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TV best bets with T.I., ‘Heathers’, Sabrina revival, ‘Ray Donovan’


Originally posted Sunday, October 21, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Paramount’s ill-fated reboot of the movie “Heathers” as a TV series finally airs - but over a quick span of five days. 

A widely anticipated version of the Sabrina story gets the dark treatment on Netflix with “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” starring “Mad Men” alum Kiernan Shipka. 

And coming back from the dead, “T.I. and Tiny” returns on VH1 in slightly revamped form after being canceled last year. 

Among veteran shows, there’s really just one of note coming back this week: Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” for a sixth season Sunday. 

The World Series between the Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers will also be airing this week on Fox Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. 

This covers Monday, October 22 through Sunday, October 28, 2018. 

MONDAY

“The Neighborhood” 8 p.m. CBS — Dave and Gemma decide to invite the Butlers to their housewarming party.

“The Resident” 8 p.m. Fox — Bell makes the executive call to utilize Julian Booth's medical devices instead of the hospital's usual products, forcing Kit and AJ to momentary stop their feuding and team up against him.

“Stolen Daughters” 8 p.m. HBO — A chronicle of the ordeal endured by Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped in 2014 by Boko Haram, a violent Islamic insurgent movement, and hidden in the Sambisa forest for three years.

“Monday Night Football” 8 p.m. WSB, ESPN — The New York Giants play the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 

“Magnum P.I.” 9 p.m. CBS — TC asks Magnum to take on a case to help acquit the father of one of his young football players, who is accused of murder.

“9-1-1” 9 p.m. Fox — The first responders race to the rescue of a crashed news copter and unwittingly become the subject of an eager reporter's first on-air assignment.

“T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle” 9 p.m. VH1 (new series) — A revamp of the original "T.I. & Tiny" with an expanded list of cast members including Monica and LeToya Luckett. 

Manifest” 10 p.m. NBC — Stories unfold for those left behind in the aftermath of Flight 828's disappearance.

“Dancing With the Stars” 2 a.m. WSB — Tough time for the ladies: the first four celebrities voted off were women. 

TUESDAY

“The Conners” 8 p.m. ABC  Darlene is in for one surprise after another when David introduces his girlfriend, Blue, at a parent-teacher conference and mentions that Mark and Harris will be spending the weekend with them.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS  A 50-year-old tape recording left by a murder victim is found, and the NCIS team tries to exonerate Ray Jennings, the Marine serving a life sentence for the crime.

“Kids are Alright” 8 p.m. ABC  To Peggy's dismay, Timmy decides to enter a poetry contest to win the money he needs to repair his ventriloquist dummy.

“FBI” 9 p.m. CBS — Special Agents Maggie Bell and OA Zidan investigate the death of a safety inspector and its possible connection to a leak at a nuclear power plant.

“Black-ish” 9 p.m. ABC — The neighbors decide to rent their house out for homestays and it's causing problems for the Johnsons.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Kate and Toby try to keep busy while waiting for big news.

“The Guest Book” 10 p.m. TBS (second season debut) — Trace to make a fresh start in a small beachside town.

“NCIS: New Orleans” 10 p.m. CBS — Pride's father, Cassius Pride, is wrapped up in an NCIS case involving a notorious unsolved casino heist from several years ago.

“The Rookie” 10 p.m. ABC — Talia forces Nolan to confront his personal moral instincts in order to be a good cop after he encounters a kidnapping victim.

“New Amsterdam” 10:01 p.m. NBC — A journalist visits New Amsterdam to shadow Max and learn about the hospital.

WEDNESDAY

“Chicago Med” 8 p.m. NBC — When things become complicated, Will is forced to lie to Natalie..

“2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards” 8 p.m. Hallmark — Honoring dog heroes for their outstanding service.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Former Tech post-doc student Christian is thoroughly entertaining on the show so far. 

“Chicago Fire 9 p.m. NBC — Working alongside a journalist, Casey does some digging into the cause of a trailer park fire.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — It's an epic Halloween full of costumes, tricks and treats for the Dunphy-Pritchett-Tucker clan as they deal with huge, unexpected news.

SEAL Team” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Bravo Team is in Mumbai to rescue a U.S. Foreign Service officer being held hostage by radicals who attacked the city.

“Criminal Minds” 10 p.m. CBS — The BAU steps in to help local law enforcement isolate a prime suspect for a ritualistic murder in Tallahassee, Fla., and soon after a second person who is related to the first victim is killed under similar circumstances.

“CMT Crossroads” 10 p.m. CMT — Zac Brown Band and Shawn Mendes.

A Million Little Things” 10 p.m. ABC— Gary attempts to plan a romantic date with Maggie with the intentions of getting her to open up about a secret she has been hiding.

Greenleaf” 10 p.m. OWN — The Bishop wrestles with signing the divorce papers on the weekend of his Silver Jubilee celebration.

THURSDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m CBS  When Wolowitz dresses up as Sheldon for Halloween, Sheldon seeks retaliation at Leonard and Penny's Halloween party.

“Grey's Anatomy” 8 p.m ABC  Meredith reaches out to Teddy and helps her talk through some of her personal struggles.

“The Good Place” 8:30 p.m NBC  Jason visits with some people from his past while Chidi gets help in resolving a problem.

“Young Sheldon” 8:30 p.m CBS  Mary clashes with Sheldon's drama teacher over plans for a Halloween fundraiser for the church.

“Legacies” 9 p.m the CW (new series) — The next generation of supernatural beings come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves in spite of their worst impulses.

“Mom” 9:01 p.m CBS — When Marjorie's husband passes away, the ladies accompany her on a trip to memorialize him.

“Murphy Brown” 9:30 p.m CBS  Murphy worries of being scooped while legal vets her weighty investigative story, and is exasperated when she learns Frank is dating an anchor from a competing network. 

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m ABC  After Annalise chooses Gabriel as her second chair, the unexpected duo put all of their efforts into Nate Sr.'s murder retrial and an insanity plea.

“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m NBC  A young woman wakes up in the hospital with no memory of her assault, and Carisi's investigation stalls when she disappears.

“S.W.A.T.” 10 p.m CBS  Hondo and Lina go undercover to infiltrate and take back a cruise ship that's under siege by drug smugglers who will execute passengers if they detect police on board.

“Heathers” 10 p.m Paramount (new series)  In a reboot of the classic film, Veronica Sawyer struggles to make sense of her path in life and her connection to her "best friends," the Heathers. The network will air nine episodes over five nights. (The tenth episode was deemed too controversial so they dropped it.)

FRIDAY

“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)  Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper from "Mad Men") stars as Sabrina in this darker rendition of the "Archie" comic character. 

“MacGyver” 8 p.m. CBS  When Oversight's attempt to capture a cartel's leader goes bad, MacGyver and Jack rush to Mexico to pull their boss out while racing through the heart of the country during Dia de Muertos celebrations.

“Blindspot” 8 p.m. NBC — Patterson and Rich DotCom take the reigns as the FBI team faces an explosive threat.

“Dynasty” 8 p.m. the CW — Fallon gets in over her head and needs Liam and Culhane's help.

“Midnight, Texas” 9 p.m. NBC (second season debut) — The Midnighters finally settle into a semblance of normality after shutting the veil to hell—until the opening of a new hotel rocks their stability once again.

“Hawaii Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS — On Halloween, Jerry and his friends search his childhood camp for evidence to a murder he witnessed as a boy.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS  Danny and Baez investigate a murder attempt against a celebrated fertility doctor with a seemingly pristine reputation.

WEEKEND

“Zombie at 17” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime  A teen is starting to turn into a zombie and turns to a loner at school, Flynn, a self-proclaimed expert in all things paranormal.

“Dancing With the Stars: Juniors” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Theme: Halloween.

“God Friended Me” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — The "God" account unfriends Miles after he's reluctant to act on the latest friend suggestion, a young woman who is dealing with emotional trauma following the death of her sister.

“Charmed” 9 p.m. Sunday the CW — The sisters are put through witch lessons with the instruction of Harry, so they are able to properly practice their magic.

“The Deuce” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Rudy and Matty the Horse buy Lori away from C.C., who has a back-end agenda.

“The Last Ship” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — With a devastating hostage situation occurring back home, Chandler must devise the perfect plan to avoid losing everything.

“Ray Donovan” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (sixth season debut) — Ray is pulled from the East River by police officer Sean "Mac" McGrath.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC —Rick's vision of a civilized future is threatened by a sudden reckoning with past sins that remain unavenged and unforgiven.

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — A father-and-son pair from Carlsbad, Cal., introduce a line of manscaping products for today's refined man.

“The Alec Baldwin Show” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Rickey Gervais and Jeff Bridges. 


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