Vince Gill performs during Country Music: Live at the Ryman on March 27, 2019, in Nashville, TN. (Erika Goldring Photo)
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TV best bets with Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music,’ ‘A Very Brady Renovation,’ Alec Baldwin, ‘The Deuce’

Originally posted Sunday, September 8, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com at his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

This is kind of weird week in nostalgia.

The ever earnest Ken Burns takes a serious trek through the origins and growth of America’s country music on PBS Sunday, a project that took eight and a half years.

Then the Brady kids on HGTV Monday help renovate the home that was the exterior of their fake Paramount set and turns that actual house into a replica of said fake Paramount set. 

On Wednesday, the “Beverly Hills 90210” cast on the season finale of “BH90210” find out whether the pilot reboot of their fake show on the real meta-fake show will actually get picked up by Fox. And it will air on Fox Wednesday. (Get it?)

And Alex Baldwin gets roasted on Comedy Central, an Oscar-nominated man who went from drama actor to Donald Trump impersonator and game-show host in a span of four decades. 

Plus, HBO’s “The Deuce,” set in 1985, mines the porn industry in New York for its third and final season Sunday. 

Also, Lifetime has an uncomfortable obsession with cheerleaders for yet another weekend. 

Politicos can forego all of that and obsess over the 10 leading candidates to run for president on the Democratic side and watch three hours on ABC Thursday. 

This covers Monday, September 9 through Sunday, September 15, 2019. 

MONDAY

“American Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC — Las Vegas finals night, part three.

“Lip Sync to the Rescue” 8 p.m. CBS — An interactive countdown special featuring first responders channeling their inner pop stars and lip-syncing to hit music.

“So You Think You Can Dance” 9 p.m. Fox — Top 4 perform.

“The Deuce” 9 p.m. HBO (third season debut)  On the eve of 1985, a worn-out Vincent reconnects with his ex-wife, Andrea, as his open relationship with Abby grows more distant.

“A Very Brady Renovation” 9 p.m. HGTV (new series)  The six Brady kids help HGTV stars re-create the original Brady house. 

“The Terror: Infamy” 9 p.m. AMC  The Japanese Americans are forced to undertake a humiliating exercise that divides the community.

“Grand Hotel” 10:01 p.m. ABC (first season finale)  ADanny's true identity is revealed; Santiago struggles with life-changing news from Mrs. P; and what happened to Sky is revealed.

“Lodge 49” 10:01 p.m. AMC  Liz starts a business with Lenore; Ernie and Connie reunite. 

TUESDAY

“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — Semifinals part two.

“Pandora” 8 p.m. the CW — Trapped on an alien world, Jax, Xander and Ralen are stranded with no way home.

“30 for 30” 9 p.m. ESPN — A look at the oddball life of Dennis Rodman. 

“MTV's Ghosted” 9 p.m. MTV (new series) — Julia and Delmond's lifelong friendship ended when Delmond ghosted her one fateful day

“Greenleaf” 10 p.m. OWN — While engaging in a power struggle with Phil, Grace walks a tightrope, uncertain of what to do in regards to her secret; Bishop discovers something about a rival, making it possible to win back Mae and the church.

Mayans M.C.” 10 p.m. FX — As EZ and Angel reconnect, complications arise for the M.C. and Galindo.

WEDNESDAY

“Four Weddings and a Funeral” 3:01 a.m. Hulu (first season finale) — A year after Maya (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Ainsley’s (Rebecca Rittenhouse) blowup, the fractured friend group hopes that a wedding may be the perfect occasion for a reunion.

“MasterChef” 8 p.m. Fox — The Top Four chefs travel to the historic Hatfield House in London, where they cook for both the judges and for British cooking royalty. The two Georgians Dorian Hunter and Noah Sims are still in the running.

“BH90210” 9 p.m Fox (first season finale) The cast celebrates the wrap of the pilot; and the looming news of a pick-up from FOX keeps them all on edge.

“In the Shadow of the Towers” 9 p.m HBO When the Twin Towers were attacked on September 11, 2001, students had just started their day at Stuyvesant, the prestigious New York City specialized public high school, blocks from the World Trade Center. This documentary offers a unique eyewitness perspective on that tragic day and its aftermath from former Stuyvesant students

“Queen Sugar” 9 p.m OWN (fourth season finale)  Violet and Sam Landry's past is uncovered; Charley realizes that Sam used her.

Hollywood Game Night” 10 p.m. NBC (sixth season finale) — Lamorne Morris, Sara Foster, Lil Rel, Mike Colter, Erin Foster and Thomas Middleditch.

“Snowfall” 10 p.m. FX(third season finale) — Franklin walks a different path. Life in South Central begins to change forever.

THURSDAY

“I-Land” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) Ten people wake up on a treacherous island and have no memory, they soon discover this world is not as it seems.

“The Outpost” 8 p.m. the CW —Talon and Zed unlock a power that Talon distrusts. The Mistress plots an unlikely path to victory as a deadly assassin is on the loose at the Outpost.

“ABC News Democratic Debate” 8 p.m. ABC  For the first time, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden will share a stage ad the top 10 contenders face off. 

“Mr. In Between” 10 p.m. FX (second season debut) — Ray don't tap but he gives good advice. Sometimes you have to take the scenic route. 

FRIDAY

“Hello, Privilege, It's Me, Chelsea” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — In this documentary, Chelsea Handler explores how white privilege impacts American culture -- and the ways it's benefited her own life and career.

“Unbelievable” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — When a teen reports being raped, then recants her story, two female detectives follow evidence that could reveal the truth; based on a true story.

“EA Sports Madden NFL 20 Classic” 8 p.m. the CW  The largest tournament in Madden NFL Championship Series history takes place in Arlington, TX as players from around the world gather for three days of intense competition.

“Reef Break” 9 p.m. ABC (first season finale)  Cat Chambers is on the run and fearing for her life and freedom. Hearts are broken and futures are uncertain as Cat faces her toughest case yet—to clear her own name.

“Killjoys” 10 p.m. Scifi  The Lady's terraforming plans become a reality, as the Killjoy trio scramble to find a way to defeat her.

WEEKEND

“The Cheerleader Escort” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — When college freshman Cassie (Alexandra Beaton, The Next Step) earns a spot on the cheerleading squad, she is overjoyed about the new friendships, status, and access to social events that come along with being on the team.

“Chesapeake Shores” 8 p.m. Sunday Hallmark — The play is in jeopardy, it's Abby and Trace to rescue. David and Jess learn to work together.

“Country Music” 8 p.m. Sunday GPB — First up: How "hillbilly music" reaches new audiences through phonographs and radio, and launches the careers of country music's first big stars, the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.

“Undercover Cheerleader” 8 p.m. Sunday Lifetime —Autumn, 16 and a pretty transfer student, goes undercover as a cheerleader to do an expos on the cruel culture of the squad for her school newspaper.

“Power” 9 p.m. Sunday Starz — Tasha meets a new flame; Ghost does everything he can to eliminate Tommy; Proctor prepares a plan in getting the custody of his daughter.

“$100,000 Pyramid” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Rosie O'Donnell vs. Leslie Jones.

“The Affair” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Noah, Margaret and Stacey bond over their mutual distaste for Sasha; Noah attempts to sabotage Helen and Sasha's relationship; Whitney and Colin face the hardships of their relationship; and Joanie visits the graveyard.

“Fear the Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — An encounter with a survivor sends Al and Morgan on a mission into a dangerous settlement.

“Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin 10 p.m. Sunday Comedy — Roasters include Robert De Niro, Caitlyn Jenner and Blake Griffin.

“On Becoming a God in Central Florida 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Obie and Louise Garbeau host a lavish motivational retreat at Paradise Cay for Washington-level entrepreneurs.

“Ballers 10:40 p.m. Sunday HBO — The stakes for Spencer Strasmore have never been higher as he finds him settling into retirement.

About the Author

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