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TV best bets with Melania Trump, ‘Charmed’ reboot, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Garner

Originally posted Sunday, October 7, 2018 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The CW brings back most its shows this week - from “The Flash” to “Supernatural” (14th season!) to “Black Lightning” - plus a reboot of “Charmed” to boot. 

And ABC on Friday will interview Melania Trump, who doesn’t do many interviews. And if that isn’t your taste, Alec Baldwin debuts his own weekly talk show on Sunday on the same network.

Plus, ABC’s American Music Awards Tuesday will feature performances by Post Malone, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Cardi B. 

Fans of “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner may have to check out an anthology he created called “The Romanoffs” on Amazon Prime.

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Meanwhile, HBO brings Jennifer Garner ( “Alias”) back to TV with the comedy “Camping” on Sunday.

This covers Monday, October 8 through Sunday, October 14, 2018.


“The Neighborhood” 8 p.m. CBS — When a water pipe bursts at the Johnsons' home, Calvin reluctantly agrees to help Dave repair the damage.

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — The blind paralympic skiier was cut last week while the hunky "Bachelorette" remains. 

“RX Early Detection: A Cancer Journey with Sandra Lee” 8 p.m. HBO — Stunned when an annual mammogram delivered a diagnosis of breast cancer, Emmy-winning TV host and lifestyle expert Sandra Lee embarked on a challenging voyage through treatment and recovery.

“The Resident” 8 p.m. Fox — Nic and Conrad contemplate their past when they team up to diagnose a happy husband and wife who are both admitted to the hospital with mysterious symptoms.

“Better Call Saul” 9 p.m. AMC —Jimmy turns the page on his reputation.

“9-1-1” 9 p.m. Fox — The first responders race to rescue victims trapped in various tight spots.

The Good Doctor” 10 p.m. ABC — Dr. Melendez, Dr. Brown and Dr. Park have given a young married couple two choices about their future: save the wife's life or their future ability to start a family.

Manifest” 10 p.m. NBC — Ben and Michaela investigate a shocking murder in fear that it's connected to Flight 828.

Lodge 49” 10 p.m. AMC (first season finale) — AMC just renewed this show, which is shot in Atlanta. 


“2018 American Music Awards” 8 p.m. ABC — Tracee Ellis Ross hosts. Cardi B and Drake have the most nominations. 

“The Gifted” 8 p.m. Fox  Polaris' baby begins to suffer from a deadly illness, leaving the Inner Circle unable to heal her, and prompting them to turn to an unexpected source for help.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS  One of the NCIS agents is starstruck after the team investigates an explosion outside the home of Navy Petty Officer First Class Todd Nicholas and his wife, popular reality TV star Sheba Nicholas.

“The Flash” 8 p.m. the CW (fifth season debut)  Barry and Iris try to return an unexpected guest from the future to her timeline.

“FBI” 9 p.m. CBS — Bell, Zidan and the team investigate the murders of 18 young women with help from a survivor associated with the deceased.

“Lethal Weapon” 9 p.m. Fox — Cole juggles the realities of his job and his duty to be a good parent.

“Black Lightning” 9 p.m. the CW (second season debut) — Jefferson Pierce and his family may have survived Tobias's attack, but they're not out of the woods yet.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — The Pearsons rally around Kate as she undergoes a medical procedure.

“Mayans M.C.” 10 p.m. FX — EZ continues to prove his worth as a prospect, and both sides of the border must grapple with harsh realities.

“NCIS: New Orleans” 10 p.m. CBS — NCIS investigates the murder of a Navy intelligence officer killed during a conference for foreign diplomats, and the key witness cozies up to Sebastian.

“The Purge” 10 p.m. USA, Syfy — Joe remembers the past.

“New Amsterdam” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Reynolds begins to build his department as Dr. Sharpe battles skepticism from a patient's parents.


“Chicago Med” 8 p.m. NBC — When a sick boy is brought in, Ethan is faced with a tough decision that quickly escalates into a complicated and dangerous situation.

“Empire” 8 p.m. Fox — Cookie and Lucious push to get back in the music game, but they'll need the whole family and some old allies to make serious sacrifices in order to do so.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — One paranoid castaway calls a tribal meeting to put a stop to side conversations.

“The Goldbergs” 8 p.m. ABC — Erica thinks all of her singing dreams are going to come true when she lands a job at the new karoke bar in town.

“All American” 9 p.m. the CW (new series) — South Crenshaw High Spencer James is recruited to play for Beverly High School.

“Chicago Fire 9 p.m. NBC — Chief Boden becomes increasingly skeptical of Assistant Deputy Commissioner Gorsch's motives.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Phil stumbles into an exciting new career after dropping by Luke's college.

Star” 9 p.m. Fox — In an attempt to "go legit," Cassie embarks on a new venture with a businessman that interferes with Carlotta's work.

SEAL Team” 9:01 p.m. CBS — The team travels to Saudi Arabia, where extremists take hold of an underground water source and threaten to release anthrax into the water supply.

“Criminal Minds” 10 p.m. CBS — The mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple's home in remote South Carolina.

Greenleaf” 10 p.m. OWN — Grace questions her involvement in the Coralie Hunter case when the D.A. threatens to reopen her case with Mac.


“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m CBS  Sheldon won't tell anyone why he's never mentioned Tam, his childhood best friend, so Leonard takes matters into his own hands.

“Superstore” 8 p.m NBC  Jonah helps Amy get creative to stock up on supplies for her new baby.

“Supernatural” 8 p.m the CW (14th season debut)  Sam enlists everyone's help in trying to track down Dean.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m ABC Meredith turns heads when she shows up to work done up and ready for her blind date later that day.

“The Good Place” 8:30 p.m NBC  A surprising announcement from one of the humans threatens to dissolve the group.

“Flip or Flop Atlanta” 9 p.m HGTV (second season debut) Anita and Ken buy a Craftsman in Woodstock, Georgia.

“Will & Grace” 9 p.m NBC — Will, Grace and Jack are late to notice that Karen is missing.

“Mom” 9:01 p.m CBS — Christy's demanding law professor leans on her a little too hard for support.

“Station 19” 9:01 p.m ABC  It's a life-and-death situation when a young boy falls into water pipes beneath the city of Seattle.

“Murphy Brown” 9:30 p.m CBS  Murphy attends a sexual harassment seminar for the "Murphy in the Morning" staff.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m ABC  Annalise and Emmett defend a wealthy CEO accused of killing his business partner,.

“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m NBC  As a string of break-in assaults grows more violent, the cops investigate an online incel group to identify a suspect.

“S.W.A.T.” 10 p.m CBS  The team protects the jurors of a high-profile bribery trial after some of them are targeted by organized crime in a series of fire-bombings.


“The Haunting of Hill House” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)  A modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson's iconic novel, The Haunting of Hill House explores a group of siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country.

“The Romanoffs” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (new series)  "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner creates eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family.

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8 p.m. ABC — Jessica offers to help out exhausted new mother Honey with Zuo Yue Zi.

“Blindspot” 8 p.m. NBC (fourth season debut) — The FBI team hunts a dangerous enemy operative; and a deadly new foe emerges.

“Dynasty” 8 p.m. the CW (second season debut) — The fate of the Carringtons' legacy falls on Fallon's shoulders.

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. Fox — Facing a corporate takeover, Mike and Ed disagree on the direction of Outdoor Man's future.

“MacGyver” 8 p.m. CBS — MacGyver, Riley, Bozer and Leanna go undercover on a college campus to smoke out a deep-cover operative who is recruiting students to carry out deadly attacks around the world.

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” 9 p.m. the CW (fourth season debut)  Rebecca confronts the consequences of her guilty plea, while Nathaniel seeks solance in a retreat.

“Hawaii Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS — Crime spikes when a heat wave hits Oahu, causing McGarrett and Danny to hunt down a bank thief.

“Hell’s Kitchen” 9 p.m. Fox  The chefs are tasked with serving lunch to a room full of Marines and prepare dishes.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Danny investigates a case involving a woman who shot her husband while she was drunk.

“20/20” 10 p.m. ABC — A talk with Melania Trump.


“The Sinister Surrogate” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime  Josh and Danielle have found the perfect surrogate, Kailee, to bear their child. But when Kailee gives birth to a beautiful baby girl, the happy couple learns how deep and dark a mother's love can go. But is it really Kailee whom they need to fear, or is she just a pawn in someone else's game?

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Seth Meyers hosts. Paul Simon performs for the 15th time.

“Dancing With the Stars: Juniors” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Theme: songs from the year they were born. 

“Supergirl” 8 p.m. Sunday the CW (fourth season debut) — Kara welcomes a new cub reporter to CatCo.

“God Friended Me” 8:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — Miles' wallet is stolen when he, Rakesh and Cara check out a food truck the God Account suggests that he "like."

“Charmed” 9 p.m. Sunday the CW (new series) — Sisters Mel and Maggie struggle following the tragic death of their mother.

“The Deuce” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Candy shoots her opus guerilla-style on the streets of New York; Vincent makes a confession to Abby, along with a promise to change.

“The Last Ship” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — Nathan James must seek the aide of a prominent rebel leader in order to create a staging area before mounting an invasion of their own.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — The communities join forces to restore a bridge that will facilitate communication and trade.

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Brothers from Orange County, Cal., introduce a product that solves the issue of pet shedding; an entrepreneur from Scottsdale, Ariz., believes he has invented a better way to carry a child's car seat.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS — Callen and Sam are assigned protection duty for Deputy Crown Prince Kamal after an unknown assassin targets his decoy upon his arrival in Los Angeles.

“Camping” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO (new series) —The series begins with a "perfect" group camping trip, obsessively organized by Kathryn McSorley-Jodell (Jennifer Garner) in honor of her adoring husband Walt's 45th birthday, is threatened by tension between Kathryn and her estranged best friend, Nina-Joy.

“The Alec Baldwin Show”  10 p.m. Sunday ABC (new series) — Robert DeNiro and Taraji P. Henson. 

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

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