On TV this Sunday: A Downton Abbey dame is down, Hostages holds you captive for hours, The Mentalist goes on a date and the NFL Playoffs continue. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
1 pm Hostages marathon (TVGN) | Catch up on all 13 episodes of the CBS thriller before its two-hour season finale on Monday night.
1:05 and 4:40 pm NFL First Round Playoffs (Various networks) | The San Diego Chargers face the Cincinnati Bengals (at 1:05 pm on CBS) and the San Francisco 49ers battle the Green Bay Packers (at 4:40 pm on Fox) in do-or-die playoff games.
8 pm The Bachelor: Countdown to Juan Pablo (ABC) | Sure, this special includes a sneek peek at this season’s stud Juan Pablo Galavis and a “moving” tribute to former participant Gia Allemand. But perhaps more interesting: The hour also will feature a behind-the-scenes look at casting, showing “the lengths women go to in hopes of landing a spot on the long-running hit series.” And you thought you’d seen desperate…
8 pm The Simpsons (Fox) | Homer gets caught illegally downloading movies. Judd Apatow (Freaks and Geeks), Leslie Mann (This Is 40), Seth Rogen (Knocked Up), Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) and Will Arnett (The Millers) lend their voices. (Watch a sneak peek.)
8:30 pm Bob’s Burgers (Fox) | When they take off for a romantic getaway at a burger convention, Bob and Linda leave an overenthusiastic Teddy in charge of the kids.
9 pm Downton Abbey (PBS) | Two-hour Season 4 premiere: Six months after Matthew’s death (sob), family and servants try to help Mary and Isobel shake their lingering sadness. (See what star Michelle Dockery has to say about Lady Mary’s romantic prospects.)
9 pm The Best of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC) | Relive two hours of the late-night host’s popular skits featuring, among others, guests Tom Cruise, Paul McCartney, First Lady Michelle Obama and Miley Cyrus.
9 pm Family Guy (Fox) | Peter has trouble in the bedroom, so he enlists Quagmire and Joe (naturally) to help him get his groove back. Carrie Fisher (Star Wars) and Marlee Matlin (Switched at Birth) voice characters in the episode.
10 pm Betrayal (ABC) | Jack’s confession shocks both the McAllister and Karsten families. Meanwhile, Sarah scours their past for evidence that will exonerate her lover. Annabeth Gish (The Bridge) guest-stars.
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