Sunday, January 19th
The Bachelor: Bachelor Love Stories, special at 8pm on ABC
– To distract you from the many failed relationships The Bachelor franchise has produced, this special will catch us up on the show’s (few) success stories. From Desiree and Chris to Jason and Molly, we’ll find out how the relationships are holding up. And, of course, we’ll catch up with the show’s biggest success story, Trista and Ryan, as they celebrate their 10th anniversary with a vow renewal ceremony (and if we know Ryan, a poem).
Keeping Up With The Kardashians, season premiere at 9pm on E!
– The eighth season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians shows a family working their way through tough times, celebrating life’s triumphs and sticking together to the end. Always outspoken and rarely guarded, Kris, Bruce, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Rob, Kendall and Kylie live by the motto “Family First.” In the premiere episode, Kris and Bruce have to decide what’s best for their brood when Bruce is reluctant to give up his peaceful Malibu summer rental and Kris wants the whole family back under one roof. Khloé continues to go through a difficult time in her marriage, and little brother Rob offers sage advice. Kim and Khloé bring on the blonde, and Kourtney confirms it’s time they all bring sexy back. In the second part of the 2-night premiere event, Khloé is hurt when an interview containing negative comments about her and the family is published, and her sisters rally to lift her spirits. Kim hides from the paparazzi in plain sight when she heads out with bestie Jonathan Cheban and Kris in search of Hot Dog on a Stick’s tasty treats. Meanwhile, Scott commits to his couples therapy assignment by taking up karate – or does he?
Sherlock Season 3, season premiere at 10pm on PBS
– After an extended hiatus while star Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular character was busy filming “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “The Fifth Estate”, the highly anticipated return of Sherlock deals with the aftermath following his fake death in the season 2 finale. There’s a storyline involving goofy-geeky groupies of the master detective and their outlandishly “Mission Impossible”-esque theories about how Holmes may have survived his particularly splatty “demise.” Another recurring joke-plot plays to the “Johnlock” shippers who fanfic a romance between Sherlock and his partner in crime solving, John Watson (Martin Freeman, rocking a furry grief-stache), whose agitated reaction to Holmes’ faked suicide speaks for all who felt the season 2 cliffhanger was contrived. Watching these two friends bond anew—and meeting a more empathetic, vulnerable Holmes—makes for warm and witty fun.
#RichKids of Beverly Hills, series premiere at 10pm on E!
– Those housewives better make some room, because a much younger crowd is about to take over Beverly Hills. Meet Dorothy, Morgan, Roxy, Brendan, and Jonny, aka, the #Richkids of Beverly Hills. They’re just like normal 25 year olds…oh who are we kidding? There isn’t anything normal about washing your hair with Dom Perignon or having a bar tab of over $10,000. The show is loosely inspired by the popular Tumblr page “Rich Kids of Instagram”, where star Dorothy Wang was first discovered by casting directors. Now she and best friend Morgan Stewart are welcoming E! viewers into their ridiculously lavish and spoiled lifestyle. Dorothy’s family is worth billions, so she is happily ‘funemployed’ right now. Actually Brendan, Morgan’s boyfriend, is the only one with a legitimate full time job at a top real estate firm (sorry Morgan, blogging doesn’t count). Sure, Roxy is a freelance interior designer, but with her parents threatening to cut her off, she may need to find something a little more stable. Singer/songwriter and “boy crazy” Jonny rounds out the cast while other friends, including Magic Johnson’s son E.J., make appearances throughout the eight-episode season.
The Following, season premiere at 10:30pm on FOX
– One year after getting gutted by a vengeful acolyte of storytelling serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon, conspicuously lighter) is a criminology professor by day, dark-knight detective by night, secretly hunting “Carrollers.” Meanwhile, one tribe of followers led by gone-punk Emma (Valorie Curry) nervously monitors the psycho antics of another tribe executing mass murders while masked in Joe’s likeness and chanting “Resurrection”. Once a lurid pulp fiction about goth-pop culture, The Following is now a queasy farce about cartoonish vigilantes and villains.
Looking, series premiere at 10:30pm on HBO
– Looking offers up the unfiltered experiences of three close friends living—and loving—in modern-day San Francisco. Friendship may bind them, but each is at a markedly different point in his journey: Patrick (Jonathan Groff) is the 29-year-old video game designer getting back into the dating world in the wake of his ex’s engagement; aspiring artist Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez), 31, is questioning the idea of monogamy amid a move to domesticate with his boyfriend; and the group’s oldest member — longtime waiter Dom (Murray Bartlett), 39 — is facing middle age with romantic and professional dreams still unfulfilled. The trio’s stories intertwine and unspool dramatically as they search for happiness and intimacy in an age of unparalleled choices — and rights — for gay men.
Monday, January 20th
Hollywood Game Night, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on NBC
– Summer hit series Hollywood Game Night will return to NBC for a winter season featuring an exciting roster of celebrities including Rosie O’Donnell, Mario Lopez, Alyssa Milano, and more! In the series, two contestants are transported from their everyday lives into a once-in-a-lifetime night of fun and celebration as they step beyond the velvet rope and rub shoulders with some of their favorite celebrities and compete for the chance to win up to $25,000.
Klondike, miniseries premiere from 9 to 11pm on Discovery
– Discovery’s first scripted mini-series is based on Charlotte Gray’s book Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike. Her tale brings to life the story of six strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small frontier town in the remote Klondike. Klondike follows the lives of two childhood best friends, Bill (Richard Madden, Game of Thrones) and Epstein, in the late 1890s as they flock to the gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory. This man-versus-nature tale places our heroes in a land full of undiscovered wealth, but ravaged by harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and desperate, dangerous characters including greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans and native tribes witnessing the destruction of their people and land by opportunistic entrepreneurs.
Tuesday, January 21st
Teen Mom 2, season premiere at 10pm on MTV
– Leah, Kailyn, Chelsea, and Jenelle now have additional children, new marriages, and more responsibilities to juggle. Seeing some moms succeed is a total high, but seeing other make the same mistakes again and again feels so, so low.
Hollywood Hillbillies, series premiere at 9pm on Reelz
– Hollywood Hillbillies chronicles the hilarious antics of internet superstars Michael “The Angry Ginger” and his “Mema” as they trade in their simple country living in Georgia for the bright lights of Hollywood. With the fame and fortune from more than 150 million YouTube views, Michael, his grandma Mema, aunt Dee Dee, uncle “Big” John, and the rest of the clan are ready to take Hollywood by storm. The question is not whether they are ready for LA, but rather is LA ready for these outrageous Hollywood Hillbillies?
Wednesday, January 22nd
Rake, series premiere at 9pm on FOX
– Rake, a character-driven drama based on the Australian nominee for Best Television Drama series of the same name, follows the comedic and chaotic life of criminal defense lawyer Keegan Deane (Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Greg Kinnear, “Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Kennedys”). On a single day, Keegan Deane is described as many things. His ex-wife-calls him “unreliable”; his son calls him a “pal”; most judges think he’s “an outrage”; the IRS calls him a “defendant”; and to his former dealer, he’s simply a “tragic loss.” Brilliant, frustratingly charming and with zero filter, Keegan is one of life’s great addicts. His staggering lack of discretion and inability to self-censor land him the cases that nobody else will touch, but behind that lies a resolute optimism and belief in justice that fuel his dogged determination to defend those who seem beyond redemption. He always tries to do the right thing, but at the same time struggles to save himself from the many self-destructive elements that plague his own life, such as his overindulgence of various excesses, including women and gambling.
Broad City, series premiere at 10:30pm on Comedy Central
– Broad City, created by UCB alums Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer and produced by Amy Poehler, is an odd-couple comedy about two best friends navigating their twenties in New York City. Abbi and Ilana are broke and flawed, and they don’t shy away from the sticky situations NYC throws at them — they dive right into the muck. But no matter how bad it gets, these young broads are always down with whatever hits them.
Wahlburgers, series premiere at 10:30pm on A&E
– The Wahlberg clan has big plans for the hometown burger joint that touts the family name but they can’t seem to agree on their next move. When Chef Paul Wahlberg and his younger brother Donnie (Blue Bloods) find the perfect second location in Boston, it’s up to Paul to convince Mark that they should keep Wahlburgers local rather than expand internationally. Back on the home front, Wahlberg matriarch Alma tries to convince Paul to finally hire an assistant in an attempt to make things easier for her overworked son.
Saturday, January 25th
Saun White: Russia Calling, Olympic special at 8pm on NBC
– NBC presents a special providing an inside look at how the gold medal-winning snowboarder is preparing for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and how he maintains his competitive edge. In preparation for his third Olympics, the two-time gold medal-winning White is determined to win a third and cement his place in Olympic and snowboard history as the greatest ever. Shaun White: Russia Calling is a rare inside look into the challenges and sacrifices that are made in order to be the best in the world. The special also examines how he strives to find the balance between running his company, maintaining relationships and dealing with the pressures of everyday life.
Black Sails, series premiere at 9pm on Starz
– 1715. The Golden Age of Piracy. New Providence Island is a lawless territory, controlled by history’s most notorious pirate captains. The most feared is Captain Flint. As the British Navy returns to redeem their land and exterminate Flint and his crew, another side of him emerges. Captain Flint aligns himself with Eleanor Guthrie, daughter of the local kingpin, to hunt the ultimate prize and ensure their survival. Many opponents stand in their war: rival captains, jealous of Flint’s power; Eleanor’s ambitious and intrusive father; and a young sailor recently recruited onto Flint’s crew, John Silver, who constantly undermines his captain’s agenda.