TV best bets with Natalee Holloway, Laci Peterson, ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ returns of ‘Survivor’s Remorse,’ ‘The Last Ship’

This was posted Sunday, August 13, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Crime stories are still the rage. A&E explores the 2002 murder of Laci Peterson Tuesday while Oxygen digs into the Natalee Holloway disappearance on Saturday.

On a lighter note, Marlon Wayans returns to sitcoms with “Marlon” Wednesday on NBC while two long-time series come back: “Project Runway” on Lifetime Thursday for season 16 and “Flipping Out” on Bravo reaches season 10. And Spike TV is airing the 1,000th episode of “Cops” Saturday.

Over the weekend, two shows shot in Atlanta are returning: the fourth and final season of AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” Saturday and Starz’ “Survivor’s Remorse” on Sunday for a fourth season. Atlanta-based TNT is also bringing back the fourth season of “The Last Ship” Sunday while Showtime brings back “Episodes” for a fifth season the same night.

And the umpteenth Marvel series debuts on Netflix Friday called “The Defenders.”

This covers Monday, August 14 through Sunday, August 20, 2017.

MONDAY

“America Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC — Top 30 competitors from the Cleveland Qualifier tackle the City Finals course.

“Bachelor in Paradise” 8 p.m. ABC (fourth season debut) — The cast arrive in Playa Escondida in Sayulita, Mexico, in the fourth-season opener.

“So You Think You Can Dance” 8 p.m. Fox — After the Top 10 competed for the nation’s vote, one dancer must head home.

“Preacher” 9 p.m. AMC— Jesse gets a much-needed breakthrough in his search for God; Tulip continues to spiral; and Cassidy makes a life-altering decision for Denis.

“Baller Wives” 10 p.m. VH1 (new series) — Miami-based Michael Vick and his wife are part of this show.

“Midnight, Texas” 10 p.m. NBC — An enigmatic woman with an insatiable appetite arrives in Midnight.

“The Real Housewives of Dallas” 10 p.m. Bravo (second season debut) — Two new housewives arrive.

“People of Earth” 10:30 p.m. TBS — Gina distracts Agent Foster so that Ozzie can sneak away to meet Walsh.

TUESDAY

“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — The first live show.

“Animal Kingdom” 8 p.m. TNT — Baz orchestrates his plan to take down Smurf as Marco cashes in a favor with Craig and Deran. Elsewhere, Pope seeks the truth behind a death.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Jim and David search for Warlock, who is being pursued by the Malones.

“Greenleaf” 10 p.m. OWN — Grace and Mac’s showdown sends shockwaves through the family,

“Hollywood Game Night” 10 p.m. NBC — The celebrity players are Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Carson Kressley, Marcus Lemonis and Bill Engvall.

“Manhunt” 10 p.m. Discovery — The Unabomber will stop bombing if his Manifesto is published.

“Murder of Laci Peterson” 10 p.m. A&E (new series) — The initial disappearance of Laci Peterson is spotlighted.

“Shooter” 10 p.m. USA — Bob Lee works to piece together Solotov’s motive for targeting their unit.

WEDNESDAY

“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox — The Top 12 head to Las Vegas for a team challenge.

“CMA Fest 2017” 8 p.m. ABC — Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett host coverage of the CMA Music Festival in Nashville.

“Salvation” 9 p.m. CBS — Grace and Darius slip off to Russia behind Harris’ back in an attempt to stop a potential nuclear conflict.

“Hollywood Medium” 9 p.m. E!  — Atlanta’s Chuck Liddell gets a reading.

“Marlon” 9 p.m. NBC (new series) — Exes Marlon and Ashley try a friendly divorce for their children’s sake.

“Suits” 9 p.m. USA — Mike deals with blowback on his prison case.

“Broadchurch” 10 p.m. BBCA (series finale) — The truth behind Trish’s rape is uncovered.

“Greenleaf” 10 p.m. OWN (time slot debut) — Jacob and Kerissa establish their new ministry.

“The Sinner” 10 p.m. USA — Ambrose unearths a startling secret about Cora that changes the course of the investigation; Mason takes matters into his own hands.

“Snowfall” 10 p.m. FX — Franklin, Leon and Kevin take a game-changing road trip.

“Younger” 10 p.m. TV Land — Liza receives a great opportunity at work, but it comes with a catch; Josh meets someone new; and Maggie rustles some feathers.

THURSDAY

“Boy Band” 8 p.m. ABC — The eight semifinalists perform solos as they compete for America’s vote.

“Project Runway” 8 p.m. Lifetime (16th season debut) — Two Atlantans – Kenya Freeman and Kudzanai Karidza are competing.

“Battle of the Network Stars” 9 p.m. ABC — TV cops compete against actors from sci-fi and fantasy shows.

“Flipping Out” 9 p.m. Bravo (10th season debut) — Jeff is still at it!

“Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Edition” 9 p.m. NBC — Colin Jost and Michael Che will likely mock Donald Trump.

“Alone” 9 p.m. History (fourth season finale) — As time presses on and temperatures drop, the final teams grapple with an unbearable desire to tap out.

“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” 10 p.m. Bravo (third season debut) — This season will follow the ladies as they try and take their lives into their own hands — and that includes new business forays as well as romantic entanglements.

“Zoo” 10 p.m. CBS — Abigail holds Jackson prisoner in order to extract information from him that is critical to her secret master plan.

FRIDAY

“Marvel’s The Defenders” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)  This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.

“Dark Matter” 8 p.m. Syfy  As the Killjoys plan a theft on an armored convoy, Aneela finds herself on a desperate search for Delle Seyah.

“Guy’s Family Road Trip” 9 p.m. Food  The Fieris head to a farmers’ market for fresh organic chicken and roasted green chiles in Flagstaff.

“Million Dollar Matchmaker” 10 p.m. WE  Patti goes head-to-head with mouthy “Basketball Wives: LA” star Laura Govan and a perfectionist who only wants a picture-perfect woman.

WEEKEND

“Cops” 8 tonight Spike (1,000th episode) — Yep. That’s a lot of criminal chasin’ goin’ on.

“The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway” 9 tonight Oxygen (new series) — A six-part docuseries about the 18-year-old Natalee Holloway disappearance in 2005 in Aruba.

“Eat, Play, Love” 9 tonight Hallmark — A veterinarian falls for the owner of a dog shelter she frequently visits, but time is running out for her to reveal her secret crush.

“Halt and Catch Fire” 9 tonight AMC (fourth season debut) — Gordon enjoys success, while Joe works to keep their web project afloat; Cameron extends a business trip.

“Game of Thrones” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — This one is 75 minutes long.

“The Great Food Truck Race” 9 p.m. Sunday Food (eight season debut) — Seven teams arrive in the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans, where they meet host Tyler Florence.

“The New Age of Terror” 9 p.m. Sunday History — A look at terror since 9/11.

“Ray Donovan” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Ray cleans up the mess left after Natalie shot her husband.

“Power” 9 p.m. Sunday Starz — After getting screwed in a new deal, Ghost plays dirty in the clean world.

“The Last Ship” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT (fourth season debut) — Nathan James faces yet another global disaster 16 months after thwarting the coup in America.

“Episodes” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime (fifth season debut) — Everyone is at rock bottom and Matt makes things even worse.

“$100,000 Pyramid” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Margaret Cho vs. Michael Rapaport.

“The Strain” 10 p.m. Sunday FX — Love-struck Zack tries to learn more about his new crush, but makes a devastating discovery.

“Survivor’s Remorse” 10 p.m. Sunday Starz (fourth season debut) — Cam, Reggie, and Mary Charles’ attempts to reconcile their paternal relationships see varying results.

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