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Around the Remote: Shark Week is here to take a bite out of pandemic summer doldrums

Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week will have more than 20 hours of programming through Aug. 16.  (Discovery Channel)
Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week will have more than 20 hours of programming through Aug. 16. (Discovery Channel)
By Chuck Barney Tribune News Service

DON’T MISS: “Shark Week” programming – The summer has been largely wrecked by the coronavirus crisis, but take heart – at least we still have Shark Week. The beloved annual TV event returns with more than 20 hours of fin-credible programming that runs through Aug. 16. It all kicks off with “Air Jaws: Ultimate Breach Off.” In this splashy special, three teams of researchers head to South Africa’s Mossel Bay to monitor the shark population and collect data on hunting techniques. But they also hold a friendly contest to see who can capture the most breaches on film – a showdown that produces some breathtaking, must-see visuals. (8 p.m. Sunday, Discovery).

Other bets

SUNDAY: In the two-night, four-hour investigative documentary “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein,” eight victims of the convicted sex offender speak out about how he preyed upon underage girls. The program concludes on the anniversary of Epstein’s suspected suicide in his jail cell. (8 p.m., Lifetime).

SUNDAY: As Season 7 of “Endeavour” begins, Det. Sgt. Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) and his Oxford colleagues enter the 1970s with the discovery of a corpse on New Year’s Day. With clues very scarce, the team has their work cut out for them. (9 p.m., PBS).

MONDAY: Designer Hilary Farr and real estate expert David Visentin are back for another season of “Love It or List It.” Once again, they’ll help homeowners decide whether to stay in their current existing home – after some spiffy renovations – or start over in a new abode. (9 p.m., HGTV).

TUESDAY: The audition rounds and judge cuts are over. Now, “America’s Got Talent” gets down to business with its live shows as 44 acts perform over the next four weeks with the hopes of capturing the viewers’ votes. (8 p.m., NBC).

TUESDAY: Break out the tackling dummies. The NFL training camp series “Hard Knocks: Los Angeles” pulls double duty this summer spotlighting the Rams and Chargers as they prepare for what will be a very different kind of football season. (10 p.m., HBO).

WEDNESDAY: All that time-traveling in an effort to save the planet has to be exhausting. But it comes to an end tonight as “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” wraps up its seven-season run with what should be an action-packed, two-hour series finale. (9 p.m., ABC).

THURSDAY: “Five Bedrooms” is an offbeat rom-com series from Australia. It follows five hopeful singles who bond at a wedding and, after a whole lot of booze, decide to buy a house together. Ah, what could go wrong? (Peacock).

FRIDAY: “Teenage Bounty Hunters” is a crazy new comedy series that follows twin sisters Sterling and Blair (Maddie Phillips and Anjelica Bette Fellini) who attempt to take down bail-skipping baddies while navigating high school drama – love, sex and study hall – in their buttoned-up Southern community. (Netflix).

FRIDAY: Jason Sudeikis plays the title character in the new comedy series “Ted Lasso.” He’s a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England – despite having no experience coaching the sport. (Apple TV+).

SATURDAY: In the superhero film “Birds of Prey,” Margot Robbie plays the DC Comics character Harley Quinn, who teams with other vigilantes in an effort to save Cassandra Cain from Gotham City crime lord Roman Sionis. The action-comedy premiered in theaters earlier this year. (8 p.m., HBO).

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