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Tuesday, Aug. 27: Brad and Heather Fox Help Homeowners Decide in HGTV’s ‘Stay or Sell’


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Tuesday, Aug. 27

Stay or Sell
HGTV, 9pm
New Series!

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.

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”
A&E, 9pm

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.

Flipping Exes: “Letterman’s House”
Bravo, 10pm

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”
Lifetime, 10pm

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”
NBC, 10pm

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”
OWN, 10pm

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
OWN, 11pm

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”
FOX, 8pm

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”
NBC, 8pm

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

Animal Babies: First Year on Earth
PBS, 8pm
New Series!

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”
FOX, 9pm

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”
History, 9pm

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
Season Premiere!

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”
NBC, 9pm

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
CNBC, 10pm
Season Premiere!

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”
History, 10pm

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”
NBC, 10pm

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 Finale!

Season 2 of Paramount Network’s modern Western drama starring Kevin Costner as rancher John Dutton concludes tonight.

Magical Land of Oz
PBS, 10pm
New Series!
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

College Football
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.

Reef Break
ABC, 9pm
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”
History, 8pm

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
History, 10pm
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
Season Finale!

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”
HGTV, 11pm
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

Carnival Row
Amazon Prime Video
New Series!

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
New Series!

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.

College Football
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”
History, 9pm
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
PBS, 9pm

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”
History, 10pm

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”
Syfy, 10pm

The team find themselves on a dangerous mission while spying on The Lady.

Saturday, Aug. 31

College Football
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”
A&E, 1pm

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
Oxygen, 6pm
Season Finale!

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.

Ovation, 7pm
New Series!

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
New Series!

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
Original Film!
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”
OWN, 9pm

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.