PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE - OCTOBER 29: Dolly Parton speaks onstage during the Netflix Premiere of Dolly Parton's "Heartstrings" on October 29, 2019 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Netflix)
Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Netflix
Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Netflix

TV best bets with Disney+ debut, ‘Sesame Street,’ Dolly Parton, CMA Awards, ‘Ray Donovan,’ Ralph Lauren

Originally posted Sunday, November 10, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Disney+ arrives on Tuesday with much fanfare as the latest streaming service to vie for your attention. It starts at a $6.99 a month level or $69.99 a year.

Among the debut offerings: a “Star Wars” live-action series called “The Mandalorian,” a live-action film version of “The Lady and the Tramp,” all the “Star Wars” films, “Avengers: Endgame,” the first three “Toy Story” films, “The Incredibles,” all 30 seasons of “The Simpsons” and animated classics like “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King.”

If you’re a Verizon customer with a high-enough level plan, you’ll be able to get it for free for an entire year. 

Here is a link to a list of highlights of what you’ll get on day one

If you want more Dolly Parton, you’re about to get it this week on ABC, which is promoting a one-hour special about her Tuesday, followed by her co-hosting the CMA Awards on Wednesday.

And her anthology based on her songs “Dolly Parton’s Heart Strings” (shot in Georgia) debuts on Netflix November 22. 

HBO has a doc about Ralph Lauren Tuesday while A&E digs into the “Preppie Murder: Death in Central” park over five parts. 

And Showtime brings back the seventh season of “Ray Donovan” Sunday while Amazon finishes up the fourth and final season of “The Man in the High Castle.”

Plus, “Sesame Street” returns with its 50th season debut. 

This covers Monday, November 11 through Sunday, November 18, 2019. 

MONDAY

“9-1-1” 8 p.m. Fox —Emergencies include a skating mishap at an ice show, an accident involving a self-driving car and a fulfillment warehouse robot going rogue.

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Sean Spicer has made it into the top six. 

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC  The top 20 features Marietta's Alex Guthrie.

“His Dark Materials” 9 p.m. HBO  Lyra (Dafne Keen) arrives to her new life in London, determined to find Roger (Lewin Lloyd) with Mrs. Coulter's (Ruth Wilson) help.

“Prodigal Son” 9:01 p.m. Fox As the NYPD digs into the "Junkyard Killer" case, Malcolm realizes the main suspect may have had a connection to his father.

“The Good Doctor” 10 p.m. ABC  Dr. Shaun Murphy's unique ability to relate to a patient isolated by an immune deficiency yields an unexpected result

TUESDAY

“The Lady and the Tramp” 3:01 a.m. Disney+ — A live action adaptation of the classic Disney film with Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux as voices of the titular characters. 

“The Mandalorian” 3:01 a.m. Disney+ (new series) — Jon Favreau’s big budget, non-Jedi live action series that stars Pedro Pascal as a mysterious Mandalorian. 

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — While investigating a Marine's murder, the team uncovers a labyrinth of live-streaming spy cameras hidden in the rooms of a Virginia motel.

“The Conners” 8 p.m. ABC — Jackie and Becky pitch their business plan to Darlene in hopes of getting the Lunch Box back, but Darlene's decision leads to hostility among the three.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — The top 20 results with seven eliminated. 

“Empire” 9 p.m. Fox — Candace and Carol take Cookie on a girls' trip to Miami to have some fun and take her mind off Lucious.

“Very Ralph” 9 p.m. HBO — A profile of fashion icon Ralph Lauren, who speaks candidly about his childhood, his five-decade-long marriage, the early days of his company, his response to criticism and his multi-page ad campaigns. Also: a look at archives from 50 years of his fashion brand.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Rebecca visits Randall in Philadelphia.

“Dolly Parton: Here She Comes Again!” 10 p.m. ABC — An intimate look at the life and career of country music legend Dolly Parton.

“New Amsterdam” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Sharpe lands in hot water when she goes out on a limb for a patient.

WEDNESDAY

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — How will the merge impact many of the players' games? 

“Chicago Med” 8 p.m NBC — Maggie gets unsettling news about a new friend and breaks protocol to support him.

“CMA Awards” 8 p.m. ABC— Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood host. 

“The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park” 9 p.m. A&E , Sundance (new series) — The five-part series, re-examines one of the most infamous crimes in recent U.S. history – the 1986 killing of Jennifer Levin at the hands of Robert Chambers.

“Chicago P.D.” 10 p.m. NBC— After injuring herself while pursuing a suspect, Burgess receives a shocking diagnosis.

“American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX (ninth season finale) — The SWAT team searches for thieves who are on the run with a high-tech thermal lance that can cut through almost anything.

THURSDAY

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC (350th episode) Meredith faces the medical board and must reckon with her past in some challenging ways.

“Superstore” 8 p.m. NBC — Amy and Jonah help Mateo run a toy drive to make him look good for his immigration hearing.

“Young Sheldon” 8 p.m. CBS — Sheldon starts an internet flame war, and Missy stands up to the boys on her baseball team.

“The Good Place” 9 p.m. NBC The group awaits the judge's final decision on the fate of human existence.

“A Million Little Things” 9:01 p.m. ABC  A fellowship opportunity for Maggie forces Gary to reconsider his own future.

“Will & Grace” 9:30 p.m. NBC  Will and Grace get competitive over whose process of having a baby is more difficult.

“Evil” 10 p.m. CBS  When Bridget confesses to murder during her exorcism.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” 10 p.m. NBC  Rollins goes undercover to find a suspect who is drugging and assaulting tourists.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m. ABC  After taking the stand during Nate Senior's murder trial, Bonnie's world is turned upside down when a mysterious accident leads her to a hard realization.

FRIDAY

“Dollface” 3:01 a.m. Hulu (new series) — Dollface follows Jules (Kat Dennings), a young woman who - after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend - must deal with her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women, and rekindle the female friendships she left behind.

“The Man in the High Castle” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (series finale) — In the climactic final season, America will witness rebellion on both coasts as Juliana and Wyatt join forces with an emerging Black insurgency led by Bell Mallory.

“Hawaii Five-O” 8 p.m. CBS  Five-0 teams up with a DEA agent to search for a killer whose plane crashed in the jungle with $10 million worth of heroin on board.

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC  The Task Force investigates the unexplained disappearance and sudden re-emergence of a governor.

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8:30 p.m. ABC The series will conclude after this sixth and final season. 

“Magnum P.I.” 9 p.m. CBS  Magnum and Higgins' new partnership is tested when they disagree about being hired by a woman who wants them to recover her $3 million in stolen drug money in order to save her husband's life.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS  While Henry works as an investigative consultant for child services, he and Danny butt heads over a case involving a man who is volatile toward his wife.

WEEKEND

Sesame Street” 9 a.m. HBO (50th season debut) — This show endures into its 50th year with lessons on prepping children for school. 

Saturday Night Live” 11:29 a.m. NBC — Harry Styles hosts and sings. 

“2019 Soul Train Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday BET - Tisha Campbell-Martin and Tichina Arnold host. 

“Ray Donovan" 8 p.m. Sunday Showtime (seventh season debut) - While he makes progress with Dr. Amiot (five-time Emmy and Golden Globe winner Alan Alda), there are dangers from the past that require the Ray Donovan of old.

“Shameless” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime— Frank sets out to make money to keep his place in the house; Lip is overwhelmed by the demands of a newborn.

“Poldark" 9 p.m. Sunday GPB (series finale) - Several months later, Ross and his friends must launch their most daring plan yet.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Carol pushes boundaries that make Daryl uncomfortable; Alpha and Beta have reservations about someone.

“Watchmen” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — The origin story of Looking Glass is at last revealed, as is the truth behind the greatest hoax in American history; The Smartest Man in the World plots a daring escape.

“The Rookie” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Officer Nolan kicks off his birthday by babysitting a crime scene at a law office.

“Silicon Valley” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — The boys deal with the stress of running an organization.

“Mrs. Fletcher” 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO — Eve attends a wake with her colleague; Brendan and Ted reconnects at Parents' Weekend.

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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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