What’s on TV This Week: ‘Claim to Fame’ and ‘Family Law’
Aug 02, 2023
The ABC reality show hosted by Kevin and Frankie Jonas wraps up, as does Canadian legal drama on the CW.
By Shivani Gonzalez
Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is a vast one. Here are some of the shows, specials and movies coming to TV this week, Aug. 28-Sept. 3. Details and times are subject to change.
CLAIM TO FAME 8 p.m. on ABC. While Kevin Jonas tours with his other brothers (the Jonas Brothers), and Frankie Jonas is up to his usual TikTok shenanigans, the show they co-host, about people who have a celebrity relative, is coming to an end. After a season of challenges, detective work and the elimination of relatives of former President Jimmy Carter, Dolly Parton and Jenny McCarthy, there are four celebrity relatives left to uncover. Even though we have our suspicions (*cough* Gabe is related to Nick Cannon *cough*), some contestants like Monay have held tightly to their secret relation. On Monday, all will finally be revealed.
STARS ON MARS 8 p.m. on Fox. What happens when you send some “celebranauts” (Fox’s wording, not mine) into a Mars simulation? This week we are getting the answer, as Porsha Williams Guobadia, Cat Cora, Tinashe, Paul Pierce and Adam Rippon compete to assemble a satellite tower and broadcast a message back to Earth. The stakes couldn’t be lower, as obviously they aren’t really on Mars.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN NORTHERN IRELAND 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). From the late 1960s to the late 1990s, Northern Ireland saw no shortage of nationalist and sectarian violence. This new documentary series combines archival footage with profiles of people who lived through the conflict.
JUSTIFIED: CITY PRIMEVAL 10 p.m. on FX. This show is a sequel to “Justified,” with Timothy Olyphant returning as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. This time Givens is joined by his daughter, played by Olyphant’s real-life daughter Vivian Olyphant. The show takes place in Miami and Detroit, 15 years after Givens left Kentucky. This eighth episode wraps up the first season.
SOLD OUT: TICKETMASTER AND THE RESALE RACKET 11 p.m. on Vice. If you, too, tried and failed to get tickets to Taylor Swift’s tour this year, you are no stranger to mayhem in concert sales. This Vice documentary follows malicious brokers who buy face-value tickets and sell them for much more — and how a Ticketmaster and Live Nation monopoly allows them to get away with it.
THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940) 9:45 p.m. on TCM. Based on the novel of the same name, this movie follows the Joad family as they head to California to start a new life after their farm in Oklahoma was seized by the government. “What we’ve been trying to say is that ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ is just about as good as any picture has a right to be; if it were any better, we just wouldn’t believe our eyes,” Frank S. Nugent wrote in his review for The New York Times.
FAMILY LAW 9 p.m. on The CW. This Canadian law drama has followed Abigail Bianchi (Jewel Staite) as she rehabilitated herself and her image after showing up to court drunk. This season she has continued to work at the family practice, Svensson and Svensson, while managing her crumbling marriage. The finale will put that all into perspective as she has to choose between her family’s law firm and a lucrative offer at her former firm.
OCEAN’S ELEVEN (2001) 8:30 p.m. on TBS. This movie gave us three rules to live by, or keep while committing crimes: “Don’t hurt anybody, don’t steal from anyone who doesn’t deserve it, and play the game like you’ve got nothing to lose.” The story follows Danny Ocean (George Clooney), Rusty (Brad Pitt) and their friends as they plan a heist from a casino owner who is not-so-coincidentally the lover of Danny’s ex-wife, Tess (Julia Roberts). Watch for the truly random foods — popcorn, fruit cup, lollipop? — that Brad Pitt’s character is eating in each scene.
THE INCREDIBLES (2004) 6 p.m. on Freeform. This animated movie about a family of superheros who try to keep their individual superpowers under wraps gave us some amazing characters: Jack-Jack (the bizarrely strong baby of the family), Frozone (everything he touches can turn to ice) and Edna Mode (“My God, pull yourself together!”). “‘The Incredibles’ may resonate more strongly with adults than with children, as it is, at its heart, a story of midlife frustration and compromise, examining the toll that unfulfilling work can exact on a marriage, and the heady rebirth that professional satisfaction can bring,” A.O. Scott wrote in his review for The Times. If you can’t get enough of this superhero family, INCREDIBLES 2 (2018) is airing immediately after on the same channel.
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