TV best bets with Conan in Greenland, Denise Richards, returns of ‘Greenleaf,’ ‘Mayans M.C.’

Originally posted Sunday, September 1, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Labor Day week is a pretty quiet week for TV options, just before the broadcast networks ferry out some of their new fare and biggest hits.

Conan O’Brien, after Donald Trump got into a tiff with Denmark about trying to buy Greenland, quickly flew there and came back with comedic material set to air on Tuesday at 10 p.m. on TBS. 

OWN’s “Greenleaf” and FX’s “Mayans M.C.” are also coming back. 

And Lifetime is releasing a string of cheerleader-themed films including one starring Denise Richards. 

This covers Monday September 2 through Sunday September 8, 2019

MONDAY

“American Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC — Las Vegas finals night, part two.

“The Secret Lives of Cheerleaders” 8 p.m. Lifetime — Ava, an incoming transfer student, reluctantly tries out for the cheerleading team at the insistence of her overly-ambitious mother, Candice (Denise Richards).

“So You Think You Can Dance” 9 p.m. Fox — Top 6 perform.

“The Terror: Infamy” 9 p.m. AMC  Chester, in search of a better life, is treated with hostility by his fellow Americans

“Grand Hotel” 10:01 p.m. ABC  Alicia and Javi continue their mission to figure out what really happened to their mother.

“Lodge 49” 10:01 p.m. AMC  Dud plans a trip to Mexico with El Confidente despite Ernie's attempts to steer him down a new path.

TUESDAY

“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — Semifinals begin. 

“Pandora” 8 p.m. the CW — Xander enlists Jax on a mission in which she must rekindle a relationship with an old flame.

“Tales” 9 p.m. BET (second season finale) — Dario loves Ruby, but he cannot be with her.

“Conan Without Borders” 10 p.m. TBS — Conan visits Greenland after President Trump announced his desire to buy the country. 

“Greenleaf” 10 p.m. OWN (fourth season debut) — Bob Whitmore's takeover of Cavalry does not sit well with the Greenleaf family, who are already maneuvering to get it back.

Mayans M.C.” 10 p.m. FX (second season debut) — The Reyes family is divided and the M.C. uncovers an internal leak.

WEDNESDAY

“Wu-Tang: An American Saga” 3:01 a.m. Hulu (new series) — In early 1990s New York, Bobby Diggs strives to unite a dozen young black men who are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

“MasterChef” 8 p.m. Fox — The Top Six chef-testants travel across the pond to London, where they must feed 36 diners. The two Georgians Dorian Hunter and Noah Sims are still in the running.

“BH90210” 9 p.m Fox The first day of filming is halted amidst the latest threat.

“The Real Housewives of Dallas” 9 p.m Bravo (fourth season debut)   Cary Deuber, a founding Dallas housewife, will be back as a "friend" this season.

Hollywood Game Night” 10 p.m. NBC — Derek Hough, Sherri Shepherd and Oliver Hudson face off with Kal Penn, Ester Dean and Joel McHale.

“Snowfall” 10 p.m. FX — Franklin struggles with the fallout from his actions as his family prepares for the worst.

“Younger” 10 p.m. TV Land (sixth season finale) — Liza struggles to balance without Kelsey.

THURSDAY

“Ax Men” 8 p.m. History  Jason Rygaard hauls trees while braving the weather. Wade struggles to control his track cutter.

“Activate” 8 p.m. NGC (new series) — Activists push world leaders into enacting policy changes that would end extreme poverty around the globe.

“The Outpost” 8 p.m. the CW — As the Outpost is besieged, its most wanted prisoner plans an escape. Talon and Zed unearth an enemy from Talon's childhood. Milus leaves the Outpost bitterly disappointed.

“Reef Break” 9 p.m. ABC — Doug O'Casey involves Cat Chambers in a prison break scheme, and no one is sure who Cat is really working for.

FRIDAY

“Late Night” 3:01 a.m. Amazon — The 2019 Mindy Kaling film about a female late-night talk show host played by Emma Thompson gets its streaming debut. 

“The Spy” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — A miniseries based on the life of Israel's top Mossad spy Eli Cohen in Syria, portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen.

“Couples Therapy” 10 p.m. Showtime (new series)  Therapist Jenn Berman and her staff provide counseling to celebrity couples. The star twosomes include DMX and Tashera Simmons; Linda Hogan and Charlie Hill; Chris Nirschel and Angelina Pivarnic.

“Killjoys” 10 p.m. Scifi  Dutch and Zeph embark on a road trip to a dangerous cult on Leith to find the key to The Lady's destruction.

WEEKEND

“Identity Theft Of a Cheerleader” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — After hitting rock bottom, Vicky steals the identity of a senior high school cheerleader to redo her final year of school properly.

“Black Girls Rock 2019” 8 p.m. Sunday BET — Performers include India.Arie, Common, Erykah Badu, Ari Lennox, Elle Varner and Monica.

“Chesapeake Shores” 8 p.m. Sunday Hallmark — As Jess and David try to buy an inn, love and loss surround the O'Briens.

“Married to Medicine” 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo (seventh season debut) — Dr. Heavenly and Dr. Jackie shake up the group with their Open and Honest podcast.

“The Wrong Cheerleader” 8 p.m. Sunday Lifetime —A smart, studious high school senior tries out and gets on the Cheerleader Squad, earning the attention of the boys. However, a charming new student's affection soon turns into obsession.

“Power” 9 p.m. Sunday Starz — Will Dre be back? 

“$100,000 Pyramid” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Joel McHale vs. Rich Eisen. 

“The Affair” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Sasha proposes adjustments to Noah's script; Sasha's relationship with Helen blossoms and Noah takes notice.

“Fear the Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Logan has his motives exposed; Sarah, Luciana and Dwight negotiate for the mission.

“Succession” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Logan attempts to solidify his buyout of PGM at a weekend retreat at the Pierce family home.

“Good Eats: The Return 10 p.m. Sunday Food — Alton Brown takes a deep dive on one of the most internet-famous dishes of the decade by way of a famous film from the 1940s

“On Becoming a God in Central Florida 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime —Stricken with a bird disease, Krystal goes on an odyssey.

“Ballers 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO — The stakes for Spencer Strasmore have never been higher as he settles into retirement.

About the Author

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