The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Sunday

On TV this Sunday (aka the busiest night of the month): A lot, including four season openers, two series debuts and six winter premieres. All told, we found 14 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Once Upon a Time (ABC) | Regina and Mr. Gold take opposite sides when Emma runs for sheriff against Sidney. In the fairytale world, Rumplestiltskin tries to track down the ultimate power source to keep his son out of a war.

8 pm The Simpsons (Fox) | When Homer lands his own cable news program, he endorses right-wing rock star Ted Nugent (guest voicing as himself) for President of the United States.

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9 pm The Firm (NBC) | Series premiere: A follow-up to the John Grisham novel/Tom Cruise movie, this picks up 10 years later, as Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas) and his family leave witness protection to start a new life. But will Mitch yet again ally himself with the wrong colleagues?

9 pm Shameless (Showtime) | As Season 2 opens, Fiona has moved on from Steve with a new fella (Lone Star‘s James Wolk), Frank is fretting his free ride at Sheila’s is doomed to expire as her ventures out into the world literally bring her steps closer to his secrets, Ian’s boning up to get into military school, and Lip revs back up his and Kev’s ice cream/pot truck business.

9 pm Downton Abbey (PBS) | Season 2 premiere: In the throes of the Great War, Robert struggles with the uneasiness of a diminished house and the suspicion that the uniform he wears is empty, while Isobel charts a new course for one Crawley sister and Branson exerts his influence over another. Among the servants, love is in the air until Bates makes a decision that crushes the hearts of the two people who love him most.

9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Lockhart & Gardner’s future is at stake when a couple whose divorce was overseen by the firm accuses them of encouraging the breakup for financial gain. F. Murray Abraham and Carrie Preston return as guest stars.

9 pm Desperate Housewives (ABC) | Bree prepares to end it all; Gaby suspects Carlos may have had something to do with Chuck’s murder; Susan makes up her mind to go to New York – with or without Mike; Tom cancels his plans to go to Paris with his girlfriend when Lynette reveals she may soon be arrested.

9 pm Leverage (TNT) | When Latimer hires Nate’s father (Tom Skerritt) to pull off a heist in an ultra-secure government office, the Leverage team must fake a hostage stand-off.

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10 pm Pan Am (ABC) | Fate deals a blow to Dean and Colette’s budding romance; Maggie falls hard for her congressman after slamming him in the Village Voice; Kate is haunted by her last spy mission.

10 pm CSI: Miami (CBS) | Horatio’s team deals with the most unique weapon they have ever seen — transitions lenses? Sendhil Ramamurthy (Covert Affairs) guest-stars.

10 pm Hell on Wheels (AMC) | In Season 1’s penultimate episode, Cullen and Lily work to meet the railroad’s looming deadline, while Elam and Joseph deal with the consequences of their violent mission.

10 pm Absolutely Fabulous (BBC America) | In the first of three new 20th anniversary episodes, someone who’s been “away” for a while returns to the Monsoon abode and with a new and slightly scary best friend; Bubble reminisces about the Royal Wedding.

10 pm House of Lies (Showtime) | Don Cheadle (Ocean’s Eleven) headlines this new comedy as Marty Kaan, an elite management consultant who is juggling existing and prospective clients, a psycho/sex-crazed ex-wife (Heroes‘ Dawn Olivieri) and assorted domestic issues. Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) and Josh Lawson round out Marty’s team, while Richard Schiff (The West Wing) plays their firm’s owner.

10:30 pm Californication (Showtime) | Season 5 picks up a few years later, with Hank now looking to bolt New York after dumping girlfriend Carrie. On board for the new season are Meagan Good (Stomp the Yard) as an up-and-coming singer Hank meets while en route back to L.A., rapper RZA as the star of Stu’s latest film, and Scott Michael Foster (Greek) as Becca’s new, Hank-like beau.

Which of the above is must-see TV for you? Also, hit the Comments to politely offer tune-in suggestions of your own.

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  1. fernando says:

    My line up will be ABC like always. Once Upon A Time, Desperate Housewives, and Pan Am. I also advise everyone to watch House of Lies, I’ve seen it and I loved it. great show for showtime.

  2. lee says:

    Once at 8pm tivo simpsons,then good wife (tivo shameless), finally house of lies

  3. Kay says:

    Very happy Pan Am is back. Will be watching that and OUAT, might check out The Firm too.

  4. Richard says:

    Let’s see, I have scheduled to record:
    Once Upon a Time
    Cupcake Wars
    Desperate Houswives
    My Fair Wedding with David Tutera
    House of Lies
    Pan Am
    The Simpsons
    The Good Wife
    Absolutely Fabulous

  5. Emily says:

    When did Sunday nights get so busy?
    It’ll be OUAT, Leverage, Shameless and House of Lies for me.

  6. Juliab. says:

    It’s OUAT, The Good Wife, and Hell on Wheels for me.

  7. abc123 says:

    For me: OUAT, Desperate Housewives, Pan Am Live
    The Good Wife, House of Lies DVR

  8. Gerald says:

    So many shows!
    Do you think I can watch The Firm if I have never seen the movie? or I won’t understand anything?

  9. Saint Alicia says:

    The Good Wife. I love how they come back to so many of their previous cases; everything ties together so nicely.

  10. caro says:

    the good wife and the firm!!

  11. Toto says:

    Once Upon a Time, and Downton Abbey. Unfortunately, much as I love Josh Lucas, The Firm will have to wait.

  12. Kendal says:

    The Good Wife, that is all.
    Already seen AbFab as I’m a Brit :D

  13. tvchick says:

    SHAMELESS IS BACK!!! SO HAPPY!! and loving once upon a time, obviously.

  14. Heather says:

    OUAT, dvr Leverage watch Good Wife, Ab Fab!

  15. Pixley says:

    It’s the CRAWLEY family in Downton Abbey (not the “Crowley” family). :)

    Curious to see how the first two episodes look smushed together…

  16. Brandy says:

    Desperate Housewives. So glad theyre back!

  17. kirads09 says:

    Once Upon A Time

    Those are my must sees on Sunday nights.

  18. Eliza says:

    Once Upon a Time, Shameless and Hell on Wheels.

    Will catch The Firm & House of Lies on on demand.

  19. Emily says:

    The Good Wife and then maybe CSI: Miami

  20. Jean says:

    The only show on this list that I watch is Desperate Housewives. Maybe I need to check out some of the new series!

  21. Leah says:

    I think you will be ok without seeing the movie. The gist of it is…New lawyer accepts job at fancy law firm, witnesses major corruption at his firm, took down firm (you know with lots of running around by Tom Cruise), went into witness protection. The show takes place 10 years later. Josh Lucas is Tom Cruises character.

  22. Drea says:

    I’m watching SHERLOCK!!

  23. Jules says:

    Let see….
    A repeat of Bob’ s Burger+new Simpsons
    =YES for sure
    Then possible a looksy for The Firm
    But Football is better than watch the cheesy crap of Once upon…

  24. Lynn says:

    Hell on Wheels is the only show I care about tonight!

  25. Well, since my son is in Californication… I’m gonna say that is my “must-see” : ) and I will watching “Once Upon a Time” as well.

  26. Amy says:

    There is a serious lack of excitement for the return of Downton Abbey. I will remedy that. I CANNOT WAIT FOR DOWNTON ABBEY TO RETURN TONIGHT!!!!!!

  27. Troyenne says:

    I’ve seen season 2 of Downton Abbey since it already aired in England, and I encourage you to watch this show which is absolutely amazing.

    Happy to see The Good Wife back on CBS, and I’m eager to see what House of Lies looks like, though I can’t watch it this week.

  28. Juan says:

    Cool, everything back. I will be watching all ABC : Once Upon a Time, Desperate Housewives, and Pan Am.
    If I had showtime I would watch House of Lies but I don’t so that sucks

  29. Justin says:

    Once Upon a Time and Leverage for me.

  30. Bad Breaker says:

    So glad Downton and Shameless are back. Man, talk about two radically different shows, but I love both of them.