A request to the president (Keith Carradine) to help resolve a troublesome situation in Western Africa has surprising, not-pleasant results for Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) in an episode entitled "The Call." Oscar and Emmy winner Louis Gossett Jr. guest stars as a clergyman who's party to the diplomatic trouble. Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth and Zeljko Ivanek also star.
A rather odd pair of interleague match-ups is on tap tonight in this Fox Sports 1 doubleheader, which begins with Yoenis Cespedes and the New York Mets facing David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox, the traditional AL East rivals of the crosstown Yankees. Speaking of the Bronx Bombers, Mark Teixeira and his mates are in action in the nightcap against the Mets' NL East foes -- Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves.
Vroom! The 2006 CGI box-office success comes to the small screen, with Owen Wilson voicing Lightning McQueen, a hotshot race car who gets stranded in a backwater town. He's revving at the engine to get back to racing, but Radiator Springs has its appeal. Additional voices include Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Cheech Marin and Tony Shalhoub.
NFL Preseason Football
Two teams expecting to make postseason runs meet tonight in this preseason tilt at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium, where Phil Rivers and the Chargers take on Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. The Bolts, who finished out of the playoffs with a 9-7 record last year, may be in last-hurrah mode in 2015 with Rivers at 34 and safety Eric Weddle in his contract year. The defending NFC champion Seahawks, by contrast, are once again thinking Super Bowl all the way.
In the new episode "Runaway," Paul (Colin Ferguson) opens up to Olivia (Andie MacDowell) about the real reason he left his hometown and urges her to be cautious about what may be a hidden agenda on Liz's (Emily Holmes) part. As Maryellen (Elyse Levesque) struggles to cope with her mother's nuptials, Grace (Teryl Rothery) tries to convince Cliff (Sebastian Spence) to elope. Jack (Dylan Neal) risks his job at the Seattle Courier to defend Jeri (Julia Benson). Cameron Bancroft also stars.
Kill the Messenger
Jeremy Renner, also a producer on this fact-based 2014 crime thriller, stars as journalist Gary Webb, who becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign in the mid-1990s after he exposes the CIA's role in importing vast amounts of cocaine. The sale of which would generate money for Contra rebels in Nicaragua. Michael Cuesta ("Homeland") directs the fine ensemble cast, which also includes Rosemarie DeWitt ("Mad Men"), Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta, Oliver Platt and Andy Garcia.
Alex and Jeff (Dominique Swain, "Lolita," and Michael Steger, "90210") expect nothing out of the ordinary when they hire Nate (Mike Faiola, "Awkward."), a handsome contractor, to help them repair a rundown house to sell at a profit. As the project progresses, however, Jeff and Alex realize they got more than they bargained for, because Nate comes with a very dark past. Tatyana Ali ("The Young and the Restless") also stars in this 2015 thriller.
American Ninja Warrior
The series' "Military Finals" showcases members of the Armed Services who placed among the 30 finalists in the program's previous episode with a similar theme. They have some obstacles they didn't face then -- including the Salmon Ladder, the Arm Rings, the Doorknob Arch and the Spider Climb. As in other finals here, the goal is to qualify for the Las Vegas Finals and a shot at the $1 million grand prize. Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila are the hosts.
Hell on Wheels
The critically acclaimed period drama reaches the midpoint of its fifth and final season with a summer finale called "False Prophets," which finds Cullen and Durant (Anson Mount, Colm Meaney) reuniting in Salt Lake City to meet with President Grant (guest star Victor Slezak) to discuss the future of the railroad. Meanwhile, on another front, the Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl) puts his plan against the Mormons into action.
A new episode takes Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin, along with tech guys Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley, to Deer Lodge, Mont., to investigate the Old Montana State Prison, site of a deadly prison riot in 1958. Hangings at the facility commonly were performed right on the prison grounds, utilizing a mobile gallows. As the team explores the property, they experience an abundance of weird occurrences and gather evidence.
Will (Hugh Dancy) orchestrates a plot involving Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) as part of a desperate scheme to slay Francis Dolarhyde (guest star Richard Armitage) in the series finale, "The Wrath of the Lamb." Bedelia (Gillian Anderson), however, expresses concern that Will's strategy puts not only his own life at risk, but the lives of those around him. Rutina Wesley, Raul Esparza, Nina Arianda and Katharine Isabelle also guest star; Laurence Fishburne and Scott Thompson also star.
Last Man Standing
The title "Vanessa Fixes Up Eve" pretty much spells out this episode's plot, but the result isn't as simple as it might seem. In arranging a date with one of her students for Eve (Kaitlyn Dever), Vanessa (Nancy Travis) doesn't realize her daughter already might be dating someone else. The identity of the possibly secret boyfriend intrigues Mike (Tim Allen), who thinks he might know the young man in question. Erika Alexander ("Living Single") guest stars.