WASHINGTON, January 6, 2013 —With ratings giant Sunday Night Football missing from tonight’s schedule, the networks are running fresh episodes of their shows to grab the new viewers. Also, making its season debut tonight is The Biggest Loser. With a new year and the resolutions to go with it, the timing couldn’t be better for the start of this weight-loss-meets-boot-camp reality show.
Back after a month off is Once Upon a Time, a well written drama that puts a modern twist on classic fairytale characters. This show is the top network genre program, and it’s a darling with social media apps like Getglue and Foursquare. Once Upon a Time’s Season Two premiere set a record on Getglue, with the highest number of check-ins to date. I’ll admit I’m intrigued enough to watch it tonight, if for no other reason than it’s a creation of Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, the writers of Lost.
The recent season finales of Homeland and The Walking Dead left a void in good adult entertainment on Sunday night. This is why I’m so excited about the return of three of my favorite Showtime programs; Shameless, Californication, and House of Lies next Sunday night.
In preparation for their season premieres, Showtime is currently airing marathons of these programs, an excellent way to get current with the plots and characters, and to prepare for their upcoming premiers. The common theme of these three shows is decadence on all levels, so put the kids to bed before watching them, or be prepared to answer a lot of unsettling questions.
In short, as we put the holiday season behind us and get back to the grind of day-to-day life, new episodes and season premieres of favorite shows will make the transition a little less painful.
All ties are EST:
ABC: Once Upon a Time: (New) When Regina is accused of murdering a beloved fairy-tale character, Emma thinks she is innocent; Prince Charming and Snow White plan the evil queen’s execution.
CBS: Person of Interest: (Repeat) A person with a double-life becomes a person of interest.
FOX: The Simpsons: (New) With the end of the world looming, Homer decides to join an off-the-grid group of survivalists who’ve set up a secret sanctuary outside of Springfield to prep for the apocalypse. However, a skeptical Marge is suspicious of the plans.
NBC: Dateline NBC: (New) Al Roker and his family discuss a healthy lifestyle for the new year. Also: two women on a 10-day “digital detox”; interviews with Dr. Mehmet Oz and Usher.
FOX: Bob’s Burgers: (New) Linda worries that her relationship with Louise isn’t as good as it should be, so, much to Louise’s chagrin, she forces the young lady to participate in a mother-daughter seminar. With mom away, Tina turns to Bob for a lesson in shaving her legs.
ABC: Revenge: (New) Victoria starts planning a scheme that includes Emily; Emily locks in on a new target; Declan learns something that may threaten the Stowaway’s future.
CBS: The Good Wife: (New) For the Good Wife, the beginning of the year could be the end. Michael J. Fox guest stars.
FOX: Family Guy: (New) Peter and Lois send Chris to space camp in an effort to boost his self-esteem, but when the Griffins go to pick him up at the end of his stay, they are accidentally blasted into outer space, and it falls to Chris to get them safely back on Earth.
NBC: The Biggest Loser: (New) She just couldn’t stay away. A year and a half after leaving The Biggest Loser to start a family, Jillian Michaels, 38, returns to the ranch to help fellow trainers Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince whip Season 14’s contestants into the best shape of their lives.
FOX: American Dad: (New) Francine tries to get the family to rid themselves of bad habits, but when they imbibe too much at Roger’s Mardi Gras bash, they wind up making a disturbing pact with Bullock.
ABC: Happy Endings: (New) Brad and Penny break a favorite memento from Alex’s childhood, and while trying to repair it they commit murder most fowl when her racist pet parrot is overcome by glue fumes. Later, Jane and Dave play matchmaker for Max.
CBS: The Mentalist: (New) The CBI team visits a high end California rehab center in order to investigate the death of a young model who was a patient there.
ABC: Don’t Trust the B–- in Apt. 23: (New) June begins a new job and is befriended by a colleague, but Chloe thinks the coworker is just keeping her enemies close. Meanwhile, Mark asks James for help in expressing his feelings to June.
New episodes of:
The Real Housewives of Atlanta at 8 p.m. on BRAVO
Chopped at 8 p. m. on Food Channel
Mega RV Countdown at 8 p. m. on Travel Channel
Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off at 9 p.m. on Food Channel
Ax Men at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Drugs Inc. at 9 p.m. NGC
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo at 9 p.m. on TLC
Moonshiners: Outlaw Cuts at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on DSC
Iron Chef America at 10 p. m. on Food Channel
Bamazon at 10 p. m. on History Channel
Alaska State Troopers at 10 p. m. on NGC
For movie lovers:
Bring it On on AMC
Always on FLIX
Mr. & Mrs. Smith on FMC
Grown Ups on FX
Rise of the Planet of the Apes on HBO
Joyful Noise on HBO
The Help on SHO
Shooter on TNT
Letters to Juliet on ABCFAM
Unknown on HBO
Never Die Alone on MOMAX
Under the Tuscan Sun on STARZ
The Sitter on CINEMAX
Something Borrowed on HBO
Murder at 1600 on REELZ
Hoosiers on SUND
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