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Thursday, Jan. 5
The music-centric ABC soap finds new life in its fifth season, with a new cable-network home and seasoned new showrunners that should make for some intriguing character development for Nashies’ favorite folks.
New Time Slot!
TV’s toughest kitchen competition series moves to Thursdays with back-to-back new episodes.
Superstore: “Lost and Found”
At the beginning of every year, Cloud 9 employees hold a “lost and found bin cleanout” to get rid of all the unclaimed items. Amy (America Ferrera) unknowingly walks away with a huge wad of cash, and Jonah (Ben Feldman) is determined to help her find the best use for it. Meanwhile, Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) proves she is never one to keep a secret, and Dina (Lauren Ash) pushes Garrett (Colton Dunn) over the edge.
Chicago Med: “Uncharted Territory”
Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) tasks Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) with evaluating a patient as a possible heart recipient, while Jeff (guest star Jeff Hephner) makes a confession to Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto). Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) deals with two MMA fighters who are brought into Chicago Med in bad shape. Elsewhere, Dr. Stohl (guest star Eddie Jemison) returns to the hospital from his sabbatical leave and immediately offers up a different medical opinion regarding the treatment of a patient under the care of Dr. Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss). April (Yaya DaCosta) discovers her TB medication may lead to further complications.
Alcatraz: Mysteries at the Museum
Travel Channel, 9pm
Head to San Francisco to uncover the real story behind the notorious prison break on Alcatraz Island. Host Don Wildman investigates new evidence that may prove once and for all whether the escapees lived or died that infamous night.
Bringing Up Bates
UP TV, 9pm
In Season 5, members of the super-sized Bates family take on new challenges. Zach and Whitney experience life as parents of two kids, Erin and Chad adjust to a new baby and a new puppy, and Lawson launches his own concert tour. Meanwhile, Alyssa has exciting news, Tori’s relationship with Bobby evolves, and Carlin and Josie adjust to a new college and possible new careers. Also, Trace chases his dream of working at the Dixie Stampede, and parents Gil and Kelly Jo focus on their dream of building a church.
The Blacklist: “Lipet’s Seafood Company”
An investigation into an international terrorist operating on American soil tests the allegiances of the task force. As Aram (Amir Arison) faces the consequences of his girlfriend hacking into the FBI computer systems, Red (James Spader) cashes in on a favor.
Friday, Jan. 6
One Day at a Time
This reimagining of the classic Norman Lear sitcom stars Justina Machado as a recently separated former military mom navigating her new single life while raising a radical teenage daughter and a tween son with the “help” of her old-school Cuban-born mom (Rita Moreno) and friend-without-benefits building manager Schneider (Todd Grinnell).
In the new episode “Screwdriver,” MacGyver (Lucas Till) must find the mole who is leaking classified intel to the organization that is trying to take down the Phoenix Foundation.
Food Network, 8pm
Funnyman food fanatic Josh Denny sets out on a quest to find the biggest, tastiest foods in America. Josh mines the minds (and kitchens) of the passionate people who come up with these oversized edibles — from a 5-foot pizza to an 8-pound barbecue sandwich to a burrito too big to wrap his arms around — and sinks his teeth into the culinary monsters.
New Time Slot!
The hot Miami-based medical drama moves to a new night and time.
The drama begins its sixth and final season tonight. The nefarious forces of Black Claw have been silenced, and Nick (David Giuntoli) faces an all-too-familiar foe in Capt. Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz). Now in the seat of power as the mayor-elect of Portland, Renard is poised to bring rise to his own brand of law and order. Nick must take a stand to protect his city and those closest to him, especially his child with Adalind (Claire Coffee). It will take the full force of Nick and his allies to find a way to bring the peace. Meanwhile, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) grapple with bringing a child into a new and tumultuous world, and Eve (Bitsie Tulloch) faces unsettling identity issues as her former self lurks below the surface.
Dr. Ken: “Ken’s New Intern”
Allison (Suzy Nakamura) starts to feel a bit insecure when Ken’s (Ken Jeong) attractive — and flirty — new intern, Erin (guest star Gillian Jacobs), arrives at Welltopia. Meanwhile, Damona’s (Tisha Campbell-Martin) boyfriend, Eric (Jerry Minor), wants her to confront her musical past when he learns she was the lead singer on C+C Music Factory’s 1990 hit “Gonna Make You Sweat.” And Molly’s (Krista Marie Yu) first date with Jae (Justin Chon) leaves her wondering if he really likes her, so matchmaker D.K. (Dana Lee) launches a secret investigation.
Hawaii Five-0: “Ka ’aelike (The Deal)”
Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) is kidnapped by a Mexican cartel in the new episode “Ka ’aelike (The Deal), and Five-0 must find and rescue him before he is executed.
After last season’s controversial decision not to kill off lead actress Nicole Beharie’s character, we’re feeling a bit like headless horsemen — unable to see where this show is going. In Season 4, Ichabod finds himself in our nation’s capital and trying to save it from otherworldly threats.
Swept up into the eye of a tornado, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) is transported to another world — a mystical land where an all-powerful ruler (Vincent D’Onofrio) has outlawed magic and faces not only the wrath of a growing cauldron of witches but also a looming disaster brought on by a mythical force. This retelling of the classic Oz tale also stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu and Joely Richardson.
In Jackson Heights
Examine the daily life of residents in an ethnically and culturally diverse community in Queens, New York. Witness the conflict between retaining ties to the traditions of their countries of origin and the desire to learn and adapt to American mores.
Saturday, Jan. 7
CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX & FS1, beginning at 12pm Live
Top Saturday college hoops games include Butler at Georgetown (FOX), Texas A&M at South Carolina (CBS), St. John’s at Xavier (FS1), Tennessee at Florida (ESPN2), Texas Tech at Kansas (ESPN2), Marquette at Villanova (FS1), NC State at North Carolina (ESPN) and Texas at Iowa State (ESPN2).
NFL Playoffs: Wild Card Playoffs
ABC/ESPN, CBS, FOX & NBC, beginning at 4:15pm Live
The NFL playoffs begin today with wild-card games on ABC (simulcast on ESPN) and NBC. Wild-card games continue Sunday with an AFC game on CBS and an NFC game on FOX.
Inspired by the work of world-renowned negotiators Laurent Combalbert and Marwan Mery, Ransom follows crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont (Luke Roberts), who’s called on to nonviolently resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases. The series begins in its regular time slot tonight.
Under the Bed
Inspired by true events, Under the Bed tells the cautionary tale of a young woman (Hannah New, Black Sails) in the throes of a recent breakup, whose new friend on social media turns out to be an obsessed stalker who stows away in her home and begins to wreak havoc. Beverly D’Angelo costars.
Love on Ice
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Emily James (Julie Berman) is a former Olympic figure skating hopeful who walked away from it all. Now in her late 20s, she is considered a relic in the world of figure skating, but a handsome and energetic coach (Andrew Walker) sees that she still possesses a spark of greatness, and gives her a shot to reclaim her skating glory. As they work together, the pair discovers that their love goes beyond skating.