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Tuesday, July 16: Open The CW’s New Sci-Fi Action Series ‘Pandora’

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Tuesday, July 16

The CW, 8pm
New Series!

This new sci-fi action series is set in the year 2199 and centers on a resourceful young woman who has lost everything but finds a new life at Earth’s Space Training Academy, where she and her friends learn to defend the galaxy from threats, both alien and human. When secrets about the nature of her own identity begin to surface, she must uncover the truth and find out whether she will be humanity’s savior or the instrument of its destruction.

The Lion King: Can You Feel the Love Tonight With Robin Roberts
ABC, 8pm

This one-hour special will explore the enduring universal appeal of The Lion King franchise and feature interviews with members of the new film’s all-star cast, including Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Alfre Woodard and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Also paying tribute to the iconic Disney story and its 25-year legacy are original voice actors Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick and Jeremy Irons, as well as Elton John, who contributed to both films.

Behind Closed Doors
HBO, 8pm

The unsolved 2008 double murder of a 13-year-old and her family’s male household servant in Noida, India, is that country’s equivalent of the JonBenét Ramsey mystery. This two-part doc, concluding Wednesday at the same time, follows the investigation’s twists and turns.

America’s Got Talent: “Judge Cuts 1”
NBC, 8pm

Country music superstar Brad Paisley joins the panel as a guest judge and gets to send an act directly to the live shows with a Golden Buzzer. Contestants have one last chance to impress the judges before America votes in the live rounds.

Moon Movies Marathon
TCM, beginning at 8pm

Blast off with a marathon of movies featuring our favorite celestial body — the moon. Titles include Destination Moon (1950), For All Mankind (1989), Countdown (1968), From the Earth to the Moon (1958), First Men in the Moon (1964) and Georges Méliès’ 1902 seminal black-and-white classic A Trip to the Moon.

JFK Jr: The Final Year
A&E, 9pm

This two-hour documentary special, airing on the 20th anniversary of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s death, reframes the last year of his life in an entirely new way. The compelling documentary shines a light on 1999 as he struggled to save his marriage, tried to rescue his political magazine, George, and coped with the fatal illness of his closest friend and cousin, Anthony Radziwill. Viewers are given a behind-the-scenes look at memorable moments in JFK Jr.’s life.

Blood & Treasure: “The Wages of Vengeance”
CBS, 9pm

In the new episode “The Wages of Vengeance,” Danny (Matt Barr) and Lexi (Sofia Pernas) enlist Hardwick (James Callis) to tap into his underworld contacts in hopes of cornering Farouk (Oded Fehr) before he disappears again.

The 100: “Matryoshka”
The CW, 9pm

Russell (guest star JR Bourne) seeks justice. Meanwhile, Gabriel (guest star Ian Pala) must make a difficult choice. Lastly, the Blake siblings reunite.

Animal Kingdom: “Ambo”
TNT, 9pm

The Codys head out for a big job, even though Smurf (Ellen Barkin) is nowhere to be found. All eyes are on J (Finn Cole) as he assumes a leadership position in a risky heist.

Man on the Moon: A CBS News Special
CBS, 10pm

This hourlong CBS News special looks back on the historic Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years after Neil Armstrong’s “one giant leap for mankind.”

Drunk History: “Whistleblowers”
Comedy Central, 10pm

Among the tipsily narrated tales: how “Martha the Mouth” (SNL alum Vanessa Bayer), wife of Nixon crony John Mitchell (Veep’s Tony Hale), leaked the Watergate scandal to the press before Deep Throat.

’Til Death Do Us Part: “Three Pops and a Pause”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm

When Ashlee and Emmett meet at Utah State University, it’s love at first sight. Within six months, they marry in the Mormon Temple, sealing their partnership for time and all eternity. Six years later, five young kids and a growing business are putting their relationship under pressure. Then, things come to a head in a violent encounter that blows their seemingly perfect marriage apart in an instant.

Bring the Funny: “The Open Mic 2”
NBC, 10pm

The Open Mic round continues with host Amanda Seales and judges Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen and Jeff Foxworthy. In the second night of this round, sketch, variety and standup comedy acts give their all to impress the judges and make it to the next stage of the competition in hopes of winning the $250,000 grand prize and becoming the first ever winner of Bring the Funny.

NOVA: “Apollo’s Daring Mission”
PBS, 10pm

This episode of NOVA originally aired in December 2018. In it, Apollo 8’s astronauts and engineers recount the first manned mission to the moon.

The Detour: “The Year”
TBS, 10:30pm

Tonight’s episode is all about catching up, as sister and brother — Delilah (Ashley Gerasimovich) and Jared (Liam Carroll) — reunite and have plenty to talk about.

Wednesday, July 17

MasterChef: “Gerron’s Wedding”
FOX, 8pm

The top 14 home cooks fight for immunity in a team challenge where they scramble to prepare 45 meals in only 90 minutes for a wedding held in the MasterChef kitchen. The groom is MasterChef Season 9 champion Gerron Hurt, and the teams hope to impress him, his bride and their guests — as well as judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Aarón Sánchez — and avoid elimination.

Ellen’s Game of Games: “Beauty and the Boots”
NBC, 8pm

Contestants will play Stink Tank, Scary Go Round, Knockin’ Boots and Taste Buds. The winner of each of the first four rounds advances to Know or Go, and the winner of that game advances to Hot Hands for a chance to win a cash prize.

Southern Charm: “Rocky Mountain High Part One”
Bravo, 9pm

As Charleston deals with the fallout from Ashley’s “apology tour” at Eliza’s luncheon, Kathryn confronts Whitney about their summer romance rumor. Cameran reveals to Shep that she’s invited Madison to her birthday ski trip in Colorado, much to his chagrin. Meanwhile, the trip gets off to a rocky start as a frustrated Craig unleashes his pent-up fury on the gang.

Jane the Virgin: “Chapter Ninety-Seven”
The CW, 9pm

When Jane’s (Gina Rodriguez) editor pitches her a dark twist for her book, Jane begins to wonder if the same thing might have actually happened to her. To avoid thinking about her career change, Xo (Andrea Navedo) instead focuses on trying to smooth things over between Jane and Alba (Ivonne Coll).

Songland: “Kelsea Ballerini”
NBC, 9pm

Grammy-nominated country singer/songwriter Kelsea Ballerini stops by to hear unknown songwriters pitch their original material to be her next hit song. 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 Ballerini’s style. One song is chosen to be recorded by Ballerini and released for a global audience.

8 Days: To the Moon and Back
PBS, 9pm

This docudrama blends mission audio featuring conversations among Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins with actor reenactments, NASA archival footage and CGI to re-create the first moon landing.

USA Network, 9pm
Season Premiere!

The ninth and final season finds the firm facing changes again after Robert Zane (Wendell Pierce) took the fall with the bar association to save Harvey (Gabriel Macht). After his sacrifice, Samantha (Katherine Heigl) is left reeling from the loss of her mentor. Harvey, meanwhile, realizes he doesn’t want to lose the most important person to him: Donna (Sarah Rafferty). The two balance their relationship with work and fight to salvage the firm’s tarnished reputation alongside Louis (Rick Hoffman), Alex (Dulé Hill), Katrina (Amanda Schull) and Samantha.

The InBetween: “The Length of a River”
NBC, 10pm

When a serial killer strikes again, Cassie (Harriet Dyer) allows her visions to lead Tom (Paul Blackthorne) and Damien (Justin Cornwell) toward the killer, leading to an unexpected twist in the investigation. Cassie also helps an old friend search for peace after the death of a loved one.

USA Network, 10pm
New Series!

This spinoff of Suits finds Gina Torres reprising her role as Jessica Pearson, the former powerhouse New York City lawyer who has been recently disbarred and is now trying to adjust to the down-and-dirty world of Chicago politics. Newly appointed as Mayor Bobby Novak’s (Morgan Spector) right-hand fixer, Jessica is quickly embroiled in a crooked and dangerous new world. With her compulsion to win, she is forced to reconcile her unstoppable drive with her desire to do the right thing — two things very much at odds.

Danny’s House
Viceland, 10pm
New Series!
Hip-hop star Danny Brown welcomes viewers to his weekly slumber party/talk show that can be described as part Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, part Wayne’s World and part Pee-wee’s Playhouse. In each episode, celebrity guests including rappers, comedians and athletes join Danny to chat about random topics ranging from UFOs, ghosts and AI to high school, dreams, music, fighting and style.

Golf: The British Open: First Round
Golf Channel, 1:30am Live (late night)

The 148th Open Championship is at Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland for the year’s final major. Italy’s Francesco Molinari won the Claret Jug in 2018. Golf Channel and NBC combine to air the tournament through Sunday.

Doctor Who
BBC America, 2am (late-night)

“The Waters of Mars” special first aired 10 years ago, and it still haunts us. In 2059, the Doctor (David Tennant) helps a pioneering crew he knows is destined to die on the Red Planet determine what’s terrorizing their base. The finest installment in a marathon of out-of-this-world Who that continues Thursday.

Thursday, July 18

A Boyfriend for Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 6am

Hallmark’s “Christmas Keepsake” moviethon is making every day merry and bright through July 28. This morning, celebrate the 15th anniversary of this surprisingly sweet holiday gem starring The Practice’s Kelli Williams as a social worker who thinks her pal gifted her a fake beau (Days of Our Lives’ Patrick Muldoon) to help her survive her prying family. ’Twas Santa.

iZombie: “Killer Queen”
The CW, 8pm

Liv (Rose McIver) and Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) investigate the death of an old-school drag queen, which leads Liv to eat and shift into the queen’s brain. Meanwhile, Ravi (Rahul Kohli) reaches out to Major (Robert Buckley) with an interesting request.

MasterChef: “Backyard BBQ”
FOX, 8pm

The members of the losing team from Gerron’s wedding challenge face elimination and have 60 minutes to present their best beef dish to the judges. But halfway through the beefy battle, the judges spring a tricky challenge on the home cooks.

The Real Housewives of New York City: “Reunion Part 2”
Bravo, 9pm

In Part 2 of the Season 11 reunion, the women confront Ramona for her lies and insults. Dorinda, Bethenny and Sonja challenge Tinsley to tell the truth about her relationship and living situation this season. Luann is put in the hot seat as Andy and the ladies discuss her most recent sobriety slip and probation violation.

The Outpost: “This Is One Strange Town”
The CW, 9pm

Talon (Jessica Green) tries to outmaneuver her new rival while Gwynn (Imogen Waterhouse) struggles to maintain control of the Outpost. A Baron named Tobin (guest star Aaron Fontaine) marches in and makes an outrageous proposal. The Mistress (guest star Robyn Malcolm) bitterly reunites with a close relative.

Christina on the Coast
HGTV, 9pm
Season Finale!

The house hunt begins after Christina and Ant decide to move in together. Christina wants something inland with a Cape Cod feel, while Ant prefers a modern space on the waterfront. The clock is ticking as they rush to renovate and move into their dream home before hosting a secret wedding.

Reef Break: “Welcome to the Jungle”
ABC, 10pm

When a man from Cat’s (Poppy Montgomery) past becomes instrumental in helping the governor, Cat and Ana Dumont (Melissa Bonne) find themselves in a dangerous situation.

Elementary: “On the Scent”
CBS, 10pm

The sleuthing show’s 150th episode finds Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Joan (Lucy Liu) connecting a sculptor’s murder to a long-dormant serial killer. Closer to home, Joan begins to suspect that Sherlock’s lying about the NSA investigating Odin Reichenbach (James Frain), the tech guru ordering executions of those he determines will commit heinous crimes. She’s right. He’s doing it to protect her.

Major League Soccer: Orlando City SC at Portland
ESPN, 10pm Live

Orlando City SC are in the Pacific Northwest for a Thursday night MLS matchup against the Portland Timbers.

Alone: “Ablaze”
History, 10pm

As they approach the one-month mark, the participants’ survival is threatened by new factors. One contestant is forced to defend against a huge predator. Another risks losing shelter in a horrible accident. And another struggles with the most challenging element of them all: being totally alone.

The Dead Files: “Demon Seed”
Travel Channel, 10pm

Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan travel to Gatesville, Texas, where a couple is being tormented by demonic entities hellbent on destroying their home and their grandchildren.

Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta: “Power, Influence and Hip Hop: The Remarkable Rise of So So Def”
WE tv, 10pm

For the first time ever, music mogul Jermaine Dupri uncovers the riveting journey of So So Def. Exclusive interviews include Mariah Carey, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Da Brat, Bow Wow, T-Boz, and Nelly.

Friday, July 19

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Season Premiere!

The famous guests taking a drive with Jerry Seinfeld in Season 11 include Eddie Murphy, Seth Rogen, Ricky Gervais, Jamie Foxx and many more.

Queer Eye
Season Premiere!

In Season 4, the Fab Five returns to Kansas City with a new roster of eight heroes.

Money Heist
Season Premiere!

The hit international drama (known as La Casa de Papel in Spanish-speaking countries) returns for Season 3. In the series, a mysterious criminal mastermind known as El Profesor originally recruited eight thieves for an epic heist. Look for El Profesor to develop new heists for his team in the upcoming season.

All or Nothing: The Carolina Panthers
Prime Video
Season Premiere!

Season 4 follows the 2018-19 Carolina Panthers as they strive to become the NFL champions. Jon Hamm returns as narrator of the Emmy-winning sports documentary series that takes viewers behind the scenes — including inside the locker room and on the sidelines — for an unprecedented look at the Panthers’ complete season.

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: Kacey Musgraves on Today (7am, NBC), Blink-182 on Good Morning America (7am, ABC) and Phil Vassar on Fox & Friends (6am, Fox News).

The Wrong Mommy
Lifetime Movies, 8pm
Original Film!

After receiving a work promotion, Melanie (Jessica Morris) hires Phoebe (Ashlynn Yennie) as her personal assistant, but Phoebe has an ulterior motive for taking the job and a twisted plan for revenge involving Melanie’s mother, Carol (Dee Wallace). Vivica A. Fox and Eric Roberts also appear.

1939: Hollywood’s Golden Year, Part 3
TCM, beginning at 8pm

Tonight’s lineup of 1939 classics includes Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Robert Donat and Greer Garson in Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Ginger Rogers in Bachelor Mother.

Wonders of the Moon
BBC America, 10pm

Explore a stunning medley of lunar delights — blood moons, super moons and total eclipses — from across the globe in this special that uses footage from low-light cameras to reveal the moon in its natural light.

The UnXplained
History, 10pm
New Series!

William Shatner hosts and executive produces this new series that explores the facts behind the world’s most fascinating, strange and inexplicable mysteries. In the series premiere “Evil Places,” Shatner and his team of scientists, historians, engineers and researchers examine strange phenomena in Japan’s Suicide Forest, a haunted amusement park, a cursed and ancient city in Honduras, and a slope in the Ural Mountains of western Russia that is the site of several mysterious deaths.

Syfy, 10pm
Season Premiere!

The fifth and final season begins with “Run, Yala, Run.” Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) realizes The Lady has put Westerley under a collective delusion. In a world without memory, nothing is what it seems.

Saturday, July 20

Soccer: International Champions Cup
ESPN & ESPN2, beginning at 7:30am Live

The summer’s biggest soccer club competition continues with Inter Milan vs. Manchester United in Singapore (ESPN2), Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Benfica in Santa Clara, Calif., (ESPN) and Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich in Houston (ESPN2).

From the Earth to the Moon
HBO2, 8:45am

You will get sucked into the marathon of this Emmy-winning 12-part 1998 miniseries chronicling the full Apollo program. And not just because it’s a who’s who with Bryan Cranston (Buzz Aldrin), Tony Goldwyn (Neil Armstrong) and Mark Harmon (Wally Schirra) among the stars.

Major League Baseball
FS1, beginning at 4pm Live

An MLB Saturday doubleheader on FS1 has the N.Y. Mets at the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals at the Atlanta Braves.

Frankie Drake Mysteries
Ovation, 7pm
Season Finale!

The 1920s Toronto private detective of the title (Lauren Lee Smith) puts the season’s final puzzle pieces together in back-to-back episodes: the first involving a Russian princess; the second, a British spy.

NTT IndyCar Series: Iowa 300
NBCSN, 7pm Live

NTT IndyCar stars take to Iowa Speedway for the Iowa 300 in primetime on NBCSN.

Million Dollar Mile: “I Think He Looks Like a Snack”
CBS, 8pm

Former Harvard football player Zak Aossey takes on Harvard medical student and track star Rebecca “The Harvard Hammer” Hammond in the new episode “I Think He Looks Like a Snack.”

Apollo: The Forgotten Films
Discovery Channel, 8pm

This two-hour documentary employs never-before-seen footage to pay tribute to the engineers and scientists who worked behind the scenes to land the first humans on the moon.

First Man
HBO, 8pm

Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong in this 2018 biopic.

The Madam of Purity Falls
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

A teen (Riverdale’s Trevor Stines) thinks he’s joining his neighbor’s (Olivia d’Abo) landscaping business. It’s an escort service.

Moon Landing
BBC America, 9pm

This special presents high-quality NASA footage and extensive news broadcasts from every corner of the globe to re-create the excitement and elation as 650 million people tuned in to watch Neil Armstrong’s remarkable first steps on the moon.

Apollo 11
CNN, 9pm

Relive the 1969 moon landing just in time for its 50th anniversary, with restored footage depicting the entire event — from the hardworking team at NASA to the hundreds of people lined up and waiting for launch to the actual landing itself.