What to watch on Monday, July 8...
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Two 1976 appearances, by Doris Day and Charlton Heston, lead off this week’s batch of interviews from the Tonight Show archives. Those are followed by sit-downs with popular Saturday Night Live star Chevy Chase (1986), popular Saturday Night Live host Steve Martin (1979), and popular Saturday Night Live viewer, probably, Tony Curtis (1973).
8pm, ABC Family
Switched at Birth
Everyone knows that Daphne and Bay inadvertently wound up in the care of one another’s biological parents early in life—that they were “switched at birth,” if you will. But what “Ecce Mono” presupposes is... what if they weren’t? What if both girls had been brought up by the Kennish clan? Daphne, a spoiled conniver with a cochlear implant and no knowledge of ASL. Bay, an academic overachiever with an inferiority complex. ABC Family, a network confused that it greenlit a series whose title has nothing to do with its concept.
SEASON 20 PREMIERE, 8:30pm, BBC America
The eternal rivalry between car and boat is reignited once again as the twentieth season revs up. Jeremy and James pit their driving prowess against a yacht in a race up the New Zealand coast.
9pm, ABC Family
“Saturday” finds the family welcoming some disapproving dinner guests: Lexi’s parents and Stef’s father, whose conservative views spark tension. Elsewhere, Callie checks out a foster-kid-centric therapy group, and Mike jeopardizes Brandon’s important piano audition.
SERIES PREMIERE, 9pm, NBC
Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls
The eccentric outdoorsman hosts this reality competition series which pits 10 two-person teams against the hundreds upon hundreds of things in nature that want them dead. In the opener, the pairs are deposited on New Zealand’s scenic and pitilessly lethal South Island, where they’re immediately assaulted by laser-mounted kiwis and beetles the size of Range Rovers and all other manner of indigenous, pissed-off fauna.
Jim delves into the world of Florida’s Roma populace to investigate a murder with ritualistic traits in “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.” Back home, his father pays a surprising visit—all the more surprising because, in keeping with the episode’s Cher theme, he arrives in her outfit from the video for “If I Could Turn Back Time.”
SEASON 1 FINALE, 9pm, Syfy
The mayoral election is underway in “Everything Is Broken,” and nothing less than who gets to cut the ribbon on the town’s new combination rec center/fro-yo stand is on the line. Meanwhile, Nolan is menaced by ghosts from his past and Irisa agonizes over the course of her future.
SEASON 4 FINALE, 10pm, Syfy
What’s this? Paracelsus closing in on immortality? The stalwart squad stymied by Artie’s secrecy and Myka’s sickness? Can our heroes regroup in time to apprehend the ensorcelling alchemist? Tune in to “The Truth Hurts” to find out—same Warehouse-time, same Warehouse-channel!
Stranded in seedy digs in “Motel California,” Scott and the crew find themselves on the receiving end of some grade-A weirdness, and I don’t just mean the overly friendly Magic Fingers or the super-loud ice machine. Does their shadowy new adversary have plans for them? Deadly plans?
Under the Dome
Junior seizes on the bright idea of tunneling under the dome, so perhaps showrunner (and Lost veteran) Brian K. Vaughan is taking the Nikki-and-Paolo route and burying the show’s most hateable character/storyline with unabashed literalness. In the other goings-on of “Manhunt,” Big Jim drafts Barbie into the peacekeeping fold after an ex-deputy goes rogue.
King & Maxwell
In “Loved Ones,” the suicide of a former colleague’s son raises King’s suspicions. When he and Maxwell look into the tragedy, they stumble upon a killer striking at ex-Secret Service agents through their families.
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, BBC America
Dangerman: The Incredible Mr. Goodwin
Amid the inhospitable deserts of California, Jonathan Goodwin tests his escape artist bonafides against a stunt that thrice flummoxed Harry Houdini. Other examples of extreme escapification in the series debut include a toxic traipse through a South London ballroom and a handcuff trick involving a helicopter and a trapeze.
– Armie Hammer, Angie Harmon, Brent Morin on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Charlie Day, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Lionel Richie on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Michael Cera on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Mary-Louise Parker, Idris Elba, and RHYE on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Jeff Daniels, Nick Swardson, Jeff Musial, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Heather Locklear and Louie Anderson on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS