What to Watch This Weekend: The Strain, the Series Premieres of The Knick and Outlander, and the Teen Choice Awards

What to watch on Friday, August 8...

12 pm Eastern, Nick.com
The Legend of Korra
What’s this? Korra and Asami caught in the cruel clutches of the Earth Queen? Can they break free of her fearsome forces, or will they face the fallout of their faux felonies in Ba Sing Se? Tune in to “Long Live the Queen” to find out—same Avatar-time, same Avatar-channelwebsite!

8:30pm, Disney
Girl Meets World
An unexpected party invitation for Riley may prove less desirable than it seems in “Girl Meets Popular.”

8:55pm, Disney
Mickey Mouse
Eager to sail the high seas, Mickey turns to his most nautical chum in “Donald the Sailor.” But the duck may not be as competent a captain as his attire would lead you to believe.

9pm, Disney
Gravity Falls
“Into the Bunker” sends the gang into a spooky shelter—but even more unnerving for Dipper is the prospect of spilling his true feelings for Wendy at last.

L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin
This documentary from The L Word producer Ilene Chaiken profiles the bigotry and hardships faced by gay women living in conservative communities in the deep South.

SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, Cinemax
The Knick
Clive Owen stars as an early 20th century surgeon in this medical drama from director Steven Soderbergh. “Method and Madness” begins the proceedings with the good doctor facing pressure to name a black colleague as his assistant chief.

SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm & 10:30pm, HBO
Jonah From Tonga
Chris Lilley spins off his Summer Heights High character Jonah in this six-episode series, which finds the ne’er-do-well teen expelled and shipped off to live with his uncle in the Polynesian nation.

SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 10:30pm, Pivot
Please Like Me
Josh resumes his ongoing attempts to not make a complete dunderhead of himself in social situations. According to a preview clip on Pivot’s website, there’s some awkwardness at a party, which will presumably occur in this week’s episode.

– Jeff Bridges, Ali Larter, and Andy Woodhull on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Daniel Radcliffe and Cathy Ladman on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 1:07am, CBS


What to watch on Saturday, August 9...

A World War II combat nurse is whisked back in time to 18th century Scotland in this adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling book series. “Sassenach” kicks off the fish-out-of-chronal-water adventure with Claire’s arrival in the year 1743 and her prompt abduction by Highlanders.

9pm, AMC
Hell on Wheels
Cullen squares off with the Swede even as he concocts a cunning plan to quit Fort Smith. Elsewhere in “Escape from the Garden,” Cheyenne greets the arrival of a new enemy.

10pm, Logo
Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
Chloe issues June’s one-year roomie evaluation in “The D,” and the results are bleak. Hoping to boost her grade by stoking her love life, June strikes up a courtship with the assistant to James’ agent.


What to watch on Sunday, August 10...

Breaking Bad
Because it can’t crack a 1.0 rating unless zombies or meth are involved, AMC presents its umpteenth full-series Breaking Bad-athon, filling the hours of 5pm to 1am every Sunday until October 5. Episodes will be preceded by never-before-aired interviews with cast and crew, including that bald guy who said that cool thing you like and that other bald guy who said that other cool thing you like.

8pm, Fox
Teen Choice 2014
Tyler Posey and Sarah Hyland host the 16th annual celebration of whatever the heck it is the kids are into these days, held live at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium (tape-delayed on the West Coast). Jason Derulo, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Lucy Hale are among the whippersnappers scheduled to appear.

9pm, Lifetime
Witches of East End
Freya relives a former life with Killian—though in a dramatically puzzling twist, it’s a life wherein she was a ficus. Elsewhere in “Boogie Knight,” Dash whips up a spell at work without thinking through the results, Joanna turns to an old friend for help, and Wendy and Freddie team up to thwart the Mandragora.

9pm, CBS
In “Throwing Shade,” the murder of an old friend who had been managing a mayoral campaign dredges up ghosts from Eliot’s past. Though one of those ghosts does remember where he lost that pair of sunglasses back in ‘08, so y’know, it’s not all bad.

9pm, HBO
True Blood
Sookie risks her life to save Bill, Violet plots sweet revenge, and Eric deliberates on the best way to finish things with Sarah. Meanwhile in “Almost Home,” Lettie Mae and Lafayette try to enlist Rev. Daniels in their search for Tara.

9pm, BBC America
The Musketeers
The boys clash with the Red Guards when they’re charged with apprehending a murderous regional intendant in “The Challenge.” There’s only one way to settle the ongoing rivalry between these two proud groups: a series of field day games culminating in an epic tug-of-war over a mud pit.

10pm, FX
The Strain
Eph throws his support behind Setrakian’s drive for a quarantine in “Runaways,” which sadly does not appear to also feature a group of super-powered teenagers and their pet velociraptor. In other dire developments, Palmer’s plan is jeopardized by a medical emergency, and Fet has a strange encounter in the subway, even by the usual standards of the New York City subway.

10pm, TNT
Falling Skies
The 2nd Mass tries to recover from a devastating attack that left Maggie at death’s door in “A Thing With Feathers.” Elsewhere, Tom and Dingaan’s only hope of escaping a jam rests with an enemy vessel.

10pm, WGN America
The community is rocked by a tragic loss in “The Hive,” and a new raft of security measures does nothing to lessen the stress on the scientists.

10pm, Showtime
Masters of Sex
Masters pays the cost for continuing his study in “Giants,” while things between Johnson and DePaul remain tense. Meanwhile, Robert confronts Libby about her treatment of Coral, and Betty rekindles things with a former flame.

10pm, HBO
The Leftovers
Kevin orders an APB when he learns his father has busted out of the psychiatric hospital in “Solace for Tired Feet,” and Tom receives unsettling news of his own while laying low in Indiana. In more uplifting endeavors, Jill aims to break an endurance record, possibly the one for “Most Consecutive Episodes of Under the Dome Watched Without Saying ‘Oh, Come On!’” (That record is half an episode.)


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