What to watch on Friday, August 2...
SEASON 20 PREMIERE, 8pm, The CW
America’s Next Top Model
What does it take to rise to the peak of the pretty people profession in America? Looks? Sure. Moxie? You’re damn right. But it takes more than that, kid. It takes a dream—a dream that only Tyra Banks, The CW, and a ragtag band of social media voters can make come true, starting with this season’s two-hour launch. Now that the contestants include both male and female fashion plates, a shot at the summit takes twice the guts and three times the gumption. Capice?
SEASON 1 FINALE, 8:30pm (make sure your DVR is aware!), Disney
“Gideon Rises” in the first season finale, after the enfant terrible connives his way into control of the Mystery Shack. With Dipper, Mable, and Stan forced to shack up with Soos and his grandma, can the Pines twins outwit the pint-sized pest and save their family?
Ike’s all set to take charge of the Havana hotels in “...And Your Enemies Closer,” though it strains his bond with Victor. Of course, that may be moot if Klein succeeds in his plot to annihilate Ike with the gambling bill’s passage imminent.
With Julian on the loose in “Seconds,” what steps will Kiera take to nip his nefariousness in the bud? And will she take those steps more successfully than the would-be assassin whose bullet finds Alec’s mother instead?
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, Discovery
Delve into the seedy underbelly of Boston with this reality show tracing the ruthless power struggles among the Southie, Rosalind, and Dorchester criminal networks. “Rival Crews” opens the series with a look at illegal sports gambling rackets.
– Meredith Viera, Jim Norton, and Charlie Worsham on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Bryan Cranston, Common, Miranda Hart, and Robin Thicke on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Josh Wolf and Georgia King on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
What to watch on Saturday, August 3...
10am, Cartoon Network
Beware the Batman
Tidbits from Katana’s past are revealed in “Safe,” like her involvement with the League of Assassins and that whole thing where she swiped the Soultaker Sword from them. Standard fourth-date backstory, really.
MARATHON/SERIES FINALE, 6pm, Syfy
Look, Zero Hour, Do No Harm, we’ll get to you. But this here? This is no mere burn-off of a one-and-done series. This is shooting a show down in flames. Syfy gets a head start on primetime to throw the series’ last five episodes on the pyre. Lightning round time:
– At 6pm, “Kuji” sends Anwar on a treasure hunt, and the loot he unearths contains a woman claiming to be a god.
– At 7pm, “Eye of the Tiger” pits Sinbad against Clubber Lang in... wait, nope, sorry, Sinbad and the crew are in search of a mystical stone with prophetic powers.
– At 8pm, “For Whom the Egg Shatters” tasks Tiger with ensuring safe transport of a huge egg which must stay wet so it doesn’t hatch—or what we in the animal husbandry business call a “reverse-Gremlin.”
– At 9pm, “Fiend or Friend?” is the question surrounding Gunnar when an island town accuses him of being the horrific beastie that’s wreaking havoc left and right.
– And at 10pm, “Land of the Dead” is the last stop on this voyage, and the home of strange and terrible secrets that will inform your Sinbad: Season 2 fanfic Tumblr.
SERIES FINALE, 8pm & 9pm, ABC
After tonight, you won’t have ZESE CLOCKS to kick around anymore. The swan song begins at 8pm with “Ratchet,” in which the search for Rachel apparently comes up empty... until Hank finds inspiration in a magical dream! Then at 9pm, “Spring” finds Team Hank at the doorstep of New Jerusalem, where Lynch’s fiendish plan becomes clear and the fate of the world hangs in the balance, as it tends to do in situations like this.
Do No Harm
In “Six Feet Deep,” Ruben enlists some thugs to nab a sample of Ian’s spinal fluid, which I guess is important to Ruben for reasons I refuse to try to understand.
10pm, BBC America
Mr. Rook beseeches the gang to wolf-sit for him in “The Greater Good.” Their furry charge Bobby has been sequestered from society for decades, so it’s up to Tom to help him reorient to the outside world.
What to watch on Sunday, August 4...
LIVE, 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern, BBC America
Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor
Who will take the reins of the TARDIS next? Idris Elba? Dame Maggie Smith? His Royal Babyness George, Prince of Cambridge? Zoe Ball hosts a live special anointing the twelfth Doctor, including interviews with showrunner Steven Moffat and outgoing Doc Matt Smith.
SEASON 4 PREMIERE, 8pm, ABC
Another year of high-profile noblesse oblige kicks off with Anne Beiler, the founder of food court staple Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, assisting various charitable and grassroots organizations throughout Baltimore. Tune in to find out who ABC got to perform “Way Down in the Hole” for the opening credits.
Live, 8pm ET, NBC
Sunday Night Football
Canton, OH hosts the annual Hall of Fame exhibition game, this year pitting the Dallas Cowboys against the Miami Dolphins.
SEASON 3 FINALE, 9pm, AMC
One of the least likely renaissance seasons in recent memory wraps up with a two-part finale. Sarah searches for a measure of peace in “From Up Here,” but it’s not long before a troubling new case is on the detectives’ docket. Then in “The Road to Hamelin,” an adversary uses Holder’s history against him while Sarah risks everything in the wake of a loved one’s disappearance.
Dex keeps tabs on a juvenile psychopath, thought it’s anyone’s guess whether he’s targeting the kid or scouting for a protege now that Showtime wants to squeeze out a spin-off. The logline for “A Little Reflection” also insists that “Dexter and Debra get back to normal,” which seems to be putting the word “normal” through more acrobatics than a Wallenda family reunion.
Drop Dead Diva
After alleging the Miss Universal Globe competition was fixed, a contestant is stripped of her crown in “Miss Congeniality.” As Jane and Grayson take her case, Kim represents her estranged dad, who’s lost his little league coaching gig. Out of court, Stacy campaigns to Jane on behalf of Owen’s sperm.
Sookie considers mediating for Bill and Warlow, Jason and Violet bond in vamp camp, and Alcide makes a choice with direct consequences for Sam and Nicole. Elsewhere in “Dead Meat,” Sarah takes drastic steps to keep TruBlood pumping, and a traumatized Eric quashes Adylin’s evening on the town.
In “Unintended Consequences,” Maggie insists everything’s copacetic following her trip to Africa, but Rebecca remains unswayed. On the reporting front, Mac lashes out at Jim after he secures a key interview for Hallie. And the Will McAvoy Insufferability Index hits “Orange” when his tactless tack with an on-air guest jeopardizes Neal and Jerry’s access to Occupy Wall Street.
10pm, BBC America
Corcoran’s investigation hits a wall while Freeman wages a one-man war against the plague that's bedeviling Five Points in “The Hope Too Bright to Last.” Meanwhile, Elizabeth assists the Morehouse business, and Donovan allies with Eva Heissen.
SEASON 3 FINALE, 10pm, TNT
Good news, everyone! In “Brazil,” the 2nd Mass has obliterated a key Espheni base by using SCIENCE! Ehh whaaa? More extraterrestrial bad guys showing up? And the fate of everyone still alive on Earth endangered as a result? Bad news, everyone!
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