There truly are few things better than curling up on the sofa and turning on that much-anticipated new episode of your favorite show or catching that series premiere. TV is a gift that breaks up the routine of the workweek, adding some comic relief or thrills to audiences’ Thursday nights. Summer is the season for high-energy reality series, and there will be plenty of that tonight. But there are also new episodes of documentary anthology series, procedural dramas and comedy shows galore. You won’t want to miss out!
Pick of the Day
“Primal Instinct” (ID) at 9 PM ET
True crime stories are often the most terrifying. Horror films can excel at suspense and scintillating viewers’ fear–like recent releases “Us” and “Midsommar”–but real tales of murder and gore can sometimes frighten more than fiction. Investigative Discovery’s popular documentary anthology series featuring reenactments, “Primal Instinct,” is a master of the true crime genre, delivering consistently chilling stories for viewers at home. The series is always exciting, engaging, and manages to stand out even now that the TV landscape is rich with true crime shows and documentary films. Tune in to ID at 9pm for a brand new episode.
“I Do to the Venue” (FYI) at 8 PM ET
A reality show in the vein of “Say Yes to the Dress” will probably spur fewer nightmares than the spookiness of “Primal Instinct.” Unless, of course, the anxiety of securing a wedding venue hits too close to home. In this new reality series, newly-engaged couples seek out venues for their upcoming nuptials. They’ll navigate family members’ visions for the event, the range of emotions surrounding the big day, and conflicting opinions from the couples’ themselves. Tune in for “I Do to the Venue” at 8pm on FYI and remember the mantra, “location, location, location.”
TV Specials/ TV Movies
“The Wrong Boy Next Door: On My Block” (LIFEMOV) at 8 PM ET
Fans of Lifetime Originals are in for a treat tonight, as the network will be broadcasting their latest thriller, “The Wrong Boy Next Door: On My Block.” In this film, the teenaged Katie is serving on house arrest when an attractive man named John moves in. They begin an affair, but it quickly becomes apparent that John is hiding something from her. For a drama-packed film with suspense and intrigue, look no further. Tune in to Lifetime at 8pm ET.
Movies on TV
“G.I. Jane” (1997) centers on an issue still pertinent today: the trials and tribulations of women serving in the Armed Forces. In this drama, which will be broadcast on AMC tonight at 8pm, Demi Moore stars as Lieutenant Jordan O’Neil, the sole woman trial candidate for the U.S. Navy. She participates in a difficult training period, spearheaded by John James Urgayle (Viggo Mortensen), who singles her out and pushes her more than the male candidates. Tune in at 8pm to witness Ridley Scott’s directing and Moore’s gripping and visionary performance.
“I Know What You Did Last Summer” (1977) is still a hallmark teen thriller. This high-octane slasher film is perfect for late-night summer film and TV binge watching. Starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Jennifer Love-Hewitt, the Jim Gillespie-directed film tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally kill a fisherman, and shortly thereafter receive a letter saying that someone saw their crimes. As one of their friends is brutally murdered, bad blood continues to haunt them. Tune in to Fuse at 8pm.
“Little Fockers” (2010) is the uproariously funny third installment of the “Meet the Parents” series. It takes audiences ten years after “Meet the Parents” (2000), when Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) was struggling to prove to his fiance’s father Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) that he was good enough for her, and shows Greg enjoying marital bliss with wife Pam (Teri Polo) and two children. However, for the Fockers, family drama is a constant. This time, Jack becomes suspicious of Greg when he teams up with a new drug representative, Andi Garcia (Jessica Alba). Now, Greg must prove his worth once and for all. Tune in at 8pm on HBO for this age-less comedy.
There are plenty of great options tonight, from reality show gems like “Love Island” and “Holey Moley,” the drama “iZombie” and dark comedies such as “Baskets.” It can be difficult to pick and choose–but that’s what the DVR is for! Check out our list of some not-to-be-missed television. There’s something for all tastes on tonight.
- “Love Island (CBS)” at 8pm ET
- “Big Brother (CBS)” at 9pm ET
- “Holey Moley (ABC)” at 8pm ET
- “Family Food Fight (ABC)” at 9pm ET
- “Hollywood Game Night (NBC)” at 9pm ET
- “MasterChef (FOX)” at 8pm ET
- “Spin the Wheel (FOX)” at 9pm ET
- “iZombie (CW)” at 8pm ET
- “The Outpost (CW)” at 9pm ET
- “Un poquito tuyo (TELMUN)” at 8pm ET
- “Betty en NY (TELMUN)” at 9pm ET
- “Live Rescue: Rewind (A&E)” at 8pm ET
- “Live Rescue (A&E)” at 9pm ET
- “The Real Housewives of New York City (BRAVO)” at 9pm ET
- “Bunk’d (DISNEY)” at 8pm ET
- “Chopped (FOOD)” at 9pm ET
- “PBC Fight Camp (FS1)” at 8:30pm ET
- “PBA Bowling: PBA Summer League Elias Cup Finals (FS1)” at 9pm ET
- “House Hunters (HGTV)” at 8:30pm ET
- “Christina on the Coast (HGTV)” at 9pm ET
- “Mountain Men (HIST)” at 8pm ET
- “Ax Men (HIST)” at 9pm ET
- “Little Women: Atlanta (LIFE)” at 8 & 9pm ET
- “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation (MTV)” at 8pm ET
- “When Sharks Attack (NGC)” at 9pm ET
- “Killer Affair (OXYGN)” at 8pm ET
- “Strange Evidence (SCI)” at 9pm ET
- “Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC)” at 9pm ET
- “The Dead Files (TRAVEL)” at 8pm ET
- “Trackside Live!: Featuring Fleet Treat (TVG)” at 8pm ET
- “Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta (WE)” at 9pm ET
- “Elementary (CBS)” at 10pm ET
- “Reef Break (ABC)” at 10pm ET
- “Naked and Afraid (DSC)” at 9pm ET
- “Baskets (FX)” at 10pm ET
- “Million Dollar House Hunters (FYI)” at 10pm ET
- “Unspouse My House (HGTV)” at 10pm ET