TV best bets with ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Jerry Seinfeld, ‘Transparent,’ Biggie & Tupac

This was posted on Monday, September 18, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

This covers Monday, September 18 through Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jerry Seinfeld, with a lot of material he did at the Fox Theatre earlier this year, taped a Netflix stand-up special out on Tuesday.

A few fall TV shows also are debuting this week, including ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” Monday, “The Good Place” on NBC Wednesday and Fox’s “Gotham” Thursday.

And several summer series finish up including NBC’s “America Ninja Warrior” Monday, BET’s “Being Mary Jane” Tuesday, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” Wednesday, CBS’s “Zoo” Thursday and HBO’s “Ballers” on Sunday.

Fox has a big special focused on the deaths of Tupac and Biggie Sunday while Netflix brings back “Fuller House” and Amazon rolls out the fourth season of “Transparent” on Friday. And MTV retires “Teen Wolf” Sunday after six seasons, the first two of which were shot in Atlanta.

MONDAY

“Couples Court With the Cutlers” 2 p.m. CW 69  — Married couple and attorneys Keith and Dana Cutler shot their new syndicated judge show at Georgia Public Broadcasting.

“America Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC (ninth season finale) — The season’s best Ninjas tackle the last stages of “Mount Midoriyama.”

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC (25th season debut) — Celebrities include Debbie Gibson, Frankie Muniz, Barbara Corcoran, Drew Scott, Nick Lachey and Terrell Owens.

“Vietnam War” 8 p.m. GPB — President Kennedy inspires idealistic young Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam.

“Midnight, Texas” 10 p.m. NBC (first season finale) — Manfred leads the Midnighters to take back their home from the evil forces that occupy it while Hell is literally about to erupt onto Witch Light Road and Fiji is about to be claimed by the demon who has been tormenting her.

“People of Earth” 10:30 p.m. TBS — Agent Foster goes to Gina with a personal problem.

TUESDAY

“Jerry Before Seinfeld” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — Jerry Seinfeld’s first Netflix stand-up special.

“America’s Got Talent” 9 p.m. NBC — The top 11 compete for the $1 million prize. Angelica Hale of Johns Creek is the first Atlantan to make it this far over 12 seasons.

“If Loving You is Wrong” 9 p.m. OWN (fifth season debut) — The small Maxine community is left reeling after an incident threatens the lives of all the children in the neighborhood.

“Street Justice” 9 p.m. Discovery (new series) — In the Bronx, Friedman and partner Kal Ungar respond to a burglary in progress and suddenly find themselves caught in a hail of gunfire.

“American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX — Neighbors from hell.

“Being Mary Jane” 10 p.m. BET (fourth season finale) — After learning she has a say in who replaces Garrett, Kara or Justin, Mary Jane questions whether Justin’s overtures are motivated by his desire to get her vote.

“Chrisley Knows Best” 10 p.m. USA — When Todd offers to be a chauffeur for Faye and her sister Francis, he gets more than he bargained for.

“The Murder of Laci Peterson” 10 p.m. A&E (first season finale) — New theories emerge in the wake of the verdict, condemning Scott to lethal injection.

“Conan Without Borders” 10 p.m. TBS — Conan O’Brien visits Israel.

“Will & Grace Paley Center Special” 10 p.m. NBC — A celebration of the groundbreaking sitcom “Will & Grace,” featuring memorable moments from its 1998-2006 run.

WEDNESDAY

“Big Brother” 8 p.m. CBS (19th season finale) — The winner is chosen.

“America’s’ Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC (12th season finale) — The favorite to win is the young ventriloquist singer Darci Lynne Farmer.

“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox (eighth season finale) — The final three home cooks prepare a three-course meal with ingredients of their choosing.

“Vietnam War” 8 p.m. GPB — Defying American airpower, North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail into the south, while Saigon struggles to “pacify the countryside.”

“Salvation” 10 p.m. CBS (first season finale) — Harris, Grace and Darius try to topple the illegitimate government,

“Greenleaf” 10 p.m. OWN — Charity’s plan hits a roadblock; Skip Leonard offers Jacob an enticing deal.

“The Sinner” 10 p.m. USA (first season finale) — Cora’s fate is determined.

“The Good Place” 10:01 p.m. NBC (second season debut)— Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason—who’ve had their memories erased by ambitious master architect Michael—again settle into the Good Place.

“Broad City” 10:30 p.m. Comedy — Abbi’s brief return to Soulstice gets interesting when she’s given the training opportunity she always wanted.

THURSDAY

“Gotham” 9 p.m. Fox (fourth season debut) — Gordon fears Jonathan Crane is still alive and back in Gotham.

“O.J.: Guilty in Vegas” 9 p.m. A&E — A look at what landed him in prison as he tried to take back his memorabilia.

“Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime — The models become much more than runway eye candy as they serve for inspiration to the designers to create a street style look.

“The Orville” 9 p.m. Fox — The Orville crew is divided between cultures when Bortus and Klyden debate if their newly born offspring should receive a controversial surgery.

“Better Things” 10 p.m. FX  — Sam clears her head.

“Zoo” 10 p.m. CBS (third season debut) — The team races to stop the hybrids from breaching the barrier wall by shutting down the last beacon that draws them in.

FRIDAY

“Fuller House” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (third season debut)  It begins on the first day of summer break, which lends itself to more celebratory episodes, including a Fourth of July episode.

“Transparent” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (fourth season debut)  The Pfeffermans take a spiritual and political journey to the Holy Land.

“Million Dollar Matchmaker” 9 p.m. WE  Patti battles Marcellas Reynolds, an explosive celeb stylist with a “hit it and quit it” habit, while she guides “Baywatch” babe Donna D’Errico as she dives back into dating for the first time since her divorce.

“Evil Things” 10 p.m. TLC  A young couple moves into their eerie new home to discover that something more than just old toys have been left behind.

WEEKEND

“Halt and Catch Fire” 9 p.m. Saturday AMC — Donna makes a play for a heavy hitter; Gordon confronts his daughter about an issue at school; Cameron finds a new fan; and Joe sees a new side of Haley.

“Oprah’s Master Class” 9 p.m. Saturday OWN — Atlanta’s Usher offers his life thoughts and advice, followed by Georgia native Gladys Knight at 10.

“Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?” 8 p.m. Sunday Fox — An investigation of the unsolved murders of hip-hop icons Tupac Shakur (1971-96) and Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace (1972-97). 

“Teen Wolf” 8 p.m. Sunday MTV (series finale) — Gerard initiates his final attack on the Supernaturals of Beacon Hills.

“Outlander” 8 p.m. Sunday Starz — Title is called “All Debts Paid.”

“The Vietnam War” 8 p.m. Sunday GPB — On the eve of the Tet holiday, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launch surprise attacks throughout the south.

“The Deuce” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Vincent is blindsided by an unexpected partner after putting the finishing touches on his new bar.

“Fear the Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC— As Nick and Jake set out to handle a delicate situation, the Ranch prepares for a threat greater than any they’ve faced before.

“The Last Ship” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — The search continues with a reconnaissance mission but things turn violent when an old foe resurfaces

“Ballers” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO (third season finale) — Spencer and Joe get a late-game assist in their efforts to win over team owners.

“Vice Principals” 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO  — Gamby fingers a suspect, with some help from Dayshawn; Russell tries out a kindness strategy at school.

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