TV best bets with ‘Orange is the New Black’ final season, Katee Sackhoff in ‘Another Life,’ Amazon’s ‘The Boys’

Originally posted Sunday, July 21, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Netflix’s groundbreaking series “Orange is the New Black” says goodbye this Friday with a seventh season and 13 more episodes. It’s a series which showed complex stories about women of all shapes and sizes that paved the way for shows such as Hulu’s “A Handmaid’s Tale” (now airing season 3) and HBO’s “Insecure.”

And according to Netflix, at least 105 million people worldwide have watched at least one episode since 2013.

The day before, Netflix is releasing yet another dystopian sci-fi series, this time “Another Life” starring “Battlestar Galactica’ star Katie Sackhoff as an astronaut investigating alien life that is threatening Earth. 

And there is another superhero show on the way, this time on Amazon Prime called “The Boys,” which has already been renewed for a second season even before its season one release Friday. This one is an edgy satire where the superheroes abuse their powers rather than use them for good and a group of anti-heroes - called “The Boys” - try to stop them. And it’s not family friendly at all. The trailer alone is packed with curse words. 

MONDAY

“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — The 17 men who were "jilted" get to come back and "tell all."

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

“The Code” 9 p.m. CBS (first season finale) — Abe's colleagues must defend -- and reluctantly prosecute -- him when he is arrested and court-martialed for mutiny in regard to a 2010 mission.

“So You Think You Can Dance” 9 p.m. Fox — More cutdowns at the Academy. 

“Divorce” 10 p.m. HBO  Frances and Henry sit down with Robert and Jackie to share a meal together, but strain put on their relationships make the situation worse; Frances’ work day yields something important; Dallas suffers through another disagreeable client.

“Grand Hotel” 10 p.m. ABC  The hotel faces a few obstacles from a neighboring hotel while planning their gala fundraiser.

TUESDAY

“Who Killed Garrett Phillips?” 8 p.m. HBO — The documentary seeks to uncover the truth behind the tragic murder of a young boy that traumatized a town, the vilification of a black man who was swept up in a quest for justice and the mysteries that remain.

“Ambitions” 10 p.m. OWN — Stephanie is a force to be reckoned with at a Women's Empowerment Summit; Bella forges an alliance with Rod.

“Blood & Treasure” 9 p.m. CBS — The trail of Cleopatra's sarcophagus leads Danny and Lexi to the Bermuda Triangle, where a contact of Shaw's offers assistance tracking down a smuggler's plane that vanished years earlier.

“Pose” 10 p.m. FX —After falling ill while organizing his annual AIDS Cabaret, PrayTell lands in the hospital leading to a series of unexpected visitors.

“The Detour” 10:30 p.m. TBS — The Parkers go on a Japanese game show.

WEDNESDAY

“Handmaid’s Tale” 3:01 a.m. Hulu — A focus on Commander Lawrence's fate. 

“MasterChef” 8 p.m. Fox — The Top 13 endure an immunity challenge fit for a king when they are tasked with breaking down Alaskan king crabs.

Suits” 9 p.m. USA — The firm faces the repercussions of their actions. Samantha enlists Katrina to help an old friend.

“The Inbetween” 10 p.m. NBC — Tom and Damien race to stop a serial pyromaniac before he can strike again

“Yellowstone” 10 p.m. Paramount — Jamie tries desperately to walk back a previous mistake. Kayce tracks down evidence.

THURSDAY

“Another Life” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — Astronaut Niko Breckinridge and her young crew face unimaginable dangers as they go on a high-risk mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. It stars Katee Sackhoff and Selma Blair.

“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox  In another mystery box challenge, the home cooks will be forced to rise to the occasion.

“Hollywood Game Night” 9 p.m. NBC — Donald Faison, David Arquette, Rob Riggle, Colton Dunn, Lauren Ash and Ben Feldman.

“Alone” 10 p.m. History — A survivalist confronts the Arctic's most ferocious creature.

“Elementary” 10 p.m. CBS — Holmes and Watson receive a shocking request to collaborate from their foe, Odin Reichenbach, when the tech billionaire asks them to test his new crime prevention system. Tasked with investigating someone the program predicts will soon commit a crime, the duo worries..

FRIDAY

“The Boys” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (new series) — When superheroes abuse their superpowers instead of using them for good, The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about The Seven and Vought, the conglomerate that covers up their dirty secrets.

“Orange is the New Black” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (series finale) — The seventh and final season wraps up with ICE entering the picture, Tasha facing life imprisonment and Piper dealing with the world after pirson. 

“Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” 8 p.m. ABC  Out of answers and running out of time, the agents must face the ghosts of their past in order to move forward.

“Killjoys” 10 p.m. Syfy  Dutch tries to wake her friends from the memory matrix and stop The Lady.

WEEKEND

“V.C. Andrews' Heaven Casteel Saga: Heaven” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime (mini-series debut) — The journey of Heaven Casteel and her siblings after their father devises a scheme that threatens to destroy their dreams and separate the family forever.

“City on a Hill” 9 p.m. Sunday Starz — Jackie thinks that he is a step closer to glory after the gang's arms dealer is taken to custody. Frankie and Jimmy look for a dealer as they look for their next job.

“Claws” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — the crew makes elaborate plans to pay back the casino’s debts only to learn that they’re nowhere near being out of the woods.

“Great Food Truck Race” 9 p.m. Sunday Food (10th season finale) — Atlanta-based NOLA Creations are in the final three to win it all. 

“Instinct” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS — Dylan and Lizzie investigate the case of a prominent divorce lawyer who is found murdered in a bizarre ritual.

“Nos4A2” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC (first season finale) — Despite Maggie's warning, Vic strives to rescue a loved one. Manx learns a disappointing detail about Vic.

“To Tell the Truth” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Norman Lear, Bob Saget, Joel McHale and Rita Moreno. 

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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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