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Castaways and Wrecked both wash up on the same night

The cast of Wrecked (top) and Robbie Gibbons and Kenzi Whittington on Castaways
Photo: TBS, Tenspeed TV

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Tuesday, August 7. All times are Eastern.

Top picks

Castaways (ABC, 10 p.m.)/Wrecked (TBS, 10 p.m.): Sometimes, the TV gods bring us gifts of incredible serendipity: like two desert-island-themed programs premiering on the same night at the same time. Alike in premise, yet different in format: Castaways is on the Survivor end of the spectrum, the latest reality competition from Alone showrunner Grant Kahler, in which 12 contestants are stranded separately in Indonesia and told that they’re not alone, but not told where their fellow castaways are located or when they’ll be rescued. And then there’s Wrecked, which kicks off its third season of splitting the difference between Lost and Gilligan’s Island by tossing a little Most Dangerous Game into the mix. If only the casts of Castaway and Wrecked knew one another were out there—maybe their shared ordeal would seem a little less lonely.


Regular coverage

The 100 (The CW, 8 p.m.): season finale
The Bold Type (Freeform, 8 p.m.): season finale

Wild card

Face Off (Syfy, 9 p.m.): After 13 seasons, the special-effects makeup competition concludes. Perhaps the Face Off all-star who takes home tonight’s crown can create a benevolent, all-powerful angel executive who has the power to reverse Syfy’s decision to end the series.


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Erik Adams

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