TV best bets with Agatha Christie, ‘Bates Motel,’ ‘Naked and Afraid,’ ‘Underground’

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OF KINGS AND PROPHETS - An epic biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of the battle-weary King Saul, the resentful prophet Samuel and the resourceful young shepherd David - all on a collision course with destiny that will change the world. (ABC/Trevor Adeline) RAY WINSTONE

OF KINGS AND PROPHETS – An epic biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of the battle-weary King Saul, the resentful prophet Samuel and the resourceful young shepherd David – all on a collision course with destiny that will change the world. (ABC/Trevor Adeline)
RAY WINSTONE

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Sunday, March 6, 2016

There are some intriguing new shows coming up this week, including a WGN series about the Underground Railroad fictionally set in Georgia, a violent Bible series on ABC and a reality series where seven people voluntarily spend 60 days in a prison to ferret out abuse.

ABC’s “Of Kings and Prophets” shows up Tuesday. “Underground” on WGN debuts Wednesday. And on Thursday, A&E’s “60 Days In” arrives.

Lifetime is also throwing out an Agatha Christie miniseries Sunday called “And Then There Were None.”

Some older series return such as the fourth season of A&E’s “Bates Motel” and Logo’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” for an eighth season, both on Monday. USA’s Atlanta-based “Chrisley Knows Best” comes back for a fourth season Tuesday. Amazon Prime brings back ‘Bosch” for a second season Friday. Discovery’s ‘Naked and Afraid” comes back for a sixth season Sunday.

Two shows hit 100 episodes: Fox’s “New Girl” Tuesday and NBC’s “Grimm” Friday.

And Nickelodeon offers its kid-friendly take on “School of Rock” Saturday after the Kids’ Choice Awards.

Part-time Atlantan Steve Harvey, as if he isn’t busy enough, hosts a new NBC show Sunday called “Little Big Shots” featuring kids with massive talent.

This covers Monday, March 7 through Sunday, March 13, 2016.

MONDAY

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC —The rejected women talk about Ben.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox — Penguin meets Hugo Strange.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC— Two metro Atlantans made the cut last week: Nick Hagelin and Angie Keilhauer.

“Bates Motel” 9 p.m. A&E (fourth season debut)— Norma searches for Norman.

“Major Crimes” 9 p.m. TNT — Additional information flows in about victims from the past and their ties to present murders.

RuPaul’s Drag Race” 9 p.m. Logo (eighth season debut) — The former Atlantan seeks the next great drag queen.

“Lucifer” 9:01 p.m. Fox — An unlikely ally helps Lucipher find the contents of his stolen container.

“Blindspot” 10 p.m. NBC — A discovery in the Black Sea is made thanks to one of Jane’s tattoos.

“Better Call Saul” 10 p.m. AMC — Jimmy’s actions unexpectedly create waves for Kim.

“Damien” 10 p.m. A&E (new series) — Acclaimed war photographer Damien Thorn realizes he is the Antichrist following a traumatic event while on assignment.

“Castle” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Castle returns to Los Angeles in search of info about the missing time related to his abduction.

TUESDAY

“Finding Your Roots” 8 p.m. GPB (third season finale) — Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow, whose families share a history of tragic deaths that helped shape future generations.

Fresh Off the Boat” 8 p.m. ABC — The network gave this show a third season last week. Jessica encourages Louis to find friends of his own.

New Girl” 8 p.m. Fox (100th episode) — Jess returns from jury duty and tries to uncover the real identity of a juror sequestered with her.

“Rizzoli & Isles” 9 p.m. TNT — The team scrambles to crack a murder case with explosive consequences.

“The Grinder” 9:30 p.m. Fox — Dean is asked to film a spinoff of his “The Grinder” TV series that will provide closure for his popular role.

“Teen Wolf” 9 p.m. MTV (fifth season finale) — Scott and his friends try to stop the Beast before Beacon Hills is razed to the ground.

“American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” 10 p.m. FX — Marcia Clark faces public scrutiny for her appearance.

“Chrisley Knows Best” 10 p.m. USA (fourth season debut) — Todd plans a party to celebrate Savannah’s being crowned Miss Tennessee Teen USA. (She is going to college in Tennessee.)

“Separation Anxiety” 10 p.m. TBS (new series) — Iliza Shlesinger hosts what seems like a basic low-budget “Newlywed Game” but the stakes are much higher.

“Of Kings and Prophets” 10 p.m. ABC (new series)  — A bloody, bawdy serial about the Old Testament.

WEDNESDAY

“Rosewood” 8 p.m. Fox — Villa must pick a new partner, but instantly butts heads with the person assigned to her.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS Brutal heat and dehydration cause one castaway to be medically evacuated from the game.

“The Victoria Secret’s Swim Special” 9 p.m. CBS — A not-very-subtle play to men’s shallowest desires.

“Hell’s Kitchen” 9 p.m. Fox — Two contestants swap teams prior to a challenge.

“American Crime” 10 p.m. ABC (second season finale)  — Sebastian is blindsided when he learns that someone else is releasing damaging information about Leyland families.

“Underground” 10 p.m. WGN (new series)  — An historical drama partly set in Georgia about the Underground Railroad. (Reminder to Porsha Williams: not a real railroad.)

“The Carmichael Show” 10 p.m. NBC (second season debut)  — Cheating and consequences are discussed by the family when Cynthia sees her friend’s husband with another woman.

“Younger” 10 p.m. TV Land — Liza joins an assistants’ networking group where she learns more than she wants to about Thad.

THURSDAY

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — Two more are cut with famous “Idol” songs in the past.

“The Big Bang Theory 8 p.m. CBS — Howard, Sheldon and Leonard seek a patent for their infinite persistence gyroscope.

“Grey’s Anatomy 8 p.m. ABC — Several of the doctors visit a military hospital to perform a risky operation on a veteran

“60 Days In 9 p.m. A&E (new series) — Sheriff Jamey Noel sends seven volunteer civilians into jail to serve as undercover inmates.

Scandal 9 p.m. ABC — Some Secret Service agents get into trouble and seek help from Olivia’s team.

Top Chef 9 p.m. Bravo — The chefs land in Las Vegas and participate in a high-stakes challenge of cards and cuisine.

Mom 9:01 p.m. CBS — Bonnie has suspicions that Christy still has feelings for her former husband.

Colony 10 p.m. USA — Will wants his family out from under the occupation.

Elementary 10 p.m. CBS — Holmes and Watson investigate the bizarre death of Henry Baskerville’s brother.

How To Get Away With Murder 10 p.m. ABC — The Keating 5 are questioned by an assistant DA about the night Emily Sinclair died.

Shades of Blue 10:01 p.m. NBC — Harlee and Wozniak learn more about the big score.

FRIDAY

“Bosch” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (second season debut) — Season two will be drawn from Connelly’s bestselling novels “Trunk Music” and “The Drop.”

“Sleepy Hollow” 8 p.m. Fox  An FBI team-building day tests Abbie and Sophie’s survival skills when they confront a monster that could expose them to Reynolds.

“The Amazing Race” 8 p.m. CBS The race continues in Chamonix, France.

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. ABC Mike builds a shed for Vanessa in the yard after she takes over too much space in the house.

“Shark Tank” 8 p.m. ABc Products include a motion-activated toilet light.

Grimm” 9 p.m. NBC (100th episode)  Nick and Monroe find trouble in Germany after discovering a treasure that has been hidden for centuries.

Hawaii Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS Five-0 hunts a Russian spy who stole a flash drive containing classified NSA information that puts one of their own at risk.

Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS Jaime and Danny clash over how to deal with a brash rookie cop who is the son of Danny’s pal.

WEEKEND

“The 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards” 8 p.m. Saturday Nickelodeon— Blake Shelton hosts.

School of Rock” 9:30 p.m. Saturday Nickelodeon (new series) — The Jack Black movie is converted into a Nickelodeon sitcom.

Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Ariana Grande hosts.

Little Big Shots 8 p.m. Sunday NBC (new series) — Young prodigies impress Steve Harvey.

“And Then There Were None” 8 p.m. Sunday Lifetime (miniseries) — In this Agatha Christie-based miniseries, ten people are drawn to a beautiful island and then picks them off one by one.

The Family 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — An FBI agent joins the investigation.

Vinyl 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Richie visits a close relative in order to leverage a favor to his advantage.

The Walking Dead 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — AMC is so secretive about spoilers, the network isn’t even releasing a descriptive a week in advance.

Girls 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — Hanna and Fran disagree about their teaching methods.

Life or Debt 10 p.m. Sunday Spike (new series) — Atlanta financial advisor Victor Antonio helps people get out of debt.

Naked and Afraid 10 p.m. Sunday Discovery (sixth season debut)  — More bug bites where the sun don’t shine.

“Quantico 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — The agent wannabes try to source info from confidential informants.


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