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College Football Playoff National Championship and NFL Wild Card games top the slate, along with the Golden Globes presentation.

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Sunday, Jan. 7
Final Appeal
Oxygen, 7pm
New Series!
In this gripping reality investigation series, exonerated former football star Brian Banks and former prosecutor Loni Coombs work tirelessly to uncover the truth behind controversial cases that may have led to wrongful convictions.
 
Runaway Romance
UP TV, 7pm
Original Film!
When reality TV star Ann Stanway (Danielle Chuchran) is written out of her show, her relationship and her seemingly perfect life, she leaves Hollywood and finds herself marooned in Amish country. But when Ann is taken in by a nearby inn’s owner and meets a handsome young architect (Trevor Donovan), she discovers that the reality she left isn’t nearly as perfect as the one she’s found. Tatum O’Neal also stars.
 
The Simpsons: “Haw-Haw Land”
FOX, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
George Takei plays himself, and Ed Sheeran voices a crooning jazz pianist who catches Lisa’s fancy when the Simpsons go to a STEM conference.
 
The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards
NBC, 8pm Live
Airing live coast-to-coast from the Beverly Hilton Hotel tonight, Seth Meyers will take the stage to host (for the first time) the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, remarked, “As he does every night for us in late night, he will be taking a closer look at this year’s best movies and television with his unique brand of wit, intelligence and mischievous humor.”
 
To Rome for Love
Bravo, 9pm
New Series!
Relationship expert Diann Valentine takes five beautiful women — Gina Neely, Shay Atkins, Nakita McGraw, Ashley Russell and Mercedes Young — to Italy to search for love. Each woman is in a different stage of her life and has a unique story of love, but each shares the common challenge of dating as a black woman in America.
 
NCIS: Los Angeles: “Under Pressure”
CBS, 9pm
When napalm is detected at a crime scene, the NCIS team investigates the only casualty for possible terrorism links.
 
Family Guy: “Boy (Dog) Meets Girl (Dog)”
FOX, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Amanda Seyfried voices a female show dog who meets Brian at the vet. When he’s immediately smitten, Brian enters a dog show competition where the winner gets to breed with her.
 
Last Scene Alive: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!
A Hollywood film crew descends on the town of Lawrenceton, Ga., to produce a film based on a book written by Aurora’s onetime boyfriend. When the actress playing Aurora is killed, the real Aurora and the Murders Club must investigate a long list of suspects. Starring Candace Cameron Bure, Marilu Henner and Yannick Bisson.
 
Madam Secretary: “Mitya”
CBS, 10pm
Vice President Hurst (Jayne Atkinson) promises that Americans will be able to adopt Russian orphans despite a potential ban by the Russian president, in an attempt to weaken Secretary of State McCord’s (Téa Leoni) bid to be the next U.S. president.
 
Revenge Body With Khloé Kardashian
E!, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Khloe’s back for an eight-episode Season 2 of her inspirational series where her team of fitness, style and beauty experts give individualized help and encouragement to transform participants into the person they always dreamed of becoming inside and out.
 
The Chi
Showtime, 10pm
New Series!
Produced entirely in its namesake city, Chicago, this series is a timely coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption. The ensemble cast includes Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), Jacob Latimore (Sleight), Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (Queen of Katwe), Alex R. Hibbert (Moonlight), Yolonda Ross (Treme, The Get Down), Armando Riesco (Bull) and Tiffany Boone (The Following).
 
Monday, Jan. 8 
College Football Playoff National Championship 
ESPN, 8pm Live 
College football’s champion is crowned tonight at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
 
David Bowie: The Last Five Years
HBO, 8pm
Focusing on the artist’s final years, this documentary presents a nuanced look at the evolution of Bowie’s music through archival footage and interviews with the musical legend’s bandmates. Largely focused on Bowie’s final two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar, the film also explores his musical, Lazarus, which he began developing in the midst of his battle with liver cancer.
 
Home Town
HGTV, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Ben and Erin Napier are back for new episodes featuring big home renovation projects in small-town Mississippi in a season that will also feature their newborn baby girl. In each episode, Ben and Erin show clients two outdated but budget-friendly properties that meet the families’ needs. Then Erin creates watercolor renderings of both homes’ potential to help the prospective buyers see how she and Ben could turn one into their dream home. When a choice is made, Ben gets to work, using reclaimed materials from the property to build one-of-a-kind pieces for the homeowners.
 
Better Late Than Never: “Berlin — How Do You Say Roots in German?”
NBC, 9pm
In the hopes of finding Henry’s roots, the guys head to Berlin. They visit a communist hotel, see the Berlin Wall and have a surprise meet-up with Al Roker — plus, there’s a special performance from none other than David Hasselhoff!
 
The Good Doctor: “Islands Part One”
ABC, 10pm
Dr. Andrews (Hill Harper) and Dr. Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez) perform a very sensitive kidney transplant between a pair of twins whose lives intersect in more ways than one. Meanwhile, a very overwhelmed Dr. Murphy (Freddie Highmore) decides to take an impromptu trip with his friend Lea (Paige Spara) and leave everything behind.
 
The Brave
NBC, 10pm
New Episodes!
The series picks up after the thrilling midseason finale in which Jaz (Natacha Karam) was captured in Iran after successfully taking out her target.
 
Independent Lens: “Unrest”
PBS, 10pm
Follow filmmaker Jennifer Brea’s struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome and meet others coping with this often devastating and little-understood condition in this intimate documentary.
 
Tuesday, Jan. 9
NCIS: “Dark Secrets”
CBS, 8pm
When a seemingly successful and happy Navy lieutenant appears to have taken her own life, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the NCIS team interview family and friends from her past and present.
 
The Fosters 
Freeform, 8pm
New Episodes!
The groundbreaking family drama returns for 10 new episodes this winter, including the series’ 100th.
 
America’s Next Top Model
VH1, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Superstar Tyra Banks returns as the competition’s host, and will be joined by judges supermodel/body activist Ashley Graham, Paper magazine Chief Creative Officer Drew Elliott and celebrity stylist/image architect Law Roach. This season, fourteen lovely ladies will compete in a series of modeling challenges in the hopes of earning the title of “America’s Next Top Model,” a modeling contract with Next Management, a fashion spread in Paper magazine and $100,000 from Pantene Pro-V.
 
black-ish: “Inheritance”
ABC, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) has a talk with Dre (Anthony Anderson) and his sister Rhonda (guest star Raven-Symoné) about their inheritance. Meanwhile, Bow’s sister Santamonica (guest star Rashida Jones) hires Junior (Marcus Scribner) as her assistant.
 
Bull: “Grey Areas”
CBS, 9pm
Bull (Michael Weatherly) aims to convince a jury that clinicians are not directly responsible for their patients’ actions when a psychologist friend is sued for malpractice following a patient’s deadly rampage.
 
This Is Us
NBC, 9pm
New Episodes!
The tearjerker drama is back to continue its second season.
 
American Experience: “Into the Amazon”
PBS, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Discover the remarkable story of the perilous 1914 journey of Theodore Roosevelt and Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon into the dark and deadly heart of the Amazon rainforest. Featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin and Wagner Moura.
 
The Haves and the Have Nots
OWN, 9pm
Season Premiere!
OWN promises the most explosive season yet, as Season 5 picks up with no one unscathed by scandal, destruction, life-threatening moments and even death in the ongoing drama between the wealthy Cryer and Harrington families and the poor Young family. The series stars John Schneider and Tika Sumpter.
 
Goodfellas: The Real Story
REELZ Channel, 9pm
Martin Scorsese’s movie about the New York Mafia is considered by many to be one of the greatest gangster movies of all time. It is based on the life story of Henry Hill and features the Lufthansa heist at JFK airport where $6 million in cash and jewelry was stolen in 1978. The movie claims that Hill went clean in 1987, after having his identity changed as part of the witness protection program, but he didn’t — he was arrested for narcotics offenses in his later years. However, he ran a restaurant briefly and wrote a cookbook.
 
Major Crimes
TNT, 9pm
Series Finale!
Tonight marks the end of Mary McDonnell’s run as Cmdr. Sharon Raydor, a role she carried over from the long-running The Closer procedural, which ended in 2012. After six seasons and over 100 episodes, we bid goodbye to the Major Crimes division tonight. Series creator James Duff promised the series would provide “a finale worthy of our loyal viewers and their years of unstinting support.”
 
Undercover High
A&E, 10pm
New Series!
Being a teen today is rough. Social media is brutal. This gripping new docuseries follows seven young adults, ranging in age from 21 to 26, who embed themselves for a semester at Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kan. The participants pose as typical students — attending classes and making friends — for an inside look at what it’s like to be a teenager today. The participants, unaware of each other, arrive on campus, where only the school administrators and select members of the community know their true identities and the reason for their semester-long stay, which is to help enact positive change. From bullying and the pervasiveness of social media to the struggle to excel in the classroom and navigate evolving social standards, participants discover the challenges and complexities, both new and familiar, facing today’s teens.
 
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World: “Solo”
ABC, 10pm
As the newest substitute teacher at La Salle High School, Kevin (Jason Ritter) tries to help an introverted student become more self-assured and popular — but to do so, he must first pull off the second greatest freshman prank in the school’s history.
 
Wednesday, Jan. 10
The 3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Gala
The CW, 8pm
Recorded at Montreal’s Just for Laughs festival, this special hosted by Howie Mandel features performances from some of comedy’s hottest acts.
 
The X-Files: “This”
FOX, 8pm
An old friend reaches out to Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) in a seemingly impossible way, revealing a chilling secret.
 
NHL Hockey: Minnesota at Chicago 
NBCSN, 8pm Live
Jason Zucker leads the Minnesota Wild into Chicago’s United Center to face off against Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks on NBCSN.
 
Speechless: “THE H-U-S—HUSTLE”
ABC, 8:30pm
Maya (Minnie Driver) makes a new friend and Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) discovers the benefits of being tall when they’re both pulled into a school fundraiser. Meanwhile, Ray (Mason Cook) explores his reckless side and Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) tries to win over a crowd with his DJ skills.
 
Alone Together
Freeform, 8:30pm
New Series!
This irreverent buddy comedy from executive producers The Lonely Island (Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone) stars comedians Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo as misfit millennials trying to make their way in the vain and status-obsessed culture of Los Angeles. The misadventures of the platonic friends include shooting their own music video, standing in line for a Lip Kit Pop Up and trying their hand at retirement life.
 
9-1-1: “Let Go”
FOX, 9pm
When a roller coaster malfunctions, a night at an amusement park takes a deadly turn. Meanwhile, Buck (Oliver Stark) struggles with the “life or death” nature of his career, Athena (Angela Bassett) and Hen (Aisha Hinds) respond to an unusual home invasion, and a couple’s dispute leads to a dramatic rescue for Bobby (Peter Krause).
 
NOVA: “Black Hole Apocalypse”
PBS, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Join astrophysicist and novelist Janna Levin on a mind-blowing voyage to the frontiers of black hole science, which is shining new light on the most powerful and mysterious objects in the universe.
 
The Magicians
Syfy, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The fantasy series based on the bestselling books returns for Season 3.
 
Rooster & Butch  
A&E, 10pm
New Series!
In this Texas-sized docuseries, self-made multi-millionaires Mike “Rooster” McConaughey and Butch Gilliam are on the hunt for new investment opportunities. In each episode, the larger-than-life pair and their buddy Gil search for ambitious entrepreneurs with American dreams that they can help achieve.
 
Criminal Minds: “Full-Tilt Boogie”
CBS, 10pm
The BAU’s investigation into the home invasion and attempted homicide of a police chief’s wife uncovers a world of secrets in a small Virginia town.
 
Thursday, Jan. 11
The Big Bang Theory: “The Solo Oscillation”
CBS, 8pm
Amy (Mayim Bialik) bonds with Leonard (Johnny Galecki) over a series of science experiments when Sheldon (Jim Parsons) kicks her out so he can work solo.
 
23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards
The CW, 8pm Live
The Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association present their combined Film and Television awards — which honor the finest in both cinematic and televised/streaming achievement — from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.
 
NBA Basketball 
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live 
LeBron James leads the Cleveland Cavaliers into Toronto’s Air Canada Centre for a matchup against Kyle Lowry and the Raptors. In the second game of TNT’s doubleheader, LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs visit the Staples Center for a matchup against Lonzo Ball and the L.A. Lakers.
 
Young Sheldon: “Demons, Sunday School, and Prime Numbers”
CBS, 8:30pm
Guest Star Alert!
Billy Gardell guest-stars in this episode where a worried Mary (Zoe Perry) sends Sheldon (Iain Armitage) to Sunday school after she finds him playing Dungeons & Dragons with his friends.
 
Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story
ABC, 9pm
This two-hour special features rarely seen footage as well as an emotional interview with figure skater Tonya Harding, who opens up about her life now and her past, including her childhood, her allegedly tumultuous relationship with her ex-husband, and the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan. 
 
Mom: “A Bear and a Bladder Infection”
CBS, 9pm
When Christy’s (Anna Faris) long-distance relationship starts to fizzle, she seeks the company of a former fling. Meanwhile, Bonnie (Allison Janney) tries to give up coffee.
 
Expecting
UP TV, 9:30pm
New Series!
Expecting first aired as a one-off special on Labor Day 2017, and now it returns as a regular series. In each episode, pregnant couples turn the cameras on themselves to chronicle their unique pregnancy journeys.
 
S.W.A.T.: “Seizure”
CBS, 10pm
Hondo (Shemar Moore) suspects inmates in a prison riot have ulterior motives when the SWAT team goes inside to rescue civilian hostages.
 
Friday, Jan. 12
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
Amazon
New Series!
This 10-episode anthology series, with each episode based on a short story by sci-fi master Philip K. Dick (The Man in the High Castle), boasts Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar GalacticaOutlander) and Bryan Cranston among its executive producers. Cranston also stars in an episode, and the series features other notable onscreen talent such as Steve Buscemi, Greg Kinnear, Maura Tierney, Janelle Monáe, Mireille Enos, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard and Vera Farmiga.
 
Lip Sync Battle Shorties
Nickelodeon, 7:30pm
New Series!
Nick Cannon and his sidekick JoJo Siwa host this pint-sized music showdown. In each episode, real-life kids perform epic lip-syncs to pop songs while they’re backed by the show’s in-house dance crew, who have mastered all styles of dance from breakdancing to ballet to ballroom. Every episode features a special celebrity appearance including Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, Echosmith’s Sydney Sierota and more.
 
MacGyver: “CO2 Sensor + Tree Branch”
CBS, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
When Mac (Lucas Till) participates in a challenge for government operatives to create robotic combat machines, he must help his biggest competitor, Allie (guest star Ashley Tisdale) — who happens to be his former fling — when her vehicle is hacked.
 
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Nathaniel Gets the Message!”
The CW, 8pm
Tonight’s episode features a milestone: the 100th song of the series!
 
NBA Basketball 
ESPN, beginning at 8pm Live
The Golden State Warriors visit Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Bradley Center for a matchup against the Bucks, followed by the Houston Rockets at the Phoenix Suns.
 
Hell’s Kitchen: “Five Is the New Black”
FOX, 8pm
Chef Gordon Ramsay reveals to the remaining All-Stars that they will be competing for the coveted black jacket by facing a series of three difficult challenges, including one where they must make a dish of their choice using ingredients picked out by Ramsay himself.
 
Blindspot
NBC, 8pm
New Episodes!
The December winter finale ended with a massive cliffhanger, but series creator Martin Gero soothes, “Don’t worry, we take a lot of time to explain what is going on right away when we return.” And he offers a bit of a tease, saying, “The dynamic between some of the team members certainly changes … and a new, very dangerous foe comes into focus.”
 
Taken
NBC, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Person of Interest’s Greg Plageman takes over as showrunner, ushering in a more Bryan Mills-centric tale and cleaning house on Season 1’s overabundance of secondary characters. Adam Goldberg signs on as a wry but dangerous hacker named Kilroy, joined by The Flash’s Jessica Camacho as former soldier and master negotiator Santana — both tapped by Christina Hart (Jennifer Beals) to help free Mills (Clive Standen) from his Mexican captors. The forming of this new team is really an effort to be pre-emptive and preventative,” says Beals. “This direction gives an opportunity for Christina and Bryan to work together instead of being at odds. She completely trusts him to let him off the leash.”
 
Blue Bloods: “The Brave”
CBS, 10pm
When Anthony (Steve Schirripa) is shot while interviewing a witness for an upcoming murder trial, Erin (Bridget Moynahan) enlists Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), Anthony’s archenemy, to find out who is responsible.
 
Saturday, Jan. 13
NFL Football: AFC and NFC Divisional Playoffs 
CBS & FOX, beginning at 4:30pm Live 
The NFL playoffs enter the divisional round, with today’s games on FOX (NFC) and CBS (AFC). Tomorrow, NFC coverage is on NBC, followed by an AFC game on CBS.
 
Eat, Sleep, BBQ: “Creative ’Que”
Food Network, 9pm
Rashad Jones hangs out with three creative barbecue pit masters. One chef creates a fresh take on chicken and waffles and infuses his ribs with Pacific flavors. A quirky food truck serves smoked duck, fig flatbread and a killer brisket. And a chef who substitutes pulled pork with smoked fruit puts a spin on barbecued goat.
 
Frozen in Love
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
Rachael Leigh Cook stars as a struggling bookstore owner who is paired with the bad boy of professional hockey (Niall Matter) to help each facilitate an image makeover. They soon realize that opposites attract, and they find themselves unexpectedly frozen in love.
 
Your Worst Nightmare: “A Noise in the Night”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
When two sisters move into a perfect apartment in downtown Salt Lake City, they’re unaware that a recent parolee lives nearby.
 
Saturday Night Live: “Sam Rockwell/Halsey”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Sam Rockwell, star of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, hosts the first new episode of the new year, joined by musical guest Halsey.
 
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