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Dispatches: Weekly TV news
Dwayne Johnson wants to inspire audiences in 2019 with a show that rewards hard work and determination. “The Titan Games,” is a 10-episode series that will give people the chance to compete in grueling athletic competitions designed to test their physical, mental and emotional strength. It might just be the boost you need to kickstart those New Year’s resolutions. The series premieres Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC.

Contenders: Buzz worthy shows to watch this week
It’s a Tuesday night of premieres for ABC with the Oct. 16 debut of “The Rookie,” “The Conners,” and “The Kids Are Alright.” “The Rookie” (10 p.m. EDT) turns the tables on reinvention, that most admired American quality, by suggesting that bravely embracing a new you may be a mistake. It’s the most interesting aspect of this new police drama, which focuses on a 40-year-old rookie cop named John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) who decides to put a life derailed back on track. Nolan is a natural at being a cop and Fillion is likeable as he proves himself in a sea of millennials. The series doesn’t take many risks with its premise, but it deserves credit as an entertaining lesson in the value of a diverse workforce.

“The Conners” (8 p.m. EDT), minus Roseanne Barr, reinvents itself with the talented Laurie Metcalf (Aunt Jackie) holding her own and the rest of the skilled cast working hard to move past Barr’s absence. Whether or not viewers will care to tune-in once their curiosity is satisfied is hard to predict.

Based on the life of series creator Tom Doyle, “The Kids Are Alright” (8:30 p.m. EDT) is an ensemble comedy featuring the Clearys, a traditional Irish-Catholic family. Set in the 1970s, the show stars Michael Cudlitz and Mary McCormack, as parents to eight boys. Many children equal many stories, which may be too many for this show to soar.

Elsewhere, “Daredevil” (Netflix, Oct. 19) is back with its first new season in over two years. Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is in a dark place, questioning his vigilante role and his career as an attorney. The return of his nemesis Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), who is newly released from prison, sets the stage for an epic physical and mental battle as Matt must decide who he wants to be.

Report Card: A look at winners and losers
Winners: Freeform aired each of the top eight cable movie telecasts among adults 18-49 in the first week of its “31 Nights of Halloween” programming event and each of the top 10 cable movie telecasts among women 18-34. Three broadcasts of “Hocus Pocus” lead the way with 8.2 million total viewers. Not bad for a 25-year-old film.

Losers: The debut of ABC’s “The Alec Baldwin Show” was the lowest rated show of Sunday night among adults 18-49.
— Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at staytuned@outlook.com or follow her on Twitter at @MelissaCrawley.