Things are kind of quiet this week, but there’s a new miniseries starting on Sundance and the inevitable Sharknado sequel.
Monday, July 28
Top Gear (9-10 pm, BBC America)
It’s not a new season (yet), but the Brits visit their counterparts from the Australian version of the show, and mayhem will no doubt ensue.
Tuesday, July 29
Call Your Mom
No, seriously, there’s nothing on tonight worth mentioning, so why not check in with your mother?
Wednesday, July 30
Sharknado 2: The Second One (9-11:01 pm, Syfy)
You knew they had to. At least everyone involved seems to be acknowledging the inherent stupidity of the whole thing. (Note: watching this may kill existing brain cells.)
Thursday, July 31
The Honorable Woman (10-11:15 pm, Sundance)
In this eight-episode miniseries premiering tonight, Maggie Gyllenhaal plays the daughter of an Israeli arms manufacturer who was murdered when she was a child; now she is running the company, and one of its contractors is murdered. The cast also includes Stephen Rea, Janet McTeer, and Andrew Buchan.
Friday, August 1
The Killing (Netflix)
It’s not dead yet: Linden and Holder are back for what we have been told is indeed their final season, working on a murder at a military academy. All six episodes are streaming starting today.
Saturday, August 2
Hell on Wheels (9-10 pm, AMC)
AMC’s low-rated but well-regarded little historical Western that could begins its fourth season tonight.
Sunday, August 3
Urban Jungle (8-11 pm, NatGeo)
In this three-part special, a “big-cat wrangler” travels the world in search of animals that have migrated into urban areas; the second and third hours gradually move into territory further away from cities.
J.J. Abrams seems to be involved in nearly everything these days, but at one time he was just another TV writer and producer. After co-creating the romantic drama Felicity, he went on to create the sci-fi-infused spy thriller Alias, which ran for five seasons on ABC. While the show’s romantic elements may have taken up too much room for some viewers and the plots got more and more far-fetched as the show went on, Alias is still a fun ride and Jennifer Garner is terrific as Sydney Bristow. (105 episodes total)
(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.)