TV picks for Wednesday, Aug. 2
“MasterChef” (8 p.m., Fox): The kitchen gets transformed into a full dining room to welcome purveyors of local ingredients, including butchers, vegetable farmers, beekeepers and herb growers, when the contestants split up for a team challenge using their guests’ products. Later, the losing team must prepare cannoli as part of a pressure test.
“The Carmichael Show” (9 p.m., NBC): When Bobby (Lil Rel Howery) suffers an on-the-job injury that spurs him to want to go to college, Maxine (Amber Stevens West) defends his decision to the disapproving Carmichaels but struggles herself once he declares what career he’d like to pursue.
“The Sinner” (10 p.m., USA): Jessica Biel, who once starred in “7th Heaven,” embraces hell in this unnerving eight-part miniseries. She plays a shy young mother who, when overcome by a sudden fit of rage, commits a startling act of violence and — to her horror — has no idea why. Her inexplicable behavior launches an offbeat crime thriller in which the central mystery isn’t who, or how, but why. Bill Pullman plays a police detective who tries to make sense of her actions.
“Baroness von Sketch Show” (10 p.m., IFC): This new offbeat sketch comedy series celebrates the absurd, mines the embarrassing and satirizes modern everyday life. The show, with its all-female cast, is performed and written by Meredith MacNeill and award-winning Second City alumni Carolyn Taylor, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen.
“The Lowe Files” (10 p.m., A&E): Rob Lowe has yet another TV gig — and this time he’s bringing along some family members. In this unscripted series, he and his two…
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