TV best bets with Princess Diana, ‘Dirty Dancing’ reboot, season finales of ‘The Voice,’ ‘DWTS,’ ‘SVU’

Dirty Dancing on ABC

This was posted on Saturday, May 20, 2017 by Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Three decades ago, the surprise hit “Dirty Dancing” turned Patrick Swayze into a star. ABC is “rebooting” the classic movie with new actors, the same scenario and the actors breaking out into song on Wednesday night.

If you want the “time of your life,” however, stick with the original film. The reviews have been harsh. Variety: “a sappy, passionless, schlocky remake of the original, without even the iota of imagination necessary to expand upon the 1987 film.” TVLine: “The whole endeavor feels like the Disney ride version of Dirty Dancing: cleaner, prettier and way frothier than the already frothy real thing.” TV Guide: “This isn’t so much dirty as drippy.”

CBS revisits the life of Princess Diana, who died tragically in 1997. “Her name was Diana and the world fell in love with her,” “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King said in “Princess Diana: Her Life | Her Death | The Truth” airing Monday at 8 p..m. “But her fairy tale life also had a heartache – it did not have a happily ever after ending.”

And there are a host of shows that are ending their seasons with the broadcast season officially ending Wednesday: “The Voice” (NBC, Monday), “Jane the Virgin” (CW, Monday), “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC, Tuesday), “Survivor” (CBS, Wednesday), “Empire (Fox, Wednesday), “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC, Wednesday).

ABC’s “The Bachelorette” returns Monday with its first African American lead and NBC (“Beat Shazam”) and Fox (“Love Connection”) introduce game shows Thursday.

Netflix also brings back the third and final season of “Bloodline.”

This covers Monday, May 22, 2017 through Sunday, May 28, 2017.

MONDAY

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC  — Simone Biles is out and David Ross is still in!

“Princess Diana: Her Life, Her Death, The Truth” 8 p.m. CBS — Two decades after Princess Diana’s tragic death, CBS looks back.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox — Temple Shaman reveals his hand to Bruce Wayne and sets up the next phase of training.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — Final live performance.

“Baby Daddy” 8:30 p.m. Freeform (100th episode) — Ben begins to feel like an insufficient parent when Emma’s upcoming Mother-Daughter Talent Show leads Emma to ask questions about why she doesn’t have a mother.

“Jane the Virgin” 9 p.m. the CW (third season finale) — Rogelio and Xo are excited for their big day, but Rogelio gets some shocking news.

“The Bachelorette” 9:01 p.m. Freeform (13th season debut) — Texas attorney Rachel Lindsay is the first black “bachelorette.”

“Lucifer” 9:01 p.m. Fox — The man who had the final piece of the Flaming Sword is murdered and the piece goes missing, so Mom teams with Chloe and Lucifer to track down the killer.

“Better Call Saul” 10 p.m. AMC — Jimmy attempts to settle his debts.

“The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special” 10 p.m. CBS — Katy Perry buckles up for a new edition of Carpool Karaoke.

“Running Wild With Bear Grylls” 10 p.m. NBC — Sterling K. Brown joins Bear for an icy journey in Colorado, where they descend a sheer rock face, track an elusive deer and rappel a massive waterfall.

TUESDAY

“Casual” 3:01 a.m Hulu (third season debut)  — The surprising consequences following Charles’ death and Valerie’s decision to move out propel the trio to rebel, exploring different jobs, partners, and unfulfilled passions.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 8 p.m. Fox (fourth season finale) — Jake and Rosa are framed for a crime they didn’t commit, and it’s up to the squad to find a way to bust them out.

“Downward Dog” 8 p.m. ABC (time slot debut) — Nan installs an automatic dog door so she can take away Jason’s key while still keeping him as Martin’s dog walker

“The Flash” 8 p.m. CW (third season finale) — With nothing left to lose, Barry takes on Savitar.

“Dancing With the Stars” 8:30 p.m. ABC (150-minute 24th season finale) — David Ross, Rashad Jennings and Normani Kordei vie for the mirror-ball trophy.

“Bull” 9 p.m. CBS (first season finale) — Bull and the Trial Analysis Corp. team travel to Miami with J.P. Nunnelly to work on a controversial drug trafficking case in which both the clients’ and the jurors’ lives are in danger.

“The Voice” 9 p.m. NBC (12th season finale) — Among the final four, Lauren Duski and Chris Blue have the best shot to win.

“The Americans10 p.m. FX — As Philip and Elizabeth grapple with a momentous decision, Tuan takes matters into his own hands in the Morozov operation.

WEDNESDAY

“The Handsmaid’s Tale” 3:01 a.m. Hulu — Some back story about how June got caught with her husband and child.

“Arrow” 8 p.m. CW (fifth season finale) — The battle between Oliver and Adrian Chase culminates in a final epic battle on Lian Yu.

“Dirty Dancing” 8 p.m. ABC — Adaptation of the 1987 box-office smash about an innocent teen vacationing with her parents at an upscale resort in the 1960s Catskills, which gets a jolt of culture shock when she crushes on the hotel’s handsome dance instructor.

“Shots Fired” 8 p.m. Fox (first season finale) — The hearings for both cases are held and the truth behind each shooting revealed.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS (34th season finale) — Cirie, Aubry and Sarah seem to be better positioned to win than the dudes Tai, Troy and Brad.

“Empire” 9 p.m. Fox (third season finale) — Will Andre kill his father?

“Archer” 10 p.m. FXX (eighth season finale) — Archer visits Dreamland and receives a big break that leads him to Woodhouse’s killer.

“Fargo” 10 p.m. FX — Gloria and Winnie get closer to the truth; Emmit tries to make things right; Nikki and Ray prepare for payback; and Varga cleans up a mess.

“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m. NBC (18th season finale) — Two families seek justice for their loved ones in the wake of a suspect’s unexpected release.

THURSDAY

“American Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC — Celebrities try the course, including Erika Christensen, Nikki Glaser, Derek Hough and Mena Suvari.

“Beat Shazam” 9 p.m. NBC (new series) — Pairs of contestants race to identify various songs in hopes of winning a cash prize in the series premiere of this game show.

“Love Connection” 9 p.m. Fox (new series) — Singles go on three blind dates then discuss their experiences in front of a studio audience in this resurrection of the classic game show. Andy Cohen hosts.

“Running With Bear Grylls” 9 p.m. NBC  — Julia Roberts joins Bear on a special desert mission delivering life-saving vaccines to a remote village in Kenya.

“The Amazing Race” 10 p.m. CBS — The race goes to Seoul, South Korea.

“Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” 10 p.m. WE (new series) — Danger strikes when Bow Wow returns to the dirty “A” to drop a mixtape; Jermaine Dupri gives Bow an ultimatum to build his legacy; Lil Wayne’s Black Lives Matter controversy blows up; and battle lines are drawn.

FRIDAY

“Bloodline3:01 a.m. Netflix (third season debut)  They’re not bad people, but they did a bad thing… and then a few dozen more. And that will most certainly continue as the Rayburns reach the end of their morally-ambiguous journey in the 10-episode final season of Bloodline.

“First Dates8 p.m. NBC (first season finale) One dater seeks to create a power couple; a man admits he has never been kissed; a vegan chef seeks someone to bond with over a mutual love of kale; and a final dater unearths a secret about her match that wins her over.

“Ginormous Food9 p.m. Food — Josh Denny rolls into Sin City on the prowl for its most decadent eats.

“Josh Gates’ Destination Truth9 p.m. Travel — Josh Gates spends an unforgettable night inside King Tut’s tomb investigating the legendary pharaoh’s curse.

WEEKEND

“All For Love” 9 p.m. Saturday Hallmark — A novelist and a Navy SEAL must team up for research purposes on a book, and the novelist is not thrilled about this collaboration. However, she soon has a change of heart and begins to look at her life and her writing from a different point of view.

“Sinister Minister” 8 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — A single mother falls for a charismatic minister, but she doesn’t know that he is a serial wife killer who is already plotting to get her out of the way and make her daughter his next wife.

“The Leftovers” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Kevin’s mission of mercy finds him assuming an alternate identity.

“Twin Peaks” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime —The plot descriptive provided by the network isn’t even a full sentence: “… brings back some memories.”

“Silicon Valley” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO —A hunt for financial support takes Richard outside the tech bubble.

“Veep” 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO — Selina works on her book as her staff prepare for the ceremony to unveil her portrait.

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