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THURSDAY AUGUST 21, 2014

The Big Bang Theory
8 p.m. on CBS

Raj (Kunal Nayyar) has a bounty of romantic options in "The Indecision Amalgamation." Juggling them isn't easy, though, since his efforts to get back in one woman's (guest star Laura Spencer) good graces coincide with another's pitch to get together with him. Penny (Kaley Cuoco) debates whether to take a movie role she turned down earlier, with input from Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Wil Wheaton (again guest-starring as himself).

Hollywood Game Night
8 p.m. on NBC

Taraji P. Henson's character met her fate last season on "Person of Interest," but the actress proves she's alive and well as one of the celebrity players in the episode "Clue Boom-Boom Pow!" She joins the title stars of "Franklin & Bash" - Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar - as well as Angela Kinsey, Fred Willard and "The Biggest Loser's" Alison Sweeney as the "civilian" team captains vie for $25,000. Jane Lynch is the host.

The Vampire Diaries
8 p.m. on CW

To protect Stefan (Paul Wesley) from Sloan (Caitlin McHugh), Caroline and Enzo (Candice Accola, Michael Malarkey) agree to go to Atlanta to track down a new doppelganger. During the trip, Enzo opens up to Caroline about his past. Elena and Damon (Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder) get bad news about Jeremy's (Steven R. McQueen) behavior at school. Bonnie (Kat Graham) has a disturbing encounter with Luke (Chris Brochu) in "Rescue Me."

Rookie Blue
9 p.m. on ABC

The police drama ends its latest summer run as it began, with a two-hour telecast that combines two episodes, "Fragments" and "Everlasting." After a bomb goes off in a parking garage, Duncan (Matthew Owen Murray) tries to prove himself to Andy (Missy Peregrym) and others by tracking down the perpetrator. The pursuit only becomes more complicated, eventually hitting very close to home - inside 15 Division itself. Gregory Smith and Ben Bass also star.

The Originals
9 p.m. on CW

Exasperated with Klaus' (Joseph Morgan) failure to act, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) takes matters into his own hands to keep control of the Quarter. Francesca (Peta Sergeant), a glamorous woman from a powerful family, offers her support. At a party thrown by the Mikaelsons in hopes of uniting the city's warring factions, Klaus offers Jackson (Nathan Parsons) a deal. A violent brawl has a surprising resolution in "Moon Over Bourbon Street."

PGA Tour Golf
9 p.m. on GOLF

The first of four events in the FedEx Cup playoffs tees off today in Paramus, N.J., where Ridgewood Country Club plays host to The Barclays. A field including Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk will take aim at the 27-hole course that features undulating greens, elevation changes and numerous water hazards. Kuchar won the last time this tournament was played here in 2010. Adam Scott is the defending champion.

Rush
9 p.m. on USA

Alex and Rush (Larenz Tate, Tom Ellis) are looking forward to a boys' weekend at a medical conference, only to discover that Rush's ex Sarah (Odette Annable) is planning to attend, along with her new boyfriend. Elsewhere, Rush treats a politician who is trying to hide a medical condition during campaign season. Mike Doyle and Steven Culp guest star in the new episode "You Spin Me Around."

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

Meet the parents - and hope for the best, though it might not turn out that way. The new episode "Parents!/Foraldrar" brings Wayne and Nancy (Patrick Duffy, Illeana Douglas) to Sweden to visit Bruce (Greg Poehler), and to have an ultimately unsettling encounter with Emma's (Josephine Bornebusch) folks (Lena Olin, Claes Mansson). The situation may, or may not, be improved by a piece of news that Emma has to share with everyone.

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

Are the Engels truly "The Crazy Family"? That's the opinion of neighbor Grace (guest star Kathryn Greenwood) in this new episode, and Ceil (Andrea Martin) becomes determined to prove that designation incorrect. Jenna (Kacey Rohl) goes up against a lawyer (guest star Paul Campbell) who's advocating for the closure of a favorite neighborhood restaurant. Benjamin Arthur and Azura Skye also star.

Extreme Guide to Parenting
9:30 p.m. on BRAVO

And you thought you were under pressure! Meet Austen, age 4, who already plays five sports, can write his name and even name all the U.S. presidents. That's not enough for his overachieving mom, Marisa, however, who is determined that her only child is going to be "The Smartest, Most Handsome, Best Kid Ever," as this new episode is titled. Thankfully, Marisa's husband, Jeff, suggests that she face her own fears of inadequacy before pushing the boy any further.

Elementary
10 p.m. on CBS

Holmes and his brother Mycroft (Jonny Lee Miller, guest star Rhys Ifans) try to rescue the kidnapped Watson (Lucy Liu, who also makes her directing debut on the episode) in "Paint It Black." The siblings' strained relationship poses big hurdles as they attempt to retrieve what the abductors want as ransom. Michael Gaston ("The Leftovers") and Tim Guinee ("Revolution") also guest star.

Beat Bobby Flay
10 p.m. on FOOD

The new episode "Battle of Brooklyn" finds young buck Jordan Andino and industry pro Jennifer Cole-Ruiz fighting for the chance to go up against Bobby Flay, with Food Network chef Anne Burrell and "Chopped" judge Chris Santos deciding the results. Judges for the subsequent faceoff with Flay include Andy Ricker, Jonathon Sawyer and Roberto Trevino.

Married
10 p.m. on FX

Poor Russ (Nat Faxon)! Life has such a consistent way of strewing mortifications in his pathway every day, but in a new fertility-themed episode called "Invisible Man," he draws the line at - how to put this delicately? - having his swim team evaluated. That reluctance leads to an unexpected conclusion. Judy Greer and Jenny Slate also star.

Satisfaction
10:01 p.m. on USA

A new episode finds Adriana (Katherine LaNasa) trying to learn more intimate details about Neil's (Matt Passmore) home life while Neal receives a very unusual proposition - and if you've been following this show regularly, you know that Neal is not a guy who exactly has been lacking when it comes to "very unusual propositions" recently. Michael Vartan, Leon Thomas III and Myndy Crist guest star in "...Through Exposure."


FRIDAY AUGUST 22, 2014

Masters of Illusion
8 p.m. on CW

The saw-the-lady-in-half trick is one of the staples of magic, and it's likely that some variation on it wll be part of the new episode "Selbit Sawing." The half-hour's showcased illusionists include Jan Rouven, Jonathon Pendragon, Ed Alonzo, Christopher Hart, David Zirbel and Michael Grandinetti. Dean Cain - no stranger to generating illusions since he "flew" as a television Superman - is the host.

Last Man Standing
8:30 p.m. on ABC

April (guest star Christina Moore), Vanessa's (Nancy Travis) sister who has no worries about imposing on others, shows up again in "April, Come She Will." She has some big news, too: She wants to be a mom. Mike's (Tim Allen) prank against Chuck (Jonathan Adams) at Outdoor Man has a surprising result. Hector Elizondo, Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever and Amanda Fuller also star.

Great Performances
9 p.m. on PBS

A musical force to be reckoned with - as is reconfirmed to the world each New Year's Day, in the orchestra's traditional holiday program - is showcased in the new episode "Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2014." Pianist Lang Lang is the featured soloist as guest conductor Christoph Eschenbach, in his debut with the Philharmonic, leads the performers in the open-air setting of Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace.

Bering Sea Gold
9 p.m. on DISC

As the hit reality series returns for Season 4, so do many of the familiar faces. Emily Riedel, having proven her credibility as a captain last season, has a brand-new, state-of-the-art ice dredge, but a ton of debt as well. Her father, Steve, has seen his own dredge repossessed, but he's hoping for a comeback. Aboard the Reaper, the Kellys, who used to work for Steve but have severed ties with him, plan to keep business in the family this season.

Monumental Mysteries
9 p.m. on TRAV

History explorer Don Wildman visits an historic Boston residence that was involved in one of the gutsiest escapes from slavery in history, and examines a magnificent ancient oak tree on Hatteras Island (N.C.) that has been linked to accounts of witchcraft. Later, he checks out New Jersey's Holmdel Horn antenna, which provided the key to Nobel Prize-winning research into how the universe began, in the new episode "Escape From Slavery, A Witch on Hatteras Island, The Horn That Made a Big Bang."

Airplane Repo
10 p.m. on DISC

There's a new and fierce female pilot at the controls as this hit reality series returns for Season 2 with familiar faces Ken Cage, Danny Thompson, daredevil Mike Kennedy and cowboy of the sky Kevin Lacey. Joining them this season is Lacey's young apprentice, Heather Sterzick, a stunt pilot with a military background.

The Knick
10 p.m. on MAX

In the new episode "The Busy Flea," Thackery (Clive Owen) is asked to perform reconstructive surgery on an old flame and assigns Chickering and Gallinger (Michael Angarano, Eric Johnson) to try new experimental techniques on pigs. Barrow (Jeremy Bobb) goes to unusual lengths to pay off a debt and recover a missing tooth. After Edwards (Andre Holland) has a bad day at work, he vents his frustrations at a local bar. Juliet Rylance also stars.


SATURDAY AUGUST 23, 2014

NASCAR Racing
7:30 p.m. on ABC

Expect tempers to flare and paint to be traded under the lights at Tennessee's Bristol Motor Speedway, where Sprint Cup drivers do battle in the Irwin Tools Night Race. Running on fumes and bad tires, Matt Kenseth won this race a year ago, holding off Kasey Kahne in the closing laps to take his fifth victory of 2013. Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano and Kahne will be among those challenging him on the .533-mile oval.

Cedar Cove
8 p.m. on HALL

In the new episode "Starting Over: Part Two," Justine (Sarah Smyth) tries to keep her involvement with the volatile Luke (Jesse Hutch) a secret from her mother, despite Luke's pleas for her to keep her distance. Jack (Dylan Neal) worries that his displeasure over Eric's (Tom Stevens) new job may put a strain on their newly improved bond. Cliff (Sebastian Spence) is baffled over Grace's (Teryl Rothery) reluctance to accept his exciting offer.

Veronica Mars
8 p.m. on HBO

In a movie that fans genuinely wanted - since they helped finance it, via the Kickstarter initiative - Kristen Bell reprises her 2004-07 series role. The story finds former teen sleuth Veronica starting a new life as a lawyer when ex-boyfriend Logan (Jason Dohring) becomes a murder suspect, drawing her back to the town of Neptune and immersing her in intrigue anew. Original cast members Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra and Tina Majorino also return.

PopFan
8 p.m. on LIFE

Fans of Stephen King's great literary thriller "Misery" may recognize this 2014 TV movie as being roughly the same story, albeit with a gender switch. Chelsea Kane ("Baby Daddy") stars as a young pop star who crashes her car during a Maine vacation. She's rescued by a young man (Nolan Gerard Funk, "Glee"), who takes her to his secluded lighthouse to recover. It turns out he's her "number-one fan" and - need we add? - as nutty as a fruitcake.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10 p.m. on NBC

Joshua Malina ("Scandal") guest stars in "Thought Criminal" as a photographer whose fantasy life becomes a concern for Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and her squad mates. They suspect he has victimized a child, but they have no concrete evidence - prompting Amaro (Danny Pino) to act on his own. Ice-T, Kelli Giddish and Donal Logue (who is about to play a different kind of detective in "Gotham") also star.


SUNDAY AUGUST 24, 2014

Wipeout
7 p.m. on ABC

Staying in your employer's good graces often can be enough of a challenge - but try doing it while running this show's obstacle course. Such is the task for many of the contestants in the new two-hour episode "Boss & Employee: Big Balls, Inc." They may be hoping for the grand prize if they make it to the Wipeout Zone, but they likely wouldn't mind getting an on-the-job bonus for that, too. John Anderson, John Henson and Jill Wagner are the hosts.

Secrets of the Tower of London
8 p.m. on PBS

"With her head tucked underneath her arm, she walks the bloody Tower." Legend has it that the ghost of Anne Boleyn haunts the Tower of London, where she was beheaded in 1536. That's one of the tales - not all of them legends - told in this special, which takes viewers into rarely seen parts of the thousand-year-old landmark, site of many infamous executions.

The Simpsons
8 p.m. on FOX

"Harry Potter" himself, Daniel Radcliffe, joins the animated show's ever-lengthening list of guest voices in "Diggs." He voices the title character, a transfer student who saves Bart from bullies, then begins to teach him falconry. Diggs isn't above using his bird, named Freedom, to steal items from various residents of Springfield. Eventually, it becomes quite clear just how enamored Diggs is of his flying friend.

MLB Baseball
8 p.m. on ESPN

An AL West rivalry plays out tonight at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., where Josh Donaldson and the division-leading A's will try to reassert their mastery of Albert Pujols and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the rubber game of a three-game set. While the A's lead the season series over the Angels six games to three, the Halos got the better of them the last time these teams met in early June, taking two of three in Anaheim.

Rachael vs. Guy Kids Cook-Off
8 p.m. on FOOD

A new episode called "The Chopped Challenge" opens with a blindfold challenge to test the chefs' knowledge of ingredients. The main challenge, introduced by "Chopped" host Ted Allen, finds the young chefs facing off in a Mystery Basket round, then Alex Guarnaschelli judges the week's camera challenge.

Unforgettable
9 p.m. on CBS

It's never pleasant for an investigator when another agency steps in and takes over a case. Carrie (Poppy Montgomery) refuses to let go when Homeland Security relieves her of a bombing probe in the new episode "Fire and Ice." Those agents think the explosion was a terrorist act, but Carrie doesn't, and she continues to look into the matter on her own. Webster (Jane Curtin) befriends Murray's (Tawny Cypress) daughter (guest star Ashley Aufderheide).

Rising Star
9 p.m. on ABC

One aspiring star rises to the very top in this season finale, as viewers' real-time voting determines the winner of the show's maiden round. Judges Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris weigh in one more time on the contestants who have endured to this final stage of the competition. A recording contract - arguably the most logical grand prize that could be offered here - will go to the victor. Josh Groban is the host.

Masterpiece Mystery!
9 p.m. on PBS

Jack Davenport switches from playing a brilliant stage director on "Smash" to a brilliant surgeon, whose roving eye generates problems, as the new three-part drama "Breathless" begins. An early-1960s London medic, married Otto (Davenport) is attracted to a nurse (Catherine Steadman) - whose sister (Zoe Boyle), one of his past conquests, happens to be engaged to one of his colleagues (Oliver Chris). Iain Glen ("Downton Abbey") also stars.

Witches of East End
9 p.m. on LIFE

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" alumnus James Marsters guest stars in the new episode "Art of Darkness" as Tarkoff, an old friend of the Beauchamp family who pays a visit to Joanna and Freddie (Julia Ormond, Christian Cooke). Wendy (Madchen Amick) encounters someone from her own past when she attends an art gala with Freya, Ingrid and Dash (Jenna Dewan Tatum, Rachel Boston, Eric Winter). Daniel DiTommasso and Bianca Lawson also star.

The Last Ship
9 p.m. on TNT

In the season finale, a new episode called "No Place Like Home," Chandler (Eric Dane) and his crew finally return stateside, where a dangerous warlord threatens the restoration of law and order. On a more personal note, Chandler sets out to find his family but, in doing so, he discovers something absolutely chilling about the brave new world that awaits him.

Reckless
10 p.m. on CBS

Lee Anne's (Georgina Haig) case against the Charleston Police Department has been simmering, and Roy (Cam Gigandet) makes a move to put an end to it in the new episode "Damage Control." He tries to get Terry (Shawn Hatosy) to testify against her - which likely would generate damage she couldn't possibly control. Anna Wood also stars. David Keith ("An Officer and a Gentleman"), Kelly Rutherford ("Gossip Girl") and Susan Walters guest star.

Game of Crowns
10 p.m. on BRAVO

In the new episode "The Legends of the Crowns," the recent temporary restraining order calls into question whether Lynne or Leha can compete in the Legends of the Crown pageant, while Vanessa has a second shot at taking down Shelley, a former Miss America. Despite her status as the former winner of a major pageant title, however, Shelley's chances may be hurt by how long she has been out of the whole pageant scene.

The Strain
10 p.m. on FX

Using Jim (Sean Astin) as bait, Eph, Setrakian and Nora (Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro) hatch a scheme to track down the Master in a new episode called "For Services Rendered." Elsewhere, the linked personal histories of Eichhorst (Richard Sammel) and Setrakian are revealed, while Neeva (Kim Roberts) encounters a mysterious stranger who offers what may be unwelcome help when it comes to protecting the children.

The Leftovers
10 p.m. on HBO

While tracking down a deer that has been marauding its way through Mapleton, Kevin (Justin Theroux) tries to suppress his bad habits in the new episode "The Garveys at Their Best." Elsewhere, accompanied by a rising sense of foreboding, Laurie (Amy Brenneman) gets some news that isn't exactly unexpected, while Tom (Chris Zylka) reluctantly connects with his past, Kevin Senior (Scott Glenn) gets an honor and Nora (Carrie Coon) has a job interview.

The Lottery
10:01 p.m. on LIFE

In the new episode "Sleep Deprived," Vanessa (Athena Karkanis) conspires against Darius' (Martin Donovan) scheme to control the lottery while the contestants begin to adjust to the pressures and demands of their new lives. Elsewhere, Kyle (Michael Graziadei) encounters an unexpected new ally, while Alison's (Marley Shelton) investigation finally comes to a head. Yul Vazquez also stars.

Falling Skies
10:01 p.m. on TNT

In the new episode "Drawing Straws," after Tom (Noah Wyle) and the remaining fragments of the 2nd Mass learn to pilot a Beamer as part of their plan to destroy the Espheni power core, the group draws straws to see who will embark on that dangerous operation, which could very well be a suicide mission. The threat of death that hangs heavily in the air triggers confrontations among the humans, yet ultimately draws these survivors closer together.

Vicious
10:30 p.m. on PBS

British acting legends Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi team as longtime companions who regularly trade barbs. "Episode 1" finds them hosting a gathering to mark the passing of a friend. Such an occasion might be relatively quiet and gloomy - but not in the company of Freddie (McKellen) and Stuart (Jacobi), whose spirited bantering transforms the event into something else entirely.


MONDAY AUGUST 25, 2014

2 Broke Girls
8 p.m. on CBS

Jeff Garlin has his own successful series with "The Goldbergs," but he crosses networks to guest star in "And the Not Broke Parents." He plays Deke's (Eric Andre) father, who meets Max (Kat Dennings) at a family dinner to which she and Caroline (Beth Behrs) also are invited. Max is intimidated at first, until Deke's mother (guest star Sheryl Lee Ralph) reveals some personal information that equalizes things considerably.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards
8 p.m. on NBC

Coming on the early side this year, the television industry's big event lets Seth Meyers step into primetime as the host. For many viewers, the biggest concern will be who's wearing which designer's work at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. For those inside the venue, though, it'll mainly be about who wins. "Game of Thrones" leads the pack with 19 Emmy nominations, followed by "Fargo" (18) and "American Horror Story: Coven" (17).

Antiques Roadshow
8 p.m. on PBS

More appraisals that hadn't been seen in the course of regular weekly episodes are compiled in "Junk in the Trunk 2." Encompassing such locations as Atlanta, Minneapolis and El Paso, the hour assesses the price of a signature by the one-and-only Dr. Seuss, author of such classic family fare as "The Cat in the Hat" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Also sized up for cost are jewels from Tiffany and a Missouri Regiment Colt pistol. Mark L. Walberg hosts.

MasterChef
8 p.m. on FOX

It's always nice to know the folks in your hometown are behind you as a competition such as this one continues. The remaining contenders get that type of support in the new episode "Top 7 Compete," and it's as warm and familiar as apple pie. Ironic, then - or maybe not - that an apple dish is what they have to whip up to stay in the game. Then, the entrants who still remain are put in pairs for a pot-sticker challenge.

Mom
8:30 p.m. on CBS

Violet (Sadie Calvano) is convinced she's found the perfect adoptive parents for her baby in "Clumsy Monkeys and a Tilted Uterus." She calls upon Christy and Bonnie (Anna Faris, Allison Janney) to help her make a good impression on the would-be mom and dad - but things don't go exactly as planned. Don McManus ("Justified"), Melissa Tang and Ryan Cartwright ("Alphas") guest star.

Mike & Molly
9 p.m. on CBS

Mike (Billy Gardell) wrestles with his pride in "Mike's Manifold Destiny." He runs into car trouble and doesn't have the immediate funds to fix it, but Carl (Reno Wilson) is willing to loan him the money. Mike debates whether or not to accept while mulling other ways to get around. Melissa McCarthy, Swoosie Kurtz, Katy Mixon and Nyambi Nyambi also star.

Hotel Hell
9 p.m. on FOX

Vermont is Gordon Ramsay's destination in the new episode "Four Seasons Inn," but the high hopes that the site's name gave him are quickly dashed. He finds the place has a dog motif, catering to canines much more than to human guests. Impatience with the owner, who doesn't think the site has any problems, is trademark Ramsay. The dining room, featuring cuisine that doesn't meet with his approval - to put it mildly - is among the aspects he targets.

America's Next Top Model
9 p.m. on CW

The title of the new episode "The Guy Who Gets a Second Chance" would seem to indicate what happens for one of the would-be contestants, as the semifinalists face a challenge in a Los Angeles subway station. In that location, the contenders have to evoke different seasons within a concentrated period of time. The setting then moves to a beach at night, where matters get personal among those vying to be in the group of 14 finalists. Tyra Banks is the host.

Fast N' Loud
9 p.m. on DISC

In the new episode "Chopped and Dropped Model A, Part 2," Richard put his crew back on track to finish the '31 Model A in only 10 days. Things get a little tense, but it all pays off for Richard, who nets a nice payday. Meanwhile, he and Dennis argue over a major find: a 1964 1/2 Mustang, which will either make them both rich or drive the pair into the poorhouse.

Partners
9 p.m. on FX

Allen's (Kelsey Grammer) latest client is a former colleague who wants him to initiate divorce proceedings after his wife gives birth to a child so ugly that Allen's chum can't believe he fathered the baby. This unusual case prompts Allen and Marcus (Martin Lawrence) to visit a fertility clinic in search of the truth. Rory O'Malley also stars in the new episode "The Curious Case of Benjamin Butt-Ugly."

Dallas
9 p.m. on TNT

Gloom continues to hang over Southfork as news of a family death arrives. Heather and Christopher's (AnnaLynne McCord, Jesse Metcalfe) relationship is put to the test as John Ross (Josh Henderson) tries to redeem himself with Pamela (Julie Gonzalo), who is starting to grasp the real reasons for her overdose. Elsewhere, Elena (Jordana Brewster) takes drastic steps to get justice for her family in the new episode "Dead Reckoning."

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

Though the episode's title is "Welcome Home, Jake," anyone anticipating an Angus T. Jones sighting is in for a letdown. There's still plenty of the sitcom's typical romantic-complication humor, though. Much of it involves Alan (Jon Cryer), who has some tricky maneuvering to do when Lyndsey (guest star Courtney Thorne-Smith) learns about Gretchen (guest star Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who played Thorne-Smith's sister on "According to Jim").

Under the Dome
10 p.m. on CBS

Barbie (Mike Vogel) is held prisoner by unknown captors who have lots of questions for him - especially about the Dome, as might be anticipated - in the new episode "The Red Door." He's not sure how much he should tell his insistent interrogators, though his survival appears to hang in the balance. Big Jim's (Dean Norris) latest arrangement could spell the fate of everyone in Chester's Mill. Actor Peter Weller ("RoboCop") directed the story.

POV
10 p.m. on PBS

Brad Pitt's global concerns are well-known, and he applies those again as executive producer of the new documentary "Big Men," about the effort to establish Ghana's first commercial oil field. If that seems an unexciting subject, consider the often-violent intrigue that surrounded the mission. Various factions had differing stakes in the bid to develop the energy source, with charges of corruption involved. Rachel Boynton wrote and directed the film.

Jersey Belle
10 p.m. on BRAVO

While Danielle recovers from surgery in the new episode "Secrets of the South," Jaime keeps hubby Michael out of the loop when it comes to telling friends about her outrageous offer to adopt a stranger's baby. At Arden's bonfire, Jaime's chums worry that one of them will slip and blurt out her secret, but Jaime finally comes clean to Michael - who is, not surprisingly, stunned by the news.

Mistresses
10:01 p.m. on ABC

April (Rochelle Aytes) has a lot on her plate, to put it very mildly, in the new episode "Surprise." While assisting the FBI in finding Paul (guest star Dondre T. Whitfield), she tries to keep Lucy (Corinne Massiah) from learning the truth about her and Daniel (guest star Ricky Whittle). Karen (Yunjin Kim) gets alarming information from an ex-lover. Savi's (Alyssa Milano) date with Zack (guest star Jason Gerhardt) takes an unexpected turn.


TUESDAY AUGUST 26, 2014

Food Fighters
8 p.m. on NBC

The title subject of the new episode "Jon Coombs" has military expertise, being an Army sergeant, but he also knows his way around a kitchen. The father of seven displays his culinary skills - which, one would have to suspect, some of his military peers have sampled - as he goes up against professional chefs including Cat Cora in a quest to win $100,000. Adam Richman is the host.

Lost Civil War Prison, A Time Team America Presentation
8 p.m. on PBS

As the limited series of new "Time Team America" episodes continues, the scientists go to Georgia in search of the location of Camp Lawton, where thousands of Union soldiers were kept prisoner as the Civil War neared its end. If artifacts from that time are located, they could reveal aspects of history still unknown - and, very possibly, quite unpleasant. Justine Shapiro is the program's host.

The iHeartradio Album Release Party With Maroon 5
8 p.m. on CW

Well-established as a mentor/judge on "The Voice," Adam Levine focuses on his day job - as frontman for music's Maroon 5 - in this special marking the launch of "V," the group's fifth studio album that already has yielded the hit "Maps." The band members talk about the release's inception and production during the hour, originating from the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles (and airing live in the East, with a tape-delayed telecast in the West).

Pretty Little Liars
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on FAM

In the mid-season finale, a new episode called "Taking This One to the Grave," the Liars may not have a choice other than to put their trust in an unreliable ally. Alison (Sasha Pieterse) leads them down a very dangerous path but the shadowy "A" keeps them from going to the police. To make matters even worse, Alison begins amassing her own "army' now that the other girls have rebuffed her. Lucy Hale and Troian Bellisario also star.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
8:30 p.m. on FOX

It's not a break, it's a challenge: Jake's (Andy Samberg) supposed weekend off gives him the time to tackle a cold case in "Unsolvable." No one believes he'll crack it, but he's determined to do just that, with Terry's (Terry Crews) assistance. Amy (Melissa Fumero) is ready for romance with Teddy (guest star Kyle Bornheimer, "Family Tools"). Dirk Blocker, son of "Bonanza" co-star Dan, also guest stars.

NCIS: Los Angeles
9 p.m. on CBS

Is an undercover NCIS operative leaning too far to the enemy's side? That's for Callen (Chris O'Donnell), Hanna (LL Cool J) and company to figure out in "Three Hearts." The agent (guest star Daniel Henney) is brought in, so that his real agenda can be determined. Kensi (Daniela Ruah) returns to field duty, prompting a conversation with Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) about their personal status. Linda Hunt and Miguel Ferrer also star.

America's Got Talent
9 p.m. on NBC

Summer's end is drawing nearer, so this competition is getting ever more serious - indicated here by the first round of this season's semifinals at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Viewers will have the chance to watch and vote on 12 of the 24 acts still in the contest, with the results announced in a telecast Wednesday. Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern are the on-site judges, and Nick Cannon is the host.

The Lost Pueblo Village: A Time Team America Presentation
9 p.m. on PBS

The last of the new "Time Team America" offerings examines one of the earliest settlements in North America, a village near Mesa Verde, Colo. Not only is the site interesting from an architectural standpoint, for the materials that were available then - 1,200 years ago - but also culturally, since what happened in that community likely has played out over the history of mankind. Joe Watkins, Meg Watters and Jeff Brown are among the archaeologists who visit the site.

New Girl
9 p.m. on FOX

No one will get in the way of the first middle-school dance overseen by Jess (Zooey Deschanel) being a success - not if she can help it, anyway. And she believes she can, calling upon her friends to serve as chaperones in "Dance." Damon Wayans Jr., who originally was going to be a regular on this series (but his then-existing commitment to "Happy Endings" was renewed), and Angela Kinsey ("The Office") are among the guest stars.

Supernatural
9 p.m. on CW

Metatron (Curtis Armstrong) tries to get Castiel (Misha Collins) to work with him. However, Castiel - who is still angry with him - refuses, setting a surprising series of events in motion. Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) capture Gadreel (Tahmoh Penikett) in "Meta Fiction."

Dance Moms
9 p.m. on LIFE

In the nation's capital, Abby sends tensions skyrocketing when she swaps Chloe and Christi for the Select Team's Jade and Loree in the third battle between the Elite and Select Teams, and the dancers are even more anxious to impress Abby after she reminds them that Nationals are only five weeks away. Ava and Jeanette are thrilled to compete in a solo against Maddie until they realize the odds are stacked against them in the new episode "Chloe Gets Revenge."

Rizzoli & Isles
9 p.m. on TNT

While the city stews in the grip of a severe heat wave, Jane and Maura (Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander) find a man who died in a bathtub full of ice in the new episode "If You Can't Stand the Heat." Elsewhere, while trying to find a different way to stay cool, Angela (Lorraine Bracco) discovers a spicy tea that seems to help, although it brings unexpected romantic consequences.

Royal Pains
9 p.m. on USA

In the new episode "A Bigger Boat," Cinco's (guest star Ryan McCartan) sore wrist turns out to be something more serious than a simple sprain, while Paige and Evan (Brooke D'Orsay, Paulo Costanzo) help Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) lay a trap for the elusive Oz. Hank and Charlotte (Mark Feuerstein, guest star Gillian Alexy) face an unexpectedly steep learning curve when he helps her adjust to regaining her vision. Justin Bruening also guest stars.

The Mindy Project
9:30 p.m. on FOX

Returning to weekly series duty this fall in "Madam Secretary," Tim Daly guest stars as the cop who's Mindy's (Mindy Kaling) love interest in "Girl Next Door." The timing of the romance is unfortunate in one sense, since it impacts Danny's (Chris Messina) willingness to let Mindy purchase a condo he owns. Peter (Adam Pally) doubts his maturity level matches that of his latest date, a brain surgeon (guest star Tracey Wigfield).

Frontline
10 p.m. on PBS

The tragic outcome of a case of alleged domestic violence, one factor being a member of the law, is recalled in "A Death in St. Augustine." A young, single Florida mother's fate was ruled a suicide - with the service gun of the boyfriend she'd just broken up with, a deputy sheriff, found next to her body. In a joint investigation with The New York Times, this program probes how the consequent probe was handled by fellow officers in that locale.

Chopped
10 p.m. on FOOD

The new episode "Ultimate Tournament: Pros" opens with an initial battle between four professional chefs to see which of them will represent the pros in the finale. They tackle such tasks as wrangling and cooking eels and figuring out how to incorporate a super-salty vegetable into an appetizer, then work with a bird and a soda in the entree round. Finally, the dessert basket holds a creepy chocolate item and a "special" cheese.

Tyrant
10 p.m. on FX

Just as he is about to betray and depose Jamal (Ashraf Barhom), Barry (Adam Rayner) receives troublesome news that threatens to destroy everything he's worked so hard for in the Season 1 finale, "Gone Fishing." Meanwhile, fueled by paranoia, Jamal's rising suspicions lead him to question the loyalty of those closest to him. Jennifer Finnigan also stars in this new episode.

Food Paradise
10 p.m. on TRAV

The season finale, a new episode called "Burrito Paradise," unwraps some of the tastiest burritos across the country, from carnitas that have been marinated in Coca-Cola in Colorado to a hot and cheesy lobster burrito in Maine and a North Carolina deep-fried catfish burrito that comes drenched in hot sauce.

Sullivan & Son
10 p.m. on WTBS

The new episode "Sullivan's Travels" takes its title from a famous 1941 Preston Sturges movie classic, but its premise is straight out of "It's a Wonderful Life." Steve (Steve Byrne) is feeling frustrated that he never seems to get time off from the bar, so Jack (Dan Lauria) shows him what life would have been like if Steve hadn't been around for some crucial moments in the lives of his family and friends.


WEDNESDAY AUGUST 27, 2014

The Middle
8 p.m. on ABC

The concept of "Office Hours" usually doesn't apply at home, but Frankie (Patricia Heaton) institutes it for her children. She has a need to get organization back into her life, including on the domestic front, and she feels that corralling the kids' input will be a help. Mike (Neil Flynn) worries that Darrin (John Gammon) is monopolizing Sue's (Eden Sher) time by being a constant presence at the Heck house. Atticus Shaffer also stars.

Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation
8 p.m. on PBS

As the title suggests, this series offers striking aerial views of various regions of the world, starting here at home with the episode "North America." Some of the country's most famous sights - and sites, for that matter - are featured, including the Grand Canyon, the Great Plains and San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. When it's said that they're seen from a bird's-eye view, that's literal: Bald eagles and snow geese are shown soaring over them.

So You Think You Can Dance
8 p.m. on FOX

With her knack for movement, confirmed by her medals in figure skating, Tara Lipinski has the expertise to be a guest judge on this show. She returns to the panel in the new episode "Top 4 Perform & Eliminations," the series' penultimate telecast this season - since the winner will be announced next week. Those remaining in the contest get new partners to dance with, and they're also paired with one another. Cat Deeley is the host.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8 p.m. on CW

"Water Tanks for the Memories" is the title of this new episode, strongly suggesting that someone is going to get very wet before the hour is over. Penn & Teller likely will stay dry, though, as they assess another crop of talents hoping to perform with the duo in Las Vegas. Lee Hathaway, Jack Tapperel and Laura London are the contenders here. Jonathan Ross is the host.

Young & Hungry
8 p.m. on FAM

Josh (Jonathan Sadowski) is turning 30 and Gabi (Emily Osment), who is struggling to sort out her feelings about his upcoming marriage to Caroline (Mallory Jansen), makes a very personal gift to mark this milestone occasion. When Caroline totally forgets his big day, however, Gabi puts aside thoughts of herself and lets Mallory present the gift as her own to spare Josh's feelings in the new episode "Young & Hungry (...and getting married!)."

The Goldbergs
8:30 p.m. on ABC

When Murray (Jeff Garlin) doesn't want something, he doesn't want it - and the "something" is a new chair in "For Your Own Good." Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) remains undaunted and gets him one anyway, making him eager to even the score with her. Adam's (Sean Giambrone) campaign against a school bully comes to involve Barry (Troy Gentile), much to Adam's eventual regret. George Segal and Hayley Orrantia also star.

Mystery Girls
8:30 p.m. on FAM

In the season finale, a new episode called "The Killer Returns," Charlie and Holly (Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling) discover there is indeed such a thing as bad publicity when they learn that the killer from the murder investigation that brought them back together is on the loose yet again and stalking the Mystery Girls, thanks to their recent commercial.

Modern Family
9 p.m. on ABC

It's funny how a little lie can grow to epic proportions - or maybe not, as Phil (Ty Burrell) finds in "Sleeper." His inability to accomplish one simple duty prompts him to try to cover it up from Claire (Julie Bowen), but that becomes increasingly tougher to do. Gloria (Sofia Vergara) also makes something bigger than it needs to be, as she's charged with assembling everyone for a family portrait. Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson also star.

NOVA
9 p.m. on PBS

At a time when the "Sharknado" TV movies have done big business, there's increased awareness of - and interest in - what the title of this episode spells out: "Why Sharks Attack." Of course, the program takes a much more serious approach to the subject, with American and Australian shark experts taking scientific views of what provokes the so-called "eating machines." There's an urgency for answers as shark populations increase in some areas.

The 100
9 p.m. on CW

Clarke and Bellamy (Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley) disagree on how to handle Murphy (Richard Harmon), who's returned to camp claiming that he was captured and tortured by the Grounders. Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) sneaks off to find Lincoln (Ricky Whittle) and comes back with a warning for the 100. A mysterious virus forces many residents of the camp into quarantine in "I Am Become Death." Devon Bostick also stars.

Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles
9 p.m. on BRAVO

In the new episode "English Beat Down," David and James crash Josh Altman's brokers open house for the deluxe listing they lost to him, trash-talking the property to guests in front of Josh. The pair also land a $48 million estate - the largest listing of their careers - but nearly come to blows over the best way to market it.

Bring It!
9 p.m. on LIFE

Miss D uses some tough love on the Baby Dancing Dolls to whip them into shape for their first throwdown with their number-one rival, the Baby Prancing Tigerettes. Meanwhile, Rittany, Crystianna's aunt, struggles to keep up with the rest of the squad when the Dancing Doll Parents get a chance to perform a full routine at competition in the new episode "Baby Dolls vs. Baby Tigerettes."

Legends
9 p.m. on TNT

As part of a gambit to track the sale of VX gas and rescue kidnapped chemist Richard Hubbard (guest star David Meunier), Martin (Sean Bean) assumes the persona of international arms dealer Dante Auerbach, who is known as the "Lord of War." His ruse leads Martin to a beautiful arms dealer (guest star Necar Zadegan) who is the right hand of a shadowy Chechen mobster in the new episode "Lords of War."

Motive
10 p.m. on ABC

An undercover cop (guest star Kenny Johnson) is the killer in the season finale, "For You I Die." The case has a personal bent: The victim is Sergeant Cross' (Warren Christie) girlfriend, prosecutor Samantha Turner (Laura Mennell). The murder has links to an investigation 10 years earlier, a shooting that has left Angie (Kristin Lehman) and Cross troubled ever since. Aliyah O'Brien, alias Holly on "Rookie Blue," also guest stars.

Operation Maneater
10 p.m. on PBS

Think of the animal and reptile kingdoms, and you probably have your own immediate answer to what defines a "maneater." In this new special, veterinarian Mark Evans looks at three examples, using technology to demonstrate how such predators and their human prey can coexist. The great white shark, the Nile crocodile and the polar bear are spotlighted - also in terms of how they can continue to survive, rather than be killed in retaliation for attacks.

Top Chef Duels
10 p.m. on BRAVO

This new episode finds two popular previous cheftestants, neither of whom previously won a "Top Chef" competition, vying for a shot at the big prize: Chris "CJ" Jacobson and Stefan Richter. "Ceej," as the very tall Jacobson was known to friends, is a cancer survivor as well as the current executive chef of Girasol in Studio City, Calif. Richter, who hails from Finland, was known for his unlikely combination of arrogance and European charm.

Restaurant: Impossible
10 p.m. on FOOD

The new episode "No Laughing Matter" finds Robert at Uncle Andy's Diner in Portland, Maine, where the owner, a part-time stand-up comic, spends more time telling jokes to customers than paying attention to the quality of the food - or even to how his recent success as a comic is taking a toll on his family relationships.

The Bridge
10 p.m. on FX

In a new episode called "Goliath," Marco's (Demian Bichir) tainted history comes to light while Sonya (Diane Kruger) visits a stranger from her past. Elsewhere, Frye (Matthew Lillard) finally takes things a step too far, while Eleanor's (Franka Potente) loyalties are tested. Ramon Franco also stars.

Graceland
10 p.m. on USA

Uh-oh. Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) learns that someone in Graceland knows about his shady personal history and even has hard evidence of his past crimes, so he vows to do whatever he must to take down this threat in the new episode "Home." Meanwhile, the team tries to pull off a major bank heist to steal money from Mike's (Aaron Tveit) chief adversary. Carmine Giovinazzo and Brit Morgan guest star.

Taxi Brooklyn
10:01 p.m. on NBC

What a bad time for a blackout: Cat (Chyler Leigh) brings a gang leader (guest star Marcos Palma) into the precinct for interrogation when the lights go out across much of Brooklyn in the new episode "The Longest Night." The suspect gets hold of a gun and starts shooting. Even worse? Cat learns someone at the station furnished the weapon, forcing her to ponder which of her colleagues is the traitor. And worse than that? The shooter's peers besiege the place.

Wahlburgers
10:01 p.m. on A&E

Paul's already over-committed day - which includes an interview, a visit to an oyster farm and a skateboarding event with his son - threatens to reach critical mass when Mark insists he meet with the Boston mayor to discuss a new Wahlburgers location in the new episode "Meet the Press." Paul also frets that the very candid childhood stories Alma shares with a visiting reporter will make it into the story.

Franklin & Bash
10:01 p.m. on TNT

Peter and Jared (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer) represent a taxi driver who is accused of teaming up with an accomplice posing as a passenger to steal celebrity handbags in the new episode "Love Is the Drug." Meanwhile, Infeld (Malcolm McDowell) reignites an old feud when he punches a local restaurateur (guest star John Michael Higgins) who has removed Infeld's caricature from display in his eatery. Mike Tyson also guest stars.


THURSDAY AUGUST 28, 2014

Hollywood Game Night
8 p.m. on NBC

NFL veteran Jerome Bettis is among the celebrity players in an episode that clearly gives the hour its title, "The Pittsburgh Steal-ers!" Michael Weatherly ("NCIS"), Lauren Graham ("Parenthood"), Joe Manganiello ("True Blood"), Gillian Jacobs ("Community") and Rita Wilson - alias Mrs. Tom Hanks - are the other personalities trying to help regular-citizen team captains win $25,000 through a series of games. Jane Lynch is the host.

The Vampire Diaries
8 p.m. on CW

Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Stefan (Paul Wesley, who also directed the episode) have disturbing dreams about the life they might have had together. Grams (Jasmine Guy) warns Bonnie (Kat Graham) about changes on the Other Side. After giving Damon (Ian Somerhalder) some unsolicited relationship advice, Enzo (Michael Malarkey) confesses he's looking for a woman he loved long ago. Liv (Penelope Mitchell) spearheads an effort to track the Travelers in "Resident Evil."

Great Performances
9 p.m. on PBS

One of the world's titans among violinists is featured in the new offering "Rejoice With Itzhak Perlman," in which he and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot offer new takes on traditional and liturgical selections. The music is presented in arrangements designed for chamber orchestras, as well as for klezmer renderings. Offering related comments are author-professor Elie Wiesel, Oscar winner Joel Grey ("Cabaret") and veteran singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka.

The Originals
9 p.m. on CW

Genevieve (Elyse Levesque) asks Elijah (Daniel Gillies) for permission to celebrate a traditional feast day publicly with her coven. After disagreeing with Monique (Yasmine Al-Bustami) about what the ancestors want from them, Genevieve reveals her plan to increase the witches' power. Klaus (Joseph Morgan) suspects Elijah has an ulterior motive for restoring their home to its former glory. Phoebe Tonkin also stars in "The Big Uneasy."

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

After stalling for as long as she could, Kim finally is forced to accept Kroy's challenge and face her intense phobia about camping in the new episode "Outward Bound." That doesn't mean she's going to go quietly, asking Shun to style her in over-the-top camo fashion while her husband tries to prepare the family for coping in the wild. Kroy may need some survival tips himself, accompanied as he is by two women, two teenagers and a toddler.

Rush
9 p.m. on USA

A rock star whom Rush (Tom Ellis) is treating introduces him to a hallucinogenic drug that drives the misbehaving doctor to a personal epiphany in the new episode "Because I Got High." Alex (Larenz Tate), meanwhile, gets a vivid taste of his buddy's hard-partying lifestyle when he takes a call on Rush's behalf. Elsewhere, Eve (Sarah Habel) notices personal effects are disappearing from her apartment. Laurie Fortier and Colin Cunningham guest star.

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

Amy Poehler - an executive producer of this series and the sister of its star, Greg Poehler - plays herself again in the new episode "Homesick/Lagom." She wants Bruce (Greg) to return to New York and help her with tax problems, forcing him to debate whether to leave Sweden. She enlists Aubrey Plaza (also playing herself again) to convince him to come back to America. Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) tries to help Bruce make his mark with Swedish celebrities.

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

Jenna (Kacey Rohl) second-guesses her recent life and career decisions in the new episode "Jenna's Presentation." Her invitation to speak at her former high school is withdrawn by a student (guest star Natalie Ganzhoen) who believes Jenna gave up on her potential. Ceil (Andrea Martin) dips a toe into the pool of online dating, with Sandy and Jimmy (Azura Skye, Benjamin Arthur) keeping close watch on how she fares.

Extreme Guide to Parenting
9:30 p.m. on BRAVO

Staunch subscribers to a strong jiu jitsu lifestyle, Jen and Troi put most of their energy into training their four kids to be formidable warriors, but oldest daughter Leila wants to spend time exploring her passion for dance as well. Meanwhile, in another household, Darlene Brooks doesn't believe you get a second chance to make a good first impression in the new episode "The Highly Disciplined Warriors & the Total Package."

Elementary
10 p.m. on CBS

He may be based in New York, but that doesn't mean Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) has no contact with other British sleuths. He and Watson (Lucy Liu) encounter operatives from MI-6 in "Art in the Blood," as a murder case takes on international overtones. Watson also is given cause to reassess her connections to both Holmes and his brother Mycroft (Rhys Ifans). Emily Bergl ("Shameless") guest stars.

Beat Bobby Flay
10 p.m. on FOOD

Jersey's Carlos Serrano, aka "the Empanada Guy," and L.A. chef Rina Younan give new meaning to "burning down the house" as they battle for a chance to beat Bobby Flay, with the victor selected by Alton Brown and TV personality Daphne Oz ("The Chew"). Judges for the main battle between the winner of this preliminary round and Flay are restaurateur Eugene Remm and chefs Michael Psilakis and Ivy Stark in the new episode "Out of the Pan and Into the Fire."

Married
10 p.m. on FX

In a new episode called "Waffles & Pizza," AJ and Lina (Brett Gelman, Judy Greer) try to persuade Russ (Nat Faxon) to consider a real estate deal that strikes him as pretty dodgy. Elsewhere, Jess' (Jenny Slate) boss puts her in an uncompromising position.


FRIDAY AUGUST 29, 2014

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

Russell (Ted Danson) is at the heart of a case more than ever in "The Fallen," as he becomes a hostage of a teen who unleashes gunfire inside a police station. As his CSI comrades do what they can to ensure his safety from outside, Russell puts all of his experience to use in trying to reason with the young perpetrator (guest star Brendan Meyer) and help a wounded victim (guest star Matt Shively). Elisabeth Shue, George Eads and Paul Guilfoyle also star.

Last Man Standing
8 p.m. on ABC

Bud (guest star Robert Forster) becomes a crime victim in "Parenting Bud," mugged while taking items out of his truck. Mike (Tim Allen) then tries to advise his dad on handling such a dilemma should it ever occur again. Vanessa (Nancy Travis) decides to talk with her daughters (Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever, Amanda Fuller) about dealing with her and Mike as they all get older.

Masters of Illusion
8 p.m. on CW

Series host Dean Cain used to play the Man of Steel, so it's undoubtedly a kick for him to preside over the new episode "Walk Through Steel." That stunt is certain to be a challenge for anyone who performs it here, but it's probably something that's been done before - and many times, at that. The featured illusionists are Jarrett & Raja, Murray SawChuck, Tom Burgoon, Rick Thomas, Michael Giles, Michael Turco and David & Dania.

Avatar
8 p.m. on FX

Writer-director James Cameron's Oscar-winning, visually dazzling and ecologically responsible saga uses extensive "motion-capture" animation as a paraplegic Marine (Sam Worthington) is brought to a planet called Pandora. His scientifically engineered alter ego, or "avatar," is enlisted to help mine the planet for resources needed on Earth, but his goal changes as he empathizes ever more deeply with the land's native people, the Na'vi.

Portrait of Jennie
8 p.m. on TCM

Joseph Cotten and Jennifer Jones star in this 1948 fantasy adapted from a novella by Robert Nathan, about a 1930s-era New York artist (Cotten) who meets and becomes fascinated by a strange young beauty (Jones) who, he comes to realize, seems to live in a different time stream than he does. The film didn't do very well on its initial release, yet now is regarded as a classic of its genre. Joseph H. August won a posthumous Oscar for his haunting cinematography.

Hawaii Five-0
9 p.m. on CBS

When a pool cleaner is murdered, Five-0's investigation leads to the discovery of a group of radicalized students who may be planning a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Michelle Borth star in "Pe'epe'e Kanaka" - Hawaiian for "those among us." Guest stars include Sasha Pieterse ("Pretty Little Liars") and "All My Children" alum Eden Riegel.

American Masters
9 p.m. on PBS

A legendary photographer is recalled in the new profile "Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning," clearly a labor of love for her granddaughter, Emmy winner Dyanna Taylor - the program's producer, director, writer and narrator. Lange captured images of American history at its most tumultuous, her shot known as "Migrant Mother" an enduring symbol of the Depression. World War Ii internment camps and the Dust Bowl were among her other subjects.

Bones
9 p.m. on FOX

You're attending a funeral, and suddenly, the person being mourned ... walks in. That doesn't happen too often, but it does in "The Turn in the Urn," prompting Brennan and Booth (Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz) to wonder just whose remains have been cremated. The case only gets stickier when they determine the ashes are those of three different people. Finn (guest star Luke Kleintank) experiences professional joy and personal upset at the same time.

Bering Sea Gold
9 p.m. on DISC

In a new episode called "Gold Luck: Nome, Alaska" the harsh reality of the brutal winter season and all that it entails for their work begins to set in for the crews, and both tempers and egos begin to flare, putting a major strain on long-standing relationships.

Monumental Mysteries
9 p.m. on TRAV

Don travels to Michigan to explore a mansion that was built on the foundation of a very sweet swindle, then moves on to Colorado to investigate an incident in which the town of Granby was menaced by a mechanical monster. Finally, in New York's Central Park, he gets to the roots of a violent uprising that left this bucolic setting changed forever in the new episode "The House That Sugar Built, Kill Dozer, and Rocking Chair Riots."

Airplane Repo
10 p.m. on DISC

Danny and Ken find themselves going full out as they race againsat rival repo men to land the biggest yacht heist of their careers in the new episode "Low Tide." Mike unwittingly finds himself sucked into a very high-stakes game of chicken between a Lamborghini and a $6 million Lear jet. Kevin reconnects with an old friend, Gary Cobb, and tries to steal an aircraft from the Redneck Riviera.


SATURDAY AUGUST 30, 2014

Person of Interest
8 p.m. on CBS

A surveillance-savvy youngster (guest star Danielle Kotch) is pinpointed by the Machine as a potential crime victim in "Razgovor." Shaw (Sarah Shahi) is both baffled by and admiring of the youngster while trying to keep her from harm. Carter (Taraji P. Henson) runs the risk of having her real purpose exposed as she continues her pursuit of a criminal organization. Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson also star.

Rio
8 p.m. on FAM

An animated confection for (or at least from) the birds, this colorful 2011 fantasy reunites - vocally, anyway - Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, who played siblings on "Get Real" before their movie fame. A macaw (voice by Eisenberg) is taken to Brazil, potentially to mate with another of the last of their kind (voice by Hathaway). As might be expected, it's not that simple. Additional voices are supplied by George Lopez, Jane Lynch and Jamie Foxx.

Cedar Cove
8 p.m. on HALL

Olivia (Andie MacDowell) clashes with cocky new Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Jennings (guest star Cindy Busby), who sees Luke's (Jesse Hutch) assault case as her ticket out of the Cedar Cove. She's also bad news for Jack (Dylan Neal), who watches Rebecca flirting with Eric (Tom Stevens) even as Jack is trying to keep Olivia from bumping into his old flame Jeri (guest star Julia Benson), a former newsroom colleague, in the new episode "One Day at a Time."

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
8 p.m. on HBO

The quest of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his comrades continues in director Peter Jackson's second film from J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy saga. The dwarves continue to seek the magical ring that will restore ownership of their homeland to them, but they have to survive some frightening perils first. As a character created for the film, Evangeline Lilly ("Lost") joins a cast that also includes Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett.

How to Marry a Millionaire
8 p.m. on TCM

The first film ever shot in the then-new CinemaScope wide-screen technique, this witty 1953 comedy stars Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable as three young gold diggers who sublet and share a luxurious New York penthouse from a millionaire (David Wayne) to use as bait to hook rich husbands. The movie's success inspired a 1957 TV adaptation with future "I Dream of Jeannie" star Barbara Eden in the Grable role.

Bait
9 p.m. on SYFY

Maybe they should have called it "Sushinami." Phoebe Tonkin ("The Originals") has a featured role in this budget-challenged 2012 horror film that, in part, is set in a grocery store that has just been inundated by a tsunami. As if that's not bad enough, the big wave also has swept some sharks into the aisles of the store, where they play a deadly version of "Supermarket Sweep" with the unlucky patrons. Richard Brancatisano and Xavier Samuel also star.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10 p.m. on NBC

Amaro (Danny Pino) seeks advice from his old colleague John Munch (Richard Belzer) when his recklessness gets him in trouble with Internal Affairs - again. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) faces a life-changing decision after discovering she has a personal connection to a suspect in a rape and robbery ring targeting male tourists. Ice-T and Kelli Giddish also star in "Spring Awakening." Peter Hermann, Hargitay's real-life husband, guest stars.

Prisoners
10 p.m. on MAX

A big image shift for Hugh Jackman is a highlight of this intense 2013 melodrama. After his young daughter and a friend vanish, a likely suspect (Paul Dano) is released from police custody for lack of evidence ... prompting the desperate dad to conduct his own brand of interrogation. Jake Gyllenhaal also does solid work as a detective trying to solve the case. The strong cast boasts Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard and Melissa Leo as well.

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