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Friday, July 20: Zachary Quinto Goes ‘In Search Of’ for History

Gavin Bond Copyright 2018

All Times Eastern.

Friday, July 20

In Search Of
History, 10pm
New Series!
The iconic Leonard Nimoy-hosted 1970s and ’80s series that explored the unknown is reimagined in this hourlong program that delves into the world’s biggest mysteries, including alien life, Atlantis, time travel, mysterious creatures and more. Zachary Quinto, who effectively filled Nimoy’s shoes as Spock in the current Star Trek films, steps into another beloved Nimoy role here as host. But along with being host and executive producer, Quinto is also lead investigator as the series uses new technologies to go around the world in search of answers.

Father of the Year
Netflix
Original Film!
When a drunken debate between two recent college graduates about whose father would win in a fight is taken seriously by their idiot dads, jobs are lost, relationships are ruined, futures are destroyed, and best friends come of age as they learn to accept who their fathers really are. David Spade, Nat Faxon, Joey Bragg, Matt Shively and Bridgit Mendler star in this comedy.

Quantico: “The Art of War”
ABC, 8pm

Conor Devlin (Timothy V. Murphy) plots revenge and returns to Ireland — and the team unknowingly finds themselves as a pawn in his plans.

Breaking Big: “Roxane Gay”
PBS, 8:30pm

See how Roxane Gay, the child of Haitian immigrants, transcended expectations to become a leading voice in the feminist movement with her essay collection Bad Feminist. How did she convert a painful childhood into a career that helped women around the world?

Wynonna Earp
Syfy, 9pm
Season Premiere!

In Season 3, reckless and reluctant warrior hero Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) and her team of outmatched outsiders return to face monsters, revenants and their biggest fears as they fight to take down the demon who cursed the Earp family before he destroys the Ghost River Triangle — and the world.

Outcast
Cinemax, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Robert Kirkman’s suspense-horror series returns for a 10-episode second season. The series continues to probe the mystery of what lies behind supernatural manifestations in the town of Rome, W.Va., and why these forces are drawn to Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. With the help of Rev. Anderson (Philip Glenister), a preacher whose faith has been put to the test by the supernatural incidents in town, Kyle tries to protect those he holds most dear now that the otherworldly threats prove greater in scope and number than anticipated.

Killjoys
Syfy, 10pm
Season Premiere!

The end of Season 3 left the Killjoys scattered to the far corners of the J galaxy and beyond. Now, in Season 4, Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) is on a journey to face her biggest foe yet, while D’av (Luke Macfarlane) and John (Aaron Ashmore) are trapped in an elevator in deep space with a pregnant Delle Seyah (Mayko Nguyen). They are united by the knowledge of the name of their true enemy: The Lady, an immeasurable manifestation of evil without beginning or end. The Lady is making her play, and the trio of heroes has something she wants.

Saturday, July 21

Cycling: Tour de France: Stage 14
NBCSN, 8am Live

Hilly Stage 14 awaits the Tour de France peloton today as the course travels nearly 117 miles from Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Mende in southern France.

NASCAR Xfinity Series: Lakes Region 200
NBCSN, 4pm Live

Elliott Sadler, Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell and other young stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series compete in the Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

Major League Baseball
FOX, 7pm Live

Viewers will see either the St. Louis Cardinals at the Chicago Cubs or the Houston Astros at the L.A. Angels on FOX’s Saturday night MLB regional game broadcast.

Me, Myself & I
CBS, 8pm
Series Finale!

CBS presents three previously unaired episodes of Me, Myself & I tonight. Mid-Life Alex (Bobby Moynihan) sells one of his inventions to his childhood nemesis in “Phil Ricozzi.” In “The Break Up,” Young Alex (Jack Dylan Grazer) runs for student council president against Nori (Reylynn Caster). In the series finale “There She Goes,” Mid-Life Alex contemplates getting back together with his ex-wife.

Comfort Food Tour
Food Network, 8pm
New Series!

The Grill Dads, Mark Anderson and Ryan Fey, hit the road to find simple, sumptuous dishes created with love. From the juiciest burgers to slurp-able soups and hand-shaped pasta passed down through generations, the Grill Dads say forget the calories and belly up to homey comfort food.

Little Big Shots: “Little Miss Sunshine”
NBC, 8pm

This week’s episode features a remarkably talented drum line from Atlanta, an unforgettable singer-songwriter, an enthusiastic 6-year old inventor, and a young soccer star with incredible skills. Viewers will also be impressed by a pair of young “human calculators” and a very special performance from Little Big Shots alum and America’s Got Talent winner Darci Lynne Farmer.

Living Biblically: “David and Goliath”
CBS, 9:30pm
Series Finale!

In the series finale “David and Goliath,” Chip (Jay R. Ferguson) decides to take on his corporate bosses after he and Ms. Meadows (Camryn Manheim) are fired.

Christmas: A First Look Preview Special
Hallmark Channel, 10pm

Lacey Chabert hosts a sneak peek of Hallmark Channel’s upcoming Countdown to Christmas — its annual block of holiday movies beginning Oct. 26 on Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Sunday, July 22

Golf: Open Championship: Final Round
Golf Channel & NBC, beginning at 4:30am Live

The 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland concludes with the final round today on Golf Channel and NBC.

Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter
SundanceTV, 10am

Catch this round of candid and lively discussions with producers Salim Akil, Black Lightning (The CW); Jason Blum, Sharp Objects (HBO); Simon Kinberg, Legion (FX); Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead (AMC) and Outcast (Cinemax); Shawn Levy, Stranger Things (Netflix); Jonathan Nolan, Westworld (HBO); and Melissa Rosenberg, Jessica Jones (Netflix).

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
NBCSN, 2pm Live

Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and other top Monster Energy Cup Series drivers compete on New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 1.058-mile oval for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.

Shark Week 2018
Discovery Channel, 7pm

Having first debuted on July 17, 1988, Discovery’s premier annual programming event celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. To celebrate the milestone, this year’s weeklong event will feature over 19 hours of programming that not only provides more fascinating insights thanks to groundbreaking shark-research technology, but also includes a slew of celebrities, including the stars of ABC’s Shark Tank; Bear Grylls of NBC’s Running Wild; and top athletes Aaron Rodgers, Rob Gronkowski, Ronda Rousey and Lindsey Vonn. Things kick off tonight with the special Alien Sharks: Greatest Hits.

OBJECTified: “Steven Tyler”
FOX News Channel, 8pm

On the fourth episode of FOX News Channel’s OBJECTified, host Harvey Levin will feature Aerosmith frontman and country solo artist Steven Tyler as he shares his life story by showcasing his favorite objects that he has chosen to keep close throughout the years. During the episode, Tyler will journey through his career as a rock star, his past infidelity and how he first discovered drugs.

The Pacific War in Color: “Striking Distance”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm

In the fifth episode “Striking Distance,” Allied forces move to take two valuable islands that threaten American air operations: Tinian and Guam. Taking back Guam, a U.S. territory with a Marine base before the war, is both personal and tactical to the Navy. Meanwhile, in India, rising star General Curtis LeMay is tasked with a top-secret assignment: fly over “The Hump” — the Himalayas — and bomb Japan. His own words and his personal footage, never broadcast before, show the desperate difficulty of the problems he faces.

Bear vs. Shark
Discovery Channel, 8pm

Bear Grylls, who hosted the Discovery Channel hit Man vs. Wild from 2006-11 and is now the star of NBC’s celebrity survival series Running Wild With Bear Grylls, returns to his former network in this Shark Week 30th anniversary special. A survival expert, Grylls has outlasted the most extreme environments — from the frozen peaks of Everest to the blazing sands of the Sahara — but what will happen as he goes head-to-head with sharks when they have the home-field advantage?

Shaq Does Shark Week
Discovery Channel, 9pm

In the hopes of securing the ultimate symbol of fame and fortune — his very own week — NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal inadvertently signed himself up to be thrust into the teeth of the 30th anniversary of Shark Week. There’s only one problem: Shaq doesn’t do sharks. To overcome his fear of those animals, he’s going to need some help. Enter ex-Marine and comedian Rob Riggle, who will help train Shaq at Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas for the big plunge.

Morning Show Mysteries: Murder on the Menu
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!

Cooking show host Billie Blessings (Holly Robinson Peete) finds herself in hot water when a dead body turns up in the car of one of her guests, a temperamental celebrity chef with a dark past. Rick Fox also stars.

Endeavour on Masterpiece: “Quartet”
PBS, 9pm

The investigation of an assassination attempt is quickly brought to an unexpected end, but Morse continues to probe. He’s soon embroiled in the dark dealings of espionage, big business and a long-held secret at the heart of the Oxford community.

Ghosted: “Hello Boys”
FOX, 9:30pm

While trying to prove their worth to The Bureau Underground, Leroy (Craig Robinson) and Max (Adam Scott) finally have a lead on the whereabouts of Agent Checker (guest star Linc Hand). Leroy finds himself in the odd position of being the believer when Max loses faith in their skills.

Preacher: “The Coffin”
AMC, 10pm

As Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) falls in with a group of mysterious strangers in New Orleans, Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Jesse (Dominic Cooper) deal with the fallout of a failed escape from Angelville.

Ronda Rousey Uncaged
Discovery Channel, 10pm

As part of Shark Week, former MMA champ and new WWE star Ronda Rousey is trained by shark conservationist and shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder to face her fiercest opponent yet: the fastest, “bitiest” shark in the world, the mako. After practicing diving in a cage with more “lightweight” shark species in Fiji, Rousey moves on to the main event in New Zealand, where she will “free dive uncaged” with the mako.

The Tunnel: Vengeance
PBS, 10:30pm

When Karl and Elise reach a dead end in the case, they both resort to unconventional means in pursuit of the truth. With the body count rising, the stakes could not be higher — but will their gambles pay off?

Monday, July 23

Monster Tag
Discovery Channel, 8pm

Top athletes — including Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Olympic skiing champ Lindsey Vonn and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski — team with top shark scientists to learn crucial information about the ocean’s top predators in this Shark Week special, and how they may be saved, given that worldwide shark populations are in trouble.

So You Think You Can Dance: “Top Ten Women”
FOX, 8pm

The top ten women are each paired with an all-star guy and take the stage to perform a choreographed duet outside of their own style.

American Ninja Warrior: “Dallas City Finals”
NBC, 8pm

The competition heads back to Dallas for the second round of the City Finals. The top 30 qualifying ninjas will face an even tougher obstacle course, which includes the brand-new Fallout and the grueling 10th obstacle Spider Trap. Competing ninjas include Daniel Gil, Barclay Stockett, Mathis “The Kid” Owhadi, Brent Steffensen and Abel Gonzalez.

Dietland: “Woman Down”
AMC, 9pm

Plum (Joy Nash) receives a cryptic message from an old friend, propelling her to find answers behind enemy lines.

Great White Abyss
Discovery Channel, 9pm

Could it be that the deeper you dive, the bigger the sharks you find? This Shark Week special looks to find out, as a team of experts travel to the great white shark hot spot of Guadalupe Island. A 20-foot female great white once showed herself there, then disappeared into the deep. Is this where all the giant sharks live? Dr. Mauricio Hoyos thinks so, and with a combination of deep-water cage and submarine dives, he and others descend into the depths to see what they might find.

American Masters: “Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived”
PBS, 9pm

Discover the many sides of baseball great Ted Williams, including his complex relationships with his family, press and fans and his feelings about his Mexican-American background. Features Bob Costas, Wade Boggs, Roger Angell and Joey Votto.

Salvation: “White House Down”
CBS, 9pm

Grace (Jennifer Finnigan) forges a dangerous alliance with Claire’s brother, Alonzo (Ashley Thomas), in the new episode “White House Down.”

Elementary: “Meet Your Maker”
CBS, 10pm

Detective Bell (Jon Michael Hill) considers leaving the NYPD when he is recommended for a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity in the new episode “Meet Your Maker.” Also, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) investigate the disappearance of a woman who led a double life online.

Cuba’s Secret Shark Lair
Discovery Channel, 10pm

In 1945, one of the largest sharks ever recorded was captured in Cuban waters. This great white was named El Monstruo, but sightings of huge sharks around Cuba didn’t end there. With the island nation long closed to outsiders, experts couldn’t study the reportedly massive sharks there. Now, two teams of scientists have been granted permission to explore this mystery. In this Shark Week special, one team searches Cuba’s south shore for a hammerhead known as The Queen, while in the north, the hunt is on for another El Monstruo-sized great white.

POV: “The War to Be Her”
PBS, 10pm

In the Taliban-controlled area of Waziristan in Pakistan, where women’s sports are decried as un-Islamic and girls rarely leave their homes, young Maria Toorpakai defies the rules by disguising herself as a boy to compete freely.

Tuesday, July 24

Cycling: Tour de France: Stage 16
NBCSN, 8am Live

Tour de France Stage 16 covers more than 135 miles of mountainous terrain between Carcassonne and Bagnères-de-Luchon in the Pyrenees near the border with Spain.

Guy Fieri’s Feeding Frenzy
Discovery Channel, 8pm

In the food world, Guy Fieri is known as the perfect eating machine. But he’s finally met his match when he goes from flip-flops to fins with the ultimate feeding machines of the sea. In this Shark Week special, Guy and his son Hunter head to the Bahamas to experience local cuisine, and to explore and understand just what makes the waters around these islands the perfect all-you-can-eat buffet for such a wide variety of shark species.

America’s Got Talent: “Judge Cuts 2”
NBC, 8pm

Actress Olivia Munn joins the judges’ panel and gets the opportunity to send an act directly to the live shows with a Golden Buzzer. During Judge Cuts, contestants have one last chance to impress the judges before going live for America’s vote.

10 Modern Marvels That Changed America
PBS, 8pm

Take a whirlwind tour of engineering feats that made our civilization possible. See how engineers connected our nation with bridges, rail networks and a continent-wide freeway system, and delivered water from distant rivers to our kitchen sinks.

The Outpost: “The Mistress and the Worm”
The CW, 9pm

Talon (Jessica Green) struggles to command a murderous creature she has summoned, and her unlikely friendship with Gwynn (Imogen Waterhouse) grows as Talon continues to search for her family’s murderers.

Laws of Jaws
Discovery Channel, 9pm

Are increased shark attacks a result of sharks’ behavior or our own? In this Shark Week special, expert divers Liz Parkinson, Mike Dornellas and Nick LeBeouf, with professional cameraman Andy Casagrande, put this question to the test through daring shark experiments. By re-enacting five harrowing real-life encounters and putting their own lives on the line, can the team uncover keys to surviving an attack?

No Passport Required: “Chicago”
PBS, 9pm

Chef Marcus Samuelsson visits the city’s longstanding Mexican community — the second-largest in the U.S. — to learn about its heritage and cuisine. He tastes tacos de cecina and grilled nopales, and learns the secrets of mole sauce from a master.

Face Off: Battle Royale: “Immortals Interrupted”
Syfy, 9pm

It’s the semifinals, and the artists engage in an all-out battle royale as they create vampires based on real-life bats, with just three finale spots on the line.

Air Jaws: The Hunted
Discovery Channel, 10pm

The latest Shark Week Air Jaws special probes the mystery of five full-grown great white sharks that washed up dead in South Africa and were determined to have been eaten alive. What is the only predator that can capture, kill and devour an adult great white? Orcas, a.k.a. killer whales. Shark biologist Alison Towner searches for the killers and tries to determine if they will continue to attack an already threatened population of great whites.

World of Dance: “The Qualifiers 8”
NBC, 10pm

In the final round of the Qualifiers, the world’s most elite dance acts from all ages and dance genres enter the arena to face off in the challenge of a lifetime. The acts have one chance to showcase their artistry, precision and athleticism in order to move forward in the competition and ultimately win a grand prize of $1 million.

Miz & Mrs
USA Network, 10pm
New Series!

WWE stars and married couple Mike “The Miz” and Maryse Mizanin headline this unscripted series that follows the pair as they adapt to becoming first-time parents to daughter Monroe Sky. They also juggle their fast-paced lifestyle, including a move from Los Angeles to Austin and the intense demands of their wrestling schedules. This first season features six episodes.

Teachers: “The Book Challenge”
TV Land, 10:30pm

In the new episode “The Book Challenge,” a book fair comes to Fillmore, and Ms. Snap (Katy Colloton) is inspired to be an author. Ms. Bennigan (Katie O’Brien), Ms. Watson (Kate Lambert) and Mrs. Adler (Kathryn Renée Thomas) enjoy gawking when they hire a moving company called Moving Hunks.

Wednesday, July 25

Castle Rock
Hulu
New Series!

J.J. Abrams (11.22.63) is an executive producer of this psychological horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse. The author’s most famous fictional locale serves as the titular backdrop for an original story that Hulu says “combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works.” While most of the characters and events are original to this series, there are also some references to King’s stories that fans should enjoy. André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Scott Glenn star.

Sideswiped
YouTube Premium
New Series!

This multigenerational comedy about relationships — both romantic and familial — is based on a true story from Carly Craig, who stars in, writes and produces the series. Craig plays Olivia, who after a lifetime of saying “no” finds herself single and miserable on her 35th birthday. A workaholic verging on a breakdown, Olivia decides to plunge into the hellish world of Tinder by dating all 252 of her matches. Rosanna Arquette and Chelsea Frei also star, with celebrity guest appearances including Jason Sudeikis, Rick Springfield and Peter Gallagher.

Burden of Truth
The CW, 8pm
New Series!

Former Smallville and Beauty and the Beast star Kristin Kreuk returns to The CW in this Canadian legal drama that offers shades of Erin Brockovich and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Kreuk stars as hotshot attorney Joanna Hanley, who returns to her small hometown to defend a large pharmaceutical company against a group of local girls who claim that they’ve become ill after receiving one of its vaccines. As Joanna investigates the source of the illness, hysteria spreads through the town, which pits neighbor against neighbor and Joanna against members of her own family.

Air Jaws: Back From the Dead
Discovery Channel, 8pm

In 2001, filmmaker Jeff Kurr joined shark photographer Chris Fallows off South Africa to witness an amazing great white behavior — sharks launching out of the ocean as they attack seals — and Shark Week’s popular Air Jaws series of specials was born. Now, 17 years and seven shows later, orcas have killed several sharks off Cape Town and driven off the rest, so the future of the phenomenon is in question. Jeff and Chris travel to New Zealand to search for a new Air Jaws location.

World of Dance: “The Duels 1”
NBC, 8pm

The Duels round begins with judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, Ne-Yo and host/mentor Jenna Dewan. In this round, the top qualifying acts from each division will choose a rival and face off in a head-to-head elimination duel. The judges will score each act based on its artistry, precision and athleticism, and the top scoring act from each duel will move forward in the competition and be one step closer to winning a grand prize of $1 million.

Earth’s Natural Wonders — Life at the Extremes: “Surviving Against The Odds”
PBS, 8pm
Season Finale!

See how people living in some of the world’s natural wonders, including locations in Brazil, Ethiopia, Laos, the Faroe Islands and Switzerland, must push themselves to the limit in order to survive. Survival demands skill, ingenuity and bravery.

“Shark Tank” Meets Shark Week
Discovery Channel, 9pm

In this Shark Week special, the human “sharks” of ABC’s hit entrepreneur competition series — Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary — get out of the tank and into the water as they are each paired with an oceanic organization to determine which shark-saving cause is most deserving of a $50,000 donation. Back in the studio, they are joined by fellow shark Robert Herjavec to make their pitches and cast their votes for a group that cannot be the one with which they were paired.

The Andes: Kingdoms of the Sky
PBS, 9pm

Experience the astonishing natural life found in the world’s longest mountain range, where pumas hunt guanaco, shape-shifting frogs hide in remote cloud forests and descendants of the Inca build bridges of grass.

Suits: “Pecking Order”
USA Network, 9pm

Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and Donna (Sarah Rafferty) get their first taste of how Samantha (Katherine Heigl) operates. Alex (Dulé Hill) tries to impress Zane.

SharkCam Stakeout
Discovery Channel, 10pm

SharkCam is back, and with smaller tags, Dr. Greg Skomal and the Woods Hole team go to the Bahamas to investigate the private lives of bull and hammerhead sharks, guided by Doc Gruber and Dr. Tristan Guttridge of the Bimini Sharklab. In past Shark Week specials, the Shark Cam has revealed fascinating new behaviors of white sharks — what new things will the team discover about the hunting techniques of these other species?

Reverie: “Despedida”
NBC, 10pm

Romance is in the air when Mara (Sarah Shahi) must track down an elderly woman attempting to relive her lost love, but as Mara dives deeper into her Reverie, she realizes the woman may have a greater mission on her mind.

The Art Show
Ovation, 10pm
New Series!

Each week, this series travels to one of the world’s great art cities, such as Venice, Mexico City and Istanbul, to seek out seminal works of the past to show how they reflect history, as well as the contemporary art of today.

Colony: “What Goes Around”
USA Network, 10pm

Will (Josh Holloway) makes a sacrifice to protect his family. Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies) races to save refugees outside the walls. Snyder (Peter Jacobson) struggles to control a Colony amid the chaos of war. Bram (Alex Neustaedter) and Gracie (Isabella Crovetti) make a big decision.

Thursday, July 26

Cycling: Tour de France: Stage 18
NBCSN, 8am Live

The peloton at the Tour de France travels more than 106 miles over mostly flat Stage 18 between Trie-sur-Baïse and Pau on the northern edge of the Pyrenees near the Spanish border.

The Gong Show
ABC, 8pm

Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother), Will Arnett (Arrested Development) and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) are this week’s celebrity judges.

SharkCam Strikes Back
Discovery Channel, 8pm
This Shark Week special celebrates the remarkable discoveries the SharkCam team has made in the last five years since the 2013 special Return of Jaws. It also takes a tongue-in-cheek look at some of the disasters. From napping great whites to SharkCam being attacked, the program highlights footage SharkCam has captured over the years.

The Four: Battle for Stardom: “Comeback Week”
FOX, 8pm

Fan favorites from Season 2 return to the stage and try to impress judges Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor to earn a seat in the season finale.

Nashville
CMT, 9pm
Series Finale!

Callie Khouri’s music-laden nighttime soap opera comes to a conclusion tonight that series star Chip Esten calls “incredible … pure magic.” As for Esten’s Deacon Claybourne, the actor says the series final episodes mirror the final verse of the Nashville original tune “Looking for the Light.” “It’s got three stages of Deacon’s life — past, present and future,” Esten says. “The first one was alluding to a beginning that we hadn’t even explored yet, but we finally do in the last eight episodes, about Deacon’s father: ‘We were born into a battle.’ The final verse is: ‘Now I could give into this darkness/and who knows, someday I might/till then, I’ll keep on walking/keep on looking for the light.’”

Sharkwrecked
Discovery Channel, 9pm

In a 48-hour, adrenaline-fueled and daring Shark Week experiment, shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder teams with fellow serviceman and marine survival expert James Glancy to record what happens when a shipwreck occurs in shark-infested waters. Scientists Greg Skomal and Edd Brooks track the sharks that circle the experiment’s survivors, while medic Mike Hudson and his team gauge their health and safety. The special hopes to answer questions like: Which sharks are attracted to humans in distress, and what gets you first — the sea or the sharks?

Trial & Error: Lady, Killer: “The Murder Clock”
NBC, 9pm

Josh’s (Nicholas D’Agosto) team continues to hunt for the potential murder weapon that would seal their timeline. The case takes a dramatic turn as their search leads them to two new suspects and some shocking news about Lavinia (Kristin Chenoweth). Another new episode follows.

Queen of the South: “Los Enamorados”
USA Network, 9pm

Teresa (Alice Braga) tries to escape her captors with the help of an unexpected ally.

Tiger Shark Invasion
Discovery Channel, 10pm

Dr. Neil Hammerschlag leads a team, including cameraman Joe Romeiro and local expert Alex Hearn, to the Galápagos Islands to observe and document how tiger sharks — new to the islands in the last 10 years — have reset the underwater order in one of the sharkiest places on the planet. The special airs as part of Shark Week.

Shooter: “Lines Crossed”
USA Network, 10pm

Bob Lee (Ryan Phillippe) and Isaac (Omar Epps) are put through the wringer by a member of Earl’s Vietnam unit. Julie (Shantel VanSanten) stands up to the Bama family. Nadine (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) sneaks into a high-tech security facility.

Friday, July 27

The Bleeding Edge
Netflix

In this documentary, Oscar-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (The Invisible War, The Hunting Ground) turn their sights on the $400 billion medical device industry, examining lax regulations, corporate coverups and profit-driven incentives that put patients at risk daily. Weaving emotionally powerful stories of people whose lives have been irrevocably harmed, the film asks: What lifesaving technologies may actually be killing us?

Orange Is the New Black
Netflix
Season Premiere!

As Season 6 of the acclaimed hit — with a tagline of “To the Max” — begins, a teaser for the show promises a “whole new world” as it also says, “Bye-bye, Litchfield.” A brief, and ominous, clip pans over a rundown and devastated interior of the prison as through the window an inmate bus is seen driving away.

Cycling: Tour de France: Stage 19
NBCSN, 7:30am Live

Stage 19 between Lourdes and Laruns in the Pyrenees takes Tour de France riders over more than 124 miles of mountainous terrain.

Cash Cab
Discovery Channel, 7pm
Season Premiere!

Comedian Ben Bailey and his game show taxi return to the sizzling streets of New York City, giving unsuspecting passengers a break from the heat and a ride they won’t forget. From pop culture to hard science, traveling uptown to downtown, contestants will be able to showcase their ability to think under pressure and win some quick cash in this special Shark Week-themed episode.

Quantico: “Ghosts”
ABC, 8pm

Conor Devlin (Timothy V. Murphy) continues to seek revenge as someone from Alex’s (Priyanka Chopra) past comes back into her life.

Megalodon: Fact vs. Fiction
Discovery Channel, 8pm

This Shark Week special takes a look at what the sea might look like if the prehistoric Megalodon — the largest shark that ever existed — were still alive today. Experts help paint a picture of how the giant creature would have lived and hunted in the modern world, and also look at new evidence from Megaladon’s beginnings. This special also features an exclusive first look at The Meg, a theatrical feature-film thriller opening in August.

Bloodline: The Spawn of Jaws
Discovery Channel, 9pm

Over four decades ago, in a Jaws-like situation, giant great white sharks off Long Island were supposedly caught or killed, or disappeared — until now. With protection, the sons and daughters of these giants are making a comeback, and in this Shark Week special, Dr. Craig O’Connell goes looking for the legendary monsters of Montauk to see if that “Jaws” bloodline continues.

Wynonna Earp: “When You Call My Name”
Syfy, 9pm

The demon who cursed the Earp heir reveals himself in a shocking turn of events that will leave the team forever changed.

Great White Shark Babies
Discovery Channel, 10pm

Pregnant female great white sharks migrate to Guadalupe for one last big feed of seals before they head off to birth their pups. But where do these mama sharks go to have their offspring? Dr. Mauricio Hoyos believes they head to the coast of Baja. In this Shark Week special, Dr. Hoyos and his science team of Michelle Jewell and Toby Daly-Engel track the sharks there, use genetics to identify which pups belong to which females and confirm a birthing ground that needs protection.

Killjoys: “Johnny Dangerously”
Syfy, 10pm

With criminals chasing an injured Johnny (Aaron Ashmore), D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) and Delle Seyah (Mayko Nguyen) take drastic measures to save him.

Saturday, July 28

Cycling: Tour de France: Stage 20
NBCSN, 7:30am Live

Tour de France Stage 20 is an individual time trial of over 19 miles between Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle and Espelette in southwestern France. The peloton travels by air to Houilles near Paris for tomorrow’s final stage.

Major League Baseball: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis
FS1, 4pm Live

Busch Stadium in St. Louis hosts this matchup of NL Central rivals as the Chicago Cubs visit the Cardinals on FS1.

NASCAR Xfinity Series: U.S. Cellular 250
NBCSN, 5:30pm Live

The U.S. Cellular 250 brings Elliott Sadler, Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell and other NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers to Iowa Speedway in Newton for a race on the 0.875-mile oval.

Pink Collar Crimes
CBS, 8pm
New Series!

This true-crime series inspired by felonious females who took big risks, pocketed big cash and then served hard time. Each episode includes insight and analysis from prosecutor, author and television correspondent Marcia Clark.

Little Big Shots: “Beauty and the Steve”
NBC, 8pm

This week, host Steve Harvey meets an enchanting 8-year-old magician from the U.K., a budding young historian, a soulful singer from Canada and a viral 5-year-old Beauty and the Beast superfan. Viewers will also enjoy an adorable 5-year-old basketball sportscaster and a spectacular young opera singer from Dubai.

Return of Mega Shark
Discovery Channel, 9pm

In this Shark Week special, Jeff Kurr and Andy Casagrande go to New Zealand return to search for giant great white sharks lurking in deep water off the coast, and to revisit the most exciting events and discoveries from the past to help guide their search.

Love on Safari
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

Hallmark Channel and Lacey Chabert head to South Africa for this rom-com. After Kira (Chabert) inherits a wildlife reserve in South Africa, she travels there to meet the no-nonsense head ranger, Tom (Jon Cor). When she learns the reserve is in financial jeopardy and she may have to sell it to her uncle’s competitor, Tom urges her to save it by taking her on a safari.

Sharks Gone Wild
Discovery Channel, 10pm

Discover everything that has happened in the world of sharks this year, including the unbelievable viral videos, the biggest news stories and the latest cutting-edge shark science. Airs as part of Shark Week.