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Guide to August 2012 TV premieres, finales, specials

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July 28, 2012|By Curt Wagner | RedEye

With NBC taking advantage of its Olympics coverage by airing sneak peeks of two of its fall shows, "Go On" and "Animal Practice," and launching Season 2 of its hit, "Grimm," August appears to be the new September. In other words, the fall TV season is upon us.

"Strike Back,""Boss,""Hell on Wheels" are back. "The uneXplained," "Totally Biased with Kamau Bell" and"Major Crimes" lead the new series debuts. What follows is my continually updated list of August TV premieres, finales and special events. Happy viewing.

Wednesday, Aug. 1
8 | "Hollywood Builders: Total Recall," DIY Network (special)

Friday, Aug. 3
8 | "Super Saver Showdwon," OWN (series premiere)
10 | "Reel Life: Marilyn Monroe," Reelz (special)

Saturday, Aug. 4
8 | "VH1 Rock Docs; Marley," VH1 (special)
9 | "The Nerdist: Tribute to Science," BBC America (special)
9 | "The uneXplained," Bio (series premiere)
9:30 | "Kevin Nealon: Whelmed ... But Not Overly," (special)
10 | "The Science of Doctor Who," BBC America (special)

Sunday, Aug. 5
9 | "Flip Men," Spike TV (season 2 premiere)

Tuesday, Aug. 7
8 | "Shipping Wars," A&E (season 2 premiere)
9 | "Hard Knocks" Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins," HBO (season 7 premiere)

Wednesday, Aug. 8
8 | "Dallas," TNT (season 1 finale)
9 | "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," TLC (series premiere)
9 | "Paranormal Witness," Syfy (season 2 premiere)
tba | "Go On," NBC (special preview after Olympics)

Thursday, Aug. 9
9 | "Martian Mega Rover," Nat Geo (special)
10 | "Totally Biased with Kamau Bell," FX (series premiere)
11 | "Childrens Hospital," Adult Swim (season 4 premiere)
11:15 | "NTSF:SD:SUV::," Adult Swim (season premiere)

Friday, Aug. 10
8 | "Great Performances: Tanglewood 75th Anniversary," PBS (special; check local listings)
9 | "The Dead Files," Travel (season premiere)
9 | "Common Law," USA (season 1 finale)
9 | "Comedy Bang Bang," IFC (season 1 finale)

Saturday, Aug. 11

7 | "Taken Aback: Finding Haley," Lifetime (movie premiere)
8 | "Boogeyman," Syfy (movie premiere)
8 | "The Music Teacher," Hallmark (movie premiere)
8 | "The Women of Doctor Who," BBC America (special)
8 | "Tanked," Animal Planet (season premiere)
9 | "The Nerdist: Tribute to Nerd Girls," BBC America (special)
10 | "Jeff Ross Roasts America," Comedy Central (special)

Sunday, Aug. 12
tba | "Animal Practice," NBC (special preview after Olympics)
8 | "Hell on Wheels," AMC (season 2 premiere)
8 | "Shark Week: Air Jaws Apocalypse," Discovery (special)
9 | "Shark Week's Impossible Shots," Discovery (special)
9 | "Roast of Roseanne," Comedy Central (special)
9 | "All You Can Meat," Travel (series premiere)
9 | "High School Moms," TLC (series premiere)

Monday, Aug. 13
7 | "Hotel Hell," Fox (series premiere)
7 | "Stars Earn Stripes," NBC (series premiere)
8 | "The Closer," TNT (series finale)
8 | "Shark Week: Sharkzilla," Discovery (special)
8 | "Hell's Kitchen," Fox (season 10 premiere)
8 | "Count It Down: Sexiest Action Heroes," TV Guide Network (special)
8 | "United Bates of America," TLC (series premiere)
8 | "Hoarders," A&E (season 6 premiere)
8 | "Intervention," A&E (season 13 premiere)
9 | "Major Crimes," TNT (series premiere)
9 | "Grimm," NBC (season 2 premiere)
9 | "Shark Week: Mythbuster's Jawsome Shark Special," Discovery (special)
9 | "Amor Bravio," Univision (series premiere)
9 | "Gallery Girls," Bravo (series premiere)
9 | "Big Tiny," TLC (series premiere)
9:30 | "Get to Work," Sundance (series premiere)

Tuesday, Aug. 14
6 | "The Amazing World of Gumball," Cartoon Network (season 2 premiere)
8 | "Top Gear," History (season 3 premiere)
8 | "Hard Time," Nat Geo (season premiere)
8 | "Shark Week: How Jaws Change the World," Discovery (special)
9 | "Shark Week: Adrift, 47 Days with Sharks," Discovery (special)
9 | "Collection Intervention," Syfy (series premiere)
9 | "The Week the Women Went," Lifetime (series premiere)
9 | "Counting Cars," History (series premiere; catch a sneak peek at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 13)
9:30 | "The Burn," Comedy Central (series premiere)
       
Wednesday, Aug.15       
7 | "Oh Sit!" CW (series premiere)
7 | "Toy Hunter," Travel (series premiere)
8 | "Shark Week: Shark Fight," Discovery (special)
8 | "Not My Momma's Meals," Cooking (season premiere)
8 | "Storage Wars: Texas," A&E (season 2 premiere; 2nd episode at 8:30 p.m.)
9 | "Fight Factory," nuvoTV (series premiere)
9 | "I Married a Mobster," Invesitgation Discovery (season 2 premiere; two episodes)
9 | "Fight Factory," nuvoTV (series premiere)

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