It's a ghost movie. It's a shark movie. It's "Ghost Shark" (9 p.m., Syfy, TV-14)! And that's about the most sense you can make of this new Z-movie hoot from the network that brought you "Sharknado" and all of its attendant social media and hype. On one level, "Ghost Shark" borrows liberally from "Jaws." There is a minor subplot about small town leaders trying to play down a shark attack during tourist season.
On another level, "Ghost Shark" borrows from every vengeful ghost movie ever made.
It then replays the genre by becoming really ridiculous in a real hurry.
After a crude fisherman and his rowdy daughter blow a great white shark to bits, a monster, shown only as translucent fins, takes bloody vengeance. Then the spectral shark attacks a crowded beach and nearly kills the mayor's son and his obese buddy.
Most of "Ghost Shark" concerns shapely teens in bikinis getting increasingly worried as their friends are devoured. And this ghost shark doesn't limit himself (or herself) to salt water. There's nothing like a translucent killing machine to break up a teen pool party!
Like a lot of odd movies, "Ghost Shark" plays up the vast gulf between self-absorbed youth and their creepy elders.
The city's dark secrets are held by a voyeuristic lighthouse keeper, who maintains some kind of occult shrine on his beachfront property. And the town's sheriff (Thomas Francis Murphy) compounds his incompetence and cluelessness with the most unruly eyebrows on television. They might be the most terrifying thing in "Ghost Shark."
Viewers in search of land-based terrors might consider "I Survived a Serial Killer" (9 p.m., E!, TV-14), a documentary special offering first-person
accounts of near misses with gruesome maniacs as well as corroborating interviews with law enforcement officials. "Co- Ed Nightmares" (10 p.m., E!, TV-14) follows. Just the thing to watch while packing your suitcases for the fall semester!
---A nightmare of a very different stripe unfolds on "Preg nant Behind Bars" (10 p.m., Discovery Fit & Health, TV-14).
---A boxer is slain in his own gym on "Motive" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---The contestants go camping, but never roughing it, on "Project Runway" (9 p.m., Lifetime, TV-PG).
---South of the border on "Burn Notice" (9 p.m., USA, TV-PG).
---A British crook pursues Sherlock on "Elementary" (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
---Jane Lynch hosts former cast members of "The Office" on
"Hollywood Game Night" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---A drug bust turns fatal on "Rookie Blue" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---Charlie uncovers Briggs' secret on "Graceland" (10 p.m., USA, TV-14).
Pals (Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, John Cazale and Meryl Streep) from a steel town bear the scars of Vietnam in the 1978 drama "The Deer Hunter" (8 p.m., SHO2). Cazale, 42, died before this film was finished and appeared only in five movies. Every one was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
---The regionals put an emphasis on chasing dreams on "Glee" (8 p.m. Fox, r, TV-14).
---Koothrappali becomes a recluse on "The Big Bang Theory" (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG).
---Elena's attitude causes concern on "The Vampire Diaries" (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-14).
---Too much fun on "Two and a Half Men" (8:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
---Aubrey Plaza guest stars on "Hollywood Game Night" (9 p.m., NBC, r, TV-PG).
---Nick and Schmidt become rivals on "New Girl" (9 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14).
---Chloe Sevigny guest stars on "The Mindy Project" (9:30 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14).
---Neal Thompson is on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m., Comedy Central, r).
---Ed Helms, Alice Eve and the cast of "Workaholics" appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS, r).
---Chris Franjola, Sarah Colonna and Nico Santos are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---Robin Thicke performs on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central, r).
---Serena Williams, Sean Donnelly and MGMT appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes Kristin Chenoweth and Josh Gad on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC, r).
---Jason Sudeikis, Amber Heard and Mayer Hawthorne appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC, r).
---Ryan Reynolds, Bob Saget, Fall Out Boy and Michael Winslow visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC, r).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Hugh Dancy and Margaret Cho on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS, r).
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