What's Worth Watching: The Hunt, Outlander, Killjoys, Sunday Night Game Shows, and more for Friday, July 1 thru Sunday, July 3.
Picture Shows: A last second leap saves a Thomson’s gazelle from a cheetah’s trip. Cheetahs are the fastest land animals on the planet, reaching top speeds of almost 60mph when chasing their prey. However, the success or failure of a hunt is determined both by the cheetah's speed, and also by how well it can match the twists and turns of its prey; this one has been out maneuvered. This photograph was not shot on location during filming of The Hunt.
The Hunt (Sunday, 9/8c, BBC America): It’s a staple of nearly any nature series: the eternal battle for survival between hungry predator and defensive prey. But this deadly game has rarely been presented with such dazzling photography, and actual suspense, as in this new seven-part series from the makers of the landmark Planet Earth. Whether stalking alongside a panther, taking breathtaking aerial footage of wild dogs hounding a herd of wildebeest, or zooming in on a chameleon whose lethal tongue is longer than its body, The Hunt reveals just how difficult it can be for the hunter to succeed in its desperate mission—including a giant Nile crocodile who feeds but once a year, lurking just under the water to pounce. That sequence alone might haunt your nightmares for a while.
Killjoys (Friday, 9/8c, Syfy): The rambunctious outer-space adventures of those interplanetary bounty hunters begin a second season with Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) and Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) plotting a new caper in an attempt to rescue D’avin (Luke Macfarlane). Once they’re reunited, they’ll learn the biggest threat to their survival may lie within the Reclamation Apprehension Coalition. Paired with a new season of Dark Matter (10/9c).
Outlander (Saturday, noon/11c, Starz): In anticipation of the July 9 season finale, wallow in a daylong replay of the sumptuously sexy second season—or “Book Two,” if you prefer—that sends Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) to Paris in all of its glamorous and gaudy intrigues, in a desperate attempt to try to change history by averting the impending slaughter at Culloden Moor.
Sunday Fun & Games (Sunday, 8/7c, ABC): Scoring solid ratings in its inaugural night despite airing opposite Game of Thrones’ epic finale, ABC’s game-show troika returns with another impressive roster of players. Starting with Celebrity Family Feud, where the teams are especially good sports from the world of pro football, with players from AFC Offense teams taking on NFC Defense stars, and in the second round, AFC Defense vs. NFC Offense. Former Saturday Night Live star Ana Gasteyer does double duty, playing on The $100,000 Pyramid (9/8c) and the Match Game (10/9c) panels. She faces off against fellow SNL alum Rachel Dratch on Pyramid (with Robin Roberts vs. Mario Cantone in the show’s other half), and trades Match Game quips with SNL vet Horatio Sanz, among others.
Inside Weekend TV: A snapshot of TV history: 75 years ago on July 1, Truth or Consequences was the first U.S. game show to air on TV—a one-time experiment on a New York station in 1941. (It wouldn’t return for a nationwide run until 1950.) To commemorate the milestone, cable’s Buzzr channel will air a daylong marathon of vintage episodes from What’s My Line, I’ve Got a Secret and To Tell the Truth from the 1950s and ’60s starting Friday at 6 am/5c. … … Netflix’s Marco Polo (available Friday) rides on for a second season of adventures with Kublai Khan. … Also on Netflix, starting Friday, seven films by the great Albert Brooks will finally be available for streaming. Titles include Defending Your Life, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, Lost in America, Modern Romance, Mother, The Muse and Real Life. … Good enough to eat, PBS imports The Great British Baking Show (Friday, 9/8c, check local listings at pbs.org) for a third season of sumptuous competition. … In case you were among the very few fans of CBS’s Angel From Hell sitcom, canceled after five episodes last fall, the remaining episodes starring Jane Lynch as a possibly deranged guardian angel will air in back-to-back blocks over the next four Saturdays (8/7c). … Another holiday weekend marathon, of ESPN Films’ fascinating and devastating documentary series O.J.: Made in America, would be an unsettling way to spend your Sunday (10 am/9c to 8/7c).