The Patriots roll on and so does the winter TV calendar: this week brings the return of both Sherlock Holmes and Sterling Archer, along with some sort of singing competition on Fox. American Idol? I don’t know if it’s gonna catch on…
Monday, January 13
Chozen (10:30-11:03 pm, FX)
FX’s new animated series launches tonight: Chozen is a white rapper who has just been released from prison and happens to be gay. He’s voiced by Saturday Night Live’s Bobby Moynihan; other actors lending their voices include Nick Swardson, Hannibal Buress, Kathryn Hahn, and Method Man.
Also tonight: Chozen is preceded by the fifth-season premiere of Archer (10 pm, FX). I’ve heard that this season is going to be quite different, but I don’t know what that means. According to FX’s description, an ISIS veteran dies, “and then things get crazy.”
Tuesday, January 17
American Experience (8-10 pm, PBS)
Tonight’s subject is the year 1964, from the Civil Rights Act to the Beatles’ conquering of American teenagers’ hearts and minds.
Wednesday, January 15
Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis (8-9:41 pm, Sho2)
A concert performance featuring music from the film and other folk songs from the early 1960s, with Jack White, Patti Smith, Marcus Mumford, Gillian Welch, The Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, and others.
Thursday, January 16
30 for 30: The Price of Gold (9-10:30 pm, ESPN)
This documentary delves into the 1994 attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan prior to the Olympic games, and the events that followed.
Friday, January 17
Stripes (8-9:50 pm, Encore)
Bill Murray and Harold Ramis are a couple of losers who join the Army; legitimate hilarity ensues.
Saturday, January 18
Flowers in the Attic (8-10 pm, Lifetime)
The book is a pile of bonkers gothic trash, but it has sold in excess of 40 million copies since its publication in 1979. A movie version was released in 1987, so it was ripe for a new adaptation. The cast includes Heather Graham as a desperate mother of four; Ellen Burstyn as her mother, who hides her grandchildren away from the world; and Kiernan Shipka (Sally on Mad Men) as the girl with some complicated feelings about her older brother. Early reviews suggest this version is rather mediocre, but that’s exactly why some people will want to watch. And Lifetime has already announced that they’ll be making a movie of the book’s sequel.
(Side note: has anyone else noticed that Lifetime’s original movies tend to premiere on Saturday nights? I guess they know their audience pretty well, which is not a judgment, just an observation.)
Sunday, January 19
Masterpiece Mystery! (10 pm-12:02 am, PBS)
Viewers have been waiting nearly two years to learn how Sherlock Holmes faked his death at the end of season two. (That’s not a spoiler; if he’d really died, there wouldn’t be a third season.) Tonight’s installment, titled The Empty Hearse, catches up with Watson two years after Holmes’s presumed death as a potential terrorist crisis looms.
Also today/tonight: The Patriots battle the Denver Broncos for the AFC championship at 3 pm on CBS; The San Francisco 49ers play the Seattle Seahawks for the NFC title (6:30 pm, Fox); after the game is the 90-minute season two premiere of The Following (scheduled for 10:30 pm but subject to change); HBO’s new comedy Looking, about three gay friends in San Francisco, premieres at 10:30 after Girls.
Not Fade Away (2012)
Sopranos creator David Chase wrote and directed this heartfelt story of 1960s friends in New Jersey who are inspired to form a band. While there are superficial similarities to That Thing You Do!, this movie aims for deeper sentiment and mainly succeeds.