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TV best bets with 'Game of Thrones' season finale, MTV Video Awards, Whitney Houston, 'The Tick'

This was posted on Sunday, August 20, 2017 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

On Sunday, HBO concludes the seventh season of its biggest show "Game of Thrones," with the eighth season set up for 2018.

At the same time, MTV is airing its annual celebration of the things it used to air: music videos. It's the one remaining vestige of its original past. Katy Perry hosts. Kendrick Lamar has the most nominees. Performers include Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd and Ed Sheeran.

On Saturday night, Showtime does a documentary about the life of Whitney Houston more than five years since her tragic death.

Otherwise, there isn't much fresh this week beyond Amazon's superpower comedy "The Tick" and Netflix's Kathy Bates pot-themed comedy "Disjointed," both on Friday.

This covers Monday, August 21  through Sunday, August 27, 2017.


“America Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC — The top 30 competitors from the Kansas City Qualifier compete for a chance to compete in the national finals.

“Bachelor in Paradise” 8 p.m. ABC — A guy from Rachel's season shows up with a date card.

“So You Think You Can Dance” 8 p.m. Fox — Top 9 perform.

“Preacher” 9 p.m. AMC— Jesse connects with an unlikely source and learns more about God's whereabouts.

“Midnight, Texas” 10 p.m. NBC — Manfred's growing relationship with Creek is threatened when his con artist past finally catches up with him and the mysterious Hightower finds him.

“People of Earth” 10:30 p.m. TBS — Ozzie confronts Walsh about being an alien.


“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — The second live show for the quarterfinals.

“Black Girls Rock 2017” 8 p.m. BET — Issa Rae, Maxine Waters, Natalie and Derrica Wilson, Roberta Flack, Suzanne Shank and Yara Shandi are among the honorees at the annual event.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Candace seeks revenge after a devastating loss.

“Manhunt” 10 p.m. Discovery — Fitz receives linguistic proof that Ted is the Unabomber.

“Oprah's Master Class” 10 p.m. OWN — Atlanta's Tyler Perry drops his wisdom upon the masses.

“The Murder of Laci Peterson” 10 p.m. A&E — With the appea.rance of Scott Peterson's girlfriend, Amber Frey, media attention on the case escalates.

“Shooter” 10 p.m. USA — Bob Lee tracks Solotov's money, pitting himself against a Mexican cartel.


“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox — The Top 11 are given a bag of live crawfish and have to cook them in order to extract the most meat possible.

“Salvation” 9 p.m. CBS — Grace narrowly escapes a deadly assassin, while Darius and Liam forge unlikely alliances.

“Suits” 9 p.m. USA — Harvey learns the scope of Alex's involvement in the prison case.

“Marlon” 9:01 p.m. NBC — Marlon struggles to come to terms with his daughter bringing home a boy for the first time; and Yvette uses Stevie to get great seats to a Beyoncé concert.

“Greenleaf” 10 p.m. OWN — When Sophia and Zora are excluded from the upcoming debutante cotillion, Lady Mae sets out to make things right.

“The Sinner” 10 p.m. USA — With Ambrose's help, Cora struggles to recover missing memories, which lead Ambrose to a new suspect.

“Snowfall” 10 p.m. FX — Franklin's business ramps up, causing a rift in his inexperienced crew.

“Younger” 10 p.m. TV Land — Sparks fly at the annual Empirical Publishing picnic.


“Boy Band” 8 p.m. ABC (first season finale) — The winning five are awarded with a recording contract.

“Project Runway ” 8 p.m. Lifetime — The contestants sift through recyclables to create outfits.

“Battle of the Network Stars ” 9 p.m. ABC — ABC stars vs. others.

“Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Edition ” 9 p.m. NBC — Colin Jost and Michael Che are back for more jokes.

“Ice Road Truckers ” 10 p.m. History (11th season debut) — The drivers face a cold and busy winter, but after the tragic passing of legendary driver Darrell Ward, the other drivers wonder who can take his place.

“The Night Shift ” 10 p.m. NBC — TC and Jordan accompany a SWAT team on a raid and wind up with an emergency room full of sickened immigrants.

“Zoo ” 10 p.m. CBS — Mitch's alter ego, Mr. Duncan, attacks the team's plane and flees, so Jamie, Abe and Max set out to find him.


“Disjointed” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)   Ruth (Kathy Bates), a lifelong advocate for legalization, is finally living her dream as the owner of an Los Angeles cannabis dispensary

“The Tick” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (new series)   In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a super villain.

“Guy’s Family Road Trip” 9 p.m. Food   The Fieris visit Texas for some good food and adventure. Chef Robert Irvine makes them a feast.

“Million Dollar Matchmaker” 10 p.m. WE   Patti has her work cut out for her when two high-intensity lawyers check in.

“Whitney Can I Be Me” 9 p.m. Showtime   A look at the rise and fall of R&B icon Whitney Houston, who died at the age of 48 in 2012.

“Wyonna Earp” 10 p.m. Syfy (second season finale)   Wynonna is running out of time and desperate to defeat The Widows before her fate is sealed.


“Sun, Sand & Romance” 9 p.m. Saturday Hallmark — An exec plans to unwind at a summer resort with her boyfriend, but he's unable to stop working.

“Halt and Catch Fire” 9 p.m. Saturday AMC — Cameron promotes her game at an industry conference.

“Game of Thrones” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO (seventh season finale) — This one is 85  minutes long.

“2017 MTV Video Awards” 9 p.m. MTV — Pink is given the Video Vanguard Award.

“Ray Donovan” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Abby starts construction while Ray looks for a solution to their problem.

“The Last Ship” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — Nathan James's crew searches for a precious item, leading them to a strange place of opulence and violence where they cross paths with a most unexpected ally.

“$100,000 Pyramid” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Kyle Busch competes against Lara Spencer; in the second game, Ice-T takes on Peri Gilpin.

“The Strain” 10 p.m. Sunday FX — His health failing, Setrakian ignores Eph's warnings, pushing himself to the limit in his quest for victory and revenge.

“Survivor’s Remorse” 10 p.m. Sunday Starz — Cam's visit to Walpole sends him on a wild goose chase into the past.

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