
Currently in its seventh season, USA’s hit drama celebrates its 100th-episode milestone tonight, an installment directed by costar Patrick J. Adams (who plays Mike).

Snowfall: “Story of a Scar”
FX, 10pm

Franklin (Damson Idris) suffers the cost of his business in the new episode “Story of a Scar.” As Teddy’s (Carter Hudson) situation deteriorates, so does his mental state.

The Sinner: “Part V”
USA Network, 10pm
The discovery of a body in the woods leads to more questions for everyone.

Thursday, Aug. 31

College Football: Ohio State at Indiana
ESPN, 8pm Live

The Big Ten Conference has more games on Friday nights and in primetime this season, and fans won’t have to wait until October for conference rivals to line up against each other. This Week 1 matchup has the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington.

Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Based on Miriam Horn’s book, this documentary was an official selection of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Narrated by Tom Brokaw and directed by Emmy winners Susan Froemke and John Hoffman, the film crosses the country to chronicle families who work the land and sea, and who are crossing political divides to find unexpected ways of protecting the natural resources vital to their livelihoods.

The Night Shift: “Resurgence”
NBC, 10pm
Season Finale!
A shooting at a nearby college sends TC (Eoin Macken), Jordan (Jill Flint), Drew (Brendan Fehr) and Amira (guest star Rana Roy) into the field, where they assist Rick (guest star Luke Macfarlane) with a deadly situation.

Queen of the South: “La Última Hora Mata”
USA Network, 10pm
Season Finale!
Destinies and desires collide in a final showdown between Teresa (Alice Braga) and Camila (Veronica Falcón), forcing them to accept one absolute truth: There can only be one queen.

Friday, Sept. 1

The Governor
Acorn TV
New Series!
This is the exclusive U.S. premiere of the 1995-96 British drama starring Janet McTeer as Helen Hewitt, the first woman put in charge of Barfield, a maximum-security prison that had been nearly destroyed by a disastrous riot. Despite being greeted with open hostility by inmates and little enthusiasm by prison staff, she is determined to clean up the place. Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda), Eamonn Walker (Chicago Fire) and Idris Elba (in one of his first roles) are among the guest stars.

Season Premiere!
In Season 3, now that the hunt for Pablo Escobar has ended, the DEA turns its attention to the richest drug-trafficking organization in the world: the Cali Cartel. Led by four powerful godfathers, this cartel operates much differently from Escobar’s, preferring to bribe government officials and keep its violent actions out of the headlines.

Killjoys: “Wargasm”
Syfy, 8pm
Season Finale!
The Killjoy militia has everything they need to go to war, but as the battle begins, Aneela (Hannah John-Kamen) changes the entire game.

TNT, 8pm
The USA Network series (currently airing Tuesdays) starring Ryan Phillippe was based on this 2007 film starring Mark Wahlberg as a former Marine Corps sniper who leaves the military after a mission goes bad. After he is reluctantly pressed back into service, Swagger (Wahlberg) is double-crossed again. With two bullets in him and the subject of a nationwide manhunt, Swagger begins his revenge, which will take down the most powerful people in the country. The film also stars Kate Mara, Danny Glover and Michael Peña.

College Football: Utah State at Wisconsin
ESPN, 9pm Live
College football’s kickoff weekend continues with this Friday night matchup in Madison, Wis., as the Utah State Aggies visit the Wisconsin Badgers on ESPN.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
getTV, 9pm
Based on a true story, this film tells of the bond between a professor and a lost puppy he discovers on a train platform and eventually adopts. Stars Richard Gere, Joan Allen and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.

American Masters: “Richard Linklater”
PBS, 9pm
Take an unconventional look at Richard Linklater, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker of Boyhood, Slacker and Dazed and Confused, and at the fiercely independent filmmaking style that emerged from Austin, Texas, in the late 1980s-90s. Features never-before-seen footage and interviews.

Saturday, Sept. 2

College Football
ABC, ESPN & FOX, beginning at 3pm Live
The first Saturday of the college football season features South Carolina vs. NC State in Charlotte, N.C. (ESPN); Florida vs. Michigan in Arlington, Texas (ABC); UTEP at Oklahoma (FOX), Alabama vs. Florida State in Atlanta (ABC); Louisville vs. Purdue in Indianapolis (FOX); and LSU vs. BYU in Houston (ESPN).

The Essentials: “2001: A Space Odyssey”
TCM, 8pm
Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science-fiction classic leads off a night of TCM programming dedicated to “rogue computers.” And they don’t come much more “rogue” than this film’s murderous HAL 9000.

Oprah’s Master Class: Steve Harvey
OWN, 10pm
Comedian and popular TV host Steve Harvey sits down with Oprah for an intimate conversation where he discusses his successes, failures, triumphs, disappointments, heartbreaks and more.