TV highlights: ‘The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story’ premieres on Lifetime


Adrien Brody stars in History's miniseries “Houdini” as the renowned escape artist. (Colin Hutton/History Channel)
August 31, 2014

The pheromone-enriched cesspool also known as “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC at 8 p.m.) is taking its toll on the ladies this week with Christy learning that her love interest has been hooking up with another woman and Sarah questioning her relationship with Robert when a new, cuter bachelor decides to take a dip.

“MasterChef” (Fox at 8) practices teamwork with Gordon Ramsay working alongside the chefs at a swanky Los Angeles eatery.

Television host Tamron Hall is “Running Wild With Bear Grylls’s” (NBC at 8) first female participant, and she’s off with Bear for two days in the remote Utah desert.

“CBS Fall Preview” (CBS at 8:30), a half-hour promo for five new shows on the network this fall, gives viewers a peek at “Madam Secretary” starring Téa Leoni, “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion,” “Stalker” and “The McCarthys.” 

SERIES PREMIERE: The two-part biopic “Houdini” (History at 9) stars Adrien Brody as the renowned escape artist, and in the first installment, we see a young Erich Weiss playing circus sideshows before hitting it big. The second part airs Tuesday night.

“The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” (Lifetime at 9) is one big, too long reenactment of how things on the set of the beloved teen melodrama shook down. Expect neon, scrunchies and a whole lot of wincing.

What’s that high-pitch gaggle of screams you hear? Ah, yes, it’s move-in day on “America’s Next Top Model” (CW at 9), and the always dramatic house reveal comes with a runway challenge where the models only wear Silly String because why not?

Big Jim finally learns what happened to his wife and Chester’s Mill residents face the threat of climate change on “Under the Dome” (CBS at 10).

FINALE WATCH: “Mistresses” (ABC at 10) wraps up Season 2 (Season 3 is still up in the air) with Joss’s engagement party and Karen’s impending test results.

The documentary “After Tiller,” which “POV” (WETA at 11) is presenting, looks at the colleagues George Tiller, the late-term abortion provider who was murdered in 2009, left behind and shares the stories of their patients and explores the ethical dilemmas they face as well as the threats from the community.   

SERIES PREMIERE: The four-part British drama “Hinterland” (Netflix) revolves around a police team in windswept, sand dune-ridden Aberystwyth, Wales.

Clint Eastwood and guitar shredder Jack White come to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35).

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and tennis pro Novak Djokovic are on the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), with music from Robby Johnson.

Actress Jennifer Aniston and barbecue expert Adam Perry Lang stop by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), with musical guest Bob Mould.

Rachel Lubitz

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