What to watch on Sunday, January 17...
In “The Cook, the Steve, the Gayle, & Her Lover," Bob throws a dinner party to spend some quality time with a new pal. Gayle sees the soiree as the perfect chance to introduce the family to her new beau—who, it turns out, is one of Louise’s bitterest enemies.
8pm, A&E and Lifetime
The 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards
T.J. Miller hosts the ceremony from Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar. Mad Max: Fury Road leads the pack with 13 nominations, followed by Carol, The Martian, and The Revenant with nine apiece.
SERIES PREMIERE, 8pm, Showtime
The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth
In this documentary series, political writers Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will take a long, hard look at the 2016 presidential race every week, and will somehow manage not to hurl themselves off a cliff in madness and misery.
“Giants vs. Dwarves” sees Galavant at the end of his rope with Richard, and getting mixed up in a spat between the titular factions. Then in “About Last Night,” Richard undergoes knight training at the school run by Galavant’s father, Sir Arnold, while Galavant gains some insights into his past and a fleeing Sid bumps into Wormwood in the Forest of Coincidence.
In “Much Apu About Something,” Sanjay passes down his Kwik-E-Mart stake to his son Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar), whose newfangled ideas for the Springfield institution rankle Apu. It’s up to Bart, recently retired from pranking, to tap into his mischievous side once more and upend the new establishment.
SERIES PREMIERE/MARATHON, 9pm, TBS
Rashida Jones stars as the eponymous LAPD detective in this slapstick spoof that carries on the proud Police Squad! tradition. The full 10-episode first season will air back-to-back, sans commercials, five times in a row, over the next 25 hours. If all that unconventionality gives you tsuris, fret not: Season 2 will roll out weekly beginning on January 25.
SPECIAL TIME, 9pm, CBS
Elizabeth’s attempts to forge a Pacific Rim trade agreement in Myanmar are stymied by the nation’s American ambassador in “The Middle Way.” Elsewhere, Nadine has troubles of her own trying to build a bridge with her estranged son.
Determined to show Fiona that she can care for a child, Debbie carries around a bag of flour in “#Abortion Rules.” But she soon discovers that even tending to a powdery progeny is tougher than she imagined.
Calamity befalls the wedding dress, while the hospital row grows ever bitterer. In happier developments, Edith receives some much welcome help meeting a deadline.
While Lois and her mom enjoy a spa day, Peter and Carter are left to their own devices in “Scammed Yankees.” It’s not long before their suckered by an email con, which sends them on a trip to Africa to recover their lost loot.
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, Showtime
Damian Lewis is a dynamic hedge fund tycoon and Paul Giamatti is a cunning U.S. attorney in this drama set in the high-rolling world of New York finance. The pilot sets in motion a battle of wits, will, and resources between the two.
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, PBS
This drama, based on actual events, follows volunteer nurses on both sides of the Civil War. “The New Nurse” commences things with New Englander Mary Phinney arriving at Mansion House, a hotel being used as a hospital in Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia.
SPECIAL TIME, 10pm, CBS
The Good Wife
Alicia and Cary team up to defend former client Rowby Canton in a multimillion-dollar IP lawsuit. (Noel is already strapping on his dancing shoes in anticipation of a “Thicky Trick” follow-up.) Elsewhere in “Tracks,” Alicia faces her own conflict when her neighbors threaten to evict her for running her firm from her apartment.
SEASON 2 FINALE, 10pm, E!
“The Serpent That Did Sting Thy Father’s Life” wraps up the sophomore season. Since the episode’s logline doesn’t offer any plot details, I’ll just assume the family is ousted in coup by a long-lost Plantagenet heir.