TV best bets with ‘Sesame Street’ 50th anniversary, ‘The Little Mermaid Live,’ the Apollo Theater, returns of ‘Rick & Morty,’ ‘Shameless’

Originally posted Monday, November 4, 2019 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The latest effort at live musicals goes to Disney’s ABC with “The Little Mermaid Live!” Tuesday. And that exclamation point means the likes of Queen Latifah, Shaggy and John Stamos are participating!

Showtime’s most enduring drama “Shameless” makes it to an incredible 10th season while Adult Swim’s most popular show “Rick & Morty” is back for its fourth season.

HBO teams up with BBC to turn Philip Pullman's best-selling series “His Dark Materials” to life on Monday. The descriptive: “Lyra, a brave young woman from another world. Lyra’s quest to find her kidnapped friend leads her to uncover a sinister plot of a secret organization, encounter extraordinary beings and protect dangerous secrets.”

The network also airs a documentary about the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem on Wednesday and celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Sesame Street” on Saturday night with appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Patti LaBelle, Elvis Costello, Meghan Trainor, Sterling K. Brown, Norah Jones, Nile Rodgers, and Itzhak Perlman. Original cast members show up such as Bob McGrath (Bob), Sonia Manzano (Maria), Emilio Delgado (Luis), Loretta Long (Susan), Roscoe Orman (Gordon), Linda Bove (Linda), Alison Bartlett (Gina), Nitya Vidyasagar (Leela), and Olamide Faison (Miles). 

And OWN’s “Greenleaf” and FX’s “Mayans M.C.” end their seasons Tuesday. 

This covers Monday, November 4 through Sunday, November 10, 2019. 


“9-1-1” 8 p.m. Fox — A murder weapon from a case close to Athena in the early '90s resurfaces.

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Sean Spicer is still around. 

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC  The Knockout Rounds, part three. 

“His Dark Materials” 9 p.m. HBO (new series)  A brave young woman uncovers a sinister plot after her childhood friend is kidnapped by a secret organization.

“Prodigal Son” 9:01 p.m. Fox Bright's quest for answers about his childhood leads him to a junkyard, where he's bombarded with gunshots.

“Bull” 10 p.m. CBS — The Bull is having a hard time defending his client who confessed to accidentally killing his mother's doctor.

“The Good Doctor” 10 p.m. ABC  While performing his first solo surgery, Dr. Shaun Murphy alienates a nurse, which puts his residency in jeopardy.


“End of the F**king World” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut) — A budding teen psychopath and a rebel hungry for adventure embark on a star-crossed road trip in this darkly comic series based on a graphic novel.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — A petty officer's son is found murdered at his "welcome home from prison" party and the evidence suggests Kasie's lifelong best friend, Dante Brown, is the suspect.

“The Little Mermaid Live!” 8 p.m. ABC — Auliʻi Cravalho stars as Princess Ariel, alongside Queen Latifah, Shaggy, John Stamos, and Graham Phillips.

“Empire” 9 p.m. Fox — Lucious, still obsessed with his past, tries to make amends for his wrongdoings with an old friend.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Deja pushes the boundaries of Randall and Beth's trust.

“FBI” 9 p.m. CBS — After a Wall Street investor is murdered, the team is led to an insider-trading ring that uses unconventional methods to gain information

“The Purge” 9 p.m. USA — Marcus confronts his past. Esme learns the truth.

“Greenleaf” 10 p.m. OWN (fourth season finale) — Bob Whitmore returns to Calvary; Phil asks Charity for a very important yes.

“Mayans M.C.” 10 p.m. FX (second season finale) — The need for justice ignites tough decisions for the Reyes brothers and the MC.

“Treadstone” 10 p.m. USA — Doug solves a problem.


“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — An empire falls and a rebellion rises, but the game is far from over.

“Chicago Med” 8 p.m NBC — Dr. Charles and Dr. Halstead sink their teeth into a bloodthirsty case.

“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” 8 p.m Bravo (10th season debut) — Dr. Manning’s actions with a recent patient lead to serious repercussions. 

“The Apollo” 9 p.m. HBO — Since 1934, the Apollo Theater has served as a site of cultural significance in Harlem, hosting some of history's most notable artists of color and supporting their careers.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Gloria is using her alone time with the twins as an opportunity to secretly baptize them before Haley and Dylan get home.

“The Oval” 9 p.m. BET — Barry takes the law into his own hands as he seeks to be a hero for his family.

“Chicago P.D.” 10 p.m. NBC— Voight pulls Darius in after Crawford asks Intelligence to investigate a dangerous drug, but there is little trust in the relationship.

“American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX — A deadly trio emerges, hell-bent on unleashing a new era at Camp Redwood.

“S.W.A.T.” 10 p.m. CBS — The Harrelsons engage in a tense family reunion when Hondo's older sister.


“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC  Catherine is back in town and has no idea what's been going on between Jackson and Maggie, while her relationship with Richard has become distant.

“Superstore” 8 p.m. NBC — Amy, Jonah and Glenn hatch a plan to make Amy look like a tough boss after she loses face in front of the district manager (Justina Machado).

“Young Sheldon” 8 p.m. CBS — A church carnival leads Missy to try out for the baseball team. Also, Meemaw struggles after her breakup with Dr. Sturgis.

“The Good Place” 9 p.m. NBC On the last day of the experiment, Chidi is faced with one final ethical dilemma.

“A Million Little Things” 9:01 p.m. ABC  The gang gathers for Theo's 10th birthday, which is also a significant milestone for Eddie.

“Will & Grace” 9:30 p.m. NBC — Will discovers a way to finally get back at Jack for years of relentlessly mocking his hairline.

“Conan Without Borders: Ghana” 10 p.m. TBS  Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah sent a letter officially inviting Conan to visit the Republic of Ghana to film the next installment of Conan Without Borders, and, of course, Conan accepted.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” 10 p.m. NBC  The SVU joins an undercover task force in busting a human trafficking ring.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m. ABC  Gabriel is first chair on a case defending a teacher involved in a school shooting, and this case hits particularly close to home for both Gabriel and Annalise.


“The Morning Show” 3:01 a.m. Apple+ — Reviews for this show were tepid. 

“Let It Snow” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — Fractured friendships, fledgling romances, a stranded pop star -- and an unforgettable party. Falling snow ushers in the unexpected.

“Hawaii Five-O” 8 p.m. CBS  The CIA informs McGarrett that his mother has gone rogue on her undercover mission and may have killed her partner.

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC  Red alerts the FBI to the suspicious death of a scientist specializing in artificial intelligence research.

“Magnum P.I.” 9 p.m. CBS  Magnum helps out his friend Russell Harlan and temporarily works as the head of a hotel's security.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS  Jamie and Frank oppose each other's viewpoints over the public's treatment of cops after rowdy teens pour water on two rookies.


“Sesame Street 50th Anniversary” 7 p.m. Saturday HBO  

Hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the special reimagines classic segments and songs like “People in Your Neighborhood” and “It’s Not Easy Being Green” as the Sesame Street gang gets ready for a big celebration. 

“Radio Christmas” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — When her Philadelphia radio station is closed for repairs during the holidays, DJ Kara Porter (Keshia Knight Pulliam) is forced to broadcast from the small town of Bethlehem. Desperate to increase her numbers and get promoted outside of Radio Christmas – a year-round Christmas station, Kara seeks to uncover the identity of the town’s Secret Santa, an anonymous benefactor that saved all of Bethlehem’s Christmas festivities. 

“God Friended Me” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS - Miles is confused when Sameer (Vinny Chhibber), a lawyer with financial problems, wants nothing to do with a winning lottery ticket that the God Account helps Miles return to him

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Cynthia and Kandi try to clean up the mess in the aftermath of the Barbie Bash; Kenya unleashes her unfiltered thoughts on Cynthia; while struggling to make sense of her relationship, Porsha drops a bomb that no one is expecting.

“The E! People's Choice Awards” 9 p.m. Sunday E! — "Game of Thrones" has eight nominations. 

“Shameless” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (10th season debut) — Frank milks his injury for all its worth as Debbie, now the self-elected leader of the Gallagher family, cooks up a scam of her own.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Carol and Daryl go on a mission together, while Siddiq struggles to solve a mystery.

“Watchmen” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Reclusive trillionaire Lady Trieu finally enters the stage with a mysterious offer. With Blake getting closer to the truth of her cover-up,

“The Rookie” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — John and Jessica's relationship gets a lot more complicated after she delivers some surprising news.

“Silicon Valley” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — The Pied Piper team races to close a major deal; Dinesh considers being a better person.

“Rick & Morty” 11:30 p.m. Sunday Adult Swim (fourth season debut) — Jerry won't be taking anymore guff from Rick. 

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