What to watch on Saturday, January 16...
SEASON 46 PREMIERE / NEW CHANNEL, 9am & 9:30am, HBO
The children’s TV institution shifts from PBS to HBO, and just wait till you hear all the vocabulary words Big Bird has picked up from his new network comrades Tyrion Lannister and Hannah Horvath. In the first of this week’s episodes (now 30 minutes long), Tracee Ellis Ross stops by for a vocab game. In the second, Alan Cumming joins Elmo, Abby, and Oscar to explore the block with their five senses.
In “Tanker Crush,” Adam and Jamie attempt to annihilate a train car with a vacuum. Granted, Marge did some damage wielding a vacuum in the old Simpsons arcade game, but I doubt it could put a dent in a wait hang on I just figured out what kind of vacuum they mean, carry on.
SEASON 1 FINALE, 10pm, Esquire
“To Victor, the Spoils” finds Jean and Martin plotting to frame their adversary and thereby land him in Nelson’s lethal crosshairs. Meanwhile, Julie prepares to depart London, and Martin shares with his brother a key piece of info about their father’s death.