This Week on TV: Muppets, bears, fast cars, kilts and teen heroines

This week features some first-rate family entertainment, including the return of everyone’s favorite muppets. Teens should find check out “Divergent,” while action aficionados can fuel their tanks with “Need for Speed.” Finally, fans of prestigious television projects can tune into “Outlands” and “The Knick.”

New this week on Movies on Demand

NeedForSpeedNeed for Speed
Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul stars a man framed for a murder he didn’t commit. Fresh out of prison, he joins a secret cross-country race with revenge on his mind. The story is nothing special, but the action is first-rate with plenty of car crashes, explosions and thrills. Available August 5.

Oculus
“Oculus” is a clever, creepy and satisfying supernatural thriller. It’s a perfect film for horror fans who prefer their scares to be measured and stylish. Available August 5.

divergentDivergent
Shailene Woodley stars in this adaptation of the popular teen novel. The film is set in a futuristic dystopia, where a young woman finds that her unique talents could lead to her death. The film may seem like “Hunger Games”-lite, but Woodley, as the smart, spunky heroine, makes it worthwhile. Available August 5.

Bears
Disney strikes again with another winning nature film. Set against the Alaskan wilderness, the movie follows a family of bears over the course of a year. A wonderful film that’s perfect for the entire family. Available August 12.

muppets-most-wantedMuppets Most Wanted
It may not reach the heights of 2011’s “The Muppets,” but this new film has lots of charm, laughs and joy. Join Kermit and the gang as they get involved in a jewel-heist caper while in Europe. Available August 12.

TV Highlights

Longmire
The gritty crime drama wraps up third season. Monday, August 4, A&E.

Outlander 2014Outlander
This new series is based on the popular series by Diana Gabaldon. “Outlander” is a whirlwind of fantasy, romance, adventure and historical fiction set in Scotland. Saturday, August 9, STARZ

Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Atlanta Falcons
HBO’s inside look at life in an NFL training camp returns. This year, “Hard Knocks” tracks the victories and defeats of the Atlanta Falcon players and coaches. Tuesday, August 5, HBO.

CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock
Country music fans will love this ‘best of’ from June’s CMA Music Festival. Expect performances from Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, the Band Perry, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Tuesday, August 5, ABC.

7 Deadly Sins
Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock gives us a modern day interpretation (think a bit weird and a bit comical) of the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. Thursday, August 7, Showtime.

the-knickThe Knick
Academy Award winning film maker Steven Soderbergh teams with actor Clive Owen to turn the medical drama upside down with this 10-part mini-series. Owen is an arrogant, cocaine-addicted doctor at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital circa 1900. Friday, August 8, Cinemax.

About Matthew Breen

Based in Colorado, but from Madison, Wisconsin, Matt likes to blog about travel, auto, gadgets, food and entrainment. Follow author Matt Breen on Google + or read his recent stories on Pursuitist.

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