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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.
— America's Got Talent (@AGT) August 25, 2017
Dance Moms: “All Choked Up”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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
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
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.
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.
The Killjoy militia has everything they need to go to war, but as the battle begins, Aneela (Hannah John-Kamen) changes the entire game.
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
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”
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
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 New Orleans (ESPN).
The Essentials: “2001: A Space Odyssey”
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
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.