Photo: CR: Netflix. Eddie Murphy in "Dolemite is my Name"
Photo: CR: Netflix. Eddie Murphy in "Dolemite is my Name"

TV best bets with Eddie Murphy, Charlie Brown, ‘The Kominsky Method,’ ‘Will & Grace’

Originally posted Sunday, October 20, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Eddie Murphy is doing comedy again and in a big way with Netflix film “Dolemite is my Name,” which is getting mostly rave reviews.

Three shows return that are hitting the finish line: “WIll & Grace” for its third (or 11th if you count the old ones) and final season on NBC; “Silicon Valley” on HBO for its sixth and final season; and Netflix’s “Bojack Horseman,” also for its sixth and last season.

Charlie Brown’s Halloween special will air Tuesday and Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method” returns with guest stars Paul Reiser and Jane Seymour

And Tyler Perry launches his first two BET series “The Oval” and “Sistas” Wednesday. 

This covers Monday, October 21 through Sunday October 27, 2019. 

MONDAY

“9-1-1” 8 p.m. Fox — The 118 races to help protesters at a slaughter house, and a wife who finds herself trapped in a "rage room" with her husband's mistress.

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Is a double elimination likely tonight?

“2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards” 8 p.m. Hallmark  Get the Kleenex out. 

“Prodigal Son” 9:01 p.m. Fox  Malcolm searches the depths of his mind to unravel the mystery of "the girl in the box," but with his night terrors and lack of sleep increasing, his real life becomes more and more of a blur.

“Bull” 10 p.m. CBS  Taylor becomes personally invested in having Bull help a dancer, Jessica, bring a civil suit against a real estate mogul who assaulted her at a gentlemen's club when the district attorney's office refuses to pursue criminal charges.

“The Good Doctor” 10 p.m. ABC  Dr. Shaun Murphy has been assigned his first surgery by Dr. Audrey Lim.

“Bluff City Law” 10:01 p.m. NBC  Sydney and Elijah help a 12-year-old girl find justice for the failed levee system that flooded her town.

TUESDAY

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — NCIS investigates Marine Corporal Laney Alimonte after evidence suggests she murdered her neighbor while being treated for insomnia by a hypnotherapist.

“It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” 8 p.m. NBC — "There are three things I've learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin" - Linus 

“FBI” 9 p.m. CBS — A loving husband and father is kidnapped after accidentally getting involved in illegal dealings far beyond what he imagined.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Rebecca hosts a dinner party. Kevin tries to support those around him. Randall faces concerns about how his family is adjusting to their new home.

“The Purge” 9 p.m. USA — The city cleans up last night's Purge, but Ryan, Marcus, Esme and Ben can't shake its effects.

“Treadstone” 10 p.m. USA — Bentley returns to CIA. Tara travels abroad. Edwards digs deeper. Doug has nightmares.

“The Douglas Dynasty” 10 p.m. ABC — Diane Sawyer will have the first television interview with Cameron Douglas on his new memoir, "Long Way Home."

“Real Sports With Bryan Gumbel” 10 p.m. HBO — How have the dog-fighting dogs from Michael Vick fared? 

“The Misery Index” 10 p.m. TBS (new series) — Jameela Jamil and the crew from "Impractical Jokers" are paired with contestants to guess the misery of some hilariously traumatic real-life events for a chance at $30,000.

WEDNESDAY

“Castle Rock” 3:01 a.m. Hulu (second season debut) — A feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King's nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — The swap happens and who will benefit and who won't?

“Chicago Med” 8 p.m NBC — Dr. Choi and Dr. Marcel don't see eye-to-eye over the treatment of a patient's chronic pain and rumors start to circulate about Maggie.

“The Oval” 9 p.m. BET (new series) — The First family prepares for the inauguration ball, but tragic events threaten everything.

“Chicago P.D.” 10 p.m. NBC — A murder in a Bulgarian neighborhood results in a challenging investigation when locals won't talk to police. Ruzek has a clash with a patrol officer.

“Harry & Meghan: An African Journey” 10 p.m. ABC — This intimate documentary offers insight into the causes and issues Prince Harry and Meghan care most about.

“S.W.A.T.” 10 p.m. CBS — Deacon's family gets caught in the crosshairs of a drug cartel when he and the SWAT team aim to bring down its leader.

“Sistas” 10 p.m. BET (new series) — Andi faces the highs and lows of her day; Karen makes a hard decision; Sabrina finds a possible new love.

THURSDAY

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC  Meredith has a court hearing after skipping out on community service, while Bailey and Jo have a patient that Jo realizes is from the treatment facility.

“Superstore” 8 p.m. NBC — After Glenn has a health scare, Dina takes control of his nutrition and fitness.

“Young Sheldon” 8 p.m. CBS — After being released from the mental hospital, Dr. Sturgis unexpectedly breaks up with Meemaw.

“Perfect Harmony” 8:30 p.m. NBC — Arthur deals with Jean's father, who attempts to take their family houseboat back.

“The Unicorn” 8:31 p.m. CBS — Grace gets the lead in the school musical, but Wade realizes that the teachers are giving her special treatment after he hears her sing.

“The Good Place” 9 p.m. NBC — Michael and Jason hatch a plan. Eleanor learns firsthand the difficulties of running the neighborhood

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS  Following the sudden death of a friend, Christy and Bonnie look for ways to honor her memory

“Will & Grace” 9:31 p.m. NBC (11th season debut) — This is the final season... again. 

“Evil” 10 p.m. CBS — On Halloween night, Kristen and David are sent to assess an exorcism, but once the pair analyzes the situation, they are at odds while trying to determine whether it is a supernatural demonic possession, or severe mental disease escalated by physical and mental distress.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” 10 p.m. NBC  The detectives are spread thin when three major cases come in at midnight.

FRIDAY

“Bojack Horseman” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (sixth season debut) — This is the popular show's final season. 

“The Kominsky Method” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut) — This season, Sandy (Michael Douglas) meets and bonds with his daughter’s new boyfriend (guest star Paul Reiser) who is uncomfortably close to Sandy’s age. Meanwhile, Norman (Alan Arkin) reconnects with an old flame from his youth (guest star Jane Seymour).

“Dolemite Is My Name” 3:01 a.m. Netflix 

The story of performer Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy), who assumed the role of an iconic pimp named Dolemite during the 1970s. Also stars Craig Robinson, Wesley Snipes, Tituss Burgess, Keegan-Michael Key and Mike Epps. 

“Zomboat!” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (new series) 

A Zombie apocalypse is unleashed in Birmingham and sisters Kat and Jo, together with unlikely travel companions Sunny and Amar must flee for their lives...by canal boat. It’s a comedy. 

“Hawaii Five-O” 8 p.m. CBS  It's Halloween and Five-0 investigates a home invasion turned deadly after a dangerous "monster" escapes from the basement.

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC — An officer Cooper served with as young man, long presumed to be dead, resurfaces as a POW.

“Magnum P.I.” 9 p.m. CBS  On Halloween, Magnum and Jin search for a skip-tracer at a Halloween bash, just as Katsumoto tracks an escaped killer who is headed to that same party.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS  Frank works to vindicate Detective Douglas McKenzie, a detective accused of using excessive force.

WEEKEND

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Chance the Rapper hosts and performs. 

“A Christmas Movie Christmas” 7 p.m. Sunday UpTV - Eve is a Christmas movie fanatic and dreams of having a movie-perfect Christmas with a movie-perfect boyfriend. On Christmas Eve, when Eve and her cynical sister Lacy make wishes to Santa, they wake up in Christmas Town and find themselves trapped inside a Christmas movie where they are the stars. But when things start to go wrong, and Eve's knowledge of all things Christmas movie fails to fix things, Eve and Lacy try to find a way out of the picture-perfect Christmas and back to reality.

“God Friended Me” 8:30 p.m. Sunday CBS The God Account indicates that Bishop Thompson's daughter, Claire, is in need of help, causing Miles' world and Arthur's world to intersect. 

“The Affair” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — As wildfires threaten Los Angeles, Helen and Noah are forced to run for their lives and confront old wounds along the way.

“The Walking Dead ” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Still-paranoid Alexandrians get riled up over the Whisperers and take their fear out on Negan; at Hilltop, the group deals with an unexpected safety issue.

“Watchmen” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — As Angela relives haunting memories of an attack on her family, she detains a mysterious man who claims responsibility for Tulsa's most recent murder.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” 9:30 p.m. Sunday CBS The NCIS team searches for a stolen painting valued at $40 million after online chatter indicates the artwork is being sold on the black market to fund terrorist activity.

“The Rookie” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — As part of training, the rookies are asked to develop their first confidential informants.

“Silicon Valley 10 p.m. Sunday HBO (sixth season debut)  Richard finds his promise that Pied Piper won't collect user data is under threat.

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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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