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TV best bets with New Edition, 'Salem' series finale, 'Riverdale,' Miss Universe

This was posted on Sunday, January 22, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Don't cool it now. The heat this week will be on New Edition, who will be featured in a three-part miniseries on BET Tuesday. They will be honored on Sunday for the Trumpet Awards.

A few shows are back from winter break like the entire Thursday night Shonda Rhimes shows and the fourth season of "Black Sails" on Sunday on Starz. Hulu brings back "The Path" on Wednesday while Amazon introduces "Z" on Friday. And the CW tries a less sanitized version of the Archie Comics in "Riverdale" Thursday.

This covers Monday, January 23 through Friday, January 29, 2017.


“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — An upset bachelorette confronts Nick about his forward behavior with another woman.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox — While on the run from Gordon and Bullock, Dwight tries to revive Jerome.

“The New Celebrity Apprentice” 8 p.m. NBC — Atlanta's Porsha Williams is in the top 10.

“2 Broke Girls” 9 p.m. CBS — Max and Caroline return from their road trip.

“The Young Pope” 9 p.m. HBO — A burial for a nun's sister at the Vatican is arranged by Lenny.

“Scorpion” 10 p.m. CBS — The team must rescue a man teetering on the edge of a massive sinkhole that threatens to destroy Los Angeles' water supply.

“Beware the Slenderman” 10 p.m. HBO — This documentary examines a 2014 incident in which two 12-year-old girls stabbed a friend on the orders of a fictional character called the "Slenderman."

“Timeless” 10 p.m. NBC — Flynn joins forces with legendary outlaw Jesse James.

“Quantico” 10 p.m. ABC — The recruits are taught the art of seduction.


“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — During an NCIS hit-and-run investigation, Palmer joins a stranger on the ledge of a building in an attempt to save his life.

“Face Off” 9 p.m. Syfy (11th season debut)— A group of returning all-stars compete in Season 11.

“The Wall” 8 p.m. NBC — Atlanta's Ebony Wardlaw competes with her sister Deanna from Dallas.

“The Have and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Jim helps Katheryn clean up a mess.

“The New Edition Story9 p.m. BET (part one of three) — Five young Boston boys form to become New Edition.

“This is Us9 p.m. NBC — Rebecca and Jack become overwhelmed after deciding to throw three separate birthday parties for their kids.

“Bones9:01 p.m. Fox — Aubrey's dad resurfaces and immediately presents a moral dilemma for him.

“NCIS: New Orleans” 10 p.m. CBS — Pride investigates a murder on a deep-sea-oil rig.

“Chicago Fire” 10 p.m NBC  — Dawson has difficulties keeping her emotions in check during a run with a pregnant teen.

“Tattoo Girls” 10 p.m  TLC (new series) — An all-female team of tattoo artists cater to a diverse slate of clients in Springfield, Mo.

“Uncensored With Michael Ware” 10 p.m NGC (new series) — Journalist Michael Ware investigates intriguing people, places and cultures. In the opener, he travels to New Guinea to seek out women who are considered witches and subject to being hunted and killed.


“The Path” 3:01 Hulu (second season debut) — The Path follows the Meyerist Movement as it tries to make sense of Doctor Meyer's mysterious departure.

“Hunted” 8 p.m. CBS (time slot debut) — The investigators and hunters are challenged by the ingenuity of several teams, including a pair that go off the grid.

“Frequency” 9 p.m. the CW (first season finale)  — Raimy makes a startling discovery that leads her to reach out to Frank to voice her concerns. Meanwhile, truths are revealed.

“The Magicians” 9 p.m. Syfy (second season debut) — In the aftermath of their clash with the Beast, Quentin and his friends scramble for a new plan as Season 2 gets underway.

“Salem” 9 p.m. WGN (series finale) — Survival is uncertain on the eve of Salem's demise.

“Vikings” 9 p.m. History — The Viking army rampages through the English countryside, while King Ecbert and Aethelwulf seek to defend of the realm.

“Star” 9:01 p.m. Fox — The trio catch a glimpse of the local competition and decide to step up their game and revamp their style.

“Bakers vs. Fakers” 10 p.m. Food (new series) — Hot peppers are used in spicy cupcakes.

“Code Black” 10 p.m. CBS — Mario risks his life to save two brothers at a construction site.

“Incorporated” 10 p.m. Syfy (first season finale) — Ben's ongoing investigation leads to a shock.

“Six” 10 p.m. History — During a raid on an oil tanker in Lagos, the SEAL Team attempts to detain a courier working for Boko Haram and who may be a link to discovering Rip's whereabouts.

“Suits” 10 p.m. USA  — Harvey, Louis and Donna plan for the future following Jessica's departure from PSL.


“Hell’s Kitchen” 8 p.m. Fox — Two eliminations precede a challenge in which the remaining contestants must create a unique dining experience for a large group of well-known chefs.

“Grey's Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC — Three doctors visit a prison for women in order to treat a pregnant teenager and her unborn baby.

“Nashville ” 9 p.m. CMT — The Exes make a music video, but Scarlett and the director, Damien George, fight over their differences.

“The New Edition Story ” 9 p.m. BET (miniseries finale) — New Edition reaches unparalleled heights of success, but whether they can put their differences behind them remains an open question.

“Top Chef ” 9 p.m. Bravo — A blindfolded taste experiment tests the chefs.

“Riverdale” 9 p.m. the CW (new series) — The Archie comics get a dramatic CW twist.

“My Kitchen Rules” 9:01 p.m. Fox — Andrew Dice Clay and wife Valerie Silverstein serve spaghetti and meatballs, but Valerie's forced to pick up the slack when Andrew shows off his famed jackets to the guests.

“Scandal” 9:01 p.m. ABC — The election results come in for the presidential race between Mellie and Francisco, and the outcome proves to be surprising.

“How To Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m. ABC — Annalise sits in jail as the DA's office compiles evidence against her.

“Colony” 10 p.m. USA — Will, Devon and Charlie try to journey home.


“Z: The Beginning of Everything3:01 a.m. Amazon (new series) — A fictionalized bio series of the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, a brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyant, Jazz Age in the 20s.

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. ABC  — Mike creates a competition between his sons-in-law as he attempts to bolster their handyman skills.

“Emerald City” 9 p.m. NBC — West interrogates Dorothy using some enchanted methods.

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. ABC— A Massachusetts couple pitch an idea that capitalizes on the tiny house trend.

“Sleepy Hollow” 9 p.m. Fox — D.C. is menaced by a monster that haunts its victims with their painful memories and experiences.

“Rise” 10 p.m. Vice (new series) — An examination of indigenous life in the modern age and gives viewers a rare glimpse into the front line of indigenous-led resistance.

“The Rap Game” 10 p.m. Lifetime — Jermaine takes the kids to meet Rev. Bernice A. King, Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter.


“Love by the 10th Date” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — The romantic adventures of four women who work for an upscale website in Los Angeles are chronicled, as they attempt to balance their demanding careers, friendships and love lives.

“The 65th Annual Miss Universe Pageant” 7 p.m. Sunday Fox — Steve Harvey hosts again.

“Mercy Street” 8 p.m. Sunday GPB — Foster cares for a gravely ill Mary.

“The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday TBS, TNT — Lily Tomlin receives the Life Achievement Award.

“Black Sails” 9 p.m. Sunday Starz (fourth season debut) — The invasion of Nassau meets with catastrophe

“Mariah's World” 9 p.m. Sunday E! (first season finale) — It's bittersweet for Mariah to have to say goodbye to her road family as the Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour comes to an end.

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Saul goes to Abu Dhabi.

“Victoria” 9 p.m. Sunday GPB — Albert meets royal disdain when he visits against Victoria's wishes.

“The Young Pope” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Rumors of a scandal are manufactured by Voiello to undermine the pope.

“The Trumpet Awards” 9 p.m. Sunday Bounce TV — Honorees include Wendy Williams, former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo and New Edition.

“The Affair” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime (third season finale) — A chance encounter offers Noah a possibility for healing a relationship that is in desperate need of repair.

“Elementary” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS  — A kidnapper threatens to start executing his hostages.

“The Royals” 10 p.m. Sunday E! — Jasper tries to strike a bargain to protect his past and secure his future with Eleanor.

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