Coming to your TV this week: Captain Jack tries to save the world (or die trying?!), Big Brother “double trouble,” and more Enthusiasm from Larry David. As a supplement to the fresh features and reporting TVLine has coming your way, here are 31 programs to keep on your radar.
MONDAY, JULY 4
8/7c A Capitol Fourth (PBS) | “Oooooooh….”
9 pm Macy*s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (NBC) | “Ahhhhhh….”
9 pm Switched at Birth (ABC Family) | Daphne is torn when Toby asks her and Emmett to help him cheat at a poker game. Why do I feel like ASL is about to be used for a nefarious purpose?
9 pm Citizen U.S.A.: A 50 State Road Trip (HBO) | Inspired by her Dutch-born husband’s naturalization process, filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi trekked cross-country to ask recent immigrants why they became U.S. citizens. Interestingly, 28 percent of them said, “I wanted to get in my vote for Haley Reinhart. Lotta good that did me.”
10 pm Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular (CBS) | “Pretty!”
TUESDAY, JULY 5
8 pm NCIS (CBS) | It’s the season finale, and the P2P Killer isn’t going down without a fight.
9 pm Deadliest Catch (Discovery) | Mechanical problems with the Ramblin’ Rose threaten the season as well as the career of rookie captain Elliott Neese.
9 pm The Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC Family) | Chloe tries to get a handle on her newest power — sonic hearing. Primo opportunity for Lindsay Wagner to guest star, missed.
9 pm White Collar (USA Network) | Neal and Peter go undercover as wealthy bachelors to snare a “black widow.”
10 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | It’s the one with the silly Case of the Week, but also The One Where She Finds Out.
10 pm Covert Affairs (USA Network) | As Auggie tests out his new job with Arthur, Annie adjusts to working with a new techie played by Thor‘s Jaimie Alexander. Mark Moses (Desperate Housewives) also guest stars.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6
8 pm So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) | The Top 14 put their best feet forward, hoping not to be either of the two cut during Thursday’s results show.
9 pm Flipping Out (Bravo) | Season 5 opens with the introduction of a new team member and Jeff tackling a speaking engagement.
9 pm Lost Kennedy Home Movies (History) | Exactly what the title says. And if History is showing them, Katie Holmes must be nowhere to be seen.
10 pm Necessary Roughness (USA Network) | Dani treats a newsman played by Body of Proof‘s Nicholas Bishop.
10 pm Men of a Certain Age (TNT) | The Season 2 finale is chock-a-block with pivotal moments, as Joe looks to pre-qualify for the tournament, Terry discovers a new passion, and Owen and his dad have a heart-to-heart about the dealership’s future.
THURSDAY, JULY 7
8 pm Community (NBC) | Jeff gets caught with a fake “Conspiracy Theories” class on his schedule. Or is it fake? The final showdown is as epic as any paintball episode climax. “Would that this hoodie were a time hoodie!”
8 pm The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | The Lockwoods throw a masquerade ball; Damon goes as Boone Carlyle.
9 pm Big Brother 13 (CBS) | Time for Julie Chen and some “Double Trouble”! But first.
10 pm Love Bites (NBC) | This week’s guest stars include James Roday (Psych), Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth) and Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother). Really, it’s no coincidence the show name mirrors “Love Boat.”
10 pm Suits (USA Network) | Lost‘s Titus Welliver plays an auto tycoon with a problem only Harvey might solve.
10:30 pm Louie (FX) | This week’s episode is worth watching if only for its painfully accurate depiction of a sleazy NYC apartment rental service. Took me right back to my first Upper East Side apartment hunt.
FRIDAY, JULY 8
8 pm Friday Night Lights (NBC) | Eric receives an enticing offer. To return for Super 9?
8 pm Smallville (The CW) | Series finale, Part 1 — aka before Clark [spoiler]s.
9 pm Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta (TLC) | Watch out, CSI and NCIS, because this wedding dress shopping series is branching out as well!
10 pm Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz) | Captain Jack will get you high tonight… on the provocative premise that, suddenly, everyone in the world stops dying. But wait, what does the flip-flop mean for those who were immortal to begin with…? Uh-oh. All in all, a very compelling plot that is explored in fine detail (e.g. Who now gets priority in an ER? Are decapitations not even fatal?!), with some fun casting (Seinfeld‘s “Newman!” as a shady CIA biggie).
SATURDAY, JULY 9
7:30 pm NASCAR Racing (TNT) | Drivers spend three-plus hours breaking in the shiny-new Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. Cars 2 only seemed longer.
9 pm The Social Network (Starz) | Scout’s honor, when I saw it in the theater I had no idea it wasn’t actual twins playing the Winklevi.
SUNDAY, JULY 10
9 pm True Blood (HBO) | While trying to help Eric, Sookie reunites with that hairy beast Alcide.
9 pm Secrets of SEAL Team 6 (Discovery) | SPOILER! Secret No. 14 is, “They wore only socks as they approached.”
10 pm Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) | Season 8 includes a relocation to NYC and guest stars such as Michael J. Fox and his TV dad Michael Gross, Mad Men‘s Rich Sommer, and Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer.
Which of the above is must-see TV for you? And by all means, hit the comments to politely share tune-in recommendations of your own.