TV best bets with season finales of 'Mr. Robot,' 'Scream,' 'Rookie Blue,' 'The Last Ship'

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Sunday, August 30, 2015

This week is packed with summer series ending their seasons as Labor Day approaches.

Among those: "The Whispers" on ABC Monday, TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles," FX's "Tyrant" and MTV's "Scream" on Tuesday, USA's "Mr. Robot" and ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" on Wednesday, ABC's "Rookie Blue" and "Mistresses" Thursday and TNT's "The Last Ship."

And what's back? E!'s "Fashion Police" on Monday, rebooting a second time after Kathy Griffin didn't work out. This time, Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa takes her mom's seat.

MONDAY

“American Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC — he finalists head to Las Vegas.

“Fashion Police ” 8 p.m. E! (back from hiatus) — Melissa Rivers takes over for her mom.

“Eight-Limbed Baby ” 8 p.m. TLC — Keeping it classy as always, TLC.

“Bachelor in Paradise ” 8 p.m. ABC — Chelsie asks Nick out and they enjoy an ocean cruise on a luxurious yacht and go snorkeling.

“So You Think You Can Dance ” 8 p.m. Fox — The top 6 perform.

“The Boy With Giant Hands ” 9 p.m. TLC — See 8 p.m. description.

Awkward ” 9 p.m. MTV  (fifth season debut) — Senior pranks cause chaos.

Faking It ” 9:30 p.m. MTV (second season summer debut) — Shane leads a revolt after a new principal cracks down on Hester.

Running Wild With Bear Grylls ” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Michael B. Jordan joins Bear in Wales.

The Whispers ” 10:01 p.m. ABC (first season finale) — Drill revs up the end game.

TUESDAY

“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — The Craig Lewis Band from Atlanta is among the 11 performing in the semifinals.

“Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” 8 p.m. Fox — A paleontologist and a real-estate agent answer elementary school questions for the chance to win $1 million.

Rizzoli & Isles ” 9 p.m. TNT (sixth season summer finale) — An old watch is discovered inside a balloon of cocaine in a dead woman's stomach.

Zoo ” 9 p.m. CBS — The team are on the run as fugitives when they fly to Zambia to gather leopard DNA in order to manufacture a cure for the abnormal behavior that's affecting animals worldwide.

“Playing House ” 10 p.m. USA — An unexpected visitor interrupts Maggie and Emma's weekend at Lake Kimmewah.

“Real Husbands of Hollywood ” 10 p.m. BET — Kevin accidentally ingests drug-laced candy while in the company of an annoying rapper.

“Public Morals ” 10 p.m. TNT — Muldoon investigates his uncle's murder.

“Scream ” 10 p.m. MTV (first season finale) — Emma tries to save a loved one and also learns the identity of the killer.

“Tyrant ” 10 p.m. FX (second season finale) — Jamal's fate is uncertain as Abbudin prepares to enter a new phase.

“Hollywood Game Night” 10:01 p.m. NBC — The party-game stars are Joe Jonas, Jeff Dye, Cheryl Burke, Jenna Elfman, Seth Green and Michelle Trachtenberg.

“Drunk History ” 10:30 p.m. Comedy (third season debut) — Rival paleontologists Edward Cope and Othniel Marsh clash over fossil discoveries.

WEDNESDAY

“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — The first finalists are named.

“Masterchef ” 8 p.m. Fox — The Top 5 cooks compete in a mystery-box challenge that includes pear, tomato, portobello mushroom and chocolate.

“The Carmichael Show ” 9 p.m. NBC  — Jerrod encourages his parents to lead healthier lifestyles, but his efforts backfire and cause a family debate about health, aging and death.

“Extant ” 9 p.m. CBS — Molly tracks down John's former colleague with JD and Ethan in hopes of stopping the Humanich threat.

Home Free ” 9:01 p.m. Fox —The competition continues as the couples put their all into the renovation.

“The Jim Gaffigan Show ” 10 p.m. TV Land —Jim is featured on a magazine cover, but Jeannie becomes upset when the accompanying article doesn't mention her.

Last Comic Standing ” 10 p.m. NBC — The Top 10 comics compete in head-to-head showdowns, and five winners advance to the finale.

“Mr. Robot ” 10 p.m. USA (first season finale) — This was supposed to air last week but the Roanoke shootings hewed too closely with what happens tonight.

“Celebrity Wife Swap ” 10 p.m. ABC (fourth season finale)  — The ladies with Robert Carradine and Terrell Owens swap places.

THURSDAY

“Beyond Scared Straight” 9 p.m. A&E (series finale) — The series finale features highlights from all nine seasons.

“Big Brother” 9 p.m. CBS — Will Johnny Mac go home - again?

“Mistresses” 9 p.m. ABC (third season finale) — Joss is granted her freedom

“Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime — The designers battle for their fabric via a paintball competition, then they try to create a six-piece collection.

“Documentary Now” 10 p.m. IFC — A satire of groundbreaking documentaries done by Vice.

“Rookie Blue” 10 p.m. ABC (sixth season finale) — Not everything goes perfectly on Andy's wedding day.

“Graceland” 10 p.m. USA — Johnny goes undercover to stop a gang war.

“Under the Dome” 10 p.m. CBS — The Dome's calcification accelerates, leaving 24 hours before everyone suffocates from the barrier's breakdown.

FRIDAY

“Hand of God” 12:01 a.m. Amazon (new series, episodes 2 to 10) — Ron Perlman plays justice Pernell Harris, a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side.

“Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church” 9 p.m. Showtime — A chronicle of Jimi Hendrix's largest U.S. performance at the massive Atlanta Pop Music Festival in July 1970.

“Kendra on Top” 9 p.m. WE — Kendra returns home from her solo trip to the U.K.

Cold Justice: Sex Crimes” 9 p.m. TNT— Casey and Alicia build a case against an uncooperative suspect.

“Atlanta Plastic” 10 p.m. Lifetime — Dr. Jones meets with a Michael Jackson impersonator who just can't get beyond the man in the mirror.

WEEKEND

“Cedar Cove” 8 p.m. Saturday Hallmark — Will overstays his welcome at Olivia's home.

Blunt Talk” 9 p.m. Saturday Starz   The court orders Walter to attend AA meetings while his staff entertain themselves in peculiar ways during the weekend.

Survivor’s Remorse” 9:30 p.m. Saturday Starz Cassie gets a little action, much to her son's chagrin.

“Ray Donovan” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — An attempt to draw Mickey out of hiding jeopardizes Bunchy's wedding.

“The Last Ship” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT (second season finale) —  The crew sends out a call to civilians to receive the cure at pre-selected ports.

“Masters of Sex” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Masters continues his surrogacy program, which is now under Johnson's critical eye.

“The Strain” 10 p.m. Sunday FX — Justine goes to extremes to thwart a surprise invasion.

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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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