TV best bets with ‘The Last Ship’ series finale, midterm elections, ‘Mayans M.C.,’ ‘The Purge’

"The Last Ship" ends after five seasons on Sunday, November 11, 2018 on TNT.

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"The Last Ship" ends after five seasons on Sunday, November 11, 2018 on TNT.

Originally posted Sunday, November 4, 2018 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Several newer cable shows are finishing their first seasons including FX’s renewed “Mayans M.C.,” USA’s “The Purge” (no word on whether it’s coming back) and Showtime’s “Kidding,” which has been renewed.

TNT also concludes "The Last Ship," the last show on the network that had former TNT chief Steve Koonin's fingerprints on it.

And The People’s Choice Awards pops up on E! Sunday.

But the biggest reality show of them all is over on the cable news channels and to a degree, some of the broadcast networks Tuesday night with the midterm elections. Who will win the House and Senate? Who will take the governor’s race in Georgia and Florida?  For political pundits, this is their Super Bowl night.

This covers Monday, November 5 through Sunday, November 11, 2018


"The Neighborhood" 8 p.m. CBS — Dave plans a special anniversary celebration for Gemma while Calvin and Tina babysit the Johnsons' son, Grover, during an evening when nothing goes according to plan.

"The Resident" 8 p.m. Fox — Patients from the hospital's prescription drug trial start suffering life-threatening side effects, and Nic fears that her sister Jessie may be in danger.

"Dancing With the Stars" 8 p.m. ABC — First time the first five eliminated were women, leaving just two remaining. 

"Magnum P.I." 9 p.m. CBS — Magnum takes the case of a little girl's missing cat and, in the process, stumbles upon another cat's murdered owner who happens to be an FBI agent.

"9-1-1" 9 p.m. Fox — Buck jumps back into the dating scene but fears he will return to his pre-Abby scoundrel-ous ways, while questioning if Maddie and Chimney are more than just friends.

"Bull" 10 p.m. CBS — Bull confronts his guilt over closing his psychiatric practice to start TAC when his former patient, a young woman who is a clinical sociopath, goes on trial for killing her brother.

"Manifest" 10 p.m. NBC — Cal wakes with a life-threatening fever, and Grace fears it's from his cancer treatment.

"The Good Doctor" 10 p.m. ABC — Shaun and Morgan's indecision could affect a young violinist's future.


Both ABC and PBS start midterm election coverage at 8 p.m. CBS and NBC start at 9. Cable news networks, of course, will be covering it well into the night.

"The Gifted" 8 p.m. Fox  The Inner Circle prepares for a secret ambush, but Polaris is reluctant to join and Reeva tasks Esme with getting Polaris on board.

"The Haves and the Have Nots" 9 p.m. OWN (fifth season finale) — Jim thinks he holds all the cards, but there's a ticking time bomb coming his way.

"Lethal Weapon" 9 p.m. Fox — Cole confronts his past when his former mentor, Tom Barnes, delivers alarming news, as he and Murtaugh investigate a robbery of safe deposit boxes.

"Mayans M.C." 10 p.m. FX (first season finale) — The club has reason to celebrate, but big changes leave the future uncertain.

"The Purge" 10 p.m. USA (first season finale) — Penelope takes charge. Miguel and Pete grapple with an unexpected enemy.


"Chicago Med" 8 p.m. NBC — The hospital is forced to evacuate when a toxic chemical is brought into the E.D., leaving patients and the staff in grave danger.

"Survivor" 8 p.m. CBS — Christian continues to be one of the more lovable figures ever on "Survivor."

"Empire" 8 p.m. Fox — In an effort to sign more artists, Cookie and Lucious make a bet to see who can find someone first.

"Chicago Fire" 9 p.m. NBC — Severide faces some major adversity and Kidd is on a mission to help in any way she can.

"Deal or No Deal" 9 p.m. CNBC — The game is back with Howie Mandel as host

"Modern Family" 9 p.m. ABC — When Cam forgets the words to his favorite country song, he blames Mitch and decides he needs to reconnect with his roots and get a chicken.

"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" 9 p.m. Bravo (ninth season debut) — With less than a year left in Joe Giudice's prison sentence, Teresa is coming into her own when she decides to enter a bodybuilding competition against her husband's wishes.

"SEAL Team" 9:01 p.m. CBS — Bravo Team partners with the Mexican Marines to hunt the head of one of the most powerful and lethal drug cartels in Mexico.

"Criminal Minds" 10 p.m. CBS — The BAU heads to Bethesda, Md., to investigate four murders in the span of three days along the eastern seaboard.

"A Million Little Things" 10 p.m. ABC— Regina is put in charge of making important decisions for Rome after discovering that she might not know him like she thought she did.

"Greenleaf" 10 p.m. OWN — The Greenleaf's IRS issues escalate when the FBI raid both Calvary and Triumph on suspicion of embezzlement.


"Grey's Anatomy" 8 p.m ABC  Catherine is in Los Angeles getting the new foundation ready and summons Meredith and Koracick to visit for a highly confidential consult.

"We Are Not Done Yet" 8 p.m HBO A profile of a group of veterans and active-duty service members as they come together to combat past and current traumas through the written word, sharing their experiences in a United Service Organizations (USO) writing workshop.

"The Good Place" 8:30 p.m NBC Eleanor recalls some forgotten events from her past.

"Will & Grace" 9 p.m NBC  Will discovers that Noah has a child he hasn't told Grace about, but is now sworn to secrecy

"Mom" 9:01 p.m CBS — Christy and Wendy help Jill clean out her closet, which turns out to be a bigger job than expected, and Bonnie, Marjorie and Tammy take up a new hobby.

"Murphy Brown" 9:30 p.m CBS  The "Murphy in the Morning" team, Avery and Phyllis join Jim at a lifetime achievement award gala in his honor, hosted by Katie Couric.

"How to Get Away With Murder" 10 p.m ABC  Connor and Oliver attempt to secure a church for their wedding to appease their moms.

"Law & Order: SVU" 10 p.m NBC  A waitress from a trendy New York restaurant is sexually assaulted at an after-hours VIP party.


"MacGyver" 8 p.m. CBS  Matty sends MacGyver and team to Ghana to recover a hard drive from an e-waste landfill that is run by a powerful and violent man.

"Dynasty" 8 p.m. the CW  Even as Fallon commits her heart to Culhane, forces she can't see, and some she can, pull her away.

"Blindspot" 8 p.m. NBC — A blast from Rich DotCom's past sends the FBI team after a deadly terrorist plot.

"Fresh Off the Boat" 8 p.m. ABC — Jessica and Lewis are thrilled to discover that a Chinese family has moved into the neighborhood.

"Last Man Standing" 8 p.m. Fox — Vanessa's mother comes to visit and hits it off with Ed.

"Cool Kids" 8:30 p.m. Fox —Hank and Margaret lose a cornhole competition to some resident cheaters and, as a result, miss out on the coveted prize—a new 65" flat-screen TV.

"Hawaii Five-O" 9 p.m. CBS — McGarrett investigates a cold case from the 1940s, one that his grandfather and Honolulu detective.

"Hell's Kitchen" 9 p.m. Fox  Chef Ramsay introduces the chefs to a culinary legend known all over the world, Mr. Potato Head.

"Blue Bloods" 10 p.m. CBS  The drug cartel hitman responsible for torching Danny's house resurfaces.


"Sorority Stalker" 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime  Spa owner, Aya, accidentally bumps into a distraught Taryn, who turns out to be a sorority sister. When Aya learns that Taryn has been dumped by the very guy she just moved to LA to be with, Aya welcomes her into her home and life like any sister would. But Taryn isn't really her sister. She's a former foster child who will do anything, even kill, to create the family bond she has desperately wanted her entire life.

"Saturday Night Live" 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC  Liv Shreiber hosts.

"Outlander" 8 p.m. Sunday Starz — Claire and Jamie struggle to make a home for themselves in the backcountry of North Carolina during the period of colonial America at yet another turning point in history: the cusp of the American Revolution.

"Seduced By My Neighbor" 8 p.m. Sunday Lifetime— Single mom Sarah moves into the suburbs and starts dating a firefighter, only to find herself the target of an obsessive neighborhood watchman who aims to prove he's the best man to protect her... even if he has to create the danger himself.

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Ladies surprise NeNe by showing up at her comedy show in Miami.

"God Friended Me" 8:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — Miles is forced to face uncomfortable truths about his family when the "God" account points him towards his Uncle Terrance.

"The Last Ship" 9 p.m. Sunday TNT (series finale) — Chandler faces his fears and confronts the greatest threat he has ever encountered.

"The E! People's Choice Awards" 9 p.m. Sunday E!, USA, Syfy — Nicki Minaj is set to open.

"Ray Donovan" 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Ray must help Anita make a splash at the first mayoral debate.

"The Walking Dead" 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Rick is gone and presumed dead by his former crew. We fast forward six years or so and his young daughter is now a making an impact.

"Country Music's Biggest Stars " 10 p.m. Sunday ABC —Robin Roberts talks to folks like Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Sugarland and Darius Rucker.

"Kidding" 10 p.m. Sunday Starz (first season finale) — Everyone deals with the results of Jeff's national TV speech.

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