What’s On TV? – Thursday (1/31/2019) – ‘Will & Grace’ Returns and ’30 for 30′ Goes Primetime

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Will & Grace” from its midseason hiatus tonight. The Emmy-winning series has its eyes set on the 2019 Emmys, and another series hopes to join them. “30 for 30” returns for the first time in 2019 tonight as well. The new documentary film, “Deion’s Double Play” tells the story of how Deion Sanders played for both the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons in a single day. Finally, we have a slew of good movies to check out, including “The Devil Wears Prada,” “M*A*S*H” and the original 1937 “A Star Is Born.”

Pick of the Night

“Will & Grace” (NBC) at 9:30 PM

Tonight “Will & Grace” returns for the second half of their season. The Emmy nominated show will make a strong push for the Emmys again in 2019. They hope to score a stronger nomination bit this year, after only picking up four nominations last year. The only series regular to score a nomination last year was Megan Mullally. While Debra Messing received a Golden Globe nomination, the series has now lost all 30 Golden Globe nominations since the show began airing in the 1990s. “Will and Grace” continues to draw strong ratings, so don’t expect the show to go away anytime soon.

What’s Premiering?

“30 for 30: ‘Deion’s Double Play'” (ESPN)

One of the most exciting athletes of all time gets his own “30 for 30” from ESPN. Deion’s Double Play” will follow the story of Deion Sanders, one of the few athletes to ever play more than one sport. The multi-star athlete attended Florida State University and played in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, and eventually the Dallas Cowboys (he also a short stint with the Baltimore Ravens). He also wanted to pursue a career in professional baseball and was able to do so for a short while.

The documentary follows Deion as he attempted something that felt impossible: to play two sports in a single day. Spoiler, Deion actually played two baseball games for the Atlanta Braves and a football game for the Atlanta Falcons, all within 24 hours. “30 for 30” films are always fun, so this should be a good one to check out.

Movies on TV

There are some fun older films to check out tonight on television. For anyone who loves “A Star Is Born,” the original 1937 version hits the air tonight. TCM will broadcast the Janet Graynor starring film at 9 PM. The film only won a single competitive Oscar for Best Writing, but they also handed a special prize to cinematographer W. Howard Greene for his work pioneering color cinematography (this version of the story was shot in black and white). For many, the 1937 version remains the best version of the story. However, it is also one of the least seen. Check out the original that inspired this year’s version of the classic tale.

Meanwhile, “M*A*S*H” will air at 9 PM on Encore. The army comedy has not aged particularly well, especially given some of the issues with race and the nicknames of the show. However, the film that inspired the classic television show has plenty of good stuff to check out. It won the Adapted Screenplay prize and was directed by the master Robert Altman. Both Elliot Gould and Donald Sutherland scored Globe nominations but missed Oscar. Tom SkerritRobert Duvall, and Gary Burghoff (who would play Radar in the show as well) make up the ensemble. The film’s lone Oscar nomination went to Sally Kellerman for playing the iconic Margaret “Hot Lips” O’Houlihan.

Last up, “The Devil Wears Prada” continues to feel like a massive oversight by Oscar. While Meryl Streep picked up a lead actress nomination and costume designer Patricia Field was nominated, the rest of the film was ignored. Anne HathawayEmily Blunt, and Stanley Tucci all knocked on the door for nominations. Ultimately it fell short, but cinephiles have continued to raise it up as one the great mid-budget films before this kind of movie seemed to disappear from cinemas. “The Devil Wears Prada” will air at 9 PM on MovieMax.

New Episodes

There are plenty of other shows airing new episodes tonight. Use this as a helpful guide when channel surfing tonight. Make sure you don’t miss the latest episodes of your favorite shows. Once again, times may vary by local area. Please check your local guide for the most accurate times.

  • The Big Bang Theory” (PBS) at 8 PM
  • Young Sheldon” (PBS) at 8:30 PM
  • “Mom” (CBS) at 9 PM
  • FAM” (CBS) at 9:30 PM
  • “SWAT” (CBS) at 10 PM
  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) at 8 PM
  • A Million Little Things” (ABC) at 9 PM
  • “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC) at 10 PM
  • “The Titan Games” (NBC) at 8 PM
  • “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) at 9 PM
  • “Will & Grace” (NBC) at 9:30 PM
  • “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC) at 10 PM
  • Gotham” (FOX) at 8 PM
  • The Orville” (FOX) at 9 PM
  • “Supernatural” (CW) at 8 PM
  • Legacies” (CW) at 9 PM
  • The First 48″ (A&E) at 8 PM
  • The First 48 Presents: Homicide Squad Atlanta” (A&E) at 9 PM
  • 60 Days In” (A&E) at 10 PM
  • Top Chef” (BRAVO) at 8 PM
  • “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” (BRAVO) at 9 PM
  • Backyard Envy” (BRAVO) at 10 PM
  • Broad City” (COMEDY) at 10 PM
  • The Other Two” (COMEDY) at 10:30 PM
  • Music City” (CMT) at 10 PM & 10:30 PM
  • “Building Off the Grid” (Discover) at 9 PM
  • “Chopped” (FOOD) at 9 PM
  • Beat Bobby Flay” (FOOD) at 10 PM
  • Siren” (Freeform) at 8 PM
  • “Flip or Flop: Nashville” (HGTV) at 9 PM
  • “House Hunters” (HGTV) at 10 PM
  • “House Hunters: International” (HGTV) at 10:30 PM
  • “Swamp People: Blood & Guts” (HISTORY) at 8 PM
  • “Swamp People” (HISTORY) at 9 PM
  • “Truck Night in America” (HISTORY) at 10 PM ****
  • “Bring It!” (Lifetime) at 8 & 9 PM
  • “The Rap Game” (Lifetime) at 10 PM
  • “Ex on the Beach” (MTV) at 8 PM
  • “MTV Floribama Shore” (MTV) at 9 PM
  • “Life Below Zero: Ice Breakers” (National Geographic) at 10 PM
  • “Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount) at 9 PM
  • “Impossible Engineering” (Science) at 9 PM
  • “The Dead Files” (Travel) at 10 PM
  • “Kindred Spirits” (Travel) at 11 PM
  • “The Carbonaro Effect” (TruTV) at 10 PM & 10:30 PM

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

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