‘Jeopardy!’ Million Dollar Player, College Football Championship, ‘Golden Palace,’ Michael K. Williams’ ‘Black Market’
Amy Schneider continues her winning streak on Jeopardy!, having passed the $1 million threshold on Friday. ESPN airs college football’s National Championship game between Georgia and Alabama. Originally designed to celebrate the late Betty White’s 100th birthday this month, Hulu presents the one and only season of the Golden Girls spinoff The Golden Palace. The late Michael K. Williams (The Wire) leaves behind a second season of his docuseries investigating why some people turn to crime.
Ka-ching! That’s the sound of Amy Schneider gunning for game-show history as she clocked another win Friday, her 28th, as only the fourth player to cross the $1 million threshold in non-tournament play. Fans will be tuning in to see if her winning streak extends to a 29th game, putting her closer to James Holzhauer’s 32 wins and Matt Amodio’s 38—perhaps even threatening current host Ken Jennings’ still-unmatched 74-game record.
College Football Playoff National Championship
A classic matchup pits six-time winner Alabama Crimson Tide against the Georgia Bulldogs, looking to break a 41-year title drought. (In case you were wondering why CBS went into repeats so soon in the new year, this ratings grabber is the answer.)
The Golden Palace
Granted, this misbegotten 1992-93 spinoff of The Golden Girls (minus Bea Arthur, who appeared in only two episodes) doesn’t represent the finest moments of the late Betty White’s career—or of her co-stars Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty. But for those who’ve watched every Golden Girls episode so many times you can quote the jokes, this opportunity for a 24-episode binge is another way to honor the beloved star during what would have been her 100th-birthday month. Don Cheadle co-stars as the hotel’s manager, with Cheech Marin as the chef.
Acclaimed actor Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Lovecraft Country) was in production on Season 2 of this docuseries about underground black-market operations when he died in September. (Wire co-star Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, Tracy Morgan and Rosie Perez provide voice-overs for episodes later in the season.) In the opener, Williams goes deep inside the world of organized retail crime, where boosting designer clothes and sneakers brings high profits. A longtime advocate for criminal justice system reform, Williams saw this series as an avenue for redemption for those struggling to survive within a system that had failed them.
Inside Monday TV:
- 9-1-1: Lone Star (8/7c, Fox): The big chill continues to bedevil Austin as the first responders navigate an ice storm while trying to save a kid who’s fallen through a frozen pond.
- David & Annie: After the 90 Days and Loren & Alexei: After the 90 Days (9/8c and 9:30/8:30c, TLC): The prolific 90 Days empire expands again with spinoffs following some of the franchise’s most-watched couples. While David and Annie try to bring two of her teenage relatives to the U.S. from Thailand, Loren and Alexei rejoice over their second baby.
- The Cleaning Lady (9/8c, Fox): FBI agent Garrett (Oliver Hudson) reveals himself to Thony (Élodie Yung), who only wants out of this mess with the mob—until her son takes a turn for the worse, and she needs their help.
- Queens of Mystery (streaming on Acorn TV): The cozy mystery series returns for a second season of two-part whodunits. In the opener, Detective Sergeant Matilda Stone (now played by Florence Hall) investigates a murder at a wellness retreat, with the inevitable intervention of her crime-novelist aunts (Sarah Woodward, Julie Graham, Siobhan Redmond).
- Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (streaming on Shudder): Writer-director Kier-La Janisse combs through more than 200 films and interviews more than 50 experts for an acclaimed in-depth cultural survey of the folk-horror genre, reaching back to breakthrough works including 1968’s The Witchfinder General and 1973’s The Wicker Man.