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TV best bets with Garth Brooks, ‘Ozark’ return, ‘This is Us’ season finale, Tim Gunn

Originally posted Tuesday, March 24, 2020 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Sorry. I’m late again here. But there were no major debuts or finales Monday.

The rest of the week features season finales of NBC’s “This is Us,” OWN’s “Cherish the Day,” ABC’s “Stumptown,” CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Picard,” USA’s “The Sinner” and ABC’s “A Million Little Things.”

What’s new? NBC’s drama “Council of Dads” shot in Savannah Wednesday, Amazon Prime’s “The Cut” featuring Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn and PBS’s “Somewhere South” which explores foods that bind and define the American South. 

And what’s coming back? The whopping eighteenth season of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” on E! (on Thursdays for the first time), the third season of Netflix’s “Ozark” Friday and the ninth season of ‘Call the Midwife” on PBS stations Sunday. Plus, Pop network brings back “One Day at a Time,” the first original show ever to move from Netflix. 

Among specials, PBS fetes Garth Brooks Sunday while HBO studies how hackers try to disrupt the U.S. election process on Thursday.

This covers Monday, March 23 to Sunday March 29, 2020. 

MONDAY

“9-1-1” 8 p.m. Fox — The 118 responds to a viral stunt gone haywire, a disaster at a couple's fishing trip and an epic first date fail.

“American Idol” 8 p.m. ABC — Hollywood week solos. 

The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — The "Battle Rounds" begin. 

“Prodigal Son” 9 p.m. Fox — The NYPD dives into a case surrounding a famous mommy blogger, whose husband was mysteriously stabbed just days after their baby was born.

“The Plot Against America” 9 p.m. HBO — Lindbergh's increasingly popular campaign sweeps through the U.S. and captures some in the Levin family.

“The Good Doctor” 10 p.m. ABC  The city of San Jose is rocked by an earthquake that puts the staff of St. Bonaventure Hospital on high alert as they race to assess the damage and account for the safety of their colleagues and friends.

“Manifest” 10:01 p.m. NBC  As Zeke's condition worsens and the clock ticks towards his Death Date, he must confront his past while Saanvi tries to secure him a future.

“Dispatches From Elsewhere” 10:10 p.m. AMC  The game begins to have a deeper impact on our team's lives in the real world; the mystery of Clara's disappearance deepens as the gang learns the full story.

TUESDAY

“The Resident” 8 p.m. Fox — Cain becomes aware of an emergency situation breaking out at the hospital. He recruits Ezra to help keep it under wraps.

“The Conners” 8 p.m. ABC — Harris is unemployed while Becky struggles to find childcare that is affordable.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — The team searches for answers when the body of a well-regarded Navy technician is found floating in a lake where a popular community event is being held.

“Empire” 9 p.m. Fox — While on a road trip, Cookie, Candace and Carol take a painful trip down memory lane, shedding light on their childhood and exposing heartbreaking secrets from the past.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC (fourth season finale) — The Pearsons gather to celebrate Baby Jack's first birthday..

“One Day at a Time” 9 p.m. Pop (fourth season debut) — The first series ever to migrate from Netflix for another network. 

“Cherish the Day” 10 p.m. OWN (first season finale) — Gently's birthday party for Miss Luma kicks off with the arrival of an unexpected guest

“For Life” 10 p.m. ABC — Aaron confronts O'Reilly in court, targeting the search warrant used in Aaron's arrest and the DA's failure to disclose a confidential informant.

“Council of Dads” 10:02 p.m. NBC (new series) — The Perry family comes together to deal with dad Scott Perry's health crisis. Scott reveals he has a plan to create a "Council of Dads" that would be there for the family if anything should happen to him.

WEDNESDAY

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS  Some winners sprint their way to an opportunity to gain an edge over the other castaways.

“Chicago Fire” 9 p.m. NBC — Lt. Severide teams up with Seager and the OFI when a motel structure fire turns suspicious.

“SEAL Team” 9 p.m. CBS — Tensions flare on the home front, as Sonny faces disciplinary action.

“LEGO Masters” 9:01 p.m. Fox — Terry Crews is welcomed to the LEGO MASTERS set as the contestants embark on a competition of good vs. evil.

“S.W.A.T.” 10 p.m. CBS — The SWAT team must protect a hotel full of civilians after a joint task force mission with the LAPD Gang Division goes wrong.

“CMT Crossroads” 10 p.m. CMT — Halsey and Kelsey Ballerini.

“Eating History” 10:03 p.m. History (new series) — Featuring old corn chips from decades ago; a hardtack from the Civil War; and more.

“Stumptown” 10 p.m. ABC (first season finale) — To get justice, Dex takes matters into her own hands after finding herself at the forefront of a murder investigation where she's the prime suspect.

“Brockmire” 10 p.m. IFC — Jim is trying hard to enact change in the league but the owners don't seem to care or want it.

“Twenties” 10 p.m. BET — An earthquake shakes up the girls' relationships. Meanwhile, Marie becomes wary of Chuck when a night watching porn together goes awry.

THURSDAY

“Star Trek: Picard” 3:01 a.m. CBS All Access (first season finale)  Aa final confrontation on the synthetics’ homeworld, Coppelius, pits Picard and his team against the Romulans.

“Station 19” 8 p.m. ABC  After some tense and traumatic experiences, the firefighters get a visit from a psychologist.

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. Fox  Mike and Mandy go to extreme measures to help Vanessa connect with voters in her State Assembly campaign.

“Superstore” 8 p.m. NBC  When Carol returns to the store post-suspension, Amy struggles with employees who refuse to work with her. Garrett and Mateo take advantage of the gig economy

“Keeping Up With the Kardishians” 8 p.m. E! (18th season debut) — Kim becomes too friendly with Khloe's ex, Khloe must put her foot down and set some boundaries.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 8:30 p.m. NBC — When a prank goes disastrously awry, things at the Nine-Nine take a distinctly Agatha Christie turn.

“Deputy” 9 p.m. Fox (first season finale) — Informants for the Sherriff's Department start turning up dead all over Los Angeles, now everyone has to work together to find the leak in the department.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — Richard preps to present his PATH pen at the L.A. Surgical Innovation Conference but becomes distracted by his issues with Catherine.

“Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Election” 9 p.m. HBO — The legendary Finnish hacker turned election expert Harri Hursti takes a chilling look at how vulnerable the technology used in the U.S. voting systems really is.

“Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo  Can Kevin Gillespie redeem himself after getting some heat for overcooked swordfish last week? 

“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m. NBC — An ingénue ballerina discovers she's been secretly videotaped for a pornographic website..

“The Sinner” 10 p.m. USA (third season finale) — Jamie seeks revenge and goes head to head with Ambrose.

“A Million Little Things” 10:01 p.m. ABC (second season finale) — As Eddie and Katherine prepare to renew their vows, Eve goes into labor and everyone rushes to the hospital.

FRIDAY

Baghdad Central” 3:01 a.m. Hulu (new series) — The series is set in October 2003 in U.S.-occupied Iraq following the disbandment of the Iraqi army, the police and civil leadership in the aftermath of the invasion

“Making the Cut” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (new series)  Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn host 12 designers who face challenges and assignments that will test their design skills and their abilities to run all aspects of a business.

“Ozark” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (third season debut)  Marty and Wendy are at odds as they try to stay afloat. 

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC — Secluded on a private island, Red reunites with an old flame and a ring of thieves in a plot to make millions off stolen art.

“Shark Tank” 8 p.m. ABC —Can a New York City restaurateur make inroads in the crowded world of fast casual with his Italian cuisine business

“MacGyver” 8 p.m. CBS — A double date descends into chaos when Mac and Desi witness a murder in the back of the restaurant, and as they work to find the killer, Riley tries to keep the secret about her and her friends' "day jobs" from her new boyfriend, Aubrey

“Hawaii Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS — Steve receives a posthumous letter from his mother that contains a cypher. Danny is attacked by someone willing to kill to steal it.

“Mama June: From Not to Hot” 9 p.m. WE-TV (fourth season debut) — June goes missing after her arrest and a shocking murder triggers a dangerous manhunt to save her life

“Somewhere South” 9 p.m. GPB, 10 p.m. PBA (new series) — See how Vivian's crash course in mass producing hand pies inspires her to revisit the applejacks of her youth.

WEEKEND

“Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta” 8 p.m. Saturday TLC — Brutally honest Bride Madi allows her bridesmaids to pick out their own dresses while young Bride Chasity struggles to stick up to her opinionated family; an alterations appointment goes south when Bride Sarah's custom train is nowhere to be found.

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — The top 40 make it to Hawaii. 

“Call the Midwife” 8 p.m. Sunday GPB (ninth season debut) — Dr. Turner and Nurse Crane must deal with an alarming outbreak of diphtheria.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Kenya seeks divorce advice. 

“Outlander” 8 p.m. Sunday Starz — Claire and Jamie's colonial life in America is under threat, as they're pinned between their ties to the Crown and a rising undercurrent of unrest.

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Carrie waits. Wellington makes a discovery.

“Garth Brooks: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song” 9 p.m. Sunday GPB — An all-star tribute in Washington, D.C. 

“Westworld” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — If one doesn't like what's seen in the mirror, the mirror should not be blamed.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Michonne has left the show. Heroes and villains reckon with the aftermath of the Hilltop fire.

“Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC — After receiving heartbreaking news, Zoey suffers a mysterious "glitch" in her powers

“Good Girls” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC — The women call on an unexpected ally to help Max seek revenge.

“Black Monday” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Dawn is in a compromising situation because of Blair's new connection; Yassir and Wayne try to solve the mystery in their office.

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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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