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Thursday, Aug. 8: Ann Curry Anchors Medical Mystery Series ‘Chasing the Cure’

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Thursday, Aug. 8

Chasing the Cure
TNT & TBS, 9pm Live
New Series!

Every week, patients battling puzzling ailments meet with a panel of top doctors who work to help solve their cases. Some stories are surprising, odd and uplifting, while others involve heartbreaking, life-or-death circumstances. The 90-minute series is anchored by Ann Curry and includes a 24/7 global digital interactive experience to fully harness the power of crowdsourcing in an effort to help people who are suffering from undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or uncured medical mysteries.

The Naked Director
Netflix
New Series!

This true story follows the rise of adult video director Toru Muranishi, who revolutionized the porn industry in 1980s Japan.

Wu Assassins
Netflix
New Series!

This series follows Kai Jin (Iko Uwais), a young chef in present-day San Francisco’s Chinatown who becomes entangled with the Chinese Triad’s pursuit of deadly ancient powers. After an encounter with a mystical spirit, Kai reluctantly becomes the Wu Assassin, using his enhanced martial arts skills to recover supernatural powers from five modern-day criminals threatening to use them to destroy the world.

The Young and the Restless
CBS, 12:30pm

Double Daisy! The Dukes of Hazzard’s Catherine Bach just popped up on History’s Car Week — now she’s guest-starring on Y&R for the first time in 17 months. As Anita, chaos-loving con artist mom to Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), Bach brings a special delivery to Genoa City. Uh-oh.

The Outpost: “The Blade of the Three”
The CW, 8pm

Wythers (guest star Andrew Howard) hatches a plan to save Garret (Jake Stormoen) before it is too late. Gwynn (Imogen Waterhouse) responds to Tobin’s (guest star Aaron Fontaine) proposal. Meanwhile, Talon (Jessica Green) and Zed (guest star Reece Ritchie) discover a key to great power. Lastly, Garret heads out on a dark mission.

MasterChef: “Box in a Box in a Box”
FOX, 8pm

The home cooks return to the MasterChef kitchen for a Mystery Box Challenge that includes multiple mandatory ingredients. After getting a demonstration from Gordon Ramsay, each contestant must create a dish using all of the high-end mystery ingredients.

Mountain Men: “No Guts, No Glory”
History, 8pm

Kidd and Harry set their sights on bagging a buffalo; Jake goes after a mountain lion caught too close to civilization; and Morgan fights the deadly skies of Alaska in a race to resupply his homestead.

Million Dollar Listing New York: “A New York Upstate of Mind”
Bravo, 9pm

Ryan views a seven-story townhouse featuring an incredible indoor pool, but being honest with the seller about the price may prevent him from making a splash in Chelsea. Upstate, Steve spares no expense on his brokers’ event of the 160-acre Payne Estate, hoping that axe-throwing competitions and carriage rides will be enough to rein in a big city buyer.

Two Sentence Horror Stories
The CW, 9pm
New Series!
This anthology series is inspired by the viral flash fiction of horror stories written using only two sentences. Vera Miao, who originated the web series of this title, executive produces this version, which features a cast including Nicole Kang (The CW’s upcoming Batwoman series), Jim Parrack (Suicide Squad) and Aleyse Shannon (Charmed). The half-hour series kicks off with back-to-back episodes tonight.

Hollywood Game Night: “Kiss Me in Lamorne-ing”
NBC, 9pm

Jane Lynch hosts a no-holds-barred competition of entertaining party games including Song Sung Wrong, Block This Way and What’s in a Name? Celebrity cast Lamorne Morris, Sara Foster and Lil Rel team up to challenge Mike Colter, Erin Foster and Thomas Middleditch in hopes of helping a contestant win the $25,000 grand prize.

Reef Break: “Despot”
ABC, 10pm

When a mysterious general arrives on the Reef with a secret collection of stolen art and jewelry, chaos and murder ensue leaving Wyatt (Desmond Chiam) to question Cat’s (Poppy Montgomery) involvement and who she is really working for.

Elementary: “Reichenbach Falls”
CBS, 10pm

The title of the series’ penultimate episode, “Reichenbach Falls,” suggests that Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) will finally defeat nefarious tech billionaire Odin Reichenbach (James Frain) before time (and the series) runs out.

Alone: “The Ice Cometh”
History, 10pm

As the weather gets colder and even less forgiving, the participants struggle to obtain basic resources. One participant continues to lose weight at a rapid and deadly pace, while another continues to be harassed by ruthless predators. Another contestant wakes one morning to a grave discovery and realizes that the Arctic winter has only just begun.

Friday, Aug. 9

Free Meek
Amazon Prime Video
New Series!

All six episodes of the documentary series are available for streaming today and follow the transformation of Meek Mill (birth name Robert Rihmeek Williams) from chart-topping rapper to criminal justice activist.

GLOW
Netflix
Season Premiere!

In Season 3, the women wrestlers take the Las Vegas strip by storm and headline at the Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino. But they quickly learn that Sin City is much more grind than glitter. Oscar winner Geena Davis guest-stars in five of this season’s 10 episodes as Sandy Devereaux St. Clair, a former showgirl who is now entertainment director for the Fan-Tan.

Las Chicas del Cable (Cable Girls)
Netflix
Season Premiere!

The Spanish period drama set in the late 1920s, which follows four young women who start working for a new telecommunications company in Madrid, returns for Season 4.

Sintonia
Netflix
New Series!

This teen drama from Brazil is told through three characters’ perspectives as it explores the universe of music, crime and religion in São Paulo.

Good Morning America
ABC, 7am

Keith Urban takes the stage in NYC’s Central Park to show us, once again, why he’s the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year. Come for the pining vocals on his first-love hit “We Were,” stay for the guitar solos.

WE Day
ABC, 8pm

This annual celebration recognizes young people around the world who are working to be unstoppable forces for good. The one-hour special showcases the best moments from a daylong event — hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and featuring performances and inspiring speeches from notables including Chance the Rapper, Selena Gomez, Mahershala Ali, Natalie Portman, Bill Nye, Meghan Trainor, Joe Jonas and Lilly Singh — that was filmed in Los Angeles before a crowd of 16,000 students who had all earned their tickets through volunteerism.

Deadly Influencer
Lifetime Movies, 8pm
Original Film!

Skylar (Morgan Taylor Campbell) is obsessed with managing the careers of her social media “influencer” classmates, and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals, including murder. After eliminating the most popular girl in school, Skylar turns her sights on Jessica (Abby Ross), a new girl who is an up-and-coming fashion blogger. But Jessica’s mother, Lynn (Anne Dudek), suspects that Skylar is dangerous and pledges to protect her daughter.

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
CMT, 9pm

Consider this the long-running reality show’s Viewer Participation Night: The 100-plus hopefuls dying to be NFL cheerleaders learn the famous Dallas kick line. Can you follow along at home? Halter top and short-shorts optional.

Great Performances: “Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2019”
PBS, 9pm

Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic’s annual concert from Schönbrunn Palace with guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel and famed pianist Yuja Wang performing pieces including Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

David Bowie: Finding Fame
Showtime, 9pm

This documentary offers a glimpse at a young David Jones (soon to be David Bowie) in his early years of performing. For an artist who came to embody “cool,” the film clearly shows that Bowie was anything but in the beginning stages of his career.

Ghosts of Morgan City
Travel Channel, 9pm
Season Finale!

Got to watch out for those creepy toys. The investigators delve into a gruesome murder in Berwick, La., where poltergeist activity is linked to not only a baby doll but also some paranormal doings at the team’s own headquarters.

Jett
Cinemax, 10pm
Season Finale!

Big drama on the, uh, drama: Russian criminal Miljan Bestic (Greg Bryk) has one last one-last-job for ace thief Jett (Carla Gugino) … who has her own plan to get free of him forever.

The UnXplained: “Unnatural Nature”
History, 10pm

William Shatner, who hosts and executive produces this series, explores some of the most puzzling mysteries of the natural world: How was Devils Tower formed? What causes Yellowstone’s Old Faithful to erupt like clockwork? What is the source of the “Windsor Hum”? Shatner and his crew are on the worldwide hunt for answers.

Killjoys: “Ship Outta Luck”
Syfy, 10pm

The trio must figure out a way to break out of an inescapable maximum-security prison.

Saturday, Aug. 10

Major League Baseball
FS1, beginning at 4pm Live

A doubleheader of NL matchups on FS1 has the Philadelphia Phillies at the San Francisco Giants, followed by the Colorado Rockies at the San Diego Padres.

The Zoo: San Diego
Animal Planet, 8pm
New Series!

The producers of Animal Planet’s The Zoo and The Aquarium go behind the scenes at the famed San Diego Zoo in this new docuseries. The show will feature stories from the zoo itself, along with its adjacent establishments, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Of course, a wide range of animals will be on hand, including pandas, giraffes, Galapagos tortoises, koalas, elephants, two baby cheetahs, a flock of ostriches known as the “Spice Girls” and plenty more.

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

Now a confident young woman, Heaven (Annalise Basso) appears to have it all until the ghosts of her past rise up and threaten her new life. “Despite everything she goes through, she always comes back to the power of positivity, the promise of redemption and the fulfillment that is achieved by pure compassion,” says Basso. Jason Priestley directs and stars alongside Basso, Kelly Rutherford and Jessica Clement.

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2019
Nickelodeon, 8pm

Michael Strahan hosts Nickelodeon’s annual event, which celebrates kids’ love of sports, athletes and unforgettable sports moments. Blimp-shaped awards are presented in kid-voted-upon categories, including Favorite Male Athlete, Favorite Female Athlete and Favorite Breakout Player. Serena Williams, Stephen Curry and James Harden are this year’s top nominees with four each, and first-time nominees include Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley, Baker Mayfield and Naomi Osaka.

Wild City: Singapore: “Islands”
BBC America, 9pm

Episode 3, “Islands,” ventures to Singapore’s sandy beaches, coral reefs and murky mangroves, which are home to an array of fascinating creatures.

A Taste of Summer
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

Sous-chef Gabby (Roselyn Sanchez) leaves a posh Manhattan eatery and her noncommittal boyfriend to open her own restaurant in New England. When she checks out the local competition, Delaney’s Coastal Grille, owned by handsome Caleb (Eric Winter), the two restaurateurs quickly embark on a restaurant war. But when the rivals are forced to pair up, they discover that their competitive relationship might be seasoned with a hint of romance.

Mountain Mamas
HGTV, 11pm
New Series!

Families with a passion for the great outdoors love Montana for its picturesque mountain vistas and wide-open spaces. Real estate mavens and busy moms Jackie Wickens and Trecie Wheat Hughes help clients make their dream a reality, fueled by the duo’s Montana pride and fun friendship.

Sunday, Aug. 11

Star Trek
IFC, 9am
In this six-episode “Scotty Saves the Day” marathon, the Enterprise’s beloved engineer (James Doohan) comes up against Romulans, Klingons, computer-simulated war, fascist aliens, a foolish diplomat and a doomsday machine!

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Consumers Energy 400
NBCSN, 3pm Live

Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin and other top Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers take to Michigan International Speedway for the Consumers Energy 400.

Art of Falling in Love
UPtv, 7pm
Original Film!

While painting a mural for a new hospital wing, an artist (Kimberly-Sue Murray) debates whether to trust its architect (Josh Dean) with her heart. Gilmore Girls’ Kelly Bishop plays his mom, so we trust she’ll have raised him right.

The Walking Dead: “Season 10 Preview Special”
AMC, 8pm

The postapocalyptic series probably won’t return until October, but showrunner Angela Kang whets our appetites with a glimpse of what’s to come in Season 10.

The Real Housewives of Potomac: “Open House and Closed Doors”
Bravo, 8pm

Ashley finally makes contact with her distant relative, but their startling reaction leaves her in tears. Meanwhile, Candiace and her mother are still at odds, but Dorothy proves that old habits die hard. Robyn hosts an open house to celebrate her finished property, but things go sour when Gizelle confronts Monique — causing surprising tension between the sisters.

Teen Choice 2019
FOX, 8pm Live

The teen-centric awards ceremony, where surfboard-shaped trophies are handed out in categories voted upon by fans, airs live from the sands of California’s Hermosa Beach. In keeping with this year’s SoCal vibe, the awards will feature a surf-and-sand dance number, as well as surfers, kite boarders and today’s biggest stars in TV, music, film and social media.

Fear the Walking Dead
AMC, 9pm
New Episodes!

After taking a short summertime hiatus, the Walking Dead spinoff returns with new episodes.

Southern Charm New Orleans: “Second Time’s the Southern Charm”
Bravo, 9pm
Season Finale!

Reece and Reagan’s big day is finally here! Barry does his best to convince Tamica to stand by Reagan’s side. But as Tamica questions if she can make it down the aisle for her friend, Justin questions if he can take the next step with Kelsey. Jeff reconnects with his sister, makes big decisions about the next chapter of his life and closes the book on his marriage to Reagan.

Instinct: “After Hours”
CBS, 9pm

In the new episode “After Hours,” Dylan (Alan Cumming) and Lizzie (Bojana Novakovic) go undercover in New York City’s erotic underground to investigate the murder of a high-powered public relations rep.

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: An Inheritance to Die For
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!

A murder hits close to home when Aurora Teagarden’s best friend’s aunt is poisoned, leaving behind a large estate that seemingly everyone feels entitled to. Stars Candace Cameron Bure, Niall Matter, Marilu Henner, Lexa Doig and Peter Benson.

Succession
HBO, 9pm
Season Premiere!

HBO’s surprise hit of last summer returns for Season 2, following the Roy family as they struggle to retain control of their empire. While the future looks increasingly uncertain, it is the past that threatens to ultimately destroy them. Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck and Matthew Macfadyen star.

The Food That Built America
History, 9pm
New Series!

Discover the unexpectedly juicy backstories of grocery staples such as Coca-Cola and Heinz ketchup and fast-food fixtures like KFC and McDonald’s in this three-night documentary/dramatization. As for the humble corn flake, its saga takes us back to the late 1800s tonight, with renowned Michigan doctor John Kellogg. His Battle Creek Sanitarium promoted such unorthodox treatments as slapping machines and yogurt enemas — plus a healthy breakfast formulated on-site. Kellogg’s oft-overlooked brother Will ultimately brought cereal to market, but not before a fire, sibling disputes, a kitchen snafu that turned into a “Eureka!” moment and possible idea theft. Delicious!

Grantchester
PBS, 9pm
Season Finale!

Will struggles with a decision that will determine his future, and the violent death of a young man becomes conclusive proof to Geordie that the country’s gone to the dogs.

To Tell the Truth
ABC, 10pm

“Weird Al” Yankovic, Rob Riggle, Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy) and Sherri Shepherd make up the celebrity panel presented with a variety of participants with interesting stories, from the Rubik’s Cube foot-solving record-holder to a vocal coach for the stars and a husband-calling champion.

Instinct: “Go Figure”
CBS, 10pm

Dylan (Alan Cumming) and Lizzie (Bojana Novakovic) work to uncover why an Olympic-hopeful figure skater is killed while on the ice in the new episode “Go Figure.”

Jamestown
PBS, 10pm
Series Finale!

Mercy and Pepper bring joy to the town, but the Sharrows’ rivalry reaches the breaking point. Jocelyn gives Yeardley one last challenge that will alter both their futures. Opechancanough initiates a bold plan that will change Jamestown forever.

Strange World
Travel Channel, 10pm
New Series!
Independent filmmaker Christopher Garetano, whose award-winning documentary Montauk Chronicles covered events that also inspired the hit series Stranger Things, leads this series in which he embarks on a boots-on-the-ground investigation into the legends, mysteries and first-person accounts that fuel this country’s creepiest conspiracy theories and unexplained occurrences.

Monday, Aug. 12

American Ninja Warrior: “Baltimore City Finals”
NBC, 8pm

The series returns to Baltimore for the City Finals round of the competition. Competitors will face up to 10 challenging obstacles including Angry Birds, which is new to the course this year.

The Terror: Infamy
AMC, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Season 2 of The Terror uses the forced relocation of Japanese Americans into concentration camps during World War II as its backdrop. The season premiere, “A Sparrow in a Swallow’s Nest,” begins in 1941, as Chester Nakayama (Derek Mio) is caught between his insular Japanese American neighborhood on Terminal Island and his current all-American life. Extreme circumstances push his community and personal life to the brink, all while someone watches closely.

So You Think You Can Dance: “Top 10 Perform”
FOX, 9pm

After weeks of auditions, callbacks and the grueling Academy round, this season’s top 10 dancers perform on the So You Think You Can Dance stage for the first time. Cat Deeley hosts with Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Laurieann Gibson and Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval serving as judges.

Our Boys
HBO, 9pm
New Series!

Based on the true events that led to the outbreak of war in Gaza in 2014, this series tells the story of those involved, Jews and Arabs alike, whose lives were forever changed that summer.

Family Pictures USA: “North Carolina”
PBS, 9pm

Discover how this historically rural state built on tobacco and textiles is rapidly changing. Entrepreneurs find a warm welcome in Durham, Native Americans come home to ancestral lands, and families separated by race and class work toward healing.

Grand Hotel: “Groom Service”
ABC, 10pm

Danny (Lincoln Younes) struggles to keep his relationship with Alicia (Denyse Tontz) from her family. Gigi (Roselyn Sánchez) discovers the secrets that Santiago (Demián Bichir) has been keeping from her, while Felix (Adrian Pasdar) continues to try to make his way back into Gigi’s life.

American Greed
CNBC, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Stacy Keach returns to narrate this series, now in Season 13, that examines scandalous stories of massive fraud. Stories covered this season include the Fyre Festival, the college admissions scam and the fraud surrounding former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Legion
FX, 10pm
Series Finale!

Noah Hawley’s mind-bending drama based on the Marvel Comics series comes to an end in the series finale “Chapter 27.”

Twisted Sisters
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
Season Premiere!

The series, executive produced by Khloé Kardashian, that looks at true stories of sisters as they evolve from kin to killers returns for a 10-episode second season.

POV: “Happy Winter”
PBS, 10pm

Every summer on Palermo’s Mondello beach, over 1,000 cabins are built for the summer holiday, resulting in beachgoers hiding behind the memory of a social status that the economic crisis of recent years has compromised.

Lodge 49
AMC, 10:10pm
Season Premiere!

This “modern fable” about the Ancient & Benevolent Order of the Lynx and its great mysteries returns for Season 2. Ex-surfer Dud (Wyatt Russell) and sister Liz (Sonya Cassidy) are still searching for purpose in their lives after their father’s death. Meanwhile, Ernie (Brett Jennings) is off to Mexico with El Confidente (Cheech Marin), Blaise (David Pasquesi) tries to unlock the secrets of alchemy and Connie (Linda Emond) makes friends at England’s Lodge 1.

Straight Up Steve Austin
USA Network, 11pm
New Series!

Retired WWE legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin hosts this half-hour interview series. In each episode, Austin and a celebrity guest swap stories during tailor-made adventures in different cities across America. Guests include Trace Adkins, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Gabriel Iglesias, Becky Lynch, Baker Mayfield, Rob Riggle and Sal Vulcano.

Tuesday, Aug. 13

Pandora: “Most Likely to Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)”
The CW, 8pm

Thomas’ (Martin Bobb-Semple) telepathic father arrives on campus and tries to enlist his estranged son in a dangerous heist in which nothing is as simple as it appears.

America’s Got Talent
NBC, 8pm

The judges have made their cuts. Now it’s your turn to vote for your favorite acts: The talent competition’s live shows begin tonight.

Family Pictures USA: “Detroit”
PBS, 8pm

Explore America’s comeback city through photos and personal stories shared by residents. From the influence of the auto industry to labor unions to the Motown sound, Detroit’s multilayered story is revealed via family narratives and memories.

Intervention: “The Heroin Hub: Chapter 2”
A&E, 9pm

Thirty-eight-year-old heroin addict Bill finances his addiction by selling clean needles to other addicts. The city of Philadelphia organizes a mass eviction in Kensington to remove addicts from the neighborhood.

The Real Housewives of Orange County: “(Not So Happy) Housewarming”
Bravo, 9pm

Kelly is shocked to learn how the allegation from last year’s reunion has affected her daughter Jolie. Tamra invites the ladies to her housewarming party and warns Kelly that Vicki will be there. At the party, Shannon and Tamra watch the infamous animoji Kelly sent Vicki. Braunwyn and Tamra hit it off, and sparks fly when Vicki arrives.

Mysteries Decoded
The CW, 9pm
New Series!

Join private investigator Jennifer Marshall as she reexamines some of history’s most infamous cases, from Area 51 and Roswell to the Salem Witch Trials and the Bermuda Triangle, with new technology and previously undiscovered information.

Family Pictures USA: “Southwest Florida”
PBS, 9pm
Visit the Paradise Coast from Fort Myers to the Everglades, home to ranchers, Native Americans and fishing communities. Explore cattle country in rural Florida and meet a family of migrant workers who own a company that harvests produce.

Animal Kingdom: “Ghosts”
TNT, 9pm

In the penultimate episode, the Cody family sets off on Smurf’s (Ellen Barkin) mysterious heist, unaware of the surprises that await them when they arrive, which will change the family forever.

Flipping Exes: “Hell on Heels”
Bravo, 10pm

The Flipping Exes work with a questionable investor who hands them a very small budget, a half-completed house and a strict deadline. Every new construction obstacle brings out the devil in Nina as her budget dwindles and her temper rises. On the side, Nina hustles to find the perfect home for a longtime client with picky taste.

Supermarket Stakeout
Food Network, 10pm
New Series!
Four chefs compete in a pop-up kitchen outside a grocery store. Assigned a theme for each round, the chefs must size up shoppers as they exit the store and attempt to negotiate for their grocery bags. The judges send the chefs with the least successful dishes home, and the last chef standing walks away with a year’s worth of groceries. Alex Guarnaschelli hosts.

’Til Death Do Us Part: “The 22-Year Itch”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm

When devout young Christians Curt Thorngren and Donna Vetter marry in Meridian, Idaho, in 1980, they seem set for a life of love and happiness together. Then, 22 years of wedlock ends in murder. Detectives discover a marriage destroyed by debt, deceit and drug addiction. They identify a suspect, but with no murder weapon, can they secure a conviction?

Bring the Funny: “The Comedy Clash 2”
NBC, 10pm

The Comedy Clash round continues as the best acts from the Open Mic round will go head-to-head with another comedic act. The winner of each clash, as chosen by the judges, will advance to Semi-Final Showcase and be one step closer to ultimately winning the $250,000 grand prize and becoming the first ever winner of Bring the Funny.

The Disappearance
WGN America, 12am (late-night)
Series Finale!

Hear that sound? It’s the clock ticking down to find missing 10-year-old Anthony Sullivan (Michael Riendeau). Will the police and his family locate him before time runs out in tonight’s final hour? Or will solving the mystery of his disappearance lead to the revelation of more secrets and a tragic conclusion?

Wednesday, Aug. 14

Bulletproof
The CW, 8pm

Nell (Christina Chong) alerts Pike (Ashley Walters) and Bishop (Noel Clarke) to a notorious wanted criminal, Michael Sharp (guest star David Allen), who is heading into London. The boys finally collar an innocent Sharp, only to see him executed in an ambush.

MasterChef: “Mind Blowing Food”
FOX, 8pm

This week, after discovering the MasterChef kitchens decorated with laser lights and smoke machines, this season’s top nine home cooks learn from visionary chef Grant Achatz about the art of unconventional plating. Then, the home cooks must cook and plate a dish of their choice using an array of props. One cook will earn immunity and a special prize, while the others will face elimination.

Southern Charm: “White Gloves Off”
Bravo, 9pm
Season Finale!

The Charleston socialites get ready for another grand event hosted by Miss Patricia, and battle lines are drawn when Austen learns that Shep and Craig’s dates are the girls from his infamous threesome video. Shep and Craig aren’t the only ones causing trouble as Ashley, against Eliza’s advice, considers crashing the event to confront Patricia over her “lies.”

BH90210: “The Pitch”
FOX, 9pm

When FOX greenlights a 90210 reboot on the condition that seven of the original Beverly Hills, 90210 cast members get onboard, Tori and Jennie are met with more resistance from their former castmates than they had anticipated. Meanwhile, what happened in Vegas didn’t stay there and the gang deal with the fallout, and former costar Christine Elise pops back into their lives.

Forged in Fire: “The Falchion”
History, 9pm

The odds are stacked against four bladesmiths when they must each forge a chopper in a distinct Damascus pattern. After surviving an intense round of testing, two smiths return home to re-create one of the most widely used and dangerous medieval weapons: the Falchion.

Turquoise Fever
INSP, 9pm
New Series!

Turquoise gems are the diamonds of the Nevada desert, but unearthing them is risky. Meet gutsy third-generation miners (and reality TV newcomers) the Otteson family. To score a blue-green payday, they brave rough terrain, killer weather and perilous dynamite blasts — all while working 70 miles from the nearest hospital.

Songland: “Macklemore”
NBC, 9pm
New Episodes!
Undiscovered songwriters are put center stage as they pitch their original material to megastar Macklemore and a panel of chart-topping music producers. Viewers get an authentic peek into the creative process behind songwriting as three of music’s most successful and sought-after writer-producers — Ryan Tedder (Adele, Taylor Swift), Ester Dean (Rihanna, Katy Perry) and Shane McAnally (Kacey Musgraves, Sam Hunt) — produce the songwriters to creatively adapt their songs to perfectly fit Macklemore’s style. One song is chosen to be recorded by Macklemore and released for a global audience the same night.

NOVA: The Planets: “Ice Worlds”
PBS, 9pm

In the far reaches of the solar system, Uranus and Neptune dazzle with unexpected rings, supersonic winds and dozens of moons. And NASA’s New Horizons gets a stunning up-close view of Pluto before venturing deep into the Kuiper Belt.

Suits
USA Network, 9pm
Mike Ross is back! Two seasons after leaving to head a firm in Seattle, Patrick J. Adams’ series original is home for a visit, but it’s not all hugs and kisses with former mentor Harvey (Gabriel Macht). “I’m coming in with something against one of their clients, so yeah, we get to see them go toe-to-toe,” Adams says. But which movie will they quote?

Match Game: “Code Blue”
ABC, 10pm

He’s not only your host, but he’s also played a doctor on TV. Alec Baldwin scrubs in to host a very dramatic episode, and you don’t need a second opinion! Celebrity panelists include Joel McHale (Dr. Matthew Maker on Dimension 404 — it was one memorable episode, but it counts!), Mayim Bialik (Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory), Kal Penn (Dr. Lawrence Kutner on House), Sarah Chalke (Dr. Elliot Reid on Scrubs), Donald Faison (Dr. Christopher Turk on Scrubs) and Bebe Neuwirth (Dr. Lilith Sternin on Cheers and Frasier).

The Strongest Man in History: “Revolutionary Strongmen”
History, 10pm
Season Finale!

The strongmen travel to Virginia to take on the unbelievable feats of strength of the American Revolution. It’s the U.K. versus the U.S. once again as they race to see who can throw a ton of tea into a harbor and carry an actual cannon off a battlefield.

The InBetween: “Monsters and Angels”
NBC, 10pm

Tom (Paul Blackthorne) and Damien (Justin Cornwell) investigate the murder of a young schoolteacher, only to discover that her killer is someone very close to home. Cassie (Harriet Dyer) realizes that she must deal with Ed Roven once and for all.

David Makes Man
OWN, 10pm
New Series!

David (Akili McDowell) is a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is his hardworking mother’s only hope to escape poverty. Haunted by the death of his closest friend, he must choose between the South Florida streets that raised him and the higher education that may offer him a way out.

Thursday, Aug. 15

Little League Baseball World Series
ESPN & ESPN2, beginning at 1pm Live

Action from the Little League Baseball World Series tournament in Williamsport, Pa., opens with four games between regional champions airing across ESPN and ESPN2. The tournament airs on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC through Aug. 25.

The Outpost: “Because She’s Worth It”
The CW, 8pm

Talon (Jessica Green) and Zed (guest star Reece Ritchie) leave on a quest to Talon’s childhood home. Meanwhile, Tobin (guest star Aaron Fontaine) proves his worth to Gwynn (Imogen Waterhouse), Janzo (Anand Desai-Barochia) experiments with plaguelings and Naya’s (guest star Amita Suman) Prime Order connections return to haunt her.

NFL Preseason: Oakland at Arizona
ESPN, 8pm Live

Week 2 of the NFL preseason has the Oakland Raiders at the Arizona Cardinals on ESPN.

MasterChef: “Pigging Out”
FOX, 8pm

After the home cooks are introduced to this week’s inspiration, “Marley the Pig,” judge Aarón Sánchez teaches them his family’s chorizo sausage recipe. Then, the amateur cooks have 60 minutes to create a tasty dish using their own homemade sausage.

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series: UNOH 200
FS1, 8:30pm Live

Expect Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton and Austin Hill to be among the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series drivers in the running for the season championship as the playoffs get underway tonight at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Family Food Fight
ABC, 9pm
Season Finale!

The final two family teams must pull out their best culinary moves as they face an amuse-bouche challenge that will be tasted and judged by some familiar faces. Then, in their final task as competitors, the families will take on a 60-45-30 challenge, requiring them to utilize ingredients handpicked by the judges, while delicately balancing difficult time restrictions. Only one family will take home the $100,000 prize.

Million Dollar Listing New York: “Tech-nical Difficulties”
Bravo, 9pm

Ryan pitches his brand new Chelsea townhouse as a smart-home paradise for tech enthusiasts, but soon finds himself squaring off with Steve’s boss in a tense negotiation. Luis and Ronita explore the idea of reuniting to become business partners and realize that the last two years apart have changed both of their lives professionally and personally.

Ax Men: “Whiteout”
History, 9pm

A breakdown forces Jason Rygaard to choose between his crew’s safety and finishing the job. Frank Harkness is caught in a whiteout while moving the excavator on a narrow mountainside logging road. Wade Etienne finally tests his six-wheel, custom-fabricated log hauler, and Buckin’ Billy tests his son, Hogan, on a solo cutting mission 100 feet above the ground.

Hollywood Game Night: “The Anchorman and the Wrestlers”
NBC, 9pm

Two contestants step into the Hollywood Game Night ring with wrestlers Brie Bella and Nikki Bella, and celebrity guests Lester Holt, Chris Sullivan, Michael Ealy and Natasha Leggero to win the $25,000 grand prize. Emmy Award-winning host Jane Lynch leads two teams in playing comical party games I Love a Charade, Smash the Buzzer and the new game Dazed & Reviewed.

Elementary
CBS, 10pm
Series Finale!

Detective drama Elementary concludes its seven-season run with the series finale episode “Their Last Bow.” While Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) battle with tech billionaire Odin Reichenbach (James Frain), they receive word of their old enemy and Holmes’ former flame, Jamie Moriarty (Natalie Dormer).

Alone: “Thin Ice”
History, 10pm

The Arctic cold hits in full force, freezing the lake and cutting the survivalists off from valuable resources. The participants are forced to form new strategies, all while risking frostbite and hypothermia. In desperation, one survivalist turns to a gruesome food source, while another starts to slip mentally, tipping them towards the breaking point.

Friday, Aug. 16

Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time
Amazon Prime Video

Jim Gaffigan brings his signature everyman brand of humor to Prime Video in the streaming service’s first ever standup special, which is directed by Gaffigan’s wife and writing partner, Jeannie.

Love After Lockup
WE tv, 9pm
New Episodes!

Six more couples, each with one partner just released from prison, join returning duo Angela and Tony on the relationship roller coaster in the reality series’ return. Oh, and three of the new twosomes came together as pen pals!

The UnXplained: “Bizarre Rituals”
History, 10pm

This episode of the William Shatner-hosted series examines the hidden power of ancient practices such as prayer, blood sports, voodoo and exorcism.

Killjoys: “A Bout, a Girl”
Syfy, 10pm

Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) enters the deadly Supermax prison fights for a chance to take over the prison ship.

Saturday, Aug. 17

Cook With Your Kids
Food Network, 7am

The Pioneer Woman, The Kitchen and Trisha’s Southern Kitchen are all new in this junior-friendly seven-hour block of culinary fare.

Off the Deep End Weekend
Syfy, beginning at 9am

Today and tomorrow, Syfy airs many of your favorite Syfy shark movies, including all six movies of the Sharknado franchise, surrounding tonight’s premiere of the Ian Ziering-led original movie Zombie Tidal Wave.

Addiction Unplugged: “Ground Zero of the Crisis”
A&E, 1pm
New Series!

Ohio has become ground zero for the United States opioid epidemic. This episode explores the reasons why, as an unfettered prescribing of pain medications, the strategic geographical distribution appeal of the state and the massive influx of black tar heroin have become catalysts of the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history.

Welcome Back, Kotter
Antenna TV, 1pm
A back-to-school marathon of the ’70s sitcom collects 18 big episodes for John Travolta’s lovable Sweathog, Vinnie Barbarino — from the pilot to the actor’s memorable exit, delivering a baby in an elevator.

Major League Baseball
FS1, beginning at 4pm Live

FS1’s Saturday MLB doubleheader has the Houston Astros at the Oakland A’s, followed by the Milwaukee Brewers at the Washington Nationals.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live

The steeply banked, .533-mile short track at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee provides a 500-lap endurance test for Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin and other top Cup Series drivers tonight.

V.C. Andrews’ Gates of Paradise
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Heaven’s daughter Annie (Lizzie Boys) finds herself orphaned and injured, and Tony Tatterton (Jason Priestley) whisks her away to Farthinggale Manor to recuperate. While there, Annie mourns the loss of her parents and her separation from her beloved half brother (Keenan Tracey), suffers under the care of a tyrannical nurse (Daphne Zuniga), and discovers her family’s final secrets.

A Summer Romance
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
Erin Krakow stars as Sam Walker, whose family’s ranch in Bighorn County, Mont., is struggling and facing foreclosure. When a New York real estate developer (Ryan Paevey) shows up to buy it, she isn’t interested in hearing the offer of the “city slicker.” But as he tries to win her trust and her ranch, Sam finds he might also be winning her heart.

Zombie Tidal Wave
Syfy, 9pm
Original Film!

With no more Sharknados to battle, the star of that former cult Syfy film franchise, Ian Ziering, is moving on to fighting the undead. Ziering stars in and also produces this flick about a zombie-slinging tidal wave that hits a small town, causing maritime mayhem. The film is directed by Sharknado franchise helmer Anthony C. Ferrante and is being seen as “the first of many installments,” according to a Syfy release.