TV picks: Tuesday, Aug. 21
REALITY. This very cool special-effects makeup competition sure knows its audience, doubling up on the geek factor for tonight’s premiere. “Lord of the Rings” star Sean Astin guest stars in an episode that tasks the new crop of artists with creating an alien inspired by the famous “Star Wars” cantina scene.
Season premiere, 9 p.m., Syfy
“Do Something Awards”
SPECIAL. The guys from “New Girl” honor young people making a difference in their communities, as opposed to the rest of us sitting on the couch watching other people save the world.
9 p.m., VH1
“Our America with Lisa Ling”
REALITY. Host Lisa Ling explores — er, investigates — the lifestyle of couples who are swingers.
10 p.m., OWN
DRAMA. Neal trades his fedora for a pirate hat (we hope!) when he follows Mozzie on the hunt for hidden treasure.
9 p.m., USA