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TV best bets with Kevin Hart, ‘Hit the Floor,’ Hot Wheels

Originally filed Sunday, July 8, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

This is a super quiet week for TV debuts and finales. 

Kevin Hart, who is already busy enough as it is, found time to tape episodes of an obstacle course game that combines elements of “Wipeout” with “American Ninja Warrior.” It’s called “TKO Knockout” and hits the CBS airwaves starting Wednesday. Hart will host and throw comedic missiles at contestants being literally hit with objects by other contestants trying to knock them off an obstacle course. 

One show shot in Atlanta - game show “Paid Off With Michael Torpey”on truTV  - and one about two Atlanta homicide detectives - “ATL Homicide” on TV One - also debut this week. 

And BET revives a former VH1 show about the dance squad of a fictional L.A. basketball team “Hit the Floor” with most of the original cast intact and a few newbies joining the drama as well. 

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This covers Monday, July 9 through Sunday July 15, 2018. 

MONDAY

“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — Traveling to the tropical paradise of the Bahamas, Becca focuses on which four of the remaining six men should receive hometown dates.

“America Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC — A qualifying round in Minneapolis.

Dietland” 9 p.m. AMC — In the wake of her life-altering revelation, Plum struggles to discover her true voice; a new attack threatens to unravel Jennifer's movement.

“In the Cut” 9 p.m. Bounce TV — Jay compromises Percy's new relationship.

Salvation” 9 p.m. CBS — Loyalties are tested when Grace is asked to lie under oath.

ATL Homicide” 10 p.m. TV One (new series) — Two former Atlanta homicide detectives recount former cases. 

Elementary” 10 p.m. CBS — Holmes engages an old foe to protect his father after he learns Morland is in danger of being killed.

TUESDAY

“Animal Kingdom” 9 p.m. TNT — Deran leads the charge in planning the weed heist.

“No Passport Required” 9 p.m. GPB (new series) — Chef Marcus Samuelsson explore the culture and flavor of Detroit's Middle Eastern community.

“The Outpost” 9 p.m. the CW (new series) — Talon, the lone survivor of the Blackblood race, seeks vengeance on the men who slaughtered her people.

“Hit the Floor” 9 p.m. BET (fourth season debut) — The series moves from VH1 to BET with some new cast members.

“Love Is__” 10 p.m. OWN — Yasir confesses to Nuri who he really is. Nuri reconsiders the potential of an old flame.

“The Last Defense” 10 p.m. ABC — The Julius Jones case is examined. In 1999, the 19-year-old former high-school basketball and football player was arrested days after a businessman was gunned down by a black man in a white suburb of Oklahoma City.

“Paid Off With Michael Torpey” 10 p.m truTV (new series) —College grads compete for a chance to pay off their student loan debt, and an insult comic roasts Michael and the solar system.

WEDNESDAY

“The Handmaid's Tale” 8 p.m. Hulu (second season finale) — The aftermath of Eden's death. Is more tragedy to come?

“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox — The contestants cook for "MasterChef" Season 7 winner Shaun O'Neale's wedding, which Gordon Ramsay officiates.

“Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back” 9 p.m. Fox — Gordon Ramsay's "Hell on Wheels" heads to Sherman's, which has been in business for nearly 30 years in Greenville, Miss.

“TKO: Total Knockout” 9 p.m. CBS (new series) — A Kevin Hart-hosted obstacle course competition. 

“Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters” 10 p.m. truTV (new series) — A voice-over actor begins to question his career and sanity when his popular animated cartoon creation becomes his real-life stalker.

“Colony” 10 p.m. USA — Will, Broussard, Katie, and Amy help the Outliers deal with an emergency.

“Queen Sugar” 10 p.m. OWN — Violet celebrates her 60th birthday, Nova and Remy grow closer, and Darla and Ralph Angel discuss custody.

“Code Black” 10 p.m. CBS — Willis continues to tend to Rox's medical needs in San Diego while Leanne and Max's father search for Ariel.

“Yellowstone” 10 p.m. Paramount — The Duttons deal with a painful family anniversary.

THURSDAY

“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” 8 p.m. Freeform — Tandy and Ty join forces to save a man imprisoned by his own mind.

“The Four” 8 p.m. Fox — Kennesaw's Sharaya J is still in it. Can she fend off a fourth challenge. 

“Hot Wheels: 50th Anniversary Special” 8 p.m. History — Any person under the age of 50 grew up with these awsome little automobiles. 

“Match Game” 9 p.m. ABC — The panelists are Jack McBrayer, Ellie Kemper, John Early, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Faison and Amy Sedaris.

“Marlon” 9:30 p.m. NBC (second season finale) — Marlon goes all out for his 43rd birthday and decides to throw himself a funeral party after attending his barber's funeral.

“Alone” 10 p.m. History  The seven remaining survivalists are pushed to their limits as the weather worsens in Mongolia.

“Take Two” 10 p.m. ABC  Sam's ex-fiancé, Dylan, who dumped her live on national TV, unexpectedly shows up asking for help after his laptop is stolen.

FRIDAY

“Sugar Rush” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)  A relentlessly fast-paced baking competition that challenges brilliant bakers to create sweet treats that look beautiful and taste amazing - all against the clock.

“Quantico” 8 p.m. ABC — When Owen and McQuigg receive heartbreaking news about family members, the team goes on high alert as they quickly learn nowhere is safe.

“Whistleblower” 8 p.m. CBS (new series)— Cases involving pediatric dental chain Kool Smiles and pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb are featured.

“C.B. Strike” 10 p.m. Cinemax (first sesaon finale) — Strike and Robin's partnership reaches breaking point as Robin's wedding approaches, and they disagree about how to ensnare a man who abuses children.

WEEKEND

“Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta” 10 p.m. Saturday TLC — The BBL staff has seen it all, but even they're caught off guard by Kandace's complicated family dynamics.

“The Nanny is Watching” 8 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — After a break-in, a family installs a high-tech home security system with smart home features, but their nanny may have other plans.

“Celebrity Family Feud” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Sherri Shepherd vs. Ian Ziering. 

“Power” 8 p.m. Sunday Starz— This show is super popular yet Starz hadn't bothered to provide TV Guide with a plot teaser on July 6, the day I'm writing this. I'll update this when I get one. 

“Claws” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT —Faced with an agonizing dilemma, Desna and Dean take a road trip to seek guidance from a beloved childhood mentor.

“The 2000s” 9 p.m. Sunday CNN — How President George W. Bush faced the attacks of September 11th and launched a global war on terror.

“The Affair” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime —Vik decides it's time he started living for himself.

“Sharp Objects” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Camille searches for clues at the funeral and wake for Wind Gap's latest victim, and clashes with her mother over Camille's presence in the town

“The History of Comedy” 9 p.m. Sunday CNN (second season debut) — A look at one of the oldest forms of comedy, sexual humor, as well as how it continues to push the limits of both comfort and political correctness.

“Preacher” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC — As Jesse helps re-invigorate business at Angelville, he tests Tulip and Cassidy's faith in him when Angelville brings out a darker side of him.

“Shades of Blue” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC — Harlee discovers that the intelligence unit's involvement in criminal enterprises goes deeper than she thought.

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

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