TV best bets with return of ‘Queen Sugar,’ ‘Power,’ season finales of ‘Veep,’ ‘Better Call Saul,’ ‘Fargo’

This was posted Sunday, June 18, 2017 by Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Shows come, shows go. This week, OWN’s “Queen Sugar” returns Tuesday for a second season while Starz’ popular “Power” starring former Decatur resident Omari Hardwick introduces season four on Sunday.

Several well-liked shows are also ending their seasons: “Better Call Saul” on AMC Monday, “Fargo” on FX on Wednesday and “Veep” and “Silicon Valley” on HBO Sunday.

This covers Monday, June 19 through Sunday, June 25, 2017.

MONDAY

“America Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC — A qualifying round from San Antonio features the Spinning Bridge and Sky Hooks obstacles

“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — Rachel and the guys head to Hilton Head Island, S.C., where one bachelor struggles with a fear of heights on the Goodyear Blimp.

“So You Think You Can Dance” 8 p.m. Fox  — Los Angeles qualifiers.

“America’s War on Drugs” 9 p.m. History  — Cocaine makes its way to America from secret airports, enriching violent cartel bosses, and an infamous “black widow,” and the CIA’s shadow wars have unintended consequences. President Reagan cracks down as crack invades the U.S.

“Kids Who Kill” 9 p.m. A&E — Child killers are spotlighted, featuring personal stories of young killers and their victims that highlight the ripple effects of their crimes. Also featured: interviews with prosecutors, defense attorneys and child psychology experts.

“Superhuman” 9:01 p.m. Fox — Five new contestants show off their talents, which include memorization and mathematics.

“Daytime Divas” 9 p.m. VH1 — An anonymous Page Six item causes Maxine to go on a warpath.

“Better Call Saul” 10 p.m. AMC (third season finale) — Kim takes time off, while Jimmy tries to make amends; Nacho gambles with his future; and Hamlin pushes Chuck to make a decision.

“Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge” 10 p.m. NBC  — Qualifiers, part two.

TUESDAY

“Downward Dog” 8 p.m. ABC —Martin has a birthday, but wants to nap in celebration, but Jenn visits with her new puppy and the two end up staying for a few days. Also: Jenn and Nan have a night out in order to forget about their respective relationship dramas.

“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — Fourth week of auditions.

“Animal Kingdom” 9 p.m. TNT — The bar is set to open, but Deran worries about telling Smurf about it.

“Genius9 p.m. NatGeo (first season finale) — Einstein settles into life in the United States.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN (fourth season summer debut) —Warlock looks for Candace.

“Ink Master10 p.m. Spike TV (ninth season debut) — A fiery veteran returns and a tough Flash Challenge awaits and exposes weaknesses in the Shops.

“7 Little Johnstons10 p.m. TLC (third season finale) — The family needs a break, so the Johnstons take off for a tropical vacation in Puerto Rico.

“Queen Sugar10 p.m. OWN (second season debut) — Charley and Davis remain entangled.

WEDNESDAY

Little Big Shots: Forever Young” 8 p.m. NBC (new series) — Yet another show hosting Steve Harvey, this time with talented young-at-heart seniors.

“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox — The Top 19 cooks compete in the first team challenge of the season, which involves preparing fresh fish on the beach for 101 lifeguards, who cast their votes for their favorite dish.

“The Carmichael Show” 9 p.m. NBC — Cynthia reacts negatively to a birthday gift she receives from Jerrod and Maxine.

“The F Word With Gordon Ramsay” 9 p.m. Fox — Joel McHale joins in the fun as families and friends battle it out in a high-stakes cook-off.

“Blood Drive” 10 p.m. Syfy — Grace and Arthur battle to stay off the menu at the first pit stop, which is Pixie Swallow Motel and Diner.

“Fargo” 10 p.m. FX (third season finale) — Gloria follows the money, Nikki plays a game and Emmit learns a lesson about progress from Varga.

“To Tell the Truth” 10 p.m. ABC (second season debut) — Justin Long; Arielle Kebbel; Nikki Glaser; Kal Penn join the panel.

“Lopez” 10 p.m. TV Land (second season finale) — George faces big decisions about his professional and personal life and everyone celebrates a big milestone for Manolo.

THURSDAY

“Boy Band” 8 p.m. ABC (new series) — Thirty young male vocalists audition in Hollywood, where only 18 will make the first cut in the series premiere of a talent competition in which viewers’ votes help assemble a band comprised of young male singers.

“Hollywood Game Night” 8 p.m. NBC (fifth season debut) — Actors from “Veep” vs. “The Walking Dead.”

“Inside the Actor’s Studio” 8 p.m. Bravo — Scarlett Johansson gets the treatment.

“Nashville” 9 p.m. CMT — Maddie deals with the fallout from the video of her and the police officer.

“The Wall” 9 p.m. NBC (second season debut) — Two-person teams answer questions for cash and prizes.

“Alone” 10 p.m. History — As teammates set up camp, hikers find the Vancouver Island terrain to be more treacherous when on the move, as it beats one pair into submission, while another endures a devastating accident.

“The Gong Show” 10 p.m. ABC (new series) — Is there a game show ABC has not rebooted?

“The Mist” 10 p.m. SpikeT (new series) — A mysterious mist overruns a small town and threatens its inhabitants.

“The Night Shift” 10 p.m. NBC (fourth season debut) — Jordan and Drew perform a daring rescue in the Season 4 opener. Also: Paul deals with fallout from standing up to his father; Scott dives into his professional life; a traveling nurse with a mysterious past arrives; and TC is held captive in Syria.

FRIDAY

“Glow3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)  The fictional story of Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), an out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling.

“The Originals8 p.m. the CW (fourth season finale)  The Mikaelsons are out of options as they face the all-powerful and indestructible entity known as The Hollow.

“90 Day Fiance9 p.m. TLC A look at the relationship between Pedro and Atlanta’s Chantel so far.

“What Would You Do?9 p.m. ABC (13th season debut) John Quinones is back with more social experiments.

“CMT Crossroads 10 p.m. CMT  Earth, Wind & Fire joins up with various country stars, including Lady Antebellum, Dan + Shay, Darius Rucker, Drake White, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts and Sara Evans.

WEEKEND

“Turn” 9 p.m. Saturday AMC — Abe’s scheme to rescue Caleb turns deadly.

“2017 BET Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday BET — Leslie Jones hosts the annual awards gala.

“American Grit” 9 p.m. Sunday Fox — The cadre appoint team captains, who lead their teams in a boat race while their teammates are blindfolded.

“Claws” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — Virginia’s lies deepen as Desna tries to cover their tracks..

“Power” 9 p.m. Sunday Starz (fourth season debut) —Ghost’s arrest for the murder of Agent Knox leaves him facing threats from a number of sources.

“Twin Peaks” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime —Gotta light. Yes, that’s the descriptive.

“Fear the Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — A new threat reveals itself to Madison and Troy as they search for answers.

“$100,000 Pyramid” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Aaron Rodgers vs. Erin Andrews.

“I’m Dying Up Here” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Goldie’s ex-husband shows up and asks her for a favor.

“Preacher” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC (second season debut) — Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy hit the road in search of God and quickly realize they’re being stalked by a killer cowboy from hell.

“Silicon Valley” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO (fourth season finale) — T.J. Miller is leaving the show after tonight’s episode.

“Veep” 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO (sixth season finale) — Show title is “Groundbreaking” but no descriptive.


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