Today’s Top TV Picks – Monday August 12

Today’s Top Picks


The Terror

9 p.m. on AMC – Season Premiere

Season 2 of this horror anthology opens with “Infamy: A Sparrow in a Swallow’s Nest,” which introduces a new setting — the West Coast of the United States during World War II — and characters, headed by Chester Nakayama (Derek Mio), a soldier and American-born son of immigrants native to Japan. Chester’s Japanese-American community is being haunted by a malevolent spectral presence whose evil influence seemingly knows no boundaries. George Takei also is featured.


Our Boys

9 p.m. on HBO – Series Premiere

Filmed in Israel, this new 10-part limited drama series is based on actual events that led to the outbreak of war in Gaza. The story opens in the summer of 2014, when three Israeli teenage boys are kidnapped and murdered by Hamas militants. Two days later, with much of Israel enraged over the crimes, the burned body of a Palestinian teenager from eastern Jerusalem is found in a forest near that city. The investigation into that murder drives the story in this production.



10 p.m. ET on FX – Season Finale

“The end of the end.” That short, very cryptic phrase is the only story information FX has released in advance of “Chapter 27,” the Season 3 finale that closes the mind-bending adventures of mutant David Haller (Dan Stevens), the tortured main character of Noah Hawley’s head-spinningly twisty series based on a Marvel Comics character and linked to the “X-Men” film series. Hawley also co-wrote and co-directed tonight’s finale. Rachel Keller, Bill Irwin and Harry Lloyd also star.


Straight Up Steve Austin

11 p.m. ET on USA – Series Premiere

Retired WWE superstar “Stone Cold” Steve Austin hosts this new half-hour interview-based series that finds him outside the conventional “couch in a studio” talk-show format and chatting in informal settings with such upcoming celebrity guests as actor and country singer Trace Adkins, comic Gabriel Iglesias, “Impractical Jokers” star Sal Vulcano and NFL quarterback Baker Mayfield. Austin’s featured guest in the series premiere is actor, comic and occasional TV host Rob Riggle, a former U.S. Marine.

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