TV column for Sunday, Aug. 5


TONIGHT'S
MUST-SEE: “iHeartCountry Festival,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.

We're
used to iHeartRadio putting young pop stars on the CW network. Now
country music and Fox get their turn, in a concert from Austin.

Two
Lukes (Bryan and Combs) will be there. So will Keith Urban, Dustin
Lynch, Cole Swindell, Maren Morris, Billy Currington, Mason Ramsey,
Sugarland and Dan + Shay. It's the start of a good week for country
fans; Urban and both Lukes will also be on ABC's “CMA Fest” on
Wednesday.

WEEKEND'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Little Big Shots,” 7 p.m., NBC; “Celebrity Family Feud,” 8
p.m., ABC.

By switching
channels, we get a fun evening with Steve Harvey.

First, in a rerun,
he meets an 8-year-old scientist and a 6-year-old who helps veterans;
there's also a young farmer, a singer and a funky fiddler. Then a new
“Feud” has two games. One has country singer Scotty McCreery and
actor Chris Kattan. The other has two former youth-drama stars --
Amber Riley of “Glee” and Tori Spelling of “Beverly Hills,
90210.”

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Chesapeake Shores” season-opener, 9 p.m., Hallmark.

In a slow month for
most networks, Hallmark offers its most ambitious series. Against a
gorgeous backdrop, we see family troubles, large and small.

There are business
deals, now with a father (Treat Williams) and son in a competition
that turns nasty. There's the emerging career of a country singer
(Jesse Metcalfe) who fidgets in the spotlight. And there's an author,
working on a novel that seems awfully similar to her family's past
troubles. All of this fits the Hallmark style – adequate drama,
likable people and great settings.

Other choices
include:

“Garage Sale
Mysteries,” 1-11 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Yes, this
one – on the newer of the Hallmark channels – fits the
company's style. Lori Loughlin plays a likable antiques dealer who
keeps finding fairly interesting mysteries. Past ones rerun at 1, 3,
5 and 7 p.m.; there's a new one at 9 ... with more new ones each
Sunday this month.

“Pat and Mike”
(1952), 6 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. Here is Katharine Hepburn
in her prime, trading barbs with Spencer Tracy. She's also with Tracy
in “Desk Set: (1957) at 10 p.m. and with Cary Grant in “Bringing
Up Baby” (1938) at 8. That's part of a Hepburn maathon that even
has “Little Women” (1933) at 9:45 a.m.

“Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (2017), 6:55 p.m., HBO. Here's another
chance to catch a superb drama, which brought Academy Awards for
Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell.

“One Strange
Rock,” 7 p.m., Fox. Peggy Whitson discusses how space travel has
brought fresh feelings about the Earth, for her and other astronauts.
It's a rerun of the finale of a beautifully crafted series.

“America's Got
Talent,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. In a rerun, the judges continue their
cuts.

“Bull,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. Bull lets everyone go home for Thanksgiving. (Yes, that means
this is a rerun.) Then he ends up trying to work a case solo.

“Shades of Blue,”
10 p.m., NBC. As Harlee (Jennifer Lopez) struggles with her new path,
Wozniak (Ray Liotta) wants his team to make a dangerous move against
the Intelligence Unit.

“Succession”
season-finale, 10 p.m., HBO. It's time for a wedding and a hostile
takeover. And no, those really aren't the same things

TV column for Saturday, Aug. 4


TONIGHT'S MUST-TRY:
“Pink Collar Crimes,” 8 p.m., CBS.

A financial planner
was doing so well, CBS says, that friends called her “Jackpot
Jackie.”

They admired her
lavish lifestyle ... then found the truth: She had been pillaging
money from their retirement funds. This is the second episode in a
true-crime series focusing on women. It follows the opener, which had
a soccer mom robbing banks in her red mini-van.

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (2017), 8 p.m., HBO.

In a noisy summer
filled with action movies, cable offers a counterpoint. Tonight, it
feels a little like an arthouse, with three 2017 films that were
built on character and nuance.

At 5:55 p.m., Starz
has Denzel Washington's superb, Oscar-nominated work as “Roman J.
Israel, Esq.,” a deskbound lawyer jolted by life. At 8, it has
“Call Me By Your Name,” a romance between a 17-year-old boy and
an older man. That was nominated for a best-picture Oscar; so was
“Billboards,” the amazing film about a relentless, grieving mom.
Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell won Oscars.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “A Summer to Remember,” 9-11 p.m., Hallmark.

At the opposite end
of the movie spectrum, there are sunny the Hallmark movies. This one
hss two of the channel's favorite (and tallest) stars.

Catherine Bell,
5-foot-9, stars in Hallmark's “Good Witch” series and movies; she
plays a doctor, taking a much-needed vacation. Cameron Mathison,
6-foot-2, co-stars in its “Murder, She Baked” movies and next
month will become the new “Home and Family” co-host; he plays the
guy she meets. We're betting that they get along.

Other choices
include:

“A Fistful of
Dollars” (1964), 12:15 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. Here's the
start of a cowboy trilogy – superbly directed by Sergio Leone and
scored by Ennio Morricone – that somehow made violence and silence
seem lyrical. “For a Few Dollars More” (1965) and “The Good,
the Bad and the Ugly” (1966) follow at 2:15 and 4:45, part of a
Clint Eastwood marathon from 10 a.m. to 6 a.m.

“The Good
Dinosaur” (2015), 5:10 p.m., Freeform. Far from the tough Eastwood
films, here's an animated evening. “Monsters, Inc.” (2001) and
“Monsters University” (2015) are at 7:15 and 9:20.

Football Hall of
Fame ceremony, 7-10 p.m. ET, ESPN. Some of pro football's top players
are honored. That includes high-octane receivers Terrell Owens (who
isn't planning on being there) and Randy Moss, defensive back Brian
Dawkins and linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, plus Jerry
Kramer, an offensive lineman on Vince Lombardi's Packers.

“Little Big
Shots,” 8 p.m., NBC. In a rerun, Steve Harvey meets two talented
7-year-olds – a chef and a one-armed golfer. There's music by a
powerhouse singer and a bass phenom; other guests are said to be the
world's youngest author and the world's strongest kid.

“The Good Doctor,”
8 p.m., ABC. In a rerun, the team works on a boy from the Congo who
has congenital heart anomalies.

“Saturday Night
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Kumail Nanjiani, who co-wrote and starred
in the terrific movie “The Big Sick,” hosts this rerun, with Pink
as the music guest.

ALSO: It's a good
night for action movies, led by the smart “Baby Driver” (2017) at
7 p.m. on Showtime and “Mission Impossible” films (2011 and 2015)
at 5 and 8 p.m. on FXX. But you could make it a McDormand
double-feature, with the wonderful “Fargo” (1996), at 6:20 p.m.
on HBO.

TVcolumn for Saturday, Aug. 4


TONIGHT'S MUST-TRY:
“Pink Collar Crimes,” 8 p.m., CBS.

A financial planner
was doing so well, CBS says, that friends called her “Jackpot
Jackie.”

They admired her
lavish lifestyle ... then found the truth: She had been pillaging
money from their retirement funds. This is the second episode in a
true-crime series focusing on women. It follows the opener, which had
a soccer mom robbing banks in her red mini-van.

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (2017), 8 p.m., HBO.

In a noisy summer
filled with action movies, cable offers a counterpoint. Tonight, it
feels a little like an arthouse, with three 2017 films that were
built on character and nuance.

At 5:55 p.m., Starz
has Denzel Washington's superb, Oscar-nominated work as “Roman J.
Israel, Esq.,” a deskbound lawyer jolted by life. At 8, it has
“Call Me By Your Name,” a romance between a 17-year-old boy and
an older man. That was nominated for a best-picture Oscar; so was
“Billboards,” the amazing film about a relentless, grieving mom.
Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell won Oscars.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “A Summer to Remember,” 9-11 p.m., Hallmark.

At the opposite end
of the movie spectrum, there are sunny the Hallmark movies. This one
hss two of the channel's favorite (and tallest) stars.

Catherine Bell,
5-foot-9, stars in Hallmark's “Good Witch” series and movies; she
plays a doctor, taking a much-needed vacation. Cameron Mathison,
6-foot-2, co-stars in its “Murder, She Baked” movies and next
month will become the new “Home and Family” co-host; he plays the
guy she meets. We're betting that they get along.

Other choices
include:

“A Fistful of
Dollars” (1964), 12:15 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. Here's the
start of a cowboy trilogy – superbly directed by Sergio Leone and
scored by Ennio Morricone – that somehow made violence and silence
seem lyrical. “For a Few Dollars More” (1965) and “The Good,
the Bad and the Ugly” (1966) follow at 2:15 and 4:45, part of a
Clint Eastwood marathon from 10 a.m. to 6 a.m.

“The Good
Dinosaur” (2015), 5:10 p.m., Freeform. Far from the tough Eastwood
films, here's an animated evening. “Monsters, Inc.” (2001) and
“Monsters University” (2015) are at 7:15 and 9:20.

Football Hall of
Fame ceremony, 7-10 p.m. ET, ESPN. Some of pro football's top players
are honored. That includes high-octane receivers Terrell Owens (who
isn't planning on being there) and Randy Moss, defensive back Brian
Dawkins and linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, plus Jerry
Kramer, an offensive lineman on Vince Lombardi's Packers.

“Little Big
Shots,” 8 p.m., NBC. In a rerun, Steve Harvey meets two talented
7-year-olds – a chef and a one-armed golfer. There's music by a
powerhouse singer and a bass phenom; other guests are said to be the
world's youngest author and the world's strongest kid.

“The Good Doctor,”
8 p.m., ABC. In a rerun, the team works on a boy from the Congo who
has congenital heart anomalies.

“Saturday Night
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Kumail Nanjiani, who co-wrote and starred
in the terrific movie “The Big Sick,” hosts this rerun, with Pink
as the music guest.

ALSO: It's a good
night for action movies, led by the smart “Baby Driver” (2017) at
7 p.m. on Showtime and “Mission Impossible” films (2011 and 2015)
at 5 and 8 p.m. on FXX. But you could make it a McDormand
double-feature, with the wonderful “Fargo” (1996), at 6:20 p.m.
on HBO.

TV column for Friday, Aug. 3


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Quantico” series finale, 8 p.m., ABC.

For three seasons,
we've seen Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra) go through endless danger
and dismay. She was an FBI agent the first season, a CIA agent the
second and joined a black ops unit for this third. Also, she's been a
national fugitive twice; she's been busy.

All season, her unit
has chased Conor Devlin. Now the series ends in Ireland, confronting
him on his home turf; not everyone will emerge alive, ABC says.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“The Great British Baking Show,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local
listings).

A graceful PBS
tradition is wrapping up. This show was taped in the English
countryside, with gentle-spirited judges and home cooks. PBS had
modest expectations – then saw the popularity climb.

The problem is that
“GBBS” switched to a commercial network in Britain and is
wrapping up its PBS connection. That left PBS only one season it
hadn't used; that's this one which aired in England in 2012. Yes,
viewers can scan the Internet and learn who won ... but they could do
that any year; PBS ran most a year after the British did. Instead,
we'll just settle back and enjoy the final weeks.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: Royal movies, 8 p.m., HBO and Hallmark.

HBO has the splendid
retelling of a true story: “Victoria and Adul” (2017) has Judi
Dench as Victoria, in her 50th year as queen and striking
up a warm friendship with the Muslim servant she meets in India.

And Hallmark has
pure whimsy: A king hires a New York matchmaker (Joy Lenz) to find a
woman for his son (Will Kemp). She does, but finds (surprise?) that
she really likes the guy herself.

Other choices
include:

“The Resident,”
8 p.m., Fox. We meet Conrad's former fiance (Joanne Kelly), but not
under ideal circumstances. She arrives with a mysterious abdominal
pain; he scrambles for a diagnosis ... while fighting any plan to
have the no-longer-competent Bell (Bruce Greenwood) perform her
surgery.

“The Orville,” 9
p.m., Fox. On one hand, this reruns an episode that is flat in its
writing and its performances. Still, the show at least tried a tricky
subject: On Bortus' planet, virtually all people ae male. When his
baby is born female, he considers a controversial surgery.

“Hawaii Five-0,”
9 p.m., CBS. Adam has plenty of troubles in this rerun. He's starting
to doubt Jessie's allegiance. Also, falling into the wrong hands is a
deadly chlorine gas he was using as bait.

“Wynonna Earp,”
9 p.m., Syfy. Wynonna (TV's leading gunslinging demon-hunter) and her
colleagues face the consequences of their recent actions. And someone
claiming to be from the Black Badge Division arrives in town.

“Blue Bloods,”
10 p.m., CBS. Danny races to find a girl who can only live 72 hours
without her heart medication. His brother Jamie is investigated after
a car chase. Also in this rerun, their dad – who's the police
commissioner and their boss – ponders the increase in lawsuit
settlements involving cops.

“Killjoys,” 10
p.m., Syfy. Johnny manipulates D'av into helping find the green pool
where Dutch slipped into anoter world. And Zeph – the lab nerd
turned hero – faces possible death.

“David Tutera's
CELEBrations” return, 10 p.m., WE. Tutera gets a tough task from
actress Vivica Fox: In a fairly small space, plan a party that
celebrates her birthday, her new house and her lingerie line.

TV column for Thursday, Aug. 2


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“The Four” finale, 8-10 p.m., Fox.

After seven weeks
and lots of challenges, this show's last week looks a lot like its
first one. Two of the four people who start it are still there.
Sheraya J, 34, of Atlanta, remains undefeated. James Graham, 21, from
England, lost once, but bounced back in last week's second-chance
round.

Leah Jenea, 17, of
Newark is the one who finally beat him; she's in the final four. So
is Whitney Reign, who won during the second seek, was soon ousted,
but returned via second-chance. Tonight, these four face each other,
with the winner getting a record deal.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
Football, 8 p.m. ET, NBC.

Yes, we're only two
days into August and there's already football on TV. This is the
annual pre-season game from the Hall of Fame home in Canton, Ohio.

Last year, the
Chicago Bears had a tough, 5-11 season. Trying to start a resurgence,
they face the Baltimore Ravens, who were 9-7.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Take Two,” 8 p.m., ABC.

This has been a
familiar TV plot, from “X-Files” to “Law and Order” and
beyond: A guy wakes up alongside a woman who is both naked and dead;
he has no idea what happened.

Now comes a
variation: Eddie is a tough private-eye; Sam is an actress who played
a cop on TV. They feuded, then became friends, but nothing more. Now
they wake up together -- both of them naked and neither able to
remember what did or didn't happen. They try to reconstruct a lost
day.

Other choices
include:

All night, FX. First
are two major – albeit mismatched – movies. “The Revenant”
(2015) is at 4 p.m., with “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014) at
7:30. That leads to a new episode of “Snowfall,” which took a key
step last week, merging two drug dealers – one black and one Latina
– and a CIA agent working in the early days of the Iran-Contra
scheme.

“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Sheldon has had a tough time with the revival
of “Professor Proton,” his favorite show. He was rejected for the
job, which went to his nemesis, Wil Wheaton. This funny rerun brings
another blow: Sheldon wants to be a guest on the show; instead, Wil
chooses Amy.

“Cloak and Dagger”
season-finale, 8 p.m., Freeform. At the same time that “The Four”
wraps up, here's another show – a good one – ending its season.
So far, we've often seen the separate stories of two teens, facing
sudden change. Now New Oleans is in chaos; Tyrone and Tandy must
merge their powers.

“Young Sheldon,”
8:31 p.m., CBS. In this rerun, Sheldon takes fear of the flu season
to an extreme. That soon gets him sent to detention.

“Queen of the
South,” 9 p.m., USA. Teresa's problems grow, with a personal
tragedy, a dangerous “sicario” (or hit man) and even a mutiny
within her own ranks.

“The Gong Show,”
10 p.m., ABC. Rob Riggle – whose comedy show debuts Aug. 23 on
Crackle – is a judge, alongside Ken Jeong and Kristen Schaal.

“Shooter,” 10:01
p.m., USA. Bob Lee is finally close to solving the decades-ago murder
of his dad. Now he meets the former “dark lord” of the Pentagon;
also, Nadine has a dangerous mission.