TV best bets with ‘Vampire Diaries’ series finale, ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,’ ‘The Americans’

Nina Dobrev returns for the series finale March 10, 2017. CREDIT: The CW

Nina Dobrev returns for the series finale March 10, 2017. CREDIT: The CW

This was by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk page, posted Sunday, March 5, 2017

The big goodbye this week is “The Vampire Diaries,” the longest-running show shot in metro Atlanta going back to 2009.

The drama – which began during the height of “Twilight”-mania – brought the largest debut in CW’s early history and was a top show on the network for years, leading to a spinoff “The Originals.” This Friday, the show in its eighth season comes to an end with a big flourish and the return of original cast member Nina Dobrev.

Otherwise, it’s mostly old shows returning, including “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” Monday (season six on VH1), “The Americans” on Tuesday (season four on FX), “Survivor” on Wednesday (season 34 on CBS), “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Wednesday (season two on CBS), “Hand of God” Friday (season two on Amazon Prime), “American Crime” Sunday (second season on ABC) and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” Sunday (season 13 on E!).

This covers Monday March 6 through March 12, 2017.

MONDAY

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Nick takes the final three women on dates. Then the women he rejected “tell all” at 9.

“Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” 8 p.m. VH1 (sixth season debut) — More semi-staged debauchery with most of the usual crew back.

“24: Legacy” 8 p.m. Fox — The team capitalize on a lead and zero in on an enemy’s location.

“Origins” 9 p.m. NatGeo (new series) — This series traces momentous innovations through the years, with the opener focusing on the harnessing of fire.

“APB” 9:01 p.m. Fox — AA man goes to extremes in the pursuit of justice for his daughter.

“Bates Motel” 10 p.m. A&E — Norman helps Chick with a project.

“Humans” 10 p.m. AMC — Mia and Ed grow closer.

“Taken” 10:01 p.m. NBC  — Bryan enters the field for the first time.

TUESDAY

“The Middle” 8 p.m. ABC — Lexie reveals to Sue that she has a crush on Axl while spending spring break with the Hecks.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — McGee’s apartment is torn apart by a robber searching for an item of great value that was hidden there by a convicted criminal.

“Fresh Off the Boat” 9 p.m. ABC— Jessica’s ultra-competitiveness becomes an issue when the Huangs host a couples game night.

“Bones” 9 p.m. Fox — A hay-baler accident that claims a young man’s life sends Booth, Brennan and Aubrey undercover in the cutthroat world of demolition derbies.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC—The entire Pearson family gather at Randall’s for an unusual party

“The Have and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Candace makes Charles her latest mark.

“Being Mary Jane10 p.m. BET — Mary Jane and Justin go rogue to chase a story as Mary Jane frets about meeting Lee’s baby momma.

“Chrisley Knows Best10 p.m. USA — Todd thinks taking over Julie’s housework while she recovers from surgery will be a cakewalk.

“The Detour10 p.m. TBS — Robin tries to get a divorce from Carlos

“The Americans10 p.m. FX (fifth season debut) — The Centre sends a new operation unlike anything before to Philip and Elizabeth.

“The Partner10 p.m. CNBC (new series) — Marcus Lemonis searches for someone to help manage his business empire in this series, including two Atlantans.

“People Icons10 p.m. ABC (new series) — Iconic celebrity love stories are recalled during this look at enduring romances. Included: the Obamas; Prince William and Kate; Beyoncé and Jay-Z; the Estefans; and Hollywood legends Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

“She’s In Charge10 p.m. CNBC (new series) — People have been reaching out to Veronica “Pooh” Nash-Poleate for advice nonstop since she gained online fame, and now, she’ll start doing house calls – giving advice and spreading love every step of the way. She taped this in metro Atlanta.

WEDNESDAY

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS (34th season debut) — Former Mariettan Malcolm Freberg is back as one of the “Game Changers.”

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Phil tries to rebound from a disastrous turn in last year’s charity basketball game by practicing day and night.

“Major Crimes” 9 p.m. TNT — A murder case turns upside down when Det. Amy Sykes’ credibility is destroyed on the stand by a defense attorney (Jeri Ryan).

“Star” 9:01 p.m. Fox — Star and Hunter’s relationship intensifies, while Rose shows up to help Alex and Derek in the aftermath of their traumatic experience.

“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” 10 p.m. CBS (second season debut) — The International Response Team is called to Tanzania to investigate the disappearance of a 23-member American church group.

“Designated Survivor” 10 p.m. ABC — America reels from the aftermath of the shooting on the steps of the Capitol.

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” 10 p.m. FXX (12th season finale) — Dennis reveals he has a baby after his Wade Boggs layover in North Dakota and the gang try to help him get out of the jam, but their suggestions border on the extreme.

“Legion” 10 p.m. FX — A new threat surfaces.

“Underground” 10 p.m. WGN (second season debut) — The remaining members of the Macon 7 have made it North, but they’ve learned that freedom is not as simple as crossing a line.

“Six” 10 p.m. History (first season debut) — The Team comes face-to-face with Michael and the jihadist soldiers.

THURSDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — When Raj moves out of his apartment, Leonard and Penny offer Sheldon’s old room.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC — A grueling trauma case is complicated by hospital politics.

“60 Days In” 9 p.m. A&E — The first five participants enter Fulton County Jail.

“Chicago Med” 9 p.m. NBC — A troubled teen in a psychiatric facility contacts Dr. Reese.

“Nashville” 9 p.m. CMT — Juliette helps Maddie navigate the wave of attention she receives after her performance at the CMT Music Awards.

“Kicking and Screaming” 9:01 p.m. Fox (new series) — Survivalists are paired with squishy city folk in the jungle.

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Christy and Adam get into a car accident, and Bonnie’s feelings are hurt when she discovers she is neither of their emergency contacts.

“Scandal” 9:01 p.m. ABC — The campaign is in jeopardy thanks to Jake and Vanessa and their chaotic relationship.

“The History of Comedy” 10 p.m. CNN— The origins of topical humor are traced, from the invention of the monologue to the “fake news” shows of today.

“The Catch” 10 p.m. ABC (second season debut) — Ben confronts his past from behind bars.

“The Blacklist: Redemption” 10 p.m. NBC — Scottie enlists Mr. Solomon to unearth information about her husband.

“Colony” 10 p.m. USA — Will and Katie attempt to make contact with a new arrival in the bloc.

“Portlandia” 10 p.m. IFC (seventh season finale) — Sandra trains a pit bull to exhibit self-control.

“Training Day” 10 p.m. CBS — An investigation into weapons trafficking becomes personal for Tommy.

FRIDAY

“Hand of God” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (second season debut) — The hard-living, law-bending king of San Vicente, “Judge Maximum” has finally hit bottom as he faces trial for the murder of a cop.

“Love” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut) — Mickey and Gus face commitment and all that comes with it as they attempt to bring order to their chaotic lives.

“Grimm8 p.m. NBC — A string of brutal deaths may be tied to an unlikely perpetrator found by Nick and Hank in a local nursing home.

“MacGyver8 p.m. CBS — The team head to Hawaii to aid earthquake relief efforts and partner the Five-0 task force to rescue a group of scientists trapped in a building.

“The Vampire Diaries8:59 p.m. the CW (series finale) — With the fate of Mystic Falls at stake, Stefan and Damon fight their greatest enemy in one last, epic battle.

“Hawaii Five-O9 p.m. CBS — McGarrett and Kono suspect that an abused girl may be the victim of a sex trafficking ring on the island.

“Sleepy Hollow” 9 p.m. Fox — Diana’s mentor is targeted by a monster.

“The Rap Game” 10 p.m. Lifetime — JD splits the young rappers into two teams and challenges them to perform at a high-school halftime show. Da Brat and Bryan-Michael Cox mentor the kids.

WEEKEND

“The Wrong Student” 8 p.m Saturday Lifetime — A woman begins a romance with her niece’s new soccer coach, but an unstable girl on the team who is obsessed with the coach plots to sabotage both of their lives after he turns down her sexual advances.

“The 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards” 8 p.m. Saturday Nickeloden — John Cena hosts.

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Scarlett Johansson hosts.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — Sam assumes a former alias in a risky undercover operation to take down an elusive drug lord.

“Making History” 8 p.m. Sunday Fox — Dan and Deb travel back to colonial times to rescue Chris.

“Big Little Lies” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Nathan hosts a couples dinner for Madeline and Ed to discuss a “parenting paradigm” for Abigail.

“Chicago Justice” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC — A prominent judge is shot and killed after having drinks with Valdez.

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Carrie and Saul present evidence to Keane; Quinn tracks a mark.

“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” 9 p.m. Sunday E! (13th season debut) — CDuring a trip to Miami, a major department store makes an offer to purchase Dash.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Keeping with the routine supply drop-off, a group of Kingdommers deliver goods to the Saviors, but things don’t go as planned.

“American Crime” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC (third season debut) — Set in North Carolina, this season’s anthology shows undocumented workers toiling away for little reward; a woman starts to question the methods of the family farm she married into; and a social worker tries to make a difference.

“Elementary” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — Joan and Kitty try to prove that a string of murders, stemming from an old case Holmes and Kitty solved in London.

“Feud: Bette and Joan” 10 p.m. Sunday FX — With production on “Baby Jane” underway, Bette and Joan form an alliance, but outside forces conspire against them.

“Shades of Blue” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC — Wozniak launches an all-out war against Stahl after learning that his target is Wozniak’s close friend Julia Ayers.


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