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 TV best bets with Taylor Swift, Martha Stewart, ‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Kimmy Schmidt,’ ‘Asian Americans’

As TV enters month three of the pandemic, plenty of already finished product is still hitting the airwaves, including a Taylor Swift concert on ABC, a Martha Stewart reality show on the Food Network and a series version of the film “Snowpiercer” on TNT. 

There are also pandemic-connected shows such as a CBS special focused on “stay at home” videos and a Saturday night celebrity “commencement” special airing on all four major broadcast networks for graduates of 2020 missing out on actual in -person commencements. 

On a more serious note, GPB has a two-night history docuseries focused on Asian Americans starting Monday.

On a sillier note Monday, Food Network debuts two celebrity-oriented shows back to back, first one featuring Martha Stewart as a camp counselor at a “baking” camp and then comic Amy Schumer learning how to cook. 

On Netflix, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” returns Tuesday for a special focused on Kimmy’s bizarre relationship with the reverend, played by Jon Hamm. 

A raft of scripted shows finish out their broadcast seasons this week including Fox’s “9-1-1,” ABC’s ‘The Goldbergs,” ABC’s “Station 19” and Fox’s “The Simpsons.”

Same goes with reality shows such as ABC’s ”American Idol,” Fox’s “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours To Hell and Back,” CBS’s “Survivor” and NBC’s “Ellen’s Game of Games.”

In the streaming world, the most intriguing option is on Hulu Friday called ”The Great,” an irreverent comedy starring Elle Fanning as an 18th-century Catherine the Great. 

And TNT is coming out with its most anticipated series in years on Sunday: a TV version of the acclaimed film “Snowpiercer,” about class warfare set on a train in a very dystopian future. 

These tips cover Monday, May 11 through Sunday, May 17, 2020. 

MONDAY

“Trial By Media” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) – This series explores the many ways in which the press have contributed to reshaping public perception about guilt or innocence before, during or after a trial.

“9-1-1” 8 p.m. Fox (third season finale) – The 118 rush to save lives in the aftermath of a massive train derailment.

“The Price is Right at Night” 8 p.m. CBS  RuPaul will be playing to support Planned Parenthood. 

“Asian Americans” 8 p.m. GPB (new series) New immigrants from China, Japan, and beyond adapt to life in America, building railroads, impressing in Hollywood, and fighting for equality; the first generation of U.S.-born Asian Americans have their loyalties tested during World War II.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC – The top 9 perform. 

“Bakeaway Camp With Martha Stewart” 9 p.m. Food (new series)  Six campers must brave the outdoor elements for a once in a lifetime opportunity to perfect their baking skills under the watchful eye of Camp Director Martha Stewart. 

“Amy Schumer Learns to Cook” 10 p.m. Food (new series) – Amy begins her culinary education where most of us begin the day --- breakfast.

“Baker and the Beauty” 10 p.m. ABC – When Noa and Daniel's relationship goes public, the extra attention proves to be more intense than they had anticipated and tensions begin to build.

“Songland” 10:01 p.m. NBC – Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, Julia Michaels, comes to "Songland" to hear unknown songwriters pitch their original material.

TUESDAY

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend” 3:01 a.m. Netflix Kimmy's getting married, but first she has to foil the Reverend's evil plot in this “interactive” special. 

“The Happy Days of Garry Marshall” 8 p.m. ABC – Family and friends share their favorite memories of Hollywood legend Garry Marshall in a one-of-a-kind, heartfelt tribute.

“Asian Americans” 8 p.m. GPB (finale)  – How Asian Americans were targeted as perpetual foreigners during the Cold War, then a look at the turn of the millennium, when rising influence empowers Asian Americans. 

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — Live results for the top 9, with four named. 

“The Flash” 8 p.m. the CW (sixth season finale) — . Barry considers a risky plan to save Iris from the Mirrorverse.

“Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours To Hell and Back” 8 p.m. Fox (sixth season finale) — Gordon Ramsay and his team take on their biggest makeover challenge to date, revitalizing three local businesses in Ellicott City. Hit by massive floods in 2016 and 2018.

“Ellen's Game of Games” 9 p.m. NBC (third season finale) – Contestants will play new games "Mazed and Confused" and "Dirty Laundry" along with "Say What."

“For Life” 10 p.m. ABC (first season finale) – When Maskins and Cyrus Hunt try to thwart Aaron's attempt at a retrial, Aaron is forced to attempt a desperate move, risking the wrath of a powerful new adversary.

“Hollywood Game Night” 10 p.m. NBC – Social distancing edition. 

WEDNESDAY

“Mrs. America” 3:01 a.m. Hulu - A leading figure in the feminist movement, Bella Abzug, portrayed by Margo Martindale, was a three-term Congresswoman who co-founded the National Women's Political Caucus, and spearheaded the effort to pass the ERA.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS (40th season finale)  – Denise and Tony have the best resumes among the top five and is there even a chance someone from Edge of Extinction could come back and win? 

“The Goldbergs” 8 p.m. ABC (seventh season finale)  – Adam and Brea decide to go to prom together, but Adam worries he won't be Prom King.

“The Masked Singer” 8 p.m. Fox – Final four in the semifinals. 

“Schooled” 8:30 p.m. ABC (second season finale) – Lainey has a difficult choice regarding her relationship with Barry and her friendship with CB.

“American Housewife” 9 p.m. ABC (fourth season finale) – Katie confronts a classmate's mom when she suspects Anna-Kat is being bullied at school.

“Single Parents” 9:30 p.m. ABC (second season finale) – Angie struggles to recall the events of a wine-filled night of packing with Will, while Poppy secretly encourages Will to share his true feelings.

THURSDAY

“Celebrity Watch Party” 8 p.m. Fox – More famous folks watch TV and comment about it. 

“Council of Dads” 8 p.m. NBC – Robin contemplates romantic life after Scott. Luly and Evan make a risky investment with their loan money.

“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” 8 p.m. ABC – Catherine O'Hara continues her winning streak in support of Upward Bound House.

“Station 19” 9 p.m. ABC (third season finale) – Suspicious of the circumstances surrounding her mother's death, Andy goes looking for answers.

“Blindspot” 9 p.m. NBC  – Jane and the team reach out to Patterson's father in the hope of gaining access to a high-level conference in Finland, where they hope to bring Matthew Weitz their side.

“How To Get Away With Murder” 10:01 p.m. ABC (series finale) – Analise finds out about a surprise witness that threatens her case.

FRIDAY

“The Great” 3:01 a.m. Hulu (new series) — A genre-bending, anti-historical ride through 18th-century Russia following the wildly comedic rise of Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great.

“The Last Narc” 3:01 a.m. Amazon Prime (new series) — A four-part docuseries examining in detail the 1985 kidnap and murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. 

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC — The Task Force investigates an accountant who works for lucrative criminals in order to find the violent and thuggish brothers hired for his protection.

“The Greatest #StayAtHome Videos” 8 p.m. CBS — A new one-hour special featuring viral home video moments created while social distancing and sheltering in place.

“Shark Tank” 8 p.m. ABC (11th season finale) — A mom from Danville, California, believes she has the solution to help your babies sleep through the night.

“Bravery and Hope: 7 Days on the Front Line” 9 p.m. CBS — A team of CBS News journalists embedded with emergency physicians and critical care specialists, struggling to save patients suffering from COVID-19. 

WEEKEND

“Graduate Together” 8 p.m. Saturday ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox  The broadcast will include a collection of commencement addresses, celebrity performances, and inspirational vignettes for the Class of 2020. 

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC (18th season finale) — The winner is picked from the top seven. 

“Call the Midwife” 8 p.m. Sunday GPB (ninth season finale) — Sister Julienne fights back when the council announced their plan to stop Nonnatus House's funding; Nurse Crane cares of a pregnant unwed woman who is committed to her partner.

“Hightown” 8 p.m. Sunday Starz (new series) — After a body washes ashore during a holiday weekend, a National Marine Fisheries officer is caught up in a web of drama as she tries to solve the case on her own.

“Beverly Hills Dog Show” 8 p.m. Sunday NBC — The fourth annual broadcast combines the star power of Hollywood with the competitive canine world to celebrate man's best friend in a most glamourous way. 

“The Simpsons” 8 p.m. Sunday Fox (31st season finale) — While trying to relive his glory days, Mr. Burns runs into a mysterious music mogul, who cons him and leaves him bankrupt.

Billions” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime —Chuck returns to his alma mater to pursue an opportunity. Axe's big venture is sidelined by a family crisis.

I Know This Much Is True” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Tensions rise between Dominick and his live-in girlfriend, Joy, as the media begins to take an interest in Thomas' case

Snowpiercer” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT (new series) — Snowpiercer, the Great Ark Train, has kept the last remnants of humanity alive for almost seven years.

Supergirl” 9 p.m. Sunday the CW (fifth season finale) — Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) realizes that in order to stop Lex (guest star Jon Cryer) and Leviathan she must work with the one person she never thought she'd trust again.

“Family Guy” 9:30 p.m. Sunday Fox (18th season finale) — Principal Shepherd moves in with the Griffins after he is fired for fat-shaming Chris at school.

“Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC —The special was filmed last September at L'Olympia Theater in Paris and features the Grammy-winning musician singing songs from her latest album, "Lover," to an "intimate crowd of fans from 37 countries. 

“Insecure” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — In need of some positive vibes after the block party, Issagoes out of her way to do good for random people across L.A., eventually turning to an unlikely source for comfort.

“PennyDreadful: City of Angels” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Lewis seeks help from a gangster. Josefina Vega has a harrowing encounter.

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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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