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TV highlights: ‘CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock’ comes to ABC

Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, Band Perry, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood perform on “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” (ABC at 8 p.m.), a highlight reel from the four-day festival that took place in Nashville in June. Little Big Town hosts. Read full article >>

‘The Leftovers’ recap, Episode 6: ‘Guest’

As “The Leftovers” hits the halfway point, there’s a lot of guilt from viewers who want to ditch this depressing series. Honestly? We don’t really blame them. This is a rough show. But the viewers who decided to bail missed the mostShow More Summary

TV highlights: ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ premieres on ABC

SERIES PREMIERE: If you just.can’t.get.enough of everything “The Bachelor,” well now you have “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC at 8 p.m.), a glorified six-part horror film/reality series that takes rejected bachelors and bachelorettes to a supposedly romantic deserted island to see what shakes down. Show More Summary

HBO’s ‘Nixon by Nixon’: On tape, the heart of darkness

If you didn’t know it already, you’re certainly going to know by the end of this week that the 40th anniversary of President Richard M. Nixon’s resignation is upon us. Far be it from me to sit here in The Washington Post’s newsroom on a late, lonely weeknight in this brown-bricked, 1970s-era building at 1150 15th St. Show More Summary

Robert Halmi, TV producer whose projects won 136 Emmys, dies at 90

Robert Halmi, who produced more than 200 television programs and miniseries, including musical specials and projects based on literary classics, died July 30 at his home in New York City. He was 90. A spokesman, Russ Patrick, confirmed the death. The cause was not disclosed. Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Crossbones’ wraps up Season 1 with a blast from Blackbeard

FINALE WATCH: The yet-to-be-officially-canceled “Crossbones” (NBC at 8 p.m.) ditches its regular Friday-night slot for Saturday so it can reel off its last two episodes in peace. And with a season closer titled “Blackbeard,” expect him to get the rowdy exit he deserves. Read full article >>

‘Big Brother’: Is this the most sexist season ever?

Misogyny on the longtime CBS reality competition “Big Brother” isn’t really anything new. For starters, the show doesn’t exactly attract the most reputable contestants. Second, if you stick 16 people in a house and cut them off fromShow More Summary

Hank Stuever on TV: It’s okay to stop watching ‘The Leftovers’

Every Thursday, Post TV critic Hank Stuever hosts an online chat to talk all things TV. On the minds of readers this week: what to expect in season 4 of “The Killing,” just how many actual wormy eyeballs are in “The Strain,” and the casting for NBC’s “Peter Pan.” Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘The Killing’ returns for its final season on Netflix

SERIES PREMIERE: The CW’s second magic series of the season, “Masters of Illusion” (8 p.m.), showcases today’s top magicians, mentalists and escape artists with Jan Rouven, Michael Finney, Nathan Burton and more exhibiting their talents in the 30-minute opener. Read full article >>

‘The Bachelorette’ runner-up maybe regrets discussing his sex life on live TV

Three days after ABC’s “The Bachelorette” finale, things are progressing as usual. People magazine reports that star Andi Dorfman and the winner, Josh Murray, are moving in together; another tabloid claims the couple is already on the rocks. Pretty much the norm for the end of any season in ABC’s unseemly reality dating show franchise. Read full article >>

Allison Williams cast in NBC’s ‘Peter Pan,’ so dad Brian Williams shows off a family photo on ‘Nightly News’

Brian Williams has pretty good comedy chops, as we know from his multiple “30 Rock” cameos, and the NBC anchor showed them off again during an unusual news story on Wednesday’s “NBC Nightly News” broadcast. He reported that his daughter, Allison Williams, has been cast as the lead in the network’s live musical of “Peter Pan.” Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘The Honorable Woman’ premieres on SundanceTV

SERIES PREMIERE: Sounding more like a video game come to life than a reality series, “The Quest” (ABC at 8 p.m.) follows 12 contestants as they enter a land called Everealm and must fight off mythical beings and other threats to their survival. Read full article >>

‘Sharknado 2’: The real fear is the fear of missing out

In the face of another “Sharknado” TV movie (the even-more-inane “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” premiering Wednesday night on Syfy) there isn’t much for a critic to say except to echo what the characters themselves so frequently scream when confronted by a great white shark spinning toward them in a funnel cloud: Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Sharknado 2: The Second One’ premieres on Syfy

SERIES PREMIERE: The reality series “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (CW at 8 p.m.) has the sleight-of-hand duo traveling the country challenging young magicians to perform a trick that surprises them. If they’re successful, the magician gets a chance to perform in Penn & Teller’s Las Vegas show. Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Dance Moms’ returns and ‘Raising Asia’ premieres on Lifetime

With Alison as her new roommate, Hanna goes down a dark path, while Spencer and Emily pursue a dangerous lead in their investigation to identify the dead girl in Alison’s grave on “Pretty Little Liars” (ABC Family at 8 p.m.). Read full article >>

TV highlights: Andi hands out her final rose on ‘The Bachelorette’ finale

FINALE WATCH: With Josh and Nick the only bachelors left, it’s time for Andi to give out her final rose on the finale of “The Bachelorette” (ABC at 8 p.m.). Then, if a two-hour ender doesn’t seem like enough, the network has the live...Show More Summary

Martin Tahse dies; produced ‘ABC Afterschool Specials’

Martin Tahse, a stage and television producer best known for his work on “ABC Afterschool Specials” and other programs aimed at young audiences, died July 1 in a nursing home in Los Angeles. He was 84. Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Manhattan’ debuts on WGN America

The four-hour miniseries “WWI: The First Modern War” (History at 8 p.m.) looks back at the innovations in technological warfare that set World War I apart from previous conflicts. The series airs in full tonight with all four hour-long episodes presented consecutively. Read full article >>

WGN’s ‘Manhattan’: Hard to build but easy to bomb

“Manhattan,” a drama premiering Sunday night on the newly ambitious WGN America, valiantly tries to coax some radioactive clicks from whatever metaphorical half-life remains in the origin story of the bomb. Read full article >>

TV highlights: Martha Stewart comes to ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’

In 2004, Ariet Girgis was brutally murdered in her gated-community home. With her son Ryan virtually unscathed and no items taken, all signs pointed to something other than a home invasion, and now “Dateline NBC” (NBC at 8 p.m.) investigates. Read full article >>

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