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TV best bets with the Super Bowl, Chris Pine, ‘The World’s Best,’ ‘Viking’ season finale

Originally posted Sunday, January 27, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The biggest TV event of the year is in Atlanta this year: the Super Bowl featuring the L.A. Rams and the New England Patriots. The Patriots are slight favorites

CBS is the network this year airing the game and includes a full day of pre-game festivities. And it tries to leverage the 100 million-plus viewers to watch the debut of its newest reality program “The World’s Best,” which is kind of like “America’s Got Talent.” 

Otherwise, there isn’t a whole lot going on. History’s “Viking” ends its season and TNT on Monday debuts yet another series about a serial killer called “I Am the Night.” Chris Pine plays the an addicted Los Angeles crime reporter trying to link the infamous 1947 Black Dahlia case with a possible copycat murder in 1965. 

Plus, Natasha Lyonne lives a kind of “Groundhog Day” conceit in “Russian Doll” on Netflix. 

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This covers Monday, January 28 to Sunday, February, 3, 2019.

MONDAY

“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” 8 p.m. NBC — Tonight includes two former winners: performance artist Kenichi Ebina and ventriloquist Paul Zerdin. 

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC— A spectacular international trip awaits the 15 remaining bachelorettes beginning with Singapore, a booming multicultural metropolis, mixing big city luxury with fascinating Chinese heritage.

“Celebrity Big Brother” 8 p.m. CBS — Tamar Braxton is a super fan. She will cut you! 

“Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists” 8 p.m. HBO — A profile of journalists Jimmy Breslin (1928-2017) and Pete Hamill, who became outspoken columnists in New York City and around the world, spotlitghts some of their best-known stories and anecdotes, and features interviews with writers.

I Am the Night” 9 p.m. TNT (new series) — Fauna Hodel, who was given away by her teenage birth mother, begins to investigate the secrets to her past, following a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist connected to the legendary Black Dahlia murder.

“Magnum P.I.” 9 p.m. CBS — Magnum investigates the murder of a man who, pre-death, hired Thomas to find his killer.

“The Passage” 9 p.m. Fox — Brad strikes a deal with Sykes and Richards to stay with Amy at Project NOAH.

“The Good Doctor” 10 p.m. ABC — Shaun Murphy, Dr. Morgan Reznick and Dr. Audrey Lim treat a woman with autism and a delicate brain condition while navigating the complicated relationship she has with her roommate.

TUESDAY

“Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2019” 8 p.m. CBS — A look at the best commercials to air during past Super Bowls, with viewers choosing the top spot. Also: a preview of the 2019 commercials.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Veronica is simmering.

“Drunk History” 10 p.m. Comedy — The theme is baseball. Moses Fleetwood Walker faces racism in the 19th-century MLB; the Chicago White Sox are accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Series; the Callaghan sisters inspire the film "A League of Their Own."

“Many Sides of Jane” 10 p.m. A&E — Jane's mother attempts to reconnect, leaving Jane feeling deeply conflicted; while younger parts miss their mom, older parts are not ready to forgive her.

“Teachers” 10 p.m. TV Land — Mrs. Adler, struggling to juggle work and being a mom, accepts help from Ms. Cannon, which she quickly regrets.

“Corporate” 10:30 p.m. Comedy — Jake tries to market makeup to men; and Grace coaches Kate on how to talk to their male coworkers after John complains about her tone.

WEDNESDAY

“The Goldbergs” 8 p.m. ABC — Adam is terrified when he and his friends are recruited to the William Penn Academy baseball team, but he quickly catches on to Principal Ball's master plan.

“Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours To Hell and Back” 8 p.m. Fox — Gordon Ramsay's "Hell On Wheels" travels to Stone's Throw, a family-owned, fine-dining restaurant located right on the Housatonic River in Seymour, Conn.

“The Magicians” 9 p.m. Syfy — Dean Fogg gets a new suit.

“The Masked Singer” 9 p.m. Fox — Margaret Cho was revealed last week. Who's next?

“Modern Family 9 p.m. ABC — Phil may have conquered his biggest real-estate challenge when he thinks he found Pepper his dream home.

“Vikings 9 p.m. History (fifth season finale) — The sons of Ragnar converge for a rematch.

“Match Game” 10 p.m. ABC — Panelists: Chris Parnell, Whitney Cummings, Kevin Smith, Jane Krakowski, Ron Funches and Caitlyn Jenner.

“Criminal Minds” 10 p.m. CBS — The BAU leads the investigation into a string of murders taking place in supposedly haunted houses in Lewiston, Maine.

“Suits” 10 p.m. USA — Louis learns the finer points of managing Harvey. Alex is caught between Samantha and his wife.

THURSDAY

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC  Amelia and Koracick tackle a daunting surgery on Catherine while Richard and Jackson hope for the best.

The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS  Leonard discovers that his friends excluded him from a scientific project.

Young Sheldon” 8:31 p.m. CBS  Sheldon uses his new friendship with the school bully to boss Georgie around.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 9 p.m. NBC  Gina spends time with each member of the squad.

“Swamp People” 9 p.m. History (10th season debut)  The swampers are faced with a gator invasion that's threatening their community like never before.

“Will & Grace” 9:30 p.m. NBC  Will, Karen and Jack unknowingly take a hallucinogenic drug, which causes Will and Jack to wonder if they're each other's soul mate and has Karen giving her last "performance" as Mrs. Stanley Walker.

“The Rap Game” 10 p.m. Lifetime  JD brings in April Roomet help the artists discover their look

“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m. NBC  A specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD investigates sexually related crimes.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m. ABC  Nate is on a mission to prove he was right about the culprit in his father's murder.

FRIDAY

“The ABC Murders” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (new series) The series follows a killer, who uses the alias ABC, and strikes in a methodical pattern, leaving a copy of the ABC railway guide at the scene of each murder.

“Russian Doll” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)  Russian Doll follows a young woman named Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City.

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. Fox  Mike and Vanessa take the girls to the family cabin, where Mike challenges them to literally unplug for the weekend and stay off their phones.

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8 p.m. ABC  It's Chinese New Year and the Lees, Elaine, Julius and son, Horace, are back.

“MacGyver 8 p.m. CBS  An international crime boss offers Matty a deal she can't refuse: he'll surrender himself into her custody if he's allowed to return to the U.S. to watch his daughter walk down the aisle.

“Hell’s Kitchen” 9 p.m. Fox — The final four chefs participate in a tableside challenge, preparing them for the showmanship that the Las Vegas Executive Chef position will require.

“The Blacklist” 9 p.m. NBC — Red argues in court to uphold the validity of his immunity agreement, while Liz and the Task Force question a man whose recent inheritance seems too good to be true and Dembe offers Red some advice.

“Hawaii Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS — While investigating Flippa's friend's murder, McGarrett and Grover uncover a deadly plan by an extremist group on the Island.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — A medium approaches Danny and Baez claiming to know what happened to a woman who was found dead of an apparent suicide.

WEEKEND

“Death of a Cheerleader” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — In a remake of the cult-classic, "Death of a Cheerleader" is inspired by Randall Sullivan’s Rolling Stone article of the same name about the real-life murder of a popular, affluent and beautiful Northern California high school cheerleader at the hand of a classmate.

“Puppy Bowl” 3 p.m. Sunday Animal — Cute canines in what is now an annual rite. 

“Super Bowl LIII” 6:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — The Los Angeles Rams vs. the New England Patriots at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 

“Victoria” 9 p.m. Sunday GPB — Albert leaves the Palace for Cambridge, and Victoria faces the impact of a cholera epidemic.

“True Detective” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Only details at this point is the show title: "If You Have Ghosts."

“The World's Best” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — Acts must impress three American judges before facing 50 of the world's most accomplished experts from every field of entertainment with their talents.

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

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