TV best bets with Uma Thurman, return of ‘Cobra Kai, series finales of ‘Being Mary Jane’ and ‘Gotham’

Originally posted Sunday, April 21, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Two series say goodbye this week forever: BET’s “Being Mary Jane” via a two-hour wrap-up movie and on Thursday, Fox’s “Gotham” after five seasons.

Also, the surprise YouTube hit “Cobra Kai,” shot in Atlanta, returns Wednesday for a second season. 

Two Netflix shows worth checking out are the comedic “Bonding” on Wednesday and the horror series “Chambers” starring Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”) on Friday.

Noah Wyle of “ER” fame stars in a CBS eight-episode short series “The Red Line” about an innocent black doctor shot by a white cop in Chicago.

And rock fans will enjoy this year’s “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” on HBO this Saturday night featuring Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, the Cure, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, the Zombies and Roxy Music

This covers Monday, April 22 through Sunday April 28, 2019. 

MONDAY

“American Idol” 8 p.m. ABC — A look at the finalists. 

“The Neighborhood” 8 p.m. CBS (first season finale) — Dave is thrilled when Calvin invites him golfing, confident that it represents progress in their relationship, but Calvin may have another motive.

“9-1-1” 9 p.m. Fox — A going-away party for a bank manager turns into an emergency, and then a mystery, as the first responders are accused of pulling off a daring heist.

“The Code” 9 p.m. CBS — Major Ferry and Lt. Li are assigned to find out who leaked information about a Marine who was set to become the Corps' first female infantry captain, which may have led to her attack,

“The Enemy Within” 10 p.m. NBC — After a major Tal operative escapes CIA custody, Shepherd returns to Langley to help track the fugitive down.

“Gentleman Jack” 10 p.m. HBO (new series) — In 1932 Halifax, Anne Lister returns to Shibden Hall, having discovered that her would-be companion, the aristocratic Vere Hobart, has accepted a marriage proposal from a man.

TUESDAY

“Being Mary Jane” 8 p.m. BET (series finale) — Pauletta appears to be getting her happily ever after as Jason proposes, but a devastating confession makes the fairytale come crumbling down.

“The Village” 8 p.m. NBC— The first Gospel Brunch at Smalls introduces Ron and Patricia to people from their past.

“MasterChef Junior” 8 p.m. Fox — The Top 12 are in for a surprise when the kids from Kidz Bop arrive and put their twist on a mystery box challenge.

Blackish” 9 p.m. ABC — Dre's sister Rhonda takes Jack and Diane to her part of town in a black neighborhood and claims the twins are scared of their own community.

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.

“1969” 10 p.m. ABC (series debut) — The premiere of the documentary series about the year 1969. First up: The moon landing is recalled by the unsung women who helped make it possible.

“Games People Play” 10 p.m. BET (new series) —Three ambitious women battle for success in the high-stakes world of professional sports where everyone plays to win.

“Fosse/Verdon” 10 p.m. FX — Gwen and Bob pursue separate projects; Gwen thinks back to the beginning of her career and the circumstances that led her here.

WEDNESDAY

“Bonding” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — New York City grad student moonlighting as a dominatrix enlists her gay BFF from high school to be her assistant.

“Cobra Kai” 12:01 a.m. YouTube (second season debut)— Kreese is back and Daniel opens his own karate school.

“Empire” 8 p.m. Fox — It's a special day for Jamal and Kai, but drama might ruin it when AUSA's Meghan Conway continues to pursue the Lyons by any means necessary.

“Chicago Med” 8 p.m. NBC — The hospital goes into lockdown mode when a man with a gun holds medical staff hostage.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Is Wardog the next target?

“Chicago Fire” 9 p.m. NBC — A horrible storm wreaks havoc on Chicago and impacts Firehouse 51 when the power goes off.

“Star” 9 p.m. Fox — To campaign for the ASA Awards, Gravity throws an Easter brunch showcasing their artists, but as the awards draw nearer, the future of Take 3 and their solo careers are on the line.

“Seal Team” 10 p.m. CBS — Former Navy SEAL Brett Swan struggles with his mental health while Bravo Team is on a recovery mission in Mali.

“Whiskey Cavalier” 10 p.m. ABC — Frankie is forced to prove herself as a leader when Will is captured during a mission to take down an international organ harvesting operation in Ukraine.

THURSDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Koothrappali is worried people won't take him seriously in his own field after publishing a paper that suggests he may have discovered alien life.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox (series finale) — In the finale, the series flash-forwards 10 years, as Bruce is set to return to Gotham for the opening of the new Wayne Tower.

“Supernatural” 8 p.m. the CW (14th season finale) — Sam, Dean and Castiel are thrown into an epic battle.

“Young Sheldon” 8:31 p.m. CBS  Sheldon is unhappy that school funds are going towards football rather than academics, so decides to run for class president.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 9 p.m. NBC — Jake and the squad must track down a hacker who has infiltrated the Nine Nine's servers

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Tammy and Bonnie revisit childhood memories while exploring their former foster home.

“S.W.A.T.” 10 p.m. CBS  The SWAT team discovers a new version of PCP with ties to an escaped drug dealer who created a version that ravaged the city decades earlier.

FRIDAY

“Chambers” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — A young heart attack survivor becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life. Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn star. 

“Blindspot” 8 p.m. NBC — A frozen corpse is discovered in the woods, and the Task Force is drawn into the investigation of an old case that has gained notoriety due to a popular true crime podcast.

“MacGyver” 8 p.m. CBS —Two American tourists go missing while doing a "No-Go Scavenger Hunt" through some of the world's most dangerous countries.

“Hawaii Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS — Adam examines the murder of an FBI agent who is about to marry a Yauka leader's daughter. Noelani is held hostage.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Erin must convince Frank to back a new state police bill as part of a bargain she made with Governor Mendez.

WEEKEND

“2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” 8 p.m. Saturday HBO —Inductees include Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, the Cure, Roxy Music, and Janet Jackson. 

“Smart Justice: The Jayme Closs Case” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — Elizabeth Smart examines the story of Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old Wisconsin teen who was abducted from her home after her parents were murdered in front of her.

“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee: Not the White House Correspondents Dinner” 8 p.m. Saturday TBS —Samantha Bee hosts an alternative event to the official White House Correspondents' Dinner.

“Porsha's Having a Baby” 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Porsha Williams gets a special about having her first child. 

“American Gods” 8 p.m. Sunday Starz (first season finale) — In the aftermath of Sweeney's death, Wednesday has disappeared, and Shadow is tormented.

“The Red Line” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS (new series) — Three very different Chicago families journey toward hope and healing after a tragedy causes them all to consider how race and racial biases affect their lives. Noah Wyle is the biggest name. 

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Top 8 perform Queen songs and Adam Lambert guest mentors. 

“Killing Eve” 8 p.m. Sunday BBCA, AMC —Villanelle decides to take matters into her own hands on a trip to Amsterdam.

“Game of Thrones” 8:55 p.m. Sunday HBO — The Night King finally breaches the Wall alongside a full-grown dragon under his command; the new alliances and betrayals will determine the fate of everyone in Westeros.

“Redemption Project With Van Jones” 9 p.m. Sunday CNN (new series) — Van Jones heads to Alaska, the last frontier, to witness the first-ever dialogue between a victim and an offender in the history of the Alaskan prison system.

“Good Girls” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC — Stan faces the consequences for his role in Ruby's criminal dealings.

“Shark Tank” 10:01 p.m. Sunday ABC — An entrepreneur from Redondo Beach, Cal., pitches her high-tech product to discover hidden secrets about one's cat.

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Rodney Ho
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