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TV best bets with Democratic convention, 'Sharknado 4,' MadTV return

By RODNEY HO/ originally filed Monday, July 25, 2016

Discovery recently had its annual "Shark Week." This week, it's Syfy's turn with silly films such as 'Dam Sharks," "Ozark Sharks" and the fourth edition of "Sharknado." Maybe folks are truly tired of the concept of crazy sharks but Syfy is going to test people's patience this round.

Besides Ian Ziering and Tara Reid as stars, cameos include Stacey Dash, Steve Guttenberg, David Hasselhoff, Gary Busey, Gilbert Gottfried, Duane "Dog" Chapman, Tommy Davidson, Cheryl Tiegs, Patti Stanger, Vince Neil, Paul Shaffer and Robert Herjavec. Four folks with Atlanta ties popped up - Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best," Cynthia Bailey of "Real Housewives of Atlanta," Dolvett Quince of "Biggest Loser" and Erika Jayne of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." And the trailer uses a "Star Wars" thematic.

The CW is bringing back the former MadTV sketch comedy series "MadTV" Tuesday with an all-new cast.

And the Democrats are rolling out their week of political fanfare Monday through Thursday from Philadelphia.

This covers Monday, July 25 through Sunday, July 31, 2016.


“American Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC — Indianapolis finals.

“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — The rose ceremony after the hometown dates continues and one man is sent home.

“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” 8 p.m. VH1 — Stevie and Joseline end their relationship - and it looks more over than ever.

“Dam Sharks” 9 p.m. Syfy — Voracious sharks use human bodies to build dams.

“Angie Tribeca” 9 p.m. TBS — Tribeca and Geils probe the murder of a Coast Guard member.

“My Baby's Head Keeps Growing” 9 p.m. TLC — Three children suffer from hydrocephalus, which is excess water on the brain that causes the children to have large heads.

“Rizzoli & Isles” 9 p.m. TNT (100th episode) — Jane goes undercover in a county jail to lure out a murderer. Angie Harmon directed the episode.

“Devious Maids” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Carmen's caught in the middle of the Powell household.

“Democratic National Convention” 10 p.m. ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, cable news networks — Philadelphia is the site.

“Unreal” 10 p.m. Lifetime — Rachel reveals a huge secret to Coleman in the aftermath of an incident with Darius.

“Major Crimes” 10 p.m. TNT — Two British tourists get attacked during a Venice Beach robbery.


“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — The first live show featuring 12 of the top 36.

The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — The men JoJo  rejected "tell all."

Hotel Hell” 8 p.m. Fox (third season finale) — Gordon persuades a man to take over his mother's hotel after she worked endless hours to keep it afloat.

Deadliest Catch” 9 p.m. Discovery — Sig's health suffers as his boat takes on more damage from the inclement weather.

Animal Kingdom” 9 p.m. TNT — Tensions soar as the Codys prepare for their big heist.

The Have and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Jeffrey begins to implode.

Ice Sharks” 9 p.m. Syfy — A group of ravenous sharks break into a military base, forcing all the sceintists to escape before they are eaten alive.

MadTV” 9 p.m. the CW (15th season debut) — The former Fox sketch comedy show is back after seven years on a new network.

Zoo” 9 p.m. CBS — The team visits Portugal where they battle a dangerous venom dealer in hopes of getting one step closer to the cure. Meanwhile, Jackson's erratic behavior puts everyone in jeopardy.

Feed the Beast” 10 p.m. AMC — Tommy confronts Dion over his worst fears about his son. Meanwhile, TJ takes matters into his own hands with his tormentor..

“Democratic Convention ” 10 p.m. ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, cable news networks — Night two out of Cleveland.

“Wrecked ” 10 p.m. TBS — Danny and Owen start a new camp.


“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox — Teens mark their sweet-16s with help from the 12 remaining cooks.

“America's Got Talent ” 8 p.m. NBC First round of live eliminations.

Duck Dynasty ” 9 p.m. A&E — A large storm hits Monroe and the family seek shelter at Phil and Kay's house.

“Suits ” 9 p.m. USA — Mike tries to remain safe without breaking Danbury's unwritten rules.

“Wayward Pines ” 9 p.m. Fox (second season finale)  — Abbies descend upon the town, which pushes Theo to a decision that could impact all of humanity.

“American Gothic ” 9 p.m. CBS (special time)  — The Hawthornes get publicly implicated in the SBK case and begin turning on one another.

“Greenleaf ” 10 p.m. OWN — Grace reaches out to Officer Nelson while also working with Noah in an effort to find evidence against Mac.

“Mr. Robot ” 10 p.m. USA — Elliot friends Ray, who he hopes can help delete Mr. Robot.

“Tyrant” 10 p.m. FX — A disaster hits the country and Barry and Molly respond in different ways.

“2016 Democratic convention” 10 p.m. ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, news cable networks — Barack Obama is scheduled to speak.


“Battlebots” 8 p.m. ABC — The NFL's Vernon Davis is the guest judge as 32 teams advance out of the qualifying round.

“Home Free 8 p.m. Fox — The contestants work hard in hopes of avoiding the final cut.

“Hollywood Game Night 9 p.m. NBC  — The celebrity players are Natalie Morales; Julia Stiles; Bellamy Young; Meredith Vieira; Raven-Symone; and Hannah Davis.

“Ozark Sharks 9 p.m. Syfy — A picturesque family vacation to the Ozarks goes sideways when a group of bull sharks show up to take a bite out of the town's big fireworks festival.

“Greatest Hits 9 p.m. ABC — The 2000-05 time period lacks star power, with Mario, Lee Anne Womack and Pat Monahan supplemented by current acts (Rachel Platten, Zendaya, Fifth Harmony, Kelsea Ballerini)

“2016 Democratic Convention 10 p.m. CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, GPB, cable news networks — Hillary Clinton speaks.

“Sex & Drugs & Rock n Roll 10 p.m. FX — Ava prepares for her debut and gets help from Gigi while Johnny becomes surprisingly supportive


“Killjoys” 9 p.m Syfy — Johnny escorts Pawter home for a chilly family reunion, while D'av experiences surprising side effects from Khlyen's Red 17 experiments.

“Love Thy Neighbor ” 9 p.m. OWN  Sam reveals the true nature about his lack of maturity.

“What Would You Do?9:01 p.m. ABC — John Quinones is back in Atlanta seeing if we can rise to the occasion in various social experiments.

“Dark Matter 10 p.m. Syfy  — The Android goes undercover to help the Raza crew track down a dangerous but familiar foe.

“Outcast ” 10 p.m. Cinemax — Rev. Anderson becomes increasingly alienated; Sidney's revelation stuns Kyle.


“Killer Coach” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — A talented swimmer engages in a brief romance with her new assistant coach, who soon grows dangerously infatuated with the young woman.

Celebrity Family Feud 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Bachelors vs. Bachelorettes.

Sharknado: the 4th Awakens 8 p.m. Sunday Syfy  — Fin and his family living in relative bliss five years after the devastation that occurred on the East Coast. But all that's about to change, when the sharknado menace returns in totally unexpected places and ways.

Teen Choice 2016 8 p.m. Sunday Fox   — Justin Timberlake receives the Decade Award.

“Celebrity $100,000 Pyramid 9 p.m. Sunday ABC —  Alfonso Ribeiro vs. Mario Batali. 

“Food Network Star 9 p.m. Sunday Food (12th season finale) — Two metro Atlantans Tregaye Fraser and Jernard Wells are in the final three.

“The Last Ship 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — America copes with tragedy. Meanwhile, Chandler probes a potential virus mutation.

“Power 9 p.m. Sunday Starz — Ghost sees an opportunity to take the clubs to the next level but his past may catch up to him.

“Preacher 9 p.m. Sunday AMC (first season finale) — It's the day the entire town has been waiting for, as Jesse tries to follow through on his promise to get answers from Heaven.

“The Night Of 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Stone looks for clues about the crime.

“Ray Donovan 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime— Ray waits to see if Belikov will be released from prison and struggles with the prospect of putting a pimp back out on the street.

“Murder in the First 10 p.m. Sunday TNT — Terry and Hildy worry they've lost a prime suspect to his gangster foes.

“Survivor’s Remorse 10 p.m. Sunday Starz — Reggie and Missy debate the importance of manners and social etiquette after meeting a wealthy Atlanta couple.


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