Photo: CR: Apple+. Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon star in Apple+'s new show "The Morning Show"
Photo: CR: Apple+. Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon star in Apple+'s new show "The Morning Show"

TV best bets with launch of Apple+ and ‘The Morning Show,’ return of ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ and series finale of ‘The Affair’

Originally posted Monday, October 29, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The battle for the minds and wallets of streaming service customers just got a little wilder with Apple+ debuting Friday.

Its most notable opening scripted project is “The Morning Show,” a look at behind the scenes of a fictional morning show with a Matt Lauer-type scandal and many big-name stars - notably Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon

Netflix is bringing back “Atypical,” a “Queer Eye” special and a racially charged Kerry Washington film “American Son” directed by Atlanta’s Kenny Leon. Amazon is returning with season two of “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” starring John Krasinski and Wendell Pierce.

Two shows are bowing out forever on pay cable: HBO’s “The Deuce” and Showtime’s “The Affair.” 

And Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” returns for a 12th season. 

This covers Monday, October 29 through Sunday, November 3, 2019. 

MONDAY

“9-1-1” 8 p.m. Fox — Athena and the 118 respond to bizarre emergency calls on Halloween, including a flock of crows terrorizing a field trip, an office employee having a close encounter with an eight-limbed creature and a ghost-like girl wandering a neighborhood.

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Sean Spicer survived elimination last week. 

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC  The Knockout Rounds start. 

“The Deuce” 9 p.m. HBO (series finale) — Big changes come to The Deuce as Gene sees opportunity in the city's public health crisis.

“Prodigal Son” 9:01 p.m. Fox Bright uncovers a photo of himself and Martin from when he was a kid, which forces him to focus on the repressed memories from his childhood psyche.

“Bull” 10 p.m. CBS  Bull and the TAC team question whether they have a solid defense when they represent wealth manager Rachel Elliot who's on trial for her husband's murder. 

“Bluff City Law” 10:01 p.m. NBC  Sydney and Elijah try two separate cases for an ex-college football star who is dying.

TUESDAY

“Arsenio Hall: Smart & Classy” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — An old school comic takes on modern society. Arsenio's back with eye-opening takes on music, media, race and Ambien.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — A malnourished and confused 9-year-old is found hiding in a storage unit, causing NCIS to reopen an old missing persons case when the girl is believed to be the daughter of a Navy recruit who disappeared 10 years ago.

“The Conners” 8 p.m. ABC — Jackie learns that the Chinese restaurant is going out of business and sees an opportunity to reopen the Lunch Box, but she's caught b.y surprise when she uncovers a secret.

“Empire” 9 p.m. Fox — Lucious, still obsessed with his past, tries to make amends for his wrongdoings with an old friend.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Kate and Toby try to make time for their marriage. Jack attempts to prove himself to Rebecca's dad.

“Greenleaf” 10 p.m. OWN — Bishop moves to prevent Judee Whitmore's proposed governance structure; Jacob and Kerissa attempt to mend their wounds.

“Treadstone” 10 p.m. USA — Bentley searches for answers. Edwards meets an asset. Doug gets a visitor. Soyun gets a mission.

WEDNESDAY

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Rival alliances go head to head over a powerful player, and one castaway must decide if they are daring enough to take on a risky task after visiting the Island of the Idols.

“Chicago Med” 8 p.m NBC — Dr. Manning's actions with a recent patient lead to serious repercussions. April and Noah disagree over a patient who is injured after a beating.

“The Bronx, USA” 9 p.m. HBO — A love letter to the New York City borough follows producer George Shapiro as he revisits the streets, stores, schools and memories of his childhood, and features recollections by fellow natives, including Alan Alda, Carl Reiner, Robert Klein, Melissa Manchester.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Phil is determined to finally scare Claire on Halloween.

“The Oval” 9 p.m. BET — The family of The First Butler experiences a tragedy.

“Chicago P.D.” 10 p.m. NBC— The shocking murders of young boys affects Halstead. Crawford encourages Intelligence to use a new facial-recognition software to help identify a suspect, but the plan backfires

“American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX — A hidden chapter of Camp Redwood is revealed.

“S.W.A.T.” 10 p.m. CBS — Street reconnects with his estranged foster brother, Naterdict, to help a joint investigation between SWAT and the Long Beach Police Department when criminals steal a mass arsenal of LAPD assault rifles.

THURSDAY

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC  Alex is hoping to impress investors at Pac-Gen North, but when he hears disturbing news about skeletons on the construction site grounds, he enlists Richard to help with distraction tactics.

“The 13 Scariest Movies of All Time” 8 p.m. the CW  Dean Cain counts down the scariest movies of all time.

“Superstore” 8 p.m. NBC — Amy amps up the store's Halloween spirit to impress the new district manager, even setting up a haunted house that Glenn is terrified to enter.

“The Good Place” 9 p.m. NBC — One of the new residents creates a division in the ranks.

“A Million Little Things” 9:01 p.m. ABC  Gary's growing tension with Maggie comes to a head as she accidentally lets Colin out while she's on the phone with Eric.

“Will & Grace” 9:30 p.m. NBC — When Grace admits she's not sure who the father of her baby is, Karen orchestrates a Mamma Mia situation with the potential baby daddies.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” 10 p.m. NBC  The case of a teenage girl assaulted in the projects leads to a startling discovery.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m. ABC  Annalise intervenes in Michaela's relationship with her father and asks for his help in return.

FRIDAY

“The Morning Show” 3:01 a.m. Apple+ (new series) — Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon star in this show that pulls back the curtain on a "Today"-type morning show. 

“Atypical” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (third season debut) — Sam admits to being in love with Paige and as expected, they decide to move forward with a summer of romance and continue a long-distance relationship.

“American Son” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — Kerry Washington stars as a mom whose son is missing and frets in a police station in this adaptation of a play directed by Atlanta's Kenny Leon. 

“Queer Eye: We're in Japan” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — A special episode takes the Fab Four overseas. 

“Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (second season debut) —"Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" star Noomi Rapace joins the cast. 

“Hawaii Five-O” 8 p.m. CBS  McGarrett and the team investigate when a deadly hit-and-run involves a driverless car carrying heroin, and what could be a new means for delivering drugs.

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC — Liz and the Task Force investigate an infamous assassin who has a history of weaponizing diseases, but has now turned to even more insidious activities.

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8:30 p.m. ABC  When Matthew Chestnut returns to Cattleman's Ranch, everyone but Louis thinks he's a bad influence.

“Magnum P.I.” 9 p.m. CBS  Magnum must help his defense attorney girlfriend, Abby Miller, when she realizes that the client she successfully defended in a murder trial is actually guilty.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS  Frank is conflicted about how to deal with former cop Rick Austin's gripe about his pension.

WEEKEND

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Kristen Stewart hosts and Coldplay performs. 

“Forever Christmas” 8 p.m. Sunday Lifetime - This is just one of three original Christmas movies airing at the same time against Hallmark ("Christmas Scavenger Hunt") and Up ("Christmas With a Prince"). 

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo (12th season debut) — Look who's back and ready to rumble: Kenya Moore!

“The Affair” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (series finale) — It's Whitney's wedding day and everything comes full circle.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Supplies go missing from Hilltop; Negan is idolized by an Alexandrian, and Ezekiel holds a secret.

“Watchmen” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — FBI agent Laurie Blake heads to Tulsa to take over the recent murder investigation following a late-night visit from the senator who authored Masked Policing Legislation in Oklahoma.

“The Rookie” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — An emergency alert of an impending missile attack sends Los Angeles into chaos and uncertainty, while the officers each try to keep the peace and deal with their own disasters.

“Silicon Valley” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — Richard meets a potential investor; Gilfoyle butts heads with HR; Gavin explores a leaner future for Hooli.

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