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DWTS paired Ryan Lochte with veteran dancer Cheryl Burke. CREDIT: ABC

DWTS paired Ryan Lochte with veteran dancer Cheryl Burke. CREDIT: ABC

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Sunday, September 11, 2016

Football and dancing fans are happy because the NFL is back as well as the 23rd season of ABC’s durable “Dancing With the Stars” featuring the likes of Ryan Lochte, Rick Perry, Amber Rose, Babyface and Marilu Henner.

Lifetime’s “Project Runway” is back for a 15th season as well on Thursday. And FX’s sixth season of “American Horror Story” haunts the TV screens on Wednesday.

While NBC’s “America’s Got Talent’ finishes its most popular season in several years on Wednesday and Emmy contender “Mr. Robot” finishes season two on Thursday. Plus, the Emmys are back on Sunday.

This covers Monday, September 12 through Sunday, September 18.

MONDAY

“Monday Night Football” 7 p.m. ESPN (47th season debut) — The Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the Washington Redskins.

“America Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC (eighth season finale) — The finalists tackle the last three stages of the Mount Midoriyama course.

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC (23d season debut) — NFL star and Georgia Tech grad Calvin Johnson joins Ryan Lochte and Rick Perry on the latest cast.

“Too Close to Home” 9 p.m. TLC  —Anna introduces Victor, her coworker’s partner, to her hometown in Alabama.

“Major Crimes” 10 p.m. TNT — The detectives tie up loose ends from an investigation into white supremacists by auditing a serial killer’s trial.

“Mary + Jane” 10 p.m. MTV — Paige’s childhood rival arrives in L.A. intent on starting her own weed delivery business; and Jordan is caught in the middle of a husband-wife “throuple.”

“Running Wild with Bear Grylls” 10 p.m. NBC — Marshawn Lynch joins Bear on the French island of Corsica, where they chase a wild hog, navigate cliffs and encounter the French Foreign Legion.

“$100,000 Pyramid” 10:01 p.m. ABC (first season finale) — Jon Lovitz vs. Deion Sanders.

TUESDAY

“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — Live finale of the top 10.

“The Contenders” 8 p.m. GPB (new series) — This eight-part series reveals the humanity, the twists of fate, and the surprising mistakes behind 16 of the most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern history.

“Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove” 9 p.m. Discovery (new series)— Dungeness Crab Derby in Newport, Oregon is spotlighted in this reality series. In the series premiere, four families are followed as they compete in the derby.

“If Loving You is Wrong” 9 p.m. OWN (third season debut) — Alex comes across a grizzly scene in the Season 3 premiere.

“Halt and Catch Fire” 10 p.m. AMC — Donna and Gordon decide to treat themselves to a vacation at home instead of camping.

“Atlanta” 10 p.m. FX — Earn is broke and tries to date.

“Better Late Than Never” 10 p.m. NBC (first season finale) — The guys visit Phuket, Thailand, where they take part in a water fight before celebrating Terry’s 67th birthday.

“Chrisley Knows Best” 10 p.m. USA — Julie and Lindsie want Todd to bury the hatchet with son-in-law Will.

WEDNESDAY

“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC (11th season finale) — Will Simon Cowell’s return ensure a singer to win?

“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox (seventh season finale) — The top 3 cooks must create a mouthwatering appetizer in one hour.

“Suits” 9 p.m. USA — Jessica and Rachel fight to save Leonard Bailey’s life.

“Worst Cooks in America” 9 p.m. Food (ninth season debut) — “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Kenya Moore tries her hand at cooking.

“American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX (sixth season debut) — FX has kept the theme under wraps this season.

“Blindspot” 10 p.m. NBC (second season debut) — Jane’s recaptured by the FBI and they ask her to become a triple agent.

“Documentary Now” 10 p.m. IFC (second season debut) — “The Bunker,” a spoof of the political documentary “The War Room,” and starring Bill Hader and Fred Armisen as driven campaign managers involved in the 1992 Ohio gubernatorial campaign.

“Don’t Be Tardy” 10 p.m. Bravo (fifth season debut) — Kim has a new lease on life after a brush with death.

“Mr. Robot” 10 p.m. USA (second season finale) — Angela makes an unexpected acquaintance; Darlene realizes she’s in deep; and an old friend reveals all to Elliot.

“South Park” 10 p.m. Comedy (20th season debut) — This animated series remains sturdy and relevant two decades after its debut.

THURSDAY

“Thursday Night Football” 8:25 p.m. NBC — New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills.

“The Beauty and the Beast” 9 p.m. the CW (series finale) — Vincent and Cat may make the ultimate sacrifice in order to stop an attack and rid the world of beast makers.

“Cutting it in the ATL” 9 p.m. WE (second season finale) — Mushiya schools LaKenya in a power play.

“Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime (15th season debut) — Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are back for more.

“60 Days In” 9 p.m. A&E — Chaos erupts when two pod bosses threaten the safety of three participants.

FRIDAY

“Fleabag” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (new series) — Fleabag is a hilarious and poignant window into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, grief-riddled woman, as she hurls herself at modern living in London.

“Bring It!” 9 p.m. Lifetime — The final competition before the Summer Dance Slam heats up. Later, Dana plans a surprise for Faith’s 16th birthday.

“Dark Matter 10 p.m. CBS (second season finale) — The crew of the Raza works to prevent the destruction of space station EOS 7 and an all-out corporate war.

“Quarry” 10 p.m. Cinemax (new series) — Mac tries to pay off a debt; detectives question Joni about a coworker’s death.

WEEKEND

“Sister Cities8 tonight Lifetime — Estranged sisters Baltimore, Carolina, Dallas and Austin are forced to reunite after their mother commits suicide.

“68th Primetime Emmys” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Jimmy Kimmel hosts.

“Fear the Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Madison springs into action when one of the hotel residents gets violent.

“Master of Sex” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Masters and Johnson turn to new partners in an effort to put the past behind them and focus on their expanding clinic.

“The Strain” 10 p.m. Sunday FX — A new phase surfaces for the infection and Justine builds a new army while Eichhorst plans a counter attack.

“Vice Principals” 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO (first season finale) — The first season concludes with Gamby and Russell playing their endgame with Dr. Brown.

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