Around the remote: Television picks for the week of July 13-19

Contra Costa TimesJuly 13, 2014 

DON'T MISS:

"MASTERS OF SEX" - They say that work and sex aren't supposed to mix, but in Season 2 of this sizzling drama, research pioneers Bill Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) take their mostly academic partnership out of the lab and into the bedroom. Naturally, things heat up in a hurry. Oh, boy. What's going to happen when Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald) finds out? 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime.

Other bets

SUNDAY: "The Hunt With John Walsh" is a new series in which the victims' rights activist exposes stories of ongoing criminal inquiries tied to fugitives. First up is the case of a Northern California man accused of killing his wife and two daughters. 9 p.m., CNN.

SUNDAY: "The Strain" is the latest, and possibly scariest, creep show to hit prime time. Based on the book trilogy by director Guillermo del Toro and author Chuck Hogan, it finds New York plagued by an outbreak of vampirism that, of course, threatens all of humanity. 10 p.m., FX.

MONDAY: Word has it that "lives will be lost" in the finale of "24: Live Another Day." As the clock ticks down, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) faces a grave decision while trying to prevent a terror plot of massive proportions. 9 p.m., Fox.

MONDAY: "Going Deep With David Rees" is a new show in which the humorist teaches you how to do things you think you already know how to do. In the opener, he discovers different ways to make ice. 9 p.m., National Geographic Channel.

TUESDAY: A new installment of "Frontline" called "Separate and Unequal" looks at the effort by some residents in Baton Rouge, La., to form a new and better school district - one that would be mostly affluent and white. 10 p.m. PBS.

WEDNESDAY: In the new drama "The Divide," a caseworker (Marin Ireland) tries to halt the execution of a man she believes was wrongly convicted of murdering a Philadelphia family. This ticks off the district attorney. 9 p.m., WE tv.

THURSDAY: The inaugural Kids' Choice Sports 2014, hosted by Michael Strahan, is an awards show for anyone who's got game. It's expected to be one big, slimy celebration. 8 p.m., Nickelodeon.

THURSDAY: In "Rush," an offbeat new medical show, Tom Ellis plays a brilliant doctor who attempts to remove all traces of empathy when dealing with his patients. So, he's a renegade who will do any job for cash up front. 9 p.m., USA.

THURSDAY: "Married" is a hilarious new comedy about being miserably in love. Nat Faxon and Judy Greer shine as a husband and wife who can barely recall what life was like before kids, debt and everyday hassles rained on their romance. 10 p.m., FX.

FRIDAY: On the latest installment of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," Guy Fieri samples funky foods from coast to coast, starting with a visit to Monterey and a second-generation Italian eatery. 10 p.m., Food Network.

SATURDAY: Andie MacDowell returns as Judge Olivia Lockhart in Season 2 of "Cedar Cove." It's the show that proves that soapy, shady shenanigans can happen even in a quaint little coastal town. 8 p.m., Hallmark Channel.

(Email Chuck Barney at cbarney@bayareanewsgroup.com.)

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