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Time To Explore

By Paul Hall
 
After spending most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents Cole (Michael Peña) and Elena (Eva Longoria), Dora (Isabela Moner) has grown up. But the next exploration Dora’s parents take will be without her, as she is sent to Los Angeles to be with her cousin Diego (Jeff Wahlberg) in the new film Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

High school can be as treacherous as any jungle and Dora is just trying to “be herself” as her parents told her, but that kind of positivity is foreign to the teens creating a different atmosphere for our young lady.

While on a field trip to the museum, Dora, Diego and their friends Sammy (Madeline Madden) and Randy (Nicholas Coombe) are kidnapped and taken to South America. Their captors want the young Dora to traverse the jungle environment to find her parents and, ultimately, the lost city of gold that the bad guys crave. They are met by Alejandro (Eugenio Derbez), a friend of Dora’s parents, who helps them escape, and the four kids join Alejandro to explore the jungle. But who will find Dora’s parents and the lost city first?

There are elements of the Dora the Explorer television show here — Boots, Backpack, the map and even a trio of musical “artists” who pop up after the credits are a few of our friends who appear on the journey. This film is a fun adventure for the younger set, but I left scratching my head and asking: Who is this film geared toward? Dora is in high school, but her appeal has always been to younger kids. Will now grownup teens and 20-somethings see this film? And will kids in the younger set connect as thoroughly to the film as they do with the animated show?

While Dora is a fun journey, it seems to be a film that tries to be grownup and young at the same time, and that causes confusion in the messaging. Dora’s positivity is infectious, and hopefully that comes through for those who explore alongside our friend. Although the map doesn’t have all the answers here, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is an exploration worth taking for fans of the series.
 
Paul’s Grade: C+

Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Rated PG
Stars: Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña
Director: James Bobin
 
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NEW THIS WEEK
 
The Angry Birds Movie 2
Rated PG
Voices: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones
Director: Thurop Van Orman
Our favorite flightless birds are back alongside the scheming pigs in the feud that is taken to the next level.
 
Blinded by the Light
Rated PG-13
Stars: Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra
Director: Gurinder Chadha
The music of Bruce Springsteen influences a young man in 1987 Britain.
 
47 Meters Down: Uncaged
Rated PG-13
Stars: Sophie Nélisse, Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju
Director: Johannes Roberts
Four young women set off on their own adventure diving in a ruined underwater city and quickly find themselves lost in the city’s labyrinth where deadly predators lurk.
 
Good Boys
Rated R
Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon
Director: Gene Stupnitsky
When three sixth graders, normally good kids, ditch school, they find themselves on a wild ride, learning about life like no other coming-of-age story.
 
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Rated PG-13
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer
Director: Richard Linklater
A mom decides to reconnect with her creative side and starts an adventure that reboots her life and leads to a a triumphant discovery.
 
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Kirsten Dunst

By Rick Gables

Showtime will premiere its new dark comedy series On Becoming a God in Central Florida on Sunday, August 25 at 10 PM ET/PT. Starring Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Kirsten Dunst, the 10-episode series is a story about the cult of free enterprise and one woman’s relentless pursuit of the American Dream. The series also stars Théodore Pellerin, Mel Rodriguez, Beth Ditto and Ted Levine. Set in a small Orlando-adjacent town in 1992, On Becoming God in Central Florida follows Krystal Stubbs, a minimum-wage water park employee who lies, schemes and cons her way up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise (FAM), the cultish, flag-waving, multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme that drove her to ruin in the first place, run by the powerful Obie Garbeau II. Determined to make a better life for herself, Krystal dives deep into FAM and develops a tangled relationship with FAM’s most loyal and fanatical follower Cody, until her business begins to affect those closest to her.

Burrow into the magical depths of Australian animal life as unique species navigate extremes on land and sea when PBS premieres its 3-part series Magical Land of Oz on Wednesday, August 28 at 10 PM ET (check your local listings). Blue chip cameras capture the continent’s diverse animal populations in its highest snow peaks, frigid southern seas and suburban backyards. On the premiere episode, Land, be prepared for an exploration of one of the most magical lands on the planet. Its unique wildlife includes a tree-dwelling kangaroo, a spider that survives underwater and a bird that spreads fire. Then on the September 4 at 10 PM ET Ocean episode, it’s a natural history exploration of Australia’s magical coasts and islands where three oceans create the perfect environment for whales, giant cuttlefish and sharks. On the final episode, Human, airing September 11 at 10 PM ET, an exploration of Australia’s mesmerizing wildlife and how they’ve adapted to survive in the human environment, including a flamboyant dancing peacock spider in a suburban garden.

Streaming service, Amazon Prime Video, will premiere its new series Carnival Row on Friday, August 30. Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne star in this series, set in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures whose exotic homelands were invaded by the empires of man. Coexisting with humans proves to be a struggle for these creatures.

Photo credit: Liz Von Hoene/SHOWTIME

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New Shows On The CW

By Rick Gables

The CW will premiere the new season of its musical comedy series I Ship It on Monday, August 19 at 9:30 PM ET/PT. Ella (Helen Highfield) is a fangirl and aspiring writer. While working at a boutique shipping agency, Ella writes fanfiction for her favorite TV show, Superstition, and dreams of one day making her fantasies a reality. She works with her boyfriend, the charming yet albeit-vanilla Tim (Riley Neldman), and lives next door to him. Ella’s life may not be exciting, but it’s comfortable. One fateful day, Ella’s actress friend Sasha (Yasmine Al-Bustami) places a flower delivery order to the showrunner of Superstition and Ella seizes the opportunity to not only make the delivery but to visit the set of her favorite show. Ella throws caution to the wind and quits her job to become a writer’s assistant for that show, and her fangirl fantasies begin to collide with reality in unexpected ways, in both her creative life and love life.

Starz will premiere its expanded 15-episode season six of Power on Sunday, August 25 at 8 PM ET/PT. James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) is seeking vengeance. His former drug partner and brother in arms must pay for the ultimate betrayal. Rocked to his core by the perfidiousness and cruelties of those he once called his family, Ghost devotes himself to one notion: Success is the best revenge, with all intentions of getting both. Ghost aims to get even with Tommy, get the Queens Child Project built to consecrate Raina’s legacy, and finally achieve a thriving legitimate lifestyle with no criminal strings attached. Ghost’s need to achieve satisfaction and happiness from this world by any means necessary. As the Feds grow closer to convicting him, Ghost must remain vigilant toward those wanting to take him down for his past criminal enterprises.

Photo credit: Photo by Jordan Nuttall/The CW


Debuting Thursday, August 22 at 10:30 PM ET/PT, Bobby Flay and his daughter Sophie hit the streets of New York with six half-hour episodes in search of the greatest local dishes around, in the new Food Network series The Flay List. Bobby and Sophie will visit the ever-buzzing Chelsea Market for some tacos at Los Tacos No.1, while grabbing creamy Italian gelato for dessert at Bobby’s favorite, L’Arte del Gelato. Afterwards, Sophie takes Bobby to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, for her taco pick at hotspot Oxomoco. In another episode Bobby and Sophie start the day with a joy ride on bikes as they head to the Lower East Side for Sophie’s pick, Sweet Chick. Other episodes include stops at J.G. Melon for Bobby’s burger selection and Sophie’s taste for Detroit-style pizza at Emily.

Showtime will premiere the new documentary Hitsville: The Making of Motown on Saturday, August 24 at 9 PM ET/PT. This remarkable story of the legendary Motown Records is told through new and exclusive interviews with the label’s visionary founder, Berry Gordy, and many of its superstar artists and creative figures, as well as rare performances and behind-the-scenes footage unearthed from Motown’s vaults and Gordy’s personal archives.


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by Damian Holbrook

Cheers to Fear the Walking Dead

for going with the nuclear option. Radioactive zombies? Yes, please! The recent introduction of walkers made even wonkier by a reactor meltdown may be the creepiest twist the AMC show (with Karen David, pictured) has ever come up with!

Cheers to Pearson

for giving Gina Torres (pictured) the floor. USA’s Suits spinoff about ex-Manhattan litigator Jessica Pearson’s new life in Chicago politics is a gritty, gripping forum for the exquisitely watchable Torres to flesh out a character fans have been fascinated with for years.

Jeers to The Orville’s

delayed return. Now that the sci-fi dramedy starring Seth MacFarlane and Adrianne Palicki (pictured) is charting a course from Fox to Hulu for its third season, it’s been reported that new episodes won’t hit our orbit until late 2020. In TV time, that’s light-years away!

Jeers to Camille Grammer

for being 9021-over-the-top. Instead of returning to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills smarter and more sensible than her first stint, “Saint Camille” was shady, snippy and stormed off the reunion in such a bonkers way, she made the rest of the gaggle look regal.

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WHY WAS WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE CANCELED?

Question: I’m so disappointed that Who Wants to be a Millionaire has been canceled. Any chance someone else might bring it back? — Betsy

Matt Roush: This differs from the typical “will someone rescue my favorite canceled show” question because we’re now talking about the world of syndication, which involves complicated issues of ownership and distribution. It was Disney’s call to suspend production after 17 seasons. I’m thinking the company may be merely resting the franchise for a while, and I’d be surprised if Millionaire doesn’t return in another form on another platform after some time has passed. Given the success of ABC’s summer game shows in prime time, that could be an option for a network comeback. Or maybe it will become an element of Disney’s streaming service.

Question: Since the pilot Triangle starring Mike Vogel wasn’t picked up for the fall, is there any chance we will see it later this year? — Rickey

Matt Roush: ABC didn’t pick the show up for midseason, either, officially passing on the project, so it’s not going forward. (For the record, Triangle would have been a Lost-like adventure about a family shipwrecked in the Bermuda Triangle and discovering a secret world inhabited by disappeared travelers from throughout history.)

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

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Foe Is Me! Our Love Affair With Batman’s Best Baddies.

By Damian Holbrook, ReMIND Magazine
 
Holy Hooligans, Batman!
In his 80 years of defending Gotham City, the Caped Crusader has assumed myriad incarnations, from his debut in 1939’s Detective Comics #27 to big-screen versions to FOX’s recently wrapped Gotham, which ended its five-season run with young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) finally slipping on the cowl. But as memorable (or maligned, Mr. Clooney) as the many Dark Knights have been, our hearts have always belonged to the rogues’ gallery of foils faced by Adam West’s Batman in the campy classic series of the same name.

Colorful, crazy and at times downright comical, these felonious sorts fit in perfectly with the show’s high-energy, low-budget approach to action, which was balanced by the stone-faced gravitas of Batman and sidekick Robin (Burt Ward). And while they surely seem tame by today’s superhero-show standards, at the time of Batman’s 1966-68 run, this crew’s fondness for bloodless burglary and other underworldly activities was enough to keep fans tuning in to the same bat time and same bat channel! It didn’t hurt that most of the over-the-top outlaws were played by well-known stars from stage, screen and lounge acts.

Of course, there was the unholy trinity. With a background in comedy, impressionist Frank Gorshin was the perfect choice to bodysuit-up as The Riddler. Not only did the rubber-limbed actor — who had just starred opposite Hayley Mills in 1965’s That Darn Cat! — appear as the show’s inaugural evildoer, but his turn as the quizzical thief also scored him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy.

Already a film star in his own right, Burgess Meredith followed up his unforgettable 1959 appearance as a book lover surrounded by tomes in The Twilight Zone’s postapocalyptic “Time Enough at Last” with his equally iconic take on The Penguin. Elements of his monocle-sporting, top-hatted gangster informed future iterations in both print and celluloid, such as Robin Lord Taylor’s classic-inspired costume as The Penguin in the Gothamfinale.

Rounding out this terrible trio was Cesar Romero, a film legend famous for playing copious Latin lovers, who earned his place in the Batman canon as The Joker. That pale face and green hair, the magenta suit, his cackling laugh … for generations, Romero’s garish, ghoulish portrayal has been the quintessential Clown Prince of Crime. He was even named one of TV Guide Magazine’s “60 Nastiest Villains of All Time” in 2013. Not too shabby for a guy who had the makeup department use heavy white grease paint to cover up the mustache he refused to shave for his episodes!

Now, behind every strong Batman is a stronger Catwoman, and West had three of them over the course of the show! After winning a Tony for Broadway’s The Marriage-Go-Round, singer-dancer Julie Newmar sank her claws into the cat-burglar gig for the first two seasons, while original “Santa Baby” chanteuse Eartha Kitt proved to be a purrfect fit for the role in Season 3. Due to prior commitments, Newmar was unavailable to film the Batman movie that was released in theaters between the first and second seasons, so 1955’s Miss America Lee Meriwether was brought in for the job. She would later guest-star as a love interest for Bruce Wayne who wound up in the clutches of frequent troublemaker King Tut — deliciously played by Victor Buono, the avuncular character actor who’d received Oscar and Golden Globe nods for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?four years earlier.

Other femme fatales included All About Eve’s Oscar-winning lead actress Anne Baxter as Zelda the Great, the bank-robbing magician behind the abduction of Bruce Wayne’s dear Aunt Harriet (Madge Blake). The future Marcus Welby, M.D. standout resurfaced in the final run of episodes as well, only this time in the fur-trimmed guise of Olga, Queen of the Cossacks. Her fab Russian colluded to pilfer a priceless artifact from the Gotham City Museum in a multi-part episode that marked the series return of horror-movie staple Vincent Price as the big-brained baddie Egghead … and Olga’s love interest!

And they weren’t the only famous folks wreaking hilarious havoc under Commissioner Gordon’s watch, either. The producers wisely recruited a slew of celebrities and set them loose to be as outlandish as their eye-popping costumes. “Mr. Television” himself, Milton Berle, dropped in for two episodes as Louie the Lilac, a diabolical perfume peddler dumb enough to take on Batgirl (Yvonne Craig). Cliff Robertson, fresh from starring as a young JFK in 1963’s PT 109, raised hell as Shame, the cowboy criminal responsible for a pair of thefts during Seasons 2 and 3. And Oscar-nominated director Otto Preminger went so far as to ask executive producer William Dozier, a longtime pal, for a role on the popular series, leading to his strangely surreal one-episode stint as Mr. Freeze. The cryogenic crook with the ice-blast gun was later played by Eli Wallach, the prolific film star of The Misfits and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, who has admitted that he garnered more fan mail for Freeze than all of his other roles.
  

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Monday, Aug. 12
American Ninja Warrior: “Baltimore City Finals”
NBC, 8pm
The series returns to Baltimore for the City Finals round of the competition. Competitors will face up to 10 challenging obstacles including Angry Birds, which is new to the course this year. 
 
The Terror: Infamy
AMC, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Season 2 of The Terror uses the forced relocation of Japanese Americans into concentration camps during World War II as its backdrop. The season premiere, “A Sparrow in a Swallow’s Nest,” begins in 1941, as Chester Nakayama (Derek Mio) is caught between his insular Japanese American neighborhood on Terminal Island and his current all-American life. Extreme circumstances push his community and personal life to the brink, all while someone watches closely.
 
So You Think You Can Dance: “Top 10 Perform”
FOX, 9pm
After weeks of auditions, callbacks and the grueling Academy round, this season’s top 10 dancers perform on the So You Think You Can Dance stage for the first time. Cat Deeley hosts with Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Laurieann Gibson and Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval serving as judges.
 
Our Boys
HBO, 9pm
New Series!
Based on the true events that led to the outbreak of war in Gaza in 2014, this series tells the story of those involved, Jews and Arabs alike, whose lives were forever changed that summer.
 
Family Pictures USA: “North Carolina”
PBS, 9pm
Discover how this historically rural state built on tobacco and textiles is rapidly changing. Entrepreneurs find a warm welcome in Durham, Native Americans come home to ancestral lands, and families separated by race and class work toward healing.
 
Grand Hotel: “Groom Service”
ABC, 10pm
Danny (Lincoln Younes) struggles to keep his relationship with Alicia (Denyse Tontz) from her family. Gigi (Roselyn Sánchez) discovers the secrets that Santiago (Demián Bichir) has been keeping from her, while Felix (Adrian Pasdar) continues to try to make his way back into Gigi’s life.
 
American Greed
CNBC, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Stacy Keach returns to narrate this series, now in Season 13, that examines scandalous stories of massive fraud. Stories covered this season include the Fyre Festival, the college admissions scam and the fraud surrounding former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
 
Legion
FX, 10pm
Series Finale!
Noah Hawley’s mind-bending drama based on the Marvel Comics series comes to an end in the series finale “Chapter 27.”
 
Twisted Sisters
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
Season Premiere!
The series, executive produced by Khloé Kardashian, that looks at true stories of sisters as they evolve from kin to killers returns for a 10-episode second season.
 
POV: “Happy Winter”
PBS, 10pm
Every summer on Palermo’s Mondello beach, over 1,000 cabins are built for the summer holiday, resulting in beachgoers hiding behind the memory of a social status that the economic crisis of recent years has compromised.
 
Lodge 49
AMC, 10:10pm
Season Premiere!
This “modern fable” about the Ancient & Benevolent Order of the Lynx and its great mysteries returns for Season 2. Ex-surfer Dud (Wyatt Russell) and sister Liz (Sonya Cassidy) are still searching for purpose in their lives after their father’s death. Meanwhile, Ernie (Brett Jennings) is off to Mexico with El Confidente (Cheech Marin), Blaise (David Pasquesi) tries to unlock the secrets of alchemy and Connie (Linda Emond) makes friends at England’s Lodge 1.
 
Straight Up Steve Austin
USA Network, 11pm
New Series!
Retired WWE legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin hosts this half-hour interview series. In each episode, Austin and a celebrity guest swap stories during tailor-made adventures in different cities across America. Guests include Trace Adkins, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Gabriel Iglesias, Becky Lynch, Baker Mayfield, Rob Riggle and Sal Vulcano.
 
Tuesday, Aug. 13
Pandora: “Most Likely to Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)”
The CW, 8pm
Thomas’ (Martin Bobb-Semple) telepathic father arrives on campus and tries to enlist his estranged son in a dangerous heist in which nothing is as simple as it appears.
 
America’s Got Talent
NBC, 8pm
The judges have made their cuts. Now it’s your turn to vote for your favorite acts: The talent competition’s live shows begin tonight.
 
Family Pictures USA: “Detroit”
PBS, 8pm
Explore America’s comeback city through photos and personal stories shared by residents. From the influence of the auto industry to labor unions to the Motown sound, Detroit’s multilayered story is revealed via family narratives and memories.
 
Intervention: “The Heroin Hub: Chapter 2”
A&E, 9pm
Thirty-eight-year-old heroin addict Bill finances his addiction by selling clean needles to other addicts. The city of Philadelphia organizes a mass eviction in Kensington to remove addicts from the neighborhood.
 
The Real Housewives of Orange County: “(Not So Happy) Housewarming”
Bravo, 9pm
Kelly is shocked to learn how the allegation from last year’s reunion has affected her daughter Jolie. Tamra invites the ladies to her housewarming party and warns Kelly that Vicki will be there. At the party, Shannon and Tamra watch the infamous animoji Kelly sent Vicki. Braunwyn and Tamra hit it off, and sparks fly when Vicki arrives.
 
Mysteries Decoded
The CW, 9pm
New Series!
Join private investigator Jennifer Marshall as she reexamines some of history’s most infamous cases, from Area 51 and Roswell to the Salem Witch Trials and the Bermuda Triangle, with new technology and previously undiscovered information.
 
Family Pictures USA: “Southwest Florida”
PBS, 9pm
Visit the Paradise Coast from Fort Myers to the Everglades, home to ranchers, Native Americans and fishing communities. Explore cattle country in rural Florida and meet a family of migrant workers who own a company that harvests produce.
 
Animal Kingdom: “Ghosts”
TNT, 9pm
In the penultimate episode, the Cody family sets off on Smurf’s (Ellen Barkin) mysterious heist, unaware of the surprises that await them when they arrive, which will change the family forever.
 
Flipping Exes: “Hell on Heels”
Bravo, 10pm
The Flipping Exes work with a questionable investor who hands them a very small budget, a half-completed house and a strict deadline. Every new construction obstacle brings out the devil in Nina as her budget dwindles and her temper rises. On the side, Nina hustles to find the perfect home for a longtime client with picky taste.
 
Supermarket Stakeout
Food Network, 10pm
New Series!
Four chefs compete in a pop-up kitchen outside a grocery store. Assigned a theme for each round, the chefs must size up shoppers as they exit the store and attempt to negotiate for their grocery bags. The judges send the chefs with the least successful dishes home, and the last chef standing walks away with a year’s worth of groceries. Alex Guarnaschelli hosts.
 
’Til Death Do Us Part: “The 22-Year Itch”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
When devout young Christians Curt Thorngren and Donna Vetter marry in Meridian, Idaho, in 1980, they seem set for a life of love and happiness together. Then, 22 years of wedlock ends in murder. Detectives discover a marriage destroyed by debt, deceit and drug addiction. They identify a suspect, but with no murder weapon, can they secure a conviction? 
 
Bring the Funny: “The Comedy Clash 2”
NBC, 10pm
The Comedy Clash round continues as the best acts from the Open Mic round will go head-to-head with another comedic act. The winner of each clash, as chosen by the judges, will advance to Semi-Final Showcase and be one step closer to ultimately winning the $250,000 grand prize and becoming the first ever winner of Bring the Funny.
 
The Disappearance
WGN America, 12am (late-night)
Series Finale!
Hear that sound? It’s the clock ticking down to find missing 10-year-old Anthony Sullivan (Michael Riendeau). Will the police and his family locate him before time runs out in tonight’s final hour? Or will solving the mystery of his disappearance lead to the revelation of more secrets and a tragic conclusion?
 
Wednesday, Aug. 14
Bulletproof
The CW, 8pm
Nell (Christina Chong) alerts Pike (Ashley Walters) and Bishop (Noel Clarke) to a notorious wanted criminal, Michael Sharp (guest star David Allen), who is heading into London. The boys finally collar an innocent Sharp, only to see him executed in an ambush.
 
MasterChef: “Mind Blowing Food”
FOX, 8pm
This week, after discovering the MasterChef kitchens decorated with laser lights and smoke machines, this season’s top nine home cooks learn from visionary chef Grant Achatz about the art of unconventional plating. Then, the home cooks must cook and plate a dish of their choice using an array of props. One cook will earn immunity and a special prize, while the others will face elimination.
 
Southern Charm: “White Gloves Off”
Bravo, 9pm
Season Finale!
The Charleston socialites get ready for another grand event hosted by Miss Patricia, and battle lines are drawn when Austen learns that Shep and Craig’s dates are the girls from his infamous threesome video. Shep and Craig aren’t the only ones causing trouble as Ashley, against Eliza’s advice, considers crashing the event to confront Patricia over her “lies.”
 
BH90210: “The Pitch”
FOX, 9pm
When FOX greenlights a 90210 reboot on the condition that seven of the original Beverly Hills, 90210 cast members get onboard, Tori and Jennie are met with more resistance from their former castmates than they had anticipated. Meanwhile, what happened in Vegas didn’t stay there and the gang deal with the fallout, and former costar Christine Elise pops back into their lives.
 
Forged in Fire: “The Falchion”
History, 9pm
The odds are stacked against four bladesmiths when they must each forge a chopper in a distinct Damascus pattern. After surviving an intense round of testing, two smiths return home to re-create one of the most widely used and dangerous medieval weapons: the Falchion.
 
Turquoise Fever
INSP, 9pm
New Series!
Turquoise gems are the diamonds of the Nevada desert, but unearthing them is risky. Meet gutsy third-generation miners (and reality TV newcomers) the Otteson family. To score a blue-green payday, they brave rough terrain, killer weather and perilous dynamite blasts — all while working 70 miles from the nearest hospital.
 
Songland: “Macklemore”
NBC, 9pm
New Episodes!
Undiscovered songwriters are put center stage as they pitch their original material to megastar Macklemore and a panel of chart-topping music producers. Viewers get an authentic peek into the creative process behind songwriting as three of music’s most successful and sought-after writer-producers — Ryan Tedder (Adele, Taylor Swift), Ester Dean (Rihanna, Katy Perry) and Shane McAnally (Kacey Musgraves, Sam Hunt) — produce the songwriters to creatively adapt their songs to perfectly fit Macklemore’s style. One song is chosen to be recorded by Macklemore and released for a global audience the same night.
 
NOVA: The Planets: “Ice Worlds”
PBS, 9pm
In the far reaches of the solar system, Uranus and Neptune dazzle with unexpected rings, supersonic winds and dozens of moons. And NASA’s New Horizons gets a stunning up-close view of Pluto before venturing deep into the Kuiper Belt.
 
Suits
USA Network, 9pm
Mike Ross is back! Two seasons after leaving to head a firm in Seattle, Patrick J. Adams’ series original is home for a visit, but it’s not all hugs and kisses with former mentor Harvey (Gabriel Macht). “I’m coming in with something against one of their clients, so yeah, we get to see them go toe-to-toe,” Adams says. But which movie will they quote?
 
Match Game: “Code Blue”
ABC, 10pm
He’s not only your host, but he’s also played a doctor on TV. Alec Baldwin scrubs in to host a very dramatic episode, and you don’t need a second opinion! Celebrity panelists include Joel McHale (Dr. Matthew Maker on Dimension 404 — it was one memorable episode, but it counts!), Mayim Bialik (Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory), Kal Penn (Dr. Lawrence Kutner on House), Sarah Chalke (Dr. Elliot Reid on Scrubs), Donald Faison (Dr. Christopher Turk on Scrubs) and Bebe Neuwirth (Dr. Lilith Sternin on Cheers and Frasier).
 
The Strongest Man in History: “Revolutionary Strongmen”
History, 10pm
Season Finale!
The strongmen travel to Virginia to take on the unbelievable feats of strength of the American Revolution. It’s the U.K. versus the U.S. once again as they race to see who can throw a ton of tea into a harbor and carry an actual cannon off a battlefield.
 
The InBetween: “Monsters and Angels”
NBC, 10pm
Tom (Paul Blackthorne) and Damien (Justin Cornwell) investigate the murder of a young schoolteacher, only to discover that her killer is someone very close to home. Cassie (Harriet Dyer) realizes that she must deal with Ed Roven once and for all.
 
David Makes Man
OWN, 10pm
New Series!
David (Akili McDowell) is a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is his hardworking mother’s only hope to escape poverty. Haunted by the death of his closest friend, he must choose between the South Florida streets that raised him and the higher education that may offer him a way out.
 
Thursday, Aug. 15
Little League Baseball World Series
ESPN & ESPN2, beginning at 1pm Live
Action from the Little League Baseball World Series tournament in Williamsport, Pa., opens with four games between regional champions airing across ESPN and ESPN2. The tournament airs on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC through Aug. 25.
 
The Outpost: “Because She’s Worth It”
The CW, 8pm
Talon (Jessica Green) and Zed (guest star Reece Ritchie) leave on a quest to Talon’s childhood home. Meanwhile, Tobin (guest star Aaron Fontaine) proves his worth to Gwynn (Imogen Waterhouse), Janzo (Anand Desai-Barochia) experiments with plaguelings and Naya’s (guest star Amita Suman) Prime Order connections return to haunt her.
 
NFL Preseason: Oakland at Arizona
ESPN, 8pm Live
Week 2 of the NFL preseason has the Oakland Raiders at the Arizona Cardinals on ESPN.
 
MasterChef: “Pigging Out”
FOX, 8pm
After the home cooks are introduced to this week’s inspiration, “Marley the Pig,” judge Aarón Sánchez teaches them his family’s chorizo sausage recipe. Then, the amateur cooks have 60 minutes to create a tasty dish using their own homemade sausage.
 
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series: UNOH 200
FS1, 8:30pm Live
Expect Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton and Austin Hill to be among the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series drivers in the running for the season championship as the playoffs get underway tonight at Bristol Motor Speedway.
 
Family Food Fight
ABC, 9pm
Season Finale!
The final two family teams must pull out their best culinary moves as they face an amuse-bouche challenge that will be tasted and judged by some familiar faces. Then, in their final task as competitors, the families will take on a 60-45-30 challenge, requiring them to utilize ingredients handpicked by the judges, while delicately balancing difficult time restrictions. Only one family will take home the $100,000 prize.
 
Million Dollar Listing New York: “Tech-nical Difficulties”
Bravo, 9pm
Ryan pitches his brand new Chelsea townhouse as a smart-home paradise for tech enthusiasts, but soon finds himself squaring off with Steve’s boss in a tense negotiation. Luis and Ronita explore the idea of reuniting to become business partners and realize that the last two years apart have changed both of their lives professionally and personally.
 
Ax Men: “Whiteout”
History, 9pm
A breakdown forces Jason Rygaard to choose between his crew’s safety and finishing the job. Frank Harkness is caught in a whiteout while moving the excavator on a narrow mountainside logging road. Wade Etienne finally tests his six-wheel, custom-fabricated log hauler, and Buckin’ Billy tests his son, Hogan, on a solo cutting mission 100 feet above the ground.
 
Hollywood Game Night: “The Anchorman and the Wrestlers”
NBC, 9pm
Two contestants step into the Hollywood Game Night ring with wrestlers Brie Bella and Nikki Bella, and celebrity guests Lester Holt, Chris Sullivan, Michael Ealy and Natasha Leggero to win the $25,000 grand prize. Emmy Award-winning host Jane Lynch leads two teams in playing comical party games I Love a Charade, Smash the Buzzer and the new game Dazed & Reviewed.
 
Elementary
CBS, 10pm
Series Finale!
Detective drama Elementary concludes its seven-season run with the series finale episode “Their Last Bow.” While Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) battle with tech billionaire Odin Reichenbach (James Frain), they receive word of their old enemy and Holmes’ former flame, Jamie Moriarty (Natalie Dormer).
 
Alone: “Thin Ice”
History, 10pm
The Arctic cold hits in full force, freezing the lake and cutting the survivalists off from valuable resources. The participants are forced to form new strategies, all while risking frostbite and hypothermia. In desperation, one survivalist turns to a gruesome food source, while another starts to slip mentally, tipping them towards the breaking point.
 
Friday, Aug. 16
Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time
Amazon Prime Video
Jim Gaffigan brings his signature everyman brand of humor to Prime Video in the streaming service’s first ever standup special, which is directed by Gaffigan’s wife and writing partner, Jeannie.
 
Love After Lockup
WE tv, 9pm
New Episodes!
Six more couples, each with one partner just released from prison, join returning duo Angela and Tony on the relationship roller coaster in the reality series’ return. Oh, and three of the new twosomes came together as pen pals!
 
The UnXplained: “Bizarre Rituals”
History, 10pm
This episode of the William Shatner-hosted series examines the hidden power of ancient practices such as prayer, blood sports, voodoo and exorcism.
 
Killjoys: “A Bout, a Girl”
Syfy, 10pm
Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) enters the deadly Supermax prison fights for a chance to take over the prison ship.

Saturday, Aug. 17
Cook With Your Kids
Food Network, 7am
The Pioneer Woman, The Kitchen and Trisha’s Southern Kitchen are all new in this junior-friendly seven-hour block of culinary fare.

Off the Deep End Weekend
Syfy, beginning at 9am
Today and tomorrow, Syfy airs many of your favorite Syfy shark movies, including all six movies of the Sharknado franchise, surrounding tonight’s premiere of the Ian Ziering-led original movie Zombie Tidal Wave.
 
Addiction Unplugged: “Ground Zero of the Crisis”
A&E, 1pm
New Series!
Ohio has become ground zero for the United States opioid epidemic. This episode explores the reasons why, as an unfettered prescribing of pain medications, the strategic geographical distribution appeal of the state and the massive influx of black tar heroin have become catalysts of the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history.
 
Welcome Back, Kotter
Antenna TV, 1pm
A back-to-school marathon of the ’70s sitcom collects 18 big episodes for John Travolta’s lovable Sweathog, Vinnie Barbarino — from the pilot to the actor’s memorable exit, delivering a baby in an elevator.
 
Major League Baseball
FS1, beginning at 4pm Live
FS1’s Saturday MLB doubleheader has the Houston Astros at the Oakland A’s, followed by the Milwaukee Brewers at the Washington Nationals.
 
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live
The steeply banked, .533-mile short track at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee provides a 500-lap endurance test for Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin and other top Cup Series drivers tonight.
 
V.C. Andrews’ Gates of Paradise
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!
Heaven’s daughter Annie (Lizzie Boys) finds herself orphaned and injured, and Tony Tatterton (Jason Priestley) whisks her away to Farthinggale Manor to recuperate. While there, Annie mourns the loss of her parents and her separation from her beloved half brother (Keenan Tracey), suffers under the care of a tyrannical nurse (Daphne Zuniga), and discovers her family’s final secrets.
 
A Summer Romance
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
Erin Krakow stars as Sam Walker, whose family’s ranch in Bighorn County, Mont., is struggling and facing foreclosure. When a New York real estate developer (Ryan Paevey) shows up to buy it, she isn’t interested in hearing the offer of the “city slicker.” But as he tries to win her trust and her ranch, Sam finds he might also be winning her heart.
 
Zombie Tidal Wave
Syfy, 9pm
Original Film!
With no more Sharknados to battle, the star of that former cult Syfy film franchise, Ian Ziering, is moving on to fighting the undead. Ziering stars in and also produces this flick about a zombie-slinging tidal wave that hits a small town, causing maritime mayhem. The film is directed by Sharknado franchise helmer Anthony C. Ferrante and is being seen as “the first of many installments,” according to a Syfy release.
 


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