TV best bets with Orlando Bloom, Missy Elliott, Leah Remini, 'The Dark Crystal'

Originally posted Sunday, August 25, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Orlando Bloom tackles a big TV role for the first time in a new Amazon Prime drama “Carnival Row.”

The biggest Netflix option is a new “Dark Crystal” prequel, which is getting rave reviews.

Season finales this week include OWN's “Ambitions,” Leah Remini's Scientology series on A&E and Lifetime's “Dance Moms.”

And MTV, which long ago abandoned music videos, continues to air the MTV Music Video Awards and will honor Missy Elliott, the first female rapper to ever get the Icon Award.

This covers Monday, August 26 through Sunday, September 1, 2019

MONDAY

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

“2019 MTV Music Video Awards” 8 p.m. MTV — Missy Elliott will get the Icon award. 

“So You Think You Can Dance” 9 p.m. Fox — Top 8 perform. 

“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Afterman” 9 p.m. A&E (series finale) Leah Remini and Mike Rinder speak to ex-Scientologists in front of a live studio audience about how policies used by the Church of Scientology have hindered members from reporting instances of abuse and sexual assault.

“The Terror: Infamy” 9 p.m. AMC  Chester finds ways to provide for his family and fend off the evil that keeps on following him.

“Grand Hotel” 10:01 p.m. ABC  Teresa holds a charity auction at the hotel; Javi and Alicia discover more about Beatriz

“Lodge 49” 10:10 p.m. AMC  Ernie meets up with a Lodge 49 contact played by Cheech Marin. 

TUESDAY

“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — Quarterfinals, part three..

“Ambitions” 10 p.m. OWN (first season finale) — Stephanie plays the ultimate trump card with Amara; Bella takes another chance on love, only to wake up to a nightmare; Rondell and Evan are blindsided.

“Dance Moms” 10 p.m. Lifetime (eighth season finale) —Abby's comeback to dance is put to the ultimate test as the ALDC team heads to nationals in New York City.

“Bring the Funny” 10:01 p.m. NBC — The winners from the "Comedy Clash" round move on to face off in the first Semifinal Showcase. In this round, the first group of six of the 12 remaining acts perform but the judges will only be able to select two acts to move onto the finale.

WEDNESDAY

“MasterChef” 8 p.m. Fox — The Top Seven take on another immunity challenge, but this time it's personal as family members and loved ones pay a surprise visit to the kitchen to watch the contestants make their favorite family-inspired dishes. 

“BH90210” 9 p.m Fox The fan reaction from the release of the first cast photo has the gang riding high, until the table read serves up major disappointment. 

“The Challenge” 9 p.m MTV (34th season debut) Contestants endure challenges, elimination rounds, hookups, and rivalries for the chance at money.

Pearson” 9 p.m. USA — Jessica tries to square a debt. Nick reels from McGann's bombshell. Yoli deals with personal news.

“Yellowstone” 10 p.m. Paramount — The feud with the Becks comes to a head as the Duttons scramble to save one of their own.

THURSDAY

“Ax Men” 8 p.m. History — A family emergency in Alaska leaves the yarder unmanned and a replacement needed; the Rygaard loggers find a spot full of big wood; and a competition heats up in the South.

“Growing Up Hip Hop New York” 9 p.m. WE (new series) — A Gotti family secret begins to spiral. Ja Rule's kids suffer the backlash of Fyre Festival. Da'Zyna must put aside her daddy issues with Flavor Flav for her brother Quan's rap career.

“Reef Break” 9 p.m. ABC — Petra unknowingly finds herself in the center of illegal activity involving Regina, the younger sister of criminal Doug O'Casey.

“Queen of the South” 10 p.m. USA (fourth season finale) —Teresa must solidify a new business deal to take down an enemy - but an unexpected visitor arrives.

FRIDAY

“Carnival Row” 3:01 a.m. Amazon — Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne star in Carnival Row, a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures.

“The A List” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — Romance, rivalry and radical mystery collide as a group of teens attend a remote island sleepaway camp in this suspenseful, supernatural drama.

“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” 3:01 a.m. Netflix A gripping fantasy that expands Jim Henson’s world featuring complex themes, horrifying imagery, and an environmental message. 

“Killjoys” 10 p.m. Scifi  The team goes undercover on a Leithian military base to help find The Lady's true body.

WEEKEND

“Chesapeake Shores” 8 p.m. Sunday Hallmark — A legend visits Trace as Megan plans Kevin's wedding; Jess and David discover their past can't be repaired, and Simon joins Bree as her play begins rehearsals.

“The Affair” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Janelle turns to Carl for support on her relationship and her work.

“Fear the Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — In search of a permanent home for the convoy, Charlie is drawn to a synagogue where she encounters a Rabbi surviving on his own.

“Succession” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Roman begins a six-week management training program in the Parks division and is irritated about spending so much time with "normals."

“Good Eats: The Return 10 p.m. Sunday Food — Alton Brown has the sauces that will save dinner every time.

“On Becoming a God in Central Florida 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Cody and Krystal throw a rally. Stan looks for a supplier for the water park.

“The Righteous Gemstones 10 p.m. Sunday HBO —Aimee-Leigh's elderly brother Baby Billy returns to the Gemstone ministry, bringing along his much younger wife Tiffany.

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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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