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Sunday, July 29: Jack Hanna and Nat Geo WILD Reveal ‘Secrets of the Zoo’

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Sunday, July 29

Secrets of the Zoo
Nat Geo WILD, 9pm
New Series!

Ohio’s Columbus Zoo and Aquarium boasts 10,000 animals living on 12,000 pristine acres — and the legendary Jack Hanna as its director emeritus. Now Hanna, who lives in the zoo, and Nat Geo WILD take viewers on a deep-dive into the zoo to showcase the bonds between its animals and caretakers and to spotlight its conservation work, including an in-depth look at the on-site conservation park called The Wilds. “I’ve traveled all over the world and seen the most amazing animals, but nothing compares to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium,” said Hanna. “Secrets of the Zoo has filmed things here that I haven’t seen in 40 years of television. Prepare to be amazed.”

OBJECTified: “Alex Trebek”
FOX News Channel, 8pm

Onn the fifth episode of FOX News Channel’s OBJECTified, host Harvey Levin will feature television personality and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek as he shares his life story through various favorite objects that he has chosen to keep close throughout the years at his Los Angeles home. During the episode, Trebek will discuss quitting military school for the love of his life, shaving his famous mustache and a possible future without Jeopardy!.

The $100,000 Pyramid
ABC, 9pm

In tonight’s episode, Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live) competes against actor Taye Diggs. Next, the stars of Barely Famous, Sara and Erin Foster, compete with hopes of making it to the winner’s circle for the ultimate prize of $100,000.

Naked and Afraid of Sharks
Discovery Channel, 9pm

Shark Week 2018 ends tonight with this two-hour special featuring five Naked and Afraid all-stars — Ky Furneaux, Ryan Holt, Chris Fischer, Steven Lee Hall Jr. and Eva Rupert. Stranded on a barren island in the middle of the most shark-infested waters on earth, the group must survive for 14 days, exclusively on what the ocean provides.

Endeavour on Masterpiece: “Icarus”
PBS, 9pm
Season Finale!

After a teacher mysteriously disappears, Morse goes undercover to investigate the dark world of a public school. With the unexpected discovery of a body, he questions whom to trust. Meanwhile, Thursday’s life is upended by his brother’s return.

To Tell the Truth
ABC, 10pm

Joel McHale (Community), Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live), Constance Zimmer (UnREAL) and Paul “Pee-wee Herman” Reubens make up tonight’s celebrity panel.

Preacher: “Les Enfants du Sang”
AMC, 10pm

Tulip (Ruth Negga), Jesse (Dominic Cooper), Jody (Jeremy Childs) and T.C. (Colin Cunningham) hatch an ambitious plan to save both Gran’ma’s (Betty Buckley), and Tulip’s lives. Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) explores a new friendship in New Orleans.

Shades of Blue: “Straight Through the Heart”
NBC, 10pm

Harlee (Jennifer Lopez) fights a frame job as Wozniak (Ray Liotta) tries to keep Bennett (Christopher James Baker) behind bars.

The Tunnel: Vengeance
PBS, 10:30pm

An increasingly isolated Karl makes a major breakthrough in the search for Saban, but his sense of triumph is short-lived when he discovers that someone close to him is in mortal danger.

Garage Sale Mysteries Preview Special
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 11pm

Lori Loughlin hosts this inside look at the second annual Garage Sale Mysteries programming stunt where the franchise premieres four original films over four consecutive August Sundays.

Monday, July 30

The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All
ABC, 8pm

Ahead of next week’s season finale, the men who vied for Becca Kufrin’s roses on The Bachelorette spill their secrets in this two-hour special.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us: “Penn & Teller Against the World”
The CW, 8pm

Penn & Teller invite magicians from all over the globe, including Taijyi Fujryama, Pit Hartling, Helen Coghlan and Menny Lindenfeld, to try to stump them using their best tricks.

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

The top ten men are each partnered with an all-star girl and perform a choreographed duet outside their own style in the hopes of proving to America and the judges why they should move on in the competition.

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

In Miami, Jessie Graff and Drew Drechsel lead a group of 30 competitors who advanced from the qualifying round and will face up to 10 obstacles, including the brand-new Crazy Clocks. Other competitors include Morgan “Moose” Wright, Rachael Goldstein and Jessica Clayton.

Dietland: “Bedwomb”
AMC, 9pm
Season Finale!

Plum (Joy Nash) delves deeper into the fractured and perilous world of Jennifer, but her new mission is threatened by a sudden change of circumstance.

Salvation: “Let the Chips Fall”
CBS, 9pm

Grace (Jennifer Finnigan) and Darius (Santiago Cabrera) see their relationship put to the test in the new episode “Let the Chips Fall.” Meanwhile, President Mackenzie (Tovah Feldshuh) attempts to bring the fractured country together just as the hacktivist group Re/Syst issues a deadly edict.

Elementary: “Breathe”
CBS, 10pm

In the new episode “Breathe,” Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) investigate the poisoning of a relocation expert and discover the man had a decades-long secret career as a contract killer.

Diesel Brothers
Discovery Channel, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Heavy D, Diesel Dave and the rest of the Dieselsellerz crew are back with more over-the-top truck builds featuring even bigger technology and crazy stunts. In the first episode, a new client asks for the biggest build yet — a monster school bus with a 40-foot drive train and 66-inch tires capable of driving over sand and water. Will the gang be able to pull off such a major build?

POV: “Whose Streets?”
PBS, 10pm

When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the St. Louis area. Take an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising, where citizens assert their right to live.

Tuesday, July 31

The 100: “Damocles – Part One”
The CW, 8pm

In part one of the fifth season finale, Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) leads her people into war. While behind enemy lines, our heroes must overcome their differences to save Wonkru from extinction.

America’s Got Talent: “Judge Cuts 3”
NBC, 8pm

Country music superstar Martina McBride 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.

No Passport Required: “Queens, NYC”
PBS, 9pm

Chef Marcus Samuelsson goes inside the Indo-Guyanese community to explore its roots and cuisine. Marcus eats Trinidadian roti, visits a cross-cultural bush cook, plays cricket and learns how to make a traditional Guyanese chicken curry.

Face Off: Battle Royale: “Through the Looking Glass, Part 1”
Syfy, 9pm

In Part 1 of the season/series finale, the finalists learn that they will be creating characters for an original short film based on Lewis Carroll’s classic book Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, his follow-up to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Hard to Kill
Discovery Channel, 10pm
New Series!

Tim Kennedy — an active, Ranger-qualified, Green Beret, Special Forces sniper who has served tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations and also happens to be a Top 5 professional MMA fighter — tackles some of the most dangerous jobs in this new series that puts him in the shoes of the unsung heroes of the American workforce. In each episode, Kennedy works with experts in a certain field to learn the grit, dedication and hard work it takes to do these jobs, where one mistake can be deadly. At the end of each training, he puts those newfound skills to the test.

Making It
NBC, 10pm
New Series!

Former Parks and Recreation stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman challenge talented crafters in a competition that can be described as The Great British Baking Show goes to summer camp. Each week, the competitors face two challenges: a timed preliminary challenge called the “Faster Craft” and a longer, more complicated themed challenge called the “Master Craft Collection.” Poehler hopes that the series will inspire viewers to become makers themselves, and says, “I want to make a TV show that makes you want to turn off your TV. A viewing experience that gets you off your phone. An event that pushes you to your garage to rummage around and see what you can make.”

Teachers: “For Poorer or Poorer”
TV Land, 10:30pm

Ms. Watson (Kate Lambert) gets evicted, and Principal Pearson (Tim Bagley) lets her move into his place in the new episode “For Poorer or Poorer.” Also, Ms. Snap (Katy Colloton) joins a dating website for well-to-do older men, and Ms. Bennigan (Katie O’Brien) deals with the awkwardness of seeing a student outside of school.

Wednesday, Aug. 1

Summer Under the Stars
TCM, beginning at 6am

Turner Classic Movies’ annual August event will again devote each day of the month to the films of a notable star. Things kick off today with Frank Sinatra movies, beginning with 1951’s Double Dynamite and including other classics like Anchors Aweigh (1945), The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) and Ol’ Blue Eyes’ Oscar-winning turn in From Here to Eternity (1953).

Alone Together
Freeform, 8pm
Season Premiere!

The buddy comedy returns for its second season with back-to-back episodes airing Wednesdays for five consecutive weeks. The series follows the platonic, dysfunctional, codependent best friendship of series executive producers, stars, and writers Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo. This season’s guest stars include Fran Drescher, Carmen Electra, Nicole Sullivan, Natasha Leggero, Danny Pudi and Abby Elliot.

Outback
PBS, 8pm
New Series!

Over the course of a year, journey with the people and animals of Australia’s Kimberley region in northwest Australia: a vast, rugged and remote wilderness bursting with character. In the premiere episode, “The Kimberley Comes Alive,” the end of the wet season finds Kangaroo Haven Wildlife Rescue caring for orphaned joeys, rangers attempting to trap and relocate an 800-pound crocodile, and naturalists capturing video of the elusive marsupial called a bilby.

Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour: “Lizard of Oz”
A&E, 9pm

Ozzy Osbourne, his son Jack and Jack’s young daughter Pearl head to Alabama, where Jack’s childhood dream will be fulfilled at Huntsville’s Space Camp. But before they can launch into space, Ozzy has a surprise up his sleeve for Jack — a visit with “rock ’n’ roll redneck” Dave Turner.

The Originals: “When the Saints Go Marching In”
The CW, 9pm
Series Finale!

The vampire drama comes to an end tonight after five seasons. The series was launched from The CW’s successful The Vampire Diaries and follows three of the Mikaelson siblings: Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (Claire Holt), who are the first vampires to ever exist. The final episode is titled “When the Saints Go Marching In” in tribute to the city of New Orleans, where the family lived and fought for control.

Wonders of Mexico: “Forests of the Maya”
PBS, 9pm
New Series!

Venture into a secret underworld that holds the key to life. Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, home to the Maya, is a forest rich in wildlife, including monkeys, jaguars and vibrant tropical birds.

Suits: “Promises, Promises”
USA Network, 9pm

Harvey (Gabriel Macht) is drawn into a dispute with the firm’s landlord. Meanwhile, Alex (Dulé Hill) pursues Samantha’s (Katherine Heigl) former client.

SIX: “Danger Close”
History, 10pm
Series Finale!

In June, History announced that it has canceled this Navy SEAL drama series, so tonight’s Season 2 finale will also serve as the overall series finale. In the episode, the SEALs hold their ground as their enemies close in.

Reverie: “The Key”
NBC, 10pm

Mara’s (Sarah Shahi) personal tragedy finally comes to a head, and she considers whether she has a future with OniraTech. When the client stuck in Reverie is one of their own, they must all band together before it’s too late.

The Sinner
USA Network, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Season 2 lures Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) back to his hometown in rural New York to assess an unsettling and heart-wrenching crime — parents murdered by their young son, with no apparent motive. As Ambrose realizes there’s nothing ordinary about the boy or where he came from, the investigation pulls him into the hidden darkness of his hometown. He’s pitted against those who’ll stop at nothing to protect its secrets and a mysterious woman (Carrie Coon) who proves to be a complicated, enigmatic piece to this haunting puzzle.

Thursday, Aug. 2

Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club
Ovation, 4pm
New Series!

This series is based in the Southend, England, café of childhood friends Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty. While Jamie cooks up his ultimate weekend recipes, Jimmy heads outdoors and rustles up magnificent feasts from wild ingredients. The boys are joined by a host of celebrity friends — such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson and Michael Sheen — who pop in to learn how to cook the dishes they’ve always loved. Jamie and Jimmy also hit the road, spreading the word about exciting new food campaigns.

The Gong Show
ABC, 8pm

Rob Riggle (The Daily Show), Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken) and Kristen Schaal (The Last Man on Earth) are this week’s celebrity judges.

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

The final four face their biggest competition yet — each other. Whoever impresses judges Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor the most will win this season’s title and earn a record contract with Republic Records, career guidance from the panel and the title of iHeart Radio’s “On the Verge” artist.

NFL Preseason: Hall of Fame Game: Chicago vs. Baltimore
NBC, 8pm Live

The 2018 NFL preseason kicks off tonight with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, as the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens compete in this exhibition at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

Shahs of Sunset
Bravo, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Feisty best friends Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, Mercedes “MJ” Javid, Mike Shouhed and Reza Farahan have gone through just about everything together, and in Season 7, the adventure is only just beginning. Familiar face Destiney Rose is back with the group, and when Mike introduces branding executive Nema Vand to the crew, the self-professed “whitewashed Persian” wastes no time in shaking things up.

Queen of the South: “Reina de Espadas”
USA Network, 9pm

Rocked by a deeply personal tragedy, Teresa (Alice Braga) battles a dangerous sicario and a mutiny within her own ranks.

Take Two: “About Last Night”
ABC, 10pm

In the new episode “About Last Night,” Sam (Rachel Bilson) and Eddie (Eddie Cibrian) wake up in bed together, naked, with no memory of the previous night. When they realize the whole previous day is a complete blank, they suspect that they were purposely drugged.

Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team
CMT, 10pm
Season Premiere!

The hit docuseries that captures the rigorous path to becoming a member of the elite Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad returns for its lucky 13th season. This year, returning vets will battle for spots among a talented crop of rookies, including seasoned cheerleaders from the worlds of the NFL, NBA and NHL; the first runner-up in the 2017 Miss America competition; professional hip-hop dancers; and a former competitive ice skater.

Someone You Thought You Knew
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
New Series!
This series shows that in homicide cases, it is seldom strangers you need to worry about — it’s those closest to you. Even when the killing appears to be random, there can be something more sinister lying beneath the surface: a calculated plot set in motion by someone else, someone hiding in plain sight or someone leading a double life. What if the killer could be someone you thought you knew?

Shooter: “Swing Vote”
USA Network, 10pm

Close to solving the mystery of Earl’s death, Bob Lee (Ryan Phillippe) and Isaac (Omar Epps) meet with a former “dark lord” of the Pentagon. Meanwhile, Nadine (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) is sent on a dangerous mission by a DOJ agent.

Bachelorette Weekend
CMT, 11pm
New Series!

This new reality series showcases Nashville as the premier location for destination bachelor/bachelorette party weekends and follows a group of exclusive event planners. The staff of Bach Weekend works tirelessly to design and execute over-the-top VIP weekends that include zip lining, whiskey tasting, fine dining, exclusive parties and live music. CEO Robbie Goldsmith prides himself on his staff’s ability to create an unforgettable experience for its clientele and says, “We want to make sure that the bride and groom know that they and their friends celebrated in an amazing place, and we helped facilitate it.”

Friday, Aug. 3

Like Father
Netflix
Original Film!

When a workaholic young executive (Kristen Bell) is left at the altar, she ends up on her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with the last person she ever expected: her estranged and equally driven father (Kelsey Grammer). The two depart as strangers, but over the course of a few hilarious adventures, some umbrella-topped cocktails and a whole lot of soul-searching, they return with a renewed appreciation for family and life.

Quantico: “Who Are You?”
ABC, 8pm

The team is in Ireland, and when they finally come face-to-face with Conor Devlin (Timothy V. Murphy), not everyone comes out alive. And Alex (Priyanka Chopra) makes a life-changing decision about her future.

BattleBots
Discovery Channel, 8pm
New Episodes!

The robot-fight series is back. Chris Rose and Kenny Florian call the action, with Jessica Chobot serving as sideline reporter and Faruq Tauheed as ring announcer. The new episodes will also be aired on Science Channel Wednesdays beginning Aug. 8.

Wynonna Earp: “Colder Weather”
Syfy, 9pm

The team must come to terms with the consequences of their actions. Meanwhile, someone claiming to be from Black Badge Division arrives in Purgatory.

Mad Dog Made
Discovery Channel, 10pm
New Series!

When the Secret Service, FBI, Navy SEALs, military, paramilitary, police forces and firefighters need state-of-the-art, highly customized handheld weapons or tools, they turn to Kevin “Mad Dog” McClung. Each episode of this series follows Mad Dog and his team as they build an item for various clients, from special forces to survivalists.

Brandi Carlile in Concert — A Bluegrass Underground Special
PBS, 10pm

Deep inside The Caverns, Bluegrass Underground presents a concert special by roots-rocker Brandi Carlile. With amazing vocals, string arrangements and searing guitar, here are personal songs of love, joy and loss from a growing Americana legend.

Killjoys: “Bro-d Trip”
Syfy, 10pm

Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) manipulates D’av (Luke Macfarlane) into helping him find a green pool, while Zeph (Kelly McCormack) faces possible death.

Animals
HBO, 11:30pm
Season Premiere!

The animated adult television series returns for a 10-episode third season that visits a humanless, postapocalyptic Big Apple, blending live-action and animated segments along with the show’s usual eclectic casting.

Random Acts of Flyness
HBO, 12am (late night)
New Series!

A fluid, stream-of-consciousness response to the contemporary American mediascape, each episode of this new series from artist Terence Nance features a handful of interconnected vignettes, showcasing an ensemble cast of emerging and established talent. The show is a mix of vérité documentary, musical performances, surrealist melodrama and humorous animation, weaving together such themes as ancestral trauma, history, death, the singularity, romance and more.

Saturday, Aug. 4

Major League Baseball
FS1, beginning at 4pm Live

A Saturday MLB doubleheader on FS1 has the N.Y. Yankees at the Boston Red Sox in an AL East rivalry game, followed by the L.A. Angels at the Cleveland Indians.

2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony
ESPN & NFL Network, 7pm Live

Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Brian Urlacher and former GM Bobby Beathard will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 in this ceremony in Canton, Ohio. Owens has declined his invitation to the ceremony, choosing instead to deliver his acceptance speech at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

UFC Preliminaries
FX, 7pm Live

FX airs a preview special and live coverage of the UFC 227 preliminary bouts from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

A Summer to Remember
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

Catherine Bell stars in this tropical rom-com as Jessica Tucker, a widow and successful doctor who travels to a resort in Fiji to unplug, spend time with her daughter (Samantha MacGillivray) and consider a promotion that would derail her dream of opening a private practice. Once on the island paradise, Jessica feels torn between a fellow traveler who is also a dashing surgeon (Paul O’Brien, Neighbours) and Will (Cameron Mathison), the charming owner of the resort.