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TV best bets with 'Black Lightning,' 'Scandal,' Catherina Zeta-Jones

Posted MONDAY, January 15, 2018 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Catherine Zeta-Jones stars in a new Lifetime movie this Saturday about a Columbian drug lord Griselda Blanco.

A bunch of other shows return from holiday break, including "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy" and "The Blacklist," which is on its 100th episode Wednesday. The final season of "Portlandia" returns Thursday as well.

And two Atlanta-produced series debut: "The Resident" on Sunday on Fox and "Black Lightning" on the CW Tuesday.

This covers Monday, January 15 through Sunday, January 21, 2017.


“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — As the charming race car driver intensifies his search for his soul mate among the 18 remaining women, Arie selects eight women to battle for supremacy in the wrestling arena with two top veterans of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW)—Ursula Hayden and Angelina.

“The Gifted” 8 p.m. Fox (first season finale) — Dr. Campbell attends an anti-mutant summit, attempting to take the Hound program national, and some of the team at Mutant HQ goes on a dangerous mission to stop his efforts.

“Better Late Than Never” 9 p.m. NBC — In Barcelona, the guys look to soak up as much culture as the vibrant, artistic city has to offer.

“49th Annual NAACP Image Awards” 9 p.m. TV One — Anthony Anderson hosts.

“The Brave” 10 p.m. NBC — With Patricia out of commission, Noah is at the helm of the D.I.A. when FARC revolutionaries take control of a flight in Colombia.

“Oprah's Master Class” 10 p.m. OWN — Before he was a U.S. congressman, John Lewis was one of the pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement.

“Scorpion” 10 p.m. CBS — Team Scorpion must work with Toby's nemesis, Quincy Berkstead, and his wife, Amy, Toby's ex-fiancée, when they are locked inside an artificially intelligent doomsday bunker that aims to kill them.

“The Good Doctor” 10:01 p.m. ABC — The twins suffer complications from their surgery forcing the team at San Jose Boneventure Hospital to make a life-changing decision.


“Fresh Off the Boat” 8:30 p.m. ABC — With Jessica's career as an author taking off, Louis worries that she is losing interest in him and attempts to rekindle the flame under Marvin's guidance.

“Black Lightning” 9 p.m. the CW (new series) — Jeffersion Pierce has avoided his Black Lightning powers for nine years, but a nasty gang entangles itself in his life and forces him back.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Benny and Mitch risk their lives to save victims of a horrific auto accident. Justin professes his love and lust for Jeffery.

“Intervention” 9 p.m. A&E  — Toni reveals intimate details from her past relationship with Micah, and the months they spent living together in the woods.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Kate goes wedding dress shopping. Kevin embraces a new lifestyle while Randall explores William's past. Jack and Rebecca take the kids to the mall.

“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” 10 p.m. ABC — When Kevin encounters a mysterious do-gooder and attempts to help her raise money for a dog sanctuary, his plan backfires bringing her secret past to light.

“The Paynes” 10 p.m. OWN (new series) — Curtis and the rest of the Payne family take a road trip to Florida where Ella receives a stunning surprise.

“Chicago Med” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Dr. Charles feels pressure when Dr. Choi and Dr. Manning criticize his medical decision regarding an ill newborn baby.


“The Amazing Race” 8 p.m. CBS — The race continues in Tangiers, Morocco.

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC (100th episode) — When Red goes on the hunt for a legendary treasure, he draws the attention of Abraham Stern, a cunning manipulator who has devoted his life and the lives of many innocents to recovering the fortune that is his birthright.

“The X-Files” 8 p.m. Fox — A spate of deaths, in which the victims were plagued by their own doppelgangers, lead Mulder and Scully to a pair of twins playing a dangerous game.

“Riverdale” 8 p.m. the CW — Tensions mount when the sudden shut down of Southside High forces Jughead and his fellow serpents to transfer to Riverdale High.

“9-1-1” 9 p.m. Fox — Bobby and his team respond to an emergency at a children's birthday party that leaves lives hanging in the balance.

“Dynasty” 9 p.m. the CW — Cristal's efforts to mend her fractured marriage are complicated when a dangerous newcomer threatens to destroy everything she and Blake hold dear.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — When an airline pilot accuses her captain of sexual assault, Barba convenes a Grand Jury to determine their employer's complicity in the crime.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — When Luke goes missing after a night out in a sketchy neighborhood, Manny, Phil and Gloria team up to track him down.

“Vikings” 9 p.m. History — The army leaders consider their options in the aftermath of the battle.

“Criminal Minds” 10 p.m. CBS — The BAU is called to New York when several casualties of a brutal nature are reported in Central Park.

“Relative Success with Tabatha” 10 p.m. Bravo (new series) — Tabatha comes to the aid of a family owned jewelry company, Matthew's, and attempts to restore it to its notable past.

“American Crime Story” 10 p.m. FX (second season debut) — The murder of Gianni Versace turns the eyes of the world onto Miami Beach.

“Match Game” 10 p.m. ABC —Panelists include Adam Pally, Cheryl Hines, Ron Funches, Caroline Rhea, Mario Cantone and Ana Gasteyer.


“The Big Bang Theory ” 8 p.m. CBS — Koothrappali finds himself in the middle of domestic drama when he learns the woman he's dating.

“The Four” 8 p.m. Fox — The original four are already gone.

“Grey's Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC — Jo finally faces her estranged, abusive husband Paul Stadler, while Grey Sloan continues to work with the FBI after a hacker has compromised the hospital's computer system.

“The Good Place” 8:30 p.m. NBC — Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, Janet and Jason head to a destination that may have lasting implications.

“Young Sheldon” 8:31 p.m. CBS — Sheldon asks for a computer and unknowingly sparks a heated argument between Mary and George Sr. over the family's finances.

“Scandal” 9 p.m. ABC — The fallout from Rowan's desperate act affects all of Quinn's loved ones, including a guilt-ridden Olivia.

“Nashville” 9 p.m. CMT — Daphne struggles with the idea of Deacon dating.

“Will & Grace” 9 p.m. NBC — Will, Grace, Jack and Karen attend the wedding of Will's ex-boyfriend, Vince.

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS — After Bonnie and Adam attend a traditional wedding, they discover they're not on the same page about their own wedding.

“Black Card Revoked” 10 p.m. BET (new series) — A game show which features questions about all things black culture. Host: Tony Rock.

“Chicago Fire” 10 p.m. CBS — After learning unsettling news, Dawson enlists Severide to help her out.

“Damnation” 10 p.m. USA (first season finale)  — Seth and Creeley are forced to confront the truth about their past, and in turn figure out a way to survive the rapidly arriving future.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m. ABC — As a police investigation gets underway after Simon's accidental shooting, the "K4" deal with a new set of obstacles.

“Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo — On the eve of the Quickfire, one of the chefs has a very special delivery.

“Portlandia” 10 p.m. IFC (eighth season debut) — Spyke gets his old band back together; podcasters investigate a police station for home cooks.


“Grace & Frankie” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (fourth season debut)  Lisa Kudrow debuts as Grace's best friend.

“Hell’s Kitchen”  8 p.m. Fox  — The remaining all-stars must instruct athletes to cook their signature dishes—using only verbal instructions. Later, the contestants cook in one kitchen during a dinner service for Wyclef Jean and Matthew Moy.

“MacGyver”  8 p.m. CBS  — When the team heads to New Orleans to track down the con artist who is posing as the wife of Duke Jacoby, one of Jack's old CIA aliases.

“Hawaii Five-O”  9 p.m. CBS  — When the corpse of a diamond smuggler is stolen from a graveyard, Five-0 tracks down his partner, Voss, who will stop at nothing to retrieve their latest batch of contraband.

“Blue Bloods”  10 p.m. CBS  — When Henry is the key witness on Danny and Baez's case, his meddling pushes Danny's buttons until he leads them to valuable information.


“The Cocaine Godmother” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — The Griseldo Blanco story.

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC— Jessica Chastain hosts.

“Counterpart” 8 p.m. Sunday Starz (new series) — A man working at a Berlin-based spy agency learns the organization safeguards a parallel dimension.

“24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday TBS, TNT — Kristen Bell hosts. 

“Shameless” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Fiona's homeless tenants barricade themselves inside her apartment.

“Divorce” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO  — Frances must deal with Lisa's growing resentment toward her.

“The Alienist” 10 p.m. Sunday TBS, TNT (preview) — Set in 1896 amidst a backdrop of vast wealth, extreme poverty and technological innovation, this psychological thriller stars Daniel Brühl (Rush), Luke Evans (The Girl on The Train), Dakota Fanning (American Pastoral) and Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker).

“The Resident” 10 p.m. Sunday Fox (new series)  — An idealistic Dr. Devon Pravesh faces the harsh realities of medical care on his first day as an intern when third-year resident Dr. Conrad Hawkins takes him under his wing and teaches his unconventional ways for treating patients.

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