What’s on TV
EXPEDITION UNKNOWN: MEGALODON eight p.m. on Discovery. It’s that point of yr once more. The weeklong tv occasion that celebrates probably the most feared of ocean predators kicks off on Discovery with a take a look at the disappearance of the megalodon, a 60-ton prehistoric shark that dominated the oceans thousands and thousands of years in the past and continues to encourage summer season blockbusters at this time. Using fossilized enamel and knowledge about its descendants, paleontologists and marine biologists weigh in with their theories of why this shark went extinct.
SHARK TRIP: EAT PREY CHUM 9 p.m. on Discovery. This two-hour episode from Will Packer, the producer of “Girls Trip,” is part educational shark program, part buddy comedy. The comedian and retired Marine Corps Reserve officer Rob Riggle takes Anthony Anderson, Adam DeVine, Joel McHale and Damon Wayans Jr. on a guys’ trip that includes some close encounters with sharks. At one point, Riggle persuades Anderson and Wayans to hop into “the human aquarium,” a transparent box that bobbles in shark-infested seas, while McHale and DeVine throw chum into the water around the cage.
NOS4A2 9 p.m. on AMC. The first season of this horror series starring Zachary Quinto has its two-part finale. Based on a novel by Joe Hill, Stephen King’s son, the show is a creative take on the vampire genre. Quinto plays Charlie Manx, a demon with an appetite for children’s souls, and Ashleigh Cummings portrays Vic McQueen, a young woman with superhuman powers who tries to rescue Manx’s victims. Like much of Hill’s horror, “NOS4A2” focuses more on the development of complex characters than on delivering shock. “I think some people think horror is about sadism; it’s about flinging intestines at the camera,” the author told The New York Times. “And some is. And I like some of that stuff. But I do think the really effective horror is about empathy.”
AMERICAN SWAMP 9 p.m. on MSNBC. The journalists Katy Tur and Jacob Soboroff have teamed up for a limited documentary series to investigate President Trump’s campaign promise to “drain the swamp.” In four hourlong episodes, the two travel across the country to see how large donations affect local elections, and talk to members of Congress about the ways big corporations and lobbyists influence local politics, and what fundamental change would look like.
PENNYWORTH 9 p.m. on Epix; streaming on Epix Now. If you’ve ever watched a Batman film and asked yourself how Bruce Wayne and his trusted valet, Alfred Pennyworth, got together, this prequel series on Epix tries to fill in the blanks. After his stint in the British Special Air Service, a 20-something Pennyworth (Jack Bannon) forms a private security company in London in the 1960s. His work catches the attention of Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), a young billionaire who will go on to become Bruce Wayne’s father. The 10-episode season explores their early partnership, with a Bond-like Pennyworth offering protection from bad guys (and gals). It will also showcase Pennyworth’s softer and less-seen sensual side, giving him a love interest, played by Emma Corrin.
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