TV highlights for July 23: ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ returns to TLC


'EXTANT': Molly has to decide if she is going to reveal her pregnancy to John after he confronts her about her distant behavior. (Sonja Flemming/CBS)
July 22

The Esquire Network presents “Best of the Running of the Bulls 2014” (Esquire at 8 p.m.), a one-hour special that highlights the best moments from the network’s extensive coverage of the festivities this year in Pamplona, Spain.

“My Wild Affair” (MPT and WETA at 8) introduces us to Chantek the orangutan who, after being raised as a human child, knows sign language and describes himself as an “orangutan person.”

The Top 16 contestants perform for guest judges Misty Copeland and Lucy Hale before two hopefuls are eliminated on a live “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox at 8).

Ethan attends his first day of school and John grows suspicious of Molly’s distant behavior as she considers telling him about her pregnancy on “Extant” (CBS at 9)

SERIES PREMIERE: The Questlove-backed concert series “SoundClash” (VH1 at 9) places three diverse musicians at varying levels of fame on the same stage, at the same time to perform their current hits, covers and collaborations. Fall Out Boy, Lil Wayne and London Grammar jam in the premiere episode.

RETURNING SHOW: Season 5 of “Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC at 9) opens with “Sex and the City” alum Cynthia Nixon discovering deceit and murder while tracing back her paternal line.

Orangutans are at the center of this week’s “Sex in the Wild” (MPT and WETA at 10) and by examining their mating rituals and child-rearing, anthropologists have gathered several theories about the behavior of alpha males and how females control mating.

SERIES PREMIERE: The reality series “BAPs” (Lifetime at 10) follows the everyday dramas of a group of affluent African American friends — a.k.a. “black American princesses and princes” — in St. Louis.

Actor and activist George Takei is on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central at 11).

Actors Robin Wright and Josh Charles are on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35), along with music from Weezer.

Actor Eric Stonestreet comes to the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35). Plus, a summer toy demo from Shannon Eis and a musical performance from Brody Dalle.

A new “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35) plays host to rapper Common.

SERIES PREMIERE: Hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail” (Comedy Central at 12:30 a.m.) showcases the hottest rising comedic talents performing at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles.

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