ABC will re-create episodes of "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersions," ground-breaking series from the 1970s on Wednesday. Woody Harrelson will play Archie Bunker and Jamie Foxx will tackle George Jefferson.

TV best bets with ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Jeffersons’ remakes, Farrah Fawcett, ‘NCIS’ and ‘Killing Eve’ season finale

Originally posted Monday, May 20, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The most interesting thing happening this week now that the “Game of Thrones” series finale discussions are dying down is a pure nostalgia experiment: current actors re-enacting episodes of the 1970s classic sitcoms “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.”

The two ground-breaking comedies by Norman Lear (still alive and well at age 96) broke all sorts of barriers on TV, tackling serious issues of race and social class in a most comedic way. 

How will they play out in 2019? We shall see on Wednesday night on ABC at 8 p.m.

A day later, ABC is also mining the 1970s with a two-hour special about the late Farrah Fawcett.

And while “NCIS” seems like it’s been on since the 1970s, it’s only finishing up its 16th season Tuesday. On the same night will be the 16th season finale of “The Voice,” which airs twice a year so was able to catch up to “NCIS.” 

The other big season finale is “Killing Eve” on AMC and BBCA. The show has already been given a third season. 

This covers Monday, March 20 through Sunday, March 27, 2019. 

MONDAY

“Beat Shazam” 8 p.m. Fox (third season debut) — Jamie Foxx returns in this updated version of “Name That Tune.”

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — Live finale part one. 

“Chernobyl” 9 p.m. HBO — Lyudmilla Ignatenko (Jessie Buckley), a Pripyat resident, ignores warning about her firefighter husband's (Adam Nagaitis) contamination; Valery Legasov (Jared Harris) lays out a decontamination plan, complete with human risks.

“The Code” 9 p.m. CBS — Harper gets caught in a firefight when she, Abe and Maya travel to Syria to investigate a Marine accused of desertion.

“The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special” 10 p.m. CBS — An all-new "Carpool Karaoke" with Celine Dion accents this special, which also features James Corden's favorite moments from the past year.

“The Enemy Within” 10 p.m. NBC  Tal's war on the CIA expands to two fronts. Keaton and the Cointel team must locate the domestic target before Chigorin launches an all-out assault on the unsuspecting innocents.

“Gentleman Jack” 10:05 p.m. HBO — Reverend Ainsworth arrives in Halifax and, with encouragement from Mrs. Priestley, sets his sights on Ann Walker.

TUESDAY

“Wanda Sykes: Not Normal” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — Sykes ponders life in the Trump era. 

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS (16th season finale) —Former FBI Agent Tobias Fornell pleads with Gibbs to do whatever is necessary to take down drug dealers and suppliers in the area after his daughter, Emily Fornell, is hospitalized from an opiate overdose

“American Housewife ” 8 p.m. ABC (third season finale) — A musical installment that finds Katie, frustrated by the lack of appreciation for all she does, going "full Westport" and leaving the family to fend for themselves.

“The Village” 8 p.m. NBC (first season finale) — An unexpected event brings Katie, Sarah, and Nick back into each other's orbits.

“MasterChef Junior” 8 p.m. Fox — The Top Six junior home cooks tackle the most daunting challenge in "Masterchef Junior" history when they take over Michelin Star Los Angeles restaurant Mélisse

black-ish” 9 p.m. ABC (fifth season finale) — Junior gets an offer for his dream job working with Migos.

Blood & Treasure” 9 p.m. CBS (new series) — The discovery of the tomb of Antony and Cleopatra sets off a worldwide chase between a brilliant antiquities expert, a cunning thief and a ruthless terrorist.

“The Voice” 9 p.m. NBC (16th season finale) — Three of the four finalists are from Team Blake. 

WEDNESDAY

“Live in Front of a Studio Audience” 8 p.m. ABC — A tribute to the sitcoms "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," featuring fresh takes on original episodes from each. Woody Harrelson takes on the role of Archie Bunker; and Jamie Foxx as George Jefferson.

“Chicago Med” 9 p.m. NBC (fourth season finale) — Dr. Charles and Caroline set some major plans.

“Masterchef Celebrity Showdown” 8 p.m. Fox — Tori Spelling and her daughter, Stella, compete against Jennie Garth and her daughter, Fiona; and Evander Holyfield and his daughter, Ebonne, battle Oscar De La Hoya and his daughter, Atian.

“Chicago Fire” 9 p.m. NBC (seventh season finale) — Severide and Kidd continue to investigate Benny's old arson case, unexpected news leads Brett to ponder a big decision and all hell breaks loose.

“Whiskey Cavalier” 10 p.m. ABC (first season finale) — Ollerman attempts to force the team to commit a terrorist attack for The Trust using Ray's life as leverage.

“What We Do in the Shadows” 10 p.m. FX — Tensions run high as the vampires prepare to host the Biannual Vampire Orgy.

“Brockmire” 10 p.m. IFC (third season finale) — Brockmire is back in the show!

“The Butcher” 10 p.m. History (new series) — Four masters of the butchery craft bring their knives and skills to the meat competition

“Chicago PD” 10 p.m. NBC (sixth season finale) — With Kelton's election all but assured, Voight and his team must go off book in a last-ditch effort to save Intelligence from getting axed.

THURSDAY

“This is Farrah Fawcett” 8 p.m. ABC  A profile of Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009) explores her life, career and legacy, and features footage from video diaries of her fight against cancer.

“Red Nose Day” 8 p.m. NBC  Comedy and music mix in the fifth annual fund-raiser for programs that address the needs of children and young people in the U.S. and internationally.

“Braxton Family Values” 9 p.m. WE (sixth season finale)  Tamar is on a whirlwind tour after her "Celebrity Big Brother" win. 

“Life in Pieces” 9:30 p.m. CBS — John befriends the janitor at Sophia's school, Mr. Sissel, and learns that Sophia and her friends believe a childish rumor about him.

“Elementary” 10 p.m. CBS (seventh season debut) — Holmes and Watson now work as consultants for Scotland Yard in London.

“Klepper” 10 p.m. Comedy  Jordan Klepper gets arrested while profiling Freedom University, an underground educational operation in Atlanta for undocumented students. 

FRIDAY

“She's Gotta Have It” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut) — Struggling with newfound success this season, against a backdrop of black art and culture, Nola must decide if she will remain true to her creative ideals or give in to the corporate world.

“Blindspot” 8 p.m. NBC  A horrifying and vengeful villain threatens the FBI.

“Dynasty” 8 p.m. the CW (second season finale)  Various members of the Carrington family make the ultimate decision between preserving their legacies and protecting their personal relationships

“Whistleblower” 8 p.m. CBS (second season debut) — The story of a whistleblower who exposed corrupt officers who stole from drug dealers and planted drugs on innocent people.

WEEKEND

“Always & 4ever: Fatal Getaway” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — When a woman rents a property for vacation, the owner is charming but may also be responsible for the recent disappearances near the coastal town..

“Killing Eve” 8 p.m. Sunday BBCA, AMC (second seaosn finale) — Eve's mission is disastrously compromised. Carolyn briefs Eve on her current status as an employee of the British government and leaves Eve's future in her own hands.

“Billions” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Wendy and Taylor each prep for a big day. Wags gets in touch with his sensitive side.

“Good Girls” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC (second season finale) — Turner has Beth in checkmate.

“The Chi” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Detective Cruz is left to make a difficult choice.

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