Thursday TV: New Case for ‘Trial & Error’

trial-and-error-kristin-chenowethOne of the best network shows of last summer, just because it was so willingly nutty, “Trial & Error” (NBC, 9 p.m.) returns for a second season with a new case, and partly a new case, with the ever-game Kristen Chenoweth charged with the murder of her husband found in a suitcase in her trunk. A second episode at 9:30 p.m. involves host of a podcast called “M Town.”

A lost, previously unbroadcast episode of “Doctor Who” (BBC America, 8 p.m.) has a story by Douglas Adams and mixes original live-action footage with hand-drawn animation, remastered footage and the original cast adding some newly-recorded voice-overs.

The ambitious drug saga “Snowfall” (FX, 10 p.m.) returns for a second season, with Franklin struggling to keep up with the demands of his growing organization.

T.I. hosts a new reality series about aspiring entrepreneurs who compete on a hip-hop styled version of “The Apprentice” called “The Grand Hustle” (BET, 10 p.m.).

An enemy layer siege to Teresa’s new winery on “Queen of the South” (USA, 9 p.m.).

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Wednesday TV: A New Line of ‘Suits’

SuitsWith Meghan Markel having left for a better position (in the royal family), and Patrick J. Adams, who played her new husband on the show, gone too, “Suits” (USA, 9 p.m.) gets a major overhaul for its eighth season that starts tonight. New season regulars include such familiar faces as Katherine Heigl, Dulé Hill and Amanda Schull. And hey, the opening credits sequence has changed too.

Hollywood takes advantage of the post All-Star break to bring athletes together for The 2018 ESPYs (ABC, 8 p.m.) hosted by Danica Patrick. Because athletes need more trophies.

“Code Black” (CBS, 10 p.m.) fades to black after tonight’s series finale after three seasons that features a plane crash.

A good use of summer air time is to run documentaries. “Girl Got Game” (CW, 8 p.m.) follows one of the few all-women teams in eSports and the first to land a major sponsor, as they prepare to play “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” at a tournament in Poland.

Speaking of eSports, the “Overwatch League Playoffs” (Disney XD, 8 p.m.) have the New York Excelsior vs. Philadelphia Fusion in game 1 of a semifinals round. It’s followed by the Los Angeles Valiant vs. London Spitfire at 10 p.m.

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Tuesday TV: The All-Star Game from D.C.

IMG_5983It’s not what it used to be, but it is what it is: Baseball’s 89th All-Star Game (Fox, 8 p.m.) gets the attention tonight from Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., where it returns since the first time in 1969. The American League has won the last five straight, but is dead even with the National League overall in the history of the meeting. And it occurs in the city where the hometown hero Bryce Harper won the Home Run Derby Monday.

“10 That Changed America” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) concentrates on American monuments, including the Statue of Liberty, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Mount Rushmore, the Lincoln Memorial and the AIDS quilt, but it also discusses controversies over Confederate monuments in the South. Geoffrey Baer hosts.

A magician named Smoothini ups his nickname status by starring in a new show of street magic called “Hip-Hop Houdini” (Fuse, 10 p.m.) in which he performs street tricks for people like Lil Jon and ASAP Ferg.

Tyra, Lil’ Yachty, Chanel West Coast and Kodi Shane are tested on the new “Celebrity Fear Factor” (MTV, 10 p.m.).

The entire new season of “UnREAL” (Hulu, streaming) is available today online. The fourth and final eight-episode season is being shown exclusively on the service after three seasons on Lifetime.

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Monday TV: Portrait of Robin Williams

robin-williamsDespite the title, the sweet and sad documentary “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind” (HBO, 8 p.m.) only offers a glimpse at what made the mile-a-minute connections made by the manic comic possible. Director Marina Zenovich suggests a rich interior life from being an only child, the influence of a nutty mom and, later, drugs, helped create the famous mercurial routines, many of which are excerpted. Some sober assessments are offered by friends and colleagues, from Billy Crystal to Steve Martin and Bobcat Goldthwait that, after Williams’ 2014 death, sound like a wake.

In another documentary tonight,  woman on a death row case second guesses their decision and seeks other jury members decades later to discuss their decision in “Lindy Jou, Juror Number 2,” making its debut on “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings).

Time for the hometown visits to the four finalists on “The Bachelorette” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

Holmes tries to protect his father on “Elementary” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

On “Salvation” (CBS, 9 p.m.), grace goes on a dangerous mission.

Can’t believe “The Proposal” (ABC, 10 p.m.) is still on the air.

“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC, 8 p.m.) moves to the Los Angeles finals.

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who is America?’

WhoIsAmericaHeavy prothetic makeup is the vehicle for Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest devilish comedy.

Lest anyone imagine he is Ali G or Borat, he’s padded with all kinds of altering makeup  to lure the famous and not so famous before his cameras under false pretenses in the elaborate prank undertaking “Who is America?” (Showtime, 10 p.m.).

Announced only last week, and promoted with ads that feature no less than a duped Dick Cheney, tonight’s premiere episode (only a half hour long, like the original “Da Ali G Show”) does not feature the former vice president, nor the former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin or Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore, who have both preemptively said they were victims.

But it does start with Sen. “Bernard” Sanders gamely trying to keep up with the ludicrous suggestions of his interviewer, a pudgy right wing conspiracy nut named Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., who rides a scooter to conserve his finite energy and has an idea of how to solve this problem of the 1 percent having all the wealth — put the other 99 percent in with the 1, he suggests. Sanders just looks dumbfounded at the math.

We move quickly to an example of the super liberal, a pony-tailed guy in an NPR T-shirt who tries to share his increasingly bizarre parenting ideas with a Republican county head in South Carolina and her husband, who listen patiently and even indulge him by letting him do his traditional pre-dinner blessing – a Native American chant that goes on and on, just as Borat once did, singing his nonsensical national anthem in minor league baseball parks.

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Also on Sunday: The World Cup Finale

WorldCupCroatiaThe day’s biggest sporting event begins this morning: Croatia vs. France (Fox, 11 a.m.) in the World Cup final.

Just behind it is the men’s championship at Wimbledon (ESPN, 9 a.m.) with Kevin Anderson vs. Novak Djokovic.

As if he’s not enough with us already, the slightly exaggerated “Our Cartoon President” (Showtime, 10:30 p.m.) is back with new episodes, in which he tries to survive the Russia investigation.

Camille searches for clues at the funeral and wake for the latest victim on “Sharp Objects” (HBO, 9 p.m.). Also, she has a couple of drinks.

“The Affair” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) lives up to its name with two scenes from the point of view of the ailing Vic and the wayfaring Cole.

Logan agrees to a family therapy session at a New Mexico ranch on “Succession” (HBO, 10 p.m.).

Uzo Aruba goes “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (NBC, 7 p.m.) in Spain’s Pyrenees Mountains.

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Saturday TV: Big Tennis Showdowns

Battle-of-the-Sexes-posterOn the day of the women’s final and men’s semifinal at Wimbledon (ESPN, 8 a.m.), here’s the premium cable premiere of “Battle of the Sexes” (HBO, 8 p.m.), the recreation of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. Carell can later be seen tonight in “40 Year Old Virgin” (Bravo, 10:56 p.m.); Stone in “Easy A” (Comedy Central, 11 p.m.).

“Planet Earth: South Pacific” (BBC America, 9 p.m.) explores the ocean islands.

A woman tries to help the loneliest chimp in the world on “Dodo Heroes” (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.).

More unseen episodes of canceled comedies are seen in double plays of “Me, Myself and I” (CBS, 8 and 8:30 p.m.) and “Living Biblically” (CBS, 9 and 9:30 p.m.).

A sing-along version of “Mamma Mia!” (NBC, 8:30 p.m.) sounds like a good idea (though everybody knows the lyrics already). It’s here to promote its own sequel “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” in theaters next week.

More big screen sequel promo comes with the return of “Hotel Transylvania” (FX, 9 p.m.) and “Hotel Transylvania” (FX, 11 p.m.).

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Friday TV: Undercover Employee

WhistleblowerSummer is a time for reruns and reality shows, of course. But there is also time for the kind of documentary series that don’t always make it to prime time network TV. The new “Whistleblower” (CBS, 8 p.m.) looks at the darker side of companies (which are usually seen in a favorable light in the time slot, on “Undercover Boss”).

Here real cases involving people who expose wrongdoing by the pediatric dental chain Kool Smiles and big pharma Bristol-Myers Squibb. TV’s “Judge Alex,” Alex Ferrer, hosts.

The summer’s one feel good story gets a quick turnaround in the special “Operation Thai Cave Rescue” (Discovery, 10 p.m.).

“Dateline” (NBC, 10 p.m.) looks back at Jonestown.

One reason Netflix broke HBO’s 17-year record for total Emmy nominations yesterday was sheer volume of product. More comes tonight with the post-apocalyptic road trip movie “How It Ends” (Netflix, streaming) with Theo James trying to impress his finance’s dad Forest Whittaker amid the struggle.

In addition to his talk show, here’s a new stand up special from the Aussie comic, “Jim Jeffries: This is Me Now” (Netflix, streaming). Plus, there is the sweet tooth cooking competition “Sugar Rush” (Netflix, streaming) and for kids, “The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants” (Netflix, streaming).

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UCB: Conjuring New Show Every Night

Upright“Seinfeld” might have been a TV show about nothing, but shows by the Upright Citizens Brigade at Woolly Mammoth literally begin with nothing.

The “Four Gorgeous Women!” as they kept calling themselves, came out on stage (a fifth person, a guy, who was listed in the program, didn’t materialize). And aside from a sci-fi themed opening warning (“Your future starts now!”), they began to collect information from the audience, from which they would create their show out of thin air.

It takes a barrel full of skill and confidence to believe you can pull this off night after night and the four vaguely familiar faces in “Damned if You Do” have it. The most familiar of the four is the ostensible leader, Shannon O’Neill, the sidekick on TV’s “The Chris Gethard Show,” who has an appealing deadpan demeanor, a good talk show host’s way of bantering with interviewees and a genuine curiosity about people.

The idea was to create scenes based on the information culled from the interviews, so it’s important that the rest of the cast – Molly Thomas, Monique Moses and Alex Dickson – listen closely for details they can spring later.

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Thursday TV: Hot Wheels Turn 50

67-camaro-1Not every benchmark of 1968 was a grim one. Let’s talk about cool toy cars that debuted a half century ago, in the “Hot Wheels: 50th Anniversary Special” (History, 8 p.m.). A classic toy zipped around on loop-de-loop tracks ended up influencing car design. What began with a die-cast custom Camaro  is lately toying with remote-controlled, Bluetooth-enabled models. More than 6 billion Hot Wheels have been sold in its 50 years, 10 every second, Mattel claims.

On the new “Carnival Kings” (Cooking, 9 p.m.), high end chef Richie Farina goes to carnivals to examine their fare and challenge the creator of things like duck sliders, as he does tonight in Tucson.

Jimmy Kimmel, Anthony Anderson and Will Arnett are guest judges on “The Gong Show” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

On “Detroiters” (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.), Tim is burned on the internet.

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