What to Watch Sunday: Downton Abbey Premiere, The Good Wife Returns, NFL Playoffs and More

Downton AbbeyOn 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.

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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.

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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.

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10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | The FBI searches for the killer of several DEA agents; Jane goes on a date with a woman associated with the case. (Get scoop, and watch Jane try to get his swerve on.)

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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  1. Lumpawarrump says:

    The Good Wife
    Bob’s Burgers
    Family Guy
    American Dad
    Sister Wives
    I’ll watch The Bachelor premiere tomorrow not the boring countdown episode tonight

  2. Matt says:


  3. meleliot says:

    Just The Good Wife and Downton Abby tonight.

  4. Kim R says:

    The Good Wife
    The Mentalist
    (Downton has already been watched) :)

  5. Joey says:

    Some Hostages, The Simpsons, and Best Of Late Night.

  6. Matt C. says:


  7. Elyse says:

    Live: Downton Abbey
    DVR: Ravenge and The Mentalist

  8. Lecholls says:

    Downton Abbey!

  9. Anna says:

    The Mentalist!

  10. Miles says:

    The Good Wife!

  11. ollie says:

    Revenge and tgw

  12. Jenna says:

    Downtown Abbey
    The Good Wife
    The Mentalist

  13. nikki says:

    Can’t wait for Revenge.

  14. jonathon says:

    nfl playoffs and The Mentalist

  15. GeoDiva says:

    Revenge and Downton!

  16. Steve says:

    The Good Wife
    The Mentalist

  17. Ally Oop says:

    Revenge only for me tonight on American tv. And Heartland (in Canada). I intend on watching Downton Abby as a marathon in the summer as I didnt hear of the show till its second season and hate to start shows in the middle.

  18. Ginger Snap says:

    NFL playoffs for me. DVR The Good Wife, Revenge, The Mentalist, Downtown Abbey, Family Guy, and The Simpsons.
    Sundays are still a tough night but there’s no OUAT and no Sunday night football.

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Go Bengals and Packers today. Downton Abbey and Revenge tonight.

  20. Queen Elizabeth says:

    Downton (the ONLY thing I ever watch live anymore).
    The Good Wife on DVR

  21. Katelin says:

    Good wife and Revenge!!

  22. Maryann says:

    -Live: Revenge, The Mentalist
    -Later:Downton Abbey, Betrayal

  23. Britta Unfiltered says:

    I’m still out of town, so everything I want to watch will be DVRing at home for me to watch tomorrow night. Tonight I will probably hate watch Downton Abbey and then be forced to endure whatever cable reality show is on that my mother likes to watch. Is it Sister Wives that’s on tonight? Ugh. Just ugh.

  24. Roni says:

    There’s also a new Chopped on tonight.

  25. Lorie says:

    Live – Downton Abbey!!!
    DVR – TGW & The Mentalist

  26. CW says:

    TGW (the best!!!)
    Downton Abbey
    The Mentalist