TV best bets with ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ Shark Week, series finales of ‘Jane the Virgin,’ ‘iZombie’

Originally posted Monday, July 29, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The heart of the summer means the 30th anniversary of Shark Week, where Discovery manages to generate more than 20 hours of original shark-related programming.

But fear not, shark haters. There’s a revival of the 1994 movie “Four Weddings and  Funeral” on Hulu stretched out to a 10-episode series created by Mindy Kaling. But it only slightly resembles the movie itself but feeds the rom-com itch that Kaling loves to scratch. 

The CW retires two shows in one week, both well liked among its fan base: “Jane the Virgin” and “iZombie.”

Netflix’s biggest offering is the third season of its critically acclaimed “Dear White People.” And while “The Bachelorette” wraps up, ABC offers up the annual CMA Fest while AMC brings back “Preacher.”

This covers Monday, July 29 through Sunday, August 4, 2019. 

MONDAY

“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — Hannah spends time with Peter in a luxury yacht; Hannah had a spa day with Tyler and is hoping to improve their emotional relationship; Hannah and Jed talks about her other relationships.

“American Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC — Oklahoma City finals.

“Sharks of the Badlands” 8 p.m. Discovery — White sharks are infiltrating the waters off Cape Cod. Greg Skomal joins Kina Scollay in New Zealand to test new cutting-edge technology for shark detecting surveillance.

“So You Think You Can Dance” 9 p.m. Fox — The top 10 girls perform.

“Divorce” 10 p.m. HBO  Robert and Frances spend time together as they chaperone Lila on her away game.

“Grand Hotel” 10:01 p.m. ABC  Santiago takes matters into his hands. Danny envies Alicia's relationship.

“Lights Out With David Spade” 11:30 p.m. Comedy Central (new series)  Spade talks pop culture with a panel. 
TUESDAY

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC (15th season finale) — Hannah's love story continues in Greece as she still has an agonizing decision to make. Which of the three extraordinary men she is falling in love with - Jed, Peter or Tyler C. - will she send home?

“Animal Kingdom” 9 p.m. TNT — The drama was just renewed for a fifth season. When 17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody moves in with his wild, free-wheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town, he is pulled into their life of indulgence and excess.

“Laws of Jaws: Dangerous Waters ” 9 p.m. Discovery —Four shark professionals put themselves in the line of fire as they reenact 5 real-life attacks to see if they can uncover the keys to survival. No cages allowed.

“Ambitions” 10 p.m. OWN — Stephanie makes an accusation and vows to get revenge.

“Blood & Treasure” 9 p.m. CBS —Hardwick helps Danny and Lexi try to outmaneuver the Brotherhood; and Danny learns shocking revelations that shatter everything he thought he knew about his past.

WEDNESDAY

“Four Weddings and a Funeral” 3:01 a.m. Hulu (new series) — Four American friends reunite for a fabulous London wedding. But after a bombshell at the altar throws their lives into turmoil, they must weather a tumultuous year of romance and heartbreak. Relationships are forged and broken, political scandals exposed, London social life lampooned, love affairs ignited and doused, and of course, there are four weddings... and a funeral. The revival co-created by Mindy Kaling. 

“Unmasking Jihadi John” 8 p.m. HBO — What propelled Mohammed Emwazi’s journey down a violent path despite US and British authorities being aware of his extremism.

“MasterChef” 8 p.m. Fox — The Top 12 are in for a sweet treat in this week's immunity challenge. As the home cooks enter the kitchen, they are surprised with an array of gorgeous and delectable cakes.

“Jane the Virgin” 9 p.m the CW (series finale) Jane and Rafael finally get ready for their big day, but Rafael's desire to help Jane's writing dream lands him in trouble.

Suits” 9 p.m. USA — Harvey takes a case to send Faye a message. Louis is presented with a new opportunity.

“The Inbetween” 10 p.m. NBC — Tom and Damian investigate the mysterious death of a vibrant young woman while Cassie's visions reveal a complicated family story.

“Yellowstone” 10 p.m. Paramount — John prepares to partner with a former pair of foes. Jamie makes a drastic move to protect the ranch.

“Younger” 10 p.m. TV Land — Kelsey finds herself at odds with Charles. Lisa has a flashback to her old life. Diana attends a family christening with Enzo and meets his ex.

THURSDAY

“Return to Shark Island” 8 p.m. Discovery — The ongoing shark crisis is threatening to bring a former island paradise to its knees.

“iZombie” 8 p.m. the CW (series finale)  The human versus zombie war finally comes to a head.

“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox  The home cooks walk into the kitchen to discover a tower of beautiful macarons.

“Alone” 10 p.m. History — The remaining survivalists begin feeling the effects of starvation.

“Elementary” 10 p.m. CBS — Holmes and Watson join forces with Holmes' father, Morland, to enlist his vast criminal network to help disassemble tech billionaire Odin Reichenbach's crime prevention system.

FRIDAY

“Dear White People” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (third season debut) — Sam ditches radio activism to work on her thesis film. Lionel gives up investigative muckraking to explore Winchester’s gay culture Joelle couples up with Reggie but he falls under the sway of magnetic professor Moses (Blair Underwood.)

“Descendents 3” 8 p.m. Disney — The team battles a sleeping spell that is taking over Auradon.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” 8 p.m. ABC (sixth season finale)  With time running short, the team will have to go to hell and back to stop the end of everything.

“Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team” 9 p.m. CMT (16th season debut)  Four hundred dancers from all over the country converge on AT&T Stadium to start the hardest audition process in the entertainment business.

“I Was Prey” 10 p.m. Discovery  In the Pacific Ocean, danger lurks just below the surface – a great white shark stalks a mother enjoying a day at the beach, and a massive tiger shark ambushes a local fisherman in Hawaii. Both victims must fight for their lives to reach safety.

WEEKEND

“Sharks Gone Wild 2” 8 p.m. Saturday Discovery — Discover everything that has happened in the world of sharks this year, from the unbelievable viral videos to the biggest news stories, and the latest cutting-edge shark science.

“CMA Fest” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC— Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith Urban; Kelsea Ballerini and the Chainsmokers; Brothers Osborne with Brooks & Dunn and Ashley McBryde; Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell; Tim McGraw and Luke Combs.

“Serengeti” 8 p.m. Sunday Discovery (new series) — A series of unexpected events turn families against each other, and stretches relationships to breaking point.

“City on a Hill” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Jackie celebrates a win in front of the cameras but, behind closed doors, he reaches a new low.

“Claws” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — Claws follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous manicurists working at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon, where there is a lot more going on than silk wraps and pedicures.

“Preacher” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC (fourth season debut) — Jesse is rocked by visions of an apocalyptic future as he and Tulip prepare for an all-out assault on Masada, where Cassidy - trapped to a torturous fate - struggles to hang on.

“Instinct” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS — Dylan and Lizzie investigate when a street artist's work is found with a victim's body in the middle of it.

“Euphoria” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO (first season finale) — The show has been renewed for a second season. 

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Rodney Ho
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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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