What’s on TV – Monday (1/7/19) – Reality TV Takes Control with ‘America’s Got Talent’ and ‘The Bachelor’

Between the big four networks, endless cable channels and all the new streaming options in the space, it’s harder than ever to keep up with TV. Our new series, “What’s On TV,” wants to help simplify things. We’ll recommend what shows you should check out, profile the new premieres of the day, and remind you what new episodes are on tonight. Whether you’re a cord cutter, Netflix binger, cable devotee or reality TV lover, we’ve got you covered at Awards Circuit.

PICK OF THE DAY

“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” (NBC) premieres at 8 p.m. ET.

Over the past 13 seasons, “America’s Got Talent” has crowned winners of all types from singers to ventriloquists. Now it’s time for our winners to face off against each other, as well as winners from around the world. Contestants from all of the global “Got Talent” franchises will perform their talent to be named the best of the best.

The show finds all four “America’s Got Talent” judges returning from season 13. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell will use their taste-making prowess to decide between all the competing winners. While the judges may be the same, Terry Crews takes over as host for this outing. Unlike the normal seasons, don’t expect a lot of embarrassing would-be contestants or epic gaffes. “The Champions” wants to highlight the cream of the crop and heat up the competition.

WHAT’S PREMIERING?

“Cartel Crew” (VH1) premieres at 9 p.m. ET.

It’s not easy being part of a cartel. That’s the thesis of VH1’s latest docu-series, “Cartel Crew,” which airs its premiere episode at 9 p.m. ET. The series gives us unprecedented access to the lives of seven individuals whose families are connected to various drug cartels. Together they are all trying to make it clean in Miami, leaving the cartel life behind them. However, the threats from their old lives still remain. Stars include Michael Blanco, the youngest son of Griselda Blanco (the “Cocaine Godmother”).

WHAT’S RETURNING?

ABC devotes its entire Monday for “The Bachelor’s” Season 22 premiere at 8 p.m. The three-hour premiere finds 26-year-old former NFL player Colton Underwood back looking for love for the world to see. This marks the third time Underwood has appeared in the Bachelor universe. He was a contestant on the 14th season of “The Bachelorette” and appeared on “Bachelor in Paradise” as well.

One must own their guilty pleasures. “The Bachelor” franchise may be the guiltiest of them all. Between all the spinoffs, knockoffs and shows analyzing it (“Unreal” Season One forever), “The Bachelor” has endured. Recently, the show has also courted controversy, as the recent “Bachelorette” contestant Lincoln Adim was convicted of sexual assault. The show is claiming to have evolved vetting practices, including social media vetting. Hopefully the work is done to sidestep any further casting mishaps.

Following “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” on NBC is the return of “Manifest” at 10 p.m. ET. “Manifest” scored one of the best debuts for a new show, with 10.3 million viewers. Unfortunately, the following episodes have seen precipitous drops as mixed reviews started to catch up to it. Will the back half of the show’s first season recapture its early success?

For the reality competition junkie who doesn’t watch “America’s Got Talent” or “The Bachelor,” Food Network has you covered. “Kids Baking Championship” begins its sixth season at 9 p.m. ET with a whole new cast of mini-chefs. The twelve kids chosen for the competition will find themselves “Bakin’ with Bacon,” (bacon cupcakes specifically).

“The Bachelor” may be entering season 22, but it’s not the oldest show premiering a new season tonight. “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS takes that mantle. The mainstay airs the first episode of its 23rd season at 8 p.m. ET. Watch as many more heirlooms bring some people newfound wealth and others just shattered dreams.

NEW EPISODES

January is in full swing and many shows are back from a winter hiatus. Make sure you aren’t missing a new episode of your favorite programs. Check out which shows are airing new episodes tonight. Times may vary by local area.

  • “Happy Together” (CBS) at 8:30 p.m. ET
  • “Independent Lens” (PBS) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “The Last Alaskans: No Man’s Land” (Animal Planet) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Vanderpump Rules” (Bravo) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Street Outlaws: Memphis” (Discovery) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Street Outlaws” (Discovery) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “Winner Cake All” (Food Network) at 10 p.m. ET
  •  “Living Alaska” (GAC) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “America Says” (GSN) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Love It or List It” (HGTV) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Ancient Aliens” (History) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “The 1990s: The Deadliest Decade” (ID) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “People Magazine Investigates” (ID) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “Teen Mom OG” (MTV) at 8 p.m. & 9 p.m. ET
  • “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club” (MTV) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “How the Universe Works” (Science) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Love & Hip Hop New York” (VH1) at 8 p.m. ET

Will any of these shows contend for awards? Check out our predictions at the Circuit Hub.

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