While less busy than last week, there’s still one new series debut (that you may not be able to watch depending on who your TV provider is) and a couple of season premieres, plus a do-over of sorts for a new show that I neglected to mention last week.
Monday, July 21
Mindless Action Movie Monday
Your choices: Wanted, a movie I love and enjoy rewatching frequently (7:30-10 pm, FX, so lots of commercial breaks); The Punisher, with Thomas Jane and John Travolta (8-10:30 pm, IFC); or the ridiculous Next, with Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore (8-9:40 pm, Encore).
Tuesday, July 22
Face Off (9-10 pm, Syfy)
The special-effects makeup competition show returns for its seventh season.
Wednesday, July 23
The Divide (9-10 pm, WEtv)
Last week I overlooked the premiere of this new scripted series modeled on the work done by the Innocence Project to overturn wrongful convictions. (Until now WEtv has been known mainly for reality shows aimed at women.) If you want to catch up, the two-episode premiere is re-airing this week Monday from 11 pm-1 am on Sundance, and on WE following this week’s episode; it’s also available on the WEtv website.
Thursday, July 24
Project Runway (9-10:31 pm, Lifetime)
I don’t know why this show is starting a new season in the middle of the summer; perhaps it gets better ratings with less competition on one of TV’s most-watched nights during the regular season. Regardless, it’s back for its 13th season. (A casting special precedes the premiere at 8 pm.)
Friday, July 25
Cold Justice (9-10:01 pm, TNT)
I’ve never watched TNT’s true-crime show, but on an otherwise dull night I might consider checking it out.
Saturday, July 26
Escape from New York (9-11 pm, Sundance)
B-movies don’t get any better than this 1981 artifact directed by John Carpenter. Set in 1997, with all of New York City a maximum-security prison, a criminal (Kurt Russell) is asked to rescue the President, who has been taken hostage after his hijacked plane is brought down inside the city-prison’s wall.
Sunday, July 27
Manhattan (9-10:10 pm, WGNA)
WGN America’s first original scripted series, Salem, drew enough of an audience this spring to get a second season. The channel’s follow-up is another historical drama, this one about the lives of the people involved in the World War II Manhattan Project, which created the first atomic bombs. The cast includes John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, and Daniel Stern. (Note that Comcast still doesn’t carry WGNA, but it’s on FIOS, DirecTV, Dish, and RCN.)
Little Britain (2003-06)
Think of this quirky, proudly odd sketch show as a British analogue to The Kids in the Hall, and just give in to its distinctive brand of madness. (22 episodes total, but unfortunately only the first 14 are currently available to stream on Netflix.)
(Note: this information is accurate as of publication time, but programming is subject to change at the discretion of channels and networks. All times listed are Eastern time.)