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TV best bets with the Winter Olympics, Omarosa, Rosa Parks


Posted Sunday, February 4, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Fans of figure skating, luge and curling are in for a treat: the 2018 Winter Olympics begins on Friday in PyeongChang in South Korea. Events will air on NBC and its related channels like USA and Bravo as well as on streaming platforms.

CBS's choice of counter-programming is its first stab at an American "Celebrity Big Brother" with plenty of C-level celebrities. The biggest get: Omarosa, fresh from her job at the White House. That starts Wednesday.

TV One takes advantage of the Black History Month with a film about Rosa Parks called "Behind the Movement" debuting Sunday.

This covers Monday, February 5 through February 11, 2018.

MONDAY

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — In Paris, Lauren B. and Arie are whisked away on a luxury speed boat down the Seine River and then tour the city's tourist attractions.

“Kevin Can Wait” 8 p.m. CBS — When Vanessa is featured in a local magazine article about entrepreneurs under 40 years old, a jealous Kevin tries to get attention for himself by securing his own award, while reminding her that she is over 40.

“Silk Road: Drugs, Death & the Dark Web” 9 p.m. A&E  — Promising its users complete anonymity and total freedom from government regulation or scrutiny, Silk Road became a billion-dollar digital drugs cartel.

“Better Late Than Never” 9 p.m. NBC (second season finale) —  The guys get their groove on with the Gnawa Tribe and bond over a campfire in the Sahara Desert.

“The Alienist” 9 p.m. TNT — Innovative evidence leads the team to discover a crucial element in the case has gone missing.

“The Resident” 9 p.m. Fox — After a mix-up in the ER causes Conrad to deliver a death notification to the wrong family, he sets out to fix it.

“Scorpion” 10 p.m. CBS — On Valentine's Day, Team Scorpion must set aside their romantic plans to help a doctor and pilot trapped inside a helicopter that crashed atop a skyscraper.

“The Good Doctor” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Dr. Shaun Murphy is surprised to learn that his young cancer patient identifies as a girl while being biologically male.

TUESDAY

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — After the body of a missing Navy commander is found, Vance orders Gibbs and the team to work with former FBI Agent Tobias "T.C." Fornell, the private investigator who was hired to locate him.

“The Middle” 8 p.m. ABC — Mike's wayward brother comes to town and presents Sue with an extravagant gift, which Mike thinks is stolen goods.

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8 p.m. ABC — For Chinese New Year, the Huangs play a game where they can only speak in Mandarin, which quickly turns into a tense competition between Jessica and Evan, putting Jessica's first televised interview for her novel in jeopardy.

“We’ll Meet Again” 8 p.m. GPB — Dramatic reunions between people separated after the Vietnam War.

“Black Lightning” 9 p.m. the CW —Black Lightning is recruited to rally against The 100 gang.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC —The history of the Pearsons as told through the life of the family car.

“NCIS: New Orleans” 10 p.m. CBS — The NCIS team investigates the murder of a petty officer who was in town to help a refugee family being recruited by terrorists.

“The Profit” 10 p.m. CNBC — Atlanta's Southern Culture Artisan Foods is in a financial bind.

“Chicago Med” 10:01 p.m. NBC — After discovering that a patient's family might have been abusive, Dr. Choi and April contemplate calling child services.

WEDNESDAY

“Celebrity Big Brother” 8 p.m. CBS (new series) — Omarosa is back on reality TV!

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC — When bodies are discovered in abandoned woods, Red points the Task Force toward the Invisible Hand, a group that targets those whose actions are morally reprehensible yet fully legal.

“The Librarians” 8 p.m. TNT — The world morphs into a horrible and unrecognizable place—one where the Library never existed—and it's up to Baird to bring the Librarians together before the bleak, knowledge-less world becomes the new reality.

“The X-Files” 8 p.m. Fox — Skinner goes AWOL when his past comes back to haunt him.

“9-1-1” 9 p.m. Fox — On Valentine's Day, a surprise marriage proposal goes awry with dangerous consequences.

“Dynasty” 9 p.m. the CW — Will Fallon say yes?

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — When an infant goes missing, the SVU finds themselves taking sides in a family's right-to-die court case.

“American Crime Story” 10 p.m. FX — Minneapolis architect David Madson is forced to go on the run with Andrew Cunanan.

“Match Game” 10 p.m. ABC — Lynda Carter, Sam Richardson, Cheryl Hines, Colton Haynes, Caroline Rhea and Taye Diggs.

THURSDAY

“The Four” 8 p.m. Fox (first season finale) — After judge Charles Walk was accused of sexual misconduct, he was pulled off the show. Awkward!

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC — April is in charge of the new Grey Sloan Surgical Innovation Contest, and the doctors are eager to start their projects.

“Scandal” 9 p.m. ABC — Is Millie getting rid of Olivia once and for all?

“Nashville” 9 p.m. CMT — Daphne struggles to accept Deacon and Jessie's relationship; the new addition to the boys' band becomes a hit.

“Top Chef” 9 p.m. Bravo  — The chefs put their nightmares into dessert form.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m. ABC — Annalise deals with an unforeseen issue after damaging details about a key witness are exposed in her case to help Laurel.

FRIDAY

“2018 Winter Olympics”  8 p.m. NBC  — The PyeongChang games begin.

“Jane the Virgin”  9 p.m. the CW  — McGarrett and Danny investigate a murder of a private detective whose client was killed the same way.

“My Lottery Dream Home”  9 p.m. HGTV (new series)  After renting a holiday cabin at the same lake for 36 years, a couple's $2 million Florida State Lottery win means they can now make it a permanent second home.

“The Paynes”  9 p.m. OWN  — Curtis and Ella continue to wait for the police to arrive at the Laundromat after Nyla disappears.

“The Rap Game”  10:02 p.m. WE  — JD splits the five young rappers into boys and girls teams and then challenges them to perform at a Sweet 16 birthday party.

WEEKEND

“Very, Very Valentine” 9 p.m. Saturday Hallmark — Helen (Danica McKellar), a kind hearted and shy florist, meets the perfect man at a Valentine's Masquerade Ball. When she enlists the help of her best friend Henry (Cameron Mathison) to track him down, she finds that her perfect man may already be right in front of her.

“Behind the Movement” 7 p.m. Sunday TV One — The story of Rosa Parks, shot in Atlanta. 

“Killing Versace: The Hunt for a Serial Killer” 7 Sunday Oxygen — Piggybacking, surely, off the FX series. 

“Our Cartoon President” 8 p.m. Sunday  Showtime  — The President tries to revive his low approval ratings by delivering the greatest State of the Union speech in history.

“The Trumpet Awards” 9 p.m. Sunday  Bounce TV  — Jermaine Dupri is feted. 

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (seventh season debut)  — Carrie and Franny lives with Maggie's family in D.C.

“The Radical Story of Patty Hearst” 9 p.m. Sunday CNN   Patty Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of one of the richest and most powerful families in the country and granddaughter of media magnate William Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped and held hostage by a mysterious revolutionary group.

“The BET Social Awards” 10 p.m. Sunday BET — Comedian and actor Michael Blackson will host this first-of-its-kind awardsshow that celebrates the very best (and worst) in social media over the past year.

“Shark Tank” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — An entrepreneur from San Clemente, Cal. familiarizes the Sharks with his eyewear design engineered to eliminate digital eyestrain and block harmful rays.


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