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Posted Sunday, April 29, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

This is definitely Tonya Harding's moment.

Riding off the success of the film, "I, Tonya" (shot in metro Atlanta), she is appearing on ABC's 'Dancing With the Stars: Athletes" edition debuting Monday. This will only last a month so it's a quickie version.

CBS's "Elementary" and Showtime's "I'm Dying Up Here" return.

HBO, as usual, airs the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and this year features Bon Jovi. The network is also doing a docuseries about Serena Williams, who is juggling both motherhood and her career, debuting Wednesday.

On Netflix, "Dear White People" comes back and Carol Burnett hosts her first show in years.

This covers Monday, April 30 through May 6, 2018.

MONDAY

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC (26th season debut) — A truncated season featuring 10 athletes including Tonya Harding, Adam Rippon, Jennie Finch Dagle, Johnny Damon and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — The top 11 perform.

“Very Suspicious With George Lopez” 8 p.m. A&E (new series) — A look at how superstitions guide peoples' lives.

“The Resident” 9 p.m. Fox — Conrad and Devon work to save the life of Bradley, a fellow doctor who fell through the hospital skylight.

“The Terror” 9 p.m. AMC — As the men make new attempts to find rescue, a series of shocking events underscores how vulnerable and exposed their situation has become.

“Elementary” 10 p.m. CBS (sixth season debut) — As Holmes confronts a medical diagnosis that threatens both his career and sobriety, he meets Michael, a man who credits Sherlock for helping him conquer his own addiction.

“Good Girls” 10:01 p.m. NBC (first season finale) — Fearing for their lives, the ladies scramble to try to take down Rio.

TUESDAY

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Sara Carter begs Gibbs to investigate her mother's murder as she believes the local authorities convicted the wrong man.

“Roseanne” 8 p.m. ABC — After Beverly gets kicked out of the nursing home, Roseanne and Jackie fight over who will take care of their mother.

“Black-ish” 9 p.m. ABC — Tensions are high between Dre and Bow as their contractor arrives to remodel the kitchen, realizing they have grown apart.

“Bull” 9 p.m. CBS — Bull's team takes on the case of Elliot Miles.

“Rise” 9:01 p.m. NBC — When an unauthorized, provocative sizzle reel promoting the Stanton High production of "Spring Awakening" is posted online, it spreads like wildfire through the school and surrounding community.

“Chicago Med” 10 p.m. NBC — After a shooting occurs during a block party at a local park, Med is overrun with victims that stretch the hospital and staff to its limits.

“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and Notorious B.I.G.” 10 p.m. USA (first season finale) — The Task Force and Russell Poole chase down their final leads.

WEDNESDAY

“Empire” 8 p.m. Fox — As Eddie fights for his place at Empire Entertainment and gets the board on his side, Lucious and Shine must find a permanent solution to keep him out.

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC — The mysterious appearance of an unidentified young girl sends Liz and the Task Force on a hunt to discover her connection to the secret Red is hiding.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Will Wendell and Domenick be targeted next?

“Star” 9 p.m. Fox —The Midtown Sound artists are slated to perform at a Pride Parade in New Orleans, but a safety threat puts them on lockdown.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — When Dede drops in unexpectedly, Mitchell and Cam come to a realization about her effect on their lives.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — Rollins races to rescue a girl being held captive by her father.

“Archer” 10 p.m. FXX— Archer estimates his impact on the world while Pam samples the local nightlife.

“Being Serena” 10 p.m. HBO (new series) — A documentary series chronicling tennis icon Serena Williams at a pivotal moment in her personal and professional life.

“Brockmire” 10 p.m. IFC — Jim attempts to throw Charles a party, but things quickly get out of hand.

“The Americans” 10 p.m. FX — A sudden assignment pulls Elizabeth away from her family at a crucial moment.

“Colony” 10 p.m. USA (third season debut) — Six months after escaping Los Angeles, the Bowmans and Snyder enjoy a simple life in the mountains—until a sudden arrival changes everything.

“Code Black” 10 p.m. CBS — Angus and Mario treat a patient who is a self-proclaimed psychic and envisions the staff singing and dancing, seeing beauty amid the chaos at Angels Memorial.

“Designated Survivor” 10 p.m. ABC — President Kirkman negotiates with a foreign government to release an American held overseas, while attorney Ethan West continues his investigation.

THURSDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS  — When Sheldon learns that his mother won't attend his wedding unless he invites his brother, Georgie, he and Leonard travel to Texas to end a family feud.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC — Alex and Jo go on a road trip to Iowa to find Alex's mom, whom he hasn't heard from in a very long time.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox— Chaos erupts at the GCPD, sending Gordon on a wild goose chase for the culprit behind the mass takeover.

“Superstore” 8 p.m. NBC (third season finale) — As the store prepares to host a company-wide Town Hall meeting, Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) are forced to put their conflicts aside and rally their co-workers to confront the CEO.

“Young Sheldon” 8:30 p.m. CBS — While Sheldon is busy keeping tabs on Meemaw's budding relationship with Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn), George Sr. and Mary attempt to bond with their other children.

“Station 19” 9 p.m. ABC — Ripley interviews each member of the Station 19 crew to determine whether Andy or Jack should be given the role of captain.

“Mom” 9 p.m. CBS — Christy's sponsor challenges her to be nice to Bonnie at all costs, and Bonnie is convinced that Adam has stopped making an effort.

“Atlanta” 10 p.m. FX — Memories of middle school, with a shout-out to Miller Grove, are spotlighted.

“Chicago Fire” 10 p.m. NBC — Lt. Severide is shocked when Rene Royce resurfaces at the firehouse. Casey comes up with a plan to help Chief Boden in his latest pursuit.

“Quantico” 10 p.m. ABC —In tracking down the origin of a deadly strain of tuberculosis threatening Americans, Agent Ryan Booth must go undercover and infiltrate a white supremacist organization—an assignment that threatens the life of another member of the team.

FRIDAY

“Dear White People”  3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut)  — The eye-opening and transformative four-part series utilizes rare and never-before-seen archival footage - much of it digitized for the first time - along with new interviews with those that worked closely with RFK and knew him well.

“A Little Help With Carol Burnett”  3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)  In this original unscripted series starring comedy legend Carol Burnett, kids dish out advice to celebrities and everyday people in front of a live audience.

“The Rain”  3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)  — Ten years after a brutal virus has wiped out most of the population in Scandinavia, two young siblings embark on a search for safety.

“Dynasty”  8 p.m. the CW  — When Blake thwarts Fallon's attempts to take the company in a new direction, Fallon realizes that the biggest threat is actually Blake himself.

“MacGyver”  8 p.m. CBS (second season finale)  — The show is coming back for a third season. MacGyver gets a shocking surprise when he tries to tell Matty that he's quitting the Phoenix Foundation.

“Hawaii Five-O”  9 p.m. CBS  — McGarrett and Five-0 take on the mob when a former boss is killed and Junior's friend Cammy Lin is on the run after witnessing the hit.

“Blue Bloods”  10 p.m. CBS   Frank goes head-to-head with a data-tracking company when they refuse to unlock the phone of a terrorist that may hold information regarding upcoming targets.

WEEKEND

“2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” 9 p.m. Saturday HBO  — Bon Jovi, the Cars, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Dire Straits are inducted.

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC  — Donald Glover hosts.

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Top 7 perform Prince.

“The Wrong Daughter” 8 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — Kate and Joe have longed to be parents and are considering in vitro options... when Danica, a child Kate gave up 17 years ago, appears on Facebook. Danica comes to live with them, but she's not their real child.

“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” 9 p.m. Sunday CNN — Bourdain returns to Uruguay after a decade away and finds a progressive nation in the midst of social change.

“Fear the Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Al's questioning uncovers some surprising truths about the group's past.

“Westworld” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Bernard struggles to regain his memory after being found on the beach by a Delos paramilitary team.

“The Last Man on Earth” 9:30 p.m. Sunday Fox (fourth season finale) — After discovering hidden dangers in their mansion, the group decides to part ways with their home in Zihuatanejo and embark on a new destination.

“I'm Dying Up Here” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime (second season debut) — Goldie looks to expand her comedy empire with the help of a friend, while her estranged daughter Amanda resurfaces.

“Madam Secretary” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — Elizabeth deals with a refugee station while being shadowed by Neal Shin.

“The Royals” 10 p.m. Sunday E! — Liam's true intentions are revealed; Jasper helps Liam with a plan; and Willow and Robert hit a rough patch.


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