The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Sunday

On TV this Sunday: Once again, perhaps way too much, including the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Magic Mirror’s magical backstory, an Oscar-winning Simpsons guest and a really great Good Wife. We’ve boiled it down to 13 options.

8 pm Screen Actors Guild Awards (TNT/TBS) | Modern Family, Dexter and 30 Rock lead the TV nominees; find the full list here.

8 pm Once Upon a Time (ABC) | Sidney enlists Emma to help expose Regina as the corrupt person she really is; King Leopold (The West Wing‘s Richard Schiff), who is the father of Snow White/husband of the Evil Queen, is granted three wishes when he stumbles upon a magic lamp. (Watch preview.)

8 pm Undercover Boss (CBS) | The president of Kendall-Jackson gets a bit of lip from a wine-y delivery driver. Think he tells him to put a cork in it? [Rimshot!]

8 pm The Simpsons (Fox) | Moe’s beloved bar rag — voiced by Academy Award winner/Borgias star Jeremy Irons — narrates his incredible thousand-year journey to Springfield.

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9 pm A Smile as Big as the Moon (ABC) | John Corbett (Parenthood), Jessy Schram (Falling Skies) and Cynthia Watros star in this Hallmark Hall of Fame movie about a high school football coach who fights to take a class of special-education students to NASA’s Space Camp.

9 pm Luck (HBO) | The horse-racing drama from David Milch/Michael Mann and starring Dustin Hoffman officially premieres with an encore of the pilot sneak-peeked last month. (Psst, tune in a few minutes early for an extended look at Game of Thrones Season 2 plus a tease for True Blood Season 5.)

9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Wendy Scott-Carr, as she presents her evidence to the grand jury in hopes of sending Will to prison, dares to call Alicia to the stand; Eli faces off again with Stacie Hall (Amy Sedaris). Need one more reason to tune in? There’s a very great slap.

9 pm Shameless (Showtime) | Fiona deals with the consequences of sleeping with Craig when his angry wife shows up at the door; Frank plots to scare recovering agoraphobic Sheila back indoors.

9 pm Downton Abbey (PBS) | Devastating news from the front rocks the very foundations of Downton Abbey; Vera Bates threatens to make public the scandalous story of Lady Mary’s ill-fated indiscretion.

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10 pm House of Lies (Showtime) | Marty is forced to bring his son to his next job in San Francisco; Jeannie reacts to her recent engagement by having a tryst with a musician she meets in a coffee house.

10 pm CSI: Miami (CBS) | When a skydiver is murdered, the CSIs discover that he has more than 100 children — and all of them are suspects. Elisabeth Rohm (Law & Order), Romy Rosemont (Glee) and Grant Gustin (Glee) guest-star.

10 pm Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz) | In case you missed/forgot Friday’s premiere, here’s an encore.

10:30 Californication (Showtime) | When Karen and Becca invite Hank to a dinner party, he has no choice but the bring along a recently resurfaced Carrie (Natalie Zea).

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

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  1. Winnie says:

    Okay, Matt, you know I ‘love you like a play-cousin’, and I know you self-identified with that *rimshot*, but that Undercover Boss joke was too corny, even for me. Let it sink in that someone who just invoked the phrase ‘love you like a play-cousin’ said that…

    The Simpsons utilizing Jeremy Irons that way (recent Fox programming makes me want to have a British person do my inner monologue; paging Thandie Newton [/wishful thinking]) sounds so fun, I might a actually watch that prior to Once Upon a Time tonight! But then again, Giancarlo ‘Big Brother Almighty’ Esposito being featured in the latter makes it hard to decide…

  2. Joan says:

    Toby from the West Wing on Once Upon a Time! I love it!

  3. kirads09 says:

    Once Upon A Time is must see.

  4. Isabel says:

    Can’t wait for The Good Wife!

  5. Bobbi says:

    Thank goodness for tivos with multiple tuners!

  6. Val says:

    I can’t wait for once upon a Time and the good wife! Great night for tv

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  8. Alicia says:

    Downton Abbey rules my Sunday nights. Can’t wait for more!

  9. Olivia says:

    The Good Wife is the only show I care about. Can’t wait!!

  10. Kikki says:

    Between OUaT and Downton Abbey, Sunday is hands-down my favorite night for television!

  11. Matt says:

    The Good Wife looks incredible. Seriously incredible.

  12. fernando says:

    I love my ABC sundays and so I will watch Once upon a time tonight