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TV best bets with Donald Glover, Harley Davidson, Rob Lowe roast, 9/11 specials, 'Rizzoli & Isles'

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Sunday, September 4, 2016

This is a week full of diverse programming choices.

Want some old-fashioned swimsuits? Miss America is back on ABC Sunday.

Ann Coulter trying to "burn" Rob Lowe? Comedy Central on Monday has its annual roast - this year focused on the still amazingly attractive actor last seen on the short-lived Fox comedy "The Grinder."

Seeking a cool, quirky look at being poor and black in Atlanta? Welcome to FX's "Atlanta" created and starring cool and quirky Donald Glover Tuesday.

Love to find out how Harley Davidson came to be? Discovery has a fun three-part mini-series airing Monday through Wednesday.

A dark family melodrama set in New Orleans with Oprah Winfrey's stamp of approval? Try OWN's take on Natalie Baszile's novel "Queen Sugar" Tuesday night.

Want to say goodbye to a mainstay? TNT says goodbye forever to "Rizzoli & Isles" Monday.

In a charitable mood? The four broadcast networks are seeking a cure for cancer and airing a special Friday.

And a more serious note, History, CNN and Fox News are among the networks airing specials looking at 9/11 15 years later.

Feeling frisky? Showtime's "Masters of Sex" returns Sunday for a fourth season.

And there are new shows featuring weed dealers (MTV's "Mary + Jane"), a working actress in a comedy that evokes "Louie" (FX's "Better Things"), a comedy that evokes "Louie" and is also executive produced by Louie C.K. (Amazon's "One Mississippi") and a gay bachelor (Logo's "Finding Prince Charming").

This covers Monday, September 5 through Sunday, September 11.


“America Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC — The national finals week two in Vegas.

“Bachelor in Paradise” 8 p.m. ABC — Atlanta's Josh Murray has hooked up with a new girl Amanda Stanton.

“Harley & the Davidsons” 9 p.m. Discovery (three-part mini-series) — The creation of America's most popular motorcycle brand.

“15 Septembers Later” 9 p.m. History — An examination of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, reflects on what has transpired in the 15 years after the calamities.

“Rizzoli & Isles” 9 p.m. TNT (series finale) — Everyone makes a farewell video as a "bon voyage" party fast approaches.

“The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe” 9 p.m. Comedy Central — Ann Coulter and Jewel are among the head-scratching line-up of roasters.

“Major Crimes” 10 p.m. TNT — The detectives tie up loose ends from an investigation into white supremacists.

“Mary + Jane” 10 p.m. MTV (new series) — The comedy about two weed dealers begins with the gals called to deliver to major celebrities.

“Running Wild with Bear Grylls” 10 p.m. NBC — Lindsey Vonn joins Bear on the French island of Corsica.

“Mistresses” 10:01 p.m. ABC — April is unsure how to announce her baby news to Marc just as his career is taking off.


“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — Another semifinal round.

Bachelor in Paradise” 8 p.m. ABC (third season finale) — Season 3 ends with engagements and heartbreaks.

Harley & the Davidsons” 9 p.m. Discovery (part two) — The Harley-Davidson company returns to racing after a series of pitfalls threatens the business and its success.

The Have and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN (third season finale) — Katheryn explodes after being pushed to her limit.

Zoo” 9 p.m. CBS (two-hour second season finale) — Mitch and Jamie come up with a daring plan to undermine the Noah Objective once and for all.

Halt and Catch Fire” 10 p.m. AMC — Donna and Cameron have a hard time coming to a mutual agreement on their acquisition.

“Better Late Than Never ” 10 p.m. NBC — Who knew a travelogue in Asia featuring William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw would become a surprise hit?

“Chrisley Knows Best ” 10 p.m. USA — Todd schedules Julie's colonoscopy and she forces him to get one too.

“Mistresses ” 10 p.m. ABC (fourth season finale on a special night) — The couples of Joss and Harry and April and Marc as new parents several months into the future.

“Queen Sugar ” 10 p.m. OWN (new series) — Estranged siblings who come together to save their family's ailing sugarcane farm in Louisiana.


“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox — Former Atlantan Richard Blais is a guest judge.

“Commander in Chief forum ” 9 p.m. NBC — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump participate in a forum in New York City hosted by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

“American Gothic ” 9 p.m. CBS (first season finale) — A killer taunts the Hawthornes and they look to the police for help.

“Harley & the Davidsons ” 9 p.m. Discovery (mini-series finale) The Great Depression ravages the economy, bringing the company to the brink of closure.

“Suits ” 9 p.m. USA — To protect Mike, Harvey contemplates returning Gallo to the streets.

“Mr. Robot ” 10 p.m. USA  Elliot begins to doubt Mr. Robot.

“Tyrant” 10 p.m. FX (third season finale) — Barry and Molly are on the brink of war with the Caliphate.

“Running Wild With Bear Grylls” 10 p.m. NBC (special night) — Mel B joins Bear in Wales, where they navigate cliffs, cross challenging terrain and tackle a huge descent.


“Sunday Night Football” 8:30 p.m. NBC (30th season debut) — I know it's Thursday. Why is this labelled 'Sunday Night Football'? Because the NFL can do whatever it pleases. It's the Panthers vs. the Broncos, a reprise of the Super Bowl.

“60 Days In” 9 p.m. A&E — Hazing, drug use and violence take over the prison and two participants consider dropping out. One got sick almost immediately the minute he got in.

“Finding Prince Charming 9 p.m. Logo (new series) — Atlanta's Robert Sepulveda is the first "gay bachelor." Lance Bass hosts.

“Better Things 10 p.m. FX (new series) Single mother Sam Fox struggles to raise three girls while trying to maintain her career as an actor.

“Haylie's America 10 p.m. Cooking (new series) Foodie Haylie Duff escapes to Santa Barbara, Cal., for a "cheat day" with her pal Jonathan Bennett, during which they indulge in savory waffle sandwiches and West Coast barbecue. Later, they engage in a friendly cupcake frosting wars.


“One Mississippi” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (new series) — A traumedy inspired by comedian Tig Notaro's life.

“Stand Up for Cancer” 9 p.m. ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox This biennial event will feature the likes of Ben Affleck, Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper and Celine Dion.

“10th Annual ACM Honors 9 p.m. CBS — Honorees include Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Tanya Tucker, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.

“Quarry” 10 p.m. Cinemax (new series) A crime drama, set in 1972, where a Marine returns to Memphis after serving in Vietnam and finds repatriation rough, as he is unwelcome to his family and the public, and he gradually slips into a life of crime.


“Girl in the Box8 p.m. Saturday  Lifetime — A hitchhiking woman is abducted by a young couple and held captive for seven years, during which time she's tortured and forced to live as a slave to her captors.

“Iyanla: Fix My Life9 p.m. Saturday OWN (fifth season debut) — Iyanla works with eight women who've been labeled "angry black women."

“9/11: 15 Years Later 10 a.m. Sunday Fox News— Jon Scott hosts.

“Celebrity Family Feud 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Garrett Morris vs. Alfonso Ribeiro, then Todd Chrisley vs. Sara Evans.

“9/11: 15 Years Later 8 p.m. Sunday CNN — Wait. That title sounds awfully familiar.

“102 Minutes That Changed America: 15th Anniversary Edition 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — This anniversary edition includes interviews and perspectives from those featured in the film, and people who can speak to the events that followed the attack.

“90 Day Fiance 9 p.m. Sunday TLC (fourth season debut)  — Chantel of Atlanta meets up with Pedro of the Dominican Republic. They get engaged and he comes to Atlanta but they try to keep their possible marriage a secret from her parents.

“The 2017 Miss America Competition 9 p.m. Sunday ABC  — Georgia's rep is Ga. Tech grad and Johns Creek native Patricia Ford.

“Braindead 9 p.m. Sunday CBS (first season finale)— Laurel seeks Luke's help after discovering that a senate bill is not what it appears.

“Fear the Walking Dead 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Alicia and Madison work to unite two competing factions

“The Last Ship 9 p.m. Sunday TNT (third season finale) — The battle for America reaches its climactic conclusion. Also, Chandler faces a potentially life-altering test.

Ray Donovan” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (fourth season finale) — Ray's latest attempt to save Avi and square his debts to the mob takes a hit when FBI agent Frank Barnes nabs him before he can pull it off.

Master of Sex” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime (fourth season debut) — Masters and Johnson search for purpose after their fallout

“The Strain” 10 p.m. Sunday FX   The Occido Lumen is stolen and Setrakian and Fet search for it.

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