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Two new shows wrap up July premieres

By Amy Robinson, A&E/Teen Editor
GREG PETERS | WGN America
John Benjamin Hickey stars as the lead scientist of the Manhattan Project in WGN’s “Manhattan,” premiering at 10 p.m. Sunday.

This week wraps up a July full of premieres with WGN’s “Manhattan” and Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger,” bringing the total to 17 new shows this month.

“Manhattan,” WGN’s second original series, debuts at 10 p.m. Sunday and repeats at 10 p.m. Monday. The period drama set in Los Alamos, New Mexico, in 1943 is a fictionalized account of America’s quest to build the first atomic bomb.

The keyword of the show is secrets. The scientists (led by John Benjamin Hickey, “The Big C”) keep secrets from their families about what they’re doing, the government keeps secrets from the scientists beyond what they need to know to do their work and the town itself is kept a secret from the outside world.

You can catch a preview of the series at 7:30 p.m. Friday or 6 p.m. Saturday. The special gives a glimpse of the show as well as what life was like for the real scientists and families living in Los Alamos during WWII.

While “Manhattan” has a basis in reality, there’s nothing true about the week’s other new offering. “Henry Danger,” premiering at 8 p.m. Saturday on Nickelodeon, follows a 13-year-old boy, who lands a pretty sweet part-time gig — as the sidekick to a popular super crime fighter — but has to keep it a secret from everyone.

If your kids loved “iCarly,” “Victorious” or “Sam & Cat,” then they’ll probably want to tune in to this one. It’s from Dan Schneider, the same guy who created those shows, as well as the older Nickelodeon hits “All That,” “Keenan & Kel,” “The Amanda Show,” “Drake & Josh” and “Zoey 101.”

Parents, you may remember him as cynical computer whiz Dennis Blunden on ABC’s ‘80s sitcom “Head of the Class.”

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Series premieres: “Survive the Tribe,” 10 p.m. Thursday, National Geographic (an adventurer learns the ways of remote tribes and attempts their toughest challenges); “Undone With @AmandadeCadenet,” 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime (talk show hosted by the British TV personality); “Big Time RV,” 8 p.m. Sunday, Travel (one of the country’s largest RV dealers); “Escaping Alaska,” 10 p.m. Sunday, TLC (five native Alaskan youth move to San Diego); “Ice Lake Rebels,” 10 p.m. Sunday, Animal Planet (survivalists in Canada’s Northwest Territories); “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” 8 p.m. Monday, NBC (celebrities test their survival skills); “Raising Asia,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, Lifetime (“Dance Moms” spin-off); “Dark Horse Nation,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, History (a brewing company in Michigan); “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” 8 p.m. Wednesday, CW (aspiring magicians try to fool the duo and win a spot in their Vegas show).

Season premieres: “Project Runway,” 9 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime (preview special at 8 p.m.); “Doomsday Preppers,” 9 p.m. Thursday, National Geographic; “Mystery Diners,” 10 p.m. Monday, Food; “Knife Fight,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, Esquire.

Miniseries premieres: “WWI: The First Modern War,” 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, History (weapons advancements during the war); “Agatha Christie: Poirot” (“Masterpiece Mystery”), 9 p.m. Sunday, PBS. Part two airs 9 p.m. Aug. 3.

Returning: ABC canceled “The Assets” after two episodes in January but then brought it back in late June to finish its eight-episode run...only to yank it after two episodes again. Two more episodes air beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, and presumably, the final two will air at the same time next week.

Series finales: “Black Box,” 8 p.m. Thursday, ABC (two hours); “Bad Teacher,” 8 p.m. Saturday, CBS (one hour).

Season finales: “Hell’s Kitchen,” 8 p.m. Thursday, Fox; “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars,” 9 p.m. Friday, WE; “Almost Royal,” 9 p.m. Saturday, BBC America; “The Bachelorette,” 8 p.m. Monday (after-show at 10 p.m.), ABC; “CeeLo Green’s The Good Life,” 10:30 p.m. Monday, TBS; “Celebrity Wife Swap,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, ABC.

Specials: “Kirk Douglas: Before I Forget,” 10:15 p.m. Thursday, TCM (the actor reflects on his life and career); “Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars,” 9 p.m. Saturday, Disney; “mtvU Fandom Awards,” 8 p.m. Sunday, MTV; “The Young Hollywood Awards,” 8 p.m. Monday, CW; “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Syfy (preceded the original at 7 p.m.).

Of note: Amy Poehler and Aubrey Plaza guest star on “Welcome to Sweden,” 9 p.m. Thursday, NBC; in tribute to the late James Garner, TCM airs a dozen of his films beginning at 6 a.m. Monday.

W.Va. alert: Parkersburg native Nick Swisher and former Mountaineer Pat White are on Discovery’s “American Muscle” at 3 p.m. Saturday or with bonus content at 8 p.m. Wednesday; a Wheeling dance competition is featured on “Dance Moms,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Lifetime.

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com or follow @thegazz on Twitter.


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