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Sunday, Jan. 27: Alphabet City Comes Alive in FOX’s ‘Rent’ Live Musical Event

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Sunday, Jan. 27

FOX, 8pm Live

Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical comes to television in a live spectacular. The musical is loosely based on Puccini’s opera La Bohème and tells the story of artists struggling to follow their dreams in a gritty but bohemian New York City East Village neighborhood at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis. The FOX broadcast stars Jordan Fisher, Vanessa Hudgens, Kiersey Clemons, Brandon Victor Dixon, Brennin Hunt, Mario, Tinashe and Valentina, plus Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman) in a special role to perform the musical’s seminal song “Seasons of Love.”

NFL Football: 2019 Pro Bowl
ABC & ESPN, 3pm Live

The NFL’s best players — minus those from the L.A. Rams and New England Patriots competing in Super Bowl LIII next Sunday — play something resembling football as the AFC takes on the NFC in the Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

Pluto TV Movie Marathon: Oscars Best Actor Nominees
Pluto TV, beginning at 3pm ET

Pluto TV, the free TV streaming service with more than 100 curated channels, hosts a marathon of films featuring this year’s Best Actor Oscar nominees. This star-studded marathon airs on Pluto TV Drama (Ch. 56) and includes Short Term 12 (Rami Malek), The Two Faces of January (Viggo Mortensen), The Machinist (Christian Bale), Case 39 (Bradley Cooper) and Odd Thomas (Willem Dafoe).

Starz, 8pm
Season Finale!

Jamie (Sam Heughan), Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Brianna’s (Sophie Skelton) stories of love, tragedy and kinship come to a close tonight. The confirmed fifth season of the popular series will be based on Diana Gabaldon’s The Fiery Cross.

25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
TNT & TBS, 8pm Live

The SAG Awards is the only televised awards show to exclusively honor performers, presenting awards for acting in film and television. The two-hour awards show focuses on both individual performances as well as on the work of the entire ensemble of a drama series and a comedy series, and the cast of a motion picture.

Battle at the Border With Brian Kilmeade
FOX News Channel, 8pm

FOX News Channel presents this one-hour town hall special from San Antonio. Hosted by FOX & Friends’ Brian Kilmeade, the town hall will be presented in front of an audience and focus on the nationwide debate on immigration, border security and the pressing issues affecting Texas voters. Throughout the town hall, Kilmeade will speak with a panel of experts, border patrol agents and local lawmakers such as Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Additionally, Kilmeade will be joined by FOX Nation’s Tomi Lahren, who will preview a series of new content related to border security and the ongoing immigration debate that will be available on FOX Nation starting Thursday, January 31.

NCIS: Los Angeles: “Smokescreen”
CBS, 9pm

The NCIS team partners with the FBI to locate a terrorist cell in Los Angeles believed to be prepping for an imminent attack in the new episode “Smokescreen.”

Three Identical Strangers
CNN, 9pm

Bobby Shafran, David Kellman and Eddy Galland were all adopted at birth and weren’t aware of each other’s existence until they finally met at age 19. This unbelievable documentary shares a dark, emotional story of a rogue psychology experiment that purposely separated the triplets and placed them in different socio-economic upbringings.

Worst Cooks in America: “Meat Me at the Game”
Food Network, 9pm

It’s Game Day! First, the teams go head-to-head in a potato sack relay race to collect ingredients for game day meatballs fit for tailgating. For the main dish challenge, the recruits learn how to make the perfect game day sandwich and side dish. Those who score big will be named kitchen MVPs and those who fumble may be cut from their teams!

Mystery 101
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!

When a college student is found dead, English professor Amy (Jill Wagner) uses her crime fiction expertise to unravel the case faster than detective Travis (Kristoffer Polaha), who ends up working with Amy to catch the killer.

Valley of the Boom
National Geographic, 9pm
Season Finale!

The season finale of the docudrama is a two-hour look at the challenges facing three corporations trying to change the world during the days of the dot-com bubble. In “Segfault,” a dying Netscape takes drastic measures to reestablish itself as a cutting-edge innovator. Then, in “Fatal Error,” Marc Andreessen (John Karna) settles into AOL as Jim Barksdale (Bradley Whitford) keeps up with the Microsoft antitrust case, and Pixelon’s investors and board members confront Michael Fenne (Steve Zahn), demanding an explanation about their failing tech.

American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World
NBC, 9pm

The sixth installment of this annual two-hour special again pits a team of American Ninja Warrior fan favorites against teams of competitors from other parts of the world for bragging rights and the USA vs. the World trophy. Three teams are featured, each with five ninjas: Team USA, Team Europe and, for the first time, Team Australia. The teams will compete across all four stages of the show’s national finals course — 23 obstacles in all.

Victoria on Masterpiece: “Et in Arcadia”
PBS, 9pm

Albert relishes family time away from London, but Victoria is desperate to get back to the palace.

Madam Secretary: “Proxy War”
CBS, 10pm

In the new episode “Proxy War,” innocent Syrian children are killed by an American-made cluster bomb, and Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) races to figure out what went wrong before Russia can use it as an excuse to escalate its military presence in the region.

Monday, Jan. 28

Arrow: “Past Sins”
The CW, 8pm

The past comes back to haunt both Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy). Curtis (Echo Kellum) is upset when he discovers that Diggle (David Ramsey) and Lyla (guest star Audrey Marie Anderson) have restarted the Ghost Initiative.

Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists
HBO, 8pm
Original Film!

This documentary shares the lives and careers of New York columnists and friends Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill, whose untrained style of journalism spoke to and for ordinary people. The documentary draws on rare archival footage, family archives, and interviews with both Breslin (who died in 2017) and Hamill. The film also includes insights from cultural contemporaries such as Robert De Niro, Spike Lee, Shirley MacLaine and Gloria Steinem, as well as literary peers including Tom Wolfe, Nicholas Pileggi, Gail Collins and Garry Trudeau.

America’s Got Talent: The Champions: “The Champions Four”
NBC, 8pm

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.

Magnum P.I.: “I, the Deceased”
CBS, 9pm

A man hires Magnum (Jay Hernandez) to investigate his murder before it even happens in the new episode “I, the Deceased.”

Kids Baking Championship: “Macaron Madness”
Food Network, 9pm

Macarons are one of the most popular desserts right now, and macarons decorated with faces are a definite trend. In this episode’s challenge, bakers must create macarons decorated with happy faces and sad faces to stay in the game.

Independent Lens: “The King”
PBS, 9pm

Climb into Elvis’ 1963 Rolls-Royce for a musical road trip that traces the rise and fall of the singer as a metaphor for the country he left behind. Featuring Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Ethan Hawke, Chuck D and many more.

I Am the Night
TNT, 9pm
New Series!

Inspired by true events, TNT’s limited drama series from Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins tells the gripping and mysterious story of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley), a teenage girl who is given away at birth. When Fauna begins to investigate the secrets of her past, she meets a ruined reporter (Chris Pine), haunted by a case that undid him. Together they follow a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Los Angeles gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel (Jefferson Mays), a man involved in some of Hollywood’s darkest debauchery, and possibly its most infamous unsolved crime.

The Good Doctor: “Xin”
ABC, 10pm

Dr. Murphy (Freddie Highmore), Dr. Reznick (Fiona Gubelmann) and Dr. Lim (Christina Chang) treat a woman with autism and a delicate brain condition while navigating the complicated relationship she has with her roommate, who is also on the spectrum.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

College Basketball
FS1 & ESPN2, beginning at 7pm Live

FS1’s Tuesday night college basketball features Northwestern at Maryland in a Big Ten matchup. Later, ESPN2 carries the Mountain West clash between Nevada and UNLV.

Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2019
CBS, 8pm

Boomer Esiason and Daniela Ruah host this special celebrating the best TV commercials in Super Bowl history, and viewers will be able to vote live on Twitter for their favorites. This year’s special will pick the All-Time Funniest Super Bowl Commercial from 10 hilarious nominees. Two commercials will advance to the live vote during the broadcast, and the ultimate winner will be revealed at the end of the show.

The Flash: “Memorabilia”
The CW, 8pm

When Sherloque (Tom Cavanagh) wants to use a memory machine on Barry (Grant Gustin) and Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) to help gain access to Grace’s (Islie Hirvonen) memories, Nora panics, fearing her parents will find out the secrets she’s been keeping from them. Nora secretly decides to use the machine on her own, which ends in disaster after she gets trapped inside Grace’s mind.

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.: “Dreaming of a New Land”
PBS, 8pm

Marisa Tomei, Sheryl Sandberg and Kal Penn explore the tremendous challenges faced by their immigrant forebears. From Italy, Russia and India to America, their family histories show success could take generations to achieve.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live

The New Orleans Pelicans face the Houston Rockets, followed by the Philadelphia 76ers in Los Angeles to take on the Lakers.

State of the Union Address
Various Networks, 9pm Live

President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver the State of the Union Address tonight. Expect coverage from the usual broadcast and cable news networks, like ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, Fox News, NBC and PBS.

Legend Hunter: “Stolen Crown Jewels”
Travel Channel, 10pm

Pat Spain searches for the Irish crown jewels stolen from Dublin Castle in 1907. He has three main suspects, and his investigation leads him to a former antiques shop in England, where he believes the valuables may be hidden.

Temptation Island: “The Epiphany”
USA Network, 10pm

As connections are being formed, some couples start to question their relationships.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

College Basketball
FS1, beginning at 6:30pm Live

Tonight’s college hoops doubleheader on FS1 has two Big East games: Marquette at Butler and St. John’s at Creighton.

The Goldbergs: “Major League”
ABC, 8pm

Adam (Sean Giambrone) is initially terrified when he and his friends are recruited to the William Penn Academy baseball team, but he quickly catches on to Principal Ball’s (Stephen Tobolowsky) master plan. A short-sighted Barry (Troy Gentile) is in denial about his pitching skills. Meanwhile, Geoff’s (Sam Lerner) dad interferes in his relationship with Erica (Hayley Orrantia).

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 8pm Live

The Indiana Pacers visit D.C. for a matchup against the Washington Wizards in ESPN’s first game. The second game has the Utah Jazz in Portland to face the Trail Blazers.

NHL Hockey: Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh
NBCSN, 8pm Live

A Wednesday Night Hockey matchup of Eastern Conference contenders has Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning striking at Sidney Crosby and the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

Modern Family: “We Need to Talk About Lily”
ABC, 9pm

Phil (Ty Burrell) may have conquered his biggest real estate challenge when he thinks he found Pepper (guest star Nathan Lane) his dream home. Meanwhile, in an attempt to connect with Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons), Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) get invited to an exclusive event for her favorite vlogger.

Vikings: “Ragnarok”
History, 9pm
Season Finale!

As Season 5 ends, a new battle for Kattegat is on, and only the gods know who will emerge victorious. Vikings will be back for a sixth, and final, season.

The Magicians: “Lost, Found, .…ed”
Syfy, 9pm

Dean Fogg (Rick Worthy) gets a new suit.

Criminal Minds: “Sick and Evil”
CBS, 10pm

The BAU leads the investigation into a string of murders taking place in supposedly haunted houses in Lewiston, Maine, in the new episode “Sick and Evil.”

Deadly Class: “Snake Pit”
Syfy, 10pm

Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth) navigates a prank war between the Rats and Legacies, as everyone prepares for the big dance.

Suits: “Whale Hunt”
USA Network, 10pm

Louis (Rick Hoffman) learns the finer points of managing Harvey (Gabriel Macht). Alex (Dulé Hill) is caught between Samantha (Katherine Heigl) and his wife.

Storage Wars: “Drama in the LBC”
A&E, 10:30pm
Season Finale!

North Long Beach doesn’t really bring out the best in the buyers, though they do manage to make a charitable contribution. Darrell and Dave wager on who got the better sister — locker, that is. Brandi and Jarrod spend way too much but see their treasure soar.

Thursday, Jan. 31

College Basketball
FS1 & ESPN2, beginning at 7pm Live

A Big Ten college basketball clash on FS1 has Purdue at Penn State, followed by a Pac-12 meetup between Oregon and Utah. Later tonight, catch Gonzaga at BYU on ESPN2.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live

TNT’s NBA doubleheader features two exciting matchups as the Milwaukee Bucks visit the Toronto Raptors, followed by the Philadelphia 76ers in the Bay Area to take on the Golden State Warriors.

Young Sheldon: “David, Goliath and a Yoo-Hoo From the Back”
CBS, 8:30pm

Sheldon (Iain Armitage) uses his new friendship with the school bully to boss Georgie (Montana Jordan) around in the new episode “David, Goliath and a Yoo-Hoo From the Back.”

A Million Little Things: “twelve seconds”
ABC, 9pm

Delilah (Stephanie Szostak) struggles to find a way to keep the house, while Ashley (Christina Ochoa) has a secret meeting with someone who she thinks may be able to help. Maggie (Allison Miller) receives news about her treatment.

Mom: “Kalamazoo and a Bad Wedge of Brie”
CBS, 9pm

In the new episode “Kalamazoo and a Bad Wedge of Brie,” Christy’s (Anna Faris) plan to win her sponsor’s approval backfires, and the ladies rush in to help after Jill’s (Jaime Pressly) house is broken into.

30 for 30: “Deion’s Double Play”
ESPN, 9pm

This 30 for 30 documentary revisits Oct. 11, 1992, when two-sport superstar Deion Sanders played for the Atlanta Falcons in Miami, then jetted off to join his Atlanta Braves teammates for an MLB playoff game in Pittsburgh.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Four Movements”
NBC, 9pm

Gina (Chelsea Peretti) spends time with each member of the squad.

Fortune Fights
REELZ Channel, 9pm
New Series!

When a wealthy celebrity has a massive estate, there’s often an army of people nudging around for their cut of the pie. In hourlong episodes of this series, husband-and-wife media experts and attorneys Danielle and Andy Mayoras explore the legal ups and downs, and fortunes earned and lost, by some of America’s biggest household names. Johnny Depp (tonight’s focus), Madonna, Britney Spears, Harrison Ford, Hulk Hogan, Donald Sterling, Casey Kasem, Lisa Marie Presley, Robin Williams and Sonny Bono are among those celebrities the series focuses on.

Will & Grace: “Family, Trip”
NBC, 9:30pm

In the winter premiere of the revived sitcom’s second season, Will (Eric McCormack), Karen (Megan Mullally) and Jack (Sean Hayes) unknowingly take a hallucinogenic drug, which causes Will and Jack to wonder if they’re each other’s soulmate and has Karen giving her last “performance” as Mrs. Stanley Walker. Meanwhile, Grace (Debra Messing) is shocked when her high-powered client (guest star Chelsea Handler) takes up with her sister Janet (guest star Mary McCormack).

How to Get Away With Murder: “Be the Martyr”
ABC, 10pm

Nate (Billy Brown) is on a mission to prove he was right about the culprit in his father’s murder, while Bonnie (Liza Weil) begins to doubt herself. Annalise (Viola Davis) turns the tables in the courtroom.

Friday, Feb. 1

Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders
Prime Video

Poirot purists, hang on to your bowler hats. A new take on Agatha Christie’s sleuth awaits in this BBC version of her 1936 whodunit The ABC Murders. This Hercule Poirot (Oscar nominee John Malkovich) is an aging, friendless has-been. Sidekicks Hastings and Japp play no role in the hunt for the serial killer who leaves a railway guide beside his victims. The once-celebrated Belgian must beg an inspector named Crome (Rupert Grint) to help with the case. Most noticeably, the character’s iconic dyed, waxed and curled mustache … isn’t.

Always a Witch
New Series!

In this series from Colombia (where it is known as Siempre Bruja), a 17th-century witch named Carmen (Angely Gaviria) must adjust to her new life after she time-travels to modern-day Cartagena to avoid being burned at the stake.

Russian Doll
New Series!

Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland are executive producers — with Headland and Lyonne the writers — of this series that follows a young woman (played by Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City.

Velvet Buzzsaw
Original Film!

Just a few days after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, this thriller bows on Netflix. Set in the L.A. art world, the story centers around the discovery of a series of paintings by an unknown artist. Soon after, a supernatural force enacts revenge on greedy people who profit from the work. Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Daveed Diggs, Toni Collette, John Malkovich and Zawe Ashton star.

31 Days of Oscar
TCM, beginning at 6am

Turner Classic Movies’ annual marathon surrounding Hollywood’s biggest awards night (airing on ABC Feb. 24) kicks off today. Each day of Oscar-winning and -nominated movies will be tied to various themes, and one of today’s themes is American Literary Adaptations. Enjoy a day of films beginning with 1935’s Alice Adams and including other classics like Little Women (1949), Show Boat (1951) and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968).

Fresh Off the Boat: “Grand-Mahjong”
ABC, 8pm

It’s Chinese New Year and the Lees — Elaine (Ming-Na Wen), Julius (Reggie Lee) and son Horace (Jimmy O. Yang) — are back. Elaine tries to give Jessica (Constance Wu) tips on building a better relationship with Grandma Huang (Lucille Soong). Meanwhile, inspired by a Lee family tradition, Louis (Randall Park) challenges Emery (Forrest Wheeler) to a wrestling match to start the new year.

MacGyver: “Father + Bride + Betrayal”
CBS, 8pm

In the new episode “Father + Bride + Betrayal,” Mac (Lucas Till) and his team crash a wedding to take an international crime boss into custody, but discover that they are not the only ones looking for him.

The Blacklist: “Alter Ego”
NBC, 9pm

While Red (James Spader) argues in court to uphold the validity of his immunity agreement, Liz (Megan Boone) and the task force question a man whose recent inheritance seems too good to be true, and Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq) offers Red some advice.

Great Performances at the Met: “Marnie”
PBS, 9pm

Watch composer Nico Muhly’s reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel about a beautiful, mysterious woman who assumes multiple identities. Isabel Leonard stars in the title role alongside Christopher Maltman, and Robert Spano conducts.

Blue Bloods: “Ripple Effect”
CBS, 10pm

A medium approaches Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) claiming to know what happened to a woman who was found dead of an apparent suicide in the new episode “Ripple Effect.”

Tropical Cop Tales
Adult Swim, 12am (late night)
New Series!

Dominique Witten and Ted Ferguson star as two burned-out city cops who relocate to a tropical paradise for a relaxing twilight to their careers. Unfortunately, it’s the most un-relaxing place on earth, and their new captain (Carl Solomon) is a champion shouter. The comedy premieres with two back-to-back 15-minute episodes.

Saturday, Feb. 2

“Star Wars” Marathon
TNT, beginning at 11:30am

Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher kick off the all-day/night Star Wars marathon with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), followed by Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983).

College Basketball: Texas Tech at Kansas
CBS, 4pm Live

A matchup of Big 12 powers takes place today in Lawrence, Kan., as the Texas Tech Red Raiders face the Kansas Jayhawks.

Puppy Bowl Presents: The Dog Bowl II
Animal Planet, 8pm

Back by popular demand for a second installment, this special airs ahead of tomorrow’s Puppy Bowl broadcast and gives adult and senior dogs a chance to shine. The football-themed competition divides older rescue and shelter dogs, including several special-needs dogs, into two teams: Team Goldies and Team Oldies. As with the Puppy Bowl, all dogs that have participated in the Dog Bowl in the past have been adopted by loving families. Animal advocate Jill Rappaport hosts.

Valentine in the Vineyard
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

The third film in the Vineyard franchise finds Frankie Baldwin and Nate DeLuca, played by Rachael Leigh Cook and Brendan Penny, preparing to host the Valentine’s Day wedding for Frankie’s cousin and Nate’s brother at their Napa Valley winery. But as Nate and Frankie help with the planning — which seems like a dry run for their own walk down the aisle — they begin to wonder if their differences mean they’re not the perfect pairing that they once believed.

Death of a Cheerleader
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Based on a true story, this remake of a popular TV movie from the ’90s follows a shy girl (Aubrey Peeples) as she becomes resentful of the popular cheerleader (Sarah Dugdale) at her school. A night out together ends in horror, and the town struggles to identify the killer.

Planet Earth: Dynasties: “Tiger”
BBC America, AMC, IFC & SundanceTV, 9pm

In India’s Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, a tigress named Raj Bhera cares for her four newborn cubs while defending her hunting grounds against invading rival tigers — one of which is her own adult daughter, Solo.

NFL Honors
CBS, 9pm

The NFL’s awards ceremony recognizes the best players, performances and plays from the 2018 season at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. The 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame class is announced, and the NFL and The Associated Press present awards for MVP, Rookie of the Year, Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year and more.

Cat Bowl I
Hallmark Channel, 10pm

Beth Stern, Alison Sweeney and Cameron Mathison host the frisky fun of Hallmark Channel’s first ever Cat Bowl, which features adult and senior cats in search of their forever homes. Plus, the event’s pawsome halftime show “Where Are They Meow?” will provide updates on former Kitten Bowl cat-letes including Jerry Mice, Puma Esiason and the star of Kitten Bowl V, Swirl.