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Thursday, July 23: At Last, Play Ball! MLB Opening Night Doubleheader on ESPN

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Thursday, July 23

Major League Baseball
ESPN, beginning at 7pm Live

Opening night of the long-awaited Major League Baseball season features the N.Y. Yankees at the World Series champion Washington Nationals, followed by the San Francisco Giants at the L.A. Dodgers.

ALSO SEE: 2020 MLB Regular Season National TV Schedule

Tig n’ Seek
New Series!

This animated kids’ series follows 8-year-old Tiggy and his gadget-building cat Gweeseek.

NASCAR Cup Series: Super Start Batteries 400
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live

A Thursday primetime Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway has Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott and other top drivers competing on the 1.5-mile tri-oval.

Killer Camp: “One in the Eye for the Killer”
The CW, 8pm

As the campers recover from the previous night’s shocking murder, they are faced with a mud pit, falling into a freezing lake and razor-sharp axes. When suspicions rise and accusations fly, bromances are broken, alliances are forged and a relationship blossoms. And at dusk, the killer instructs Bruce to claim the next victim.

Celebrity Watch Party
FOX, 8pm
Season Finale!

Join the party for one last time this summer as celebrities watch the week’s most hilarious, exciting and newsworthy shows on TV.

Cinematography by Richard H. Kline
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Acclaimed, Oscar-nominated cinematographer Richard H. Kline is remembered tonight with a lineup of films featuring his memorable work. The evening starts with the beloved 1967 musical Camelot, which earned Kline his first Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography. This is followed by the dystopian sci-fi classic Soylent Green (1973), the drama A Dream of Kings (1969) and the 1978 thriller Who’ll Stop the Rain.

Blindspot: “Iunne Ennui”
NBC, 9pm
Series Finale!

The action drama starring Sullivan Stapleton and Jaimie Alexander says farewell with its 100th and final episode.

Bringing Up Bates
UPtv, 9pm
New Episodes!

The Bateses have plenty to look forward to in 2020: Carlin and Evan are welcoming their first child, and Tori and Bobby are expecting baby No. 2, making it 14 grandchildren for Gil and Kelly Jo. And it’s not all love and babies — the family is also exploring new business ventures. New episodes will also highlight how the Bateses have adjusted to life in quarantine as Tennessee locked down due to COVID-19.

Lost Resort
TBS, 10pm
New Series!

Deep in the jungle of Costa Rica is a mystical wellness retreat where nine strangers from all walks of life gather for what they believe will be a healing, life-changing experience. Part provocative social experiment and part fish-out-of-water comedy, the series shows that anything can happen when you let go of your past, embrace the unknown and take part in some bizarre therapies that range from rage rituals to orgasmic dance.

My Pregnant Husband
TLC, 10pm

Follow along with the unique pregnancy journeys of two couples as they try to expand their families, but with a twist, as the transgender husbands are the ones carrying the babies. Each couple faces unprecedented trials as they attempt to bring a child into their lives, whether it’s coming out to neighbors who didn’t know the husband was transgender or almost getting arrested by police officers who mistake a pregnant belly for stolen goods.

Tacoma FD: “Fire Choir”
truTV, 10pm
Midseason Premiere!

Chief Terry McConky (Kevin Heffernan) and Capt. Eddie Penisi (Steve Lemme) return for more firehouse antics and camaraderie. In tonight’s episode, Wolf Boykins (Broken Lizard’s Paul Soter) is back and leads the fire station choir, the Ex-SING-guishers. Eddie teases Granny (Marcus Henderson) for joining the group but soon finds himself vying for a spot as the lead whistler. Lucy (Hassie Harrison), meanwhile, convinces Chief to let her look for a more female-friendly uniform.

Friday, July 24

Jim Gaffigan: The Pale Tourist
Amazon Prime Video
In this two-part standup special, Gaffigan attempts to land in a country with no material, experience the culture and food, and then write and perform all-new material, all in one visit.

Rogue Trip
New Series!

In this National Geographic series, former war correspondent Bob Woodruff and his 28-year-old son Mack travel the world.

The Kissing Booth 2
Original Film!

Elle Evans (Joey King) just had the most romantic summer of her life with her reformed bad-boy boyfriend Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi). But now Noah is off to Harvard, and Elle heads back to high school for her senior year. She’ll have to juggle a long-distance relationship, getting into her dream college with her best friend Lee (Joel Courtney), and the complications brought on by a close friendship with a handsome, charismatic new classmate named Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez).

Offering to the Storm
Original Film!

This gripping and hair-raising thriller from Spain, based on the final chapter in Dolores Redondo’s Baztán book trilogy, finds Inspector Amaia Salazar (Marta Etura) facing the true origin of the events that have ravaged the Baztan valley for years — even if an impressive snowstorm tries to bury the most devastating truth.

Special Theme: Directed by John Ford
TCM, beginning at 12pm
Catch a Classic!

Besides Westerns, John Ford is also famed for his films about war, particularly World War II. During that war, Ford worked with the Navy and shot a number of documentary shorts about the war effort. Two of those films — The Battle of Midway (1942) and December 7th (1943) — won Oscars and air during today’s war-heavy Ford lineup. Also showing are The Lost Patrol (1934), They Were Expendable (1945), The Wings of Eagles (1957) and Mister Roberts (1955). The day ends with Ford’s last feature film, the non-war 1966 drama 7 Women.

Major League Baseball
ESPN, beginning at 4pm Live

Major League Baseball’s opening day continues on ESPN with the Atlanta Braves at the New York Mets, the Milwaukee Brewers at the Chicago Cubs and the L.A. Angels at the Oakland A’s.

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series at Kansas Speedway
FS1, 7pm Live

Austin Hill, Zane Smith, Grant Enfinger, Brett Moffitt and more top NASCAR Truck Series drivers are in action at Kansas Speedway for the first of two 200-mile races on the track. Race 2 takes place Saturday afternoon.

The Greatest #AtHome Videos
CBS, 8pm
New Episodes!

Cedric the Entertainer returns as host of four new weekly specials in this series that celebrates home videos reflecting the creativity, humor and humanity that have emerged from our shared experiences at home during the COVID-19 crisis.

Room 104
HBO, 11pm
Season Premiere!

The anthology series created by brothers Mark and Jay Duplass begins its fourth and final season tonight, providing one last glimpse into the lives of the guests in Room 104. Each episode tells the unique story of the characters who pass through a single room of a typical American chain motel. The premiere episode will be the first time in the series that Mark Duplass stars, writes, directs and performs original music.

Saturday, July 25

Major League Baseball
FOX & FS1, beginning at 1pm Live

The first Saturday of the delayed Major League Baseball season includes four games on FOX and FS1. FOX has the Milwaukee Brewers at the Chicago Cubs, the San Francisco Giants at the L.A. Dodgers and the N.Y. Yankees at the Washington Nationals. Later tonight on FS1, the Arizona Diamondbacks are at the San Diego Padres.

FS1 & NBCSN, beginning at 1:30pm Live

A big week for NASCAR at Kansas Speedway wraps up with the second of two Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races at the track on FS1. Later today, the Xfinity Series runs a 250-mile race on NBCSN.

Starring Gary Lockwood
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Two of actor Gary Lockwood’s notable films are featured on TCM tonight — one a recognizable classic, another perhaps not so much, but should be. First up, watch Lockwood in his most famous role, as Dr. Frank Poole in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Poole is one of the astronauts aboard a deep-space ship who realizes with horror that their ship’s HAL computer has become murderously insane. Then, Lockwood stars in French filmmaker Jacques Demy’s evocative 1969 drama Model Shop.

Pit Bulls & Parolees
Animal Planet, 9pm
Season Premiere!

In the Season 16 premiere, Tia Torres and her team at Villalobos Rescue Center receive an unexpected call when a local adopter returns her new canine companion, Sweetcakes, soon after taking her home. Meanwhile, Tia’s daughter Mariah works to rescue Mr. Crowley, a well-behaved dog abandoned at a store after his homeless owner could no longer care for him. Viewers will also meet Alicia, an extremely emaciated dog desperate for a second chance at life.