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Around the Remote: Shark Week is back with big teeth and big stars

UPDATED: Mon., July 12, 2021

Brad Paisley performs in Rosemont, Illinois, on Feb. 24, 2018. Paisley is part of this year's Shark Week programming on television.  (Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)
Brad Paisley performs in Rosemont, Illinois, on Feb. 24, 2018. Paisley is part of this year's Shark Week programming on television. (Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)
By Chuck Barney Tribune News Service

DON’T MISS: Shark Week – One of TV’s biggest summer events – the oceanic Super Bowl, if you will – returns for its 33rd year and runs from today through Sunday. Organizers promise 45 hours of see-worthy programming with “bigger sharks and record-breaking breaches,” along with a celebrity guest list that includes Tiffany Haddish, Brad Paisley, J.B. Smoove, William Shatner, Snoop Dogg, Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and more.

Things kick off with “Crikey! It’s Shark Week” as Robert Irwin attempts to figure out which fierce predator reigns supreme – crocs or great whites? (8 p.m. ET Sunday, Discovery Channel; Consult listings for other programming on Discovery and Discovery+).

Other bets

SUNDAY: A few vacation days in Hawaii sounds divine, right? Not so much for the entitled, self-absorbed tourists of “The White Lotus.” Filmed in Maui, it’s a dark, six-episode satire that brings trouble in paradise – including a death – for a stellar cast that includes Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge and Steve Zahn. (9 p.m., HBO).

SUNDAY: Great memories mix with hearty laughs in “History of the Sitcom.” It’s an eight-part documentary series that explores the origins and the evolution of TV comedies. The series begins with back-to-back themed episodes – “American Family” and “Sexual Revolution.” (9 p.m., CNN).

MONDAY: The six-part revenge thriller “The Beast Must Die” follows a London school teacher (Cush Jumbo) whose young son is killed in a hit-and-run. After the police investigation into the case is dropped, her grief turns to rage, and she decides to go after the wealthy man (Jared Harris) she suspects is responsible. (10 p.m., AMC).

TUESDAY: Break out the peanuts and Cracker Jack for the 91st edition of the MLB All-Star Game. The American League will be going for its eighth consecutive victory at Coors Field in Colorado. (8 p.m., Fox).

TUESDAY: “Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail” is the third chapter in the hysterical anthology series. Set in 1844, the story follows an idealistic small-town preacher (Daniel Radcliffe) who teams with an outlaw (Steve Buscemi) and a prairie wife (Geraldine Viswanathan) to lead a westward wagon train. Naturally, complications arise. (10:30 p.m., TBS).

WEDNESDAY: What would you risk for the score of a lifetime? The new documentary series “Heist” recalls three of the biggest ripoffs in modern American history – as explained by the people who pulled them off. (Netflix).

THURSDAY: The hilariously offbeat coming-of-age series “Never Have I Ever” returns for its second season. Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) continues to deal with the everyday pressures of high school, as well as drama at home, while also navigating a thorny love triangle. (Netflix).

FRIDAY: Love show tunes? You just might crush hard on “Schmigadoon!” A six-episode parody of Golden Age musicals, it stars Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key as a couple on a journey designed to reinvigorate their relationship. They wind up in a magical song-and-dance town and then learn that they can’t leave until they find “true love.” (Apple TV+).

FRIDAY: In the revelatory documentary series “McCartney 3,2,1” Paul McCartney sits down for an in-depth, one-on-one interview with producer Rick Rubin to discuss his groundbreaking work with the Beatles, the 1970s arena rock of Wings and his 50-plus years as a solo artist. Topics covered include the influences and personal relationships that informed Sir Paul’s iconic tunes. (Hulu).

SATURDAY: And you thought holiday movies were just for the cold months. Nope. The annual “Christmas in July” film festival continues with 2019’s “Christmas Town” (starring Candance Cameron Bure) and last year’s warm-hearted offering, “Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater.” (7 and 9 p.m., Hallmark Channel).

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