Also on Sunday: Golden Globes, Returning ‘Boss’

It’s the champagne at the tables and the unpredictability of host Ricky Gervais that enlivens the Golden Globe Awards (NBC, 8 p.m.), one of now a million non-Oscar awards shows. The mix of awards for television and film makes for some interesting combinations in the stands as well. Morgan Freeman is set to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and some titles that will continue to win through the Oscars will begin to amass statues.

It almost makes you forget that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which throws it, is the most questionable and shadowy gang.

But the dresses are fabulous! So there’s a network “Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet” (NBC, 7 p.m.) and the even longer “Live from the Red Carpet” (E!, 5 p.m.) with Ryan Seacrest, Giuliana Rancic and all manner of GlamCams and StillettoCams (I suggested to Rancic the FingerCam to showcase red carpet jewelry.

“Undercover Boss” (CBS, 8 p.m.) returns for a third season, starting with the CEO timeshare corporation Diamond Resorts, who likes to think of himself as more philanthropic than his predecessors. Producers are promising better disguises and bigger payoffs for the new season.

In the second episode of “Downton Abbey” on “Masterpiece Classic” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) the grand home begins its transformation into a convalescent home. If you missed last week’s season premiere, which attracted 4.2 million viewers, is rerun at 7 p.m.).

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” alumnus Emma Caufield guest stars on “Once Upon a Time” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

Jason Biggs of “American Pie” fame, guest stars as a client on “The Good Wife” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

The crazy toy-animated “Robot Chicken” (Cartoon Network, 11:30 p.m.) reaches its 100th episode. But it’s only 15 minutes long. So in another world it might ony be the 50th episode.

Cat Deeley makes the rounds of cable comedies in the coming weeks. She’ll be in Ricky Gervais’ upcoming “Life’s Too Short,” and tonight she’s on the just-started “House of Lies” (Showtime, 10 p.m.).

Divisional playoff weekend ends with Houston at Baltimore (CBS, 1 p.m.) and Giants at Packers (Fox, 4:30 p.m.).

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