Monday TV: Ringing in ‘The New Pope’

the-new-pope-hboJust as I never got into “Succession” until its second season, the latest incarnation of “The Young Pope” comes on strong with “The New Pope” (HBO, 9 p.m.). in it, Jude Law’s titular character in the former series has been in a coma; a search and vote begins for a new leader of the Catholic church. A pursuit is made for an eccentric, but at least age appropriate choice in John Malkovich’s Sir John Brannox, who seems just perfect in the role. Before hand, however, there’s a choice that doesn’t quite work out.

The college football playoff championship game has LSU vs. Clemson (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

In the new family comedy “The Healing Powers of Dude” (Netflix, streaming), Steve Zahn voices the emotional support dog that helps an 11-year-old with social anxiety disorder. Tom Everett Scott, Larisa Oleynik and Jace Chapman star.

If Peter and Hannah B still have a thing, they should cancel the rest of the season of “The Bachelor” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

“Meet the Frasers” (E!, 10 and 10:30 p.m.) is a new reality series that follows the personal life of a psychic medium and his beauty pageant financé.

“The Good Doctor” (ABC, 10 p.m.) opens up about his feelings towards Lea.

Ben forms an alliance with a college student from Flight 828 on “Manifest” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

More former performers return for another chance on “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

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Sunday TV: HBO’s Dark ‘The Outsider’

the-outsiderThrough the years, novelist Richard Price has helped set the deadly serious tone to some of the strongest HBO dramas, from David Simon’s “The Deuce” and “The Wire” to his own “The Night Of” three years ago.

That same dark tone, and the excellent acting that accompanies it, shapes his latest “The Outsider” (HBO, 9 p.m.) about the death of a child in a small-town, the arrest of an upstanding youth coach, and how the case seems to subsequently fall apart. So controlling is Price’s true crime approach is that one doesn’t suspect the work is an adaptation of a Stephen King novel until several episodes in.

Ben Mendelsohn is masterful as a troubled cop consumed by the case; Cynthia Erivo, recently of “Harriet,” may be even better as a kind of awkward genius savant private detective who looks even deeper. Familiar faces populate the drama such as Bill Camp as a defense lawyer. And Jason Bateman, who directs the first two episodes (both on tonight), is the prime suspect.

A literary adaptation that may take even more liberties is “Sanditon” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) , in which Andrew Davis (“House of Cards,” “Pride and Prejudice”) takes what little Jane Austen wrote, in her final work, about a romance at a seaside town and runs with it, infusing it with more sexuality than any Austen before it. Rose Williams and Theo James star in the eight-part series.

It’s preceded by another “Masterpiece” productions, a serialization of E.M. Forster’s “Howards End” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) with Hayley Attwell and Matthew Macfayden (of “Succession”).

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Saturday TV: The Raconteurs Rock Austin

raconteurs-ACLJack White and The Raconteurs play a new “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings, playing from their most recent album “Help Us Stranger.” The show also features the local Austin band — and best new artist Grammy nominees, Black Pumas.

NHL divisional playoffs help narrow the path to the Super Bowl, with last week’s wild card game winners facing conference top seeds, with Minnesota at San Francisco (NBC, 4:35 p.m.) and Tennessee at Baltimore (CBS, 8:15 p.m.).

Italia Ricci plays a contestant on a dating show who must face her high school sweetheart (Chad Michael Murray) when it comes time for a hometown date (with Jack Turner) in the made-for-TV romance “Love in Winterland” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.).

“Psycho Nurse” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) sounds like a Ramones songs, but it’s another made-for-TV thriller about a health care professional hired to help in the house, only to have an intent of insinuating herself in the family. With Lyndon Smith, Abbie Cobb and Sean Farris.

Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry and Ian McShane star in “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” (HBO, 8 p.m.), making its premium cable debut. Also on tonight: Chris Hemsworth, Emma Thompson and Tessa Thompson in “Men in Black: International” (Starz, 8 p.m.) and Aimee Garcia and David Castañeda in “El Chicano” (Showtime, 9:35 p.m.).

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Friday TV: A New ‘Bone Collector’ Series

Lincoln“Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector” (NBC, 8 p.m.) is the cumbersome title of a new crime drama based on Jeffrey Deaver’s novel “The Bone Collector.” Russell Hornsby plays the titular forensic criminologist who is also a paraplegic. Doing the heavy lifting is Arielle Kebbel as a rookie detective who is his ally; Michael Imperioli is his partner. Brian F. O’Byrne plays the serial killer known as a Bone Collector who caused his malady.

In the new comedy series “AJ and the Queen” (Netflix, streaming), RuPaul plays a drag queen who  accompanies a 10-year-old runaway on a cross country trip.

From the makers of the spoofy “Childrens Hospital” comes the new “Medical Police” (Netflix, streaming) in which Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel star as a pair of American physicians at a pediatric hospital in Brazil recruited to become government agents to find a cure for a runaway virus.

“Jamtara – Sabka Number Ayega” (Netflix, streaming) is a new Indian series about computer phishing scammers in the village of Jharkhand.

In the new import “Giri / Haji” (Netflix, streaming), a detective from Tokyo travels to London to look for his brother, who may have become a Yazuka gangster wanted for murder.

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Thursday TV: Digging Up Old Mines

Reclaimed3In the new series “Reclaimed” (Discovery, 9 p.m.), Alex Charvat and Kevin Gilman are a couple of freelance miners with their own shovels and picks who help homeowners suspecting there might be  something down in some old abandoned mines in their properties.

Also digging, in its way, a prime time special focusing on the women victims, “Truth & Lies: The Jeffrey Epstein Story” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

Later, a father takes matters into his own hands against his daughter’s rapist on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

“Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” (ABC, 8 p.m.) moves to night three. A player has to win three nights to win the $1 million.

Cyndi Lauper is a guest judge on “Project Runway” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

A third season starts of “Very Cavallari” (MTV, 9 p.m.), following the growth of her business.

“Superstore” (NBC, 8 p.m.) has been bought out by a new parent company.

Mary plans Pastor Jeff’s wedding on “Young Sheldon” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

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Wednesday TV: A New ‘Party of Five’

PartyOFiveIt’s corny to bring back old shows simply for nostalgia’s sake, but the name “Party of Five” (Freeform, 9 p.m.) is energized by a bold concept that reframes the five siblings from the 1994 saga as survivors in a contemporary milieu. After ICE had deported their parents back to Mexico, the kids try to stay together and make it on their own. Brandon Larracuente plays the eldest, an aspiring musician who puts aside career aspirations to lead his brothers and sisters.

A 15th season begins for “Criminal Minds” (CBS, 9 and 10 p.m.) and there are two episodes back to back.

The docs-series “Cheer” (Netflix, streaming) follows the competitive cheerleaders of Navarro College.

Who’s a good dog? Well, there’s a competition now with the premiere of “America’s Top Dog” (A&E, 9 p.m.) where a police dog goes up against a trick dog.

The game continues on “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” (ABC, 8 p.m.). So far, Ken Jennings is ahead.

Three of the five couples this season get “Married at First Sight” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.).

On “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (Bravo, 8 p.m.), Teresa and her husband try to fight their legal battles. Meanwhile, the reunion sessions for “The Real Housewives of Dallas” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) continues.

A ninth season begins for “Undercover Boss” (CBS, 8 p.m.), the series that proves that bosses are the best.

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When Dave Chappelle Met Mark Twain

IMG_1348It may make one pause to look at the connection of the two main figures in “Dave Chappelle: The Mark Twain Prize” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).

Taped last October at the Kennedy Center, the entertaining evening features Jon Stewart, John Legend, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman — as well as hip hop figures from Common and Q-Tip to Erykah Badu and Mos Def.

But Twain and Chappelle? I asked him about the connection.

“It’s funny,” Chappelle said. “When I auditioned for Duke Ellington School for the Arts [in Washington, D.C.], I auditioned with a Mark Twain piece.

“It was ‘The Judges “Spirited Woman.’”’ he said. And I was terrible.”

Why that title? “I went to the public library and it looked the easiest. It was weird.”

In his audition at the prestigious arts high school, Chappelle said, they ask “a make or break question. They say, ‘Why do you want to act?’

“If you say something like, ‘I want to be a star,’ you probably won’t get it. I said, ‘I don’t want to act.’ Which took them back. I said, ‘I want to be a comedian.’ Someone said, ‘if you want to be a good comedian, you should learn how to act.’

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Also on Tuesday: Zoey’s Got a Playlist

zoey-3The delightful Jane Levy of Suurgatory stars in the new “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (NBC, 10 p.m.) , about a young computer coder who suddenly begins to hear the inner thoughts of people around her through songs. The musical series also features Lauren Graham,  Peter Gallagher and Mary Steenburgen.

Another new show tonight is a spinoff of Dick Wolf’s popular “FBI” (CBS, 9 p.m.). The new one is called “FBI: Most Wanted” (CBS, 10 p.m.) and the first episode tracks a doctor involved in organized crime, drugs and possible murder.

Back in prime time for the first time in 17 years, “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” (ABC, 8 p.m.) is a week-long battle featuring three of the show’s biggest winners, Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer.

The sixth and final season of “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop, 9 p.m.) begins on that hard-to-find cable network.

On the third season start of “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back” (Fox, 9 p.m.) tries to save a seafood restaurant in Tappahannock, Va.

“Emergence” (ABC, 10 p.m.) returns with a new episode and some new information that could lead the Evans family to Piper.

“Finding Your Roots” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) is back in session, with Sterling K. Brown, Jon Batiste and Sasheer Zamata learn about their families’ past.

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Monday TV: Women Buzz Around Pilot

bachelorThe 24th season for “The Bachelor” (ABC, 8 p.m.) begins with another bloated three-hour episode, following the ever-quizzical parade of women who seem happy to ditch any dignity to be on TV.  The bachelor is the airline pilot rejected on the last season of “The Bachelorette,” Peter Weber. He was sort of a dud then, right?

It’s also the 24th season for “Antiques Roadshow” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) which opens in Delaware.

Past performers who didn’t win return to try once more on the short-running “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” (NBC, 8 p.m.). Judges this time are Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel with Alesha Dixon. Terry Crews host.

“Manifest” (NBC, 10 p.m.) begins its second season still trying to figure out how that plane was missing for five years.

“Below Deck” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) marks its 100th episode – a milestone celebrated on “Watch What Happens: Live” (Bravo, 10 p.m.).

All of the late night shows return to live programs tonight after two weeks of reruns and it’s just in time. Best bet: Elizabeth Warren and David Byrne on “Late Show with Seth Meyers” (NBC, 12:37 a.m.).

Get background on an actual political witch hunt with the portrait of Joe McCarthy on “American Experience” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).

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Sunday TV: The Weird Golden Globes

goldenGlobesRicky Gervais returns to host The Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC, 8 p.m.) for the fifth time. Which may be an amusing moment in a show known for weird choices. Among the nominees for best TV drama is “Big Little Lies,” “The Crown,” “Killing Eve,” “The Morning Show” and “Succession.” For comedy: “Barry,” “Fleabag,” (The Kominsky Method,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “The Politician.”

It’s preceded by “Live from the Red Carpet” (E1, 6 p.m.) and NBC’s own red carpet show at 7:30 p.m.).

“Doctor Who” (BBC America, 8 p.m.) has the concluding half of New Year’s Day season opener.

With tonight’s episode of “The Simpsons” (Fox, 8 p.m.), it becomes the first TV show to air in five different decades. They celebrate with Artie Ziff’s wedding, where his bride is a clone of Marge.

On “Work in Progress” (Showtime, 10:53 p.m.) there’s a medical emergency.

Miles gets a new clue on “God Friended Me” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

Little girls offer advice on boys to Tiffany Haddish on “Kids Say the Darnedest Things” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

On “Power” (Starz, 8 p.m.), Ghost’s shooter is still being sought. Then they talk about it on “Power Confidential” (Starz, 9 p.m.).

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