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TV best bets with returns of ‘13 Reasons Why’ ‘The Affair,’ ‘Good Eats,’ ‘Ballers,’ ‘Ghost Hunters’

Originally posted Sunday, August 18, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Several shows are coming back this week, including the final seasons of “The Affair” on Showtime and “Power” on Starz. HBO’s “Ballers” is back, along with two shows that have been on hiatus for awhile: Food Network’s “Good Eats” with local genius Alton Brown and “Ghost Hunters,” now on A&E and a mostly new cast.

The big Netflix show of the week is the third season of “13 Reasons Why.”

And shows ending their seasons this week including FX’s “Pose” and “Baskets,” TNT’s “Animal Kingdom” and History’s “Alone.”

Plus, Kirsten Dunst is trying out episodic TV with a new series on Showtime called “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” a title that seems deeply designed to be easily bungled. First two episodes available free on Showtime and YouTube. It’s about folks trying to move up by working an Amway Ponzi-style scheme. 

This covers Monday, August 19 through Sunday, August 25, 2019

MONDAY

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

“So You Think You Can Dance” 9 p.m. Fox — Top 10 perform, round 2.

“The Terror: Infamy” 9 p.m. AMC  Chester and his family are shepherded into an Oregaon Japanese-American detention camp.

“Grand Hotel” 10:01 p.m. ABC  Santiago and Gigi's relationship is on the mend after secrets they have been keeping are revealed; Danny teams up with the police to try and figure out what happened to Sky; and Javi takes on a new hobby.

“Lodge 49” 10:10 p.m. AMC  Dud makes an enemy while cleaning the pool. A game of golf affects Ernie's career.

TUESDAY

“America's Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — Quarterfinals. 

“Animal Kingdom” 9 p.m. TNT (fourth season finale) — Joshua Cody moves in with his family in South California, where he is pulled into a life of excess.

“Ambitions” 10 p.m. OWN — The Barnes have a big surprise for the Carlisles, forcing Stephanie and Evan to fight fire with fire; Amara receives backlash at work for her prior indiscretions.

“Pose” 10 p.m. FX (second season finale) —After a medical set back, Blanca struggles to reassemble the House of Evangelista. Meanwhile, Pray Tell confronts old traumas when an exciting new category is proposed.

“The Detour” 10:30 p.m. TBS — Nate finally gets married to save his family. 

WEDNESDAY

“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — The second live results.

“MasterChef” 8 p.m. Fox — Daphne Oz is tasked with revealing the contents of the Mystery Box challenge to the Top Eight.

“Ghost Hunters” 9 p.m A&E (12th season debut)  Original founding member Grant Wilson returns with a new team of investigators on a new network. It was originally on Syfy from 2004 until 2016. 

“BH90210” 9 p.m Fox Tori starts to feel the pressure of balancing the cast's requirements for the reboot.

Suits” 9 p.m. USA — Harvey makes a play to get Samantha's job back. Katrina faces off against an old friend.

“Hollywood Game Night” 10 p.m. NBC— Two contestants join celebrity guests Kyle Bonheimer and Ne-Yo as they play hilarious party games with Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon Miller from "Brooklyn Nine Nine."

“Yellowstone” 10 p.m. Paramount — The Duttons find out that their squabble against the Becks have serious consequences.

THURSDAY

“Why Women Kill” 9 p.m. CBS All Access — This streaming-only series by the creator of "Desperate Housewives" stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Lucy Liu, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.

“Alone” 10 p.m. History (sixth season finale) — The final three survivalists continue to battle weight loss, extreme temperatures, and predators to remain in the fight for the $500,000 prize.

“Baskets” 10 p.m. FX (fourth season finale) — Martha removes her cast.

“Queen of the South” 10 p.m. USA —Teresa takes out a group of mercenaries while expanding her empire to an unexpected place.

FRIDAY

“Alonzo Bodden: Heavy Lightweight” 3:01 a.m. Amazon — The former "Last Comic Standing" winner blends serious and silly humor. 

“13 Reasons Why” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (third season debut) — The murder of bully Bryce Walker (Justin Prentice), with multiple students becoming suspects.

“Ghost Brothers” 9 p.m. Travel  A Tennessee couple is forced to move back into a haunted house for financial reasons.

“Killjoys” 10 p.m. Scifi  Dutch's prison takeover is thwarted by an unexpected hostage situation, leaving her, D'avin and John scrambling for a new plan.

WEEKEND

“Hitsville: The Making of Motown” 9 p.m. Saturday Showtime — The story of Motown, from its birth in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to L.A. in the early 1970s.

“Chesapeake Shores” 8 p.m. Sunday Hallmark (fourth season debut) — Kevin mulls marriage with Sarah; Jess and David run their new B&B in Tanglewood.

“Power” 9 p.m. Sunday Starz (sixth season debut) — Former buddies Tommy and Ghost will be battling it out this final season.

“Sunday Best” 9 p.m. Sunday BET (ninth season finale) — Melvin Crispell III and Joshua Copeland are the finalsts.

“$100,000 Pyramid” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Rachel Dratch vs. Kevin Nealon. 

“The Affair” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (fifth season debut) — As Alicia struggles to find her new role in the convoy, she's drawn to mysterious artwork.

“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 (second season finale) —A gruesome discovery in a city pond leads Dylan and Lizzie to investigate a young man's murder, while Andy rescues one of Dylan's students from a legal bind.

“Power Confidential” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (new series) — "Power Confidential" will highlight the most memorable and jaw-dropping moments from that week's episode.

“Succession” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Logan informs his skeptical management team of his plan to make another attempt to acquire Pierce, a rival media company and one of the most respected names in news.

“Good Eats: The Return 10 p.m. Sunday Food (15th season debut) — Alton Brown argues that Italian food was invented in America.

“On Becoming a God in Central Florida 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime (new series) — Krystal puts her confidence on her husband's dream while he's considering leaving his job; Cody meets his hero.

“Ballers 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO (fifth season debut) — The Rock still has time to do this in between 18 movies. 

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