TV highlights: ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ premieres on ABC


Martin Lawrence, left, and Kelsey Grammer star in FX’s “Partners,” a sitcom about two very different Chicago lawyers who decide to practice law together. (Byron Cohen/FX)
August 3

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. It’s almost identical to “Bachelor Pad,” but with an exotic twist.

Also terrifying: “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” (NBC at 8) with Ben Stiller. This time, Grylls takes the notoriously testy actor through the rugged mountains of the Isle of Skye in northern Scotland.

A welcome addition to the network’s summer lineup, “King of Cones” (Food at 8) has top-level dessert chefs challenged to create the most ingenious ice cream treats imaginable. In the premiere, four ice cream experts are asked to capture the beach’s essence (somehow, some way) in their desserts.

The 11 remaining contestants are faced with choosing a mystery box of either high-end ingredients or ordinary ingredients to create their dishes with on “MasterChef” (Fox at 8).

SERIES PREMIERE: Two wildly different Chicago lawyers, played by Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence, unexpectedly meet in court and, while bonding about their own personal crises, decide to practice law together on “Partners” (FX at 9). The first two episodes air back-to-back.

Reviewed by TV critic Hank Stuever on Page C1, the documentary “Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words” (HBO at 9) uses Nixon’s White House audiotapes to elucidate the mind of the president. (The 40th anniversary of his resignation is Saturday.)

Gordon Ramsay travels to Oregon to clean up the Applegate River Lodge on “Hotel Hell” (Fox at 9).

A dust storm rages through town, and Barbie and Sam get caught in a cave-in on the always apocalyptic “Under the Dome” (CBS at 10).

SERIES PREMIERE: “Nowhere to Hide” (I.D. at 10) follows New York private investigator extraordinaire Steven Rambam as he recounts the most dramatic stories from his casebook. In the opener, he uncovers a dangerous extortionist while investigating a domestic dispute.

The divine Helen Mirren graces “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35) with her presence. Also, super-director James Cameron and musical guest Spoon.

Actress Olivia Wilde and Hollywood agent Shep Gordon are on the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), with music from Empires.

Television personality and entrepreneur Kim Kardashian comes to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), with actors Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson, and a musical performance from Disclosure.

Rachel Lubitz

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