Olympics, 8 p.m. to midnight, NBC.
There's still a
cascade of gold medals to be won, mostly in prime time. For men, that
includes 1500 meter, 5000 meter, javelin and platform diving; for
women its high jump and 800-meter. And for both, there are the
There's more in the
daytime, which we'll list separately, and then latenight on NBC, from
“Rush Hour” finale, 8 p.m., CBS.
The “Rush Hour”
movies seemed like they would continue forever. There were four of
them, stretched over nine years, with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker
making a fortune.
The TV series,
however, seemed to vanish in an instant. Eight episodes were shown on
Thursdays, failing in a strong timeslot; five more were exiled to
Saturdays. Still, we're promised that there will be a strong finish.
Lee (Jon Foo) has tried to extricate his sister from the crime life.
Now he and Carter (Justin Hires) have a chance, going undercover at a
meeting of rival crime lords.
Animated movies, all day, cable.
While their parents
obsess on the Olympics. kids can have fun. Starz has “The Good
Dinosaur” (2015) at 7:15 p.m., Disney has “Alvin & The
Chipmunks 2” (2009) at 8 and others have marathons.
On Freeform, it's
“Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (2009) at 12:30 p.m., the
original “Jungle Book” (1967) at 2:45, “Up” (2009) at 4:45,
“Tangled” (2010) at 7, “Monsters University” (2013) at 9:15
and “Brave” (2012) at 11:45. FXX has “Smurfs 2” (2013) at 2
p.m., “Puss in Boots” (2011) at 4, “Turbo” (2013) at 6 and
then the clever “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (2014) at 8 and 10
daytime. On the last full day, things start early. Live coverage
begins at 6 a.m. ET on Golf (with the final women's round), 9 a.m. on
USA (rhythmic gymnastics qualifying) and noon on MSNBC (women's
volleyball bronze) and NBC Sports Network (men's soccer bronze). Even
NBC (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) will sometimes be live. That includes the
gold-medal games in women's basketball at 2:30 p.m. ET and men's
water polo, at 4:45 p.m. ET.
(2004), 6:35 p.m., Comedy Central. There are some movies for
grown-ups, starting with this fun Tina Fey film. At 8 p.m., FX has
“The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013), MTV has “Napoleon Dynamite”
(2004) and VH1 has “Sixteen Candles” (1983).
“Hotel Hell,” 8
and 9 p.m., Fox. Here's a rerun of a two-parter that's fun to watch,
in a perverse way. The setting – in historic Harper's Ferry, W. Va.
-- is gorgeous; the manager is bizarre. A retired teacher, she even
keeps her clothes in a locked cabinet in a guest room. A
mega-makeover is coming.
Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. Desperate to connect with her daughters,
Vanessa gets a tattoo. Also in this rerunn, Ryan – not an
outdoorsman like his fiancee's dad – needs a lesson in camping.
“Dr. Ken,” 8:31
p.m., ABC. In a rerun, Ken is ready to take full credit for giving a
sex talk to his son. Actually, it was his timid protege, Dr. Julie
Dodds, who gave the talk.
“In an Instant,”
9 p.m., ABC. Ashley Ware was 23, a nurse and a runner-up for Miss
North Dakota USA, when she was abducted in Fargo, N.D. Using her
nursing skills, she faked an asthma attack, fled, later wrestled the
man while putting pressure under his nose. That was eight years ago;
Ware – who married, moved to New York and continued nursing –
tells the story, along with re-enactments.
10 p.m., Viceland. This network (formerly H2) again wraps its
Saturday with “Fargo,” a gem. That follows all seven episodes of
“Vice Does America,” from 6:30-10 p.m.: The travelers range from
hog-calling in Iowa to a creationist museum in Texas and an African
village in South Carolina.