Thursday, August 19
NFL Preseason Football
7 p.m. FOX (Local WZTV Channel 17)
With the actual NFL Football season still three weeks away, fans have to take what they can get, and for now, that means watching meaningless preseason games to quench the urge. Tonight’s game, a battle of two teams with postseason aspirations (of course, what team doesn’t?), features the New England Patriots facing off against the Atlanta Falcons.
8 p.m. Discovery Channel
Season two of this show about inventors follows Anthony “Sully” Sullivan holding “pitch-a-thons” around the country, allowing local inventors to showcase their ideas and try to catch they eye of this famous pitchman. This season also delves into Sully’s attempts to keep everything going following the death of his longtime partner Billy Mays.
8 p.m. USA
With just two episodes left before the summer finale (the show is set to return in the fall), the newest episode, “Blind Spot,” notches the action up when Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) and Jesse Porter (Coby Bell) ring up John Barret (Robert Patrick) to see if their book of codes has any interest for him. Meanwhile, Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) has her own case to handle when a friend of a friend is taken advantage of, and Fiona brings Sam (Bruce Campbell) in to help.
Friday, August 20
7 p.m. ESPN
The Nationwide Series, Nascar’s junior circuit behind the big boys of the Sprint Cup, return to Tennessee’s own Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 250, the warm up to this weekend’s main event. David Ragan, last year’s winner, has moved on to the senior circuit full time, leaving this year’s race wide open for a new champion.
The Pillars of the Earth
9 p.m. Starz
In the newest installment, entitled “Witchcraft,” Richard (Sam Claflin) returns from war, only to find his sister penniless with no money to support his knighthood; Aliena (Hayley Atwell) has to choose between the promise she made to her father and her love for Jack (Eddie Redmayne), and Waleran (Ian McShane) attempts to take advantage of a disaster at Kingsbridge by using it against Prior Phillip (Matthew Macfadyen).
9 p.m. SyFy
The newest episode, “Sketchy,” finds Audrey and Nathan (Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant) drawn into another bizarre case when a local man is found crumpled and bent in half. When other people begin suffering the same fate, the duo suspects that someone may be hurting people without being near them, someone who may be the most dangerous person they have ever encountered in Haven.