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Thursday, Aug. 29
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.
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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.
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.
Sunday, Sept. 1
NTT IndyCar Series: Grand Prix of Portland
NBC, 3:30pm Live
In the 2019 NTT IndyCar season’s penultimate race, top drivers Josef Newgarden, Alexander Rossi, Simon Pagenaud, Scott Dixon and Will Power compete in the Grand Prix of Portland, contested on the 12-turn road course at Portland International Raceway.
College Football: Houston at Oklahoma
ABC, 7:30pm Live
Star wide receiver CeeDee Lamb and the Oklahoma Sooners kick off their 2019 campaign at Norman’s Memorial Stadium for a rare Sunday primetime matchup against the Houston Cougars.
The Real Housewives of Potomac: “Unanswered Questions”
The women scramble to find Katie and are shocked to discover her true whereabouts. Gizelle battles mother nature, while Karen teaches the ladies a unique technique. The fun comes to a screeching halt when Karen and Ashley get into an unexpected conflict — catching everyone off-guard.
The Challenge of China
FOX Business Network, 9pm
This one-hour special features exclusive coverage from FBN anchor Connell McShane’s reporting in Shenzhen, China, earlier this summer. Examining the growing impact of China on the global economy, the special report will feature exclusive interviews with Huawei Vice President Andrew Williamson, Chinese Commerce Official Wang Hejung, DJI Strategic Partnerships Director Jan Gasparic, Shenzhen Vice Mayor Xi Xuefeng, among others. In addition, McShane will be joined by FBN Washington Correspondent Edward Lawrence along with a panel of experts to discuss recent developments from the G7 summit, tariffs on Chinese goods and the threat of technology theft.
Fear the Walking Dead
As Season 5 continues, the remaining characters in this Walking Dead spinoff will strive to build a better life for themselves — and find a permanent place to live. Helping that journey along tonight is the introduction of Rabbi Jacob (Colony’s Peter Jacobson), who is discovered in his synagogue by the group’s reformed foe Charlie (Alexa Nisenson). Former Marine Sarah (Collins) and TWD transplant Dwight (Austin Amelio), meanwhile, grow closer while facing this round’s adversary, Logan (Matt Frewer).
When ruthless media mogul Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and troubled son Kendall (Jeremy Strong) arrange a meeting with a rival CEO (Oscar and Emmy winner Holly Hunter), she uses a controversy surrounding a star anchor at the Roy family news network to her advantage.
What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage: “Stonebrook”
After The Flare is canceled, Fred is heartbroken but must now do his job discussing FOX’s new hit drama Havenbrook. Ron Funches and former WWE wrestler Paige stop by the TV aftershow for a program that doesn’t actually exist.
The Righteous Gemstones
Rejoice: Justified’s Walton Goggins makes his debut in the twisted comedy playing pastor Baby Billy Freeman, the younger brother of power-hungry televangelist Eli Gemstone’s (John Goodman) late wife.
Monday, Sept. 2
Major League Baseball: Houston at Milwaukee
ESPN, 4pm Live
José Altuve and the Houston Astros are at Miller Park in Milwaukee for the first game of a two-game interleague set against Christian Yelich and the Brewers.
Steven Universe: The Movie
Cartoon Network, 6pm
This animated musical movie based on the fan-favorite series takes place two years after the events of the Season 5 finale. A now-16-year-old Steven and his friends are ready to enjoy the rest of their lives peacefully. However, all of that changes when a new sinister Gem arrives, armed with a giant drill that saps the life force of all living things. The Crystal Gems must work together to save all organic life on Earth.
College Football: Notre Dame at Louisville
ESPN, 8pm Live
A Labor Day college football matchup has the Notre Dame Fighting Irish visiting Kentucky’s Cardinal Stadium to take on the Louisville Cardinals.
So You Think You Can Dance
In a two-hour episode, only six dancers remain and two must be sent home. Find out who will make it into the final four and stay in the running to be named America’s Favorite Dancer.
The Secret Lives of Cheerleaders
Incoming transfer student Ava (Savannah May) reluctantly tries out for her new school’s cheerleading team at the insistence of her overly ambitious mother (Denise Richards). When Ava makes the team and transitions into her new life among the high school royalty, she discovers that becoming part of the squad comes at a price.
American Ninja Warrior: “Las Vegas National Finals Night 2”
The National Finals continue with Night 2 from Las Vegas, where this season’s top competitors tackle the world’s toughest obstacle course. The first stage features eight obstacles, including Roulette Row and Diving Boards, which are brand-new to the course and must be completed in under two minutes, 30 seconds to advance to the second stage.
Live Rescue: Emergency Response
An unflinching look at firefighters and EMTs in action, each episode features compelling moments of emergency first responders from across the U.S. in a wide variety of situations from car accidents to structure fires, medical emergencies and more.
Below Deck Mediterranean: “Nauti Girls Need Love Too”
Ben’s first dinner doesn’t wow the guests as much as he had hoped, leaving him questioning if he still has his sea legs. Anastasia has a hard time adjusting back to her old third stew role, while Travis continues to have a difficult time losing Jack to Aesha. And when 20 knots of wind strike, the deck team rushes to secure the vessel, leaving Colin in a place that could end his season.
Autopsy: The Last Hours of … Garry Shandling
REELZ Channel, 9pm
Delve into the life and final days of standup comedian, actor and producer Garry Shandling.
Grand Hotel: “Dear Santiago”
Alicia (Denyse Tontz) and Javi (Bryan Craig) continue their mission to figure out what really happened to their mother. Santiago (Demián Bichir) still finds himself bound to Mateo (Shalim Ortiz), as startling secrets from his past come to light.
As agriculture moves toward large-scale farming, the Nolan family returns home to resurrect their dairy farm.
Tuesday, Sept. 3
Tennis: US Open: Quarterfinals
ESPN, 12pm Live
ESPN has live coverage of US Open men’s and women’s quarterfinal matches at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y.
Pandora: “Under the Red Sky”
The CW, 8pm
When Xander (Oliver Dench) enlists Jax (Priscilla Quintana) on a dangerous mission in which she must rekindle a relationship with an old flame, Xander must confront his own feelings for Jax and question if all orders are meant to be obeyed.
America’s Got Talent: “Semifinals 1”
NBC, 8pm Live
Semifinalists perform live at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for a chance to win $1 million and be named the most talented act in America.
The Real Housewives of Orange County: “Liar, Liar, Friendships on Fire”
The day trip to Beverly Hills continues, and Shannon surprises the group with tourist clothes and a double decker bus ride through Hollywood. Tamra confronts Braunwyn about going behind her back and secretly communicating with her enemies. Gina misses a court appearance and a warrant is issued for her arrest.
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: “Burt Reynolds”
REELZ Channel, 9pm
In one of his most in-depth interviews before his death in 2018, legendary actor Burt Reynolds sat down with TV host Piers Morgan for a one-on-one interview, making its U.S. premiere here. Reynolds talks about being the biggest box office draw in the 1970s and ’80s, and also opens up about his personal life and relationships.
The Sons of Anarchy spinoff is back for Season 2 with the premiere episode “Xbalanque,” in which the Reyes family is divided and the M.C. uncovers an internal leak.
Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Oakland Raiders
The 14th season of the Sports Emmy-winning docuseries concludes tonight.
Bring the Funny: “The Semi-Final Showcase 2”
The remaining winners from the Comedy Clash round move on to face off in the final Semi-Final Showcase. In this round, the last group of six of the 12 remaining acts perform, but the judges will only be able to select two acts to move onto 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 and perform in the finale.
Debuting in a new time slot, Season 4 begins with the Greenleafs attempting to maintain a united front in the face of losing Calvary to Bob Whitmore (Beau Bridges) and Harmony & Hope Ministries, but secrets past and present create what could be fatal fractures in the family’s fragile foundation.
Wednesday, Sept. 4
“Dog the Bounty Hunter” Marathon
WGN America, 9am
Before tonight’s series premiere of Dog’s Most Wanted, catch a daylong marathon of Dog the Bounty Hunter, the original, action-packed series starring Dog and Beth Chapman, their families and their team of bounty hunters.
MasterChef: “London Calling — Pt. 1”
The top six chef-testants head across the pond and are split into two teams where they have 45 minutes to cook and serve their appetizers and another 45 minutes to cook and serve their entrees. The meal takes place at Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurant — Restaurant Gordon Ramsay — and the hungry guests include members of his family.
America’s Got Talent: “Live Results 4”
NBC, 8pm Live
Only five of the previous night’s performers will move on to the finals. Tonight, viewers will have one last chance to send their favorite performer to the next round. The episode will also feature a surprise guest performance.
Animal Babies: The First Year on Earth: “Testing Limits”
Learn about the new challenges baby animals face once they can get around on their own. Every day brings new experiences, from searching for food to surviving in harsh environments and bonding with family members.
The Real Housewives of Dallas: “Of Friends and Frenemies”
As her big day inches closer, LeeAnne is overwhelmed by the planning of her wedding. D’Andra is thrown a curveball when she discovers the family business, which she finally inherited, isn’t doing as well as she thought. Meanwhile, Brandi has her hands full with baby Bruin, but it’s her eldest daughter Brooklyn who is challenging her most.
BH90210: “Picture’s Up”
When the first day of filming is halted amid a threat, the cast makes a list of their potential enemies and sets their eyes on a former costar who may be holding a grudge. Jason’s (Jason Priestley) insensitivity while directing causes the ladies to become frustrated, and Tori (Tori Spelling) stresses over an upcoming sex scene with Brian (Brian Austin Green).
Songland: “Charlie Puth”
Global superstar Charlie Puth stops by to hear unknown songwriters pitch their original material. Three of the most successful and sought-after writer/producers in music, Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean and Shane McAnally, produce the songwriters to creatively adapt their songs to perfectly fit Puth’s style.
Joan Rivers: Behind Closed Doors
REELZ Channel, 9pm
Journalist Natalie Morales hosts this look at showbiz pioneer Joan Rivers and her 55-year career. The special offers an intimate look at the tough, relentless woman who broke or ignored the prevailing rules of the entertainment industry, and hit rock bottom more than once but rose to greater heights every time.
Mountain Monsters: “The Secret of the Blue House”
Travel Channel, 9pm
After making several shocking discoveries in the cornfields of Jackson County, the AIMS team continues its search for the truth surrounding the legendary Waya Woman. At the heart of this mystery sits an old, abandoned blue house with a terrifying history.
Dog’s Most Wanted
WGN America, 9pm
“Dog” Chapman and his team of bounty hunters, dubbed “The Dirty Dozen,” embark on a cross-country manhunt to find and bring to justice a curated list of fugitives. Also joining the action is Dog’s wife Beth, who, despite a terminal cancer diagnosis, wants to help her family fight against lawlessness one last time.
Magical Land of Oz: “Ocean”
Explore Australia’s magical coasts and islands, where three oceans create the perfect environment for whales, giant cuttlefish and sharks.
Thursday, Sept. 5
Tennis: US Open: Women’s Semifinals
ESPN, 7pm Live
The US Open women’s singles semifinal matches take place tonight at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y.
The Outpost: “There Will Be a Reckoning”
The CW, 8pm
As the Outpost is besieged, its most wanted prisoner plans an escape. Talon (Jessica Green) and Zed (guest star Reece Ritchie) unearth an enemy from Talon’s childhood. Milus (guest star Jarren Dalmeda) leaves the Outpost bitterly disappointed.
NFL Football: Green Bay at Chicago
NBC, 8:15pm Live
The NFL celebrates its 100th season with this regular-season kickoff game featuring two of the league’s most storied franchises. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers take on Khalil Mack and the NFC North division rival Bears at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
Mountain Men: “Seize the Day”
In Montana, Tom Oar caps off his season by building an authentic Native American bull boat worth thousands of dollars. In Alaska, Morgan Beasley struggles to move a ton of greenhouse supplies through miles of dense forest. In North Carolina, Eustace Conway and Raleigh Avery race to fill a rush order for lumber. And in the Ozarks, Jason Hawk and his son, Kai, head back underground searching for more iron ore.
Activate: The Global Citizen Movement
National Geographic, 10pm
Each episode of this six-part docuseries delves into a different issue connected to the root causes of, and efforts to eradicate, extreme poverty, as seen in the work of the Global Citizen movement, whose celebrity activists include Hugh Jackman, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Usher, Common, Rachel Brosnahan and more.
Friday, Sept. 6
DC Comics’ first live-action series for its streaming service returns, with new cast members Esai Morales as supervillain Slade Wilson (a.k.a. the assassin Deathstroke) and Drew Van Acker as the hero Aqualad.
Tennis: US Open: Men’s Semifinals
ESPN, 4pm Live
The US Open men’s singles semifinal matches take place today at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y.
VICE News Tonight
HBO’s first ever daily news magazine comes to a close tonight, though the series will be picked up by the Viceland network.
Live From Lincoln Center: “ODYSSEY: The Chamber Music Society in Greece”
Breathtaking natural beauty and exquisite music-making share the focus in the new 90-minute episode “ODYSSEY Chamber Music Society in Greece,” which takes the virtuoso musicians of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to the country that often is cited as the birthplace of the classical ideal. The group performs works that embody the essence of classical music, including Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20, in such iconic Greek settings as the First Ancient Theatre of Larissa and the historic Church of the Taxiarchon in Pelion.
The UnXplained: “Incredible Survivors”
In the season finale, host William Shatner and his team of scientists, historians, engineers and researchers look into stories that defy the limits of human survival: plane crashes, subzero temperatures and superhuman feats performed while people are in danger.
This new docuseries brings viewers into the world of four couples undergoing weekly therapy. Dr. Orna Guralnik deftly guides the couples through the minefield of honest confrontation with each other and with themselves, revealing the real-life struggles — and extraordinary breakthroughs — typically hidden behind closed doors.
Killjoys: “Don’t Stop Beweaving”
Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) and Zeph (Kelly McCormack) embark on a sisterly road trip to a dangerous cult on Leith to find the key to The Lady’s destruction.
Good Talk With Anthony Jeselnik
Comedy Central, 11pm
In this six-episode interview series, host Anthony Jeselnik, formerly of Comedy Central’s The Jeselnik Offensive, talks with his comedian friends Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero, Kumail Nanjiani, Tig Notaro, Kristen Schaal and David Spade.
Saturday, Sept. 7
Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy
Discovery Family Channel, 9am
The animated series returns in a new time slot with four back-to-back episodes.
ABC, ESPN, FOX & FS1, beginning at 12pm Live
Week 2 of the college football season features Army at Michigan (FOX), Cincinnati at Ohio State (ABC), Nebraska at Colorado (FOX), Texas A&M at Clemson (ABC), BYU at Tennessee (ESPN), LSU at Texas (ABC), Buffalo at Penn State (FOX) and California at Washington (FS1).
Tennis: US Open: Women’s Final
ESPN, 4pm Live
The US Open women’s singles champion is crowned today at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y.
Major League Baseball
FS1, beginning at 4pm Live
FS1 airs a doubleheader of divisional rivalry games as the N.Y. Yankees are at the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies are at the N.Y. Mets.
WOW: Women of Wrestling
AXS TV, 8pm
The 24-episode second season of the all-female wrestling league finds the hit promotion back with a vengeance. The premiere finds The Beast, Jungle Grrrl and Havok lining up to challenge WOW world champion Tessa Blanchard. A Triple Threat Number One Contender Match will decide who wrestles Blanchard for the title.
Identity Theft of a Cheerleader
During her senior year of high school, Vicky (Maiara Walsh) dropped out of school. Now 31, Vicky is at rock bottom. Desperate and miserable, she decides to steal the identity of a high school cheerleader and redo her final year.
Patrick Swayze: Ghosts & Demons
REELZ Channel, 9pm
In this two-hour special, follow beloved actor Patrick Swayze’s rise to fame in hit movies such as Dirty Dancing and Ghost, and delve into his private world of pain, fear and self-sabotage hidden behind his public face.