What to Watch: 08/30/2016

The Fonz and Captain Kirk have two options: find true love against all odds with veteran-of-such-things Katherine Heigl or get axe murdered by a camping teenager. We think we know which way they’ll go — if they dare to follow their dreams.

Better Late Than Never [NBC, 10p]
We may be a week late on this, but I believe there’s some sort of idiom that apologizes for that — teamwork makes the dream work. Anyway, NBC has sent Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, and George Foreman on international holiday in pastel shirts, and the cameras catch their particular brands of madness.

Dead of Summer [Freeform, 9p]
It’s first season finale time and the mystery is still getting deeper. The sleeper hit of the summer continues to surprise.

The Ugly Truth [Lifetime, 8p]
Katherine Heigl stars in a typical Katherine Heigl movie, wherein she’s a TV producer who inevitably falls in love with a chauvinist, played by Gerard Butler in this romcom from 2009. Just the film to turn off your brain on a Tuesday night.



  • Apocalyptic animal insanity abounds (still) on CBS’ summer series Zoo, that’s near wrapping up its second season.
  • Like most humans — a subset of which includes computer programmers in the early-1980s — Donna and Gordon are bad at keeping their personal lives outside of their work on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire.
  • We cannot watch TLC’s Cake Boss without hearing Paul F. Tompkins repeat those words in our head (“cake boss!“). In any case, Hoboken baker Buddy Valastro makes a cactus cake this week.
  • Morgan Freeman returns to Science Channel to teach us something like the network’s namesake on Through The Wormhole.
  • We’re not sure how quick the turnaround is on Hard Knocks, HBO’s breakthrough NFL training camp reality show, but the synopsis promises first cuts, which is scheduled to happen four hours before the show airs tonight. L.A. Rams and filmmakers, you have your work cut out for you.
  • Blue Collar Backers joins Milwaukee Blacksmith in building a Tuesday night heartland hipster block, although since they are on at the same time on different channels, Discovery and History respectively, it’s not really a block.
  • Finally, America’s Got Talent (do we, though?) narrows it down to the semi-finals tonight.

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