TV best bets with ‘True Detective,’ Lindsay Lohan, Monica Lewinsky, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

Originally posted Monday, January 7, 2019 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

After HBO’s disastrous second season of “True Detective,” the show apparently has righted the ship season three featuring Oscar-winning “Moonlight” star Mahershala Ali. It comes back Sunday.

And in a quixotic attempt at a “comeback,” Lindsay Lohan will pop up on MTV Tuesday is running a beach house resort in Greece as she takes eight Americans through the ropes working for her. 

Plus, ABC, just a week after revisiting the Bobbitts, will now look at Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton 20 minutes after the fact. 

On Monday, “The Bachelor” and a special “champions” editions of summer hit “America’s Got Talent” return. 

NBC this week brings“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” back from the dead after Fox cancelled it. 

NGC has opted to air a fictionalized history of the Internet browser wars of the 1990s called “Valley of the Boom.”

And two Atlanta-based reality shows debut at the same time Thursday: A&E’s “Homicide Squad Atlanta” and Lifetime’s “The Rap Game.”

This covers Monday, January 7 through Sunday, January 13, 2019. 


“America's Got Talent: The Champions” 8 p.m. NBC (new series) — Terry Crews hosts as the best of the best all over the world compete. 

“Antiques Roadshow” 8 p.m. GPB (23rd season debut) — Family heirlooms, thrift store finds, and an item valued at $77,500 are appraised at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills, Mich.

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC (23rd season debut) — Colton Underwood is the bachelor. Among the women vying for his affection: a pageant star who calls herself the "hot-mess express"; a confident Nigerian beauty with a loud-and-proud personality; a deceptively bubbly spitfire who is hiding a dark secret. 

“College Football National Championship” 8 p.m. ESPN — Alabama vs. Clemson.

“Last Call” 9 p.m. Bounce (new series) — After finding out his business manager ran off with all of his money, ex-NFL player, Darius Knight, opens up a comedy club in the backroom of his only remaining investment, Baltimore bar, Last Call.

“Manifest” 10 p.m. NBC — Michaela's mystifying, next-level calling launches her on a mission that brings her relationship with Jared to a head.


“The Conners” 8 p.m. ABC — Dan gets injured on the job covering D.J.'s vending machine route, but the choice to sue the company could lead to D.J. getting fired.

“Ellen's Game of Games” 8 p.m. NBC (second season debut) — Games such as "Stink Tank," "Oh Ship" and "Knockin' Boots" in addition to "Blindfolded Musical Chairs."

“Good Trouble” 8 p.m. Freeform (new series) —Callie and Mariana Adams Foster venture to Los Angeles to start their adult lives and embark on their separate but intertwined journeys to change the world. A spinoff of “The Fosters.”

“Lindsay Lohan's Beach House” 8 p.m. MTV (new series) — Lindsay Lohan is expanding her business empire with the launch of Lohan Beach House in Mykonos, Greece; she is a no-nonsense boss while managing the club and its restaurant and needs her team to come together to help bring her vision to life.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Secretary of Defense Wynn Crawford sh.uts down Gibbs' murder investigation and demands that Special Agents McGee and Torres be arrested for their actions in the case.

“Black-ish” 9 p.m. ABC — Dre must take Jack and Diane on a mandatory camping trip for school and hatches a plan for them to escape to a fancy hotel for some pampering.

“FBI” 9 p.m. CBS — A judge and her daughter are murdered after she sentenced a man to life in prison, and Maggie and OA search for the killer behind the possible retaliation.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN (sixth season debut) — Katheryn mixes business with pleasure.

“The Rookie” 10 p.m. ABC — Officer Bradford's wife, Isabel, is found shot but alive and he vows to track down the man responsible.

“New Amsterdam” 10:01 p.m. NBC— As Max fights for his life, New Amsterdam is in full swing with a pertinent heart surgery that is not covered by insurance and a potential nurses walk out.


“Chicago Med” 8 p.m. NBC — April finds herself in a dangerous situation and Natalie gets an update on Will.

The Goldbergs” 8 p.m. ABC — Barry and Lainey's wedding date is right around the corner, and Beverly is in her element as she tries to make everything perfect for her schmoopie's big day.

Schooled” 8:31 p.m. ABC (new series) — It's 1990-something, and since Lainey still hasn't achieved rock 'n' roll greatness, she returns to William Penn Academy as the new music teacher. A spin-off of “The Goldbergs.”

“Chicago Fire” 9 p.m. NBC — A dangerous situation leaves Casey and Naomi in peril.

“The Masked Singer” 9 p.m. Fox — Last week, this show was one of the biggest reality show debuts in many years. 

“Modern Family 9 p.m. ABC — Claire and Phil aren't convinced that Haley and Dylan can make it on their own as they move them into their new apartment before the baby arrives.

“Criminal Minds” 10 p.m. CBS — Prentiss and the team fly to Iowa to investigate the disappearance of three 10-year-old children who appear to have been abducted from their homes in the middle of the night.

“Match Game” 10 p.m. ABC (fourth season debut) — Kenan Thompson, Ellie Kemper, Tyler Hoechlin, Sherri Shepherd, Horatio Sanz and Jillian Bell are the panelists.

“Chicago PD” 10 p.m. NBC — Voight and Ruzek lock horns over how to handle the aftermath of the Antonio situation.

“You're the Worst” 10 p.m. FXX (fifth season debut) — Jimmy and Gretchen tell the story of their love to a prospective wedding planner.


“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Penny's ex-boyfriend, Zack, and his wife want a baby, but when Zack is infertile, they ask Leonard for help.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox  Gordon and Bullock investigate a location where several kids have been kidnapped.

“Top Chef” 8 p.m. Bravo — The chefs walk in on an epic battle of Last Chance Kitchen and are drafted into the fight.

“Young Sheldon” 8:31 p.m. CBS — When Sheldon has to spend a few days in the hospital, he turns into the world's worst patient.

“Truth and Lies: Monica” 9 p.m. ABC  The special marking the 20th anniversary of President Clinton's impeachment.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 9 p.m. NBC (sixth season debut)  Jake and Amy go on their honeymoon; and Capt. Holt finds out whether he is the new commissioner of the NYPD.

“Homicide Squad Atlanta” 9 p.m. A&E (new series)  A group of detectives working together to solve a murder case in Atlanta.

“The Rap Game” 9 p.m. A&E (fifth season debut)  Jermaine Dupri is back and he calls hit his most "frustrating" season to date. 

“Mom” 9;01 p.m. CBS  Christy's smoking causes problems when the ladies take a road trip.

“FAM” 9:30 p.m. CBS (new series)  A woman whose perfect life with her fiancé is radically altered when her 16-year-old, out-of-control half-sister unexpectedly comes to live with them.

“The Good Place” 9:30 p.m. NBC  Michael's resolve is put to the test. Meanwhile, Jason wrestles with his feelings and Chidi surprises Eleanor.

“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m. NBC  A woman accuses a celebrity plastic surgeon and his girlfriend of rape.


“Friends From College” 3:01 a.m. Netfix (second season debut)  Six Harvard alums in their 40s living in New York City and the complicated relationships they have with each other.

“Sex Education” 3:01 a.m. Netfix (new series)  A teenage virgin who lives with his sex therapist mother teams up with a smart and edgy.

“Blindspot” 8 p.m. NBC — The team's desperate gambit to get Jane back puts her head-to- head with Remi.

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8 p.m. ABC — Evan has a girlfriend, but Jessica disapproves because she thinks it will distract him from school and cause his grades to decline.

“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. Fox — Mike struggles to find common ground with Jen, the Baxter's new foreign exchange student, fearing she is being too polite with him.

“MacGyver” 8 p.m. CBS — The Phoenix teams up with a woman who's a soccer mom by day but a master thief by night to catch one of her contacts, an underworld criminal, who has hired her to steal a dirty bomb.

The Blacklist” 9 p.m. NBC — Liz and the Task Force track a notorious underground biohacker; and Red initiates a strategy to extricate himself from a problematic position.

“Hawaii Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS — MacGarrett and Five-0 support Danny and Rachel by determining what happened when gets into a life-threatening car accident and lands in critical condition.

Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — A former officer waits on Frank at a restaurant, causing him to feel guilty about the circumstances surrounding why she was fired, and he tries to reinstate her.


“My Mother's Split Personalities” 8 p.m. Lifetime — It’s up to Julie to save her mother from not only her rapacious boyfriend but also from her own split personalities and get her the help she desperately needs.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Porsha and Kandi clash continues. 

“Outlander” 8 p.m. Sunday Starz — Jamie, Claire and Young Ian embark on a long uncertain journey to rescue Roger, while Brianna forges a friendship with one of Jamie's old friends as she fends off Aunt Jocasta's attempts to secure a husband.

“God Friended Me” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — Miles is shocked when the God account sends him 76 simultaneous friend suggestions; Ali moves in with Miles while her apartment is being fumigated; Rakesh receives surprising news at work.

“Victoria” 9 p.m. Sunday GPB (third season debut) — Revolution sweeps across Europe; and pressure builds on Victoria with new arrivals at the Palace.

“American Style” 9 p.m. Sunday CNN — A four-part series looking at America through the eyes of fashion, starting with the 1940s and 1950s, an era known for conformity. 

“Ray Donovan” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (sixth season finale) — Ray settes his final scores and revisits the past with his father. 

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Brothers from Provo, Utah, introduce their adventurous treasure hunt game experience for cities across the country.

“Valley of the Boom” 9 p.m. Sunday NGC (new series) — The lives of prominent figures in the tech world, including their friendships, rivalries, victories and failures.

“True Detective” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO (third season debut) — Driven by Mahershala Ali's mesmerizing performance, this new season finds fresh perspective by exploring real world events -- though it loses some of the series' intriguing strangeness along the way.

“Dirty John” 10 p.m. Sunday Bravo (first season finale) — John and Debra's relationship comes to a head in an unexpected way.

“Madam Secretary” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — Elizabeth must salvage a deal with a military contractor by supplying fighter jets to Taiwan, but she risks triggering a war with China in the process.

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