TV best bets with series finale of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,’ season finales of ‘The Conners,’ ‘The Good Place,’ ‘Outlander’

Also: ‘The Celebrity Big Brother’ is back

Originally posted Monday, January 21, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Two well-liked comedies are finishing their seasons: ABC’s “The Conners” and NBC’s “The Good Place.” Also, Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” ends its four-season fun on Friday. And Starz finishes its fourth season of “Outlander.”

And CBS brings back “Celebrity Big Brother” Monday with the likes of Tamar Braxton, Joey Lawrence and Kandi Burruss. 

Cinemax brings back a sixth season of “Strike Back” while Comedy Central will air the final season of “Broad City.”

Plus, Marcia Gay Harden stars in a Lifetime movie Friday with the classic title “Love You to Death.”

This covers Monday, January 21, through Sunday, January 27, 2019

MONDAY

“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” 8 p.m. NBC — Angelica Hale of Suwanee competes with the likes of opera singer Paul Potts and comic Tom Cotter. 

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC— Eight women arrive at the arena that showcases the swashbuckling show "Pirates Dinner Adventure."

“Celebrity Big Brother” 8 p.m. CBS (second season debut) — Among the contestants: Anthony Scaramucci, Joey Lawrence, Ryan Lochte, Kato Kaelin, Tamar Braxton and Atlanta's own Kandi Burruss. 

“The Resident” 8 p.m. Fox — When a medical device fails on a former Chastain employee, an investigation is opened up.

“Magnum P.I.” 9 p.m. CBS — Magnum and Higgins are shocked when one of her former MI6 teammates shows up with a fresh gunshot wound and news that "the Viper," the assassin who killed Higgins' true love, has surfaced on Oahu.

“The Passage” 9 p.m. Fox — Amy and a wounded Brad continue on the run from Richards and attempt to seek refuge with an elusive, ex-military instructor of Brad's, while Lila tries to help from afar.

“The Good Doctor” 10 p.m. ABC — In the aftermath of the quarantine, the staff tries to return to their normal routines as the Department of Public Health office decides they need to review what transpired to restore public confidence.

TUESDAY

“The Conners” 8 p.m. ABC (first season finale) — Darlene grapples with a life-changing offer from Ben, and an unexpected conversation with David turns her world even more upside down.

“Black-ish” 9 p.m. ABC — Dre's teenage cousin Kyra needs a place to stay and the Johnsons decide to take her in, but they have different approaches to helping her adjust to suburban life.

“FBI” 9 p.m. CBS — An alt-right provocateur is murdered after giving a speech at a university in New York City.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Rebecca and the Big Three reckon with secrets Jack kept from them.

“The Rookie” 10 p.m. ABC — An unscheduled visit by the vice president of the United States puts the station on high alert.

“Many Sides of Jane” 10 p.m. A&E (new series) — Single mom Jane has Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D.) and nine other identities, or parts, that range in age from 6 to 28.

“New Amsterdam” 10:01 p.m. NBC— Tensions are high in the hospital as Bloom is overruled on a diagnosis.

“Corporate” 10:30 p.m. Comedy — When Matt's old college buddy invites him to hang out, he's determined to prove he's still young and fun.

WEDNESDAY

“Chicago Med” 8 p.m. NBC — Dr. Halstead rushes to rescue Dr. Manning after she is involved in a Medevac helicopter crash.

“The Goldbergs” 8 p.m. ABC — Beverly decides their street needs another stop sign and pleads her case to the city comptroller.

“Chicago Fire” 9 p.m. NBC — The firehouse is called to a motorcycle crash, but Casey and Severide sense that the details don't add up and work to determine exactly what transpired.

“The Magicians” 9 p.m. Syfy (fourth season debut) — Brian takes a friend out for ice cream, while Sam is one week away from retirement.

“The Masked Singer” 9 p.m. Fox — Two athletes have been revealed. Are there any more? 

“Modern Family 9 p.m. ABC — Cam prepares a presentation for his students about their future goals, while also contending with a bully at the school.

“Match Game” 10 p.m. ABC — Panelists: Adam Carolla, Morena Baccarin, Johnny Weir, Cheryl Hines, Rick Fox and Pamela Anderson.

“Criminal Minds” 10 p.m. CBS — Rossi questions his actions in the aftermath of a near-death struggle with a serial killer who appears to have outsmarted the BAU.

“Drop the Mic” 10 p.m. TNT (third season debut) — Taran Killiam vs. Rob Riggle. And Boy George vs. Laverne Cox. This show moved from TBS. 

THURSDAY

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC  Meredith questions Link's laid-back approach over a patient's treatment.

“Top Chef” 8 p.m. Bravo — For an elimination challenge, the chefs are split into teams and tasked with throwing houseboat parties on Lake Cumberland.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 9 p.m. NBC  Jake and Gina attend their 20th high-school reunion.

“Lip Sync Battle” 9 p.m. Paramount  Jermaine Dupri vs. Darren Criss. 

“The Good Place” 9:30 p.m. NBC (third season finale)  Various events occur, in a certain specific order.

“Broad City” 10 p.m. Comedy (fifth season debut)  To celebrate Abbi's 30th birthday, Abbi and Ilana travel from the top of Manhattan to the bottom, running into old and new friends along the way.

“The Rap Game” 10 p.m. A&E  The five young rappers are split into teams and must plan out a promposal for local high school students in Atlanta.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m. ABC  As the investigation into Miller's murder intensifies, Bonnie and Nate formulate their alibis while Annalise devises a plan to ensure Gabriel never learns the truth about his father.

FRIDAY

“Black Earth Rising” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) As a child, Kate Ashby was rescued from the horrific aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and brought to the UK. But the tragic shadow of her past proves impossible to escape.

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (final episodes) The last six episodes of this beloved series. 

“U.S. Figure Skating Championship” 8 p.m. NBC  The ladies' free skate at the U.S. Championships in Detroit.

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8 p.m. ABC  Louis is obsessed with the great outdoors after seeing new movie "Legends of the Fall"; so for his 40th birthday, he decides that the family needs to go camping.

“Hell's Kitchen” 9 p.m. Fox —All hell breaks loose as the final five chefs struggle through a new challenge, leading to a bitter elimination that dramatically alters the dynamic of the group.

“Strike Back” 9 p.m. Cinemax (sixth season debut) — Six months after their last mission, three members of Section 20 are reunited for what they think is a routine "cleanup" exercise in Malaysia, but things get complicated when their new commanding officer, borderline burn-out Alexander Coltrane, learns that a British operative, in possession of intel about a downed Russian plane, has been killed in Kuala Lumpur after meeting with Katrina Zarkova, a covert Russian operative.

WEEEKEND

“Love You To Death” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — Marcia Gay Harden plays a mom who is murdered by her daughter despite outward appearances that they were perfectly happy. 

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — James McAvoy ("Glass") hosts. 

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — More supposed drama in Tokyo. 

“Outlander” 8 p.m. Sunday Starz (fourth season finale) — Claire makes it back to River Run to Brianna. 

“The 25th Anual Screen Actors Guild Award” 8 p.m. Sunday TBS, TNT — Megan Mullally emcees. Alan Alda receives a lifetime achievement award. 

“Victoria” 9 p.m. Sunday GPB — At Osborne House, Albert relishes the opportunity to spend time with the family away from London.

“Shameless” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime —Frank searches for ways to finance Ingrid's vision for their future; Fiona's anger issues cause problems at Patsy's; Lip is forced to confront his real feelings for Tami; Kelly's father attempts to get in the middle of her relationship with Carl.

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Entrepreneurs from Austin, Texas, and Cour d'Alene, Idaho, who pitch their safety product that helps people travel with their pets.

“True Detective” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Hays and West see a possible connection between the local church and the Purcell crimes.

“Black Monday” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — A Hollywood screenwriter shadows Mo at the office as Mo and Dawn fight over her desire to be made a partner.

“Madam Secretary” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — Innocent Syrian children are killed by an American-made cluster bomb, and Elizabeth races to figure out what went wrong before Russia can use it as an excuse to escalate its military presence in the region.

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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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