What to watch on Tuesday, July 28...
DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE, 8pm, PBS
With next month marking the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this film chronicles the dawn of the atomic age, from the earliest nuclear tests to the weapons’ influence on geopolitics in the 20th and 21st centuries. Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry, as well as numerous historians, share their perspectives.
8pm, ABC Family
Pretty Little Liars
Aria’s art showcase is marred when a saboteur strikes the gallery in “FrAmed.” Could longtime nemesis “A” be the culprit? In other setbacks, Alison struggles with the truth about relatively recent nemesis Charles, Hanna decides to return the money she received from potential nemesis the Carissimi Group, and Rosewood High considers barring the Liars from prom for security reasons, given how many nemeses they tend to attract.
SEASON 9 PREMIERE, 9pm, Syfy
Sixteen artists work in pairs to conjure alien animal designs as “Intergalactic Zoo” kicks off the ninth season. I think it’s safe to say this will be the craziest zoologically themed program airing tonight, right?
... oh, right. Never mind. “Blame It on Leo” sends Chloe, Mitch, and Abraham to Rio (I see what you did there, Zoo), where a run-in with a drug lord complicates their efforts to delay the government’s massive anti-bat counteroffensive. Back in the States, Jackson Oz, Jamie, and Agent Shaffer search for a chemist who possesses intel about Reiden Global’s role in the zoopocalypse.
Rizzoli & Isles
Jane and Maura butt heads with an obstinate prosecutor and a compromised psychiatrist while investigating the murder of a teenage girl in “A Bad Seed Grows.” In flightier mysteries, Frankie is seeing UFOs.
9pm, ABC Family
The team looks into the murder of an online psychic in “Future Tense,” but there’s a lot to unpack in the victim’s memories. Meanwhile, Camille grudgingly accepts Linus’s invitation to meet his parents.
DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE, 10pm, PBS
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon’s Tail
Physicist Dr. Derek Muller hosts this two-part series examining the 92nd element on the Periodic Table, including a look at its uses both in medicine and in warfare. The conclusion airs tomorrow night at 10pm.
In “Exposed,” a salacious video leak brings a crushing secret to light for Emma. I am starting to think kids in the Scream: The TV Series universe should stick to cat videos and Candy Crush level tutorials in their YouTube browsing.
Hollywood Game Night
Rosie O’Donnell, Rocco DiSpirito, Constance Zimmer, Nate Berkus, Kevin O’Leary, andWeird Al Yankovic are the contestants. Or possibly they’re collaborating to conceive, design, and invest in a new restaurant complete with a funny jingle and celebrity-endorsement commercial.
Sensing that Abbudin is on the brink, Jamal is desperate to put one in the win column, military-wise. Elsewhere in “The Awful Grace of God,” Rami seeks Amira’s perspective on Jamal’s troubling behavior, and Barry’s attempt to rescue Daliyah has a ripple effect.
The team investigates a haunting at an old church in “St. Luke’s,” presumably with the help of special guest star Nancy Drew.
In “Mo’s Ma,” Mo grapples with his parents’ divorce as the gang shares theories about what triggered the split. From the end of one romance to the start of another, A.J.’s date awakens the green-eyed monster in Danni.
10:30pm, Comedy Central
“Lillian’s Birthday” finds Bellacourt Manor girding its collective loins for Lillian’s annual freakout, and rolling out the welcome mat for entirely scrupulous businessman Charles Ponzi (Ben Stiller). Meanwhile, Peepers falls ill and Hortense suspects she’s in a family way.
12:30am, Comedy Central
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
Nick Thune, Andrew Santino, John Early, and Fred Armisen are the guests in “The One With All the Spitting,” which will apparently involve spit takes and not, say, one of the hosts developing a nasty chaw habit.
– Tom Cruise on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– TBD on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Danny DeVito, Simon Pegg, George Ezra, and Donn T on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Armie Hammer and Natahsa Leggero on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Billy Eichner & Julie Klausner and Vintage Trouble on Late Night with Seth Meyers, 12:35am, NBC
– Trever Noah on The Late Late Show with James Corden, 12:37am, CBS