TV best bets with Gwyneth Paltrow, the Grammys, Awkwafina, ‘Star Trek: Picard,’ Adam Driver

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Originally posted Sunday, January 19, 2020 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Patrick Stewart revisits his most notable role as the now retired admiral Jean-Luc Picard on "Star Trek The Next Generation" in a new CBS All Access streaming drama.

Aidy Bryant returns for a second season of Hulu's "Shrill" while Ashton Kutcher wraps "The Ranch" on Netflix. Plus, Gwyneth Paltrow turns her Goop concept into a TV show on Netflixs as well following an avalanche of press on her latest vagina-scented candle.

And Comedy Central is giving Awkwafina her own comedy called (awkwardly) "Awkwafina is Nora from Queens."

Adam Driver hosts the first "SNL" of 2020 while the Grammy's will feature some of the year's hottest performers including Lizzo, Billy Eilish, the Jonas Brothers and Ariana Grande. Older viewers will appreciate appearances by Bonnie Raitt and Aerosmith.

There is also a big “Station 19”/ “Grey’s Anatomy” cross-over episode Thursday on ABC.

This covers Monday, January 20 through Sunday, January 26, 2020.

MONDAY

"9-11 Lone Star" 8 p.m. Fox — The crew races to a disaster at a wave pool, and an outbreak of mercury poisoning that is leaving its victims in a a zombie-like state.

"The Bachelor" 8 p.m. ABC — Hannah Ann and Kelsey attempt to try and bury the hatchet, but only make matters worse.

"The Neighborhood" 8 p.m. CBS — As Tina spends more time with the charming Pastor Don, Calvin grow suspicious.

"The New Pope" 9 p.m. HBO — Rumors swirl about the Church's role in a sudden death, so Voiello, Gutierrez, Assente, Aguirre and Sofia travel to the U.K. to the grand estate of Sir John Brannox.

"Prodigal Son" 9:01 p.m. Fox — The FBI and NYPD band together to save Malcolm from the "Junkyard Killer," aka John Watkins, who Watkins reveals shocking details about his involvement in the camping trip memories that have been plaguing his psyche.

"The Good Doctor" 10 p.m. ABC  Dr. Audrey Lim, Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Morgan Reznick treat a 25-year-old runner suffering from severe swelling.

"Spy Games" 10 p.m. Bravo (new series)  A reality competition show shot in metro Atlanta where 10 contestants vie to be the best "spy."

"Manifest" 10:01 p.m. NBC  The Stone Family struggles to unlock their mysterious wave of frightening 828 callings, while the person who may be key to solving them is trapped behind bars.

TUESDAY

"The Conners" 8 p.m. ABC — The Conners struggle to accept a Cheesehead in their midst when Becky brings her new boyfriend, a devout Christian and a Green Bay Packers fan, home to watch the Bears-Packers game.

"The Resident" 8 p.m. Fox — Upon meeting with a high-profile soccer player suffering from mysterious symptoms, Conrad ends up back at Chastain and faces an angry Logan Kim.

"NCIS" 8 p.m. CBS — A body is found at a vehicle testing site, and the team must determine if it was murder or an accident.

"FBI" 9 p.m. CBS —The son of a well-known retired FBI agent is taken just blocks from their home in what appears to be a revenge kidnapping.

"This is Us" 9 p.m. NBC — Randall grapples with anxiety.

"New Amsterdam" 10:01 p.m. NBC — Max and Luna make friends in an unexpected place as he struggles with the realities of being a single father.

WEDNESDAY

"Pandemic" 3:01 a.m. Netflix — Meet the women and men on the front lines of the battle against influenza -- and learn about the steps they're taking to stop the next global outbreak.

"Chicago Med" 8 p.m. NBC — The team deals with the aftermath of a school bus crash.

"Undercover Boss" 8 p.m. CBS  A spotlight on the CEO of Dippin' Dots as he goes undercover and works for the brand.

"Chicago Fire" 9 p.m. NBC  A series of false alarms at a private school hinders the firehouse's ability to respond to leg.itimate emergency calls

"Criminal Minds" 9 p.m. CBS — The members of the BAU enjoy a Saturday off in vastly different ways.

"Modern Family" 9 p.m. ABC — Mitchell learns a valuable life lesson when Murray, a former resident of the house, shows up unexpectedly.

"Party of Five" 9 p.m. Freeform — Emilio sees an opportunity to make extra money catering on the side.

"Chicago P.D." 10 p.m. NBC —Voight makes a deal with Darius Walker to help bring down a rogue group of dirty cops dealing drugs that were supposed to be destroyed.

"S.W.A.T." 10 p.m. CBS — Hondo and the SWAT team rally to support Street when he puts his life on the line to help his foster brother Nate break away from a drug ring.

"Awkwafina is Nora From Queens" 10:30 p.m. Comedy (new series) — Nora takes her first steps toward financial independence, trying her hand at a couple jobs in an attempt to move out of her dad's house.

THURSDAY

"Station 19" 8 p.m. ABC (third season debut)  After a car crashes into Joe's Bar, Andy and Sullivan lead the team of firefighters as they work to rescue their fellow crewmates Ben and Pruitt, Grey Sloan doctors and interns, and bar patrons before the building comes crumbling down.

"Last Man Standing" 8 p.m. Fox — Mike tries to avoid hurting Vanessa's feelings due to her snoring.

"Superstore" 8 p.m. NBC — Amy tries to make Mateo her new assistant, leading to accusations of favoritism and a group competition in the store.

"The Good Place" 8:30 p.m. NBC — So what awaits the gang now? Is it as good as they hope it will be?

"Star Trek: Picard" 8:30 p.m. CBS All Access (new series) — The new series follows this iconic character into the next chapter of his life.

"Deputy" 9 p.m. Fox — While enforcing an unsanctioned raid on a human trafficking ring in Los Angeles, Bill finds an old informant of his who is in trouble.

"The Bold Type" 9 p.m. Freeform (fourth season debut) — Scarlet reels over their new dynamic, forcing everyone to adjust.

"Will & Grace" 9 p.m. NBC — Grace and James give their relationship another chance despite what she did.

"Grey's Anatomy" 9 p.m. ABC — Following the car crash at Joe's Bar and subsequent rescue efforts led by the Station 19 firefighters, Grey Sloan doctors work through the night to save the lives of their colleagues

"Swamp People" 9 p.m. History (11th seaon debut) — The swampers employ risky tactics to target the Bulls. Zak and Joey make a feeding frenzy using wild Hogs as chum.

"The Gayle King Grammy Special" 10 p.m. CBS — King up close with nominees Lizzo, Billie Eilish, the Jonas Brothers and Lil Nas X.

"A Million Little Things" 10:01 p.m. ABC — It's been three months since Delilah and Eddie revealed the truth about their affair, and Sophie continues to rebel against her mother. Maggie, Gary and the gang gather for the opening night of Danny's play, and Rome and Regina take steps toward adopting.

FRIDAY

"Shrill" 3:01 a.m. Hulu (second season debut) — Annie is making moves in her life, even if they're not all that well-advised.

"Goop Lab With Gwyneth Paltrow" 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle site, goop, guides the deeply curious in an exploration of boundary-pushing wellness topics.

"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" 3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut)— Sabrina is consumed with thinking about her boyfriend Nick suffering in hell.

"The Ranch" 3:01 a.m. Netflix (series finale)— The ranch is out of Colt's hands and he has to deal with that.

"American Housewife" 8 p.m. ABC — Katie is worried over Anna-Kat's invitation to Westport's elite scout troop.

"Fresh Off the Boat" 8:30 p.m. Sunday ABC — Evan gets coaching from a former classmate and spelling bee champ, but soon begins to spiral.

"MTV Presents: a 2020 Grammy Celebration" 9 p.m. MTV — Wait: MTV is doing something related to music?

WEEKEND

"Saturday Night Live" 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Adam Driver hosts; Halsey performs.

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

"The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards" 8 p.m. Sunday CBS— Bonnie Raitt pays tribute to John Prine. Run DMC and Aerosmith reunite. Other performers include Billy Eilish, Ariana Grande, Lizzo, Demi Lovato, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani.

"The Outsider" 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Holly retraces the Maitlands' recent family vacation in Dayton, Ohio, and pursues a possible connection to an eerily similar case, gaining valuable insight from local former detective Andy Katcavage.

"Shameless" 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (10th season finale) — In the Season 10 finale, Liam out-Gallaghers Frank; Lip works to convince Tami to stay in Chicago with their baby.

"American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World" 9 p.m. Sunday NBC — The show seeks players from all over the world to take on American champs.

"Avenue 5" 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — Rav and her team meet with a NASA representative to plot a potential rescue mission.

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO — All I have at this point is the title: "Side Sitting."

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