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Wednesday, July 24: ‘NOVA: The Planets’ Voyages Through Our Solar System

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Wednesday, July 24

NOVA: The Planets
PBS, 9pm
New Miniseries!

PBS’ five-part miniseries premieres with back-to-back episodes that explore a new aspect of our solar system and the unique properties of our celestial neighbors. “Each of the five hours is a unique story,” explains Julia Cort, deputy executive producer of NOVA, “either an intimate portrait of an individual planet or a section of the neighborhood, and all of them are full of surprises.” The first episode, “Inner Worlds,” reveals the blistering experiences of the planets closest to the sun. Then, “Mars” shares the red planet’s astounding similarities to Earth — and its vast differences.

MasterChef: “King of the Crabs”
FOX, 8pm

The top 13 home cooks are tasked with breaking down Alaskan king crabs in an immunity challenge fit for a king. Plus, the contestants have only 60 minutes to craft something magical for this week’s special guest, chef Masaharu Morimoto.

Ellen’s Game of Games: “Gone With the Win”
NBC, 8pm

Contestants will play Son of a One-Eyed Monster, You Bet Your Wife, Say Whaat? and Mount St. Ellen. 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.

Ancient Skies
PBS, 8pm
New Miniseries!

This three-part miniseries shares how centuries of knowledge, experimentation and engineering have helped our ancestors understand the mysteries of space. Expert contributors decode astronomical myths and uncover the science behind their origins.

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

Chelsea, Cameran, Eliza, Danni and Kathryn hit the slopes for their first ever ski lesson, while Craig, Austen and Madison snowboard. When Austen and Madison’s relationship starts to heat back up, Kathryn reveals more dirt on her hookup with Whitney. Later, tensions rise when the gang enjoys a cannabis-infused dinner, and Kathryn is confronted with her past mistakes.

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

Jane (Gina Rodriguez) feels great about her book publishing prospects until an unexpected problem pops up. Petra (Yael Grobglas) and Rafael’s (Justin Baldoni) working relationship has been going so well that Petra makes Rafael an unexpected offer.

Songland: “Jonas Brothers”
NBC, 9pm

The Jonas Brothers come to hear unknown songwriters pitch their original material to be the trio’s 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 the Jonas Brothers’ style. One song is chosen to be recorded by the Jonas Brothers and released for a global audience.

The InBetween: “Let Me in Your Window”
NBC, 10pm

Tom and Damien race to stop a serial pyromaniac before he can strike again. Cassie suspects there’s something evil going on with the new bartender at work. Things take a turn for Sally, Damien’s comatose girlfriend.

South Side
Comedy Central, 10:30pm
New Series!

This aspirational, scripted comedy is set in the working-class neighborhood of Englewood on Chicago’s South Side. The series follows two friends who just graduated community college and are stuck working at Rent-T-own, a retail-rental crossroads where the South Side’s vast ensemble of characters comes together. Despite the obstacles of inner-city life, these friends and their coworkers all strive to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.

Thursday, July 25

Another Life
New Series!

Former Battlestar Galactica star Katee Sackhoff is back in the sci-fi genre with this series, playing an astronaut who leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact.

MasterChef: “Someone’s Toast”
FOX, 8pm

The home cooks face a mystery box challenge where they must use their secret ingredient to create two unique dishes: one savory and one sweet.

TCM Memorial Tribute: Albert Finney
TCM, beginning at 8pm

Turner Classic Movies remembers legendary, Oscar-nominated actor Albert Finney, who passed away in February at the age of 82, with a marathon of some of his memorable films. The evening begins with Annie (1982), followed by Tom Jones (1963), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), The Dresser (1983) and Night Must Fall (1964).

The Real Housewives of New York City: “Reunion Part 3”
Bravo, 9pm

The women finish raking Luann over the coals about her sobriety, then look back on some of the highlights from their trips out of the city. Barbara joins the ladies to discuss her scandalous comment about Luann’s singing and her ups and downs with the group. The ladies relive some of their most outrageous moments this season, and Sonja is in the spotlight for her drinking.

The Outpost: “Not in This Kingdom”
The CW, 9pm

Rebb (guest star Lilli Hollunder) goes behind Talon’s (Jessica Green) back to offer Gwynn (Imogen Waterhouse) a powerful army. Tobin (guest star Aaron Fontaine) courts Gwynn, but his roguish behavior gets in the way. Naya (guest star Amita Suman) is tasked with reshaping Janzo (Anand Desai-Barochia) so Talon will see him in a new light.

Hollywood Game Night: “Nothing Faisons This Super Game Night”
NBC, 9pm

Host Jane Lynch introduces her new game, Jane’s Pool Jamz, to celebrity guests Donald Faison, David Arquette, Rob Riggle, Colton Dunn, Lauren Ash and Ben Feldman. Two contestants go head-to-head with their favorite celebrities for a $25,000 grand prize in funny games that include Dance in Your Pants, Who Are You Wearing and Take the Hint.

Alone: “Night Raider”
History, 10pm

The remaining survivalists battle with predators, protecting their precious food stores. Some have their traps raided, forcing them to rethink their strategy, while another defends his turf by confronting the Arctic’s most ferocious beast. Meanwhile, another participant’s hunt goes awry when their prey fights back.

The Dead Files: “The Watchers”
Travel Channel, 10pm

Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan travel to Blue Springs, Mo., where a mother fears for the safety of her children as unseen forces torment them on a daily basis.

Friday, July 26

The Boys
Amazon Prime Video
New Series!

In this bitingly dark comedy, the world’s greatest superheroes are members of a group known as The Seven. They aren’t perpetually stoic and morally infallible; in fact, they can often be jerks. But a ragtag group has assembled to reveal their dirty secrets and expose the multibillion-dollar corporation that supports them, in this new show based on Garth Ennis’ subversive comic book series.

My First First Love
Season Premiere!

Tae-o and his friends navigate the twists and turns of friendship and love as they face new challenges in their relationships with one another.

Orange Is the New Black
Season Premiere!

In the seventh and final season, the women of Litchfield come to terms with the fact that prison has changed them forever. Piper (Taylor Schilling) struggles with life on the outside, while Taystee’s (Danielle Brooks) friendship with Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore) still hangs in the balance as her life sentence looms.

Sugar Rush
Season Premiere!

The sweet competition series returns as more teams race against the clock — and each other — to bake up the best-tasting sweets.

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: Andy Grammer on Today (7am, NBC), Lady Antebellum on Good Morning America (7am, ABC) and Skillet on Fox & Friends (6am, Fox News).

Andi Mack
Disney Channel, 8pm
Series Finale!

Tonight, the groundbreaking series for kids, tweens and their families comes to an end after three seasons.

The Wrong Tutor
Lifetime Movies, 8pm
Original Film!

When star high school athlete Eric (Nate Wyatt) needs help with his schoolwork, Emily (Ivy Matheson) convinces his mother Carol (Vivica A. Fox) that she is the perfect tutor for Eric. But Ivy has a conniving plan up her sleeve that has nothing to do with homework. Jackée Harry also stars.

1939: Hollywood’s Golden Year, Part 4
TCM, beginning at 8pm

TCM’s celebration of 1939 film classics ends tonight with The Women, starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell; Wuthering Heights, with Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier; and Love Affair, led by Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer.

The UnXplained: “Mysterious Structures”
History, 10pm

In this episode, William Shatner’s team visits curious structures including the carved churches at Lalibela, the Great Pyramid at Giza, and the mysterious stone spheres of Costa Rica. They also visit Coral Castle and Loretto Chapel to determine if their builders have unlocked ancient mysteries in their masterpieces.

Killjoys: “Blame It on the Rain”
Syfy, 10pm

Awake from the memory matrix, Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) is determined to wake her friends and stop The Lady before it’s too late.

Saturday, July 27

WNBA All-Star Game
ABC, 3:30pm Live

The WNBA’s best players compete in the All-Star Game showcase at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Major League Baseball
FS1, beginning at 4pm Live

The N.Y. Yankees visit Boston’s Fenway Park to take on the Red Sox, and the Houston Astros are at Busch Stadium in St. Louis to clash with the Cardinals on FS1.

NASCAR Xfinity Series: U.S. Cellular 250
NBCSN, 5pm Live

Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, Austin Cindric and other top stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series compete at Iowa Speedway for the U.S. Cellular 250.

Uncovered: The McMartin Family Trials
Oxygen, 7pm

In 1983, the small South Bay community of Manhattan Beach was rocked to its core after a child from the prestigious McMartin Preschool accused a teacher of molestation. What started out as one allegation soon became a media frenzy, with no shortage of children coming forward to corroborate the story and add to the accusations. This two-hour special looks at the resulting trial, lasting seven years and costing more than any other trial in history.

Million Dollar Mile: “I’m Going All the Way Tonight”
CBS, 8pm

In the new episode “I’m Going All the Way Tonight,” a Pilates instructor sets out to prove she can stand up to a Spartan Race world champion, and a parkour expert tries to outrun a professional triathlete.

V.C. Andrews’ Heaven
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Lifetime presents the first of five weekly films based on V.C. Andrews’ Casteel family book series. Heaven introduces the downtrodden family — including ambitious eldest daughter, Heaven Leigh Casteel (Annalise Basso) — who lives in the poverty-stricken foothills of West Virginia. When Heaven’s father sells her and her four siblings to different families, and she is sent to live in the home of her father’s ex-lover Kitty (Julie Benz) and Kitty’s husband (Chris McNally), Heaven fights to reunite her siblings and redeem her family name.

Henry Danger: The Musical
Nickelodeon, 8pm

In this 60-minute special, Frankini (guest star Frankie Grande) puts a musical curse over Swellview, and Kid Danger (Jace Norman) and Captain Man (Cooper Barnes) try to find a way to save everyone. But when Captain Man cracks under the pressure, it’s up to Kid Danger to remind him how to be a hero again.

Wild City: Singapore
BBC America, 9pm
New Series!

Acclaimed natural history filmmaker David Attenborough examines the wildlife of Singapore, showing the diversity of the urban and hidden environments of animals living in the city-state.

HBO, 10pm
Original Film!

Rhianne Barreto stars as 16-year-old Mandy, who discovers a disturbing video from a night she doesn’t remember and must try to figure out what happened and how to navigate the escalating fallout. This feature-length drama is based on Pippa Bianco’s Cannes Film Festival award-winning short of the same name, and also stars Charlie Plummer, Poorna Jagannathan, J.C. MacKenzie, Nicholas Galitzine, Lovie Simone and Danny Mastrogiorgio.