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Posted Sunday, April 1, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Al Pacino plays the fallen Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in Saturdays' Barry Levinson-directed drama about the sex abuse scandal.

Tracy Morgan makes a comeback in his first sitcom since his accident, playing a man who leaves prison after 15 years in TBS's 'The Last O.G" Tuesday.

TLC brings back "Trading Spaces" after a decade on Saturday night. And the "Jersey Shore" cast reunites on MTV Thursday. Plus, Steve Zahn stars in a "Lost"-like series on Monday called "The Crossing."

Sandra Oh stars in a new BBC thriller called "Killing Eve."

And Chadwick Boseman ("Black Panther") will be host this Saturday night on "SNL."

This covers Monday, April 2 through Sunday, April 8, 2018.

MONDAY

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

“King in the Wilderness” 8 p.m. HBO — As the father of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King's last three years -- from the Voting Rights Act in 1965 to his 1968 assassination -- were filled with anxiety and uncertainty as he boldly fought for equality on all fronts.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — The Knockout Rounds begin and Cherokee County's Wilkes is still in the running.

“Flipping Virgins” 9 p.m. HGTV (third season debut) — Atlanta's Egypt Sherrod is back.

“The Terror” 9 p.m. AMC — With something now stalking the ships, the captains debate their options, testing their loyalty to one another.

“McMafia” 10 p.m. AMC — Semiyon awakes to an awful accusation; Alex is convinced he's innocent and sets out to try to expose his accusers; Katya unravels a shocking secret.

“Good Girls” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Overwhelmed by the volume of work their new enterprise demands, the ladies decide to outsource.

“The Crossing” 10:01 p.m. ABC (new series) — Steve Zahn's character finds refugees who claim to be seeking asylum from a dangerous war at home — but their home is America, 180 years into the future.

TUESDAY

“Roseanne” 8 p.m. ABC — Roseanne's clash with Darlene over how she's raising her kids—especially Harris—reaches a breaking point.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Gibbs is granted protective custody of a 10-year-old orphaned refugee when an NCIS case reveals she is the target of a violent gang.

“Black Lightning” 9 p.m. the CW —  Jefferson Pierce is arrested on suspicion of being Black Lightning.

“Little People, Big World” 9 p.m. TLC (16th season debut) — Zach and Tori navigate life as new parents to Jackson.

“Rise” 9:01 p.m. NBC — Robbie's two worlds collide at a house party, where tensions threaten to bubble over as his football teammates face off with the drama troupe..

“Splitting Up Together” 9:30 p.m. ABC — With this being Martin's week in the house to take care of the kids, he discovers that daughter Mae finds his parenting skills to be lacking and a bit sexist.

“Chicago Med” 10 p.m. NBC — After a baby is abducted from Med, Goodwin enlists the help of Dr. Charles and Dr. Reese to find the suspect.

“For the People” 10 p.m. ABC— After Seth learns that the people of his hometown and former elementary school in Lincoln, Neb., have become seriously ill due to groundwater contamination, he becomes invested in seeking justice, potentially jeopardizing the future of his career.

“Legion” 10 p.m. FX (second season debut) — Unlikely alliances are formed and the search for the Shadow King begins.

“The Quad” 10 p.m. BET (second season finale) — GAMU's students decide to take matters into their own hands.

“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and Biggie Smalls” 10 p.m. USA — he Task Force makes progress on a suspect.

“The Last O.G.” 10:30 p.m. TBS (new series) — A comedy about an ex-con (Tracy Morgan) who is shocked to see just how much the world has changed when he's released from prison after 15 years.

WEDNESDAY

“Empire” 8 p.m. Fox — On the brink of a lucrative tech deal, Eddie realizes that he must work on rebranding Empire.

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC — When an associate of the Nash Syndicate is murdered, Red sets Liz and the Task Force on the case in order to recover evidence crucial to bringing down Ian Garvey.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — The Naviti tribe, which keeps losing, burns its flag in hopes of reversing the curse.

“Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.” 8 p.m. WSB-TV — This special pre-empts "The Goldbergs" and "Alex Inc.," which will air overnight intsead.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — When Gloria's ex-boyfriend Jorge stops by for a visit, his striking resemblance to Manny makes Jay question if he might be Manny's real dad.

“I Am MLK Jr.” 9 p.m. Paramount — A documentary about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Included: the Montgomery Bus Boycott; Birmingham Campaign; March on Washington; and Selma Movement.

“Star” 9 p.m. Fox — Charles makes a decision about Noah's upcoming tour that leaves Take 3 in a tough spot.

“Suits” 9 p.m. USA — Harvey has to call in an old debt for the firm.

“The Americans” 10 p.m. FX  — Elizabeth targets an old source who could tip the balance of the upcoming summit.

“Designated Survivor” 10 p.m. ABC — President Kirkman and his staff have credible intelligence that a dirty bomb is on U.S. soil.

THURSDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS  — When Leonard learns Sheldon is the president of the tenants association, he decides to run against him.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC — Amelia, Koracick and DeLuca perform a risky, groundbreaking procedure using ultrasound waves to remove a young patient's brain tumor.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox — Gordon and Bullock try to stay one step ahead as Jerome zeros in on his next target.

“Jersey Shore Family Vacation” 8 p.m. MTV (new series) — Almost the entire original cast returns to party in Miami like they're (much) younger again.

“Young Sheldon” 8:31 p.m. CBS — Sheldon is bullied by an unlikely character, and Mary and George disagree on how to handle the situation.

“Project Runway All Stars” 9 p.m. Lifetime (sixth season finale) — Anthony Williams of Atlanta has a shot to win it all.

“Station 19” 9 p.m. ABC — Andy and Jack disagree over spending decisions at the station.

“Mom” 9 p.m. CBS — Christy is blindsided by a surprising offer from her boyfriend, Patrick.

“Will & Grace” 9 p.m. ABC (ninth season finale) — Grace's father and Will's mother end up making a surprising and upsetting connection.

“Atlanta” 10 p.m. FX — Darius is trippin'.

“Chicago Fire” 10 p.m. NBC —Boden has a lapse in judgment in the aftermath of rescuing a young boy.

“Scandal” 10 p.m. ABC — On the heels of her commitment to turn over a new leaf, personal turmoil strikes Olivia once again when Mellie demands that she get rid of Cyrus once and for all.

FRIDAY

“My Next Guest Needs No Introduction”  3:01 a.m. Netflix  — David Letterman talks to Jay-Z.

“Troy: Fall of a City”  3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut)  — An epic tale of love, revenge, and intrigue centered around the events of the Trojan War and the love affair between Paris and Helen.

“Dynasty”  8 p.m. the CW  — When Fallon and Alexis fight for Steven's love, his relationship with Sam gets caught in the crossfire.

“Masterchef Junior”  8 p.m. Fox  — The junior chefs split up into pairs and have to decorate and frost as many specialty donuts as they can in just 10 minutes.

“MacGyver”  8 p.m. CBS  — As Mac and the team investigate the suspicious death of Dawn's CIA supervisor, the evidence leads to a dirty CIA agent and a massive counterfeiting ring.

“Taken” 8  p.m. NBC (special time)  — Bryan must stop an act of biological terrorism when invasive species are stolen from the Global Seed Bank in Norway.

“Hawaii Five-O”  9 p.m. CBS  — A hitman McGarrett's father failed to arrest comes to McGarrett to finally confess his crimes and admit where he buried his victims.

“Blue Bloods”  10 p.m. CBS  — After a woman voices her outrage regarding the NYPD's inability to find her son's murderer, Danny reexamines the case, upsetting the original detective, Erin.

“Strike Back”  10 p.m. Cinemax (fifth season finale)   Section 20 heads to a remote island to retrieve a top-secret file coveted by both Ives and the Russians.

WEEKEND

“Evil Doctor” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — Matt and Aubrey are having their first child. They go to see Dr. Natalie Barnes, who is an OBGYN, but she is not what she seems. She switches sonograms and lies to Aubrey as she attempts to seduce Matt.

“Paterno” 8 p.m. Saturday HBO — A portrait of Joe Paterno, the legendary Penn State football coach whose heralded career ended in the aftermath of the infamous Jerry Sandusky sexual-abuse scandal.

“Trading Spaces” 9 p.m. Saturday TLC (ninth season debut) — The gang - including Atlanta's Vern Yip - gets back together after a decade apart.

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 tonight NBC — Chadwick Boseman hosts.

“Howards End” 8 p.m. Sunday Starz (new series) — The story of Margaret (Hayley Atwell) and Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard), two independent and unconventional sisters seeking love and meaning as they navigate an ever-changing world.

“Killing Eve” 8 p.m. Sunday BBC (new series) — MI5 security officer Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) is bored in her job and yearns for a more exciting life. When a Russian politician is murdered, Eve is tasked with protecting the only witness and soon finds herself on a collision course with an assassin.

“Long Island Medium” 8 p.m. Sunday TLC (10th season spring debut) — Theresa Caputo grapples with her marriage crumbling.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 p.m. Sund ay Bravo — The fireworks begin as the ladies recount the season's past.

“American Dynasties: The Kennedys” 9 p.m. Sunday CNN —Numbed by grief after the assassination of her husband, Jackie crafts JFK's legacy, while Bobby becomes a champion of the dispossessed and the family's next great political hope.

“God Code” 9 p.m. Sunday History  — Based on Timothy P. Smith's book asserting that ancient Hebrew texts are encrypted with a code that provesGod authored the Bible.

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — No description was available when I wrote this but the title is "Useful Idiot." 

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — With the threat of the Saviors still looming, Aaron continues searching for allies.

“Saints & Sinners” 9 p.m. Sunday Bounce (third season debut)  — Christie's tragic mistake unravels a chain reaction that could destroy her and bring down the entire town of Cypress.

“Madam Secretary” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — Sen. Morejon puts phase two of Elizabeth's U.S.-Iran arms deal in jeopardy when he asserts that Iran funneled money from phase one of the deal to fund a recent bombing that killed an American citizen.

“Trust” 10 p.m. Sunday FX — J. Paul Getty's refusal to pay a single, solitary cent to his grandson's captors has significant, unforeseen consequences in Italy.

“Silicon Valley” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — Encouraged by Jared to strike up a friendship with Dana, a like-minded CEO, Richard instead finds himself charmed by Dana's COO, who challenges his loyalty to Gilfoyle.

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