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TV best bets with hot dogs, fireworks and the series finale of 'Royal Pains'

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Sunday, July 3, 2016

The doctor is no longer in. USA closes shop after eight seasons of its steady performing summer hit "Royal Pains" Wednesday.

And on Monday, you get the annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island  on ESPN, plus lots and lots of fireworks, be it in New York (NBC), D.C. (GPB), Boston (CBS) or Atlanta (WSB-TV).

Other summer series returns include "Zoo" on CBS Tuesday and "Tyrant" on FX Wednesday. And season two of Starz' "Outlander" Saturday.

This covers Monday, July 4 through Sunday, July 10, 2016.


“Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest” 3 p.m. ESPN — The 100th anniversary contest.

“Peachtree Road Race: Start to Finish” 8 p.m. NBC — Recounting the events earlier in the day.

“Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” 9 p.m. NBC — Willie Geist and Tamron Hall emcee. Perfromers include Kenny Chesney, 5 Seconds of Summer, Meghan Trainor and the Radio City Rockettes.

“A Capitol Fourth” 8 p.m. GPB — Tom Bergeron hosts the celebration of America's 240th birthday, which features Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Gavin DeGraw, Cassadee Pope, Amber Riley, Jackie Evancho and Sutton Foster.

“Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” 9  p.m. CBS — Performers include: Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Little Big Town.

“Devious Maids” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Rosie puts herself at risk in an attempt to prove Spence's innocence.

“Houdini & Doyle” 9 p.m. CBS (series finale)  — The crew investigates when a minister in a small Ontario town awakens one day to find all dead and no sign of violence.

“Unreal” 10 p.m. Lifetime — Coleman invites Rachel to the Impact Awards.

“Georga Salutes America” 10 p.m. ABC —  The fireworks show from Centennial Olympic Park.


“Pretty Little Liars” 8 p.m. Freeform — The ladies attempt to rescue Ali from the psychiatric hospital to protect her from Uber A's threats, but they make a fatal mistake that impacts everything.

Animal Kingdom” 9 p.m. TNT — Pope goes to extreme measures when Deran won't return home.

The Have and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Hanna is motivated to gain custody of Quincy Jr. after a conversation with Pearl.

Zoo” 9 p.m. CBS (second season debut) — A tragedy strikes the team's only ally within the government, leaving Jackson and the team on their own to stop a surge of animal-related attacks from destroying the city of Geneva,

Uncle Buck” 9:30 p.m. ABC (first season finale) — Will and Alexis arrive home to a house in complete chaos

Feed the Beast” 10 p.m. AMC — Revisiting the past, Tommy questions Dion's friendship with Rie.

“S cream” 10 p.m. MTV — Emma questions her friendships

“To Tell the Truth ” 10 p.m. ABC — Yvette Nicole Brown joins the panel.


“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox — Ramsay demonstrates how to properly deconstruct a lobster.

“Dating Naked ” 9 p.m. VH1 —  David has doubts about keeping Nadica and is introduced to two new ladies.

Duck Dynasty ” 9 p.m. A&E (10th season debut) — The Robertsons celebrate Willie & Korie's 25th anniversary.

“Hollywood Divas ” 9 p.m. TV One (third season debut)  Golden hosts a party, but Paula is not invited, leading to a confrontation between the two.

“Wayward Pines ” 9 p.m. Fox — Theo and Megan take opposite views of the Abbies' intelligence as Theo tries to communicate with their leader.

“American Gothic ” 10 p.m. CBS — Cam tries to erase his past as Garrett reconnects with his and Alison seeks campaign support from a local football star, but one of her siblings complicate matters.

“Greenleaf ” 10 p.m. OWN — A family in the church asks for prayers; Lady Mae tries to mend fences between the Bishop and Deacon Sykes.

Roy al Pains ” 10 p.m. USA  (series finale) — Boris, who is planning to leave the Hamptons, asks Hank to join him.

“Tyrant ” 10 p.m. FX (third season debut)  — Barry becomes interim president and makes preparations for democratic elections.


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

“Alone 9 p.m. History — As winter arrives food sources dwindle and the remaining participants need to take risks.

“Greatest Hits 9 p.m. ABC — Hits from 1995 to 2000. Backstreet Boys, LL Cool J, Jewel and Coolio are featured.

“Aquarius 10 p.m. NBC — Shafe's addiction troubles escalate.

“Sex & Drugs & Rock n Roll 10 p.m. FX  — Ava tries to mix things up and urges Gigi to be more adventurous.


“Killjoys” 9 p.m Syfy — D'avin is back on the team when the Killjoys return to the ruins of Old Town to hunt eight escaped convicts

“Love Thy Neighbor ” 9 p.m. OWN   Everyone comes together for a game of "Who You Know."

“Duck Dynasty 10 p.m. A&E  — The Robertsons celebrate Willie & Korie's 25th anniversary.

“Million Dollar Matchmaker 10 p.m. WE-TV (new series) — Patti helps a man known as the Human Ken Doll and a three-time divorcée break their poor relationship habits in hopes of finding love.

“Outcast ” 10 p.m. Cinemax — Kyle urges his estranged wife to meet with him; Chief Giles is suspicious of his best friend and shadows him.


“Hello World!” 8 p.m. Saturday Discovery (new series) — Usher Presented in association with World Wildlife Fund this series takes a look at the wonders of the natural world through the eyes of some of today’s most celebrated musicians. This week: Atlanta's Usher.

“Outlander 8 p.m. Saturday  Starz (second season finale) — The Season 2 finale flashes forward to the present, where Claire reveals the truth to her daughter, Brianna, while in the 18 century, the Battle of Culloden arrives and Jamie pulls out all stops to save his loved ones.

Celebrity Family Feud 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Snoop Dogg vs. Sugar Ray Leonard

The Real Housewives of New Jersey 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo (seventh season debut)  — Teresa Guidice returns from prison. 

“Celebrity $100,000 Pyramid 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Martha Stewart vs. Snoop Dogg. 

“DB Cooper 9 p.m. Sunday History (new series) — An investigation of the case of airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper, who received a $200,000 ransom and parachuted out of a plane over Washington in 1971 and was never found.

“Food Network Star 9 p.m. Sunday Food — Two locals Jernard and Tregaye are in the final five. 

“The Last Ship 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — A mission becomes complicated as Chandler's position is worsened.

“The Night Off 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — An eight-part drama series following a murder case in New York City.

“Preacher 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Jesse finally comes face to face with Deblanc and Fiore and learns about the mysterious entity that has taken over his body.

“Ray Donovan 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime —An intruder breaks into the Donovan household.

“The Ride With Norman Reedus 10 p.m. Sunday AMC — Norman Reedus travels from Lafayette, La., to New Orleans.

“Murder in the First 10 p.m. Sunday TNT — Public pressure rises over the shooting death of an unarmed suspect.

“Roadies 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Bryce Newman, a notorious music blogger, pens a scathing post about the band

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