TV best bets with R. Kelly, Linda Ronstadt, Luciano Pavarotti, the Golden Globes, New Year’s performers
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Singer R. Kelly turns to leave after appearing at a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on September 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Kelly is facing multiple sexual assault charges and is being held without bail. (Photo by Antonio Perez - Pool via Getty Images)
It’s the end of one year and the beginning of another.
So for all of you party poopers who prefer to watch other people party, ABC has the likes of BTS and Post Malone while Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani goof around on NBC and L.L. Cool J and the Chainsmokers join Steve Harvey on Fox.
Other options? A Showtime special about Luciano Pavarotti, a CNN film about Linda Ronstadt and Rickey Gervais fooling around on "The Golden Globes."
Lifetime is busy bringing back “Supernanny” and part two of “Surviving R. Kelly” while A&E debuts season six of “60 Days In.”
Netflix is offering a new “Dracula” series, a comedy stand-up special with Ilana Glazer and a competition show that encourages catfishing.
And the Golden Globes return Sunday with the expectation that Ricky Gervais will say something inappropriate.
This covers Monday, December 30, 2019 through Sunday, January 5, 2020.
"Pavarotti" 8 p.m. Showtime — This biographical documentary features the life and career of the much celebrated Italian opera singer.
"Chopped Sweets - Winter Celebration" 9 p.m. Food — Four extraordinary, sugar-savvy chefs are the first to set foot in the Chopped Sweets Kitchen for a festive competition.
"Love it or List It" 9 p.m. HGTV — A couple is fed up with the lack of functionality in their 1,200-square-foot house, so David steps in to find them a new house with more room, while Hilary attempts to reinvent the home's size-challenged spaces.
"The Night That Didn't End" 9 p.m. ID — When a young woman in Overland Park, Kansas disappears after a visit to the mall, investigators examine store surveillance footage and uncover an abduction. Days later, the missing woman is found dead in the woods.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
"Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest" 8-11 p.m., 11:30 p.m. -1 a.m. ABC — Lucy Hale is the new co-host for Seacrest with Billy Porter in New Orleans and Ciara in Los Angeles. Times Square performers include Post Malone, BTS, Alanis Morrisette and Sam Hunt.
"Fox's New Year's Eve With Steve Harvey" 8-10 p.m., 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fox — L.L. Cool J, the Chainsmoker, the Lumineers and the Village People attempting the world's largest "YMCA" dance.
"NBC New Year's Special" 10-11 p.m., 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. NBC — Carson Daly hosts. Ne-Yo, X Ambassadors, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Brett Eldredge perform.
"New Year's Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen" 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. CNN —The two buddies dish and gab for more than four hours.
NEW YEAR’S DAY
"The Circle" 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — A competition show where folks are (possibly) catfishing each other.
"Messiah" 3:01 a.m. Netflix — When a man in the Middle East appears to be performing miracles, a rift breaks out over whether he's the Messiah or a fraud in this suspenseful drama.
"Rose Bowl" 5 p.m. ESPN — Wisconsin vs. Oregon
"Sugar Bowl" 8:45 p.m. ESPN — Georgia vs. Baylor
"Married At First Sight" 9 p.m. Lifetime (10th season debut) — The experts have chosen four couples to marry as complete strangers. Not only will they have to deal with the anxiety of planning a wedding and marrying someone they've never met before, but some face devastating disapproval from their families.
"My 600-lb Life" 9 p.m. TLC (eighth season debut) — John & Lonnie's story.
"Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice" 9 p.m. CNN — A look at one of the biggest musical stars of the 1970s.
"Almost Family" 9:01 p.m. Fox —Roxy is released from rehab and begins to make amends with those she hurt.
"Supernanny" 10 p.m. Lifetime (eighth season debut) — Working parents, Jessica and CJ Braido, feel they're being overrun by their four small children and are at a loss at how to come together on their parenting perspectives.
"What is Jeopardy?" 8 p.m. ABC — A behind-the-scenes look at the famous game show.
"Last Man Standing" 8 p.m. Fox (eighth season debut) — In the first part of a combined Season 8 opener, Mike helps Vanessa deal with empty nest syndrome, while Kristin announces her pregnancy to the family and unknowingly upsets Mandy in the process.
"Deputy" 9 p.m. Fox (new series) —When Los Angeles' newly-elected Sheriff dies, Bill Hollister is suddenly propelled into the role of leading one of the largest police forces in the world.
"The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU" 9 p.m. NBC — A celebration of the show, which debuted in 1999.
"Surviving R. Kelly" 9 p.m. Lifetime (second season debut) — A gun threat wreaks havoc at the premiere as the world reels from the release of "Surviving R. Kelly."
"60 Days In" 10 p.m. A&E (sixth season debut) — Six participants go undercover in crucial areas along I-65 -- one of the biggest drug-trafficking corridors in the country, encompassing six counties in Kentucky.
"Ilana Glazer: The Planet is Burning" 3:01 a.m. Netflix — Thoughts on homophobes and Nazis, how crappy women's razors are, and what a joke the patriarchy is.
"Hawaii Five-O" 8 p.m. CBS — When a list of undercover CIA agents is stolen, Steve and Five-0 enlist the help of Magnum, Higgins, Rick and TC to get it back and protect national security.
"Kindred Spirits" 9 p.m. Travel (fourth season debut) — Atlanta medium Chip Coffey joins the team.
"Surviving R. Kelly Part II" 9 p.m. Lifetime — R. Kelly faces his first round of criminal charges after the airing of "Surviving R. Kelly"; and survivor Jerhonda Pace reveals a shocking pact she made
"Magnum P.I." 9 p.m. CBS — Junior is kidnapped as leverage to retrieve the stolen list of undercover CIA agents.
"Blue Bloods" 10 p.m. CBS — After an EMT is shot and killed, Danny and Baez work to determine who is behind a chain of ambulance robberies.
"Dracula" 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — The Count Dracula legend transforms with new tales that flesh out the vampire's gory crimes -- and bring his vulnerability into the light.
"God Friended Me" 8 p.m. CBS — Miles discovers a new clue as to who is behind the God Account when Joy reveals that his friend suggestions have all been clients of the same insurance company.
"The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards" 8 p.m. Sunday NBC — Ricky Gervais hosts one more time.
"Power" 8 p.m. Sunday Starz — Ghost's shooter will face serious consequences if his identity is discovered.
"Ray Donovan" 8 p.m. Sunday Showtime— Gary O'Malley seeks justice from the Sullivans, while Ray and Smitty must cover for their own actions.
"Shameless" 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Frank returns to the past to figure out his connection to Faye; Carl implements tougher measures to his new cadets; Ian and Mickey finds it hard to reconnect.
"Shark Tank" 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — A mother-daughter duo from Atlanta, Georgia, introduce the Sharks to their baby product that makes baby-travel less stressful by helping them sleep more restful.
"The L Word" 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Bette feels guilty about lying to Angie; some unexpected news throws Shane for a major loop.
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Rodney Ho writes about entertainment for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A native New Yorker, he has covered education at The Virginian-Pilot, small business for The Wall Street Journal and a host of beats at the AJC over 20-plus years.