TV best bets with the Oscars, 'Bates Motel,' 'How to Get Away With Murder,' Maya Angelou

This was posted Sunday, February 19, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk

Jimmy Kimmel has the unenviable task of hosting the Academy Awards this year on Sunday.

Besides "La La Land," favorites to win include Casey Affleck, Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali.

Otherwise, a few shows are coming back (A&E's "Bates Motel," USA's "Chrisley Knows Best," TBS's "The Detour"), others are ending their seasons (NBC's "Timeless," ABC's "How To Get Away With Murder," TLC's "Too Close to Home"). And TNT's "Major Crimes" returns for the second half of its fifth season on Wednesday instead of Monday (due to NBC basketball.)

There's a series set in the early days of New York City hip hop ("The Breaks" on VH1) Monday, a "Blacklist" spinoff on Thursday and a drama about the complicated life of an intelligence officer (Amazon's "Patriot") Friday. GPB is also airing an "American Masters" profile of Maya Angelou Tuesday.

This covers Monday, February 17 through Sunday, February 23, 2017.


“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Nick meets the families of the final four bachelorettes when he goes on hometown dates.

“American Ninja Warrior: All Stars” 8 p.m. NBC — Matt Iseman is back right after winning 'The New Celebrity Apprentice

“24: Legacy” 8 p.m. Fox — Grimes finds new information that could lead to the terrorists and passes it along to Carter.

“Unlocking the Cage” 8 p.m. HBO — Animal-rights lawyer Steven Wise and his Nonhuman Rights Project are the focus of this documentary.

“The Breaks” 8 p.m. VH1 (new series)— Nikki begins her first day as Barry Fouray's new assistant and is tasked with planning a listening party for rapper Special Ed.

“APB” 9:01 p.m. Fox — Robbers kill a security guard who, as a former police officer, uses the APB app before he dies.

“The Talk: Race in America” 9 p.m. GPB — How parents of color often feel compelled to explain to their kids, especially sons, about how to behave if they're stopped by the police.

“Timeless” 10 p.m. NBC (first season finale) — A life is on the line as the team chases Flynn to Washington, D.C., during the Red Scare of the 1950s.

“Bates Motel” 10 p.m. A&E (second season debut) — A troubling discovery surfaces and Dylan and Emma get a surprise guest.

“Humans” 10 p.m. AMC — Laura must decide whether to accept Niska's request.

“Quantico” 10 p.m. ABC — The recruits learn what to do if they're ever exposed.

“Scorpion” 10 p.m. CBS — The team must save Happy, Sylvester and Cabe from their own fear-based hallucinations after a mission to protect a vital seed bank goes awry.


“The Middle” 8 p.m. ABC —Mike convinces Dr. Goodwin to lie to Frankie about him having a toothache.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Bishop becomes more determined than ever to seek revenge for the murder of Qasim.

“American Masters: Maya Angelou” 8 p.m. GPB — A profile of Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014), a poet, singer, dancer and civil-rights activist.

“Fresh Off the Boat” 9 p.m. ABC — Jessica befriends Marvin's ex-wife and tries to help her settle her rift with Honey.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Randall and William take a road trip to Memphis, where Randall learns about his biological father's past.

“The Have and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Hanna does all she can to keep the peace in her family.

“Bones9:01 p.m. Fox — Grief over a recent loss creates a rift between Booth and Brennan, who is also surprised by a visit from an ex-boyfriend.

“Being Mary Jane10 p.m. BET — In Atlanta to cover a news story, Mary Jane's reunion with her family is thrown into a tailspin when Lee shows up.

“Chicago Fire10 p.m. NBC — Chief Anderson reassigns members of Firehouse 51 to other stations around town.

“Chrisley Knows Best10 p.m. USA (fifth season debut) — Nanny Faye joins the world of online dating.

“The Detour10 p.m. TBS (second season debut) — Nate is offered a new job in New York City.

“Needles & Pins10 p.m. Viceland (new series) — Grace reluctantly heads to the Las Vegas tattoo scene to see if she can find an authentic tattoo experience in a place where you can buy a tattoo and a taco in the same shop.

“The Pop Game10 p.m. Lifetime (new series) — In a spinoff of "The Rap Game," young aspiring vocalists are mentored by Timbaland and other famous musicians.


“Hunted” 8 p.m. CBS — One team uses an online ruse to divert the hunters' attention.

“Blindspot” 8 p.m. NBC — Multiple leads must be chased to catch a lethal courier.

“Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS — The BAU investigates the cause of several fatal car crashes involving drivers and pedestrians. Meanwhile, Reid receives some bad news.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — An army ranger struggles to recover from a sexual assault, leading Fin to revisit his military roots.

“Major Crimes” 9 p.m. TNT (fifth season winter debut) — When Captain Sharon Raydor and the Major Crimes Division investigate the murder of a young woman found in the LA River, their case is not only impeded by a secretive PI working for a tech industry millionaire, but also by Deputy Chief Winnie Davis (guest star Camryn Manheim), who regards Sharon as competition for the promotion to Assistant Chief of the LAPD.

“Star” 9:01 p.m. Fox — The Otis murder wreaks havoc on the beauty salon and threatens to destroy the family.

“City in the Sky” 10 p.m. GPB (first season finale) — The arrival process is examined.

“The Quad” 10 p.m. BET — Eva makes Cedric an offer he can't refuse.

“Legion” 10 p.m. FX — A threat looms as David searches for answers.

“Suits” 10 p.m. USA — When Mike's class action hits a snag, it might cost him more than the case.

“Too Close to Home” 10 p.m. TLC (second season finale) — A joyous occasion in Happy can't mask the chaos that surrounds the town's families or shield them from confrontation.


“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — The gang plan to attend Comic Con.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC — Alex returns to work and is greeted with many changes at the hospital.

“Powerless” 8:30 p.m. NBC — After being urged by her team, Emily sets her sights on the dating world but unknowingly falls for one of the Riddler's henchmen.

“The Blacklist ” 9 p.m. NBC — Red is dosed with a lethal poison, so he retraces his steps to uncover who betrayed him.

“Nashville ” 9 p.m. CMT — Rayna and Deacon take precautions as Hockney tests the limits of the restraining order.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 9 p.m. ABC (third season finale) — A new angle in the DA's case forces Annalise to change her strategy.

“Top Chef ” 9 p.m. Bravo — The Yucatan Peninsula is the setting for a challenge to cook a dish showcasing the local habanero.

“Mom ” 9:01 p.m. CBS — When Bonnie discovers Adam is still close with his ex-wife Christy worries the emotional fallout could jeopardize Bonnie's sobriety.

“The History of Comedy ” 10 p.m. CNN— A look at how comedians find humor in the simple, daily experiences most people share.

“The Blacklist: Redemption” 10 p.m. NBC (new series) — A routine trip to New York turns perilous when ex-operative Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) is recruited by a mercenary chief (Famke Janssen) to help rescue a kidnapped CIA agent.

“Colony” 10 p.m. USA — Bram joins his friends on a risky sabotage mission.


“Patriot” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (new series) — This series explores the lesser known, unglamorous aspects of life as an intelligence officer. While the future of the world is at stake, it's often the idiosyncrasies of those around John Tavner that force him to have to choose between bad alternatives.

“Rosewood8 p.m. Fox — A female astronaut's death turns into an investigation of the U.S. space program.

“Last Man Standing8 p.m. ABC — Mike and Vanessa become increasingly worried their daughters don't attend church anymore.

“MacGyver8 p.m. CBS  The team are disavowed following a terrorist attack on Bozer's first overseas mission.

“Hawaii Five-O 9 p.m. CBS — McGarrett and Danny finally track down the missing uranium.

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. ABC— Millennial entrepreneurs are featured.

“Sleepy Hollow” 9 p.m. Fox — A supernatural infection from a viral video coincides with an Internet sensation's arrival.

“Mama June: From Not to Hot” 10 p.m. WE-TV (new series)  — Mama June is blindsided by Sugar Bear's engagement. Later, when a revenge diet fails and a hot date bails, June considers major surgery.

“The Rap Game” 10 p.m. Lifetime — The kids accompany Jermaine on an interview with radio hosts the Durtty Boyz, who have a surprise challenge for the rappers.


“Infidelity in Suburbia” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime —A bored housewife has an affair with her family's private contractor and tries to end the fling after feeling guilty.

“Say Yes to the Dress” 8 p.m. Sasturday TLC (15th season debut) — Ten years of the show highlighted.

“89th Annual Academy Awards” 8:30 p.m. Sunday ABC  — Jimmy Kimmel hosts. Can "Moonlight" overcome "La La Land"?

“Big Little Lies” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Madeline feels slighted by Renata and gets bad news about her community-theater production.

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Carrie follows a lead.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — An Alexandrian must navigate the mysterious world within the Saviors' compound.

“Girls” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — Hannah meets an author she once admired to discuss the recent damage to his reputation due to some disturbing allegations.

“Billions” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Axe publicly spars with a rival hedge fund manager and with the help of a talented intern initiates a new financial play to hurt the competition.

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