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Tuesday, Jan. 17: “The Big Day” Approaches on This Is Us

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Tuesday, Jan. 17

This Is Us: “The Big Day”
NBC, 9pm
A frazzled and emotional Rebecca (Mandy Moore) forgets Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) birthday as the birth of their triplets approaches, and Dr. K. (Gerald McRaney) wonders how he’ll continue after the loss of his wife.

College Basketball
ESPN & ESPN2, beginning at 7pm Live

ESPN college basketball coverage features Kentucky at Mississippi State and Michigan at Wisconsin, while ESPN2 airs Texas at Baylor.

NCIS: “Off the Grid”
CBS, 8pm
NCIS star Rocky Carroll directs the new episode “Off the Grid,” in which Gibbs (Mark Harmon) assumes his former alias and goes undercover with an anti-government militia to capture an NCIS Most Wanted suspect.

American Housewife: “Surprise”
ABC, 8:30pm
When Oliver (Daniel DiMaggio) tells his parents that he doesn’t want a birthday party because he’s ashamed of their modest house, Katie (Katy Mixon) decides to teach him a lesson.

Fresh Off the Boat: “The Best of Orlando”
ABC, 9pm
When Louis (Randall Park) is named Small Businessman of the Year, a proud Jessica (Constance Wu) invites everyone they know to the awards ceremony — only to be left out of Louis’ acceptance speech.

No Tomorrow:“No Sleep ’Til Reykjavik”
The CW, 9pm
Season Finale!
Xavier (Joshua Sasse) is shocked to discover that his asteroid research has been validated, while an unaware Evie (Tori Anderson) takes a solo journey to think about her future. The CW never said the series was canceled, but they also didn’t order any additional episodes, so the charming series will probably come to an end tonight after just 13 episodes.

Friday Night Tykes
Esquire Network, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Season 4 returns to Texas to document some of the most competitive youth football teams in the nation, taking an unfiltered look at the 10-, 11- and 12-year-old divisions of the Texas Youth Football Association and the Snoop Youth Football League.

Frontline: “Divided States of America”
PBS, 9pm
Examine the partisanship that gridlocked Washington and charged the 2016 presidential campaign, the rise of populist anger on both sides of the aisle, and the racial tensions that have erupted throughout the country. The episode continues tomorrow night.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 8pm Live

The Milwaukee Bucks visit the Houston Rockets in the first game of ESPN’s NBA doubleheader. The second game has Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder heading to the Bay Area to take on former teammate Kevin Durant, now with the Golden State Warriors.

Speechless: “S-I—SICK D-A—DAY”
ABC, 8:30pm
Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) and Maya (Minnie Driver) get sick, so Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) plays Mr. Mom while Dylan (Kyla Kenedy) helps JJ (Micah Fowler). When Jimmy proves a natural at Maya’s duties, he tries to hide it from her so she doesn’t feel even worse.

People’s Choice Awards 2017
CBS, 9pm Live

CBS airs the People’s Choice Awards from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, honoring fans’ favorites from the year in entertainment. Among the top nominees are Kevin Hart, Drake, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Captain America: Civil War and Grey’s Anatomy. Ellen DeGeneres is nominated for three People’s Choice Awards.

black-ish: “Good Dre Hunting”
ABC, 9:30pm
Bow (Tracee Ellis-Ross) convinces a begrudging Dre (Anthony Anderson) to try therapy to cope with his anger issues. Meanwhile, Johan (Daveed Diggs) steps in as the Johnson kids’ life coach.

History, 10pm
New Series!

History launches the eight-episode first season of its Navy SEAL Team Six action drama tonight, following a team of America’s elite warriors as they deal with dangerous missions overseas, and personal and family drama at home. Tonight’s episode begins in Afghanistan in 2014, where events during a SEAL mission have profound consequences for the entire team. Barry Sloane, Walton Goggins, Kyle Schmid, Juan Pablo Raba, Brianne Davis and Nadine Velazquez star.

Thursday, Jan. 19

U.S. Figure Skating Championships
NBCSN, 5:30pm Live

The best figure skaters in America compete at the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., for the national championship and a spot on the U.S. team for Worlds. NBCSN airs the pairs and ladies short programs tonight. NBC, NBCSN and Universal HD combine to televise the event live Jan. 19-22. NBC airs the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular exhibition Jan. 28.

The Good Place: “Mindy St. Claire/Michael’s Gambit”
NBC, 8pm
Season Finale!
Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Jianyu (Manny Jacinto) and Janet (D’Arcy Carden) are faced with a huge decision. Meanwhile, Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Tahani (Jameela Jamil) help Michael (Ted Danson) face his biggest challenge yet.

Mom: “Good Karma and the Big Weird”
CBS, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
In the new episode “Good Karma and the Big Weird,” Bonnie (Allison Janney) encourages Christy (Anna Faris) to pursue Marjorie’s (Mimi Kennedy) charming nephew — played by guest star and Faris’ famous husband Chris Pratt — despite the fact that he’s been declared off limits.

Dinosaurs: Mysteries at the Museum
Travel Channel, 9pm
What happened to the dinosaurs still remains somewhat mysterious. Don Wildman travels to Utah and participates in a dig for newly found dinosaur bones, and then takes a road trip through the Midwest to see where they lived and what they left behind. He also challenges myths at the American Museum of Natural History about some of the most well-known dinosaurs that walked the Earth.

FX, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Zach Galifianakis returns as rodeo clown Chip Baskets for Season 2 of the FX comedy. Losing his wife and his job, Chip jumps on a train to get out of Bakersfield, but a gang of punks, the police and a sudden death drag him right back into the drama he tried to escape.

Friday, Jan. 20

Presidential Inauguration
Various Networks
Many of the usual news networks will be on hand as Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Along with the formal swearing-in ceremony, viewers will likely see, on some networks, coverage of America’s new first couple attending inaugural balls, and other festivities. Check your local listings to verify just when, and for how long, coverage will air on your network of choice.

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 8pm Live

Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors hit the road to face James Harden and the Houston Rockets, followed by Paul George and the Indiana Pacers in Los Angeles to take on Luol Deng and the Lakers.

Dr. Ken: “A Day in the Life”
ABC, 8:30pm
Ken (Ken Jeong) gets his moment in the spotlight — and then a serious case of the doubts about his career — when the producer of a health-related documentary series (guest star Yvette Nicole Brown) follows him around to capture a typical day at an HMO.

Hawaii Five-0: “Ka Laina Ma Ke One (Line in the Sand)”
CBS, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Lou Diamond Phillips guest-stars as an aggressive U.S. Marshal in the new episode “Ka Laina Ma Ke One (Line in the Sand).” Five-0 will have to deal with him when a man wanted for murder escapes capture and seeks asylum in the sovereign land belonging to the Nation of Hawaii.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Josh Is the Man of My Dreams, Right?”
The CW, 9pm
Trouble blows into West Covina when the Santa Ana winds gust into town, causing everyone to act strangely.

Alicia Keys — Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special
PBS, 9pm
Grammy winner Alicia Keys performs in notable locations all around New York, including on a Circle Line boat tour, the Unisphere and at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. Hosted by Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Saturday, Jan. 21

College Basketball
CBS & FOX, beginning at 12pm Live

CBS and FOX combine to televise some of Saturday’s best college basketball action, including Vanderbilt at Florida (CBS), Providence at Villanova (FOX), Texas at Kansas (CBS), Marquette at Creighton (FOX) and Arizona at UCLA (CBS).

Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!
Idina Menzel and Nia Long headline this modern update of the beloved 1988 paean to the resilience of female friendships. Broadway and Frozen star Menzel takes over Bette Midler’s CC Bloom role, warbling new versions of the film’s signature ballads “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love.”

NBA Basketball: San Antonio at Cleveland
ABC, 8:30pm Live

This Saturday night NBA game on ABC has LaMarcus Aldridge leading the San Antonio Spurs against LeBron James and the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.