This week on TV: July 27-Aug. 2

2014-07-27T00:00:00Z This week on TV: July 27-Aug. 2By Chuck Barney Contra Costa Times Arizona Daily Star
July 27, 2014 12:00 am  • 

“MANHATTAN” — This gripping and provocative new drama series is set in Los Alamos, New Mexico, against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb. John Benjamin Hickey (“The Big C”) shines as a self-destructive physics professor who is recruited to help lead the Manhattan Project and finds himself living in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate all aspects of everyday life. 6 p.m. today, WGN America.

OTHER GOOD BETS

TONIGHT: David Suchet begins his final episodes as “Hercule Poirot” in the popular “Masterpiece Mystery!” series. Tonight, the master sleuth navigates international intrigues while investigating the shocking death of a Russian chess grandmaster. 8, PBS.

TONIGHT: The excellent second season of “Masters of Sex” continues with an episode that has Virginia (Lizzy Caplan) learning about Masters’ (Michael Sheen) troubled childhood during a secret rendezvous at a hotel. 10, Showtime.

MONDAY: It’s decision time for Andi on “The Bachelorette” as she goes on her final dates with Nick and Josh. Is there a wedding in her future? Or heartbreak ... or both? 7 p.m., ABC.

TUESDAY: “Losing Iraq” is a 90-minute edition of “Frontline” that takes a big-picture, in-depth look at the war we left behind and the crisis that has erupted since. What went wrong? How did we get here? And what happens now? 10 p.m., PBS.

TUESDAY: Pour yourself a cold one. “Dark Horse Nation” is a new reality series that follows the day-to-day adventures of the Dark Horse Brewing Company, where they combine great craft beer with innovation and a renegade approach to business. 7:03 p.m., History Channel.

WEDNESDAY: On the summer series “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” aspiring magicians try to baffle the veteran duo with a single trick. If neither Penn nor Teller is able to explain how the trick is done, the contestants win a spot in their Las Vegas show. 7 p.m., The CW.

WEDNESDAY: Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water (or take a stroll in Times Square), here comes “Sharknado 2: The Second One.” It’s the fin-tastic sequel to the low budget flick that whipped up a surprise social media storm last summer. 9 p.m., Syfy.

THURSDAY: “The Honorable Woman” is a fast-paced thriller about an Anglo-Israeli daughter (Maggie Gyllenhaal) of an assassinated Zionist arms dealer who seeks to right the wrongs of her family’s past. She ignites an international political maelstrom in the process. 10 p.m., Sundance.

FRIDAY: “Masters of Illusion” will attempt to whip up some ratings magic. It’s a glitzy showcase of comedic tricks, daring escapes, grand illusions and more. 7 p.m., The CW.

SATURDAY: The Western drama “Hell On Wheels” rolls into its fourth season. As the saga continues, civilization makes its way west with the railroad, bringing men who attempt to do with their pens what rougher guys previously did with their guns. 6 p.m. AMC. (Catch back-to-back episodes, including the pilot all day Friday and Saturday.)

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