TV picks for Aug. 10-14: 'Legends,' Shark Week, local chef on 'King of Cones,' 'Last Comic Standing'

  • Updated: August 9, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Sean Bean in “Legends.”

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I spy

Sean Bean, who literally lost his head in “Game of Thrones,” is less than regal in “Legends,” the latest espionage series from Howard Gordon (“24,” “Homeland”). He plays an undercover agent with the knack of slipping into personae the way Daniel Day-Lewis does in preparing for a role. At the same time, he’s unclear about his true identity. Good thing for his libido that he can mull over the problem in the company of incredibly gorgeous colleagues, one of whom quickly goes undercover as a stripper to pass him some information. Aside from a few such gratuitous moments, this has the promise of being an engaging spy game. 8 p.m. Wednesday, TNT

You’re gonna need a bigger boat

Someday I hope TV executives follow their hearts and turn “Shark Week” into a marathon screening of the James Woods courtroom drama. Until then, we’ll have to endure 13 new lowbrow specials, starting off with “Air Jaws: Fin of Fury,” in which explorers go looking for Colossus the Megashark, which was last spotted a decade ago pumping gas somewhere in Alabama. 7 p.m. Sunday, Discovery

I scream, you scream

Local pastry chef Ben Spangler makes his TV debut on “King of Cones” as he battles to prove that he can freeze out competitors trying to make the best ice cream dessert. Does Spangler deserve to come out on top? Judge for yourself by coming out to his home base, Zelo in downtown Minneapolis, where you can watch the show while the chef hands out free samples. 7 p.m. Monday, Food Network

The unknown comic

One of the biggest head scratchers in comedy today is why international star Russell Peters hasn’t blown up in America. Maybe his gig as a judge on “Last Comic Standing,” which wraps up its season, will change all that. In addition to crowning a champion, Peters and Roseanne Barr will perform. 8 p.m. Thursday, KARE, Ch. 11

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