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Friday, Jan. 22: Frank Faces a Tough Decision About a Wounded Officer on ‘Blue Bloods’

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Friday, Jan. 22

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.

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

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

The Sister
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
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.

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
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
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
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.

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

How We Got Here: The History of Conflict in America
Smithsonian Channel, beginning at 3pm

Smithsonian Channel presents a special programming block featuring documentaries spotlighting the pivotal moments of history that paved the way to the nation’s present. The award-winning slate tackles the history of unrest in America and the momentous events that shaped our future. The lineup includes: America’s Hidden Stories: Hitler’s U.S. Election Plot, America in Color: The 1960s, Smithsonian Time Capsule: 1968, Smithsonian Time Capsule: Beyond Stonewall, Walk Against Fear: James Meredith, MLK: The Assassination Tapes, First Ladies Revealed: Twists of Fate, The Lost Tapes: Clinton Impeachment and The Lost Tapes: LA Riots.

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.

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.

Sunday, Jan. 24

The Philadelphia Story
TCM, 1:30pm
Catch a Classic!

Best Director Oscar nominee George Cukor’s sophisticated, Best Picture Oscar-nominated 1940 screwball comedy classic is adapted from Philip Barry’s play set in Philadelphia’s tony Main Line suburbs. Best Actress Oscar nominee Katharine Hepburn re-creates her stage role as society girl Tracy Lord, whose upcoming second marriage is imperiled by the attentions of her playboy ex-husband, Dexter (Cary Grant). He hopes to win Tracy back by sabotaging the wedding with the help of a tabloid reporter (Best Actor Oscar winner James Stewart), but Dex doesn’t count on how attractive she begins to find the charming stranger. The chemistry among all the leads is terrific, and their sparkling repartee comes courtesy of Donald Ogden Stewart’s Oscar-winning screenplay.

NFL Football: AFC and NFC Championship Games
FOX & CBS, beginning at 3pm Live

A Super Bowl LV berth is on the line Sunday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship FOX and the Buffalo Bills are at the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship on CBS.

A Discovery of Witches Marathon
AMC, beginning at 3pm

Based on the bestselling and critically acclaimed novel of the same name by Deborah Harkness, this darkly entertaining series is an enchanting modern-day love story set against the backdrop of Oxford academic life. Historian Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer, Hacksaw Ridge), a reluctant witch denying her heritage, accidentally discovers a long-lost bewitched manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library and is immediately thrown into the heart of a dangerous underworld. On her journey, she finds herself tossed into the path of enigmatic vampire and geneticist Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode, The Crown), who hides a dark family secret.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
ABC, 8pm

In the season finale, gym owner Joseph Herrera and nurse Kyle Shaules jump in the hot seat for the million-dollar prize.

Disasters at Sea: “Destination Unknown”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm

The fishing vessel Destination suddenly goes missing in the frigid waters off the Alaskan coast. With no distress call or survivors, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board and United States Coast Guard need to find out how and why the respected vessel suddenly went down, taking its experienced crew of six with it.

The CW, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Season 3 will chart a whole new journey for the Charmed Ones as Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) pursues her career ambitions, Macy (Madeleine Mantock) returns to her science roots, and Mel’s (Melonie Diaz) activism is reignited.

Bridge and Tunnel
Epix, 9pm
New Series!

Long Island 20-somethings set their sights on Manhattan in this 1980s dramedy from Edward Burns. Will the reconciliation of a budding photographer and his ex-girlfriend (Sam Vartholomeos and Caitlin Stasey) end up derailing his future?

All Creatures Great and Small: “Andante”
PBS, 9pm

James (Nicholas Ralph) is put to the test with an ailing racehorse; Tristan (Callum Woodhouse) faces a familiar temptation; Siegfried (Samuel West) angles for a prestigious client.

How Did They Build That?: “Viaducts & Hotels”
Smithsonian Channel, 9pm

Smithsonian reveals how innovative engineers built an extraordinary bridge to span a vast valley and become the tallest in the world; how a luxury hotel was built upside down in an abandoned quarry in China; and what happens when you build a forest in the sky in the middle of a city.

The Rookie: “Sabotage”
ABC, 10pm

Officer Jackson West’s relationship with his new training officer, Stanton, has escalated and he begins to work with Sergeant Grey to find a solution. Guest-starring is Brent Huff as Officer Smitty, Angel Parker as Luna Grey, Brandon Routh as Officer Doug Stanton and Kamar De Los Reyes as Detective Sergeant Ryan Caradine.

Agatha Christie’s England
PBS, 10pm

Retrace the beloved author’s footsteps to see the real places that inspired her literary universe. Learn how Christie drew on her surroundings throughout her life, immortalizing the people and locations she encountered in her extraordinary work.

Mountain Monsters: “The Red-Eyed Beast”
Travel Channel, 10pm

After researching the mysterious grave that the team found, Jeff learns it is all tied to a morbid tradition dating back to the settlers who moved to the Tygart Valley hundreds of years ago that revolves around huge black dogs with glowing red eyes known as Grims. The team goes to investigate where Buck had his encounter with what they believe to be a Grim and soon find themselves on the chase. As a blizzard hits the Tygart Valley mountains, the team tracks a massive K-9 using Jeff’s thermal, and several team members are injured in the snow. What type of mountain mystery did Trapper get them into?

Monday, Jan. 25

Acorn TV
New Series!

Cozy up during these wintry days with the new heartwarming, whimsical French family dramedy Réunions, streaming exclusively in the U.S. and Canada on Acorn TV with a binge premiere of all six episodes. Two half-brothers (one Black, one white) who meet each other for the first time after their father’s passing inherit a hotel on the paradise island of Réunion, located in the western Indian Ocean. Since the resort is on the verge of bankruptcy, Jérémy (Loup-Denis Elion) and Antoine (Nicolas Bridet) and their respective families make huge sacrifices in working together to turn things around. Chloe (Laëtitia Milot), Jérémy’s companion, is immensely excited by the prospect of moving to the island with its stunning white sandy beaches and sees it as the ideal opportunity to start a new life, where the couple can leave behind their massive debts. She plunges herself enthusiastically into management with Jérémy and Antoine, who are from different races and economic classes. But things are not as rosy as they seem. This series explores family, parenthood, and the class divide.

100 Day Dream Home: “Shared Space to Dream Place”
HGTV, 8pm

A couple bought their dream property years ago but are living with his mother due to financial setbacks. The family is ready to build a home of their own, but Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt must find a way to combine her understated style with his over-the-top taste.

America’s Hidden Stories: “Vampires in America”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm

How can you resist an episode titled “Vampires in America”? Connecticut state archaeologist Dr. Nick Bellantoni spearheads an investigation into New England’s 19th-century “vampire exhumations.” As families were ravaged by a series of slow deaths and desperate to save remaining loved ones, some chose to dig up the bodies of their recently deceased to look for blood in their vital organs. If blood was found, it proved the person was “undead” and feeding on the life force of the living. (In actuality, the deaths were due to consumption, or tuberculosis, as it’s known today.) The ritual then called for the vampire’s vital organs to be burned and for the ashes to be mixed with water and fed to the ill as medicine. “It’s amazing that while some of these ‘vampire exhumations’ were done in secret, there are also a lot of newspaper articles reporting on these rituals as large public events,” director and exec producer Lisa Quijano Wolfinger says. “And yet, they’ve been consigned to the shadows of history, as though people wanted to forget.”

Starring Yvonne De Carlo
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Actress Margaret Yvonne Middleton — better known as Yvonne De Carlo — may be most remembered for her television role as Lily Munster in the classic 1964-66 sitcom The Munsters, but she has an impressive resumé of film work, as well. TCM airs several of her notable movies tonight, beginning with Criss Cross (1949), a film noir that featured one of her earliest serious dramatic performances. Next, De Carlo can be seen in the 1956 drama Death of a Scoundrel; reprising her famous TV role in the big-screen comedy Munster, Go Home! (1966); in the Civil War-set romantic drama Band of Angels (1957); and in the 1954 comedy Tonight’s the Night (a.k.a. Happily Ever After).

All Rise
CBS, 9pm

The never-boring Jere Burns returns as Adam Pryce, attorney to the stars. He faces off with Mark Callan (Wilson Bethel), who’s forced to prosecute a favorite actor from his childhood who stands accused of murdering her husband 30 years earlier.

Kids Baking Championship
Food Network, 9pm

The Chinese New Year doesn’t hit until next month, but hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman get into the spirit early by challenging seven young chefs to whip up inventive desserts infused with Chinese five-spice powder.

Atlanta Justice: “No Good Deed”
Investigation Discovery, 9pm

A few EMTs are having a coffee break when a man drives up and runs to them, covered in blood. He says his name is Richard Davis and that he’s been shot. At the hospital, Richard tells the ER doctor that he offered a mysterious woman a ride back to her apartment when he saw her with a broken-down vehicle. After he dropped her off, he was ambushed and shot by an unknown assailant. Richard then succumbs to his wounds, leaving it up to Detective Redlinger and her team to track down the mystery woman who lured Richard to his death.

TNT, 9pm
Season Premiere!

In Season 2, an entirely new power struggle emerges, causing a dangerous rift as people are divided between their loyalty to Layton (Daveed Diggs) and to Mr. Wilford (Sean Bean), who has a new train, new technology and a game plan that keeps everyone guessing. While Layton battles Wilford for the soul of Snowpiercer, Melanie (Jennifer Connelly) leads the charge on a shocking new discovery that could change the fate of humanity.

World’s Most Unexplained
Travel Channel, 9pm

Arithmophobia — not the fear of math class, but of the power of certain numbers — is explained in tonight’s installment of the investigative docuseries. Also on the agenda: Is the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun cursed?

POV: “The Mole Agent”
PBS, 9:30pm

Follow a private investigator hired to go undercover inside a nursing home as he struggles to balance his assignment with his increasing involvement in the lives of other residents.

The Good Doctor
ABC, 10pm

Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) meets the parents of his love, Lea (Paige Spara)! Riverdale’s Barclay Hope and Julie Warner (Doc Hollywood) guest as Mike and Pam Dilallo.

The Salisbury Poisonings
AMC, 10pm
New Miniseries!

In 2018, the English city of Salisbury and its roughly 40,000 residents were faced with an unprecedented crisis: an assassination attempt on a Russian spy using a chemical agent that has the potential of killing thousands if left uncontained. This four-part event miniseries tells the remarkable story of how ordinary people and public services reacted to a crisis on their doorstep, displaying extraordinary heroism as their city became the focus of a national emergency.

Lucille Ball: Life, Death & Money
ReelzChannel, 10pm

After the death of the late TV icon’s second husband, Gary Morton, his widow, Susie McAllister, put some of Lucy’s dearest items (jewelry, awards and love letters) up for auction. This hour special chronicles her kids’ battle to get them back.

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Special Theme: The Studio System: “Universal & Paramount”
TCM, beginning at 11:30am
Catch a Classic!

TCM’s final look at the heyday of Hollywood’s studio system features films from two iconic studios. Universal dominates the morning and afternoon, with the film lineup featuring Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931); Abbott and Costello in Buck Privates (1941); Deanna Durbin in It Started With Eve (1941); Rock Hudson in All That Heaven Allows (1955); and Tony Curtis and Jeff Chandler in Six Bridges to Cross (1955). The primetime film lineup is devoted to Paramount, with Mae West in I’m No Angel (1933); Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in Road to Utopia (1946); Jerry Lewis in The Nutty Professor (1963); Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake in The Blue Dahlia (1946); and Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich in Morocco (1930).

To Tell the Truth
ABC, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Hosted by black-ish star Anthony Anderson, To Tell the Truth is the funny reimagination of the beloved game show featuring prominent pop-culture icons and unique commentary and banter from Anderson’s mother, Mama Doris, bringing the excitement to another level.

ABC, 9pm
New Episodes!

In its seventh season, black-ish will continue to tell stories that shine a light on current events through the lens of the Johnson family, addressing the global pandemic, voting, systemic racism, and the movement for social justice and equality.

Fixer to Fabulous: “Historic House Gets Pretty Pink Overhaul”
HGTV, 9pm

After seeing the overhaul they did on her parent’s house, a woman moving back to Bentonville knows that Dave and Jenny can create her dream home, too. The Marrses use her love of pink to craft the ultimate starter home that she’ll never want to leave.

PBS American Portrait: “I Rise”
PBS, 9pm

Go inside the lives of people working to create an anti-racist American future. They film themselves doing the hard work, confronting the obstacles and achieving the small victories that could add up to real change in the movement for racial justice.

ABC, 9:30pm
Season Premiere!

Season 2 will continue to tell the story of a young Rainbow Johnson (Arica Himmel) and her family as they recount the experience of being a mixed-race family in the ’80s and the dilemmas they face as they navigate a world where the kids are perceived as neither black nor white. While the parents deal with the social dynamics of fitting into the suburbs, Rainbow and her siblings find themselves figuring out how to fit in when everyone else can’t decide where they belong.

Big Sky
ABC, 10pm
New Episodes!

This thrilling series from David E. Kelley returns with new episodes.

The Proof Is Out There
History, 10pm

Journalist Tony Harris analyzes what’s really going on in bizarre footage, photos and audio of unexplained phenomena. Back-to-back episodes include an impossible escape from a sinking car, a man’s superhuman reflexes, NASA photos of possible Mars colonies and a mysterious global hum.

Frontline: “China’s COVID Secrets”
PBS, 10pm

This is the untold story of the first two months of the coronavirus pandemic in China. It investigates the origins of the outbreak, when the Chinese authorities first knew about it, and what they told the world. Interviews with Chinese scientists and doctors, international disease experts, and health officials unravel the tale of early missed opportunities to suppress the outbreak, and the lessons for the world.

The Misery Index
TBS, 10:30pm
Season Premiere!

Back for its third season, this series features teams competing against each other by attempting to rate hilarious and miserable real-life events based on the “misery index,” a ranking system created by a team of therapists. Jameela Jamil stars as the show’s host with the Tenderloins comedy troupe and stars of Impractical Jokers — Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano — starring as recurring panelists. This season will feature special appearances from celebrity guests including Travis Kelce, Joel McHale and All Elite Wrestling’s Jon Moxley.

The Terror
AMC, 3am

Tonight through Friday, spend the wee hours with this 2018 series — about ill-fated Royal Navy explorers in the Arctic — that critic Matt Roush called “a Masterpiece version of a classic horror movie.”

Wednesday, Jan. 27

New Series!

This Turkish series follows a mysterious hitman named Gölge (Engin Ozturk). After betraying and escaping from the wealthy and sinister Servet Nadir, who raised him, Gölge suddenly finds himself living in a 50-square-meter tailor shop in a foreign neighborhood. While hiding in there until the situation settles down, he discovers that those in the neighborhood think that he is the son of the deceased storeowner, and he goes with that. However, Gölge quickly realizes that maintaining this identity won’t be as easy as he thinks.

Penguin Bloom
Original Film!

Naomi Watts (also a producer), Andrew Lincoln and Jacki Weaver star in this drama based on the book by Bradley Trevor Greive and Cameron Bloom, and inspired by real-life events. In 2013, Samantha Bloom (Watts), was paralyzed from the chest down. Sam — a lifelong outdoorswoman, surfer and traveler — was unrecognizable to herself, and spent long months in a depression. A year later, her children brought home a wounded baby magpie they found and named “Penguin.” Sam bonded with the household’s new member, beginning a process of emotional healing that surprised her husband and sons, her mother (Weaver) and herself.

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 7:30pm Live

LeBron James leads the L.A. Lakers into Philadelphia for a matchup against Joel Embiid and the 76ers. In ESPN’s second game, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors host the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Big Interview With Dan Rather: “Randy and Mary Travis”
AXS TV, 8pm

Dan Rather has a moving conversation with country music legend Randy Travis seven years after the stroke that left an indelible mark on Travis’ life and career. Together with his wife, Mary, Travis explains his road to recovery and the fight to regain his mobility, speech and singing, and takes viewers through his powerful performance of “Amazing Grace” at the 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The couple reflects on their love story and the moment in the hospital when Mary knew her husband was ready to keep fighting for his life.

House in a Hurry: “Carolina Is Calling”
HGTV, 8pm

Tracy and Skyeler have always wanted to live in North Carolina. In 2008, the couple attempted to make it happen, but the United States was rocked by a recession and they were forced to move home to Eugene, Oregon. Twelve years and two kids later, the planets are aligning and the two are ready to make the leap once more. With their current home already under contract, they have no time to spare finding their next family home in the Tar Heel State.

TCM Spotlight: Whodunit Wednesdays
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

TCM’s final night of films dedicated to classic murder mysteries concludes with an evening of cinematic portrayals of famous crime-solvers. The schedule begins with After the Thin Man (1936), featuring William Powell and Myrna Loy in one of their many beloved outings as mystery-solving high-society couple Nick and Nora Charles. Powell returns in tonight’s next film as Philo Vance in The Kennel Murder Case (1933). Then, it’s Alastair Sim as Inspector Cockrill in Green for Danger (1946); Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson in The Woman in Green (1945); Warren William as Perry Mason in The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935); Ray Milland as Bulldog Drummond in Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937); and George Sanders as Simon Templar (a.k.a. “The Saint”) in The Saint Strikes Back (1939).

For Life
ABC, 10pm
New Episodes!

Aaron (Nicholas Pinnock) continues his battle against the very political machine that once put him away, undeservedly, as the wrongfully convicted prisoner turned litigator and social crusader embarks on a more personal journey.

True Conviction: “Dead Wrong”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm

Horse grooms at a racetrack find one of their own dead in her dorm. Her death is ruled a suicide, but her family suspects foul play. Three years later, the original investigator gets a tip about an eerily similar death 1,400 miles away. Can this suicide be turned into a homicide case? A detective who won’t give up hope tries to connect the two and bring closure to the families of these victims.

Resident Alien
Syfy, 10pm
New Series!

Based on the comic book, this series follows Harry (Alan Tudyk, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Firefly), an alien who crash-lands on Earth and passes himself off as a small-town human doctor. Arriving with a secret mission to kill all humans, Harry starts off living a simple life, but things get a bit rocky when he’s roped into solving a local murder and realizes he needs to assimilate into his new world. As he does so, he begins wrestling with the moral dilemma of his mission and asking the big life questions like “Are human beings worth saving?” and “Why do they fold their pizza before eating it?”

Thursday, Jan. 28

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 7pm Live

TNT’s Thursday NBA doubleheader opens with Kawhi Leonard and the L.A. Clippers in South Florida for a showdown with Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat. The second game takes place in Houston, where Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers face John Wall and the Rockets.

Celebrity Wheel of Fortune
ABC, 8pm

It took nearly 38 years for the beloved syndicated game show to go primetime with celebrities spinning the iconic wheel for charity — and now we don’t want the feel-good fun to stop. Neither does longtime letter-turner Vanna White, who admits she got starstruck meeting The Bachelor host Chris Harrison in particular, and emotional in general: “When I’d see the amounts [they’re winning] for their charity, it is so heartwarming, you can’t help but tear up.” Having four million-dollar wedges on the all-cash wheel certainly feeds the excitement, as does the playful trash-talking among the contestants: “You see a little tension,” White says, laughing. “It’s like, ‘Wait. How’d you get that? I should be getting that!’ ” She’s also enjoying having her own mic — another show first — and joining the game chatter. “The celebrities are able to say, ‘Vanna, why wasn’t there an R?’ And I say, ‘I’m sorry!’”

Lethal Weapon
AMC, 8pm
Catch a Classic!

While five years earlier Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte had paved the way for the modern era of “buddy cop” movies that paired action with some humor with their film 48 Hrs., it was 1987’s Lethal Weapon that took the genre to a new and often-imitated (even by its own three sequels) level. Danny Glover plays Roger Murtaugh, an LAPD detective who has just turned 50, is close to retirement and is, as he likes to remind people, “Getting too old for this @#$%.” Mel Gibson, who had already been established as an action star at the time thanks to the initial Mad Max films, forged a new iconic action character for himself as Martin Riggs, the apparently unstable partner assigned to a reluctant Murtaugh. The actors’ chemistry is great as the men feel each other out and begin to understand each other while they work to bring down the bad guys. Those bad guys are former Special Ops forces who are now smuggling heroin into the country, led by creepy characters like Gary Busey’s brutally psychotic Mr. Joshua, one of the most memorable of the ’80s action-movie villains.

grown-ish: “Hard Place”
Freeform, 8pm

As her relationship with Javi heats up, Ana makes a discovery about him that challenges her entire belief system. Meanwhile, Aaron learns about Cal U’s investment in private prisons, challenging him to reconnect with his activist roots.

Flipping Across America
HGTV, 8pm

In this new episode, Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead (Flip or Flop) are flipping a house in Anaheim, California, designed by an iconic midcentury architect. Eric and Lindsey Bennett (Desert Flippers) are working on a midcentury marvel of their own in Palm Springs. Both teams bought their houses for around the same price, and both have a lot of work to do to restore them to their former glory. Will the market make a difference in which team gets the most bang for their buck?

Mr. Mayor
NBC, 8pm

Deputy mayor Arpi Meskimen (Holly Hunter) helps her boss, Neil Bremer (Ted Danson), prep for his trickiest public service since taking office. Sadly, it has nothing to do with the robot police force he referenced in the series opener.

Rehab Addict Rescue
HGTV, 9pm
New Series!

In this case, SOS means Save Our Structures! Overwhelmed owners call on renovation pro Nicole Curtis to help them restore the stately homes they purchased. First up: a pair who bought an old 8,000-square-foot mansion and only have a few thousand dollars left to fix it up.

Go-Big Show
TBS, 9pm

A stunt motorcycle rider and rodeo athletes are among the acts performing for judges Snoop Dogg, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles and Cody Rhodes on the over-the-top talent show this week.

Friday, Jan. 29

The Ray Bradbury Theater
Comet , 1pm

Veteran actor Richard Kiley — so memorable as a Nazi in the Night Gallery pilot — shines again in the horror anthology genre. In this 1992 outing, he seeks the ultimate revenge on a childhood bully.

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 7:30pm Live

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks are in the Big Easy for a battle with Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans. ESPN’s second game features Luka Dončić and the Dallas Mavericks in Salt Lake City for a showdown with Bojan Bogdanovic and the Utah Jazz.

Self-Made Mansions: “Hometown Heroes”
HGTV, 8pm

Clinton Kelly helps Jeresha White, creator of a childcare empire, and Travis and Cathleen Rivera, owners of a nationally renowned coffee company, find the homes of their dreams.

Starring Laurence Harvey
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

British actor Laurence Harvey (born in Lithuania as Zvi Mosheh Skikne) only lived to age 45, but in that short time he was able to star in a number of memorable performances, three of which are featured in tonight’s lineup. The evening begins with a movie featuring perhaps Harvey’s most famous role, as traumatically brainwashed war veteran and potential assassin Raymond Shaw in the classic political thriller The Manchurian Candidate (1962), alongside Frank Sinatra and Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Angela Lansbury, who delivers a truly chilling villainous performance. Next, Harvey costars as the married lover of Best Actress Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor’s call girl character in the 1960 drama BUtterfield 8. Finally, he and Kim Novak lead the 1964 British adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s classic novel Of Human Bondage.

Little Women: Atlanta
Lifetime, 9pm
Season Premiere!

The Southern sextet face their biggest challenges yet in Season 6: dealing with the pandemic and the loss of Ashley “Minnie” Ross, who died in a car crash last April. An aftershow follows.

Lidia Celebrates America: “A Salute to First Responders”
PBS, 10pm
Celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich travels across the country visiting the men and women serving on the front lines. Lidia meets first responders who’ve worked quietly in the shadows and now find themselves thrust into the spotlight by crises facing the country. From coast to coast, Lidia follows dedicated police officers, firefighters, paramedics, military and medical workers, and also observes firsthand the prominent role that food plays in these first responders’ lives.

Saturday, Jan. 30

Captain Blood
TCM, 5:45pm
Catch a Classic!

Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland were relative unknowns when Warner Bros. took a chance on casting them to lead this 1935 swashbuckler that finds Flynn portraying a 17th-century doctor who, with other prisoners, escapes his cruel island imprisonment in the West Indies and becomes a pirate. The studio’s gamble paid off — Captain Blood became a hit and established Flynn as a dashing screen hero; he and de Havilland’s pairing was so effective and popular that they went on to costar in seven more films; and the film received two official Oscar nominations. Director Michael Curtiz was not officially nominated for an Oscar, but received the second-greatest number of votes solely as a write-in candidate. Likewise, composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold — who somehow was not officially nominated by the Academy for his rousing, romantic and iconic musical score — was third on the final ballot due to a write-in campaign, as was screenwriter Casey Robinson in his category. The film did not win any Oscars, but remains an action classic.

Wendy Williams: The Movie
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Talk show host Wendy Williams executive produces this biopic on her life, revealing the highs and lows she has experienced throughout the years. The film provides a revealing look at Wendy’s journey, from her scrappy upstart days in urban radio to the success of her own syndicated talk show. Despite all the naysayers and obstacles Wendy encountered throughout her life, her strength and determination have allowed her to thrive. Ciera Payton stars as Wendy, and Morocco Omari stars as Wendy’s ex Kevin Hunter.

NBA Basketball: L.A. Lakers at Boston Celtics
ABC, 8:30pm Live

Primetime Saturday NBA action on ABC has LeBron James and the 2020 NBA champion L.A. Lakers at TD Garden to face Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics.

Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

New Yorker Kate (Jen Lilley), who never leaves Manhattan, travels to Canada for a writing assignment where she unwillingly finds herself on a tour of the great outdoors with an adventurous tour guide, Noah (Chris McNally).

Wendy Williams: What a Mess!
Lifetime, 10pm

The self-anointed Queen of all Media, Wendy Williams, sheds her private persona and speaks directly to the camera, discussing every inch of joy and humiliation she has experienced since childhood in this deeply personal documentary. It’s a raw, no-holds-barred look with never-before-heard truths about Wendy’s notorious feuds with celebrities, her shocking divorce, her childhood and the private darkness she has endured.

Heartland Docs, DVM
Nat Geo Wild, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Kindhearted rural Nebraska veterinarians Erin and Ben Schroeder return for a third season of their unscripted series and more difficult cases: a horse with the worst leg injury they’ve ever seen, a dog with new pups and a deadly infection, and a combative cat hiding a secret. The married couple also bid a (happy) farewell to a clinic favorite.

Kindred Spirits: “Libby House”
Travel Channel, 10pm

Amy Bruni and Adam Berry check themselves into the historic Libby House in New Hampshire to investigate a haunting so vivid the ghostly guests in Victorian dress are mistaken for the living. With help from psychic medium Chip Coffey, they make a startling discovery that uncovers a very disturbing presence.

Saturday Night Live
NBC, 11:30pm

The cast return to Studio 8H for their first show of the new year, and Alex Moffat officially begins his term as President Joe Biden.

Sunday, Jan. 31

From Here to Eternity
TCM, 2:45pm
Catch a Classic!

In this legendary 1953 drama, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Best Actor Oscar nominee Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra, in a role that established the beloved singer’s acting career) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Best Actor Oscar nominee Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Best Actress Oscar nominee Deborah Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair (their embrace in the surf remains an iconic Hollywood scene). Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The film won eight of the 13 Oscars for which it was nominated, including Best Picture, Best Director (Fred Zinnemann), and Best Supporting awards for Sinatra and for Donna Reed as a not-so-wholesome “club hostess.”

Love Is a Piece of Cake
UPtv, 7pm

Another TV movie, another heroine in danger of losing her beloved business to a developer at the same time she’s falling in love! This time, she’s a baker (All Rise’s Lindsey Gort).

Disasters at Sea: “Capsized”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm

When a massive passenger ferry sets sail with its huge bow doors wide open, it capsizes in just 90 seconds — taking the lives of nearly 200 people. But this oversight alone shouldn’t have spelled disaster. Investigators have two mysteries to solve: what was different about this night; and why had no one closed the doors?

American Gods
Starz, 8pm

Noble hero Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) and the smarmy Technical Boy (Bruce Langley) put aside their differences to rescue Bilquis (Yetide Badaki).

All Creatures Great and Small: “A Tricki Case”
PBS, 9pm

While Tristan (Callum Woodhouse) gives Tricki-Woo the spa treatment, James (Nicholas Ralph) deals with Helen’s (Rachel Shenton) champion bull. Meanwhile, Siegfried (Samuel West) makes a decision about Tristan.

How Did They Build That?: “Supertalls & Firehouses”
Smithsonian Channel, 9pm

Discover what happens when the world’s most radical architect reinvents a 100-year-old fire station in Rotterdam’s port area; how engineers managed to keep one of the world’s tallest residential skyscrapers standing; and the building that would have been impossible just 10 years ago.

Cal Fire
Discovery Channel, 10pm

The real-life heroes of Cal Fire (the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) race to battle neighborhood blazes in Southern California before the famed hot and dry Santa Ana winds arrive and spread the flames even faster. When the gales do hit, crews fight a tragic memory along with the inferno.

The Long Song
PBS, 10pm
New Series!

Based on a novel by Andrea Levy, this series is set during the final days of slavery in 19th-century Jamaica. It follows the hardships and survival of plantation slave July and her mistress Caroline, and stars Tamara Lawrance and Hayley Atwell. In the first episode, Caroline adopts the child slave July as her maid. July grows up to witness the Christmas Rebellion and the radical transformation of her world.

Mountain Monsters: “The Great Skull Wall”
Travel Channel, 10pm

The team continues to be guided by Trapper’s journal as they head out to do a field investigation equipped with Wild Bill’s “cutting-edge technology.” After hearing a mysterious roar from the hollers, the team sets out in the darkness to determine its source. They close in on an entrapped creature as Willy heads inside a hallowed tree and comes face-to-face with the beast. The team then encounters a land marker unlike any they have ever seen. What is the meaning of this great wall of skulls, and what monster lurks behind the bone-filled boundary?