July 3, 2014

TV Best Bets

Fireworks, zombies and more coming up on television.

Here’s our big-bang theory: Nothing matches watching fireworks live and in person. But if you happen to be anchored to the couch this year, television has plenty of “oohs” and “aahs” to offer.

The explosive programming starts with “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” (8 p.m. Friday, NBC), which has Nick Cannon hosting the festivities from New York City. Among the performers are Miranda Lambert, Hunter Hayes and Lionel Richie.

“A Capitol Fourth” (8 p.m. Friday, PBS) is hosted by Tom Bergeron, who welcomes, among others, Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle and Jordin Sparks to the party on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

More best bets on television for the coming week: Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times

FRIDAY: We know you’ve been missing those repulsive zombies from “The Walking Dead.” You can catch up with the gore fest via a three-day marathon of episodes, dubbed a “Dead, White and Blue Weekend.” 9 a.m., AMC.

SATURDAY: The fun continues on “Almost Royal” as Georgie and Poppy take in more of the colonies with a visit to Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. There, they learn the art of coffee-making. 10 p.m., BBC America.

SUNDAY: Can the “Witches of East End” continue to cast a spell over viewers? Season 2 opens with the Beauchamps fearing that a mystical presence entered their world when the portal of Asgard opened. 9 p.m., Lifetime.

MONDAY: On “The Bachelorette,” it’s time for Andi to go on the hometown tours, and you know what that means: Lots of awkward conversations, squirmy moments, and maybe even some family feuds. We’re so there. 8 p.m., ABC.

TUESDAY: Prime time dishes up more food fights with “Restaurant Startup.” It’s a reality series that has contestants pitching their eatery concepts to a pair of investors with the hopes of making their culinary dreams come true. 10 p.m., CNBC.

WEDNESDAY: If Sandra Bullock can rocket off into outer space, why not Halle Berry? In “Extant” – a suspenseful, futuristic “event” series – the Oscar-winner plays an astronaut, who after a 13-month solo mission, struggles to reconnect with her family, which includes a creepy little robot boy. But there’s a bigger problem: While in space, she somehow became pregnant. Uh-oh. Baby (or alien?) on board. 9 p.m., CBS.

THURSDAY: Does funny run in the family? That’s our hope with “Welcome to Sweden.” It’s a fish-out-of-water sitcom starring Greg Poehler – brother of Amy – as an accountant to the stars who quits his job and moves to Stockholm to be with his sweetheart. 9:01 p.m., NBC.

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