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TV highlights for Aug. 21: ‘Royal Pains,’ ‘Top Chef Masters’


It’s power-of-veto night on “Big Brother” (CBS at 8), and while the pesky “three nominees” twist is gone, the stakes are still high as the finale and its $500,000 prize get closer.

Four more acts advance to the next round on “America’s Got Talent” (NBC at 9), as the aspiring famous people try to impress judges Howard Stern, Mel B, Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum.

The last six chefs standing are sent into a kitchen at a Los Angeles restaurant on “MasterChef” (Fox at 9), and must re-create the most popular dishes. As a punishment, the losing team must make a batch of fried calamari under stressful circumstances.

As long as his pride doesn’t get in the way, Josh Altman is about to close a huge deal on “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” (Bravo at 9); elsewhere, Josh Flagg finds a protégé and Madison helps a couple from the South find a beach house.

Divya packs up and heads to Italy to give her mother some big news on “Royal Pains” (USA at 9), and in less fun news, Hank must rescue Molly when she suddenly disappears.

On the penultimate episode of “Camp” (NBC at 10), the new mayor in town starts performing same-sex marriages, so Raffi and Todd get hitched on the campgrounds. Meanwhile, Roger takes it upon himself to throw a bachelor party.

The “Top Chef Masters” (Bravo at 10) contestants have to not only cook delicious food but also open a Los Angeles-themed restaurant; food editor Dana Cowin and actress Busy Philipps stop by to see how it all turns out.

Charlotte is suspicious about what Ray really wants on “The Bridge” (FX at 10), and later, the team is able to pin down a prime suspect.

The local senior center is having a roast on “Hot in Cleveland” (TV Land at 10), and Elka and Marnie are assigned to write up some hilarious jokes for the occasion.

SERIES PREMIERE: The docu-series “Modern Dads” (A&E at 10:30) follows a close group of guy friends in Austin who hang out all the time, and they also happen to be stay-at-home dads.

— Emily Yahr



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