TV best bets with ‘Mr. Robot,’ VH1 Hip Hop Honors, ‘Alone,’ ‘Power,’ ESPYs

MR. ROBOT -- "eps2.0_unmasking.zip" Episode 201 -- Pictured: Rami Malek as Eliot Alderson -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/USA Network)

MR. ROBOT — Episode 201 — Pictured: Rami Malek as Eliot Alderson — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/USA Network)

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Sunday, July 10, 2016

One of the most acclaimed summer series of 2015 is back on USA Network “Mr. Robot.” It returns Wednesday. Reviews continue to be positive.

This show represents the edgier fare the network is trying to cart out. Symbolically, “Royal Pains” – a more lighthearted romp of a drama – ended its series run last week.

History’s powerhouse reality show – won last year by Blairsville’s Alan Kay – is even more brutal season two with the finale airing Thursday.

John Cena hosts the annual ESPY Awards, now on ABC Wednesday. Over at VH1, a special hip-hop honors ceremony Monday will feature some of the biggest names in female hip hop.

And Omari Hardwick – who grew up in Decatur – continues his run as a powerful club owner in the appropriately titles Starz show “Power” on Sunday for its third season.

This covers Monday, July 11 through Sunday, July 17, 2016.

MONDAY

“American Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC — Los Angeles finals.

“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” 8 p.m. VH1 — Dime confronts Joseline.

“12 Monkeys” 9 p.m. Syfy — Cole and Railly attempt to stop the final paradox in the past.

“Angie Tribeca” 9 p.m. TBS — Geils and Tribeca aim to take down an organ thief at a local hospital, and Atkins enlists a romance novelist to help them.

“Rizzoli & Isles” 9 p.m. TNT— A double murder at a hospital is probed by Jane and Maura, who must resolve an old ghost story in order to crack the case.

“Devious Maids” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Rosie seeks Genevieve’s help with her investigation of Peri’s murder.

“VH1 Hip Hop Honors” 9 p.m. VH1 — Honorees include Queen Latifah; Missy Elliott; Salt-N-Pepa featuring DJ Spinderella; and Lil’ Kim.

“Unreal” 10 p.m. Lifetime — Rachel deals with a trauma, and Chet is there for her.

“Major Crimes” 10 p.m. TNT —Unexpected developments lead to a new investigation when Flynn scouts for a new home and reaches out to Provenza and Buzz for help.

“Mistresses” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Alec visits unexpectedly and disrupts Karen’s life with his news.

TUESDAY

“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — The cuts finally begin.

Major League Baseball All Star Game” 8 p.m. Fox — Julio Teheran is the only Brave represented.

Animal Kingdom” 9 p.m. TNT — Smurf does what’s needed to keep the family intact when Pope tests positive for drugs.

The Have and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Katheryn copes with sad news regarding a close family member.

Zoo” 9 p.m. CBS  — The team travel to Vancouver on a mission to infiltrate a black-tie event.

Feed the Beast” 10 p.m. AMC — Facing a restaurant with no patrons, Dion reluctantly seeks help from his former mentor. This leads Tommy to a startling revelation.

“Maya & Marty” 10 p.m. NBC (first season finale) — Ratings indicate a possible renewal.

“To Tell the Truth” 10 p.m. ABC (first season finale)  — Daymond John joins the panel and guests include the person with the longest fingernails in the world and Lady Houdini.

WEDNESDAY

 “Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox — The remaining 15 cooks split up into two teams for their second major field challenge, which involves prepping and serving a steak, two side dishes and a sauce for 101 veterans, whose votes will determine which group will face the pressure test.

“2016 Espy Awards” 8 p.m. ABC John Cena hosts.

“Penn & Teller: Fool Us” 8 p.m. the CW (third season debut) — Aspiring magicians trying to trick Penn and Teller, including Shawn Farquhar, Michael Kent, Nathan Burton and Nathan Coe Marsh.

Duck Dynasty” 9 p.m. A&E — Jase’s son proposes to his girlfriend during a trip to New York

“Suits” 9 p.m. USA (sixth season debut) — Mike transitions to prison life

“Wayward Pines” 9 p.m. Fox — Theo and Hassler team up to track down the escaped Abbie leader.

“American Gothic” 10 p.m. CBS — Detective Brady gets a lead on the “Silver Bells Killer” after a death on the Hawthorne property.

“Greenleaf” 10 p.m. OWN — The Bishop appoints Grace to preach on Sunday in his absence.

“Little Women Atlanta” 10 p.m. Lifetime (second season debut) — A baby shower is planned for Minnie, but problems arise.

“Mr. Robot” 10 p.m. USA (second season debut) — Elliot is in seclusion; Angela is happy at E Corp; and fsociety delivers a malicious payload.

“Tyrant” 10 p.m. FX — Barry learns his hold over Abuddin is weak.

THURSDAY

“Battlebots” 8 p.m. ABC — The NFL’s Vernon Davis returns as the guest judge as 32 teams advance out of the qualifying round.

“Bones 8 p.m. Fox — A corpse at a glass recycling plant has a diamond stuck in its jaw

“30 for 30: Doc & Daryl 9 p.m. ESPN — The careers of 1980s New York Mets stars Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry.

“Alone 9 p.m. History (second season finale) — Starvation and isolation become unbearable and one participant faces a deadly situation.

“Home Free 9 p.m. Fox — Mike ups his standards as the contestants sharpen their skills; and a couple receives a red card.

“Greatest Hits 9 p.m. ABC — The period from 1985-90 features Chicago, Foreigner, Bret Michaels and Wilson Phillips.

“Aquarius 10 p.m. NBC — The Manson family receive two surprises.

“Cutting It in the ATL 10 p.m. WE-TV (second season debut) — edra discovers Maja’s secret and plots revenge with a scheming friend.

“Sex & Drugs & Rock n Roll 10 p.m. FX — Flash steps up his game following Gigi’s recent experience and Noah and Bam try to get Rehab to support “Feast.”

FRIDAY

“Stranger Things” 3:01 a.m  Netflix — First Netflix series shot in Atlanta. A drama starring Winona Ryder set in 1983 about a missing child and  paranormal craziness.

“Killjoys” 9 p.m Syfy  A rescue mission to the Badlands goes wrong when the Killjoys encounter an unexpected enemy in an abandoned mine.

“Love Thy Neighbor” 9 p.m. OWN  Hattie fears for her friend’s life when a passionate encounter takes a bad turn.

“Million Dollar Matchmaker 10 p.m. WE-TV (new series) — A former princess and a comedian enlist Patti’s help to find love. Later, Patti’s ambushed; and Destin and Rachel return.

“Outcast” 10 p.m. Cinemax — Rev. Anderson’s powers are tested; Patricia reaches out to Kyle; and Sidney issues a warning.

WEEKEND

“Honeymoon From Hell” 8 tonight Lifetime  — Newlyweds are stalked by an unknown assailant while trapped at a bed-and-breakfast.

“A Perfect Christmas 9 tonight Hallmark — Yes, a Christmas movie in July! A newlywed couple celebrate their first Christmas together by inviting their families to join them, and they strive to make sure the holidays go smoothly, even if that means hiding news about unexpected life events.

Celebrity Family Feud 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Joely Fisher vs. Tony Hawk. 

The Real Housewives of New Jersey 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo (seventh season debut) — Christmas in the Garden State finds Melissa hosting a holiday dinner, where she reunites with Teresa.

“Celebrity $100,000 Pyramid 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Bellamy Young vs. Weird Al Yankovic.

“Food Network Star 9 p.m. Sunday Food — Holiday specials are hosted by the finalists, who must plan menus to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mardi Gras, New Year’s Eve and Easter.

“The Last Ship 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — Chandler prepares the final part of his plan as his mission reaches a critical point.

“Power 9 p.m. Sunday Starz (third season debut) — James St. Patrick is the owner of new nightclubs, out of the drug game, and in a rekindled relationship with his first love.

“The Night Of 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Naz gets legal advice from his attorney, John Stone, while Det. Dennis Box investigates the crime.

“Preacher 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — In a fierce gun battle, Jesse faces off against Quincannon and the Meat Men to protect his church. Meanwhile, Tulip tries to save a friend.

“The Ride With Norman Reedus 10 p.m. Sunday AMC (first season finale) — Norman Reedus travels with Peter Fonda from Naples to Key West in Florida.

“Murder in the First 10 p.m. Sunday TNT — Disturbing information surfaces about Normandy Parker and expands the suspect list in his murder.


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