TV best bets: Debbie Reynolds/Carrie Fisher doc, Golden Globes, Menendez Brothers, 'Bones,' 'Celebrity Apprentice'

This is posted on Sunday, January 1, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The minute the new year rolls around, TV is ready to cart out new programming. Lots of it.

HBO on Saturday is airing a documentary about the complicated relationship between Debbie Reynolds and daughter Carrie Fisher that was completed before their recent deaths.

ABC is not only bringing out the 21st season of "The Bachelor" Monday, but giving the world a documentary Thursday looking at the scandalous murder of the parents of the Menendez brothers 27 years ago. NBC is airing the first big movie awards show of the year with The Golden Globes on Sunday and an updated version of "Celebrity Apprentice" Monday with Arnold Schwarzenegger taking over for Donald Trump as host.

And Fox's veteran procedural "Bones" is back on Tuesday for its 12th and final season.

There are new shows, too: Norman Lear teamed up with Netflix for a new version of the 1970s sitcom "One Day at a Time" with a Latino twist Friday while NBC tries to reimagine "The Wizard of Oz" with "Emerald City" the same day.

There is yet another about a person with supernatural powers ("Beyond" on Freeform Monday), a "social experiment" where people date based on blindfolded kisses ("Kiss Bang Love" on fyi Tuesday), Vivica A. Fox starting a men's strip club ("Vivica's Black Magic" on Lifetime Wednesday) and a paranormal team in L.A. ('Ghosts in the Hood" on WE-TV Thursday).

This covers Monday, January 2 through Sunday, January 8, 2017.


"The 128th Rose Parade" 1 p.m. WSB, NBC — The annual march takes place in Pasadena, Calif.

"The Bachelor" 8 p.m. ABC (21st season debut) — Nick Viall returns and for his sake, Josh Murray is nowhere in sight.

"Masterchef Celebrity Showdown" 8 p.m. Fox  — NeNe and Gregg Leakes are one of the couples featured.

"The New Celebrity Apprentice" 8 p.m. NBC — The former host of this show is kind of... busy. Arnold Schwarzeneggar takes the reins.

"Shadowhunters" 8 p.m. Freefrom (second season debut) — The Institute is left in a state of disarray following Jace's departure with Valentine

"2 Broke Girls" 9 p.m. CBS — Max and Caroline stow away and waitress on a riverboat to New Orleans

"Beyond" 9 p.m. Freeform (new series) — A man wakes up after 12 years in a coma to discover he's gained supernatural abilities.

"Teen Mom 2" 9 p.m. MTV (16th season debut) — The show that may have helped reduce teen pregnancy is still around.

"Scorpion" 10 p.m. CBS — The team must freeze Cabe's body in order to save his life after he's seriously wounded by exploding shrapnel while on a mission in the desert.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live special" 10:01  p.m. ABC — Kimmel mocks and embraces "The Bachelor."


"The Middle" 8 p.m. ABC— The Hecks spend New Year's Day in Orson's escape room, where various secrets are revealed.

"NCIS" 8 p.m. CBS — An undercover mission to apprehend a businessman who uses acts of terror to manipulate the stock market is compromised.

"New Girl" 8 p.m. Fox — Nick tries to low-key it when Reagan moves into the loft.

"Chicago Fire" 9 p.m. NBC — Dawson and Casey meet with Louie's biological father.

"Fresh Off the Boat" 9 p.m. ABC — Jessica reveals shocking details of her past during her U.S. citizenship interview.

"The Have and the Have Nots" 9 p.m. OWN (fourth season debut)  — Veronica is taken aback when Katheryn lashes out in anger.

"Bones" 9:01 p.m. Fox (12th season debut) — The team searches for Brennan, who was kidnapped by former intern Zack Addy.

"Good Behavior" 9 p.m. TNT — Sean tries to get custody of Jacob.

"Chicago PD" 10 p.m. NBC — The team investigates a deadly crash involving CFD lieutenant Kelly Severide's car.

"Kiss Bang Love" 10 p.m. FYI (new series) — Singles searching for love will participate in a new social experiment to find their match based on blindfolded kissing.

"Shooter" 10 p.m. USA — Bob Lee and Nadine plot to secure evidence that could expose the conspiracy.


"Undercover Boss" 8 p.m. CBS — Renee Maloney, co-founder and CFO of Painting With a Twist, works undercover at her paint-and-sip franchise.

"The Goldbergs" 8 p.m. ABC — Barry is mortified by Beverly, who, inspired by Mr. Keating from "Dead Poets Society," attempts to inspire his classmates as the substitute chemistry teacher.

"Duck Dynasty" 9 p.m. A&E — Jase enters a fishing tournament and gets help from a legendary angler.

"Criminal Minds" 9 p.m. CBS — Rossi receives a call on his birthday from serial killer nemesis Tommy Yates who tells him the location of his latest victim.

"Law & Order: SVU" 9 p.m. NBC — A masked man rapes a woman, and she believes he's the same criminal who stalked her in the past.

"Little Women Atlanta" 9 p.m. Lifetime (second season debut) — Minnie attempts to put the past behind her by making a shocking confession to Juicy.

"Modern Family" 9 p.m. ABC — Cam tries to make amends for his Thanksgiving disaster by cooking a New Year's Day feast for the family.

"Vikings" 9 p.m. History — Bjorn's fleet launches a surprise attack, while Lagertha's quest for power continues in Kattegat.

"Star" 9:01 p.m. Fox (time slot debut) — A producer's revealing secret threatens the trio's opportunity for a chance to perform at a music festival.

"Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia" 10 p.m. FXX (12th season debut) — The gang turn black after an electric blanket shorts out, so they engage in body switching antics they've seen the movies to change themselves back. This is the longest-running live action comedy around.

"Match Game" 10 p.m. ABC (second season) — Jason Alexander, Cheryl Hines, Ice T, Ellie Kemper, Wayne Brady and Caroline Rhea are the celebrity panelists in the second-season opener.

"Too Close to Home" 10 p.m. TLC (second season debut) — Happy, Ala., is shaken by a catastrophic event.

"Vivica's Black Magic" 10 p.m. Lifetime (new series) — Vivica A. Fox embarks on a new business venture in hopes of opening an exotic-male revue on the Las Vegas Strip.


"The Big Bang Theory" 8 p.m. CBS — After spending the holidays apart, the gang gets together to hear about Sheldon's and Amy's trip to his mother's, Leonard's and Penny's Christmas tree adventure, and Howard's and Bernadette's first days as parents.

"Hell's Kitchen" 8 p.m. Fox (new time slot) — The chefs pair up for a taste challenge, which is followed by a unique dinner service to celebrate major contributors to the charity Stand Up to Cancer.

"Inside the Actors Studio" 8 p.m. Bravo — Viola Davis, who is in "Fences," is featured.

"Superstar" 8 p.m. NBC — The staffers ring in the new year by holding a "lost-and-found bin cleanout."

"Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers" 9 p.m. ABC — The Menendez brothers murder case is the focus of this documentary, which includes an interview with Lyle Menendez from prison more than 27 years after he and his brother Erik were arrested and charged with the brutal slaying of their wealthy parents.

"Chicago Med" 9 p.m. NBC — Two MMA fighters arrive at Chicago Med in poor shape.

"Nashville " 9 p.m. CMT (two-hour fifth season debut) — Shocking news about Juliette creates a wave of emotion throughout Nashville.

"Top Chef " 9 p.m. Bravo (new time slot) — U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy enlists the chefs to create vegetarian versions of traditional comfort foods.

"Mom" 9:01 p.m. CBS — Adam's old party pals arrive for a visit.

"The Blacklist" 10 p.m. NBC — Allegiances are tested when an investigation centers on an international terrorist operating in America.

"Ghosts in the Hood" 10 p.m. WE (new series) — The team investigate a haunting at a drive-through mortuary and a cursed artifact in a hoarder's home.

"Portlandia" 10 p.m. IFC (seventh season debut)  — Carrie and Fred meet with an expert storyteller.


"One Day at a Time" 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)  A reimagining of the Norman Lear classic, centering on a Cuban-American family.

"Grimm" 8 p.m. NBC   A shoot-to-kill manhunt is ordered by Capt. Renard.

"Last Man Standing" 8 p.m. ABC   Eve asks for money from her parents and they turn her down.

"MacGyver" 8 p.m. CBS — A mole leaks secret intel about The Phoenix Foundation and MacGyver goes on the hunt with a screwdriver and bug spray.

"Rosewood" 8 p.m. Fox    A hostage crisis at the police department traps Rosewood, Villa and Slade inside.

"Emerald City" 8 p.m. NBC  (new series)  A tornado occurs while Dorothy searches for her mother, and the storm transports Dorothy to a mystical land where a powerful ruler has outlawed magic in the series premiere of this combined episode of a dark, modern reimagining of "The Wizard of Oz."

"Hawai Five-O" 9 p.m. CBS   — Chin is kidnapped by a cartel in Mexico.

"Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars" 9 p.m. WE-TV (ninth season debut)   This show is scraping bottom trying to dig up couples to take part. One couple features folks who showed up on "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" for about five seconds.

"Shark Tank" 9 p.m. ABC  — Parents create dolls to inspire self-esteem in girls of color, like their own young daughters.

"Sleepy Hollow" 9 p.m. Fox (fourth season debut)  — Ichabod and Jenny still reeling from Abbie's tragic death, but Ichabod's new mission in Washington, D.C., brings unlikely alliances in his quest to locate the next Witness.

"Blue Bloods" 10 p.m. CBS  An adoption case gets complicated for Eddie and Jamie.


"Bright Lights" 8 tonight HBO — A chronicle of the extraordinary bond that the late Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher forged over six decades in the unrelenting glare of showbiz's spotlight

"The Librarians" 8 p.m. Sunday TNT— Cases of people spontaneously combusting lead the Librarians to a holistic spa run by vampires who have uncovered the burning secret to walking in the sun.

"74th Annual Golden Globes" 8 p.m. Sunday NBC — Jimmy Fallon hosts. Meryl Streep receives the Cecile B. DeMille Award.

"NCIS: Los Angeles" 8 p.m. Sunday CBS  — A Navy reservist is killed while protecting a city councilman.

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Kenya is enlisted to host Peter's club opening in Charlotte, but Cynthia isn't invited to join the celebration.

"To Tell the Truth" 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Lara Spencer; David Arquette; Tom Bergeron; and Sherri Shepherd join the panel.

"Sherlock" 9 p.m. Sunday GPB  — Sherlock squares off with Culverton Smith, a chilling enemy with a very dark secret.

"Transition of Power: The Presidency" 9 p.m. Sunday History — A study of the process in which a sitting Commander in Chief readies the office for a president elect features a look at key milestones, including security briefings, cabinet selection and the transfer of the nuclear football.

"Madam Secretary" 9 p.m. Sunday CBS— Elizabeth is unsure what to do with a literal gift horse given to her by Mongolia.

"Elementary" 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — Holmes and Watson race to find a woman who has been held captive for years before the kidnapper takes drastic steps to avoid being caught.

"The Affair" 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Helen gives Noah the help he needs, although the cost might be too high.

"Conviction" 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — The team investigates when a crime scene matches the M.O. of the notorious "Black Orchid Killer."

"The Royals" 10 p.m. Sunday E! — The family's private turmoil threatens to go public on the eve of an appearance that will be well watched.