Photo: "Outlander" is back on Showtime Feb. 16, 2020. CR: Showtime
Photo: "Outlander" is back on Showtime Feb. 16, 2020. CR: Showtime

TV best bets with returns of ‘American Idol,’ ‘Outlander,’ and ‘Survivor’ plus a ‘High Fidelity’ revival

Originally posted Monday, February 10, 2020 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

For the first time in a month, there is no major event this Sunday. 

But some big shows are coming back, most notably “American Idol,” “Survivor,” “Outlander.”

HGTV has revived “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” with Jesse Tyler Ferguson as host. 

And there are new shows to consider: CNN’s “The Windsors,” Fox’s animated “Duncanville,” ABC’s legal drama “For Life” and OWN’s relationship drama “Cherish the Day.” 

Netflix offers three notable streaming options: the Atlanta-based reality show “Love is Blind” and the return of “Narcos: Mexico” and a sequel to “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” 

And for fans of the book and film “High Fidelity,” Zoe Kravitz takes over the role as the jaded record-store owner set in present day for Hulu. 

This covers Monday, February 10 through Sunday February 16, 2020. 

MONDAY

“9-11 Lone Star” 8 p.m. Fox — Owen and the crew race to a brawl at a male strip club.

“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” 8 p.m. NBC — The finals.

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC —The pressure mounts as hometown dates loom, but first Peter and the remaining six women travel to beautiful Lima.

“The New Pope” 9 p.m. HBO —A brutal act of terrorism in France leads to an unconventional response from the pope that strikes a chord with the public.

“Prodigal Son” 9:01 p.m. Fox — Jessica continues to search for more information on the "Girl in the Box," but is confronted by the "Carousel Killer," who has a very public vendetta against the Whitlys.

“McMillion$” 10 p.m. HBO — Hoping to unmask the mysterious "Uncle Jerry," the FBI investigates two prominent figures they believe are connected to the scam

Bull” 10 p.m. CBS — Bull is hired by a doctor, Samir Shadid, who's accused by the Manhattan U.S. attorney of bribing his way into college.

“Manifest” 10:01 p.m. NBC  Ben and Saanvi work together to orchestrate a surprising family reunion for an emotionally closed-off Flight 828 passenger.

TUESDAY

“The Conners” 8 p.m. ABC — Mark is watching the results of the primary for a school report with Harris who is apathetic to the electoral process.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — The lead suspect in an NCIS murder investigation is a woman Gibbs' friend met on a dating site.

“FBI: Legacy” 9 p.m. CBS — After a truck filled with armor-piercing rifles is hijacked, the team works to discover who stole it, and what they have planned for the stolen weapons.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Kate finds strength in unexpected places.

“Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes” 9 p.m. HBO — A documentary on Muhammad Ali's longstanding relationship with popular talk-show host Dick Cavett. 

“Black-ish” 9:30 p.m. ABC — Dre thought he was the best gift-giver, but Bow tells him she prefers meaningful gifts over expensive ones, so he does his best to get her something she'll love on Valentine's Day.

“Cherish the Day” 10 p.m. OWN (new series) — Ava DuVernay’s latestA chance meeting at the library between Gently James and Evan Fisher turns into an odyssey through south L.A. in which details of Gently's untraditional childhood come to light.

“For Life” 10 p.m. ABC (new series) — The premiere of the series about Aaron Wallace, an incarcerated man who becomes a lawyer. In addition to litigating cases for other inmates, he fights to overturn his own wrongful conviction.

WEDNESDAY

“To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — As her relationship with Peter continues to grow, Lara Jean reunites with another recipient of one of her old love letters.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS (40th season debut)  All past winners duke it out. 

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — In one last family trip, they head to Paris so Jay can accept a lifetime achievement award for his work in the closet industry.

“Chicago Fire” 9 p.m. NBC — A series of mysterious gas leaks has members of Firehouse 51 puzzled and spread thin.

“Lego Masters” 9:01 p.m. Fox — The second challenge of the season takes the contestants on an out-of-this-world odyssey.

“Stumptown” 10 p.m. ABC — Dex is hired to investigate a bride's fiancé after suspicions arise regarding the motives behind the hurried nuptials.

“Criminal Minds” 10 p.m. CBS — Prentiss and J.J. decide about their future as the BAU goes to Beaumont, Texas, to investigate a series of killed businessmen.

THURSDAY

“Narcos: Mexico” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut) — Witness the birth of the Mexican drug war in the 1980s as a gritty new "Narcos" saga chronicles the true story of the Guadalajara cartel's ascent.

“Love is Blind” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)  Atlanta singles meet up in a social experiment. They only talk through a wall and cannot see each other. Can they fall in love first, then get married once they see each other? 

“Station 19” 8 p.m. ABC  Ben and Jack mollify a group of homeless foster and biological siblings so they can help save a life, triggering memories from Jack's past.

“Young Sheldon” 8 p.m. CBS  Meemaw meets Dale's ex-wife, June. Also, Sheldon is forced to work on a group project with reluctant college students.

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. Fox — Vanessa turns to Mike and Carol for advice on her State Assembly campaign, while Kyle is overcome with anxiety when Ed gifts him an expensive watch.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 8:30 p.m. NBC  Adrian Pimento shows up unexpectedly to seek Jake and Charles' help after claiming someone is trying to kill him.

“Deputy” 9 p.m. Fox — When a massive fire breaks out and the LAFD needs the help of the Sheriff's department, one of Bill's deputies discovers a suspicious car in the forest that leads them to a missing girl.

“Will & Grace” 9 p.m. NBC — Worried about Grace being a single mother, Marilyn introduces her to a couple interested in adopting Grace's baby.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — DeLuca can't figure out what's going on with his incurable patient Suzanne and he turns to a diagnostics genius, Dr. Riley from UCSF, for help.

“The Sinner” 9 p.m. USA — Ambrose looks into Jamie and Nick's relationship before the crash. Jamie begins to unravel,

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS — YChristy helps Marjorie prepare for her first date since her husband's passing

“Briarpitch” 10 p.m. USA — A new suspect emerges. Allegra meets Chief of Police Eve Raytek. Jake brings snowcones.

“Tommy” 10 p.m. CBS —Tommy works to keep her officers in line when one of their own turns up dead and some want to take extreme measures to find the perpetrator.

“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m. NBC — Rollins goes undercover to root out a government worker withholding green cards in exchange for sex.

“Impractical Jokers” 10 p.m. truTV (200th episode) — The team goes to Los Angeles to try directing. Then, they meet up with Silent Bob and Jay.

FRIDAY

High Fidelity” 3:01 a.m. Hulu (new series) — The Nick Hornby novel has been recrafted for current day with a female record store owner. 

“MacGyver” 8 p.m. CBS — Department of Defense General John Acosta recruits MacGyver to steal a highly classified project from a military lab in order to find flaws in its security.

“Hawaii Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS — On Valentine's Day, Tani and Noelani are held hostage during a convenience store robbery.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Danny and Baez work with Texas Ranger Waylon Gates when they are put on a case to find the Lone Star Killer.

“Strike Back” 10 p.m. Sunday Cinemax (seventh season debut) — Section 20 members Novin, Wyatt, Mac and Chetri are reunited by commanding officer Coltrane under the pretense of rescuing Dr. Helen McCluskey, a biochemist who's been taken as a hostage in Kosovo by the Albanian mafia.

WEEKEND

“You Can't Take My Daughter” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime  Amy Thompson (Lyndsy Fonseca) is a vibrant law student in Charlotte who is attacked and raped by Demetri (Hunter Burke), a friend of a friend she met once. Discovering that she is pregnant from the rape, Amy makes the difficult decision to keep her baby, despite the fact that Demetri continues to stalk and harass her as she waits for the long-delayed trial. She gives birth to a beautiful little girl and decides to flee him and start over in Atlanta. Six years later, Demetri finds her and, to her horror, sues her for custody of her daughter. Using her own legal and investigative skills, Amy fights back.

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC (18th season debut) — Acworth's Camryn Leigh Smith will appear tonight. 

“Outlander” 8 p.m. Sunday Starz (fifth season debut) — Claire and Jamie's colonial life in America is under threat, as they're pinned between their ties to the Crown and a rising undercurrent of unrest. 

“Duncanville” 8:30 p.m. Sunday Fox (new series) — A mom lives in perpetual fear that her teenage son is one bad decision from ruining his life and will do anything to stop him from doing so.

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” 9 p.m. Sunday HGTV (11th season debut) — Jesse Tyler Ferguson is the new host. A single mom with two kids of her own is forced to move her family into her mom's cramped place after welcoming three teens deemed "unadoptable" into her home.

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Carrie reconnects with an old ally. Tasneem seeks counsel. Saul finds hope.

“Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC (time slot debut) — Zoey tries to figure out how to control her new abilities while navigating her best friends' romantic feelings for her.

“Good Girls” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC (third season debut) — Beth makes a new friend while struggling to process her guilt over Rio's death.

“The Windsors” 10 p.m. Sunday CNN (new series) — Following King George's death, Prince Edward must choose between the throne and marrying American divorcee, Wallis Simpson.

“Kidding” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Jeff has an idea for how he can speak directly to the children of the world while Seb hands over the reins of the Pickle empire to Deirdre.

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