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TV best bets with ‘Grace & Frankie,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ Hugh Laurie, Leslie Jones, Richard Pryor, Viola Davis

Originally posted Sunday, January 12, 2020 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

While the “Jeopardy” tournament continues, other options include John Malkovich playing a pope on HBO, an ABC look at Richard Pryor, a Leslie Jones Netflix comedy special and the returns of both “Grace & Frankie” on Netflix and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” on HBO.

Amazon has a new series starring Viola Davis set in Georgia called “Troop Zero.” And Tyler Perry’s first Netflix film comes out Friday.

And HBO has a new futuristic series “Avenue 5” Sunday starring Hugh Laurie of “House” fame while Fox introduces a “9-1-1” spinoff starring Rob Lowe

This covers Monday, January 13 through Sunday, January 19, 2020. 

MONDAY

“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” 8 p.m. NBC  — Atlanta's Puddles Pity Party is back!

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Peter and Hannah B. pick up where they left off, with a conversation full of unresolved feelings for one another.

“The New Pope” 9 p.m. HBO (new series) — Following his sudden heart attack, Pope Pius XIII lies in a coma while his followers fervently pray for a miraculous recovery. It stars Jude Law and John Malkovich. 

“The Good Doctor” 10 p.m. ABC  Shaun opens up with Aaron about his feelings towards Lea.

“Manifest” 10:01 p.m. NBC  Ben forms a cautious alliance with an isolated college student from Flight 828, whose callings either uncovered a violent crime or helped him commit one.

TUESDAY

“Leslie Jones: Time Machine” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — Jones, out of the "SNL" nest, introduce her first Netflix stand-up special.

“Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time!” 8 p.m. ABC — Ken Jennings holds the lead 2-1 over James Holzhauer. Can he close it out today?

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Special agents investigate crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

“The Resident” 8 p.m. Fox — Nic and Mina treat a patient with a failing heart VAD at their non-profit clinic three hours outside of Atlanta, forcing them to find a new battery in time to save her life.

“FBI” 9 p.m. CBS —A bank hold-up leads the team to a safe deposit box, the contents of which have the potential to destroy national security.

“Schitt's Creek” 9 p.m. Pop — David is embarrassed by a childhood issue that resurfaces, while Johnny, Stevie and Roland attend a viewing for a motel nearby.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Kevin seeks romance; Kate meets Toby's friends from CrossFit; Randall heads to LA to see Rebecca.

“New Amsterdam” 10:01 p.m. NBC — With the hospital on lockdown after the patients from Rikers escape from their beds, Helen and Max find themselves in a situation that could cost them their lives.

WEDNESDAY

“Grace & Frankie” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (sixth season debut) — Grace married her friend Nick, and now, she has to adjust to her new, busy lifestyle as a wife to a younger man while getting and feeling older each day.

“Chicago Med” 8 p.m. NBC — After a major accident at O'Hare, the E.D. is concerned one of their own is in mortal danger.

“Undercover Boss” 8 p.m. CBS  Stacy Anderson, Brand President of Anytime Fitness, takes on a set of undercover missions to make sure her gyms are operating in tip-top shape and tries not to break a literal sweat in a workout with a fanatically clean gym manager.

“The CW Dog Honors” 8 p.m. the CW  Mario Lopez hosts an award show celebrating the most talented dogs in show business.

“Chicago Fire” 9 p.m. NBC  A pest control problem forces the 51 team to temporarily bunk with Firehouse 20.

“Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS — The BAU team investigates a series of seemingly random fatal explosions throughout Kentucky and Tennessee.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Phil pays a visit to his dad to make sure he is ok after hearing some concerning news about him.

“Party of Five” 9 p.m. Freeform — Emilio renegotiates an unfair business deal.

“Chicago P.D.” 10 p.m. NBC —Ruzek and Burgess's secret begins to have severe implications for their police work.

“The Magicians” 10 p.m. Syfy (fifth season debut) — Penny and Julia go stargazing. Eliot and Margo forget a sandwich.

THURSDAY

“Grown-ish” 8 p.m. Freeform (third season debut)  The gang kicks off the semester with a Homecoming party.

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. Fox — Mike debates what to get Vanessa for a business anniversary gift.

“Superstore” 8 p.m. NBC — Employees wrestle with the loss of beloved co-worker Myrtle and the fact that she left a large sum of money to Jonah.

“Young Sheldon” 8 p.m. CBS — No description beyond the episode title: "Body glitter and a mall safety kit."

“The Good Place” 8:30 p.m. NBC — Michael runs some tests and Chidi gets some good advice from Jason.

“Deputy” 9 p.m. Fox — After a mysterious shooting leaves one of their own injured, Bill and the team go out on a mission to find the shooter.

“Will & Grace” 9 p.m. NBC — Grace and her neighbor, James give their romance another shot, even after she slept with his son and his father.

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Christy and Bonnie support Marjorie when she attempts to reconnect with her estranged son.

“The Last Days of Richard Pryor” 9:02 p.m. ABC — The special includes excerpts from Barbara Walters’ interviews with Pryor, some of them never-before-seen, during which he talks about his complicated childhood, growing up in a brothel and what drove his success.

“Evil” 10 p.m. CBS — As Leland assists convicted serial killer Orson Leroux with having his conviction overturned, Kristen is called into court to testify while her daughter, Laura, undergoes emergency heart surgery.

“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m. NBC — An actress accuses a high-powered media mogul of attempted rape. Benson finds herself in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse.

FRIDAY

Troop Zero” 3:01 a.m. Amazon — In rural 1977 Georgia, a misfit girl dreams of life in outer space. When a national competition offers her a chance at her dream, to be recorded on NASA’s Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime and beyond. Viola Davis stars.

Endlings” 3:01 a.m. Hulu (new series) — Set in a near future, Endlings centers around four foster children who discover they're not alone following the disappearance of the last elephant on Earth.

Little America” 3:01 a.m. Apple TV+ (new series) — Anthology featuring funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and unexpected stories about immigrants in America. 

Tyler Perry's A Fall From Grace” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — When a woman is indicted for murdering her husband, her lawyer thinks there may be a conspiracy at play.

“American Housewife” 8 p.m. ABC — When Anna-Kat begins exhibiting past OCD behaviors, Katie and Greg worry their busy schedules are disrupting the family

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8:30 p.m. Sunday ABC — With a little help from Louis' business advice, Jessica lands her dream job as a private school dean.

“Hopelessly in Love” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Anna Nicole Smith and Larry Birkhead.

“Real Time With Bill Maher” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO (18th season debut) — Nancy Pelosi is a guest. 

WEEKEND

“Power” 8 p.m. Sunday Starz — Who shot James "Ghost" St. Patrick? We look at another suspect. 

“Ray Donovan” 8 p.m. Sunday Showtime (seventh season finale)— Ray finally learns the truth about his sister Bridget's death. Meanwhile, Terry reckons with the death of a friend and his own mortality.

“Screen Actors Guild Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday TBS, TNT— "The Irishman" "Bombshell," "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' receive many of the top nominees.

“The Outsider” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Despite being on mandatory leave, Ralph continues to scrutinize the confounding circumstances surrounding the night of the murder.

“Shameless” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Frank finds a cushy place to make his new home. Meanwhile, Lip gets cold feet when Tami moves forward with a plan for their future, and Ian sees a new side of Mickey.

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — An entrepreneur from Redondo Beach, California, introduces the Sharks to his healthy coconut beverage.

“9-1-1: Lone Star” 10 p.m. Sunday Fox (new series)— Nearly 20 years ago, Owen Strand was the lone survivor of his Manhattan firehouse on 9/11.

“Avenue 5” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO (new series) — A malfunction occurs aboard the luxury space cruise ship Avenue 5, and it's up to engineer Billie McEvoy to warn Captain Ryan Clark, Avenue 5 owner Herman Judd and his right-hand-woman, Iris Kimura, that the incident may have serious consequences.

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO (10th season debut) — The show returns after a two-year-plus break. 

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Rodney Ho
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