All Times Eastern.
Wednesday, Jan. 9
The Dictator’s Playbook
This six-part history series examines the rise and fall of 20th-century dictators. Each immersive hour is a detailed biography of a single dictator, chronicling his early life, rise to power, decline and fall. Rich in psychological detail, the series provides fresh insight into six brutal men who helped to shape world history: Kim Il Sung (Jan. 9), Saddam Hussein (Jan. 16), Benito Mussolini (Jan. 23), Manuel Noriega (Jan. 30), Francisco Franco (Feb. 6) and Idi Amin (Feb. 13). What drove their thirst for domination and control? How did they seize and wield power? What forces rose up against them or resisted them in secret? How did they finally come to the bitter end? Through historical context and analysis, the series explores how these dictators functioned, how they influenced each other, and why they succeeded or failed. And we discover, as different as these men were from each other, all of them followed a series of essential steps, from seizing power to eliminating enemies — an unwritten Dictator’s Playbook.
The Goldbergs: “The Wedding Singer”
Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is in her element as she prepares for Barry (Troy Gentile) and Lainey’s (A.J. Michalka) wedding, but Barry is beginning to have second thoughts. Adam’s (Sean Giambrone) shortcomings as a wedding videographer have Geoff (Sam Lerner) worried.
Nature: “Attenborough and the Sea Dragon”
Join Sir David Attenborough as he pieces together the remarkable discovery of the ichthyosaur, a fearsome fish lizard that lived during the age of dinosaurs.
This ’90s-set spinoff of The Goldbergs follows the grownup adventures of Lainey Lewis (AJ Michalka) and her fellow teaching cohorts at William Penn Academy. “We’ve run around the halls for the last six years, and now Lainey’s kind of running the halls,” says Michalka. “She’s actually helping guide these young students through life while still trying to figure it out herself.” Also making the leap to the new series are Tim Meadows’ Mr. Glascott, who is now the school’s principal, and Bryan Callen as Coach Mellor, with Brett Dier playing a very eager new teacher named Charlie Brown.
Modern Family: “A Moving Day”
Claire (Julie Bowen) and Phil (Ty Burrell) move Haley (Sarah Hyland) and Dylan (Reid Ewing) into their new apartment before the baby arrives, but have doubts the couple can make it on their own. When Pameron (Dana Powell) gets out of prison early, she has a bone to pick with Mitchell.
Single Parents: “That Elusive Zazz”
Angie (Leighton Meester) discovers that Graham (Tyler Wladis) has the word “farts” written on his forehead in permanent marker and goes on a mission to obtain an apology from whoever is responsible. Will (Taran Killam) decides to audition for his dream job as an on-camera weatherman.
Tonight’s celebrity panelists include Kenan Thompson, Ellie Kemper, Tyler Hoechlin, Sherri Shepherd, Horatio Sanz and Jillian Bell.
You’re the Worst
Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) are engaged (again) and get one last chance to make their relationship work as the comedy begins its fifth and final season. In the premiere episode “The Intransigence of Love,” Jimmy and Gretchen tell the story of their relationship to a prospective wedding planner.
Comedy genius Andrea Savage (Veep) begins her second season as the seemingly confident and together comedy writer, wife and mom, who comically exposes her inner immaturity and neuroses through unexpected life situations.
Jon Glaser Loves Gear
Will Jon’s ridiculously intense passion for gear derail his television show, his friendships and his relationships with both his real and fake families? Or will Jon be able to summon the strength to find the emotional gear he needs to get through it all? We will find out in Season 2.
Thursday, Jan. 10
The First 48 Presents: Homicide Squad Atlanta
Follow homicide detectives from the Atlanta Police Department as they unravel the mysteries behind some of the city’s most gruesome and highly visible crimes. The series will include the in-depth investigation of the “Fallen Angel” case, in which a young woman was shot to death and found naked in a neighborhood park.
Mom: “Hacky Sack and a Beautiful Experience”
Christy’s (Anna Faris) smoking causes problems when the ladies take a road trip in the new episode “Hacky Sack and a Beautiful Experience.”
Truth and Lies: Monica and Bill
How did late-night phone calls between two friends explode into one of the biggest political scandals in American history? Truth and Lies: Monica and Bill, a new two-hour documentary from ABC News, takes an up-close look at hours of surreptitiously recorded conversations between White House intern Monica Lewinsky and her confidante, Linda Tripp; how the saga that ensued took an emotional toll on the desperate, young intern; and the lengths her colleague would go to uncover an American president’s deception. The special marking the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s impeachment features new interviews with Kenneth Starr, independent counsel during the Clinton presidency, and Lucianne Goldberg, a literary agent who advised Tripp to make the tapes. The documentary also includes excerpts from Barbara Walters’ extraordinary interview with Monica Lewinsky – watched by a record-breaking 48 million people when it aired in 1999 – and rarely seen or heard evidence assembled by the special counsel, including photos, surveillance material and audio recordings.
The Rap Game
In Season 5, six young rappers will battle it out for the ultimate prize of a recording contract with Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def Recordings.
The popular former FOX comedy begins its sixth season on its new network. Last year, after fan outcry following the show’s cancellation by FOX, NBC quickly swooped in to renew it. Aside from the network, nothing major has changed. The series continues to follow the exploits of Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and his colleagues as they police the NYPD’s 99th Precinct.
Nina Dobrev stars as a woman whose plan to impress the seemingly perfect family of her fiancé (Tone Bell) gets thrown out the window when her out-of-control, teenage half-sister comes to live with her. Odessa Adlon, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Sheryl Lee Ralph also star.
The Good Place
The acclaimed sitcom’s third season is back with a few new episodes at its new time, before airing its season finale on Jan. 24.
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars – Hip Hop Edition
WE tv, 10pm
Couples from hip hop’s elite will take a break from their lavish lifestyles of champagne, fancy cars and adoring fans to put the spotlight back on their relationships. In the glamorous world where business is mixed with pleasure and exotic temptations are knocking on every door, a lifestyle in the fast lane can be both a blessing and a curse.
Friday, Jan. 11
This six-part Brit drama centers on Raza (Nabhaan Rizwan), a young, second-generation Pakistani who lives in East London and is coerced to infiltrate a suspected terror cell by Gabe (Paddy Considine), a counter-terrorism officer. Bel Powley also stars as Holly, Gabe’s ambitious partner.
Friends From College
In Season 2, it’s been a year since Ethan (Keegan-Michael Key) and Sam’s (Annie Parisse) affair was exposed to the four other friends — including Lisa (Cobie Smulders), Ethan’s wife — and the friend group is still fractured. No one has heard from Lisa, Ethan has been living a repentant year of writing a young-adult novel and Sam has been trying to repair her marriage with her husband, Jon (Greg Germann). But with Max’s (Fred Savage) wedding coming up, the friends won’t be able to avoid each other much longer.
Otis is an inexperienced, socially awkward high school student who lives with his mother, a sex therapist. Surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, he is a reluctant expert on the subject. When his home life is revealed at school, Otis realizes he can use his specialist knowledge to gain status. He teams with a whip-smart girl named Maeve, and together they set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their fellow students’ weird and wonderful problems. Through this, Otis realizes he may need some therapy of his own.
Season 4 returns from its winter hiatus with new episodes.
Great Performances: “The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration”
The Cleveland Orchestra celebrates its centennial with a gala concert conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, featuring pianist Lang Lang and works by Mozart, Strauss and Ravel, with vignettes of past music directors.
Three-Night Marvel Movie Marathon
Syfy, beginning at 9pm
Every night in primetime this weekend, starting tonight with Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Syfy airs megahit movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Among the films airing during the marathon will be Saturday’s Syfy limited-commercial premiere of Thor: The Dark World (2013). Iron Man (2008) finishes off the marathon Sunday night.
Saturday, Jan. 12
CBS, ESPN & ESPN2, beginning at 12pm Live
Top college basketball action today includes Ole Miss at Mississippi State (CBS), Duke at Florida State (ESPN) and Gonzaga at San Francisco (ESPN2).
NFL Football: AFC and NFC Divisional Playoffs
NBC & FOX, beginning at 4:30pm Live
The road to Super Bowl LIII narrows with this weekend’s Divisional Playoff games. The Indianapolis Colts are at the Kansas City Chiefs (NBC, 4:30pm ET) and the Dallas Cowboys are at the L.A. Rams (FOX, 8:15pm ET) on Saturday. Sunday’s games are the L.A. Chargers at the New England Patriots (1pm ET, CBS) and the Philadelphia Eagles at the New Orleans Saints (4:40pm ET, FOX).
J.J. Abrams’ 2011 supernatural thriller makes its AMC network premiere. The film is set in summer 1979 and follows a group of tweens who witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.
Iyanla: Fix My Life
Iyanla Vanzant, the acclaimed spiritual life coach, empowerment speaker and bestselling author, returns for a sixth season of helping people confront their issues and address their real and perceived challenges so they can improve their lives.
Love & Marriage: Huntsville
This eight-episode unscripted series follows the lives of three successful and powerful black couples in the thriving city of Huntsville, Ala., who come together to help revitalize the region through their joint real estate venture — The Comeback Group.
Sunday, Jan. 13
24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards
The CW, 7pm Live
From the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association will hand out awards to the finest in both film and television.
Snapped: Killer Couples: “Tessie McFarland & Joshua Maxwell”
Two desperate, young lovers lead investigators on a cross-country manhunt full of murder and mayhem. Hear directly from one of the suspects in an exclusive interview.
God Friended Me: “Miracle on 123rd Street”
Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall) is shocked when the God Account sends him 76 simultaneous friend suggestions in the new episode “Miracle on 123rd Street.”
Best Friend’s Betrayal
Best friends Katie (Mary Grill) and Jess (Vanessa Walsh) are inseparable, but when Jess begins a serious relationship with crime writer Nick (Jaime M. Callica), Katie’s obsession with Jess grows and turns deadly. When Nick finds himself vilified, he and tries to uncover the truth.
The Top Ten Revealed
AXS TV, 8:30pm
In Season 2 of the music countdown series, host Katie Daryl is joined by returning favorites Dee Snider, Lita Ford and Eddie Money, along with newcomers Sebastian Bach, John 5 and more. Each episode features a rotating panel of rock superstars and music experts discussing the top songs in a wide variety of themes, kicking off tonight with “Top Ten Roller Rink Tunes.”
Married to Medicine: “Reunion Part 3”
The reunion concludes as Quad and Greg face off, revealing the shocking truth about their marriage. Then, as the group deals with the fallout from Quad and Greg’s confrontation, divisions are drawn. Later, Toya and Contessa’s friendship comes to a head.
NCIS: Los Angeles: “Better Angels”
In the new episode “Better Angels,” the NCIS team works with the Global Criminal Tribunal when a Syrian seeking justice (guest star Eyas Younis) is brutally attacked while delivering evidence that would prove chemical weapons were used on civilians.
This four-part docuseries examines how America’s changing style through the decades has mirrored the political, social and economic climate of the time. The premiere episode explores style in the 1940s and ’50s, how World War II and Hollywood helped create America’s own fashion identity, and the introduction of new trends including the bikini and zoot suit. The second episode explores the style of the ’60s and ’70s as the youth culture comes into its own, and fashion, like politics, goes to extremes.
In the fourth season, Nicole and Brie make their WWE comeback and lead the historic charge to Evolution — the first ever all-women’s pay-per-view event. As Brie mounts her historic in-ring comeback, she struggles to balance being a WWE Superstar and a mother, while Nicole, single for the first time in six years, ventures out to find new love and a home, and fearlessly goes up against the toughest opponent she’s ever faced: Ronda Rousey.
Worst Cooks in America: “Eggtastic”
Food Network, 9pm
Anne and Tyler teach the remaining recruits a pancake recipe that they must then re-create. Next, they travel across the pond for an English breakfast-inspired challenge. The chefs will then separate the good eggs from the bad ones before sending home each team’s least successful recruit.
Emma Fielding Mysteries: More Bitter Than Death
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
While hosting an annual gathering of archaeologists, Emma Fielding (Courtney Thorne-Smith) is thrust into the midst of a murder mystery when the president of the organization is poisoned shortly before announcing her successor. Most of the archaeologists at the event — including Emma’s self-important ex-fiancé (Mark Valley) — are suspects, so Emma and her FBI pal Jim Conner (James Tupper) work to solve the murder and a mysterious string of antiquities thefts that may be connected.
After a long hiatus, Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective drama returns for Season 3. The new eight-episode installment stars Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) as Arkansas State Police Detective Wayne Hays, the lead investigator on the 1980 case of two children who went missing in a small town in the Ozarks. Stephen Dorff, Carmen Ejogo and Scoot McNairy also star.
Valley of the Boom
National Geographic, 9pm
Silicon Valley spawned some of the world’s most influential people and recognizable brands during the 1990s. It’s also where the new phenomenon of the overnight tech millionaire was born, and where the dot-com bubble busted. Mixed into this six-part limited drama are actual interviews from experts from the era — Mark Cuban, Dan Goodin and Arianna Huffington — as well as prominent tech figures from the companies featured.
Dead by Dawn
Nat Geo Wild, 9pm
This six-part program described as the “first ever horror nature series” comes, appropriately, from the production company that created The Walking Dead. But the real-world horror captured here doesn’t require makeup effects, as the series shows how terrifying the natural world can get once the sun goes down. Each episode is inspired by classic, modern and cult horror films, using innovative storytelling techniques to infuse suspense, tension and eeriness into terrifying stories of nocturnal life in the wild.
Victoria on Masterpiece
The year is 1848 as Victoria returns for a third season. Revolution sweeps across Europe as pressure builds on Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman) with new arrivals at the palace.
Rel (Lil Rel Howery) takes a trip to Cleveland after hearing his daughter (Leah Jeffries) got into trouble at school. Meanwhile in Chicago, Brittany (Jess Hilarious) helps Nat (Jordan L. Jones) set goals, by making him create a vision board.
Dirty John: “This Young Woman Fought Like Hell”
John and Debra’s relationship comes to a head in an unexpected way.
Madam Secretary: “Strategic Ambiguity”
Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) is in a tough spot in the new episode “Strategic Ambiguity,” as she must salvage a deal with a military contractor by supplying fighter jets to Taiwan, but she risks increasing tensions with China in the process.
Victoria and Albert: The Wedding
Historian Lucy Worsley hosts this two-part special that re-creates the wedding that changed British matrimonial ceremonies forever and celebrates an enduring love that melted the nation’s heart and set the standard for generations of brides to come.
Monday, Jan. 14
The Neighborhood: “Welcome to Grover’s Birthday”
Malcolm (Sheaun McKinney) and Marty (Marcel Spears) come to the rescue when plans for Grover’s (Hank Greenspan) birthday party go awry in the new episode “Welcome to Grover’s Birthday.”
The Resident: “After the Fall”
Guest Star Alert!
Melina Kanakaredes guest stars as murderess Lane Hunter, whose release from prison outrages her victims and their families.
Gretchen Carlson: Breaking the Silence
In this one-hour special, award-winning journalist and women’s advocate Gretchen Carlson travels the country uncovering untold stories of sexual harassment and abuse.
America’s Got Talent: The Champions: “The Champions Two”
The competition continues as 10 more of the most talented, memorable and all-around fan-favorite acts from America’s Got Talent series around the globe perform for judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. Two of these acts will move on to the finals — one will receive a Golden Buzzer, and one will be voted through by a panel of AGT superfans. Terry Crews hosts.
Dirty John, The Dirty Truth
John Meehan (a.k.a. Dirty John) left a long line of victims in addition to Debra Newell. This two-hour special dives deep into his backstory with family, friends and the many women caught in his evil web. Through the lens of his female victims, we begin to understand the psychology of how and why they dated John and the pain they suffered while in his grasp.
Magnum P.I.: “Nowhere to Hide”
Magnum’s (Jay Hernandez) investigation into a missing persons case puts Higgins (Perdita Weeks) and Kumu (Amy Hills) in danger in the new episode “Nowhere to Hide.”
Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings
Discovery Channel, 9pm
In the new season of the epic race series, the rules have changed, and no one is safe. Race masters Chuck and Boosted lead the infamous Street Outlaws crews as they compete with the fastest no prep racers in the nation for a shot at cash and other prizes valued at more than $500,000 — the biggest No Prep Series payout in history. Among the highlights, Ryan Martin returns to challenge former no-prep champion and rival Birdman after last year’s upset.
Kids Baking Championship: “Spots and Stripes Forever”
Food Network, 9pm
Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli take the bakers on a safari of sweetness as they challenge them to create mini cheesecakes with colorful animal prints such as tiger, zebra, leopard or giraffe.
Based on author Justin Cronin’s bestselling trilogy, The Passage is an eerie yet heartwarming thriller that focuses on a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. When a young girl is chosen to be a test subject, federal agent Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) refuses to bring her in and sets out to protect her at any cost.
Donna Summer: Disco Queen
REELZ Channel, 9pm
Donna Summer launched to stardom during the 1970s disco era, when her remarkable talent changed the music landscape. Thanks to songs like “Love to Love You Baby” and “I Feel Love,” Summer would spend nearly 40 years in the spotlight, selling more than 100 million records. But mystery would surround the diva’s final years as a cancer diagnosis saw her pull far away from the public eye. Helping to tell Summer’s life story in this special are interviews with people close to her throughout her career.
The Good Doctor: “Quarantine Part Two”
The hospital is still in quarantine as Dr. Murphy (Freddie Highmore) continues to be overwhelmed by the chaos and noise in the emergency room; Dr. Reznick (Fiona Gubelmann) struggles to keep her patients alive; and Dr. Lim (Christina Chang) fights for her life. Meanwhile, Dr. Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez) and Dr. Browne (Antonia Thomas) must find a way to complete their patient’s bone marrow transplant, despite the quarantine.
Bull: “Separate Together”
Bull (Michael Weatherly) and his on-again, off-again romantic rival, Diana Lindsay (recurring guest star Jill Flint), join forces to create two separate but collaborative defense teams for an armed robbery case in the new episode “Separate Together.”
This short documentary from writer/director Galen Summer shares the story of the NFL cheerleaders who became involved in a controversy when they posed for Playboy magazine in 1978. Sidelined made its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and is a timely reflection on a culture still grappling with the double standards of female sexuality.
Made in Staten Island
Staten Island was home to New York’s most notorious mafia families. Now, a new crop of hustlers has emerged. The coming-of-age series follows eight Staten Islanders as they battle each other, and the odds, to step out from the shadows and change the reputation of the island. These friends will either choose wisely or fall prey to the mistakes of past generations.
Willing to follow any lead to keep his son safe from The Major, Ben (Josh Dallas) heeds Cal’s (Jack Messina) calling to help Captain Daly (Frank Deal) clear his name for what happened to Flight 828. The journey uncovers a seeming conspiracy that stems all the way back to the day the plane disappeared. Meanwhile, Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) assists Autumn (Shirley Rumierk) in her own journey of redemption — but has Autumn truly set out to redeem herself, or is she still working against the passengers?
Independent Lens: “Rodents of Unusual Size”
Fisherman Thomas Gonzales has lived through hurricanes and oil spills but now faces a bigger threat: monstrous 20-pound “swamp rats” who are eating up coastal wetlands.
Travel Channel, 10pm
This series follows brothers Josh and Jesse Feldman as they seek out America’s most fabled missing treasures. With a family history steeped in lost mines, buried gold and Old West lore, the Arizona natives aren’t typical treasure hunters. Each hunt is grounded in history and is highlighted by the siblings’ reverence for the past and their taste for adventure.
Those Who Can’t
In Season 3, the gang struggles when a new strait-laced guidance counselor arrives and forces them to face their biggest challenge yet: accountability. The Smoot faculty scheme to maintain the status quo while facing the overwhelming challenges of bullies, inappropriate romantic entanglements, a dreaded taco-less Tuesday and a game-changing turn that leaves the staff questioning everything — even the fate of Smoot!
Tuesday, Jan. 15
The Conners: “Don’t Shoot the Piano Teacher”
When Ben (Jay R. Ferguson) offers Mark (Ames McNamara) free piano lessons, Darlene (Sara Gilbert) finds this to be an opportunity to test his parenting skills. Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) throws Becky (Lecy Goranson) a baby shower, and Emilio (Rene Rosado) continues his efforts to be part of the baby’s life.
NCIS: “The Last Link”
Guest Star Alert!
Dabney Coleman guest-stars in the new episode “The Last Link” as an old family friend who asks Gibbs (Mark Harmon) to join him on a road trip to search for a missing military I.D. bracelet.
The Flash: “The Flash & The Furious”
The CW, 8pm
While Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) grapples with the revelation that Thawne (Tom Cavanagh) killed her grandmother, Team Flash must stop the formidable team-up of a newly sprung-from-jail Weather Witch (Reina Hardesty), and Silver Ghost (Gabrielle Walsh), a new meta-tech villain who can control engines and motorized technology.
Lethal Weapon: “The Roger and Me”
Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) realizes his fighting moves aren’t as sharp as they used to be when he and Cole (Seann William Scott) investigate the murder of an underground MMA fighter.
Ellen’s Game of Games: “Parent Snapped”
Contestants play brand-new games Mount St. Ellen and See You Later Alligator, along with Aw Snap and You Bet Your Wife. The winner of each of the first four rounds advances to Know or Go, and the person who wins that game advances to Hot Hands for a chance to win a cash prize.
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.: “Mystery Men”
With the help of host Henry Louis Gates Jr., actors Felicity Huffman and Michael K. Williams discover a wealth of hidden family history. Both grew up knowing little about their biological fathers, and seeing their lost ancestry restored proves deeply empowering.
The Kids Are Alright: “Show Boat”
Against Peggy’s (Mary McCormack) wishes, Frank (Sawyer Barth) secretly helps design a set for a musical in which Timmy (Jack Gore) is performing. Feeling jealous of all the positive attention Frank is getting for his work, Timmy devises a plan which forces Frank to admit his involvement on set, but Timmy’s scheming backfires.
Roswell, New Mexico
The CW, 9pm
A reboot of the ’90s TV show Roswell, this new series follows Liz (Jeanine Mason) as she arrives home in Roswell, N.M., after 10 years away. She immediately encounters an old friend, Max (Nathan Parsons), who unbeknownst to her is one of many aliens living in the town.
This Is Us: “The Last Seven Weeks”
In the Season 3 midseason premiere, Randall’s (Sterling K. Brown) campaign comes to a close, Kevin (Justin Hartley) meets someone from Zoe’s (Melanie Liburd) past, and Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) get ready for the baby.
American Experience: “The Swamp”
Explore the story of Florida’s Everglades, America’s greatest wetland. A tale of greed, hubris and destruction, the film chronicles the repeated efforts to conquer what was once seen as a useless wasteland, as well as the passionate efforts to preserve it.
The Rookie: “Flesh and Blood”
On Captain Andersen’s (Mercedes Mason) orders, Officer Nolan (Nathan Fillion) and Sergeant Grey (Richard T. Jones) are paired up for the day on patrol. Officer Chen (Melissa O’Neil) is paired up with Captain Andersen, and Officer Bradford (Eric Winter) tells Chen to protect her at all costs.
Drunk History: “Are You Afraid of the Drunk?”
Comedy Central, 10pm
Celebrating its sixth season premiere, Drunk History devotes a full episode to an Are You Afraid of the Dark? parody centered around Mary Shelley’s creation of Frankenstein. Guest stars include Evan Rachel Wood as Mary, Seth Rogen as Dr. Frankenstein, Elijah Wood as Percy Shelley, Jack McBrayer as Lord Byron and Will Ferrell as Frankenstein’s Monster.
New Amsterdam: “A Seat at the Table”
As Max (Ryan Eggold) begins his treatment, he realizes that it may slow him down faster than he originally thought. Meanwhile, Reynolds (Jocko Sims) must deal with an incident from his past when a reporter comes to the hospital, and Sharpe (Freema Agyeman) and Bloom (Janet Montgomery) continue a contentious conversation.
Legend Hunter: “Beast of Bray Road”
Travel Channel, 10pm
Pat Spain travels to Elkhorn, Wisc., to uncover the truth about a werewolf-like creature sighted often on a rural road over the years. He tracks down eyewitnesses and uses new technology in an effort to capture the animal on film.
TV Land, 10pm
TV Land’s original comedy series about elementary school teachers’ messy personal lives will end its run after the final 10 episodes of Season 3. In the midseason premiere “Thoughts and Bears,” a new neighbor moves next door to the school, but his proud ownership of a dangerous item has the teachers concerned. Also, Ms. Watson (Kate Lambert) has to face Toby (Tim Bagley) for the first time since their breakup.
USA Network, 10pm
The early 2000s reality dating series returns in a revamped version. Viewers will follow four dating couples at a most vulnerable time in their relationship, where each will decide whether to commit to a lifetime together — or ultimately give in to the temptation. Together, the couples travel to the tropical paradise of Maui, Hawaii, where they join 24 sexy single men and women anxiously waiting to find “the one.” Mark L. Walberg, who hosted the original series, returns as master of ceremonies here.
Comedy Central, 10:30pm
Junior executives-in-training Matt (Matt Ingebretson) and Jake (Jake Weisman) are still stuck in the heartless hellhole of the Hampton DeVille office as Corporate returns for Season 2. Guest stars this season include Kyra Sedgwick, Elizabeth Perkins, Kristen Schaal, Sasheer Zamata, Baron Vaughn and Andy Richter.
Wednesday, Jan. 16
The Goldbergs: “The Pina Colada Episode”
Murray (Jeff Garlin) and Geoff (Sam Lerner) team up to pull Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey), Barry (Troy Gentile) and Erica (Hayley Orrantia) out of their shared misery that Lainey (AJ Michalka) has left town. Adam’s (Sean Giambrone) dread of gym class is amplified when Coach Mellor’s (Bryan Callen) brother, Coach Nick (guest star Bill Goldberg), arrives and uses fear as a motivator.
Riverdale: “Chapter Forty-Four: No Exit”
The CW, 8pm
With Riverdale in disarray following Hiram’s (Mark Consuelos) takeover, Veronica (Camila Mendes) leads the charge against her father after he takes aim at La Bonne Nuit. Meanwhile, as Betty (Lili Reinhart) reluctantly houses the group of patients who escaped the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) confronts a group of desperate Serpents, who have resorted to drastic measures to make ends meet. Finally, Archie (KJ Apa) is forced to face his demons.
Chicago Med: “Who Can You Trust”
Will (Nick Gehlfuss) adjusts to hospital life in the aftermath of his recent undercover activities. Ethan (Brian Tee) and April’s (Yaya DaCosta) personal relationship starts to interfere with their working situation. Drs. Charles (Oliver Platt) and Manning (Torrey DeVitto) collaborate on a patient suffering from Alzheimer’s. Drs. Rhodes (Colin Donnell) and Bekker (Norma Kuhling) have a difference of opinion in dealing with a woman in desperate need of a kidney transplant.
Nature: “Equus: Story of the Horse”
In this two-part special, anthropologist Niobe Thompson travels around the world to uncover the history of mankind’s relationship with the horse. He examines the habits and biology of these majestic animals and rides along with the world’s last nomadic tribes.
Schooled: “Lainey’s All That”
Hoping to gain respect among her colleagues at school, Lainey (AJ Michalka) comes up with a misguided plan to give an awkward and insecure student a full makeover. Meanwhile, Principal Glascott (Tim Meadows) and Coach Mellor (Bryan Callen) take friendly competition to a new level when they are both romantically interested in the math teacher.
Modern Family: “Blasts From the Past”
Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire (Julie Bowen) decide to take a cycling tour through Italy before they become grandparents. Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) discover some interesting reading material in Lily’s (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) room and decide to confront her about it, while Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and Jay (Ed O’Neill) discover their respective great uncles may have fought on opposing sides of a war.
All American: “Keep Ya Head Up”
The CW, 9pm
Spencer (Daniel Ezra) should be on top of the world — his football team is headed to the playoffs and he can finally be with Layla (Greta Onieogou) — but he can’t shake a major tragedy that occurred, causing him to question everything. Meanwhile, Coop (Bre-Z) learns some disturbing information about a friend, and Jordan (Michael Evans Behling) is worried about the results of a drug test that could end his football career for good.
Chicago Fire: “You Choose”
Severide’s (Taylor Kinney) side project of fixing the boat for a wealthy acquaintance turns complicated and personal. Meanwhile, his relationship with Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) is at a crossroads. Brett (Kara Killmer) helps Casey (Jesse Spencer) search for a new apartment, and Firehouse 51 decides to enter Tuesday in a dog competition.
Single Parents: “All Aboard the Two-Parent Struggle Bus”
When Will’s (Taran Killam) ex, Mia (Vanessa Bayer), shows up unexpectedly for Sophie’s (Marlow Barkley) birthday, Will gets frustrated that she undermines his rules with Sophie. Angie (Leighton Meester) tries to help Will cope by having a fun girls’ night at her place and by giving some co-parenting advice, but Will quickly learns that Angie isn’t the best advice giver.
Celebrity panelists include Joel McHale, Jane Krakowski, Finesse Mitchell, Caroline Rhea, Jason Biggs and La Toya Jackson.
In Pursuit With John Walsh
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
This series carries forward John Walsh’s (former host of America’s Most Wanted) lifelong mission of tracking down fugitives from justice, finding missing children and empowering the public to help support a more effective and accountable criminal justice system. Walsh hosts the series, which features his son Callahan, who works alongside his father at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, as an on-the-ground correspondent.
Chicago P.D.: “Trust”
When a defense attorney is murdered after a fundraiser, Intelligence must confront the world of campaign finance, which makes them reconsider their decision to back the current pro-police mayoral candidate.
The Dictator’s Playbook: “Saddam Hussein”
Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq with an iron fist for almost 30 years. To maintain power, he used fear, intimidation and violence like few others in history, but he made the fatal mistake of believing his regime could take on the whole world.
Based on Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s bestselling graphic novel, this series is set in a dark, heightened world within the late-’80s counterculture. It follows Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth), a teen living on the streets, who is recruited into Kings Dominion — an elite private academy where the world’s top crime families send their kids. Can Marcus maintain his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques and his own adolescent uncertainties? Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange) and Lana Condor (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) also star.
Dead of Winter
Investigation Discovery, 11pm
Before it moves to its regular time slot on Thursdays beginning tomorrow, take a sneak peek at this new series that tells true tales of murder set in the starkest conditions. From a body frozen in the snow to a woman who vanishes in an icy wilderness, each mystery unfolds amid winter’s eerie silence.
Thursday, Jan. 17
Star Trek: Discovery
CBS All Access, available to stream beginning at 8:30pm
Season 2 of the streaming hit set in the iconic Star Trek universe features 14 episodes, with one new episode launching each Thursday. After answering a distress signal from the U.S.S. Enterprise, the crew of the Discovery join forces with Capt. Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) on a new mission to investigate seven mysterious red signals and the appearance of an unknown being called the Red Angel. Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Rebecca Romijn, Doug Jones and Shazad Latif also star, with Ethan Peck taking on the legendary role of Spock.
A Discovery of Witches
Shudder & Sundance Now
This adaptation of Deborah Harkness’ contemporary fantasy novel follows the intersection of the worlds of witches, vampires and daemons as they search for their mutual histories within a secretive and sacred manuscript. Teresa Palmer, Matthew Goode and Alex Kingston star.
NHL Hockey: Chicago at N.Y. Rangers
NBCSN, 7pm Live
Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks visit New York City’s Madison Square Garden to face off against Mike Zibanejad and the Rangers on NBCSN.
TNT, beginning at 7pm Live
TNT’s Thursday NBA doubleheader opens with the Philadelphia 76ers on the road against the Indiana Pacers. In the second game, the L.A. Lakers visit the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Grey’s Anatomy: “Shelter From the Storm”
The windstorm continues to blow through Seattle. After the power goes out at Grey Sloan, the doctors are left scrambling to save their patients’ lives, including Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) who desperately needs to get to Cece (Caroline Clay) for her heart transplant. Meanwhile, Owen (Kevin McKidd), Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and Teddy (Kim Raver) confront their complicated situation.
The CW, 8pm
Michael has re-taken control of Dean (Jensen Ackles) as his army of monsters continues to move in on our heroes. Sam (Jared Padalecki) devises a plan to try and reach Dean and stop Michael before anyone else has to die.
A Million Little Things: “secrets and lies”
After troubling news, Delilah (Stephanie Szostak) finds herself once again leaning on her friends in order to help her family, unexpectedly having to rely on Katherine (Grace Park) the most out of all people. Despite Gary’s (James Roday) protests, Maggie (Allison Miller) insists on running the Suicide Prevention 5K with the rest of the gang, where Danny (Chance Hurstfield) also plans to introduce someone special to his mom and sister.
In the Season 5 winter premiere, “No Boys Allowed?,” major changes hit the Dollhouse as Camryn steps down as captain, and Makya and Crystianna step up to lead. Then, Coach D begins a new dance season with a wild experiment, led by new assistant coach Marquell, that shakes the Dollhouse to its core.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Hitchcock & Scully”
Jake (Andy Samberg) and Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) investigate a case of Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully’s (Joel McKinnon Miller) from the 1980s. Meanwhile, Amy’s (Melissa Fumero) uniformed officers and Terry’s (Terry Crews) detectives fight over limited resources.
Lip Sync Battle
Paramount Network, 9pm
Lip Sync Battle will kick off its fifth season with a special featuring the Fab Five of Queer Eye — Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown and Jonathan Van Ness — as they face off in teams and come together for a group performance you won’t forget. This season will also include performances by Andy Roddick, Brooklyn Decker, Darren Criss, Big Bird and Vanessa Morgan, with special appearances by Mariah Carey, Serena Williams and more!
Fam: “Freddy Returns”
After learning that Clem (Nina Dobrev) doesn’t plan to invite her father (guest star Gary Cole) to the wedding, Nick’s (Tone Bell) parents encourage her to ask him over to their home for dinner in the new episode “Freddy Returns.”
The Good Place: “Chidi Sees the Time-Knife”
Michael (Ted Danson) arranges an important meeting, and Janet (D’Arcy Carden) makes a reconnection.
How to Get Away With Murder: “He Betrayed Us Both”
Now that Connor (Jack Falahee) and Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) have tied the knot, the crew must deal with the consequences of the wedding night’s murder. Annalise (Viola Davis) is forced to reckon with secrets from her past.
Get a glimpse into elite rooftops, terraces and private exterior oases in this new series with James DeSantis, Garrett Magee and Melissa Brasier making up the exclusive exterior design and high-end landscaping firm the Manscapers, which reimagines outdoor spaces and helps clients turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Dear Ben”
Stone (Philip Winchester) takes up the unsolved cold case of a serial rapist that consumed his father’s career.
Friday, Jan. 18
The heroine of the classic ’80s and ’90s computer games returns in this animated series that follows her new international capers as well as past escapades that led to her becoming a super-thief. Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) provides the voice for Carmen.
Noomi Rapace stars in this action-thriller directed by Vicky Jewson (Born of War), and inspired by the life of the world’s leading female bodyguard, Jacquie Davis. Rapace plays Sam, a counterterrorism expert used to war zones, who takes on the job of protecting Zoe (Sophie Nélisse), a rich young heiress. Sam views this as a “babysitting” job, but a violent kidnapping attempt forces the two to go on the run, where they must take some lives — or lose theirs.
Grace and Frankie
Emmy winners Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are back for Season 5 of the acclaimed comedy.
Marvel’s The Punisher
Season 2 of the Marvel Comics-inspired series finds Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) in all-too-familiar territory. With his former brother-in-arms Billy Russo (Ben Barnes) slowly beginning to heal from the traumatic brain injury Frank inflicted upon him, it’s only a matter of time before Billy starts to put the pieces of the puzzle back together.
Disney Channel, 9am
This CGI-animated adventure series for preschoolers will introduce kids to Rocky, Bill, Tiny and Mazu, four very inquisitive young dinosaur friends who are on a quest to solve the mystery of “Gigantosaurus” — the biggest, fiercest dinosaur of all. The series, based on Jonny Duddle’s bestselling book of the same name, encourages preschoolers to dare to be themselves and explore the world beyond their nests.
Fresh Off the Boat: “Driver’s Eddie 2: Orlando Drift”
Eddie (Hudson Yang) finally gets his driver’s license, but instead of freedom, he finds an endless list of errands to run for his mom. Will he be done in time to take his friends to the Insane Clown Posse concert? Louis (Randall Park) is excited for a boy’s weekend at Chili Con with Marvin (Ray Wise), until Honey (Chelsey Crisp) tags along. Jessica (Constance Wu) faces off with her nemesis, Jamie (Zabeth Russell).
MacGyver: “Wilderness + Training + Survival”
In the new episode “Wilderness + Training + Survival,” Mac (Lucas Till) takes Riley (Tristin Mays) and Bozer (Justin Hires) into the wilderness for a weekend of survival training, but things take a turn when they run into violent criminals who are searching for a lost crate of money.
Dynasty: “A Champagne Mood”
The CW, 8pm
In the wake of a horrific accident, Culhane (Robert Christopher Riley) desperately needs Fallon’s (Elizabeth Gillies) help and protection, while she needs to process the sheer weight of his lies. As Blake (Grant Show) shows no shame in using family to promote his own self-interest, Cristal (Ana Brenda Contreras) is reluctant to reveal a big development.
Blindspot: “The Big Reveal”
Reade (Rob Brown) confronts Zapata (Audrey Esparza), while the team follows a lead to a potential cure for Jane (Jaimie Alexander).
Speechless: “H– HEY, YOU”
Maya (Minnie Driver) is less than thrilled when Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) interferes with her business plans with Melanie (Sarah Chalke). Ray (Mason Cook) begs JJ (Micah Fowler) to cast him opposite his new crush, Izzy (Kayla Maisonet), in his next movie, which has unexpected consequences. Meanwhile, Dylan (Kyla Kenedy) is impressed with Jimmy’s (John Ross Bowie) band.
WOW — Women of Wrestling
AXS TV, 9pm
AXS TV’s Friday night wrestling/fighting lineup has a new addition with this eight-episode women’s wrestling series. WOW has amassed a large and dedicated audience over the years, and David McLane — the beloved commentator and impresario behind the iconic ’80s Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) TV series — has produced intriguing matches for AXS TV. Over 30 wrestlers will be featured, including third-generation superstar Tessa Blanchard, returning stars like Stephy Slays and Jungle Grrrl, and newcomers like Princess Aussie.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “I Can Work With You”
The CW, 9pm
Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) agrees to help out Darryl (Pete Gardner) by offering to babysit, and an unexpected guest crashes the evening. Meanwhile, Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin) throws a game night.
The Blacklist: “The Pawnbrokers”
Red (James Spader) acclimates to his new surroundings in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival. Samar (Mozhan Marnò) goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. Meanwhile, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) continue their investigation into Red’s past.
Great Performances: “‘Orphee et Eurydice’ From Lyric Opera of Chicago”
The Lyric Opera of Chicago in collaboration with the Joffrey Ballet reimagine Christoph Willibald Gluck’s popular opera based on the famous Greek myth. Starring Dmitry Korchak, Andriana Chuchman and Lauren Snouffer.
Saturday, Jan. 19
CBS, FOX & ESPN, beginning at 12pm Live
A college hoops tripleheader on CBS has Florida at Georgia, Cincinnati at Wichita State and UCLA at USC. FOX airs Indiana at Purdue and St. John’s at Butler. Catch Kentucky at Auburn and Virginia at Duke on ESPN.
ABC, beginning at 3:30pm Live
The NBA returns to Saturdays on ABC with the Oklahoma City Thunder in Philadelphia to face the 76ers, followed later tonight by the L.A. Lakers taking on the Rockets in Houston.
Alfonso Cuarón’s 2013 out-of-this-world adventure makes its AMC premiere. Two astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) work together to survive after an accident leaves them stranded in space.
Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story
This film stars Christina Ricci as Nellie Bly, a reporter who went undercover in a mental hospital to expose abuse in the 1800s. As she endures horrific treatment at the hands of the head nurse (Judith Light), Bly is left with no memory, wondering if she really belongs there after all.
Planet Earth: Dynasties
BBC America, AMC, IFC & SundanceTV, 9pm
Each episode of this five-part event is an intimate look at family life in the animal kingdom, revealing the challenges leaders face in protecting their young, warding off rivals and ensuring their dynasty lives on. The premiere episode, “Lion,” follows lionesses Charm and Sienna as they help their young overcome the dangers of Africa’s Masai Mara savannah. Sir David Attenborough hosts and presents the series.
Saturday Night Fever: The Ultimate Disco Movie
REELZ Channel, 9pm
Forty years ago, the movie Saturday Night Fever was made on a low budget but became a box-office sensation, with an equally blockbuster disco soundtrack. In this documentary, the film’s cast and crew, including John Travolta, Barry Miller, Donna Pescow and more, share their stories about filming guerrilla-style on the streets of Brooklyn. The special also details the potent influence of the movie’s producer, Robert Stigwood, whose faith in casting a 23-year-old Travolta as the lead, and in filling the movie with music from the Bee Gees, proved visionary.