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Wednesday, Aug. 8
Face Off: “Through the Looking Glass, Part 2”
After 13 seasons, one of the most offbeat and consistently entertaining reality competition shows calls it a day with its series finale, “Through the Looking Glass, Part 2” as the remaining finalists, all fan favorites from previous seasons, create their Lewis Carroll-inspired short film. Tonight’s final “Battle Royale” is preceded by a day-long marathon of Season 13’s previous episodes. McKenzie Westmore is host.
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”
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”
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”
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”
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.
Science Channel, 9pm
Catch encore episodes of the robot-fight series Wednesdays on Science Channel if you miss them Fridays on Discovery Channel.
DIY Network, 10pm
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.
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
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.
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”
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”
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”
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”
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!
“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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Disney Channel, 8pm
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”
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”
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”
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
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
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
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.
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
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
In this cleverly titled new reality show, entrepreneur Mahisha Dellinger shares her expertise — and pulls no punches — with other female business owners.
Sunday, Aug. 12
Syfy, beginning at 8am
Ahead of next Sunday’s premiere of the sixth and final installment of Syfy’s cult Sharknado film franchise, the network builds up to the event all this week with shark-themed movies to get you in the mood, starting this morning. Tonight features the premiere of Deep Blue Sea 2, and the week will also include titles such as Nightmare Shark and 6-Headed Shark Attack.
Food Network, 11am
Hosts Jamika Pessoa, Stuart O’Keeffe and Brandi Milloy and their guests take you on a journey of all things food — from popular restaurants’ secrets to delectable recipes and must-try kitchen tips.
TNT & CBS, beginning at 11am
The final round of 2018’s last major golf tournament tees off at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. Coverage starts on TNT and continues on CBS. Can defending champ Justin Thomas nab the Wanamaker Trophy yet again?
Celebrity Family Feud
Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith takes on current Los Angeles Rams star Todd Gurley II, and actor/comedian Craig Robinson goes up against Casey Wilson.
Teen Choice 2018
FOX, 8pm Live
The two-hour event honors the year’s iconic stars from the best films, most-loved TV shows, fiercest music and the top moments in fashion, digital and comedy with coveted surfboard-shaped awards. A few of the categories voted upon by teens include “Choice Liplock,” “Choice Hissy Fit” and “Choice Scene Stealer.”
The $100,000 Pyramid
On this episode, Ken Jeong competes against Nico Santos, and Tim Meadows faces off with Kathy Najimy.
Fear the Walking Dead
As AMC’s The Walking Dead spinoff returns for the back half of its fourth season, Madison and most of the Vultures are dead, John Dorie isn’t, and the dwindled group is without a home, pitting them against new adversaries, both human and walker, and even nature itself. Will they face them as a united front, or might individual desires and demons take over?
The darkly comic series adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel returns for Season 2. In the new season, Miles Daly (Chris O’Dowd) struggles to reconcile his ambitions as a filmmaker and a family man with his skill set as a career criminal. His progress in Hollywood is jeopardized when the washed-up producer (Ray Romano) with whom he partnered last season agrees to wear a wire for the feds. New recurring cast members include Raymond Cruz, Felicity Huffman, Steven Weber and Andrew Leeds.
Chesapeake Shores: “The Way We Were”
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Trace (Jesse Metcalfe) faces a difficult decision when a country legend offers him a gig that could propel his career but would take him away from his relationship with Abby (Meghan Ory) and her girls. “At the beginning of the series, Abby chose family over success, and now Trace is potentially choosing success over family,” Ory explains. Also in the episode, Abby finds an unopened letter that she wrote to Trace years ago and questions what to do with it.
Garage Sale Mysteries: The Mask Murder
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Garage sale guru Jennifer Shannon (Lori Loughlin) discovers a dead body in the storage locker that she and her business partner have purchased at auction. When further inspection of the locker’s contents reveals plaster “death masks,” and one of those masks perfectly matches the dead woman, Jennifer’s “inner sleuth” kicks into overdrive as she works to piece together the clues that will lead to the killer.
As a desperate Desna (Niecy Nash) tries to keep her wedding day from going awry, the hurricane racing toward Palmetto is the least of her worries!
To Tell the Truth
Theresa Caputo, Kal Penn, Denise Richards and Matt McGorry make up tonight’s celebrity panel.
Elementary: “How to Get a Head”
Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson’s (Lucy Liu) investigation into the murder of a religion professor puts them on the hunt for a killer connected to the occult in the new episode “How to Get a Head.”
The History of Comedy: “In It Together”
Abbott and Costello. Cheech and Chong. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Hilarious duos past and present are the focus of The History of Comedy’s punch line-packed “In It Together” episode. Greats such as Lily Tomlin, Fred Willard and Judd Apatow are able to drill down on the art form.
This season, Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) and Joe (Rob Corddry) take their skills to Los Angeles as they plot to expand their roster and their horizons in the world of action sports.
REELZ Channel, 10pm
Neither fame nor fortune exempt a person when it comes to a fateful vehicle crash, as this series shows. New episodes detail everything from Gloria Estefan’s tour bus crash (tonight’s episode) and the sinking of the Titanic to the heartbreaking fatal crash of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. and the remarkable story of the “Miracle on the Hudson” airplane landing.
HBO’s critically acclaimed comedy — created by and starring Golden Globe nominee Issa Rae — returns for a third season.
Monday, Aug. 13
“The Simpsons” Marathon
FXX, beginning at 6pm
A 12-episode stunt of The Simpsons starts off with the Season 4 finale “Krusty Gets Kancelled” and then features Season 5 classics like “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet,” “Cape Feare,” “Homer Goes to College” and “Rosebud.”
So You Think You Can Dance: “Top 10 Perform”
FOX, 8pm Live
After this season’s top ten perform for America’s vote, one will be sent home and only nine talented dancers will continue to vie for the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer.”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
The second season of this docuseries — which uses noted locations around the globe as entry points for investigations — kicks off with a look at Arthurian legend. Perhaps the mythical Camelot king was actually real!
Better Call Saul: “Breathe”
Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) seeks new employment. Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) navigates the fallout from Hector’s (Mark Margolis) collapse. Kim (Rhea Seehorn) does her best to support Jimmy in the wake of Chuck’s (Michael McKean) death.
Evil Lives Here
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
The series returns to tell more true, heart-stopping stories of people who shared a home with a killer. In each case, they see suspicious signs that something is amiss. Sometimes, they turn a blind eye to those signs, not wanting to know where they came from. Eventually, they must come face-to-face with the horrible truth: that the person they loved and trusted is a monster.
Frontline: “Our Man in Tehran, Part 1”
A fascinating and revealing view of life inside Iran with New York Times correspondent Thomas Erdbrink. With humor and curiosity, he shares a rare journey into a private Iran often at odds with its conservative clerics and leaders. Part 2 airs tomorrow.
Ten eligible men selected by a blue-ribbon panel of matchmakers vie for a chance at love with Dr. Celine, a mystery woman looking for the one who can mend her broken heart.
Elementary: “Uncanny Valley of the Dolls”
Series star Jonny Lee Miller directs the new episode “Uncanny Valley of the Dolls,” in which Holmes (Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) discover that the murder of a robotics engineer may be connected to his groundbreaking secret research in the area of real-life teleportation.
The remaining 10 episodes of the true-crime series’ 12th season begin airing tonight. The show examines the dark side of the American dream, when some people decide that they will do anything for money.
Big Brother After Dark
Pop, 12am (late-night)
Sure, the Head of Household competitions and behind-closed-doors conniving make for fun viewing, but the housemates save the really unfiltered awfulness for the CBS series’ post-primetime live feed.
Tuesday, Aug. 14
“The Simpsons” Marathon
FXX, beginning at 8pm
Tonight’s Simpsons marathon on FXX includes Season 5 episodes “Bart Gets Famous,” “Homer and Apu,” “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy,” “Deep Space Homer,” “Homer Loves Flanders,” “Bart Gets an Elephant” and “Burns’ Heir.”
The Wolf of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese directs this vulgar yet hypnotic 2013 masterpiece starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie. When Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio) was looking for a new way to make money on Wall Street, he turned to the uncharted world of penny stocks. This world afforded him the lifestyle he longed for, and helped him to become almost obscenely wealthy. But the rise didn’t come without a price. Illegal activities were front and center in his rise to the top, and he took his friends with him.
America’s Got Talent: “Live Quarter Finals 1”
NBC, 8pm Live
AGT begins the live stage of its season, where America’s votes determine who moves on in the talent competition. Before the start of Season 13, host Tyra Banks revealed that she looks forward to the live shows because they’re like a curated parade of excellence. “They’ve gone through so many different rounds to get there. And so to me, it’s better than an awards show, with great performances one after the other after the other.” The supermodel also teased, “We also have made the live shows a little bit of a fashion show for me too, so we’re already pulling outfits, like, ‘Ooh, what about this one, and this long train, and these big sleeves?’ The social media department of AGT told us that my outfits during the live shows get a huge amount of chatter. So now, I feel extra pressure to bring it for Season 13.”
No Passport Required: “D.C.”
Chef Marcus Samuelsson dines, dances and dishes with the Ethiopian community in the U.S. capital city. He enjoys staples like kitfo and injera, and celebrates the culture through cooking, dance and a traditional coffee ceremony.
Murder by Numbers
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
Each episode of this returning series begins with the discovery of a body and the onset of an intense investigation. After following the clues, investigators quickly focus on a likely suspect. But just as viewers ease into the standard process of a true-crime procedural through the eyes of detectives, they are plunged into another chilling cinematic storyline where a second body is discovered. This revelation not only eliminates the original suspect, but it also sends the investigation into the depths of pure criminal evil.
The Haves and the Have Nots
Who’s worse off? Earnest Jeffrey (Gavin Houston) trying to leave obsessed boyfriend Justin (Nicholas J. Muscarella), or poor Hanna (Crystal Fox), who faces tragedy after tangling with Veronica (Angela Robinson)?
Frontline: “Our Man in Tehran, Part 2”
More surprising encounters inside Iran’s closed society with New York Times correspondent Thomas Erdbrink. Whether it be protests about headscarves, visits to America or dreams of martyrdom, Erdbrink gets Iranians to reveal the intricacies of their private worlds.
Castaways: “Man Down”
In the new episode “Man Down,” a chance encounter between Tim and Krichelle takes them by surprise, while Eric finds himself on a solo path.
Making It: “Party Time”
Eccentric Brit Simon Doonan, famed for fashioning spectacular window displays for Barneys New York, is having a blast helping judge this arts-and-crafts competition hosted by DIY fans Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. “I’m blown away by the players’ level of craftsmanship,” says Doonan. Still, he was “bewildered” by tonight’s first task — build the best snack stadium — because he didn’t know making replica football arenas with carrot linebackers on a guacamole field is a thing. Eyeing one entry, “I thought, ‘Wow, what a lot of salami watching a game on a hot day!’”
Teachers: “Hot Deadly Dad”
TV Land, 10:30pm
In the Season 3 summer finale “Hot Deadly Dad,” Ms. Snap (Katy Colloton) convinces Ms. Bennigan (Katie O’Brien) that Hot Dad (Ryan Caltagirone) is a serial killer who’s at large in Chicago. Also, Ms. Watson (Kate Lambert) attempts to teach some etiquette to her “dirtbag” student, and Ms. Cannon (Caitlin Barlow) wears leggings that leave little to the imagination.
Wednesday, Aug. 15
Born This Way
The Emmy-winning docuseries returns for Season 4 with four weeks of back-to-back episodes. Each member of this close group of friends is living with Down syndrome and is taking brave new steps toward independence: Rachel and Megan move out of their parents’ homes; John and Steven work toward getting their driver’s licenses; and Elena and Sean have new romances in their lives. But the biggest story of the season is the nuptials of Cristina and Angel. The happy bride shares that she can’t wait for America to view her wedding and says, “I want them to feel happy for me. I found the perfect guy for me.”
Burden of Truth: “Family Ties”
The CW, 8pm
Joanna (Kristin Kreuk) and Billy (Peter Mooney) are convinced that the steel mill is hiding something and confront its owner, Ben Matheson (David Lawrence Brown). Meanwhile, the girls continue to get sicker and start to get shunned by the town.
MasterChef: “Just for the Halibut”
The top 12 chef-testants face their third skills test, where they must demonstrate the proper way to break down a halibut. Those who fail to impress judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Aarón Sánchez must then use their broken-down fish to create an original dish.
America’s Got Talent: “Live Results 1”
After last night’s thrilling live performances, the acts learn who will move on in the talent competition, and who have been eliminated.
Outback: “Return of the Wet”
In the final episode, “Return of the Wet,” Australia’s Kimberley region experiences extreme heat, humidity and monsoons from November to April. See how an aquaculture center breeds prized barramundi fish to restock a lake’s population, how scientists study the effects of invasive and poisonous cane toads on freshwater croc populations, and how volunteers help tag shorebirds who are on a stopover during the world’s longest single migration.
The Real Housewives of Dallas
Season 3 finds returning housewives Cary Deuber, Stephanie Hollman, LeeAnne Locken, Brandi Redmond, D’Andra Simmons and Kameron Westcott back in the saddle for another wild season filled with new beginnings, unlikely friendships, acrimonious accusations and lots of horsing around in the Lone Star State.
Man Fire Food: “Light My Latin Fire”
Cooking Channel, 9pm
Roger Mooking fires up two delicioso Latin-inspired feasts. In St. Augustine, Fla., Roger meets Nick Carrera, a grill maker at Urban Asado, and joins him to roast whole lambs and vegetables on Nick’s asado crosses and grills. In Smyrna, Ga., Roger hangs out with Porch Light Latin Kitchen’s chef Andre Gomez, who cooks up Puerto Rican classics in his backyard when he’s off the clock. The pair roast a whole pig and make unique empanadas.
Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back
The chef ends his first season of trying to save struggling restaurants in a day.
Wonders of Mexico: “Burning North”
Journey across northern Mexico to discover a desert rich in life. From prairie dogs fighting snakes, to bats hunting scorpions and tiny owls living in giant cacti, its animals have found clever ways to survive against the odds.
Thursday, Aug. 16
CBS All Access
This is one strange — but worthwhile — ride. Jack Reynor, Rupert Friend and Bella Heathcote star in the true story of Jack Parsons, a pioneering 1930s amateur rocketeer who also got involved in Aleister Crowley’s infamous sex cult. With the addition of the finale today, the drama’s entire season will be streaming.
SuperMansion: Summer Vacation Special
In this stop-motion animated special, the team heads to Hawaii, where Titanium Rex (Bryan Cranston) runs into vacationing former President Barack Obama (Jay Pharoah); Black Saturn (Tucker Gilmore) and Lex (Jillian Bell) teach Cooch (Heidi Gardner) how to swim; and American Ranger (Keegan-Michael Key) attempts to perform in a USO show while an evil threat brews under the sea.
Ryan Reynolds stars as darkly funny comic-book character Deadpool in this 2016 action film. Wade Wilson (Reynolds) agrees to rogue experimentation to help cure his cancer. He doesn’t realize that what he signed on for will leave him disfigured and hidden in the shadows. Now, armed with a variety of weapons and his twisted sense of humor, his new alter ego, Deadpool, takes a dark path to find and destroy the man who altered his life forever.
The Gong Show
Celebrity judges Rob Riggle, Ed Helms and Regina Hall are set to praise, critique and gong performers in tonight’s episode. Tonight’s acts include water-bottle ballet, shadow puppetry, a dancer with four legs, and a man who spits and does tricks with table-tennis balls.
NFL Preseason: N.Y. Jets vs. Washington
ESPN, 8pm Live
The N.Y. Jets head to FedExField in Landover, Md., for a Week 2 preseason game against the Washington Redskins.
“The Simpsons” Marathon
FXX, beginning at 8pm
Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) gets the spotlight on The Simpsons tonight as FXX airs “Lisa’s Substitute” (1991), “Lisa the Vegetarian” (1995), “The Secret War of Lisa Simpson” (1997), “Make Room for Lisa” (1999) and other episodes centered on the Simpsons’ middle child, a.k.a. “Stupid Lisa, Science Queen.”
Cabins go from crappy to quaint at the hands of investor David Rivera and his designer wife Chenoa in this new renovation series that proves the great outdoors are always better when it’s fab inside, too.
U.S. Gymnastics Championships
NBCSN, 8pm Live
NBCSN and NBC air the U.S. Gymnastics Championships from TD Garden in Boston, with men’s events tonight on NBCSN, women’s events tomorrow on NBCSN (tape-delayed) and men’s events on NBC Saturday.
Celebrity panelists for tonight’s episode are Kenan Thompson, Debi Mazar, Thomas Lennon, Sherri Shepherd, Horatio Sanz and Gillian Jacobs.
Trial & Error: Lady, Killer: “A Family Affair/Bad Instincts”
In the first of tonight’s back-to-back episodes, the retrial of Jesse Ray Beaumont (Michael Hitchcock) looms, and the team digs into Lavinia’s (Kristin Chenoweth) past to gain some fresh insight into the case. Then, after Lavinia is eliminated as a suspect, Josh (Nicholas D’Agosto) struggles with his defense for Beaumont.
Braxton Family Values
WE tv, 9pm
The flamboyant Braxton sisters resume their sixth season of unscripted drama. For starters, “Un-Break My Heart” singer Toni lands a movie role, but will have to postpone her wedding in order to take it. Hey, that’s showbiz, kid.
The hit A&E series Nightwatch returns, but this time, it’s taking viewers beyond the streets of New Orleans and Tampa and going national with police, fire and EMT units across the country as they patrol the streets between the hours of 8pm and 4am. Follow units in New York, Arizona, Texas and Louisiana as they make calls, save lives and keep America safe while it sleeps.
Take Two: “Shadows of the Past”
In the new episode “Shadows of the Past,” Sam (Rachel Bilson) and Eddie (Eddie Cibrian) are shocked to find that the man who had just hired them to find his missing wife is the most recent victim of a serial killer.
Alone: “Cold War”
The final remaining participants face the onslaught of Mongolia’s brutal winter. Relentless hunger and savage cold test them like never before, and in the end, only one will walk away with the $500,000 prize.
Friday, Aug. 17
Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons, Futurama) are executive producers of this adult animated comedy fantasy series, which launches its first season with 10 episodes. It takes place in the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland and follows the misadventures of hard-drinking Princess Bean (voiced by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson), her feisty elf companion Elfo (Nat Faxon) and her personal demon Luci (Eric Andre). The voice cast also includes frequent Groening collaborators John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
What if all the crushes you’ve ever had found out how you felt about them … all at once? In this adaptation of Jenny Han’s popular young-adult novel, Lara Jean’s (Lana Condor) love life goes from imaginary to out-of-control when the love letters for every boy she’s ever had feelings for — five in all — are mysteriously mailed out.
NASCAR Xfinity Series: Food City 300
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live
Elliott Sadler, Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell are among the top Xfinity Series drivers looking to survive the hard-nosed, short-track racing at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway tonight.
Young people making a difference are celebrated in this powerful special, culled from the star-studded WE Day California event on April 19. Moment of note: Jennifer Aniston takes the stage to praise two survivors of the Parkland, Fla., high school shootings.
Basketball: BIG3 Playoffs
FOX, 8pm Live
FOX Sports heads to Dallas, Texas, for the playoffs of the BIG3, the premier half-court, 3-on-3 basketball league.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Based on the 2014 book by Mitchell Zuckoff, this 2016 action-thriller follows the true story of the six members of a security team who fought to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, after a terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012. John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber and Toby Stephens star.
The Great British Baking Show
The unaired season from 2012 wraps up with the three remaining bakers being put through their pastry paces in a pair of challenges before finding out which of them is the crème of the crop.
In Search Of: “Time Travel”
Host Zachary Quinto charts a journey to determine whether time travel is possible. He meets a man who claims to have traveled back in time via a secret government program, and a group of people in Liverpool known as “time slippers.” Later, after getting equipped with new knowledge on the origins of the universe and the dimension of time, Quinto tests his own perception of time with an elaborate skydiving experiment to see if he can slow down time itself.
Great Performances: “Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2018”
Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic’s annual open-air concert from Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace, featuring conductor Valery Gergiev and internationally acclaimed soprano Anna Netrebko as a guest soloist.
Saturday, Aug. 18
Melissa McCarthy Movie Marathon
FX, beginning at 3pm
Melissa McCarthy gets the spotlight on FX today as the network airs three of her movies — Spy (2015), The Heat (2013) and Ghostbusters (2016) — back-to-back.
“Planet Earth: South Pacific” Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 4pm
BBC America presents a marathon of all six episodes of 2009’s Planet Earth: South Pacific nature documentary series tonight. Benedict Cumberbatch narrates.
Major League Baseball
FS1, beginning at 4pm Live
The Baltimore Orioles are at the Cleveland Indians in the first game of FS1’s MLB doubleheader. In the second game, the Milwaukee Brewers visit the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Back in Texas in the 1990s and 2000s, Kelly Siegler was a tough prosecutor who won convictions in 19 out of 20 death penalty cases. Today, the former ADA is in her fifth season as lead investigator on Cold Justice, a show that tries to wrap up some of the nation’s estimated 200,000 unsolved homicides. So far, she says, she’s worked on “65-plus cases with 37 arrests and 18 convictions, sometimes with no DNA or living eyewitnesses.”
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live
The steeply banked, 0.533-mile short track at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee provides a 500-lap endurance test for Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and other top Cup Series drivers tonight.
Pearl in Paradise
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Magazine photographer Alex Anderson (Jill Wagner) and author Colin Page (Kristoffer Polaha) head to Fiji in search of the elusive blue pearl that Colin wrote about in his bestselling novel, Pearl in Paradise. While searching for the precious pearl, the two discover that finding love could be the rarest adventure of all.
Murder Made Me Famous
REELZ Channel, 9pm
This series continues to explore why certain killers attract the attention of millions and their stories generate so much interest. New hourlong episodes include looks at the infamous Jack the Ripper, ruthless serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and others.