What's on your HDTV this week: World Cup, 'Big Brother' and 'The Leftovers'

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What's on your HDTV this week: World Cup, 'Big Brother' and 'The Leftovers'

This week the World Cup moves on from Group play to the Round of 16, and the USMNT can book a trip there with a win or draw against Germany on Thursday (or a loss, if other things happen -- futbol is complicated). In other sportsball news, the NBA Draft is on Thursday night, and with a list full of highly touted prospects plus intriguing free agents like Lebron and Carmelo, it could get very interesting. We're also getting a taste of the rest of summer programming from various networks, but the option we're most excitedly waiting for is HBO's The Leftovers. Also, you may be wondering why we mentioned Big Brother so prominently this week. That's because only now, despite its long run and the wide adoption of HDTV over the last decade, is the voyeuristic reality TV series going to be produced and broadcast in high definition. Check after the break for a list of what's new this week plus a few trailers, and drop a note in the comments if you see any highlights we've missed.

Blu-ray, Streaming movies & Games

  • 300: Rise of an Empire (3D)
  • Star Trek: TNG (S6)
  • A Hard Day's Night
  • Winter's Tale
  • Enemy
  • Dragon Ball Z (S5)
  • Masters of Sex (S1)
  • The Bridge (S1)
  • Lost Girl (S4)
  • Grid Autosport (Xbox 360, PS3)
  • RBI Baseball 14 (Xbox One, PS4)


  • America's Got Talent, NBC, 8PM
  • Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family, 8PM
  • Rizzoli & Isles, TNT, 9PM
  • Chasing Life, ABC Family, 9PM
  • Royal Pains , USA, 9PM
  • Deadliest Catch, Discovery, 9PM
  • Top Gear (US), History, 9PM
  • The Wil Wheaton Project, Syfy, 9PM
  • Heroes of Cosplay, Syfy, 10PM
  • Perception, TNT, 10PM
  • Awkward, MTV, 10PM
  • The Night Shift, NBC, 10PM
  • Tyrant (series premiere), FX, 10PM
  • Covert Affairs (season premiere), USA, 10PM
  • Sullivan & Son (season premiere), TBS, 10 & 10:30PM
  • Freakshow, AMC, 10:30PM
  • The Listener, ION, 11 & 11:59PM


  • World Cup Group F: Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran, ESPN2, 11:30AM
  • World Cup Group F: Nigeria vs. Argentina, ESPN, 11:30AM
  • World Cup Group E: Honduras vs. Switzerland, 3:30PM
  • World Cup Group E: Ecuador vs. France, ESPN, 3:30PM
  • Big Brother (season premiere), CBS, 8PM
  • Rogue, DirecTV 101, 8 & 9PM
  • Young & Hungry (series premiere), ABC Family, 8PM
  • So You Think You Can Dance, Fox, 8PM
  • Mystery Girls (series premiere), ABC Family, 8PM
  • Suits, USA, 9PM
  • Dual Survival, Discovery, 9PM
  • Wilfred (season premiere), FXX, 10 & 10:30PM
  • Taxi Brooklyn (series premiere), NBC, 10PM
  • Graceland, USA, 10PM
  • Motive, ABC, 10PM
  • Catfish, MTV, 10PM
  • The Ultimate Fighter, Fox Sports 1, 10PM


  • World Cup Group G: USA vs. Germany, ESPN, 11AM
  • World Cup Group G: Portugal vs. Ghana, ESPN2, 11:30AM
  • World Cup Group H: Korea vs. Belgium, ESPN, 3:30PM
  • World Cup Group H: Algeria vs. Russia, ESPN2, 3:30PM
  • NBA Draft, ESPN & NBA TV, 7PM
  • Black Box, ABC, 8PM
  • Defiance, Syfy, 8PM
  • Hollywood Game Night, NBC, 8PM
  • Hey Bartender, Showtime, 8:25PM
  • Rectify, Sundance TV, 9PM
  • Big Brother, CBS, 9PM
  • Rookie Blue, ABC, 9PM
  • Dominion, Syfy, 9PM
  • The Sixties, CNN, 9PM
  • Undateable, NBC, 9 & 9:30PM
  • Gang Related, Fox, 9PM
  • Anger Management, FX, 9:30PM
  • NY Med (season premiere), ABC, 10PM
  • Last Comic Standing, NBC, 10PM
  • Maron, IFC, 10PM
  • Comedy Bang! Bang!, IFC, 10:30PM


  • Creative Galaxy (series premiere), Amazon,
  • Turbo Fast, Netflix
  • Zapped, Disney, 8PM
  • Rake (series finale), Fox, 9PM
  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM
  • Cold Justice, TNT, 9PM
  • Crossbones, NBC, 10PM
  • Continuum (season finale), Syfy, 10PM
  • Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO, 10PM
  • The Half Hour (Fortune Feimster & Ron Funches), Comedy Central, 12 & 12:30AM


  • World Cup Round of 16: Brazil vs. Chile, ABC, 11:30AM
  • World Cup Round of 16, ABC, 3:30PM
  • IndyCar @ Houston, NBC Sports, 3PM
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series @ Kentucky, TNT, 7:30PM
  • Bet On Your Baby, ABC, 8PM
  • Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs, Lifetime, 8PM
  • Power, Starz, 9PM
  • The Assets, ABC, 9PM
  • Almost Royal , BBC America, 10PM
  • Whitney Cummings: I Love You, Comedy Central, 11PM


  • World Cup Round of 16: Netherlands vs. Mexico, ESPN, 11:30AM
  • World Cup Round of 16, ESPN, 3:30PM
  • Indycar @ Houston Race 2, NBC Sports, 3PM
  • Wipeout, ABC, 8PM
  • Red Sox/Yankees, ESPN, 8PM
  • BET Awards 2014, BET, 8PM
  • Big Brother, CBS, 8PM
  • Last Tango in Halifax (season premiere), PBS, 8PM
  • Reckless (series premiere), CBS, 9PM
  • Endeavour (season premiere), PBS, 9PM
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, CNN, 9PM
  • True Blood, HBO, 9PM
  • The Last Ship, TNT, 9PM
  • The Musketeers, BBC America, 9PM
  • Rising Star, ABC, 9PM
  • Catching Hell, Weather Channel, 9PM
  • Nurse Jackie (season finale), Showtime, 9PM
  • Californication (series finale), Showtime, 9:30PM
  • The Leftovers (series premiere), HBO, 10PM
  • Falling Skies, TNT, 10PM
  • The Hunt, History, 10PM
  • Halt and Catch Fire, AMC, 10PM
  • Unforgettable (season premiere), CBS, 10PM
  • Penny Dreadful (season finale), Showtime, 10PM
  • Vicious (series premiere), PBS, 10:30PM
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO, 11:15PM
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