TV best bets with more Olympics, Joel McHale, John Oliver

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 10: Gold medalist Andreas Wellinger of Germany (C) celebrates on the podium alongside silver medalist Johann Andre Forfang of Norway (L) and bronze medalist Robert Johansson of Norway (R) during the victory ceremony for the Ski Jumping – Men’s Normal Hill Individual Final on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Center on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Posted Sunday, February 11, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

With NBC focused squarely on the Winter Olympics, most rivals are opting for reality TV or repeats.

In streaming land, Netflix debuts a teen show called “Everything Sucks” and a new Joel McHale comedy show while Amazon brings back “Mozart in the Jungle.” And John Oliver returns for a new season on HBO.

This covers Monday, February 12 through Sunday, February 18, 2018.

MONDAY

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — The pressure mounts as the crucial hometown dates loom, but first Arie and the remaining seven bachelorettes travel to beautiful Tuscany, Italy.

“Atomic Homefront” 8 p.m. HBO —A look at how the improper handling of radioactive waste has affected the people of St. Louis.

“2018 Winter Olympics” 8 p.m. NBC — Men’s alpine skiing, women’s snowboarding and women’s speed skating.

“The Alienist” 9 p.m. TNT — Kreizler and Sara discuss the capacity to kill. Moore goes on a date. Byrnes and Capt. Connor keep an eye on a potential suspect.

“American Dad” 10 p.m. TBS (13th season debut) — The title “Paranoid Frandroid” is a pun on ‘paranoid android,’ and an indirect reference to Marvin, the paranoid android from “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

“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

“2018 Winter Olympics” 8 p.m. NBC — Figure skating, women’s alpine skiing, men’s snowboarding.

“The Bachelor Winter Games” 8 p.m. ABC (new series) — Twenty five bachelors and bachelorettes from around the world meet in the streets of Manchester, Vt., for a grand celebration of unity and love.

“We’ll Meet Again” 8 p.m. GPB — Dramatic reunions between people whose lives intersected on 9/11.

“Black Lightning” 9 p.m. the CW — An unexpected phone call unearths the long-buried need for Jefferson to investigate the murder of his father.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Veronica returns home after a stay in the hospital

“20/20” 10 p.m. ABC — A look at romantic movies such as “27 Dresses” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

“The Detour” 10:30 p.m. TBS — Edie has gone undercover, posing as an assistant coach of Jared and Delilah’s hockey team.

WEDNESDAY

“Celebrity Big Brother” 8 p.m. CBS — Omarosa and the ladies try to stay in control.

“Relationships Just For Laughs” 8 p.m. the CW — Hosted by Ivan Decker, top comedians including Maria Bamford, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Kevin James, Mo’Nique, and Tom Papa share their hilarious thoughts on love, dating, and relationships.

“2018 Winter Olympics” 8 p.m. NBC — Figure skating, men’s alpine skating and women’s speed skating.

“The Amazing Race” 9 p.m. CBS — The race continues in Bahrain where one team’s game is threatened when one of them misplaces a passport.

“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 — Colin Quinn, Judy Greer, Judah Friedlander, Caroline Rhea, Orlando Jones and Abby Elliott.

THURSDAY

“2018 Winter Olympics” 8 p.m. NBC — Figure skating, women’s snowboard cross, men’s skeleton.

“The Bachelor Winter Games” 8 p.m. ABC — Romantic connections are well underway as the participants arrive at an ice rink for their second winter games challenge—speed skating.

“Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” 9 p.m. WE — Jhonni and Bow’s throw-down in the studio reaches an explosive ending.

“Nashville” 9 p.m. CMT — Daphne and Jake perform at school; Deacon and Jessie run into Brad.

“Top Chef” 9 p.m. Bravo — The chefs embark on the first leg of the finals in Telluride.

“20/20” 10 p.m. ABC — A look at the return of “Roseanne.”

“Portlandia” 10 p.m. IFC — Doug and Claire try an open relationship; Shannon gets help parallel parking; a company uses VR for an important meeting; the Mayor waits for a helicopter; and Fred steps on a snail.

FRIDAY

“Mozart in the Jungle” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (fourth season debut) — Hailey and Rodrigo’s romance deepens as they go public with their relationship.

“Everything Sucks” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (new series) — A quirky, funny coming of age story that follows two groups of high school misfits.

“2018 Winter Olympics” 8 p.m. NBC — Figure skating, women’s freestyle skiing.

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” 8 p.m. the CW — When Rebecca decides to make amends for her past, she finds some unexpected challenges.

“The Paynes” 9 p.m. OWN — Curtis and Ella debate about taking in Nyla and her kids. Ella talks to Nyla about how her relationship is affecting her children.

“Love After Lockup” 10 p.m. WE — Johnna’s dad has her doubting Garrett’s motives, Mary’s second guessing Dom’s commitment, and Andrea discovers Lamar’s parole rules.

“The Rap Game” 10:02 p.m. WE — The five rappers meet the press – including me.

WEEKEND

“2018 Winter Olympics” 9 p.m. Saturday  NBC — Men’s alpine skiing, men’s freestyle skiing, women’s skeleton.

“Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale” 3:01 a.m. Sunday Netflix (new series) — A new, weekly half-hour topical series that takes a sharp, absurdist look at pop culture and news from across the globe.

“2018 Winter Olympics” 7 p.m. Sunday NBC — Figure skating, women’s speed skating, women’s freestyle skiing. 

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 Sunday Bravo — Most of the ladies are partying in Barcelona. 

“Homeland” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Carrie makes a discovery; Wellington protects Keane; O’Keefe continues to broadcast.

“The Chi” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Brandon’s actions jeopardize his relationship with Jerrika.

“Shark Tank” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Entrepreneurs from Amarillo, Texas, introduce a new way to decorate Easter eggs without all the mess.

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” 11 p.m. Sunday ABC — What could he possibly talk about? 


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