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Michael Smyth (Landon Liboiron) and Declan Harp (Jason Momoa) in Frontier, the six-episode, one-hour drama from NETFLIX series currently shooting in Newfoundland, Canada. FRONTIER follows the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade of the late 18th century, created by Rob Blackie and Peter Blackie, directed by Brad Peyton.​ ​Photo credit: Duncan de Young

This was posted on Sunday, January 15, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk

This is a pretty quiet week.

Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”) stars in a new Netflix drama Friday called “Frontier” set in the 18th century about fur trappers.

And Walton Goggins (“Justified,” “The Shielf”),  who was raised in Lithia Springs, is the lead in “Six,” a new History series focused on the SEAL Team Six.  It debuts Wednesday.

Lifetime is also offering up a remake of the classic 1988 “Beaches” movie Saturday starring Nia Long and Idina Menzel.

And CBS is trying a new reality show Sunday called “Hunted” where people become “fugitives” and try to escape professionals who are trying to find them in the Southeast, including Georgia.

Plus movie star Chris Pratt on Thursday will guest star on CBS’s “Mom,” which is no coincidence. His wife Anna Faris stars in the comedy. He had his first big role on TV in “Parks & Rec” before taking on “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Jurassic Park” and “Passengers.”

This covers Monday, January 17 through Sunday, January 23, 2017.

MONDAY

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — The Backstreet Boys deliver a group date card.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox — Falcone wants Gordon dead after learning that he shot Mario

“The New Celebrity Apprentice” 8 p.m. NBC — The star players must create a marketing campaign for a motorcycle company.

“2 Broke Girls” 9 p.m. CBS — Max and Caroline are cast as zombie extras when they arrive on the movie set in Texas where Randy is working.

“The Young Pope” 9 p.m. HBO — Lenny meets with Cardinal Spencer in anticipation of his first public appearance.

“Scorpion” 10 p.m. CBS — The team is tricked into producing counterfeit money for a foreign entity that’s seeking to run the U.S. economy.

“Big Fan” 10 p.m. ABC — Kim Kardashian and three of her most ardent admirers compete.

“Timeless” 10 p.m. NBC — Lucy is kidnapped by Flynn and taken to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

TUESDAY

“The Middle” 8 p.m. ABC— Axl panics when he realizes that he’s graduating in four months.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Gibbs spots the brother of an NCIS “Most Wanted” suspect and immediately assumes his former alias and goes undercover with their infamous anti-government militia.

“The Have and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — David is stuck in the middle of a fight between Katheryn and Veronica.

“Fresh Off the Boat9 p.m. ABC — Louis forgets to thank Jessica in his acceptance speech when he’s named Small Businessman of the Year.

“This is Us9 p.m. NBC — An exhausted Rebecca forgets Jack’s birthday.

“Bones9:01 p.m. Fox — Drama at a retirement home ensues when an elderly man’s body is found in an acid dump site.

“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” 10 p.m. A&E  — Leah answers questions from curious viewers.

“NCIS: New Orleans” 10 p.m. CBS — Sebastian goes undercover and Patton employs his gambling skills to help the team trap Garcia.

“Shooter” 10 p.m. USA (first season finale) — Bob Lee, Julie, Nadine and Isaac work together to breach the Russian embassy, save Mary, shut down the conspiracy and prove Bob Lee innocent.

“Taboo” 10 p.m. FX — An unexpected arrival looms and threatens James’ plans as he assembles his league of the damned.

“Teachers” 10 p.m. TruTV (second season debut) — Ms. Watson tries a premium online dating service.

“Throwing Shade” 10 p.m. TruTV (new series) — Comedians and hosts Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi parody politics and pop culture.

WEDNESDAY

“Undercover Boss” 8 p.m. CBS — John Fuller, CEO of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, works undercover at his coffee chain.

“Blindspot” 8 p.m. NBC — A tattoo leads back to Roman and it involves a biker gang with a bad reputation.

“Duck Dynasty” 9 p.m. A&E — The guys go fishing for Jumping Asian carp that have invaded Monroe’s waters.

“People’s Choice Awards” 9 p.m. CBS — Joel McHale hosts.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — A powerful family unite and close ranks when one family member is accused of rape by a bartender.

“Vikings” 9 p.m. History — Ragnar’s plan is realized; the Viking army alights on the coast of Northumbria.

“Star” 9:01 p.m. Fox — Carlotta continues to dig into Simone and Star’s past.

“black-ish” 9:31 p.m. ABC — Bow convinces a reluctant Dre to give therapy a shot in hopes of coping with his anger issues.

“Chicago PD” 10 p.m. NBC — Two murder suspects take refuge inside a church.

“Match Game” 10 p.m. ABC — Panelists include Andy Richter and Bellamy Young.

“Six” 10 p.m. History (new series) — The eight episode first season of “SIX” follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six, modern American warriors, whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists. Walton Goggins stars.

“Too Close to Home” 10 p.m. TLC — An unexpected guest arrives in Happy as Regina and Elm try to protect their secret.

THURSDAY

“Hell’s Kitchen” 8 p.m. Fox — A luxurious overnight trip to Las Vegas is at stake.

“Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS  — When Penny feels that Leonard is taking her for granted, she decides to go on a spa weekend with Amy.

“The Good Place” 8 p.m. NBC (first season finale) — Michael faces his greatest challenge.

“Chicago Med” 9 p.m. NBC — Two MMA fighters arrive at Chicago Med in poor shape.

“Nashville” 9 p.m. CMT — Rayna receives a stunning offer from tech guru Zach Welles regarding Highway 65.

“Top Chef” 9 p.m. Bravo (75-minute episode) — The iconic Restaurant Wars challenge. 5Church’s Jamie Lynch was cut last week.

“Mom” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Bonnie encourages Christy to woo Marjorie’s likable nephew (Chris Pratt, husband of series star Anna Faris), but he’s been declared off limits.

“My Kitchen Rules” 9:01 p.m. Fox — Naomi Judd and husband Larry Strickland host an Italian-themed dinner party; and Brandi Glanville and her friend Dean Sheremet, a chef, prepare a difficult entrée.

“20/20” 10 p.m. ABC — The Trumps go to Washington.

“The Blacklist” 10 p.m. NBC — Liz infiltrates an elite gang of female thieves.

“Baskets” 10 p.m. FX (second season debut) — Zach Galifianakis’ clown becomes a hobo.

“Colony” 10 p.m. USA  — Will decides to trust an old friend; Jennifer visits Katie; and Bram meets the camp commandant.

“Caraoke Showdown” 10:30 p.m. Spike — Blue Man Group join Craig in Las Vegas for the rolling karaoke contest.

FRIDAY

“Frontier3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — The series is an action-packed adventure drama following the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade in the late 18th century. Jason Momoa stars.

“Change and Challenge the Inauguration of Donald Trump” 8 p.m. CBS  The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th U.S. president is the focus.

“Emerald City” 9 p.m. NBC — A lost girl finds Dorothy and Lucas.

“Hawai Five-O” 9 p.m. CBS — Five-0 must negotiate between the law and local customs when a man wanted for murder escapes capture and seeks asylum in sovereign land belonging to the Nation of Hawaii.

“Sleepy Hollow” 9 p.m. Fox — A new threat to officials in Washington, D.C., comes in the form of an old adversary of Ichabod’s.

“The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump” 10 p.m. ABC — The title says it all.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — A child-abuse case gets complicated for Danny and Baez because of an individual’s diplomatic immunity.

“The Rap Game” 10 p.m. Lifetime — Rick Ross joins Jermaine, as the kids are tasked with writing a rap about their work ethic.

“Real Time with Bill Maher” 10 p.m. HBO (15th season debut) — He returns just on the right day.

WEEKEND

“Beaches” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — Two women who bonded on the boardwalk as young girls maintain a strong friendship throughout the course of their lives, despite their contrasting lifestyles and career paths, in this remake of the 1988 film of the same title.

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Aziz Ansari hosts.

“The Librarians” 8 p.m. Sunday TNT (third season finale) — DOSA and Apep infiltrate the Library.

“Mercy Street” 8 p.m. Sunday GPB (second season debut) — A former slave-turned-abolitionist causes a rift between Foster and Mary.

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Carrie and Reda fight for their client.

“Victoria” 9 p.m. Sunday GPB — Victoria grows into her royal role; and ponders marriage.

“The Young Pope” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Voiello charts a new course in the fallout from the pope’s first public homily.

“Hunted” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS (new series) — Nine pairs of ordinary people attempt to evade professional investigators who are trying to track them down for 28 days in hopes of winning $250,000.

“The Affair” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Helen’s escape to Montauk exacerbates her guilt.

“The Royals” 10 p.m. Sunday E! — An annual charity weekend finds the royal family being auctioned off.

“Secrets of the Six Wives” 10 p.m. Sunday GPB (new series) — Historian Lucy Worsley explores the lives of Henry VIII’s six wives.


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