TV best bets with returns of 'Under the Dome,' 'Falling Skies,' 'Suits'

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Sunday, June 21, 2015

Two summers ago, CBS's "Under the Dome" was a surprise hit, drawing more than 11 million viewers, an unheard number for a scripted summer broadcast show. The show lost plenty of steam last year but 7 million viewers is still impressive. So here we go again Thursday with one more season based on a Stephen King short story.

USA brings out two strong summer performers in "Suits" and "Graceland" Wednesday and Thursday respectively. ABC brings back the reliable Canadian police procedural "Rookie Blue" for a sixth season Thursday as well.

TNT launches its biggest drama among younger viewers "Falling Skies" Sunday, along with the second season of "The Last Ship" on Sunday.

Plus, on Wednesday, FX launches "Mr. Robot," a promising series about hackers that has nothing to do with actual robots, just to confuse you.

And "The BET Awards," which typically brings in the largest numbers of the year for the network, returns Sunday.

Oh, and Kate Gosselin returns to TV because she has to pay the bills, right?

MONDAY

"American Ninja Warrior" 8 p.m. NBC — A qualifying round in Orlando features such obstacles as the Paddle Boards and Tire Swing.

"Kate Plus 8 " 8 p.m. TLC — Kate Gosselin looks back on her 30s and recalls her most memorable moments on TV.

"The Bachelorette " 8 p.m. ABC — A rose ceremony at the Alamo is followed by a trip to Dublin, Ireland.

"So You Think You Can Dance " 8 p.m. Fox — The third round of auditions features dancers in New York.

" Devious Maids " 9 p.m. Lifetime — Rosie adjusts to having Ernesto back in her life.

" Major Crimes" 9 p.m. TNT — The team investigates the slaying of a supermodel who was closely connected to an arrogant celebrity photographer.

"The Woodsman " 9 p.m. History (new series) — Five survivalists living in primitive treetop structures in the forests of the Pacific Northwest.

"Unreal " 10 p.m. Lifetime — The girls get upset when a tabloid exposes news about Adam's past.

"Murder in the First " 10 p.m. TNT — The city reels from the school-bus tragedy as the newly appointed district attorney promises justice for the victims.

"Forged in Fire " 10 p.m. History (new series)— Master bladesmiths are pitted against each other as they create cutting-edge weapons that harken back to the past.

"The Whispers " 10 p.m. ABC — Minx tries to persuade Henry to play one more game for Drill.

TUESDAY

"Pretty Little Liars" 8 p.m. ABC Family — Kenneth reveals info about his family's link to Charles and shares a clue about Charles' past.

" Deadliest Catch " 9 p.m. Discovery — Jake Anderson takes over captain duties on the Saga.

" Chrisley Knows Best " 9 p.m. USA — Savannah develops appendicitis.

" Rizzoli & Isles " 9 p.m. TNT — A tournament-leading fisherman is killed.

" Ink Master " 9 p.m. Spike (sixth season debut) — Watch for Carrollton tattoo artists Craig Foster and Miami Burgess.

" Inside Amy Schumer " 10 p.m. Comedy — Amy confronts her therapist about her mother; falls in love with her barista; and loses her head.

"Royal Pains " 10 p.m. USA — Hank treats a transgender teenager.

"Proof " 10 p.m. TNT  — A case of loss, love and jealousy unfolds when a young man claims he's seen the ghost of his recently deceased wife.

"Tyrant " 10 p.m. FX — Molly returns to the U.S., but struggles to adjust to life without Barry.

"Another Period " 10 p.m. Comedy (new series) — It's "Downton Abbey" meets the Kardashians.

WEDNESDAY

"Big Brother" 8 p.m. CBS (17th season debut) — Three people with Georgia ties are among the 14 vying for $500,000, including the show's first transgender contestant Audrey Middleton of Villa Rica.

"Georgia's Hidden Treasures" 8 p.m. WSB — Justin Farmer looks at the Chattahoochee River.

"Masterchef " 8 p.m. Fox — An elevated breakfast dish is created by the cooks.

"Brother vs. Brother " 9 p.m. HGTV (third season finale) — Jonathan and Drew do the landscaping and final staging on their Las Vegas homes.

"Rogue " 9 p.m. DirecTV (third season debut) — This drama was given a third and fourth season. Richard Schiff ("The West Wing") joins the cast.

"Suits " 9 p.m. USA (fifth season debut) — Harvey's work is impacted by changes around the office.

"Duck Dynasty " 9 p.m. A&E (eighth season debut) — Willie and the guys take John Luke on a golf outing.

"C elebrity Wife Swap " 10 p.m. ABC — Rockers Vince Neil and Gunnar Nelson swap lady friends for a week.

"Mr Robot " 10 p.m. FX (new series) — A mesmerizing drama about a programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and vigilante hacker by night.

"Seinfeld " Hulu — All episodes of this groundbreaking series are now available for Hulu subscribers.

THURSDAY

"The Astronaut Wive's Club" 8 p.m. ABC  — The Shepards bask in the success of Alan's mission.

"Boom!" 8 p.m. Fox (new series) Answer questions by cutting wires. Get the answers wrong? You get "bombed" with guacamole or mashed potatoes or whatever the producers feel like.

"Beyond Scared Straight" 9 p.m. A&E (ninth season debut) The final season starts in Fulton County.

"Aquarius" 9 p.m. NBC — Manson recovers from Hodiak's beating.

"Complications" 9 p.m. USA — John visits Antoine's father, the leader of the VCC gang.

"The Seventies" 9 p.m. CNN — As America withdraws from Vietnam, the country begins to reconcile with the effects and impact of the war.

"Mistresses " 9 p.m. ABC — Alec pays a house call to Karen.

"Under the Dome " 9 p.m. CBS (third season debut) — Some residents are finally out of the dome!

"Graceland " 10 p.m. USA (third season debut) — The agents work to close out their ongoing cases and repair broken relationships.

"Rookie Blue " 10 p.m. ABC (sixth season debut) — Andy and Sam return to work following a much-needed vacation after the evidence room bombing.

"Hannibal " 10 p.m. NBC — Dr. Chilton returns after surviving a disfiguring gunshot.

"The Comedians " 10:30 p.m. FX (first season finale) On the last day of shooting The Billy & Josh Show, Billy and Josh look to the future.

FRIDAY

"Defiance" 8 p.m. Syfy — Nolan and Amanda are captured while excavating a buried weapons cache.

"Briefcase" 8 p.m. CBS (first season finale) — High-school sweethearts who are guided by their faith and a Miami couple who are dealing with the cost of sex reassignment surgery.

"Love Thy Neighbor" 9 p.m. OWN (second season summer debut) — Linda asks Ella Payne for help with her wedding reception.

"Dark Matter" 10 p.m. Syfy — Sabotage is suspected and the onboard paranoia surges when the ship mysteriously veers off course.

"Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang" 10 p.m. Showtime A frequently hilarious but brutally observant documentary about the flamboyant former NBA star's misadventure in North Korea.

WEEKEND

"Perfect High" 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime— An injured teen dancer becomes involved in prescription drug sharing with friends, which leads to a life-altering addiction to heroin.

"Power" 9 p.m. Saturday Starz — Ghost battles to win back his club and must deal with those standing in the way.

"CMT Crossroads" 10 p.m. Saturday CMT Lynyrd Skynrd and Brantley Gilbert.

"Celebrity Family Feud" 8 p.m. ABC — AFC vs. NFC football players, then "Dancing With the Stars" vs. "The Bachelor." Keep it all the Disney family, eh?

"BET Awards" 9 p.m. BET — Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross host the 15th annual awards gala.

"Humans" 9 p.m. AMC (new series) — The Hawkins, a loving but troubled family decide to buy a 'Synth' called Anita, but they start to suspect there's something unusual about her.

"The Last Ship" 9 p.m. TNT  — The Nathan James returns home to Norfolk in a mission to distribute the cure.

"Nurse Jackie" 9 p.m. Showtime (series finale) — The series concludes with an unexpected guest surprising everyone at Fiona's confirmation rehearsal.

"True Detective" 9 p.m. HBO  — Ben Caspar's autopsy reveals the gruesome details of his demise.

"Food Network Star" 9 p.m. Food Network — The finalists are split into teams to feed guests, including judge Bobby Deen.

"American Odyssey" 10 p.m. NBC (first season finale) — Odelle and Aslam find refuge in Barcelona.

"Falling Skies" 10 p.m. Sunday TNT (fifth season debut) — Tom's life is in peril as his beamer drifts into space following a successful yet tragic mission to destroy the Espheni power core.

"Ballers" 10 p.m. Sunday HBO  — Spencer clashes with Reggie when he tries to sign Vernon as a client.

"Penny Dreadful" 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime— Vanessa desperately tries to save Sir Malcolm and goes alone to battle Evelyn.

"Salem" 10 p.m. Sunday WGN (second season finale) — Mary plans a last-ditch effort to overthrow Countess Marburg.