TV highlights: ‘Shark Week’ officially begins Sunday


'MASTERS OF SEX': Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson and Michael Sheen as Dr. William Masters in Masters of Sex (season 2, episode 5). (Michael Desmond/Showtime)
August 8

SERIES PREMIERE: Based on a series of best-selling sci-fi/romance/adventure novels by Diana Gabaldon, “Outlander” (Starz at 9 p.m.), which Hank Stuever reviewed Thursday, follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened.

A Virginia couple looking for a home that is Metro-accessible to Washington, D.C. (ring true?) settles for a fixer-upper and you get to see how they tear things up on “House Hunters Renovation” (HGTV at 10).

Sunday talk shows: “Platts Energy Week” (WUSA at 8 a.m.) interviews USAID’s Andrew Herscowitz; “BioCentury This Week” (WUSA at 8:30) features Patient Privacy Rights’ Deborah Peel; “Fox News Sunday” (Fox at 9) hosts Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.); “White House Chronicle” (WETA at 9) has CPS Energy’s Doyle Beneby; “State of the Union” (CNN at 9) features Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz).

“Government Matters” (WJLA at 9:30) hosts King & Spalding’s Tom Spulak; “Newsmakers” (C-SPAN at 10) talks to Americans for Prosperity’s Tim Phillips; “Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo” (Fox News Channel at 10) hosts Dan Senor, former spokesperson for Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq; “This Is America & the World” (WETA at 10 and WHUT at 6 p.m.) talks to American University’s Celine-Marie Pascale; “Face the Nation” (CBS at 10:30) talks to Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.).

Sunday afternoon, fans get to relive the “Breaking Bad”(AMC at 5 p.m.) magic from the beginning with a series marathon on AMC. Even better: Every Sunday on the network from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m., viewers will be treated to consecutive episodes of the legendary series up to the show’s finale (in case you missed it) on Oct. 5.

A television phenomenon since 1988, “Shark Week” (Discovery at 8) returns with plenty of GoPro camera footage and shark-leaping to either heighten or cure your fear of the underwater predators.

Broadcast live from Los Angeles, the “Teen Choice Awards” (Fox at 8) will be honoring the year’s teen icons, with Tyler Posey and “Modern Family’s” Sarah Hyland playing host and performances from MAGIC! and Rixton.

For your, uh, adult programming needs, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime at 10) has Dr. William Masters reeling after the loss of his OB-GYN practice because of his and Virginia’s controversial study.

Over on “The Leftovers” (HBO at 10), Kevin learns that his father has escaped the psychiatric hospital and Tom makes an unsettling discovery.

Rachel Lubitz

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