TV best bets with ‘Sense8,’ MTV Movie & TV Awards, Diana retrospective

This was originally posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017 by Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk

Netflix’s well-regarded, ambitious series “Sense8” returns Friday.

The team on the show will face even larger threats as their collective power builds while the institute tracking them finds new strategies to take their power.

MTV, which has been doing the Movie Awards since 1992, is adding TV for the first time this Sunday, belatedly acknowledging that TV programming is providing some of the best creative work out there and is worth celebrating.

And for those who found the 25th anniversary L.A. Riot coverage downbeat, ABC is now looking at the final 100 days of Lady Diana before her tragic death 20 years ago. It’s all about ’90s nostalgia following documentaries and specials the past year about JonBenet Ramsey, O.J. Simpson and the Menendez brothers.

This covers Monday, May 1 through Sunday May 7, 2017.

MONDAY

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Nick Viall and David Ross survived last week after the surprise departure of Heather Morris.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox — The Court of Owls devises a new plan regarding the future of Gotham.

“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” 8 p.m. Bravo — A special episode focused on Joseline’s baby delivery.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — The top 11 perform.

“Superheroes Decodes” 9 p.m. History — A look at “American Rebels” such as the X-Men, The Hulk, Black Panther, Iron Man, Luke Cage and Wolverine

“Lucifer” 9 p.m. Fox — Following Chloe’s near-death, Lucifer disappears and cuts off all contact with family and the police department.

“Better Call Saul” 10 p.m. AMC — Jimmy calls in a favor from Mike.

“Warning: This Drug May Kill You” 10 p.m. HBO — A look at opioid addiction in the U.S.

“Scorpion” 10 p.m. CBS — The team help Toby and Happy race to the altar to say “I Do” after a simple job extinguishing a tunnel fire becomes catastrophic.

“Taken” 10:01 p.m. NBC (first season finale) — The FBI threatens to remove Christina from command and Bryan and John lead a rogue mission that risks everything to stop Mejia’s associates before they cross the border.

“Quantico” 10:01 p.m. ABC— Risking it all, Alex works with Owen to infiltrate the Collaborators.

TUESDAY

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 8 p.m. Fox — Terry wants to file an official complaint against a police officer who stopped Sgt. Jeffords while he was off-duty in his own neighborhood.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — Live results.

“The Victorian Slum” 8 p.m. GPB (new series) — The series, which features modern-day people recreating 19th-century life in London’s East End, begins with the participants moving into an 1860s tenement that includes sparse rooms, a shared water pump and outdoor privies.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — A Marine sergeant is murdered in a national park, and Gibbs and the NCIS team partner with mounted police to solve a string of related crimes in the park.

“Genius: Einstein” 9 p.m. NBC — Einstein butts head with the determined Mileva in class, and soon finds himself falling in love with her.

“Little People, Big World” 9 p.m. TLC (15th season debut) — A gender-reveal party brings the family together for Zach and Tori’s baby.

“Prison Break” 9 p.m. Fox — Lincoln becomes frustrated as he tries to understand what really happened to Michael.

“Great News” 9 p.m. NBC — Chuck has cataract surgery and misses a day of work for the first time ever.

“7 Little Johnstons10 p.m. TLC (second season debut) — Alex undergoes an MRI to see if he needs brain surgery after being diagnosed with central apnea.

“The Americans10 p.m. FX — Philip and Elizabeth are thrown off balance when things with Tuan take an unexpected turn.

“NCIS: Los Angeles10 p.m. CBS  — Pride finds a connection between Mayor Hamilton and the illegal activity taking place in the city of Clearwater after the Belle Chase Navy Chaplain and pastor at Clearwater Baptist is murdered.

“Truth & Iliza 10 p.m. Freeform (new series) — Iliza shares her societal observations, providing a forum to discuss everything from the necessary to the inane to the taboo.

WEDNESDAY

“The Handsmaid’s Tale” 8 p.m. Hulu — Title of this episode is interpreted as “Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down.”

“Shots Fired” 8 p.m. Fox — Conflicting stories emerge and muddle the case after a district attorney sends a team to investigate.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Sarah made a big move last week getting rid of Debbie. Will it help her down the road?

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — A congressman is falsely accused of soliciting underage girls and asks the squad to debunk the rumor.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Support for gender equality and the women’s movement is displayed by various members of the Pritchett clan.

“Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS — When Reid fears his mother has been abducted, he asks the BAU to investigate while he is stuck in prison.

“Empire” 9 p.m. Fox — Angelo’s relationship with Cookie turns toxic and leaves her questioning her decisions.

“Designated Survivor” 10 p.m. ABC — As the White House gears up for President Kirkman’s first international summit, Kimble Hookstraten faces her toughest political battle yet when her speakership is challenged.

“Underground” 10 p.m. WGN — Noah struggles with his new reality; Elizabeth lets fear take control.

“Fargo” 10 p.m. FX — Gloria revisits her stepfather’s past to try and find some answers.

“Greenleaf” 10 p.m. OWN — In the Season 2 midseason finale, Jacob makes Triumph pastor Basie Skanks an offer to clear his debt and gain full control of Triumph II.

THURSDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Leonard, Sheldon and Wolowitz celebrate the successful completion of their top-secret military project, until an unpleasant surprise leaves their heads spinning.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC — April and Andrew consult with a fiery patient who has a giant, inoperable heart tumor.

“Superstore” 8:30 p.m. NBC (second season finale) — Glenn tries to figure out which employees to lay off; Jonah copes with the fallout of an admission he made to Amy.

“60 Days In Atlanta” 9 p.m. A&E — Two participants face tough choices regarding drug use that put them in harm’s way.

“Chicago Med” 9 p.m. NBC — Dr. Rhodes issues a challenge to Dr. Charles and the other staff over treatment of a patient.

“Second Wives Club” 9 p.m. E! (new series) — Cameras follow a group of women whose relationships to the rich, powerful, and previously married men of Hollywood are just as complicated as their relationships with each other.

“Scandal” 9:01 p.m. ABC — As the future of the country hangs in the balance, Olivia and Fitz are at odds with Rowan.

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS —Christy and Jill take Emily to see her biological mother in rehab, and make a surprising discovery.

“The Catch” 10 p.m. ABC — The AVI team discover the working relationship with Margot isn’t as clean as they’d like.

“Lip Sync Battle” 10 p.m. Spike TV — Nicole Richie vs. John Michael Higgins.

“Soundtracks” 10 p.m. CNN — Kent State and the Vietnam War.

“Inside the FBI” 10 p.m. USA — Squad C-19 chases the “Cannibal Cop” while agents in Crimes Against Children deal with the psychological impact of their cases.

FRIDAY

“Sense8” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut) — Picking up where season one left off, Capheus (Toby Onwumere), Kala (Tina Desai), Lito (Miguel Angel Silvestre), Nomi (Jamie Clayton), Riley (Tuppence Middleton) , Sun (Donna Bae), Will (Brian J. Wright) and Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) come together both physically and mentally, plunged into the middle of each other’s tragedies and triumphs. On the run from Whispers (Terrence Mann), and forced to question their very identity, it’s a matter of survival as the Sensates must find a way to live with, understand and protect one another against all odds.

“The Toy Box8 p.m. ABC — Inventions include playful plush aliens; a scooter with a built-in pogo stick; and dolls with interchangeable hair.

“Undercover Boss8 p.m. CBS   John Carona, founder and CEO of Associa, works undercover to meet the employees who keep his condo and HOA management company’s foundation strong.

“Hawaii Five-O9 p.m. CBS — McGarrett gets a tip that someone is plotting a terrorist attack on Oahu.

“Shark Tank9 p.m. ABC — U.S. Army veterans from Chicago hope to empower farmers in a war-torn country by helping them cultivate and harvest saffron.

“Blue Bloods10 p.m. CBS (seventh season finale) — Danny intercepts a shipment heading to a drug cartel in Mexico.

WEEKEND

“Deadly Sorority” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — A college student is targeted after her best friend, who was just accepted into the hottest sorority on campus, is murdered..

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Chris Pine hosts.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — The final and fourth reunion episode.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — Sam’s wife is kidnapped and her abductors demand that Sam’s arch nemesis, Tahir Khaled, be released from prison in exchange for her.

“MTV Movie & TV Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday MTV— Adam Devine hosts the celebration of films and TV shows. From the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

“American Gods” 9 p.m. Sunday Starz — As Mr. Wednesday begins recruitment for the coming battle, Shadow Moon travels with him to Chicago, and agrees to a very high stakes game of checkers with the old Slavic god, Czernobog.

“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Bourdain visits the coastal city of San Sebastian in the Basque Country, famous for its spectacular views and fresh seafood.

“The Last 100 Days of Diana” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Princess Diana’s final 100 days leading up to her untimely death are examined, from a tumultuous summer of romance as a single woman until the moment of the tragic car accident in Paris that claimed her life.

“The Leftovers” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Kevin and Nora take a trip to Australia

“The Last Man on Earth” 9:30 p.m. Sunday Fox (third season finale) — The long-term consequences of surviving an apocalyptic event start to have a major impact on the group as their daily lives are turned upside down.

“Elementary” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — A reality show contestant is murdered, and Holmes and Watson zero in on another competitor as a suspect, a war criminal who may be the most skilled killer they have ever pursued. Meanwhile, Shinwell asks Joan for a favor for the first time since he attacked Sherlock.

“Into the Badlands” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC — Sunny plays a dangerous game, causing his friends to question his loyalty.

“Shades of Blue” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC — Harlee and Wozniak lead a manhunt for the gunmen who ambushed the crew and unearth the key to taking down Bianchi.

“United Shades of America” 10 p.m. Sunday CNN — W. Kamau Bell goes to the heart of Chicago gang territory to explore the truth about violence in the city.

“Silicon Valley” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — Richard pushes himself to the brink of sanity while trying to move ahead with his next big idea.

“Veep” 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO — Selina and her team attend a funeral for a Supreme Court justic.

 

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