"Survivor," edition 38, debuts on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. CREDIT: CBS

TV best bets with the Oscars, return of ‘Survivor’ and ‘AGT’ champion named

Originally posted Sunday, February 17, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The Academy Awards this Sunday will be back with some big movies vying for best picture including “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star is Born.”

But after the Kevin Hart homophobic tweet controversy, he bowed out as host and the show will go on without one for the first time in three decades. 

Otherwise, it’s a quiet week, with the “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” champion named and “Survivor’ returning for its 38th season. 

This covers Monday, February 18 through February 24, 2019. 


“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” 8 p.m. NBC — So who will win? Darci Lynne could be the champion. 

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC— The pressure mounts as Colton and the seven remaining women return to the U.S. and his hometown of Denver.

“2019 American Rescue Dog Show” 8 p.m. Hallmark — Hosted by Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell. 

“United Skates” 8 p.m. HBO — The African-American roller skating community defend their art against political obstacles calling into question the freedom of speech for American citizens, the license of artistic expression, and whether race is a component in this apparent ambush.

“The Neighborhood” 8 p.m. CBS — Tina agrees to give Grover piano lessons and her son Malcolm lands a job in retail sales, but neither Butler has a first day that goes quite according to plan.

“I Am the Night” 9 p.m. TNT — A determined Fauna seeks out the truth about her mother and her family’s history.

“The Passage” 9 p.m. Fox — Tensions are high with a viral on the loose outside Project NOAH, as Guilder and Richards hurry to mobilize a search party.

“Magnum P.I.” 9 p.m. CBS — After Magnum is kidnapped, he discovers that Hannah, Magnum's ex who landed him and his friends in the POW camp, is on the island and planning to steal a fortune in gold.

“Bull” 10 p.m. CBS — Bull gets to work alongside his idol, Walter Franklin, a legendary lawyer who asks him to help a family bring suit against the U.S. government for the wrong death of a man killed while in witness protection.

“Manifest” 10 p.m. NBC (first season finale) — Ben and Michaela must confront a dire threat to the passengers' safety when Griffin schemes to take the callings public.


“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — McGee reluctantly visits his high school after the unique computer password he used as a teenager is linked to the murder of a department of defense contractor.

“Lethal Weapon” 8 p.m. Fox — Against Murtaugh's advice, Cole reaches out to Tom Barnes to help with a case that hits close to home, putting Murtaugh and Cole's partnership to the test.

“American Soul” 9 p.m. BET — Don figures out a new creative way to score top talent for the show.

“Black-ish” 9 p.m. ABC — Junior is working at Stevens & Lido as an intern and takes some time to find his footing, but when he offers an idea during a pitch meeting, Dre immediately puts him in his place.

“FBI” 9 p.m. CBS — After a journalist is murdered, the team uncovers information linking the suspect to past cases.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Beth's trip home to care for her mother sparks an unexpected realization.

“The Rookie” 10 p.m. ABC — The rookies become the prime suspects when money used in a drug bust goes missing.

“New Amsterdam” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Sharpe struggles when a case hits too close to home and Iggy uncovers a patient's surprising past.


“Chicago Med” 8 p.m. NBC — Natalie and Maggie witness a pickup truck plow through a street fair, and are forced to make some tough decisions on the fly.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS (38th season debut) — The new season features Ron Clark of the Ron Clark Academy.

“The Masked Singer” 9 p.m. Fox — LaToya Jackson was the rabbit. Two more are unmasked tonight. 

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Jay hosts a Super Bowl party, while Claire hosts a baby shower for Haley—both at Jay's house. 

The World's Best” 9:01 p.m. CBS — The battle rounds. 

“Match Game” 10 p.m. ABC — Mario Cantone, Raven-Symoné, Oliver Hudson, Caroline Rhea, Finesse Mitchell and Julie Klausner are the panelists.

“Suits” 10 p.m. USA — Donna's relationship complicates a deal for Harvey and Alex. Samantha helps Louis get justice.


“The Oath” 3:01 a.m. Sony Crackle (second season debut)  "The Oath" explores a world of gangs made up of those sworn to protect and defend.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC  While Meredith breaks a hospital record, the rest of the doctors are sent scrambling in the wake of a massive overdose within the community.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox Gordon races to uncover the criminal element threatening to end talks of Gotham's reunification with the mainland.

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — The gang finds out Wil Wheaton hosts a celebrity Dungeons and Dragons game involving William Shatner, Joe Manganiello, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kevin Smith.

“Top Chef” 8 p.m. Bravo — The chefs have been growing gardens at their Kentucky estate. Tom challenges them to make a dish focused on their garden harvest.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 9 p.m. NBC — Jake and Holt clash over the merits of a new hire in the 99th precinct.

“A Million Little Things” 9:01 p.m. ABC— Maggie's friends anxiously await the outcome of her surgery, while an unexpected arrival from her mother leads to a tense first meeting with Gary.

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS  Christy finds it challenging to quit smoking, while Bonnie helps Tammy prepare for the GED test.

“Will & Grace” 9:30 p.m. NBC  Grace is enlisted by Malcolm to help him win back Karen's affections.

“The Rap Game” 10 p.m. Lifetime  JD challenges the five young rappers to perform in front of the press as they fight to stay in the house.

“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m. NBC  A young man's suicide sparks a child molestation investigation, and Benson turns to Cassidy when the case hits a dead end. end.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m. ABC  Annalise is determined to get to the truth about Nate Sr.'s murder and will stop at nothing until she does.


“The Blacklist 8 p.m. NBC  Liz and Jennifer search for a woman who may know a secret about Red's past, and find themselves in the crosshairs of a ruthless smuggler, forcing Liz to ask an unexpected source for help.

“MacGyver” 8 p.m. CBS — The Phoenix must recover the body of a pilot whose plane crashed while testing an experimental laser mapping system that MacGyver designed.

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. Fox — Vanessa "helps" Mandy and Kyle look for their first apartment.

“Fresh Off the Boat 8 p.m. ABC  Jessica drives Principal Hunter crazy when she declares that she's "shadow principal" and follows him around for a day to learn about his job.

“Hawaii Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS — The top salesperson for a beauty company-pyramid scheme is murdered.

“Proven Innocent” 9 p.m. Fox — The Injustice Defense Group opens a case with Tamara Folsom, a rape victim convicted unjustly of murder.


“Who's Stalking Me?” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — Following a near-death experience when an attacker breaks into her home, Amanda can't shake the feeling that she's still in harm's way.

“The 91st Annual Academy Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC —No host this year. 

“Victoria” 9 p.m. Sunday GPB — Albert and Palmerston put their reputations on the line, and Victoria must fight against her better judgment to decide where to place her allegiance.

“Shameless” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — When a blackout hits the South Side, Kevin and Veronica come up with a plan to bring the neighborhood together; Carl grows suspicious of Debbie's attempts to get closer with Kelly; Fiona receives guidance from an unexpected person.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — The savage group led by Alpha confronts the Hilltop in a harrowing attempt to retrieve her daughter.

“True Detective” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Wayne struggles to hold on to his memories, and his grip on reality, as the truth behind the Purcell case is finally revealed.

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