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Sunday, Aug. 25
On Becoming a God in Central Florida
In a small Orlando-adjacent town in 1992, a minimum-wage water park employee determined to make a better life for herself cons her way up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise — a cultish, flag-waving, multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme. Kirsten Dunst stars along with Théodore Pellerin, Ted Levine and Mel Rodriguez.
Little League Baseball World Series: Championship
ABC, 3pm Live
The U.S. champion takes on the international champion today at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa., for the 2019 Little League World Series title.
Major League Baseball: N.Y. Yankees at L.A. Dodgers
ESPN, 7pm Live
ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball features the finale of a three-game interleague series between the N.Y. Yankees and the L.A. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
This new eight-episode series from the producers of NBC’s Dateline is hosted by two award-winning journalists, NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk and Emmy Award winner Troy Roberts. Each hourlong episode will uncover dark and twisted motives, from vengeance to jealousy to greed, that led to gruesome killings.
The Real Housewives of Potomac: “Trouble in Paradise”
The ladies enjoy a day of adventure in the Cayman Islands. Ashley and Candiace bury their issues over yoga. Robyn decides to confront Gizelle about her behavior at her open house, catching her fellow green-eyed bandit off guard. Meanwhile, Katie’s behavior continues to grow more questionable — but things go from bad to worse when she decides to make a big statement.
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
The coastal series, based on books by Sherryl Woods, returns for a fourth season. With Kevin (Brendan Penny) mulling marriage with Sarah (Jessica Sipos), and Jess (Laci J. Mailey) and David (Carlo Marks) running their new B&B in Tanglewood, Abby (Meghan Ory) and Mick (Treat Williams) both discover that their careers are in jeopardy. Jesse Metcalfe, Barbara Niven and Diane Ladd also star.
Kingdom of the White Wolf
Nat Geo Wild, 8pm
This three-part special, airing back-to-back-to-back, pulls back the legends, myths and fears that surround wolves and reveals their true nature as powerful, playful and closely bonded animals. The special, revealed through the lens of National Geographic explorer Ronan Donovan, travels to the remote Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Ellesmere Island to observe a pack of Arctic wolves as they freely hunt, howl and raise their matriarch-led families completely unaware, unfettered and unafraid of any danger posed by humans.
NFL Preseason: Pittsburgh at Tennessee
NBC, 8pm Live
Week 3 of the NFL preseason wraps up on NBC with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium for a tune-up game against the Titans.
The sixth and final season has been dubbed “The Final Betrayal.” James (Omari Hardwick) is intent on revenge and success — but can he go legit and leave his criminal endeavors behind? Meanwhile, what happened after Angela (Lela Loren) was shot by Tommy (Joseph Sikora) in the Season 5 finale?
CBS won’t be picking up Instinct for a third season, so the season finale episode, “Grey Matter,” will also be the series finale. A gruesome discovery in a city pond leads Dylan (Alan Cumming) and Lizzie (Bojana Novakovic) to investigate a young man’s murder.
This documentary that debuted to acclaim at this year’s Sundance Film Festival looks at the life of Roy Halston Frowick, one of America’s first superstar designers. Reaching beyond the glamour and glitz, filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng follows Halston’s rise to international fame in the 1970s and reveals his profound impact on fashion, culture and business.
Chronicle Mysteries: The Deep End
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Alison Sweeney and Benjamin Ayres star in the latest film in the Chronicle Mysteries franchise. When a man’s body is discovered in a pond, his wife finds herself in a complex trial, which causes true-crime podcaster Alex (Sweeney) and her team to seek answers surrounding this unusual case.
After the traumatic events of Season 4, the fifth and final season finds Helen (Maura Tierney) involved in a new affair with a charismatic movie star and Noah (Dominic West) caring for his family in her absence. Guest stars this season include Jennifer Jason Leigh, Claes Bang and Lyriq Bent.
Technically, financial manager to the (sports) stars Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) resigned at the end of Season 4 so that his battle with the NCAA to get college athletes the paydays they deserve wouldn’t blow back on his colleagues. But if you think he’s staying on the sidelines …
Monday, Aug. 26
Tennis: US Open: First Round
ESPN & ESPN2, beginning at 12pm Live
The year’s last Grand Slam returns to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y., with US Open early rounds beginning today. Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are reigning singles champions. ESPN and ESPN2 combine to televise the tournament through Sept. 8.
Discovery Family Channel, 7pm
In a night that features four back-to-back episodes, Pete and his team create a whimsical treetop tasting room for Angry Orchard hard cider; a futuristic alien spaceship for musician Zac Brown’s camp for kids; a treetop escape inspired by The Swiss Family Robinson; and a hexagonal tower with 360-degree views.
So You Think You Can Dance: “Top 8 Perform”
Each of the top eight dancers gets another opportunity to impress judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Laurieann Gibson and Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval, and fight for the nation’s vote and stay in the running to be named America’s Favorite Dancer.
American Ninja Warrior: “Las Vegas National Finals Night 1”
The series returns to Las Vegas for Night 1 of the National Finals — a four-week TV event where the season’s top competitors attempt to conquer all four stages of the world’s toughest obstacle course. The first stage will feature eight grueling obstacles, including Roulette Row and Diving Boards, which are new to the course and must be completed in less than 2 minutes, 30 seconds in order to advance to the second stage.
2019 MTV Video Music Awards
MTV, 8pm Live
The awards show will air for the first time from New Jersey, live at the Prudential Center and hosted by comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco.
Mystic Britain: “The Revenants”
Smithsonian Channel, 9pm
In the new episode “The Revenants,” Clive Anderson visits the best-preserved medieval village in Britain, where a jumble of bones found 50 years ago has recently been discovered to carry the signature marks of violence. Legend holds that they may have been revenants — the medieval undead who rose from their graves to cause chaos and spread evil.
Grand Hotel: “Art of Darkness”
Teresa (guest star Katey Sagal) hosts a charity auction at the hotel. Meanwhile, Alicia (Denyse Tontz) and Javi (Bryan Craig) learn more about Beatriz (guest star Eva Longoria) and the unmarked room, bringing back confusing childhood memories.
Tuesday, Aug. 27
Pandora: “Time Out of Mind”
The CW, 8pm
Jax (Priscilla Quintana) discovers a deadly secret from her past that she is desperate to understand with the help of Ralen (Ben Radcliffe) and Pilar (Banita Sandhu), while the CIS grows increasingly suspicious of Xander’s (Oliver Dench) divided loyalties.
America’s Got Talent: “Quarter Finals 3”
NBC, 8pm Live
Performers take the stage live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood as judging is turned over to the American viewing audience.
Intervention: “The Heroin Hub: Chapter 4”
After Bill’s arrest, interventionist Michael Gonzales strategizes with his family on ways to step in once he’s released from jail. Alana’s mother suspects that Alana may have relapsed and kicks her out of her home. Janine is released from jail and must decide if she’s ready to get clean.
Mysteries Decoded: “The Montauk Project”
The CW, 9pm
In the 1980s, stories began circulating that the U.S. government was conducting radical experiments on young children — including mind control tests and time travel. In the wake of new evidence, U.S. Navy veteran-turned-private-investigator Jennifer Marshall heads to Montauk to investigate one of the most puzzling conspiracy theories of all time.
Stay or Sell
When homeowners love their neighborhood but have outgrown their house, real estate and home renovation experts Brad and Heather Fox swoop in to save the day. The husband and wife duo present their Minneapolis-area clients with two options — renovate their current home or buy another property nearby that can be customized. Once the owners decide to stay or sell, Brad and Heather get to work creating a dream family home.
Flipping Exes: “Letterman’s House”
Nina and Michael rehab a house with an investor whom they hope to impress and secure future business. They’re mostly in agreement, but the outside of the home is a bone of contention that Nina is set upon winning, at all costs. Meanwhile, Nina and Michael put in a bid to renovate and sell David Letterman’s childhood home. The competition for bragging rights to sell this modest property is unexpectedly stiff.
Til Death Do Us Part: “Love, Sex and Trucking”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
On Oct. 10, 2013, police receive a call about a car chase on Texas State Highway 1604, a dusty stretch of road known as the “Death Loop.” Police find a crashed motorcycle and Frances Hall beside her injured husband, Bill Hall Jr., who later dies in the hospital. It seems like a tragic accident, but further investigation reveals a story of love, infidelity and deadly obsession.
Dance Moms: “New York Nationals”
Abby’s comeback to competitive dance is put to the ultimate test as the ALDC team heads to nationals in New York City, where they’ll face off against their big rival, Studio 19.
Bring the Funny: “The Semi-Final Showcase 1”
The winners from the Comedy Clash round move on to face off in the first Semi-Final Showcase. In this round, the first group of six of the 12 remaining acts perform, but the judges will only be able to select two acts to move on to the finale and be one step closer to winning the $250,000 grand prize. Additionally, America will choose one eliminated semifinalist to return to the competition, perform in the finale and still be in the running to become the first ever winner of Bring the Funny.
Ambitions: “A Change Is Gonna Come”
In tonight’s heated episode, Stephanie (Robin Givens) plays the ultimate trump card with Amara (Essence Atkins), while Bella (Erica Page) takes another chance on love, only to wake up to a nightmare, and Rondell (Brely Evans) and Evan (Brian White) are blindsided.
Greenleaf Season 4: All Access
The Greenleaf family returns to OWN on Sept. 3. In tonight’s special, viewers can go behind the scenes of the new season to hear exclusive interviews with the cast about what lies ahead as the Greenleaf family fights to take back control of their church.
Wednesday, Aug. 28
MasterChef: “Family Reunion”
The stakes get personal when the families of the seven remaining home cooks make a surprise visit to the MasterChef kitchen to watch as they make a family-favorite meal. Three of the cooks will secure a spot in the top six, while the remaining quartet must replicate one of Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin Star-winning recipes — at his frenetic pace — to avoid elimination.
America’s Got Talent: “Live Results 3”
Seven acts from the previous night’s show will move on to the semifinal round of competition. Viewers will have one last chance to send their favorite performer to the next round by participating in the Dunkin’ Save by using the America’s Got Talent official app or going to NBC.com.
Animal Babies: First Year on Earth
Yes, your heart will be stolen by a spotted hyena, elephant, arctic fox, mountain gorilla, macaque and sea otter as their journeys to their first birthdays unfold in this three-part series.
BH90210: “The Table Read”
The fan reaction from the release of the first cast photo has the gang riding high, until the table read serves up major disappointment. And when the cast bands together to rewrite the script, they can’t come to an agreement on storylines.
Forged in Fire: “The Bhuj”
Four bladesmiths are tasked with making canister Damascus using barbershop tools, but before the knife-making can begin, they must harvest their cans from an old barber’s chair. After an intense round of testing, the remaining two competitors head back to their home forges to re-create a weapon that’s as fierce as it is fine: the Bhuj.
Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
The former Colorado Springs homicide detective’s ninth and final season opens with him revisiting a case he solved involving a young mother’s frozen corpse and a serial killer’s trademarks.
Songland: “Leona Lewis”
Leona Lewis visits the show 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 — work with the songwriters to creatively adapt their songs to perfectly fit Lewis’ style. One song is chosen to be recorded by Lewis and released for a global audience.
Jay Leno’s Garage
Jay Leno’s car series returns for Season 5 with eight episodes, with special guests including John Travolta, Martha Stewart, Tim Allen and Jim Jefferies, among others.
Face the Beast: “Swarm of Sharks”
Andrew and Brian try to solve the mystery of the La Concepcion, a ship that sank near the Bahamas where over 300 men were eaten by sharks in 1563. To discover the truth of why the sharks attacked, the two men will attempt to re-create the circumstances of the shipwreck, even going so far as to swim with the sharks at night. Could this swarm have been prevented, or could it happen again today?
Hollywood Game Night: “The Anchorman and the Wrestlers”
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. Host Jane Lynch leads the two teams in playing comical party games I Love a Charade, Smash the Buzzer and the new Dazed & Reviewed.
Paramount Network, 10pm
Season 2 of Paramount Network’s modern Western drama starring Kevin Costner as rancher John Dutton concludes tonight.
Magical Land of Oz
Burrow into the magical depths of Australian animal life as unique species navigate extremes on land and sea. Cameras capture the continent’s diverse animal populations in its highest snow peaks, frigid southern seas and suburban backyards.
Thursday, Aug. 29
ESPN & FS1, beginning at 7pm Live
The college football season kickoff features Thursday night primetime games with UCLA at Cincinnati (ESPN), South Dakota State at Minnesota (FS1) and Utah at BYU (ESPN).
The Outpost: “A Crown for the Queen”
The CW, 8pm
Talon (Jessica Green) and Zed (guest star Reece Ritchie) pursue a coldblooded killer in a bold rescue attempt. Gwynn (Imogen Waterhouse) tasks Janzo (Anand Desai-Barochia) with finding a cure for the plaguelings, as well as a delusional patient. Gwynn and Garret (Jake Stormoen) are reunited.
In Part 1 of a two-part night, “Blue Skies,” Petra (Tamala Shelton) unknowingly finds herself in the center of illegal activity involving Regina (guest star LaLa Anthony), the younger sister of criminal Doug O’Casey (Rob Collins). As Cat (Poppy Montgomery) works to free Petra, she comes face-to-face with an old adversary on the Reef. In Part 2, “Dream Lover,” everyone gathers to celebrate Cat’s birthday.
Ax Men: “Man Down”
Rygaard Logging races to complete four settings and three yarder moves in a single day so they can stay on schedule and on budget. Frank Harkness fights for traction while driving the processor up an ice-covered logging road, and falling trees take out a member of the Pihl Logging crew.
Argo: The Real Story
REELZ Channel, 9pm
Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning 2012 nail-biter told the story of how the CIA helped six American diplomats exit Iran (posing as a Canadian film crew!) during the 1979 hostage crisis. This special spotlights the Canadian officials who assisted in the great escape.
Knife or Death
Seven military vets with custom blades see whose strength, speed and accuracy reign in a series of creative challenges. They bust through wood boxes and blocks of ice and slice swinging meat, but the best is when they miss melons dropped from above.
Queen of the South
USA Network, 10pm
Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga) is closer than ever to becoming the ruthless, untouchable drug lord that we’ve seen in snippets since the riveting narco drama’s very first episode. Tonight’s season finale finds Teresa on what Braga describes as a very dark path, thanks to her partnership with NOLA gang leader Marcel Dumas (Alimi Ballard) and Oksana Volkova (Vera Cherny), a new character with ties to the Russian mob. That dark path may lead to new opportunities for Teresa to expand her operation to New York and even Europe.
Going for Sold: “Bringing New Orleans to Houston”
Real estate pro Jon Pierre Tjon-Joe-Pin and his designer wife Mary find a New Orleans-style home in Houston. It’s neither big nor easy to renovate: The house has only one bathroom, and the exterior needs an overhaul.
Friday, Aug. 30
Amazon Prime Video
Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne star in this drama set in a Victorian fantasy world where humans and mythological creatures struggle to live side-by-side. When Rycroft Philostrate (Bloom), a human detective, rekindles a forbidden affair with a refugee faerie named Vignette Stonemoss (Delevingne), a secret that Vignette holds about a string of gruesome murders threatens the peace of the Row and endangers Philostrate’s world.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
This prequel series to Jim Henson’s 1982 cult film The Dark Crystal follows three Gelfling as they set out on an epic journey. Voice talent includes Mark Hamill, Helena Bonham Carter, Harvey Fierstein, Keegan-Michael Key, Andy Samberg, Natalie Dormer and many more top names.
ESPN & FS1, beginning at 7pm Live
Week 1 of the college football season continues with Wisconsin at South Florida (ESPN), Tulsa at Michigan State (FS1), Colorado State vs. Colorado at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver (ESPN) and Oklahoma State at Oregon State (FS1).
Ancient Aliens: “The Constellation Code”
Could ancient structures that mirror constellations when viewed from space have been designed as coded messages for aliens or puzzles left by aliens? The show of faith among experts arguing for the latter is quite touching, really.
Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music
Examine the history of bluegrass music, from its origins to its eventual worldwide popularity, and hear from dozens of musicians who explain the ways bluegrass music transcends generational, cultural and geographic boundaries.
Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests: “Dream House Nightmare”
Travel Channel, 9pm
Paranormal investigators Marcus Harvey, Dalen Spratt and Juwan Mass meet with the owners of a Kalama, Wash., home that seems to be living up to its long-held reputation of being haunted. That, or it’s hella drafty.
The UnXplained: “Mysteries of the Mind”
Host William Shatner explores if our brain is more powerful than we realize, as this episode delves into the complex recesses of the human brain to question mental phenomena.
Killjoys: “Cherchez La Bitch”
The team find themselves on a dangerous mission while spying on The Lady.
Saturday, Aug. 31
ABC, ESPN & FOX, beginning at 12pm Live
It’s the first Saturday of the college football season, and Week 1 includes Florida Atlantic at Ohio State (FOX); Ole Miss at Memphis (ABC); South Carolina vs. North Carolina in Charlotte (ESPN); Duke vs. Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta (ABC); Northwestern at Stanford (FOX); Boise State vs. Florida State in Jacksonville (ESPN); Oregon vs. Auburn in the AdvoCare Classic in Arlington, Texas (ABC); and Fresno State at USC (ESPN).
Addiction Unplugged: “Addiction in the LGBTQ Community”
In the LGBTQ community, where oppression, repression of true feelings and lack of acceptance from family and friends are often unfortunate facts of life, the rates of addiction are incredibly high. This episode profiles a Connecticut farm that has become a safe haven for the LGBTQ community and that focuses on the challenges of addiction and treats the crisis in a new way.
Injustice With Nancy Grace
The former prosecutor wraps up her first season by retracing the twist-filled murder case of disgraced real estate developer Andrew Kissel, who was found stabbed in his Connecticut home in 2006.
Brunettes, beware! A killer with a very specific target stalks the cobblestone streets of Montmartre in 1950s Paris — but police detective Jules Maigret (a poker-faced Rowan Atkinson, a.k.a. Mr. Bean) is on the case. Ovation is airing all four whodunits in the 2016-17 U.K. series about Georges Simenon’s pipe-smoking sleuth.
Planet Earth: Nature’s Great Events
BBC America, 9pm
BBC America presents the U.S. premiere of this six-part nature documentary series looking at the most dramatic wildlife spectacles on our planet, showing how life responds to natural events that can dramatically transform entire landscapes. Episode 1, “The Great Melt,” reveals how the summer melt of Arctic ice opens up nearly 3 million square miles of ocean and land to beluga whales, foxes, seabirds and narwhals.
Cake Boss: “Robots and Rainbow Unicorns”
Discovery Family Channel, 9pm
Buddy and the team make an old-school robot cake for a gala honoring one of the world’s most advanced robots. And Mary makes a 5-year-old girl’s birthday dream come true with a unicorn cake covered with rainbows and sparkles, and topped with a glittering golden horn.
My One & Only
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
In this latest Hallmark original, two contestants on a dating series need to determine if they’re fated to be together, but for Stephanie (Pascale Hutton), more sparks seem to be flying between her and the handsome ranch owner (Sam Page) who has been assigned as their guide.
Black Love: “Mountains & Molehills”
In tonight’s episode, couples reveal stories about managing different personalities, and then share the importance of working hard at your marriage, fighting fair and always being considerate of the other person.
Fire Masters: “You Go Grill!”
Cooking Channel, 10pm
A reminder that summer is coming to an end: Only two episodes are left this season! Tonight’s competitive grillers are asked to honor their heritage while bringing the heat in the Signature Round. But for the final Feast of Fire, the flavors of Jamaica abound.