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TV best bets with the Grammys, Toni Braxton, Will Ferrell

Posted Sunday, January 21, 2018 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The Grammys are back next Sunday with acts ranging from Little Big Town to breakout artist Cardi B to Lady Gaga.

And for those who recall the woman Antoinette Tuff who talked down a gunman wanting to mow down kids at a Decatur school in 2013, Toni Braxton stars in a dramatic Lifetime movie based on that very story. It airs on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Plus, Will Ferrell returns to his old stomping grounds on the next edition of "Saturday Night Live."

And some reality shows never seem to end. Take "Pawn Stars." It's celebrating its 500th (!) episode Monday.

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This covers Monday, January 22 through Sunday, January 28, 2017.


“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Arie and the 15 remaining bachelorettes leave the Bachelor mansion behind and begin a cross-country trip to continue their search for love.

“Mosaic” 8 p.m. HBO (new series) — A twisting tale of passion, intrigue and deception, conceived and directed by Steven Soderbergh. Mosaic focuses on the disappearance of a high-profile resident of picturesque Summit, Utah and the four-year effort by law-enforcement and civilians to discover the truth behind the crime.

“Better Late Than Never” 9 p.m. NBC — Matador training in Madrid.

“The Alienist” 9 p.m. TNT (new series) — A young boy prostitute is found butchered on an unfinished bridge, spurring an alienist, newspaper illustrator, secretary and police commissioner to begin an investigation outside the law to find the serial killer. Dakota Fanning stars.

“The Resident” 9 p.m. Fox (new time slot) — Conrad receives the call he's been waiting for when a heart becomes available for a patient who has been on the transplant list for two years. But when a congressman is admitted to the hospital after a heart attack, he is prioritized over Conrad's patient.

“The Brave” 10 p.m. NBC — When an unlikely suspect is involved in hacking a U.S. submarine, Dalton and his team stumble upon a piece of Patricia's past.

“Pawn Stars” 10 p.m. History (500th episode) — This show sure knows how to sustain itself.

“The Good Doctor” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Dr. Shaun Murphy suspects his patient is lying about the reason for her injury and makes a controversial assumption about her motives.


“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — After McGee and Torres visit the home of a high schooler who witnessed a hit-and-run, her parents, Christopher and Julie Bell, flee with their daughter, leaving NCIS in the lurch.

“We'll Meet Again” 8 p.m. GPB (new series) — The premiere of the documentary series, which examines dramatic events from history via the personal stories of those who experienced them

“Black Lightning” 9 p.m. the CW —As the community struggles with the violence surrounding them, a glimmer of hope appears: Is Black Lightning back?

“The Haves and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — David discovers Jeffrey's whereabouts. Hanna and Benny confront Candace.

“Intervention” 9 p.m. A&E — Interventionist Michael Gonzales attempts to get Toni's mother, father, and sister on the same page to intervene on Toni, but Carla's belligerence threatens to derail the process before it begins.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Kevin helps Randall and Beth with a project.

“Chicago Med” 10:01 p.m. NBC — r. Choi struggles to help a woman cope with anorexia.

“The Detour” 10:30 p.m. TBS (third season debut) — After months of running, the family finally finds a community of misfits and decides to settle down and start rebuilding their lives.


“The Amazing Race” 8 p.m. CBS (back to back new episodes) — The race  goes from St. Tropez to France.

“The Goldbergs” 8 p.m. ABC — At William Penn Academy in the 1990s, Head of School John Glascott leads a faculty of teachers with wildly different views on how to mentor students and recruits his tough-as-nails-sister Lucy to join his staff and enroll her teenage daughters as new students.

“The X-Files” 8 p.m. Fox — Exploring the idea of the Mandela Effect, in which large groups of people remember an alternate history, Mulder and Scully learn how the X-Files themselves may have originated.

“Let's Get Physical” 8:30 p.m. Pop (new series) — Joe's father passes away, and Joe's inheritance depends on Joe beating his rival in the upcoming Competitive Aerobics Championship.

“9-1-1” 9 p.m. Fox — In the aftermath of a deadly plane crash, Bobby and team race to help the survivors, while Athena deals with panic and chaos at the airport.

“Dynasty” 9 p.m. the CW — When Fallon is taken hostage, the rest of the family must come together to enact a rescue mission—but coming together isn't exactly what Carringtons do best.

“Vikings” 9 p.m. History — A sense of doom looms over Kattegat as bloodshed ensues, but as the defeated army flees in the face of the victors, a legendary warrior makes his way home.

“American Crime Story” 10 p.m. FX — Andrew Cunanan arrives in Miami to stalk Gianni Versace.

“Match Game” 10 p.m. ABC —Jack McBrayer, Ellie Kemper, Anthony Anderson, Yvette Nicole Brown, James Van Der Beek and Anna Camp.


“MVP: Most Valuable Person ” 8 p.m. CBS — A talent show in which NFL players share their off-the-field talents.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC — A young boy is admitted to Grey Sloan Memorial and his case has a profound impact on the doctors.

“RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars” 8 p.m. Logo (third season debut)  — RuPaul brings back some favorite contestants.

“The Good Place” 8:30 p.m. NBC — Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason consider just how much they have (or have not) improved; and Michael is left to deal with the consequences of his recent actions.

“Scandal” 9 p.m. ABC — So what happened in that basement?

“Nashville” 9 p.m. CMT — Darius helps Juliette unlock a dark truth about her past.

“Chicago Fire” 10 p.m. CBS — Dawson and Casey do everything they can to locate Bria's whereabouts after discovering important new information.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m. ABC — As Laurel struggles to come to terms with what happened on that tragic night, Annalise and Frank work together to do what they believe is best for the group.

“Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo — It's Restaurant Wars!


“Dirty Money” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)  — An up-close and personal view into untold stories of scandal and corruption in the world of business.

“Britania” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (new series)  — Filmed overseas in Prague and Wales, Britannia is set in 43AD as the Roman Imperial Army, determined and terrified in equal measure, returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia.

“Blindspot”  8 p.m. NBC  — While Jane and Weller partner with a mysterious man from Jane's past to find a missing person, the team races to stop an arms deal.

“Hell’s Kitchen”  8 p.m. Fox  When the families come to visit, the four remaining all-stars are feeling extra-motivated to succeed.

“The Paynes”  9 p.m. OWN  — The Paynes begin to settle into their new life with the help of their cousins. Ella is concerned about Nyla's disappearance.


“Faith Under Fire” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — Toni Braxton plays Antoinette Tuff, the Decatur school bookkeeper who talked down a shooter at Ronald McNair Elementary School in 2013.

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC— Will Ferrell hosts.

“The 60th Annual Grammy Awards” 7:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — James Corden hosts. Performers include Cardi B; Luis Fonsi; Childish Gambino; Kesha; Lady Gaga; Little Big Town;

“Waco: Madman or Messiah” 8 p.m. Sunday A&E— Followers from around the world travel to Mount Carmel to hear the teachings of the Branch Davidians' leader David Koresh, but as Koresh's teachings become more and more apocalyptic, members of the group question his motives.

“Shark Tank” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC  — Two health conscious entrepreneurs from Redwood City, California, introduce the sharks to their guilt-free sweet treat.

“Shameless” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (seventh season finale) — Fiona taps deep into her Gallagher roots to get the homeless family out of her apartment and dismiss their lawsuit.

“Divorce” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO  — Frances is inspired to track down an unknown painter after helping a new friend with an art appraisal.

“The Chi” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Brandon seeks refuge after Jerrika kicks him out.

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

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