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Thursday, Jan. 13: John Cena Stars in HBO Max’s ‘Peacemaker’ Series

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Thursday, Jan. 13

New Series!

This eight-episode series explores the origins of the character that John Cena first portrayed in James Gunn’s 2021 film The Suicide Squad — a compellingly vainglorious man who believes in peace at any cost, no matter how many people he has to kill to get it. The series also stars Danielle Brooks as Adebayo, Freddie Stroma as Vigilante, Jennifer Holland as Harcourt, Steve Agee as Economos, Chukwudi Iwuji as Murn and Robert Patrick as Auggie Smith. The first three episodes are available today; subsequent new episodes are available Thursdays.

A House Divided
Season Premiere!

This primetime soap opera, ALLBLK’s longest-running series, returns for Season 4 to continue the saga of the wealthy and prominent Sanders family. This season, Carissa (Demetria McKinney) struggles with learning to trust again, while battling her biggest adversary, Alexis (LisaRaye McCoy); Cameron Sr. (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs) navigates an international extortion plot while trying to maintain his freedom, to no avail; Jupiter (Taja V. Simpson) uses her wits and sex appeal to outsmart just about everyone; and Auntie Mae (Deborah Lacey) and Cam Jr. (Brad James) make moves to exert their power. New episodes are available Thursdays.

The Journalist
New Series!

This Japanese drama is an adaptation of the 2019 theatrical feature film of the same name that was a hit in that country, becoming buzzworthy for its confrontation of Japanese political crimes and scandals of recent years. Ryoko Yonekura plays Anna Matsuda, a Toto Newspaper reporter known as the “maverick of news media,” who strives to expose issues in modern Japanese society. Michihito Fuji, who directed the movie, also directs this series.

Wolf Like Me
New Series!

Josh Gad and Isla Fisher star in this genre-bending Australian romantic comedy. Everyone brings their own set of baggage to a new relationship, and Gary (Gad) and Mary (Fisher) are no different. Gary is an emotional wreck and struggles to provide for his daughter since the death of his wife. Mary has a secret she can’t bring herself to share with anyone. The universe brought these two together for a reason; they just need to keep following the signs. All episodes are available today.

ISU European Figure Skating Championships
E!, 8am Live (tape-delayed PT)

Coverage of the European Figure Skating Championships from Tallinn, Estonia, begins this morning with the Women’s Short competition.

The CW, 8pm
New Episodes!

Cordell Walker (Jared Padalecki) returns in tonight’s midseason premiere.

Flip or Flop: “Back to the Basics”
HGTV, 8pm

Tarek El Moussa and Christina Haack find the perfect flip in Norwalk, California, but to avoid blowing their budget on over-improving the home, they’ll need to use all of the fundamentals and rely on their experience to sell this house quickly.

The Blacklist: “Dr. Razmik Maier”
NBC, 8pm

The death of a professional tennis player leads the task force to a doctor who may be fixing the odds for a major sports betting syndicate. Meanwhile, Red (James Spader) digs deeper into Dembe’s (Hisham Tawfiq) betrayal and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) struggles with sobriety.

TCM Spotlight: True Crime
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

More classic films that re-create, or are inspired by, notorious real-life crimes are featured in tonight’s Turner Classic Movies lineup. First is In Cold Blood (1967), the acclaimed neo-noir crime film directed by Oscar nominee Richard Brooks, who also received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay adaptation of Truman Capote’s nonfiction book about two men who murder a Kansas family. Robert Blake, Scott Wilson and John Forsythe star. Next is The Boston Strangler (1968), a biographical crime film loosely based on serial killer Albert DeSalvo, who murdered 13 women in the Boston area in the early 1960s. Tony Curtis gives a Golden Globe-nominated performance as DeSalvo; the cast also includes Henry Fonda and George Kennedy. After that, the 1986 crime drama River’s Edge follows a group of teens forced to deal with their friend’s murder of his girlfriend in a story partially based on the real-life 1981 murder of Marcy Renee Conrad. Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Daniel Roebuck and Dennis Hopper lead the cast. Rounding out the lineup early tomorrow morning are The Onion Field (1979), 10 Rillington Place (1971) and The Strangler (1964). — Jeff Pfeiffer

Married to Real Estate
HGTV, 9pm
New Series!

Powerhouse real estate broker and designer Egypt Sherrod and her husband, builder Mike Jackson, know plenty about juggling booming property businesses, pleasing clients, managing a home and raising three daughters — and they make it look effortless and fun in their new HGTV series. In the eight-episode season, Egypt and Mike will marry their considerable complementary talents to help families land a perfect home in their ideal neighborhood.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Burning With Rage Forever”
NBC, 9pm

A boy disappears after meeting up with an online gamer. Meanwhile, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) suspects her son is being bullied.

Pivoting: “My Friend Died!”
FOX, 9:30pm

In the new episode “My Friend Died!,” survivor’s guilt causes Amy (Eliza Coupe) to fear death around every corner. Jodie’s (Ginnifer Goodwin) relationship with her trainer, Matt (JT Neal), takes on a new light. Sarah (Maggie Q) gets bullied for not slacking enough at her new job.

Law & Order: Organized Crime: “As Nottingham Was to Robin Hood”
NBC, 10pm

When a barrage of cyber-attacks cripples the city, Stabler (Christopher Meloni) is convinced Wheatley (Dylan McDermott) is involved; Bernadette (Ellen Burstyn) receives an unwelcome visitor.

Friday, Jan. 14

The Tragedy of Macbeth
Apple TV+
Feature Film Exclusive!

Writer/director Joel Coen (sans his brother Ethan, marking the first time that one of the famous filmmaking siblings has directed a movie without the other’s involvement) adapts Shakespeare’s classic tale of murder, madness, ambition and wrathful cunning, Macbeth. Denzel Washington stars as the titular lord, who takes extreme measures to become the king of Scotland after the prophecies of three witches and the urging of his wife, Lady Macbeth (played by Joel’s wife and frequent Coen brothers collaborator Frances McDormand, who is also a producer here). The film debuted to strongly positive reviews at the New York Film Festival last September before its limited theatrical release in late December.

King of the Con
New Series!

From whiz kid, to convict, to pastor, to fraud fighter, to convict yet again, Barry Minkow has become the master of self-reinvention — just ask the countless individuals who have fallen victim to him over the years. This three-part docuseries gives true-crime fans the ultimate look at how a scam artist can reinvent himself and get rich — many times over — by featuring one of the first interviews with Minkow discussing his life and crimes. All three parts are available today.

Shock Docs: “Scream”: The True Story

This two-hour documentary blends a paranormal investigation, archival media and interviews as it delves into the real-life horror of serial killer Danny Rolling, aka the Gainesville Ripper, who believed he was possessed by a demon and whose gruesome crime spree inspired the blockbuster film Scream.

Sex Appeal
Original Film!

Avery Hansen-White doesn’t do things she isn’t excellent at. So when her long-distance boyfriend hints at wanting to take their relationship to the next level, she sets out to master her sexuality, employing her oldest friend, Larson, as a test subject. In this hilarious teen comedy, Avery’s study results in the realization that there’s more to sex and love than mechanics. Relationships require both head and heart. Stars Mika Abdalla, Jake Short, Mason Versaw, Paris Jackson, Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster, Rebecca Henderson, Tate Hanyok, Hayden Szeto and Artemis Pebdani.

The Cabin Chronicles
Magnolia Network on discovery+
Season Premiere!

The series returns for a second season of exploring the architecture, design and human connection behind beautiful cabins and their surrounding landscapes.

After Life
Season Premiere!

In the third and final season of creator/writer/director/star Ricky Gervais’ dark comedy/drama, while Tony (Gervais) is no longer quite so aggressively grouchy about life, he continues to struggle to fill the void left behind by his late wife. All episodes are available today.

Archive 81
New Series!

In this supernatural horror series, archivist Dan Turner (Mamoudou Athie) takes a job restoring a collection of damaged videotapes from 1994. Reconstructing the work of a documentary filmmaker named Melody Pendras (Dina Shihabi), he is drawn into her investigation of a dangerous cult at the Visser apartment building. As the episodes unfold across these two timelines, Dan slowly finds himself obsessed with uncovering what happened to Melody.

The House
Original Film!

Some of the leading voices in independent stop-motion animation — Emma de Swaef and Marc Roels, Niki Lindroth von Bahr and Paloma Baeza — direct the trio of surreal tales in this eccentric dark comedy anthology about a house and the individuals who have made it their home.

Use of Force: The Policing of Black America

Chuck D narrates this documentary that delves into the history of fatal encounters between police and people of color, and explores options for reform. The film includes interviews with an unprecedented cross-section of political leaders, activists, victims’ families, law enforcement and prosecutors.

The Expanse
Prime Video
Series Finale!

The sixth and final season (at least on Prime Video) of this sci-fi fan favorite comes to a close. But is this really the end for The Expanse, which has proven its adaptability to exist across various media, and in its TV form has already come back from cancellation once when it moved from linear cable to streaming? Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck — authors of the original Expanse novels (under the pen name James S.A. Corey) and writers on the series — told the website last December that they consider Season 6 more of a pause, versus a cancellation. “Alcon [Entertainment, the show’s production company] is very committed to [The Expanse],” Franck said. “They have lots of plans. We’ll see what happens after that. But, we will have a satisfying story to the TV arc in the sixth season.”

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania
Prime Video
Feature Film Exclusive!

Drac (voice of Brian Hull) and the pack are back in this fourth and final installment of the animated Hotel Transylvania film franchise. When Van Helsing’s (Jim Gaffigan) mysterious invention, the Monsterfication Ray, goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny (Andy Samberg) becomes a monster. In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before the transformations become permanent. The film also features the voices of Steve Buscemi, Fran Drescher, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon and David Spade.

ISU European Figure Skating Championships
E!, 1pm Live (tape-delayed PT)

Coverage of the European Figure Skating Championships from Tallinn, Estonia, continues with the Men’s Free competition.

Secrets of Sulphur Springs
Disney Channel, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Griffin (Preston Oliver) and Harper (Kyliegh Curran) unravel new mysteries about the Tremont, and Harper follows the real ghost back to the 1930s to learn more about her family’s deep-seated connection to the hotel. When the power source to the time machine is unintentionally taken and the portal disappears, Harper becomes trapped in the past. With help from Savannah (Elle Graham) from her new life in 1962, the friends attempt to fix the time machine and bring back the portal before it’s too late and their lives are forever changed.

Friday Frights
MOVIES!, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Tonight’s double-feature of scary flicks on MOVIES! features two sci-fi/horror cult classics from the 1950s. First up is The Crawling Eye, a 1958 British film released as The Trollenberg Terror in its home country, and which lives up to its American title by featuring a gigantic, slithering, multi-tentacled creature with a single huge eye as its primary monster. The film had the dubious honor of being the first movie lampooned by Mystery Science Theater 3000 when that series moved from its local origins to Comedy Central in 1989, and while it is cheesy at times, there is something undoubtedly creepy about the monster that has kept it creeping around in our pop-culture imaginations for over 60 years. The second half of the double feature is Devil Girl From Mars (1954), another flick from the U.K. It stars Patricia Laffan as Nyah, the titular Martian “devil girl,” an alien commander sent to Earth to acquire human males to replace Mars’ declining male population — by force, if necessary. Hugh McDermott and Hazel Court also star. — Jeff Pfeiffer

Starring Stanley Baker
TCM, beginning at 8pm

Welsh actor/producer William Stanley Baker is the focus of tonight’s triple feature on Turner Classic Movies. The evening begins with the 1957 British film noir crime drama Hell Drivers, with Baker as a recently released convict who takes a truck-driving job. Herbert Lom, Peggy Cummins and Patrick McGoohan also star. Then, Baker plays a police officer in the British juvenile delinquent drama Violent Playground (1958), costarring Peter Cushing and David McCallum. Finally, Baker gives a BAFTA Award-nominated performance in Yesterday’s Enemy (1959), a war drama from Britain’s famed Hammer Films directed by Val Guest.

Stars on Stage From Westport Country Playhouse: “Shoshana Bean”
PBS, 9pm

From her starring roles in Broadway’s Wicked and Waitress to her chart-topping Billboard recordings, Shoshana Bean has captivated audiences worldwide. In this concert special, she unleashes her passion and powerhouse vocals with a dazzlingly diverse selection of songs, including tributes to her idols Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston. Bean also performs some of her own original songs.

Ray Donovan: The Movie
Showtime, 9pm
Original Film!

Ray Donovan fans unhappy about the surprising cancellation after Season 7 should get some closure from this movie. It picks up where Season 7 left off. “I let the wolf in,” Ray (Liev Schreiber) tells his therapist, after confessing he’s done something bad. Ray is trying to find Mickey (Jon Voight) before he causes more carnage. The present-day fallout from the Donovan/Sullivan feud and Ray and Mickey’s origin story will also be explored. Original cast members reprising their roles include Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Pooch Hall and Kerris Dorsey.

Reno My Rental
HGTV, 10pm
New Series!

This new series follows reigning Design Star: Next Gen champion, interior designer and social media influencer Carmeon Hamilton as she helps renters make their place feel like home. During the six-episode series, set in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, Carmeon gives renters a major style upgrade that turns their bland backdrops into unforgettable homes — all without compromising the property’s structure.

Saturday, Jan. 15

Remix My Space With Marsai Martin
New Series!

In this eight-episode remodeling series, remarkable young people who have made a lasting positive impact in their communities will get the surprise of a lifetime when actress Marsai Martin shows up in their backyard, school or local park with astonishing news that she and her team will give them a personalized bedroom makeover. All episodes are available today.

ISU European Figure Skating Championships
E!, 1:30pm Live (tape-delayed PT)

Coverage of the European Figure Skating Championships from Tallinn, Estonia, continues with the Women’s Free competition.

U.S. Figure Skating Championships
NBC, beginning at 3pm

NBC airs taped coverage of last week’s Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships from Nashville, Tennessee, featuring the Free Dance and the women’s Free Skate, followed by the Prevagen Skating Spectacular exhibition.

The Time Machine
TCM, 3:30pm
Catch a Classic!

Oscar-winning special effects highlight this classic 1960 adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel that helped solidify time travel as a science-fiction trope. Directed by fantasy film master George Pal, the movie stars Rod Taylor as the inventor of a time-travel device that whisks him from his year of 1900 through a war-ravaged 20th century and into a far-off era where humans are enslaved by evil subterranean mutants. Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot and Whit Bissell costar.

NFL Football: Wild-Card Playoffs
CBS, NBC, ESPN/ABC & FOX, beginning at 4:30pm Live

The NFL playoffs kick off on wild-card weekend with two games Saturday, three games Sunday and one game on Monday. Saturday’s games are the Las Vegas Raiders at the Cincinnati Bengals (NBC) and the New England Patriots at the Buffalo Bills (CBS). Sunday’s games are the Philadelphia Eagles at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX), the San Francisco 49ers at the Dallas Cowboys (CBS) and the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Kansas City Chiefs (NBC). Monday night’s game with the Arizona Cardinals at the L.A. Rams airs on ABC/ESPN.

The Perfect Pairing
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Influential and anonymous food and wine critic Christina finds herself at a winery she panned in the past. She hopes to leave before anyone finds out who she is, but she instead slips on ice and hits her head. The Hollingbrook family, led by single father Michael, graciously takes Christina in while she recovers and tries to jog her memory. In the process, Christina helps the Hollingbrooks prepare for their annual wine tapping party, which includes Michael’s risky passion project, ice wine. Stars Nazneen Contractor and Brennan Elliott.

Holmes Family Rescue: “Renovation Paralysis”
HGTV, 8pm

A motorcycle racer is left sitting idle while trying to renovate her dated and dysfunctional home with a series of bad contractors. Mike Holmes, his son Michael and daughter Sherry step in as her new construction pit crew to bring her fiercely feminine design aesthetic to life.

Safe Room
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

This thriller centers on recently widowed Lila Jackson (Nicole Ari Parker) and her 14-year-old autistic son Ian (Nik Sanchez). Since the death of her husband, Lila is grateful for their kind neighbor Neil (Boris Kodjoe), who looks out for them. After Ian accidentally witnesses a break-in in the house across the street and records the horrific murder of the homeowner, Lila becomes embroiled in a deadly struggle to protect her son from intruders Dominic (Mackenzie Astin) and Rocco (Drea De Matteo), who will stop at nothing to retrieve the video evidence of the crime and silence them. Hiding and trapped in a makeshift panic room created by her late husband, Lila and Ian must use all of their strength and intelligence to outsmart the intruders to save themselves.

Kindred Spirits: “Toxic Relations”
Travel Channel, 10pm; also streaming on discovery+

Amy Bruni, Adam Berry and Chip Coffey investigate a century-old house in Little Rock, Arkansas, stricken by tragedy. The former occupants met a series of unfortunate deaths, and their spirits still linger in the home. This is more than a haunt — it’s a Victorian mystery.