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


'EXTANT': Molly (L, Halle Berry) and her estranged father (played by Louis Gosset, Jr., R) seek refuge on a remote island. (Jaimie Trueblood/CBS)
July 29

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.

“My Wild Affair” (MPT and WETA at 8) introduces us to Rupert, an orphaned black rhinoceros who was taken in by a wildlife vet and raised with his four children in a suburban home in southern Africa.

“POV”(WHUT at 8) presents the documentary “Dance for Me,” a look into the world of professional ballroom dancing in Denmark, where participants often look beyond the country’s borders for the perfect partner. The film follows Egor, a 15-year-old Russian boy, as he adjusts to life in Denmark and his 14-year-old Danish partner, Mie.

The Top 14 perform for guest judge Christina Applegate on “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox at 8).

The Sharknado phenomenon (which is examined by TV critic Hank Stuever on Page C1) strikes again with the creatively named sequel “Sharknado 2: The Second One” (Syfy at 9) and, just like last time, it’s Ian Ziering and Tara Reid versus the freak, CGI-a-plenty storm.

“Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s stint on “Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC at 9) includes the discovery of his great-grandfather’s hustling ways during the Gilded Age.

After Sparks attempts to quarantine Molly, she and her family seek refuge on an island with her estranged father on “Extant” (CBS at 10).

“Sex in the Wild” (MPT and WETA at 10) heads Down Under to reveal the mating rituals of kangaroos and the conservation efforts being used to boost the number of koala babies and the extremely endangered southern brush-tailed rock wallabies in South Australia.

Cat’s emotions are brought to the forefront when the wife of the Park Slope stalker is found dead on “Taxi Brooklyn” (NBC at 10).

“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central at 11:30) welcomes actor/director/writer/ frequent Instagrammer James Franco, who’s promoting his film “Child of God.”

Model Heidi Klum and comedian Mike Birbiglia are on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35), along with musical guests Temples.

Actress Zoe Saldana and former White House press secretary Jay Carney come to the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), with music from Crash.

Actor Eric McCormack stops by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), with a musical performance from Self.

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