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Monday, July 8
American Experience: Chasing the Moon
The six-hour series, aired over three consecutive nights, offers insight into the behind-the-scenes goings-on of the space race. Episode 1 encompasses the years between the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957 and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as the United States and the Soviet Union compete for dominance.
Before that one small step, there was a long hard march.
— American Experience (@AmExperiencePBS) June 10, 2019
“Double Dare” SpongeBob Week
Episodes this week feature SpongeBob SquarePants-themed trivia, messy obstacles and the ultimate Bikini Bottom battle. Hosted by Liza Koshy with commentary by Marc Summers, the episodes will also include appearances by Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke, the actors who provide the voices of SpongeBob and Patrick. The first ever SpongeBob Week Tournament will see celebrities Tiffany Haddish, Jason Sudeikis, Drake Bell and Guava Juice compete to become the week’s champion.
MLB Home Run Derby
ESPN, 8pm Live
Some of baseball’s biggest sluggers will be swinging for the fences in the Home Run Derby, part of the 90th All-Star Game festivities held this year at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
American Pickers: “Aerosmith Van”
This special episode of American Pickers airs as part of History’s third annual Car Week programming event. After picking an awesome surf museum in California, Mike and Frank catch up with the Aerosmith van in Vegas. Then they drive it down the Strip to meet their rock ’n’ roll idols for the big reveal.
Explorer: Journey to Europa
National Geographic, 8pm
Jupiter’s moon Europa may be our best hope for finding alien life in our solar system. Today, an innovative class of explorers and scientists is planning a trip to Europa — 485 million miles away — to discover if life exists on the icy moon.
American Ninja Warrior: “Cincinnati City Qualifiers”
In the final City Qualifying Round, competitors will face up to six challenging obstacles, including Sling Shot, which is new to the course this year.
Antiques Roadshow: “Out of This World”
Oh, my stars! On a space exploration-themed episode of the appraisal series, look for the “Rescue” arrow from the hatch of the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, which carried the astronauts back to Earth post-moonwalk. This decal pointed to a panel that would allow emergency access to the cabin from the outside.
The Code: “Secret Squirrel”
In the new episode “Secret Squirrel,” Abe (Luke Mitchell) and Harper (Phillipa Soo) are mysteriously denied access to key evidence in the case of a Marine accused of helping a terrorist escape from Guantanamo Bay.
Fast N’ Loud
Discovery Channel, 9pm
This season, Richard Rawlings and his team at Gas Monkey Garage push their limits further than ever before as they seek a new level of success in the hot-rod world. Incredible builds, iconic stunts and record payouts, along with a set of new challenges, put the team to the ultimate test.
Holiday Baking Championship: Christmas in July
Food Network, 9pm
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for a quartet of holiday-loving bakers, all hoping to win a sack full of cash!
So You Think You Can Dance: “Judges Auditions 5”
L.A. auditions come to a close as judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Laurieann Gibson and Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval select the final dancers to move onto the Academy round.
Chuck Norris’ Epic Guide to Military Vehicles
As part of History’s Car Week, this special will follow action star Chuck Norris as he takes viewers on a tour through the wildest vehicles in the history of the armed forces, from an amphibious truck that can charge over deep sea and water in a flash, to a six-wheeled Humvee with more firepower than some tanks.
The Armstrong Tapes
National Geographic, 9pm
This one-hour documentary provides a personal and in-depth look at Neil Armstrong, as his sole authorized biographer, family members and colleagues sit down with National Geographic to reveal an intimate look at one of the world’s greatest heroes.
Grand Hotel: “The Big Sickout”
Danny (Lincoln Younes) and Jason (Chris Warren) dive deeper into the mystery of Sky’s (Arielle Kebbel) disappearance. An old friend of Gigi’s (Roselyn Sánchez) checks into the hotel causing Santiago (Demián Bichir) to feel uneasy, and Javi (Bryan Craig) is put to work.
The Lost Corvette
In 1983, for the first time since the brand’s inception in 1953, Chevrolet did not release a Corvette model for that year. Designs were drawn and parts ordered, but no car was ever released. In this Car Week special, diehard Corvette expert and builder Chris Mazzilli tries to fix this missing piece of muscle car history as he and his team build a one-of-a-kind 1983 Corvette.
Challenger Disaster: The Final Mission
National Geographic, 10pm
The film follows the tragic story of the historic space shuttle Challenger and its crew. The events of the days leading up to the disaster are detailed using no narration or new interviews; instead, the story is told through journalists’ reports, rarely seen images, extensive recordings from NASA and interviews with those who were part of the one-of-a-kind mission.
Tuesday, July 9
In this dating reality competition imported from the U.K., single Islanders come together in a stunning villa in Fiji ready to embark on a summer of love, friendships and relationships. Every few days the Islanders must couple up, and those who fail to find a partner risk being sent off the island. Islanders must also win the hearts of viewers who have the opportunity to shape events onscreen and ultimately crown one lucky couple the winner.
MLB All-Star Game
FOX, 8pm Live
The 90th MLB All-Star Game takes place at Cleveland’s Progressive Field as the best players from the AL take on the best from the NL. The AL has won the past six Midsummer Classics.
I Love You, Now Die
Tonight premieres a two-part crime documentary that explores troubling questions of how we communicate in the digital age by diving into the ethical morass of the case of Michelle Carter, who was charged with coercing her boyfriend into suicide via text. Part 2 airs tomorrow.
Counting Cars: “Danny’s Detroit Special”
In this special Car Week episode, Danny Koker restores a 1969 Shelby GT500 numbers-matching car from a rust bucket into an instant classic. The team visits the Detroit Autorama to check out the Ridler Award competition, where million-dollar cars are the norm. Danny also sells off two meaningful cars from his own personal collection.
Mars: Inside SpaceX
National Geographic, 8pm
Go inside SpaceX’s plan to get humanity to Mars. Get an unprecedented glimpse into one of the world’s most revolutionary companies as Elon Musk and his engineers persevere amid both setbacks and triumphs.
America’s Got Talent: “Auditions 6”
The auditions conclude with creator and executive producer Simon Cowell at the judges table alongside Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, Howie Mandel and host Terry Crews. Variety acts of all types and contestants of all ages audition for the chance to win the $1 million prize. The final Golden Buzzer will send one lucky act directly to the live shows at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to compete for America’s vote.
Farrah Fawcett Forever
Celebrate the life of actress Farrah Fawcett 10 years after her tragic death in 2009. Fawcett is an American icon whose influence on pop culture has been underestimated. This special features new interviews with Alana Stewart, Jaclyn Smith, Suzanne de Passe, Robert Duvall, Sherry Lansing and Cicely Tyson. The film includes never-before-seen family photographs and intimate film footage of her cancer battle.
The 100: “What You Take With You”
The CW, 9pm
Bellamy (Bob Morley) must venture into enemy territory with an unlikely companion. Meanwhile, Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) is forced to confront her past.
“Live PD” Presents: Top 10 Police Vehicles
In this Car Week special, police officers from all around the country, including some of those seen on A&E’s hit reality series Live PD, take viewers under the hoods of the most revolutionary and high-tech cars on the force.
American Experience: Chasing the Moon: “Earthrise”
In Episode 2, the nation mourns the death of President Kennedy, and President Johnson amplifies the space race by turning it into the nation’s greatest priority. This episode follows the Gemini program as it gives way to the Apollo missions, from the tragedy of Apollo 1 to the triumph of Apollo 8 — the first manned spacecraft to reach and orbit the moon.
Animal Kingdom: “Know Thy Enemy”
On the good side of duplicitous Cody matriarch Smurf (Ellen Barkin): grandson J (Finn Cole), who admirably takes lead on a new crime job. On her bad side: crafty Angela (Emily Deschanel), ex-friend of Smurf’s late daughter, who finds out more than she should about what Smurf has been hiding.
Blood & Treasure: “The Shadow of Projekt Athena”
In the new episode “The Shadow of Projekt Athena,” Danny (Matt Barr) and Lexi (Sofia Pernas) are in Montreal, where they suspect that the last of the Nazis who escaped with Cleopatra may still be alive and in hiding.
Pose: “Never Knew Love Like This Before”
This celebratory drama about trans and gay people of color in the early ’90s takes a devastating turn when a brutal attack rocks the ballroom community.
Bring the Funny
This new 10-episode competition features the best standups, sketch troupes and comedic variety acts who compete for a $250,000 prize package and the opportunity to perform in the 2020 Just For Laughs Festival. Chrissy Teigen, Jeff Foxworthy and Kenan Thompson serve as judges, with Amanda Seales as host.
WGN America, 10pm
Brought over from Canada, this new six-part show examines the aftermath of a 10-year-old child’s disappearance from the time of his vanishing to the reverberations two years later for his mother, father and grandfather.
Wednesday, July 10
The Handmaid’s Tale
It’s the backstory fans of this dystopian drama have been waiting for! While June (Elisabeth Moss) and her fellow handmaids go all Mean Girls on one of their own, Aunt Lydia (Emmy winner Ann Dowd) reflects on her pre-Gilead past as a judgy teacher.
The 2019 ESPYS
ABC, 8pm Live
Tracy Morgan hosts the 2019 ESPYS sports awards at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. Among the many honorees is NBA legend Bill Russell, who will be presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
MasterChef: “Joe Takes a Risk”
The top 16 home cooks fight for immunity in an epic team challenge: After their captains learn how to make an authentic three-course Italian meal at Joe Bastianich’s Los Angeles restaurant, Osteria Mozza, they return to the MasterChef kitchen to teach their respective teams how to execute the same meal for Bastianich and fellow judges Gordon Ramsay and Aarón Sánchez.
Battle of the 80s Supercars With David Hasselhoff
This two-hour special is part of History’s annual Car Week and features Knight Rider star David Hasselhoff setting out to prove how his iconic ’80s KITT car inspired and revolutionized the car industry for years to come. The special culminates with a one-of-a-kind race with Hasselhoff and the KITT car, Dirk Benedict and The A-Team squad van, and Erik Estrada in the motorcycle from the police drama television series CHiPs, with the winner taking home major bragging rights.
Hubble’s Amazing Journey
National Geographic, 8pm
For more than 25 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has revealed the secrets of our solar system, told us about the creation of stars and planets, and shared the glory of supernovas and the formation of supermassive black holes. This updated version of a 2015 National Geographic special reveals some of Hubble’s latest observations: exoplanets, astrophysical jets and the Bubble Nebula.
Ellen’s Game of Games: “Life As We Know or Go It”
Contestants play “Danger Word,” “Mount St. Ellen,” “See You Later Alligator” and “Aw Snap.” The winner of each of the first four rounds advances to “Know or Go,” and the person who wins that game advances to “Hot Hands” for a chance to win a cash prize.
NOVA: “Back to the Moon”
Fifty years after humans first set foot on the moon, new scientific discoveries fuel excitement for a return to the lunar surface. Follow scientists and engineers who are working to make life on the moon a reality.
Jane the Virgin: “Chapter Ninety-Six”
The CW, 9pm
After Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is struck with inspiration for her book, she immediately begins to write, but her next challenge is to get an agent. Rogelio (Jaime Camil) has been so focused on being the star, he begins to contemplate taking on a different role instead.
Mission Pluto and Beyond
National Geographic, 9pm
This National Geographic film uses unprecedented access to NASA’s New Horizons team to take viewers inside the daring mission of reaching the last great uncharted realm of our solar system — Pluto.
will.i.am stops by to hear unknown songwriters pitch their original material to be the next hit song for the Black Eyed Peas. Three of the most successful and sought-after writer/producers in music — Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean and Shane McAnally — mentor the songwriters to creatively adapt their songs to perfectly fit the Black Eyed Peas’ style. One song is chosen to be recorded by the group and released for a global audience.
American Experience: Chasing the Moon
Tonight the PBS miniseries concludes as the American space program sets its sights (and its feet) on the moon.
It’s the summer of 1984 as Snowfall begins Season 3. Crack cocaine is spreading through South Central L.A., and budding drug kingpin Franklin Saint (Damson Idris) wants to corner the market. But the LAPD is waking up to the epidemic, and Sgt. Andre Wright (Marcus Henderson) has his sights set on Franklin’s crew.
Lone Star Justice: “Long Arm of the Law”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
This was a case that would consume not only the Tyler and Smith County authorities, but the U.S. Marshals and FBI. When two unrelated murders are traced to a violent pair of siblings, investigators are led on a wild goose chase, starting in Texas but then spanning across two countries.
Who doesn’t like dating a millionaire? Uber-rich boy courts less well-off girl and vice versa in this new reality series that follows six couples as they try to fit into each other’s alien worlds.
Mission Saturn: Inside the Rings
National Geographic, 10pm
This one-hour special gives viewers an incredible look at Saturn and the team of dreamers who are exploring the ringed planet. Follow the robotic spacecraft Cassini as it dives into Saturn’s atmosphere and attempts to survive the elements as it descends into the planet. After a valiant three and a half hours, Cassini sends its final signal.
The InBetween: “Another Broken Morning”
Cassie (Harriet Dyer) is drawn to a young mother who needs her help and encounters young Abigail (guest star Sarah Abbott) once again. Tom (Paul Blackthorne) and Damien (Justin Cornwell) investigate a complicated murder that has international ramifications.
Yellowstone: “The Reek of Desperation”
Paramount Network, 10pm
The bickering billionaire Duttons, led by the ranch family’s patriarch, John (Kevin Costner), are facing an unexpected new threat. You’ll spot it as soon as Malcolm Beck (Neal McDonough), a ruthless casino mogul who’s partial to $5,000 Stetsons, swaggers into tonight’s episode. “Malcolm is a gangster in cowboy clothing,” says McDonough. “He lives by black-and-white rules. If those get broken, he takes care of it his way. He fears nothing.”
Pop TV, 10pm
A deliciously funny and quirky tale about four women sharing a mobile home in small-town Florida struggling to become responsible adults after a close friend moves away to pursue her dreams. Laura Chinn, a writer and producer of The Mick, uses her own life experiences to highlight self-growth and friendship.
Thursday, July 11
iZombie: “Night and the Zombie City”
The CW, 8pm
While investigating the murder of private eye Mick Chisel — who was stabbed in the head with an ice pick — Liv (Rose McIver) consumes Chisel’s brain in hopes of breaking down how this gruesome murder took place.
MasterChef: “Tag Team Tears & Tantrums”
With two eliminations on the line, the tag-team challenge pressures the home cooks to create a platter of food — in 75 minutes — inspired by the MasterChef shows airing in the Philippine Islands, India, Italy, Mexico, Morocco and China.
Siren: “The Outpost”
“Mermaid mating season has begun,” the network says. That got our attention. While badass Ryn (Eline Powell) returns to the sea to try to save her kind from extinction, another mermaid could be in danger.
Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
The roommates may be back, but a lot has changed as the squad rallies around Mike, who’s facing prison time and planning a wedding. At the same time, Deena’s about to give birth, Jenni’s contemplating divorce, Ronnie’s fed up with all the jokes at his expense and Pauly can’t resist just one wedding prank.
The CW, 9pm
Having defeated Dred and retaken the Outpost, Talon (Jessica Green) and Gwynn (Imogen Waterhouse) prepare for war in Season 2 of the fantasy series. Talon delves deeper into demon summoning, while Gwynn recruits allies. The Prime Order trinity known as “The Three” reveal mysterious powers as they send spies, assassins and a devastating weapon to the Outpost.
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Hayley (Lily Anne Harrison) is an advertising executive on the hunt for a big promotion, but to get it, she must land a traditional toy company as a new account. To educate herself on Christmas traditions, she heads to Christmas Camp and discovers an unlikely spark with Jeff (Bobby Campo), the camp owner’s son.
Paul Bunyan’s got nothing on these guys. In the reality show’s 10th season, industry giants Pihl Logging and Rygaard Logging take a swing at their toughest jobs yet, and greenhorn Frank Harkness dares to log in locations the ax-perienced won’t touch.
Hollywood Game Night
The game show hosted by Jane Lynch returns with a variety of familiar faces, including The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden and Marc Evan Jackson; World of Dance’s Derek Hough and Ne-Yo; This Is Us stars Chris Sullivan, Jon Huertas and Susan Kelechi Watson; Superstore’s Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Lauren Ash and Nico Santos; and more.
Dr. Pimple Popper
Everyone’s favorite dermatologist — Dr. Sandra Lee — is back for a third season to slay lipomas, cysts and life-altering skin ailments while giving patients the opportunity to live their lives free of embarrassment.
Our Wedding Story
Filmmakers Nick and Colin help engaged couples capture and tell their unique love stories, from how they first met to their journey down the aisle.
Crazy Beautiful Weddings
Wedding planner Lynzie Kent helps couples create unbelievable weddings that are personalized with unique elements from each couple’s love story.
Reef Break: “Buried Things”
When the wreckage of a plane crash is discovered in the jungle, it sparks the search for its passenger and a race to find Petra (Tamala Shelton) before it’s too late.
Elementary: “Miss Understood”
In the new episode “Miss Understood,” Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) search for an ulterior motive when Cassie Lenue (guest star Ally Ioannides), a brilliant young criminal they helped put in prison, seeks their help in solving a murder.
The Dead Files
Travel Channel, 10pm
Former NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi and physical medium Amy Allan are back on the case helping frightened property owners suffering from unexplained and dangerous paranormal activity. From their unique viewpoints, DiSchiavi and Allan work to uncover the truth behind their clients’ startling claims — and ultimately decide if it’s safe for them to stay.
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
If you loved seeing the late globe-trotter/chef trash-talk aggressive scavenging monkeys, you can revisit his wild Thailand trip tonight. Ovation is re-airing the popular travel series Thursdays starting at 10pm.
Friday, July 12
Morning Show Outdoor Concerts
Various Networks, beginning at 6am
That great summertime tradition of morning shows hosting outdoor concerts continues. Here’s a roundup of what to expect this morning: Maggie Rogers on Today (7am, NBC), the Struts on Good Morning America (7am, ABC) and Runaway June on Fox & Friends (6am, Fox News).
Tennis: Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s Semifinals
ESPN, 8am Live
The remaining four men compete in the semifinals today at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club with the hope of advancing to Sunday’s final match.
SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout
In this one-hour special — a mix of animation and live action — that celebrates the 20th anniversary of TV’s favorite “absorbent and yellow and porous” merrymaker, SpongeBob and Patrick journey to the surface world, where they come across a few familiar characters during lunchtime rush at The Trusty Slab. Meanwhile, the Bikini Bottom residents set up a surprise party for SpongeBob. David Hasselhoff, who played himself in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, also appears and runs into trouble in an ocean kayak and on the beach.
NASCAR Xfinity Series: Alsco 300
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live
Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, Austin Cindric and other top stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series compete at Kentucky Speedway for the Alsco 300.
The Wrong Boy Next Door
Lifetime Movies, 8pm
After troubled teen Katie (Calli Taylor) is sentenced to house arrest, she falls for John (Travis Burns), her attractive new neighbor. While their affair seems harmless at first, Katie becomes increasingly convinced there’s more than meets the eye with John.
1939: Hollywood’s Golden Year, Part 2
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Enjoy the 1939 classics Dark Victory, starring Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart, and the Oscar-winning Gone With the Wind, the legendary Civil War epic headlined by Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.
This four-part docuseries, which focuses on creative conversation and the emotional side of music-making, is a collaboration between award-winning director/documentarian Morgan Neville (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?), iconic music producer Rick Rubin and director Jeff Malmberg.
In the mood for a stylish summer noir series with a feminine touch? World-class thief Jett (Carla Gugino) agrees to steal a classic car for an associate of ruthless Russian gangster Bestic (Greg Bryk). Meanwhile, mob henchman Bennie (Christopher Backus) is forced to help clean up a gruesome mess.
Bill Burr Presents Ian Edwards: Ideas Not Worth Spreading
Comedy Central, 12am (late night)
In his first standup show for Comedy Central, Ian Edwards performs at the Beverly O’Neill Theater in Long Beach, Calif.
Saturday, July 13
Tennis: Wimbledon: Ladies’ Singles Final
ESPN, 9am Live
The Wimbledon ladies’ singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club airs live on ESPN.
Vampires & Demons & Witches, Oh My! Movie Marathon
Syfy, beginning at 11am
Today and tomorrow, enjoy a marathon of films about mythical creatures of all kinds, including Underworld, the three Blade movies, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and plenty more. Check the listings section for more details.
Major League Baseball
FOX & FS1, beginning at 4pm Live
The Chicago White Sox are in Oakland to face the A’s on FS1. Then on FOX, viewers will see either the L.A. Dodgers at the Boston Red Sox, the San Francisco Giants at the Milwaukee Brewers or the Washington Nationals at the Philadelphia Phillies.
Injustice With Nancy Grace
The 1979 murder of her fiancé when she was in college drove outspoken, dogged Nancy Grace to become a prosecutor — and she says she misses her days in the Atlanta DA’s office. “I knew, whether I got a guilty or a not guilty, that at the end of the day, I did something right,” she says. With her new Oxygen series, the former host at Court TV and CNN sister network HLN returns to true-crime TV, taking what she calls “a hard look” at cases gone wrong.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Quaker State 400
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live
The 1.5-mile tri-oval at Kentucky Speedway is the site of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 as top drivers Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and others race for points and playoff spots.
Million Dollar Mile: “Let the Race Speak for Itself”
A contortionist twists up the competition in her attempt to outrun a globally ranked Spartan racer in the new episode “Let the Race Speak for Itself.”
BBQ Pitmasters: “Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off”
Cooking Channel, 8pm
The pressure’s on as the teams come together to compete in one of the most difficult cookoffs of the year — the Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off. Everyone must deal with the added pressure of presenting their food for face-to-face judging as they compete for a share of $17,000.
Planet Earth: The Hunt: “Best of the Hunt”
BBC America, 9pm
Predator and prey lock horns (and match wits) in this roundup of the best moments from 2016’s BBC America docuseries The Hunt. Creatures make use of their environments to find — or avoid becoming — food. A tiger silently stalks a stag on the crunchy forest floor, using storm sounds as further cover; a chameleon blends into a rainforest, relying on a tongue longer than its body to catch wary bugs. Leopards may fail in six out of seven hunt attempts, but this stunner is a success!
Ghost Adventures: “Idaho State Tuberculosis Hospital”
Travel Channel, 9pm
The University Inn and Resort in Gooding, Idaho, bills itself as “A Fun Place to Stay.” Which is true, if you think fun includes whispering voices and apparitions of children. Tonight, Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin and their team of spook-seekers canvass the haunted hotel, which was a tuberculosis hospital in the 1940s. Let’s hope they’re more successful than the paranormal investigators who found a mysterious shape in the basement more than a decade ago.