Mad About You - Season 1 - Episode 104
Photo: Darren Michaels/Darren Michaels/Sony Pictures Television/Spectrum
Photo: Darren Michaels/Darren Michaels/Sony Pictures Television/Spectrum

TV best bets with Dolly Parton, Will Ferrell, ‘Mad About You,’ American Music Awards

Originally posted Monday, November 18, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Another week, another revival. Spectrum customers will now have access to a reboot of the Paul Reiser/Helen Hunt series “Mad About You,” which aired from 1992 to 1999 on NBC.

Reviews have been mixed. Then again, the original was well liked but hardly beloved. 

And if you couldn’t get enough of Dolly Parton last week on the CMAs, her Netflix anthology based on her songs “Heartstrings” debuts Friday. It was shot in Atlanta, too.

Will Ferrell returns to his old stomping grounds of “Saturday Night Live” for a fifth time as host Saturday. 

And ABC brings back the annual American Music Awards Sunday.  Performers include Shania Twain, Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Selena Gomez, Thomas Rhett, Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift, honored as artist of the decade

This covers Monday, November 18 through Sunday, November 24 .

MONDAY

“The Neighborhood” 8 p.m. CBS — With Calvin down a teammate for his annual bowling championship, Dave offers to fill in and soon finds his mediation skills put to the test when he meets the competition: Calvin's arch-rivals, the Pink Ladies.

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Sean Spicer was cut last week and missed the top five. 

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC  The top 13 does not include Marietta’s Alex Guthrie but Lithonia's Hello Sunday duo survived.

“His Dark Materials” 9 p.m. HBO  Following her kidnapping, Lyra falls in with a new group, but struggles to know who to trust

“Bull” 10 p.m. CBS  Bull mounts the defense of an old college friend, Eric Crawford, who is charged with negligent homicide after Eric's youngest child kills his eldest with Eric's handgun.

“The Good Doctor” 10 p.m. ABC — Carly's attempts at increasing her intimacy with Shaun are becoming more of a frustration than either of them expected.

TUESDAY

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — The NCIS team investigates the murder of a musician in the Navy's most elite band that performs at diplomatic events around the world.

“The Conners” 8 p.m. ABC— Chaos ensues when Dan finally gets the entire family together for Thanksgiving dinner.

“The Resident” 8 p.m. Fox — When one of Chastain's own is brought into the emergency room with life-threatening injuries, the staff rallies around each other to try to save her life, while disagreements over how to best handle her care put Cain at odds with the rest of the doctors.

“Empire” 9 p.m. Fox — After realizing music is her real first love, Cookie makes moves to get back into the music world and offers to throw an event to gain exposure for Bossy Media.

“Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops” 9 p.m. HBO — A documentary that follows two police officers who are part of the San Antonio Police Department's Mental Health Unit.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — The Pearson family gathers for their first Thanksgiving at Randall's Philadelphia townhouse

“NCIS: New Orleans” 10 p.m. CBS — Sebastian calls the NCIS team to assist with a possible kidnapping case when a dignitary's son he was assigned to protect disappears from a local concert venue.

“New Amsterdam” 10:01 p.m. NBC — An inmate comes in with an entirely preventable illness, so Max, Sharpe, and Iggy head directly to the source - Rikers Island.

WEDNESDAY

“Mad About You” 3:01 a.m. Spectrum (eighth season debut) —  The series will explore the fertile ground of modern marriage through the eyes of the Buchmans as newly minted empty-nesters after dropping their unpredictable, hard-to-control daughter Mabel.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — We'll see the fallout from last week's unsettling episodes focused on a male player's tendency to touch women contestants inappropriately. 

“Chicago Med” 8 p.m NBC — April receives unfortunate news that makes her question her future with Ethan.

“The Goldbergs” 8 p.m. ABC— Beverly's patience with Pop Pop is put to the test due to his endless Thanksgiving demands, but she is able to put aside her own feelings to help heal the longstanding rift between Murray and Pop Pop.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC— Cameron and Mitchell's friends mistakenly assume they have split up and have definitely chosen a side.

“Chicago P.D.” 10 p.m. NBC— alstead's secret ongoing relationship with a woman connected to another case puts him in jeopardy.

“It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” 10 p.m. FXX (14th season finale) — When a trendy new hair salon opens up right next door to Paddy's, Dennis and Frank go on the offensive to stop women from cutting off their hair.

“S.W.A.T.'” 10 p.m. CBS — The SWAT team engages in tense negotiations with a family that takes a local officer hostage when they're evicted from their home due to eminent domain.

THURSDAY

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC  — Jo becomes a safe haven volunteer and gets a call that a baby has been dropped off at Station 19.

“Superstore” 8 p.m. NBC — As part of a new corporate initiative, the employees have to rush items directly to shoppers' cars.

“Young Sheldon” 8 p.m. CBS — The University makes George Sr. a lucrative job offer in the hopes of recruiting Sheldon.

“The Good Place” 9 p.m. NBC A look at Chidi's many lives and can he solve a major dilemma? 

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS Christy regrets fleeing the scene after hitting a car.

“Will & Grace” 9:30 p.m. NBC  In the aftermath of Will and McCoy's break-up, Grace and Jack hire the Grief Panda to help.

“Evil” 10 p.m. CBS  When David recognizes one of the sigils in the Poveglia Codex from his father Leon's artwork, he and Kristen journey to a remote art commune to investigate its meaning and how it's related to David's family.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” 10 p.m. NBC  A fellow detective asks the SVU for help when he suspects his two daughters are being groomed by a serial predator.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10:01 p.m. ABC  On the eve of graduation, Oliver gifts Connor, Michaela and Asher something unexpected.

FRIDAY

“Dolly Parton's Heartstrings” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) —Eight stories celebrating family, faith, forgiveness and more come to life in this series inspired by Dolly Parton's iconic country music catalog.

“The Feed” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (new series) — Tom (Guy Burnet) and Kate (Nina Toussaint-White) are a young couple trying to resist their addiction to tech. Tom's father, Lawrence (David Thewlis) invented "The Feed," and his mother Meredith (Michelle Fairley) is the CEO overseeing its daily operation.

“Hawaii Five-O” 8 p.m. CBS  It's Thanksgiving, and while Junior and Tani track down the thief who robbed his parents' home, Five-0 investigates the murder of a beloved philanthropist and the theft of his ultra-valuable koa tree.

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC  Desperate for information on a friend, Red directs the Task Force to find a blacklister specializing in untraceable money transfers.

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8:30 p.m. ABC The Huang parents are out to make big changes in the lives of their friends and family.

“Magnum P.I.” 9 p.m. CBS  A guilt-ridden Magnum follows the clues his private investigator friend, Harry Brown, left behind when he was shot while working a case.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS  While working a case of a nanny accused of abuse, Erin disagrees with the psychiatric consultant, Dr. Alice Dornan, regarding her diagnosis and punishment suggestion.

WEEKEND

Saturday Night Live” 11:29 a.m. NBC — Will Ferrell hosts for the fifth time. 

“2019 American Music Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Vying for entertainers of the year: Drake, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Post Malone and Taylor Swift.

“Ray Donovan” 8 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Ray must find a new way to get Detective Perry off his trail while reckoning with a personal loss.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — So what happened when Cynthia and NeNe meet up on the Bravo float at New York Pride?

“Shameless” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime— Liam gets to know his newfound family members as Frank revels in his new position in the Gallagher house.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — A fight causes tensions in Oceanside while the Alexandrians set out on a high-stakes mission.

“Watchmen” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Under the influence of Nostalgia, Angela gets an intimate account of her grandfather's journey.

“Mrs. Fletcher” 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO — Eve gets out of her comfort zone, joining Margo at a hip party in Brooklyn. Brendan and Chloe have an unexpected encounter at a college event promoting body-positivity.

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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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