Weekend Watching | What to watch August 1-4, 2019
The royal families of stock car racing. The teen offspring of Disney’s evilest villains. She-Ra and a horde of evildoers. Jason Priestley as a millionaire with a dark side. Get your TiVo® ready – this weekend promises to be a good one for network TV. And there’s some great stuff coming to Netflix, Prime, and Hulu, too. Here’s what to watch from August 1-4 coming to your TV this weekend.
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Thursday August 1
BBQ Brawl: Flay V. Symon
Reality. Thursday, August 1. Food, 9pm. New.
Just in time for summer, host Bobby Flay goes up against fellow Iron Chef Michael Symon in this four-episode spectacle. Watch and learn as Bobby and Michael school eight competitive BBQers.
Flip or Flop
Reality. Thursday, August 1. HGTV, 9pm. New. Season 9.
Each episode begins with the once-married couple Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead making a cash purchase at house auction, often taking the risk of buying sight unseen. We then watch them attempt to flip it, and then see if it sells… or if it flops.
Going for Sold
Reality. Thursday, August 1. HGTV, 11pm. New.
Duo Mary and Jon Pierre Tjon-Joe-Pin turn dumpy homes with serious renovation challenges into charming and affordable properties.
Friday August 2
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Reality. Friday, August 2. CMT, 9pm. Season 14.
In keeping with yearly tradition, the search for the newest members of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad will be televised. And the competition will be fierce… past seasons have included a former USA gymnast and a biomedical engineer. Who will have the honor of wearing blue and white?
Basketball or Nothing
Reality/Sports. Friday, August 2. Netflix. New.
Chinle High School’s basketball team is on a quest to win the state championships and bring pride to their small community in the heart of Arizona’s Navajo Nation. Join the team for the dramatic ups and downs on their hopeful mission to win state.
A Black Lady Sketch Show
Comedy. Friday, August 2. HBO, 11p. New.
Created, written, and starring Robin Thede (The Rundown with Robin Thede, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore), and executive produced by co-star Issa Rae (Awkward Black Girl, Insecure), the show features sketches performed by a cast of Black female comedians and celebrity guests.
Dear White People
Comedy/Drama. Friday, August 2. Netflix. Season 3.
Justin Simien’s Netflix original (an adaptation of his 2014 film of the same title) follows a group of Black students of an Ivy League school. It focuses on campus radio show host Sam White (Logan Browning) and her friends and tackles issues from racism, to bullying, abortion, and the alt-right. Simien promises season 3 “will be crazy,” and will feature new guest cast members including Blair Underwood, Laverne Cox, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Flavor Flav. And the narrator, played by Giancarlo Esposito, will appear on screen this season.
Comedy. Friday, August 2. Netflix. Season 2.
We don’t want to say anything about season 2, because it already premiered in Ireland in March… which means that the internet is filthy with spoilers. So just watch it asap.
Musical/Family. Friday, August 2. Disney, 8pm. Movie.
The teen offspring of Disney’s evilest villains are back on the Isle of the Lost to recruit a new batch of villainous offspring. Mal (Dove Cameron), Evie (Sofia Carson), Carlos (Cameron Boyce) and Jay (BooBoo Stewart) must protect the kingdom from nemeses Uma (China Anne McClain) and Hades (Cheyenne Jackson).
Into the Dark: School Spirit
Drama/Horror. Friday, August 2. Hulu.
A group of teens who would otherwise never associate with each other assemble in detention. Then things go terribly wrong. It’s like if the Breakfast Club went horror.
A Lover Scorned
MOVIE Drama. Friday, August 2. LMN, 8pm. Movie
Brooke (Emilie de Ravin of Lost, Once Upon a Time) seeks to regain a sense of value from her loveless marriage through an affair with Jake (Leo Howard of G.I. Joe), an aggressive insurance agent. They get the notion to murder Brooke’s husband Stephen (Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Supernatural) and collect on his life insurance policy. But then plot twist… Jake becomes kind of psycho… who knew? Brooke is left to pick up the pieces before she becomes a victim.
Comedy. Friday, August 2. Netflix. Movie.
Lonely and forgotten on Mother’s Day, three suburban moms (Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett, and Felicity Huffman) road trip to New York City to reconnect with their grownup sons and set them straight. Turns out their sons are not the only ones whose lives need to change.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
Animation/Family. Friday, August 2. Netflix. Season 3.
Orphan Adora discovers a magic sword that transforms her into a warrior princess known as She-Ra. She-Ra connects with a group of like-minded magical princesses who all have a common goal: to fight evil. In season 3, things get tricky when her friends decide to hang back with the evil Horde. Magical warriors can be so fickle.
Reality. Friday, August 2. CMT, 10pm. New.
Lake Norman, N.C.: Home of the royal families of stock car racing. We’ll get a taste of how “the other half” of the racing world lives. Samantha Busch, Ashley Busch, Amber Balcaen, Whitney Ward Dillon and Mariel Lane star.
This Is Football
Documentary/Sports. Friday, August 2. Prime Video. Miniseries.
A thoughtful look at the impact of football (or soccer to some) on humans of different races, genders, cultures and beliefs across all of the Earth’s continents. The show explores universal themes of the human experience and the sport’s unique role in it – from the rebuilding of Rwanda after genocide, to the dedication behind the rise of women’s football, to stories where the love of the game transcends adversity. It also highlights, of course, the global joy of watching a well-played match.
Saturday August 3
Drama. Saturday, August 3. Lifetime, 8pm. Movie.
Even if you didn’t watch the prequel “Angel,” Heaven (Annalise Basso) starting a new life with Tony (Jason Priestley) in his exquisite Boston mansion is a great place to pick up. But surprise! Love and riches aren’t all they are cracked up to be for Heaven, who is soon caught in a wild world of evil and deceit.
Anime. Saturday, August 3. Adult Swim. New.
50 years from now, an oppressive regime threatens to conquer the world. Enter weaponized neuroscience and a group of brave souls ready to sacrifice everything to save the people.
Starring the voices of Dakota Fanning, Maisie Williams, Kōichi Yamadera, Asia Kate Dillon, Golshifteh Farahani, and David Tennant.
Love and Sunshine
Drama. Saturday, August 3. Hallmark, 9pm. Movie.
I dare you to look at Danica McKellar and not think Winnie Cooper. Anyway, Ally Craig (Winnie) is fostering a dog to help her recover from a broken engagement. All is going according to plan, until hunk Terry (Mark Deklin), comes looking for his dog. Meet cute alert.
Sunday August 4
90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days
Reality. Sunday, August 4. TLC, 8pm. Season 3.
Look, I paused this show 15 times in the first 8 minutes just to question everything. People put their lives on hold to fly across the world and propose to someone they just met on a dating app. Publicly. On television. And they seriously, really mean it. A couple decade age difference, other relationships, gunfire, the jungles of the Amazon, the other person not being into it… nothing stands in their way.
Alaskan Bush People
Reality. Sunday, August 4. Discovery, 9pm. Season 10.
The Browns are a family of survivalists in the winter wilderness, struggling to build the infrastructure for their family ranch. This reality-documentary series follows Billy, Ami and their seven adult children who are so far away from civilization that they’ll go a half a year without seeing someone from outside of the “wolf pack” as they call themselves. According to Billy, “each one of the guys” has to “have their houses finished before the snow locks up.”
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Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: A Game of Cat and Mouse
Drama. Sunday, August 4. HMM/Hallmark, 9pm. Movie.
Someone is leaving messages at crime scenes, and Librarian-turned-sleuth Aurora Teagarden (Candace Cameron Bure) is not about to be toyed with. When it becomes apparent that jealousy over Aurora’s new relationship might be motivating the crime spree, things get personal. Also starring Niall Matter and Marilu Henner.
Music. Sunday, August 4. ABC 8pm. Special.
Carrie Underwood duets with Joan Jett. Lil Nas X, Keith Urban, and Billy Ray Cyrus perform Old Town Road together live for the first time. We do not plan to miss the televised highlights of this four-day music festival in Nashville, Tennessee. See the full lineup here.
Flip It Like Disick
Reality. Sunday, August 4. E!, 10pm. New.
How much is this house? 8 Million? Ok, worth the gamble. Watch Scott Disick flip luxury real estate in Los Angeles, while taking on some side gigs for celebrity friends.
Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj
Talk. Sunday, August 4. Netflix. Season 4.
Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show, Correspondents Dinner) enters into his fourth season in talk. Previous seasons covered topics like the Sudan protests, the Indian elections, and the political climate in Brazil.
Drama. Sunday, August 4. AMC. 9pm. Season 4.
As if dealing with hellish characters and being taken over by other-worldly powers isn’t enough to deal with while trying to keep his dad’s church running, Jessie now has to face the apocalypse in season 4. “Preacher,” based on the 1990s dark comic book franchise of the same name, is produced by Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”), Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (“Superbad,” “Neighbors”).
Documentary/Nature. Sunday, August 4. Discovery, 8pm. Miniseries.
Tour stunning African lands and witness wild animals up close and personal without leaving your sofa. Sounds like our kind of trip!
Worst Cooks in America
Reality competition. Sunday, August 4. Food, 9pm. Season 17.
Fourteen terrible cooks are sorted into teams and then challenged to recreate exact signature dishes of host celebrity chefs Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay. Some will stick around for the next episode, and others won’t last that long. Meet the recruits here.
Reality. Sunday, August 4. TLC, 10pm. Season 3.
Teen parents struggle to take on parental responsibilities – some grow up fast, and others are not quite on the level. In season we’ll meet 4 new sets of parents between 16-18, including sisters who are new parents together.
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