What to Watch Sunday: Girls, Shameless and True Detective Premiere, the Golden Globes and More

NewShows_TrueDetectiveOn 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.

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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.

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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.

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10 pm Girls (HBO) | Double-episode GirlsSeason 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 promoand 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.

Hit the comments with your must-see picks from tonight’s lineup!

Comments (27)

  • Next week is Revenge’s midseason finale? But didn’t it just have its fall finale? I don’t get network TV scheduling.

    Comment by DL – January 12, 2014 05:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • that’s exactly what I was going to say :)

      Comment by nancy – January 12, 2014 12:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dammit ABC and their scheduling of Revenge. I thought that they were NOT going to let the show air against any award show. What happened? I know we will get a season 4 because its syndication and all and ABC would be stupid to cancel it but they really know how to hurt a show while its down, ratings wise (despite the episodes being really strong these past few months).

    Comment by greysfan – January 12, 2014 05:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The only comfort for Revenge is its third season close to syndication, plus the failing state of so many of their dramas, and the “look away” bad ratings of new shows like Killer Women and The Assets, showing that even the “poor” ratings for Revenge is not a given for any possible alternative.

      Personally, I wouldn’t mind if Revenge ended after 4 seasons, considering it seems to be approaching an end. But I would mind if it got cancelled with a cliffhanger ending with no proper resolution by the writers.

      At least there won’t be the one episode on, one episode off thing this season, and the absolute killer of Grammys., which arguably “killed” Desperate Housewives. Golden Globes will dent it, but not in the way Grammys will.

      I am not a US watcher, but I think the episode of Revenge will be a game-changer, hopefully the episode ratings will not suffer much. But damn, that Golden Globe, The Good Wife, Downton Abbey, and True Detective, that competition is so stiff!

      Comment by Jerry – January 12, 2014 06:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow. 9pm is an embarrassment of riches. TGW, Downton Abby, Shameless, and True Detective. I’ll watch them all…eventually. Whoever would have predicted that watching TV would require so much thought? It use to be so easy. lol

    Comment by Jenna – January 12, 2014 06:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Shameless premiere is already on On Demand! You can watch that first to declutter your night!

      Comment by Brendan – January 12, 2014 06:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Globes, Shameless, House of Lies, Episodes, all of Animation Domination (do they still call it that?), and hate-watching Girls. It’s a big night for me.

    Comment by erin – January 12, 2014 06:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Golden Globes (can’t get enough Tina & Amy).

    Comment by Tran 2.0 – January 12, 2014 06:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Shameless, Girls (it has to be better than 2nd season, right?!) and True Detective with a little Golden Globe action mixed in.

    Comment by rebecca – January 12, 2014 07:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • is there a new family guy on tonight?

    Comment by david – January 12, 2014 07:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Embarrassment of riches? You bet. The Good Wife, Downton Abby, Episodes, House of Lies, Girls, Shameless, True Detective

    Comment by meleliot – January 12, 2014 07:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Golden Globes.

    Comment by Joey – January 12, 2014 07:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • REVENGE. easy. Rooting for Tatiana Maslany to get a win tonight though.

    Comment by iMember – January 12, 2014 07:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Revenge
    Golden Globes (DVR)

    Comment by Matt – January 12, 2014 07:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Our PBS station is opting not to air Sherlock until mid February. It’s all a rating ploy and really sucks!! And they wonder why people would stream it. WNED sucks! But watching the beginning of the Golden Globes and then Downton Abbey., then fast forward watching the remainder of the Globes.

    Comment by Tom – January 12, 2014 07:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s my night in a nutshell. Except my PBS is giving me Sherlock next week. Sorry.

      Comment by uh huh – January 12, 2014 08:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • True Detective
    The Good Wife

    Comment by Jared – January 12, 2014 08:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 49ers!!!

    Comment by A – January 12, 2014 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Revenge
    The Good Wife
    True Detective
    House of Lies
    The Simpsons
    Bob’s Burgers
    Family Guy
    American Dad
    Sister Wives

    Already seen: Downton Abbey and Shameless season 4 premiere

    Comment by shump – January 12, 2014 10:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Revenge
    The Good Wife
    The Mentalist
    True Detective
    Already watched the House of Lies premiere.

    Comment by Steve – January 12, 2014 10:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As the guy in the AM/PM commercial says, “Too much good stuff.” Good thing we have DVRs and On-Demand these days.

    Comment by HAP – January 12, 2014 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • PBS all evening starting with Father Brown Mysteries.

    Comment by Stormy – January 12, 2014 12:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    The Good Wife

    Comment by Oprah102 – January 12, 2014 12:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Golden Globes

    Comment by SK – January 12, 2014 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t want to watch the Golden Globes because I will probably not agree with the winners. Here’s who should win: Al Pacino, Helen Mirren, Kevin Spacey, Tina Fey, Jon Voigt. There you go! So it’s the Good Wife for me! and a bit of the soap opera called Revenge. Episodes! yay it’s back.

    Comment by bobbie – January 12, 2014 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Football, maybe some GG, The Good Wife, True Detective, Shameless, House of Lies, The Mentalist

    Comment by sladewilson – January 12, 2014 03:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have Unlocking Sherlock at 11pm. Downton repeats at 10pm.

    Comment by Team Fog Reviews – January 12, 2014 05:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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