You can make a case that The Real Housewives of Atlanta is now the healthiest member of the Bravo franchise, and who would have seen that coming even a year ago? Think about it: Orange County almost seems to be an afterthought at this point. New Jersey is in danger of becoming irrevocably poisoned. New York has changed up half its lineup, so who knows what it will look like when it returns. Beverly Hills still has relative freshness going for it, but except for (amazingly) Camille, everyone this season seems either bored or too damaged to be entertaining, leaving aside that there’s a dead man in the supporting cast.
But Atlanta, now in Season Four, seems to have a good balance of new and old blood, and dysfunction that doesn’t make one worried for all involved (except for Kim’s baby, I guess). This week (Bravo, Sunday 9 p.m.), NeNe decides to take some post-fight R&R in Miami, and invites Kandi and Cynthia to join her. Also, Kim’s baby daddy works up a surprise birthday party for her, and Phaedra further considers a life in the death business (funeral homes, that is). Hopefully, Kandi will have some more info about her new sex toy business. It’s almost Christmas, after all.
Also this week:
Monday: Hart of Dixie (CW, 9 p.m.): Is this episode left over from a week ago? Zoe believes she has hit a man with a car, but can’t find any sign of him when she gets out, and later learns the man has been dead for a year. Ooo-kay … also, George and Lemon run into a snag when attempting to buy a home.
Tuesday: Unforgettable (CBS, 10 p.m.): While investigating the murder of a public defender, Carrie and Al discover clues that they believe point to another killing by the same person in the near future. I don’t know that this show is especially distinctive yet, but I also know that on CBS, it hardly matters.
Wednesday: CMA Awards (ABC, 8 p.m.): There are so many country music awards shows I don’t know how anyone keeps track, but I think this is supposed to be “the big one.” The comedy team of Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are back as hosts, while Blake Shelton, Scotty McCreery, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, and Lionel Richie (!) are among the performers.
Thursday: Bones (Fox, 9 p.m.): I’ve been dreading this day on Bones. No, not that Brennan and Booth are arguing about the baby, although that’s unpromising enough. I am referring to the case of the week, which involves a dead competitive eater. Isn’t this show gross enough without having to deal with 30 pounds of partially digested Andouille?
Friday: Grimm (NBC, 9 p.m.): I don’t think expectations were high when NBC dumped this on Friday night, but the show is off to a respectable ratings start. Nick learns more about his Grimm background, while the main procedural plot continues the flash mob backlash: someone is found dead after one of the annoying played-out gatherings.
Saturday: Lucky Christmas (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): Apparently, Hallmark is going to be Christmas Central again this year, with so much programming it’s edging into mid-November. A mom who’s living hand-to-mouth (Elizabeth Berkley) loses a winning lottery ticket when her car is stolen, but gets lucky a second time when one of the car thieves falls for her. Didn’t Bing Crosby once have a song with this same plot?