TV best bets with ‘NCIS’s’ 300th episode, ‘The Passion,’ return of ‘The Americans’

"Scope" -- The NCIS team re-examines an ambush on a group of Special Ops snipers in Iraq after an American couple is attacked in the same area six months later. When Gibbs discovers he needs the account of the lone survivor, Marine Gunnery Sergeant Aaron Davis (Taye Diggs), he tries to connect with the wounded warrior who is being treated for PTSS at Walter Reed Medical Center, on the 300th episode of NCIS, Tuesday, March 15 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Pauley Perrette and Brian Dietzen Photo: Jace Downs/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

“Scope” — The NCIS team re-examines an ambush on a group of Special Ops snipers in Iraq after an American couple is attacked in the same area six months later. When Gibbs discovers he needs the account of the lone survivor, Marine Gunnery Sergeant Aaron Davis (Taye Diggs), he tries to connect with the wounded warrior who is being treated for PTSS at Walter Reed Medical Center, on the 300th episode of NCIS, Tuesday, March 15 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Pauley Perrette and Brian Dietzen Photo: Jace Downs/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Monday, March 15, 2016

This week is all about veteran shows.

ABC’s “The Bachelor” concludes its 20th season Monday, followed by Bravo’s 13th “Top Chef” Thursday. MTV’s “The Real World” opens its astounding 31st season Thursday.

And CBS’s “NCIS” Tuesday hits the magic 300-episode mark, which only a handful of dramas have reached.

FX’s acclaimed “The Americans” returns Wednesday night while a “Criminal Minds” spin-off is introduced the same night on CBS.

And on Sunday, Tyler Perry narrates a big-time live take on Jesus’ final hours in Fox’s “The Passion” with the likes of Seal, Chris Daughtry and Prince Royce in singing roles.

MONDAY

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC (20th season finale) —Ben struggles to choose between JoJo and Lauren.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox — Alfred and Selina help Bruce try to find his parents’ killer.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC— Battle rounds begin.

“Supergirl” 8 p.m. CBS — Kara has a major personality change after being exposed to Red Kryptonite.

“And There Were None” 9 p.m. Lifetime (miniseries finale)  — The guests on Soldier Island continue to die according to the rules of a nursery rhyme and must determine who amongst them is the murderer before they lose their minds.

“Bates Motel” 9 p.m. A&E — Norma and Norman face off as they suspect each other of horrible actions.

“Major Crimes” 9 p.m. TNT (fourth season finale) — A video wire elicits admissions, as seven murders are tied together.

“Scorpion” 9 p.m. CBS — After Los Angeles’ blood supply gets hacked and is deemed unusable, the team must find the perpetrator in order to save the life of a young girl in need of a heart transplant.

“Lucifer” 9:01 p.m. Fox — Lucifer and Chloe recruit Dr. Linda to investigate the murder of a therapist.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” 9:59 p.m. CBS — A convicted Cuban spy escapes U.S. custody just before he is set to return to his country in a prisoner exchange.

“Better Call Saul” 10 p.m. AMC — Jimmy becomes frustrated with his restrictive work environment.

“Damien” 10 p.m. A&E — Damien becomes a target for several conspiracies, leading Detective Shay to interrogate him.

“Blindspot” 10:01 p.m. NBC — The team must uncover a mole in the FBI while being scrutinized by an inspector.

TUESDAY

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8 p.m. ABC — Louis discovers the demands of being a stay-at-home parent after an accident sidelines him from work.

Pretty Little Liars” 8 p.m. Freeform (sixth season finale) — Ezra completes his book and old feelings between him and Aria resurface.

NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS (300th episode) — Other dramas to reach 300 episodes: “Law & Order,” “Gunsmoke,” “Bonanza,” “CSI,” “ER.”

“Rizzoli & Isles” 9 p.m. TNT (sixth season finale) — A state trooper is killed in Maine and the getaway car has ties to the mastermind of attacks on Jane.

“The Haves and the Have Notes” 9 p.m. OWN (second season finale) — Warlock has second thoughts about his deal.

“The Grinder” 9:30 p.m. Fox — Dean loses his ability to grind after therapy.

“American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” 10 p.m. FX — Conspiracy theories surface and the prosecution discusses having O.J. Simpson try on the gloves in court.

“Chrisley Knows Best” 10 p.m. USA — Chase gets a tattoo of a Bible verse, which doesn’t go over well with Todd.

“Crowded” 10 p.m. NBC (new series) — hea and Stella upend their parents’ plans when they move back home after college.

“Faking It” 10 p.m. MTV (third season finale) — Amy returns to Austin and is surprised by changes in Karma; and Liam is jealous of Shane’s new friendship.

WEDNESDAY

“Rosewood” 8 p.m. Fox — VVilla gets a new partner, with whom she shares a past.

“Mob Wives: The Final Sitdown” 8 p.m. VH1 Say goodbye to the late great Big Ang.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS The castaways drop their buffs and switch tribes, which leaves one player feeling alone following the move.

“Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS — The BAU searches in Wichita for an UnSub who is abducting children while their parents sleep.

“Family Therapy With Dr. Jenn” 9 p.m. VH1 (new series) — Dina and Michael Lohan (but not Lindsay) are among the semi-famous families.

“Hell’s Kitchen” 9 p.m. Fox — The nine remaining chefs take part in a breakfast challenge.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Phil has a new client whom he tries to hide from his wife because she’s attractive.

“The Americans” 10 p.m. FX (fourth season debut) — Philip and Elizabeth face the fallout from their previous actions.

“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” 10 p.m. CBS (new series) — The International Division of the FBI investigates cases involving Americans abroad.

“Little Women Atlanta” 10 p.m. Lifetime (first season finale) — Minnie throws a party to reveal the results of a paternity test that could determine her father’s identity.

“Nashville” 10 p.m. ABC — Paparazzi ambush Deacon and Rayna at their rehearsal dinner.

“Younger” 10 p.m. TV Land — Empirical welcomes its biggest author and Liza tries to convince Thad to tell Kelsey the truth.

THURSDAY

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — Two six perform.

“Grey’s Anatomy 8 p.m. ABC — Richard swaps pairings among the residents and attendings, baffling everyone.

Scandal 9 p.m. ABC — Olivia’s team persevere without her as she focuses on spying on Jake.

Top Chef 9 p.m. Bravo (13th season finale) — Amar vs. Jeremy. There is no favorite this year.

Colony 10 p.m. USA (first season finale) — The Resistance kidnaps a high-value target; and the L.A. bloc is placed on lockdown.

How To Get Away With Murder 10 p.m. ABC (second season finale) — Annalise is feeling the pressure from the chaos surrounding her.

Shades of Blue 10:01 p.m. NBC — Harlee attempts to negotiate immunity for the crew on the day of the heist.

The Real World 10 p.m. MTV (31st season debut) — A wild first day results in sexual tension between Dione and two female roommates.

FRIDAY

“Marvel’s Daredevil” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut) Just when Matt thinks he is bringing order back to the city, new forces are rising in Hell’s Kitchen.

“Sleepy Hollow” 8 p.m. Fox  A surprise supernatural event forces Abby and Ichabod to ally themselves with their natural enemies.

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. ABC Mike meets with an ex-girlfriend who’s a now famous rock climber and asks her to sell her line of gear at Outdoor Man.

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. ABC Two beer enthusiasts from Pittsburgh believe they have come up with the second-best invention of all time.

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

WEEKEND

“Mommy’s Little Girl” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — An 11-year-old girl that was raised in the remote countryside by her controlling grandparents is reunited with her mother, and she’s determined not to let anyone stand in the way of her newfound happiness.

Little Big Shots 8 p.m. Sunday NBC — Two New Orleans twins who play in a brass band, a dancer and gymnast, an auctioneer and a 3-year-old ninja practitioner.

The Passion 8 p.m. Sunday Fox — Tyler Perry narrates a live version of Jesus’ final hours set in modern-day New Orleans.

The Family 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Meyer and Clements hunt a child kidnapper whose M.O. is similar to Adam’s abductor.

The Good Wife” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS — Diane, Cary and Lucca defend the grieving father of a shooting victim in a defamation suit over a billboard he put up describing a gun store owner as a murderer.

Shameless 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Sean officially moves into the Gallagher house.

Vinyl 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Devon retreats to safety among old friends at the Chelsea Hotel as Richie continues to descend into a lifestyle of debauchery.

The Walking Dead 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Rick and his crew think they’ve negated the Negan threat. Nope.

Girls 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — Hannah goes away with her mom.

“Elementary 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a man who secretly fought crime dressed as a comic book superhero

“Quantico 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — The recruits take defensive driving lessons.


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