What to Watch: 01/08/2019

Freeform’s Foster clan gets the classic college spin-off; meanwhile, on their own sorta spin-off (well, at least Roseanne herself spun out spectacularly), the Conner Family rages against machines (and maybe publishes ‘zines…we’ll see), and Ellen games games.

FIONA’S PICK:
Good Trouble [Freeform, 8p]
It’s finally here! The premiere Good Trouble, a spin-off of The Fosters, staring Callie and Mariana in their post-college days. I can’t wait to see what antics these two women get up to while living in a commune in downtown Los Angeles.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
The Conners [ABC, 8p]
Dan gets injured on D.J.’s vending machine route, and his choice to sue could cost D.J. his job. The Conners and its turn around in the wake of the new Roseanne has been a refreshing surprise, even if this plot sounds like a real-life bummer.

JASON’S PICK:
Ellen’s Game Of Games [NBC, 8p]
While I hit maximum Ellen years ago, I’m a sucker for weird-ass game shows. This one’s a bit Nickelodeon’s Double Dare (albeit less slimy) for grown ups — then again, fans of that show are just hitting prime primetime game show age.

ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:

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  • Henry Louis Gates sings the secrets of the House of Martin as George R.R. joins the PBS mainstay Finding Your Roots as it returns for its latest season. A superstar comedian we’ll always remember as Ambdy Sandberg also joins to find his heritage.
  • The History Channel dips its toes further into scripted series with Project Blue Book about official government UFO hunters in the 1950s and ’60s. Neal McDonough is along for the ride, so probably worth at least one chance, especially if you were an X-Files junkie.
  • 32 fake footballers face off to determine this year’s joystick Super Bowl hero on EA Sports Madden NFL 19 Classic, featuring all the action of people playing games on other televisions, on The CW.
  • On Discovery’s Bad Chad Customs, debuting tonight, we’re not sure if Chad is a bad person, badass, or just really lousy at his job — although if it’s the latter, that would be a pretty mean thing to make a show about.
  • “You know, Nickis…sometimes he goes to Los Angeles, sometimes he goes to New Orleans.” Tonight, Bojack’s favorite gritty detective leaps to New Orleans in the form of Scott Bakula to take on rogue agents and avenge the death of a friend. NCIS: New Orleans is of course on CBS.

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