Wednesday, Aug. 31: Join Guy Fieri and Friends for 'Guy's Ultimate Game Night' – Channel Guide Magazine
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Guy’s Ultimate Game Night
Food Network, 9pm
Hollywood celebrities and their closest friends and family join host Guy Fieri in the Flavortown Lounge for an evening of food, drinks and off-the-hook food-related games and trivia like “Dish Pics,” “The Guy-Q Test” and “Charade the Pantry,” as well as hands-on food challenges like “Blind Baker” and “Omelette Offs.” It’s all fun and games as the guests must stay on their toes while they battle for crazy prizes, and the best part is, it’s all in the name of charity.
.@GuyFieri welcomes the brightest Hollywood stars and biggest celebrity chefs to the Flavortown Lounge for an off-the-hook night of over-the-top food games and hilarious cooking challenges! #GuysUltimateGameNight premieres Wednesday August 31 at 9|8c. pic.twitter.com/vfmuQ1ul26
— Food Network (@FoodNetwork) August 22, 2022
Scandalous: The Killing of a Princess
FOX Nation’s Scandalous series returns with a three-episode exploration of the life, history and tragedy of Princess Diana 25-years after her death. The episodes dive into the unanswered questions surrounding her separation and divorce from Prince Charles, and the car crash in Paris that ended her life on Aug. 31, 1997. Bruce McGill narrates.
The Croods: Family Tree
Hulu & Peacock
In Season 4 of the animated family series, with the kids excluded from the adults-only cave, they create a much cooler kid-cave, which tempts the adults to switch; a freak lightning storm turns Thunk (voice of AJ LoCascio) into a genius; Ugga (Amy Landecker) arranges a “Punch Summit” for peaceful co-existence with the punch monkeys; and when a meteor is found to be hurtling toward the farm, the Bettermans and Croods decide how to spend what could possibly be their last day on Earth.
Club América vs. Club América
This docuseries explores the past and present of Club América, the winningest and most controversial soccer club competing in Mexico’s top-tier Liga MX division.
I Came By
In this neo-noir thriller directed and cowritten by BAFTA Award winner Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow), a rebellious young graffiti artist targets the homes of London’s wealthy elite. When he discovers a dark secret about a prestigious judge, it leads him on a shocking journey that endangers himself and those closest to him. Kelly Macdonald, George MacKay and Hugh Bonneville lead the cast.
Summer Under the Stars: Peter Sellers
TCM, beginning at 6am
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Turner Classic Movies’ annual Summer Under the Stars monthlong programming event closes out another year today with 12 films starring legendary British actor Richard Henry Sellers, better known as Peter Sellers. Most of the titles feature Sellers in the comedic roles for which he is most remembered, but there are also some dramas that demonstrate his range. One of his later comedies, on which Sellers was an uncredited director and features him playing two roles, is making its TCM premiere: The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980), which was released less than a month after the actor’s passing. Also today is a much more iconic film that had Sellers taking on three roles and earning a Best Actor Oscar nomination in the process — Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 classic dark satire Dr. Strangelove. Sellers’ second Best Actor Oscar-nominated performance can also be seen today, in the 1979 satire Being There. Other highlights: The Mouse That Roared (1959), another satire with Sellers in three roles; the counterculture-themed romantic comedy I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968); the comedy The World of Henry Orient (1964); and more.
The CW, 8pm
Season 3 of the superhero drama will find Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl (Brec Bassinger) dealing with the return of Sylvester Pemberton/Starman (Joel McHale), who was revealed to still be alive at the end of Season 2. Bassinger recently teased that the new season features a murder mystery theme, with the hero and villain trying to figure out who the killer is.
MasterChef: Back to Win: “The Wall/Restaurant Takeover — Spago”
Two new episodes of MasterChef: Back to Win air tonight. The top eight chefs are paired together and tasked with communicating on opposite sides of a wall to create identical dishes in “The Wall.” Then in “Restaurant Takeover — Spago,” the remaining chefs take over Wolfgang Puck’s famous Spago restaurant in Los Angeles.
America’s Got Talent: “Qualifiers 4 Results”
NBC, 8pm Live
Find out which two acts from last night’s live qualifiers are moving on to the final round of the competition.
Tales From the Explorers Club
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Josh Gates (Expedition Unknown) takes viewers inside the headquarters of the legendary Explorers Club to relive the epic adventures of members who have pushed the bounds of human possibility by venturing to Earth’s highest peaks, deepest ocean trenches, the North and South Poles, and even into outer space. With exclusive access to the club’s archives, the series profiles daring explorers like Ernest Shackleton, Gertrude Bell and more.
Farmhouse Fixer: “Fifty and Not So Fabulous”
Jonathan Knight’s newest renovation tackles a 50-year-old Colonial reproduction. This home needs major help to rid it of the flower wallpaper, old carpet and mice. Jon and designer Kristina Crestin bring in a bright, West Coast design, adding much-needed natural light, a vaulted ceiling and a mudroom of every mom’s dream. Even the bunnies get a luxury bunny condo to hop around in.
America’s National Parks: “Big Bend”
Nat Geo, 9pm
Big Bend National Park is a vast wilderness of mountains, deserts and rivers deep in the heart of Texas. A gift to America from the Lone Star State, this unique and harsh wonderland is a protected sanctuary for life on the southern border, with more species of birds, bugs and cacti than any other national park in the United States.
AMC Networks’ first traditionally animated series is this sci-fi drama based on a collection of short stories by award-winning author Ken Liu. It is centered on bullied teen Maddie (voice of Katie Chang), who receives mysterious help from someone online: a stranger soon revealed to be her recently deceased father, David (Daniel Dae Kim), whose consciousness has been uploaded to the cloud following an experimental destructive brain scan. David is the first of a new kind of being — an Uploaded Intelligence, or UI — but he will not be the last, as a global conspiracy unfolds that threatens to trigger a new kind of world war. Aaron Eckhart, Taylor Schilling, Ron Livingston and William Hurt are also among the voice cast. The first two episodes are available today; new installments then drop on Thursdays.
The Shell Collector
FOX Nation’s first original movie, The Shell Collector, is based on the story by bestselling author Nancy Naigle. The heartwarming tale follows a widowed mom, Amanda Whittier (Caitlin Clark), who befriends some interesting characters in her small seaside town as she looks to forge ahead with her new life following the death of her husband. Throughout the journey, three friends find encouragement in the most mysterious places, discovering a love that’s bigger than their pain, healing their wounded hearts in ways none of them could have hoped for or expected. Christopher Russell and Jennifer Higgin also star.
The comedy’s first season concludes with “Something for the Road,” written by executive producer Issa Rae and showrunner Syreeta Singleton. After the show, Mia (KaMillion) and Shawna (Aida Osman) find themselves questioning the group’s future. Later, Mia forms an unexpected connection, while Shawna considers an offer.
Love in the Villa
A young woman (Kat Graham) takes a trip to romantic Verona, Italy, after a breakup, only to find that the villa she reserved is double-booked, and she will have to share her vacation with a cynical and very good-looking British man (Tom Hopper).
Sam Morril: Same Time Tomorrow
Comedian Sam Morril performs in this hourlong stand-up special.
The Secrets She Keeps
In Season 2 of this Australian psychological thriller, two years after Agatha Fyfle (Laura Carmichael) kidnapped her baby, explosive secrets will spin Meghan Shaughnessy (Jessica De Gouw) onto a catastrophic and ultimately fatal course, while Agatha’s new obsession sees them collide in a way no one will anticipate. All six episodes are available today.
ESPN, FOX & FS1, beginning at 7pm Live
Thursday primetime college football matchups for opening weekend include West Virginia at Pitt (ESPN), Central Michigan at Oklahoma State (FS1), Penn State at Purdue (FOX) and Cal Poly at Fresno State (FS1).
Press Your Luck: “Zombie Apocalypse Ready”
Host Elizabeth Banks witnesses true sportsmanship in the heat of competition. Banks is joined by contestants Jake Marshall (hometown: Loveland, Colorado), Freddie Walton (San Diego, California) and Rita Bohl (Ione, California).
In the Season 11 premiere, “Forever Free,” Montana’s Tom and Nancy Oar prepare for the long winter ahead, while Jake Herak battles dense fog and mountain terrain on foot in pursuit of elk. In Wyoming, Josh Kirk attempts to move a 150-year-old log cabin to the heart of his bison ranch, but the hazardous journey threatens to topple the historic structure. And in Alaska, Martha and Elli Tansy each harvest a caribou, sending them on an all-night off-road mission to extract their kills.
Star of the Month: Humphrey Bogart: “Bogie and Huston” & “Bogie and Bacall”
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Humphrey Bogart, one of the greatest male movie stars of Hollywood’s classic age and whose legendary performances endure and continue to entertain modern audiences, is Turner Classic Movies’ Star of the Month in September. Each Thursday night (and usually well into the following day), the network will spotlight some of Bogie’s most memorable films grouped according to a particular theme. Tonight’s lineup highlights movies featuring Bogart’s collaborations with two people with whom he had his most impactful personal and professional relationships: writer/director John Huston and actress Lauren Bacall. Up first, enjoy Bogie leading five productions directed by Huston: The African Queen (1951), which won Bogart a Best Actor Oscar, and earned a Best Director nomination for Huston, along with a nod for the screenplay he cowrote with James Agee, and a Best Actress nomination for costar Katharine Hepburn; The Maltese Falcon (1941), the iconic film noir with Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade, featuring Huston’s Oscar-nominated screenplay adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s novel; the wartime spy film Across the Pacific (1942); the Best Picture Oscar-nominated The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), which earned Huston Academy Awards for directing and his screenplay; and the 1948 film noir Key Largo. That last film was the final onscreen pairing of Bogie and Bacall, which segues nicely into airings of the other three movies that the iconic Hollywood couple made together: To Have and Have Not (1944), their first big-screen collaboration and the production on which they began their famed romance, which was also Bacall’s overall feature film debut and includes her famous “just whistle” quote; The Big Sleep (1946), with Bogie playing his other famous film noir detective, Philip Marlowe; and the 1947 mystery thriller Dark Passage. — Jeff Pfeiffer
Generation Gap: “Bob Dylan Wants to Rule the World”
Host Kelly Ripa is joined by special guest Judd Hirsch on an all-new episode.
No Demo Reno
In the season finale, “Work Hard Play Hard,” Jenn Todryk elevates LaTasha and Symone’s kitchen and living room into the perfect place for this mother-daughter duo to make memories before Symone goes off to college. At the same time, Jenn helps the Hogan family find order in the chaos of their twin sons’ playroom.
America’s National Parks: “Badlands”
Nat Geo, 9pm
Nat Geo’s weeklong trip through some of America’s greatest national parks stops at Badlands National Park in South Dakota, a land of rugged beauty that was 75 million years in the making. At its heart is a sea of grass, making up one of the most endangered ecosystems on Earth. The park is also home to iconic rocky spires carved from the ground by wind and rain. Living among these varied landscapes are some of our country’s most iconic animal species, which have evolved to benefit each other.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
Prime Video, 9pm
Amazon has a lot riding on this epic fantasy series that brings us back to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. The drama has been in development/production and buzzed-about online for nearly five years and is reportedly the most expensive TV series ever made — the first eight-episode season alone is estimated to have cost over $450 million to produce, and the company’s five-season production commitment to the series is thought to be worth at least $1 billion. Rings of Power takes place thousands of years before The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and is largely based off the appendices Tolkien included in LOTR that chronicled some of Middle-earth’s history. It covers major events of the fictional realm’s Second Age that led to all the later drama, including the forging of the Rings of Power, the last alliance between elves and men, and the rise of LOTR’s infamous “big bad,” the dark lord Sauron (who, based on glimpses in an early trailer for the series, will be seen in an earlier, but still creepy, form prior to his manifestation as an all-seeing Eye). Some of the other characters included here will also be recognizable to viewers even if they have only seen Peter Jackson’s popular LOTR movies, such as the long-lived elves Elrond (Robert Aramayo) and Galadriel (Morfydd Clark). The series’ first two episodes drop this evening on a special night. The remaining six episodes of the first season will be available Fridays at 12am ET (early morning) beginning Sept. 9. — Jeff Pfeiffer
“This Is Not My Beautiful House” wraps up Season 4 of this drama about 20-somethings navigating love, sex and relationships in Los Angeles. The episode finds Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) infiltrating Silas’ (Graham Sibley) cult and Gael (Tommy Martinez) deciding what role he wants to play in his child’s life.
True Crime Story: It Couldn’t Happen Here
The true-crime docuseries hosted by Hilarie Burton Morgan returns with new episodes that explore how major crimes impacted tightknit communities. With empathy and advocacy, Burton Morgan sheds light on previously adjudicated cases where doubt about the existing verdict lingers. The premiere episode, “Dallas, GA,” examines the case of a woman found shot in her bathroom. Was it suicide, as her husband claimed, or murder? Years later, the case remains open, and the town has questions.
Travel Channel, 10pm
In the Season 2 finale, “Ghost Streakers,” Jack Osbourne and the Ghost Brothers (Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass and Marcus Harvey) tackle a phantom football fan; a shadow person slinks around an abandoned hospital; and special guest Montel Williams lends his signature real talk to couples affected by hauntings.
Race for the Championship
USA Network, 10pm
Over 10 episodes, this docuseries tells the story of the 2022 NASCAR Cup season and playoffs, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the elite drivers and teams who are competing, including Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suárez and more. USA Network will also begin coverage of the 10-week NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs starting this Sunday, Sept. 4.
Life by Ella
This kids-and-family drama follows 13-year-old Ella (Lily Brooks O’Briant) as she returns to school with a brand-new perspective, excitement for what the future holds and a major “seize the day” mentality following her stint with cancer. With her best friend by her side, she is ready to tackle everything she was too afraid of before, and determined to not let the minutiae of fake friends and social media status distract her.
The psychological thriller led by Gugu Mbatha-Raw concludes its first season.
Season 3 of the British comedy starring Esther Smith and Rafe Spall comes to a close.
Buy My House
In this reality series, homeowners from across America come to sell their properties, on the spot, to one of four real estate tycoons: Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman, Corcoran Group CEO Pamela Liebman, NFL linebacker Brandon Copeland or investment property magnate Danisha Wrighster. Incredible and unique homes are up for grabs as the owners share heartfelt backstories and engage in heart-pounding negotiations.
Dated & Related
This reality dating series follows pairs of siblings who are seeing each other’s love life up close and personal as they search for “the one” together. Having the person who knows them better than anyone should help them navigate the tricky world of dating. But will each sibling act as the ultimate wingman and help the other find love, or scuttle their plans and call them out on all their BS?
Devil in Ohio
In this eight-episode, limited-series suspense thriller, when hospital psychiatrist Dr. Suzanne Mathis (Emily Deschanel) shelters a mysterious cult escapee (Madeleine Arthur), her world is turned upside down as the strange girl’s arrival threatens to tear her own family apart.
Ivy + Bean
In this live-action family film based on Annie Barrows’ series of children’s books, two young girls with very different personalities — Ivy (Keslee Blalock), who is quiet, thoughtful and observant, and Bean (Madison Skye Validum), who is playful, exuberant and fearless — find that opposites can end up becoming the best of friends when an adventure brings them together. Jane Lynch, Nia Vardalos and Jesse Tyler Ferguson also star.
You’re Nothing Special
In this fantasy/comedy from Spain, after moving from Barcelona to her mom’s small and boring hometown, a young woman discovers she may have inherited powers from her grandmother, who was rumored to have been a witch.
Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul
Feature Film Exclusive!
In this satirical comedy that also hits theaters today, Regina Hall plays Trinitie Childs, the proud first lady of a Southern Baptist megachurch who, with her husband, Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown), once served a congregation in the tens of thousands. But after a scandal forces their church to temporarily close, Trinitie and Lee-Curtis must rebuild their congregation to make the biggest comeback that commodified religion has ever seen.
A Face in the Crowd
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Andy Griffith gives an extraordinary performance as Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes, the lead character of this 1957 Elia Kazan-directed drama that marked Griffith’s screen debut. Although Rhodes is a Southern character like Griffith’s kindly and beloved Sheriff Andy Taylor from the actor’s later classic sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, this man’s charming accent and folksy “aw-shucks” persona is not the genuine article, and instead hides a cruel, ambitious and egomaniacal personality that only grows as the one-time drunken drifter finds himself — thanks to the radio journalist (Patricia Neal) who discovers him (and later regrets the monster she created) — rising as a nationally renowned media personality and political demagogue. If you only know Griffith from his sitcom, check out his dynamic acting range here as Rhodes, a role that helped the actor become a star and really should have earned him an Oscar nomination. Besides being ignored by the Academy, A Face in the Crowd also had mixed reviews on its original release, and wasn’t overly successful at the box office. But time has looked kindly on the film, which was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 2008, thanks not only to Griffith’s performance but also the story’s look at the volatile intersection of media, celebrity and politics that appears ever more prescient with each passing year.
ESPN & FS1, beginning at 7pm Live
Friday night college football action features Western Michigan at Michigan State (ESPN), Illinois at Indiana (FS1) and TCU at Colorado (ESPN).
Secret Celebrity Renovation: “Kandi Burruss”
TV personality Kandi Burruss returns home to Atlanta to surprise her aunt with a renovation.
My Lottery Dream Home: “Tri-State Scratch King”
Cody is the self-professed “scratch king” of the Midwest, who won a total of $600,000 on two different scratchers. Now the busy contractor and single dad is searching for the perfect pad in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, tri-state area. He enlists David Bromstad to help him find something that lives up to his high standards where he can enjoy raising his 5-year-old son.
America’s National Parks
Nat Geo, 9pm
Nat Geo’s weeklong trek through our country’s greatest national parks concludes in the 50th state with a visit to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, a sacred land born of fire and sea. It is home to the most diverse assemblage of species anywhere on the planet, which navigate living in the ever-changing landscape shaped by the world’s most active volcanoes — from humpback whales to carnivorous caterpillars.
Jack Osbourne’s Night of Terror: UFOs
Jack Osbourne’s latest two-hour Night of Terror special finds him teaming up with his actor friends Jason Mewes and Jamie Kennedy to seek answers behind the strange activity reported in Utah’s Uinta Basin. Home to the infamous paranormal hotspot Skinwalker Ranch, this desert landscape is shrouded in supernatural mystery, and sightings of otherworldly visitors date back centuries. Armed with state-of-the-art technology and gathering intel from witnesses and experts, including UFO expert Ben Hansen, Osbourne and his friends try to figure out why strange activity seems to be so concentrated in this area.
The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert
Paramount+, beginning at 11:30am Live; highlights special on CBS at 10pm
Rock band Foo Fighters and the family of their late drummer, Taylor Hawkins, who passed away March 25 at age 50, come together with Paramount to present this all-star global music event, which streams live on Paramount+ from London’s Wembley Stadium, with an hourlong compilation of highlights from the event airing on CBS later this evening. The concert will feature some of the biggest names in music joining together to celebrate Hawkins’ life, music and love. Announced performers include Foo Fighters, Travis Barker, Liam Gallagher, Brian May, Lars Ulrich, Violet Grohl and many more, with surprise guests and appearances to be announced.
ABC, CBS, ESPN, FOX & FS1, beginning at 12pm Live
College football Saturdays are back! Top games to watch today include Colorado State at Michigan (ABC), Cincinnati at Arkansas (ESPN), Oregon vs. Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta (ABC), Arizona at San Diego State (CBS), UTEP at Oklahoma (FOX), Utah at Florida (ESPN), Illinois State at Wisconsin (FS1), and a huge matchup in Columbus as Notre Dame visits Ohio State (ABC).
FOX, 7pm Live
Viewers will see either the Seattle Mariners at the Cleveland Guardians or the Minnesota Twins at the Chicago White Sox on FOX’s Saturday MLB regional coverage.
Marry Me in Yosemite
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Successful photojournalist Zoe receives an assignment from her publisher to work on a book about Yosemite National Park. While there, she meets Jack, an intriguing tour guide who opens up her eyes to new possibilities as they take a journey together. Stars Cindy Busby and Tyler Harlow.
James M. Cain Double Feature
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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In addition to having critical acclaim and a popular readership for his famous hardboiled crime fiction novels, author James Mallahan Cain also had several of his works adapted into equally well-regarded films; two of the most famous of these film noir adaptations air tonight on Turner Classic Movies. Up first is Best Director Oscar nominee Billy Wilder’s Best Picture-nominated Double Indemnity (1944), led by Best Actress nominee Barbara Stanwyck as one of the screen’s most iconic femme fatales. She plays a housewife who seduces an insurance representative (Fred MacMurray) into a scheme involving insurance fraud and murder. Wilder also received an Oscar nomination for the screenplay adaptation of Cain’s novel that he cowrote with Raymond Chandler, another famed mystery/crime author. The second feature on tonight’s Cain double bill, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), features another great femme fatale, this time portrayed by Lana Turner. She stars as a married woman who falls for a drifter (John Garfield), with the two eventually plotting to murder her husband.
Help! I Wrecked My House: “Take Me Out of My Reno”
First-time homeowners Kendall and Broderick have big DIY dreams but not enough spare time to make them happen, a lesson they learned after ripping apart their entire kitchen and living room making their house uninhabitable. Jasmine Roth has exactly six weeks and $100,000 to completely transform their kitchen, living room and bedroom into a beach house oasis. When she discovers termite damage in the subfloor, it could throw the timeline off the rails.
911 Crisis Center
Season 2 of this true-crime docuseries set at Chagrin Valley Dispatch in Ohio offers more fly-on-the-wall coverage of the community’s most intense moments as it takes viewers inside the call center. In the premiere episode, “Mama Bear to Grizzly Bear,” a staff member takes a 911 call from a concerned grandfather looking for his missing newborn grandchild. New episodes air at 9pm beginning Sept. 10.
First Home Fix
Design duo and real-life couple Austin Coleman and Raisa Kuddus create custom, one-of-a-kind renovations for their millennial clients in this new docuseries. Austin and Raisa show first-time homeowners how to stretch a tight budget using sweat equity and strategic, personalized design decisions, transforming dated properties into dream homes.
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