TV best bets with “Chernobyl,” series finales of “Veep” and ‘Into the Badlands,” season finales of ‘Empire,’ ‘Modern Family’

Originally posted Sunday, May 5, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The fictional world of Selina Meyer is about to come to a close on Sunday on HBO’s “Veep.”

AMC is also ending the fight on “Into the Badlands” after three seasons Monday, along with Freeform’s “Shadowhunters.”

HBO’s mini-series about the Chernobyl meltdown also debuts Monday.

While OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” and Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete” return, several broadcast shows end their seasons including “Modern Family,” “Star,” “Empire,” “Mom,” “Man With a Plan,” “The Goldbergs,” “Blue Bloods” and “MacGyver.” 

And Netflix is bringing back “Lucifer,” which had been on Fox for three seasons.

This covers Monday, May 6 through Sunday, May 12, 2019.

MONDAY

“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — A raft of previous bachelorettes show up to discuss the show and the newest bachelorette Hannah Brown. 

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — Live top 13 competition.

“Shadowhunters” 8 p.m. Freeform (series finale) — Clary comes up with a plan that will bring Shadowhunters and Downworlders together.

“The Resident” 8 p.m. Fox (second season finale) — In an effort to save Chastain, Bell considers selling the hospital to a conglomerate.

“Man With a Plan” 8:30 p.m. CBS (third season finale) — Adam and Andi stage an intervention with Lowell after they see how his new relationship with Andi's sister, Kelly, is changing him.

“Chernobyl” 9 p.m. HBO (new miniseries) — How the messy nuclear plant meltdown began. 

“Bull” 10 p.m. CBS — Bull helps mount a defense for Taylor's brother-in-law, Ralph Kelly, a prison guard charged with manslaughter for the drowning deaths of two inmates.

“Gentleman Jack” 10 p.m. HBO —Lister confides her hopes for a future with Ann Walker to her aunt, as Mrs. Priestley's inkling about the two women's relationship presents a threat.

“Into the Badlands” 10 p.m. AMC (series finale) — Sunny, The Widow and Bajie lead the charge against Pilgrim, as he attempts to gain ultimate control of the Badlands.

TUESDAY

“The Village” 8 p.m. NBC — Nick visits an old haunt and makes an important discovery.

“Foster” 8 p.m. HBO — The U.S. foster-care system is spotlighted.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — NCIS finds a secret government bank account that's funding a nationwide network of vigilante justice.

“MasterChef Junior” 8 p.m. Fox — The Top 10 participate in the season's most crucial team challenge when the restaurant opens its doors to a special group of VIP female role models.

FBI” 9 p.m. CBS — A decorated FBI agent is murdered, and investigation uncovers the man led a double life.

The Have and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN (sixth season debut) — Details about Hanna's past are unraveled. Officer Justin finally gets Jeffery to himself.

“1969” 10 p.m. ABC — The story of Mary Jo Kopechne, who died when Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) drove off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island.

“Fosse/Verdon” 10 p.m. FX — As old friends reunite for a weekend at the beach, new tensions emerge between Bob and Gwen.

“Texicanas” 10 p.m. Bravo (new series) — Mayra hosts the ultimate Cinco de Mayo bash in San Antonio and is taken aback by Luz's strong judgments of her.

WEDNESDAY

“Lucifer” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (fourth season debut) — Netflix saved the show after Fox cancelled it. 

“Empire” 8 p.m. Fox (fifth season finale) — Cookie and Lucious deal with each other's betrayals and wonder if this could be the end for their relationship.

“The Goldbergs” 8 p.m. ABC (sixth season finale) — Adam lets it slip that Barry never completed his community service requirement.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Spirits are lifted when castaways living "on the edge" read letters that they wrote to themselves before starting this adventure.

“Chicago Fire” 9 p.m. NBC — Severide and Boden search to uncover whether arson was the cause of a fire at a hair salon.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC (10th season finale) — The impending birth of Haley and Dylan's twins spurs a look back at how everyone celebrated their birthdays this past year.

“Star” 9 p.m. Fox (third season finale) — The ASAs finally arrive and Take 3 fights Amber Drake for the top spot.

“Seal Team” 10 p.m. CBS — Bravo Team desperately searches for Ray after he gets separated from them while in enemy territory.

“Whiskey Cavalier” 10 p.m. ABC — The team goes undercover at a college to take down their new target, an engineering prodigy suspected of building a super weapon.

THURSDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Leonard is pleasantly surprised when Beverly comes to visit and she's genuinely kind to him, until he finds out the real reason she's there.

“Grey's Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC  Alex tries to save his patient Gus while he waits for a severely agoraphobic blood donor to arrive from London.

“Superstore” 8 p.m. NBC — Dina agrees to play the bad guy when corporate forces Amy to cut everyone's hours. Chrissie Metz of “This is Us” guests. 

“Young Sheldon” 8:31 p.m. CBS  The Coopers help Pastor Jeff through a rough patch in his marriage.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 9 p.m. NBC — Jake, Holt and the squad decide to hold the annual Halloween Heist on a new date, Cinco de Mayo, in order to distract Terry from the stress of his upcoming lieutenant's exam.

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS (sixth season finale) — Christy has trouble enjoying her sober birthday when she learns her sponsor, Nora, is moving away.

“S.W.A.T.” 10 p.m. CBS  The SWAT team races to locate the next place a lone gunman will strike while he is at large in L.A.

“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m. NBC  The SVU searches for two suspects spotted fleeing the scene after a Muslim woman is assaulted inside a synagogue.

FRIDAY

“The Society” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — Some teenagers struggle to survive after they're mysteriously transported to a replica of their wealthy town with no trace of their parents.

“Sneaky Pete” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (third season debut) — Marius/Pete returning to his faux Bernhardt “family” in Bridgeport.

“MacGyver” 8 p.m. CBS (third season finale) — MacGyver faces off with a cunning new adversary whose carefully crafted plans put Mac at the epicenter of an impossible choice.

“Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” 8 p.m. ABC (sixth season debut) — Scattered across the galaxy, the team works to find their footing in the wake of losing Coulson.

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. Fox (seventh season finale) — Mandy and Kyle are hesitant to move out of the Baxter household and into their own place, so Mike gives them some tough love. Meanwhile Ed and Chuck try to avoid contributing to Boyd's theater fundraiser.

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC — Presidential adviser Anna McMahon faces off with Cooper and the Task Force in a winner-takes-all race to locate the missing dossier containing details of a conspiracy against America.

“Cool Kids” 8:30 p.m. Fox (first season finale) — Hank, Charlie and Sid prepare their Friend-iversary party, and don't include Margaret.

“Hawaii Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS — Fugitive hacker Aaron Wright resurfaces to ask Five-0 for help when his co-workers at the NSA, which he has been working for, are all murdered.

“Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men ” 9 p.m. Showtime (new series) — Robert Diggs knew that there was something special about the way he and his friends from Staten Island and Brooklyn told stories.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS (ninth season finale) — As Jamie and Eddie's wedding day approaches, Frank worries about the toast he'll deliver at their rehearsal dinner.

WEEKEND

“Homekilling Queen” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — Whitney Manning, gorgeous, entitled and deranged daughter of wealthy equally disturbed Connie, is determined to become Homecoming Queen...and nothing, absolutely nothing will stand in her way.

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Emma Thompson hosts.

“The Red Line” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — Daniel is reeling over disturbing information he discovered about Harrison, and seeks comfort from his colleague—and Jira's teacher—Liam Bhat.

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Top 4.

“The Simpsons” 8 p.m. Sunday Fox (30th season finale) — Homer's work cuts children's healthcare benefits, so Marge turns to buying healing crystals as a cheaper solution for Bart's ADD

“Killing Eve” 8 p.m. Sunday BBCA, AMC — Villanelle uses her unrivaled infiltration skills to immerse herself in the world of a new target.

“Billions” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Chuck makes a dramatic move to help Wendy and Senior.

“Game of Thrones” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — The new alliances and betrayals will determine the fate of everyone in Westeros while the Night King finally breaches the Wall alongside a full-grown dragon under his command.

“Good Girls” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC — Rio uses a series of unnerving tactics to remind Beth that it's not easy to walk away from his criminal enterprise.

“Shark Tank” 10:01 p.m. Sunday ABC (10th season finale) — A fast-food franchise focused on guilty pleasures; high-design houses for special nocturnal guests.

“Barry” 10:20 p.m. Sunday HBO — Barry struggles mightily to focus exclusively on the theater and his girlfriend and classmate Sally, hoping against hope to rid himself of the ties that bind him to a Chechen mob group now led by NoHo Hank.

“Veep” 10:50 p.m. Sunday HBO (series finale) — The nominating fight between Selina and her rivals reaches its climax, as their race comes to a historic finish.

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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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