Sunday, January 27th
The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, live awards show from 8 to 10pm on TBS and TNT
– The only televised awards shows to exclusively honor performers for acting in television and films, the SAG Awards are a better predictor of the Oscars than the Golden Globes. “Lincoln,” “Les Miserables,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Argo,” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” duke it out for SAG’s version of best picture: outstanding performance by a cast. Showtime’s hit sophomore series Homeland will most likely continue their hot winning streak and clench the win for best performance by an ensemble in a drama series up against veterans Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, and Downton Abbey. (Meanwhile the Game Of Thrones snubs this awards season just keep on coming, for shame…) You gotta have respect when Maggie Smith nominated for both her individual and ensemble performances in Downton Abbey and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” beat out every human being holding a SAG card with four nominations. Modern Family leads the nominations among the TV categories with four nods.
Monday, January 28th
RuPaul’s Drag Race, season premiere at 9pm on Logo
– Join RuPaul, the most famous drag queen in the world, as the host, mentor and inspiration on Logo’s fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the ultimate drag queen competition. Playing a dual role, RuPaul reigns supreme in all judging and eliminations, while RuPaul, the man, helps guide the contestants as they prepare for each challenge. Contestants include the nation’s most outrageous, cutting-edge, talented and stunningly gorgeous drag queens all fighting for the title (and tiara) as top drag queen of the land. Working with our contestants are top models, designers and American idols all rolled up into one. Each week, through the trials and tribulations of glam, glitter and show-stopping performances, one drag queen is eliminated until reaching the next superstar drag queen of America.
Dallas, 2-hour season premiere at 9pm on TNT
– TNT’s hit reboot of the long-running primetime soap of the same name returns for its highly anticipated sophomore season with many looking at how the show will handle the passing of actor Larry Hagman, star of the original Dallas, who played ruthless oil tycoon J.R. Ewing. Dallas centers on the Ewing clan, an enormously wealthy Texas family whose sibling rivalries, romantic betrayals, corruption and even murder are truly legendary. The exciting drama brings back three iconic stars from the original Dallas: Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing, Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing and Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing. They are joined by the next generation of Ewings, who take ambition and deception to a new level. Josh Henderson is John Ross, the son of J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing, while Jesse Metcalfe is Christopher, Bobby’s adopted son. Jordana Brewster also stars as Elena Ramos, John Ross’ girlfriend and Christopher’s former fiancee, while Julie Gonzalo is Rebecca Sutter, Christopher’s wife. Brenda Strong stars as Bobby’s wife, Ann. In the season finale, John Ross turned to the dark side, aka his father, to start scheming to cheat Christopher and Elena out of their new energy company after Elena declined his marriage proposal and chose Christopher. This season, three new series regulars will join the cast. Mitch Pileggi, who guest-starred in the first season, plays Harris Ryland, Ann’s manipulative and cunning ex-husband. Emma Bell is Emma Brown, a sheltered beauty whose father has taught her to distrust the world around her. And Kuno Becker is Drew Ramos, Elena’s troubled brother who returns to Southfork to continue drilling on his father’s land.
Tuesday, January 29th
Nikki & Sara Live, series premiere at 11pm on MTV
– MTV decides to get in on the action with its new late night talk show. Live from Times Square every Tuesday night, comedians Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer bring a much-needed late night sensibility to the world of pop culture news programs! The series premiere will feature party girl Ke$ha, she also sings or whatever.
Southie Rules, series premiere at 10pm on A&E
– The network known for bringing you Hoarders ventures away from dark docu-series and into regular reality series about people looking for their 15 minutes of fame. Southie Rule follows a proud native South Boston family that is battling the relentless gentrification of their neighborhood that’s been overrun with yuppies, sushi restaurants and $5 cups of coffee. This family is one of the few remaining multi-generational Southie clans all living under the same roof of a triple-decker (three-level home). The top floor houses Camille, the family’s matriarch and her ex-husband Walter, both of whom still sleep in the same bed. Down the hall is their youngest son Matt, his girlfriend Jenn and their one-year old, Liana. Matt works part-time at the family’s tattoo shop, but stay-at-home mom Jenn insists he find a real career. On the middle floor is Jon, the eldest son who manages the family’s tattoo shop. Over the past year, Jon has been relegated to the smallest room in the house since Matt became a father. Just a foot away, in the living room, is Matt’s best friend, Devin, the house’s lovable mooch who sleeps on the family couch most nights. Keeping the family together on the ground floor is Leah, her husband Jarod, and their toddler, Abby. Leah is a housewife with loud opinions, unlike Jarrod, who is much more domestic than his rambunctious wife. Together, this highly entertaining family preserves the Southie way of life and the age-old traditions that come with it.
Wednesday, January 30th
The Americans, series premiere at 10pm on FX
– FX’s intriguing new spy series (no doubt building off the Homeland momentum) is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), who have two children – 13-year-old Paige (Holly Taylor) and 10-year-old Henry (Keidrich Sellati), who know nothing about their parents’ true identity – grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. Complicating their relationship further is Philip’s growing sense of affinity for America’s values and way of life. Tensions also heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), an FBI agent. Stan and his partner, Agent Chris Amador (Maximiliano Hernández), are members of a new division of Counterintelligence tasked with fighting against foreign agents on U.S. soil, including KGB Directorate S illegals, Russian spies posing as Americans.
Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2013, annual special at 8pm on CBS
– It’s pretty self-explanatory so DVR it and skip the non-greatest commercials.
Thursday, January 31st
Do No Harm, series premiere at 10pm on NBC
– First of all, let’s applaud NBC’s programming execs for moving Rock Center With Brian Williams to Fridays so we can get an additional hour of quality scripted television on Thursday! Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale, Rescue Me) is a highly respected neurosurgeon who has it all – a lucrative career, confident charm and the gift of compassion. But he also has a deep, dark secret. One morning, after waking up disoriented in a wrecked hotel room amidst near-naked women he’s never seen before, he knows one thing: it happened again. Every night at the same hour, something inside Jason changes, leaving him almost unrecognizable – seductive, devious, borderline sociopathic. This new man is his dangerous alternate personality, who goes by the name Ian Price. For years Jason has battled Ian, keeping him in check with a powerful experimental sedative. But now his – their – body has developed a resistance to the serum, setting Ian free once again. And to make matters worse, after being suppressed for so long, Ian is hell-bent on taking revenge on his oppressor. With everyone Jason cares about at risk – patients, friends, coworkers and even the woman he loves – he must stop Ian once and for all. Will they find some common ground, or will they bring each other down? Hell hath no fury like an alter ego scorned.
Friday, February 1st
The 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards, awards show from 8 to 10pm on NBC
– Film, TV, music, and literary stars take home status during this awards show, which somehow lumps Oscar nominee “Beasts of the Southern Wild” into the same category as “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds.”
Saturday, February 2nd
Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual, awards show from 9:30 to 10pm on WEtv
– Cyndi performs at a private concert in France, which is to say, bigger than a bar mitzvah but smaller than a real concert.
2nd Annual NFL Honors, awards show from 9 to 11pm on CBS
– Alec Baldwin hosts this awards show for football players. Jeez, some people will do anything to get Super Bowl tickets.