TV best bets with ‘The Walking Dead’ return, Gucci Mane, George Michael

Posted on Sunday, October 15, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The only notable show that returns this week is “The Walking Dead,” which happens to be the 100th episode on Sunday, October 22.

The timing works because the show will be all about war between Negan and Rick.

Otherwise, Atlanta’s Gucci Mane gets his own reality show Tuesday and Showtime celebrates the life of George Michael on Saturday.

This covers Monday, October 16 through Sunday, October 22, 2017

MONDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Leonard’s mom finds a new best friend in Penny, much to Leonard’s dismay.

“Supergirl” 8 p.m. the CW —Psi, a thief with psychic powers, attacks National City and is able to immobilize people by tapping into their worst fears.

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Derek’s elimination last week was a bit of a surprise.

“The Gifted” 9 p.m. Fox —In an effort to reunite with one another, Reed cuts a deal with the Sentinel Services and Caitlin and the kids seek help from someone outside the compound.

“Kevin Can Wait” 9 p.m. CBS — Kevin steps in as Vanessa’s “successful doctor” date at her sister’s wedding, in an attempt to impress Vanessa’s very judgmental father.

“Scorpion” 10 p.m. CBS — A simple accident while decommissioning an old nuclear missile causes Team Scorpion to be exposed to toxic vapor.

“The Brave” 10:01 p.m. NBC — An American traitor who turned to terrorism becomes integral in preventing the next attack on U.S. soil.

“The Good Doctor” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Neil and the team have to wade through legal waters when a decision about an unborn child is needed.

TUESDAY

“Lethal Weapon” 8 p.m. Fox — Murtaugh and Riggs respond to a robbery that took place 20,000 feet in the air.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — The battle rounds begin with one Atlantan in the running: Jon Mero.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — NCIS Special Agent Jacqueline Sloane, a forensic psychologist, joins the team just as a horrific storm shuts down Washington, D.C. During the power outage, a sailor is kidnapped, and Torres and Bishop go out to sea to track evidence.

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8:30 p.m. ABC — Honey and Marvin want a baby, which upsets the Huangs, who want to spend more time with their pals now that Eddie is mature enough to be left on his own.

“Black-ish” 9 p.m. ABC — Ruby gets scammed and Dre worries about her, fearing she isn’t as sharp as she used to be.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Kevin’s knee pain is causing him serious issues.

“The Mayor” 9:30 p.m. ABC — Courtney’s ability to lead is questioned by the citizens as well as his own staff, so he takes an unconventional approach when dealing with Councilman Ed Gunt in order to turn public opinion in his favor.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 9:30 p.m. Fox — The Nine-Nine embarks on its fifth annual Halloween Heist and, as usual, everybody has a plan and no one is safe.

“American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX — Valerie Solanas died for your sins.

“Gucci Mane & Keyshia Ka’oir” 10 p.m. BET (new series) — A ten-episode series about their nuptials.

“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” 10 p.m. ABC — Kevin helps plan a wedding for a young couple, but in doing so, he sees the consequences of lies.

“NCIS: New Orleans” 10 p.m. CBS — The NCIS team investigates the copycat murder of an unsolved case from 150 years ago that spawned a legendary New Orleans ghost story.

“Law & Order True Crime” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Erik and Lyle begin to divulge details of the abuse they suffered at the hands of their parents. However, a lack of evidence leaves Leslie and Jill to wonder how they will convince a jury.

WEDNESDAY

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC — The Task Force hunts for an elusive criminal who will stop at nothing to destroy some of the world’s most precious treasures.

“Empire” 8 p.m. Fox — Cookie announces that the number one album for Empire’s 20-For-20 will be a competition between all of the label’s top artists.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — The three teams are switched up.

“Dynasty” 9 p.m. the CW — The spotlight falls on the Carringtons when it’s discovered that Matthew’s death may have involved foul play.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — Fontana uses questionable force to find the kidnapped daughter of a bank manager who was forced to assist in the robbery of his own financial institution in an attempt to pay off his child’s ransom.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Jay’s pal Shorty returns from Costa Rica and stays at Jay’s house so they can reconnect, but he spends more time with Gloria than with Jay.,

“Seal Team” 9 p.m. CBS — Jason and the SEAL Team refuse to abort a mission to capture a dangerous war criminal after it goes sideways.

“Star” 9:01 p.m. Fox — A rattled Star is reeling with emotions when her father reenters her life.

“Criminal Minds” 10 p.m. CBS — The BAU investigates a workplace shooting committed by a state-of-the-art drone in Silicon Valley.

“Chicago PD” 10 p.m. NBC — While investigating a drug-related homicide, Intelligence is stonewalled by the “no snitch” culture of the neighborhood.

“Designated Survivor” 10 p.m. ABC — Tensions rise between America and Mexico when a Mexican citizen is shot during a border dispute regarding Mexican trade imports.

“Mr. Robot” 10 p.m. FX — Elliot is lit by his goal to undo five/nine.

THURSDAY

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox — Nygma comes face-to-face with Butch Gilzean, but he is not who he used to be.

“Superstore” 8 p.m. NBC — Tensions arise among the employees after an attempted robbery, pitting Dina against Jonah.

“The Good Place” 8:30 p.m. NBC — Chidi and Eleanor tackle a famous ethical dilemma, leading to a conflict with Michael.

“Will & Grace” 9 p.m. NBC — Jack is stunned to learn that his estranged son, Elliot, has a son of his own, Skip.

“Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime — In this unconventional Lexus Challenge the designers use safety materials to create a look that wows the judges as Fashion Week is right around the corner.

“The Eleven” 9 p.m. A&E (new series) — Investigators Lise Olsen and Fred Paige begin examining the murders of 11 teenage girls after a confession letter surfaces from a convicted murderer.

“Scandal” 9 p.m. ABC — Fitz stays in Vermont and hides from the limelight during the first 100 days of Mellie’s presidency, adjusting to life as an ordinary citizen for the first time in years.

“Chicago Fire” 10 p.m. NBC — While running a secret errand, Dawson finds herself trapped in a collapsed parking structure.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m. ABC — Annalise feels like she’s found her purpose again as she focuses on developing a big case, but Bonnie grows suspicious.

FRIDAY

“Red Oaks” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (third season debut) — It’s the summer of ’87 and change is in the air at Red Oaks. David is chasing his dream to become a director in NYC. Wheeler and Misty have taken their relationship to the next level but face unforeseen obstacles. Getty is making lemonade of lemons in prison.

“The Day I Met El Chapo” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — The three-part series tells Kate’s side of the story using never-before-seen footage and exclusive details of what led to the infamous meeting between one of the world’s most notorious drug lords, a Hollywood star and one of Mexico’s most famous television actresses.

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” 8 p.m. the CW  — Rebecca, unsatisfied with Paula’s ideas to build a case against Josh, turns to Nathaniel for help crafting a truly evil plan.

“Hell’s Kitchen 8 p.m. Fox — The remaining chefs must face off in a “game of chance” to divvy up their ingredients and create their own unique dishes.

“MacGyver 8 p.m. CBS — Murdoc drugs and kidnaps MacGyver, who uses a needle and his teeth to escape and join the team to save Murdoc’s next victim.

“Hawaii Five-O 9 p.m. CBS — The lives of Five-0’s informants are put in danger when the HPD system is hacked and one ends up dead.

“Jane the Virgin” 9 p.m. the CW — Jane’s burgeoning relationship with Adam helps bring out her fun side and reminds her that she isn’t just a mom.

“The Exorcist” 9:01 p.m. Fox— As Andy confronts the strange incidents taking place on the island, his foster home receives a surprising new addition.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Danny and Baez work the case of a detective who was gunned down prior to testifying against a career criminal.

“Superstition” 10 p.m. Syfy (new series) — Calvin Hastings returns home to reconnect with his family, but the reunion is cut short by a string of killings instigated by a supernatural villain only Calvin and his family can take down. Shot in Atlanta.

WEEKEND

“The Watcher in the Woods” 8 p.m. Satruday Lifetime — Executive producer and director, Melissa Joan Hart reimagines the 80’s cult classic, “The Watcher in the Woods,” starring Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston as Mrs. Alywood, the distraught mother whose daughter, Karen, vanished in the English countryside over 20 years ago.

“George Michael: Freedom” 9 p.m. Saturday Showtime — A documentary on the late pop star.

“Outlander” 8 p.m. Sunday Starz (75-minute episode)  — Claire and Jamie reunite.

“Sunday Night Football” 8:20 p.m. Sunday NBC — The Atlanta Falcons vs. the Dallas Cowboys. 

“The Deuce” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Candy eyes a different job on Harvey’s set, but Lori struggles with the demands of porn acting.

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Products include a line of shirts for men 5’8″ and under; a high-end photo booth; no-drill, no-hole curtain-rod brackets; and a personal flotation device with multifunctional options.

“Good Behavior” 10 p.m. Sunday TNT  — Javier heads out on his annual solo camping trip to commemorate the death of his baby brother.

“The Walking Dead” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC (eighth season debut) — The war between the Saviors and Rick’s crew is full on.

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — Larry bribes an usher at a funeral; Susie grows suspicious of Jeff; Larry’s therapist accuses him of overstepping.

“Ten Days in the Valley” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Jane goes down a dark path due to her belief that Pete took Lake, and this leads to danger.

“White Famous” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Floyd’s commitment to “Angry Black” wavers after learning Sadie’s new boyfriend has been cast as his co-star.

“Madam Secretary” 10:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — Elizabeth tries to fund an electrical grid in a Syrian refugee camp before riots break out in the country due to a lack of electricity and water.

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