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What to watch on TV for the week of May 6 - May 12: Bear Grylls runs wild, Rocky and Bullwinkle get a new series, and much more

May 6, 2018 Updated: May 6, 2018 at 9:53 am
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RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS -- "Joseph Gordon-Levitt" Episode 402 -- Pictured: (l-r) Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bear Grylls -- (Photo by: Ben Simms/NBC)

Sunday 
“Vida" (6:30 p.m., Starz, Series Premiere) - Circumstances force estranged sisters Lyn and Emma to return to their old neighborhood where they are confronted by their past and surprised by family revelations. 

“I’m Dying Up Here” (8 p.m., Showtime, Season Premiere) - In the season two premiere, Goldie looks to expand her comedy empire with the help of an old friend, while her estranged daughter Amanda resurfaces. 

Monday 
“Love It or List It” (7 p.m., HGTV, Season Premiere) - David and Hilary help a man to update his wife’s grandmother’s old house. 

“Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (9 p.m., NBC, Season Premiere) - In the season four premiere, Joseph Gordon-Levitt tackles Kenya’s unyielding terrain with Bear Grylls. 

Tuesday
“NCIS” (7 p.m., CBS) - In Pauley Perrette’s final episode, an NCIS team member is a hitman’s latest target. 

“Chrisley Knows Best” (8 p.m., USA, Season Premiere) - In the season six premiere, Julie gets frustrated when the family use Chloe’s birthday as a reason to compete against each other. 

Wednesday 
“Iron Chef Gauntlet” (7 p.m., Food Network, Season Finale) - The last chef standing faces a big challenge in the three round Gauntlet against Iron Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Stephanie Izard, and Michael Symon. 

“Wood Work” (8 p.m., DIY, Series Premiere) - The Harp Design Company, run by Clint and Kelly Harp, tackle orders with tight deadlines. 

Thursday 
“Safe” (Netflix, Series Premiere) - Tom's wife died a year ago and he's bringing up his two daughters, living in a beautiful gated community, with close friends nearby and a new relationship starting. But when his eldest daughter disappears in mysterious circumstances he realizes that in fact he knows nothing about the people closest to him - dark secrets about the people he loves and the place where he lives.

“Atlanta” (8 p.m., FX, Season Finale) - Going where the money goes is important, but it’s hard when something holds a person back. That is a very cryptic episode description. 

Friday 
“The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle” (Amazon, Series Premiere) - The world-famous talking moose and flying squirrel are back in a serialized comedy about two goofball best friends who routinely find themselves thrust into harrowing situations but end up saving the day time and again. As Rocky and Bullwinkle's innocent and silly ambitions to become rock stars or find lost treasure end up dovetailing with Fearless Leader's sinister plans to take over the world, our heroes are set on a collision course with his notorious super spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale.

“Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly” (7p.m., Showtime, Comedy Special) - Smith riffs on marriage, fatherhood, friends and his work (or lack thereof). Though unaware of Smith’s condition then, both he and the audience would later learn that Smith had suffered a massive heart attack caused by a 100 percent blockage of the artery known as “the widow-maker.” Lucky and happy to be alive, the award-winning comedian/filmmaker/writer/actor/podcaster now brings this death-defying special to his fans.

Saturday 
“Dunkirk” (6 p.m., HBO) - In this pulse pounding historical thriller set during the early days of WWII, a number of civilian boats set out to rescue 400,000 British and Allied troops trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk, France, before they are decimated by Nazi forces. 

“Patrick Melrose” (7 p.m., Showtime, Season Premiere) - Based on the series of semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St Aubyn, “Patrick Melrose” is a detailed look at one person’s journey from a traumatic childhood to the painful growth it took to become an emotionally stable adult. Emmy and Golden Globe winner Benedict Cumberbatch plays the titular character who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted upon him by an abusive father and a passive mother. You can read my Gazette review of this new series later this week. 

Gazette media columnist Terry Terrones is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @terryterrones.

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