TV best bets with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Toni Morrison, ‘Greenleaf,’ ‘The Twilight Zone,’ BET Awards

The BET Awards this Sunday will be simulcast on CBS for the first time and will also be the first time it’s gone entirely virtual.

For a scarier option, there is season two of Jordan Peele’s CBS All Access streaming-only show “The Twilight Zone” debuting Thursday. On the same day, HBO Max debuts season three of former TBS black comedy “Search Party” and former DC Universe superhero series “Doom Patrol,” which was shot in metro Atlanta. 

On Tuesday, GPB will air an American Masters documentary on the late Toni Morrison. On the same night, OWN will bring back Black megachurch family drama “Greenleaf” (shot in Atlanta) for its fifth and final season. 

On Saturday, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will host a fundraising concert on NBC to help communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. 

This covers Monday, June 22 through Sunday, June 28, 2020.

MONDAY

“The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!” 8 p.m. ABC — A review of Ben Higgins’ season, filled with memorable personalities.

“I May Destroy You” 9 p.m. HBO — Three months earlier, Terry visits Arabella in Ostia, Italy, where she’s living on her agents’ dime.

“Penn & Teller: Fool Us” 9 p.m. the CW (seventh season debut) — More magicians try to impress Penn & Teller and win the right to perform at the Rio in Vegas.

“Diesel Brothers” 10 p.m. Discovery (seventh season debut) — Diesel Dave picks his first giveaway truck and dreams big attempting to build the 2020 version of the Kodiak.

TUESDAY

“Eric Andre: Legalize Everything” 3:01 a.m. Netflix – Eric Andre takes the stage in New Orleans and tackles flawed fast-food icons, the wonders of autofill and the bizarre choice for the "Cops" theme song.

“American Masters: Toni Morrison” 8 p.m. GPB  An artful and intimate meditation on the legendary Nobel and Pultizer Prize-winning author that examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.

“Greenleaf” 9 p.m. OWN (fifth season debut)  Charity is on the outs with her own family as she tries to find her place at Hope & Harmony. 

“Dirty John” 10 p.m. USA – Fighting her new reality, Betty goes on the offense, hurting everyone — but most of all, herself.

“Dark Girls 2” 10 p.m. OWN — The powerful documentary is a follow up to the highly-touted Dark Girls, and explores the prejudices darker-skinned women face around the world.

“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” 10 p.m. HBO — The franchise examines how systemic racial injustice and the COVID-19 pandemic have converged to create an unprecedented moment in sports.

WEDNESDAY

“Crazy Delicious” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — In this competition show, daring home chefs tempt the food gods with reinvented classics and fanciful feasts in their quest to win a golden apple.

“Lenox Hill: Pandemic” 3:01 a.m. Netflix —This episode follows the doctors at the hospital working together in the middle of the pandemic to treat critically ill patients as the city shuts down.

"Hot Mess House" 8 p.m. HGTV (new series) — Organizing expert Cas Aarssen helps overwhelmed clients with their messy spaces. After identifying their distinct organizing style, she uses video calls and online conferencing to guide them through the process of bringing flow back to their homes.

“American Soul” 10 p.m. BET  On the eve of their performance of Soul Train, James Brown loses his best musicians Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker. Don and Gerald help James get them back while learning a lesson in humility.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” 10 p.m. ABC  After a bumpy landing in the disco decade, the team, with Daniel Sousa in tow, reunites with more than one familiar face at the S.H.I.E.L.D. hangout and discovers exactly how to dismantle the Chronicoms' latest plan.

THURSDAY

“Doom Patrol” 3:01 a.m. HBO Max (second season debut) — Starring Brendan Fraser, Matt Bomer, April Bowlby, Timothy Dalton and Diane Guerrero. The members of Doom Patrol return and must now face their own pasts to save the world.

“Search Party” 3:01 a.m. HBO Max (third season debut) — This show was originally on TBS but has moved to the streaming service. 

“The Twilight Zone” 3:01 a.m. CBS All Access (second season debut)  Jordan Peele will return as the host, joining a stellar guest cast, including Morena Baccarin, Kylie Bunbury, Jenna Elfman, Ethan Embry, Sky Ferreira, Tavi Gevinson, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, Gillian Jacobs, David Krumholtz, Thomas Lennon, Sophia Macy, Natalie Martinez, Joel McHale, Chris Meloni, Gretchen Mol, Paula Newsome, Billy Porter, Jimmi Simpson, Jurnee Smollett, Daniel Sunjata,  and Damon Wayans Jr.

“Burden of Truth” 8 p.m. the CW – Joanna reluctantly agrees to try to put together a class-action suit in an attempt to build a case against ClearDawn labs for the wrongful apprehension of children in Millwood.

“Council of Dads” 8 p.m. NBC – With a killer storm on the way, the Perry family heads for higher ground but not without complications.

“Heartland” 8 p.m. UPtv — Hudson is disturbed by a windstorm.

“Blindspot” 9:01 p.m. NBC  In an effort to stop Madeline from shipping two planes full of ZIP to the US, the the team splits up into a high-stakes undercover mission where they intercept Madeline's son.

“Labor of Love” 9 p.m. Fox — The remaining five men receive baby simulators to test their skills; Kristy spends more time with each of the men before deciding which hometowns she'll be visiting.

“Broke” 9:30 p.m. CBS (series finale) — Sammy's birthday party location suddenly falls through.

“Alone” 10 p.m. History – As they enter the second week of the competition, the participants focus on fishing to provide a long term food source.

FRIDAY

“Home Game” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — This docuseries profiles unique and dangerous traditional sports from around the world, as well as the communities and cultures where they thrive.

“Daytime Emmy Awards” 8 p.m. CBS — The award show will be hosted remotely by “The Talk” hosts Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond.

“My Lottery Dream Home” 9 p.m. HGTV — David Bromstad uses what's in his fridge to make homemade face and hair conditioning masks. Then, he shares beauty tips with winners Tori and Jonathan in Iowa, and Marcie from Massachusetts.

“Pose: Pose-a-thon for Pride” 10 p.m. Freeform, FX — In honor of Pride, Billy Porter ad Mj Rodriguez, along with the cast and producers of the FX show "Pose," will come together for a one-hour virtual event to raise money for LGBTQ causes. 

WEEKEND

“Global Goal: Unite for Our Future” 8 p.m. Saturday NBC — Hosted by Dwayne Johnson, the concert will highlight the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on marginalized communities, including Black people, those living in extreme poverty and others facing discrimination. Performances from Coldplay, J Balvin, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Miley Cyrus, Shakira, Usher and Yemi Alade. 

“Behind Closed Doors: Back to the Future” 8 p.m. Sunday Reelz —The inside story of the unlikely series of events that got the film off the ground as the crew grappled with cost overruns, an overly ambitious schedule, and unprecedented casting change that rocked the production.

“2020 BET Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS, BET —Amanda Seales hosts. Performers include Dababy, Chloe X Halle, Roddy Ricch, Alicia Keys and Megan Thee Stallion. 

Celebrity Family Feud” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Cedric the Entertainer vs. Wayne Brady. 

“Hightown” 8 p.m. Sunday Starz — When Jackie realizes Junior's involved with Sherry Henry's murder, she enlists Ray and the entire CCINU to track him down — before Frankie has him murdered. Renee finds herself deeply questioning her budding relationship with Ray.

Perry Mason: Chapter 1” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Evangelical preacher Sister Alice offers the Dodsons the church's full moral and financial support, much to the dismay of her mother, Birdy.

Yellowstone” 9 p.m. Sunday Paramount— The Duttons open camp, which proves to be the best therapy for Tate; Jamie and Hendon agree to teach a lesson to two criminals, but it does not go as intended. 

Snowpiercer” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — On a divided Snowpiercer, Melanie (Jennifer Connelly) intensifies her search for Layton (Daveed Diggs).

“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime (first season finale) — Peter Craft, Elsa and the boys are trapped in their car amid a riot as Tiago tries to help Mateo.

“I'll Be Gone in the Dark” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO (new series) —Based on the book of the same name and explores writer Michelle McNamara's investigation into the dark world of a violent predator she dubbed the Golden State Killer.

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Rodney Ho
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