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Posted Sunday, February 25, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Jimmy Kimmel hosts The Oscars for the second year in a row on Sunday on ABC during this #MeToo movement.

Some Atlanta shows are ending their seasons such as Bravo's "Married to Medicine" on Bravo and WE-TV's "Mama June: From Not to Hot" on Friday, but FX's award-winning scripted series "Atlanta" comes back after a long break on Thursday.

Networks unloaded a bunch of new shows post Olympics. On Monday alone, CBS launches comedy "Living Biblically" about a man who takes the Bible literally on Monday, NBC tries out dramedy "Good Girls" about a trio of seemingly normal women robbing a grocery store, AMC rolls out "McMafia," a BBC production about the mafia (but no McDonald's) and WGN releases "Shoot the Messenger" where a journalist gets drawn into a murder case that destroys lives.

On Tuesday, USA gives the world a scripted take on the Tupac and Biggie Smalls murders. On Wednesday, Hulu tries out "The Looming Tower" about the years before 9/11 hits the streaming service.

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This covers Monday, February 26 through Sunday, March 4, 2018.

MONDAY

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Arie takes his final three women—Becca K., Kendall and Lauren B.—to Peru for adventurous, romantic overnight dates.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC (14th season debut) — Kelly Clarkson is the newest judge, if you haven't noticed from the promos.

“Jonestown: The Women Behind the Massacre” 9 p.m. A&E — A look at the four women behind the 1978 Jonestown Massacre in Guyana.

“iZombie” 9 p.m. the CW (fourth season debut) — While investigating the murder of a superfan of the Seattle Seahawks, Liv has a surprising vision.

“The Alienist” 9 p.m. TNT — The team hatches a plan to catch the killer.

“Living Biblically” 9:30 p.m. CBS (new series) — Chip loses his best friend, which spurs him to become a better man by living his life according to the Bible.

“Good Girls” 10 p.m. NBC (new series) — Three suburban moms decide that being good never got them anywhere, and rob a supermarket in order to get a little cash to help them and their families out.

“McMafia” 9 p.m. AMC (new series) — After a tragic event, Russian exile Alex Godman is drawn into the murky world of global crime as he tries to protect his family from their dark past.

“Shoot the Messenger” 10 p.m. WGN (new series) — A crime drama about a young reporter begins with her meeting a source with "something big" to tell her, but the rendezvous is interrupted by gunfire, leaving the source wounded and his friend dead.

“Scorpion” 10 p.m. CBS — The geniuses of Team Scorpion turn into knuckleheads and Paige must simplify the science for them, when their mental faculties are impaired during a job to prevent the creation of a black hole.

“The Good Doctor” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Dr. Shaun Murphy's teenage patient has been confined to her home her entire life due to a rare heart condition.

TUESDAY

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — CIS strikes a deal with convicted murderer Paul Triff, giving him a 48-hour furlough at his former residence.

“The Middle ” 8 p.m. ABC— Frankie helps Sue celebrate her 21st birthday by taking her to a bar close to the college.

“We’ll Meet Again” 8 p.m. GPB  (first season finale) — The reunions of people whose lives were changed by the early days of the gay rights movement.

“Intervention” 9 p.m. A&E (18th season finale) — David changes his mind about getting help, and interventionist Donna Chavous struggles to get him back on board for treatment.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Sarah and George make great progress in prosecuting the Cryers.

“This Is Us” 10 p.m. NBC  — Kate and Toby go to Las Vegas for their bachelor-bachelorette parties.

“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” 10 p.m. ABC — Feeling guilty about the role he played in getting the former high-school security guard fired, Kevin looks to help Becky follow her true passion: inventing.

“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and Biggie Smalls” 10 p.m. USA (new series) — In 1997, Detective Russell Poole launches the first major investigation into the murder of the Notorious B.I.G. Ten years later, Detective Greg Kading is asked to re-open the still-unsolved case.

“Chicago Med” 10 p.m. NBC — After witnessing a drive by shooting and hitting her head, Dr. Manning struggles with the aftermath of a head injury.

WEDNESDAY

“Looming Tower” 3:01 a.m. Hulu (new series) — In this scripted series starring Jeff Daniels, U.S. counter-terrorism agents track the rise of Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden in the late 1990s with friction between the FBI and CIA complicating the investigation.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS (36th season debut) — Ghosts of mistakes past are brought back.

“The X-Files” 8 p.m. Fox — In a world of ever-increasing automation and artificial intelligence, Mulder and Scully find themselves targets in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.

“Hollywood Meidum” 9 p.m. E! (third season debut) — Guests: Jim Parsons, Kristin Cavallari and former Atlantnas Todd and Savannah Chrisley.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — When Jay overhears Gloria on the phone talking about spanking, he assumes she is frustrated in the bedroom.

“9-1-1” 9 p.m. Fox — A full moon keeps the crew busy with some of the craziest calls yet, as Athena investigates a potential home invasion and "faces off" against a rabid criminal.

“American Crime Story” 10 p.m. FX — Andrew Cunanan celebrates his birthday in San Diego as his life starts to fall apart.

“Designated Survivor” 10 p.m. ABC — President Kirkman's senior staff insist he seek professional help in dealing with the loss of Alex.

THURSDAY

“Grey's Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC — Seattle firefighters Ben Warren and Andy Herrera head to Grey Sloan after rescuing two boys that are injured in a house fire.

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — When Bernadette won't go into labor, all her friends try different tactics to get things started.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox — Gordon is called to the scene after the Toy Maker is hired to assassinate one of Gotham's doctors.

“Young Sheldon” 8:31 p.m. CBS — When Mary takes a job as church secretary, she finds herself becoming Pastor Jeff's marriage counselor.

“American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja” 9 p.m. USA (new series) — Head-to-head obstacle course racing series features ninja superstars Meagan Martin and Flip Rodriguez.

“Scandal” 9 p.m. ABC — In the midst of moving on from the White House, Olivia gets an unexpected visitor in criminal defense attorney Annalise Keating, who seeks her help in fast-tracking a judicial reform class action to the United States Supreme Court.

“Top Chef” 9 p.m. Bravo — The chefs get a crash course in fly fishing where they catch and prepare the catch of the day.

“Will & Grace” 9 p.m. NBC — Grace is horrified to realize that she's dated three men from the same family.

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Jill returns from her wellness retreat a changed woman, but Bonnie is offended when she refuses to pay for lunch.

“Atlanta” 10 p.m. FX (second season debut) — Christmas nears and robberies are in order.

“Chicago Fire” 10 p.m. NBC — After photos of Casey and Severide jumping off the roof during a heroic rescue make the front page of the newspaper, Boden unwillingly agrees for the photographer to chronicle a day in the life at the Firehouse.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m. ABC — As Annalise's class-action case hangs in the balance, a meeting with the esteemed Washington D.C. fixer, Olivia Pope, proves to be crucial in getting the opportunity to argue her case in the nation's highest court.

FRIDAY

“Flint Town”  3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)  — In the aftermath of the Flint water crisis, Flint Town takes an intimate look at the state of policing in America through the lens of the Flint Police Department.

“Blindspot”  8 p.m. NBC  — A surprising visit from Nas leads the team to investigate a dangerous piece of technology that was stolen from the NSA. Roman and Blake grow closer as they attend a high stakes poker game.

“MacGyver”  8 p.m. CBS  — MacGyver, Leanna, Riley and Bozer pose as honeymoon couples at a resort in order to gain information about a Serbian war criminal from his newly married son.

“Masterchief Junior”  8 p.m. Fox (sixth season debut)   Forty junior home cooks come to Los Angeles ready to compete.

“Once Upon a Time”  8 p.m. ABC  — Eager to harness her burgeoning magical skills, Robin engages in a risky relationship with Mother Gothel.

“Married to Medicine”  9 p.m. Bravo (fifth season finale)  — Toya and Eugene celebrate paying off their tax debt with a party.

“Mama June: From Not to Hot”  9 p.m. WE (second season finale)  — June undergoes a risky eye surgery and Pumpkin goes into labor.

“The Trade”  9 p.m. Showtime (first season finale)  — Don Miguel finds he's trapped. Skyler agrees to treatment.

“Hawaii Five-O”  9 p.m. CBS  — Tani and Junior go undercover as prospective parents in order to infiltrate a private school where the headmaster was murdered.

“Bridezillas”  10 p.m. WE (11th season debut)  — The nasty brides are back after a five-year break!

“Blue Bloods”  10 p.m. CBS  — Danny considers taking a new job that would ease his financial struggles after investigating the death of a wealthy man.

WEEKEND

“Bad Tutor” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — A tutor becomes obsesssed with the student.

“Iyanla: Fix My Life” 9 p.m. Saturday OWN (ninth season debut) — Iyanla works with Kamiyah Mobley, a 19 year old who was kidnapped at birth and raised by her kidnapper.

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday  NBC — Charle Barkley hosts for a fourth time. Atlanta's Migos raps.

“The Good Fight” 3:01 a.m. Sunday CBS All Access (second season debut)  — Diane, Lucca, Maia and the rest of the law firm find themselves under psychological assault when a client at another firm kills his lawyer for overcharging.

“The Academy Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — "Shape of Water" and "Three Billboards" are the two with the best odds to win best picture.

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime  — Carrie follows a lead. Saul's situation goes from bad to worse.

“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” 9 p.m. Sunday E! (14th season finale)   — The girls take one last sister getaway to San Francisco before their babies arrive.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC  — Groups unite their forces and converge on the Hilltop.

“Divorce” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO (second season finale) — Robert and Jackie move toward a new step in their real-estate business.

“The Chi” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Brandon branches out on his own; Emmett searches for his son after Tiffany takes him away.

 

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