Sunday TV: The Weird Golden Globes

goldenGlobesRicky Gervais returns to host The Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC, 8 p.m.) for the fifth time. Which may be an amusing moment in a show known for weird choices. Among the nominees for best TV drama is “Big Little Lies,” “The Crown,” “Killing Eve,” “The Morning Show” and “Succession.” For comedy: “Barry,” “Fleabag,” (The Kominsky Method,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “The Politician.”

It’s preceded by “Live from the Red Carpet” (E1, 6 p.m.) and NBC’s own red carpet show at 7:30 p.m.).

“Doctor Who” (BBC America, 8 p.m.) has the concluding half of New Year’s Day season opener.

With tonight’s episode of “The Simpsons” (Fox, 8 p.m.), it becomes the first TV show to air in five different decades. They celebrate with Artie Ziff’s wedding, where his bride is a clone of Marge.

On “Work in Progress” (Showtime, 10:53 p.m.) there’s a medical emergency.

Miles gets a new clue on “God Friended Me” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

Little girls offer advice on boys to Tiffany Haddish on “Kids Say the Darnedest Things” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

On “Power” (Starz, 8 p.m.), Ghost’s shooter is still being sought. Then they talk about it on “Power Confidential” (Starz, 9 p.m.).

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Saturday TV: A New Set of Fangs

Dracula - episode 2Claes Bang stars in a new three-part adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” (Netflix, streaming) from Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, the creators of the updated “Sherlock.” It promises a nasty twist or two.

The new documentary series “Hopelessly in Love” (Lifetime, 9:30 p.m.) offers feature-length examinations of celebrity couples, starting with Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and NFL wide receiver Andre Rison.

NFL playoffs begin with wild card games, Buffalo at Houston (ESPN, 4:30 p.m.) and Tennessee at Patriots (CBS, 8 p.m.)

The final episode of this week’s five-part sequel “Surviving R. Kelly: Part II: The Reckoning” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) sees the singer taken into federal custody.

A New Year’s resolution for Hallmark romances seems to be more travel. They go to Colorado for “Winter in Vail” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.), which stars Lacey Chabert as a woman who inherits a ski chalet and meets a local man, Tyler Hynes. Then it’s time for Strudlefest!

“The Aftermath” (HBO, 8 p.m.), James Kent’s postwar romantic triangle starring Kiera Knightley, Jason Clarke and Alexander Skarsgard, makes its premium cable debut. Also new to cable:  Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart in “The Upside” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) the gentle comedy with Nicole Kidman and Julianna Margulies.

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Friday TV: Some Thoughts from Ilana

IlanaThe shorter half of the duo that brought us “Broad City” is back on stage ruminating on topics from Hitchcock to homophobia in the stand-up comedy special “Ilana Glazer: The Planet is Burning” (Amazon, streaming).

It appears the same day as a second comedy special from a female comic on the service, “Jayde Adams: Serious Black Jumper” (Amazon, streaming).

Amybeth McNulty returns as Anne of Green Gables in the third and final season of the “Anne of Green Gables” adaptation “Anne with an E” (Netflix, streaming) in which she reaches her 16th birthday, seeks her biological families and generally grows up.

“Hawaii Five-0” (CBS, 8 p.m.) and “Magnum P.I.” (CBS, 9 p.m.) finally stage their first two hour crossover episode. Next they’ll have to figure out a way to involve “Blue Bloods” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

The next two episodes of “Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning” (Lifetime, 9 and 10 p.m.) covers the first round of criminal charges following part one; the second hour covers the famous interview with Gayle King.

In the made-for-TV movie “A Deadly Price for Her Pretty Face” (Lifetime Movie Network, 8 p.m.) Cassie Howarth plays a young fashion model and single mother, kidnapped by a pair of brothers (Shawn Pryform and Kevin Fonteyne )who want to sell her to human traffickers.  It’s part of their “Deadly Resolutions” slate of movies, hosted by Vivica A. Fox.

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A New Year’s Eve Tribute to Aretha Franklin

ArethaSome of Aretha Franklin’s greatest performances happened at the Kennedy Center — chief of which may have been a 2015 performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at the Kennedy Center Honors that made Barack Obama shed a tear in the Presidential box.

Clips of some of Franklin’s performances in the fabled D.C. hall, dating back to 1978, preceded a New Year’s Eve tribute to the Queen of Soul at the Kennedy Center, electrifying the sold out crowd even as it set an impossible standard for the performers who would follow.

There were a couple marquee names involved in the salute — from Dionne Warwick to Michelle Williams, But mostly the tribute to Franklin, who died in 2018, featured a handful of names that didn’t quite ring a bell, even if some of them did rise to the occasion.

The salute was under the direction of Luke Frazier and his American Pops Orchestra, who began with a symphonic “Respect” that certainly didn’t have the impact of Franklin’s 1967 signature chart-topper.

Then came Rayshun LaMarr, a D.C. finalist for “The Voice” season 14, doing “Chain of Fools.” And while he had a commanding, soulful voice, the pops arrangement all but lost the snarling guitar that set up the Franklin hit.

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Thursday TV: Cowboy as City Cop

deputy-stephen-dorffIt was just about a year ago that Stephen Dorff co-starred credibly on “True Detective.” Now he’s starring in a new series as “Deputy” (Fox, 9 p.m.). as a cop who is pushed into the top job when the Los Angeles sheriff dies unexpectedly of a heart attack. He brings a Wild West approach to the big city job, rather like “McCloud” half a century ago. The cast includes Yara Martinez, Brian Van Holt and Siena Goines.

It follows the eighth season start for the Tim Allen sitcom “Last Man Standing” (Fox, 8 and 8:30 p.m.) — its second season on its current network. In the first episode they cope with empty nest syndrome; Joe Leno guest stars in the second.

A look behind the scenes of the popular game show is promised in the special “What is Jeopardy!? Alex Trebek and America’s Most Popular Quiz Show” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

It’s not the only show being honored on network TV tonight, with “Paley Center Salutes Law & Order; SVU” (NBC, 9 p.m.), the series that’s in its 21st season — the longest-running U.S. live action series on TV.

Reaction to the sensational and consequential docudrama on the crimes of singer R. Kelly is the basis of the five-episode sequel titled “Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.). The first two episodes run tonight.

Last year’s faith-based film “Breakthrough” (HBO, 8 p.m.), about a Missouri teen who falls through the ice and is feared dead until people pray for him, makes its premium cable debut. Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas and Topher Grace star.

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Wednesday TV: Linda Ronstadt’s Story

Singer Linda Ronstadt (circa 1978)The recent Kennedy Center Honoree has her story told — and her singular voice heard in the biographical documentary “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” (CNN, 9 p.m.). She’s no longer singing but discusses her rich career — and her friends Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Dolly Parton chime in.

Jodie Whittaker, the 13th “Doctor Who” (BBC America, 8 p.m.) starts her second season with a two part holiday episode that also features Stephen Fry and Lenny Henry as well as a couple of historical figures: Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.

In the new series “Spinning Out” (Netflix, streaming), Kaya Scodelario plays a competitive skater returning to the sport after an accident only to be paired with a bad boy partner (Even Roderick). January Jones and Johnny Weir are also featured.

From Mark Burnett and roma Downey comes the religion-tinged series “Messiah” (Netflix, streaming), starring Michelle Monaghan as an CIA officer who investigates a man (Mendi Dehbi) whose followers believe he can do miracles.

The day begins with The 131st Rose Rose Parade (NBC, 11:30 a.m.) from Pasadena. Al Roker and Hoda Kotb co-host the network coverage; Grand marshals include Rita Moreno, Gina Torres and Laurie Hernandez. It’s the most covered parade around, with telecasts also on ABC, Hallmark, HGTV and Hallmark. But alas, Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon’s Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Rattigan won’t be doing their parade announcing schtick on Amazon Prime this year.

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Tuesday TV: Rockin’ Eve and Such

ryan-seacrest-nye-preview-abc-ml-191230_hpMain_16x9_992The longest of the evening’s countdown shows also has the most cumbersome title: “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020” (ABC, 8 p.m.), which features performances from Paula Abdul, Kelsea Ballerini, Bianco Brown, Dan and Shay, Green Day, Dua Lipa, Ava Max, Megan Thee Stallion, Sheryl Crow, Anthony Ramos, Salt-N-Pepa and Shaed. Lucy Hale helps host in New York, while Ciara presides in Los Angeles and Billy Porter reports from New Orleans.  Meanwhile, there is “Fox’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey: Live from Times Square” (Fox, 8 p.m.) with Maria Menounos co-hosting. LL Cool headlines, the Lumineers and Chainsmokers perform and the Village People try to set a record for largest “YMCA” dance.

Starting a more reasonable two hours later is “NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2020” (NBC, 10 p.m.) hosted by Carson Daly and Julianne Hough. Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, X Ambassadors, Ne-Yo and Brett Eldridge perform. Keith Urban reports from Nashville.

“New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen” (CNN, 8 p.m.) reunites the two old friends at Times Square, with Kathy Griffin replaced by the Bravo host and producer for the second year in a row.

A Sondheim celebration from the New York Philharmonic is the classier New Year’s Eve fare from “Live from Lincoln Center” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings).

And a count down in Spanish is offered on “Feliz 2020” (Univision, 8 p.m.).

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Monday TV: Family Films Its Escape

midnighttrav_fpWhen the Taliban started coming after cafe owner Hassan Fazili in Afghanistan — for serving men and women in his shop — he grabbed his wife and two daughters to flee. He also grabbed his iPhone to document their journey to asylum.

The resulting “Midnight Traveler” makes its debut on “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) gives one family’s ordeal in the the refugee crisis.

In another documentary tonight, the great Italian tenor is profiled in the film “Pavarotti” (Showtime, 8 p.m.). Yes, Bono is interviewed.

Elisabeth Moss’ turn as a self-destructive rock star in Alex Ross Perry’s 2018 film “Her Smell” (HBO, 8 p.m.), makes its premium cable debut.

Also making its premium cable doubt is the hospital romance “Five Feet Apart” (Showtime, 10 p.m.), about a teen couple who must keep a distance because of fear of infection. Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson star.

On the new variation “Chopped Sweets” (Food, 9 p.m.) involves four chefs making confections that for the first time in a month have nothing to do with holidays.

They have to make models of winter sports, for example, on “Food Network Challenge” (Food, 10 p.m.).

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Sunday TV: Blind Date Dancing

Flirty-Dancing-Everything-You-Need-to-Know-About-the-Blind-Date-Dancing-SeriesThe new “Flirty Dancing” (Fox, 8 p.m.) is pretty much a dating show in dancing shoes: Two strangers learn a dance and perform it together before they can speak. Based on a UK format, the Fox version adds a twist: someone dances with two people and chooses their favorite to date. It’s hosted by Jenna Dewan, former host of “World of Dance.”

Teen life is dark and ominous in “Dare Me” (USA, 10 p.m.) about a small town cheerleading squad trained to be mean girls. Not able to be as explicit as HBO’s “Euphoria,” (though it does drop a few F bombs) it’s written in catch phrases and features almost no likable stars.

There’s not enough time for a month of competitions, as they did for Christmas, so “Duff’s New Year’s Eve Cake-Off” (Food, 9 p.m.) is a one-off.

Sunday Night Football has San Francisco at Seattle (NBC, 8:15 p.m.). Earlier games include Miami at New England (CBS, 1 p.m.), Green Bay at Detroit (Fox, 1 p.m.), Pittsburgh at Baltimore (CBS, 4:25 p.m.) and Washington at Dallas (Fox, 4:25 p.m.).

“Ray Donovan” (Showtime, 8 p.m.) tries to track down Sally and Mickey.

Cassie and Rob are forced to face each other on the first season finale of “Dublin Murders” (Starz, 8 p.m.).

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Saturday: ‘Austin City Limits’ Hall of Fame

austin-city-limits-hall-of-fame-2019-1200x625Buddy Guy, Shawn Colvin and Lyle Lovett are inducted into the Hall of Fame of the “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings) in a ceremony taped in October. In addition to performances from the honorees are songs in tribute from Jackson Borwne, Sarah Jarosz, Jimmie Vaughan, Shemekia Copeland, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Willis Alan Ramsey and Edie Brickell joined by surprise guest Sean Penn. Robert Earl Keen, pictured at left, hosts.

It’s arguably the biggest day of the season for college football, with the champion semifinals coming in the form of Oklahoma vs. LSU (ESPN, 4 p.m.) in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta and Ohio State vs. Clemson (ESPN, 8 p.m.) in the Fiesta Bowl from Arizona.

A news department that used to do this kind of important journalism regularly steps back up to the plate with the “CBS News Special: The Faces of Family Separation” (CBS, 10 p.m.), about the consequences of Trump’s border policies.

Let it be known that the final Saturday night premiere on HBO for the decade is “Detective Pikachu” (HBO, 8 pm). The first live action Pokémon movie, with Ryan Reynolds lending his voice and facial motion capture. With: Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton and Suki Waterhouse. Also making its premium cable debut is “Brightburn” (Starz, 8 p.m.) about a couple who hired an alien boy. Elizabeth Banks, David Denman and Jackson Dunn star.

If you missed it recently (and there’s plenty of reasons you might have, from impeachment to debates to football), there’s a replay of “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Good Times’” (ABC, 8 p.m.). It’s the most notable of a night of reruns on network television

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