TV best bets with returns of ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Divorce,’ season finale of ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’

Originally posted Sunday, June 30, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

One of Netflix’s biggest shows “Stranger Things” is finally back for season three on July 4, by far the biggest event of the week. Gwinnett Place Mall masquerades as Starcourt Mall, the fictionally haunted mall during season three. 

There’s a cool ESPN documentary on the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest Tuesday and the actual contest happens on Thursday. 

Also, HBO’s “Divorce” returns Monday as does Bounce’s hit series “Saints & Sinners” Sunday. 

And season six of “The Haves and the Have Nots” is also wrapping up on OWN. 

This covers Monday, July 1 through Sunday, July 7. 

MONDAY

“America Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC — Baltimore qualifiers.

“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. NBC — Hannah takes her first one-on-one date bungee jumping.

“The Code” 9 p.m. CBS — Abe and Harper's investigation into a Marine recruiter's alleged misconduct may be derailed when the key witness refuses to testify.

“Divorce” 10 p.m. HBO (third season debut) The six-episode season follows Frances and ex-husband Robert as they encounter surprises that spin their post-divorce lives in unexpected directions.

“Legion” 10 p.m. FX  David prepares for a journey.

“Grand Hotel” 10:01 p.m. ABC —Danny discovers a new piece of information in Sky's disappearance.

TUESDAY

“30 for 30” 8 p.m. ESPN — A look at the competitive-eating rivalry between Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi, record-setting champions of the July 4th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest for nearly two decades.

“Sentenced to Life: Teen Killers” 8 p.m. A&E — When it comes to kids who kill, the U.S. has a zero tolerance policy. Children charged with murder can be convicted as adults and sentenced to spend the rest of their life behind bars, without the chance of parole.

The Haves and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN (sixth season finale) — Veronica and Wyatt retaliate against their enemies

Ambitions” 10 p.m. OWN —Stephanie continues her quest to repay Amara; Rondell falls out of favor with Senior; and Bella develops a new strategy.

“Blood & Treasure” 10 p.m. CBS — The FBI offers Danny and Lexi information that will help them in their search for Cleopatra.

WEDNESDAY

“Grown-ish” 8 p.m. Freeform — Zoey and her girls head to the Johnson family home in Sherman Oaks for a weekend of self-care and detoxing.

“Queen Sugar” 9 p.m. OWN — Nova gets estranged from her family.

“The Inbetween” 10 p.m. NBC — Tom and Damien track a mysterious killer who has targeted several kids at the same high school, while Cassie tries to help a woman solve her own death while her anxious family waits for news about her disappearance.

“Krypton” 10 p.m. Syfy — Seg and Adam return to a very different Kandor, while Val and his Rebels prepare a major offensive

FOURTH OF JULY

“Stranger Things” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (third season debut)  The series returns in the summer of 1985 and early reviews are rapturous.

“Hot Dog Eating Contest” noon ESPN2  Can Joey Chestnut defend his title as MLE's No. 1-ranked eater after downing a record 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes in 2018 to win the $10,000 top prize? It was his 11th victory in the contest.

“A Capital Fourth” 8 p.m. GPB  John Stamos hosts. Performers include Carole King, Vanessa Williams, Yolanda Adams and Suwanee's Anjelica Hale. 

“Peachtree Road Race” 8 p.m. WXIA — A recap of the 50th annul AJC Peachtree Road Race. 

“4th of July Fireworks Spectacular ” 9 p.m. NBC — Derek Hough will co-host the live event with singer Ciara. Performers: Luke Bryan, Khalid, Maren Morris and Brad Paisley.

“CMT Let Freedom Sing” 10 p.m. CMT — Country artist Brett Eldredge kicks off the biggest Independence Day celebration on downtown Broadway in Nashville with a one hour live concert hosted by CMT's Cody Alan.

FRIDAY

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” 8 p.m. ABC — To face The Galaxy-Hopping Hate-Beast That Eats Planets, the team on Earth asks for help in all the wrong places. While back on the Lazy Comet, something weird is going on with Izel's crew, and it's not just the puffies.

“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” 9 p.m. Food  Guy Fieri digs into crazy twists on chicken and burgers.

“Love After Lockup” 10 p.m. WE  Megan tells her secret; Lizzie accuses Scott of something; Lamar makes a difficult decision.

“Bridezillas” 10 p.m. WE  A jealous sister faces off with the bride; Elaine is threatened by her sister-in-law about a wedding surprise.

WEEKEND

“Trapped Model” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime —An aspiring model is thrilled to have a popular fashion photographer help launch her career. But when the photo shoot becomes a kidnapping, she must find a way to escape before she becomes the photographer's next murder victim.

“Celebrity Family Feud” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Victoria's Secret models vs. "Bachelor" men. 

Evel Live 2” 8 p.m. Sunday History — Jaws will once again drop as two motorcycle daredevils attempt to cheat death and make history live. 

“Big Little Lies” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Renata deals with the fallout from Gordon's legal troubles a.nd attempts to help Celeste.

“City on a Hill” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime —Jackie strong-arms Jimmy to get a step closer to finding the presumably dead armored truck guards.

“Claws” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — Dean and Desna get a visit from an unexpected relative; the Lovestones decided to get even with Desna

“Fear the Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Luciana and the group face a seemingly impossible quest while Morgan tries to stop a crisis.

“Instinct” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS  Dylan and Lizzie investigate the murder of an aspiring musician who was gunned down on a roller coaster at an amusement park.

“Saints & Sinners” 9 p.m. Sunday Bounce (fourth season debut)  As Greater Hope rebuilds, Ella continues to stall Malik and Jabari as she makes the ultimate gamble for her future.

“The Loudest Voice” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Emboldened by 9/11, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes uses the network to push a government agenda.

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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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