Several shows are returning this week, a couple for their final seasons, along with a new comedy on FXX and a TV adaptation of a ‘90s Bruce Willis sci-fi movie that isn’t The Fifth Element.
Monday, January 12
Fashion Police (9-10 pm, E!)
With the passing of Joan Rivers a few months ago it’s understandable that some may not care to watch the reconstituted version of the show. Joan was unique, but Kathy Griffin is uniquely qualified to fill the role of host in ways that most others are not. Co-host George Kotsiopoulos also is not returning and is being replaced by another stylist to celebrities, Brad Goreski.
Tuesday, January 13
Parks and Recreation (8-9 pm, NBC)
NBC is doubling up on the final season’s episodes to wrap it up more quickly, which seems unfair to this long-running show that defied expectations for its survival several times. The season will feature guest appearances by Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe (duh), Rachel Dratch, Paul Rudd, another cameo by Jon Hamm, and others.
Also tonight: the premiere of the third and final season of Kroll Show (10:30-11 pm, Comedy Central).
Wednesday, January 14
Man Seeking Woman (10:30-11 pm, FXX)
Jay Baruchel, who has appeared in a bunch of Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen movies, has the lead role in this new comedy about a young guy struggling to find love, with the gimmick that his internal thoughts are portrayed literally. FXX is pairing it with the season ten premiere of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10-10:30 pm).
Also tonight: season two of Broad City premieres (10:30-11 pm, Comedy Central).
Thursday, January 15
There’s something called the World Dog Awards, hosted by George Lopez (8-10 pm, CW). For the dogs’ sakes I hope the awards themselves are edible. Over on A&E the slightly more credible Critics’ Choice Movie Awards airs from 9-11 pm, and could be interesting because critics tend to like the weird and offbeat stuff.
Friday, January 16
12 Monkeys (9-10 pm, Syfy)
Based on the 1995 movie (which was itself inspired by a 1962 short called La Jetée), the TV series uses the same basic premise (time-traveling mission to save mankind from a deadly plague) as a jumping-off point to try to establish itself as its own entity. The cast is headlined by Aaron Stanford, who was previously on the CW series Nikita.
Also today: season two of the UK crime drama The Fall, starring Jamie Dorman and Gillian Anderson, streams on Netflix.
Saturday, January 17
Don’t Watch Whitney
You guys know I put these Lifetime movies in here as jokes, right? Because they’re almost universally terrible. The only interesting thing about Whitney is that it’s directed by Angela Bassett, who famously played Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It? Suggested alternatives: the season two premiere of The Musketeers (9-10:15 pm, BBC America); the 1991 Bill Murray-Richard Dreyfuss comedy What About Bob? (8-9:45 pm, Flix); The Graduate (9-11:15 pm, Sundance); Kevin Hart hosts Saturday Night Live (11:29 pm-1:03 am, NBC).
Sunday, January 18
NFL Conference Championship Games
The Patriots play in their fourth consecutive conference championship as they welcome the Indianapolis Colts to Foxborough in primetime (6:30-10 pm, CBS). In the NFC championship game the Green Bay Packers go to Seattle to play the Seahawks (3-6:30 pm, Fox).
Pee-Wee’s Playhouse (1986-1990)
Is it a brilliant kids’ show? Sure. Is it also something else entirely? Absolutely. What exactly that is, is pretty much up to you. I know people who used to make a point of getting up on Saturday mornings—adults who could have remained asleep—to watch this when it was originally on in the ‘80s. I may have been one of them. (45 episodes total, plus a Christmas special that Netflix lists separately.)
(Note: this information is accurate as of publication time, but programming is subject to change at the discretion of channels and networks. All times listed are Eastern time.)