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THURSDAY JANUARY 22, 2015

PGA Tour Golf
7:30 p.m. on GOLF

The PGA Tour's early-season West Coast swing makes its annual stop in the California desert, where three Palm Springs-area courses will play host to the Humana Challenge. A field including defending tournament champion Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker will go at it over four days on the Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus courses at PGA West in Palm Desert and La Quinta Country Club.

The Big Bang Theory
8 p.m. on CBS

Dark matter may have more than one meaning for Sheldon (Jim Parsons), since Raj (Kunal Nayyar) suggests the two of them carry out scientific research largely underground in "The Expedition Approximation." Sheldon is antsy about being in that environment for so long. Penny's (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) good intentions backfire when she wants to give Leonard (Johnny Galecki) the money from selling the car he bought for her. Simon Helberg and Mayim Bialik also star.

The Biggest Loser
8 p.m. on NBC

"Today's" Jenna Wolfe developed her love of personal fitness into a new role for herself on the morning program, so it makes complete sense that she's a guest trainer in the new episode "End Zone." The fact that she's pregnant doesn't deter her from leading the remaining contestants through a rugged workout. They also have to revisit their former weights during a challenge at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Former series participant Ruben Studdard returns.

The Taste
8 p.m. on ABC

The title "The Finale" doesn't leave much room for doubt as to what this new episode is: the finale of the cooking competition's third season. The remaining contestants make their last bids to impress judges and mentors Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson. The person who does the best job of that will be declared the winner, having gotten a great career boost through this national showcase for their culinary talents.

The Vampire Diaries
8 p.m. on CW

Elena (Nina Dobrev) is kidnapped by Kai (guest star Chis Wood), who's struggling to control his increased powers, in the new episode "Woke Up With a Monster." Damon's (Ian Somerhalder) strategy to rescue her hits a snag. Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) isn't up to her apparent destiny with Kai, worrying Alaric and Liv (Matt Davis, guest star Penelope Mitchell). Caroline (Candice Accola) has a definite agenda for her road trip with Stefan (Paul Wesley).

Singin' in the Rain
8 p.m. on TCM

Gene Kelly gained a signature song and dance with the title number from this exuberant 1952 musical. He plays a movie star poised to make the big jump from silent films to talkies. There's just one problem; his leading lady has a killer face and figure but a deadly voice. A certain sweet young thing (Debbie Reynolds) with a larynx to match her looks might be able to save the day with a bit of lip-syncing, but is she willing to play puppeteer? Donald O'Connor also stars.

Bad Judge
9 p.m. on NBC

Rebecca (Kate Walsh) is on the verge of setting a certain milestone in the courtroom in the new episode "Case Closed," but it could be thwarted by Michelle's (Angela Kinsey) ex-husband. A gift that Tedward and Gary (Tone Bell, Ryan Hansen) intend to give Rebecca could calm her nerves, provided that it's the right one. Tom (John Ducey) wants to establish true friendships with his cohorts. Miguel Sandoval also stars.

Backstrom
9 p.m. on FOX

Rainn Wilson ("The Office") returns to weekly television in this new mystery based on a series of Swedish crime novels. After several years off the job, Everett Backstrom resumes police-detective duty in Portland, Ore. ... but his brilliance is offset by his engagement in every vice imaginable and offensiveness to colleagues. Dennis Haysbert ("24"), Page Kennedy and Kristoffer Polaha ("Life Unexpected") also star in the premiere, "Dragon Slayer."

Reign
9 p.m. on CW

Because of the Dark Riders, Conde (Sean Teale) becomes a target of the Vatican - prompting Mary (Adelaide Kane) to try to help him - in the new episode "Getaway." Francis (Toby Regbo) also could be of assistance, but his efforts might endanger Bash (Torrance Coombs). Claude (Rose Williams) learns from Kenna (Caitlin Stasey) what Catherine (Megan Follows) really is up to. Anna Popplewell, Craig Parker and Celina Sinden also star.

Winter X Games
9 p.m. on ESPN

The Winter X Games return to Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., as more than 200 of the world's premier winter action sports athletes - including Shaun White, Torah Bright, Torin Yater-Wallace, Alex Deibold and Kelly Clark - compete in such events as Snowboard SuperPipe, Ski Big Air and Snowmobile SnoCross. ESPN and ABC have 16 hours of live competition coverage today through Sunday.

Project Runway All Stars
9 p.m. on LIFE

Given the demographic for this fashion-centric series, you just know the producers are messing with our heads when they give a new episode a title like "Versatile Tops and Bottoms," but the competition is deadly serious as host Alyssa Milano and her fellow judges take over Times Square to educate the designers in the business of fashion for a QVC separates challenge.

Parenthood
10 p.m. on NBC

With the series finale airing next week, the penultimate episode - "We Made It Through the Night" - finds Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) reaching a pivotal decision about his health, with input from Camille (Bonnie Bedelia). Sarah also comes to a major determination, just before Amber (Mae Whitman) develops labor pains. Adam (Peter Krause) remains firm when Crosby (Dax Shepard) opposes his business ideas. Monica Potter, Erika Christensen and Sam Jaeger also star.

How to Get Away With Murder
10 p.m. on ABC

Many questions are destined to be answered in "Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me." On the night of the bonfire, many of the details of the night Sam died become apparent, to the extreme discomfort of many in attendance. Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Katie Findlay, Aja Naomi King and Liza Weil star.

Nightwatch
10 p.m. on A&E

Dick Wolf ("Law & Order") is among the executive producers of this new nonfiction series that follows elite teams of emergency responders as they work the dangerous overnight shift in New Orleans. In the premiere, multiple teams respond to reports of a shooting victim lying in the street, while the EMTs at a car accident scene treat a driver who won't admit that he is (clearly) on drugs.

Archer
10 p.m. on FX

In "The Archer Sanction," Archer, Lana and Ray (voices of H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Adam Reed) find themselves in the Swiss Alps, where they are assigned to take out a master assassin. The skilled killer is another member of their group that is about to scale a dangerous peak. Unfortunately, due to Archer's refusal to actually read his information packets, they don't know which of the group they're supposed to kill.

FRIDAY JANUARY 23, 2015

Constantine
8 p.m. on NBC

What is placing numerous residents of Brooklyn, N.Y., into comas? Chas (Charles Halford) is particularly intent in finding out, since his own daughter is among the victims, in the new episode "Quid Pro Quo." Time is of the essence in finding a solution to the crisis, since it continues to impact more and more of the borough's population. Mark Margolis ("American Horror Story") guest stars. Matt Ryan and Angelica Celaya also star.

Last Man Standing
8 p.m. on ABC

Domestic problems arise over Boyd (Flynn Morrison) not having been vaccinated for chicken pox - with Mike (Tim Allen) trying to play mediator between Kristin and Ryan (Amanda Fuller, Jordan Masterson) as a result - in "Big Shots." Mandy (Molly Ephraim) doesn't buy that Kyle (Christoph Sanders) willingly allowed Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) to triumph over him at a shooting gallery.

World's Funniest Fails
8 p.m. on FOX

If a tree falls in a forest, does anyone hear it? And if it's involved in something amusing, does anyone laugh at it? The latter question may be answered in the new episode "Trees: Man's Only Natural Predator," as host Terry Crews presents related videos of "epic fails" from the Internet. A panel of celebrities and comedians then selects one as the Fail of the Week.

Hart of Dixie
8 p.m. on CW

Zoe and Wade (Rachel Bilson, Wilson Bethel) may be able to put their recent troubles behind them and get back on a solid relationship track in the new episode "The Very Good Bagel." Caught up in fun thoughts of her younger years, Lemon (Jaime King) considers trespassing at the lake house owned by George's (Scott Porter) parents, with Annabeth and Crickett (Kaitlyn Black, guest star Brandi Burkhardt) in tow. Tim Matheson and Cress Williams also star.

Cold Justice
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on TNT

A new episode called "Burned" takes former crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary and ex-prosecutor Kelly Siegler to Fairview Park, Ohio. to investigate a heartbreaking case from 2007, in which an upbeat, 67-year-old grandmother was found burned to death in her home. Kelly and Yolanda must discover who started the fire and how.

Cristela
8:31 p.m. on ABC

"Shark Tank" regular and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban plays himself in "Super Fan." When he visits the office, he isn't recognized by Josh (Andrew Leeds), who realizes he needs to know more about the sports world - so he appeals to Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) to give him that education. He has an extra motive, since he thinks being wiser about athletics will put him in better standing to get a promotion from Trent (Sam McMurray). Carlos Ponce also stars.

Hawaii Five-0
9 p.m. on CBS

A well-known part of the past leads to a present crime in "Ho'onani Makuakane" (Hawaiian for "Honor Thy Father"), when a veteran of the Pearl Harbor attack becomes a murder target. As they investigate, McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and the team look into a possibly related crime that was committed in a World War II internment camp in Oahu. Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park and Masi Oka also star.

Grimm
9 p.m. on NBC

With Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) in the clutches of the Wesenrein, Nick (David Giuntoli) assembles all of his colleagues to find him and bring him back to Rosalee (Bree Turner) in the new episode "Tribunal." While trying to assist in the rescue mission, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) has other concerns of her own. Russell Hornsby and Reggie Lee also star.

American Masters
9 p.m. on PBS

James Bond fans will recognize him as the villain's techno-skilled henchman in "Tomorrow Never Dies," but his main calling is magic, and the new episode "Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice" traces his sleight-of-hand history. Dick Cavett narrates the program, which includes interviews with Jay - who recalls assisting, at a very young age, his fellow-magician grandfather - and David Mamet, who has been Jay's director on such movies as "Heist."

Glee
9 p.m. on FOX

Some backstage bargaining could affect the outcome of a glee-club invitational in the new episode "The Hurt Locker, Part One." Rachel (Lea Michele) tries to get Will (Matthew Morrison) to have his students intentionally not put their best feet - nor vocals - forward. Sue (Jane Lynch) has her own aims to thwart Rachel, which involve casting a hypnotic spell on Sam (Chord Overstreet). Chris Colfer, Darren Criss and Dot-Marie Jones also star.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9 p.m. on CW

When someone boasts the title World's Strongest Man, you'd better hope he also has a strong sense of humor when it comes to this show. Muscle-bound Brian Shaw gets to demonstrate whether he does as a guest in this episode, joining comics Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles in improvised skits and songs. If their clowning displeases Shaw, they'd better be wearing protective armor. Comedian Heather Anne Campbell also appears. Aisha Tyler is the host.

Bring It!
9 p.m. on LIFE

Most of us didn't even know that "the elite world of hip-hop majorette competitions" was a thing, but it's definitely the venue of this high-energy reality competition series that follows Coach D and her Dancing Dolls as they enter their second season.

Love, Lust or Run
9 p.m. on TLC

A huge fan favorite on the TV style scene, former "What Not to Wear" co-host Stacy London returns to her wheelhouse in this engaging new weekly series, where she teaches some over-the-top fashion victims how to dial it back with their hair extensions, outlandish makeup and "look-at-me!" wardrobe choices. As they go through their ‘'makeunder," London teaches the women how their personal style dramatically affects how they are perceived by everyone around them.

Wake Up Call
9 p.m. on TNT

In the new episode "Wooten Airboat Tours: Sinking Business," Dwayne and redneck millionaire Jonah White run into a dramatic case of culture clash when they travel to Florida and attempt to save a swiftly failing tourist business in the Everglades.

King of the Nerds
9 p.m. on WTBS

As season three opens with the new episode "Judgment Day," 12 new nerds make their way to Nerdvana to compete for $100,000. First, however, they must create some wacky, Rube Goldberg-esque devices and explore the worlds of steampunk and anime. Curtis Armstrong and Robert Carradine host; Danica McKellar, Adam Sadowsky and Michael McMillian guest star.

Masters of Illusion
9:30 p.m. on CW

The title "Jaws of Death" indicates how high the danger level gets in this episode rather well, though some of the magic acts featured during the half-hour definitely are safer than others. Host Dean Cain introduces illusionists Jan Rouven, Jarrett & Raja, Michael Finney, Nathan Burton, Michael Grandinetti, Jonathan Pendragon, Rob Lake and Spencer Horsman.

Live From Lincoln Center
10 p.m. on PBS

Many of opera's top stars gather each year for the Richard Tucker Opera Gala, sponsored by the foundation that carries the name of the late, celebrated tenor Tucker. The most recent edition, staged last October at New York's Avery Fisher Hall, is showcased in this new episode. A winner of a 2014 award given by the foundation, Michael Fabiano is among the performers featured. So are Joseph Calleja, Alexandra Silber and Ildar Abdrazakov.

Banshee
10 p.m. on MAX

In the new episode "A Fixer of Sorts," Lucas' (Antony Starr) secret is threatened when FBI Special Agent Robert Phillips (Denis O'Hare) arrests him, but both men wind up at the mercy of mob kingpin Raymond Brantley (Shuler Hensley), who is pursuing a deadly agenda. Elsewhere, Tommy Littlestone (Ricky Russert) defies Chayton (Geno Segers) and spearheads a second strike against Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) at a local gentlemen's club.

Preachers' Daughters
10:02 p.m. on LIFE

As Season 3 opens, a group of young missionaries heads out on a trip to Cabo San Lucas, where they quickly find themselves divided by their religious views and attitudes toward the secular temptations around them in the new episode "Mission From God." Megan chooses not to drink, a choice that puts her at odds with many of the others, while Kristiana makes a confession that goes against everything Cierra believes.

SATURDAY JANUARY 24, 2015

300: Rise of an Empire
8 p.m. on HBO

Not as much a sequel as a different perspective on the story told in the first "300," this 2014 take on the ancient battle between the Greeks and the Persians again offers bountiful visual spectacle in focusing largely on the conflict at sea. Sullivan Stapleton ("Strike Back") plays a Greek general who finds a worthy adversary in the cunning Artemisia (an enjoyable Eva Green), with Rodrigo Santoro back as the equally dangerous Xerxes.

With This Ring
8 p.m. on LIFE

An unusually strong cast of leading ladies elevates this 2015 romantic drama about three chums (Grammy winner Jill Scott, HBO's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," Regina Hall, "Law & Order: L.A." and Eve Jeffers, "Glee") who attend a close friend's (Brooklyn Sudano) New Year's wedding and make a pact to get married themselves within a year. That means resolving a lot of old issues, however. Deion Sanders and Jason George co-star.

Stalker
9 p.m. on CBS

A marriage ceremony is interrupted in a very troubling way - by the shooting of the bride - in "Manhunt." Beth and Jack (Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott) have to figure out whether the assailant was a stalker the woman supposedly was rid of. Guest stars include Michael Irby ("Almost Human"). Elisabeth Rohm, Victor Rasuk and Mariana Klaveno also star.

Bridal Wave
9 p.m. on HALL

In this 2015 romantic comedy, a young woman (Arielle Kebbel, "The Vampire Diaries") who is having second thoughts about her impending wedding to a fiance who offers financial security encounters her apparent soul mate at a romantic island resort. Jaclyn Smith, Andrew W. Walker and David Haydn-Jones also star.

Silent Hill: Revelation
9 p.m. on SYFY

In this 2012 follow-up to the 2006 film that was based on a video game, Adelaide Clemens takes over the role of Alessa - now known as Heather - who lost her mother to the surreal town of Silent Hill and tries to save her father (Sean Bean) from the same fate.

Transporter: The Series
10 p.m. on TNT

In the new episode "Trust," Frank (Chris Vance) hits the road in search of a former client, a woman who once hired Frank to help her escape her abusive boyfriend, who is the CEO of a massive technology company. What Frank doesn't know is that he is being set up to take the fall for her disappearance. Callum Keith Rennie guest stars.

Funny Girl
10:15 p.m. on TCM

After making marks on Broadway, on records and in TV specials, Barbra Streisand conquered Hollywood with her screen debut in director William Wyler's 1968 version of the stage hit about singer and comic Fanny Brice. The vaudeville superstar's professional successes were offset by her heartache over gambler Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif). Streisand tied as Oscar's best actress with Katharine Hepburn ("The Lion in Winter").

SUNDAY JANUARY 25, 2015

Mulaney
7 p.m. on FOX

Lou (Martin Short) advises John (John Mulaney) on a supposedly surefire way to get his way with his roommates in the new episode "Power Moves." Of course, what works for Lou may not work for everyone, as John soon discovers. Jane (Nasim Pedrad) gets assistance from Motif (Seaton Smith) as she tries to adjust to her new cat - while the feline also attempts to get used to her. Elliott Gould and Zack Pearlman also star.

The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant
8 p.m. on NBC

Who's the world's top beauty? One of them will be determined, anyway, as entrants from all over the globe vie for the title as the yearly event is presented from Florida International University in Miami-Doral, Fla. Last year's winner, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, will crown the woman who follows in her footsteps. Natalie Morales ("Today") and MSNBC's Thomas Roberts are the hosts. Donald Trump continues as one of the prime forces behind the contest.

Galavant
8 p.m. on ABC

In one of the more planned-to-be-compact runs of any series lately, the largely musical parody of ancient times ends its season with two new episodes. In the first, "My Cousin Izzy," Isabella and Galavant (Karen David, Joshua Sasse) have different ideas on how he can make his mark with her parents. Then, ‘It's All in the Executions" involves King Richard (Timothy Omundson) and a duel. Rutger Hauer and Sophie McShera ("Downton Abbey") guest star.

The Great British Baking Show
8 p.m. on PBS

The title "Pies & Tarts" is enough to indicate what tasty treats are prepared in this new episode. The bakers still in the competition are about midway through it as they have to make custard tarts - and if that seems like a familiar dish, it's followed by a challenge to make one that isn't, mini pear pies. The biggest task is yet to come, though: a three-tiered pie, on which the clock is ticking since there's just four hours to make it from start to completion.

The Simpsons
8 p.m. on FOX

Inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk voices his animated likeness in the new episode "The Musk Who Fell to Earth," which brings him to Springfield and gives him an immediate liking for Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta). Together, they work on an overhaul of the nuclear plant, but Mr. Burns (voice of Harry Shearer) deems the newcomer a bit too ambitious. It's then up to Homer to figure out a way to get Musk out of the picture.

2015 Pro Bowl
8 p.m. on ESPN

The NFL's best - minus the players for the teams participating in Super Bowl XLIX next week - take the field at University of Phoenix Stadium for the 2015 Pro Bowl. This year's game continues the format that debuted in 2014, of two team captains drafting players to fill out their rosters. This year, the team heads in question are Hall of Fame wide receivers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin.

Away & Back
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on HALL

A family of trumpeter swans makes its home on the Peterson farm, to the delight of 10-year-old Frankie Peterson (Maggie Elizabeth Jones). The birds also attract the attention of Ginny Newsom (Minka Kelly, "Friday Night Lights"), a well-intentioned but pushy ornithologist whose abrasive style immediately turns off Frankie's widowed father, Jack (Jason Lee, "My Name Is Earl"). As time passes, though, their hostility starts to turn into something else in this 2015 romantic comedy.

21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on TNT

Debbie Reynolds receives her union's Life Achievement Award during this year's ceremonies honoring outstanding performances in films and TV. Presented by her daughter, Carrie Fisher, Reynolds' award recognizes her career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments. Among the film categories, the ensembles of "Birdman," "Boyhood," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game" and "The Theory of Everything" are up for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.

21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
8 p.m. on WTBS

Debbie Reynolds receives her union's Life Achievement Award during this year's ceremonies honoring outstanding performances in films and TV. Presented by her daughter, Carrie Fisher, Reynolds' award recognizes her career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments. Among the film categories, the ensembles of "Birdman," "Boyhood," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game" and "The Theory of Everything" are up for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
8:30 p.m. on FOX

Trying to ensure that Sophia (guest star Eva Longoria) can give attention to their relationship as well as her work, Jake (Andy Samberg) goes directly to her boss (guest star Chris Parnell, formerly a Samberg castmate on "Saturday Night Live") in the new episode "Defense Rests." Wuntch (guest star Kyra Sedgwick) ends up having to go to her nemesis Holt (Andre Braugher) for a professional recommendation. Terry Crews also stars.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
9 p.m. on CBS

There's a certain synchronicity to a murder occurring at a convention centered around memorabilia from bizarre murders. Russell (Ted Danson) and the team head to the event to investigate in the new episode "Merchants of Menace." Guest stars include television veterans Greg Evigan ("B.J. and the Bear") and Rob Estes ("Melrose Place"). Elisabeth Shue, George Eads, Jorja Fox and Elisabeth Harnois also star.

Masterpiece Classic
9 p.m. on PBS

Lots of surprises - not necessarily pleasant ones - are in store in the new "Downton Abbey, Season 5: Episode 4." Isobel (Penelope Wilton) weighs Lord Merton's (Douglas Reith) proposal of marriage, while Mary (Michelle Dockery) has an answer for Tony (Tom Cullen) that isn't the one he's hoping for. Violet (Maggie Smith) makes a confession about her romantic past. Edith's (Laura Carmichael) discovery that Michael may be alive has complications attached.

Family Guy
9 p.m. on FOX

She didn't envision becoming a model, but Meg (voice of Mila Kunis) is enlisted for that pursuit in the new episode "This Little Piggy." Some of the excitement wears off when she realizes what she's wanted for specifically: her feet. Stewie (voice of Seth MacFarlane) wants to experience the great outdoors, so Brian (also voiced by MacFarlane) takes him on a trek. Seth Green and Patrick Warburton also are in the voice cast.

Girls
9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. on HBO

Hannah (Lena Dunham) finds it hard to fill all the free time her light course load allows, so she can't help noticing that her visiting pal Elijah (Andrew Rannells) is becoming the local social butterfly. Back in New York, Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) performs erratically in a job interview, while Ray (Alex Karpovsky) gives Marnie (Allison Williams) a reality check about Desi's (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) true agenda. Adam Driver also stars in the new episode "Female Author."

Sons of Liberty
9 p.m. on HIST

This new three-night, six-hour miniseries, which continues through Tuesday, chronicles the daring exploits of the defiant young men who lit the spark of revolution in Colonial America. In the opening episode, "A Dangerous Game," Sam Adams (Ben Barnes, "The Chronicles of Narnia") angers the British after he accidentally provokes the destruction of the royal governor's mansion. Rafe Spall ("Prometheus") also stars as John Hancock.

Shameless
9 p.m. on SHOW

As the gentrification of their neighborhood continues, Frank (William H. Macy) begs Sheila (Joan Cusack) not to sell her home and recruits Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) to discourage lesbians from buying up property. Bartering for new brewery equipment, Frank uses shady pretenses to get his daughter Sammi (Emily Bergl) to go out with the owner of a junkyard. Emmy Rossum and Cameron Monaghan also star in the new episode "The Two Lisas."

Bob's Burgers
9:30 p.m. on FOX

In order to land a desired membership, Bob (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) has to make a trade-off that won't please Louise (voice of Kristen Schaal) in the new episode "Late Afternoon in the Garden of Bob and Louise." He hires a nemesis of hers to work at the restaurant, and things become so tense, Bob is forced toward a big decision with no easy answer. Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and John Roberts also are heard.

Togetherness
9:30 p.m. on HBO

In the new episode "Insanity," Brett's (Mark Duplass) invitation to a movie premiere turns into a spontaneous night on the town for everyone. Elsewhere, Alex and Tina (Steve Zissis, Amanda Peet) embark on a personal mission, and Michelle (Melanie Lynskey) meets David (John Ortiz), a divorced dad who wants to start a new charter school. Brett tries to mend a relationship at work.

Masterpiece Mystery!
10 p.m. on PBS

Investigative considerations inevitably collide with religious ones in "Grantchester," and the mystery's new "Episode 2" reaffirms it. An engagement party thrown by Sidney's (James Norton) ex-girlfriend Amanda (Morven Christie) results in murder ... as well as the disappearance of the bride-to-be's ring. A code of silence, and whether to break through it, concerns Sidney and Geordie (Robson Green) during the consequent probe.

Looking
10 p.m. on HBO

After Kevin (Russell Tovey) agrees to attend Dom's (Murray Bartlett) rugby match, Patrick (Jonathan Groff) prepares for their first official overnight stay together, although Kevin still does not want Patrick's friends to know they are dating. Elsewhere, Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez) visits Richie (Raul Castillo) to make amends, while Dom questions whether Lynn (Scott Bakula) fully supports his dream of opening a restaurant in the new episode "Looking Top to Bottom."

House of Lies
10 p.m. on SHOW

In the new episode "Entropy Is Contagious," Jeannie and Marty (Kristen Bell, Don Cheadle) pitch clashing strategies to a skin-care company based in Seattle, while Doug (Josh Lawson), fed up with Sarah's (Jenny Slate) shenanigans, puts his passive-aggressive foot down. Elsewhere, Clyde (Ben Schwartz) finds an unlikely partner for his business pitch. Meghan McCain and Mary McCormack guest star.

MONDAY JANUARY 26, 2015

Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2015
8 p.m. on CBS

A different network has the big game this year, but CBS again puts forth its traditional compilation of ads that premiered during the NFL's top event. Boomer Esiason co-hosts the hour with "Scorpion's" Katharine McPhee, and during the show, viewers can choose between a "New School" and "Old School" commercial as their favorite. James Brown, Bill Cowher and Esiason's other "The NFL Today" sportscasting cohorts make their own picks.

The Celebrity Apprentice
8 p.m. on NBC

New York's famed Circle Line of boat tours gives the contestants their initial challenge in the new episode "It's Like a Booze Cruise With Knowledge." They have to devise an original tour of the Big Apple, and there's plenty of intrigue since one project manager is an apparent target of teammates. Then, an empty stage has to be made into a lavish showcase for many of the features of the Trump (yes, as in "Donald Trump") National Doral Miami Resort.

Antiques Roadshow
8 p.m. on PBS

Country-music icon Willie Nelson might not be an expected factor in this series, but his connection becomes a bit clearer from the fact this first part of a new episode is set in Austin. His personal collection also explains why something that belonged to Mahatma Gandhi would end up in Texas ... specifically, a spinning wheel. A Roy Lichtenstein pin and a custom-made Van Cleef and Arpels necklace also are assessed at the city's Briscoe Center.

Gotham
8 p.m. on FOX

Did a member of the precinct kill a murder witness before the questioning could happen? Gordon (Ben McKenzie) suspects so, prompting him to go to an old friend for help, in the new episode "Welcome Back, Jim Gordon." Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) isn't happy when Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) gets his hands on a possession she treasures. Morena Baccarin ("Homeland") and Carol Kane continue their guest roles.

The Originals
8 p.m. on CW

Vincent's (guest star Yusuf Gatewood) added power gives him the means to make things very tough for Klaus and Elijah (Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies) in the new episode "Brotherhood of the Damned." With the situation also imperiling Kaleb (guest star Daniel Sharman), Davina (Danielle Campbell) takes action. Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) flashes back to his World War I experiences while pondering how to help his present-day followers.

The Fosters
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on FAM

After she's placed in an unsuitable foster home, Kiara (Cherinda Kincherlow) reaches out for help to Callie (Maia Mitchell), but she and Stef (Teri Polo) soon realize that getting Kiara out is going to be more complicated than they expected. Although her high test scores earn her an invitation to her school's STEM team, Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) downplays her math score to Mat (Jordan Rodrigues), her boyfriend in the new episode "Stay."

Scorpion
9 p.m. on CBS

The members of the team don't like seeing similar skills used for criminal purposes, so they have a strong reaction when one of several escaped cons is a hacker in "Father's Day." The person in question was forced to help the others commit a billion-dollar theft online. Paige (Katharine McPhee) is concerned about Ralph's (Riley B. Smith) feelings when his father suddenly reappears. Guest stars include Keith David ("Enlisted").

Sleepy Hollow
9 p.m. on FOX

Some people don't have the best memories of their babysitters - and that includes Nick Hawley (guest star Matt Barr), who has to relive them in the new episode "Kali Yuga." The woman who minded him was particularly sinister, and Ichabod, Abbie and Jenny (Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood) support him as he faces her down. Captain Irving (Orlando Jones) tries to get used to his new condition. Katia Winter and John Noble also star.

Jane the Virgin
9 p.m. on CW

Jane (Gina Rodriguez) suddenly finds herself with plenty of options in the new "Chapter Eleven." Just as she's handed a permanent teaching job, Rogelio (Jaime Camil) offers her an internship as a writer for his telenovela. Xo (Andrea Navedo) struggles with following through on a decision she made about Rogelio. Michael (Brett Dier) takes action on his hunch about Rafael (Justin Baldoni). Joanna Kerns ("Growing Pains") directed the story.

Chasing Life
9 p.m. on FAM

In the new episode "Guess Who's Coming to Donate," Natalie (Jessica Meraz) learns she is a half-match for April (Italia Ricci), but she begins to have second thoughts after learning more about what the donor process entails. Sara (Mary Page Keller) urgently tries to change Natalie's mind, but only succeeds in reopening old wounds. After screwing up her most recent interview, April tries to regain her editor's trust by accepting a soft-news assignment aimed at the paper's female readership.

Ellen's Design Challenge
9 p.m. on H&G

This new reality competition series from Ellen DeGeneres puts six contestants through a series of challenges to sketch, design and build exceptional furniture. The person still standing at the end of the six episodes receives a $100,000 cash prize plus a spread in HGTV Magazine. Jay Montepare is the host; Dwell magazine editor Amanda Dameron and Christiane Lemieux, executive creative director of Wayfair.com, are the judges.

Night Will Fall
9 p.m. on HBO

Helena Bonham Carter narrates Andre Singer's 2014 film that chronicles the previously untold story of a much older documentary: "German Concentration Camps Factual Survey," a lost film made by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein of the British Ministry of Information in 1945. Singer's documentary juxtaposes horrifying footage from that earlier film, juxtaposed with insights from survivors, the soldiers who liberated them and the filmmakers who recorded these shattering images.

Sons of Liberty
9 p.m. on HIST

After the colonists destroy 600,000 pounds of tea, the British Crown dispatches the ruthless Gen. Thomas Gage (Marton Csokas) to Boston to snuff out the rebellion. Gage's unhappy wife, Margaret (Emily Berrington), drifts into an affair with Dr. Joseph Warren (Ryan Eggold, "The Blacklist"), a close friend of Sam Adams (Ben Barnes). Paul Revere (Michael Raymond-James) embarks on his famous ride and, soon thereafter, the British face off against the Colonial militia in the new episode "Uprising."

Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations
9 p.m. on TRAV

Andrew Zimmern is known for sampling culinary fare that makes us turn green - and not with envy - on ‘Bizarre Foods," but this spinoff series finds the host showcasing must-try foods that define their location. The series premiere finds Andrew in Athens, where he provides background on Greek favorites such as stuffed grape leaves, spanakopita and moussaka, as well as where to find the best of each and how to eat them.

NCIS: Los Angeles
9:59 p.m. on CBS

Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and his team embark on a desperate citywide search after learning that someone from their past has marked one of them for death in "The 3rd Choir." Elsewhere, operational psychologist Nate Getz (Peter Cambor, in his recurring role) tries to help Nell (Renee Felice Smith) recover from her trauma. Gerald McRaney, Jurgen Prochnow and John Heard also guest star.

State of Affairs
10 p.m. on NBC

A desperate search for terrorists' bombs forces Charlie (Katherine Heigl) to team with a former nemesis (guest star Anil Kumar) in the new episode "The War at Home." President Payton's (Alfre Woodard) CIA connections make her the prey of an ambitious senator (guest star Rex Linn, "CSI: Miami"). Suspicion of Nick Vera (guest star Chris L. McKenna) jeopardizes Operation Bellerophon. Matthew Lillard and Adam Arkin guest star.

A Path Appears
10 p.m. on PBS

Gender inequality around the world is examined by famous individuals in this new three-part series. "Episode One" presents a study of sex trafficking, with Malin Akerman ("Trophy Wife"), Ashley Judd and Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl") as correspondents. They join columnist Nicholas Kristof - whose latest book, co-written with Sheryl WuDunn, the program is based on - to meet survivors and survey related law initiatives in Nashville, Boston and Chicago.

Castle
10:01 p.m. on ABC

Castle and Beckett (Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic) may end up delving into the supernatural with their case in "Clear and Present Danger." The death of a pool shark appears to be linked to something that can't be seen, making the sleuths wonder if they're seeking a literally invisible killer. As they try to crack that mystery, they also try to get back on firm footing with each other after their wedding that almost happened. Tamala Jones and Jon Huertas also star.

TUESDAY JANUARY 27, 2015

NCIS
8 p.m. on CBS

David McCallum gets the spotlight in his regular role as Ducky - though he shares the part with guest star Adam Campbell, who plays it in flashbacks - in "So It Goes." Accompanied by Ellie (Emily Wickersham), the medical examiner goes to London on a case linked to his best friend from childhood (guest stars Alice Krige and Hannah Marshall, also splitting the role between past and present). Ducky mulls how his decisions have affected his life.

Parks and Recreation
8 p.m. on NBC

Are the secrets of Pawnee residents safe? Leslie and Ben (Amy Poehler, Adam Scott) fear they aren't, certain that people's privacy is being threatened, in the new episode "Gryzzlbox." Tom (Aziz Ansari) assists Andy (Chris Pratt) with a contract, and April (Aubrey Plaza) tries to set the new interns off on the right foot. Nick Offerman also stars. Another episode follows.

Genealogy Roadshow
8 p.m. on PBS

The series arrives in the third city on its itinerary this season, the one of brotherly love, in the new episode "Philadelphia - Franklin Institute." One Philly resident discovers that the reason his family moved there also affected a great many other people. Another man learns whether he's descended from Vikings, while yet another thinks he may be related to one of those who signed the Declaration of Independence.

MasterChef
8 p.m. on FOX

At times, some people might wonder just what they have in their pantries - and that's also a question for the young cooks in one of the challenges posed by the new episode "Junior Edition: Raw Talent." The contestant who locates the most of the needed ingredients will be the winner of that round. Later, the entrants pair up in a team competition involving sushi. Gordon Ramsay is the host and, along with Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot, a judge.

The Flash
8 p.m. on CW

Former "Smash" regular Andy Mientus plays Dr. Wells' (Tom Cavanagh) former protege - now his enemy - in the new episode "The Sound and the Fury." The one-time pupil uses sound as his weapon in seeking vengeance. Iris (Candice Patton) gets a reporting job ... and a difficult colleague (guest star Roger Howarth). Joe (Jesse L. Martin) tries to keep a request he's made of Eddie (Rick Cosnett) from Barry (Grant Gustin). Danielle Panabaker also stars.

Pretty Little Liars
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on FAM

In a new episode called "The Bin of Sin," Hanna (Ashley Benson) has a strong suspicion that Alison (Sasha Pieterse) is setting her up to take the fall for Mona's murder, but that doesn't mean she's just going to sit back and wait for that to happen. As Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) tries to come up with a way to help Hanna, Aria (Lucy Hale) spills the beans to Ezra (Ian Harding), while Spencer's (Troian Bellisario) dubious actions threaten to get Toby (Keegan Allen) in trouble at work.

NCIS: New Orleans
9 p.m. on CBS

A Navy officer's murder is of particular concern to Pride (Scott Bakula) and the team in "Watch Over Me," since the tech-savvy victim had ties to a private developer. Pride also has personal matters on his mind as he tries to retool a special car - the first one he gifted his wife with. Daryl Mitchell guest stars as sleuth Patton Plame, also a master of technology. Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan and CCH Pounder also star.

Marry Me
9 p.m. on NBC

Coming up with enough groomsmen proves to be a challenge for Jake (Ken Marino), so Annie (Casey Wilson) tries to renew some old friendships for him in the new episode "Friend Me." She comes to regret it, since she then finds herself in a competition with the guys over Jake. Gil (John Gemberling) wants to make Dennah (Sarah Wright Olsen) his business partner in marketing diet shakes. Jerry O'Connell guest stars.

Marvel's Agent Carter
9 p.m. on ABC

The sudden reappearance of Howard Stark (guest star Dominic Cooper) could mean big trouble for Peggy (Hayley Atwell) in the new episode "The Blitzkrieg Button." The reason he shows up again is mystifying - and also potentially dangerous. Another peril is posed to Peggy by Chief Dooley (Shea Whigham), whose curiosity could result in the end of Peggy's career. Lyndsy Fonseca and Bridget Regan also guest star.

Edison: American Experience
9 p.m. on PBS

Sure, he was one of the greatest and most prolific inventors in history, but there's more to the story of Thomas Alva Edison. The simply and aptly titled new episode delves deeply into his background, revealing that he had only three months of a formal education before starting on a path that would yield the phonograph, the indoor light bulb and electric power. Edison's keen sense of competition against business rivals also is examined.

New Girl
9 p.m. on FOX

In her role as vice principal, Jess isn't happy when Coach's (Damon Wayans Jr.) affair with the school nurse (guest star Erinn Hayes) takes a nasty turn in "Landline." As a result, Jess declares that faculty members can't get personally involved with one another. When a science teacher (guest star Julian Morris) then attracts her, she wishes she hadn't made that decree. Angela Kinsey ("The Office") also guest stars.

Supernatural
9 p.m. on CW

You never know what you might find on the Internet, as Sam (Jared Padalecki) discovers anew in the new episode "There's No Place Like Home." He sees video footage of what appears to be Charlie (Felicia Day) assaulting a prosecutor, and Dean (Jensen Ackles) believes there's more to it - such as the lawyer being a demon. The Winchester brothers are surprised when they learn the truth.

Switched at Birth
9 p.m. on FAM

Emmett (Sean Berdy) pays a surprise visit to Bay (Vanessa Marano), but it only makes her feel forced to maximize the short time they have together in the new episode "We Were So Close That Nothing Used to Stand Between Us." Elsewhere, Daphne (Katie Leclerc) is mortified when she blows her midterm exam, while Melody (Marlee Matlin) clashes with John (D.W. Moffett) after he urges Travis (Ryan Lane) to try out for the baseball team.

Her
9 p.m. on HBO

Director Spike Jonze earned an Oscar for his original screenplay for this clever 2013 comedy-drama about a relationship between a man and ... a computer system. Joaquin Phoenix plays a professional letter writer whose equipment upgrade has a voice (that of Scarlett Johansson) and a soul, apparently. That leads them to bond emotionally. Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Portia Doubleday portray the flesh-and-blood women in the fellow's life.

Sons of Liberty
9 p.m. on HIST

In the miniseries finale, "Independence," the superior British Royal Army massacres the scrappy colonial militia in the Battle of Lexington, with Sam Adams and John Hancock (Ben Barnes, Rafe Spall) barely escaping. When the two sides re-engage at Concord, however, the British are forced to retreat to Boston. With war looming, Adams and Hancock enlist Ben Franklin (Dean Norris) to help drum up support for their cause. Henry Thomas also stars.

About a Boy
9:30 p.m. on NBC

Will (David Walton) manages to get one of his songs in front of Johnny Idalis (guest star Greg Germann), only to be told that it needs a new hook, in a new episode aptly titled "About a Hook." While he tries to revise the song, Will gets a boarder in Marcus (Benjamin Stockham), who flees from home over his unhappiness with the relationship between Fiona and Chris (Minnie Driver, guest star Chris Diamantopoulos). Al Madrigal and Annie Mumolo also star.

The Mindy Project
9:30 p.m. on FOX

Shonda Rhimes normally stays behind the scenes as executive producer of several popular ABC series ("Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy," etc.), but she plays herself in "The Devil Wears Lands' End." She's very good at beer pong - at least according to this script - and Peter (Adam Pally) enlists Jeremy (Ed Weeks) to beat her at her own game, literally. Mindy (Mindy Kaling) tries to impress the hospital's new obstetrics chief.

Forever
10 p.m. on ABC

Music infuses "6 A.M.," as the murder of a jazz veteran's (guest star Frankie Faison) son is linked to a famous tune - and the residuals from it, depending on whom the actual creator of it was. The probe prompts Henry and Jo (Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza) to reflect on their relationships with their own dads. Longtime jazz fan Abe (Judd Hirsch) shares his musical knowledge with Henry. James McDaniel ("NYPD Blue") also guest stars.

Justified
10 p.m. on FX

As Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) continues trying to help build the federal case against Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), his investigation brings him into conflict with a paramilitary outfit in the new episode "Cash Game." Meanwhile, Boyd and his partners try to salvage a profit from their bank heist, and Katherine Hale (Mary Steenburgen) rekindles things with an old flame (guest star Sam Elliott).

Sirens
10 p.m. on USA

The EMTs start their second season with the new episode "Superdick," which finds Johnny and Theresa (Michael Mosley, Jessica McNamee) sharing a new, larger apartment, although their sex life appears to be shrinking. Meanwhile, a decidedly "restless' Brian (Kevin Bigley) tries to make sense of his otherwise enjoyable yet completely chaste relationship with Voodoo (Kelly O'Sullivan). Bill Nunn and Kevin Daniels also star. Another episode immediately follows.

Ground Floor
10 p.m. on WTBS

Brody (Skylar Astin) freaks out when Jenny (Briga Heelan) invites Mansfield (John C. McGinley) over to their tiny apartment for a thank-you dinner party, where Harvard and Lindsay's (Rory Scovel, Emily Heller) pent-up tension explodes. Elsewhere, Threepeat (Rene Gube) takes advice from a former child star as he finally gets his 15 minutes of fame as a financial correspondent in the new episode "The Mansfield Who Came to Dinner."

Child Genius
10:02 p.m. on LIFE

In the new episode "Triskaidekaphobia" - don't worry, it just means a fear of the number 13 - the remaining 10 competitors must clear the academic hurdles of this week's topics focused around zoology and spelling if they're going to advance toward the $100,000 prize. Former astronaut Leland Melvin is host.

Cougar Town
10:30 p.m. on WTBS

After Grayson (Josh Hopkins) succeeds in snagging a coveted reservation to the hottest restaurant in town, he and Jules (Courteney Cox) suddenly confront constant obstacles to their evening out in the new episode "Waiting for Tonight." Elsewhere, Andy (Ian Gomez) gets stuck in a costume he rented for Stan's birthday, while Ellie (Christa Miller) starts ghost-tweeting for Laurie (Busy Philipps) and soon gets lost in her new "character."

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 28, 2015

The Mentalist
8 p.m. on CBS

Abbott's (Rockmond Dunbar) career is on the line, due to the machinations of his former boss (guest star Dylan Baker, "The Good Wife"), in the new episode "Copper Bullet." Not only could he lose his job, he also might lose his freedom ... unless Jane (Simon Baker) can pull off a scheme to end the threat. Robin Tunney and Tim Kang also star.

The Middle
8 p.m. on ABC

Determined to fund Sue's (Eden Sher) college tuition, Frankie and Mike (Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn) search for second jobs in "The Loneliest Locker." Sue and Brad (guest star Brock Ciarlelli) collaborate on the senior play. Axl (Charlie McDermott) scavenges his family's home to find needed items for the house he and Hutch (guest star Alphonso McAuley) are renting. Brick (Atticus Shaffer) becomes interested in his childhood toys again.

Nature
8 p.m. on PBS

It's said that neither wind nor rain nor snow will keep the U.S. mail from getting through, but how about ... penguins? The new episode "Penguin Post Office" showcases such a site in the Antarctic, which is surrounded each summer by thousands of the tuxedoed ones when they come back to their breeding grounds. The birds provide a great tourist attraction, since passengers who pass through on cruise ships love to take photos of them.

Arrow
8 p.m. on CW

Laurel (Katie Cassidy) may be on a dangerous path in trying to assume Sara's place, and Arsenal and Diggle (Colton Haynes, David Ramsey) caution her against possibly getting hurt - or worse - in the new episode "Midnight City." Staying out of trouble isn't easy for her though, when Brick (guest star Vinnie Jones) stages a mass kidnapping of local politicians. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is surprised by Ray's (Brandon Routh) willingness to help fight Brick.

The Sand Pebbles
8 p.m. on TCM

Nine Oscar nominations - including best picture and best actor - went to Robert Wise's stunning 1966 war film that revolves around cynical sailor Jake Holman (Steve McQueen) and his experiences on an American gunboat in 1926 China. The excellent cast also includes Richard Attenborough, Candice Bergen, Richard Crenna and Mako, who earned a nod as best supporting actor. Jerry Goldsmith composed the haunting (and Oscar-nominated) original score.

The Goldbergs
8:30 p.m. on ABC

In a big way, history factors into "The Facts of Bleeping Life," as the Goldbergs are among the many people eagerly awaiting the marriage of Lady Diana and Prince Charles. Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is so excited about the event, she thinks she and Murray (Jeff Garlin) should renew their own vows - but he's not as interested in that prospect. Barry (Troy Gentile) uses his garage band to try to appeal to Lainey (guest star AJ Michalka).

Criminal Minds
9 p.m. on CBS

Kirsten Vangsness, alias the show's Garcia, co-wrote the new episode "Nelson's Sparrow" with series executive producer Erica Messer. Having been with the series from the start, the actress has the basis for a story about a past BAU case, involving Rossi (Joe Mantegna) and Gideon (the character formerly played by Mandy Patinkin) in their early days as agents. They're portrayed in flashbacks by Robert Dunne and Ben Savage ("Boy Meets World").

Modern Family
9 p.m. on ABC

In "Won't You Be Our Neighbor," Phil and Claire (Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen) panic when an obnoxious couple (guest stars Steve Zahn and Andrea Anders) looks at the house for sale next door. Jay (Ed O'Neill) forbids Manny (Rico Rodriguez) to see his new girlfriend after learning she is the granddaughter of a business rival. Cam and Mitchell (Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson) fear Lily's (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) teacher (guest star Tyne Daly).

NOVA
9 p.m. on PBS

A sinkhole is a very particular, fearsome type of peril, and the new episode "Sinkholes - Buried Alive" takes a look at the scientific causes behind it. Elements such as carbon dioxide are cited, but so are the sometimes tragic stories of people who literally have found the ground falling out from under them. One such tale is that of Tampa, Fla. resident Jeffrey Bush, who was in his bedroom last year when he became a sinkhole victim who never has been located.

Empire
9:01 p.m. on FOX

All's fair in love and war, even when the war is between competing music-industry titans. That's how Lucious (Terrence Howard) sees it, anyway, as he tries to lure an artist from rival label Safe House in the new episode "False Imposition." Jamal (Jussie Smollett) tries to make his own kind of music, while Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) tries to reconnect with Hakeem (Bryshere Gray). Naomi Campbell and Gabourey Sidibe continue their guest roles.

blackish
9:31 p.m. on ABC

Concerned that Andre Jr. (Marcus Scribner) has no idea of the meaning of "The Nod" - also the title of this episode - Dre (Anthony Anderson) tries to finesse the demographics of the crowd his son is hanging out with. Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) wants to have a similar influence on Diane (Marsai Martin), so she takes her daughter along to her job at the hospital ... but things don't turn out as hoped. Laurence Fishburne also stars.

Secrets of the Dead
10 p.m. on PBS

Benjamin Franklin has a generally heroic status in history ... but was there a part of his life than might not be quite so revered? This series starts its 14th season with the new episode "Ben Franklin's Bones," probing his role in the skeletal remains that were found in the basement of his British home. He reportedly knew about the bodies, which were used in a sort of ad-hoc - and quite illegal - school of anatomy that yielded medical methods used long afterward.

The Americans
10 p.m. on FX

Season 3 of the espionage drama opens with the new episode "EST Men," which finds Philip and Elizabeth (Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell) at odds over the best way to handle orders from the Centre. After Elizabeth loses some important intel, Philip recruits Annelise (Gillian Alexy) for a mission with an unexpected outcome. Stan (Noah Emmerich) tries a new approach to mending his marriage with Sandra (Susan Misner) amidst learning tough news about Nina (Annet Mahendru).

Suits
10 p.m. on USA

Pearson Specter is getting Litt up as the hit legal drama returns with the explosive new episode ‘Enough Is Enough." Having discovered Mike's (Patrick J. Adams) secret, Louis (Rick Hoffman) blackmails Jessica (Gina Torres) into making him a name partner. Drunk with power, Louis quickly starts settling scores with those he believes betrayed him - especially Mike, whom Louis vows to hound into resigning from the firm. Series star Gabriel Macht directed this episode.

Big Women: Big Love
10:02 p.m. on LIFE

In the new episode "Broken Dreams and Chicken Wings," Kristi runs into conflict with her family when she goes on several dates with a new man. Jenn's friends try to help with her love life, but the outcome is mixed at best. Sabrina visits Mar for a big night out in New Jersey.

Mississippi Men
10:03 p.m. on HIST

This promising new unscripted series chronicles the everyday experiences of the fishermen, treasure hunters, tugboat captains, dredgers and other modern-day Huckleberry Finns as they look to America's longest river - the "mighty Mississippi" - to sustain their livelihoods.

THURSDAY JANUARY 29, 2015

PGA Tour Golf
7:30 p.m. on GOLF

The PGA Tour makes its first stop of 2015 in Arizona this week, as the game's top players tee it up at TPC Scottsdale in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Kevin Stadler, who recorded his first Tour victory in last year's event, heads a field that also includes Kenny Perry, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Billy Horschel. Golf Channel airs the first two rounds, with CBS picking up weekend coverage.

The Biggest Loser
8 p.m. on NBC

The biggest moment of the show's season - declaring "The Biggest Loser" - arrives in this "Live Finale," with all 20 contestants reuniting and showing how much they've lost over the course of the episodes. Those already taken out of the competition still could leave with something, since they're all eligible for an "at home" prize. The biggest reward, of course, will go to one of the three finalists ... who will get $250,000. Alison Sweeney is the host.

The Vampire Diaries
8 p.m. on CW

On their birthday, Liv and Luke (guest stars Penelope Mitchell and Chris Brochu) make an appeal to someone very specific - their father - to let Jo and Kai (guest stars Jodi Lyn O'Keefe and Chris Wood) substitute for them in the merge ceremony in the new episode "Prayer for the Dying." Elena, Stefan and Damon (Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder) share Caroline's (Candice Accola) vigil over her mother at the hospital. Michael Trevino also stars.

Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back
8 p.m. on SHOW

Filmmaker Regina Russell's 2014 documentary chronicles the formation and rise of the seminal heavy-metal rock band Quiet Riot in the early 1980s, and original member Frankie Banali's efforts to keep the band alive and restore it to its former glory with a new lead singer. The band's original frontman, Kevin Dubrow, died of a cocaine overdose in 2007.

Backstrom
9 p.m. on FOX

A family falls victim to a serial arsonist, drawing a detective (guest star Angelique Cabral, "Enlisted") with experience in such cases into the investigation, in the new episode "Bella." Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) has different ideas about who may be responsible, especially when evidence vanishes from the crime scene. On the personal side, Backstrom has trouble with neighbors from his younger years. Eddie McClintock ("Warehouse 13") also guest stars.

Project Runway All Stars
9 p.m. on LIFE

In a new episode called "Always the Bridesmaid," the designers must use Marchesa's showroom as inspiration to create bridesmaids' dresses for a wedding ceremony on the runway officiated by host and judge Alyssa Milano. Cat Deeley ("So You Think You Can Dance") guest stars.

Parenthood
10 p.m. on NBC

Fans of the series both have and haven't been looking forward to this episode: "May God Bless and Keep You Always" is the last one, closing out the drama's six-season run. Co-star Lauren Graham promises the Braverman family gets a definite feel of closure, with solid indications of the directions in which the characters' lives are headed. Other cast members bidding farewell to their roles include Peter Krause, Monica Potter and Erika Christensen.

Archer
10 p.m. on FX

Archer (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) crosses paths with Barry (voice of Dave Willis), his insane cyborg nemesis, while he and Pam (voice of Amber Nash) are in rural Wisconsin for the nuptials of her hated sister (voice of guest star Allison Tolman, "Fargo") in the new episode "Edie's Wedding." The voice cast also includes Aisha Tyler.

Breaking Greenville
10:30 p.m. on TRUTV

One of the producers of "The Office" - which pretended to be a workplace documentary - is behind this new series, a "character-driven, comedic docu-soap" that takes viewers behind the scenes of two very real TV news stations in one of America's smallest TV markets: Greenville, Miss. The competition between the two staffs is sometimes playful, sometimes cutthroat, as they try to cover often mundane local events in a style aimed at holding their audience.

FRIDAY JANUARY 30, 2015

Constantine
8 p.m. on NBC

Being too ambitious with scientific experiments can lead to big problems, as several students discover for themselves in the new episode "A Whole World Out There." They find their way into another dimension, where a killer (guest star William Mapother, "Lost") lies in wait. At the behest of Manny (fellow "Lost" alum Harold Perrineau), John (Matt Ryan) goes to the university to try to help the endangered pupils. Jeremy Davies - yes, he was on "Lost," too - also guest stars.

World's Funniest Fails
8 p.m. on FOX

Many people believe they have the ability to entertain ... and some end up doing so in ways they didn't intend, particularly in the world of videos that go viral. Such segments are showcased in the new episode "Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! Gotta Fail!," as host Terry Crews presents examples of wayward "talent." The one judged to miss the mark most epically will be deemed the show's Fail of the Week.

Hart of Dixie
8 p.m. on CW

Lavon (Cress Williams) stages a talent show, aiming to help Lemon (Jaime King) solve her financial troubles, in the new episode "Red Dye No. 40." The plan may be thwarted by Lemon 's unanticipated illness - and also by Shelby's (guest star Laura Bell Bundy) presence in the contest, which scares off potential entrants. Zoe and Wade (Rachel Bilson, Wilson Bethel) may have to come clean to others about the nature of their relationship.

NBA Basketball
8 p.m. on ESPN

A clash of teams moving in opposite directions might be considered the theme of tonight's ESPN doubleheader, which tips off in Miami. Dwyane Wade and the struggling Heat go up against Tyson Chandler and the Dallas Mavericks, who defeated them on Nov. 9, 105-96. Then in the nightcap, Goran Dragic and the fair-to-middling Phoenix Suns welcome in Derrick Rose and the Central Division-leading Chicago Bulls.

The Friars' Club Roast of Terry Bradshaw
8 p.m. on ESPN2

From Phoenix, actor Joel McHale ("Community") hosts the former NFL quarterback and Hall of Famer, welcoming a panel of comics including Frank Caliendo, Howie Long, Lisa Lampanelli, Jim Norton, Jeff Ross and Erin Andrews. The event was taped Jan. 29 during a luncheon held at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel.

The Heartbreak Kid
8 p.m. on TCM

Not to be confused with the raunchy 2007 remake with Ben Stiller, this critically acclaimed 1972 romantic comedy earned almost universal critical acclaim for its story of a callous salesman (Charles Grodin) who falls for an equally shallow but beautiful Midwestern beauty (Cybill Shepherd) on his Miami honeymoon, while his hapless wife (an Oscar-nominated Jeannie Berlin) is incapacitated by a serious sunburn. Eddie Albert also got an Oscar nod as Shepherd's suspicious father.

Cold Justice
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on TNT

Kelly and Yolanda head to Fort Wayne, Ind., to investigate another heartbreaking cold case. This one dates to 1993, when a 29-year-old mother and her 6-year-old daughter were found strangled to death in their home. The duo calls on all their skills as they seek out the person behind this tragic double murder in the new episode "Mother Daughter Tragedy."

Bad Words
8:30 p.m. on MAX

Much of Jason Bateman's adult acting career has found him playing perfectly nice guys who find themselves struggling with comically impossible situations. In this 2013 black comedy, however - which also marked Bateman's directorial debut - the actor stars as misanthropic 40-year-old middle-school dropout Guy Trilby, who finds a loophole that allows him to enter a national spelling bee for kids. Some darkly funny complications ensue. Kathryn Hahn and Allison Janney co-star.

Cristela
8:31 p.m. on ABC

Meeting with resistance upon suggesting Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) should pay more attention to her health, Daniela (Maria Canals-Barrera) maneuvers her into getting a checkup in the new episode "Hypertension." The scheme backfires, though, when the situation reveals Daniela is the one who should be taking better care of herself. Josh (Andrew Leeds) tries to show more initiative at the office, prompting Maddie (Justine Lupe) to interfere.

Grimm
9 p.m. on NBC

Stories of haunted houses are nothing new in general, but they are for this series. The new episode "Death Do Us" makes Nick and Hank (David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby) suspicious about a death at a Portland residence that many people believe has a ghostly occupant. A woman (guest star Garcelle Beauvais) from Captain Renard's (Sasha Roiz) past may be able to provide insight into Juliette's (Bitsie Tulloch) current state. Silas Weir Mitchell also stars.

Shakespeare Uncovered
9 p.m. on PBS

The series returns for a second season as a different host examines one of the Bard's classics each week. The opener, "A Midsummer Night's Dream With Hugh Bonneville," finds the "Downton Abbey" co-star discussing that play with Ralph Fiennes - for whom he once understudied in a production of it at the Open Air Theatre in London's Regent's Park. Bonneville return to the site to reflect on the meaning that Shakespeare's work has long held for him.

Glee
9 p.m. on FOX

Sue (Jane Lynch) takes it upon herself to meddle in relationships, particularly ones that really don't need any help, in the new episode "The Hurt Locker, Part Two." Rachel (Lea Michele) tries to come up with the ideal set of songs that will take her glee club to a win at the invitational. Sam (Chord Overstreet) finds a surprising new member for the club. Chris Colfer, Matthew Morrison and Darren Criss also star.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9 p.m. on CW

Actress Mircea Monroe has been playing for laughs on "Hart of Dixie" and "Episodes," and she tries to bring the funny again as a guest in this new episode. She joins Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles for rounds of improv on topics suggested by the studio audience. Comedian Gary Anthony Williams also is a guest star. Aisha Tyler is the host.

Wake Up Call
9 p.m. on TNT

In the Season 1 finale, "Kenny Anderson: Former NBA Star at a Crossroads," Dwayne enlists the help of a basketball team to re-ignite the flame of an "extinguished" NBA celebrity who is seeking inspiration and motivation as he looks at entering a new chapter of his life.

King of the Nerds
9 p.m. on WTBS

Cosplayer Ya Ya Han returns to judge with actress Tara Strong ("My Little Pony") in a new episode called "And Now for Something Different," which also features one team getting tossed into Mount Doom by erstwhile hobbit Billy Boyd from the "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy. Meanwhile, alliances form in Nerdvana and there's a "Nerd Off" with some knights (who, needless to add, say "Ni!"). Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong host.

Masters of Illusion
9:30 p.m. on CW

The title of the new episode "Close Up" suggests the camera really won't be blinking as the featured magicians do their stuff - which could make it even more challenging for them to preserve the trickery involved. Host Dean Cain introduces illusionists Rick Thomas, Alana, Michael Finney, Christopher Hart, Danny Cole, Farrel Dillon and Jeff McBride.

Banshee
10 p.m. on MAX

In the new episode "Real Life Is a Nightmare," Siobhan (Trieste Kelly Dunn) can't decide whether to keep Lucas' (Antony Starr) secret or turn him in, while Brock (Matt Servitto) is enraged to learn that his ex-wife, Emily (Tanya Clarke), is working as a caregiver for Proctor's (Ulrich Thomsen) mother. Gordon (Rus Blackwell) reverses his decision on Proctor's plea bargain. Chayton (Geno Segers) prepares his army for an assault.

Preachers' Daughters
10:02 p.m. on LIFE

Cierra's temper becomes an issue when she is made mission leader and promptly wreaks havoc among the group in the new episode "Hot as Hell." Elsewhere, Kayla causes trouble when she selfishly drinks all the water, prompting the girls to diss her behind her back. The arrival of a new girl shakes things up in the house even further.

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Non-Stop
7:05 p.m. on HBO

The title also could describe the pace of Liam Neeson's action-hero work since his success with "Taken." This effective 2014 airplane thriller casts him as a federal air marshal who receives texts threatening fellow passengers will die unless a ransom is paid. Neeson expectedly is the main show here, but his impressive co-stars include Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey"), Corey Stoll and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave").

Hawaii Five-0
8 p.m. on CBS

McGarrett and Danny (Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan) find themselves trapped inside an abandoned building rigged to explode after Five-0 follows a bad tip. Rapper and television host Xzibit ("Pimp My Ride") guest stars as an informant in "Ku I Ka Pili Koko" - Hawaiian for "Blood Brothers." Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park and Masi Oka also star.

Saturday Night Live Presents a SNL Sports Spectacular
8 p.m. on NBC

Since NBC has the Super Bowl the next day, it's little surprise that one of its staple programs gets in on the action with this Seth Meyers-presented compilation of sports-related skits from throughout the show's history. A number of guest hosts also have had ties to the world of athletics, so excerpts featuring them are likely. So is an appearance by Hans and Franz (Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon), the personal trainers who were "here to pump ... you up!"

Backstrom
8 p.m. on FOX

Newly returned to the police force in Portland, Ore., Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) works with the other members of the Special Crimes Unit on the case of a college student's supposed suicide in "Dragon Slayer." The probe eventually indicates the death actually was a homicide. Backstrom may not pass his physical unless he starts following his doctor's orders. Kyle Secor ("Homicide: Life on the Street") guest stars. Dennis Haysbert also stars.

Gridiron Gang
8 p.m. on AMC

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson looks a little old next to all the teenagers in this movie. But no matter. He's still buff enough and tough enough to play the role of a juvie counselor who uses football to help the kids learn respect - for themselves and others. Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell, Jade Yorker, Setu Taase and Jurnee Smollett also star in this inspirational 2006 drama.

A Wish Come True
8 p.m. on HALL

Environmentalist Lindsay Corwin (Megan Park) learns the truth behind the adage "Be careful what you wish for" in this 2015 romantic comedy. On the eve of her 30th birthday, Lindsay looks back on her long string of bad relationships and makes a mega-wish that all her past birthday wishes would come true. She's delighted when that starts to happen - until she discovers that both the man and the life she's also wished for may not be the one she truly wants. Anthony Lemke and Benjamin Hollingsworth also star.

Beautiful & Twisted
8 p.m. on LIFE

Rob Lowe ("Parks and Recreation") gave a chilling performance as a convicted wife killer in the 2012 Lifetime movie "Drew Peterson: Untouchable," but this new TV movie - again, based on an actual case - finds him in the role of victim. Lowe stars as millionaire Miami hotel heir Ben Novack Jr., whose brutal murder stuns the city's upper crust. His ex-stripper wife, Narcy (Paz Vega), soon emerges as the prime suspect. Candice Bergen ("Murphy Brown" also stars.

Twentieth Century
8 p.m. on TCM

Broadway director Oscar Jaffe (John Barrymore) has succeeded through sheer drive and talent, regardless of the fact that he is also a complete ham. When one of his discoveries, Lily Garland (Carole Lombard), leaves his show for Hollywood, his career hits the skids. A chance meeting on a train gives him the idea to re-sign his former star to regain glory. Unfortunately, she'd rather pretend he didn't exist. Roscoe Kerns also stars in this 1934 comedy.

NFL Honors
9 p.m. on NBC

On the eve of the Super Bowl, this annual ceremony again salutes the top players and plays of the National Football League's season. Originating this year from Symphony Hall at the Phoenix Convention Center, the event includes such awards as AP Most Valuable Player, NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. Many celebrities will be on hand to help announce the winners.

Sleepy Hollow
9 p.m. on FOX

Katrina (Katia Winter) is no stranger to danger, and she faces a fresh dose of it in "Deliverance," which makes her suddenly pregnant - apparently with something otherworldly. Ichabod and Abbie (Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie) have only a limited window in which to save her, so they waste no time going to her attempted rescue.

Orlando Jones, John Noble and Lyndie Greenwood also star. Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen
9 p.m., 10 p.m. on HBO

In his third special for HBO in recent years, the veteran director, writer and comic takes the stage before a live audience at the Geffen Playhouse in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles to perform a one-man show that includes jokes, songs and anecdotes culled from 63 years in comedy, as well as an appearance by a surprise special guest.

Transporter: The Series
10 p.m. on TNT

In the new episode "Sixteen Hands," Frank (Chris Vance) is hired to transport Daksha, a $10-million racehorse, from its Kentucky stable to the racetrack at the prestigious Belmont Stakes race in New York. Almost immediately, however, the assignment gets off to a rough start when a shadowy attacker breaks into the stable. Violante Placido also stars.

 
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