Around the Remote: Television Picks for the Week of July 6-12
Extant — If Sandra Bullock can rocket off into outer space, why not Halle Berry? In this suspenseful, futuristic “event” series, the Oscar-winner plays an astronaut, who after a 13-month solo mission, struggles to reconnect with her family, which includes a creepy little robot boy. But there’s a bigger problem: While in space, she somehow became pregnant. Uh-oh. Baby (or alien?) on board. 9 p.m. Wednesday, CBS.
Sunday : Can the Witches of East End continue to cast a spell over viewers? Season 2 opens with the Beauchamps fearing that a mystical presence entered their world when the portal of Asgard opened. 9 p.m., Lifetime.
Sunday : Survivor apparently is for wimps. Brace yourself for Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge. It’s a reality series that has the wrestling icon pitting elite athletes against everyday men and women in grueling tests of strength, stamina and wit. 9 p.m., CMT.
Monday : On The Bachelorette , it’s time for Andi to go on the hometown tours and you know what that means: Lots of awkward conversations, squirmy moments, and maybe even some family feuds. We’re so there. 8 p.m., ABC.
Tuesday : Prime time dishes up more food fights with Restaurant Startup. It’s a reality series that has contestants pitching their eatery concepts to a pair of investors with the hopes of making their culinary dreams come true. 10 p.m., CNBC.
Wednesday : Are you pumped up for American Muscle ? The new reality series follows tough-talking Detroit gym owner Mike Barwis and his scruffy crew as they train everyone from NFL stars to severely injured people looking to walk again. 9 p.m., Discovery Channel.
Wednesday : The mix of money laundering, police corruption, drug wars and culture clashes continues to make for a very dark crime thriller as The Bridge returns for Season 2. Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir star. 10 p.m., FX.
Thursday : Does funny run in the family? That’s our hope with Welcome to Sweden. It’s a fish-out-of-water sitcom starring Greg Poehler — brother of Amy — as an accountant to the stars who quits his job and moves to Stockholm to be with his sweetheart. 9:01 p.m., NBC.
Thursday : That funny lady from The King of Queens becomes the latest celebrity to invite prying TV cameras into her life for Leah Remini: It’s All Relative. Hey, we’ve all got bills to pay. 10 p.m., TLC.
Friday : It’s a good night to chill out as Frozen, the box-office blockbuster from Disney, gets a cable TV airing just so we can hear Idina Menzel sing Let It Go for the millionth time. 8 p.m., Starz.
Saturday : Presumed Dead in Paradise is the intriguing title for a TV film about a trouble teen who becomes embroiled in a dark conspiracy after everyone thinks she drowned while vacationing on a tropical island with her estranged stepmother. 8 p.m., Lifetime.
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