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TV best bets with John Legend, Garth Brooks, Tyra Banks, killer robots

Originally posted Sunday, November 25, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Tis the season for Christmas specials on top of dozens of original Christmas movies.

John Legend and his wife Chrissy Tiegen host a new NBC holiday show Wednesday. On the same night, NBC’s Rockefeller Center tree lighting airs. And Disney celebrates the season on Thursday. 

Tyra Banks returns to acting in “Life-Size 2” on Freeform Sunday. The original aired on ABC in 2000 also starring Lindsay Lohan.

On a non holiday front, HBO offers up a look at how robots have changed our lives, even if not quite how “The Jetsons” envisioned it. And Garth Brooks enjoys the spotlight on Sunday night on CBS. 

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This covers Monday, November 26 through Sunday, December 2, 2018

MONDAY

“The Great Christmas Light Fight” 8 p.m. ABC (sixth season debut) — The Season 6 premiere features the Richardson family in Madison, Miss., whose extensive collection of 300 inflatables come to life in Southern style.

“The Resident” 8 p.m. Fox — Devon's doubts about his relationship reach a peak as his friends and family gather for his big wedding day.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — The top 11 perform.

“9-1-1” 9 p.m. Fox — The holidays are naughty and nice for the first responders, who must deal with a stampede at a toy store, a mistletoe stunt gone awry and neighbors competing in a Christmas-light showdown.

Manifest” 10 p.m. NBC — Ben and Michaela put everything on the line to save the other missing passengers.

The Truth About Killer Robots 10 p.m. HBO — The subject of robot-caused human deaths is explored in this science non-fiction documentary detailing the automation of jobs, the relationship between robots and humans, and the culpability of robots within a legal system designed with only humans.

“The Good Doctor” 10 p.m. ABC — Dr. Neil Melendez, Dr. Morgan Reznick and Dr. Claire Brown grapple with a patient's wish to perform an operation that would keep him from acting on his pedophilic urges; and Dr. Shaun Murphy learns a lesson in empathy.

TUESDAY

“The Conners” 8 p.m. ABC — With Mark and Mary's help, Jackie convinces Dan to build a chicken coop in the backyard so the family can eat organic eggs, but from a bird's-eye view, it appears that she may have ulterior motives.

“Black-ish” 9 p.m. ABC — Junior hasn't been doing much at home during his gap year, so Dre decides to put him to work as an intern at Stevens & Lido. Junior is astonished to see Dre's co-workers say offensive things and Dre letting it slide.

“Lethal Weapon” 9 p.m. Fox — Cole wants to talk to Natalie about their relationship before it's too late, but a wrench is thrown in his plans after he bumps into a new ADA.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Kevin arrives at the Ville his father served in. Kate pursues a new opportunity.

“The Rookie” 10 p.m. ABC — Nolan and the team must help capture a cop and his former mentor from the academy after he becomes a fugitive following an assault.

“New Amsterdam” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Max convinces Dr. Sharpe to take a risk on his course of treatment and Bloom grapples with a difficult conversation.

WEDNESDAY

“86th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center” 8 p.m. NBC — Diana Ross, John Legend, Martina McBride, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Brett Eldredge, Darci Lynne Farmer, Kellie Pickler and Pentatonix.

“Empire” 8 p.m. Fox — Running Lyon Family Management starts to put pressure on Cookie and Lucious' relationship.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Tribal lines appear to melted to a degree.

“Modern Family 9 p.m. ABC — Haley needs a little motherly advice from Claire as she considers her future with Dylan and her career.

“Star 9:01 p.m. Fox — Carlotta returns to Gravity Records, but finds out a lot has changed.

“A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissie 10 p.m. NBC — John Legend and Chrissy Teigen celebrate the season of joy and laughter alongside the couple's family and talented celebrity friends.

THURSDAY

“The Wonderful World of Disney Magical Holiday Celebration” 8 p.m. ABC — Performers include Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, Brett Eldredge, Andrea Bocelli, Matteo Bocelli, Jordan Fisher, Aloe Blacc, Olivia Holt, Maddie Poppe. 

“Jurassic Lego” 8 p.m. NBC — A trio of dinosaurs is transported across Jurassic World to a super-secret exhibit, but the task proves more troublesome than thought. 

“Will & Grace” 9 p.m. NBC — Will convinces Grace that her Noah isn't in the wrong by refusing to let her meet his daughter, Katie.  

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Christy competes with her classmates for a prestigious internship, and Bonnie babysits Tammy following her oral surgery. 

“Murphy Brown” 9:30 p.m. CBS — Frank is physically attacked while covering a political rally, and for the first time in her career Murphy is afraid to dispute the opposing viewpoint of a guest on her show. 

“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m. NBC — The investigation into a promising new author's death leads to a decades-old secret kept between two reclusive brothers.
FRIDAY

“MacGyver” 8 p.m. CBS — A vial containing a deadly virus is stolen from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, and MacGvyer and team race to recover it before the thief unleashes a global pandemic. 

“Blindspot” 8 p.m. NBC — Remi's schemes put her and Weller in danger, while Patterson and Rich solve a mysterious puzzle at the FBI. 

“Dynasty” 8 p.m. the CW — In the wake of Thanksgiving, the Carringtons are ready to embrace a fresh start. 

“Hawaii Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS — A renowned urban vigilante is killed after making another citizen's arrest, and Five-0 delves into the world of super heroes and comic books to find the killer. 

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — A video surfaces of cops being harassed by a group of people at a housing complex, which leads Frank to order a raid to round up anyone with an outstanding warrant, against Garrett's advice.

WEEKEND

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC— Claire Foy hosts.

“Garth: Live at Notre Dame” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — Believe it or not, but this is Garth Brooks' first prime-time music special. 

“Life-size 2” 9 p.m. Sunday Freeform — Tyra Banks returns 18 years afer the original movie as a doll who comes to life. 

“Ray Donovan” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — A masked intruder makes a threat on Sam's life.

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — An entrepreneurial elf from Southlake, Texas, presents his large database of Santa entertainers to help people hire Santa Claus during the holidays.

“Escape at Dannemora” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Tilly begins to feel guilty about her mounting indiscretions.

“The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Bebe Rexha, the Chainsmokers, Halsey, Kelsea Ballerini, Rita Ora, Shawn Mendes and the Struts perform.

“Nightflyers” 10 p.m. Sunday Syfy (new series) — A team of scientists join the crew of the Nightflyer on a journey to make contact with alien life.

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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