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What to Watch This Weekend: The Premieres of Wet Hot American Summer, Strike Back, and Bachelor in Paradise, and the Finales of Degrassi, Poldark, and Halt and Catch Fire


What to watch on Friday, July 31...

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SERIES PREMIERE, 12:01am Pacific, Netflix
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
Journey back to the beginning of that fateful summer of 1981 which culminated with Wet Hot American Summer. The original cast of the 2001 cult film returns for this eight-episode prequel series, joined by a slew of new faces including Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine, and Lake Bell.

The venerable teen show’s basic cable swan song kicks off with It Goes There: Degrassi’s Most Talked About Moments, featuring the cast, creators, and fans recalling highlights from the 14-year run. Then at 9pm and 9:30pm, “Finally, Parts 1 & 2” find Dallas attempting to organize the perfect prom for Alli, Miles coming to Hunter’s aid, and Clare contemplating her future.

MOVIE PREMIERE, 8pm, Disney Channel
The teenage progeny of assorted Disney heroes and villains are thrown together at a prep school in this live-action musical. Will one fateful day show these young’uns that each one of them is a sorceress, a fairy godmother, an evil queen, a princess, and a Dopey?

8pm, Syfy
As Nolan and Irisa track a strange and murderous beast in “Ostinato in White,” Doc Yewll investigates its unfortunate victim. Meanwhile, Amanda is reluctant to welcome Stahma back into the fold, and T’evgin learns something surprising about his daughter.

Virtuosity: The Cliburn
This profile of the elite Van Cliburn International Piano Competition centers on the 2013 edition, which gathered some of the world’s most skilled young pianists in Forth Worth. But will the event be sabotaged by the vengeful ghost of Franz Liszt? Yes I know I ask that about a lot of events, but this time it’s kind of plausible! Don’t give me that look.

9pm, Syfy
As the gang digs for the truth about D’avin’s missing memories in “Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye,” they wind up setting off a frightful incident at an underground black market. I don’t want to get into details, but if it’s anything like the ruckus I accidentally triggered at the Daley Plaza farmer’s market last week, hoo boy are they in hot water.

SEASON 4 PREMIERE, 10pm, Cinemax
Strike Back
The final season revs up with Scott, Stonebridge, and the Section 20 crew trying to rescue the daughter of a British ambassador, as the world gathers in Bangkok for a nuclear weapons summit with North Korea. If there isn’t at least one action sequence set to this song, demand your money back.

SEASON 2 FINALE, 10pm, Pivot
HitRECORD on TV With Joseph Gordon-Levitt
“Re: The Future” looks forward to imagine what life will be like in the era of flying cars, sprockets, and talking dogs with speech impediments. Also featured: a musical number gathering musicians from across the world.

10pm, Syfy
Dark Matter
The crew hits a space station to enjoy the three Rs of interstellar travel: rest, refueling, and…revenge. Okay, it’s just Six who has the third one on his mind. But it’s a good thing he does, or else they would be there for only two Rs, and that’s just not catchy at all.

– Kevin Baon, Mel B, and Russell Howard on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC


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