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TV best bets with 'Rise,' 'This is Us' season finale, 'For the People'


THIS IS US -- "The Wedding" Episode 218 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Sullivan as Toby, Chrissy Metz as Kate -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

Posted Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

My apologies. I was out of the country until yesterday and basically forgot to do this until Tuesday. 

NBC's "This is Us" finishes up its season this week, along with three Atlanta-produced shows: WE-TV's "Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta," OWN's "The Haves and the Have Nots" and Lifetime's "Little Women Atlanta."

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A handful of new shows debut including NBC's "Rise" from the producers of "Hamilton" and "Parenthood" Tuesday, ABC's latest attorney-based show "For the People" on Wednesday, an Alan Cumming crime vehicle on CBS "Instinct" on Sunday and NBC's "Genius Junior" game show the same night because there are never enough shows featuring cute kids.

This covers Monday, March 12 through Sunday, March 18, 2018.


“American Idol” 8 p.m. ABC — Bremen singer Andrew Weaver is scheduled to get some airtime.

“Divided States” 9 p.m. A&E  — A Kansas gunman allegedly opens fire on two Indian nationals in a sports bar, killing one and wounding the other.

“The Resident” 9 p.m. Fox — Conrad goes head-to-head with Lane when he disagrees with her over a treatment plan for a terminal cancer patient.

“The Alienist” 9 p.m. TNT — Kreizler and Moore travel to Washington, D.C. while Sara goes rogue in pursuit of the truth.

“Good Girls” 10 p.m. NBC — Beth, Annie and Ruby bite off more than they can chew when they agree to help Rio smuggle contraband.

“The Good Doctor” 10 p.m. ABC — When the team treats a patient who has to decide between a dangerous surgery that could change his life or remain the same, he asks Dr. Shaun Murphy what he would if he had that same choice.

“Unreal” 10:02 p.m. Lifetime — A group date infuriates Serena, who refuses to heed Chet's advice on how women should act any longer.


“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Gibbs and Ducky see an antique war stick on television that could be the missing murder weapon to a 16-year-old cold case.

“The Middle” 8 p.m. ABC— Frankie feels the need to have a good cry after having a bad week.

“Black Lightning” 9 p.m. the CW — Black Lightning works with Anissa to help find information to clear his name. Jennifer begins interning for Lynn.

“Black-ish” 9 p.m. ABC— Dre and Bow confront gender biases of their own after finding out that both Junior and Zoey have become sexually active.

“Bull” 9 p.m. CBS — Bull agrees to help Chunk's daughter, Anna, when her journalism professor, Chloe, is sued by a dating app developer for trying to steal data for an exposé she's writing about sexual assault cover-ups.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN (fifth season finale) — Candace works a new plan to recoup her money from the Cryers.

“This Is Us” 10 p.m. NBC (second season finale) — So far, no leaks on what is about to come about.

“For the People” 10 p.m. ABC (first season finale) — The series premiere of the drama about six talented young lawyers who work on opposite sides of the law and handle the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country.

“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and Biggie Smalls” 10 p.m. USA — Frustrated by their lack of progress, the Task Force questions Kading's leadership. RHD investigates a bank robbery.

“Rise” 10:01 p.m. NBC (new series) — Lou petitions to take over as director of the theater program in an attempt to revitalize his passion for teaching, but quickly realizes he has his work cut out for him.


“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — The castaways get physical during a classic water challenge, and a pair of players on the outs try to shake things up.

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC — As Liz investigates new details in a cold case from her early work as an FBI profiler, she explores her darker impulses in therapy with Dr. Fulton.

“The X-Files” 8 p.m. Fox — While investigating human organ theft, Mulder and Scully uncover a mysterious cult consumed with macabre rituals.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — A girl's tragic death becomes a criminal case when a surgeon harvests her organs without parental consent.

“Little Women Atlanta” 9 p.m. Lifetime (fourth season finale) — Tanya plans a trip to New York City with some of the girls, but an unannounced guest throws her plans into turmoil.

“9-1-1” 9 p.m. Fox — The first responders race to help a homeless man crushed in a garbage truck, a mother and son in a crashed elevator and extreme hoarders entombed in their house.

“Designated Survivor” 10 p.m. ABC — When a video of the president visiting prison leaks to the media, his team works to minimize the fallout.

“Criminal Minds” 10 p.m. CBS — Away from the watchful eye of the FBI's assistant director of national security, Linda Barnes, the BAU meets in secret to investigate an UnSub who appears to be kidnapping and photographing young women.


“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC — Meredith tries to learn more about Marie Cerone’s history with her mother.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox — Ivy picks her next target, leading Gordon and Lucius back to an old friend, as Selina tries to take matters into her own hands.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” 8 p.m. VH1 (third season finale) —The queens must write and perform a rap on RuPaul’s new hit single, and attempt an unparalleled one-take choreography performance.

“Scandal” 9 p.m. ABC — After Air Force Two’s extraordinary safe landing, Cyrus takes his victory lap as America’s newest hero, and Mellie demands that the Oval stop at nothing until justice is served.

“Will & Grace” 9 p.m. NBC — Will rekindles a relationship with his first love against Jack’s advice. Grace reluctantly fights for Karen’s civil rights when a bakery refuses to make a cake she wants.

“Champions” 9:30 p.m. NBC — Michael is desperate to see New York but is unable to as Vince still hasn’t told the gym he has a secret son.

“Atlanta” 10 p.m. FX — Earn is making money, but he’s still broke, and the whole city runs in stunting.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m. ABC (fourth season finale) — Annalise and her inner circle deal with the aftermath of a suspicious death that culminates with a shocking arrest.


“Mommy's Little Angel” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — Twelve-year-old Katie has had a short but rough life. When her mother dies from an apparent suicide, her cousin Nikki and her husband Luke, decide to adopt her. Katie adores her new family and will not let anyone, including her abusive and mentally deranged father, take her away from them.

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 Saturday NBC — Bill Hader hosts.

“Instinct” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS (new series) — Former CIA operative Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming) is lured back to his old life when NYPD detective Lizzie Needham needs his help to stop a serial killer.

“Little Big Shots” 8 p.m. Sunday NBC — A 6-year-old Irish dancer from Scotland; classically trained trio of string players; foot juggling brothers from Ethiopia; and 3-year-old viral sensation with his pet dog.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 p.m. Sund ay Bravo — Kim Zolciak and NeNe Leakes go at it.

“American Dynasties: The Kennedys” 9 p.m. Sunday CNN — John F. Kennedy launches a long-shot bid for power, but the seemingly perfect candidate must confront the issues of his health, faith and fidelity.

“Genius Junior” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC (new series) — Twelve teams of super-intelligent 12 year olds test their smarts.

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Saul calls an old friend; Wellington has a problem; Carrie enjoys a win.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Hilltop's leadership faces a difficult dilemma after the arrival of unexpected visitors.

“The Chi” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime (first season finale) — Ronnie faces his past and Emmett decides to fight for custody.

“Madam Secretary” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — Jay and Kat devise a way to help persecuted foreign LGBTQ citizens escape their country while their U.S. homeland security applications are processed.

“The Royals” 10 p.m. Sunday E!  — Cyrus helps Liam gather intel on Robert.

“Timeless” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC — The Time Team chases Rittenhouse to a stock car race in the 1950s where Wyatt learns that his favorite race car driver is actually a Rittenhouse sleeper agent on a mission to destroy the American car industry.

“Deception” 10:01 p.m. Sunday ABC — As Cameron continues to focus on helping his brother, he and Kay get to work on a case that has unknowing tourists participating in a reality show—yet it's anything but real, it's deadly.

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

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