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TV best bets with Conan in Mexico, two time machine shows, 'The Voice,' 'Bette and Joan'

This was posted Sunday, February 26, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

No shortage of varied programming this week.

Conan O'Brien goes to Mexico, Gwen Stefani reappears on "The Voice," Chris Webber does pranks, Dick Wolf spins off another "Chicago" series and Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon play two classic actors from decades past for FX.

ABC is going for an ambitious four night mini-series chronicling a family over several decades of the progression of gay rights starring Guy Pierce and Mary Louise Parker called "When We Rise." (More details in this New York Times review.)

Donald Trump talks to Congress on Tuesday at 9 p.m.

And on Sunday, competing time machine series start on Fox and ABC respectively though they are completely different. Fox's version is more of the "Hot Tub Time Machine" or "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" ilk. The other is actually a serious riff off H.G. Wells novel "The Time Machine." 

This covers Monday, February 27 through Sunday, March 5, 2017.


“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Andi Dorfman surprises Nick just before he hands out roses to three of the four remaining bachelorettes.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC (12th season debut) — Gwen Stefani returns as a judge.

“24: Legacy” 8 p.m. Fox — Carter and Grimes meet the leader of a smuggling ring to propose a deal to find the location of the terrorists.

“Africa's Great Civilizations” 9  p.m. GPB (news series) — Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores Africa's rich history in this limited series.

“Cold Case Files” 9 p.m. A&E (news series) — A young girl is kidnapped and killed on Halloween on her way home from a costume party.

“The Breaks” 9  p.m. VH1 — At the Ride 95 FM concert, Nikki is tasked with getting rapper D-Rome on stage with Keith Sweat to perform a guest verse.

“When We Rise” 9 p.m. ABC (miniseries debut) — The miniseries about a diverse family of LGBTQ people who helped pioneer the equality movement in the U.S. begins with the social-justice fighters moving to San Francisco after coming out or being outed.

“APB” 9:01 p.m. Fox — Armor-piercing bullets turn up on the black market.

“Bates Motel” 10 p.m. A&E — Norman's date goes awry.

“Chris Webber's Full Court Pranks” 10 p.m. TruTV (new series) — Famous athletes and sports celebrities play pranks on their most devoted fans.

“Tickled” 10 p.m. HBO — A reporter stumbles upon a bizarre secret society engaged in the production of "competitive endurance tickling" videos.

“Humans” 10 p.m. AMC — Athena's secret is revealed.

“Taken” 10 p.m. NBC (new series) — A prequel of the film series set in current day.

“Scorpion” 10 p.m. CBS — The team must save Happy's friend who lives in a sterile bubble after a severe storm leaves her surrounded by debris that could puncture the object and compromise her health.


“Fresh Off the Boat” 8 p.m. ABC (special time) —Jessica accuses Eddie of taking her papaya; and a record store manager accuses him of stealing a CD.

“Donald Trump's Address to the Congress” 9 p.m. ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, GPB, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News — Trump makes his first prime-time speech as president.

“The Have and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Oscar makes Candace an offer to blackmail the biggest mark she's ever had.

“Being Mary Jane10 p.m. BET — A leaked story in the press about Mary Jane threatens to derail one of the most important moments of her career.

“Chrisley Knows Best10 p.m. USA  — Savannah agrees to manage Todd's singing career for a school project.

“The Detour10 p.m. TBS — Nate and Robin contemplate having another baby.

“Taboo10 p.m. FX (first season finale) — James plans his escape while Prince Regent makes a final push to destroy him.


“Hunted” 8 p.m. CBS (first season finale) — The remaining teams plan their final escapes in hopes of winning $250,000.

“Catfish” 8 p.m. MTV (sixth season debut) — A newly single woman needs help uncovering the shadowy identity of a potential new love

“Chicago Fire” 8 p.m. NBC (special night and time) — A fire at an old factory-turned-living/working space traps countless people.

“Modern Family” 8:30 p.m. ABC (special time) — Frank's bachelor party gives Phil a chance to meet his new stepbrother.

“Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS — The BAU investigates when several young men and women are victims of disfiguring acid attacks.

“Chicago PD” 9 p.m. NBC (special time) — The team hunts the arsonist responsible for the massive fire that left Olinsky's daughter in critical condition.

“Major Crimes” 9 p.m. TNT — The death of a young man found in his living room with his throat cut is investigated.

“When We Rise” 9 p.m. ABC (part two) — In 1978, Cleve, Ken and Roma work together to fight Proposition 6.

“Star” 9:01 p.m. Fox — As the young ladies ready for Atlanta Next Fest.

“Chicago Justice” 10 p.m. NBC (new series)— Dick Wolf has only one "Law & Order" left but now he has a third "Chicago" procedural. 

“Bringing Up Ballers” 10 p.m. Lifetime (new series) — Chicago moms raise rising basketball stars while running their own businesses.

“Conan Without Borders” 10 p.m. TBS — Features an all-Mexican staff, crew, guests and studio audience.

“The Deed” 10 p.m. CNBC (new series) — Entrepreneur Sidney Torres helps inexperienced real-estate developers in New Orleans.

“The Quad” 10 p.m. BET — President Eva Fletcher tracks down the identity of the students in the leaked security video and lays down the law about rape culture on campus.

“Legion” 10 p.m. FX — David faces trouble as his friends search for answers.

“Six” 10 p.m. History — The Command has eyes on Rip as the Team plans a rescue that could put their careers on the line.

“Suits” 10 p.m. USA (sixth season finale)  — Mike needs Harvey and Rachel's help to overcome an impossible obstacle.


“Grimm8 p.m. NBC  — A man claims his friend was consumed by a treelike figure.

“Shark Tank” 8 p.m. ABC (special time)— A former Atlantan pitches a way to help squelch overeating.

“Emerald City9 p.m. NBC (first season finale)  — Tip and West reach Emerald City with vengeance on their minds.

“When We Rise 9 p.m. ABC (mini-series finale) — In 2008, Cleve inspires the younger generation to march on Washington, D.C., to demand LGBTQ equality.

“Sleepy Hollow” 9 p.m. Fox — Molly visits the vault for the first time.

“The Rap Game” 10 p.m. Lifetime — JD mixes up the management teams and challenges the young rappers to write, record and shoot a music video with past winners Miss Mulatto and Mani.


“Custody” 8 tonight Lifetime — A recent law-school graduate must defend a hard-working single mother in court after the woman's children are taken from her due to accusations of child abuse.

“Love Thy Neighbor” 9 tonight OWN (fourth season debut) — Linda is concerned about Danny isolating himself in his apartment.

“Saturday Night Live” 9 tonight OWN (fourth season debut) — Octavia Spencer hosts.

“Little Big Shots” 8 p.m. Sunday NBC (second season debut) — A charismatic worship leader, a 5-year-old who can recite the Gettysburg Address, a young singing sensation, a science wiz, a basketball phenom and an anatomy expert.

“Mercy Street” 8 p.m. Sunday GPB (second season finale) — The Greens face a setback and Pinkerton's inquiry heats up.

“Once Upon a Time” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Gideon makes a confession to Belle and Gold concerning his past whereabouts.

“The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday TBS, TNT, TruTV — Slated performers include Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, the Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes, Thomas Rhett, Noah Cyrus, Big Sean and Bruno Mars.

“Making History” 8 p.m. Sunday Fox (new series) — Three friends find themselves traveling through time.

“Big Little Lies” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Madeline organizes a trip to compete with Annabella's birthday party to annoy Renata.

“Chicago Justice” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC — A chain of events following the arrest and death of a young man is investigated.

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Carrie gets bad news; Saul makes a plan; Quinn acknowledges his situation.

“Time After Time” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC (new series) —A young H.G. Wells travels in the time machine he created to modern day New York City in the pursuit of the charismatic (yet secretly psychopathic) Dr. John Stevenson, better known as "Jack the Ripper,"

“Victoria” 9 p.m. Sunday GPB (first seaso finale) — A very pregnant Victoria attracts both devoted and demented admirers when she ventures into public.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Members of the group scavenge for supplies.

“The Arrangement” 10 p.m. Sunday E! (new series) — Struggling actress/waitress Megan Morrison gets the opportunity of a lifetime when she auditions for a movie with Hollywood's hottest A-lister of the moment.

“Believer with Reza Aslan” 10 p.m. Sunday CNN (new series) — Reza Aslan journeys to the holy city of Varanasi, India, to immerse himself in a Hindu sect known as the Aghori.

“Elementary” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — Holmes' former protégé, Kitty Winter, returns to New York after a three-year absence to warn him that a killer is eliminating everyone involved with a case they worked on together in London, and that they're the next targets.

“Feud: Bette and Joan” 10 p.m. Sunday FX (new series) — Joan and Bette battle ageism, sexism and each other while making the film " What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"

“Shades of Bllue” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC  (second ) — , Harlee takes drastic measures to cover up the murder of her abusive ex, Migue.

“Who Do You Think You Are?” 10 p.m. Sunday TLC (ninth season debut) — Courteney Cox traces her maternal line back to ambitious and ruthless relatives who murdered their way to power in medieval time.

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