What to watch on Thursday, July 18...
The competitors test their prowess with primitive weapons like the Wooden Sword, the Fire Flower, and the rudimentary Arm Cannon. Later in “Endurance,” they venture through an underground cave fraught with Standards-and-Practices-approved dangers.
SEASON 12 PREMIERE, 9pm, Lifetime
“Sky’s the Limit” for the 16 ambitious aesthetes who receive their first challenge on an airport runway: Design lofty looks using the materials that make up a parachute.
SERIES FINALE, 9pm, A&E
The family of a young man, including his guilt-ridden father, hopes to rescue him from a debilitating drug habit that has warped his gregarious spirit into desperate hustling and theft.
It’s time for another eviction round, or as it’s known around the CBS legal department, the Feast of One Less Potential Lawsuit.
In “Detour,” Flynn and Vega search for the throttler of a mortgage broker found dead in a parking lot. Y’know, you don’t see a lot of stranglings any more in this day of gritty, gory TV serial killers. It’s nice to see some folks still respect the classics.
When you’re a spy show, you’ve got to be up-to-speed on cutting-edge technology. Michael and Fiona certainly are, which comes in handy when they pose as hackers to infiltrate a network of evil programmers and swipe info for Sonya in “All or Nothing.” Meanwhile, Sam and Jesse help Barry find his former flame.
Hollywood Game Night
This week’s party game participants are Valerie Bertinelli, Cheryl Hines, Sarah Chalke, Yvette Nicole Brown, Rob Riggle, and Matthew Morrison. I’m setting the over/under at 20 minutes before Riggle clocks Mr. Schue upside the head for warbling the Pictionary clues instead of just talking normally.
This is your brain. [Holds up egg.] This is your brain on drugs. [Fries egg.] This is your brain on drugs that are laced with lethal bacteria, like the ones Andy and Marlo confiscate in “Poison Pill.” [Adds bacon.] Hang on... this PSA has inadvertently become both confusing and delicious. Anyway, kids, drugs are bad, bacteria’s worse, and Swarek and company have to rid the city of both while Andy and Marlo get too close for comfort during the decontamination process. Any questions?
Robbing SoCal’s most ruthless drug cartel won’t be easy—in fact it sounds pretty goddamn foolhardy, though I’m not a professional undercover TV cop—but Mike and Bello have a cunning plan to do just that in “Hair of the Dog.” According to the synopsis, they’ll require the help of Johnny’s “unique underwater skills.” Fun fact: Johnny is an eight-time Ventura County Apple-Bobbing Champ.
Sullivan & Son
“Rumspringa” brings a young Amish lass to the bar, where Owen makes it his mission to shield the sojourner from harm, temptation, and wacky sitcom misunderstandings. In more freewheeling proceedings, Ok Cha experiences the thrill of owning a credit card and the agony of traffic collisions with NASCAR drivers.
Wilfred and Ryan put their heads together to pick out Jenna’s birthday gift in “Delusion.” Who wants to get her a lovely dinette set, and who wants to get her some mystery crap that was dug up in the backyard? The answer may surprise you.
– Jeff Garlin, Olivia Munn, and Pete Holmes on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Snoop Lion on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Sarah Vowell on The Daily Show, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Jeff Bridges on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Anthony Hopkins, Amy Schumer, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Liev Schreiber, Adam Newman, and Cold War Kids on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Ryan Reynolds, Bob Saget, Fall Out Boy, and Michael Winslow on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Jeffrey Tambor and Cristela Alonzo on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS