UNSPECIFIED - JULY 11: Michael Jackson with 10 year old Jimmy Suchcraft on the tour plane on 11th of July 1988.(Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
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Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images

TV best bets with Michael Jackson, Roger Ailes, ‘American Idol,’ ‘The Voice,’ ‘Masked Singer’

Originally posted Monday, February 25, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The estate of beloved singer Michael Jackson has sued HBO $100 million over a documentary “Leaving Neverland” focused on two men who say they were sexually abused by the late legend as children but HBO is undeterred. Part 1 is still scheduled to air Sunday. 

Former political operative and Fox News founder Roger Ailes also gets a less-than-flattering documentary, which will air on A&E Sunday. A&E also explores the Trump family over three days this week starting Monday night. 

“American Idol,” the original reality music competition show now on ABC, returns Sunday while Fox’s new hit music reality competition show “The Masked Singer” finishes up its first season Wednesday. Plus, NBC returns with “The Voice,” the show that stole “Idol’s” thunder many years back but is now losing steam itself. And VH1’s hit show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” comes back for season 11. 

And shows that are concluding on Fox (“The Gifted,” “Lethal Weapon”), ABC (“How to Get Away With Murder,” “A Million Little Things”), PBS (“Victoria”) and USA (“Suits”). And two new broadcast shows debut: “The Enemy Within” on NBC and “Whiskey Cavalier” on ABC. 

This covers Monday, February 25 through Sunday, March 3, 2019. 

MONDAY

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Colton makes hometown visits with the final four women.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC (16th season debut) — John Legend becomes a coach for the first time, joining returnees Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.

“The Enemy Within” 9 p.m. NBC (new series) — A thriller set in the world of counterintelligence focusing on former CIA agent Erica Shepherd, now known as one of the most notorious traitors in recent American history.

“The Trump Dynasty” 9 p.m. A&E (new miniseries) — Starting with the Yukon Gold Rush, three generations of the Trump family confront new frontiers and build the foundation for Donald Trump's fame and fortune

“American Dad ”10 p.m. TBS (250th episode) 

Roger has a medical emergency and Stan has to take over his personas.

“The Good Doctor”10:01 p.m. ABC — New chief of surgery Dr. Jackson Han (Daniel Dae Kim) believes Dr. Shaun Murphy is a liability more than an asset.

“It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It” 10 p.m. HBO  — The first widely released documentary to be directed by men still incarcerated in a maximum security prison.  

“Red Table Talk: Surviving R. Kelly” 10 p.m. Lifetime  —In this one-hour special tied to the Facebook Watch series, Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris and Willow Smith sit down with R. Kelly accuser Lisa Vanallen as she shares details of her decade-long ordeal with the R&B singer.

TUESDAY

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — The NCIS team investigates a man overboard fatality from a Navy destroyer at sea..

“Lethal Weapon” 8 p.m. Fox (third season finale) — Cole is investigated by the FBI, forcing Murtaugh to question his loyalty to his own partner.

“American Soul” 9 p.m. BET — Don has to save the show after a powerful earthquake almost brings the whole thing crashing down. 

“Biography: Trump Dynasty” 9 p.m. A&E — When Donald Trump sets out to become the most famous developer, it pushes his family business and personal relationships to the brink.

“Black-ish” 9 p.m. ABC — Dre is upset about Jack and Diane's same surface-level education about Black History Month.

“The Gifted” 9 p.m. Fox (second season finale) — Reeva prepares to carry out her plan for the Inner Circle, but not everyone is on the same page; Reed struggles to manage his powers; Jace and the Purifiers are on the attack.

“FBI” 9 p.m. CBS — A serial bomber appears to be targeting Wall Street's elite. Maggie and OA search for a suspect who seems dead-set on revenge

“World of Dance” 9 p.m. NBC (third season debut, special time) — A qualifying round kicks off Season 4.

“The Rookie” 10 p.m. ABC — The rookies are really put to the test when their training officers accompany them out of uniform for Plain Clothes Day, which forces them to make all the decisions while on patrol.

“NCIS: New Orleans” 10:01 p.m. CBS — The team investigates multiple murders tied to a construction company creating an experimental chemical that strengthens sea walls.

WEDNESDAY

“Chicago Med” 8 p.m. NBC — Natalie and Maggie witness a pickup truck plow through a street fair, and are forced to make some tough decisions on the fly.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Ron Clark made a positive impression last week. Reem? Not so much. 

“The Masked Singer” 9 p.m. Fox (first season finale) — The Monster, the Peacock, and the Bee are left after Rumer Willis and Joey Fatone are revealed. 

“Biography: The Trump Dynasty” 9 p.m. A&E — An orchestrated comeback launches Donald Trump's rise as a TV celebrity, international brander, and political firebrand.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Lily has reached a womanly milestone that Cam and Mitch are not prepared for, so they call in reinforcements.

The World’s Best” 9:01 p.m. CBS — The battle round continues. Included: China's Duo Suining ("The Impossible Balancing Duo") vs. Germany's Dundu Giants of Light ("The Giants of Light"); South Korea's Emotional Line ("The Classical Crew") vs. Philippines' The TNT Boys ("Vocal Dynamo Trio").

“Whiskey Cavalier” 10 p.m. ABC (new series) — Will Chase (Scott Foley) is assigned to work with Francesca "Frankie" Trowbridge (Lauren Cohan). Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world—and each other—while navigating the rocky roads of friendship.

“Suits” 10 p.m. USA (eighth season finale) — When Hardman comes looking for retribution, the firm rallies to Harvey's defense.

THURSDAY

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC  Jackson throws a party to celebrate Catherine's surgery and those who worked to save her, but literally nothing goes as planned.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox Bullock's past comes back to haunt him when he and Gordon investigate two murders at Sirens.

“Top Chef” 8 p.m. Bravo — The final five chefs travel to the Chinese territory of Macau for the remaining battles of the competition.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 9 p.m. NBC — Jake and Amy investigate a difficult "he said, she said" case.

“A Million Little Things” 9:01 p.m. ABC (first season finale) — With questions lingering around Jon's death, his loved ones try to move on, each taking meaningful steps forward in their own lives.

“RuPaul's Drag Race” 9 p.m. VH1 (11th season debut) — Miley Cyrus goes undercover in the workroom to spy on the new cast of queens competing for $100,000

“Will & Grace” 9:30 p.m. NBC  Will gives local newscaster McCoy Whitman a second chance and, with the help of Jack, finally gets to know the man behind the newsman. 

“The Rap Game” 10 p.m. Lifetime  The battle for a spot in the final performance continues, as the remaining four rappers must prove they have enough star power to perform alongside a previous season winner, Nova.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m. ABC (fifth season debut)  Annalise and her team need to get to the truth before the truth gets them.

FRIDAY

“The Widow 3:01. a.m. Amazon (new series)  A woman's search to uncover the mystery of the disappearance of her husband leads her to the Congo, where she's forced to seek the truth about what happened to the man she loved. It stars Kate Beckinsale. 

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8 p.m. ABC — Eddie begins dating Trent's sister Tina, but it puts a strain on his friendship with Trent.

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. Fox —A s Boyd's sense of adventure grows, Mike and Kristen have different opinions on how much space they should give him.

“Proven Innocent” 9 p.m. Fox — Easy's church recruits the team to retry the case of William Hurston, a man convicted of murder at the age of 14 due to a coerced confession.

WEEKEND

“The Killer Downstairs” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — A woman finds herself in a fight for her life when the man she rents her basement suite to becomes obsessed with her and begins threatening the lives of the people around her.

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — John Mulaney hosts. 

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC (17th season debut) — Back again with the same judges and host. 

“The BET Social Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday BET — Shot again in Atlanta.

“Leaving Neverland Part 1” 8 p.m. Sunday HBO — A documentary about two men, now in their thirties, who recount their experiences of being sexually abused by Michael Jackson when they were children.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Kandi gets a surprise at her "Welcome to the Dungeon" auditions. 

“Victoria” 9 p.m. Sunday GPB (third season finale) — The world's eyes are on the Great Exhibition, and the royal couple.

“The Bush Years” 9 p.m. Sunday CNN (new series) — George H.W. Bush volunteers to go to war and do his duty.

“Divide and Conquer: The Roger Ailes Story” 9 p.m. Sunday A&E — A documentary that explores the rise and fall of the late Roger Ailes, from his early media influence on the Nixon presidency to his controversial leadership at Fox News. 

“Shameless” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Frank's injury gets in the way of everyone's plans. 

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — While one community struggles to ease tensions that threathen to divide from within, the true nature of another group comes into focus. 

“Good Girls” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC (second season debut) — Beth must live with the fallout after her plan to get Rio arrested fails.

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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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