Sunday, January 15th
The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards, special awards show from 8 to 11pm on NBC
– The never-boring multi-talented Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Ricky Gervais (The Office, The Ricky Gervais Show) returns for the third time as host to continue insulting every celebrity possible in this entertaining awards show honoring what the Foreign Press deems to be the best movies and television shows of the past year. Black and white silent film The Artist leads the movie nominations with 6 nods, following closely behind are The Descendants (starring Best Actor nominee George Clooney) and The Help (starring Best Actress nominee Viola Davis and Best Supporting Actress nominee Octavia Spencer) with 5 nods each. Clooney’s other film The Ides of March, was also a big hit, garnering him nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay. In the TV category for best drama, new shows came out on top with Showtime’s Homeland, FX’s American Horror Story and Starz’s Boss all nominated in addition to HBO’s Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. They all edged out perrenial favorites Dexter, Breaking Bad and House, Mad Men didn’t air a new season within this year’s awards show qualifying time frame. Best comedy series included Fox’s Glee and New Girl, along with ABC’s Modern Family. Showtime’s Episodes and HBO’s Enlightened also made the cut.
Napoleon Dynamite, series premiere at 8:30pm on FOX
– An animated series based on the hit film, Napoleon Dynamite follows the comic adventures of America’s most awesomely awkward teenager and his offbeat family and friends as they navigate small-town life in rural Idaho. Whether he’s facing down bullies or discovering the meaning of friendship, Napoleon (voice of Jon Heder) proves that true heroes follow their own path – especially when they have secret ninja skills from the government. The original cast from the film – Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Sandy Martin, Jon Gries and Diedrich Bader – return to voice their roles, and many new characters will be added along the way.
Monday, January 16th
Revolution, series premiere at 2pm on ABC
– ABC’s new daytime show follows in the likes of The Chew starring a large all-star multi-talented cast consisting of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s Ty Pennington, Project Runway’s iconic Tim Gunn, celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, OB-GYN Jennifer Ashton and therapist Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry. The Revolution is an uplifting, inspiring, and groundbreaking new daily show about health and lifestyle transformations co-hosted by a stellar team of experts who will help viewers with complete transformations in all areas of their lives. It focuses on improving your physical and emotional well-being, fashion, family, home design, personal finance, food, jobs and more. In addition to being a motivating and interactive resource for viewers at home, the show features a unique concept: each week one woman’s five-month weight loss journey will unfold in just five days with daily results and a final transformation reveal on Friday. This show is your daily boost, whether you are looking for inspiration to accomplish little victories or you need a road map for a major change.
Alcatraz, 2-hour series premiere at 8pm on FOX
– From executive producer J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Lost, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and writer and executive producer Elizabeth Sarnoff (Lost and Deadwood) comes this chilling new thriller centered on America’s most infamous prison and one-time home to the nation’s most notorious murderers, rapists, kidnappers and thieves. When San Francisco Police Department Det. Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones, Sons of Anarchy) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: Jack Sylvane, a former Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago. Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill, Jurassic Park) tries to impede her investigation, she’s doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast, Dr. Diego “Doc” Soto (Jorge Garcia, Lost), to piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. The twosome discovers that Sylvane is not only alive, but he’s loose on the streets of San Francisco, leaving bodies in his wake. And strangely, he hasn’t aged a day since he was in Alcatraz. Madsen and Soto reluctantly team with Agent Hauser and his technician, Lucy Banerjee (Parminder Nagra, ER), to stop Sylvane’s vengeful killing spree. By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Rebecca’s own heritage, the team will ultimately discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister present-day threat. For while he may be the first, it quickly becomes clear that Sylvane won’t be the last prisoner to reappear from Alcatraz.
Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl, special event from 8 to 9:30pm on NBC
– In an all-new all-star special, some of Hollywood’s biggest stars — including Mary Tyler Moore, Hugh Jackman, Jay Leno, Amy Poehler and Carol Burnett — gather to celebrate Betty White’s 90th birthday. White’s “Hot in Cleveland” co-stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendy Mallick and Jane Leeves, along with her “Mary Tyler Moore” co-stars Ed Asner, Valerie Harper and Gavin MacLeod, will also be on hand, along with Joel McHale, William Shatner and many more.
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, special preview at 9:30pm on NBC
– Forget everything you thought you knew about the older generation. Betty White’s Off Their Rockers takes senior stereotypes and blows them out of the water with a cast of sassy septuagenarians who are hip, sexy and ready to party! America’s favorite comedy sweetheart sends a fearless band of senior citizens to the streets to pull shockingly hilarious pranks on the younger generation in Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, an outrageously funny “hidden camera” show unlike anything viewers have ever seen. White, a seven-time Emmy Award winner, will star in and executive produce the series, adapted from the hit Belgium series Benidorm Bastards. “People have been telling me that I’m ‘off my rocker’ for years,” says White. “Now I can prove it!”
Tuesday, January 17th
Remodeled, series premiere at 9pm on The CW
– Modeling industry veteran Paul Fisher is planning to bring together hundreds of small agencies around the world in a new venture called The Network. The Network will give Paul the leverage to change the industry from the inside out. He has two missions: to make sure agents in small towns no longer get screwed, and to empower models to take control of their careers and lead healthier lives.
Justified, season premiere at 10pm on FX
– Developed by Graham Yost and starring Timothy Olyphant, this modern-day Western is based on the works of crime novelist Elmore Leonard, including Leonard’s short story Fire in the Hole. In Season 2, Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens (Olyphant) squared off against criminal matriarch Mags Bennett (Margo Martindale’s won an Emmy Award-winning role). The end of Season 2 brought about the end of the Bennett family’s hold over Harlan County and the return of Raylan’s old nemesis/friend Boyd Crowder to the criminal life. This season, Boyd and his crew will find they aren’t the only ones making a play to rule the Harlan underworld. Now Raylan finds himself facing off against dirty politicians, hidden fortunes, a mysterious man named “Limehouse” and an enterprising and lethal criminal from the Motor City.
Southland, season premiere at 10pm on TNT
– Head back to the streets of Los Angeles for the new, explosive season of Southland, the critically acclaimed drama series from Emmy-winning producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing). Chronicling the lives of LAPD officers and detectives like no other series on television, this powerful, intensely emotional drama stars Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King and Ben McKenzie, along with special guest star Lucy Liu. Since premiering in 2009, Southland has redefined the police drama with its raw, authentic look at the lives and work of Los Angeles detectives and beat cops. The show centers on four main characters: Officer John Cooper (Cudlitz), a seasoned cop who will have to prove himself again after recovering from surgery; Officer Ben Sherman (McKenzie), who still has much to learn after recently completing his training rotation; Detective Lydia Adams (King), whose unending caseload hits closer to home; and Sammy Bryant (Hatosy), a former detective who decided to go back to being a uniform cop after the traumatic death of his partner. Shot on location in the streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles, Southland captures a realistic, natural environment where similar situations can and often do occur in real life.
White Collar, midseason premiere at 10pm on USA
– In the summer finale, Neal and Mozzie must stay one step ahead of the FBI while appearing to work with them in order to keep them from discovering that they possess the treasure. They manage to throw Peter off the scent for the time being, but with the Feds slowly closing in, Mozzie decided he’s waited long enough. Mozzie gave Neal an ultimatum – leave with him, and the treasure, in 48 hours, or stay in Manhattan with Peter. Time to choose a side. Meanwhile, when the feds tracked the Degas to a black market arms trafficker, Peter cut Neal out of the inner circle. Out of the loop but not out of options, Neal devised his most daring plan yet to replace the Degas with a forgery, thus erasing any connection to Neal, Mozzie, and the treasure. However, Keller is still lurking in the Manhattan shadows, and he’ll do anything to possess the treasure. In the midseason premiere, Neal is forced to come clean with Peter about the hidden cache in order to save Elizabeth.
Ink Master, series premiere at 10pm on Spike
– Hosted by rock legend Dave Navarro and judged by icons of the tattoo world, Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck, 10 of the country’s most creative and skilled tattoo artists descend on NYC to compete for a hundred thousand dollars and the title of Ink Master. The stakes couldn’t be higher with ‘Living Canvasses’ donating their skin to be permanently marked in this adrenalized competition elimination.
Wednesday, January 18th
American Idol, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on FO
– The most-watched TV series in the past 10 years has rebounded after some rocky ratings following Simon Cowell’s and Paula Abdul’s departure, which bounced back when the audience opened up to its new panel of judges. Season 10 of the country’s biggest singing competition series (yes, even the much-hyped The X Factor could not dethrone Idol from the top spot) brings Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, and Randy Jackson together to judge contestants on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, mentors the finalists each week and lends his expertise, and Ryan Seacrest continues to host the show for his tenth season.
Mistresses, season premiere at 10pm on BBC America
– The sexy, sophisticated drama Mistresses is back for a final season. But all has changed as Katie, Trudi, Siobhan and Jessica are no longer friends. But what could have caused these friends to split? Katie, the group’s emotional rock, is back from time spent in Australia and ready to put her failed relationship with Dan behind her. However, her meticulously-organized life changes with the arrival of her widowed mother Vivienne. Trudi is struggling with finding a solid balance between family life and her successful baking business. When an investor proposes to buy the bakery, she isn’t sure she’s willing to give it all up. Also enjoying motherhood is Siobhan, but such family bliss is interrupted when her former lover and the father of her child, Dominic, returns to town—to announce his engagement to New York socialite Alice. Jessica is desperate to have a family with her husband, Mark. But after suffering a miscarriage 18 months earlier and Mark’s financial difficulties, she’s left second guessing her IVF plans. Having been through their fair share of torment and loneliness and love and excitement over the years, the bond between these four women once seemed unshakable. Katie asks them to come together with the hope of addressing what’s happened in the last year, but will old secrets leave them wishing they never reconnected?
Royal Pains, midseason premiere at 10pm on USA
Thursday, January 19th
Unsupervised, series premiere at 10:30pm on FX
– Unsupervised is an animated, half-hour comedy about two eternally optimistic best friends Gary and Joel, who are navigating the harsh landscape of adolescence and trying to do what’s right despite having no parental guidance whatsoever. Gary’s father took off years ago and left him with his absentee stepmom, while Joel’s elderly parents remain unseen and uninvolved. And the adults that are actually present in Gary and Joel’s lives are anything but role models. At first glance, Gary and Joel’s world may be bleak but their worldview is bright as they guide themselves through life with each other to depend on. Unsupervised features the voices of Justin Long as Gary, David Hornsby as Joel, Kristen Bell as Megan, Rob Rosell as Russ and Romany Malco as Darius.
Friday, January 20th
Shark Tank, season premiere at 8pm on ABC
– The Sharks are back to continue their search to invest in the best products and businesses that America has to offer. The critically acclaimed Shark Tank gives budding entrepreneurs the chance to make their dreams come true, and possibly make a business deal that will make them a millionaire. Season Three continues to make TV history, with the Sharks offering over $6.2 million of their own money in investment deals to bankroll a creative array of innovative entrepreneurs. Billionaire Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of HDNet and outspoken owner of the 2010-2011 NBA championship Dallas Mavericks, returns as a Shark in all 13 episodes. Also, Lori Greiner, a prolific inventor of retail products and often referred to as the “Queen of QVC,” will join the show as a guest Shark investor for three episodes. Returning “Sharks” joining Cuban and Greiner are real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, technology innovator Robert Herjavec, fashion and branding expert Daymond John and venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary, who we all know has also been called Mr. Wonderful (by himself, of course).
Saturday, January 21st
Bayou Billionaires, series premiere at 9pm on CMT
– In a modern day rags to riches story, Bayou Billionaires tells the story of the Dowdens of Shreveport, LA – a hardworking family of modest means who recently discovered their home sits on the fourth largest deposit of natural gas in the United States. After years of pinching pennies and balancing budgets, the over-the-top Dowdens are ready to enjoy the finer things in life, sparing no expense. Bayou Billionaires follows Gerald and Kitten and the rest of their family as they experience the perks of belonging to a brand new tax bracket. The close-knit Dowden family includes a colorful cast of characters who each have their own plans for living the American dream. Led by patriarch, Gerald, and matriarch, Kitten, the family includes daughter Valerie, an outspoken, single mother of three who works for the public defender’s office in Shreveport; daughter Chantel and her offbeat, live-in boyfriend Albert (aka Carl; aka Jimmy) whose hilarious exploits and anecdotes keep things very, very interesting; adventurous son Gerald Jr. and his wife Peggy; and the youngest son Thomas, who admits to being his mother’s favorite, and his wife Mallory. Kitten’s 90-year-old father, Grandpa, is a ladies’ man who often spends his time talking on the phone to his many girlfriends.
An Idiot Abroad 2: The Bucket List, season premiere at 10pm on Science
– This travel documentary series stars Karl Pilkington, a household name thanks to the The Ricky Gervais Show podcasts. The franchise’s second installment comes on the heels of the first season of An Idiot Abroad, which became the Science Channel’s most-watched series ever in 2011. After his tour of the Seven Wonders of the World, Pilkington could be considered an international jetsetter, however, his recent global exposure has made him even more resistant to the call of the open road. Nevertheless, world-class tormentors Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant prove that one man’s anguish can be another man’s amusement, as they send him around the world to fulfill his Bucket List. However, the list – compiled by Gervais and Merchant – is geared more toward the personal torture of Pilkington than it is for his personal fulfillment. Over eight episodes, Pilkington attempts to survive challenges including bungee jumping, taming cobras and swimming with sharks – solely for the amusement of his “friends” back in London. Now Karl can only hope that his quest to accomplish the definitive list of “things to do before you die” doesn’t kill him first.
Dancing With the Stars, syndication premiere at 6pm on GSN
– For the first time on television since they debuted, the past seasons of this sensational series will be shown in their entirety. All the sexy stars, all the beautiful dances and all the heart-pounding excitement can now be seen on GSN. So, whether you’re enjoying them once again, or if you’re catching them for the very first time, don’t miss a single episode. The syndication premiere begins with Season 4 aka the season of winners Apollo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough.