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Worth Watching: 'Coroner,' 'Big Brother' moves in, MTV's 'True Life' quarantine stories
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Worth Watching: 'Coroner,' 'Big Brother' moves in, MTV's 'True Life' quarantine stories

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Worth Watching: 'Coroner,' 'Big Brother' Moves In, MTV's 'True Life' Quarantine Stories

The summer reality hit BIG BROTHER will debut its 22nd season with an All-Star cast who have one thing in common -- they all have something to prove. The two-hour live move-in premiere event will air Wednesday, August 5 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. This summer marks BIG BROTHER\'s 20th anniversary since debuting on CBS Television Network on July 5, 2000. Season 22 is the second time in the series\' history to feature an All-Star cast, the first being in 2006. Julie Chen Moonves - host. Photo: CBS @2020 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

A selective critical checklist of notable Wednesday TV:

Coroner (9/8c, The CW): As U.S. networks continue to raid the coffers of Canadian and overseas networks in search of fresh content, this CBC procedural stars Serinda Swan (Ballers) as Dr. Jenny Cooper, who changes careers from ER physician to Toronto coroner after the sudden death of her husband. (He didn't just leave her a single mom to a broken teen, he left her broke.) Facing condescension from a veteran pathologist — "How can you have instincts when you don't know anything? They're called guesses." — Dr. Cooper follows her gut in the premiere to prove that the Romeo and Juliet-like deaths of two inmates of a teen detention center weren't suicides. All while battling grief, anxiety and troubling visions of a mysterious black dog.

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Plus, 'Tell Me a Story' on The CW, Fox's 'Cosmos: Possible Worlds' and more.

Big Brother (9/8c, CBS): Quarantine will never be the same. Marking the reality show's 20th anniversary and 22nd season, Big Brother gathers its second all-star (loosely speaking) cast of veterans for a two-hour live move-in premiere. (Episodes will also air Thursdays and Sundays.) Julie Chen Moonves hosts as the show adapts to rigorous health and safety protocols, including weekly testing. (Did they consider personality tests as well?)

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Go inside this year's abode with a special sneak peek.

True Life Presents: Quarantine Stories (9/8c, MTV): The verité docuseries returns with a four-part look at how young people's relationships and lives have been disrupted and upended by the lockdown during the pandemic. The premiere, "Stuck in a Crowded House," follows a senior NCAA basketball player nearing graduation and a couple expecting a child who are forced by circumstance to move in with their families. (Preceded by a new season of MTV's Catfish at 8/7c, the first produced virtually, reflecting how people are going online even more to find connection during a time of social distancing.)

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Turns out, when you turn cameras on contestants trapped together 24/7, you glimpse humanity at its worst.

Inside Wednesday TV: Comedy veteran Sam McMurray (The King of Queens) guests on ABC's United We Fall (8/7c) as the first husband of grandma Sandy (Jane Curtin), and he's apparently still dear to her heart as she confesses while under the influence of post-colonoscopy drugs… CBS's Tough as Nails (8/7c) sends its hard-working contestants to a lineman-training academy, where one of the crew faces a fear of heights while rescuing someone stranded atop a pole… Lifetime's Marrying Millions (10/9c) is back for a second season, with financially imbalanced couples hoping to learn if love really is their bottom line.

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