TV best bets with Beyoncé, Motown celebration, Melissa Joan Hart, Tonya Harding

Originally posted Sunday, April 14, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Beyoncé gives her fans a dose of Coachella back-stage magic in a documentary airing on Netflix Wednesday.

But she won’t be on the CBS Motown 60th anniversary special this Sunday. Performers will include Boyz II Men, John Legend, Ne-Yo, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Pentatonix

Other stars showing up this week on TV: Sean Astin and Melissa Joan Hart star in a Netflix dramedy called “No Good Nick.” Dax Shepard joins an NBC fish-out-of-water comedy called “Bless this Mess” where city folks move to a Nebraska farmhouse. And Tonya Harding tries to cook in “Worst Cooks in America” on CBS along with Morgan Fairchild and Jimmie Walker. 

CBS’s “Madam Secretary” and ABC’s “The Rookie” conclude their seasons while CBS’s “Life in Pieces” and TBS’s “American Dad” return. 

This covers Monday, April 15 through Sunday, April 21, 2019. 

MONDAY

“No Good Nick” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)  — Melissa Joan Hart and Sean Astin plays a couple taken in by a grifter pretending to be the daughter of a dead long-lost relative. 

“American Idol” 8 p.m. ABC — The top 10 are revealed. 

“The Resident” 8 p.m. Fox — Devon grows concerned when a mother's complaints go unaddressed after her delivery, and pushes Bell to take drastic measures.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. ABC — The new cross battles round starts. 

“Jesus: His Life” 8 p.m. History (first season finale) — Cured of "seven demons" by Jesus, Mary Magdalene is among his best-known female followers.

“9-1-1” 9 p.m. Fox — Metro LA's 9-1-1 system is hit with a massive system-wide power outage, and the call center must go old school in responding to emergencies.

“T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle” 9 p.m. VH1 (second season debut) — T.I. and Tiny move back in together under the same roof while juggling family, friendships and careers.

“The Enemy Within” 10 p.m. NBC — Flashbacks to the past reveal the fateful events that led CIA Deputy Director Erica Shepherd to betray her country and the ensuing investigation that put her on a collision course with Will Keaton.

“American Dad” 10 p.m. TBS (14 th season debut) — Steve tries to get into baseball to connect with Stan.

“Bull” 10 p.m. CBS — Danny enlists Bull's help with the assault trial of her former FBI mentor, Trent Bolton, a bounty hunter who kidnapped the wrong mark during his first assignment.

TUESDAY

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS —NCIS investigates the murder of a Marine major believed to have been killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon after human remains are discovered at a construction site. (The show has been renewed for a 17th season.)

“MasterChef Junior” 8 p.m. Fox — The Top 14 chef-testants head to the great outdoors for a chicken cookout

“FBI” 9 p.m. CBS — An American diplomat is killed while being used as a pawn in a dangerous drug ring, and the team must work together to bring them down.

Blackish” 9 p.m. ABC — Jack is going through an experimental phase and getting himself into trouble, so Dre chaperones the twins' school dance to keep an eye on him.

“The Village” 9 p.m. NBC—Katie sees Sarah in a new light during her tumultuous first day of work at the nursing home.

Bless the Mess” 9:30 p.m. ABC (new series) — Newlyweds Rio and Mike decide to leave New York and move to rural Nebraska to become farmers, only to realize that the farming life is more difficult that they thought.

“Reconstruction” 9 p.m. GPB — The rise of Jim Crow during the years of 1877-1896 is recalled. Southern sharecropping, convict leasing, disfranchisement and lynchings drew a "color line" limiting opportunities and destroying lives.

“The Rookie” 10 p.m. ABC (first season finale) — The rookies prepare for a big exam to see who moves on to the next stage of training.

“Fosse/Verdon” 10 p.m. FX — Two of Broadway's artistic powerhouses meet for the first time during pre-production for the Tony-winning hit Damn Yankees.

WEDNESDAY

“Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — American singer Beyoncé and her performance at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

“Empire” 8 p.m. Fox — As the Feds close in on Empire, Jeff Kingsley seeks the truth about what really happened between Lucious and Tracy Kingsley.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Two tribal councils, one hour. 

“The Amazing Race” 9 p.m. CBS (31st season debut) — Reality stars compete. 

“Star” 9 p.m. Fox — Simone and Alex prepare to compete against newcomer Amber for their ASA performance.

“Seal Team” 10 p.m. CBS — Bravo Team is out for revenge as they search for the person responsible for a surprise bomb attack that left one of their own in peril.

“Whiskey Cavalier” 10 p.m. ABC — The team heads to Europe for a mission to transport a dangerous prisoner for interrogation, who, much to their surprise, turns out to be Will's corrupt former boss and ex-FBI director Alex Ollerman.

THURSDAY

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC — Meredith debates how to handle an unexpected situation in her personal life, while Richard has an untimely reunion with an old friend.

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Amy has a meltdown due to the pressure associated with winning a Nobel Prize.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox As Bane enacts his final plan for Gotham's destruction, Gordon rallies his former enemies to save the city.

“Life in Pieces” 8:31 p.m. CBS (fourth season debut)  The Short family arrives at their vacation resort in the Yucatan, but their accommodations aren't quite what they expected.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 9 p.m. NBC — Holt and Jake investigate a case at Kevin's university.

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Bonnie has an unexpected reaction when she learns that Adam's bar is doing well.

“S.W.A.T.” 10 p.m. CBS The abduction of Luca and Street's neighbor sends the SWAT team in pursuit of a home-invasion crew targeting domestic workers to gain entry into upscale homes.

FRIDAY

“Bosch” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (fifth season debut) — When an attorney is murdered on the eve of his civil rights trial against the LAPD, homicide Det. Harry Bosch is assigned to lead a Task Force to solve the crime before the city erupts in a riot. Bosch must pursue every lead, even if it turns the spotlight back on his own department. One murder intertwines with another, and Bosch must reconcile his past to find a justice that has long eluded him.

“Lunatics” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — This mockumentary series follows the peculiar lives of six eccentric -- and sometimes obscene -- misfits who march to their own beat.

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. Fox (150th episode) —Mike invites Mandy to sit in on a business meeting with an aggressive sales rep in an effort to help get her clothing line off the ground and into stores.

“The Cool Kids” 8:30 p.m. Fox — In an attempt to date a guy way out of her league, Margaret pretends to be someone she's not.

“The Blacklist” 9 p.m. NBC — Red and the Task Force spring into action to stop an anti-capitalist terrorist group from kidnapping and torturing the children of the one percent.

“Vice Special Report: The Future of Work” 10 p.m. HBO — The special examines how radical developments in automation and artificial intelligence are set to change the world of work as we know it.

WEEKEND

“I Am Somebody's Child: The Regina Louise Story ” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime —A young African American girl navigates over 30 foster homes and psychiatric facilities before age 18, andone woman, Jeanne, who believes in her.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — The final part three reunion episode. 

“Motown 60” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — Cedric the Entertainer and Smokey Robinson host. Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Boyz II Men are among the performers.

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Top 10 perform on Disney night.

“Killing Eve” 8 p.m. Sunday BBCA, AMC — Villanelle's new circumstances are looking bleak; Eve makes a dangerous deal with an old acquaintance; Villanelle is surprised when she is approached by a figure from her past.

“Game of Thrones” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — News of Robb Stark’s victory at Riverrun prompts vigorous debate among the Lannister officers.

“Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition” 9 p.m. Sunday Food (16th season debut) — Among the crap cooks: Tonya Harding, Kym Whitley, Jimmie Walker and Morgan Fairchild.

“Barry” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — Barry's patience is put to the test when a figure from Sally's past arrives in Los Angeles; Gene gets a pleasant surprise and encourages Barry to believe that change is possible.

“Good Girls” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC — Beth and Ruby's friendship fractures just as Dean's vendetta against Rio compromises the women's business dealings.

“Madam Secretary” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS (fifth season finale) — Elizabeth prepares to leave the State Department and announce her run for president.

“Veep” 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO — Selina and team head to South Carolina, where she seeks an endorsement from a key leader.

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