A LEGENDARY CHRISTMAS WITH JOHN & CHRISSY -- 2018 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chrissy Teigen, Miles, Luna, John Legend -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
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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. 

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


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.

“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.


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