TV best bets with ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ ‘Shots Fired,’ ‘Grace & Frankie’

This was posted Monday, March 20, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Fox is going all social justice with its show “Shots Fired” Wednesday, which starts with a (get this) black cop shooting a white dude in a heavily black North Carolina neighborhood. And Helen Hunt is the governor.

Then Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews keep the fires burning on “Dancing With the Stars,” edition 24, featuring a high cheese factor courtesy of Charo, Chris Kattan and Mr. T.

And Netflix is helping legends like Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the comedy business with the third season of “Grace & Frankie” Friday. A fourth season is already guaranteed.

This covers Monday, March 20 through Sunday, March 26, 2017.

MONDAY

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC (24th season debut) — Charo, Chris Kattan and Mr. T, along with Simon Biles, are among the stars.

“24: Legacy” 8 p.m. Fox — The team search for Carter; Andy faces a tough dilemma.

“APB” 9:01 p.m. Fox — Murphy and Ada team up to solve a murder, but discover the prime suspect’s next target is Gideon.

“Bates Motel” 10 p.m. A&E — Norman attempts to piece together Mother’s movements.

“Humans” 10 p.m. AMC (second season finale) — Mattie reveals the synths’ agenda and seeks out Max’s help.

“Scorpion” 10 p.m. CBS — While on a mission to repair a turbine at a wind farm, the team must race to save Paige and Happy before the cable holding the gondola they are in snaps and sends them plummeting to the ground.

“Sweet Home Oklahoma” 10 p.m. Bravo (new series) — Josh and Jen deal with post-married life in the series premiere of this real-world show centering on eccentric friends navigating life in the Oklahoma City area.

“Quantico” 10:01 p.m. ABC— In the wake of the G20 hostage crisis, President Claire Haas assembles an illegal and clandestine joint task force, bringing together Alex and her friends from both the FBI and CIA to unmask a global conspiracy.

TUESDAY

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

“If Loving You is Wrong” 9 p.m. OWN (fourth season debut) — Kelly learns the shocking whereabouts of her neighbor Ramsey.

“Trial & Error” 9 p.m. NBC — After coming up bust on a match to the DNA found in Larry’s bedroom, Josh and his team discover a “sex print” on the wall that leads to a new suspect.

“Bones” 9:01 p.m. Fox — News of Kovac’s escape sends Booth scurrying to protect himself and those closest to him from the killer’s most dangerous plan to date.

“Switched at Birth” 9:01 p.m. Freeform (100th episode) — Bay and Daphne are flooded with memories of their late father after meeting a mysterious woman.

“Being Mary Jane10 p.m. BET (fourth season finale)  — Mary Jane joins forces with Justin, setting forth a plan that could oust Ronda from the anchor chair, but Kara gets caught in the crossfire.

“Chrisley Knows Best10 p.m. USA — It’s all hands on deck when Savannah struggles with a project for her clothing line; and, after receiving an ultimatum from Todd, Chase will try anything to get Lilo’s behavior under control.

“Cosplay Melee10 p.m. Syfy (new series) — Four competing cosplayers are tasked with creating an original character inspired by their favorite sci-fi space opera.

“Home Town10 p.m. HGTV (new series) — A traveling military family settles down in their Mississippi forever home.

“Parched10 p.m. NGC (new series) — An investigation of water wars that examines the involvement of corporate, political and social interests begins with a look at how Wall Street banks have taken control of municipalities and their water supplies.

“The Americans10 p.m. FX — Philip and Elizabeth tell Paige more about the family business.

“Upscale With Prentice Penny10:01 p.m. TruTV (new series) — Prentice seeks to enhance his love life with a little help from New Edition’s Johnny Gill, who teaches him the importance of setting the mood through bed sheets, sleepwear, candles and champagne.

WEDNESDAY

“Shots Fired” 8 p.m. Fox (new series) — Riggs makes an unsettling discovery about Miranda’s death.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS  — The three tribes learn that two tribes will be sending someone home, not just one team.

“Cooks vs. Cons” 9 p.m. Food (fourth season debut) — The cooks and cons try not to come unwrapped in Round 1 when they’re faced with incorporating cabbage into their burritos.

“Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS — The BAU believes two unsubs may be operating at the same time.

“Law & Order SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — The deaths of two college students lead to a case involving drug experiments and a doctor (Peter Strauss) who heads a pharmaceutical company..

“Major Crimes” 9 p.m. TNT — Sharon’s son, Ricky, returns home for a surprise visit.

“Empire” 9 p.m. Fox — After launching a deadly missile at Angelo, Lucious announces his new music project, Inferno.

“Rogue” 9 p.m. Audience (fourth season debut) — This is the show’s final season.

“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” 10 p.m. CBS — The International Response Team investigates the apparent suicide of an American in Colombia who emptied his bank account prior to his death.

“The Comedy Jam” 10 p.m. Comedy (new series) — Comedians share stories about a meaningful song, then perform the tune with a live band in this series, which begins with Tiffany Haddish going all out on Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary”; Bobby Lee doing Rod Stewart’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”; and Chris Hardwick busting out “Wanted Dead or Alive” with Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora.

“Designated Survivor” 10 p.m. ABC — An investigative journalist shocks the White House when he reveals classified information during a press briefing.

“Greenleaf” 10 p.m. OWN — Some church deacons are unhappy the gay choral director is married.

“The Quad” 10 p.m. BET — Cedric gets a visitor from Chicago that shakes his whole world.

“Underground” 10 p.m. WGN — Unbearable complications threaten to break both Ernestine and Rosalee’s will to live.

THURSDAY

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC — Maggie’s mom returns to the hospital.

“60 Days In” 9 p.m. A&E — Lockdowns are enforced in the prison following a violent fight in the women’s pod and an abuse of power in pod 600.

“Kicking and Screaming” 9:01 p.m. Fox — Romance and tempers rise as the teams are on edge about the eliminations. Later: they communication skills are put to the test.

“Scandal” 9:01 p.m. ABC — Huck proves his loyalty to Olivia when she asks him to complete a difficult task following the discovery of new information about Frankie Vargas’ assassination.

“Baskets” 10 p.m. FX (second season finale) — Christine turns to Arby’s when Chip joins the Russians.

“The Catch” 10 p.m. ABC — Alice discovers some very hard truths about Tommy, and Val digs into the past to help with his case.

“The Blacklist: Redemption” 10 p.m. NBC — Ruthless thieves who steal classified material are targeted by Tom and Mr. Solomon.

“Colony” 10 p.m. USA — An attack on the Green Zone is told from five different points of view.

FRIDAY

“Grace & Frankie3:01 a.m. Netflix (third season debut) Billionaire Danny Rand (Finn Jones) returns to New York City after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy.

“Last Man Standing8 p.m. ABC — Mike and Vanessa think it’s time for Mandy and Kyle to move out, but then Mike has second thoughts after Chuck relays some unexpected news about Kyle’s absentee mom.

“Grimm8 p.m. NBC — The prophecy that was uncovered comes to pass when a dark force arrives in Portland with its eyes set on Diana.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race8 p.m. VH1 (ninth season debut, new network)  Riverdale’s Nina Bo’Nina Brown competes.

“The Originals8 p.m. the CW — After being cured and woken, the Mikaelson siblings join Hayley in an effort to rescue Klaus from captivity.

“Sleepy Hollow” 9 p.m. Fox — A glimpse of the future reveals a dystopian world if Dreyfuss comes to power, but Team Witness, having learned more about Lara in the process, now has a clearer picture of what it will take to stop the billionaire madman.

“CMT Crossroads” 10 p.m. CMT — John Mellencamp mixes it up with Darius Rucker.

WEEKEND

“Double Mommy” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — When 10-year-old Eric’s older brother Max drowns, mom Briana takes the death of her favorite son hard and spirals into a dark depression.

“American Jihad” 9 p.m. Saturday Showtime — When 10-year-old Eric’s older brother Max drowns, mom Briana takes the death of her favorite son hard and spirals into a dark depression.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — An engineer who was developing a new guided missile destroyer is murdered.

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Cynthia’s eyewear fashion show is held.

“Making History” 8 p.m. Sunday Fox — In need of a victory, the trio returns to the 1990s to give Dan a shot at his childhood dream: finishing a legendary “Bellybuster” ice-cream sundae at a local parlor.

“Big Little Lies” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Madeline worries about Jane and the can of worms she opened.

“Chicago Justice” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC — The murder of a cancer-riddled police officer 30 miles outside Chicago is investigated.

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Dar plays his hand; Quinn revisits his past.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — A group of Alexandrians embark on a journey to a distant community; and one group member must make a heartbreaking decision.

“American Crime” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Luis gets to the Hesby Farm and learns important information about his missing son.

“Elementary” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — Sherlock and Joan question how well they know Shinwell when they investigate the possibility he may have gotten away with the unsolved murder of his friend, who was a fellow gang member.

“Into the Badlands” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC — While Sunny and Bajie struggle to stay alive, the Widow faces challenges as she consolidates her power.

“Feud: Bette and Joan” 10 p.m. Sunday FX — On the eve of its release, bad word-of-mouth plagues Baby Jane; Bette and Joan brace for failure.

“Shades of Blue” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC — Realizing that Stahl will stop at nothing to arrest Julia Ayres.


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