What To Watch: 01/02/2020

And after all the Ramones memes and Barbara Walters references, we’re back for 2020. Tonight, we’ve got a second look into the monster MeToo almost forgot, some terrific British bakers, and Stephen Dorff in a new police procedural.

Surviving R. Kelly Part II [Lifetime, 9p]
We all knew about his transgressions by the end of the 1990s, even joked about it as he scored platinum record after platinum record. It wasn’t even rumors — there was video evidence passed around like treasures. Yet it wasn’t until the first part of this mini-series that Houston R&B crooner R. Kelly’s empire came crashing down. This sequel looks at the aftermath.

The Great Holiday Baking Show [ABC, 9p]
America’s Best Amateur Baker (…Holiday Edition?) is named in tonight’s semi-final and final. The pressure will be greater than the UK show, but hopefully, the reward will be sweeter!



  • Stephen Dorff — he’s one of those guys whose name and face you both probably recognize but can’t always place. And tonight he gets to lead his own series along with a police team of which he’s presumably second in charge with the debut of the Fox series Deputy.
  • At first glance, it almost seems like a show-within-a-show joke title — The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU — but then the show is the longest running drama and beyond the salaciousness and from-the-headlines-rip’t scandal, Dick Wolf’s best spinoff is quite the well-made program, or as Tracy Jordan would put it: “it’s a tentpole! A tentpole!” On The Peacock (NBC).
  • Conservative snowflakes rejoice. Your voice has been heard as ex-felon Tim Allen’s everyman series Last Man Standing is indeed, illogically, still standing. Congratulations(?!) There’s a double-shot of episodes on ABC.
  • For lovers of the supernatural and playful puns, Travel Channel offers Ghost Adventures: Screaming Room tonight.
  • If you’re up for a refresher on the birds vis a vis the bees, Netflix explains it all for you with the mini-series Sex Explained.
  • Let’s close this down with the latest in Lifetime Movies, the so-Lifetime named Her Deadly Reflections.


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