All Times Eastern. PBS programming varies regionally.
Wednesday, July 7
Season 3 of the romantic competition series Love Island debuts tonight with a 90-minute premiere. This season takes place in the sun-drenched Hawaiian Islands with an all-new cast of Islanders looking for love. Arielle Vandenberg returns as host.
Marvel Studios Legends: “Black Widow”
Ahead of the Scarlett Johansson-led feature film Black Widow premiering in theaters and on Disney+ July 9, revisit the classic character’s history in Marvel Comics and where her story left off in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Monsters at Work
Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprise their respective voice-over roles of monsters Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan from the 2001 Pixar animated classic Monsters, Inc. in this series that takes place the day after the Monsters Inc. power plant started harvesting the laughter of children, instead of their screams, to power the city of Monstropolis. Also returning to their original roles are Bonnie Hunt, John Ratzenberger, Jennifer Tilly and Bob Peterson. Actors voicing new monster characters include Ben Feldman, Mindy Kaling, Henry Winkler and Alanna Ubach.
This first new series in the expansion of the highly popular Peyton’s Places features U.S. soccer legend Abby Wambach presenting the story of soccer to fans. The two-time Olympic gold medalist, Women’s World Cup champion and National Soccer Hall of Famer will visit and interview some of the most iconic figures in “the beautiful game,” including Brandi Chastain, Briana Scurry, Brian McBride, Andres Cantor, Julie Foudy and more.
Cat people come in all shapes and sizes, but they share a love for their enchanting, unique feline friends. This docuseries reveals their tales.
In Season 2 of this docuseries, their love for dogs — and their dogs’ love for them — becomes a lifeline for an astronaut, a Brazilian priest, a college mascot’s caregiver and more.
World Debut: From Outsiders to the Olympics
This feature-length documentary debuting on the Olympics YouTube channel tracks the journey of what it takes to add new sports to the Olympic Games. Skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing will join the Games for the first time this summer, and this film tells the story of how they got there.
The iconic, often chaotic series returns for Season 23 with all new houseguests and Julie Chen Moonves back as host.
Kung Fu: “Attachment”
The CW, 8pm
Nicky (Olivia Liang) and Henry (Eddie Liu) follow a lead that brings them to a K-pop concert in Las Vegas … and on a collision course with Zhilan (guest star Yvonne Chapman) and Kerwin (guest star Ludi Lin). Elsewhere, Jin (Tzi Ma) and Mei-Li (Kheng Hua Tan) make a major decision about the restaurant.
MasterChef: Legends: “Michael Mina — Meat Roulette”
It’s this season’s first Mystery Box challenge, and the home cooks are tasked with creating a dish from an unknown cut of beef. Chef Michael Mina is the guest judge in the new episode “Michael Mina — Meat Roulette.”
Dogs With Extraordinary Jobs: “The Lifesavers”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
At a South African airport, bird-chasing border collies are preventing potentially devastating collisions with aircraft. In the British countryside, the Sprocker Spaniel’s extraordinary sense of smell and the natural protective instinct of the Anatolian Shepherd are playing a vital life-saving role in the conservation of endangered species. In Atlanta, an abused puppy abandoned on the streets has helped save an entire family struggling to cope with a child’s autism.
Special Theme: From Hollywood to the Heartland: “Small Town Dramas”
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Hollywood types may be criticized for sometimes viewing the rest of America as mere “flyover country,” but throughout its history, the movie industry has made a number of memorable films set in small-town U.S.A. Whether they realistically capture what it’s like to live there may be up for question, but the films as a whole are still enjoyable. Each Wednesday night this month, Turner Classic Movies will air a lineup of titles set in, and sometimes shot in, the heartland, grouped by themes. Things begin tonight with five dramas. First, the deliciously soapy, Best Picture Oscar-nominated 1957 classic Peyton Place reveals the various scandals, crimes and moral hypocrisy that lie beneath the apparently tranquil facade of a small New England mill town in the years around World War II. Best Actress Oscar nominee Lana Turner, Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominees Arthur Kennedy and Russ Tamblyn, and Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees Hope Lange and Diane Varsi lead the cast. Next, in the Best Picture Oscar-nominated 1955 drama Picnic, based on William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, William Holden plays a drifter whose arrival in a small Kansas town disrupts the lives of its populace. Kim Novak and Rosalind Russell also star. Another 1955 drama, East of Eden, is next. Based on John Steinbeck’s novel, the film stars James Dean in his first major screen role, Julie Harris and Raymond Massey in a story of brotherly rivalry in small central California coastal towns in the early 20th century. Dean, who perished in a car crash about six months after East of Eden’s release, received a posthumous Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance. After that, the Best Picture Oscar-nominated Kings Row (1942), starring Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings and Ronald Reagan, tells a tale of young people in a small Midwestern town at the turn of the 20th century. Holden is back in the evening’s final film, Our Town, the Best Picture Oscar-nominated 1940 adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s play set in the fictional small community of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. — Jeff Pfeiffer
Two Steps Home: “Comfy Cottage to Modern Farmhouse”
A woman and her dog need Jon and Mary Tjon-Joe-Pin’s help upgrading to a bigger home. To get top dollar for her current bungalow, Mary must preserve its classic charm and update the confusing layout, while Jon makes some pet-friendly renovations to her new place.
Host Joel McHale is joined by contestants Johnnett Kent (hometown: Baltimore) and Farris Tarazi (Lancaster, California), in addition to Christine Chung and Justice Coleman (Los Angeles).
Nat Geo, 10pm
For years, sharks have been viewed as solitary predators, but scientists have recently discovered a surprising new behavior. This SharkFest special reveals how this apex predator likes to hang out in gangs. What is behind this behavior? Do sharks enjoy a social life, or are they working together to become even more effective hunters?
Thursday, July 8
The drama about youngsters exploring sexuality in their conservative community concludes Season 1.
Developed by showrunner Joshua Safran, a writer and executive producer on the original series, this extension of the pop culture classic takes us back to the Upper East Side, finding a new generation of New York private school teens being introduced to social surveillance nine years after the original blogger’s website went dark. The series is based on the bestselling novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and the original show, developed by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, which ran from 2007-12 on The CW. The series premiere episode will have a special broadcast on The CW tomorrow night (July 9). Following its broadcast on The CW, it will be available to stream on The CW’s free digital platforms (The CW app and cwtv.com).
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness
This CG-animated series based on the hit horror video game franchise has a story that takes place in 2006, between the events of the Resident Evil 4 and 5 games and following a hacking incident at the White House. While federal agent Leon Kennedy (voice of Nick Apostolides) is investigating the hack, the White House is attacked by a horde of zombies. A day after dispatching them, Kennedy bumps into Claire Redfield (Stephanie Panisello), who is investigating a strange drawing she received from a child refugee suffering from a viral infection abroad. The series follows them as they try to uncover the mystery behind the two outbreaks.
Laura and her 8-year-old son David experience a baffling break-in by a peculiar group of people who attempt to kidnap David. After this experience, Laura and her son flee town in search of safety and refuge. Shortly after the group attempts their kidnapping, David becomes extremely ill, but the doctors have no explanation for it. Laura does anything in her power to keep him alive but finds his safety may be compromised due to her past involvement in a cult. Laura continues to push the boundaries but ultimately must decide how far she will go to save her son.
This four-episode docuseries uses the prism of hip-hop jewelry to explore deeper issues around racial inequality and the American dream. The series dives into hip-hop’s ability to reimagine and transcend established notions of wealth, status, and superiority, and the sheer resilience of hip-hop culture. Rap trio MIGOS are executive producers of, and appear in, the series; new episodes premiere Thursdays on MIGOS’ YouTube channel.
Beat Shazam: “Two Million Dollar Challenge!”
Host Jamie Foxx surprises everyone by doubling the prize to a staggering $2 million in tonight’s new episode “Two Million Dollar Challenge!”
Zoey (Yara Shahidi) and the gang head to Mexico for a summer getaway filled with drinking games, new hookups, some relationship drama and even a wedding.
Hot Mess House: “Cluttered to Crafty”
Cassandra Aarssen works with a couple to transform their downstairs living area into a family-friendly oasis that converts for any occasion. Plus, she and Wendell Holland build the perfect second chapter for a veteran eager to start her new career.
Keeping Up With the Joneses
This three-part series (airing over consecutive Thursdays) stars Vivica A. Fox as the matriarch of a wealthy family who, along with her four stepdaughters, will stop at nothing to protect their business and family after they are threatened. Each two-hour movie is narrated by Kandi Burruss and also stars Ted McGinley, Eric Roberts, Arie Thompson, Ciarra Carter, Jasmine Aivaliotis, Marcos James and Shellie Sterling.
Making It: “Expand Your World”
Hosts Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler task the Makers with the Mega Craft, the biggest challenge ever. They will convert a regular closet into a completely new room dedicated to a loved one.
Star of the Month: Elvis: “Behind the Wheel”/“Rough and Tumble Elvis”
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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It’s a double-shot of themes in tonight’s Thursday night salute to the movies of Elvis Presley. The first three of tonight’s six films starring the King feature him playing one of his most frequent character types — a guy who likes driving fast cars. First up is one of Elvis’ most memorable and best films, Viva Las Vegas (1964), in which he stars as racer Lucky Jackson, who heads to the title city for its first annual grand prix. Along the way, he famously meets Ann-Margret’s hotel swimming instructor, Rusty Martin. Elvis also takes the wheel as a NASCAR driver in Speedway (1968), costarring Nancy Sinatra, and as a singer/part-time racecar driver in Spinout (1966), alongside Shelley Fabares. This evening’s final three movies feature the King in some of his more action-oriented, but often still lighthearted, roles. These include him as movie star Johnny Tyronne, who finds himself embroiled in a murder plot in the Middle East in the musical comedy Harum Scarum (1965); as Native American rodeo rider Joe Lightcloud in the Western comedy Stay Away, Joe (1968); and as former outlaw Jess Wade in the straight-up dramatic Western Charro! (1969), the only one of his films in which Elvis does not sing. — Jeff Pfeiffer
Christina on the Coast: “Modern Kitchen Meets Waterfront Dream”
When Christina Haack’s contractor brings her a new project, she signs on to find out the new homeowners have little in common with design and must find a compromise between modern and rustic. Meanwhile, Christina also works at warp speed to style a San Diego beach house.
Good Girls: “You”
Rio (Manny Montana) inserts himself in the girls’ new business to Beth’s (Christina Hendricks) dismay, while Phoebe (Lauren Lapkus) discovers a bombshell in the case and returns to Detroit.
Croc That Ate Jaws
Nat Geo, 10pm
From mysterious severed heads and ambush attacks to mob hunts and standoffs, this SharkFest special explores what happens when two of the deadliest predators on the planet go head-to-head.
Roswell: The Final Verdict
Travel Channel, 10pm
This is a sneak peek at the premiere episode of the new miniseries currently streaming on the discovery+ service. Over six hourlong episodes, The Final Verdict seeks the truth behind the supposed crash of an alien craft in Roswell, New Mexico, 74 years ago. This episode, “Crash Landings,” goes back to July 2, 1947, when a rancher discovered what seemed to be otherworldly debris strewn across the ground in Roswell. An Army intelligence officer investigated the evidence and concluded that it was not anything from Earth. Now, sophisticated lie-detection software puts this bold claim to the test.
Cable’s No. 1 unscripted comedy series returns with new episodes beginning tonight. The series follows lifelong friends — Sal, Joe, Q and Murr (The Tenderloins) — as they compete to embarrass each other with a series of hilarious and outrageous antics.
Backyard Bar Wars
Based on the rising trend of DIY at-home bars, Backyard Bar Wars is a send-up of the classic home reno show combined with hilarious moments of comedian and host Chris Distefano, roasting the builders in a way that only he can. The one thing that’s not a joke are the bars themselves — viewers will be both jealous and inspired to transform their own homes into these jaw-dropping creations.
Friday, July 9
Luxe Listings Sydney
Amazon Prime Video
This unscripted series follows three elite agents as they negotiate multimillion-dollar deals in one of the most competitive real estate markets in the world: Sydney, Australia. These agents are among the best, and they showcase some of the most breathtaking homes in the exclusive Sydney property market, complete with stunning harbor views, iconic beachfront backdrops and unrivaled grandeur. The series will follow the agents’ intense professional operations and their extraordinary personal lives.
The Snoopy Show: Part 2
Seven new episodes of Season 1 of this animated series starring Charles Schulz’s beloved beagle and the rest of the Peanuts gang drop today.
Disney+ with Premier Access
Feature Film Exclusive!
Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins with this film, which has Scarlett Johansson returning as the title character, aka Natasha Romanoff. The movie, which is also available in theaters starting today, takes place after Captain America: Civil War and before Avengers: Infinity War. Romanoff lost her life in the battle to defeat Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, resulting in this film focusing on the history of her character. Costarring are Florence Pugh as Natasha’s surrogate sister Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff, the leader of superspy training where Natasha started, and David Harbour as a Soviet supersoldier, also known as the Red Guardian.
Leverage: Redemption: Part 1
In this revival of the 2008-12 TNT action/crime drama, the Leverage crew have watched as the rich and powerful continue to take what they want without consequence. Grifter Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman), thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf), hitter Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) and hacker Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge) have watched the world change over the last eight years. Since their last job, it’s become easier — and sometimes legal — for the rich to become richer and the powerful to squash anyone who gets in their way. To address the changes in the world around them, the team finds new blood in Harry Wilson (Noah Wyle), a corporate lawyer who is looking for redemption after realizing he’d been sitting on the wrong side of the table for his entire career, and Breanna Casey (Aleyse Shannon), Hardison’s foster sister who has a knack for computers, robotics and getting into trouble.
This coming-of-age series that follows Sam (Keir Gilchrist), a young man on the autism spectrum who is now in college, as he searches for love and independence, returns for a fourth and final season.
In Season 2 of this German techno-thriller, after being abducted, Mia (Luna Wedler) finds herself with no recollection of what happened since. But when she discovers a message she has written to her future self, she comes to understand that her life is in imminent danger if she doesn’t solve the mystery of her disappearance. In order to do so, she has to team up with the woman she trusts the least — Professor Lorenz (Jessica Schwarz).
Fear Street Part Two: 1978
Feature Film Exclusive!
This second installment of a trilogy of teen horror films based on R.L. Stine’s Fear Street book series is set in 1978, at Camp Nightwing. The camp is divided by the campers and counselors who hail from the prosperous town of Sunnyvale, and the campers and maintenance staffers from the downtrodden town of Shadyside. But when horrors from their towns’ shared history come alive, they must band together to solve a terrifying mystery before it’s too late.
Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Colin Lawrence, Annette O’Toole and Tim Matheson return for Season 3 of this romantic drama series based on Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series of books.
Golf: American Century Championship: First Round
NBCSN, 5pm Live
Sports and entertainment superstars are at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Nevada to compete in this celebrity golf event to raise funds for charity. Justin Timberlake, Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers, Steph Curry, Patrick Mahomes, Michael Strahan, Charles Barkley, Annika Sorenstam and 2020 winner Mardy Fish headline a star-studded field. NBCSN and NBC air the tournament through Sunday. Fans can enter by July 8 to play ACC Fantasy Golf for a chance to win a trip to the 2022 tournament and a $10,000 donation to the charity of their choice.
Secret Celebrity Renovation
This new one-hour series gives celebrities in sports, music and entertainment the chance to gift a surprise home renovation to a meaningful person who helped guide them to success. Some of those participating in making these heartfelt gifts include Paula Abdul, Wayne Brady, Boomer Esiason, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Survivor winner “Boston” Rob Mariano, NBA All-Star Chris Paul, Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith and more. The series also features the design team of home improvement contractor and television personality Jason Cameron and interior designer Sabrina Soto.
The CW, 8pm
This is a special broadcast of the premiere episode of the new Gossip Girl revival that debuted yesterday on the HBO Max streaming service. Following tonight’s airing, this episode will be available to stream on The CW’s free digital platforms (The CW app and cwtv.com). Subsequent new episodes of Gossip Girl will continue on HBO Max.
Friday Night Neo-Noir
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Tonight’s lineup of film noir titles not made in the genre’s heyday of the 1940s and ’50s, but in the ensuing decades, features three classics from the 1970s. First up is Get Carter (1971), the influential British crime film that inspired similar gangster films from across the pond that would follow. Michael Caine stars in one of his most famous roles, as the titular character Jack Carter, a small-time London gangster who returns to his hometown in Northeast England to seek the truth behind his brother’s supposedly accidental death. Suspecting foul play, Carter eventually embarks on a mission of vengeance as he delves deeper into the small town’s hardened criminal element. Next, Robert Mitchum — no stranger to film noir, having starred in earlier classics like 1947’s Out of the Past — headlines Peter Yates’ 1973 neo-noir The Friends of Eddie Coyle. Mitchum plays the titular character, a small-time member of the Irish mob in Boston. Tonight’s lineup concludes with what is likely the most famous, and probably the best, neo-noir of the past half-century: Chinatown (1974). Set in the late 1930s, the Best Picture Oscar-nominated movie is both a superb homage to films noir past and a stylishly presented, gripping mystery in its own right, with an Oscar-winning screenplay by Robert Towne. Best Actor Oscar nominee Jack Nicholson stars as private eye J.J. “Jake” Gittes, who, after being hired — in what turns out to be a setup — by a woman claiming to be named Evelyn Mulwray (Best Actress Oscar nominee Faye Dunaway), stumbles further into a conspiracy of political and business corruption, and sordid family dynamics. John Huston, who directed iconic films noir of his own like The Maltese Falcon back in the day, costars here in what should have been an Oscar-nominated performance as the odious Noah Cross, one of the screen’s slimiest villains. Everything about Chinatown — from its complex plot to its shadowy style to its famous, bleak final line (“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.”) — really captures the essence of noir. — Jeff Pfeiffer
My Lottery Dream Home: “A Million Dollar Hug”
Six months after tragically losing a husband and father to unexpected illness, Charity and her daughters April and Cassidy are given a million dollars of comfort thanks to a scratch ticket. Ready to find their forever dream home in the small town of Leechburg, Pennsylvania, David Bromstad leads the way one silly walk after another. Hearing-impaired April teaches David how to sign and tries to take the biggest rooms in every house, even if mom has other plans!
World’s Most Dangerous Shark?
Nat Geo, 10pm
The great white has a reputation for being the scariest shark in the sea, but legendary underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau called the oceanic whitetip “the most dangerous of all sharks.” In this SharkFest special, two teams of experts dive deep into the world of the oceanic whitetip to reveal what makes this species a top contender for the title of “world’s most dangerous shark.”
Saturday, July 10
Tennis: Wimbledon: Ladies’ Singles Final
ESPN, 9am Live
The Wimbledon ladies’ singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club airs live on ESPN.
Golf: American Century Championship: Second Round
NBC, 2:30pm Live
The second round of the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at Nevada’s Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course airs today on NBC.
Major League Baseball
FS1 & FOX, beginning at 4pm Live
The Oakland A’s are at the Texas Rangers for a Saturday matinee on FS1, then FOX’s primetime regional game options are the St. Louis Cardinals at the Chicago Cubs, the N.Y. Yankees at the Houston Astros or the Cincinnati Reds at the Milwaukee Brewers.
The 2021 ESPYS
ABC, 8pm Live
The 2021 ESPYS celebrate the best teams, athletes, moments and humanitarian efforts in the world of sports from the past year. Special honors include the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, the Pat Tillman Award for Service and the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty
BBC America, 8pm
Season 1 of this new addition to the Meerkat Manor saga concludes with “The Outcast,” in which evicted Sencha is thrown a lifeline in the form of attractive rover Lilac.
Vacation House Rules: “Waterfall Escape”
Contractor Scott McGillivray and designer Debra Salmoni put their skills to the test to get homeowners Ellie and Clark the dream home they’ve always wanted. From water damage to foundation issues, it takes a total renovation to turn this neglected cabin in the woods into a waterfront oasis, perfect for vacation fun and rental potential.
Framed by My Husband
When June’s wealthy husband Rick becomes the target of an extortionist who claims he sexually assaulted her, Rick convinces his wife it’s an act of revenge by a spurned suitor, and he enlists her help to prevent the accusations from going public. June agrees to help him pay off the extortionist, but when the woman is found dead, June becomes the prime suspect. Stars Christine Chatelain, Dan Payne and Rebecca Roberts.
Kelly Siegler and Abbey Abbondandolo head to Stafford, Texas, to investigate the coldblooded killing of a tow truck business owner, Jerry Don Humphrey. Their investigation uncovers a twisted world of alleged abuse, infidelity and a possible murder-for-hire plot.
Shark Terror: USS Indianapolis
It was the worst shark attack in history. While returning from a top-secret mission to deliver components for the atomic bomb during World War II, the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis, with 1,195 crewmen aboard, was torpedoed and sunk. The rapid descent of the fragmenting ship immediately took hundreds of trapped sailors to their deaths. For the surviving 900 sailors, the sinking ship was just the beginning of their nightmare. This special reveals the terrifying real-life story of the doomed cruiser and its crew as the surviving sailors faced four days of brutal sun exposure, dehydration and, worst of all, relentless attacks from countless hungry and aggressive sharks.
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Get your motor running with a triple-feature of classic outlaw biker films. The lineup begins with one of the earliest in the genre, The Wild One (1953). Marlon Brando gives an indelible performance as long sideburns-sporting, leather jacket-clad Johnny Strabler, the leader of a delinquent biker gang that takes over a small town, and who, when asked what he is rebelling against, famously answers, “What’ve you got?” Brando’s look and attitude inspired the youth of the early rock ’n’ roll era, and even had stars like James Dean and Elvis Presley adopting some of his style. It also went a long way toward helping The Wild One set the tone for outlaw biker movies to come, even the next two in tonight’s lineup, which both are from 1967 and are of the more exploitative variety of the motorcycle gang film genre from that era. In The Glory Stompers, Dennis Hopper plays a biker gang leader who abducts a rival and his girlfriend. Then, Devil’s Angels finds two rival gangs of bikers (one of whose leaders is played by John Cassavetes) battling each other after taking over a small town. — Jeff Pfeiffer
Crashing Through the Snow
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Maggie (Amy Acker) and her ex-husband, Jeff (Kristian Bruun), have always been friends first. When Jeff’s new girlfriend, Kate (Brooke Nevin), spontaneously invites Maggie along to their Christmas getaway in Aspen, she jumps at the chance to spend a Yuletide holiday away with her two daughters. Although Maggie feels like a third wheel crashing their Christmas, she’s not alone as Kate’s hapless brother, Sam (Warren Christie), shows up unannounced with a plan. Always seeming to live in Kate’s shadow, Sam, for once, wants to come out ahead, and he convinces Maggie that, together, they can compete with Kate and make this Christmas the best one ever. Neither of them is adequately prepared for the blended family challenges that lie ahead — or the feelings they develop for one another.
Florida Man Murders
The season premieres with back-to-back new episodes focusing on the most notorious and outrageous killers from the Sunshine State. In “Alligator God,” deep in the Florida Everglades, detectives find a human head but no body. As they attempt to identify the victim, a Florida man comes forward with an unbelievable story. In “Death & Taxes,” when a prominent tax attorney is found strangled and locked inside a storm shelter, authorities are baffled. As disturbing evidence is uncovered, detectives wonder if those close to him may hold the answers.