Matt's Weekend Picks: July 30-August 1
James Badge Dale
(Friday, 9/8c, Syfy) Colin Ferguson directs this week's episode, which may explain why Sheriff Carter is off to Harvard to visit Zoe for the week. While he's away, the town celebrates Space Week—but as usual, things go awry. This week's culprit: guest star Jamie Kennedy, whose self-propagating oxygen device begins to affect the atmosphere, threatening to incinerate the put-upon town.
The Pillars of the Earth
(Friday, 10/9c, Starz) The treachery escalates in week two of this miniseries, as Aliena's cries for mercy of behalf of her imprisoned father, the Earl of Shiring (Donald Sutherland), fall on deaf ears. Meanwhile, young apprentice builder Jack fights a duel to gain rights to the quarry's stone to continue work on the cathedral.
(Sunday, 8/7c, AMC) James Badge Dale (The Pacific) stars as a moody intelligence analyst working for a government think tank in a new conspiracy-thriller espionage drama, kicking off with a two-hour premiere. Newspaper crossword puzzles provide the first clues that something's amiss, but how does this connect to a billionaire's suicide and another mysterious death that hits close to home? It'll take a genius to crack this code.
Ultimate Air Jaws
(Sunday, 9/8c, Discovery) Launching the 23rd annual Shark Week, Discovery returns to the subject of one of its most popular specials, Air Jaws, capturing the spectacle of sharks off the coast of South Africa that leap from the water in shocking sneak attacks against seals. This time, producers make use of state-of-the-art HD cameras with super slo-mo footage. Expect this to take a bite out of the next week's ratings.
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