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Thursday, July 28
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin
This 10-episode, dark take on the original teen melodrama introduces a new generation of Liars who are tormented by a masked killer hellbent on punishing them for the secret sin committed by their parents two decades ago … as well as their own. The series stars Bailee Madison, Chandler Kinney, Zaria, Malia Pyles and Maia Reficco. The first three episodes are available today, followed by two new episodes Aug. 4 and Aug. 11, and the final three installments on Aug. 18.
Insects are critical to every ecosystem on Earth — but they are as close to an alien life form as we’ll ever see without leaving this planet. Kate Mulgrew narrates this three-part series capturing insect behavior in ways never before possible. There are am estimated 10 quintillion insects from between 5-10 million different species. From jet-propelled bugs to dragonflies that can outmaneuver falcons, and from bugs that thrive on ice and snow to those that share our everyday lives, this is a world of breathtaking beauty, stunning sophistication and astonishing revelations about these creatures that live the most extraordinary lives.
The Family Business
Creator Carl Weber’s crime drama, based on his bestselling book series, returns for Season 4, with all episodes available today. The series follows the Duncan family, who appear to be upstanding citizens running one of New York’s most respected car dealerships. In reality, they are leaders of the Black mafia who control most of the East Coast underworld. No matter which job is at hand, one thing is true about the Duncans: There is nothing they won’t do for family. Ernie Hudson, Valarie Pettiford and Darrin Henson lead the cast.
The mayhem and madness continue in Season 3 of this biting and uproarious adult animated comedy series. Wrapping up their “Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour,” Harley Quinn (voice of Kaley Cuoco) and Poison Ivy (Lake Bell) return to Gotham as the new power couple of DC villainy. Along with their ragtag crew — King Shark (Ron Funches), Clayface (Alan Tudyk) and Frank the Plant (JB Smoove) — “Harlivy” strives to become the best version of themselves while also working toward Ivy’s long-desired plan of transforming Gotham into an Eden paradise. The first three episodes drop today; new episodes are available Thursdays.
Described as a “multigenerational, coming-of-age love story disguised as a fast-paced mystery about the disappointment of time,” this series finds an anniversary trip putting a marriage to the test when the couple find themselves embroiled in one of the Yucatan’s most bizarre unsolved mysteries, which took place 15 years prior. Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot) is one of the executive producers of the series, whose ensemble cast is led by William Jackson Harper, Cristin Milioti and Nick Offerman. The first three episodes are available today; new episodes are available Thursdays.
This acclaimed two-part British drama takes place between 2013-19, during a time when the Abortion Act of 1967, which permitted abortion in the U.K., still did not extend to Northern Ireland. The episodes dramatize the true stories of three women and their families who were affected by restrictive abortion laws in that area before the recent change in legislation. Names and details have been changed to ensure the anonymity of the real-life contributors to the series.
Toon in With Me: Bugs Bunny Birthday Bash Week: “Global Bugs”
Toon in With Me’s weeklong celebration of Bugs Bunny continues with five Merrie Melodies/Looney Tunes animated classics featuring the wascally wabbit in some of his international adventures: French Rarebit (1951); Sahara Hare (1955), with Yosemite Sam; Hare We Go (1951); Mutiny on the Bunny (1950), another one costarring Yosemite Sam; and Ali Baba Bunny (1957), also featuring Daffy Duck.
The Doctor Blake Mysteries
Good thing Lucien Blake came back to his Australian hometown in 1959 after a 30-year absence. Imagine how many unsolved murders the Ballarat cops would have on their hands if the astute, persistent police surgeon played by Craig McLachlan weren’t around to crack the cases. Yes, the title character of this 2013-17 mystery series is a man of science, but he also knows human nature. In the third episode of today’s weekly six-hour block, for example, both talents help Lucien uncover how and why a showing of Vertigo was disrupted by a deadly projection room fire. Common-sense widowed housekeeper Jean Beazley (Nadine Garner) is his patient companion, and their growing attraction is as much a reason to watch as the intriguing whodunits and beautifully rendered period atmosphere.
Shark Week 2022 Continues
Discovery Channel, beginning at 8pm
Tonight’s lineup of four new Shark Week specials begins with Tracy Morgan Presents: Sharks! With Tracy Morgan, which follows the comedian/actor as he teams with shark experts to identify the craziest and most ferocious sharks, and is available to stream on discovery+ along with its airing on the linear Discovery Channel. The next two specials — Shark House and Monster Mako Under the Rig — can also be streamed and watched on Discovery Channel, while tonight’s final program, Tiger Queen, airs only on the linear network.
Wild West Chronicles
This historical docudrama, INSP’s highest-rated original series, returns for an 11-episode second season to delve into more of the little-known history behind the Old West’s most memorable tales. Some of the subjects featured in Season 2 include learning who took the last shot at the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral; how a Texas Ranger finally stopped outlaws from cutting down fences; and why competing silver mining companies started a war underground.
Deep Sea Cinema: Sea Monsters, Sharks and Creatures From Below, Part Three: Sea Monsters
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Take one more dive into the deep with Turner Classic Movies’ last installment of this month’s lineups dedicated to films featuring creepy sea creatures. Tonight’s seven films feature various monsters from the depths: Mysterious Island, a 1961 adaptation of Jules Verne’s novel offering a showcase for various stop-motion-animated beasts created by Ray Harryhausen, one of which is a giant squid-like ammonite; Godzilla (1954), the original Japanese classic that introduced the iconic radioactive monster to popular culture; The Monster That Challenged the World (1957), about giant mollusks rising from California’s Salton Sea; The Lost Continent (1968), a Hammer Films production about a crew terrorized by various monstrosities in the Sargasso Sea; Creature From the Haunted Sea (1961), a horror/comedy with a Gillman-like title creature; The Giant Behemoth (1959), with an aquatic dinosaur on the rampage in London; and Moby Dick (1930), the first sound film adaptation of Herman Melville’s famed novel, starring John Barrymore as Capt. Ahab, who obsessively pursues the titular white whale.
No Demo Reno: “More Money, More Pressure”
Jenn Todryk tackles a huge project with a big budget when she takes a family’s abandoned demo over the finish line to finally complete their dream home. At the same time, Jenn transforms a family’s dull laundry room into a showstopping space.
The Fatal Flaw: A Special Edition of 20/20
The first season of the true-crime docuseries comes to a close with “Secrets in the Freezer.” What secret in the kitchen freezer would reveal the killer of a new mother? Miniature dollhouses of crime scenes take viewers through chilling homicides, while authorities and journalists provide firsthand accounts to illuminate the disturbing events as they describe the twists and turns of the investigation. ABC News legal analyst and 20/20 correspondent Ryan Smith, ABC News contributor Elizabeth Vargas, and ABC News legal contributor and former prosecutor Matt Murphy comment on the crimes.
Made From Scratch
The unscripted series returns for a fourth season, with new celebrity guests cooking their favorite dishes and revealing how food and family have helped shape their identity and inspired their artistic achievements. Featured this season are actress/producer Eva Longoria, singer-songwriter Noah Cyrus, actors Javon Walton and Jason Genao, professional gamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, musician/activist/reality star Amara La Negra, and singers Kyle and Syd. Made From Scratch has been renewed for Season 5.
Fright Club: “Little Prop of Horrors”
Travel Channel, 10pm; also streams on discovery+
Jack Osbourne, the Ghost Brothers and actor Richard Lawson get a little too close for comfort to a cursed prop from a classic horror film; a paranormal investigator has a serious case of resting witch face; and an alien gets its freak on in Brazil.
Friday, July 29
Paula Danziger’s bestselling children’s books come to life in this series that offers an unfiltered look at a girl, Amber Brown (Carsyn Rose), who finds her voice through art and music in the wake of her parents’ divorce. Bonnie Hunt wrote and directed the series, which also stars Sarah Drew as Amber’s mother, Sarah; Darin Brooks as Max; and newcomer Liliana Inouye as Brandi Colwin.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who is also an executive producer, leads this eight-episode psychological thriller as Sophie, a woman suffering extreme memory loss following a traumatic head injury believed to be a result of a suicide attempt. As Sophie embarks on a quest to put the pieces of her life back together with the help of her husband and friends, she begins to question whether or not the truth she is told is, in fact, the truth she has lived. The first three episodes are available today; new episodes drop Fridays.
Conjuring Kesha: “Kesha Faces Mortality”
Kesha and supermodel Karen Elson peel back the curtain on the Odd Fellows, a centuries-old secret society infamous for its macabre rituals and literal skeletons in the closet. But their presence in the lodge soon spurs alarming paranormal activity, as Kesha grapples with dark truths.
Zoey Deutch (Zombieland: Double Tap) leads this comedy as an aspiring writer with no friends or social media followers. To gain recognition, she fakes an Instagram-friendly trip to Paris. When a terrifying incident strikes the City of Lights, she unwittingly falls into a bigger lie than she ever imagined, getting her the life and audience she always wanted. But it’s only a matter of time before the truth is revealed. Dylan O’Brien, Mia Isaac and Embeth Davidtz costar.
Detective Conan: Zero’s Tea Time
This Japanese anime spinoff from the Detective Conan franchise follows the character of Toru Amuro, who adopts one of three different identities at any time. This series looks to reveal the private, everyday life behind that man of mystery.
In this romantic drama based on Tess Wakefield’s novel, struggling singer-songwriter Cassie (Sofia Carson) and Luke (Nicholas Galitzine), a Marine with a troubled past, agree to marry solely for the military benefits, in spite of their many differences. When tragedy strikes, the line between what’s real and what’s pretend begins to blur.
Darren Star (Sex in the City, Emily in Paris) and Jeffrey Richman (Modern Family) are creators and executive producers of this comedy led by Neil Patrick Harris (also an EP). Harris plays Michael, who thought his life was perfect until his husband blindsides him by walking out the door after 17 years. Overnight, Michael has to confront two nightmares: losing who he thought was his soulmate and suddenly finding himself as a single gay man in his mid 40s in New York City.
Angourie Rice (Mare of Easttown) and Gaten Matarazzo (Stranger Things) star in this coming-of-age comedy. It follows Honor (Rice), an ambitious high school senior whose sole focus is getting into Harvard, assuming she can first score the coveted recommendation from her guidance counselor, Mr. Calvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Willing to do whatever it takes, Honor concocts a Machiavellian plan to bring down her top three competitors, until things take a turn when she unexpectedly falls for her biggest rival, Michael (Matarazzo).
This coming-of-age sci-fi/adventure series is based on the bestselling graphic novels written by Brian K. Vaughn and illustrated by Cliff Chiang. It presents a high-stakes personal journey depicted through the eyes of 12-year-olds Erin (Riley Lai Nelet), Mac (Sofia Rosinsky), Tiffany (Camryn Jones) and KJ (Fina Strazza). In 1988, these girls are on their paper delivery route when they become caught in the crossfire between warring time travelers, which changes the course of their lives forever. Transported into the future, the girls must figure out a way to get back home to the past, a journey that will bring them face-to-face with the grownup versions of themselves even as they are hunted by a militant faction of the time travelers.
Toon in With Me: Bugs Bunny Birthday Bash Week: “Fairy Tale Bugs”
Toon in With Me’s weeklong celebration of Bugs Bunny’s 82nd birthday concludes with five Merrie Melodies/Looney Tunes animated shorts featuring Bugs in humorous takes on classic fairy tales: Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears (1944), which introduced creator Chuck Jones’ dysfunctional family of bears; Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944), which marked the first time that Bugs’ legendary vocal portrayer, Mel Blanc, received a voice credit; The Windblown Hare (1949), with the Three Little Pigs and the Wolf; Bewitched Bunny (1954), a parody of Hansel and Gretel that introduced Witch Hazel; and Beanstalk Bunny (1955), a take on Jack and the Beanstalk that also features Daffy Duck and a giant-sized Elmer Fudd.
Shark Week 2022 Continues
Discovery Channel, beginning at 8pm
The first three of tonight’s four new Shark Week specials — Jaws vs. the Blob, Clash of Killers: Great White vs. Mako and Shark Women: Ghosted by Great Whites — will be available to stream on discovery+ along with their airings on the linear Discovery Channel. Tonight’s final new special, The Great Hammerhead Stakeout, airs only on the linear network.
Ready to Love
Host Tommy Miles heads to Miami for Season 6 of this dating series. There, 20 sexy and hopeful singles in their 30s and 40s, representing a wide range from across the Black diaspora, search for love.
Stanley Kubrick, Part 2
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Turner Classic Movies’ two-night salute to legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick concludes this evening with three more of the director’s memorable works: the Best Picture Oscar-nominated Barry Lyndon (1975), a period drama based on William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel, which earned Kubrick Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, and stars Ryan O’Neal as the title character; the Best Picture Oscar-nominated A Clockwork Orange (1971), based on Anthony Burgess’ novel and led by Malcolm McDowell, which also earned Kubrick Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nominations; and the TCM premiere of Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Kubrick’s final film, an erotic psychological mystery drama starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman that was released a few months after the director’s passing in March of that year.
My Lottery Dream Home: “Million Dollar Angel”
Sweet, selfless, family-orientated Christine was financially struggling but emotionally blooming. She is the sole caregiver for her extended family, and a lottery windfall of $2 million meant a bright future for everyone! In the historically beautiful Plymouth, Massachusetts, David Bromstad helps Christine find a home big enough for her two children, sister and mother. They explore the beautiful landscapes littered with cranberry bogs, historic homes and the odd farmyard animal.
The boss ladies of this reality series are back for Season 2, which centers on six successful and glamorous women who represent the best of Black female entrepreneurship in Jackson, Mississippi, and who are redefining what it means to be a leader and a Southern belle as they juggle business, friendship, family dynamics and tragedies, and more.
The Great American Recipe: “Mix It Up”
The five remaining cooks have to swap recipes and prepare each other’s dishes, and then wow the judges with an original fusion dish that represents their own uniquely American story.
On Patrol: Live
See police officers on the job live — documented by 30-plus cameras across the country — in a three-hour block Fridays and Saturdays. Bonus: “citizen ride-alongs”!
NYC Point Gods
This documentary film, produced by Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman’s Boardroom media company, spotlights the enduring impact of New York City point guards who honed their craft and developed their legendary basketball showmanship on the city’s iconic playgrounds and high school gyms in the 1980s and ’90s. Players like Rafer Alston, Kenny Anderson, Mark Jackson and Stephon Marbury brought theatrics, dizzying ball control, stylish misdirection and a shake-and-bake game to the NBA.
Life After Lockup
WE tv, 9pm
Season 4 of this Love After Lockup spinoff series begins with “Can’t Stop Destiny.” The new season consists of 12 90-minute episodes and follows former inmates and their significant others through their weird and wild journey to survive the real world. The new couples face travel limitations and restrictions on who they can spend time with as well as temptations of alcohol and drugs. Returning couples try to deal with the growing pains of adjusting to love, family and marriage while coping with the emotional challenges of life on the outside.
In the Season 1 finale, “What You’re Here For,” singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly meets Melissa Smith, who runs Blacklight Productions, a performing arts program supporting intellectually disabled adults, and they bond over their pasts. Ruston then reaches out to his friend, songwriter Kate York (known for her songwriting on the series Nashville) to create a deeply personal piano ballad celebrating Melissa’s work and the good that can be done when a person realizes their purpose.
Antiques Roadshow Recut: “Crocker Art Museum, Hour 2”
See stunning Sacramento finds appraised at Crocker Art Museum in this half-hour Recut, including a Kamaka pineapple ukulele, a 1955 Kezar Stadium 49ers ticket sign and a signed Joe DiMaggio game-used baseball bat. Which is valued up to $125,000?
Super Sized Salon
WE tv, 10:30pm
The seven-episode first season of Super Sized Salon kicks off with “Big Girl Revolution.” Each of the hourlong episodes focuses on the staff at Babydoll Beauty Couture in Las Vegas, the first beauty salon catering to the plus-size community. Owner Jamie Lopez and her staff are put to the test when challenges threaten the mission of the salon. With conflicting personalities and consistent workplace drama, will this crew be able to keep their cool as tensions heat up?
Saturday, July 30
IndyCar Racing: Gallagher Grand Prix
NBC, 12:30pm Live
A big weekend of IndyCar and NASCAR racing at famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course begins today with the NTT IndyCar Series Gallagher Grand Prix. Top drivers Pato O’Ward, Alex Palou, Josef Newgarden and others race for 85 laps around the 2.439-mile, 14-turn circuit.
FS1 & FOX, 4pm Live
FS1 airs the Milwaukee Brewers at the Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers at the L.A. Angels. Regional action on FOX has the Oakland A’s at the Chicago White Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies at the Pittsburgh Pirates or the St. Louis Cardinals at the Washington Nationals.
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George Lucas received Oscar nominations for directing and cowriting (with Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck) this Best Picture Oscar-nominated 1973 coming-of-age comedy/drama that helped kick off the 1950s/early ’60s nostalgia boom of the ’70s. The film follows a group of youngsters on their last day of summer vacation in 1962, which also turns out to be the last day of their lives on which their only worries in the world would be dances, hanging out at the drive-in and, of course, cruisin’ the strip of their small town in sweet rides. Lucas was partly inspired by recollections of his own days as a teenage hot-rodder in Southern California for the movie, and the parade of cool cars seen throughout lends as much power to its nostalgic backdrop as the nonstop musical soundtrack of hits from that era. The terrific cast includes an ensemble of actors whose names were mostly unknown, or not as well known, at the time, but would become famous (or more famous), including Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard (still billed as Ronny Howard, as he had been in his days as a familiar child star on TV in the ’60s; this was one of his earlier “grownup” starring roles), Cindy Williams, Paul Le Mat, Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Candy Clark, Charles Martin Smith and Harrison Ford.
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island
The third chapter of the horror anthology series based on the ’90s kids cult classic debuts with a two-hour episode. An all-new Midnight Society heads to a resort island for a fun summer vacation, but the good times don’t last as the group discovers something sinister haunting the guests. Their investigation into the island’s ghosts leads them to a terrifying and shocking revelation.
Shark Week 2022 Continues
Discovery Channel, beginning at 8pm; also streams on discovery+
Shark Week 2022 premieres its final two new specials this evening: Monsters of the Cape, in which Shark Week veterans Dr. Craig O’Connell and Mark Rackley dive into the great white-infested waters off Cape Cod looking to test cutting-edge shark deterrents; and Sharks in Paradise, which follows shark conservationist Kinga Philipps and scientist Tristan Guttridge through the islands of Tahiti to investigate whether local legends about massive sharks are true.
A Splash of Love
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
A highly excitable marine mammalogy Ph.D. student (Rhiannon Fish) travels to the Pacific Northwest to track orcas — and finds her soulmate in a whale-watch tour guide (Ben Hollingsworth) to boot. The scenery is spectacular, as is the stock footage of the pods.
Flowers in the Attic: The Origin: Part 4: The Martyr
Film Series Finale!
In the final episode, after losing all her children due to tragedy and tension, Olivia’s (Jemima Rooper) newfound religious beliefs instilled in her by her cousin (Paul Wesley), and her desire to wreak vengeance on those around her, drives her to become the most notorious and terrifying version of herself — a woman capable of locking her grandchildren in the attic upon the return of her daughter after tragedy strikes the family once again.
NBC Movie of the Week: “Furious 7”
In this 2015-released, seventh installment in the Fast & Furious action film franchise, Dominic (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker in his final film role) and the rest of their team return to the United States to try and live normally after being granted amnesty for their past crimes. But a rogue special forces assassin (Jason Statham) out for revenge puts them all in danger again. Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Jordana Brewster are also among the large ensemble cast.
First Blood: “Ed Kemper: The Co-Ed Killer”
Ed Kemper — aka California’s Co-Ed Killer of the ’70s (but you may know him from Netflix’s Mindhunter) — is tonight’s subject on the true-crime series that zeroes in on a murderer’s first time taking a life.
Steal This House: “Dinner, Drums and Dens”
All a family wants in a new home is an open kitchen, a separate dining room and storage space for music equipment, but they can’t find anything that fits their budget. Cristy Lee uses her tricks to create a house they’ll love at a price they can afford.
Sunday, July 31
NASCAR Cup Series: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard
NBC, 2:30pm Live
IndyCar stars raced on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway yesterday. Today it’s the NASCAR Cup Series’ turn, as Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and others compete for 82 laps in the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard.
The Man Who Came to Dinner
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Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan and Monty Woolley lead this famous 1942 screwball comedy based on Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s play. Woolley plays the titular character, pretentious and acerbic New York radio personality Sheridan Whiteside, who falls and breaks his hip on the icy steps outside the home of the prominent small-town Ohio family with whom he had been supposed to dine as a publicity stunt. Whiteside insists on recuperating in the family’s home during the Christmas holiday, and his overbearing nature, unreasonable demands and meddling in the day-to-day happenings of his hosts bring hilarious chaos to their once-peaceful lives. Jimmy Durante and Billie Burke also star.
Who Do You Think You Are?: “Zachary Levi”
Actor Zachary Levi’s journey into his family’s past unearths a story of trauma that has been passed down through generations. He learns of a heartbreaking tale involving his twice great-grandparents, and of his 10-times great-grandmother’s life being in jeopardy when she was accused of witchcraft. Knowing that he wants to start a family of his own, Levi is on a mission to understand his past in order to break the chain of his family’s intergenerational trauma.
Sweet as Pie
An entrepreneur (Rhiannon Fish) dealing with the implosions of both her startup and a relationship visits her family’s apple orchard in hopes of taking a break from life, until she falls for her childhood best friend (Kurt Szarka), who happens to be the farm’s new manager.
The CW, 8pm
The sixth season of this drama based on the characters of Archie Comics comes to a close with “Night of the Comet.” Archie (KJ Apa) and the gang join together to save Riverdale from the greatest threat the town has ever faced. Will they be able to defeat Percival Pickens (Chris O’Shea)? A seventh and final season was ordered earlier this year. Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse and Madelaine Petsch also star.
Naked and Afraid XL: Frozen
Discovery Channel, 8pm
This latest spinoff of the Naked and Afraid survival competition series drops 12 of the franchise’s most popular and experienced all-stars into the frigid Rocky Mountains region of Montana, where they take on 14 punishing days and nights in the ice-covered wilderness. Among the franchise veterans competing will be Jake Nodar, Gabrielle Balassone, Ky Furneaux, Waz Addy, Trish Bulinsky and Rod Biggs.
Lies Between Friends
This world premiere film finds a wealthy family’s life upended when the 18-year-old daughter of a family friend comes to live with them for a few months. The film stars Matreya Scarrwener and Zibby Allen.
Women Who Rock
The four-episode docuseries that pays homage to female pioneers in music concludes.
Alex vs America
Food Network, 9pm
Restaurateur, Iron Chef and Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli turns up the heat against more trios of competitors out to out-cook her in front of a panel of her peers.
Grantchester: “Episode 4”
A member of Will’s (Tom Brittney) own congregation is found murdered just before a church fundraising event. It quickly becomes clear that the victim, Neil Hughes (Tom Lorcan), was not quite the upstanding member of the community that Will believed him to have been, and secrets emerge that make the vicar question how well he really knows any of his parishioners.
14 Love Letters
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
After historic love letters start anonymously appearing in Kallie Sharp’s (Vanessa Sears) mailbox, the hobby farmer searches for her secret admirer and opens herself up to love. Also stars Franco Lo Presti and Madeleine Claude.
Patagonia: Life on the Edge of the World: “The Far South”
Tonight’s episode takes us to Patagonia’s Far South, which is closer to Antarctica than anywhere else on Earth. This is a land of extremes, where wind speeds soar above 100 miles per hour and giant waves batter the coastline. For those who can survive the elements, the potential riches are great.
Wynonna Judd: Love Is Alive
This special traces the life and career of famed country music star Wynonna Judd, from her humble beginnings in blue-collar Ashland, Kentucky; to being a teenager and sharing the stage with her late mother, Naomi Judd; to reaching dizzying heights of music success twice; and finally finding peace and love with an unlikely soulmate. Among those sharing their stories of Wynonna in the program are musical superstars and friends, including Blake Shelton, Marty Stuart and Ann Wilson.
Bridge and Tunnel: “Dance the Night Away”
Pags (Brian Muller) tries to convince Tammy (Gigi Zumbado) to join Wildfire as the band scores some interest from record labels; Mr. Ross (Wass Stevens) attempts to broker a truce between Jill (Caitlin Stasey) and Stacey (Isabella Farrell); Jimmy (Sam Vartholomeos) gets disappointing news from Maya; and Mikey (Jan Luis Castellanos) is determined to get back in the dating game.
Forensic Files II
The true-crime docuseries returns for a fourth season featuring eight half-hour episodes, with back-to-back episodes airing the next four Sundays beginning tonight. First, “Blanket Denial” examines the case of a young criminology student who was murdered after leaving a SoHo bar; police investigate everyone at the bar to find the killer. Then, in “Unraveled,” when a 79-year-old woman is found shot to death in her own home, investigators initially suspect her longtime husband and a violent neighbor with a penchant for threats. But shell casings recovered at the scene and a high-tech database reveal the killer to be the last person anyone suspected.
COBRA: Cyberwar: “Episode 4”
As questions are asked about Sutherland’s (Robert Carlyle) personal life, Anna (Victoria Hamilton) seeks the help of intelligence chief Eleanor James (Lisa Palfrey), and a new threat rears its head as public sentiment grows increasingly turbulent.
Season 2 of HBO Max’s Love Life comes to TBS tonight. The romantic comedy follows different people from the beginning of their romantic relationships to the end, exploring the different aspects of love and relationships. The format keeps things interesting, and who doesn’t relate to love and heartbreak from beginning to end?
City on a Hill
Season 3 of the Boston-set series marks the return of Jackie Rohr (Kevin Bacon) and Decourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge), one of the most dynamic duos on the small screen. Their charged banter makes for riveting television. This season, Jackie finds himself working for a wealthy Beacon Hill resident, while Decourcy is looking at a promotion at work. The two men still spar ferociously whenever they are in each other’s company, and their storylines seem likely to intersect sooner rather than later, which is good news for viewers.
Monday, Aug. 1
The Brokenwood Mysteries
The New Zealand detective drama’s eighth season concludes with “Four Fires and a Funeral.” The charred remains of a body are discovered in the burned-out remnants of a rural shed, but no one lived there, and no one was meant to be there at all. As Shepherd (Neill Rea) and Simms (Fern Sutherland) are tasked with identifying the unidentifiable, it becomes apparent that this is the third in a run of “accidental” deaths, all attended by the Brokenwood Fire Brigade. Could one of its members be the town’s first serial killer?
Summer Under the Stars: Elvis Presley
TCM, beginning at 6am
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Summer Under the Stars (SUTS), Turner Classic Movies’ annual August programming favorite, returns this month, with the network again devoting each of the 31 days to films from a particular actor or actress. Throughout August, seven stars will be spotlighted in SUTS celebrations for the first time. The event begins today with a 12-movie lineup featuring the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, which is appropriate, given that this month marks the 45th anniversary of Presley’s untimely passing (he died Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42). Enjoy 24 hours of the legend acting and singing in classics like Viva Las Vegas (1964), Double Trouble (1967), Speedway (1968), The Trouble With Girls (1969) and more, as well as notable Elvis documentaries such as Elvis: That’s the Way It Is (1970) and This Is Elvis (1981).
Nat Geo Wild, beginning at 6pm
Beginning tonight and continuing throughout the week, Nat Geo Wild airs several SharkFest specials and series episodes, including enhanced editions of programming that debuted on Nat Geo a few weeks ago. Leading off this evening’s lineup is the new special Orca vs. Great White, in which researchers investigate if orca whales are hunting great white sharks off New Zealand; two new episodes of the series When Sharks Attack; and more.
This home renovation series set in Southern California features Carmine Sabatella and Mike Pyle working with clients who want a stunning home transformation inside and out. In the Season 2 premiere, the duo takes on a massive project for a couple desperate to complete much-needed renovations. Interior designer Carmine creates a modern kitchen and main bathroom, while landscape designer Mike crafts an updated pool, fire pit lounge and game zone.
Don’t Forget the Lyrics!: “The Cheese-Master of Music!”
A grocery worker tries to sing his way to some serious cheddar in the new episode “The Cheese-Master of Music!”
Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Showdown: “Wales Tales”
Nat Geo, 8pm
Gordon Ramsay explores the rugged, beautiful country of Wales, from the mountains of Snowdonia to the storm-crashed cliffs of the west coast. On this epic journey, Ramsay flies through the countryside suspended from a helicopter, fishes from a teacup-sized boat, discovers local cheese aged in a mine and harvests seaweed directly from the ocean before facing off against former employee Matt Waldron in a heated cookoff.
American Ninja Warrior: “Semifinals 3”
The semifinals continue in Los Angeles, where competing ninjas will face up to 10 challenging obstacles, including the new Over Under and Flipped Around. The two fastest ninjas will face off on the Power Tower for a Safety Pass going into the National Finals.
The drama series following a group of young bankers in London’s world of high finance returns for an eight-episode second season. Myha’la Herrold, Marisa Abela and Harry Lawtey star.
Beat Shazam: “Who Ya Gonna Call?”
Teams of ghost hunters, security guards and married high school sweethearts compete in the new episode “Who Ya Gonna Call?”
Flip to a Million
This house-flipping experiment follows two couples who are successful flippers in their respective markets: Long Island’s Jonathan and Danielle Wrobel and Chicago’s Jason and EJ Williams. The pairs are dropped in Dallas and attempt to turn $1,000 into a $1 million house sale in six months.
Running Wild With Bear Grylls: The Challenge: “Simu Liu in the Canadian Rockies”
Nat Geo, 9pm
Bear Grylls takes Marvel superhero Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) to the Canadian Rockies. As their adventure begins, they must trigger an avalanche to clear a path to a ravine and find an old cabin or risk hypothermia as temperatures drop below -20. The next day, Bear sets the ultimate arctic challenge: Simu must strip down to plunge into a frozen lake and then navigate to a dogsled team to whisk them back to civilization.
Claim to Fame: “Domfather”
With more theories than ever floating around the house, contestants stay focused on the end goal of keeping their own identity under wraps. This week’s fashion show challenge forces the players to get creative while staying inconspicuous as they create and show off a look centered around one item of clothing that reveals a clue about themselves. The winner of the challenge receives information about a fellow housemate that brings even more confusion; and later, The Guesser goes with a bold choice as their target.
World of Flavor With Big Moe Cason: “Cowboys and ’Cue in Colombia”
Nat Geo, 10pm
Award-winning barbecue master Moe Cason travels all the way to Colombia to discover one of the world’s oldest methods of cooking meat over an open fire. Along the way, he visits a street vendor to snack on insects, braves piranha- and crocodile-infested waters, and, at a natural preserve called El Encanto de Guanapalo, seeks knowledge from a group of traditional Colombian cowboys.
POV: “He’s My Brother”
Danish director Cille Hannibal and codirector Christine Hanberg turn their documentary filmmaking lens on Christine’s family and the caretaking of her brother, Peter, who requires very specific care for multiple disabilities. As Peter and Christine’s parents age, Christine confronts how to continue giving both Peter and herself dignified lives.
Caught in the Act: Unfaithful
Host Tami Roman empowers suspicious lovers to catch their partners in the act in the Season 1 finale of the investigative series. Once the investigation is complete, the suspicious lover decides if they want to team up with their partner’s other lover, or take them both down in an undercover ambush.
Snake in the Grass
USA Network, 11pm
Fan-favorite reality competition legends from Survivor, Big Brother and Naked and Afraid will be among those competing in this real-life psychological thriller set in the Central American jungle. Each episode features four players who are dropped into the wild for 36 hours with a chance to win $100,000. In order to win, the four must figure out which one of them is the Snake, who is secretly undermining the group every step of the way. If the three players can successfully reveal the identity, they will win the $100,000. If they get it wrong, the Snake walks away with all the money for themselves.
Tuesday, Aug. 2
The Hillside Strangler: Devil in Disguise
This four-part true-crime docuseries offers a new, in-depth peek inside the minds of notorious serial-killing cousins Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, who allegedly impersonated off-duty police officers to lure victims to their deaths in 1970s Los Angeles. The series features new and exclusive interviews with those close to the case, including Sheryl Kellison, who was Bianchi’s girlfriend at the time of the killings.
Summer Under the Stars: Jean Arthur
TCM, beginning at 6am
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At the dawn of talking pictures in the late 1920s, it initially appeared that Gladys Georgianna Greene — who had been acting in silent films, but not yet as a star, under her professional name of Jean Arthur since 1923 — might have ended up among those actors who were never able to transition to the new technology. Her throaty voice made some directors reluctant to cast her in sound films, and Arthur herself was initially unwilling to adapt to what she at first thought was a passing phase. When that proved to not be the case, she changed her mind, worked with a sound coach and began starring in “talkies,” with the distinctive voice that was initially viewed as a potential problem becoming a part of what made her begin to find fame by the mid ’30s. You’ll hear plenty of that voice, and see Arthur in action, during today’s 13-film Summer Under the Stars celebration of the actress. It begins with one of her silent film appearances, an uncredited role in Buster Keaton’s 1925 comedy Seven Chances. Among other notable highlights today: Arthur’s Best Actress Oscar-nominated performance in Best Director Oscar nominee George Stevens’ Best Picture-nominated 1943 comedy The More the Merrier; her three memorable collaborations with director Frank Capra in featured roles where she personified Capra’s “everyday heroine” character type: You Can’t Take It With You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936); and her pairings with costar Cary Grant in Howard Hawks’ 1939 adventure/drama Only Angels Have Wings and in Stevens’ 1942 comedy/drama The Talk of the Town.
SharkFest 2022 Continues
Nat Geo Wild, beginning at 6pm
Among the highlights of Nat Geo Wild’s several hours of SharkFest programming tonight are enhanced editions of Sky Sharks, in which drones help experts study sharks, and Maui Shark Mystery, which follows scientists trying to figure out why tiger sharks gather in big numbers around Maui each year.
Parking Lot Payday
AXS TV, 8pm
The first season of this half-hour game show concludes with tonight’s episode, in which host Zach Selwyn visits the parking lot of a Coldplay concert to test attendees on their knowledge of the band they are about to see, to possibly win cash prizes.
America’s Got Talent: “Auditions End and Judge Deliberations”
The auditions stage of the talent competition’s 17th season concludes tonight, ahead of the live competition shows beginning next Tuesday, Aug. 9.
Dateline: Unforgettable: “The Man Who Talked to Dogs”
Investigators track down a suspect in the disappearance of a celebrity dog trainer. Keith Morrison reflects on the fractured love story at the center of this mystery.
The CW, 9pm
The Nancy Drew spinoff comes to an end after its first season. In the finale episode, “… And the Cost of Forgiveness,” Tom (Tian Richards) must launch the rescue drone to save his father from outer space, but his plans are jeopardized by an anti-technology attack at Swift Enterprises’ Black engineering conference — and by the fallout from the discovery of his father’s shocking betrayal during Tom’s childhood. Ashleigh Murray, Albert Mwangi and Marquise Vilsón also star.
Edge of the Earth
Surfers Ian Walsh and Grant “Twiggy” Baker pursue big waves along the remote coast of South Africa in the series finale “The Great Unknown.”
America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston: “Tidewater: Homecoming”
Along the coast of North Carolina, there is more to outdoor life than sun and surf. As he treks through a daunting swamp, soars above the dunes on a Wright Brothers glider and tracks wild horses on the beach, host Baratunde Thurston discovers how these outdoor environments were shaped by a surprising force: history.
MLB Baseball: L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
TBS, 9:30pm Live
The L.A. Dodgers are at San Francisco’s Oracle Park to face the Giants in Game 2 of a four-game series between the NL West rivals.
Food Network, 10pm
Host Jeff Mauro invades a Long Island, New York, block party with three chefs who must convince the locals to hook them up with ingredients for a menu that suits the ’80s prom theme. Chef Julian Rodarte helps judge the results. Ambrosia for all!
Frontline: “Ukraine: Life Under Russia’s Attack”
This episode offers a dramatic and intimate look inside the Russian assault on Kharkiv, told by displaced families trying to survive underground, civilians caught in the fight and first responders risking their lives amid the shelling of Ukraine’s second-largest city.
Wednesday, Aug. 3
Feature Film Exclusive!
Following its theatrical release in June, the latest Disney/Pixar animated feature film begins its exclusive Disney+ streaming availability starting today. The sci-fi action/adventure tells the origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Chris Evans), the space ranger who inspired the famous action figure of the Toy Story films. Here, Buzz finds himself marooned on a hostile planet far from Earth alongside his commander, Alisha Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba), and their crew. As he tries to get back home through space and time, he’s joined by a group of ambitious recruits and his charming robot companion cat, Sox (Peter Sohn). Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg (James Brolin), an imposing presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda. Keke Palmer and Taika Waititi are also among the voice cast.
FX on Hulu
Catch up with Elora (Devery Jacobs), Bear (D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai), Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis) and Cheese (Lane Factor) in Season 2 of this hilarious and moving half-hour comedy. The series began with the four Indigenous teenagers in rural Oklahoma stealing, scheming and saving in order to reach California, but moving to that mysterious and faraway state is easier said than done. The new season picks up after the quartet disbanded and forged their own paths. Elora takes off for California, Bear seeks a paternal figure, Willie Jack tries to save the town from falling apart and Cheese reunites with his grandmother (who isn’t actually his grandmother). The first two episodes are available today; subsequent new episodes drop Wednesdays.
Clusterf**k: Woodstock ’99
The original Woodstock music festival in 1969 promised peace and music, but its 1999 revival delivered three days of rage, riots and real harm. Why did it go so horribly wrong? This documentary looks for answers.
Summer Under the Stars: Sidney Poitier
TCM, beginning at 6am
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Legendary actor Sidney Poitier passed away Jan. 6 at the age of 94, but he left behind an incredible legacy of film and diplomatic work. Today’s Summer Under the Stars lineup on Turner Classic Movies will celebrate Poitier’s cinematic career as an actor and director with a 12-movie lineup featuring famous, groundbreaking titles and performances, along with some perhaps lesser-known ones. Highlights include: the 1955 drama Blackboard Jungle, featuring the star’s breakout performance; the acclaimed drama A Raisin in the Sun (1961); the influential 1957 film noir Edge of the City, costarring John Cassavetes; the 1965 Cold War thriller The Bedford Incident; and Duel at Diablo (1966), Poitier’s first Western. You’ll also enjoy the first three films that Poitier directed, in which he also stars: the 1972 Western Buck and the Preacher, also featuring Harry Belafonte; A Warm December, the 1973 romantic drama costarring Ester Anderson; and the 1974 action comedy Uptown Saturday Night, costarring Bill Cosby and Belafonte, making its TCM premiere.
SharkFest 2022 Continues
Nat Geo Wild, beginning at 6pm
Several hours of SharkFest programming include enhanced installments of Counting Jaws, a look at the effort to determine how many sharks are in a newly discovered great white hot spot close to popular California beaches, and World’s Biggest Hammerhead?, which follows scientists from the Florida Keys to the Bahamas on a quest to document the world’s largest hammerhead shark.
Dierks Bentley and Elle King host this three-hour concert special. The two are also among the performers at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. Filmed over four days in June, the special features performances and surprise collaborations, and marks the 19th consecutive year the Country Music Association has produced a summer concert TV special.
MasterChef: Back to Win: “Cooking for Horse Town U.S.A.”
The top 14 chefs divide into two teams to create the best steaks and sides for more than 100 rodeo cowboys and cowgirls in the new episode “Cooking for Horse Town U.S.A.”
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered: “The Night Before Halloween”
It takes a special eye to spot the thing that’s out of place at a crime scene. In this case, that thing looked so insignificant, no one even knew what it was or what it meant. It took a team of determined investigators almost two decades to find out.
The Green Planet
“Human Worlds” brings this natural history docuseries about the fascinating world of plants to a close. The episode explores how people are finding new ways to help save the plants on which we rely for nearly everything, including the air we breathe and food we eat, a number of which are facing extinction. Host Sir David Attenborough looks into everything from projects in Africa to re-seed the landscape to the rebuilding of a tropical rainforest in Brazil, tree by tree, and more.
Animals Decoded: “Invisible Signs”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
See how animals around the world communicate using scents, flavors and visual cues invisible to the human senses. Follow scientists as they use modern research and technology to uncover the most subtle of animal messages.
The CW, 9pm
The quirky comedy parodies a campy horror flick tonight: Paranormal-hunting cops Minogue (Mike Minogue) and O’Leary (Karen O’Leary) search for a lost woman on a small island overrun by a goat-worshipping cult.
So You Think You Can Dance: “The Final Cut”
The remaining contestants hit the stage and perform two unique numbers to determine who moves on to the finals in the new episode “The Final Cut.”
Narco Wars: Chasing the Dragon
Nat Geo, 9pm
A Vietnam veteran flooding Harlem with superstrength heroin is the first of the all-new stories in the docuseries that shows how the world got hooked on opioids.
Expedition With Steve Backshall: “Socorro: Expedition Shark Island”
Naturalist Steve Backshall and a team of shark experts and marine biologists set out into the eastern Pacific Ocean to dive unexplored waters on a mission to discover the best-kept secret of our oceans: the place where sharks give birth.
Thursday, Aug. 4
The first season of this sci-fi suspense thriller set on a future lunar base concludes with “The Seeker,” which finds Truelune being tested like never before.
The Orville: New Horizons
Creator/star Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi comedy/drama concludes its third season with “Future Unknown.” That description also applies to the series itself, which, as of this writing, had not yet been renewed for Season 4.
The Japanese Kakegurui Twin comics are adapted into this anime series that follows Mary Saotome, a new transfer student at a private academy, who learns that her new school has a strict hierarchical system determined not by academic achievements or athletic prowess, but by gambling. Can Mary adapt to this new world and carve out a future for herself at this school, without falling into debt?
Super Giant Robot Brothers
This animated action/adventure series is set in the future and follows two giant robots who discover they are brothers and proceed to help protect Earth from an evil intergalactic empire that is sending kaiju (enormous monsters) to destroy the world.
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are among the executive producers of this romantic comedy. Pressured by their parents to find spouses, Asha (Pallavi Sharda) and Ravi (Suraj Sharma) pretend to date in order to survive a summer of weddings. But they find themselves falling for each other as they struggle to balance who they are with who their parents want them to be.
Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head
Dimwitted duo Beavis and Butt-Head are back (and stupider than ever, Paramount+ assures us) with their first original episodes in over 10 years in this adult animated series from writer/director/producer Mike Judge, who also voices the characters.
All or Nothing: Arsenal
This latest installment of the All or Nothing sports docuseries that chronicles one season in the life of a particular professional sports franchise follows Britain’s Arsenal soccer club, which has developed a large worldwide fan base. The eight episodes take viewers behind the curtain during the team’s roller-coaster 2021-22 season. Oscar-winning actor and Arsenal fan Daniel Kaluuya narrates. Three episodes are available today and Aug. 11; the final two episodes drop Aug. 18.
This New Zealand comedy that follows two millennial sisters (played by real-life sisters Eve and Grace Palmer, who are also cocreators and cowriters of the series) with very different personalities who have inherited a funeral home in their small town from their grandfather returns for Season 2. All six episodes are available today. The new season will also air weekly on the linear IFC channel Wednesdays beginning Aug. 17.
Summer Under the Stars: Ruth Roman
TCM, beginning at 6am
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Originally born Norma Roman, this future Hollywood star was renamed “Ruth” after her parents were told by a fortuneteller that “Norma” was an unlucky name. But it seems likely that under any name, Ruth Roman would have made her own luck thanks to the talent that led her to a decades-long career on the big screen, TV and stage. Some of the actress’ notable film appearances can be seen today when she gets her first daylong salute during Turner Classic Movies’ Summer Under the Stars event. The 14-movie lineup begins with Always Leave Them Laughing (1949), a musical comedy/drama led by Milton Berle and Virginia Mayo that was one of Roman’s first films after signing a long-term contract with Warner Bros. The day also includes Lightning Strikes Twice (1951), a drama in which the actress received her first top billing; the 1951 Hitchcock suspense classic Strangers on a Train; Tomorrow Is Another Day, a 1951 film noir in which Roman was also top-billed; and more.
SharkFest 2022 Continues
Nat Geo Wild, beginning at 5pm
Nat Geo Wild offers several more hours of SharkFest specials, including enhanced versions of The Croc That Ate Jaws, which investigates reports of clashes between sharks, and crocs and gators; Shark Queens, which looks to discover if female sharks might be the biggest and baddest sharks of all; and The Shark That Ate Everything, a look at how their boundless hunger and curiosity leads sharks to chow down the most unexpected things.
Press Your Luck: “Oh Mylanta”
Host Elizabeth Banks knows the WHAMMY is up to his old tricks and is keeping the energy up as our contestants vie for the big bucks. Banks is joined by contestants Clifford Amundson (hometown: Onalaska, Wisconsin), Cecily Odiari (San Jose, California) and Angela Belden (West Hills, California).
Discovery Channel, 8pm
The premier robot-fighting competition is back and more ferocious than ever. Each week, eight bots will face off in a “Sin City Slugfest” to win the right to compete in the ultimate Vegas showdown. Victorious bots from the first five episodes will join three Giant Nut winners in the final episode, a winner-takes-all battle for a brand-new BattleBots trophy: the Golden Bolt.
This Old House: “Saratoga Springs: A Legacy Restored”
It’s a wrap on the multigenerational 1864 Dutch Colonial. Once a single-family, then expanded and cobbled together into a three-family, the home has been reconstructed into a two-family with an open floor plan, and the crew gets a tour of the finish.
NFL Preseason Football: Hall of Fame Game: Jacksonville vs. Las Vegas
NBC, 8pm Live
The 2022 NFL preseason kicks off in Canton, Ohio, where Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars face Hunter Renfrow and the Las Vegas Raiders in primetime.
In this premiere movie, a popular mommy blogger is haunted by the feeling that the twin daughter she lost at birth is still alive. Her pursuit of the truth throws her into a deadly game of cat and mouse. Stars Alaina Huffman and Josh Murray.
Ask This Old House: “Pizza Oven Repair, What Is It?”
Nathan explains the anatomy of track saws; Mark repoints an outdoor pizza oven; and the Ask This Old House team comes together for a 20th anniversary “What Is It?”
Generation Gap: “Starring Garla Fibs”
Host Kelly Ripa is having a hard time holding in the giggles along with special guest Marla Gibbs.
Accused: Guilty or Innocent?
Season 3 of the true-crime docuseries concludes with “Murdered My Tenant or Self-Defense?” When a landlord shoots a problem tenant dead in Florida, police and prosecutors quickly charge the landlord with murder. He claims the tenant was carrying a machete at the time of the shooting and threatened to kill him. Who will the jury believe?
In “Fight, Flight or Freeze,” the 90-minute Season 9 finale of the survival competition series, the remaining three participants continue to battle Labrador’s harsh snowstorms and below-freezing temperatures. As their minds and bodies are pushed to the limit, they struggle more than ever before. One contestant risks it all to embark on a challenging project, and another loses the ability to hunt for food. With the fight to the finish line intensifying, only one survivalist is able to walk away with the $500,000 prize.
Fright Club: “Demon Cyclone”
Travel Channel, 10pm
Jack Osbourne and the Ghost Brothers get the inside scoop on a real-life hell house; a UFO hangs 10 in South Africa; and actor Jay Mewes shares rare footage of the elusive Beast of Gum Hill.
Alone: The Skills Challenge
This spinoff of the Alone survival competition series pits three former participants in head-to-head challenges to complete incredible bushcraft builds — from elevated shelters to hand-crafted ovens to watercrafts — using only basic tools and the natural resources around them. Each half-hour episode is self-filmed by the survivalists. Former Alone competitors returning here include Lucas Miller (Season 1), Callie North (Season 3), Britt Ahart (Seasons 3 and 5), Jordan Jonas (Season 6), Amós Rodriguez (Season 7), Joel Van Der Loon (Season 7) and Clay Hayes (Season 8). Starting next Thursday, Aug. 11, the series moves to its regular time slot beginning a half-hour earlier; that evening will also see the premiere of another new Alone spinoff, Alone: Frozen.
Friday, Aug. 5
This suspenseful drama inspired by actual events comes to a close. Taron Egerton, Paul Walter Hauser, Greg Kinnear and Ray Liotta, in his final TV role, star.
This animated fantasy/comedy film follows young Sam (voice of Eva Noblezada), the unluckiest person in the world. When she discovers the never-before-seen Land of Luck, Sam must unite with the magical creatures there to turn her fortunes around. Also featured in the voice cast are Simon Pegg as Bob, a lucky black cat who becomes Sam’s partner on a quest to find a lucky penny; Whoopi Goldberg as the Captain, the Land of Luck’s head of security; Flula Borg as Jeff, a unicorn; and Jane Fonda as the Dragon, the exuberant CEO of Good Luck and the undisputed luckiest ancient being in all the land.
“Peanuts” Classics Streaming Premieres
Nine classic (and rarely seen nowadays) Peanuts specials from Mendelson/Melendez Productions make their streaming debuts exclusively on Apple TV+ starting today: A Charlie Brown Celebration (1982); He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown (2006); He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown (1968); It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown (1969); It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown (1977); There’s No Time for Love, Charlie Brown (1973); Why, Charlie Brown, Why? (1990); You’re in Love, Charlie Brown (1967); and You’re the Greatest, Charlie Brown (1979).
The ’80s-set dramedy led by Rose Byrne concludes its second season.
The Snoopy Show
The animated Peanuts series returns with the second half of its second season, consisting of seven episodes.
In the Season 1 finale, “Descent Into Madness,” Kesha and rapper Big Freedia face their worst fears at West Virginia’s now-defunct Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. The building comes to life overnight, spurring violent activity and revealing disturbing truths. Psychic Chip Coffey joins the investigation in the hopes of setting the spirits free.
LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation
LEGO and Lucasfilm team up for the animated special LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation, in which some of the saga’s heroes and droids are on a galactic starcruiser excursion. Finn (voice of Omar Miller) gets separated from the group and encounters three Force ghosts who share stories of summer getaways gone awry. Also in the voice cast are “Weird Al” Yankovic, Yvette Nicole Brown, Kelly Marie Tran, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams. The special also includes Yankovic’s original song “Scarif Beach Party.”
A prequel to the 1987 action/horror classic Predator, Prey is set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago and tells the story of Naru (Amber Midthunder), a fierce and highly skilled warrior raised among legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains. When danger threatens her camp, Naru sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks is a highly evolved alien predator with an advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries. This is the first movie to have a full dub in the Comanche language.
Recipe Lost and Found
Magnolia Network on discovery+
Trained chef and food anthropologist Casey Corn dives into the stories and cultures of different families to re-create their lost family recipes, revealing how food can connect us to our past.
In this one-scene, one-cut action thriller from South Korea, an amnesiac agent (Joo Won) is thrown into the middle of a mysterious operation, and must reclaim his identity and successfully complete his mission on time.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
This animated film continues the tale of the popular turtle superheroes as depicted in the 2018-20 Nickelodeon series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Leonardo (voice of Ben Schwartz), Michelangelo (Brandon Mychal Smith), Raphael (Omar Benson Miller) and Donatello (Josh Brener) are back in action in a comedic adventure that puts the Turtles to the test when a mysterious stranger arrives from the future to warn of an impending alien invasion.
This live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s (American Gods) beloved DC comic offers a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are interwoven. It follows the people and places affected by Morpheus (Tom Sturridge), the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic — and human — mistakes he’s made during his long existence. The large ensemble cast also includes Gwendoline Christie, Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman, Joely Richardson, Stephen Fry, and the voices of Patton Oswalt and Mark Hamill.
Three-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall, Gladiator) makes his directorial debut with, and also wrote, this LGBTQIA+ slasher horror film produced by Blumhouse. The film’s empowering story takes place at a gay conversion camp, where several queer and trans campers join camp director Owen Whistler (Kevin Bacon) for a week of programming intended to “help them find a new sense of freedom.” As the camp’s methods become increasingly more psychologically unsettling, the campers must work together to protect themselves. When a mysterious killer stars claiming victims, things get even more dangerous. Anna Chlumsky, Carrie Preston and Theo Germaine also star.
The British comedy/thriller is back for Season 2, with all six episodes available today. Picking up a few months after the climax of Season 1, the new season finds the disparate group of seven strangers still with some time to serve on their community-service sentences. But they quickly realize that the criminal underworld is not done with them yet. The ragtag group of misfits’ shared past comes back to haunt them in the shape of a terrifying London drug lord — the Dean (Claes Bang) — who is out for blood. Co-creator/-writer/-director Stephen Merchant leads the cast, which also includes Christopher Walken, Rhianne Barreto, Darren Boyd, Gamba Cole, Clare Perkins and Eleanor Tomlinson.
Feature Film Exclusive!
Following its limited one-week theatrical engagement, director Ron Howard’s drama based on real events begins streaming exclusively on Prime. The film recounts the incredible story of the tremendous global effort to rescue a Thai soccer team who became trapped in the Tham Luang cave during an unexpected rainstorm in 2018. Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton, Tom Bateman, Paul Gleeson and Pattrakorn Tungsupakul lead the cast.
Summer Under the Stars: Orson Welles
TCM, beginning at 6am
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The creative innovation that actor/writer/director George Orson Welles brought to cinema will be on full display during today’s 13-film Summer Under the Stars lineup dedicated to the auteur’s varied appearances in front of and behind the camera (often both). Of course, the lineup includes Welles’ first film, which happens to be his masterpiece — the iconic 1941 drama Citizen Kane, which usually finds itself at or near the top of “Greatest Movies Ever Made” lists. Welles received Best Actor and Best Director Oscar nominations, and shared an Oscar win with Herman J. Mankiewicz for their screenplay. Other highlights include Carol Reed’s famed 1949 film noir The Third Man, featuring Welles in a relatively brief but memorable role as Harry Lime alongside Joseph Cotten, his frequent collaborator from back in their Mercury Theatre days; The Lady From Shanghai (1948), another film noir, written, produced, directed by and starring Welles alongside his estranged wife, Rita Hayworth; Journey Into Fear (1943), a spy thriller led by Cotten, who cowrote the screenplay with Welles (who appears in a smaller role); and a couple of Welles’ Shakespeare adaptations: Othello (1952), with the writer/director also starring as the title character, and Chimes at Midnight (1965), led by writer/director Welles as Falstaff (the multitalented Welles also went ahead and designed the film’s costumes, for good measure).
SharkFest 2022 Continues
Nat Geo Wild, beginning at 5pm
Tonight’s SharkFest programming includes an enhanced edition of Shark Side of the Moon: Lunar Legends, which explores if the moon plays a role in the migration and life cycle of hammerhead sharks, as well as Great White vs. Tiger Shark, which looks into the secrets of these two dangerous predators; Jaws vs. Boats: Bigger Boat, a look at an apparent reported increase in clashes between great whites and other sharks, and boats; Sharks vs. the World, about the many creatures with which these predators find themselves at odds; and more.
Secret Celebrity Renovation: “Debbie Gibson”
Pop icon Debbie Gibson returns to Long Island, New York, to surprise her longtime friend and manager, Heather Moore, with a ranch-style home renovation in this new episode. Gibson’s time in Long Island becomes an emotional journey as she visits many of the people and places from her childhood that helped shape her into the person she is today.
The CW, 8pm
More unlucky campers will try to find the killer in Season 2 of this reality series. Thirteen of them navigate through new deadly twists and surprises while competing to expose the “killer” among them for a share of the $50,000 cash prize. Each night, one of them will be viciously dispatched by camp handyman Bruce, who is back with counselor Bobby Mair, along with a whole host of hilariously elaborate new murders.
Lies Beneath the Surface
In this world TV movie premiere, Hanna is kayaking by herself in a remote lake when she notices some suspicious activity at a nearby cabin, and she believes a woman and daughter staying there may be in danger. After the authorities find nothing unusual, she looks in on the family herself, and it sets off a deadly cat-and-mouse game of survival. Stars Lelia Symington and Michael Perl.
My Lottery Dream Home: “Second Chance Lottery”
After a close call with a motorcycle accident, a New York couple credits My Lottery Dream Home marathons as their motivation to get through rehabilitation. Now, David Bromstad is happy to help them find their own dream home in sunny St. Augustine, Florida.
César Millán: Better Human Better Dog: “Ten Years to Life” & “Dog Therapy”
Nat Geo, beginning at 9pm; episodes encore tomorrow, Aug. 6, on Nat Geo Wild, beginning at 10pm
In “Ten Years to Life,” César helps the Mayo family with their pit bull, Molly, who has been confined to the backyard for 10 years following an incident at a dog park, among other cases. Then, in “Dog Therapy,” the canine behavioral specialist sets out to help a pair of young, rambunctious dogs — a chocolate Lab and a golden retriever — and their overwhelmed pet parents, who have been pushed to the brink of a breakdown by the pandemic.
The Great American Recipe: “Family”
Celebrate family as the four remaining cooks prepare two dishes inspired by their friends and families. Whether it’s a neighbor’s lasagna or a dish passed down from Grandma, the judges are in for some heartfelt food.
As They Made Us
In this 2022 drama, a divorced mom (Dianna Agron, Glee) balances carving out a new life for herself with caring for her aging parents (Dustin Hoffman and Candice Bergen).
CMT Campfire Sessions
After a thrilling set at Nashville’s July 4th celebration in front of roughly 250,000, Old Dominion goes acoustic for this intimate summer concert series. (We bet “One Man Band” sounds even better.)
Antiques Roadshow Recut: “Desert Botanical Garden, Part 1”
Phenomenal Phoenix finds abound in this half-hour Recut, including a carved nephrite necklace, Neil Armstrong-signed Apollo 11 moon landing photos and 1993 Magic: The Gathering Beta cards, one of which is appraised for up to $100,000.
Saturday, Aug. 6
Summer Under the Stars: Audrey Hepburn
TCM, beginning at 6am
Catch a Classic!
Audrey Kathleen Ruston, eventually better known to movie fans worldwide as Audrey Hepburn, remains one of the most iconic female stars of the silver screen, thanks to her talent, charisma, elegant beauty and trendsetting fashion sense. So it’s no surprise that she returns to Turner Classic Movies’ annual Summer Under the Stars programming event. Throughout today’s lineup of 11 Hepburn films, you’ll see her range in everything from thrillers to dramas to romantic comedies. The day begins with one of her most famous movies, 1967’s suspenseful Wait Until Dark, which earned the star her fifth and final Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a blind woman terrorized by criminals who believe a cache of heroin is hidden somewhere in her apartment. You’ll also see Hepburn in her first Oscar-nominated performance, which resulted in her only win, alongside Gregory Peck in the 1953 Best Picture Oscar-nominated romantic comedy Roman Holiday, looking as stylish as ever in her first starring role thanks to Oscar-winning costume designer Edith Head. Other highlights today include: The Nun’s Story, a 1959 drama featuring Hepburn’s third Oscar-nominated performance; Green Mansions (1959), a romantic adventure film directed by the star’s then-husband, Mel Ferrer; John Huston’s 1960 Western The Unforgiven; Two for the Road, a 1967 romantic comedy costarring Albert Finney; and more.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony
ESPN & NFL Network, 12pm Live
Players Tony Boselli, Cliff Branch, LeRoy Butler, Sam Mills, Richard Seymour and Bryant Young, coach Dick Vermeil, and official Art McNally are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
FS1 & FOX, beginning at 2pm Live
The Miami Marlins are at the Chicago Cubs on FS1, followed by FOX’s regional broadcast with either the N.Y. Yankees at the St. Louis Cardinals or the Cincinnati Reds at the Milwaukee Brewers.
SharkFest 2022 Continues
Nat Geo Wild, beginning at 5pm
Tonight’s three-hour lineup of SharkFest programming features an enhanced edition of Phantom Sharks, a look at sharks’ evolutionary ability to change skin color; Backyard Bull Sharks, which explores how bull sharks may be expanding their range; and Jaws Invasion: The Truth Is Out There, in which experts analyze user-generated footage to get to the bottom of how and why sharks seem more willing than ever to meet us on our own turf by invading unexpected waters, from golf courses and swimming pools to lakes and backyard keys.
This international spy thriller that aired late last year on the Viaplay Nordic streaming service makes its exclusive U.S. linear premiere on Ovation beginning tonight. In the premiere episode, MI5 agent Beatrice Ogilvy (Lydia Leonard) and her boss meet an ex-KGB agent who warns them of an impending attack on the U.K. codenamed “Redback.” This plot is connected to Danish firm Rieper-Hansen, which is building a nuclear power station in Scotland. Victoria Carmen Sonne, Stephen Dillane and James D’Arcy also star.
The CW, 8pm
The ’80s-inspired horror whodunit returns, as contestants desperately try to earn money and uncover a fake killer at the same time.
Love in the Limelight
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Married couple Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega star as pen pals Summer and Nick. He is her teen crush and the former lead singer of popular boy band the Mendez Boyz. The two finally meet in person when Nick comes to town for a comeback concert. Their friendship has set the stage for romance, and Summer’s abuelita (Ivonne Coll) encourages her to follow her heart.
Writer-director Kenneth Branagh manages to create something both heartbreaking and heartwarming with this release from last year — his evocative, semiautobiographical tale of 1969 Belfast, Ireland, seen through the eyes of 9-year-old Buddy (Jude Hill). As political conflict upends and divides the city, Buddy’s parents (Jamie Dornan and Caitríona Balfe) and grandparents (Judi Dench and Ciarán Hinds) struggle with whether or not to leave.
A Dangerous Affair
This U.S. premiere film follows the steamy love affair between Amelie (Aubree Bouche), a Pilates instructor, and one of her handsome clients. The duo, however, find themselves dangerously intertwined after Amelie comes face-to-face with a masked woman following a murder. When it’s revealed that the killer has an erotic obsession with her lover, Amelie becomes a target.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s dramedy of infinite 1970s possibilities follows a California high schooler (Cooper Hoffman) who meets a somewhat aimless twentysomething (Alana Haim). Oddball joys follow, including nutty turns by Sean Penn and Bradley Cooper.
Steal This House: “Easy Livin’ Up North”
A woman wants to move closer to her family in beautiful Leland, Michigan, but skyrocketing vacation resort prices have put everything out of her budget. She’s relying on Cristy Lee to help her spend less time driving and more time having fun with her family.
Family or Fiancé
This emotional unscripted series hosted by relationship coach Tracy McMillan returns for a third season, following more engaged couples and their disapproving families as they try to get on the same page before walking down the aisle. The season premiere features Shanika and Justin, a young couple who are ready to wed; however, unresolved family issues have put the celebration on hold. While Shanika attempts to reconcile with her estranged brother, Toney, information about her past, and a shocking story about a prior pregnancy and a baby that disappeared, causes Justin and his family great concern.