TV best bets: Michael Phelps vs. shark, Raven Symone returns to Disney, Netflix’s ‘Ozark’ debuts

Michael Phelps will race a shark on Discovery next Sunday, July 23, 2017. I presume this will not be happening in a pool. CREDIT: (left) AP, (right) Getty Images

This was posted on Sunday, July 16, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Sure, you’ve got serious dramas like “Game of Thrones,” “Queen Sugar” and “Twin Peaks” to keep up with.

Or you can watch Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps race a great white shark on Discovery Sunday to launch the annual absurdity called Shark Week. Choices!

On another light note, former Atlantan Raven-Symone is back home on Disney with a spin-off of her original hit show “That’s So Raven!” called “Raven’s Home.” She’s now a mom with two kids.

Tyler Perry’s Atlanta-based “For Better or Worse” ends its five-season run on Saturday.

And a drama about a money launderer called “Ozark” debuts on Netflix Friday starring Jason Batemen and Laura Linney.

This covers Monday, July 17 through Sunday, July 23, 2017.

MONDAY

“America Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC — Denver qualifying rounds include Bouncing Spider, Rail Runner and Ninjago Roll.

“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — Rachel returns to the U.S. and goes on four hometown dates where she meets the parents of the final four bachelors.

“So You Think You Can Dance” 8 p.m. Fox — The first round of “The Academy” callbacks begins as dancers vie for a spot in the Top 10.

“Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” 8 p.m. VH1 — Is Joseline quitting for real in part two of reunions.

“Preacher” 9 p.m. AMC— After learning about Tulip’s secret relationship, Jesse and Tulip’s rocky past is revisited, revealing a darker side of Jesse.

“Will” 9 p.m. TNT — Will has an epiphany that could bring him success, yet he needs Alice’s help.

“Daytime Divas” 10 p.m. VH1 — When William’s mother visits the set of “The Lunch Hour”, Maxine is forced to drop a bombshell on air.

“Loaded” 10 p.m. AMC (new series) — Four friends and business partners realize that they’re multi-millionaires following the sale of their company and hit cell-phone game.

TUESDAY

“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — The judges start trimming.

“Animal Kingdom” 8 p.m. TNT — The guys contemplate how far they’ll go to help Smurf eliminate Javi.

“The Challenge” 9 p.m. MTV (30th season debut) — This reality competition show is now far older than MTV’s target audience.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Veronica accuses Officer Justin of sexually harassing Jeffery.

“Being Mary Jane” 10 p.m. BET — Distrustful of Justin after Kara’s firing, Mary Jane tries to make it work with Lee, but resisting Justin is undermining her performance in the coveted co-anchor spot of the morning show.

“The Night With My Ex” 10 p.m. Bravo (new series) — Former couples are brought together for one night in a camera-rigged apartment.

“Shooter” 10 p.m. USA (second season debut) — Bob Lee Swagger and wife Julie join his former Marine unit in Germany and narrowly escape a deadly terrorist attack.

WEDNESDAY

“Georgia’s Hidden Treasures” 8 p.m. WSB  — Shows viewers where they can catch a ride on a vintage train, discover a waterfall hidden in the city, and witness the rebirth of a piece of the state’s history.

“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox — Cooks head to Beverly Hills and take over the dining-room breakfast service for The Belvedere restaurant at the five-star Peninsula Hotel.

“Salvation” 9 p.m. CBS — Darius and Liam need to invent a theoretically impossible piece of technology to divert the asteroid.

“Suits” 9 p.m. USA — Harvey butts heads with his partners over a bold move.

“Queen Sugar” 10 p.m. OWN — Charley’s opening celebration of the Queen Sugar mills suffers a setback.

“I’m Sorry” 10 p.m. TruTV — Andrea’s friend, Kyle, is getting weirder with age, so she sets him up with Amelia’s preschool teacher.

“Snowfall” 10 p.m. FX — Franklin enlists help to retrieve his stolen property.

“Younger” 10 p.m. TV Land — Liza and Kelsey dive back into the dating pool and quickly discover it’s much more complicated than they’d hoped.

THURSDAY

“Boy Band” 8 p.m. ABC — The boys perform classic hits, including “Uptown Girl,” “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “True Colors.”

“Penn & Teller Fool Us” 8 p.m. the CW — Aspiring magicians perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller.

“Battle of the Network Stars” 9 p.m. ABC — Primetime soaps vs. ABC teens.

“Flip or Flop Atlanta” 9 p.m. HGTV (new series) — Ken and Anita Corsini of Woodstock star.

“Nashville” 9 p.m. CMT — Juliette takes great pains to keep Maddie from learning the truth.

“Alone” 10 p.m. History — With rain pummeling the island, teams scramble to avoid freezing flood waters.

“The Gong Show” 10 p.m. ABC— Rob Riggle, Ken Jeong and Regina Hall judge a fortune-telling mystic who can channel flatulence.

“Zoo” 10 p.m. CBS — Abraham and Dariela reunite with the team as they try and stop the hybrids from taking over New York City.

“The Night Shift” 10 p.m. NBC — Drew faces an emergency on his flight home when passengers become sickened.

FRIDAY

“Ozark” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)  A Chicago financial advisor (Jason Bateman) has been quietly laundering money for a drug kingpin but must quickly uproot his kids and move the operation to The Ozarks. Shot in metro Atlanta.

“Descendants 2” 8 p.m. ABC, Disney, Lifetime, Freeform   Ben, now king of Auradon, attempts to help Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay further adjust to life in Auradon.

“Kendra on Top” 9:30 p.m. WE — Kendra gets revealing news about her role in a Las Vegas play, while Patti makes a surprise visit to see Hank. Unable to regain Hank’s trust, Patti is forced to choose between fame and family.

“Wynonna Earp” 10 p.m. Syfy — Doc and Wynonna’s indiscretions haunt the team and ties that bind them.

“Raven’s Home” 10 p.m. Disney (new series) — “That’s So Raven” spin-off in which single-mom Raven raises 11-year-old twins.

WEEKEND

“Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio” 9 p.m. Saturday Spike (new series) — Six cases of missing women in Ohio are investigated by filmaker Joe Berlinger and intelligence analyst Angela Clemente.

“The Jury Speaks” 9 p.m. Saturday Oxygen (new series) — The views of original jury members in famous cases. First up: O.J. Simpson.

“Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse” 10 p.m. Saturday  OWN (series finale) — Benny reveals a secret to Marcus.

“Celebrity Family Feud” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Louie Anderson vs. Christina Milian.

“Phelps vs. Shark” 8 p.m. Sunday Discovery — Michael Phelps races against a great white shark.

“Claws” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — The aftermath of a nail competition finds Desna having hope that she can escape Uncle Daddy’s grasp.

“Food Network Star” 9 p.m. Sunday Food — The finalists must try their hand at something big, taking their inspiration from Josh Denny and his hit Food Network show “Ginormous Food.” 

“Game of Thrones” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Daenerys has a surprise visitor; Jon faces a revolt; Tyrion draws up plans to conquer Westeros.

“Power” 9 p.m. Sunday Starz — With tensions high after Proctor’s disqualification, Silver warns Ghost that Tasha may have to testify.

“Twin Peaks” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — There’s fire where you are going.

“$100,000 Pyramid” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Ali Wentworth competes against Kathy Najimy; in the second game, Cobie Smulders squares off against Ryan Eggold.

“Ballers” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO (third season debut) — Spencer looks to score some high-profile clients to pay off his debts.

“I’m Dying Up Here” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Goldie learns she may have misjudged her relationship with Eli.

“The Strain” 10 p.m. Sunday FX — Imprisoned as a subject in a strigoi breeding program, Dutch is desperate to escape and find Setrakian.


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