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TV best bets with James Comey, 'Fear the Walking Dead,' Elton John, 'Lost in Space'

Posted Sunday, April 8, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Occasional Atlanta resident Elton John is feted by the Grammy's and many of his admirers on Tuesday on CBS.

And while "The Walking Dead" season eight concludes and the Rick/Negan war finally sputters to an end (hopefully), "Fear the Walking Dead" returns and Morgan crosses over.

ABC has a major interview with ousted FBI director James Comey Sunday.

And Netflix's biggest offering this week is a revamped version of "Lost in Space."

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This covers Monday, April 9 through Sunday April 15, 2018.

MONDAY

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — The top 24 is named. Will Paulding County’s Caleb Lee Hutchinson make the cut?

“Kevin Can Wait” 8 p.m. CBS — Kevin and Vanessa devise a plan to save Enzo's restaurant after learning the new owner, Alviti, plans to knock it down and build a parking lot.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — Cherokee County’s Wilkes competes in the Knockout Rounds.

“The Terror” 9 p.m. AMC — A cunning attack on the ships proves the men are not battling an ordinary bear and that the region's Inuit culture may hold a key to their survival.

“McMafia” 10 p.m. AMC — Alex fears Vadim's next move as he increases the family's security; Rebecca is torn and moves out as she struggles with Alex's choices.

“Good Girls” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Business is booming and the women are living large, but a threat from one of their employees reminds them how violent Rio can be when pushed and threatens everything they've been working toward.

“Scorpion” 10 p.m. CBS — Paige's maternal side goes into high gear when Team Scorpion must save an unconscious, hypothermic boy stuck in the wheel well of their airborne airplane.

TUESDAY

“Roseanne” 8 p.m. ABC —  A crucial moment for Becky's surrogacy arrangement forces her and Darlene to critically assess each other's lives.

“Lethal Weapon” 8 p.m. Fox —The duo investigates a veteran hitman who Murtaugh has followed for years.

“Black Lightning” 9 p.m. the CW — Tobias returns to Freeland.

“Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A Grammy Salute” 9 p.m. CBS — A celebration of Elton John's illustrious career and songs, featuring performances by Alessia Cara, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Kesha, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Shawn Mendes, Maren Morris, among others.

“Rise” 9:01 p.m. NBC — After their unresolved confrontation with Gordy, Lou and Gail try desperately to get through to him. Lou discovers a crucial element to the show needs a major overhaul.

“New Girl” 9:30 p.m. Fox (seventh season debut) — The Season 7 premiere picks up about three years after the end of Season 6 with Jess and Nick returning from a European book tour for "The Pepperwood Chronicles."

“Chicago Med” 10 p.m. NBC — Dr. Charles and Dr. Reese search for answers when a mother brings in her daughter claiming she is possessed. Dr. Rhodes and Dr. Bekker are tasked with finding a way to save a pair of conjoined twins

“For the People” 10 p.m. ABC— Judge Byrne finds himself at a crossroads in his career when he presides over a case that requires a disproportionate mandatory minimum sentence.

“Legion” 10 p.m. FX — David meets his oldest enemy.

“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and Biggie Smalls” 10 p.m. USA — Pole takes his theory about Biggie's murder outside of the LAPD. Kading and Dupree have a long-awaited sit down.

WEDNESDAY

“Empire” 8 p.m. Fox — A Lyon health scare shakes up the company.

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC — In an attempt to apply pressure to Ian Garvey, Red and the Task Force head to Paris to track down a prominent heroin supplier for the Nash Syndicate.

“Harry Potter: The History of Magic” 8 p.m. the CW — A look at the enduring phenomenon.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — The merge happens and there are plenty of immunity idols floating around.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — The SVU must break through military red tape when a soldier is suspected of sexual assault.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Mitchell gets Cam the police ride-along he's always dreamed of.

“Star” 9 p.m. Fox — Rapper Quavo is recruited to join Midtown Sound.

“Suits” 9 p.m. USA — Harvey is forced into a difficult decision when the impossible is asked of him.

“America Inside Out With Katie Couric” 10 p.m. NGC (new series) — Katie Couric explores the divisive issue of confederate monuments.

“The Americans” 10 p.m. FX — In the aftermath of a disastrous operation, Philip and Elizabeth clash about how to handle things with Paige.

“Designated Survivor” 10 p.m. ABC — Following the deadly bomb explosion inside a D.C. metro station, President Kirkman declares war on Kunami.

“Sell it Like Serhant” 10 p.m. Bravo (new series) — Real-estate agent Ryan Serhant attempts to impart his professional wisdom on Tim, a struggling wine salesman in Millbrook, New York.

“Staten Island Hustle” 10 p.m. CNBC (new series) — This series follows a group of animated, friends and businessmen from Staten Island who've yet to come up with an idea or product too far-fetched for them to invest in.

“Conan Without Borders: Italy” 10 p.m. TBS — Conan tours Italy with fan favorite show staffer Jordan Schlansky.

“Flip Wars” 10 p.m. A&E (new series) — Flip Wars tracks experienced, professional flippers as they tackle the next big thing in the market – ghost flips – where buyers invest their own money on homes they’ve never laid eyes on, completely unaware of a home’s potential problems that could turn their quick flip into a major headache.

THURSDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS  — A brilliant but reclusive scientist, Doctor Wolcott, invites Sheldon to his cabin in the middle of nowhere, and Leonard, Raj and Howard go along for the trip.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC — An agent from ICE shows up at Grey Sloan in search of an employee who may be working in the U.S. under DACA.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox — The Arkham inmates are still running freely in Gotham..

“Jersey Shore Family Vacation” 8 p.m. MTV — Ronnie and Deena's unresolved issues resurface and the Situation arrives.

“Young Sheldon” 8:31 p.m. CBS — Mary bans Sheldon from reading a mature comic book, and Sheldon decides it's time to stop living under Mary's thumb.

“Station 19” 9 p.m. ABC — Miranda Bailey visits Ben at work, meeting his new co-workers for the first time.

“Mom” 9 p.m. CBS — When the ladies bring a meeting to a women's prison, Bonnie is attacked by an old acquaintance, Tammy, and Christy helps Bonnie make amends.

“Atlanta” 10 p.m. FX — It's time for some partying, but it's debatable if that partying occurred if there wasn't a post about it.

“Chicago Fire” 10 p.m. NBC — When the FBI takes over Firehouse 51 for an undercover mission, Casey and Severide volunteer to assist with the investigation.

FRIDAY

“Bosch”  3:01 a.m. Amazon (fourth season debut)  — In the ten-episode season four, when an attorney is murdered on the eve of his civil rights trial against the LAPD, Bosch is assigned to lead a task force to solve the crime.

“Lost in Space”  3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)  — Taking its cues from the original series, the show centers around the Robinson family, who is forced to come together in a time of crisis.

“Masterchef Junior”  8 p.m. Fox (two hours)  — The junior home cooks split into two teams and take over the kitchen at an upscale hotel in Los Angeles, where they will be in charge of running room service during breakfast for guests at the hotel.

“MacGyver”  8 p.m. CBS  — Mac and Jack attempt to rescue a billionaire's son after he is kidnapped by a former Navy SEAL who uses an EMP weapon to cut off power and communication lines to the Shanghai skyscraper where the boy lives.

“Taken” 8  p.m. NBC   — When a bomb goes off in Washington, D.C., the team suspects an innocent man is being framed for the crime. Meanwhile, Kilroy tracks down a notorious hacker.

“Hawaii Five-O”  9 p.m. CBS  — Catherine Rollins recruits McGarrett and Jerry to help her track down a uranium deposit thought to be hidden on an abandoned Hawaiian island before a suspected terrorist can make dirty bombs with it.

“Rellik”  10 p.m. Cinemax (new series)  — A UK murder mystery.

WEEKEND

“Elvis Presley: The Searcher” 8 p.m. Saturday HBO — Elvis' life story through his music, utilizing a treasure trove of unseen video, photographs and new interviews with his friends, collaborators and fans.

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — John Mulaney hosts.

“Howards End” 8 p.m. Sunday Starz — After the death of Mrs. Wilcox, her family is thrown by her final request regarding Howards End.

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Sund ay Fox  — Twelve more of the semifinalists perform.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 p.m. Sund ay Bravo — Part two of reunions.

“Academy of Country Music Awards” 8 p.m. Sund ay CBS — Reba McEntire hosts. Luke Bryan, the Florida-Georgia Line and Lady Antebellum are among the performers.

“Lethal Admirer” 8 p.m. Sunday Lifetime —When Megan’s fiancé is killed, she moves cross country and rebuilds her life with a new boyfriend and a closer relationship to her sister. When she runs into one of her old colleagues, Lloyd, she is pleasantly surprised and the pair become close friends; yet, Lloyd wants more and he soon begins to sabotage everything in Megan’s life that keeps them apart: his ultimate plan is to make Megan his…no matter who gets hurt in the process.

“American Dynasties: The Kennedys” 9 p.m. Sunday CNN (season finale) —Bobby Kennedy is asssassinated and Ted Kennedy struggles with his own scandals.

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Carrie has problems at home. 

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC (eighth season finale) — The communities join forces in the last stand against the Saviors. The season's story lines culminate in all-out war.

“Fear the Walking Dead” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC (fourth season debut) — A lone traveler's wearying journey is interrupted by new acquaintances, some who become friends, others who becomes foes.

“A Higher Loyalty: the Comey/Stephanopolous interview” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Former FBI director James Comey is interviewed by George Stephanopoulos.

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

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