TV best bets with ‘Fear the Walking Dead,’ ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,’ ‘Outlander,’ ‘American Idol’ series finale’

Bravo brings back "Fear the Walking Dead," which will spend much of its time on the sea. CREDIT: AMC

Bravo brings back “Fear the Walking Dead,” which will spend much of its time on the sea. CREDIT: AMC

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally Sunday, April 3, 2016

A milestone show “American Idol” ends its 15-season run Thursday – at least until someone decides to bring it back in a few years.

Showtime returns with “Outlander” Saturday and AMC brings back spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead” Sunday.

And VH1’s most popular show “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” enters its fifth season Monday night. (Preview here.)

This covers Monday, April 4 through Sunday, April 10.

MONDAY

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC —Dancers honor their most memorable year.

“Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” 8 p.m. VH1 (fifth season debut) — K. Michelle returns.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — Three metro Atlantans are already gone: Angie Keilhauer, Peyton Parker and Nick Hagelin. Only Jessica Crosbie remains.

“Southern Charm” 9 p.m. Bravo (third season debut) — Craig returns to Charleston.

“Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” 9 p.m. HBO — This documentary profiles iconic and controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

“Better Call Saul” 10 p.m. AMC — Mike is determined to settle the score with a dangerous adversary.

“Damien” 10 p.m. A&E — Damien and Rutledge hinder Shay’s investigation.Damien is led to a dark place by a surprising connection with a war veteran.

“Blindspot” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Chemical weapons are stolen from an armored truck.

“Castle” 10:01 p.m. ABC — One of Esposito’s old cases is reexamined by Castle and Beckett because of a clue left at a crime scene involving an armored-car driver’s murder.

TUESDAY

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8 p.m. ABC — Melrose Place” fan Jessica, who’s beside herself when the season comes to a close, fills her need for drama by becoming a snoop.

American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — A historical retrospective of “Idol.”

Black Girls Rock” 8 p.m. BET— The achievements of women of color are honored.

NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Tony’s identity is stolen by multiple perpetrators who then start blackmailing senators.

America’s Greatest Makers” 9 p.m. TBS (new series) — Twelve maker teams from across the U.S. present their inventions in the series premiere of this reality-competition show about tech wizards battling to create game-changing technology.

Chicago Med” 9 p.m. NBC — A husband makes a request following his wife’s death.

NCIS: New Orleans” 9 p.m. CBS — The team investigates the murder of a Navy lieutenant during a second-line funeral procession.

“American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” 10 p.m. FX (first season finale) — The prosecution and defense make their closing statements; the jurors deliberate; and the verdict is given.

Chicago Fire” 10 p.m. NBC — Sylvie witnesses a murder and is threatened by the shooter not to go to the police.

“Limitless” 10 p.m. CBS — Rebecca wants justice after learning the truth about her father’s death.
WEDNESDAY

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox —The top 3 perform.

“Heartbeat” 8 p.m. NBC Alex and Pierce are at odds about whether the hospital should provide an experimental treatment for patients with advanced-stage cancer.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS Will someone else drop medically?

“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” 9 p.m. CBS — The team travels to Japan to assist local law enforcement in investigating homicides made to look like suicides.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Manny and Luke babysit Lily.

“Empire” 9 p.m. Fox — Camilla digs her claws deeper into Hakeem.

“The Americans” 10 p.m. FX — Nina puts her life on the line back in Russia.

“Lopez” 10 p.m. TVLand  — George goes on a date with a dog rescue volunteer after adopting a rescue dog.

“Nashville” 10 p.m. ABC — Juliette returns to town after getting treatment for postpartum depression

THURSDAY

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox (series finale)  — Dozens of former “Idols” appear as Ryan Seacrest names the 15th and final winner.

“The Big Bang Theory 8 p.m. CBS — A weekend getaway to a cabin takes a troublesome turn when Sheldon reveals a secret about Leonard.

“Grey’s Anatomy 8 p.m. ABC — Meredith discovers why Owen is so hostile towards Nathan.

Scandal 9 p.m. ABC — Backstabbing abounds as election season heats up.

The Eighties 9 p.m. CNN — The AIDS crisis.

The Blacklist 9 p.m. NBC — Thieves target a tactical nuclear weapon

Mom 9:01 p.m. CBS — Christy lands a job as Jill’s personal assistant when the restaurant closes for renovations.

Archer 10 p.m. FX — Archer and Lana make a handoff while the others listen to the best voicemail ever.

The Catch 10 p.m. ABC — Ben targets a princess in his new real-estate-investment scheme.

Vikings 10 p.m. History — Ragnar’s leadership is called into question after their defeat,

FRIDAY

“Catastrophe” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (second season debut) — We rejoin the now married Sharon and Rob who are struggling to stay in love-and lust.

“The Amazing Race” 8 p.m. CBS  The race continues in Tbilisi, Georgia.

“Sleepy Hollow” 8 p.m. Fox (third season finale) The completion of Pandora’s box becomes apparent to Abbie and Ichabod after they make a surprising discovery.

“Hell’s Kitchen” 9 p.m. Fox The six remaining chefs receive surprise visits from their loved ones.

“Hawaii Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS A mob boss from a case Grover worked 15 years ago seeks revenge and forces Grover to take his family on the run.

Grimm” 9 p.m. NBC An Evangelical minister attracts more “true believers” to his tent revival with the power of his Wesen identity.

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. ABC Two guys claim to have a cure for people who are addicted to their cell phones.

“Banshee” 10 p.m. Cinemax  Carrie turns vigilante, while Brock suspects Lucas in the serial killings.

“Wynonna Earp: Purgatory” 10 p.m. Syfy Wynonna attracts some unwanted attention after returning to Purgatory.

WEEKEND

“The Cheerleader Murders” 8  p.m. Saturday Lifetime — A high-school student whose father and sister were recently murdered begins her own investigation after two of her fellow cheerleaders are kidnapped.

“Nothing Left Unsaid” 9 p.m. Saturday HBO This documentary explores the relationship between Gloria Vanderbilt and her son Anderson Cooper.

“Outlander” 9 p.m. Saturday Starz (second season debut) — Jamie and Claire arrive in France, where they hope to infiltrate the Jacobite rebellion and put a stop to the Battle of Culloden.

“Tiny House Nation” 9 tonight fyi An Atlanta couple is featured.

“Saturday Night Live 11:29 tonight NBC Russell Crowe hosts.

The Girlfriend Experience 8 p.m. Sunday Starz (new series) — Series premiere of a drama that chronicles the lives of female escorts and their clients, which is not all about the sex.

2016 MTV Movie Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday MTV — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart host.

House of Lies 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (fifth season debut) — Marty is back on top and navigating the hazards of co-parenting with Jeannie.

Story of God With Morgan Freeman” 9 p.m. Sunday NGC — Examining how various faith traditions consider the End of Days.

Vinyl 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — The Buck Rogers murder case creates a dangerous dilemma for Richie.

Fear the Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC (second season debut) — The families flee a burning Los Angeles on Strand’s yacht.

Dice” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (new series) — Comedian Andrew Dice Clay tries to resurrect his career in this semi-autobiographical comedy series

“Billions 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime (first season debut) — Chuck searches for Axe, which results in an explosive confrontation.

“Elementary 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — Holmes and Watson investigate a woman’s murder and learn her death is linked to a piece of artwork that has ties to a crime that was committed when she was in college.

“Quantico 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — The trainees learn about human trafficking when they’re assigned to cross the U.S.-Canadian border without passports.


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