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SUNDAY JULY 20, 2014

Guilty at 17
7 p.m. on LIFE

In this new original drama, a classmate persuades Traci (Erin Saunders), a 17-year-old high school student, to falsely claim that she saw her teacher sexually harassing the classmate. Traci is devastated, however, after a scandal breaks and the teacher loses his job, then subsequently commits suicide. Struggling with her guilt, Traci eventually opens up to June (Alex Paxton-Beesley), a new substitute teacher, not knowing that June is really the dead man's daughter, trying to uncover the truth. Catherine Dent and Michael Woods also star.

The Simpsons
8 p.m. on FOX

Should anyone wonder about the inspiration for the series' 550th episode, "Brick Like Me," just remember there was a big theatrical hit titled "The Lego Movie." Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) feels the effect directly here, since he finds himself in a world where everyone else is made of the toy pieces. It might be a child's dream, but it's a nightmare for Homer, who's desperate to get back to the Springfield he knows.

MLB Baseball
8 p.m. on ESPN

Two teams entertaining postseason hopes in the season's second half clash tonight at Busch Stadium, where Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals close out a three-game home series against Yasiel Puig and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cards ran into a buzz saw known as the Dodgers pitching staff the last time these teams met in late June, getting shut out twice and scoring only four runs in four games, three of which were won by the homestanding Dodgers.

9 p.m. on CBS

Jamie and Roy (Anna Wood, Cam Gigandet) become partners in trying to clear two football players of allegedly killing their coach in the new episode "Blind Sides." Jamie also has a crisis both personal and professional to deal with, having spotted Preston (Adam Rodriguez) on the controversial tape involving Lee Anne Marcus (Georgina Haig). Linda Purl, Susan Walters ("The Vampire Diaries") and GregAlan Williams ("Baywatch") guest star.

Masterpiece Mystery!
9 p.m. on PBS

Three seemingly unrelated cases may prove to be connected after all in the new episode "Endeavour, Season 2: Neverland." Morse and Thursday (Shaun Evans, Roger Allam) probe a boy's disappearance, a reporter's death and an inmate's escape. Possible links that aren't apparent at first eventually reveal themselves. The detectives also investigate alleged corruption within their own ranks, tied to members of high society.

2014 Open Championship
9 p.m. on ESPN2

A champion will be crowned today at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England, where final round action takes place in the 2014 Open Championship - otherwise known as the British Open. Last year, Phil Mickelson had what he called the best Sunday he ever had at a major, birdying four of the last six holes to come from five shots back and win his first claret jug.

Food Network Star
9 p.m. on FOOD

For a new episode called "One of a Kind Experience," the remaining finalists are divided into two teams, each of which is tasked with creating a memorable and appealing meal for the selection committee and special guest Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller magic fame. Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay are the hosts.

True Blood
9 p.m. on HBO

In the new episode "Lost Cause," an exhausted Sookie (Anna Paquin) finds herself coerced into hosting a "festive" mainstreaming party in Bon Temps. Pam and Eric (Kristin Bauer van Straten, Alexander Skarsgard) attend a fundraiser while searching for an elusive adversary in Dallas. Andy (Chris Bauer) makes a life-altering decision, while the relationship between Jessica and James (Deborah Ann Woll, Nathan Parsons) reaches a crossroads. Bill (Stephen Moyer) reflects nostalgically on his human life.

Witches of East End
9 p.m. on LIFE

Freya (Jenna Dewan Tatum) tracks down Killian (Daniel DiTomasso), while Ingrid (Rachel Boston) makes preparations to move out. Dash (Eric Winter) hatches a revenge plot after discovering the identity of his blackmailer. Joanna and Wendy (Julia Ormond, Madchen Amick) tail Frederick (Christian Cooke) in a bid to understand his true motives in the new episode "The Old Man and the Key."

The Last Ship
9 p.m. on TNT

As Rachel (Rhona Mitra) nears a turning point in developing a vaccine, she joins a small team headed by Chandler and Slattery (Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin) heading into the Nicaraguan jungle to find test animals for her drug trials. Instead, they cross paths with a ruthless former drug kingpin determined to maintain his hold over his oppressed "subjects" in the new episode "El Toro."

10 p.m. on CBS

A case forces Carrie (Poppy Montgomery) to come clean about personal demons in the new episode "Cashing Out." When a murder victim turns out to have been a fellow player at an illegal casino, she risks her career by confessing her knowledge of the person. She also gets the chance to redeem herself by returning to the gambling operation to get clues about the killer. "American Idol" alum Constantine Maroulis guest stars.

10 p.m. on ABC

Guest star James Brolin returns as Castle's (Nathan Fillion) father in "Deep Cover," advising his son and Beckett (Stana Katic) against taking a certain case. It involves a murdered computer hacker (guest star Greg Kuk) who spent freely, though his regular pay as a video-store employee didn't support such a lifestyle. Castle and Beckett continue to map out their wedding and honeymoon plans. Susan Sullivan and Penny Johnson Jerald also star.

The Strain
10 p.m. on FX

As the four survivors from the plane begin manifesting strange symptoms, a government-imposed disinformation campaign to quell public panic interferes with Eph and Nora's (Cory Stoll, Mia Maestro) attempt to quarantine them in the new episode "The Box." In his jail cell, Setrakian (David Bradley) receives a surprise visit from an old acquaintance. On second thought, make that a VERY old acquaintance. Richard Sammel also stars.

The Leftovers
10 p.m. on HBO

When a holiday display goes missing, Kevin (Justin Theroux) scrambles to find out who is responsible. Christine and Tom (Annie Q, Chris Zylka) run into trouble at a hospital, then again on the road. Kevin collects an unexpected detainee from a nearby police station and gets some surprise visitors at home as well. The Guilty Remnants put their unmistakable stamp on the holiday season. Amy Brenneman also stars in the new episode "B.J. and the A.C."

The Lottery
10:01 p.m. on LIFE

This new sci-fi suspense series is set in 2025 America, where the human race is threatened by extinction, not from a plague or a zombie apocalypse, but from a mysterious biological phenomenon that has stopped women from having children. After a brilliant young scientist (Marley Shelton) manages to fertilize 100 human eggs, the government immediately seizes her lab and announces that surrogates to carry the embryos will be selected by a national lottery. Martin Donovan, David Alpay and Michael Graziadei also star.

Falling Skies
10:01 p.m. on TNT

After Tom (Noah Wyle) rescues Matt (Maxim Knight) from the Espheni Youth Camp, he runs into a pair of mysterious strangers, who attack his family and then force him to join them on a violent journey in the new episode "Mind Wars." Hal (Drew Roy) tries to lead the remaining Volm and 2nd Mass to safety, despite overwhelming odds against him. A disagreement between Lexi and Anne (Scarlett Byrne, Moon Bloodgood) leads to dangerous consequences.

10:30 p.m. on PBS

Freddie (Ian McKellen) enjoys the taste of the nightlife he gets in the new "Episode 4." Ash's (Iwan Rheon) new job opens Freddie and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) to a colorful and energetic change in atmosphere. After taking to it so well, Freddie goes back for more the next night with some of Ash's friends. He's dismayed to find that it isn't quite the same the second time around, though.

MONDAY JULY 21, 2014

2 Broke Girls
8 p.m. on CBS

Good intentions backfire on Caroline (Beth Behrs) in "And the Piece of Sheet." She delves into her joint account with Max (Kat Dennings) to buy hair extensions, but she feels more guilty than satisfied. She's prompted to buy a new bed set for Max, then donates the old one to charity - not realizing Max had a sentimental attachment to her old pillowcase. The two ladies then try to retrieve it.

The Bachelorette
8 p.m. on ABC

By now, followers of this series surely know what it means when "The Men Tell All." With Andi Dorfman down to the final two contenders for her heart, the suitors she's dismissed along the way pour their own hearts out to host Chris Harrison and a studio audience in this new episode. As usual, rivalries and resentments resurface among the fellows - most of whom truly were stunned when they failed to receive roses from Dorfman and were sent packing.

Antiques Roadshow
8 p.m. on PBS

The new episode "Vintage Salt Lake City" marks another 15-years-later return for the program. The Utah city is the setting for reappraisals of prisoner-of-war items from the Napoleonic era, which have increased in value by roughly a fifth since 1999. The same applies to the Mormon certificate of gratitude and bead-laden Kiowa objects that are surveyed. Mark L. Walberg is the host.

Switched at Birth
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on FAM

Sensing that Daphne and Bay (Katie Leclerc, Vanessa Marano) are feeling anxious, John (D.W. Moffett) suggests taking a road trip into Chicago to help Bay get in touch with her roots by finding her second cousin and to give Daphne a chance to tour some prospective college campuses. The trip takes a wrong turn, however, as Daphne starts to act bratty and Bay receives troubling news about Angelo's (Gilles Marini) family past in the new episode "Girl With Death Mask (She Plays Alone)."

8:30 p.m. on CBS

Christy (Anna Faris) fights the temptation to revert to her old habits when she dates a handsome guy (Nick Zano) who loves to party. Bonnie (Allison Janney) decides her advice is good enough to charge people for and goes into business as a life coach. Matt Jones and Sadie Calvano also star in "Nietzsche and a Beer Run."

8:30 p.m. on CW

Ryan's (Noah Reid) search for Beth takes him and Brandon (Dillon Casey) to her family in the new episode "A-MILF-ey Coast." Her relatives provide what her travel plans were, leading the buddies to her brother (guest star John Paul Ruttan). However, he's not willing to reveal what he knows about her unless he receives a certain type of compensation. That ultimately involves an actress (guest star Maria Cristina Heller) the younger Brandon crushed on.

Mike & Molly
9 p.m. on CBS

Splurging on shoes is not exactly an unknown habit, but Molly (Melissa McCarthy) finds she needs to get it under control in "Shoeless Molly Flynn." Mike (Billy Gardell) isn't happy about the amount she spends on footwear, and unless she curbs it, it could spell trouble for their marriage. Reno Wilson, Katy Mixon and Swoosie Kurtz also star.

American Ninja Warrior
9 p.m. on NBC

The Spider Climb and the Salmon Ladder are among this show's challenges that evidently travel well, since they're among the tests again in the new episode "St. Louis Finals." That city's top 30 competitors try to prove their mettle again, with a possible $500,000 in the offing if they qualify for the finals in Las Vegas. Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila are the hosts.

Hotel Hell
9 p.m. on FOX

Gordon Ramsay visits more sites that could use makeovers as Season 2 begins with "Meson De Mesilla," taking him to a New Mexico hotel whose manager seems much more interested in a different profession - namely, singing. The not-so-slowly simmering Ramsay's efforts to get her to be more concerned about her guests' needs fall on deaf ears, just as her music might as she tries to emulate Cher.

The Fosters
9 p.m. on FAM

In the new episode "Mother," the Fosters turn to one another for strength after tragedy strikes. After Stef (Teri Polo) confronts him, Mike (Danny Nucci) comes clean about why he was at the halfway house the night Asa disappeared. Brandon (David Lambert) is very uncomfortable when Wyatt (Alex Saxon) comes to him for relationship advice. Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) continues to seethe about how Jesus (Jake T. Austin) dragged her into his girl problems.

Major Crimes
9 p.m. on TNT

After SWAT officers find the bodies of an elderly couple gunned down in their home, the Major Crimes unit races the clock to find their killer, who is stalking the city and taking hostages as he goes in the new episode "Two Options." Jon Tenney, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Bill Brochtrup guest star.

Two and a Half Men
9:30 p.m. on CBS

The focus is on the hilarious Conchata Ferrell, alias this show's Berta, in "This Unblessed Biscuit." The sassy housekeeper is injured on the job, prompting Alan and Walden (Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher) to think in terms of her possible retirement. In turn, that prompts her to think in other terms, summed up in two words: "I quit." Edie McClurg ("Back to School") guest stars.

9:30 p.m. on CW

Worried that Billy (William Ainscough) is far from being too cool for school, Harry (Adam Korson) takes steps to change that in the new episode "Zygite Problems." He seeks Zoey and Michelle's (Stephanie Mills, Amanda Brugel) help in inspiring the youngster. Harry has a problem on another parental front, given Anastasia's (Abby Ross) struggles in her French class, since Jonathan and Janet (Matt Baram, Laura de Carteret) fear her trouble is hereditary.

Under the Dome
10 p.m. on CBS

Matters only get worse as necessary supplies in Chester's Mill continue to dwindle in the new episode "Revelation." Big Jim and Rebecca (Dean Norris, Karla Crome) propose population control as a remedy, and the suggestion draws mixed reactions - as evidenced by those of Barbie and Julia (Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre). Melanie's (Grace Victoria Cox) significance to the Dome becomes clearer. Dwight Yoakam continues his guest role as barber Lyle.

10 p.m. on PBS

It could be one of the "Step Up" movies, but it's for real. The new documentary "Dance for Me" examines the popularity of professional ballroom dancing in Denmark, where Russian teen Egor travels to team with Danish peer Mie in Latin dance competitions. Their combined skills lead them to the championships, where they try to keep personal elements - including their hopes for enduring careers - in check as they vie for the coveted win.

10 p.m. on A&E

On a new episode called "Harvest," a life insurance policy only serves to complicate an investigation into the apparent murder of a farmer. Cady and Branch (Cassidy Freeman, Bailey Chase) travel to Denver in search of a lead that might prove helpful to Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips). Sean (Michael Mosley) delivers an ultimatum to Vic (Katee Sackhoff). Robert Taylor also stars.

Ladies of London
10 p.m. on BRAVO

In the season finale, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," Noelle's loyalty is called into question after the gossip-furled tension between Caprice and Caroline explodes during the latter's dinner party. After that nastiness, tempers cool a bit as Caprice prepares to return to the States, while Caroline's friendship with Juliet continues to grow, but eventually Noelle is forced to choose a side between Caprice and Caroline.

Way Out West
10 p.m. on TRUTV

This new "family docu-soap" takes viewers to the back country of Idaho, where three brothers - each with a successful outfitting business - compete intensely to make sure their own company comes out on top. The series promises not only to introduce its audience to an array of boisterous characters but also to provide an in-depth look at this booming business sector that caters to fishermen, hunters and whitewater rafters.

Murder in the First
10:01 p.m. on TNT

Terry and Hildy (Taye Diggs, Kathleen Robertson) set out to find the truth in the Cindy Strauss murder case after a key witness turns up dead, threatening to undermine the prosecution's case. However, Warren Daniels (James Cromwell), Erich Blunt's (Tom Felton) superstar attorney, sees this new development as an opportunity to prove his client's innocence in the new episode "Suck My Alibi."


8 p.m. on CBS

Due to testify in an Army court martial, a Marine Corps photographer vanishes in "Shooter." Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the team determine the cameraman's last assignment was a study of the homeless in the Washington, D.C., area - and they wonder if he saw something he shouldn't have. Charlie Schlatter ("Diagnosis Murder") and Jeff Branson ("The Young and the Restless") guest star.

Food Fighters
8 p.m. on NBC

Adam Richman is the host of this new competition that pits amateur cooks against professionals. More than edibles are involved, since the more successful the relative novices are, the more cash they can walk away with. Judges determine whose dish is best, and each time a newcomer triumphs over the pros, his or her winnings increase. The series premiere's title, "Elisha Joyce," indicates the participation of that food expert and blogger.

Al Capone: Icon
8 p.m. on PBS

Certain names evoke the word "mobster" immediately, and Al Capone's certainly is one of them. This new special looks back at the more violent aspects of his persona, affirmed by such depictions as Robert De Niro's in "The Untouchables." (Two words: baseball bat.) However, the hour also looks at the more benevolent side of Capone, as with his patronage of soup kitchens and his composition of love songs for his wife - while he was behind bars.

NCIS: Los Angeles
9 p.m. on CBS

Callen and Sam (Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J) fear a stolen antiterrorism device has fallen into the wrong hands in "Fallout." Worse still, they worry it will be used in an attack on Los Angeles, making its immediate recovery imperative. The case has an added aspect for Hetty (Linda Hunt), since it may involve someone from her past. Reggie Austin ("Devious Maids") and Kirk Baltz guest star.

History Detectives Special Investigations
9 p.m. on PBS

The fate of Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa, who vanished almost 40 years ago, has been one of the great modern mysteries. This series' finale, "Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?," puts the show's investigators on the trail via FBI files that recently were declassified. Interviews with some of those in the know also help to build a profile that approximates Hoffa's last hours, and also shines light on what possibly were corrupt uses of the union's pension fund.

The Real Housewives of New York City
9 p.m., 10 p.m. on BRAVO

In the season finale, "The Last Leg," Sonja decides to confront LuAnn and Harry about the night they supposedly spent together. Kristin tries to make connections for a modeling gig. When Aviva returns to the group after an extended absence, insults and accusations start to fly freely.

Rizzoli & Isles
9 p.m. on TNT

While Maura (Sasha Alexander) is away at a convention for medical examiners, Jane (Angie Harmon) tries to solve a "perfect murder" with some help from Susie (guest star Tina Huang), as well as a few crime scene dioramas. Meanwhile, Korsak (Bruce McGill) is forced to deal with some painful unfinished business when he gets a visit from the son of an old friend in the new episode "Knockout."

Underground BBQ Challenge
9 p.m. on TRAV

In the new episode "Austin: Dripping Springs vs. North Loop," host and head judge G. Garvin heads to the hip Texas city to meet this week's teams, led by rock musician David Rodriguez and Chris Nixon, a cowboy. They're both faced with the same challenge, though: transforming brisket into something truly special that represents their respective neighborhoods.

10 p.m. on PBS

"Poor Kids" examines modern American poverty through the eyes of three children living in the Quad Cities, on the border of Iowa and Illinois. The girls try to have as normal childhoods as possible while their families fight financial hardships. The program considers what such plights may mean for the country's future overall, in light of the statistic that one out of every five children in the U.S. is living below the poverty line.

10 p.m. on FOOD

The new episode "Teen Tournament: Part Two" opens with the appetizer round, which starts with cleaning shrimp and slicing jalapenos. Next, it's time to hop to it as the young chefs are tasked with cooking frog-leg entrees. Finally, the dessert round challenges the contestants to combine an iconic New York cookie with a popular kind of nut. Ted Allen is host.

10 p.m. on FX

Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) is completely prepared to challenge the thousands of citizens gathered in the plaza to protest his reign, but Barry (Adam Rayner), determined to find a way to avoid the looming violence and bloodshed, scrambles to put together a summit to calm out-of-control tempers. Jennifer Finnigan also stars in the new episode "Hail Mary."

Little Women: LA
10 p.m. on LIFE

In the season finale, "Here Comes the Bride," Christy makes the very unwelcome discovery that her mother is a true momzilla while they are finalizing their last-minute details for the wedding. Joe and Terra feel compelled to discuss whether the two of them really belong together. The ladies notice Elena isn't drinking and wonder whether a baby may be on the way.

Food Paradise
10 p.m. on TRAV

For a new episode called "BBQ Paradise 3," the show hits the road in search of some of the most mouthwatering barbecue in America. That includes a St. Louis, Mo., eatery's smoky chicken in a tangy white sauce, fall-off-the-bone beef ribs in Austin, Texas, and a plate of smoked brisket in Memphis, Tenn., so tender it practically melts in the mouth.

10:01 p.m. on TNT

After an infant is reported stolen, Moretti (Rachael Leigh Cook) makes an incredibly bizarre discovery when she hunts down the kidnapper. As she and Pierce (Eric McCormack) look into a related murder, they discover that yet another child in distress may be out there somewhere. On a more domestic note, Donnie (Scott Wolf) looks into buying a house in the suburbs in the new episode "Inconceivable." Jeff Branson guest stars.


The Middle
8 p.m. on ABC

Sue (Eden Sher) is looking forward to the new school year now that Axl (Charlie McDermott) won't be around to make her life miserable. The same can't be said for Brick (Atticus Shaffer), who's dreading middle school because of bathroom bullying. Frankie (Patricia Heaton) is jealous when she learns Axl is returning Mike's (Neil Flynn) texts but ignoring hers in "Change in the Air."

My Wild Affair
8 p.m. on PBS

"The Ape Who Went to College" is not just the catchy title of this new episode, it's also the fact when it comes to the hour's subject. That would be Chantek, who was treated just like a human youngster at an American university during the 1970s and 1980s. Educated in sign language at the time, the orangutan now resides among his own at Zoo Atlanta, though his reassimilation wasn't exactly easy.

The Goldbergs
8:30 p.m. on ABC

A school talent show has different family members considering showing off their respective talents in "Kara-Te." Barry (Troy Gentile) intends to display his martial-arts skills, but Murray and Beverly (Jeff Garlin, Wendi McLendon-Covey) have differing opinions about it. Erica (Hayley Orrantia) plans to go a more traditional route by singing, with Pops' (George Segal) support. "Saturday Night Live" alum Tim Meadows guest stars.

Modern Family
9 p.m. on ABC

Espionage - Dunphy- and Pritchett-style, that is - infuses "iSpy." Claire and Phil (Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell) keep an eye on Luke and Manny (Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez) while the boys spend time with a somewhat disreputable friend. Gloria (Sofia Vergara) is angry with Jay (Ed O'Neill) over his dreaming about another woman, though he thinks she's mad about something else. Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) holds back some gossip from Cam (Eric Stonestreet).

Bring It!
9 p.m. on LIFE

In the season premiere, "So You Wanna Be a Doll?," with the new competition season looming, Coach Dianna "Miss D" Williams begins building a new team with annual tryouts, where even veteran dancers must prove they still have the right stuff to be a Dancing Doll. Tamia challenges Camryn for the head co-captain position, while Crystianna battles her nerves as she prepares her very first solo.

9 p.m. on USA

When Logan Sanders (Brendan Hines) is summoned to the SEC for questioning, Harvey (Gabriel Macht) tries to seize the opportunity to put an end to the takeover of Gillis Industries. Mike (Patrick J. Adams) keeps playing hardball, however, and Louis (Rick Hoffman) thinks he sees a chance to make a name for himself by riding to the rescue in the new episode "Litt the Hell Up." Elsewhere, Rachel (Meghan Markle) pays the price for her moment of weakness. Gina Torres and Sarah Rafferty also star.

Criminal Minds
10 p.m. on CBS

As the team heads for Arizona on the trail of a methodical killer who is devolving rapidly, speculation grows that Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) is in the running to become the new BAU unit chief. Camryn Manheim guest stars in "The Inspiration." Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore and Matthew Gray Gubler also star.

10 p.m. on ABC

A diner owner (guest star Jennifer Irwin) dies in a fire at her business in the new episode "Abandoned." The killer is thought at first to be the victim's ex-convict son (guest star Max Lloyd Jones). However, the perpetrator actually is a vengeful ex-employee (guest star Zoe De Grand'Maison) who was starting a romance with the son. Angie and Vega (Kristin Lehman, Louis Ferreira) probe how the mother's overprotectiveness may have become a motive for murder.

Sex in the Wild
10 p.m. on PBS

The reproductive habits of orangutans are surveyed in a new episode titled - well, "Orangutans." Joy Reidenberg and Mark Evans travel to Borneo to observe how the so-called "super-male" lords it over both males and females. However, the female also has some of her own wiles when it comes to mating, though the male has his way of circumventing that. Of special note here is how much time the orangutan devotes to raising one child.

The Bridge
10 p.m. on FX

While they continue tracking Eleanor (Franka Potente), Sonya and Marco (Diane Kruger, Demian Bichir) make a decidedly unsettling discovery in a new episode called "Sorrowsworn." Charlotte's (Annabeth Gish) business takes a serious hit. Eva and Linder (Stephanie Sigman, Thomas M. Wright) are reunited. Matthew Lillard and Emily Rios also star.

Taxi Brooklyn
10:01 p.m. on NBC

An assault on a prison van leaves two female inmates dead and sets four free in the new episode "Ambush." One of the fugitives (guest star Erin Wilhelmi) witnessed the murder of Cat's (Chyler Leigh) father, giving the police detective added incentive to join the hunt. Eventually, with Leo (Jacky Ido) by her side, Cat gets new information about her dad's fate. Ally Walker, James Colby and Jennifer Esposito also star.

10:01 p.m. on USA

Paige (Serinda Swan) has a chilling run-in with human traffickers while she is deep undercover in her pursuit of the drug mules in a new episode called "The Unlucky One." Back at the beachhouse, an increasingly frustrated Mike (Aaron Tveit) ignores official protocol and rules in his obsessive quest to get some answers in the Solano case, but soon he has to admit to himself he's not going to get very far without the help of Briggs (Daniel Sunjata).


The Big Bang Theory
8 p.m. on CBS

Sheldon (Jim Parsons) feels immense guilt over making a major scientific find by accident in "The Discovery Dissipation." Being up for a possible Nobel Prize is no help, since he knows his supposed triumph was a fluke. Wil Wheaton, again guest-starring as himself, helps set things right. Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) isn't happy about Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and Cinnamon's extended guest stay.

Hollywood Game Night
8 p.m. on NBC

The show's host gets a salute in the title of the new episode "Lynch ... Jane Lynch." The inference is that James Bond-related questions will be included in the games, so it wouldn't hurt for such contestants as "Parenthood" co-star Monica Potter to be up on their 007 trivia. Seth Green, Jenna Elfman, Michael Ealy, Katy Mixon ("Mike & Molly") and Dave Foley are the other celebrity players.

Black Box
8 p.m. on ABC

The drama series ends its season with new back-to-back episodes, "The Fear" and "Consequences." Catherine (Kelly Reilly) starts exhibiting strange behavior, but she refuses to check into a hospital. She eventually goes to rehab, then braces herself to return to her home and work lives. Stress is added when Esme's (Siobhan Williams) biological father needs a transplant, making Catherine debate whether to reveal Esme's true heritage to her.

Hell's Kitchen
8 p.m. on FOX

Just as the Season 12 finale's subtitle suggests, it's "Winner Chosen" as Gordon Ramsay puts the remaining two contestants before five of Los Angeles' top chefs. As stressful as the challenge may be, it'll be worth it for the victor. The grand prize is the job of head chef at a Ramsay-run restaurant, accompanied by a salary of $250,000.

The Millers
8:31 p.m. on CBS

Nathan (Will Arnett) has had it with chauffeuring Carol (Margo Martindale) on her errands in "Driving Miss Crazy." He insists that she learn how to drive herself or get another driver, so she does the latter - namely, Adam (Nelson Franklin), volunteered for the job by Debbie (Jayma Mays). Everyone is surprised by how well the new arrangement seems to work out. Beau Bridges also stars.

Don't Be Tardy...
9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. on BRAVO

Kim has her hands full as she tries to juggle her family responsibility to Kroy and the six kids with her need to oversee her wacky assistant, Sweetie, and Lana, the eccentric nanny, in the new episode "Crowd Control." Speaking of Lana, she lands in the doghouse after 2-year-old KJ fractures his leg in an accident. Sweetie, meanwhile, is dispatched on a mission to find a new housekeeper and pool boy.

Project Runway
9 p.m. on LIFE

Will Season 13 prove lucky for this once red-hot reality competition series? Both fans and critics have snarked about controversial judging calls as well as challenges that are either repetitious or just plain silly. Here's hoping for a creative rally as Emmy-winning hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn return, along with judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen. In tonight's season premiere, 19 designers vie for only 16 spots on the show, then are tasked with creating a look that hints at what their ultimate spring collection would look like if they make it to New York Fashion Week.

Welcome to Sweden
9:01 p.m. on NBC

Amy Poehler offers evident support of her brother Greg, this show's star, as she plays herself in the new episode "Proving Love/Lagenhet." She seeks his character Bruce's assistance, while another "Parks and Recreation" regular - Aubrey Plaza, also appearing as herself - seems to be stalking him. Bruce tries to be neighborly as he and Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) settle into an apartment in Stockholm. Lena Olin and Patrick Duffy also star.

Working the Engels
9:30 p.m. on NBC

Jenna (Kacey Rohl) tries to retrieve her grandmother's ring, but it won't be easy, in the new episode "Jenna's Friend." It's in the possession of a stripper, thanks to Jimmy (Benjamin Martin), and Jenna's efforts to get it back bring her an unexpected new alliance. Sandy (Azura Skye) is excited about winning a free mother-daughter hip-hop class - until she and Ceil (Andrea Martin) actually get there. Rachel Wilson also stars.

10 p.m. on CBS

The murder of a beautiful young woman has Holmes and Watson (Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu) investigating her connection to a wealthy CEO (guest star William Sadler). Holmes' brother, Mycroft (guest star Rhys Ifans), tries to persuade him to move back to London in "Blood Is Thicker." Margaret Colin also guest stars.

10 p.m. on FX

An accident with the new puppy leaves Russ and Lina (Nat Faxon, Judy Greer) with a staggeringly big vet bill, but not to worry: His best pal, AJ (Brett Gelman), is more than happy to loan them the money ... although as usual, there are many, many unexpected strings attached. Meanwhile, Jess (Jenny Slate), determined to bond with Lina, takes her out for a wild night of bar-hopping in the new episode "The Shower." Regina Hall guest stars.

Beyond Scared Straight
10:01 p.m. on A&E

The sobering reality series adapted from Arnold Shapiro's Oscar- and Emmy-winning documentary "Scared Straight" turns its focus to Douglas County, Ga., for a new episode called "Judgment Day," in which a combative Georgia teenager lies to a judge and is ordered to spend some time in the Douglas County Jail.

You're the Worst
10:30 p.m. on FX

There are few things that come with more pressure than a first date, especially when the two people involved are suited for each other only in the sense that both of them are truly terrible individuals. So it's anyone's guess what's going to happen when Jimmy (Chris Geere) tries to take Gretchen (Aya Cash) on a date in a new episode called (probably ironically) "Insouciance." Just hold your breath and be thankful you're not their waiter.

FRIDAY JULY 25, 2014

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
8 p.m. on CBS

An unlikely casino winner is found murdered in an alley in "Passed Pawns." The victim was homeless, and an ambitious CSI (guest star Matthew Davis) is teamed with Morgan (Elisabeth Harnois) on the case. The dealer (guest star Shannon Lucio) who served the man right before his death becomes a suspect. Russell's (Ted Danson) wife (guest star Peri Gilpin) implores him to retire. Steven Bauer and Illeana Douglas also guest star.

Colin & Brad: Two Man Group
8 p.m. on CW

"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" staples Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood get an additional showcase for their improv talents in this new one-hour special. It captures one of the touring performances the comics have done together - and in the spirit of their series, they take suggestions from their live audience in determining the subjects of sketches and songs they devise right on the spot.

Hawaii Five-0
9 p.m. on CBS

McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) helps Grover (Chi McBride) investigate the disappearance of a friend who has apparently killed someone. Kono (Grace Park) continues her own search - for Adam - in "O Kela Me Keia Manawa," Hawaiian for "now and then." Scott Caan also stars.

Tina Fey: The Mark Twain Prize
9 p.m. on PBS

Widely regarded as one of the brightest and funniest women in show business, Emmy-winning "30 Rock" creator, star and executive producer Tina Fey receives one of the most prestigious awards in comedy in this 2010 event. She's cheered on by former "Saturday Night Live" colleagues Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, Amy Poehler and Lorne Michaels, along with "30 Rock" co-stars Jane Krakowski and Tracy Morgan, plus Betty White and more.

Cold Justice
9 p.m. on TNT

Crossover alert! In the new episode "Sunspot Highway," former crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary and ex-prosecutor Kelly Siegler turn to cable TV news personality Nancy Grace to enlist public assistance on a case that, for once, isn't all that cold, after investigators in Alamagordo, N.M., find the discarded body of a woman along a remote mountain road.

Monumental Mysteries
9 p.m. on TRAV

Don Wildman explores a residence that once belonged to a mysterious dancer who cost a Bavarian king his own home. Next, he travels to Seattle to check out an imposing 16-foot statue of Russian communist leader Vladimir Lenin, which somehow wound up in the Pacific Northwest. Finally, Wildman investigates the story of a disease a scientist once studied by using himself as a lab rat. It's all part of a new episode called "The King and the Spanish Dancer, A Communist Comes to America, Filth Party."

Blue Bloods
10 p.m. on CBS

Probing a child's disappearance makes Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) recall a similar case from years earlier in "Open Secrets." That girl's father (guest star Patrick Breen) still maintains hope she'll be found. Erin (Bridget Moynahan) suspects a psychiatrist (guest star Greg Germann) often utilized by the D.A.'s office of being unreliable. Frank (Tom Selleck) faces a potential international incident when a police detective is arrested in London.

The Almighty Johnsons
10 p.m. on SYFY

In a new episode called "God's Gift to Zebras," Axl (Emmett Skilton) meets and woos a librarian (guest star Antonia Prebble) who claims to be Frigg. As it turns out, that's true only when she is playing a Norse-themed online game, but Axl also learns that an alliance of goddesses may be working to thwart him - and that he and his siblings may unwittingly be at war. Jared Turner also stars.

10:01 p.m. on NBC

If there's little love for Lowe (Richard Coyle) in Santa Compana to begin with, the situation only gets worse for him in the new episode "Beggarman." Nenna (Tracy Ifeachor) intends to escape, and to do that, she'll have to go through him - and she fully intends to. Balfour (Peter Stebbings) thinks he's making the right move by striking up a certain partnership, but he and Lowe could both end up dead as a result. John Malkovich also stars.


Bad Teacher
8 p.m. on CBS

Her 39th-birthday plans thwarted, Meredith (Ari Graynor) regroups quickly and tries to make her own party out of Kim's (Caitlin Kimball) student-teacher-exam bash in "The Bottle," the first of two back-to-back new episodes. Trouble develops as Meredith tries to keep her old friends and her new colleagues at a distance. Kristin Davis, David Alan Grier and Sara Gilbert also star.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
8 p.m. on ABC

Their pursuit of the Clairvoyant lands Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team on a train that appears to be taking them to their deaths in "T.R.A.C.K.S." They end up in separate combinations, testing the skills of agents who might not be as experienced as others. Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge also star. Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance.

Cedar Cove
8 p.m. on HALL

In the new episode "Letting Go: Part Two," emotions run high as Olivia and Jack (Andie MacDowell, Dylan Neal) try to derail a growing custody dispute between Eric and Shelly (Tom Stevens, guest star Hayley Sales) over their unborn child. Refusing to believe John Bowman (Charlie Carrick) is a criminal, Maryellen (Elyse Levesque) takes dramatic steps to find him. Justine (Sarah Smyth) finally stands up to Warren (Brennan Elliott) and has a candid talk with Seth (Corey Sevier) about their future together.

8 p.m. on HBO

Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez are the nominal stars of this 2013 action tale, but it's really all about the cars and the stunt drivers. The plot finds an ex-race-car driver (Hawke) forced to do the bidding of a mystery man (Jon Voight) who has kidnapped his wife (Rebecca Budig, "All My Children"). A young hacker (Gomez) with an extremely cool car becomes our hero's unlikely ally - and thus, the chase is on.

World War I: The First Modern War
8 p.m. on HIST

The first of four one-hour episodes in this new WWI-themed miniseries premiering tonight, "Armored Beasts" looks back at tanks, the "land ships" that were the first armored fighting machine to be used on the battlefield. Admired by Winston Churchill, head of the British Admiralty, these vehicles were designed in secrecy and adapted from a humble prototype: an American farm tractor, fitted with caterpillar tracks.

The Choking Game
8 p.m. on LIFE

Adapted from Diana Lopez's book "Choke," this 2014 issues drama revolves around Taryn, a vulnerable teenager starved for popularity, who drifts into a very dangerous game when a charismatic newcomer introduces her to the rush of being choked. Hiding her new hobby from her mother and friends - anyone, in fact, but her "breath buddy" - Taryn starts to see choking as a way to achieve self-control, as well as grabbing a cheap high, not realizing she is flirting with serious injury or even death. Freya Tingley and Peri Gilpin ("Frasier") star.

9:30 p.m. on HBO

The WBA middleweight belt is on the line tonight at New York's Madison Square Garden, where title holder Gennady Golovkin takes on challenger Daniel Geale in a 12-round bout. Uber puncher Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) faces perhaps his toughest opponent yet in Geale (30-2, 16 KOs), a former unified champion who has defeated the likes of Sebastian Sylvester and Felix Sturm. In the undercard, Bryant Jennings faces Mike Perez in a WBC heavyweight eliminator bout.

The Blacklist
10 p.m. on NBC

A Russian cyberterrorist known only as Ivan (guest star Mark Ivanir, "Royal Pains") is the prime suspect in the theft of a new cyber defense asset. Red (James Spader) helps Liz (Megan Boone) unmask a major cover-up. New evidence related to Jolene's (guest star Rachel Brosnahan) disappearance helps unravel some of the mystery surrounding Tom (Ryan Eggold) in "Ivan."

The Dead Files
10 p.m. on TRAV

In a new episode, Steve DiSchiavi discovers that a property in Hanover, Pa., has a truly horrific history as he and Amy Allan try to help the terrified homeowner, who has been suffering unexplained violent attacks that appear paranormal in nature. For Amy, the investigation culminates in a faceoff against one of the most grotesque entities she has ever encountered.

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