TV best bets with CMA Awards, ‘Narcos,’ Catherine Zeta-Jones, the Clinton affair

"Queen America" on Facebook Watch stars Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Credit: Jessica Miglio

Credit: Jessica Miglio

"Queen America" on Facebook Watch stars Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Originally posted Sunday, November 11, 2018 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Catherine Zeta-Jones stars in the biggest streaming scripted series yet on Facebook Watch called "Queen America," debuting Sunday and shot in Atlanta.

On the same night, Ben Stiller executive produces a Showtime series "Escape from Dannemora," based on a true story about two escaped convicts in a New York prison and how they convinced staff to do their bidding.

The big awards show of the week is the CMA Awards Wednesday with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosting yet again. (The day before, USA tries a new "Idol"-style show for country stars called "Real Country.")

And the most notable Netflix show is the fourth season of “Narcos.”

This covers Monday, November 13 through Sunday, November 19, 2018.


"The Neighborhood" 8 p.m. CBS — When Dave drops by Calvin's longtime barbershop, he's quickly embraced by its owner and patrons, much to Calvin's consternation.

"Dancing With the Stars" 8 p.m. ABC — Joe Amabile fans got him into the top six because it's certainly not his dancing scores.

"The Voice" 8 p.m. NBC — The live top 24 show.

"The Price of Everything" 8 p.m. HBO — This documentary ponders the question of how we price the seemingly intangible value of fine art.

"Magnum P.I." 9 p.m. CBS — A man dying of lymphoma hires Magnum to find his estranged, bone-marrow-compatible brother who turns out to need Magnum's help as well.

"Bull" 10 p.m. CBS — Bull takes on a pro bono client who was poorly advised by his public defender to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge and is now facing felony manslaughter after the victim dies.

"Manifest" 10 p.m. NBC — The detained passengers are secretly moved and subjected to painful experimentation, with Cal's health directly linked to them.

"The Good Doctor" 10 p.m. ABC — Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Morgan Reznick must contend with two brothers who are bargaining over life and death.


"The Gifted" 8 p.m. Fox  Reeva reveals her plans for a major mission for the Inner Circle to secure some needed funds.

"The Conners" 8 p.m. ABC — Geena learns that D.J. hasn't been taking Mary to church while she's been away, so insists they go as a family to uphold her traditional values.

"Blackish" 9 p.m. ABC (100th episode) — The family is shocked to learn that Jack and Diane are not familiar with the music of Prince.

"Lethal Weapon" 9 p.m. Fox — Murtaugh turns to Cole's former mentor, Tom Barnes, for help on a high-stakes cartel case.

"This is Us" 9 p.m. NBC — Kevin and Zoe land in Vietnam. In the past, Jack and Rebecca take a road trip to Los Angeles.

"NCIS: New Orleans" 10 p.m. CBS — Following a deadly car explosion in the French Quarter, the NCIS team interrogates a professor and former member of a student protest organization.

"Real Country" 10 p.m. USA (new series) — Jake Owen, Shania Twain and Travis Tritt handpick potential country stars.

"The Rookie" 10 p.m. ABC — The rookies are temporarily paired with new training officers, and Officer Nolan is paired with Officer Lopez.

"Real Amsterdam" 10:01 p.m. NBC — A big domino transplant procedure is on the line, and Max must decide if he can be present in the hospital while also dealing with his illness.


"Chicago Med" 8 p.m. NBC — Dr. Charles struggles to convince Dr. Choi that surgery isn't always the answer.

"Survivor" 8 p.m. CBS — Angelina must do damage control after being called out by their tribe.

"Empire" 8 p.m. Fox — Lucious plays nice with Jeff Kingsley so that their companies can get TBD back on the map.

"The 52nd CMA Awards" 8 p.m. ABC — Performers include Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line.

"Chicago Fire" 9 p.m. NBC — Firehouse 51 is called in to battle a dangerous structure fire that places everyone in peril.

"SEAL Team" 9:01 p.m. CBS — Bravo Team continues to follow tips that will lead to Andres Doza, the head of one of the most powerful and lethal drug cartels in Mexico.

"American Horror Story" 10 p.m. FX (eighth season finale) — It's Cordelia who raises a truly ominous question: for the world to live, will they have to watch it burn?

"Criminal Minds" 10 p.m. CBS — BAU races to capture the vigilantes behind a series of attacks taking place every 27 minutes in the nation's capital.

"Greenleaf" 10 p.m. OWN — Mae preaches beautifully at A Day with Lady Mae as the Bishop fears he may lose Calvary.


"Grey's Anatomy" 8 p.m. ABC — Seattle is hit by a huge wind storm and Grey Sloan becomes inundated with patients.

"The Big Bang Theory" 8 p.m. CBS — Sheldon and Amy are devastated after learning from a Russian paper that Super Asymmetry has already been discovered and disproven.

"The Good Place" 8:30 p.m. NBC Michael and Janet take an important journey. Eleanor ponders whether she should share a secret.

"Young Sheldon" 8:30 p.m. CBS — Sheldon studies his family for a psychology project, and Thanksgiving dinner turns into a family fight when George Sr. is offered a job in Oklahoma.

"Will & Grace" 9 p.m. NBC  Will discovers that Noah has a child he hasn't told Grace about, but is now sworn to secrecy.

"Mom" 9:01 p.m. CBS — Bonnie pushes Christy to mend her relationship with Violet, and Adam prepares for the grand opening of his bar.

"Murphy Brown" 9:30 p.m. CBS  The "Murphy in the Morning" team strives to land a revealing first interview with Corky's beauty pageant friend, Holly, who just woke up from a 10-year coma that made national headlines.

"How to Get Away With Murder" 10 p.m. ABC  n the winter finale, Connor and Oliver's big wedding day has arrived, but there's murder in the air; and the mystery of who the unlucky victim is will be revealed.

"Law & Order: SVU" 10 p.m. NBC  Stone takes his own case to trial when a woman from his past accuses him of sexual assault


"The BiSexual" 3:01 a.m. Hulu (new series)  A six-part dramedy which offers a raw, funny, unapologetic take on bisexuality and the comic misconceptions surrounding it.

"Narcos" 3:01 a.m. Netflix (fourth season debut)  This season will explore the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots.

"MacGyver" 8 p.m. CBS  MacGyver and the team set off on a dangerous capture operation after an Irish military intelligence officer approaches them claiming to know the whereabouts of "The Ghost," a lethal bomb maker whom Mac has been hunting for years.

"Last Man Standing" 8 p.m. Fox Mandy nearly gives up on her dream of becoming a fashion designer when she is faced with rejection, sending her into a spiral.

"Blindspot" 8 p.m. NBC — The team is drawn into dangerous political intrigue when a tattoo points to someone from Weitz's past.

"Fresh Off the Boat" 8 p.m. ABC — Eddie's extended substitute English teacher throws out the class syllabus and instructs the students in a radically progressive way, which worries Jessica.

"The Cool Kids" 8:30 p.m. Fox —Hank and Margaret lose a cornhole competition to some resident cheaters and, as a result, miss out on the coveted prize—a new 65" flat-screen TV.

"Hawaii Five-O" 9 p.m. CBS — Thanksgiving brings Grover's parents and brother Percy Jr. to Oahu for a visit tainted by sibling rivalry.

"Hell's Kitchen" 9 p.m. Fox  The chefs cook five commonly served "staple" dishes, but the challenge comes with a twist: minutes into the challenge, each team will have to pick one member to leave the kitchen, and continue kicking a team member out until only one is left.

"Blue Bloods" 10 p.m. CBS  Erin and Frank clash over new legislation from the district attorney's office that undermines Frank's policies.


"Christmas at Graceland" 8 p.m. Saturday Hallmark  Kellie Pickler's first big acting role takes her literally to Graceland, home of Elvis Presley.

"Saturday Night Live" 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC  Steve Carell hosts.

"Outlander" 8 p.m. Sunday Starz — Claire and Jamie look for a place to call home. Later, Roger and Brianna's road trip highlights their differences.

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Kandi reconnects with old friend Shamari DeVoe from the music group Blaque.

"God Friended Me" 8:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — The "God" account sends Miles the profile of a lawyer who died six months ago, leading him, Cara and Rakesh to dig into the man's past in order to figure out who exactly they're supposed to help.

"The Clinton Affair" 9 p.m. Sunday A&E (three-part documentary) — Weaves together never-before-seen archival footage with exclusive new interviews to examine the biggest political scandal of a generation and its lasting influence and reverberations on our country.

"My Brilliant Friend" 9 p.m. Sunday HBO (new series) — When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship.

"Queen America" 9 p.m. Sunday Facebook Watch (new series) — The 10-episode scripted series stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as Vicki Ellis, a renowned and ruthless pageant coach in Oklahoma. Her reputation is at stake when she is paired to make an unpolished young woman named Samantha (Belle Shouse, A Million Ways to Die in the West) to make her the winning pageant queen.

"Ray Donovan" 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Mickey kidnaps movie star Jay White.

"The Walking Dead" 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Carol seeks out an old friend living alone in a wilderness teeming with walkers

"Escape at Dannemora" 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime (new series) — Two prison inmates vie for the attention of Joyce "Tilly" Mitchell.

"Sally 4Ever" 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO — After a subdued birthday celebration with her co-workers, Sally heads home for a surprise dinner with her stodgy parents, who are shocked when Emma shares details of her lesbian relationship with their daughter.

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