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TV best bets with 'Pretty Little Liars' series finale, returns of 'Younger,' 'Zoo,' 'Battle of the Network Stars'

This was posted Sunday, June 25, 2017 by Rodney Ho/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

On Tuesday, Freeform's popular "Pretty Little Liars" will end with "A.D." unmasked and plenty of other secrets revealed.

Otherwise, a few summer shows are back including the fourth season of TV Land's "Younger," CBS's third season of "Zoo" on Thursday and the final season of "Broadchurch" on BBC America Wednesday.

The most interesting concept is on Tuesday with BET's "Tales," featuring classic rap songs turned into live-action stories.

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And for nostalgia buffs, ABC brings back "Battle of the Network Stars" Friday with actors of older vintage mixing itup with newer ones.

Netflix, as usual, brings on a big-time drama series, this time starring Naomi Watts as a therapist falling for her patients in "Gypsy" Friday.

This covers Monday, June 26 through Sunday, July 2, 2017.


“America Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC — A qualifying round in Daytona Beach features such obstacles as the Rolling Pin and Wingnuts.

“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — Rachel and a handsome suitor embrace the oyster culture of Bluffton, S.C.

“So You Think You Can Dance” 8 p.m. Fox — New York auditions.

“Preacher” 9 p.m. AMC— Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy track down a lead from heaven to find out more about who the cowboy is and why he's trying to kill them.

“Superhuman” 9:01 p.m. Fox — Five new contestants demonstrate their talents, which include photographic memory, recognizing bird calls and translating backwards language.

“Daytime Divas” 10p.m. VH1 — Maxine resorts to extreme measures to quash Anna's tell-all book.

“Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge” 10 p.m. NBC — Six teams compete in an obstacle-course race to win $250,000.


“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC (special night) — Rachel sends one man home from the two-on-one date.

“Pretty Little Liars” 8 p.m. Freeform (series finale) — Secrets come tumbling out.

“Tales” 8 p.m. BET (new series) — A scripted anthology series of "song stories" weaving classic and current hip-hop songs into captivating visual narratives. First up: N.W.A.'s "F the Police."

“Animal Kingdom” 9 p.m. TNT — The guys spin into motion a megachurch heist, yet Craig has second thoughts. Meanwhile, Javi pays Smurf a surprise visit.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Mamma Rose plans to enact a devastating revenge plot.

“I am Jazz” 10 p.m. TLC (third season debut) — Jazz tells her parents she wants gender confirmation surgery before she finishes high school

“Ink Master” 10 p.m. Spike TV — Technical application is tested as the artists complete individual tattoos.

“Queen Sugar” 10 p.m. OWN — Ralph Angel has an idea for the farm.


Little Big Shots: Forever Young” 8 p.m. NBC — Extraordinary seniors include a 93-year-old swing dancer, a jump-rope king, a humorous grandmother and restaurateur, an 88-year-old animal caller, a sand artist and a 70-year-old rollerblader.

“Big Brother ” 8 p.m. CBS (16th season debut) — The 16 houseguests are introduced.

“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox — The Top 18 cooks compete in a mystery-box challenge that includes preparing shellfish, which is followed by an elimination round that entails creating a Gordon Ramsay classic.

“The Carmichael Show” 9 p.m. NBC — Jerrod survives a tragedy, then fights against being labeled a victim and being coddled by his family. Complications result when he's forced to tell the police exactly what he saw.

“The F Word With Gordon Ramsay” 9 p.m. Fox — A special celebrity guest joins in the fun as families and friends battle it out in a live high-stakes cook-off. During the battle, Ramsay hosts special cooking demos and out-of-the-kitchen adventures with fans and foodies.

“Jay Leno's Garage” 9 p.m. CNBC (third season debut) — Jay talks to former president George W. Bush about his Ford pickup; races Wanda Sykes in a minivan; takes a ride with Billy Gardell; and checks out Gabriel Iglesias' Trans Am.

“Hair Goddess” 10 p.m. TLC (new series) — Staten Island hair-extension entrepreneur Christina Oliva tries to open a salon in Manhattan is more difficult than she imagined, and the staff is shaken by issues of trust.

“Broadchurch” 10 p.m. BBCA (third season debut)  — DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller investigate a brutal sexual assault.

“To Tell the Truth” 10 p.m. ABC — Wanya Morris; Cheryl Burke; Rachel Dratch; and Natasha Leggero join the panel. Featured participants include a pig-farmer turned romance novelist; the first female NBA scout; and a tattoo artist to some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

“Younger” 10 p.m. TV Land (fourth season debut) — Liza deals with the aftermath of coming clean with Kelsey and Charles tests their synchronicity. Also: Kelsey and Josh become unlikely allies.


“Boy Band” 8 p.m. ABC — A second group of six hopefuls rehearse and perform on stage for Emma, Nick and Timbaland, who must decide which band member will exit the competition.

“Hollywood Game Night” 8 p.m. NBC — The cast of "This is Us."

“Battle of the Network Stars ” 9 p.m. ABC (new series) — Stars from TV sitcoms compete against former child stars in a variety of athletic games in a reboot of this game show, which blends athleticism with hilarious antics.

“Gay for Play Game Show ” 9 p.m. Logo — Former Atlantan RuPaul hosts.

“Nashville ” 9 p.m. CMT — Juliette spars with Avery over Hallie's sound.

“Alone ” 10 p.m. History — A seriously injured participant weighs the risks of seeking medical help and sacrificing his shot at the money; and predators continue to stalk the island's new inhabitants.

“The Gong Show ” 10 p.m. ABC— Acts include flesh-eating zombies performing ballet; a classically trained opera singer stuffing her face with cake while singing; dinosaurs re-enacting the first Olympic games; and giant robots performing a choreographed dance-off.

“Zoo ” 10 p.m. CBS (third season debut) — Ten years after the animals were cured but at the cost of sterilizing the human population, a new threat rises in the form of "the hybrids," an army of unstoppable lab-made creatures focused on destroying mankind.

“The Night Shift ” 10 p.m. NBC  — An amusement-park disaster results in mass-casualty victims flooding the hospital.


“Gypsy” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)   Jean Halloway (Naomi Watts), a well-to-do Manhattan therapist, begins to develop intimate and illicit relationships with the people closely connected to the patient's that walk through her door every day.

“Killjoys” 8 p.m. Syfy (third season debut)   Khlyen’s daughter and Dutch will finally get a chance to meet face-to-face.

“Kendra on Top” 9 p.m. WE  — Kendra keeps a secret from Hank; Patti breaks down in tears, upset by Eric's role in Kendra's life and hoping to reunite with Hank; and Patti agrees to meet with a book publisher but doesn't tell Kendra.

“Wynonna Earp” 10 p.m. Syfy  — It's Earp vs. Earp as Wynonna fights for her sister Waverly's soul.

“Playing House 11 p.m. USA  — Mark coaches a women's basketball team and Emma is horrified when she realizes who his star player.


“Doctor Who” 9 p.m. Saturday BBCA (10th season finale) — The Doctor makes a final stand against an army of Cybermen, to protect a tiny band of humans from destruction.

“America in Color” 8 p.m. Sunday Smithsonian (new series) — Black-and-white photos and films that captured iconic moments in U.S. history are given new life in this series, which begins in the 1920s. Included: Ford's assembly line; Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight; speakeasies; and New York's Wall Street before and after the crash.

“Claws” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — Desna is haunted by recent events with Roller, which motivates her to try to spring from Uncle Daddy's control.

“Power” 9 p.m. Sunday Starz —Proctor works to protect his client as Ghost faces harassment; the team discusses its strategy for taking down St. Patrick; Tommy struggles to let go of his old duties; Tasha talks to the children about what is going on.

“Fear the Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — News of incoming danger spreads throughout the community, as Madison struggles to keep everyone together.

“Bar Rescue” 10 p.m. Sunday Spike (ninth season debut)  — Jon tackles a closed bar owned by a burnt-out firefighter.

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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