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!