Monday, July 1: Death by Stir-Fry? Alexa Investigates a Poisoning on 'My Life Is Murder' (2024)

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Monday, July 1

My Life Is Murder: “One Man’s Poison”
BBC America, 10pm (stream on Acorn TV)

Alexa (Lucy Lawless) investigates “death by stir-fry” when Reuben (Joe Naufahu) is desperate for her to clear the name of his friend, a private chef accused of poisoning one of his clients.

George: Rise of a Revolutionary
FOX Nation
New Series!

FOX Nation debuts a new four-part historical docudrama on George Washington hosted and executive produced by award-winning actor Kelsey Grammer. Over the course of the series, viewers will observe Washington as he grows from a headstrong, risk-taking young soldier determined to fight for the British Crown, into a leading voice of America’s growing resistance against England. Told through a compelling combination of dramatic re-creations and expert commentary, the series presents seldom-seen perspective on America’s most famous Founding Father. “George Washington’s story is not over, thankfully,” Grammer says. “I truly enjoyed bringing this part of his life to light. I also truly enjoy the lens of history when focused on the times of today. With George’s spirit in mind, I suggest we all embrace the fortitude and enduring courage it may take to remain a free and independent America! I love George Washington and hope to do him proud.” All four episodes debut this week.

Star Trek: Prodigy
Netflix
Season Premiere!

This animated installment in the Star Trek franchise moves from Paramount+ to Netflix with a 20-episode new season that follows a group of young aliens who join Admiral Kathryn Janeway (voice of Kate Mulgrew, reprising her character from the live-action Star Trek: Voyager series) on a mission to find the original crew of the USS Protostar.

Tennis: Wimbledon: Early Rounds
ESPN, 6am Live

The fortnight of Grand Slam tennis begins with first-round matches today at the All England Club. Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz and the Czech Republic’s Markéta Vondroušová are reigning singles champions. ESPN and ESPN2 combine to televise the tournament through July 14.

American Ninja Warrior: “Qualifiers 5 & 6”
NBC, 8pm

The qualifying rounds continue in Los Angeles with ninjas from around the country taking on the world’s most challenging obstacle course.

TCM Spotlight: The Hays Gaze (90th Anniversary of the Hays Code)
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

For over 30 years, between its implementation on July 1, 1934, to its replacement with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) film rating system beginning Nov. 1, 1968, the Motion Picture Production Code worked as a set of guidelines for studios to exercise self-censorship when it came to certain subjects in their films. More familiarly known as the Hays Code (after Will H. Hays, president of the MPAA’s predecessor organization, under whose leadership these standards were set), the code forbade some topics outright, while warning producers to exercise caution on others. Ninety years after its implementation, which impacted what was shown in most major movies made during Hollywood’s golden age, and certainly many of the titles in Turner Classic Movies’ library, the network is putting a spotlight on the Hays Code each Monday night this month. These evening lineups include double features of movies whose stories deal with topics frowned upon by the Hays Code; one of the films in those double features was made prior to the code, the other produced under the code, giving viewers a chance to contrast what had been allowed onscreen (in some cases just a year or so earlier) versus what was not once the code went into effect. Starting things out tonight are two versions of the drama Waterloo Bridge: the original, pre-Code version from 1931, which was censored in some cities due to its portrayal of prostitution, and the film’s Oscar-nominated remake, with the same title, which was produced under the Code in 1940 with significant changes, and some sanitization, to its Vivien Leigh/Robert Taylor-led story. The next double feature begins with one of the more notorious pre-Code films, and one that likely led to the Code’s enforcement: Baby Face (1933), a drama starring Barbara Stanwyck as Lily Powers, a woman who uses sex to advance in the world. After that is the post-Code title The Girl From Missouri (1934), led by Jean Harlow and Lionel Barrymore, which tells a similar, though not nearly as frankly depicted “gold digger” sort of tale. Closing things out early tomorrow are the drama Primrose Path (1940), starring Ginger Rogers and Joel McCrea, and the pre-Code musical Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), also featuring Rogers.

90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way
TLC, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Six individuals who have fallen in love with partners from foreign lands pack up their lives and move abroad to start a new life with them, managing finances, extended family and, for some, secret marriages and troublesome pasts. This season takes us to China, Iceland, Ireland, Turkey, Indonesia and England.

Soccer: CONMEBOL Copa América: USA vs. Uruguay
FS1, 9pm Live

The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team completes its Group C play with this match vs. Uruguay at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

History’s Greatest Mysteries: “The Legend of the Lost Dutchman’s Mine”
History, 9pm

One of the most famous gold mines of the Old West was the Lost Dutchman’s Mine, where many have perished since in search of its elusive riches. Legend has it that the gold and the land are somehow cursed. Tonight’s episode explores this further.

Sharks Gone Viral
Nat Geo, 9pm

Comedians and experts present the world’s most viral shark videos in this SharkFest special.

Holy Marvels With Dennis Quaid: “Holy Riches”
History, 10pm

Could the legendary treasures of the Copper Scroll, King Solomon’s mines and the Syamantaka gem still be out there? Host Dennis Quaid and a team of experts look for answers.

Supersized Sharks
Nat Geo, 10pm

Shark experts Lauren Meyer and Charlie Huveneers travel to Australia’s Norfolk Island, home to the biggest tiger sharks on Earth, in this SharkFest special investigating why there are so many oversized tiger sharks in this one specific location.

The Wall: “Tom and Kasey”
NBC, 10pm
New Episodes!

Tom, a college baseball coach from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, made a life-saving kidney donation to one of his players. Now he teams up with his daughter, Kasey, to put their luck and knowledge to the test on the Wall.

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Tuesday, July 2

Sprint
Netflix
New Series!

This six-episode sports docuseries follows athletes all over the world to delve deep into the psyches of those elite competitors who are training to be the fastest person on the planet. The series offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the high stakes and mental toughness of the sprinters who devote their entire lives to crossing the finish line in record time, with their professional futures decided in just fractions of a second. Season 1 will explore top sprinters on the road and throughout the 2023 World Championships, featuring Sha’Carri Richardson, Noah Lyles and Shericka Jackson, among many others.

A Hard Day’s Night
TCM, 2:30pm
Catch a Classic!

This 1964 classic starring the Beatles was the Fab Four’s first film and is a fun and influential romp through a fictionalized day in their life during the frenzied height of Beatlemania, and earned Oscar nominations for its screenplay and its adapted musical score by the group’s producer, George Martin. Directed by Richard Lester, the film is a perfect vehicle for John, Paul, George and Ringo, drawing on the cheeky humor and pure fun the group often brought to its songs. The first megastar boy band at the time of filming — and still quite young — the Beatles are comfortably charming in the movie, even while frequently pursued by obsessed fans. The film’s other big star is its fantastic soundtrack, including the title tune and other classics like “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “She Loves You,” “And I Love Her” and “If I Fell.” The innovative way these songs are cut into visual sequences surely had some influence on later music videos. With A Hard Day’s Night and its frantically fun combination of songs and comedy, the Beatles — as they did with their records — set a new and high bar for what a music film could be. And, whether meaning to or not, they and Lester also created an enduringly enjoyable time capsule of one particularly fab moment in time.

America’s Got Talent: “Auditions 5”
NBC, 8pm

The auditions continue as a variety of acts and contestants of all ages try for the chance to win $1 million. There are more Golden Buzzers than ever before, each sending one lucky act directly to the live shows to compete for America’s vote.

Doubling Down With the Derricos
TLC, 8pm
Season Finale!

In “Wait, We’re Leaving?,” Deon and Karen must deal with the children’s emotional reaction to leaving their old house. Darian makes some drastic plans for her future. Eric leads the youngest five children on a search for the Easter Bunny. GG learns the results of her MRI.

Baby Sharks in the City
Nat Geo, 9pm

Even sharks want to explore the Big Apple! Watch as cameras follow the nursery of the Atlantic great white shark, located off the coast of New York City.

Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution
PBS, 9pm
Series Finale!

This docuseries concludes with “Stayin’ Alive,” which looks at how the wellspring of resentment from white, straight, mostly male, rock-loving middle Americans led to a targeting of disco music and culture for its hedonism, femininity and queerness. A vocal “Disco Sucks” movement began to gain momentum, with people even destroying disco records. Additionally, the sexual freedom embodied by disco found itself stopped in its tracks by the AIDS crisis. Pushed out of the mainstream, the pioneers of disco retreated and regrouped, keeping the sound alive and eventually evolving it into world electronic dance music.

Hard Knocks: Offseason With the New York Giants
HBO, 10pm
New Series!

This five-part docuseries from NFL Films follows the inner workings of Giants personnel and players from the NFL Scouting Combine to free agency, the NFL Draft, team minicamps and more.

Shark Attack 360
Nat Geo, 10pm
New Series!

An international team of experts investigates why sharks bite humans in this eight-episode SharkFest series, which begins tonight.

Password: “Wiz Khalifa & Jimmy Fallon”
NBC, 10pm

Celebrity guest Wiz Khalifa and Jimmy Fallon pair up with contestants and face off over two games. Players from each team guess secret passwords using only one-word clues for a chance to win up to $25,000.

Wednesday, July 3

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F
Netflix
Original Film!

Eddie Murphy returns to his iconic role of fast-talking Detroit cop Axel Foley, who is back on the beat in Beverly Hills. After his daughter Jane’s (Taylour Paige) life is threatened, she and her dad team up with a new partner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Axel’s old pals Billy Rosewood and John Taggart (Judge Reinhold and John Ashton also reprising their roles) to turn up the heat and uncover a conspiracy. Paul Reiser, Bronson Pinchot and Kevin Bacon costar.

Dynamic Planet: “Water”
PBS, 8pm

With our warming planet altering our oceans, an extraordinary team of marine experts from Antarctica to Australia dive into how science, nature and tradition can prepare us for a fast-changing future in this new episode of the docuseries examining climate change across the globe.

Roger Corman — Part 1 (Directed By)
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Prolific and influential producer and director Roger Corman passed away May 9 at age 98. To celebrate his work and impact on motion pictures, Turner Classic Movies is devoting three evenings this month (tonight and the next two Wednesdays) to lineups of just a few of the many low-budget B-movie features that Corman was behind in some way or another. Kicking things off tonight are seven movies directed by Corman in the ’50s and ’60s: X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes (1963), a sci-fi/horror film led by Ray Milland; A Bucket of Blood (1959), a comedy/horror flick starring Dick Miller, a frequent face in Corman productions; another sci-fi/horror movie, The Wasp Woman (1959), featuring Susan Cabot; The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), the original version of the horror comedy, led by Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph and Miller, with a humorous small role for Jack Nicholson, who got his start in Corman films; Creature From the Haunted Sea (1961), a parody of creature features and spy movies; Atlas (1961), Corman’s attempt to get in on the “sword-and-sandal” film subgenre popular at the time, with a story of the titular mythical strongman; and Tower of London (1962), a historical drama/Gothic horror film starring Vincent Price in one of his numerous collaborations with Corman.

Hope in the Water
PBS, 9pm
Series Finale!

With the demand for fish and seafood on the rise around the world, what we eat can put tremendous pressure on wild fisheries, limit access to local communities in need and negatively affect the health of the ocean. Explore this and more in the final episode of the series, titled “Changing the Menu.”

The Real CSI: Miami: “Game Over”
CBS, 10pm

In the new episode “Game Over,” detectives analyze the mysterious case of 21-year-old James Barry, who was murdered in a house full of his loved ones. The examination of the murder weapon and an intriguing development involving digital forensics reveal a startling motive.

Thursday, July 4

Barbecue Showdown
Netflix
Season Premiere!

The cooking competition is back as nine of the best barbecuers from across the country must master the flame in an open-fire playground to create mouthwatering, boundary-pushing barbecue for a $50,000 prize. Michelle Buteau returns to host, joined by world-class judges Melissa Cookston and Kevin Bludso.

Space Cadet
Prime Video
Original Film!

A Florida party girl (Emma Roberts) turns out to be the only hope for the NASA space program after a fluke puts her in the same training with other candidates who may have better resumés, but don’t have her heart and nerve.

Rod, White & Blue: A “Twilight Zone” Celebration
Heroes & Icons Network, beginning at 6am

For the second year, H&I is airing this annual Independence Day marathon of episodes from the classic sci-fi/fantasy anthology series The Twilight Zone, following its five-year run on the former DECADES channel (which rebranded to Catchy Comedy last year). This year’s event features 174 back-to-back episodes of the series, running four days beginning this morning and continuing into the early morning of Monday, July 8.

“The Twilight Zone” Marathon
Syfy, beginning at 6am

Syfy returns with its annual Fourth of July marathon of episodes from Rod Serling’s classic sci-fi/fantasy/horror anthology series The Twilight Zone. This year, the marathon runs 24 hours, all day July 4 and into early July 5. Throughout the day, you can watch classic episodes like “Third From the Sun,” “Time Enough at Last,” “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” “The Hitch-Hiker,” “To Serve Man” and more.

Fourth of July Country Music Programming
AXS TV, beginning at 8am

Celebrate the holiday with the following country music documentaries and concerts: Alan Jackson: Small Town Southern Man, Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl, Lady A: Live From the Artists Den, Tim McGraw: Live From the Artists Den, Blackberry Smoke Homecoming Live in Atlanta, Zac Brown Band: Live From the Artists Den, Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws & Angels and Toby Keith: 35 MPH Town.

Great American “Rocky” Marathon
AMC, 3pm

Yo, Adrian! AMC rings the bell for a five-round marathon of Rocky movies starring Sylvester Stallone as boxer Rocky Balboa. Underdog Rocky challenges Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in the Oscar-winning Rocky (1976). Rocky gets a rematch in Rocky II, takes on Clubber Lang (Mr. T) in Rocky III, faces Soviet Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) in Rocky IV and brawls with Tommy Gunn (Tommy Morrison) in Rocky V.

Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular
NBC, 8pm Live

The annual New York event returns to the Hudson River for the first time in over a decade to celebrate America’s birthday with entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display. Performers had not been announced at presstime.

A Capitol Fourth 2024
PBS, 8pm Live

Commemorate America’s 248th birthday with the 44th broadcast of America’s Independence Day celebration, featuring tributes to America’s military.

Star of the Month: Eva Marie Saint (100th Birthday)
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

One of the last surviving stars of Hollywood’s golden age, and the oldest living Academy Award winner, legendary actress Eva Marie Saint turns 100 today (she was born July 4, 1924, in Newark, New Jersey). To celebrate the icon’s centennial, Turner Classic Movies is devoting Thursday nights this month to lineups of her most memorable films. Starting things off this evening is Saint’s first feature film, the Best Picture Oscar-winning drama On the Waterfront (1954), for which she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, alongside Best Actor winner Marlon Brando, and Supporting Actor nominees Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden and Rod Steiger. After that is a special called Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Eva Marie Saint, which first aired in 2014. Then, the evening concludes with the classic Hitchco*ck thriller North by Northwest (1959), costarring Cary Grant, James Mason and Martin Landau, and the drama A Hatful of Rain (1957), a rarity in its time for its frank portrayal of drug addiction and its impact on an addict (played by Don Murray) and his family.

Friday, July 5

Desperate Lies
Netflix
New Limited Series!

In Netflix’s first “melodrama series” from Brazil, Liana (Juliana Paes) is neither excited nor truly happy, nor does she have any expectations at her gender reveal party. She already knows the answer — and it’s not quite what one would expect. There are two boys: twins, each with different fathers. One is the son of her husband, Tomás (Vladimir Brichta), while the other is the result of something she would prefer to forget. The series’ plot revolves around a very particular question: How many secrets can a mother keep?

Goyo
Netflix
Original Film!

This romantic drama from Argentina follows the title character, played by Nicolás Furtado, who is a Van Gogh devotee on the autism spectrum and works as a guide at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. His orderly routine is disrupted when he develops a crush on Eva (Nancy Dupláa), a new security guard at the museum. Issues with her marriage have led Eva to become disillusioned with romance, but her unexpected meeting with Goyo will allow them both to discover a new way to love, and to be loved.

The Imaginary
Netflix
Feature Film Exclusive!

This anime feature from Japan portrays the depths of humanity and creativity through the eyes of young Amanda (voice of Rio Suzuki) and her imaginary companion, Rudger (Kokoro Terada). Their fantastical adventures launched from her attic lead them to discover a magical world of creatures and places never seen before, until a sinister force threatens to destroy their fantasy world and the friendship within it.

“Snowpiercer” Marathon
AMC, beginning at 12pm

Before AMC (taking over for TNT) premieres this dystopian thriller’s fourth and final season on July 21, it’s airing the first three seasons starting today with Season 1’s 10 episodes. For any newcomers: The action takes place on a 1,001-car train endlessly circling the globe carrying the survivors of a life-killing great freeze.

The Women
TCM, 5:45pm
Catch a Classic!

Director George Cukor’s 1939 comedy/drama, with its screenplay adaptation of Clare Boothe Luce’s 1936 play of the same name by Anita Loos and Jane Murfin, is headlined by some of the most notable actresses of the era, including Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard and Joan Fontaine. The entire cast of well over 100 speaking roles was all female in this story that offers a satiric commentary on the lives of various interconnected high-society women. Strangely, the film received no Oscar nominations, but it has long been considered one of the numerous standouts from Hollywood’s incredible year of 1939.

Ancient Aliens: “Unlocking the Stargates”
History, 9pm

Many cultures believe in the existence of stargates through which beings travel to Earth from distant points in the universe and even other dimensions. Could such portals truly exist?

Down in the Valley
Starz, 9pm
New Series!

Inspired by the hit show P-Valley, a drama following the lives of strip club performers working in Mississippi, this new docuseries hosted by Nicco Annan (who plays Uncle Clifford on P-Valley) will take viewers on a tour of the Deep South, unveiling the people, music and culture that make up the complex and diverse region.

Saturday, July 6

MLB Baseball
FS1 & FOX, beginning at 1pm Live

Old rivals meet at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx as the Boston Red Sox visit the N.Y. Yankees on FS1. On FOX in primetime, viewers will see either the Milwaukee Brewers at the L.A. Dodgers or the Philadelphia Phillies at the Atlanta Braves.

Three Wise Men and a Baby: Extended Cut
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Three brothers (Paul Campbell, Tyler Hynes and Andrew Walker) get the surprise of their lives when they are forced to work together to care for a baby over the holidays.

Amish Affair
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Ryan McPartlin (L.A.’s Finest) and Mackenzie Cardwell (Upload) star in this drama inspired by actual events that follows an Amish woman whose romantic involvement with a married man leads to her trying to prove her innocence after she’s framed for murder.

Svengoolie Classic Horror & Sci-Fi Movie: “The Angry Red Planet”
MeTV, 8pm

Sven introduces 1959’s The Angry Red Planet, a sci-fi film in which one of only two survivors from the first manned trip to Mars relates what happened to the expedition.

Dinner and a Movie: The Meg
TBS, 8pm

Pegged in line with tomorrow’s kickoff of Discovery Channel’s 2024 Shark Week, Jason Biggs and his wife Jenny Mollen welcome this year’s producer, Jeff Kurr, to chat about what’s in store for the week, while watching the largest marine predator wreak havoc in the 2018 horror flick The Meg.

We Come in Peace
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Throughout movie history, there have been plenty of films depicting Earth’s invasion by evil aliens. But there have also been a few notable productions with stories about extraterrestrials visiting us with more peaceful, and curious, motives. Two of those are featured tonight. Up first is Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), the sci-fi classic that earned Steven Spielberg, who also wrote the screenplay, his first Best Director Oscar nomination. Spielberg’s tale follows Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), whose encounter with a UFO leads him on an obsessed, cross-country quest for answers. Along the way, he meets up with Jillian (Best Supporting Actress nominee Melinda Dillon), who is on her own quest to recover her young son, who has been taken by an alien spacecraft. It all culminates in an awe-inspiring climax at Devils Tower in Wyoming, where humanity makes its first contact with otherworldly beings, all brought to spectacular life by Oscar-nominated visual effects and punctuated by John Williams’ emotional, Oscar-nominated musical score. Following that is another renowned sci-fi production: The Day the Earth Stood Still. Director Robert Wise’s 1951 film finds an alien named Klaatu (Michael Rennie) and his robot, Gort (Lock Martin), landing on Earth to warn the planet’s inhabitants to abandon their atomic weapons and aggression, and live peacefully with the other residents of the cosmos, or be destroyed. The film was groundbreaking and influential in not only in its theme (humanity positioned as the greater threat to the universe, not some invading aliens), but also in composer Bernard Herrmann’s musical score, which featured one of the earliest cinematic uses of the theremin; that eerie-sounding instrument would soon become an almost-overused staple in other films of the spacey or spooky variety.

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