TV best bets with ‘Breaking Bad’ Jesse Pinkman sequel, David Harbour, BET Hip Hop Awards

Originally posted Monday, October 7, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

As the broadcast networks face another miserable year of shrinking audiences, the streaming services are setting up for a war of their own.

In the meantime, this week, Netflix is nabbing an AMC classic “Breaking Bad” and creating a sequel focused on Jesse Pinkman starring Aaron Paul. So what happened to him after he drove away at the series finale of “Breaking Bad’? We find out Friday.

On the networks, the CW brings back several of its series including the 15th and final one for “Supernatural” and a new version of “Nancy Drew.”

Plus, Netflix star David Harbour ( “Stranger Thing”) anchors “Saturday Night LIve” for the first time Saturday. And the BET Hip Hop Awards, shot annually in Atlanta, returns Tuesday. 

And by coincidence, the reboot of “Charmed” on the CW Friday returned for a second season the same day as Netflix’s Atlanta-produced comedy “Insatiable” (featuring Alyssa Milano) also returned for a second season.

This covers Monday, October 7 through Sunday, October 13, 2019

MONDAY

“9-1-1” 8 p.m. Fox — Athena, Maddie, Bobby and the 118 races to save lives after a massive tsunami hits the Santa Monica Pier and Buck fears the worst when Christopher goes missing.

“All American” 8 p.m. the CW (second season debut) — Spencer James faces a difficult decision that could transform his reputation after winning the state championship

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Ray Lewis dropped out last week due to injury so Lamar Odom and Sean Spicer are still around. 

“Black Lightning” 9 p.m. the CW (third season debut)  Jefferson Pierce and Lynn in the hands of the ASA as Agent Odell tightens his grip on the Pierce family, leaving Jennifer abandoned and Freeland without Black Lightning and Thunder.

“The Terror: Infamy” 9 p.m. AMC  The Terminal Islanders return home to find that things have changed since they left.

“Prodigal Son” 9:01 p.m. Fox  Malcolm gets his dream interview opportunity when the NYPD zeroes in on one of his and Martin's favorite psychologists, Dr. Elaine Brown, who may be involved in a homicide linked to an LSD-laced psychology trial.

“Bull” 10 p.m. CBS  Benny's previous career with the District Attorney's office comes into focus when Chunk, working with his law professor's legal clinic, aims to get a new trial for Eddie Mitchell, a man he believes was wrongfully convicted of triple homicide.

“Bluff City Law” 10 p.m. NBC  The fate of an innocent man is in the hands of Elijah and Jake.

“The Good Doctor” 10 p.m. ABC  Dr. Claire Brown faces complications at home and work as she prepares to lead her first surgery.

TUESDAY

“2019 Hip Hip Awards” 8 p.m. BET — Lil Duval hosts. 

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — The body of a Marine lieutenant is found hidden under an 18-wheeler, and the NCIS team tracks the vehicle's previous locations to pinpoint the crime scene and suspect.

“The Conners” 8 p.m. ABC — Harris is forced to confront Darlene about her lifestyle, while Jackie involves herself in other people's problems to avoid confronting her own.

“The Flash” 8 p.m. the CW (sixth season debut) — Barry and Iris deal with the heartbreaking loss of their daughter, Nora, while the team faces their greatest threat yet—one that threatens to destroy all of Central City.

“Empire” 9 p.m. Fox — Lucious' plan to escape from the Feds finally comes to a head, and Cookie finds herself in a dangerous situation with Damon.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Randall is confronted with a tough choice. Kate and Toby adjust to their new home. Miguel and Jack's friendship solidifies.

“Mixed-ish” 9 p.m. ABC — A teacher tells Rainbow to make sure her hair is neat for picture day, so she becomes self-conscious and begins a complicated relationship with her hair.

“Black-ish” 9:30 p.m. ABC — When Bow learns that Diane and Ruby don't believe in feminism, she brings Diane to meet the women in her feminist group.

“Greenleaf” 10 p.m. OWN — Unable to keep her secret any longer, and in desperate need of allies, Grace finally confesses to her family.

“Mayans M.C.” 10 p.m. FX — Violent actions yield violent ramifications for both the MC and Galindo cartel.

“NCIS: New Orleans” 10 p.m. CBS — Pride travels to New York City after new DNA evidence links to a 20-year-old cold case from his time at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's office.

 WEDNESDAY

“Chicago Med” 8 p.m. NBC — Dr. Choi and Dr. Marcel don't see eye-to-eye over the treatment of a patient's chronic pain and rumors start to circulate about Maggie.

“Riverdale” 8 p.m. the CW (fourth season debut) — The residents of Riverdale prepare for the Independence Day parade.

“Survivor 8 p.m. CBS — New tribal dynamics may put the rest of the castaways on edge leading into the next tribal counc

“Chicago Fire 9 p.m NBC  Brett and Foster question the suspicious circumstances surrounding a brutal attack at a juvenile detention center.

“Modern Family 9 p.m ABC  Phil, Claire, Alex and Luke love having the twins around, but taking care of them is exhausting.

“Nancy Drew 9 p.m the CW (new series)  George is spooked when she thinks she's spotted a rock star thought to have died years ago.

“Seal Team 9 p.m CBS  Bravo Team continues their mission in Serbia to track down an organization linked to the bombing of multiple American military outposts.

“Almost Family” 9 p.m Fox  Julia is haunted by her new reality, while Roxy embraces it by spending quality time with Leon.

“American Horror Family” 10 p.m FX  Mr. Jingles closes in on the one who got away as the counselors rally to escape Camp Redwood

“S.W.A.T.” 10 p.m CBS  Lt. Lynch pulls the SWAT team's focus when the mayor tasks her with enacting a departmental review of the squad right as they pursue the unstable and dangerous fugitive leader of an infamous doomsday cult.

“Stumptown” 10 p.m ABC  In hopes of becoming a certified private investigator, Dex seeks mentorship from veteran PI Artie Banks.

THURSDAY

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC  With new restrictions, Meredith tiptoes the line of protocol as she helps Jo with a difficult procedure from afar.

“Supernatural” 8 p.m. the CW (15th season debut) — Sam, Dean and Castiel are left to defend the world after all the souls in hell have been released and are back on Earth and free to kill again.

“Superstore” 8 p.m. NBC — When Amy hires Dina's nemesis Colleen, Dina blackmails Garrett into making Colleen's life hell. Jonah is forced to befriend Marcus in order to unionize the warehouse guys.

“Young Sheldon” 8 p.m. CBS — Sheldon takes matters into his own hands when Meemaw refuses to drive him to a lecture with Dr. Linkletter.

“Perfect Harmony” 8:30 p.m. NBC — Arthur helps Ginny conquer stage fright. Meanwhile, Reverend Jax is caught in a rift between Wayne and Dwayne.

“The Unicorn” 8:31 p.m. CBS — Wade's friends encourage him to join a support group for partners who have lost a spouse to help him deal with his anger.

“The Good Place” 9 p.m. NBC — Michael and Eleanor discover something troubling and turn to an unusual source for help.

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS  Christy is asked to perform questionable tasks for her demanding new boss, Veronica, and Bonnie has second thoughts about taking Adam's last name.

“Sunnyside” 9:31 p.m. NBC — Garrett and the gang race all over the city, desperately trying to locate Drazen.

“Evil” 10 p.m. CBS — A high-strung theater producer's behavior turns from demanding to what is believed to be demonic, and Kristen, David and Ben are called in to assess the situation.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m. ABC — It's the final semester of law school for Annalise's students, but an FBI investigation looms over them.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” 10 p.m. NBC — A serial predator targeting men in gay bars proves difficult to catch, until a celebrity comes forward with his story.

FRIDAY

“Breaking Bad: El Camino” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.

“Insatiable” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut) — This show didn't get a lot of love from critics but clearly had enough viewership to generate a second season. 

“Charmed” 8 p.m. the CW (second season debut)  Mel, Maggie and Macy take over the duties of the Elders. Maggie takes time to celebrate her birthday with a big bash.

“Hawaii Five-O” 8 p.m. CBS  Five-0 investigates when a plane that mysteriously crashed into the Pacific in the '80s is found, but with a recently murdered scuba diver inside.

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC  Liz, Dembe and the Task Force continue to search for Red. Red attempts to escape his abductors with help from a surprise ally, but discovers he is not Katarina Rostova's only target in her hunt for information

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8:30 p.m. ABC  After seeing Marvin blissfully enter retirement, Grandma Huang decides it's her turn to retire. 

“Magnum P.I.” 9 p.m. CBS  Kumu and Higgins are in danger when Robin's Nest is under siege by mercenaries storming the estate in order to find out the true identity of the White Knight, Robin's muse and literary hero

“Dynasty” 9 p.m. the CW (third season debut)  Bodies are pulled from the lake on the Carrington Estate on the eve of the Carrington Foundation Fundraiser.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS  Frank's esteem for an old friend and late socialite proves to be a mistake when her son threatens to publicly reveal who she really was.

WEEKEND

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — David Harbour hosts. Camila Cabello sings. 

“God Friended Me” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS— Miles and Cara are reunited Paris while they continue to expose clues regarding the God Account; Rakesh and Joy are pointed towards a parking officer.

“The Affair” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Allegations against Noah surface and he seeks guidance on how to handle the situation

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Entrepreneurs from Austin, Texas, bring a unique solution to remembering passed loved ones by turning their ashes into diamonds; entrepreneurs from New York City claim they have redesigned the best version of a men's classic fashion staple.

“The Walking Dead ” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC —A flashback reveals the origins of Alpha and Beta. Alpha attempts to toughen up Lydia as they prepare to walk with the dead.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS — Callen and Sam are charged with protecting a retired Navy admiral during an operation to retrieve a Naval intelligence officer who went missing.

“On Becoming a God in Central Florida 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime  The Orlando FAM community braces for the Wham Bam Thank You FAM 37th Anniversary Jam.

“The Rookie 10 p.m. Sunday ABC  Officer Nolan navigates building tension in his relationship with Jessica and a developing rapport with Grace while working a high-stakes criminal case involving an undercover homeland security agent.

“Mr. Robot 10 p.m. Sunday USA — Elliot + Darlene come together. Dom gets dark army vibes.

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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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