TV best bets with series finale of ‘Criminal Minds’ and “Fresh Off the Boat,” return of “Better Call Saul,” Justin Bieber docuseries

Originally posted Sunday, February 16, 2020 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

This is a relatively quiet week with a couple of popular broadcast series retiring on their own terms: CBS’s ‘Criminal Minds” after 15 seasons and ABC’s “Fresh off the Boat” after six. 

The most notable return is AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” back for a fifth season.

And Justin Bieber decided to return to his roots by doing a docuseries on YouTube, which is where he was effectively discovered.

“The Walking Dead” - remember that show? - is also back on AMC after a winter break. 

The most notable new streaming show is “Hunters,” a Jordan Peele-produced fictional account of Nazi Hunters in 1977 New York City who discover hundreds of escaped Nazis are living in America. 

This covers Monday, February 17 through Sunday, February 23, 2020

MONDAY

“9-11 Lone Star” 8 p.m. Fox — Emergencies include a ride-share trip gone awry, a farming accident and a memorial service that may turn into another funeral.

“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” 8 p.m. NBC (second season finale) — The finals.

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Peter's last-second change of heart throws the rose ceremony into disarray.

“2020 American Rescue Dog Show” 8 p.m. Hallmark— Rescue dogs compete in a variety of categories.

“Prodigal Son” 9:01 p.m. Fox —When a body is found professionally preserved and embalmed, the NYPD teams up with Edrisa to go undercover at a convention of funeral directors.

“McMillion$” 10 p.m. HBO — Frank Colombo, the brother of Gennaro "Jerry" Colombo, reveals the inner workings of the scam whereby "Uncle Jerry" would sell the winning tickets to Colombo for a premium.

Bull” 10 p.m. CBS — Bull assists in the murder trial defense of an old friend, an in-debt professional gambler accused of killing her wealthy father to gain her inheritance.

“Manifest” 10:01 p.m. NBC  Tensions flare as the passengers of Flight 828 finally come to understand the meaning of their increasingly terrifying callings.

TUESDAY

“The Conners” 8 p.m. ABC — Dan avoids coping with a death in the family, only to be confronted by it head-on.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — While investigating the suicide of a retired Navy officer who left a rare, valuable, and possibly stolen coin to the National Museum of the Navy, the team imagines themselves in his life story in order to piece together how the coin ended up in his possession.

“FBI” 9 p.m. CBS — After the police ignore a desperate father's plea for help, he abducts a billionaire's daughter and holds her hostage in a near-impenetrable safe room until his own missing child is returned to him.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — The Big Three reconnect at the family cabin.

“Black-ish” 9:30 p.m. ABC — Bow is heartbroken to learn that Diane is no longer friends with Sophie.

“Cherish the Day” 10 p.m. OWN — A chance meeting at the library between Gently James and Evan Fisher turns into an odyssey through south L.A. in which details of Gently's untraditional childhood come to light.

“For Life” 10 p.m. ABC — Aaron Wallace's fight to overturn his conviction to a life sentence continues.

WEDNESDAY

“Justin Bieber: Seasons” 3:01 a.m. YouTube (new series) — Bieber does a docuseries at the place that made him famous. 

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Last week, Boston Rob survived but his wife didn't. 

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Phil and Claire take Haley and Dylan to dinner to reassure them they are not bad parents.

“Democratic presidential debate” 9 p.m. NBC — Will Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren regain momentum. Can Amy Klobuchar maintain hers? And will Bernie Sanders get more heat now that he's the front runner?

“Lego Masters” 9:01 p.m. Fox —Each team is given an everyday object – a bicycle, a television or a radio, for example – that has been sliced in two and they are tasked with building its other half.

“Stumptown” 10 p.m. ABC — Dex and Grey help a client who believes her Hollywood script has been plagiarized by a former classmate.

“Criminal Minds” 10 p.m. CBS (series finale) — Following an explosive encounter with Everett Lynch Dr. Reid suffers a brain injury and, while experiencing hallucinations, is visited by ghosts from his past.

THURSDAY

“Love is Blind” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (episodes 5 through 9)  Atlanta singles who got engaged sight unseen are unleashed into the real world. How will things go? 

“Station 19” 8 p.m. ABC  In an effort to increase morale, Maya takes the crew on a team-building camping trip that doesn't exactly go according to plan.

“Young Sheldon” 8 p.m. CBS  Sheldon visits CalTech for the very first time.

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. Fox — Mike's offer to help Jen with her school's bake sale goes up in smoke when he suggests she set up camp outside of Bud's Buds.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 8:30 p.m. NBC  Competitive juices are flowing as Jake and the squad compete in the second Jimmy Jab Games.

“Deputy” 9 p.m. Fox — When an ex-marine turns up dead on the street, Bill helps Cade work the case that hits far too close to home.

“Will & Grace” 9 p.m. NBC — Despite her history of transgressions, Grace and her neighbor, James, decide to give their relationship one more shot.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — DeLuca is irritated after Meredith takes over his patient Suzanne whose symptoms continue to stump the doctors at Grey Sloan.

“The Sinner” 9 p.m. USA — Ambrose investigates Jamie's past; Leela gives birth as Jamie's anxiety reaches a breaking point

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Bonnie helps Christy gain perspective as she considers a life-changing decision.

“Briarpitch” 10 p.m. USA — Jake throws a party. Allegra discovers a secret. A newcomer offers warnings and cocktails.

“Tommy” 10 p.m. CBS —Mayor Buddy Gray asks Tommy to personally oversee the investigation when a Hollywood producer is attacked during a party at his home by a woman who claims he tried to sexually assault her first.

“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m. NBC — Chief Garland must put friendship aside when a pastor at his church is arrested.

FRIDAY

Gentefied” 3:01 a.m. Hulu (new series) — Three Latinx cousins navigate their differences as they work to keep their grandfather's taco shop afloat in their rapidly gentrifying L.A. neighborhood.

Hunters” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (new series) — Nazi hunters discover hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials in 1977 New York City, conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S.; the Hunters set out to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans.

“MacGyver” 8 p.m. CBS — MacGyver and the team board a plane that's mid-flight when the pilot has a heart attack, and discover the medical emergency was intentional.

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8:30 p.m. ABC (series finale) — Jessica grapples with her vision of the future as the boys are each realizing what their own goals are.

“Hawaii Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS — Harry Langford helps the team investigate a series of murders that follow the plot of a fabled unpublished crime novel from the 1920s; and Tani and Junior's friendship takes a meaningful new turn.

WEEKEND

“51st Annual NAACP Image Awards” 8 p.m. Saturday BET  Rihanna will receive the prestigious President's Award.

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — More auditions. 

“Outlander” 8 p.m. Sunday Starz — Claire and Jamie's colonial life in America is under threat, as they're pinned between their ties to the crown and a rising undercurrent of unrest.

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Carrie arranges a meeting. Haqqani finds trouble at home.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — The survivors are still dealing with the Whisperer's horrific display of power.

“Good Girls” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC — Beth makes a choice that surprises those around her just as an old foe from the past returns.

“The Rookie” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Officer Nolan and the entire team are in a desperate search to rescue Officer Chen after her abduction and must attempt to get Rosalind to help them in their search.

“Beter Call Saul” 10:05 p.m. Sunday AMC (fifth season debut) — Now doing business as Saul Goodman, Jimmy unveils an unorthodox strategy for client development that tests Kim's tolerance of his new legal persona.

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Rodney Ho
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