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Friday, Jan. 15

WandaVision
Disney+
New Series!

This first live-action series entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a blend of that world of superheroes with the world of classic television. The show follows Wanda Maximoff and Vision (Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprising their film roles) — two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives — who begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.

Carmen Sandiego
Netflix
Season Premiere!

From the snowy Himalayas to the pyramids of Egypt, Carmen (voice of Gina Rodriguez) and friends race to stay one step ahead of V.I.L.E. on their latest adventures in Season 4.

Disenchantment: Part 3
Netflix
Season Premiere!

In Season 3, Bean (voice of Abbi Jacobson) must step up her princess game amid royal plots, deepening mysteries, King Zøg’s (voice of John DiMaggio) increasing instability and concerns about who will rule Dreamland.

One Night in Miami…
Amazon Prime Video
Original Film!

Regina King’s feature directorial debut is a dramatized look at one incredible night in 1964, when four icons of sports, music and activism gathered to celebrate one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. When underdog Cassius Clay — soon to be called Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree) — defeated heavyweight champion Sonny Liston (Aaron D. Alexander) at the Miami Convention Hall, Clay memorialized the event with three of his friends: Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), musician Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and NFL star Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge).

Outside the Wire
Netflix
Original Film!

In the future, a drone pilot finds himself working for an android officer tasked to locate a doomsday device. Anthony Mackie stars.

Servant
Apple TV+
Season Premiere!

Executive producer M. Night Shyamalan’s creepy thriller returns for a 10-episode second season that takes a supernatural turn following the suspenseful Season 1 finale. As Leanne (Nell Tiger Free) returns to the brownstone and her true nature is revealed, a darker future for all lies ahead. Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell and Rupert Grint also reprise their characters.

The Ultimate Playlist of Noise
Hulu
Original Film!

An audio-obsessed high schooler who learns he must undergo brain surgery that will leave him deaf seizes control of his fate by recording the ultimate playlist of noise.

U.S. Figure Skating Championships
NBCSN, 4pm Live; NBC, 8pm Live

NBC Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships continues, with NBCSN offering live coverage of the rhythm dance, and NBC broadcasting the ladies free skate live.

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 7:30pm Live

Luka Dončić and the Dallas Mavericks battle Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks in Milwaukee. The second game has Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans visiting Los Angeles to take on LeBron James and the defending NBA champion Lakers.

Self-Made Mansions: “Against the Odds”
HGTV, 8pm

Clinton Kelly helps Derrek Burr, owner of Kwik-Hang, and his wife, Chelsea, search for the house of their dreams. Derrek turned his late father’s no-drill curtain rod bracket into a brand that has sold over $8 million of the brilliant tools so far.

The Wrong Mr. Right
LMN, 8pm
Original Film!

Jessica (Anna Marie Dobbins) moves back home after college and is surprised to find her mother Tracy’s (Krista Allen) new boyfriend, Paul (Rib Hillis), is moving in as well. While working at a restaurant owned by her mother’s best friend Sandra (Vivica A. Fox), Jessica observes Paul fighting with another woman and enlists the help of Sandra and Hal (Eric Roberts), who suspect something very strange. When Jessica discovers Paul is not who he seems, she sets out to prove he is the wrong Mr. Right.

International Intrigue
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

It’s a night of espionage and mystery in tonight’s triple-header of films filled with intrigue in overseas locales. First up, enjoy the sparkling repartee between Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, Henry Mancini’s memorable score and Oscar-nominated theme song, and the lovely Paris location shooting in Stanley Donen’s 1963 romantic comedy/mystery film Charade. Next, James Stewart and Doris Day get inadvertently wrapped up in an assassination plot while vacationing in Morocco in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), which features Day’s memorable introduction of the Oscar-winning song “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be).” Finally, Orson Welles plays the infamous Harry Lime in Best Director Oscar nominee Carol Reed’s gripping 1949 film noir The Third Man. Screenwriter Graham Greene’s tale is set in Vienna in the early days of the Cold War; features strikingly atmospheric, Oscar-winning black-and-white cinematography; and also stars frequent Welles collaborator Joseph Cotten. Like tonight’s previous films, this one also features memorable music — composer Anton Karas’ score features only a zither, and the film’s iconic main theme topped music charts at the time.

Framed by the Killer
Oxygen, 9pm
New Series!

From executive producer Ice T, this limited series unravels tales of elaborate whodunit murder mysteries that lead police to one suspect, only to discover later their suspect was framed by the actual killer. As each episode explores a unique case, viewers embark on a twisted journey riddled with clues that ultimately reveal nothing is what it seems.

Great Performances: “The Magic of Callas”
PBS, 10pm

Documenting soprano Maria Callas’ triumphant return to the stage in Tosca at London’s Royal Opera House on Jan. 21, 1964, after her career was said to be over, this film features footage from Callas’ groundbreaking turn in the title role. The program also features interviews with opera luminaries Thomas Hampson, Kristine Opolais and Rolando Villazón, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright and Royal Opera House music director Antonio Pappano.

Belle Collective
OWN, 10pm
New Series!

This new series centers on the personal and professional lives of five successful, glamorous boss women who are redefining what it means to be a Southern belle in Jackson, Mississippi. These dynamic women represent Mississippi’s finest Black female entrepreneurs, determined to break ceilings while shredding long-held stereotypes of the South. The women are Dr. Antoinette Liles, one of the few Black female dentists in the state; Lateshia Pearson, the CEO of the National Women’s Brunch Organization; Latrice Rogers, the young mastermind and entrepreneur behind Goddess Lengths, the most successful hair care emporium in the region; Marie Hamilton-Abston, a self-made millionaire and CEO of HamiltonDavis Mental Health empire; and Tambra Cherie, a newly single midday diva and on-air radio personality and host of the most controversial radio show in the city, “The Relationship Hour.”

Paranormal Caught on Camera: “Cajun Skunk Ape and More”
Travel Channel, 10pm

A stinky Sasquatch stops for a visit in Louisiana; a haunted statue terrorizes guests at the infamous Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada; and a Kentucky man and his brother witness a UFO flying near Fort Knox.

Saturday, Jan. 16

College Basketball: Kentucky at Auburn
ESPN, 2pm Live

The Kentucky Wildcats visit Alabama’s Auburn Arena for a Saturday afternoon SEC college hoops matchup against the Auburn Tigers on ESPN.

U.S. Figure Skating Championships
NBC & NBCSN, beginning at 4pm Live

NBC Sports continues its coverage of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships with live coverage of the men’s short program on NBC, and live coverage of the free dance and pairs free skate later on NBCSN.

NFL Football: AFC and NFC Divisional Playoffs
FOX & NBC, beginning at 4:30pm Live

The NFL’s divisional playoff weekend begins Saturday on FOX with an NFC game between the L.A. Rams and the Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On NBC in primetime, the Baltimore Ravens are at the Buffalo Bills in the AFC playoff game.

Monster Preacher
Oxygen, 7pm

Monster Preacher takes a deep dive into the life of Gary Heidnik, a pastor in Philadelphia who brought the darkest of nightmares to life when he lured and confined six women as captives in his basement. With exclusive access to two of the four surviving victims, Josefina Rivera and Jackie Askin, along with expert interviews from those closest to the case, the two-hour special takes viewers on a chilling ride through Philadelphia’s most frightening horror story and sheds light on the racial and social dynamics that affected both Heidnik’s motivation and the police investigation.

The Searchers
TCM, 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Often considered one of the most complex and greatest Westerns ever made, director John Ford’s moody 1956 tale stars John Wayne as Ethan Edwards, a Civil War veteran who returns to his settler brother’s West Texas home and finds that his family has been attacked by the Comanche. Joined by a half-breed youth (Jeffrey Hunter) raised by the family, Edwards begins an all-consuming search for his surviving niece (Natalie Wood), now living with her captors. Ward Bond and Vera Miles also star in the film, which is based on Alan Le May’s 1954 novel.

Two for the Win
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

A world champion ski racer and local ski instructor find romance on the slopes as he returns home and prepares for the biggest race of his life. Stars Charlotte Sullivan and Trevor Donovan.

One Deadly Mistake
Oxygen, 9pm
New Series!

Each episode follows a homicide investigation where police work tirelessly against the clock to solve a complex case, until they discover a piece of evidence left behind that exposes the identity of the calculated killer.

Ghost Nation: “Phantom Fury”
Travel Channel, 9pm

Jason, Steve, Dave and Shari head to rural Indiana to help a desperate family being terrorized by ghostly growls and bizarre apparitions in their home. But as the team tries to root out the source of the hostile haunting, Dave becomes its target.

Kindred Spirits: “False Witness”
Travel Channel, 10pm

In 1673, Rebecca Cornell was found murdered in her Rhode Island home. Days later, her ghost testified against her son! Amy Bruni, Adam Berry and Chip Coffey attempt to conjure the spirits who played a part in the centuries-old crime and reveal the truth.

Kindred Spirits: “Most Shocking”
Travel Channel, 11pm

Amy Bruni and Adam Berry relive their most shocking moments on Kindred Spirits and provide an unparalleled glimpse into the mind of psychic Chip Coffey. The team reveals what they are really thinking during their intense and terrifying investigations.

Sunday, Jan. 17

NFL Playoffs: Divisional Playoffs
CBS & FOX, beginning at 3pm Live

Sunday’s divisional playoff action begins on CBS with the Cleveland Browns at the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC, followed by the NFC game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the New Orleans Saints on FOX.

U.S. Figure Skating Championships
NBC, 3:30pm Live

NBC Sports’ live coverage of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships from Las Vegas concludes today with the men’s free skate.

A Streetcar Named Desire
TCM, 3:30pm
Catch a Classic!

Four Oscars out of 12 nominations (including Best Picture) went to Best Director Oscar nominee Elia Kazan’s 1951 adaptation of playwright Tennessee Williams’ sordid, Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play of lust and madness in New Orleans’ French Quarter (Williams received an Oscar nomination for adapting his work for the screen). Best Actor Oscar nominee Marlon Brando launched a revolution in screen acting (not to mention an endless stream of people mimicking his famous “Stella!” cry) with his raw portrayal of brutish salesman Stanley Kowalski, who clashes with his wife Stella’s (Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Kim Hunter) sister Blanche DuBois (Best Actress Oscar winner Vivien Leigh), a neurotic and delicate Southern belle haunted by her checkered past, who comes to live with them. Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Karl Malden also stars.

America’s Funniest Home Videos
ABC, 7pm

In this new episode, catch a mom getting help from the fire station when her son gets his arm stuck in a vase, kids’ hilarious reactions to the Toddler Temptation Challenge when candy is left in front of them, and the hazards of mud.

Exhumed
Oxygen, 7pm
New Series!

From executive producers Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, this new series examines gripping murder cases in which unearthing a victim’s body is the key to solving the twisted crimes. Each episode features a suspenseful exhumation that has led to shocking new breakthroughs, unexpected plot twists and, ultimately, justice being served.

NCIS: Los Angeles: “A Fait Accompli”
CBS, 8pm

In the new episode “A Fait Accompli,” NCIS must track down an organized crime leader who is trying to buy stolen defense technology, and Callen (Chris O’Donnell) has a big question for Anna (returning guest star Bar Paly).

Batwoman: “What Happened to Kate Kane?”
The CW, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Kate’s friends and family hold on to hope that Kate may still be found, while a homeless 25-year-old named Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) stumbles upon Kate’s Batsuit. Focused on no longer being a victim, Ryan takes the suit to use as armor and goes rogue in the streets of Gotham, taking out various members of a new gang called the False Face Society. At the same time, “Bruce Wayne” (guest star Warren Christie) returns under the pretense of searching for Kate, but the truth is he wants his suit back and it becomes the clash of imposters as “Batwoman” and “Bruce” square off in the action-packed season premiere.

Home Town: “A Musician’s Retreat”
HGTV, 8pm

A recording producer is back in Laurel, Mississippi, looking for an artist’s retreat. He received a dilapidated cabin from his late father, and while Ben and Erin Napier are up for the risky restoration challenge, they think he’ll get a better return with a bungalow in town.

Miss Scarlet & the Duke
PBS, 8pm
New Series!

Move over, Sherlock — Eliza Scarlet is on the case! Victorian England’s first ever female detective and her partner, the suave William Wellington, lead the way in this new six-episode series. As with all good detective stories, Eliza and “the Duke” (as Wellington is known) are an unlikely pair, equal parts adversaries and partners as they work together to solve the cases that come their way.

NCIS: New Orleans: “Leda and the Swan, Part 1”
CBS, 9pm

In the first part of the new two-part episode “Leda and the Swan,” a Navy therapist with a high level of security clearance is murdered, and Pride (Scott Bakula) and the team discover that she was working around the system to get justice for victims of sexual assault.

American Monster: “Unmasked”
Investigation Discovery, 9pm

Rob and Lisa Whedbee are a beautiful couple who turn heads wherever they go. But when a medical trauma upends their happy family, it sets them on a path of destruction that will end in lies, accusations and a brutal home invasion.

All Creatures Great and Small: “Another Farnon?”
PBS, 9pm

Fresh from veterinary college, Siegfried’s (Samuel West) fun-loving brother Tristan (Callum Woodhouse) arrives to help out. Meanwhile, Mrs. Pumphrey (Diana Rigg) throws a swanky party.

The Rookie: “La Fiera”
ABC, 10pm

Officer John Nolan’s mom makes an unannounced visit that complicates his life, and Sgt. Grey considers retiring.

The China Showdown
FOX News Channel, 10pm

Hosted by Bill Hemmer, this one-hour special will take a deep dive into why experts have determined China to be the biggest foreign threat to the future of the United States. Featuring an exclusive interview with Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, as well as sit-downs with The Coming Collapse of China author Gordon Chang, FOX News Senior Strategic Analyst Gen. Jack Keane and many others, The China Showdown will detail how it is believed that the communist nation will stop at nothing to steal classified information and infiltrate America. Following its FOX News Channel premiere, the special will be available to stream on FOX Nation.

On the Case With Paula Zahn: “A Brand New Dress”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm; also streaming on discovery+

An argument among sisters over a new dress leads a young girl to leave her house to calm down. But when she never returns, the desperate search to find her begins.

Inside the Mind of Agatha Christie
PBS, 10pm

Discover what made the world’s most successful crime writer tick. Dr. John Curran pored over Christie’s personal archive and interviewed those who knew her best to paint an unprecedented portrait of the complex author.

Mountain Monsters: “K-9 Tracks by the Grave”
Travel Channel, 10pm

While building their trap, Willy and Wild Bill hear a terrifying roar that gives them proof that there is something other than just wolves in the Tygart Valley. Using Trapper’s personal journal, the team devises an ingenious way to get footprints and therefore help identify the mysterious predator roaming the hollers and hills. Buck has a close encounter while driving that shakes him to his core, leaving him second-guessing his own eyes. The mystery deepens as the team finds an old headstone and grave that seem to be out of place, right next to the very river where Trapper trapped beaver back in 1974.

Monday, Jan. 18

TCM Morning & Afternoon Movie: Sidney Poitier
TCM, beginning at 6am
Catch a Classic!

Spend your morning and afternoon with legendary actor Sidney Poitier when Turner Classic Movies airs a lineup of some of his most memorable films. The schedule begins with Edge of the City (1957), a noirish drama in which Poitier costars with John Cassavetes. The acclaimed film was unusual for its time in its portrayal of an interracial friendship, and earned Poitier a Best Actor BAFTA Award nomination. Also today, see Poitier in the drama Something of Value (1957); the 1961 adaptation of the play A Raisin in the Sun, which earned Poitier another BAFTA nod as well as a Golden Globe nomination; his Best Actor Oscar-winning role in Lilies of the Field (1963); another multi-award-nominated role in the 1965 drama A Patch of Blue; one of his most famous roles, in 1967’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; and the romantic drama A Warm December (1973), which he also directed.

NBA Basketball
NBA TV & TNT, beginning at 12pm Live

The NBA celebrates the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with five national TV games: Orlando at New York (NBA TV), Minnesota at Atlanta (NBA TV), Phoenix at Memphis (TNT), Milwaukee at Brooklyn (TNT) and Golden State at L.A. Lakers (TNT).

All American: “Season Pass”
The CW, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Spencer (Daniel Ezra) finds himself on the defense after an interview he gave comes out, upsetting his old teammates, and emotions get the best of them. Billy (Taye Diggs) is excited for a fresh start at South Crenshaw High, but he first must confront something from his past that could be a roadblock to his success.

9-1-1
FOX, 8pm
Season Premiere!

The fourth season premiere kicks off with another jaw-dropping signature disaster that only Los Angeles’ finest and most fearless first responders can handle. Angela Bassett, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kenneth Choi, Oliver Stark and Peter Krause star.

100 Day Dream Home: “Grand Space for Grandkids”
HGTV, 8pm

Don and Natalie enjoy spending time with their large blended family but have been squeezing them into a tiny two-bedroom house for far too long. After years of looking for the perfect home that suits their needs, they finally decided that the only way to get what they want is to build it. Natalie knows she loves her teal hutch, but many of the other design choices she has to make with Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt for her dream home prove to be more difficult. Hopefully Brian and Mika will be able to nail down their style and still get their dream home built in 100 days or less!

Ellen’s Game of Games: “Dash Test Dummies”
NBC, 8pm

Contestants play Ellen’s favorite games Oh Ship!, Aw Snap, Say Whaaat?! and Taste Buds. The winner of each of the first four rounds moves on to Know or Go, and that winner advances to Hotter Hands for a chance to win a cash prize.

Unsung: “Music & the Movement — Parts 1 & 2”
TV One, 8pm

This two-part Martin Luther King Jr. Day documentary special remembers the artists and songs that have provided the soundtrack to the fight for justice and equality. The special incorporates firsthand accounts, interviews with artists and archival footage from memorable speeches, soul-stirring vocal performances and more. Moments of Black auditory dissent featured in the special span centuries and include Negro spirituals that provided both a distraction from the harsh conditions of slavery and communication tools for the enslaved as they plotted their escape to freedom; to soul and funk anthems during the Black Power movement demanding that civil rights be upheld; to the viral music videos by young, contemporary artists creating rallying mixtapes for today’s Black Lives Matter movement. Part 2 airs right after Part 1.

Bob (Hearts) Abishola: “The Wrong Adebambo”
CBS, 8:30pm

In the new episode “The Wrong Adebambo,” Abishola’s (Folake Olowofoyeku) husband, Tayo (guest star Dayo Ade), makes a surprise visit from Nigeria to Detroit, and Bob (Billy Gardell) sees this as a perfect opportunity for Abishola to ask Tayo for a divorce.

9-1-1: Lone Star
FOX, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Gina Torres joins Season 2 of the 9-1-1 spinoff as Capt. Tommy Vega. But even as Capt. Owen Strand (Rob Lowe) welcomes Vega to the 126, he must face the unexpected arrival of his ex-wife, Gwyneth (guest star Lisa Edelstein), who visits Austin to check on their firefighter son, T.K. (Ronen Rubinstein). All of this occurs as the rescue squad must deal with an emergency that the Texas capital has never encountered before.

American Pickers: “Road Trip Gold/Dani D Delivers the Goods”
History, 9pm
Season Premiere!

The series begins Season 22 with a two-hour combo episode. First, it’s a cross-country tour du force of historic Route 66 as Mike and Frank cruise the country for rusty roadside Americana that made this country as good as gold. Then, Dani D is wheelin’ and dealin’ her way across the country, but will she deliver the goods for Picker pals Mike, Frank and Robbie?

The Wall: “Tamara and Leo”
NBC, 9pm

Another pair competes on a new episode of the game show from LeBron James and Chris Hardwick.

World’s Most Unexplained: “Roadside Creature and Up in Flames”
Travel Channel, 9pm

Ufologists examine sightings of an alien-like creature in rural Massachusetts; and paranormal experts investigate if a series of house fires across the U.K. are linked to a cursed portrait.

American Greed: “The Trials of Michael Avenatti”
CNBC, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Michael Avenatti bursts on the scene in 2018 as the flashy litigator representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her dispute with President Donald Trump. But what Avenatti’s fans don’t yet know is that he has legal troubles of his own brewing — with his alleged crimes ranging from theft to tax evasion. Still, he continues to dominate the airwaves and build support on social media, until a brazen scheme to extort sportswear giant Nike brings his publicity tour to an abrupt end.

Weakest Link: “Who Needs a Designated Thinker?”
NBC, 10pm

Jane Lynch hosts a new episode of this revival of the international game show phenomenon. Eight strangers work as a team to play a high-stakes game of trivia. They turn on each other to eliminate the weakest in hopes of winning up to a $1 million prize.

Paranormal Declassified: “Tracking Bigfoot”
Travel Channel, 10pm

Paul Beban treks deep into the woods of the Midwest looking for Bigfoot. He cuts through hoaxes, pranks and misinformation in search of groundbreaking evidence to prove the mysterious creature’s existence once and for all.

Tuesday, Jan. 19

The Night Caller
Sundance Now
New Series!

This four-part true-crime docuseries explores the legacy of one Australia’s most notorious serial killers.

Special Theme: The Studio System: “MGM (More Stars Than There Are in Heaven)”
TCM, beginning at 11:15am
Catch a Classic!

MGM had so many great stars and movies back in the golden age of Hollywood that today’s entire day of TCM’s tribute to the classic studio system is devoted entirely to this legendary studio. Representing MGM in today’s schedule are Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney in National Velvet (1944); Clark Gable and Jean Harlow in Red Dust (1932); Joan Crawford in The Women (1939); Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor in Camille (1937); Norma Shearer in Smilin’ Through (1932); Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in Adam’s Rib (1949); Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in Summer Stock (1950); Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946); and William Powell and Myrna Loy in Love Crazy (1941).

NCIS
CBS, 8pm

Two new NCIS episodes air tonight. A vacation in the Bahamas for McGee (Sean Murray) and his wife, Delilah (returning guest star Margo Harshman), turns into a high-stakes mission when a case NCIS is tracking has ties to the island in “Sunburn.” Then in “Head of the Snake,” the hunt for the head of the drug ring responsible for Fornell’s (returning guest star Joe Spano) daughter’s overdose comes to a climax.

The Resident: “Mina’s Kangaroo Court”
FOX, 8pm

In the new episode “Mina’s Kangaroo Court,” conflicts within the staff arise when Cain’s (Morris Chestnut) elective surgery patient returns with complications.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: “Zoey’s Extraordinary Dreams”
NBC, 8pm

Mr. Sandman is not doing Zoey (Jane Levy) any favors when nightmares start im­pacting those closest to her.

Finding Your Roots: “To the Manor Born”
PBS, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Henry Louis Gates Jr. discovers the privileged lineages that claim actor Glenn Close and director John Waters as descendants, introducing ancestors who are as bold and independent as they are.

The Dead Files: “Slaughter House”
Travel Channel, 8pm

Steve and Amy help a young mother who claims monsters have infested her Indiana home. They then encounter a cluster of bloodthirsty entities at a long-dead mobster’s old stomping grounds in Illinois.

Trickster: “Episode 2”
The CW, 9pm

While trying to ignore increasingly weird happenings and with Richie (Joel Thomas Hynes) invading his home, Jared (Joel Oulette) experiences an even bigger upset when he meets Wade (Kalani Queypo), who claims to be his real father.

Chopped: Grudge Match: “Battle 3”
Food Network, 9pm

Week three of the five-­part tournament finds four former Chopped competitors return­ing to be judged by the very chefs who beat them earlier. And with sardines in the Mystery Basket, you know things are gonna get salty.

Prodigal Son: “Speak of the Devil”
FOX, 9pm

In the new episode “Speak of the Devil,” Malcolm (Tom Payne) grapples with his own trauma after a priest is found murdered.

Fixer to Fabulous: “A Closed-Off House Turns Character-Filled Home”
HGTV, 9pm

A young couple loves their downtown Bentonville home, but they don’t like how closed-off it feels — inside and out. With some added charm, Dave and Jenny Marrs create the warm and inviting open space they’ve been dreaming of for their growing family.

This Is Us: “There”
NBC, 9pm

Kevin (Justin Hartley) embarks on a stressful road trip; Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and young Kevin go to a football training camp.

Life Below Zero: Northern Territories
National Geographic, 10pm
New Series!

Meet a fresh crop of rugged, quirky North Americans, some from First Nations tribes, in this Canadian import. Can fishing guide “Pike” Mike Har­rison evade grizzlies while stockpiling berries?

Nurses: “What Size Are Your Feet?”
NBC, 10pm

As Dr. Hamilton (Peter Stebbings) makes his presence felt at St. Mary’s, Grace (Tiera Skovbye) is catapulted into a high-stakes medical procedure while trying to protect Naz (Sandy Sidhu) from a dangerous situation. Meanwhile, Keon (Jordan Johnson-Hinds) gets hazed by Nurse Molly (Molly Atkinson).

Unpolished
TLC, 10pm

In this reality show about a fun ’n’ flashy salon in Long Island, New York, the sudden death of their father has left sister owners Lexi and Bria in financial chaos, so mom Jen decides to consult a psychic to see if her late husband has any advice.

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Spycraft
Netflix
New Series!

This series looks at the gadgetry behind some of history’s greatest stories of espionage, the minds that invented them and the agents who used them.

WarGames
Showtime, 10am
Catch a Classic!

“Shall we play a game?” Matthew Broderick stars in this fun and kind of frightening 1983 film as a young hacker who inadvertently accesses a military supercomputer that was originally programmed to predict possible outcomes of a nuclear war. When the hacker starts playing what he believes to be a nuclear war simulation computer game, the computer interprets it as reality and begins the process of starting World War III. WarGames is not some cheesy movie relic of the ’80s era of the Cold War; it remains a top-notch technothriller bolstered by a strong, Oscar-nominated screenplay, suspenseful direction from John Badham and great performances from Broderick, Ally Sheedy and Dabney Coleman.

Inauguration Day “Parks and Recreation” Marathon
IFC, beginning at 11am

As America’s new president and vice president are inaugurated today, spend some time with a few lesser, but very funny, political figures with episodes of Amy Poehler’s beloved sitcom Parks and Recreation.

Presidential Inauguration Coverage
Various Networks, 12pm

Joe Biden will officially become the 46th president of the United States, and Kamala Harris will become the first woman and person of color as vice president, today. Few details on what this Inauguration Day will look like were available at presstime, but it’s likely that with pandemic precautions in place, there will not be the normal crowds gathered in Washington, D.C., for the oath-of-office ceremonies. The traditional nighttime celebratory balls and parties will probably be more subdued than usual, if they are held at all. You’ll find coverage throughout the day on usual networks like ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, NBC and PBS.

The Big Interview With Dan Rather: “Regina King”
AXS TV, 8pm

Host Dan Rather talks with Oscar-winning actress Regina King, fresh off her career-defining role in Watchmen that recently earned the star her fourth Emmy. Throughout the night, King opens up about her deeply personal directorial debut One Night in Miami, the heroes who inspire her and how race has affected her work; discusses her experience filming Seven Seconds, which she considers her most difficult role; and shares how she and her son have been spending time together during quarantine.

Riverdale: “Chapter Seventy-Seven: Climax”
The CW, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) investigation into the auteur leads them to the discovery of a secret underground for red-band screenings. Elsewhere, in order to impress the visiting Naval Academy Commandant, Archie (KJ Apa) agrees to participate in a boxing exhibition against another candidate — KO Kelly (guest star Zane Holtz). Meanwhile, as Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) prepares for prom, she stumbles upon a major secret that Toni’s (Vanessa Morgan) been keeping from her.

The Masked Dancer: “Group A Playoffs — So You Think You Can Mask?”
FOX, 8pm

The remaining Group A dancers perform and one will be unmasked at the end of the new episode “Group A Playoffs — So You Think You Can Mask?”

Mysteries of the Unknown: “Vanishing Island, Trapped in Space and War Dog”
Travel Channel, 8pm

Host Don Wildman examines a map to a phantom island, a harrowing near-death experience on the edge of space, a tenacious terrier that became a hero and more.

Nancy Drew: “The Search for the Midnight Wraith”
The CW, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Nancy (Kennedy McMann) and the Drew Crew are still reeling from witnessing the visions of their deaths. They realize even more so now that they need to come up with a plan to stop the Aglaeca before it’s too late. Meanwhile, Detective Tamura (guest star Ryan-James Hatanaka) shows up at the Claw to bring Nancy in for questioning as she is now a suspect in a mysterious comatose girl’s assault.

True Paranormal: Fact or Faked: “Alien Autopsy and Race With Bigfoot”
Travel Channel, 10pm

Ben and his team interview Dr. Jonathan Reed, a man who claims to have videotaped an autopsy of an alien. Meanwhile, Bill’s team goes to Chopaka Lake in Okanogan, Washington, to re-create a video of an alleged Sasquatch running across a hillside.

Thursday, Jan. 21

Looney Tunes Cartoons: Part 2
HBO Max
New Episodes!

In this latest batch of 10 all-new animated episodes starring classic Warner Bros. characters, Taz stars in his first full-length Looney Tunes Cartoons short when he takes on Bugs Bunny in a Roman coliseum. If Bugs makes it out of the arena, there will be plenty of foes waiting to match wits with him, including Elmer Fudd, a leprechaun and Cecil Turtle. Daffy and Porky continue their misadventures, from skydiving to solving the mystery of Porky’s missing pants. Fan favorites Sylvester and Tweety, along with Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, also come along for the ride.

Toddlers & Tiaras: Where Are They Now?
discovery+
New Series!

Ten years after TLC debuted its reality hit Toddlers & Tiaras, this three-part series catches up with some of the favorite toddler beauty queens, who are now young women.

Sixteen Candles
AMC, 12:45pm
Catch a Classic!

John Hughes made his directorial debut with this 1984 coming-of-age comedy that he also wrote and that ushered in the era of the ’80s “Brat Pack” film genre of movies largely focused on youngsters and with a stable of regular young actors who became stars. One of those stars was Molly Ringwald, who leads the film here in a funny and touching breakout performance as high school sophomore Sam, who hopes her 16th birthday will kick off a great year for her. Unfortunately, things start off badly when her family forgets her birthday, and only get worse when her efforts to get closer to her crush, senior Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling), go awry in often embarrassing ways. Meanwhile, geeky freshman Ted (Anthony Michael Hall), who has his own crush on Sam, keeps turning up to cause annoyance. The film is certainly of its time in many ways (including some unfortunate racial humor at the expense of an Asian exchange student played by Gedde Watanabe), but still has plenty of experiences that many people who are living through, or can recall, their teen years can relate to. Ringwald and Hall would go on to each make two other films directed by Hughes, including costarring again in The Breakfast Club the following year.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show: “Mary Moves Out”
Decades, 2pm

We’re not saying this TV classic jumped the shark, but it was a misstep for Mary (Mary Tyler Moore) to leave her sweet studio apartment.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 7:30pm Live

A star-studded matchup in Milwaukee has LeBron James and the L.A. Lakers against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. TNT’s second game has Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans in Utah for a showdown with Bojan Bogdanovic and the Jazz.

Young Sheldon: “Freshman Orientation and the Inventor of the Zipper”
CBS, 8pm

College orientation does not go as Sheldon (Iain Armitage) planned in the new episode “Freshman Orientation and the Inventor of the Zipper.”

Walker
The CW, 8pm
New Series!

Texas Ranger Cordell Walker (Jared Padalecki) returns home to Austin after two years away on an undercover mission. Now he must navigate changed relationships with his family, friends and coworkers, all while investigating the suspicious circumstances behind his wife’s death.

Hell’s Kitchen: “Hell Caesar!”
FOX, 8pm

The chefs are tasked with re-creating Chef Ramsay’s Caesar salad — and delivering it to him on a scooter — in the new episode “Hell Caesar!”

grown-ish: “Public Service Announcement”
Freeform, 8pm
Midseason Premiere!

After dropping out of Cal U and diving into her dream job, Zoey balances the demands of her work life and her personal life while on tour with Joey BADA$$. Jazz and Doug struggle with the rules of their relationship “pause.”

Flipping Across America
HGTV, 8pm

In this new episode, Mina Starsiak Hawk and Karen E Laine (Good Bones) are trying to modernize a large, stately home without losing its original charm in Indianapolis. Ken and Anita Corsini (Flip or Flop Atlanta) are in Atlanta flipping a small house that has big potential. Both houses were purchases for similar prices, but they’re very different sizes and located in very different cities. Will the market make a difference in which team gets the most bang for their buck?

Mr. Mayor: “The Sac”
NBC, 8pm

A special assignment forces Jayden (Bobby Moynihan) and Arpi (Holly Hunter) to get to know each other. Meanwhile, Neil (Ted Danson) sets out on a mission to reconnect with Orly (Kyla Kenedy) after she gets into a little trouble.

B Positive: “Open Heart Surgery”
CBS, 8:30pm

Gina (Annaleigh Ashford) needs to keep herself together to pass a psych evaluation while dealing with the news of an ex’s engagement in the new episode “Open Heart Surgery.”

Superstore: “Biscuit”
NBC, 8:30pm

A new episode of the hit comedy, now in its final season, debuts tonight.

Mom: “Woo-Woo Lights and an Onside Kick”
CBS, 9pm

The ladies indulge Jill (Jaime Pressly) when she goes to extremes to get her relationship with Andy (guest star Will Sasso) back on track in the new episode “Woo-Woo Lights and an Onside Kick.”

Legacies: “We’re Not Worthy”
The CW, 9pm
Season Premiere!

In order to get a handle on some urgencies at the school, Alaric (Matthew Davis) sends the students off campus for their first ever field day. But when a medieval monster arrives with a challenge, the students are left scrambling to guess which one of them may be a worthy opponent.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “The Long Arm of the Witness”
NBC, 9pm

Carisi (Peter Scanavino) takes on a powerful judge who inexplicably dismisses the rape case of a university student.

The Unicorn: “The First Supper”
CBS, 9:30pm

Things take an awkward turn when Wade (Walton Goggins) introduces Shannon (guest star Natalie Zea) to his friends in the new episode “The First Supper.”

Last Man Standing: “Jen Again”
FOX, 9:30pm

Mike (Tim Allen) surprises Vanessa (Nancy Travis) with a visit from Jen (Krista Marie Yu) that might last longer than expected in the new episode “Jen Again.”

The Hustler
ABC, 10pm

“It’s kind of an odd duck, really,” says bon vivant host Craig Ferguson of his new game show/mystery/reality series, The Hustler. Five strangers — one of whom is secretly the Hustler — team up to answer 10 trivia questions worth $10,000 apiece. The rounds offer clues about the Hustler’s identity and two opportunities for said con artist to vote out a competitor. It all comes down to the final three. If two can agree and unmask the Hustler, they split the pot; if they’re duped, the Hustler takes all.

Star Trek: Discovery: “What’s Past Is Prologue”
CBS, 10pm

Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 continues on CBS with “What’s Past Is Prologue,” in which Lorca’s (Jason Isaacs) plans to move forward with a coup propel Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) to make a quick decision to save the Discovery.

Chrisley Knows Best
USA Network, 10pm
New Episodes!

Season 8 of the reality series returns with new episodes following the life of outspoken patriarch Todd Chrisley and his over-the-top Southern family. Throughout the rest of this season, the family antics don’t stop as Todd and Chase gear up for a road trip, Nanny Faye packs her bags for a sizzling “seniors cruise,” Todd goes on a mission to prove to Julie that he “still has it” after 25 years of marriage, Grayson has dreams of becoming a storm chaser and Savannah plans her next exciting personal and professional steps.

The Rev
USA Network, 10:30pm
New Series!

The latest larger-than-life-family reality show stars Long Island, New York, pastor, choir boss, hubby and dad Richard Hartley.

Friday, Jan. 22

Losing Alice
Apple TV+
New Series!

This cinematic eight-episode series from Israel is described as an “erotic, psychological neo-noir drama thriller” and is a female version of the famous tale of Faust and his deal with the devil. The series follows Alice (Ayelet Zurer), a film director in her late 40s who feels irrelevant since raising her family. After a brief encounter on the train, Alice becomes obsessed with Sophie (Lihi Kornowski), a screenwriter femme fatale in her mid 20s, and eventually surrenders her moral integrity in order to achieve power, relevance and success. The first three episodes are available today; subsequent episodes debut Fridays.

Pixar Popcorn
Disney+

This collection of mini-shorts stars favorite Pixar characters in all-new, bite-sized stories.

The Sister
Hulu
New Series!

How far would you go to keep a secret? One rainy evening, Nathan is surprised by an unwelcome face from the past. Nathan has never been able to forget the worst night of his life: a party that led to the sudden, shocking death of a young woman. Only he and Bob — an eccentric old acquaintance — know what really happened and they’ve resolved to keep it that way. But years later, Bob appears at Nathan’s door with terrifying news that threatens to tear Nathan’s world apart. Because Nathan has his own secrets now. This four-episode first season stars Russell Tovey, Bertie Carvel and Amrita Acharia.

Blown Away
Netflix
Season Premiere!

The hot shop is open for Season 2 as a new batch of glass-blowing artists from around the world battle the heat, the clock and each other in 10 dynamic challenges.

Busted!
Netflix
Season Premiere!

In the third season of this hybrid reality/scripted variety show, celebrity sleuths take a stab at solving smaller crimes that lead to a larger mystery.

Fate: The Winx Saga
Netflix
New Series!

This live-action reimagining of the Italian cartoon Winx Club follows the coming-of-age journey of five fairies attending Alfea, a magical boarding school in the Otherworld where they must learn to master their magical powers while navigating love, rivalries and the monsters that threaten their very existence.

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous
Netflix
Season Premiere!

In Season 2 of the animated series, the teen campers still on the run from dinosaurs find hope of a rescue with a small group of eco-tourists, but things aren’t what they seem.

The White Tiger
Netflix
Original Film!

Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav) narrates his epic and darkly humorous rise from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India. Cunning and ambitious, Balram jockeys his way into becoming a driver for Ashok (Rajkummar Rao) and Pinky (Priyanka Chopra Jonas), who have just returned from America. Society has trained Balram to be one thing — a servant — so he makes himself indispensable to his rich masters. But after a night of betrayal, he realizes the corrupt lengths they will go to trap him and save themselves. On the verge of losing everything, Balram rebels against a rigged and unequal system to rise up and become a new kind of master.

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 7:30pm Live

ESPN’s NBA doubleheader starts with Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics in Philadelphia to face Joel Embiid and the 76ers. The late game has the Denver Nuggets on the road against Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns.

MacGyver: “Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance”
CBS, 8pm

In the new episode “Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance,” Mac (Lucas Till), Bozer (Justin Hires) and Riley (Tristan Mays) quarantine together and try to stop a crime in progress at their neighbor’s house.

Self-Made Mansions: “The Half-Billion Dollar Man”
HGTV, 8pm

Clinton Kelly helps successful CEO Jeremy Blossom and his wife, Jenn, search for their dream home in Laguna Beach, California. Growing up, Jeremy loved his four siblings, but living in government housing was tight and he dreamed of a better life. As a young entrepreneur, he created a digital marketing company that has now generated a half a billion dollars in client revenue. Now the hunt is on for a dream home near the beach with plenty of space!

The Wrong Prince Charming
LMN, 8pm
Original Film!

Successful entrepreneur Bridget (Vivica A. Fox) has just scored a meeting with the famed Prince of Devonshire (James Nitti) about a possible multimillion investment in one of her properties. She and her young lawyer Anna (Cristine Prosperi) feel like they are living in a fantasy with the handsome prince, who seems like the perfect partner for Bridget and the right guy for Anna until they discover that he’s not what he seems.

The Blacklist
NBC, 8pm
New Episodes!

Season 8 resumes with the devastating consequences of the fallout between Red (James Spader) and Elizabeth (Megan Boone) intensifying.

1979 Family Dramas
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

For some reason, 1979 was a good year for acclaimed, memorable and tear-jerking family dramas in Hollywood, and TCM has three of them airing tonight. First up, have your hankies handy for Franco Zeffirelli’s The Champ, a remake of the Oscar-winning 1931 film of the same name. Jon Voight portrays a former boxer who attempts to support his son (9-year-old Ricky Schroder in his breakout role; he won the Golden Globe for Best New Male Star of the Year in a Motion Picture) and make up with his ex-wife (Faye Dunaway) by fighting in the ring again. Next is the Best Picture Oscar-winning Kramer vs. Kramer, an intense look at a couple’s (Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, who both won Oscars) divorce and its impact on their young son (played by Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Justin Henry). Finally, Best Actor Oscar nominee Robert Duvall leads The Great Santini, in which he plays a Marine Corps officer in the early 1960s whose skills and success in the military contrast with his shortcomings as a husband and father. Blythe Danner and Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Michael O’Keefe also star.

Amityville Horror House
Travel Channel, 8pm

A horrific crime. A hellish evil. The story of the house featured in the book and film The Amityville Horror rocked the world. Now, real footage from within its blood-soaked walls and never-before-seen interviews reveal frightening new secrets about one of America’s most enthralling haunts.

Little Women: Atlanta: “Kickoff Special”
Lifetime, 9pm
Season Premiere!

The season kicks off with Ms. Juicy, Minnie, the Tiny Twinz Amanda & Andrea, Abira and the return of Monie, as the ladies all come back together in Atlanta to pursue their dreams in the city’s vibrant hip-hop scene. Once again, the ladies bring the fun, the drama, the competition and the love as together they face health issues, career changes, relationship ups and downs and life’s hardest trials and tribulations — all while still dealing with the complexities of living in an average-size world.

Blue Bloods: “Spilling Secrets”
CBS, 10pm

All in a day’s work: Frank (Tom Selleck) could decide to help a wheelchair-bound detective wounded in the line of duty remain in the field; Eddie (Vanessa Ray) and Jamie (Will Estes) assist an officer whose partner is shot on the job; Erin (Bridget Moynahan) feels conflicted over a vehicular homicide sentencing; and Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) track a ride-share rapist.

Painting With John
HBO, 11pm
New Series!

This new six-episode unscripted series is written by, directed by and stars cult favorite musician, actor, director and painter John Lurie. Part meditative tutorial and part fireside chat, each episode finds the artist ensconced at his worktable, where he hones his intricate watercolor techniques and shares his reflections on what he’s learned about life. Combining images of Lurie’s paintings, original music, his irreverent point of view on tapping into your childlike artist side, his overall ambivalence toward fame, and more, the series reminds viewers to prioritize a little time every day for creativity, fun and a bit of mischief.

Saturday, Jan. 23

College Basketball
ABC & ESPN, beginning at 3pm Live

Saturday college hoops action features Clemson at Florida State on ABC, followed by LSU at Kentucky on ESPN.

A Wild Year on Earth
BBC America, 8pm
New Series!

Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael narrates this six-part wildlife series that looks at how animals’ lives and natural events are entwined with the planet’s seasonal patterns. Among the stars: elephants, penguins, bears and kangaroos.

Salt-N-Pepa
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

The life and times of pioneering all-female rap group Salt-N-Pepa — whose seminal tracks include “Push It,” “Let’s Talk About Sex” and “Shoop” — are depicted in this three-hour biopic. GG Townson stars as Cheryl “Salt” James, Laila Odom plays Sandra “Pepa” Denton and Monique Paul stars as Deidra “DJ Spinderella” Roper. The soundtrack also features some of the group’s greatest hits.

Robert Mitchum Double Feature
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Legendary actor Robert Mitchum is equally as remembered for playing heroes as he is for playing bad guys, and two of his iconic performances — one from each category — are featured in tonight’s double feature on Turner Classic Movies. First is Out of the Past (1947), director Jacques Tourneur’s famous film noir. Mitchum plays scuffling P.I. Jeff Bailey, who gets a sure-money job from shady high-roller Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas): Track down and retrieve the mistress (Jane Greer) who skipped town with $40,000 of his money. Finding his target in Mexico, Bailey falls for her, but his plan to make them new lives leads to stunning betrayals. Next, Mitchum is absolutely chilling as tattooed-knuckled religious fanatic Harry Powell, one of the screen’s most unforgettable villains, in director Charles Laughton’s superb The Night of the Hunter (1955). Powell marries a fragile widow (Shelley Winters) to try to learn where her late husband hid a large sum of cash from a robbery. When his plans are uncovered by her terrified young children, it begins a pursuit that becomes a mesmerizing rendering of the battle between good and evil. Lillian Gish costars in a terrific performance.

Ghost Nation: “Do Not Disturb”
Travel Channel, 8pm

Jason, Steve, Dave and Shari investigate the Hotel Conneaut in Pennsylvania. Reports of a ghost bride and mysterious attacks have put the lakeside resort’s existence on the line, and the team must dig deep into the property’s fiery past to find answers.

A Winter Getaway
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

When an average guy is gifted a luxury trip, he is mistaken for a millionaire. He and the concierge who is making this once-in-a-lifetime trip happen end up hitting it off after spending time together. Will she feel the same way about him when she learns the truth? Stars Brooks Darnell and Nazneen Contractor.