Sunday, January 30th
The 17th Annual SAG Awards, special awards show from 8 to 10pm on TNT & TBS
– This is the well-renowned awards show where actors vote for their colleagues and last year it accurately predicted all four acting champs for the Oscars. This year, Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) is likely to continue his sweep of the Best Actor category, while Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right) duke it out for the Best Actress trophy. And will The Fighter continue to take it all in the supporting categories? Can The King’s Speech upset frontrunner The Social Network’s winning streak and walk away with an award for best cast? Or will The Fighter come out swinging to steal it from both of them? In the television categories, freshman series Boardwalk Empire will go toe to toe with last year’s winner Mad Men after beating out the veteran drama at the Globes. Also on a hot streak, Ryan Murphy’s Glee will likely nab another award for best cast in a comedy series, though that category did get a little shakeup with the addition of Betty White’s TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland into the mix, displacing last year’s nominee Curb Your Enthusiasm. The Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series category also underwent quite the makeover as Alec Baldwin gets some stiff competition from Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill from Modern Family and the brilliant Chris Colfer from Glee. And unless the SAG membership is completely tripping, Glee’s Jane Lynch has a lock on the Best Actress in a Comedy Series category.
Monday, January 31st
Cake Boss, season premiere at 9pm on TLC
– Buddy Valastro aka the Cake Boss is one of the most successful and renowned cake artists in the United States. Master baker of Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey, Buddy supervises a team that includes his mother, four older sisters and three brothers-in-law. And when you’re working with family on a daily basis, there is bound to be a lot of drama. The Valastros know drama but and at the end of the day they also know love. Cake Boss chronicles Buddy’s over-arching desire to achieve his late father’s dream of making Carlo’s Bake Shop a household name with or without the help of his family.
– A cooking show starring Martha Stewart, isn’t that too good to be true? But it is true! This new show fulfills Martha’s Stewart’s long-time dream of creating a visual teaching course that features the best of the best in home baking. Based on her many years of experimenting, teaching and research, this Baking 101 destination delivers a thoughtfully edited collection of Martha’s personal favorites, from savories to sweets. It also demystifies everything from how to make the perfect cheesecake without a crack to how to create the ultimate devil’s food cake. What distinguishes the series is that each installment, covering themes from pound cake to pate brisee, will begin with a recipe’s basic foundation and will explore how the addition of certain ingredients or the use of a new technique will result in not one, but multiple dishes.
Tuesday, February 1st
Seriously Funny Kids, series premiere at 9pm on Lifetime
– Supermodel Heidi Klum (Project Runway) hosts this Kids Say the Darndest Things-esque show, a half-hour unscripted series that will feature Klum interacting with children and bringing out the hilarious and often insightful things they say. Klum says: “Naptime, playtime and snack time are my favorites, so is it any wonder that kids and I get along so well? I have four children under the age of six, and to be honest, sometimes I enjoy them more than adults. They’re uncensored, unpredictable and absolutely hilarious. The kids will be the absolute stars of this show.”
One Born Every Minute, series premiere at 10pm on Lifetime
– The eight-part hospital docu-series takes an in-depth look at life inside the maternity ward at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, as expectant mothers enter their final stage of pregnancy. From the delivery room, to the operating room, to the front desk, to the nurses’ station, 40 cameras roll 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to capture the high drama, humor and overwhelming emotion of childbirth as new lives begin and others change forever.
Million Dollar Listing, season premiere at 9pm on Bravo
– This reality series now entering its fourth season follows the lives of three of Los Angeles’ hottest, young, and aggressive real estate magnates in the making as they make a fortune selling multi-million dollar properties in the most exclusive neighborhoods –- Hollywood, Malibu and Beverly Hills. With the economy still in a slump, Josh Altman (who replaced Chad Rogers), Josh Flagg and Madison Hildebrand must fight for their share of the market and the competition is intense.Season 4 follows the agents as they deal with some of the most demanding clients they have ever encountered. They are pushed to the limit and struggle to manage their personal lives while also trying to move some of the most magnificent and most expensive homes in the City of Angels.
Friday, February 4th
Who Do You Think You Are?, season premiere at 8pm on NBC
– NBC’s alternative series Who Do You Think You Are? follows some of today’s most beloved and iconic celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of self-discovery to trace their family trees. From the trenches of the Civil War to the shores of the Caribbean, and from the valleys of Virginia to the island nations of Australia and Ireland, each episode will reveal surprising, inspiring and sometimes tragic stories that are often linked to events in American and international history. In the season premiere, cameras roll as Vanessa Williams journeys into the past and discovers that the courage to break barriers runs in her family. The other celebrities featured in the second season are Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Rosie O’Donnell, Steve Buscemi, Kim Cattrall, Lionel Richie, and Ashley Judd.
Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2011, special at 9pm on CBS
– The CBS special counts down the 10 greatest Super Bowl ads, aka the real reason to tune into the Super Bowl, from the past 44 years with live viewer voting, hosted by Jim Nantz, Lead Play-by-Play announcer of the NFL on CBS, and The Insider’s Lara Spencer.