TV best bets with 'Dancing With the Stars,' 'Who Killed Tupac?' 'She's Gotta Have It'

Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

Posted Monday, November 20,  2017 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Thanksgiving week features some tasty classics as well as fresh material.

But before then, "Dancing With the Stars" concludes its 25th run Tuesday. (The performance show is postponed locally on WSB-TV for the Falcons game until 2 a.m.)

A&E debuts a series where investigators try to dig in to figure out who killed Tupac Shakir. Jeff Daniels stars in a new scripted series on Netflix debuting on early Wednesday called "Godless." Spike Lee brings back "She's Gotta Have It" set in 2017 as a TV series on Thursday on Netflix. And BET celebrates 30 years of "Soul Train" on Thanksgiving as well.

Plus, the Grinch is back on NBC Friday night.

This covers Monday, November 20 through Sunday, November 26, 2017.


"Kevin Can Wait" 8 p.m. CBS — After Kevin insists he can handle cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner for Vanessa and his family, he realizes he's in over his head and secretly asks his flirtatious neighbor, Wendy, for help.

"The Voice" 8 p.m. NBC — Atlanta's Jon Mero is part of the top 12 performing live for the first time.

"Monday Night Football" 8 p.m. WSB/ESPN — The Falcons (5-4) are trying to build momentum against the Seattle Seahawks (6-3).

"Baltimore Rising" 8 p.m. HBO — A profile of activists, police officers, community leaders and gang affiliates who work tirelessly to hold Baltimore together, especially in the aftermath of the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

"Man With a Plan" 8:30 p.m. CBS — When Adam discovers that the pastor he hired for their wedding was a phony and he and Andi aren't really married, he scrambles to find a way to fix it before she finds out.

"The Gifted" 9 p.m. Fox — More refugees pour into the Mutant Underground, but the group faces a threat when they discover one of them is a spy working for Sentinel Services.

"Scorpion" 10 p.m. CBS — On Thanksgiving, Team Scorpion's new neighbor, Florence, joins them at sea on a mission to destroy a floating island of trash, but her flawed contribution leaves her, Walter and Happy stranded on the quickly dissolving island.

"The Brave" 10:01 p.m. NBC —After embarking on mission after mission to keep the world safe, the team is confronted with a task that hits close to home.

"Dancing With the Stars" 2 a.m. WSB (25th season performance finale) — The Falcons game pushes the show back six hours locally.


"The Middle" 8 p.m. ABC — Axl heads to Chicago to visit Hutch for the weekend but discovers that his friend, who has his own apartment and a job, is now acting more like a responsible adult than the free-spirited college student he once knew.

"NCIS" 8 p.m. CBS — The team's Thanksgiving plans are put on hold while they track an elusive arms dealer in D.C. who recently murdered an MI6 officer who was Sloane's close friend.

"Fresh Off the Boat" 8:30 p.m. ABC — Louis gets himself into a sticky situation when he lies to Jessica and tells her that he loves her newly finished horror novel.

"Major Crimes" 9 p.m. TNT— While dealing with a difficult personal matter, Sharon continues to investigate the disappearance of the St. Joseph's Three.

"This is Us" 9 p.m. NBC — Kate and Toby's lives take an unexpected turn.

"Dancing With the Stars" 9 p.m. ABC (25th season finale) — One thing's for sure: Drew won't be taking the mirror-ball trophy.

"Who Killed Tupac" 9 p.m. A&E (new series)— Civil-rights attorney Benjamin Crump crafts a team of experts, friends and relatives to investigate the iconic life and tragic death of Tupac Shakur.

"Damnation" 10 p.m. USA — When the local farms face foreclosure, Seth and Amelia must find a way to win them back. Creeley and Bessie run afoul of the Black Legion.

"Chicago Med" 10 p.m. NBC (third season debut) — The doctors try to bring justice to the perpetrator in the shooting of Dr. Charles.

"NCIS: New Orleans" 10 p.m. CBS — Pride second-guesses evidence suggesting homeless kids are the suspects in the murder of a petty officer.


"Godless" 8 p.m. Netflix (new series) — Notorious criminal Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels) and his gang of outlaws are on a mission of revenge against Roy Goode (Jack O'Connell).

"Survivor" 8 p.m. CBS — Say bye bye to Atlanta's Desi Williams last week.

"20/20" 10 p.m. ABC — Behind-the-scenes secrets behind classic holiday movies.

"Criminal Minds" 10 p.m. CBS — When an UnSub in Miami sensationalizes his crimes by giving the local media exclusive footage, the BAU is called in to investigate.

"Mr. Robot" 10 p.m. FX — Mr. Robot wants answers; the FBI closes in; and Angela hits rewind.

"Little Women Atlanta" 10:02 p.m. Lifetime (special) — The ladies get together for a special holiday dinner to talk turkey and spill the tea.


"She's Gotta Have It" 3:01 a.m. Netflix - Spike Lee reboots his classic film 31 years later in TV form.

"Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" 9 a.m. to noon NBC — Performers include Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Andra Day and Atlanta's Angelica Hale.

"The Mistletoe Inn" 8 p.m. Hallmark — An aspiring romance novelist attends a writers' conference at a quaint Vermont inn, where she bonds with a published author who's dealing with writer's block.

"Young Sheldon " 8:30 p.m. Fox — Sheldon struggles with newfound popularity after utilizing statistics to help the football team.

"Mom" 9:01 p.m. CBS — Bonnie suffers withdrawal after giving up cable TV to help Christy pay for her law school applications; and the women rally around Jill after she has a breakdown in her favorite department store.

"30th Anniversary of Soul Train Special" 10 p.m. BET  — A look back at one of the most influential music shows of its day.


"Frontier3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut)  — Jason Mamoa is back creating mayhem.

"Finding Santa"  8 p.m. Hallmark  — A parade Santa gets injured when he falls off his sleigh, so a quest begins to find a new Santa who's perfect for the job.

"Frosty the Snowman"  8 p.m. CBS  — The fact he is melting has nothing to do with climate change.

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas"  8 p.m. NBC  — "He hadn't stopped Christmas from coming, it *came*! Somehow or other... it came just the same."

"Santa Claus is Comin' to Town"  8 p.m. ABC  — The legend of Santa Claus from 1970.

"Trolls Holiday Special"  8:30 p.m. NBC  — The eternally optimistic Poppy, queen of the Trolls, learns that the Bergens no longer have any holidays on their calendar.

"Grammy's Greatest Stories"  9 p.m. CBS  — Carrie Underwood and John Legend host an all-encompassing retrospective of epic moments from the past 59 years of Grammy history.

"The Rap Game" 10:02 p.m. Lifetime (fourth season debut)  — Jermaine Dupri's five new artists are tested on their foundation; and despite getting advice from Bow Wow.


"Wrapped Up in Christmas" 8 p.m. Saturay Lifetime —Christmas is one of Heather's (Tatyana Ali, "Fresh Prince of Bel Air") favorite times of year but this year, as the manager of the upscale Town Center Mall, she has to be the Christmas Grinch and cancel the leases of under-performing stores.

"The 66th Miss Universe Pageant" 7 p.m. Sunday Fox — Steve Harvey hosts again.

"2017 Soul Train Awards" 8 p.m. Sunday BET — Erykah Badu hosts.

“Shameless” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — A blast from the past shakes up Fiona, and Frank gets involved with Liam's PTA.
“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — With things looking up for Rick's group, an argument breaks out at the Hilltop.

"Xscape: Still Kickin' It" 9  p.m. Sunday Bravo (season finale) — Will Xscape keep it together?

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — Larry (Larry David) is blackmailed by an employee and tormented by someone from his past.

"SMILF" 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Bridge, Eliza and Nelson participate in an extreme mud run.