Archive for August, 2014


Sunday, August 17th

The Great Food Truck Race, season premiere at 9pm on Food

The Great Food Truck Race is back for round four and our longest route ever! This season features over 4,000 miles of breakdowns, obstacles and challenges. We’ve got eight brand-new teams of dreamers: they all have heart, they all have skills, and all they need is a truck. Each week, the teams will roll into a new city and spend a frantic weekend cooking and selling, scheming and strategizing. The last team standing wins $50,000 and their food truck — a business that will change their lives forever.

Monday, August 18th

Dora and Friends: Into the City!, series premiere at 8pm on Nickelodeon

– Together, all for one! Get ready for big adventures with Dora and Friends: Into the City! Dora’s moved to a beautiful pan-Latino metropolis by the sea called Playa Verde, entered a diverse new school, and is busier than ever. She’s also found a new group of friends–Alana, Emma, Naiya, Kate, and Pablo–with a shared passion for learning and exploring who join her on new pop/rock-infused adventures in the city. But this is no ordinary city. Down side streets, in the park, even under the school, there are portals to magical worlds filled with surprises, obstacles and villains waiting to test our friends with curricular challenges and exciting emotional stakes. Armed with an ancient magical charm bracelet, a trusted Map App, and the strength that comes from working with bright, funny, and loving friends, Dora invites preschoolers to join her in saving the day, solving problems, speaking Spanish, and giving back to the community.

Dallas, midseason premiere at 9pm on TNT

Tuesday, August 19th

A Young Doctor’s Notebook, season premiere at 10pm on Ovation

– Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Million Dollar Arm) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Kill Your Darlings) return for Season Two of A Young Doctor’s Notebook, the critically-acclaimed black comedy series based on the memoirs of a young doctor’s life in a remote village in early 20th century Russia. Season Two picks up in 1935 with the older doctor returning to his former infirmary to collect the pieces of his shattered life. Reliving his battle with morphine addiction, and his doomed romantic choices, Hamm’s character watches his younger self struggle to survive against the backdrop of the Bolshevik Revolution. Based on a collection of short stories by celebrated Russian playwright Mikhail Bulgakov.

Wizard Wars, series premiere at 10pm on Syfy

Penn & Teller headline this competition series, which takes viewers behind the scenes of magic by challenging a new team of magicians each week to create the most jaw-dropping illusions using an array of random objects and transforming them into eye-popping miracles. The winning team of challengers in the first round then take on the expert “home team” of world-renowned wizards: Two-time World Championship of Magic winner Gregory Wilson; Wynn Resort resident magician Shimshi; YouTube sensation Justin Flom, and internationally renowned mentalist Angela Funovits. Judges on the show include the aforementioned Penn & Teller, Jason Latimer and Christen Gerhart.

Wednesday, August 20th

Preachers of LA, season premiere at 10pm on Oxygen

– Known for their fiery sermons, community outreach and passionate followings, pastors have become iconic, beloved, and sometimes polarizing figures in modern culture. Yet, few people have access to these larger-than-life men away from the pulpit. Until now. We’re thrilled to introduce Preachers of L.A, a rare glimpse into the lives of six high-profile pastors from Los Angeles. From pro skateboarder Pastor Jay Haizlip to Grace Jones’ brother Bishop Noel Jones to Bishop Clarence McClendon, who reaches 250 million homes via international broadcast each week, Preachers of L.A. will explore the human side of these ambitious and very powerful men of faith.

Epic Ink, series premiere at 10:30pm on A&E

Meet Chris, 51, and his out-of-this-world team of tattoo artist at Area-51 Tattoo as they bring comics, cartoons and fantasy to life in eye-popping ink. Chris-51 tattoos a rabid fan with Raphael from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Heather crafts an epic portrait of Sloth and Chuck from The Goonies and Chris Jones brands a Schwarzenegger devotee with the ultimate homage to Ah-nold.

Friday, August 22nd

BoJack Horseman, streaming on Netflix

– Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the ’90s … 20 years later. BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show “Horsin’ Around,” but today he’s washed up, living in a Hollywood bachelor pad, complaining about everything, and sometimes wearing colorful sweaters. Set in an L.A. where humans and anthropomorphic animal-people coexist, BoJack Horseman is about one man (well, horse-man) who peaked too early and must figure out what to do next.

Saturday, August 23rd

Intruders, series premiere at 10pm on BBC America

– From writer and executive producer Glen Morgan (The X-Files), Intruders is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. A contemporary, chilling, paranormal tale set in the moody Pacific Northwest, the eight part series spins a fascinating and complex web of drama. As strange, apparently unrelated events start happening, multiple story-lines – a missing wife, an assassin covering his crimes, a child on the run – begin to intertwine to reveal a conspiracy that will forever change our understanding of human nature.

Doctor Who, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on BBC America

– The Doctor is an alien Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who travels through all of time and space in his TARDIS. His current travel companion is Clara Oswald, though he has a long list of friends and companions who have shared journeys with him. Instead of dying, the Doctor is able to “regenerate” into a new body, taking on a new personality with each regeneration. Eleven actors, plus John Hurt, have played the Doctor thus far.

Sunday, August 10th

Gym Rescue, series premiere at 10pm on Spike

– MMA legends Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock use their years of expertise in the business of mixed martial arts to help turn struggling gyms into thriving enterprises. Together this dynamic duo has the know-how and track record to help take a failing gym on the ropes and turn it into a champion.

Fat Guys in the Woods, series premiere at 10pm on Weather

– For thousands of years, man lived wild. He made fire, built shelter, and hunted food with his own two hands…but as he got smarter, his waist got bigger. Now, it’s time to get guys off of the couch and into the weather on TWC’s Fat Guys in the Woods. The Weather Channel’s Survival Expert, Creek Stewart, will train these men in how to build shelter, start fire and hunt with nothing but their bare hands, and maybe a condom or a gum wrapper. Three men, one week and one objective: to learn the skills that make a man… a man. This show is not about making fun of fat guys. It’s about giving regular Joes the chance to do something they’ve only seen done by Brad Pitt-types. These guys may not have a clue how to survive on their own, but by the end of their week in the woods they’ll have the knowledge, and courage, to survive.

Monday, August 11th

The Approval Matrix, series premiere at 11pm on Sundance TV

– SundanceTV presents its new original series hosted by comedian Neal Brennan — co-creator of Chappelle’s Show and recurring director for Inside Amy Schumer. Inspired by New York Magazine’s pop culture roundup, The Approval Matrix is a funny, provocative talk show about our current cultural obsession. For six weekly episodes, Brennan and a panel of insiders/celebrities/critics will hilariously debate today’s most controversial entertainment/news items.

Tuesday, August 12th

4th and Loud, series premiere at 9pm on AMC

– AMC’s new docu-series takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the LA KISS Arena Football team’s inaugural season with owners Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS fame, along with additional owners, long-time KISS manager Doc McGhee, managing partner/owner Brett Bouchy, and president/owner Schuyler Hoversten, as they and the dedicated players and coaches work to give arena football a rock and roll makeover and turn LA’s first professional football team in years into a winning franchise. Rock n’ Roll and sports will collide as two of entertainment’s biggest showmen try to once again break all the rules.

Sisterhood of Hip-Hop, series premiere at 9pm on Oxygen

– With Grammy-Award winning recording artist T.I. as Executive Producer, this powerful and uplifting series follows the next generation of female hip-hop artists Siya, Nyemiah Supreme, Diamond, Brianna Perry and Bia as they live, love and work towards their dream of becoming the next big breakout star, which has always been a man’s game and these ladies are rewriting the rules of the music scene. Discovered and mentored by hip-hop icons, these creative and ambitious women are making it while breaking boundaries and defying doubters. While they realize that their lives are a work in progress, they are at a crossroads, and are finding their unique voices. Can they support and collaborate with one another in order to make their dreams a reality?

The Singles Project, series premiere at 10pm on Bravo

– The new, innovative docu-series follows a group of young, successful New York singles (including a former high school classmate of mine) as they search for love and strive to conquer the city that never sleeps. Viewers will help these undeniable catches overcome their hang-ups, which may include getting over an ex, managing their high expectations or broadening their dating horizons so they can eventually find “the one.” Marking the first real-time dating docu-series in the U.S., each episode will be shot and aired within the same week. This addictive series takes transmedia to the next level as fans will be able to interact with the cast and potentially impact the show through social media like never before. Whether it be helping the daters pick out their outfits for a hot date or submitting a possible match, the sky is the limit with fan engagement.

Cement Heads, series premiere at 10:30pm on A&E

– Tensions run high at the Lougheed family concrete construction business when owners Billy and Danielle are faced with a tight deadline to put in a bid on an important new job. When Billy tries to enlist the help of his father Sarge and best friend Chubby on a few simple errands, they prove to be little help. Meanwhile, his mother Joan keeps herself busy meticulously cleaning his house—even ironing his underwear.

Wednesday, August 13th

Legends, series premiere at 9pm on TNT

– Based on the award-winning book by master spy novelist Robert Littell, Legends stars Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, “The Lord of the Rings”) as Martin Odum, a FBI agent with the uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. But he begins to question his own identity when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t the man he believes himself to be.

Franklin & Bash, season premiere at 10pm on TNT

– When they’re not hanging out at their favorite hot dog stand pontificating on what they’d go through to enjoy a night with their favorite female celebrities, Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer) and Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) are chasing down their latest clients…sometimes literally. With business cards in hand, they’re ready to nab a client within seconds after a car accident, arrest for solicitation or any other incident where their legal services may be needed. Once in the courtroom, they show their flair for the dramatic and the shocking.

Wahlburgers, season premiere at 10pm on A&E

– When Donnie asks Paul to join a fantasy football league, Paul decides to enlist the help of New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski. In return, Paul gives “Gronk” a cooking lesson to prepare for an important family meal. In LA, Mark takes Drama to the dentist to take his teeth and his acting career, to the next level. And when Alma gets a new smartphone, she quickly becomes addicted to a host of new apps.

Thursday, August 14th

Braxton Family Values, season premiere at 9pm on WE tv

– As the sisters decide to pursue their dream of making a family album, tension between them erupts like never before. Before they can record a single note, they seek therapy to repair their relationship, and Towanda finally expresses her issues with her sisters. Toni takes another bow on Broadway and releases her biography. Tamar headlines her first tour. Traci signs a solo deal and works on her troubled marriage. Trina and Gabe rekindle their romance, and take their business to the next level.

Saturday, August 16th

Katt Williams: Priceless: Afterlife, comedy special at 10pm on HBO

– Katt Williams performs in an all-new stand-up special recorded in front of a live audience at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Williams takes the stage and launches into an hour of frenetic stand-up comedy, covering such topics as the allure of California weed dispensaries; how America handles tragedies; getting rid of racism in 2014; his inspirations and his favorite TV show; homophobia and the first openly gay players in major sports; aggressive police tactics; being sent to a mental institution; doctors and the problem with drug commercials; the pros and cons of being single versus being in a relationship; and more.

Monday, August 4th

Bachelor in Paradise, 2-hour series premiere at 8pm on ABC

– Some of The Bachelor’s biggest stars and villains are back. They all left The Bachelor or The Bachelorette with broken hearts, but now they know what it really takes to find love, and on Bachelor in Paradise they’ll get a second chance to find their soul mates. Contestants will live together in an isolated romantic paradise in Mexico and explore new romantic relationships.

Partners, series premiere at 9pm on FX

Partners is a half-hour, multi-camera comedy centered on the newly established partnership of high-end elitist lawyer Allen Braddock (Kelsey Grammer) and for-the-people, ethics driven lawyer Marcus Jackson (Martin Lawrence). After his father fires him from the family law firm, Allen seeks to get back in the lawyering game on his own terms – making big bucks on high profile cases via legal loopholes and skirting ethics. Recently divorced, nice-guy Marcus tries to balance family and operating his law office out of his home, doing cases for neighbors and friends pro-bono, or for baked goods. When a court ordered sanction teams Allen with Marcus in hopes that some of Marcus’ conscience will rub off, the two find themselves in a partnership nature never intended. Marcus struggles to be a good father to his sweet, albeit naive and idealistic daughter, “Laura”, a good son to his opinionated, old-school mom, “Ruth”, and even tries to get a little bit of work out of his ambivalent assistant, “Michael.” Meanwhile, Allen juggles a step daughter, “Lizzy”, who came with his brand new shiny young trophy wife. He has absolutely zero idea how to interact with her, but a few bucks is usually a good start. Together, the once-elite Braddock and “mom-and-pop” Jackson struggle to learn from each other to keep the new law firm profitable AND ethical – something neither of them has ever had. Partners is a smart, edgy legal comedy highlighting the cultural contrast between the haves, the have-nots, and the “Aww, Hell-No’s.”

Jersey Belle, series premiere at 10pm on Bravo

– New reality series Jersey Belle follows outspoken New Jersey native and entertainment publicist Jaime Primak Sullivan as she navigates life in the upscale Southern suburb of Mountain Brook, Alabama. Jaime’s life was turned upside down after she married Michael Sullivan, Mountain Brook’s “most eligible bachelor.” Surrounded by a fabulous group of girlfriends who want nothing more than to sculpt her into a Southern darling, Jaime tries to fit in to a world that is not ready for an unapologetic woman who likes to speak her mind – often with hilarious results.

The Awesomes, season premiere streaming in Hulu

– From the comedic minds of Seth Meyers (Saturday Night Live) and Mike Shoemaker (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) comes The Awesomes, a new animated show for adults about the greatest superhero team ever after all the good members quit. Showcasing the voice talents of current and past SNL stars, The Awesomes introduces a group of not-so-super heroes who just might find a way to save the world.

Tuesday, August 5th

CMA Music Festival, live awards show from 8 to 11pm on ABC

– Even if you don’t like country, you probably like some country. And with sets from Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, and Miranda Lambert (to name a few), the annual Nashville shindig has a heavy-duty pickup truck’s worth of talent this year. Plus, because it’s going down on your TV, you won’t ever get stuck in line for the Porta Pottis.

Wednesday, August 6th

My Grandmother’s Ravioli, season premiere at 8pm on Cooking

– Join the very funny Mo Rocca as he learns to cook and discover treasured family recipes and stories from grandparents in their kitchens across the country.

Top Chef Duels, series premiere at 10pm on Bravo

– Bravo Media turns up the heat in a new culinary competition series Top Chef Duels as the network brings back the best culinary talent ever seen on Top Chef and Top Chef Masters for a gastronomic battle royale of epic proportions. Hosted by celebrity chef Curtis Stone, the newest iteration of the Emmy Award-winning franchise pits 18 of the biggest, boldest, and most talked-about personalities from past seasons against one another in high-stakes cooking challenges designed to test their passion and imagination in the kitchen. In addition to his role as host, Curtis Stone will also anchor the judges’ table with Gail Simmons, while chefs Wolfgang Puck and Hugh Acheson along with other special guests will round out the judging panel throughout the series. In each episode, two chefs will face-off in three rounds of head-to-head battles testing their skill, creativity and speed. Rivalries will be intensified as Top Chef Duels ups the ante and allows the competing chefs to each pick one mini-duel based on the other’s perceived weaknesses in the kitchen. The third and final challenge of each episode will decide who moves on to compete in the ultimate high-stakes season finale where 10 chefs will be confronted with split-second decisions as they lay it all on the line in the greatest challenge of their careers. In the end, only one chef will earn bragging rights and win the $100,000 grand prize and a culinary adventure that will be featured in Food and Wine Magazine.

Thursday, August 7th

Extreme Guide to Parenting, series premiere at 9:30pm on Bravo

– Bravo gives a candid and unfiltered look into some of the unique and unconventional styles of raising children in the upcoming docu-series, Extreme Guide to Parenting. From “conscious-attachment” and “helicopter” to “hypnosis” and “push-parenting,” these moms and dads believe their parenting techniques are the best and everyone else is doing it wrong. Each hour-long episode showcases different households with alternative styles of raising their children.

Garfunkel and Oates, series premiere at 10pm on IFC

– Garfunkel and Oates centers on the aspirations and misadventures of the female comedy-folk duo Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates), and will spotlight the personal and professional lives of the duo whose career choices – singing satirical and sometimes dirty songs – leaves them with little in common with their peers, and no one but each other to turn to for support and understanding.

Black Jesus, series premiere at 11pm on Adult Swim

Aaron McGruder is the cartoonist best known for creating the controversial satirical comic strip The Boondocks, and now he has taken his signature style to live-action with Black Jesus. We join an outspoken black Jesus as he gives the secrets to Steve Jobs’ success, turns water into Hennessy, heads to the club and many more hilarious adventures. Tune in for the hilarious hijinks of a street-smart savior in Adult Swim’s Black Jesus.

7 Deadly Sins, series premiere at 11pm on Showtime

– Dark, twisted and wildly entertaining, 7 Deadly Sins proves that truth really is stranger than fiction. Acclaimed, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (“Supersize Me”) presents an outrageous, modern day interpretation of the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. Each episode presents a story around one of the sins that is so extreme you won’t believe it’s non-fiction. It’s humanity like you’ve never seen it, and you won’t be able to look away.

Friday, August 8th

Jonah From Tonga, series premiere at 10pm on HBO

– From Chris Lilley – creator, writer and star of ‘Summer Heights High,’ ‘Angry Boys’ and ‘Ja’mie: Private School Girl’ – comes the continuing story of Jonah Takalua, a rebellious Tongan teen who just can’t help himself when it comes to stirring up trouble. First introduced in ‘Summer Heights High,’ which originally aired on HBO in 2008, Jonah ended that season being expelled midway through Year 8. Jonah From Tonga picks up four months later, with Jonah banished by his father to the island of Tongapatu and living with his extended family – an arrangement that isn’t working out well for anyone (“Tonga’s sh*t – there’s nothing to do,” he complains). When his uncle has had enough and sends him back to Sydney, Jonah finds himself enrolled at Holy Cross, a Catholic high school, with new friends (his “Fobba-liscious” Pacific Islander crew), new foes (the “Rangas,” led by Year 12 school captain, Graydon) and new teachers he drives to the brink of insanity. Through it all, Jonah tries to leave his naughty ways behind and be a “good boy,” but with Jonah, things never quite go as planned.

Human Resources, series premiere at 10pm on Pivot

Human Resources is a new reality series about TerraCycle, an innovative company whose mission is to “eliminate the idea of waste.”  TerraCycle is one of the fastest growing green companies in the world, and they’ll take anything and everything that is landfill-bound – from potato chip bags to cigarette butts – and recycles, up-cycles, re-uses, or otherwise transforms these objects into something else.

Please Like Me, season premiere at 10:30pm on Pivot

– The award-winning comedy/drama Please Like Me, created by Josh Thomas, is back and trying again . . . again. In season two, Josh tries to get through the day without upsetting anyone. There’s a new dog, a new rabbit and a new baby. Yay!