Christina Applegate in the new black comedy "Dead to Me" on Netflix out May 3, 2019.
Photo: Saeed Adyani / Netflix/Saeed Adyani / Netflix
Photo: Saeed Adyani / Netflix/Saeed Adyani / Netflix

TV best bets with Adam Lambert, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Adam Sandler, Christina Applegate

Originally posted Sunday, April 26, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog



There aren’t a lot of new programming this week. Netflix has an interesting dark comedy called “Dead to Me” starring Christina Applegate as a tightly wound widower and Linda Cardellini, a free spirit hiding a secret. 

“Saturday Night Live” brings back Adam Sandler as host for the first time, a gig he once said he would never ever do. 

Former “Idol” and Queen frontman Adam Lambert will be a coach on Queen night with “American Idol”Sunday night followed by a Monday night special focused on him and the band on NBC.

And Netflix also has a new special “Knock Down the House” following around four progressive women trying to win House seats in 2018. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is one of them. 

This covers Monday, April 29 through Sunday, May 5, 2019. 

MONDAY

“The Show Must Go On” 8 p.m. ABC — A special about Queen and Adam Lambert

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — Live top 24 competition.

“9-1-1” 9 p.m. Fox — After his devastating family tragedy in Minnesota, Bobby Nash moves to Los Angeles to start over, where he becomes captain of the 118, and meets Athena Grant for the first time.

“The Code” 9 p.m. CBS — A dying Marine confesses his involvement in covering up the murder of an Iraqi civilian more than a decade ago, and Abe and Trey are assigned to prosecute the accused killer—a sitting U.S. congressman.

“Bull” 10 p.m. CBS — Bull fears that his client's family ties will negatively impact the jury when TAC represents the seemingly innocent young heir, Connor McCandless, of an infamous crime family on trial for murder with his brother.

“Gentleman Jack” 10 p.m. HBO — Lister begins a playful but dangerous courtship of Ann Walker; Lister's plan to excavate her coal mines brings her into the path of local magistrate Christopher Rawson and his brother Jeremiah; Lister's servant offers a solution to Eugénie's problem.

TUESDAY

“The Village” 8 p.m. NBC— The residents of the Village try to put together the pieces as the dust settles on last night's revelation.

“MasterChef Junior” 8 p.m. Fox — It's a battle to the finish line when the Top 10 are tasked with a pasta race.

Blackish” 9 p.m. ABC — Dre is thrilled when Jack makes the football team, but Bow is against the idea.

“1969” 10 p.m. ABC — The story of Mary Jo Kopechne, who died when Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) drove off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island.

“Fosse/Verdon” 10 p.m. FX — Bob's career takes some huge leaps, while Gwen struggles to overcome personal and professional setbacks.

WEDNESDAY

“Knock Down the House” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — Four female Democrats aim to join the House, including Fox's favorite target Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez.

“Empire” 8 p.m. Fox — Cookie gets picked up by AUSA Conway, while Lucious is visited by his past.

“2019 Billboard Music Awards” 8 p.m. NBC — Kelly Clarkson hosts. Mariah Carey gets an icon award. 

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — It's family reunion time for the final seven. Atlanta educator Ron Clark and Macon broadcast Rick Devens remain. 

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Cam is finally getting a chance to shine when he is asked to preside over the high-school graduation ceremony at the last minute, while Jay gives the commencement address.

“Star” 9 p.m. Fox — Everyone is on edge, but the girls must stay focused on the events leading up to the ASAs.

“Seal Team” 10 p.m. CBS — The tension between Jason and Ray comes to a head, and Lisa faces her final test in officer candidate school.

“Whiskey Cavalier” 10 p.m. ABC — When an unexpected murder shocks everyone, Will goes to a dark place as he and the rest of the team are tasked to hunt down the culprit behind this unsettling attack.

THURSDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Kripke has proof that Dr. Pemberton plagiarized his thesis in college, and Sheldon and Amy aren't sure if they should turn him in or not.

“2019 Miss USA Pageant” 8 p.m. Fox — Nick and Vanessa Lachey host.

“iZombie” 8 p.m. the CW (fifth season debut) — Liv and Clive investigate a murder case with no body and no brain to eat, and the only evidence they have to work with is a grainy video and a little bit of blood found at the crime scene.

“Young Sheldon” 8:31 p.m. CBS  Georgie is thrilled when Veronica stays at the Coopers' house for a few days.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 9 p.m. NBC — When Gina returns to the Nine Nine, Jake and Terry get drawn into her life.

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Christy discovers her new job at a law firm isn't quite what she expected, and Bonnie's therapist, Trevor, pushes her to confront her problem with procrastination.

“S.W.A.T.” 10 p.m. CBS  The SWAT team finds itself under internal investigation after a civilian is killed as they attempted to bring in the city's most wanted criminal.

“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m. NBC  A pop star is assaulted in her home, and the SVU investigates the public feud between her rapper husband and a competing recording artist.

FRIDAY

“Dead to Me” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — A powerful friendship blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret in this darkly comic series. Christina Applegate stars. 

“All in the Family” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — After starting a family of his very own in America, a gay filmmaker documents his loving, traditional Chinese family's process of acceptance.

“Screen Nation” 8 p.m. ABC — Diane Sawyer does a special on how society is obsessed with their smartphones. 

“At the Heart of Gold” 8 p.m. HBO — A documentary that focuses on the "winning-first" culture that allowed abusers to go unchecked in USA Gymnastics, and shares the stories of the survivors.

“Blindspot” 8 p.m. NBC — A horrifying and vengeful villain threatens the FBI. Weller considers his priorities.

“MacGyver” 8 p.m. CBS —Matty's ex, Ethan, asks her for help when a criminal organization, S-Company, kidnaps his wife and daughter, forcing Matty to decide if she's willing to commit treason in order to help him save his family.

“Hawaii Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS — McGarrett helps his visiting sister, Mary, spy on her shady neighbors, while Five-0 investigates the murders of a ride-share driver and his passenger.

“The Blacklist” 9 p.m. NBC — Multiple children are abducted under similar circumstances, and the Task Force rushes to find the kidnapper.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — DNA evidence in a murder case leads Danny and Baez to identical twins with identical alibis.

WEEKEND

“Million Dollar Mile” 8 p.m. Saturday CBS (new time slot) — You know a show is doing poorly when it gets bumped to Saturday night. 

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Adam Sandler hosts.

“The Red Line” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — After hearing Paul's testimony about Harrison's shooting, Daniel has an angry outburst that puts his lawsuit against Paul at risk.

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Top 6. 

“Killing Eve” 8 p.m. Sunday BBCA, AMC — The MI6 team make a pact with the devil in order to get information from The Ghost.

“Game of Thrones” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — On the day I wrote this, I could not find any info on this episode. Will update when I do. 

“Good Girls” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC — With Beth determined to lead a new crime-free life, a desperate Ruby and Annie go behind her back to strike a new deal with Rio.

“Shark Tank” 10:01 p.m. Sunday ABC — An efficient privacy solution to open-office plan distractions; an unconventional dessert concept that serves a childhood favorite snack.

“Barry” 10:20 p.m. Sunday ABC — Like "Game of Thrones," HBO as of April 26 has not provided any info on this episode. 

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Rodney Ho
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