TV best bets with ‘Gilmore Girls,’ Martin Sheen, Thanksgiving Day specials

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Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham in the revival of "Gilmore Girls" on Netflix out November 25, 2016. PHOTO CREDIT Saeed Adyani/Netflix

This is a post by Rodney Ho on AJC’s Radio & TV Talk blog on Sunday, November 20, 2016

Turkey Day is upon us and the usual programming will appear: Thanksgiving themed sitcoms, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the National Dog Show and a Disney holiday celebration.

And virtually the entire crew from Stars Hollow returns for Netflix’s revival of “Gilmore Girls.” When the show came on Netflix in 2014, a new generation of fans came aboard, helping fuel the revival on the platform. On November 25, four episodes will be released.

Martin Sheen stars in a revival of “Anne of Green Gables” on GPB Tuesday. Shirley MacLaine stars in a Hallmark Christmas movie Sunday called “A Heavenly Christmas.”

And the Soul Train Awards will air on BET and VH1 Sunday with Erykah Badu hosting.

This covers Monday, November 21 through Sunday, November 27, 2016.

MONDAY

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — NFL great Calvin Johnson, formerly of Georgia Tech, is in the finals!

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox — A threat to Mario and Lee is revealed on the eve of their rehearsal dinner.

“Supergirl” 8 p.m. the CW — Guardian must clear his name after being accused of a murder committed by another vigilante.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — Atlanta’s Aaron Gibson is in the top 11, just escaping elimination last week.

“2 Broke Girls” 9 p.m. CBS — Max and Caroline’s dessert bar business booms when they hire a popular bartender.

“Mars” 9 p.m. NGC  — The crew has problems attempting to reach base camp.

“Lucifer” 9:01 p.m. Fox — Lucifer and Chloe investigate the murder of the owner of the building in which Lux is located.

“Scorpion” 10 p.m. CBS — Paige’s estranged mother enlists the team’s help when she accidentally uncovers a forgotten nuclear reactor that’s on the verge of exploding.

“Timeless” 10:01 p.m. NBC — The trio track Garcia Flynn to 1754, where they land in hostile territory and must learn to trust one another to survive.

“Search Party” 11 p.m. TBS (new series) — Dory (Alia Skawkat) discovers her friend has gone missing and sets out to investigate.

TUESDAY

“Anne of Green Gables” 8 p.m. GPB — Martin Sheen stars in this TV-movie adaptation of the classic 1908 tale.

“The Middle” 8 p.m. ABC— Frankie goes to great lengths to keep April out of the family’s Christmas photo.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Mike and Amy hunt for the creator of “Candle Cove.”

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — Top 11 elimination night.

“Dance Moms” 9 p.m. Lifetime (sixth season finale) — Rn the Season 6 finale, the elite team face off against Abby and her mini team for the first time ever at a competition.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Jack, Rebecca and the kids take an unexpected detour on their way to Thanksgiving dinner at Rebecca’s parent’s house.

“Good Behavior” 9 p.m. TNT — Letty and Javier scramble to tie up loose ends following a violent crime committed by Javier.

“Dancing With the Stars” 9 p.m. ABC (23rd season finale) — Laurie Hernandez and James Hinchcliffe are favored to win.

“Chicago Fire” 10 p.m. NBC — Dawson hits a pedestrian while responding to a call.

“NCIS: New Orleans ” 10 p.m. CBS — The team investigate a sailor’s murder during a motorcycle rally in the city.

“Kate Plus 8: 10 Year Anniversary ” 10 p.m. TLC (fifth season debut)  — Kate looks back to 2006 when the first special about her family, “Surviving Sextuplets and Twins,” aired, and reflects on the changes in her life.

“Shooter” 10 p.m. USA  — Bob Lee tries to protect his family while incarcerated; and Isaac aims to silence him

WEDNESDAY

 

“Broadcasting Christmas” 8 p.m. Hallmark  — A job at a morning show is coveted by two exes who will stop at nothing to advance their careers.

“Chicken People” 8 p.m. CMT — Profiling competitors in the Ohio National Poultry Show as they attempt to breed a prize-worthy show chicken.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS (back-to-back new episodes) — Will Adam get the ax?

“Brothers Take New Orleans” 9 p.m. HGTV (new series) — Jonathan and Drew Scott renovate two identical neighboring duplexes in New Orleans.

“Duck Dynasty” 9 p.m. A&E — The network last week announced this will be the show’s final season. Willie buys a 3D printer for the office, but the guys soon feel threatened it will replace their jobs

“The Hills: 100 Things About the Hills” 9 p.m. MTV — Cast members from “The Hills” share their favorite memories of the series.

“Double Dare Special” 9 p.m. Nick — A look back at “Double Dare,” which premiered in 1986, includes vintage footage, new games and a peek behind the scenes.

“Neighborhood Sessions” 10 p.m. TNT — Atlanta singer Usher performs in his hometown of Chattanooga in support of music and arts education.

“Code Black” 10 p.m. CBS — The doctors treat cult members who unwillingly survived a mass suicide attempt.

“Rectify” 10 p.m. Sundance — A confrontation during group therapy leaves Daniel questioning whether he could possibly adjust to normal life.

THURSDAY

“Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 9 a.m. NBC — Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker oversee performances by Tony Bennett, Brett Eldredge, Sarah McLachlan and The Muppets.

“National Dog Show noon NBC — John O’Hurley hosts again.

“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration 8 p.m. ABC — Julianne and Derek Hough host from the Walt Disney World Resort with Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson.

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Violet falls ill but having mono is the least of her worries.

“Pure Genius” 10 p.m. CBS — James convinces a hockey player with a severe spinal injury to undergo risky surgery to walk again.

FRIDAY

“3%3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) —A post-apocalyptic thriller set in near-future Brazil, where a select few are allowed to join a privileged society after undergoing an intense and competitive process.

“Gilmore Girls3:01 a.m. Netflix (return of a series) — They’re back after nearly a decade! Four episodes of Lorelai and Rory covering a year.

“Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse” 9:30 p.m. OWN (fifth season finale)  Marcus deals with the loss of a former teammate.

“Van Helsing” 10 p.m. Syfy  — There are glimmers of hope and reasons for grief when Vanessa and the group take shelter at Susan’s family farm.

“Search Party” 11 p.m. TBS (first season finale) — The crew heads to Chantal’s possible location, but a terrifying connection floors Dory, leading to a disastrous turn of events.

WEEKEND

“A Heavenly Christmas” 8 tonight Hallmark — A workaholic becomes an angel in training, and she’s not a stellar recruit. Shirley MacLaine, Eric McCormack and Kristin Davis star.

“2016 Soul Train Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Teddy Riley wins the Legends Award and Brandy the Lady of Soul Award

“The Librarians” 8 p.m. Sunday TNT — Flynn leads the Librarians on a mission to rescue a kidnapped Charlene.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Phaedra tries to unite the crew for a good cause, but charity is lost when Kenya and Sheree feud yet again.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” 8:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — A new lead in the ongoing mole investigation is uncovered after two men disguised as sheriff’s deputies are killed in front of Callen’s home by an unknown female assailant.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — A familiar face stumbles upon a brand new society.

Madam Secretary” 9:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — President Dalton waits for election results.

“Westworld” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Hector mulls a proposition from Maeve.

“The Affair” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — A stern request from Noah leaves Helen devastated.

“Quantico” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — At the Farm, Lydia and Owen teach the group about lying and cutting off relationships.

“Elementary” 10:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — Joan worries Sherlock’s sobriety is at risk when she learns he has been lying to her about attending recovery meetings.


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