What’s on TV? – Monday (01/21/19) – Plenty of New Shows On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! As everyone enjoys a day off work (hopefully), TV looks to stay pretty the same. Most shows are returning with new episodes. However, there’s only a few key updates or new shows premiering today. Without further ado, let’s take a look at what’s airing tonight on TV.


“Martin: The Legacy of a King” (BET) at 9 p.m. ET

TV MartinIn honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, BET has a tribute planned. As part of BET’s News Special series, “Martin: The Legacy of a King” honors the life and works of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Activists, celebrities and noteworthy personalities alike will celebrate the man and how his work impacted our country. The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy cannot be overstated. His work still reverberates today and his words are needed now more than ever.


“Dating: No Filter” (E!) at 10:30 p.m. ET

TV DatingWe’ve all had our fair share of bad blind date stories. E! wants to look closer at some truly outrageous and hilarious bad date with their new show “Dating: No Filter.” Three pairs of comedians grab popcorn and wine and watch some real horror first dates unfold. In some cases, maybe its the start of a new love. In others, its just the start of a great story. The premiere airs its first episode at 10:30 p.m. ET.

“Robert Durst: An ID Murder Mystery” (ID) at 9 p.m. ET

TV DurstFor those looking for a murder profile, ID has you covered. The first episode of “Robert Durst: An ID Murder Mystery” airs at 9 p.m. ET. ID takes a deeper look at the murders surrounding the Real Estate Heir. The two part special sits Durst down for an interrogation that includes discussion of the deaths of Durst’s wife Kathleen and his friend Susan Berman. Part one airs tonight, with part two concluding tomorrow evening at 9 p.m. ET.


TV Big BrotherThe big network premiere for tonight is the latest season of “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” on CBS at 8 p.m. While “Big Brother” has been a staple of reality TV culture, this marks only the second season of the celebrity edition. Marissa Jaret Winokur, best known as Tracy Turnblad on “Hairspray,” was the season one winner. Season 2 lines up more exciting stars. Contestants include Jonathan Bennett (“Mean Girls”), Lolo Jones (Olympic track and bobsled athlete) and even the likes of Dina Lohan and Kato Kaelin.

If feuding former-stars isn’t your jam, cable offers a few different options in terms of returning shows. Check out some ancient treasures with the sixteenth season of “Pawn Stars” on History at 10 p.m. ET. On deck for tonight are weapons from the 18th century, Mickey Mantle’s rookie card and more special treasures. Oxygen has some special, scary treasures of their own. Monday marks the season 11 premiere of “Killer Couples” at 9 p.m. ET. The tale of deadly romances continues with a high school romance that results in a dead body.

Movies On TV

TV Brexit2A pair of very different original films make their debut on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. HBO Films’ latest, “Brexit,” starts at 8 p.m. ET. The film takes the perspective of the “Vote Leave” campaign, which urged people to vote against staying in the European Union. Benedict Cumberbatch headlines as Dominic Cummings, the chief strategist behind the movement. Specifically, the film looks at how data played an important role that shaped the Brexit decision.

For those with kids without opinions on “Brexit,” Nickelodeon has a new original film on tonight. “Bixler High Private Eye” hits Nickelodeon at 7 p.m. ET. After his Father goes missing, young sleuth Xander DeWitt (Jace Norman) relocates to his grandfather’s house. Here, in his father’s hometown, the mystery comes to life. Xander teams up with school reporter Kenzie Messina (Ariel Martin) to solve the disappearance of his Father. Kids may know Jace Norman from Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger,” their #1 show.


Plenty of shows are airing new episodes on Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Enjoy the last day of the long weekend and curl up with a fresh episode of one of those programs.

  • “The Bachelor” (ABC) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “The Good Doctor” (ABC) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “Magnum P.I.” (CBS) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Bull” (CBS) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” (NBC) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Manifest” (NBC) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “The Resident” (NBC) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “The Passage” (NBC) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Arrow” (CW) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Black Lightning” (CW) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Antiques Roadshow” (PBS) at 8 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
  • “Good Eats: Reloaded” (Cooking Network) at 9 p.m. ET (FINALE)
  • “Street Outlaws: Full Throttle” (Discovery) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Street Outlaws” (Discovery) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Kids Baking Championship” (Food Network) at 8 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
  • “House Hunters” (HGTV) at 8 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. ET
  • “Home Town” (HGTV) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “American Pickers: Bonus Buys” (History) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “American Pickers” (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. ET
  • “Teen Mom 2” (MTV) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Made in Staten Island” (MTV) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “Drain the Oceans” (MTV) at 9 p.m. & 10 p.m. ET
  • “How the Universe Works” (Science) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Lost Gold” (Travel Channel) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “Love & Hip Hop New York” (VH1) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Cartel Crew” (VH1) at 9 p.m. ET

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

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Written by Christopher James

Christopher James has been an Oscar obsessive ever since watching his first ceremony at age 5 when "Titanic" won Best Picture. He is a recent graduate from Loyola Marymount University with degrees in Screenwriting for Film and Television and Marketing. Christopher currently works in media strategy and planning at Liquid Advertising, based out of Los Angeles, CA. You can find Christopher running on the sunny beach, brunching at trendy restaurants or mostly just sitting in a dark room watching movies and TV in sweatpants. Follow me on Twitter @cwj92movieman


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