With Labor Day upon us, A&E is carting out the good ol’ miniseries, a concept that broadcast networks have largely abandoned.
In fact, A&E is bringing back what was a 1978 film and Robin Cook best seller and modernized “Coma” Monday and Tuesday night and carts out some big names, too: James Woods, Ellen Burstyn, Richard Dreyfuss and Geena Davis. It was shot in Atlanta.
“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” returns for one last run on the Travel Channel Monday before he moves to CNN. Lifetime’s locally shot “Drop Dead Diva” finishes season four Sunday.
And on Thursday, Kevin Hart hosts the MTV Video Music Awards, which has been around now for nearly three decades.
“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” 8 p.m. VH1 — Part two of the reunion.
“Switched at Birth” 8 p.m. ABC Family (first season fall debut) — Bay returns from a trip abroad with a new boyfriend.
“Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations” 9 p.m. Travel (eighth season debut) — His final season on Travel before moving to CNN next year.
“Coma” 9 p.m. A&E (part 1 of 2) — Those comas are not coincidental. This star-packed miniseries features Geena Davis, Ellen Burstyn, James Woods and Richard Dreyfuss.
“Major Crimes” 9 p.m. TNT — Provenca displays his vulnerable side and Rusty returns to school.
“TI & Tiny” 9 p.m. VH! (second season debut) — The Atlanta hip-hop couple returns.
“Commander In Heels” 10 p.m. OWN — An inside look at two high-flying female CEOs.
“Grimm” 10 p.m. NBC — Nick discovers a highly contagious disease while investigating an accident.
“Perception” 10 p.m. TNT — Pierce and Moretti investige the slaying of a female college student.
“Live With Kelly” 9 a.m. WSB — Michael Strahan is the rumored male co-host who finally takes over for Regis Phibin.
“Hell’s Kitchen” 8 p.m. Fox — The final two finalists are chosen.
“Coma” 9 p.m. A&E — Part two of the miniseries where the conspiracy unravels.
“Flipping Out” 9 p.m. Bravo (sixth season debut) — Tension rises between Jeff and Gage over the revamp of their dream home.
“Top Gear” 9 p.m. History — The hosts race from Portland, Ore. to San Francisco on a single tank of gas.
“White Collar” 9 p.m. USA — The team looks into museum heists.
“Abby & Brittany” 10 p.m. TLC — The women go to Chicago with friends before graduation.
“Covert Affairs” 10:01 p.m. USA — Arthur is determined to bring in Simon after discovering Jai was investigating him before his death.
“So You Think You Can Dance” 8 p.m. Fox — The top 6 includes Atlantan Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer.
“Ghost Hunters” 9 p.m. Syfy — The Old City Jail in Charleston, S.C. is investigated.
“Royal Pains” 9 p.m. USA —A high-strung student and her romance-novelist mother fall ill with seemingly unrelated ailments.
“American Hoggers” 10 p.m. A&E — Children are threatened by a wild hog.
“The Soul Man” 10 p.m. TV Land (first season finale) — A storm causes a blackout that coincides with the arrival of Barton’s estranged wife.
“Top Chef Masters” 10 p.m. Bravo — The chefs serve up cuisine in culinary “boxing” matches, with Sugar Ray Leonard as guest judge.
“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — The top 6 are revealed for next week’s live finale.
“2012 MTV Video Music Awards” 8 p.m. MTV — Kevin Hart hosts. Performers include Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Green Day, One Direction, Alicia Keys, Green Day and Pink.
“Braxton Family Values” 9 p.m. WE — Trina prepares for a music-video shoot.
“Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime — The surviving nine clothiers are tasked to sell their goods to folks on the street.
“Rookie Blue” 9 p.m. ABC (third season finale) — Andy and Swarek face off with a violent child abductor.
“Sullivan & Son” 10 p.m. TBS — Steve’s con-artist sister arrives and stirs up trouble at the bar.
“Stand Up To Cancer” 8 p.m. ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC — A fundraiser for cancer research featuring Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw.
“America’s Next Top Model” 8 p.m. the CW — The models receive makeovers.
“Bering Sea Gold” 9 p.m. Discovery — A dangerous dive is attempted to retrieve a lost breathing apparatus.
“Boss” 9 p.m. Starz — Kane attempts to clean house and deep-sixes longtime political cronies while at home.
“Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” 9 p.m. TLC — Brides’ meddlesome sisters include one with a disdain for a classic style.
“Strike Back” 10 p.m. Cinemax — The trail of the missing nuclear triggers leads to Cape Town, South Africa.
“Yukon Men” 10 p.m. Discovery — Charlie and Bob search for beavers.
“Puppy Love” 9 p.m. Saturday Hallmark — Neighbors form an unusual arrangement to share custody of a dog.
“Drop Dead Diva” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime (fourth season finale) — Grayson reveals his feelings for Jane on her wedding day (shot at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.)
“Great Food Truck Race” 9 p.m. Sunday Food — Seoul Sausage has been No. 1 three weeks in a row. Coast of Atlanta has not been close to the top.
“Hell on Wheels” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Cullen’s past catches up with him and threatens the fate of the railroad.
“Leverage” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — Parker breaks her leg and is left behind on a job.
“Oprah’s Next Chapter” 9 p.m. Sunday OWN — Oprah talks with Jennifer Hudson.
“Army Wives” 10 p.m. Sunday Lifetime (sixth season finale) — News spreads that Fort Marshall will merge with an Air Force base.
“Breaking Amish” 10 p.m. Sunday TLC (new series) — Five Amish think of leaving their life for New York City.
“Robot Chicken” 11:59 p.m. Adult Swim (sixth season debut) — A special focused on characters from DC Comics.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk