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


A still of David Bowie in “The Man Who Fell to Earth” from the Showtime documentary “David Bowie: Five Years.” (Studiocanal Films/SHOWTIME)
July 31

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.

SERIES PREMIERE: Twins Ron and John Daniels turn found pieces of ancient redwood trees into works of art in “Redwood Kings” (Animal Planet at 9). In the premiere, they hollow out a 6,000-pound trunk to create a one-of-a-kind pirate ship, and a 1,500-year-old sequoia is transformed into a drinking table.

With unprecedented access to personal archives, “David Bowie: Five Years” (Showtime at 9) examines five seminal years in the rock legend’s career: 1971, 1975, 1977, 1980 and 1983.

“Monumental Mysteries” (Travel at 9) trudges through the American South with an exploration into the mysterious death of former Louisiana governor Huey Long and the 1965 attack on civil rights activists on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.

“Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO at 10) hosts a roundtable with activist Ralph Nader, Rice University’s Douglas Brinkley, Republican communications specialist Doug Heye and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.).

In the “Crossbones” slot, the one-hour special “Hannah Anderson: Anatomy of a Kidnapping” (NBC at 10) recalls the harrowing abduction of the then-16-year-old Anderson after cheerleading practice in Southern California, prompting to a nationwide hunt for her captor.

RETURNING SHOW: After being brought back from the dead, “The Killing” (Netflix) will release its final six episodes on the online streaming site. The crime thriller gained a fan base with its “Who killed Rosie Larsen?” story line in Seasons 1 and 2 and was canceled by AMC in 2012, but then revived by the network in 2013 before moving to Netflix. According to previews, its fourth and final season will follow Detectives Linden and Holder as they investigate a brutal murder.

Comedic actors Martin Lawrence and Jenny Slate are on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35), with music from Aloe Blacc.

A repeat “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35) plays host to actress Emma Stone, comedian Nathan Fielder and a musical performance from American Authors.

Actor John Stamos and stand-up comedian Todd Glass are guests on this repeat “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), which also has music from OK Go.

Rachel Lubitz

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