Friday, May 25, 2018
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Watch this: TV week of Aug. 12

MONDAY

Mythbusters: Breaking Bad Special, 10 p.m., Discovery

If any show deserves to be Mythbusted, it's Breaking Bad, which uses crooked chemist Walter White's brilliant mind as a way to work lots of crazy science into the show. Like that time he tried to erase a laptop's content with a giant magnet, or kill two men in an RV using phosphine gas. But would any of those things actually work? Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and star Aaron Paul (Jesse) join the Mythbusters crew this week to find out, testing if mercury fulminate can actually blow up a room, as Walt once used it, and if hydrofluoric acid would really eat through a floor, as it did in an infamous scene in show's first season.

CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock, 8 p.m., ABC

The folks from Little Big Town host this year's edition of the star-studded special, featuring the best moments from CMA's four-day festival. Country pals Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum perform and welcome Sheryl Crow, whose first country album comes out next month, into the fold.

TUESDAY

Season premiere Face Off, 9 p.m., Syfy

This special-effects makeup competition returns for a fifth season, featuring both newbies and vets. Wait, you mean this isn't about the 1997 John Travolta/Nicolas Cage movie in which the two get face transplants and impersonate each other? Bummer.

So You Think You Can Dance?, 8 p.m., Fox

Last week's episode might have been our favorite one yet. Usually at this point in the competition, it's easy to pick favorites, but everyone is so unbelievably good this season that eliminations seem especially cruel. Tonight, the top 10 contestants are paired with SYTYCD all-stars, which means we have to say goodbye to duos like the adorable Amy and Fik-Shun.

WEDNESDAY

Duck Dynasty, 10 p.m., A&E

Two words: facial hair. The heavily bearded Robertsons gang is back for a new season of this monster ratings hit about their duck-call empire in Louisiana. In this week's episode, the family prepares a 49th wedding anniversary surprise for Phil and Kay.

THURSDAY

Hollywood Game Night, 10 p.m., NBC

Non-celebs lead celebrity teams through a series of party games on this show, and tonight it's an eclectic mix: Kristin Chenoweth, Dominic Monaghan, Felicity Huffman, Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon and Wilmer Valderrama play. Never in a million years would we have put any of those people in a sentence together, let alone on stage.

SUNDAY

Breaking Bad, 9 p.m., AMC

It's safe to say that Breaking Bad's foot is firmly on the accelerator for the second half of its fifth season, which started last week. After tonight's episode, there are only six more in Walter White's saga, and we expect all of them to live up to the impossible standard Bad has set for itself. In fact, we're not sure we've ever felt this confident about a show going into its finale. Whether Walt wins or loses, dies or lives, we know this show is going to nail it.

— Michelle Stark, Times staff writer

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