Sunday, January 5th
The Bachelor, 2-night season premiere at 8pm on ABC
– He was the bachelor that garnered the biggest following with the least amount of screen time ever in The Bachelor franchise. With his Spanish accent, good looks, salsa moves and undying devotion for his daughter, former pro-soccer player Juan Pablo, 32, was a fan favorite on Desiree’s season. Although he was blindsided by not getting a rose, the experience of being on The Bachelorette opened his eyes to the possibility of finding a real, everlasting love. He can’t give up on love and on giving his daughter, Camila, what she wants more than anything else in the world – a brother and a sister to complete their family. Juan Pablo is ready and hopeful that he’ll find love and the missing puzzle piece to fulfill his family on The Bachelor.
Emeril’s Florida, season premiere at 2:30pm on Cooking Channel
– Emeril’s Florida will highlight the Sunshine State through the eyes of Emeril on-location with a focus on food, cooking, events and activities around the state. Throughout the series, Emeril will travel throughout Florida and visit the state’s top restaurants and resorts. Emeril will also prepare some of his favorite recipes which often will feature some of the best seafood Florida has to offer. Other segments will feature Emeril attending many of the world-class events, festivals and sports venues throughout the state.
Downtown Abbey, season premiere at 9pm on PBS
– Amidst dark secrets, budding romances and surprising revelations, Downton Abbey returns with a gripping fourth season starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Shirley MacLaine, Paul Giamatti and the rest of the stellar cast in the award-winning series from Julian Fellowes. Six months after Downton Abbey’s great tragedy, Mary is mired in grief and the estate is engulfed in death taxes. As the family struggles to lift their financial and emotional woes, clashes arise, sparks fly, and it is up to the older generation to bring Mary back to life, and Robert to his senses – no easy task in either respect. Another departure leaves no tears in its wake, but rather opportunity for new faces – and drama, alliances, and sparks of an entirely different sort – below stairs. As London draws Downton’s youth with its glamorous jazz clubs and sparkling literary scene, social change sweeps its way up to the venerable estate, bringing with it a threat to the continued relevance and very existence of Dowton Abbey. But neither the Crawley family nor its servants can anticipate a dire new threat that penetrates the Abbey’s ancestral walls, buttressed as they are by loyalty and love.
The Simpsons, winter premiere at 8pm on FOX
Bob’s Burgers, winter premiere at 8:30pm on FOX
Monday, January 6th
Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, season premiere at 9pm on Food Network
– Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off returns to New York City for Season 3 featuring all-new celebrities including Florence Henderson, Vanilla Ice, former Bachelor Jake Pavelka, and Penn Jillette. The new roster of stars will be split into two teams and coached by mentors Rachael Ray or Guy Fieri and will then compete in cooking challenges in an effort to win a cash donation to their favorite charity. The winner will also gain bragging rights as the RvG Champion and join the ranks of past season winners Lou Diamond Phillips and Dean McDermott. The celebrities will compete in team challenges in every episode to test their skills. New this season, each episode will feature a special Food Network guest judge who will determine which celebrity is sent home. At the end of the six-episode run, the remaining celebrities must cook it off to see who will be crowned the RvG Champion.
Tuesday, January 7th
Intelligence, series premiere at 9pm on CBS
– Intelligence is a dramatic thriller starring Josh Holloway (Lost) as a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel (Holloway) is the first human ever to be connected directly into the global information grid and have complete access to Internet, WiFi, telephone and satellite data. He can hack into any data center and access key intel in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies. Leading the elite government cyber-security agency created to support him is Director Lillian Strand, a straightforward and efficient boss who oversees the unit’s missions. Strand assigns Riley Neal, a Secret Service agent, to protect Gabriel from outside threats, as well as from his appetite for reckless, unpredictable behavior and disregard for protocol. Also on the team is Chris Jameson, a resourceful federal investigator. The brains behind the design of the chip is Dr. Shenendoah Cassidy, whose son, Nelson, is jealous of Gabriel’s prominent place in his father’s life. As the first supercomputer with a beating heart, Gabriel is the most valuable piece of technology the country has ever created and is the U.S.’s secret weapon.
Cougar Town, season premiere at 10pm on TBS
– The comically mistitled sitcom Cougar Town centers on the Cul de Sac Crew, a tight-knit group of friends who keep things funny while supporting each other through the challenges and pitfalls of life – with a little dysfunction and a whole lot of wine. Courteney Cox stars as Jules Cobb, a recently remarried mom who is never far from her wine and her friends, including her new husband, Grayson (Josh Hopkins); her under-achieving ex-husband, Bobby (Brian Van Holt); her next-door neighbor and confidante, Ellie (Christa Miller); her feisty protégé, Laurie (Busy Philipps); and Ellie’s loveably average husband, Andy (Ian Gomez). They are frequently joined by Jules’ young adult son, Travis (Dan Byrd), who tends to be far more mature than anyone else in the group. At the end of season four, Laurie and Travis became a couple and Jules is determined to play it cool. However, the idea of Laurie dating her son makes her incredibly uneasy. Also this season, Bobby and Andy hit the big time when the Cul de Sac’s Penny Can game goes global. Meanwhile, Andy convinces Ellie to bring out her alter ego, “Charming Ellie,” much to everyone’s delight – especially Jules. And Grayson finally realizes his life-long dream of appearing in a television commercial, but the role leaves a lot to be desired.
Justified, season premiere at 10pm on FX
– Based on Elmore Leonard’s novella Fire in the Hole, Justified stars Timothy Olyphant as Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens, a lawman who finds himself drawn back to his home state of Kentucky. In season five, Raylan confronts the Crowes, a deadly, lawless family from Florida intent on settling in Harlan with new criminal enterprises in mind. Meanwhile, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), Harlan’s criminal kingpin and Raylan’s childhood best friend/current nemesis, struggles to free his imprisoned fiancée Ava (Joelle Carter) as he partners with the Dixie Mafia’s Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns).
Being Mary Jane, series premiere at 10pm on BET
– From the producers of the award-winning BET comedy The Game comes an original drama series starring Gabrielle Union. Mary Jane Paul is a one-woman show: a successful TV news anchor and an entirely self-sufficient powerhouse who remains devoted to a family that doesn’t share her motivation. Intense drama and unforgettable moments unfold as Mary Jane juggles her life, her relationships, her work and commitments to her family while searching for “Mr. Right.”
Wednesday, January 8th
The 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards, live awards show from 9 to 11pm on CBS
– Prefer your Hollywood trophies to be voted on by ordinary folks on the Internet? Hosted by 2 Broke Girls‘ Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, the PCAs will offer up performances by OneRepublic and Sara Bareilles. If One Direction’s Directioners don’t triumph over Katy Perry’s KatyCats in the Favorite Music Fan Following category, Paul Rudd will be extremely disappointed.
Psych, season premiere at 9pm on USA
– USA’s longest-running series’ eighth season bows with the faux-psychic duo heading to London, coming face-to-face with Despereaux (returning guest star Cary Elwes). The 10-episode season also includes the fan-selected “A Nightmare on State Street,” directed by Psych lead James Roday, and a special remake of the season-one episode “Cloudy With a Chance of Murder.”
White Collar, winter premiere at 10pm on USA
Chicago P.D., series premiere at 10pm on NBC
– From Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf and the team behind Chicago Fire comes Chicago P.D., a riveting police drama about the men and women of the Chicago Police Department’s District 21 who put it all on the line to serve and protect their community. District 21 is made up of two distinctly different groups: the uniformed cops who patrol the beat and go head-to-head with the city’s street crimes and the Intelligence Unit that combats the city’s major offenses – organized crime, drug trafficking, high profile murders and beyond. The vast responsibilities that these jobs entail extend far beyond the walls of the precinct, often taking an emotional toll on personal lives of these men and women. At the helm of the Intelligence Unit is Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), a man not against crossing legal and ethical lines to ensure the safety and security of the city he loves. It’s not unknown for him to be an ally one minute and the worst enemy the next. Working hand-in-hand with Voight is Detective Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda). More levelheaded and honest than his counterpart, Antonio put his reservations about Voight aside to help the Intelligence Unit track down Chicago’s most dangerous criminals while acting as a role model for the younger officers.
Real World: Ex-Plosion, season premiere at 10pm on MTV
– Expect the unexpected in this new season of The Real World! This season starts with 7 strangers who all have complicated relationships with their exes and are ready to be free and enjoy single life in the Real World house. But just when they get comfortable and new relationships start to brew…. Surprise! Their exes move in. This season returns to the beautiful backdrop of San Francisco, but viewers will quickly learn this is a fresh take on The Real World. When the excited singles arrive at their loft, the hookups begin almost immediately. With relationships building and tempers flaring, the roommates are completely caught off guard when they find out their exes have moved in – and are there to stay! The new living arrangement throws a major wrench in the roommates’ love lives. Love triangles, jealousy, scandal, fights, hookups, breakups and make-ups take over the house as the roommates learn to either live with their exes, or push them out one by one. It’s a passionate new living situation – the first time to ever be explored on the Real World.
Friday, January 10th
Enlisted, series premiere at 9:30pm on FOX
– A military-set family comedy, Enlisted centers on three brothers who, when the best of the best are sent overseas, stay behind to try to keep their small Florida army post in order with the group of misfits who surround them. Between clean-up duty at a parade, human-grease-bowling and assorted soldierly pranks, they will inadvertently discover the key to strengthening their long-lost childhood bonds.
10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty, series premiere at 10pm on Spike
– Bigfoot sightings have been reported for centuries, but concrete evidence of the creature’s existence has yet to reveal itself. Spike TV is raising the stakes by not only putting a massive $10 million incentive on the line for irrefutable proof, but by hand-selecting the strongest competitors, securing top scientists, providing state-of-the-art technology and taking the hunt to the most remote corners of the Pacific Northwest, where Sasquatch sightings are most prevalent. 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty is a unique competition series following nine determined teams comprised of lifelong Bigfoot hunters and big game hunters as they set out to capture Bigfoot himself or provide definitive visual and DNA proof of its existence. The “squatchers” must ply their extensive research and presumed knowledge of the legendary creature to earn their place, all while battling nature’s inhospitable weather conditions, rough terrain and combative clashing personalities. The $10 million cash prize, underwritten by Lloyd’s of London, is one of the largest cash prizes ever offered in television history.
Helix, series premiere at 10pm on Syfy
– Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation…or total annihilation.
Saturday, January 11th
U.S. Figure Skating Championships, athletic competition at 8pm on NBC
– The 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships will serve as the final opportunity for U.S. Olympic hopefuls ahead of February’s 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Several top athletes will be on display over the course of the week in Boston, looking to reach elite form and earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic roster. Medals will be awarded for four different disciplines of figure skating on three separate experience levels.
Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious, comedy special at 10pm on OWN
– For her two-part comedy special on OWN, Sykes is trying to ”turn aha! moments into ha-ha moments” with a blend of stand-up and sketches featuring celebs like Jeff Probst, Cheryl Hines, Kristin Chenoweth, and comedian Adele Givens. But will the comedy ever get too raunchy for the network? ”[Adele] says the F-word better than anyone,” says Sykes with a laugh. ”I’d love to have a ‘f—‘-off with her because I think I say it pretty well too. We might have to bleep that a little bit.”