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CBS McCartney special, last ‘Sharknado’ and return of ‘Mr. Mercedes’ top TV choices

August 19, 2018

CBS McCartney special, last ‘Sharknado’ and return of ‘Mr. Mercedes’ top TV choices

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A CBS special about Paul McCartney’s “Carpool Karaoke” appearance and a second season of “Mr. Mercedes” top this week’s TV viewing choices:

“The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time” (8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, Syfy): This will be director Anthony C. Ferrante’s sixth and final goofy spoof of disaster, horror and science-fiction. Fin (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) have battled sharks all over the world, but in this last installment they tackle “the final shark-tier”: time travel. At the end of “Sharknado 5: Global Swarming,” Fin was seen wandering alone on Earth after it was destroyed. Now he must travel back in time to stop the Sharknado that started it all. Back for the goofy ride are Vivica A. Fox as Skye and Cassie Scerbo as Nova Clarke. Look for Alaska as an evil sorceress and Jonathan Bennett as Billy the Kid, as well as appearances by Dean McDermott, La Toya Jackson, Tori Spelling, Dee Snider, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Darrell Hammond, dinosaurs and futuristic landscapes.

“Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live from Liverpool” (8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, WOIO Channel 19): Paul McCartney inspired a bit of 21st-century Beatlemania when he appeared on a “Carpool Karaoke” segment during the June 21 edition of “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” It has racked up 130 million digital views across Facebook and YouTube. CBS was so pleased with the engaging and fun results, it quickly ordered this hour special, which expands on the “Carpool Karaoke” encounter with new footage. Corden and McCartney drove around Liverpool, visiting McCartney’s childhood home and several of the locations named in the Beatles song “Penny Lane.” They also surprised locals with an impromptu and intimate performance at a pub.

“Mr. Mercedes” (10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, DirecTV/ATT&T Audience Network): It will be tough to top the outstanding first season of the psychological mystery-thriller based on Stephen King’s three novels – “Mr. Mercedes,” “Finders Keepers” and “End of Watch” – featuring Ohio detective Bill Hodges (splendidly played by Brendan Gleeson). That first season followed Hodges, a retired police officer, on the trail of Brady Hatsfield (Harry Treadaway), a psychopathic killer dubbed “Mr. Mercedes.” Writer-executive producer David E. Kelley (“Picket Fences,” “The Practice,” “Big Little Lies”) begins the 10-episode second season with Brady hospitalized, under the care of ambitious neurosurgeon Dr. Felix Babineau (Jack Huston), with input from his wife, Cora (Tessa Farmer). Meanwhile, Hodges and Holly (Justine Gibney) are rebuilding, opening the private investigation agency Finders Keepers.

“The Innocents” (Friday, Aug. 24, Netflix): Guy Pearce (“L.A. Confidential”) is among the stars in this eight-episode supernatural drama about a teenage shapeshifter (somewhat based on the Norse mythology of the Berserkers). The British series puts the fantasy focus on two classmates, June McDaniel (Sorcha Groundsell) and Harry Polk (Percelle Ascott), who go on the run, fleeing repressive families. June has the ability to transform into other people, a talent inherited from her missing mother. Pearce plays the professor determined to reunite and cure mother and daughter.

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