All Times Eastern. PBS programming varies regionally.
Monday, Jan. 17
BET Her Presents … Becoming: Michelle Obama in Conversation
BET & BET Her, 7pm
Former first lady Michelle Obama meets with students from 22 participating colleges from across the country in this intimate, hourlong conversation filmed at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, and moderated by actress Yara Shahidi. Obama discusses with the students themes from her acclaimed, bestselling memoir Becoming, and what it’s like to navigate young adulthood in the current climate. She also opens the floor to the students to discuss topics such as their mental wellness, and diversity and inclusion on college campuses, and asks questions about shaping their future and becoming change agents in their communities.
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Season 1 of this British period family drama that is an adaptation of H.E. Bates’ novel The Darling Buds of May concludes with a Christmas special, where all the talk in the village is about the pantomime and an ongoing spate of burglaries.
Queens of Mystery: “The Modern Art of Murder”
A body is discovered at the opening of a new art gallery where Aunt Cat (Julie Graham) is exhibiting. Mattie’s (Florence Hall) interviews of the suspects don’t paint a pretty picture, but after a second murder at the gallery, she starts to realize that there’s more to them than meets the eye. Both installments of the two-episode mystery drop today.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
TCM, beginning at 6am
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Turner Classic Movies remembers Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy of what he stood for all day today. The morning and afternoon lineup features dramatic films whose stories addressed elements of race in America, including The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959), a sci-fi film starring Harry Belafonte, in which racism even persists among three survivors of an apocalypse; Intruder in the Dust, a 1949 crime drama in which a Black man (Juano Hernandez) is unjustly accused of murdering a white man; One Potato, Two Potato, a 1964 drama centered around a romance between a white woman (Barbara Barrie) and a Black man (Bernie Hamilton); The Defiant Ones (1958), which saw costars Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis both earn Best Actor Oscar nominations as escaped prisoners, one Black and one white, who are shackled together and must cooperate to survive; Gordon Parks: Moments Without Proper Names (1987), a self-portrait of Parks’ life directed by the filmmaker/photographer himself, with his poetry and pictures providing a narrative thread accompanied by a musical score Parks also composed; The Learning Tree (1969), a coming-of-age drama written and directed by Parks that was the first film directed by an African American for a major American film studio; Sounder (1972), a drama that follows a Black sharecropper family in the Deep South during the Great Depression and stars Oscar nominees Paul Winfield and Cicely Tyson; and Nothing but a Man (1964), a drama about a Black railroad worker trying to maintain his respect in a small, racist Alabama town in the early 1960s. Today’s primetime lineup features a number of political/social educational films and documentaries related to the civil rights movement, particularly in the Chicago area, that were made by former production company The Film Group in the late 1960s and early ’70s. Many of these titles are making their TCM debuts, including The Film Group’s feature-length documentaries American Revolution II (1969) and The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971), as well as a number of their short educational films, including Cicero March (1966), Black Moderates and Black Militants (1968) and more.
NBA TV & TNT, beginning at 1pm Live
Martin Luther King Jr. holiday NBA games have the Charlotte Hornets at the N.Y. Knicks (NBA TV), the Chicago Bulls at the Memphis Grizzlies (TNT), an East Finals rematch with the Milwaukee Bucks at the Atlanta Hawks (TNT) and the Utah Jazz at the L.A. Lakers (NBA TV).
NFL Football: Wild-Card Playoffs: Arizona at L.A. Rams
ABC & ESPN, 8pm Live
For the first time ever, there’s an NFL playoff game on a Monday night, as ABC and ESPN simulcast coverage of the wild-card game with the Arizona Cardinals at the L.A. Rams. The winners tonight advance to the divisional playoffs beginning Saturday.
Kenan: “Hustle and Flow”
Kenan (Kenan Thompson) and Aubrey (Dani Lane) clash when he refuses to see that she’s growing up. Meanwhile, as Gary (Chris Redd) pursues a controversial revenue stream on social media, Mika (Kimrie Lewis), Tami (Taylor Louderman) and Pam (Fortune Feimster) are inspired to show him the downside.
Antiques Roadshow: “Wadsworth Mansion, Hour 3”
The final episode at Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, Connecticut, features more wonders, including a $190,000 find.
LEGO Marvel Avengers — Time Twisted
Disney XD, 8:30pm
In this original special, when Thanos steals the quantum tunnel, the Avengers embark on a mission to stop him from changing history.
Bravo is heading back to the Hamptons for Season 6! After spending last summer quarantined together, the housemates are back to their regular routine of hustling during the week in NYC and spending their weekends out east with epic parties, dramatic love triangles and, of course, rosé all day. Returning this summer are Lindsay Hubbard, Paige DeSorbo, Kyle Cooke, Amanda Batula, Carl Radke, Danielle Olivera, Ciara Miller and Luke Gulbranson. The housemates are joined by new friends Andrea Denver, Mya Allen and Alex Wach, and special appearances are made throughout the season by Craig Conover and Austen Kroll of Southern Charm.
4400: “Great Expectations”
The CW, 9pm
The scene is chaotic, and everyone is still reeling after Mildred’s (Autumn Best) on-camera performance. Meanwhile, the government tries to figure out their next move. Rev (Derrick A. King) is confused by his new ability, Jharrel (Joseph David-Jones) gets some unexpected news, and no one seems to know Ladonna’s (Khailah Johnson) whereabouts.
That’s My Jam: “Anthony Anderson & T-Pain vs. Ryan Tedder & Bebe Rexha”
Celebrity guests Anthony Anderson, T-Pain, Ryan Tedder and Bebe Rexha compete in a series of music, dance and trivia-based games and musical performances. The episode will re-air this Friday night.
Urban One Honors
TV One & Cleo TV, 9pm
The Urban One Honors return with a two-hour televised event to celebrate the accomplishments of individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in entertainment, media, music, education and the community. The latest ceremony, which was taped in Atlanta Dec. 3, is themed “The Soundtrack of Black America,” and honors people who have left an indelible mark in the categories of Lifetime Achievement (Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis), Music Innovation (Timbaland), Entertainment Icon (Jennifer Hudson), Living Legends (Gamble and Huff) and Inspiration Impact (Tasha Cobbs Leonard). Grammy winner Ne-Yo hosts.
NCIS: Hawai‘i: “The Game”
In the new episode “The Game,” Lucy (Yasmine Al-Bustami) goes undercover at an underground poker tournament to track down the thief who stole key evidence against a drug kingpin.
Ordinary Joe: “Whiteout”
A blizzard forces each Joe to confront the limits of his own control: Music Joe (James Wolk) goes full rock star mode while on tour alone; an unsavory family secret threatens Cop Joe (Wolk) and Amy (Natalie Martinez); and Nurse Joe (Wolk) and Jenny (Elizabeth Lail) each have cause to celebrate but are unable to be together.
Independent Lens: “A Reckoning in Boston”
A white filmmaker sets out to document students of color enrolled in Boston’s Clemente Course in the Humanities. He finds out that when it comes to exploring the city’s history of racism and gentrification, it’s his own education that he needs to reckon with.
Tuesday, Jan. 18
How I Met Your Father
Hilary Duff leads this sitcom sequel to How I Met Your Mother. In the year 2045, Sophie (Duff) is telling her son the story of how she met his father — a story that catapults us back to the year 2021, where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options. Also stars Chris Lowell, Francia Raisa, Suraj Sharma, Tom Ainsley and Tien Tran. The first two episodes are available today; subsequent new episodes drop on Tuesdays.
Mighty Express: Train Trouble
In this special based on the kids series, a sneaky duo has tricked the trains and taken over Mission Station. Can Flicker flex his skills on the tracks to rescue his friends and save the day?
The Miseducation of America
In conjunction with Thursday’s The Miseducation of America live summit, FOX Nation debuts a five-part series presented by FOX & Friends Weekend cohost Pete Hegseth. The series examines how the American education system has evolved over the last hundred years, as well as the current state of the classroom and the shift to more progressive content in today’s curriculum. Hegseth will also speak with educational leaders including the President of the Association of Classical & Christian Schools David Goodwin, professors and authors to discuss the issues surrounding today’s classroom.
TCM Birthday Tribute: Cary Grant
TCM, beginning at 6:15am
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Legendary British/American actor Archibald Alec Leach — better known as Cary Grant — was born 118 years ago today, in Horfield, Bristol, England (he passed away Nov. 29, 1986, in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82). You can catch the dashing and debonair Hollywood icon in a number of his famous performances ranging from the comedic to the dramatic in this morning and afternoon’s lineup on Turner Classic Movies, beginning with Destination Tokyo (1943) and continuing with Every Girl Should Be Married (1948), Gunga Din (1939), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), Mr. Lucky (1943), The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) and North by Northwest (1959).
Superman & Lois: “The Ties That Bind”
The CW, 8pm
Clark (Tyler Hoechlin) opens up to Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) about his ongoing struggle with visions and admits that there is only one person who might be able to help. Meanwhile, Lana (Emmanuelle Chriqui) receives some unexpected news and tensions begin to rise between Lois and Chrissy (Sofia Hasmik). Sarah (Inde Navarrette) breaks plans with Jordan (Alex Garfin) to spend time with Natalie (Tayler Buck).
Our Kind of People
The drama series starring Yaya DaCosta, Joe Morton, Morris Chestnut and Nadine Ellis wraps up its first season with a two-hour finale episode.
Life Below Zero: Next Generation
Nat Geo, 8pm
In Season 4, the next generation of Alaskans work to prepare for winter’s return. As bears awaken, Chris and Jessi Morse defend their home, Sonta and Chevie Roach teach their children survival skills, Johnny Rolfe explores new territory for food, the Rowlands complete necessary building projects, father-son duo Robert and RJ Miller work as a team to provide food for themselves and the village elders, and Alex Javor settles in at Deadman Lake.
American Auto: “Millbank, IA”
The group travels to Iowa for the opening of a new factory.
Grand Crew: “Wine & Hip Hop”
Sherm (Carl Tart) tags along as Nicky (Nicole Byer) sells a house to a famous rapper; Anthony (Aaron Jennings) deals with dating while vegan.
Abbott Elementary: “New Tech”
When a new computer program is introduced at Abbott, Janine is excited to finally help Barbara out with something. However, Barbara is reluctant to accept change and finds herself in a tricky situation when she decides to lie about her students’ results rather than admit defeat. Elsewhere, Melissa surprises Jacob when she offers up a friend to assist with his lesson on unions, but she ends up teaching Jacob an important lesson herself.
Port Protection Alaska
Nat Geo, 9pm
In Season 5, after a terrible tragedy, the longtime residents of the village of Port Protection join forces with newcomers to save a disappearing way of life in this isolated part of Alaska. In the midst of an unforgiving wilderness, they must work together to find food, build homes and repair a deteriorating infrastructure before it’s too late to save the community.
This Is Us: “Four Fathers”
Jack (Milo Ventimiglia), Randall (Sterling K. Brown), Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) struggle to connect with their children.
Great Performances: “Reopening: The Broadway Revival”
Look behind the curtain of some of Broadway’s most popular shows to see how the New York theater industry undertook the monumental process of turning the lights back on after its longest hiatus in history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As this industry revival is currently underway, enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes access to shows like Aladdin, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and more as they reunite, rehearse and restage for their long-awaited reopening nights. PBS will encore the episode this Friday evening.
Dre calls into a radio show and gets humiliated in front of Diane and tries to redeem himself. Meanwhile, Bow tries to bond with a group of young female doctors and learns a hard truth.
Queens: “I’m a Slave 4 U”
While Eric and Naomi are conflicted on what is best for JoJo’s future as it relates to the entertainment industry, Jill attempts to help a young troubled actor struggling against an overbearing parent. Elsewhere, Valeria fights for an opportunity to lean into her Puerto Rican heritage.
New Amsterdam: “Family”
Max (Ryan Eggold) and Helen (Freema Agyeman) adjust to sharing their lives and their problems, including the challenge of Helen’s mother; Bloom (Janet Montgomery) and Reynolds (Jocko Sims) treat a family after their horrific car accident lands them in the ED; and Iggy (Tyler Labine) and Trevor (Ryan Faucett) reach a new understanding in their business relationship.
Wednesday, Jan. 19
Marvel Studios Assembled: “The Making of Hawkeye”
Go behind the scenes of Marvel’s most recent live-action series, Hawkeye, starring Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld and Florence Pugh.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
In the final installment of Season 2, over the course of five new themed episodes, Jeff Goldblum’s curiosity takes him from coast to coast to learn more about puzzles, backyards, birthdays, tiny things and motorcycles.
Heavenly Bites: Mexico
This docuseries is about the food that Mexicans hate loving, and the flavors that are worth the stomachaches that will most likely follow their consumption. It’s described as “an ode to those things that we are willing to eat no matter how out of control the recipe gets.”
Too Hot to Handle
It’s a new year, and it might be snowing outside, but this reality competition series is steamier than ever in its 10-episode third season. A brand-new batch of horned-up hellraisers have arrived for what they think will be the sexiest vacation of their lives. But with virtual assistant Lana watching, will this wild cast be able to stick to the rules and abstain from any kind of sexual contact (or self-gratification) in order to form meaningful connections, and keep that prize money as high as their sex drives? The pressure is on, because this season, the stakes are even greater with the biggest prize fund ever offered on the line.
The Price Is Right at Night
Contestants come on down for another primetime edition of The Price Is Right with a special theme. Drew Carey hosts.
Property Brothers: Forever Home: “Keeping It in the Family”
A mother inherited a home that’s been in her family for generations, and soon she will be passing it on to her son. Drew and Jonathan Scott balance the family’s design styles to rework the layout and crumbling kitchen so this legacy home will be built to last.
Chicago Med: “What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You”
Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Stevie (Kristen Hager) get stuck in the middle of a marital face-off; Dr. Blake’s (Sarah Rafferty) entire surgical team mysteriously collapses during a liver transplant; and Charles (Oliver Platt) encourages Ethan (Brian Tee) to reconcile with his father.
Animals With Cameras, A “Nature” Miniseries
Nature brings back a new installment of its popular miniseries-within-the-series in which animals become wildlife cinematographers after being fitted with lightweight, specially designed cameras that allow scientists and viewers to explore what they see in their world. In tonight’s first of two parts, “Oceans,” get a first-person look at the lives of sea creatures such as sharks, turtles and gannets. Animals With Cameras concludes next Wednesday.
Frank Capra Movies
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Frank Capra had a rags-to-riches story in his own life: Born in Italy and raised in Los Angeles from the age of 5, he went on to become one of the most famous filmmakers in Hollywood history. So it’s no surprise that many of the themes in the director’s movies exemplified the best of American ideals and the so-called “American Dream.” You’ll see a few of them tonight in Turner Classic Movies’ five-film lineup of Capra titles. The first three are movies Capra made with actress Jean Arthur: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), which costars James Stewart and earned Capra a Best Director Oscar nomination; Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Capra’s first collaboration with Arthur, which also stars Gary Cooper and won Capra the Best Director Oscar; and You Can’t Take It With You (1938), which also stars Lionel Barrymore and gave the director another Oscar win. The Capra-thon continues early tomorrow morning with It Happened One Night (1934), the seminal screwball comedy that is one of the few films in Hollywood history to have won Oscars in each of the five main categories — Best Picture, Best Actor (Clark Gable), Best Actress (Claudette Colbert), Best Director (Capra) and Best Writing, Adaptation (Robert Riskin); and, finally, Lady for a Day (1933), a pre-Code comedy/drama that netted Capra his first Best Director Oscar nod.
Batwoman: “Meet Your Maker”
The CW, 9pm
Ryan (Javicia Leslie), Sophie (Meagan Tandy) and Luke (Camrus Johnson) attempt to track down the OG Poison Ivy when all signs point to Pamela Isley’s (guest star Bridget Regan) reappearance in Gotham. At the same time, Mary (Nicole Kang) feels drawn by a powerful force and Alice (Rachel Skarsten) suddenly feels very protective of her stepsister. Meanwhile, Jada (Robin Givens) hasn’t given up on rehabilitating Marquis (Nick Creegan) and seeks the help of an old friend. David Ramsey also guest-stars.
Next Level Chef: “Fowl Play”
Gordon Ramsay, Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais challenge their teams to create a poultry dish. The best dish will keep a team safe from elimination, but one contestant will be sent home.
Home Inspector Joe: “This Mold House”
A family thought they found the perfect home until an inspection issue put them over budget. Wanting to avoid another mistake, they seek home inspector Joe Mazza and designer Noel Gatts’ help to find a house with no costly surprises and to take their dream space from hazardous to fabulous.
Trafficked With Mariana van Zeller: “Cocaine Queens”
Nat Geo, 9pm
In the world of cocaine trafficking, the favelas of Rio and the mountains of Colombia are hallowed ground. But, what appears as an investigation into smuggling networks is actually a journey with a more specific focus. It’s not only the drugs that have caught Mariana’s attention; it’s a new breed of narco that is starting to gain power in the shadows: “las jefas” (lady bosses).
Chicago Fire: “Show of Force”
Boden (Eamonn Walker), Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) and Severide (Taylor Kinney) work together to protect one of their own. Meanwhile, at the Fire Academy, Herrmann (David Eigenberg) meets an inspiring young man, and talk of the annual CFD Gala dominates the firehouse.
NOVA: “Alaskan Dinosaurs”
A team of intrepid paleontologists discovers that dinosaurs thrived in the unlikeliest of places — the cold and dark of winter in the Arctic Circle. How did they survive year-round and raise their young in frigid and dark winter conditions? A dinosaur expedition explores a remote, treacherous and stormy terrain where the team knows that every bone they find there will likely be a first, adding up to a unique picture of a lost northern world.
Home Economics: “Round Trip Ticket San-Oak, $234”
ABC, 9:30 pm
Tom feels threatened when Marina’s father comes to visit, but it’s Marina who has a hard time making peace with her dad. Meanwhile, Connor helps Sarah and Denise declutter their small apartment.
Discovery Channel, 10pm
In Season 2 of the unscripted series, after growing his passion into a successful and bustling business, Jim Belushi and his team of farmers are on a mission to rebrand and rebuild their cannabis farm from small and boutique to premium high-end for the masses. In an effort to meet increasing national demand, they’re bringing state-of-the-art technology, cultivation methods, new equipment and new facilities to Belushi’s Farm — and the results are as promising as they are challenging.
Chaos in Court
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
The true-crime docuseries returns with new episodes in its new time slot with “Chances and Circumstances.” In the episode, a mother attacks the brother of a world-famous Olympian after a judge acquits him of murder; a courthouse scuffle leads to a potentially deadly situation; a Zoom hearing takes a scary turn; and four teens escape a juvenile detention facility.
Chicago P.D.: “To Protect”
The team works together to identify the head of the brutal Los Temidos gang. Voight (Jason Beghe) dives deeper into the past of his informant, Anna Avalos (Carmela Zumbado), when her undercover role is threatened.
Thursday, Jan. 20
Stanley Tucci headlines this Spanish series about an effort to recover treasure from a shipwreck. The first two Season 1 episodes are available today; subsequent new episodes are available Thursdays.
Selling the Hamptons
Larger-than-life personalities, a red-hot seller’s market, super-exclusive luxury properties and the potential for mega-dollar sales blend into a potent cocktail of both personal and real estate drama in this eight-episode docuseries. It follows a team of Hamptons-based real estate agents — Bianca D’Alessio, J.B. Andreassi, Michael Fulfree, Peggy Zabakolas, Kenny Arias and Mia Calabrese — who battle to make their mark in the elite East End real estate market.
Unraveled: Mystery at the Mansion
In September 2009, a quiet night in the exclusive neighborhood of Isleworth, Florida, was shattered with a 911 call from real estate mogul Bob Ward, who, without prompting, declared, “I just shot my wife.” When investigators showed up a short time later, they found Diane Ward shot to death in the master bedroom of the home. In this latest installment of the Unraveled true-crime anthology series of specials, Billy Jensen and Alexis Linkletter speak to law enforcement, family members and Bob Ward himself to get to the bottom of Diane’s mysterious death.
Midnight Asia: Eat • Dance • Dream
This series takes a nighttime journey through six iconic Asian cities and spotlights the food, art, clubs and subcultures that set them apart.
The Royal Treatment
In this romantic comedy, New York hairdresser Izzy (Laura Marano) runs her own salon and isn’t afraid to speak her mind, while Prince Thomas (Mena Massoud) runs his own country and is about to marry for duty rather than love. When Izzy and her fellow stylists get the opportunity of a lifetime to do the hair for the royal wedding, she and Prince Thomas learn that taking control of their own destiny requires following their hearts.
This young-adult animated fantasy series is an adaptation of Jaymin Eve’s bestselling book series The Supernatural Academy, which chronicles the otherworldly adventures of twin sisters marked at birth. One twin, Jessa (voice of Larissa Dias), was raised in the supernatural world, and is confident and popular. The other, Mischa (Gigi Saul Guerro), was raised in the human world, and is an offbeat outsider. Now they’re about to be reunited at the Supernatural Academy, and neither one of them is thrilled about it. These adversarial sisters will have to learn to get over their differences and trust each other in order to save themselves — and the world. All episodes are available today.
True Story With Ed and Randall
Ed Helms and Randall Park host this hybrid scripted/unscripted comedy series highlighting stories of everyday Americans.
Close to Me
Jo (Connie Nielsen) goes AWOL with her father, until a buried childhood trauma resurfaces and forces her back home to confront Rob (Christopher Eccleston). Jo sets the family up for a big revelation and finally learns the appalling truth about what happened the night of her accident.
U.S. Exclusive Season Premiere!
Alex Irving (Deborah Mailman) is back as this Australian political drama returns for a six-episode Season 2, but this time she’s doing things her way. Can the ultimate outsider find a new way in and take control of a political establishment determined to shake everything she values? Rachel Griffiths also stars. New episodes are available Thursdays.
The Miseducation of America: Live Summit
FOX Nation, 9am live
FOX Nation will host a live forum moderated by FOX & Friends Weekend cohost Pete Hegseth at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia. The discussion will examine the top issues facing the education system today. Featured speakers include Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Winsome Sears, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, along with panels spotlighting parents and educators, among others. Additional commentary will be provided by FOX News Channel contributor Charlie Hurt, political analyst and former Vanderbilt professor Carol Swain, Executive Director of Fightforschools.com Ian Prior, Senior Policy Fellow at Center of the American Experiment Kathy Kersten, and more.
Women of the Movement
In “Mothers and Sons, ” the two mothers at the center of the Emmett Till murder, Carolyn Bryant and Mamie Till-Mobley, testify about his character in front of a packed courtroom. Then in “The Last Word,” after the verdict is reached and the story becomes international news, a movement begins — and Mamie Till-Mobley fights to defend Emmett’s legacy.
Walker: “Two Points for Honesty”
The CW, 8pm
While setting up protective detail on Trey (Jeff Pierre), Captain James (Coby Bell) is shot and left in critical condition. Walker (Jared Padalecki) takes on the role of interim captain and turns to an unlikely source for help.
Joe Millionaire: For Richer or Poorer: “Movie Night Meltdown”
Emotions run high and motives are questioned when the ladies are invited to a movie night that unexpectedly turns the spotlight back on them in the new episode “Movie Night Meltdown.”
Flip or Flop: “Lucky Lakewood”
Tarek El Moussa and Christina Haack return to Lakewood, California, to flip a home on a very familiar street. While they have always gotten lucky in this neighborhood by making risky design decisions, the duo will soon discover if that luck is about to run out.
The Blacklist: “Boukman Baptiste”
A spate of coordinated attacks on Red’s (James Spader) lieutenants puts Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq) in imminent danger, prompting him to relive the events that led him to join the FBI two years earlier.
This Old House: “Concord: All in the Details”
It’s a race to the finish line at the Concord Cape with finishing touches going on inside and out.
TCM Spotlight: True Crime
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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More terrific films that re-create or were inspired by notorious real-life crimes and criminals are featured tonight on Turner Classic Movies, starting with Best Director Oscar winner William Friedkin’s thrilling, Best Picture Oscar-winning 1971 classic The French Connection, based on the true story of New York City narcotics detective Eddie Egan, dramatized here as Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (portrayed by Best Actor Oscar winner Gene Hackman). Following that is Patty Hearst (1988), starring Natasha Richardson as Hearst Corporation heiress Patricia Hearst in a biopic based on Hearst’s autobiography and depicting her kidnapping as a student by the Symbionese Liberation Army, her transformation by them into an ardent follower and her final arrest after a series of armed robberies. Next is Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), based on Judith Rossner’s 1975 bestseller that was inspired by the 1973 murder of New York City schoolteacher Roseann Quinn, who led a double life. Diane Keaton, Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Tuesday Weld and Richard Gere, in one of his earlier roles, star. Moving into the early morning hours, the Best Picture Oscar-nominated 1975 drama Dog Day Afternoon stars Best Actor Oscar nominee Al Pacino in a story inspired by a 1972 robbery and hostage situation at a bank in Brooklyn. Finally, Star 80 (1983), the final film from writer/director Bob Fosse, is a biographical drama about Playboy model Dorothy Stratten (portrayed by Mariel Hemingway), who was murdered by her husband, Paul Snider (Eric Roberts), who then took his own life.
United States of Al: “Poker/Pokar”
In the new episode “Poker/Pokar,” Art (Dean Norris) is concerned when Al (Adhir Kalyan) gets hooked on playing poker, misses a class and is late for work.
Call Me Kat: “Call Me a Sporty Giant”
While staying in Kat’s (Mayim Bialik) apartment, Randi (Kyla Pratt) starts to feel overwhelmed by Kat’s quirks in the new episode “Call Me a Sporty Giant.”
Married to Real Estate: “Marietta Square, If You Dare”
Two young parents need help getting into the coveted Marietta Square area of suburban Atlanta, but their budget doesn’t allow for their dream home. Real estate broker and designer Egypt Sherrod and her husband, builder Mike Jackson, tackle the issues of an affordable property and transform it beyond their wildest dreams.
Unraveled: The Stalker’s Web
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
Following the success of The Long Island Serial Killer, this installment of the Unraveled podcast and companion series anthology tracks the multi-decade wrath of Jason Christopher Hughes, who is believed to have stalked and terrorized upwards of 50 victims across multiple states. This special originally premiered on the discovery+ streaming service last summer and makes its linear debut tonight.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Tommy Baker’s Hardest Fight”
When a popular fighter doesn’t show up for the biggest bout of the year, Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and Velasco (Octavio Pisano) are drawn into a complicated web of secrets. Meanwhile, McGrath (Terry Serpico) confides in Benson (Mariska Hargitay).
Pivoting: “The Giving Tree”
In the new episode “The Giving Tree,” Sarah (Maggie Q) tries to prove that she’s still fun by dragging Amy (Eliza Coupe) and Jodie (Ginnifer Goodwin) out for a night on the town.
Single Drunk Female
This charming and heartfelt series premieres with back-to-back episodes tonight before moving to its regular time slot next week at 10:30pm. The series follows 20-something alcoholic Samantha Fink, whose only chance to avoid jail time is to sober up and move back home with her overbearing mother. Samantha restarts her life, working at the local grocery store while being surrounded by all of the triggers that made her drink in the first place. Confronted with remnants of her old life, including run-ins with her perfect former best friend, who is now dating her ex, Samantha sets out on a path to move past her worst self and figure out her best self. Kinda. Stars Sofia Black-D’Elia, Ally Sheedy, Rebecca Henderson, Sasha Compère, Lily Mae Harrington and Garrick Bernard.
Law & Order: Organized Crime: “As Iago Is to Othello”
Stabler (Christopher Meloni) asks Bell (Danielle Moné Truitt) to have his back when they’re called in to defend their actions; Jet (Ainsley Seiger) and Malachi (Wesam Keesh) work together to pin down Wheatley (Dylan McDermott); Cho (Rachel Lin) and Maldonado (Mike Cannon) go undercover to watch Angela (Tamara Taylor).
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee is back for her seventh season of biting commentary as she provides a unique perspective to stories inside the Beltway and beyond, from sexual harassment in the media to the “boyfriend loophole,” and from global warming to child marriage in the United States.
Moving for Love: “At a Crossroads”
Nikita lives for the energy and excitement of the Big Apple, but Dan thinks she should meet him in St. Louis. Meanwhile, Meghan loves the sun and ocean in San Diego, but Mark’s passion is on the ski slopes in Bend, Oregon.
Friday, Jan. 21
Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock
Following the well-received Fraggle Rock: Rock On! shorts that aired last year on Apple TV+, this new series of 13 full-length episodes from The Jim Henson Company formally reboots Henson’s beloved 1983-87 puppet-driven children’s series. Back to the Rock reunites Gobo, Red, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and Uncle Travelling Matt, who, accompanied by new Fraggle friends and brand-new songs, continue to discover the magic that happens when we celebrate and care for our interconnected world. All Season 1 episodes are available today, and all 88 episodes of the original Fraggle Rock are also available on Apple TV+.
The psychological thriller from executive producer M. Night Shyamalan returns for Season 3. The series follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home. The ensemble cast returning for the new season includes Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free and Rupert Grint, with new addition Sunita Mani. New Season 3 episodes are available Fridays; the series has been renewed for a fourth and final season.
The Emmy-winning crime drama returns for its fourth and final season, which will be released in two parts consisting of seven episodes each, beginning with the first seven today. Jason Bateman, an Emmy winner for directing a Season 2 episode, Laura Linney and Julia Garner, who won two consecutive Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmys in Seasons 2 and 3, lead the cast.
From codirectors and executive producers Frank Marshall and Lindsey Vonn, this is the first career-spanning documentary film chronicling the life of Picabo Street, the alpine skiing icon of the 1990s and Vonn’s childhood hero. From her unorthodox childhood in Idaho to her Olympic successes, dramatic recoveries from ill-timed injuries and her arrest in 2015, the film provides an intimate look at Street’s fascinating life through an emotional interview with Vonn and behind-the-scenes footage of Street’s life.
As We See It
Emmy winner Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights) serves as showrunner, writer and executive producer on this series that follows Jack (Rick Glassman), Harrison (Albert Rutecki) and Violet (Sue Ann Pien), 20-something roommates on the autism spectrum, as they strive to get and keep jobs, make friends, fall in love and navigate a world that eludes them (in real life, each of the three lead actors identifies as living on the autism spectrum). With the help of their families, their aide Mandy (Sosie Bacon) and sometimes even each other, these roommates experience setbacks and celebrate triumphs on their own unique journeys toward independence and acceptance. Chris Pang and Joe Mantegna also star. All Season 1 episodes are available today.
Feature Film Exclusive!
This acclaimed Iranian film won the Grand Prix award at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and has been selected as Iran’s entry to be considered for the Best International Feature Film Oscar at the upcoming ceremony. The drama follows Rahim (Amir Jadidi), who is in prison because of a debt he was unable to repay. During a two-day leave, he tries to convince his creditor to withdraw his complaint against the payment of part of the sum. But things don’t go as planned.
Catch a Classic!
In director Alfred Hitchcock’s 1941 classic, well-to-do wallflower Lina McLaidlaw (Best Actress Oscar winner Joan Fontaine) is in love — and perhaps in danger. She suspects that Johnnie Aysgarth (Cary Grant), the playboy who swept into her life and married her, is a murderer, and that she is his next intended victim. Hitch combines romance, mystery and atmospheric flourishes (like an eerie, glowing glass of milk, an effect achieved with a lightbulb inside a glass) to wring all the suspense he can out of this terrific thriller. It is all enhanced by Fontaine’s vulnerable, nerve-wracked performance as Lina and Grant’s playing against type as Johnnie, who is clearly an imposing charmer, wastrel and cad. But is he also a killer? Like the glass that may or may not contain poison, Johnnie’s words and deeds may or may not be laced with subtle traces of menace.
Undercover Boss: “The Vitamin Shoppe”
The Vitamin Shoppe CEO Sharon M. Leite goes undercover to learn new ways to achieve added growth for her brand and to experience how her new operational changes and innovations are impacting the front lines in the new episode “The Vitamin Shoppe.”
Nancy Drew: “The Witch Tree Symbol”
The CW, 9pm
Nancy (Kennedy McMann) searches for a missing person targeted by Temperance (guest star Olivia Taylor Dudley), who has also placed a fatal hex on the kids of the youth center. With the solution to the Frozen Hearts mystery almost in their grasp, a shocking reversal puts the Drew Crew in the crosshairs.
My Lottery Dream Home: “Rags to Riches”
Martha and Scott were struggling financially, until they won $1 million on a $10 scratcher. Now the couple can move out of their one bedroom apartment in Orlando, Florida, to a single family home with a yard that Scott is desperate to mow himself. They want to find their dream home in David Bromstad’s neighborhood, Winter Park. He has just made the same move from an apartment into his own home, so he knows all the best locations, can help them forget apartment living and prime the pumps on Scott’s very first lawn mower!
Stars on Stage From Westport Country Playhouse
Brandon Victor Dixon has electrified television audiences with his performances in Jesus Christ Superstar and Rent: Live and also starred in numerous Broadway shows including Hamilton, The Color Purple and Motown: The Musical. In this rousing new concert special, the Tony, Emmy and Grammy nominee brings his stunning vocals and signature artistry to a celebration of Broadway, classic pop and soul.
Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life
Travel Channel, 9pm
Horror filmmaker Eli Roth is a creative mind behind this hourlong series that has already streamed on discovery+ and makes its linear debut tonight. It relates the shocking true stories of hauntings that have left emotional (and sometimes physical) scars on those unlucky enough to have experienced them.
Blue Bloods: “The Reagan Way”
In the new episode “The Reagan Way,” Frank (Tom Selleck) is at odds with Archbishop Kearns (Stacy Keach) when he can’t break the confessional seal to reveal a killer’s identity.
Real Time With Bill Maher
Bill Maher and the Real Time team are back for the talk show’s 20th season beginning tonight. HBO has renewed the series through 2024.
Saturday, Jan. 22
Catch a Classic!
John Steinbeck’s breakthrough 1935 novel was adapted into this 1942 romantic comedy directed by Victor Fleming and starring Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, John Garfield and Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Frank Morgan. Tracy, Garfield and Morgan play Pilon, Danny and “the Pirate,” pals who live a free-spirited life near the seaside in Monterey, California. Then, Danny becomes a man of property, the heir to two modest houses and a watch from his grandfather, and while he may not consider that inheritance to be something worthwhile, like wine or money, a gorgeous, newly arrived cannery worker named Sweets (Lamarr) thinks that a man of property may himself be worthwhile and marriageable.
NFL Football: AFC and NFC Divisional Playoffs
CBS, FOX & NBC, beginning at 4:30pm Live
The road to Super Bowl LVI continues Saturday and Sunday with the AFC and NFC divisional playoff games on CBS, FOX and NBC. This weekend’s winners advance to the conference championship games Jan. 30.
Romancing the Birthday Girl
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
On her birthday, Taylor opens a time capsule left by her deceased mother, which contains six envelopes. In each one is a challenge to complete, challenges that her mother — aware of Taylor’s many anxieties that hold her back — knew would expand her horizons and give her the push she needs in life and to help open her mind, and heart, to the possibility of love. Stars Emilie Ullerup and Clayton James.
Holmes Family Rescue: “Shock and Awe”
A homeowner is in danger of losing her foster license after a couple of contractors left her in a house of hazards. Mike Holmes, his son Michael and daughter Sherry expose every issue as the whole family is determined to create a safe and functional home for all of her kids.
Vanished: Searching for My Sister
Twins Jada and Kayla (both played by Tatyana Ali) could not be more opposite: Jada being the mild-mannered sister with an office job, and Kayla the wild child. Recently divorced from her husband Warren (Justin Bruening), Kayla asks Jada to watch her daughter while she sets up her new apartment. But after a few days with no word from Kayla, Jada begins to worry and reports her sister missing. With no leads and the police investigation at a standstill, Jada takes matters into her own hands. She disguises herself as her sister and gets pulled into a world of drugs and deceit in order to learn the shocking truth about what really happened to Kayla.
Unfinished Business: “Seaside Stall Out”
A father’s constant outside obligations have kept him from completing his projects, creating constant tension in his own home. Tom Reber and his team teach him how to refocus his time and energy back into what matters most: his house and family.
Kindred Spirits: “Carriage House Creeper”
Travel Channel, 10pm; also streaming on discovery+
Amy Bruni, Adam Berry and Chip Coffey investigate the second-oldest structure in Vermont, with a haunted past and a fresh set of new owners who are experiencing paranormal problems for the first time in their lives.
Austin City Limits: “Duran Duran”
The legendary British rockers who first came to prominence in the 1980s bring the fire in their first Austin City Limits appearance, which was taped in October.