Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Wednesday, July 12. All times are Eastern.
Broadchurch (BBC America, 10 p.m.): Given that this British crime drama seems to have recovered from the season-long stumble it went through last year, these final episodes are providing a nice opportunity to again get wrapped up in the mystery. In this third installment, things start to pick up as the search gains steam: “Hardy faces a race against time as Ellie discovers a startling new piece of evidence, forcing them to reassess their suspicions.” Gwen Ihnat looks forward to your many speculations in the comments.
Smokey And The Bandit (Sundance, 8 p.m.): There’s a reason Burt Reynolds was one of the biggest stars in the world in the ’70s, and this movie helps explain why. He’s got matinee-idol charisma to burn here, playing a bootlegger who bets he can ship a full truck of beer from Texas to Arkansas—and falls for the woman (Sally Field) engaged to the son of a sheriff (Jackie Gleason) hell-bent on stopping him. Crack open a few cold ones while watching for maximum enjoyment.