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Movie Week:

Refill My Popcorn, Please

By Paul Hall
 
Summer movie season is in full swing and we have really been salivating for a big action disaster film. Never fear, fans of beating the heat in your local multiplex, Skyscraper is here to give you an action fix.

This movie starts fast and refuses to tap the brakes throughout. Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) runs his own security firm. A friend put in a good word and Sawyer is soon investigating a new building in Hong Kong, the world’s largest. If they get his seal of approval on the various fire and security systems, they’ll be able to open the rest of the building to the public. But sinister forces are at work behind the scenes.

Sawyer has one last area to check before he signs off on the project, but that gets compromised and fire breaks out at the building. The fire was intentionally set, but our bad guys didn’t count on Sawyer’s wife Sarah (Neve Campbell) and children still being in the building.

Nothing can compare to a parent’s motivation to protect their family. Sawyer works to get back into the building while Sarah ferociously protects the kids while inside. It will take all the ingenuity the pair have to save both children and themselves.

I need to say this up front — this movie is crazy ridiculous, but I still dug it. OK, so let me explain.

Plot points and even some dialogue are laughable. Johnson plays a character who feels like MacGyver with muscles (and duct tape). And he continuously does the unthinkable. Interactions bring about a chuckle and will make you wonder what you are watching.

That said, I found myself smiling, in a good way. Because of Johnson and Campbell’s personalities along with some wild action sequences, I really enjoyed the film. I don’t believe a bit of what went on, but for a check-your-mind-at-the-door, devour-a-giant-bucket-of-popcorn summer movie, it works.

Skyscraper begs to be seen on the biggest screen possible, if just to see how big Johnson’s muscles look. The setting is enormous and some of the best parts of the film are when the entire screen is filled with explosions, gunfire or raging flames.

We haven’t seen a full-scale disaster film in this setting in quite some time. Perhaps with some of the unrealistic action in the film, it keeps from being too close to home for those who have suffered through some of the tragedy in the world. The lightness of dialogue keeps the film from ever feeling too serious.

Despite much of a lack of realism, Skyscraper does one thing very well: It entertains. With the charismatic Johnson, the effervescent Campbell and explosive action, Skyscraper is a welcome addition to the summer movie season. It may not be realistic, but it does entertain. Now if someone could just deliver my refill on the popcorn bucket to my seat, I’ll keep munching away here with a smile on my face.
 
Paul’s Grade: B-
 
Skyscraper
Rated PG-13
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
 
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NEW THIS WEEK
 
The Equalizer 2
Rated R
Stars: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Bill Pullman
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Robert McCall is back, and he is dishing out his unique brand of justice for the exploited and oppressed. His advocacy for those less fortunate is unmatched, but what extremes will he go to when someone he loves is impacted?
 
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Rated PG-13
Stars: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep
Director: Ol Parker
Travel back to when it all began as the story of Donna meeting Harry, Sam and Bill is told via flashback and, of course, song.
 
Unfriended: Dark Web
Rated R
Stars: Colin Woodell, Betty Gabriel, Rebecca Rittenhouse
Director: Stephen Susco
After a teen comes into possession of a new laptop, he quickly finds that the owner is watching him and all his friends and will stop at nothing to get it back.

Chip Esten Promises A Magical Ending To "Nashville"

By Lori Acken

Callie Khouri’s music-laden nighttime soap opera Nashville was truly the little series that could. Could — and did — overcome cast dramas, cancellation and a new network home to bring more seasons to its devoted coterie of fans who call themselves “Nashies” and load their playlists with the series’ emotional songs to fill the time between seasons.

A year ago, CMT announced it would give Khouri and co-showrunner Marshall Herskovitz a sixth and final outing to close the curtain for good on Nashville.

Charles “Chip” Esten, who plays perpetually bedeviled country crooner Deacon Claybourne, says the news presented both heartache and opportunity. For Esten, who divides his time between acting and making music, Nashville presented a rare chance to both embody a juicy role and to fast-track his music career in a way he never could have imagined. One that will last beyond this month’s final Nashville credits.

 “What do I take away from Nashville? I take away a new life, really,” says Esten, who takes multiple moments throughout our conversation to collect his emotions and express his gratitude to his on-set comrades. “It’s a completely different life than I had before. It’s the role that opened up perhaps my deepest passion, which is playing original music. It brought me a whole new world in terms of the city of Nashville, which is not only the setting for our show but was a character in our show and is now my family’s home. And on top of that, all the incredible list of people I now count as friends because of this show, whether it’s cast and crew or songwriters in this town and other artists, producers, musicians and neighbors.”

While Esten will miss walking in Deacon’s boots (even through the tough stuff), he’s excited that Khouri and Herskovitz opted to send the guy out with a pithy storyline that brings his tale full circle. Veteran actor Ronny Cox, himself a talented musician, signed on to play Gideon Claybourne, Deacon’s estranged, abusive father who has re-entered his son’s life for better or worse.

“Because we knew we were ending the show in the final half season, we could have just glided to a finish,” Esten explains. “But we end up going all the way back to the deepest wounds, the oldest wounds, which are from Deacon’s relationship with his father all the way back to his childhood. It was very, absolutely rewarding to me that we didn’t leave Deacon without exploring the deepest part. And I got to do it with the great Ronny Cox.”

Asked what he hopes for Nashies and, most of all, for himself in this final leg of Deacon’s journey, Esten calls on a Claybourne song that honors peace, faith and family.

“I won’t give away the spoilers of what he gets,” Esten says. “But what did I want for Deacon? I wanted ‘a life that’s good.’ That’s all everybody wants for him. They wanted that for Deacon and Rayna, and the fact that they didn’t get a life that’s good for Deacon and Rayna — or at least they didn’t get a long life that’s good for Deacon and Rayna — that’s the tragedy of it all for sure. But then the question is, could Deacon end up with a life that’s good even after that?

“It’s incredible,” Esten promises of Nashville’s swan song. “And the ending itself is pure magic in my eyes.”

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ABC Premieres Season Five of Bachelor in Paradise

By Rick Gables

Bachelor franchise fan favorites return when ABC premieres season five of Bachelor in Paradise on Tuesday, August 7 from 8 to 10 PM ET/PT. With summer in full swing, it’s time for a new group of former breakout bachelors and bachelorettes to take another shot at love as they live together in a dreamy oasis in Mexico. As they have some fun in the sun, America will witness whether they fall in love or are reintroduced to heartbreak. Hosted by Chris Harrison, this season will be sure to feature shocking twists, surprises, unexpected guests and some of the most unlikely relationships in Bachelor history. Which romantic hopefuls will follow in the footsteps of Jade and Tanner or Carly and Evan? And for anyone wondering where Paradise could lead them, newly engaged Ashley and Jared have proven that anything is possible when it comes to true love.
 

Hallmark Channel’s hit primetime series Chesapeake Shores returns for season three on Sunday, August 5 at 9 PM ET/PT and runs through October 2018 with new episodes every Sunday night. Based on the novels of the same name by author Sherryl Woods, the series stars Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Golden Globe® nominee Treat Williams, Academy Award® nominee Diane Ladd, Barbara Niven, Laci Mailey, Emilie Ullerup, Brendan Penny and Andrew Francis. Season three follows Abby O’Brien, a high-powered career woman, divorcee and mother to twin daughters, as she adjusts to life back in her hometown of Chesapeake Shores. Rekindling her romance with Trace, her former high school sweetheart, Abby discovers that their relationship will be rocked by not only his newfound fame, but also her responsibility to protect her daughters.

Discovery highlights America’s unsung heroes in its new series Hard to Kill, premiering Tuesday, July 31 at 10 PM ET/PT. Tim Kennedy is one tough guy – an active, Ranger qualified, Green Beret, Special Forces Sniper who has served tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations around the globe. Now he’s ready to tackle some of the toughest jobs ever by risking life and limb to highlight the unsung heroes of the American workforce. Each day, there are countless men and women across the United States who take on some of the most risky and extreme jobs imaginable. Tim is ready to put himself in their shoes. Whether he’s triggering avalanches at dizzying altitudes with high explosives, protecting a cowboy from a 2000 - pound bull, or traveling to the Mojave Desert to push the boundaries of modern flight, Tim works with experts in each field to learn the grit, dedication, and hard work it takes to do some of the most dangerous jobs in the world, where one mistake can be deadly.

 

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Photo credit: ABC/Paul Hebert
Photo caption: Ashley Laconetti and Jared Haibon in Bachelor in Paradise

 by Damian Holbrook 

Cheers to Denis Leary
for joining Animal Kingdom. Part predator, part protective father, the Rescue Me alum fits right in with the lowlifes of the gritty crime drama as Deran’s (Jake Weary) long-MIA pops. We just know his scenes with Ellen Barkin’s always-savage mother-hen Smurf are gonna be off the leash!

Jeers to NBC
for not championing Champions. Mindy Kaling’s whipsmart comedy starring Anders Holm and J.J. Totah should have been promoted as the perfect pairing to Will & Grace. Instead, they all-but ignored the appealing freshman gem, messed with the scheduling and now it’s been officially axed. Must-See TV like this one deserved better!

Jeers to a Walking Dead resurrection.
It’s been announced that Jon Bernthal’s Shane — who was killed once by Rick, then a second time as a zombie!—will show up again next season. Most likely as a ghost, and probably just as unlikable as when he was alive.

Cheers to Supergirl
for making Winn a hero in his own right. Jeremy Jordan’s nerdy DEO tech was always the Winn beneath bestie Kara’s wings (sorry), but when the actor (right, with Melissa Benoist) opted to exit at the end of Season 3, the writers sweetly sent him off to help the Legion of Superheroes battle evil in the future. Who needs powers?

IS THAT HETTY LANGE IN THE INCREDIBLES

Question: PLEASE tell me I am not going crazy. There is a character in the new Incredibles movie that looks exactly like Linda Hunt’s character Hetty Lange from NCIS: Los Angeles. What’s up? Or have I totally lost it? —Dee

Matt Roush: You must be referring to the character of Edna Marie “E” Mode, the superhero costume designer and confidante. She was also in the first movie, which premiered in 2004, years before NCIS: LA came along—and while many do see in Edna a marked resemblance to Linda Hunt, the reported inspiration was famed Hollywood costumer Edith Head (look her up, you’ll see the likeness). Edna’s voice, by the way, is provided by Incredibles writer/director Brad Bird.

Question: That was a wonderful tribute to Richard Benjamin Harrison (aka “the Old Man”) on Pawn Stars. It was so well-produced, I am wondering if they prepared it ahead of time while he was ill? —David B

Matt Roush: I’m sure that must be the case. I read that Pawn Stars was not currently in production when “the Old Man” passed last week, and he had been ill for some time, so it would surprise me if the producers hadn’t compiled that tribute well in advance. For fans who missed it, the complete episode can be screened on history.com.

To submit questions to TV Critic Matt Roush, go to: tvinsider.com

Drivin' Movies

The Most Memorable Times Hollywood And Car Culture Have Intersected.
By Jeff Pfeiffer, ReMIND Magazine
 
Automobiles have been capturing the country’s imagination since they were first featured in silent films about a century ago. So, if you’re all about watching cool cars, pulse-pounding chases or heart-stopping pileups — or maybe all of the above — here are some of our favorite films featuring autos and driving in prominent roles.

In 1958’s Thunder Road, Robert Mitchum played a Korean War vet who evades both the feds and gangsters while running moonshine across Kentucky and Tennessee in his souped-up 1950 Ford two-door sedan. Mitchum was one cool customer, but an even cooler ride and driver was waiting in the wings.
One of the best car flicks of all time — 1968’s Bullitt — featured popular tough guy Steve McQueen in what was arguably his best film role. Bullitt’s incredible and exciting car chase through San Francisco sees McQueen doing much of his own driving as the titular detective, relentlessly pursued in his 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 2+2 Fastback by bad guys driving a ’68 Dodge Charger 440 Magnum.

The year 1968 also featured a classic car movie of a more cute and comedic sort — Disney’s The Love Bug, which introduced viewers to the Volkswagen Beetle with human qualities known as Herbie. Interestingly, other makes of cars were looked at for the role of Herbie before “he” was immortalized in his now iconic VW form after a Beetle was the only car that looked so endearing that it caused crew members to want to reach out and pet it.

In 1973, then-budding filmmaker George Lucas recalled his own days as a teenage hot-rodder when he created American Graffiti, a love letter to cruising culture that follows a group of youngsters on the last day of summer in 1962 — possibly the final day of their lives when all that mattered was hanging out at the drive-in and spending summer nights cruising the strip of their small town in bitchin’ cars. The parade of cool autos seen throughout the film lends as much to its nostalgic power as the nonstop musical soundtrack of hits from the era — and the movie culminates in a thrilling drag race that pits John Milner’s (Paul Le Mat) yellow 1932 Ford Coupe hot rod against Bob Falfa’s (Harrison Ford) black 1955 Chevy 150 Coupe.

A year later, H.B. Halicki’s low-budget cult classic Gone in 60 Seconds devoted 40 minutes — nearly half the film’s runtime — to an electrifying chase scene that featured the destruction of more than 90 vehicles. Halicki gave himself the starring role of professional car thief Maindrian Pace, whose most challenging target is a customized 1971 Ford Mustang Sportsroof code-named “Eleanor.” So prominent was Eleanor’s role in the film that “she” was given a star title credit.
By 1977, the country’s car obsession had switched gears to the “citizens band radio.” CBs came with a lingo all their own, and Smokey and the Bandit capitalized on that, pitting Burt Reynold’s Coors bootlegger Bo “Bandit” Darville and his black Pontiac Trans Am against Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) and other “smokeys” in a chase across Texas that steered the film into 1977’s second-best box office haul after Star Wars.

The following year, Grease was the word — and a pop culture obsession that spanned movies, music, fashion and, of course, the sweet rides from back in the day. The characters’ cars said a lot about who they were, from Kenickie’s (Jeff Conaway) diamond-in-the-rough, systematic, hydromatic, ultramatic 1948 Ford De Luxe convertible Greased Lightning; to the Pink Ladies’ rosy, shapely 1948 Studebaker Commander Regal; to Craterface’s badass 1949 Mercury Custom — which Danny (John Travolta) scored for himself in the film’s iconic race for “pinks.”

In 1980, nostalgia of a different sort — this time harkening back to the heyday of R&B, blues and soul music — propelled The Blues Brothers to box office success. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues are on a “mission from God,” which involves “putting the band back together” and breaking nearly every traffic law as they drive all over Chicagoland in their seemingly magical “Bluesmobile,” a ’74 Dodge Monaco police sedan.

Of course, cars haven’t always been all about fun and joyriding on the big screen. Automobiles, with their capacity for being dangerous and even deadly under the wrong conditions, have played their parts in horror films. The most notable example of this came in 1983, when the titular 1958 Plymouth Fury of Christine — John Carpenter’s adaptation of the Stephen King bestseller — became filled with plenty of actual fury and embarked on a killing spree that gave new meaning to the phrase “road rage.”

By 1985, movie buffs ready for a lighter ride headed Back to the Future with one of filmdom’s most iconic rides: the quintessentially ’80s DeLorean DMC-12 automobile, the vehicle customized by Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) into a time machine that took teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) for a wild ride back to the ’50s and his own parents’ high-school days. Heavy!
 
“King” Of The Road: Elvis Behind The Wheel
It may seem like Elvis Presley played a racecar driver in almost all of his feature films, but his characters only had that particular occupation in three movies. In Viva Las Vegas (1964), the King (pictured on the cover with Ann-Margret) drives an Elva Mk. VI as his character competes in Vegas’ Grand Prix. Elvis’ character in 1966’s Spinout (who only races part time, when he’s not singing in his band) drives a Cobra 427 sports car. And Presley plays a stock-car driver in Speedway (1968), which features scenes filmed at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Roy Rogers: Beloved Singing Cowboy Led Fans Along Decades Of “Happy Trails.”

By Jeff Pfeiffer, ReMIND Magazine
 
“[I] was always kinda partial to Roy Rogers, actually. I really like those sequined shirts.”

John McClane’s (Bruce Willis) reference to Roy Rogers (a reference that led, moments later, to McClane’s famous “Yippee-ki-yay” line) in the 1988 action classic Die Hard is but one indication of how the legendary singing cowboy has permeated all areas of our popular culture. Even though the actor and singer passed away in 1998 at the age of 86, plenty of fans still remain more than just “partial” to him.

Born Leonard Franklin Slye in Cincinnati in 1911, Rogers first found fame in music. After a few years with other groups, he formed the Western-singing Pioneers Trio in 1933. Eventually, they were given a new name: the now-famous moniker Sons of the Pioneers.

The group became familiar in films that starred the likes of Gene Autry and Leonard Slye himself (who was eventually given the stage name “Roy Rogers” by Republic Pictures). Rogers’ first starring role in a film was 1938’s Under Western Stars.

It was on that film that Rogers began forging one of the key personal and professional relationships in his life. He was asked to select a mount to ride in the picture, and Rogers opted for a palomino named Golden Cloud. The horse proved to be so smart and charismatic that Rogers eventually bought the trusty steed and renamed him Trigger. Trigger would go on to be one of the most famous movie animals of all time as Rogers’ regular costar.

Rogers found himself beginning another iconic relationship when he married Dale Evans in 1947. Their pairing as an on- and offscreen couple lasted until Rogers’ passing over 50 years later.

 For most of the 1940s and early ’50s, Rogers consistently ranked as one of the most popular Western stars, and box-office draws in general. His fans also tuned in to The Roy Rogers Show on radio from 1944-55 and followed Rogers to television, beginning with his Emmy-nominated The Roy Rogers Show (1951-57).
In the early 1950s, Evans wrote the song (based off a tune by Foy Willing) that pops into everyone’s mind when they think of her and Rogers: “Happy Trails.” It became the theme to Rogers’ radio program, and for the couple’s TV projects, which also included The Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Show  (1962).

Fans may have had to eventually, and unfortunately, say “happy trails” to Roy Rogers in real life, but as long as his movies and recordings exist, the “King of the Cowboys” will never ride off into the sunset.
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Monday, July 23
Monster Tag
Discovery Channel, 8pm
Top athletes — including Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Olympic skiing champ Lindsey Vonn and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski — team with top shark scientists to learn crucial information about the ocean’s top predators in this Shark Week special, and how they may be saved, given that worldwide shark populations are in trouble.
 
So You Think You Can Dance: “Top Ten Women”
FOX, 8pm
The top ten women are each paired with an all-star guy and take the stage to perform a choreographed duet outside of their own style.
 
American Ninja Warrior: “Dallas City Finals”
NBC, 8pm
The competition heads back to Dallas for the second round of the City Finals. The top 30 qualifying ninjas will face an even tougher obstacle course, which includes the brand-new Fallout and the grueling 10th obstacle Spider Trap. Competing ninjas include Daniel Gil, Barclay Stockett, Mathis “The Kid” Owhadi, Brent Steffensen and Abel Gonzalez.
 
Dietland: “Woman Down”
AMC, 9pm
Plum (Joy Nash) receives a cryptic message from an old friend, propelling her to find answers behind enemy lines.
 
Great White Abyss
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Could it be that the deeper you dive, the bigger the sharks you find? This Shark Week special looks to find out, as a team of experts travel to the great white shark hot spot of Guadalupe Island. A 20-foot female great white once showed herself there, then disappeared into the deep. Is this where all the giant sharks live? Dr. Mauricio Hoyos thinks so, and with a combination of deep-water cage and submarine dives, he and others descend into the depths to see what they might find.
 
American Masters: “Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived”
PBS, 9pm
Discover the many sides of baseball great Ted Williams, including his complex relationships with his family, press and fans and his feelings about his Mexican-American background. Features Bob Costas, Wade Boggs, Roger Angell and Joey Votto.
 
Salvation: “White House Down”
CBS, 9pm
Grace (Jennifer Finnigan) forges a dangerous alliance with Claire’s brother, Alonzo (Ashley Thomas), in the new episode “White House Down.”
 
Elementary: “Meet Your Maker”
CBS, 10pm
Detective Bell (Jon Michael Hill) considers leaving the NYPD when he is recommended for a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity in the new episode “Meet Your Maker.” Also, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) investigate the disappearance of a woman who led a double life online.
 
Cuba’s Secret Shark Lair
Discovery Channel, 10pm
In 1945, one of the largest sharks ever recorded was captured in Cuban waters. This great white was named El Monstruo, but sightings of huge sharks around Cuba didn’t end there. With the island nation long closed to outsiders, experts couldn’t study the reportedly massive sharks there. Now, two teams of scientists have been granted permission to explore this mystery. In this Shark Week special, one team searches Cuba’s south shore for a hammerhead known as The Queen, while in the north, the hunt is on for another El Monstruo-sized great white.
 
POV: “The War to Be Her”
PBS, 10pm
In the Taliban-controlled area of Waziristan in Pakistan, where women’s sports are decried as un-Islamic and girls rarely leave their homes, young Maria Toorpakai defies the rules by disguising herself as a boy to compete freely.
 
Tuesday, July 24
Cycling: Tour de France: Stage 16
NBCSN, 8am Live
Tour de France Stage 16 covers more than 135 miles of mountainous terrain between Carcassonne and Bagnères-de-Luchon in the Pyrenees near the border with Spain.
 
Guy Fieri’s Feeding Frenzy
Discovery Channel, 8pm
In the food world, Guy Fieri is known as the perfect eating machine. But he’s finally met his match when he goes from flip-flops to fins with the ultimate feeding machines of the sea. In this Shark Week special, Guy and his son Hunter head to the Bahamas to experience local cuisine, and to explore and understand just what makes the waters around these islands the perfect all-you-can-eat buffet for such a wide variety of shark species.
 
America’s Got Talent: “Judge Cuts 2”
NBC, 8pm
Actress Olivia Munn joins the judges’ panel and gets the opportunity to send an act directly to the live shows with a Golden Buzzer. During Judge Cuts, contestants have one last chance to impress the judges before going live for America’s vote. 
 
10 Modern Marvels That Changed America
PBS, 8pm
Take a whirlwind tour of engineering feats that made our civilization possible. See how engineers connected our nation with bridges, rail networks and a continent-wide freeway system, and delivered water from distant rivers to our kitchen sinks. 
 
The Outpost: “The Mistress and the Worm”
The CW, 9pm
Talon (Jessica Green) struggles to command a murderous creature she has summoned, and her unlikely friendship with Gwynn (Imogen Waterhouse) grows as Talon continues to search for her family’s murderers.
 
Laws of Jaws
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Are increased shark attacks a result of sharks’ behavior or our own? In this Shark Week special, expert divers Liz Parkinson, Mike Dornellas and Nick LeBeouf, with professional cameraman Andy Casagrande, put this question to the test through daring shark experiments. By re-enacting five harrowing real-life encounters and putting their own lives on the line, can the team uncover keys to surviving an attack?
 
No Passport Required: “Chicago”
PBS, 9pm
Chef Marcus Samuelsson visits the city’s longstanding Mexican community — the second-largest in the U.S. — to learn about its heritage and cuisine. He tastes tacos de cecina and grilled nopales, and learns the secrets of mole sauce from a master.
 
Face Off: Battle Royale: “Immortals Interrupted”
Syfy, 9pm
It’s the semifinals, and the artists engage in an all-out battle royale as they create vampires based on real-life bats, with just three finale spots on the line.
 
Air Jaws: The Hunted
Discovery Channel, 10pm
The latest Shark Week Air Jaws special probes the mystery of five full-grown great white sharks that washed up dead in South Africa and were determined to have been eaten alive. What is the only predator that can capture, kill and devour an adult great white? Orcas, a.k.a. killer whales. Shark biologist Alison Towner searches for the killers and tries to determine if they will continue to attack an already threatened population of great whites.
 
World of Dance: “The Qualifiers 8”
NBC, 10pm
In the final round of the Qualifiers, the world’s most elite dance acts from all ages and dance genres enter the arena to face off in the challenge of a lifetime. The acts have one chance to showcase their artistry, precision and athleticism in order to move forward in the competition and ultimately win a grand prize of $1 million.
 
Miz & Mrs
USA Network, 10pm
New Series!
WWE stars and married couple Mike “The Miz” and Maryse Mizanin headline this unscripted series that follows the pair as they adapt to becoming first-time parents to daughter Monroe Sky. They also juggle their fast-paced lifestyle, including a move from Los Angeles to Austin and the intense demands of their wrestling schedules. This first season features six episodes.
 
Teachers: “The Book Challenge”
TV Land, 10:30pm
In the new episode “The Book Challenge,” a book fair comes to Fillmore, and Ms. Snap (Katy Colloton) is inspired to be an author. Ms. Bennigan (Katie O’Brien), Ms. Watson (Kate Lambert) and Mrs. Adler (Kathryn Renée Thomas) enjoy gawking when they hire a moving company called Moving Hunks.
 
Wednesday, July 25
Castle Rock
Hulu
New Series!
J.J. Abrams (11.22.63) is an executive producer of this psychological horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse. The author’s most famous fictional locale serves as the titular backdrop for an original story that Hulu says “combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works.” While most of the characters and events are original to this series, there are also some references to King’s stories that fans should enjoy. André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Scott Glenn star.
 
Sideswiped
YouTube Premium
New Series!
This multigenerational comedy about relationships — both romantic and familial — is based on a true story from Carly Craig, who stars in, writes and produces the series. Craig plays Olivia, who after a lifetime of saying “no” finds herself single and miserable on her 35th birthday. A workaholic verging on a breakdown, Olivia decides to plunge into the hellish world of Tinder by dating all 252 of her matches. Rosanna Arquette and Chelsea Frei also star, with celebrity guest appearances including Jason Sudeikis, Rick Springfield and Peter Gallagher.
 
Burden of Truth
The CW, 8pm
New Series!
Former Smallville and Beauty and the Beast star Kristin Kreuk returns to The CW in this Canadian legal drama that offers shades of Erin Brockovich and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Kreuk stars as hotshot attorney Joanna Hanley, who returns to her small hometown to defend a large pharmaceutical company against a group of local girls who claim that they’ve become ill after receiving one of its vaccines. As Joanna investigates the source of the illness, hysteria spreads through the town, which pits neighbor against neighbor and Joanna against members of her own family.
 
Air Jaws: Back From the Dead
Discovery Channel, 8pm
In 2001, filmmaker Jeff Kurr joined shark photographer Chris Fallows off South Africa to witness an amazing great white behavior — sharks launching out of the ocean as they attack seals — and Shark Week’s popular Air Jaws series of specials was born. Now, 17 years and seven shows later, orcas have killed several sharks off Cape Town and driven off the rest, so the future of the phenomenon is in question. Jeff and Chris travel to New Zealand to search for a new Air Jaws location.
 
World of Dance: “The Duels 1”
NBC, 8pm
The Duels round begins with judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, Ne-Yo and host/mentor Jenna Dewan. In this round, the top qualifying acts from each division will choose a rival and face off in a head-to-head elimination duel. The judges will score each act based on its artistry, precision and athleticism, and the top scoring act from each duel will move forward in the competition and be one step closer to winning a grand prize of $1 million.
 
Earth’s Natural Wonders — Life at the Extremes: “Surviving Against The Odds”
PBS, 8pm
Season Finale!
See how people living in some of the world’s natural wonders, including locations in Brazil, Ethiopia, Laos, the Faroe Islands and Switzerland, must push themselves to the limit in order to survive. Survival demands skill, ingenuity and bravery.
 
“Shark Tank” Meets Shark Week
Discovery Channel, 9pm
In this Shark Week special, the human “sharks” of ABC’s hit entrepreneur competition series — Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary — get out of the tank and into the water as they are each paired with an oceanic organization to determine which shark-saving cause is most deserving of a $50,000 donation. Back in the studio, they are joined by fellow shark Robert Herjavec to make their pitches and cast their votes for a group that cannot be the one with which they were paired.
 
The Andes: Kingdoms of the Sky
PBS, 9pm
Experience the astonishing natural life found in the world’s longest mountain range, where pumas hunt guanaco, shape-shifting frogs hide in remote cloud forests and descendants of the Inca build bridges of grass.
 
Suits: “Pecking Order”
USA Network, 9pm
Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and Donna (Sarah Rafferty) get their first taste of how Samantha (Katherine Heigl) operates. Alex (Dulé Hill) tries to impress Zane.
 
SharkCam Stakeout
Discovery Channel, 10pm
SharkCam is back, and with smaller tags, Dr. Greg Skomal and the Woods Hole team go to the Bahamas to investigate the private lives of bull and hammerhead sharks, guided by Doc Gruber and Dr. Tristan Guttridge of the Bimini Sharklab. In past Shark Week specials, the Shark Cam has revealed fascinating new behaviors of white sharks — what new things will the team discover about the hunting techniques of these other species?
 
Reverie: “Despedida”
NBC, 10pm
Romance is in the air when Mara (Sarah Shahi) must track down an elderly woman attempting to relive her lost love, but as Mara dives deeper into her Reverie, she realizes the woman may have a greater mission on her mind.
 
The Art Show
Ovation, 10pm
New Series!
Each week, this series travels to one of the world’s great art cities, such as Venice, Mexico City and Istanbul, to seek out seminal works of the past to show how they reflect history, as well as the contemporary art of today.
 
Colony: “What Goes Around”
USA Network, 10pm
Will (Josh Holloway) makes a sacrifice to protect his family. Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies) races to save refugees outside the walls. Snyder (Peter Jacobson) struggles to control a Colony amid the chaos of war. Bram (Alex Neustaedter) and Gracie (Isabella Crovetti) make a big decision.
 
Thursday, July 26
Cycling: Tour de France: Stage 18
NBCSN, 8am Live
The peloton at the Tour de France travels more than 106 miles over mostly flat Stage 18 between Trie-sur-Baïse and Pau on the northern edge of the Pyrenees near the Spanish border.
 
The Gong Show
ABC, 8pm
Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother), Will Arnett (Arrested Development) and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) are this week’s celebrity judges.
 
SharkCam Strikes Back
Discovery Channel, 8pm
This Shark Week special celebrates the remarkable discoveries the SharkCam team has made in the last five years since the 2013 special Return of Jaws. It also takes a tongue-in-cheek look at some of the disasters. From napping great whites to SharkCam being attacked, the program highlights footage SharkCam has captured over the years.
 
The Four: Battle for Stardom: “Comeback Week”
FOX, 8pm
Fan favorites from Season 2 return to the stage and try to impress judges Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor to earn a seat in the season finale.
 
Nashville
CMT, 9pm
Series Finale!
Callie Khouri’s music-laden nighttime soap opera comes to a conclusion tonight that series star Chip Esten calls “incredible … pure magic.” As for Esten’s Deacon Claybourne, the actor says the series final episodes mirror the final verse of the Nashville original tune “Looking for the Light.” “It’s got three stages of Deacon’s life — past, present and future,” Esten says. “The first one was alluding to a beginning that we hadn’t even explored yet, but we finally do in the last eight episodes, about Deacon’s father: ‘We were born into a battle.’ The final verse is: ‘Now I could give into this darkness/and who knows, someday I might/till then, I’ll keep on walking/keep on looking for the light.’”
 
Sharkwrecked
Discovery Channel, 9pm
In a 48-hour, adrenaline-fueled and daring Shark Week experiment, shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder teams with fellow serviceman and marine survival expert James Glancy to record what happens when a shipwreck occurs in shark-infested waters. Scientists Greg Skomal and Edd Brooks track the sharks that circle the experiment’s survivors, while medic Mike Hudson and his team gauge their health and safety. The special hopes to answer questions like: Which sharks are attracted to humans in distress, and what gets you first — the sea or the sharks?
 
Trial & Error: Lady, Killer: “The Murder Clock”
NBC, 9pm
Josh’s (Nicholas D’Agosto) team continues to hunt for the potential murder weapon that would seal their timeline. The case takes a dramatic turn as their search leads them to two new suspects and some shocking news about Lavinia (Kristin Chenoweth). Another new episode follows.
 
Queen of the South: “Los Enamorados”
USA Network, 9pm
Teresa (Alice Braga) tries to escape her captors with the help of an unexpected ally.
 
Tiger Shark Invasion
Discovery Channel, 10pm
Dr. Neil Hammerschlag leads a team, including cameraman Joe Romeiro and local expert Alex Hearn, to the Galápagos Islands to observe and document how tiger sharks — new to the islands in the last 10 years — have reset the underwater order in one of the sharkiest places on the planet. The special airs as part of Shark Week.
 
Shooter: “Lines Crossed”
USA Network, 10pm
Bob Lee (Ryan Phillippe) and Isaac (Omar Epps) are put through the wringer by a member of Earl’s Vietnam unit. Julie (Shantel VanSanten) stands up to the Bama family. Nadine (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) sneaks into a high-tech security facility.
 
Friday, July 27
The Bleeding Edge
Netflix
In this documentary, Oscar-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (The Invisible War, The Hunting Ground) turn their sights on the $400 billion medical device industry, examining lax regulations, corporate coverups and profit-driven incentives that put patients at risk daily. Weaving emotionally powerful stories of people whose lives have been irrevocably harmed, the film asks: What lifesaving technologies may actually be killing us?
 
Orange Is the New Black
Netflix
Season Premiere!
As Season 6 of the acclaimed hit — with a tagline of “To the Max” — begins, a teaser for the show promises a “whole new world” as it also says, “Bye-bye, Litchfield.” A brief, and ominous, clip pans over a rundown and devastated interior of the prison as through the window an inmate bus is seen driving away.
 
Cycling: Tour de France: Stage 19
NBCSN, 7:30am Live
Stage 19 between Lourdes and Laruns in the Pyrenees takes Tour de France riders over more than 124 miles of mountainous terrain.
 
Cash Cab
Discovery Channel, 7pm
Season Premiere!
Comedian Ben Bailey and his game show taxi return to the sizzling streets of New York City, giving unsuspecting passengers a break from the heat and a ride they won’t forget. From pop culture to hard science, traveling uptown to downtown, contestants will be able to showcase their ability to think under pressure and win some quick cash in this special Shark Week-themed episode.
 
Quantico: “Ghosts”
ABC, 8pm
Conor Devlin (Timothy V. Murphy) continues to seek revenge as someone from Alex’s (Priyanka Chopra) past comes back into her life.
 
Megalodon: Fact vs. Fiction
Discovery Channel, 8pm
This Shark Week special takes a look at what the sea might look like if the prehistoric Megalodon — the largest shark that ever existed — were still alive today. Experts help paint a picture of how the giant creature would have lived and hunted in the modern world, and also look at new evidence from Megaladon’s beginnings. This special also features an exclusive first look at The Meg, a theatrical feature-film thriller opening in August.
 
Bloodline: The Spawn of Jaws
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Over four decades ago, in a Jaws-like situation, giant great white sharks off Long Island were supposedly caught or killed, or disappeared — until now. With protection, the sons and daughters of these giants are making a comeback, and in this Shark Week special, Dr. Craig O’Connell goes looking for the legendary monsters of Montauk to see if that “Jaws” bloodline continues.
 
Wynonna Earp: “When You Call My Name”
Syfy, 9pm
The demon who cursed the Earp heir reveals himself in a shocking turn of events that will leave the team forever changed.
 
Great White Shark Babies
Discovery Channel, 10pm
Pregnant female great white sharks migrate to Guadalupe for one last big feed of seals before they head off to birth their pups. But where do these mama sharks go to have their offspring? Dr. Mauricio Hoyos believes they head to the coast of Baja. In this Shark Week special, Dr. Hoyos and his science team of Michelle Jewell and Toby Daly-Engel track the sharks there, use genetics to identify which pups belong to which females and confirm a birthing ground that needs protection.
 
Killjoys: “Johnny Dangerously”
Syfy, 10pm
With criminals chasing an injured Johnny (Aaron Ashmore), D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) and Delle Seyah (Mayko Nguyen) take drastic measures to save him.
 
Saturday, July 28
Cycling: Tour de France: Stage 20
NBCSN, 7:30am Live
Tour de France Stage 20 is an individual time trial of over 19 miles between Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle and Espelette in southwestern France. The peloton travels by air to Houilles near Paris for tomorrow’s final stage.
 
Major League Baseball: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis
FS1, 4pm Live
Busch Stadium in St. Louis hosts this matchup of NL Central rivals as the Chicago Cubs visit the Cardinals on FS1.
 
NASCAR Xfinity Series: U.S. Cellular 250
NBCSN, 5:30pm Live
The U.S. Cellular 250 brings Elliott Sadler, Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell and other NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers to Iowa Speedway in Newton for a race on the 0.875-mile oval.
 
Pink Collar Crimes
CBS, 8pm
New Series!
This true-crime series inspired by felonious females who took big risks, pocketed big cash and then served hard time. Each episode includes insight and analysis from prosecutor, author and television correspondent Marcia Clark.
 
Little Big Shots: “Beauty and the Steve”
NBC, 8pm
This week, host Steve Harvey meets an enchanting 8-year-old magician from the U.K., a budding young historian, a soulful singer from Canada and a viral 5-year-old Beauty and the Beast superfan. Viewers will also enjoy an adorable 5-year-old basketball sportscaster and a spectacular young opera singer from Dubai.
 
Return of Mega Shark
Discovery Channel, 9pm
In this Shark Week special, Jeff Kurr and Andy Casagrande go to New Zealand return to search for giant great white sharks lurking in deep water off the coast, and to revisit the most exciting events and discoveries from the past to help guide their search.
 
Love on Safari
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
Hallmark Channel and Lacey Chabert head to South Africa for this rom-com. After Kira (Chabert) inherits a wildlife reserve in South Africa, she travels there to meet the no-nonsense head ranger, Tom (Jon Cor). When she learns the reserve is in financial jeopardy and she may have to sell it to her uncle’s competitor, Tom urges her to save it by taking her on a safari.
 
Sharks Gone Wild
Discovery Channel, 10pm
Discover everything that has happened in the world of sharks this year, including the unbelievable viral videos, the biggest news stories and the latest cutting-edge shark science. Airs as part of Shark Week.

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Starsky & Hutch
The Cars! The Clothes! The Bear! The Bromance!

By Lori Acken, ReMIND Magazine
 
They patrolled the streets of fictional Bay City for just four seasons, but studly buddy cops David Starsky and Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson still bromanced their way into television history.

The brainchild of TV visionary Aaron Spelling — who hoped to “hip” up the cop-show genre — Starsky & Hutch bowed in 1975 and parlayed the broad appeal of its stars Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul, their easygoing on- and offscreen bond, proudly multicultural casting and, of course, that iconic, tomato red Ford Gran Torino into an ABC hit.

Collared by some critics as too gritty for its time thanks to graphic depictions of crime, drug use and racism, Starsky & Hutch still lured in a legion of lady fans who gleefully took sides about which cop made their hearts beat faster — the brainy, blond Hutch (Soul, who further bolstered his sex symbol status with the lovelorn 1976 pop-radio hit “Don’t Give Up on Us”) or Glaser’s streetwise, smart-mouthed Starsky, the antithesis of the Cambridge, Mass.-born actor who held two master’s degrees. Even preteens too young to stay up to watch the detectives do their thing got in on the debate, courtesy of mags like Tiger Beat, which positioned the 30-something actors alongside fresh-faced teen dreams on their covers.

Pairing Glaser’s freewheeling, Brooklyn-born ex-Army man against Soul’s thinky Midwestern divorcé, Spelling and veteran TV writer William Blinn turned the buttoned-down cop drama on its ear, letting the fellas be silly sometimes (going undercover as Vegas dandies, hair stylists and hillbillies) and other times placing them in dire situations that reflected the social landscape and highlighted the depth of the duo’s friendship. To further up the hip factor, the pair were often upstaged by their pal-slash-informant Huggy Bear, a groovy, ghetto-smart guy who turned character actor Antonio Fargas into a bona fide star.

But sex appeal wasn’t enough to keep the cops riding high in Starsky’s “Striped Tomato” (a car Glaser openly loathed). Growing distaste for televised violence led the writers to tone down the duo’s police work and focus on their personal lives, which sat well with neither actor. The duo only stayed through the fourth and final season after Spelling gave them more input on the scripts.

But the boys in baby blue bell-bottoms remained bonded to the end. The series finale sees Hutch exacting revenge on Starsky’s would-be assassin, then sneaking booze and stuffed veal into his buddy’s hospital room, where Starsky offers a far-out farewell, saluting himself, Hutch, Huggy and stalwart Captain Dobey. “A toast to four very, very heavy dudes,” he announces. “God bless us all.”

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