TV Notes: ‘White Queen’ makes debut on Starz
“The White Queen”: Make way for prime time’s latest sex-and-swords saga. This rollicking, 10-part series looks at England’s War of the Roses through the eyes of three fiercely determined women who laid claim to the throne. While the men clashed on the battlefield, they ruthlessly used whatever means possible to take out anyone who stood in their way. Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson shines in the title role. 8 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Starz.
SUNDAY: Sure, “Sharknado” caught our attention. But there’s nothing more awesome than Shark Week – a fin-tastic summer tradition for more than 25 years. This year’s celebration kicks off with “Air Jaws: Countdown to Shark Week 2013,” a behind-the-scenes peek at the “Air Jaws” specials. 8 p.m., Discovery.
SUNDAY: Epic. Crazy. Action-packed. “We expect all those adjectives, and maybe more, to be in play tonight when “Falling Skies” brings a close to its raucous third season. Brace yourself. 10 p.m., TNT.
MONDAY: It’s the moment of truth on “The Bachelorette,” as Desiree Hartsock renders her decision in the two-hour season finale. Will it be a true (and lasting) love? Or is there some tabloid-ready emotional wreckage in the offing? 8 p.m., ABC.
MONDAY: Casting directors don’t bask in glory, but a movie doesn’t become a hit without their astute contributions. These unsung heroes get their due in “Casting By,” a documentary that has Clint Eastwood, John Travolta, Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Robert De Niro and others paying tribute to their important role. 9 p.m., HBO.
TUESDAY: Are you ready for some football? The documentary series, “Hard Knocks,” returns for its eighth season to focus on the Cincinnati Bengals’ training camp, where cameras capture practice sessions, locker-room gatherings and painful roster cuts. 10 p.m., HBO.
WEDNESDAY: The new season of “Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles” should be a major thrill. That’s if you get a kick out of watching people haggle over exorbitant, overpriced homes few of us could afford. 9 p.m., Bravo.
WEDNESDAY: “Broadchurch” is a thrilling whodunit that focuses on the murder of a young boy in a quiet seaside town, where the suspects are many. David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) and Olivia Colman play detectives trying to crack the case. 7 and 10 p.m., BBC America.
THURSDAY: On the season finale of “The Winner Is,” our crooning finalists put their mouths where the show’s money is in hopes of walking away with a million bucks. Nick Lachey hosts. 9 p.m., NBC.
FRIDAY: “Strike Back” is back. Season 3 of the action thriller follows the stealth counterterrorism unit Section 20 as it pursues a deadly terrorist network from Colombia to Lebanon to Eastern Europe. 10 p.m., Cinemax.
SATURDAY: “Clear History” might be why we have no new episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The film, written by and starring Larry David, follows the sad travails of a marketing executive who is publicly humiliated after giving up his shares in a startup company that goes on to make billions. 9 p.m., HBO.