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TV best bets with ACM country special, James Corden special, David Blaine, HBO doc on Atlanta’s missing, murdered children

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, James Corden and country artists for ACM are both doing “at home” specials the week of March 30 on CBS.

Also, the season finale of “The Walking Dead” is happening Sunday, April 5, a week early because AMC was unable to finish post production of the actual season finale set to air April 12, also due to the pandemic.

Finally, “American Idol” on ABC will air its final true original episode on April 5, having moved it back six days. It was pre-recorded in January.

David Blaine on ABC is hosting a star-studded special Wednesday, Tyler Perry’s OWN series “If Loving You Is Wrong” returns Tuesday for its fifth and final season and CBS’s “Hawaii FIve-O” wraps its series finale Friday after a decade on air. 

HBO also debuts two docuseries: “The Scheme” about a college sports pay-for-play scheme and “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered Children,” which explores over five hours the complicated situation that overtook Atlanta in the early 1980s.

This covers Monday, March 30 through Sunday, April 5, 2020. 


“9-1-1” 8 p.m. Fox —The 118 responds to accidents at a bowling alley and a home renovation, as Athena pursues a car thief. Bobby and Michael take Harry camping and Chimney and Maddie rush into action when their romantic dinner date takes a wild-turn.

“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” 8 p.m. the CW (16th seadon debut)— More improv hilarity. 

The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — More battle rounds. 

“Prodigal Son” 9 p.m. Fox — An up-and-coming ballet dancer is mysteriously poisoned, and the NYPD dives deep into the rigorous world of dance

“The Plot Against America” 9 p.m. HBO — The heat rises on Jewish Americans as Pres. Lindburgh cozies up to Hitler. 

“The Good Doctor” 10 p.m. ABC (third season finale) The city of San Jose is rocked by a massive earthquake that puts the staff of St. Bonaventure Hospital on high alert. 

“Manifest” 10:01 p.m. NBC  Ben is drawn to help absolve a passenger of his guilt, while Saanvi enlists help in protecting herself from the Major.

“Homefest: James Corden's Late Late Show Special” 10 p.m. CBS  The late-night host will broadcast from his garage and interview stars "from the safety of their homes." The TV special touted performances by K-pop group BTS in South Korea, Billie Eilish with Finneas and John Legend in Los Angeles, Dua Lipa in London and Andrea Bocelli in Italy.


“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Kasie and Jimmy are held hostage in a diner after a jewelry store robbery goes awry.

“Empire” 9 p.m. Fox — As their wedding day arrives, Teri's fears concerning Andre's temper continue to surface.

“The Scheme” 9 p.m. HBO — A look at an undercover FBI investigation into college-basketball corruption that came to a climax on Sept. 26, 2017, when Adidas executives and assistant coaches at major college programs were arrested in a pay-for-play scheme.

“Little People, Big World” 9 p.m. TLC (18th season debut)— Roloff Farms is about to change forever.

“FBI” 9 p.m. CBS (second season finale) — The FBI team investigates a drug deal gone bad after the body of a college student is found.

“One Day at a Time” 9:32 p.m. TVLand, Pop — After a disastrous evening, Penelope realizes she needs to change her relationship to money and do the unthinkable—buy something new. Meanwhile, Elena struggles to make it to an important e-sports match.

“If Loving You is Wrong” 10 p.m. OWN (fifth season debut) — Secrets abound and skeletons come out to play in the small community of Maxine, Ohio.

“For Life” 10 p.m. ABC — Aaron struggles to balance the demands of his own case with the needs of an inmate who's fighting for the right to marry his dying girlfriend.

“Miracle Workers” 10:30 p.m. TBS (second season finale) — Al and Prince Chauncley face their biggest challenge yet.


“How To Fix a Drug Scandal” 8 p.m. Netflix  Two drug lab chemists' shocking crimes cripple a state's judicial system and blur the lines of justice for lawyers, officials and thousands of inmates. 

“Kim's Convenience” 8 p.m. Netflix (fourth season debut)—  While running a convenience store in Toronto, members of a Korean-Canadian family deal with customers, each other and the evolving world around them.

“Nailed It!” 8 p.m. Netflix (fourth season debut)  Home bakers with a terrible track record take a crack at re-creating edible masterpieces for a $10,000 prize. It's part reality contest, part hot mess.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS  With the old-school players living on Edge of Extinction, it's merge time for the new-school castaways

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Mitchell is having a hard time letting go of his old life and Gloria steps in to help him say goodbye.

“David Blaine: TheMagic Way” 10 p.m. ABC — Featuring Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, Dave Chappelle and James Corden. 

“Brockmire” 10 p.m. IFC — Jim turns to the one person he knows can turn the league around,

“Twenties” 10 p.m. BET — Hattie learns a lesson in balancing work and family.

“The Magicians” 10 p.m. Syfy (fifth season finale) — Christmas comes early.


“Devs” 3:01 a.m. Hulu  Mike andLily and Jamie visit Forest looking for answers, and Katie reveals to Lily the true nature of the Devs system.

“Station 19” 8 p.m. ABC  Andy and Sullivan are thrown into action when the restaurant is raided by the ICE.

“Young Sheldon” 8 p.m. CBS  When Sheldon learns the house next door is for sale, he takes it upon himself to find the perfect neighbors.

“Man With a Plan” 8:31 p.m. CBS (fourth season debut)  When Andi's doctor advises her to stop taking birth control pills, Adam and Andi disagree on an alternate option.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — Owen and Link has a patient who can't stop singing after waking up from surgery; Teddy helps Koracick when someone from his past visits the hospital.

“The Real Housewives of New York City” 9 p.m. Bravo (12th season debut) — The New York ladies are back for a wild rollercoaster of a season and they brought a new housewife with them.

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Bonnie worries about her therapist, Trevor (Rainn Wilson), when his life hits a serious rough patch.

“Tommy” 10 p.m. CBS — Tommy faces a political powder keg when racial tension arises between the LAPD and the African American community, following the murder of a notable community activist.

“How To Get Away With Murder 10 p.m. ABC — Annalise's disappearance is exposed; Michaela and Connor are charged with Asher's murder.


Future Man” 3:01 a.m. Hulu (series finale) — Tiger and Wolf are now fugitives from a future world that resembles "Hunger Games."

“Home Before Dark” 3:01 a.m. Apple TV+ (new series)  A girl moves to a lakeside town where her father once lived; while there, she unearths a cold case that everyone, including her father, tried to bury.

“Coffee & Kareem” 3:01 a.m. Netflix  A 12-year-old's scheme to scare away his mom's new boyfriend, police officer James Coffee, backfires, exposing his family to a secret network of criminal activity.

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC — The Task Force investigates a series of attacks on data centers perpetrated by a blacklister with a peculiar condition, as Liz conducts a secret investigation on the side.

“Shark Tank” 8 p.m. ABC —A group of entrepreneurs from Belleville, New Jersey, introduce their footwear brand dedicated to reinventing the traditional house slipper into your favorite sneaker.

“MacGyver” 8 p.m. CBS — After Oversight is almost killed in a bombing, he recruits Mac to help him find the bomber, Mason.

“Hawaii Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS (series finale) — Danny is abducted and badly wounded by Wo Fat's wife, who is after the cypher Steve's mother left him.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Erin and Anthony must trust a sociopath who claims he has evidence to convict a double-murderer.


“Mommy is a Murderer” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — When Karina befriends Lena and Mallie, she starts to suspect that Mallie is not Lena's daughter at all.

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — The Hawaii showcase, the last show "Idol" taped before the pandemic started. 

“Atlanta's Missing and Murdered” 8 p.m. Sunday HBO (new series)— A deep dive into the four-decade old case that riveted the nation and to many remains not fully resolved. 

“ACM Presents: Our Country” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — Two dozen singers sing from their homes including Luke Bryan, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Sheryl Crow, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Hayes has ideas. Carrie goes shopping. Tasneem has problems.

“Westworld” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — The truth doesn't always set one free

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC (10th season finale)  — This ends up being the season finale because producers were unable to finish the actual season finale because of COVID-19. 

“Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC — AZoey tries to help Mitch's caregiver, Howie, reconnect with his estranged daughter. Max must make a decision about his future at SPRQ Point.

“Good Girls” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC — Beth agrees to pick up a mysterious package for Rio in order to get back in his good graces.

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