TV best bets with Patrick Swayze, George Takei, Jim Gaffigan, John Goodman, final ‘Elementary’ episode

LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 8:  Actor Patrick Swayze attends the after-party for "Chicago - The Musical" on January 8, 2004 at Cinespace, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 8: Actor Patrick Swayze attends the after-party for "Chicago - The Musical" on January 8, 2004 at Cinespace, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Credit: Kevin Winter

Credit: Kevin Winter

Originally posted Sunday, August 11, 2019 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The world isn't quite the same without Patrick Swayze and Paramount celebrates his life in a loving documentary that airs Sunday.

George Takei helped consult on a drama about Japanese-American internment camps during World War II with a supernatural twist on Monday's AMC anthology series "The Terror: Infamy."

Jim Gaffigan is the first stand-up act to offer up his services to Amazon Prime, entering a world lately dominated by Netflix.

John Goodman stars in a new comedy called "The Righteous Gemstones" Sunday.

And say goodbye to CBS’s “Elementary”after seven seasons Thursday and FX’s “Legion” Monday after three seasons.

Atlanta-produced “Lodge 49” also returns for season two on AMC Monday while Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” concludes its third season Wednesday.

The biggest Netflix offering this week is season two of “Mindhunter” about past serial killers.

This covers Monday, August 12 through Sunday, August 18, 2019


"American Ninja Warrior" 8 p.m. NBC — Baltimore finals.

"So You Think You Can Dance" 9 p.m. Fox — Top 10 perform.

"Our Boys" 9 p.m. HBO (new series) — On June 12, 2014, the disappearance of three Jewish boys in Israel sends shockwaves across the nation.

"The Terror: Infamy" 9 p.m. AMC (new series)  A Japanese-American family gets sent to an internment camp in Oregon during World War II with an angry ghost haunting them.

"Legion" 10 p.m. FX (series finale)  The end of the end.

"Grand Hotel" 10:01 p.m. ABC  Danny struggles to keep his relationship with Alicia from her family; Gigi discovers the secrets that Santiago has been keeping from her; and Felix continues to try and make his way back into Gigi's life.

"Lodge 49" 10:10 p.m. AMC (second season debut)  Shot in Atlanta and set in Long Beach, Calif. this enjoyable drama continues to put Dud and his family and friends through the struggles of day-to-day living in a gig economy.


"Pandora" 8 p.m. the CW — Thomas's telepathic father arrives on campus and tries to enlist his estranged son in a dangerous heist in which nothing is as simple as it appears.

"Animal Kingdom" 9 p.m. TNT — The Cody family sets off on Smurf's (Ellen Barkin) mysterious heist, unaware of the surprises that await them when they arrive, which will change the family forever.

"Mysteries Decoded" 9 p.m. the CW (new series) — Investigating America's greatest unsolved mysteries, discovering new evidence and utilizing high-tech tools in reopening the case

"Ambitions" 10 p.m. OWN — Stephanie finds a way to put her enemies at bay.

"The Detour" 10:30 p.m. TBS — In order to save his family Nate ends up on a Russian bride tour.


"The Handmaid's Tale" 3:01 a.m. Hulu (third season finale) — A fourth season is coming.

"America's Got Talent" 8 p.m. NBC — The first live results.

"Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America" 8 p.m. HBO — A fascinating look at the varied ways Americans are choosing to both find meaning and celebrate life as it comes to an end.

"MasterChef" 8 p.m. Fox — The Top Nine enter the kitchen, surprised to see laser lights and smoke machines.

"Hypnotize Me" 9 p.m the CW  Contestants gear up for some carnival fun as they complete tasks while Keith Barry hypnotizes them.

"BH90210" 9 p.m Fox Tori Spelling tries to convince the others to do a revival of "Beverly Hills 90210."

"Suits" 9 p.m. USA — Samantha gets caught in the middle when Mike picks a fight with Harvey.

"David Makes Man" 10 p.m. OWN (new series) — A 14-year-old prodigy from the projects is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relies on his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty.

"The Inbetween" 10 p.m. NBC (first season finale) —Tom and Damien investigate the murder of a young schoolteacher, only to discover that her killer is someone very close to home.

"Yellowstone" 10 p.m. Paramount — John and Rip plan out their revenge; Monica thinks about the consequences of her situation.


"Masterchef" 8 p.m. Fox  The judges introduce an unusual special guest to the home cooks to inspire the coming challenge: Marley the Pig.

"Falcons preseason game" 9 p.m. CW69  The Jets vs. the Falcons.

"Hollywood Game Night" 9 p.m. NBC — Wrestlers Brie Bella, Nikki Bella and celebrity guests Lester Holt, Chris Sullivan, Michael Ealy and Natasha Leggero.

"Family Food Fight" 9 p.m. ABC (first season finale) — The Nichols family from Paulding County are in the finals.

"Alone" 10 p.m. History — Each survivalist's grit and resourcefulness is tested by the unrelenting cold, causing one survivalist to hit their breaking point much sooner than expected.

"Elementary" 10 p.m. CBS (series finale) — Holmes and Watson battle with tech billionaire Odin Reichenbach; and receive word of their old enemy and Sherlock's former love, Jamie Moriarty.


"Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time" 3:01 a.m. Amazon — Amazon starts competing with Netflix for comedy specials.

"Mindhunter" 3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut) — This is a partially fictionalized account of the early days of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, where the term "serial killer" was first derived, and where agents and psychologists attempted to map the minds of the country's most notorious criminals. Season two features the likes of Son of Sam, Wayne Williams and Charles Manson.

"Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests" 9 p.m. Travel (new series)  Vicious spirits are terrorizing a disabled veteran and his family in their historic Michigan mansion.

"Killjoys" 10 p.m. Scifi  Dutch enters the deadly Supermax prison fights for a chance to take over the entire ship.


"Zombie Tidal Wave" 9 p.m. Saturday Syfy —Hunter Shaw (Ian Ziering) contends with the ocean-borne outbreak which threatens his seaside island community.

"Good Witch" 8 p.m. Sunday Hallmark (fifth season finale) — Grace and Nick's graduation day has arrived, and Cassie pulls out all the stops to ensure that the occasion is truly magical

"$100,000 Pyramid" 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Hill Harper vs. Mary Lynn Rajskub.

"Downtown Abbey Live" 9 p.m. Sunday GPB — Join host Deborah Roberts along with cast members and creators for a celebration of the beloved series.

"I Am Patrick Swayze" 9 p.m. Sunday Paramount — A loving tribute to the prolific actor that showcases his life and career through untold stories, exclusive interviews, heartfelt home movies, and family photos featuring those who knew him best.

"City on a Hill" 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (first season finale) — Jackie celebrates another moment in the spotlight, though an unfamiliar pang of guilt leaves him reflecting on his legacy.

"Fear the Walking Dead" 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Morgan and Grace search an abandoned shopping mall for supplies and to fulfill a dying man's wish.

"Instinct" 9 p.m. Sunday CBS — It's all hands on deck to track down the Sleeping Beauty Killer when Ryan and Dylan's biggest lead in the case takes them to a faceoff aboard a ship.

"Succession" 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Roman and Kendall do a "routine health check" of a new media brand to help Vaulter to determine the future of the company.

"The Righteous Gemstones" 10 p.m. Sunday HBO (new series) — The story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work. Danny McBride, John Goodman and Adam Devine star.

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