Simon’s ‘Talent’ Memories, Shark Week’s Super Makos and Monster Hammerheads, Daddy Issues on ‘Justified’, Classic Christmas Movies

Simon Cowell - America's Got Talent - Season 17

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America has talent

Simon Cowell has seen it all since his demise as a judge America has talent and the British have talent. With host Terry Crews, he takes a break from the current season to look back at some of the most memorable auditions over the years: the good, the awful, and the just plain ridiculous, of which there were plenty of each.

Timothy Olyphant in Justified City Primeval


Justified: City Primeval

U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) helps round up the most likely suspects—Oklahoma psychopath Wildman Clement Mansell (Boyd Holbrook), his sidekick Sandy (Adelaide Clemens) and bar owner Sweetie (Vondie Curtis-Hall)—while Detroit defense attorney Carolyn Wilder becomes Ellis’ lawyer. angry as you do.” Anger hardly describes the attitude of Raylan’s daughter Willa (Vivian Olyphant), who feels the sting of neglect as her father tends to business: “If you wanted me here, you’d find a way to keep me safe,” she sulks.

Alison Victoria with the nail gun in Windy City Rehab - Season 2


Windy City Rehab: Alison’s dream house

No renovation project was closer to home for designer Alison Victoria than transforming her spacious Chicago office, a former warehouse from the 1930s, into living space. She begins by visualizing the design elements, including cabinets that reach 12 feet to the ceiling. Among the additions to come: a home theater, a bar capable of holding 100 bottles of wine, and an interior courtyard with a combination spa and pool.


  • Mako Mania: Battle for California (8/7c, Discovery): Shark week travel to the coast of LA where great whites are being challenged by a new school of super makos. Scientists are using cutting-edge new technology to track the watery conflict. Followed by Raiders of the Lost Shark (9/8c), with Shark week veteran Dickie Chivell teamed up with an expert Matt Dicken to find Dutchess, a giant shark from South Africa that disappeared years ago; and Monster Hammerhead: Killer Instinct (10/9c).
  • Classic Christmas Movies (on Movies! and Turner Classic Movies): Got someone wrong about the moon? With five months until Christmas, a series of vintage holiday movies is designed to beat the heat with holiday cheer. Movies! starts early (6am/5c) with the 1950s Great Rupertwith the main role Jimmy Durante and a stop-motion animated squirrel. Highlights include Henry Winkler channeling Scrooge in the 1979s An American Christmas Carol (11:55am/10:55c) and Angela Lansbury ca Mrs. Santa Claus (3:55 p.m./2:55c, repeated at 11:50 p.m./10:50c) in a 1996 made-for-TV musical with a score of Jerry Herman (mothers). Turner Movie Classics has Christmas in prime time, starting in the 1945s Christmas in Connecticut (8/7c), with Barbara Stanwyck.
  • Primal Survivor: Extreme African Safari (10/9c, National Geographic): Africa’s Great Rift Valley is the setting for a survivalist Hazen Audelhis wild expedition that begins in the arid Chalbi desert in search of a tribal camel train.
  • For laughs, Prime Video presents Jim Gaffigan: Dark Pale, the streamer’s third comic (and tenth stand-up special overall) that deals with parenthood. Netflix goes against the grain with its first comedian/podcaster special Mark Normandgenerously titled Walnut soup.

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