Around the Remote: Television Picks for the Week of Aug. 3-9
The Knick — Acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh delivers a medical melodrama that looks nothing like Grey’s Anatomy. Set in 1900 at the struggling Knickerbocker Hospital in New York, this dark and gritty saga follows groundbreaking surgeons and nurses in an era of stunningly high mortality rates and primitive conditions. Leading the way is the arrogant renegade Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen), whose addiction to cocaine is trumped only by his drive to push the boundaries of medicine. 10 p.m. Friday, Cinemax.
Sunday : WrestleMania 30: The World Television Premiere celebrates three decades of drop-kicks, power slams and suplexes. The special includes major matches, as well as the return of legends such as Hulk Hogan, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock. 8 p.m., NBC.
Monday : Bachelor in Paradise looks like another cheesy way to milk the franchise. It brings back former contenders from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and gives them a second chance at romance in an isolated Mexican locale. 8 p.m., ABC.
Monday : Partners teams comedy veterans Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence in an Odd Couple -like legal series. They play Chicago lawyers with very different backgrounds who form an unlikely bond after meeting in court. 9 p.m., FX.
Tuesday : Country stars come out to shine in the annual CMA Music Festival special. The three-hour program, recorded in Nashville, includes performances by Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and many others. 8 p.m., ABC.
Tuesday : 4th and Loud is a new reality series that follows Kiss rockers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley as they purchase an Arena Football League team and try to bring their brand of flashy entertainment to the sport. 10 p.m., AMC.
Wednesday : In Top Chef Duels 18 leading foodies from past seasons of the Top Chef franchise go head-to-head in culinary smackdowns. The show will fork over $100,000 to the winner. 10 p.m., Bravo.
Thursday : Garfunkel and Oates is a new series that highlights the zany misadventures of Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci. They’re a comedy-folk duo that takes its name from a pair of famous musical “second bananas.” 10 p.m., IFC.
Friday : Marking the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s historic resignation, Dick Cavett’s Watergate looks back at the scandal through the eyes of the late-night TV host who covered it extensively. Included: Vintage clips and fresh exchanges with journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. 9 p.m., PBS.
Saturday : Ready for some time travel? Based on the wildly popular books by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander follows the adventures of World War II nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), who somehow finds herself in 18th century Scotland and in the company of a kilt-wearing hottie (Sam Heughan). 9 p.m., Starz.
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