On TV tonight: Some Girls-and-Girls action, Shameless roars back to life, House of Lies and Episodes kick off new seasons, True Detectives plumb the past, Victor Garber judges The Good Wife and the Golden Globes raise a glass to the year’s best. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The 71st Annual Golden Globes (NBC) | TV and film’s prettiest + booze + cameras = a fun kickoff to awards season. Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) return as hosts. View the nominees, see who Ausiello predicts should and will win and be sure to visit TVLine often for an updated winners list, bests and worsts from the ceremony and more.)
8 pm The Simpsons (Fox) | Homer gives Comic Book Guy romantic advice before a big date. What could go wrong? Comic-book god Stan Lee and sci-fi author Harlan Ellison lend their voices to the episode.
9 pm Shameless (Showtime) | Season 4 premiere: Frank’s reappearance throws the Gallaghers for a loop. (Watch a sneak preview and read what star Emmy Rossum has to say about Fiona’s brush with normalcy.)
9 pm True Detective (HBO) | Series premiere: This eight-episode drama stars Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) and Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games) as former Louisiana detectives whose testimony about the murder of a prostitute 17 years earlier illuminates both the occult-related crime and the circumstances of the men’s former partnership. (Watch a trailer.)
9 pm Downton Abbey (PBS) | A house party is the setting at which several characters’ fates converge; Anna faces trouble.
9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Alicia and Will each represent half of a couple accused of smuggling drugs, and things only get more complicated when they insist on separate jury pools. Victor Garber (Alias) guest-stars as Judge Spencer, and Tom Skerritt (Picket Fences) play an LG client. Tonight’s episode also features songs from Bruce Springsteen’s new album High Hopes.
10 pm Girls (HBO) | Double-episode Season 3 premiere: Hannah and Adam host dinner at their apartment. Marnie and Charlie are done, and she’s living in New Jersey. Shosh splits her time between one-night stands and college. Jess’ new pal illuminates her daddy issues. Y’know, just another day for 20-somethings in Brooklyn. (Watch a promo – and did you hear the news?)
10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | Jane and the FBI look into the murder of a cartographer who may have unearthed a spy ring before his death. Navid Negahban (Homeland) and Devon Gummersall (My So-Called Life) guest-star.
10 pm Unlocking Sherlock (PBS) | In advance of the detective’s return next week, this one-hour special explores how writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss brought their version of Holmes to life and includes interviews with stars Benedict Comberbatch, Martin Freeman and Lara Pulver.
10 pm House of Lies (Showtime) | Season 3 premiere: Marty and his new Kaan & Associates pod pursue a CEO.
10:30 pm Episodes (Showtime) | Season 3 premiere: Sean and Beverly are back together, Matt’s relationship with Jamie continues and Carol readies herself to take Merc’s job.
COMING NEXT SUNDAY: The Following and Sherlock return, HBO’s Looking premieres, Revenge has its midseason finale and Betrayal comes to its conclusion.
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