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Tuesday, Aug. 7: Jerry O’Connell Stars in WGN America’s Lighthearted Crime Procedural ‘Carter’

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Tuesday, Aug. 7

Carter
WGN America, 10pm
New Series!

Jerry O’Connell stars as Harley Carter, a Hollywood star who retreats to his Canadian hometown after a very public — and very humiliating — red carpet meltdown. After the residents of the small town bombard him with requests to investigate local cases, Harley becomes a real-life detective and enlists the help of his childhood friends, Sam (Sydney Poitier Heartsong) and Dave (Kristian Bruun). O’Connell says, “I just think that genre of non-police person helping real police person [is] a formula that works on TV.”

Bachelor in Paradise
ABC, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Season 5 of the bawdy Bachelor spinoff heads back to Mexico with another group of former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants, including Tia Booth, Nysha Norris, Annaliese Puccini, Chelsea Roy, Kendall Long, Krystal Nielson and Bibiana Julian of Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season, and David Ravitz, Joe “Joe the Grocer” Amabile, Jordan Kimball, Nick Spetsas, Chris Randone, Connor Obrochta and John Graham from current Bachelorette Rebecca Kufrin’s season.

The 100
The CW, 8pm
Season Finale!

Amid countless loyalty shifts and power grabs, the sci-fi drama’s fifth season — possibly its most brutal, thanks to Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) — comes to an end. Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Co. consider a desperate measure to protect their place on the ground against the space convicts led by McCreary (William Miller).

Beat Shazam
FOX, 8pm

R&B group TLC makes a special guest appearance on tonight’s episode of the Jamie Foxx-hosted interactive game show.

No Passport Required: “Miami”
PBS, 9pm

Chef Marcus Samuelsson explores the cuisine, culture and history of Miami’s Haitian community. From tropical, tangy soursop ice cream to mamba spread to soupe joumou and deep-fried pate korde, Marcus eats his way through Haiti’s culinary classics.

Face Off: Battle Royale: “Through the Looking Glass, Part 2”
Syfy, 9pm
Series Finale!

As the makeup competition series says goodbye, the artists and teams create their short film, with one artist crowned the season champion.

Castaways
ABC, 10pm
New Series!

A social study of sorts, ABC’s latest docuseries tests the human need for companionship under extreme circumstances as 12 individuals are dropped alone throughout various islets in Indonesia and challenged to survive with just their washed-up luggage, scattered resources and abandoned structures. The only way to leave is to persevere long enough to be rescued or to quit. As dramatic situations unfold on the remote islands, the series flashes back to the real lives of each participant in documentary fashion, demonstrating haunting parallels to the lives they left behind.

Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Cleveland Browns
HBO, 10pm
Season Premiere!

After an 0-16 season, things can only get better for the Cleveland Browns. The new season of HBO’s Hard Knocks training camp reality series follows the Browns through workouts and the preseason as they try to take a step forward with No. 1 overall draft pick QB Baker Mayfield. The series airs Tuesdays through Sept. 4.

Making It: “Home Sweet Home”
NBC, 10pm

The theme this week is homes, and Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman kick off the episode by challenging the Makers to work small and create a hometown terrarium that represents in miniature what makes their hometowns so special. After giving Amy, Nick and the judges a glimpse into their past, the Makers then must embrace their inner child in the Master Craft Challenge, where they create an impressive child’s play collection consisting of a fort and toy for the kids in their lives.

Frontline: “Documenting Hate: Charlottesville”
PBS, 10pm

A revealing look at the white supremacists and neo-Nazis involved in the 2017 Charlottesville rally. An investigation with ProPublica shows how some of those behind the racist violence went unpunished and continued to operate around the country.

Wednesday, Aug. 8

CMA Fest
ABC, 8pm

Filmed during Nashville’s 47th annual CMA Fest in June, this three-hour special showcases country music’s hottest acts as they hit the stage during the four-day festival. Don’t miss performances by Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Midland, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Brett Young and more.

MasterChef: “Frying Tonight”
FOX, 8pm

The top 13 are tasked with making a dish with a deep-fried element — and MasterChef turns up the heat on the contestants as the judges cook alongside them.

Outback: “The Dry Season”
PBS, 8pm

The new episode “The Dry Season” explores how Australia’s rugged Kimberley region lives during the dry winter between May and October. The vast area is home to some of the world’s biggest cattle ranches, and rodeos are a part of life. Off the coast, divers scour the seafloor for oysters that will be “seeded” for pearls. And trackers search the shoreline for impressions left in the rock by dinosaurs of the Late Cretaceous period.

Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back: “Patrick Molloy’s”
FOX, 9pm

Gordon Ramsay and his Hell on Wheels crew head to Patrick Molloy’s, a California establishment on the brink of disaster. Some intense undercover work unearths a deep-seated feud among the family that owns the bar and restaurant. But can the team turn things around for Patrick Molloy’s in just 24 hours?

Wonders of Mexico: “Mountain Worlds”
PBS, 9pm

Travel south of the border to discover mountains full of black bears, fiery volcanoes, exquisite birds and millions of monarch butterflies. Mountains dominate Mexico, shaping life and culture in this diverse land.

BattleBots
Science Channel, 9pm
New Episodes!

Catch encore episodes of the robot-fight series Wednesdays on Science Channel if you miss them Fridays on Discovery Channel.

Boomtown Builder
DIY Network, 10pm
New Series!

Master craftsman Tim McClellan’s renovations focus on Arizona mining towns that went bust, leaving behind character-rich buildings aching to be lived in and loved.

Reverie
NBC, 10pm
Season Finale!

The Sarah Shahi- and Dennis Haysbert-led sci-fi drama ends its first season tonight.

Thursday, Aug. 9

Golf: PGA Championship: First Round
TNT, 2pm Live

Golf’s final major of 2018 is played at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. Defending champion Justin Thomas will be challenged by contenders Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. TNT and CBS share coverage of the tournament through Sunday. The PGA Championship will be played in May starting in 2019.

“The Simpsons” Marathon
FXX, beginning at 8pm

The Simpsons experience the not-so-great outdoors in this marathon of campy episodes including “Kamp Krusty” (1992), “Kamp Krustier” (2017), “The Call of the Simpsons” (1990), “Boy Scoutz ’n the Hood” (1993) and “Das Bus” (1998).

When the Beat Drops
Logo, 8pm

This documentary explores how Anthony Davis and his crew of fellow gay African-American men helped grow “bucking” — an electric and subversive underground dance scene — into a national movement, complete with fierce competitions. In the process, Davis created a haven for a generation of displaced black gay men. The film is the long-form directorial debut of internationally acclaimed choreographer Jamal Sims, and it debuted at the 2018 Miami Film Festival, where it won the Knight Documentary Achievement Award.

Match Game
ABC, 9pm

Celebrity panelists for tonight’s episode are Jason Alexander, Sheryl Underwood, Gabriel Iglesias, Constance Zimmer, Anjelah Johnson and golfer Bubba Watson.

Flip or Flop: “Rock Bottom Flip”
HGTV, 9pm

A 1,500-square-foot money pit in Whittier, Calif., presents the latest challenge for renovators Tarek El Moussa and ex-wife Christina. Everything needs updating, especially that monster fireplace in the center.

Trial & Error: Lady, Killer: “A Change in the Team”
NBC, 9pm

After Dwayne (Steven Boyer) testifies on the prosecution’s behalf and dismantles the timeline they established, Lavinia (Kristin Chenoweth) pressures Josh to fire Dwayne. Dwayne redeems himself when he stumbles on a big break in the case, leading to a shocking confession and Josh (Nicholas D’Agosto) winning Lavinia’s case. Another new episode follows.

Queen of the South: “El Carro”
USA Network, 9pm

In a bold plan to take over all drug distribution in Phoenix, Teresa (Alice Braga) makes a deal with the devil.

Take Two: “All About Ava”
ABC, 10pm

In the new episode “All About Ava,” Sam (Rachel Bilson) takes an unexpected journey into her past when she and Eddie (Eddie Cibrian) are called on to investigate the seemingly accidental death of Ava Day, star of the ’90s sitcom that was Sam’s acting debut.

Snowfall: “Jingle Bell Rock”
FX, 10pm

In the new episode “Jingle Bell Rock,” Franklin (Damson Idris) takes steps to ensure his crew’s loyalty when he finds their morale has slipped.

Shooter: “The Red Badge”
USA Network, 10pm

An attempt on Sam’s life leads the Swaggers to shocking information left behind by Earl, which may have led to his death. Nadine (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) and Isaac’s (Omar Epps) team takes a run at one of the heads of Atlas.

Jimmy Kimmel Live!
ABC, 11:35pm

“Hi Bob!” Not only is that the way host Jimmy Kimmel will likely greet guest Bob Newhart, but it’s also the name of the TV legend’s new Audible series (featuring his chats with Will Ferrell, Lisa Kudrow and others), which you’ll undoubtedly hear more about tonight.

Friday, Aug. 10

Ordeal by Innocence
Amazon
New Miniseries!

Agatha Christie’s novel Ordeal by Innocence comes to life in this three-episode limited series starring an ensemble cast that includes Bill Nighy, Anthony Boyle, Anna Chancellor, Morven Christie, Crystal Clarke, Christian Cooke, Alice Eve, Matthew Goode, Ella Purnell, Eleanor Tomlinson and Luke Treadaway. In Ordeal by Innocence, the Argyll family finds old wounds reopened when a man turns up and claims that the black sheep of the family, Jack Argyll, could not have murdered its tyrannical matriarch. The family must come to terms with Jack’s innocence and with the fact that one of them may be the real murderer.

All About the Washingtons
Netflix
New Series!

Founding Run-D.M.C. member Rev Run (real name Joseph Simmons) and his wife, Justine Simmons, play fictionalized versions of themselves — husband and wife Joey and Justine Washington — in this autobiographical family sitcom. After Joey decides to retire from his long and legendary hip-hop career, Justine takes advantage of the opportunity to pursue a career of her own now that Joey is available to focus on raising the kids and keeping the house in order.

La Casa de las Flores
Netflix
New Series!

This dark, Spanish-language comedy series revolves around a seemingly successful and idyllic family-run flower business full of dysfunctional secrets. One day, the patriarch finds out his longtime mistress has suddenly passed away, and he decides to bring the children he had with her into the household alongside his current wife and family, who didn’t know the others existed.

Insatiable
Netflix
New Series!

Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts and Alyssa Milano star in this series that is described as a “dark, twisted revenge comedy.” After being bullied and ignored for years because of her weight, Patty (Ryan) suddenly finds herself thin and is out for payback against anyone who ever made her feel bad about herself. Disgraced attorney Bob (Roberts) sees Patty’s potential and helps turn her into the top pageant queen in the country. But neither Bob nor his wife Coralee (Milano) realize how deep Patty’s desire for revenge goes.

The Package
Netflix
Original Film!

When four teens go on a spring break camping trip, an unfortunate accident sets off a race against time to save their friend’s most prized possession.

Freaky Friday
Disney Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

The beloved body-swap story gets a music-driven adaptation. Heidi Blickenstaff (the stage production of Freaky Friday) stars as Katherine Blake, a busy mom who tries in vain to understand her teenage daughter, Ellie (Dolphin Tale’s Cozi Zuehlsdorff), who is struggling with her father’s death and her mom’s upcoming remarriage. When Katherine won’t allow Ellie to join “The Hunt,” an epic all-night scavenger quest, the two wish the other would change her ways, and they magically swap bodies. While they try to remedy their problem, they must spend the day in each other’s shoes.

Wynonna Earp: “No Cure for Crazy”
Syfy, 9pm

The forest reveals its secrets — and a clue to Nicole’s (Katherine Barrell) past. Meanwhile, Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) pays an unexpected visit to her mother.

Great Performances: “Chicago Voices”
PBS, 10pm

Celebrate Chicago’s vibrant music culture with performances by Renée Fleming, Broadway’s Jessie Mueller, rap artist Lupe Fiasco, folk legend John Prine, pop and gospel singer Michelle Williams, and world-renowned tenor Matthew Polenzani.

Killjoys: “What to Expect When You’re Expecting … an Alien Parasite”
Syfy, 10pm

Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) awakens to John (Aaron Ashmore) at the brink of madness, and the birth of D’av’s (Luke Macfarlane) child.

Saturday, Aug. 11

The Champion Within
NBC, 9:30am

A drop of Saturday-morning inspiration: Today on the series about real-life athletes overcoming adversity, an English Premier League soccer team gives a boost to kids in New York City’s Harlem.

Little League Baseball World Series: Regional Finals
ESPN, beginning at 11am Live

ESPN airs six regional final games from the Little League Baseball World Series tournament.

Tennis: Rogers Cup: Semifinals
ESPN2, beginning at 1pm Live

ESPN2 has live coverage of the Rogers Cup semifinal round today with both women’s matches from IGA Stadium in Montreal and both men’s matches from Aviva Centre in Toronto.

Love at Sea
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

Real-life couple Carlos and Alexa PenaVega star in this adaptation of Barbara Oliverio’s book Love on the Lido Deck. When event planner Olivia Grayham (Alexa PenaVega) accompanies her best friend — a popular YouTube star — on a Caribbean cruise, Olivia has planned every detail. But when she’s paired with Tony Rieves (Carlos PenaVega), the cruise director’s second-in-command who has his own ideas for onboard activities, Olivia must adjust. She realizes that there are some things — like falling in love — that can’t be planned.

I Am Paul Walker
Paramount Network, 9pm

The parents and siblings of the charismatic actor — who died in a 2013 car crash — open up in new interviews.

The Vanilla Ice Project
DIY Network, 10pm
Season Premiere!

The onetime rapper is approaching the 100-episode mark with his home-renovation series, so by now every jokey reference to his past has been made. But we still bet his work is nice, nice, baby.

Fatal Vows
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Stacy Kaiser, a licensed psychotherapist and relationship expert, and Dr. Brian Russell, an attorney as well as a forensic and clinical psychologist, are back for a new season of exploring tumultuous, shocking and high-stakes divorces and the murders linked to them.

Mind Your Business With Mahisha
OWN, 10pm
New Series!

In this cleverly titled new reality show, entrepreneur Mahisha Dellinger shares her expertise — and pulls no punches — with other female business owners.