What to Watch Sunday: Sherlock and Ryan Hardy Return, Super Bowl Teams Are Decided and More

SherlockOn TV this Sunday: Sherlock returns from the “dead,” Revenge introduces Conrad’s ex, Shameless goes in for a check-up, Betrayal winds down and four football teams give their all for Super Bowl tickets. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

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3 pm AFC Championship (CBS) | The New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos battle for a chance to play the winner of…

6:30 pm NFC Championship (Fox) | … the contest between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. The victors in both games are Super Bowl-bound.

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8 pm Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel) | Teddy is disappointed when she is waitlisted at her first-choice college. (Note: A new Austin & Ally follows at 8:30.)

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9 pm Revenge (ABC) | Midseason finale: While Emily’s standoff with Daniel threatens to be undermined by her own instability, Gail O’Grady (NYPD Blue) begins her run as Conrad’s ex-wife Stevie. “Gail is marvelous — seasoned, prepared, fun to work with…. A great addition,” Henry Czerny raved at ABC’s TCA party. “Needless to say, Stevie has a checkered past that will be revealed to us as the episodes go by, in delicious detail.”

9 pm True Detective (HBO) | Under the threat of being replaced on the Lange murder, Hart and Cohle follow a lead that takes them to a rural bordello and a burned-down church.

9 pm Shameless (Showtime) | Fiona takes the kids for check-ups. Lip struggles in school.

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10 pm Sherlock (PBS) | Season 3 premiere: Picking up two years after the titular sleuth’s apparent death, “For John Watson, it might be a case of ‘Be careful what you wish for.'” (Check out a preview photo, watch a sneak peek and check out a mini-episode that tees up tonight’s premiere.)

10 pm Betrayal (ABC) | Season finale: In the aftermath of Sara’s shooting, the two families are forced to confront decisions they’ve made. (Not yet renewed; find out its status.)

After the NFC Championship: The Following (Fox) | Season 2 premiere: Picking up year after the events of last season’s finale, Ryan Hardy is done with serial killer Joe Carroll and the FBI… until a terrible attack in New York City pulls him back in. Cast additions include Connie Nielsen (Boss) as the attack’s sole survivor, Jessica Stroup (90210) as Ryan’s niece, Sam Underwood (Dexter) as… well, you’ll see, and Tiffany Boone (Southland) as a teen with an interesting new friend. (Read preview, get scoop and watch a preview.)

10:30 pm Looking (HBO) | Series premiere: Three gay friends (played by Glee‘s Jonathan Groff, Guiding Light‘s Murray Bartlett and newcomer Frankie J. Alvarez) look for love in San Francisco. (Watch a trailer and find out why producers say the new series is no Queer as Folk.)

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Well, Downton Abbey is not listed…but I’ll be watching that and Sherlock (LIVE since there are no commercials…yay for PBS)!

  2. kirads09 says:

    The Following

  3. Maki says:

    Looking forward to Jessica Stroup in the Following. And I need to see the cliffhanger Revenge has prepared for us.

  4. Maryann says:

    So those of us who don’t care for football get to skip The Following and watch it online.

    • Jim says:

      Exactly. There are too many good shows on tonight to sit around waiting for some game to end. However, I don’t know if I care enough any more to seek the episode out later. This is a very bad scheduling move on their part.

  5. Holly says:

    Football, True Detective

  6. Nicole says:

    Downton Abbey is the must see on Sunday nights

  7. Dave says:

    The first episode of Sherlock’s season is exceptional, as is the third. The second is ho-hum. And now it’s over a year or more until we get more. The world isn’t fair.

  8. CSI Fan says:

    Revenge and Looking <3

  9. Amanda says:

    Not everyone is getting “Sherlock” tonight. My local PBS here in the Columbus/Central Ohio area has decided to air the episodes on Monday nights at 9. So we have to wait till tomorrow. I guess they don’t want anything airing past 11 or after “Downton Abbey”.

    • Tom says:

      I would watch Sherlock, but WNED in Buffalo/Toronto is not showing it until Feb 13th and they are playing it on Thursday nights. Total BS!

      • Margie says:

        I saw the first two episodes of the new season on youtube. You might try there. I tried to watch the 3rd episode but it was chopped up into 4 videos and the 1st one kept cutting in and out. I will still watch them on PBS though.

  10. Barb says:

    Already saw all the new series of both Sherlock and Downton so it’s just True Detective.

  11. Joey says:

    The Following.

  12. George says:

    I’m still confused by tonight’s episode of “The Following.” Is this the exact same episode they’re gonna be showing next Monday?

  13. Tran 2.0 says:

    My Super Bowl prediction: 49ers vs. Broncos

  14. Pix says:

    Shameless, Revenge, Looking (seen Sherlock already, not the best episode of the season, but also not the worst)

  15. Eric says:

    Just Sherlock for me, thanks.

  16. d4h8a15r16m23a42 says:

    The Following

  17. Rummulo says:

    Spoiler: Season 3 of Sherlock is crap.

    • Jerry says:

      I wouldn’t say its crap, but I think it became more of a fan show like Castle or Bones instead of a real compelling story-driven show. Whereas the cases were intriguing the first two seasons, the focus is now on the characters, which is quite sadly an attempt to increase viewership instead of focusing on the cases.

      They should have done a better job balancing the cases and the characters considering they have ample time each episode to do both.

  18. Matt C. says:

    Revenge!! Can’t wait to see whatever cliffhanger they have planned, since this is the last episode until March :(

  19. Ginger Snap says:

    Football! And DR anything else.

  20. Tom says:

    I would watch Sherlock, but WNED in Buffalo/Toronto is not showing it until Feb 13th and they are playing it on Thursday nights. Total BS!

  21. Brian says:


  22. hello says:

    Sherlock is a clone. Ha, ruined it for you

  23. tp says:

    I’m just getting around to watching Being Human from last week. Am I the only one who finds the stations call sign and the hashtags in the corners distracting? On almost every show there is something on the screen. I remember when I thought the pop-ups for other shows were a pain, now I wish I could go back to those days. Other than that it’ll be Sherlock for me.

  24. b says:

    Revenge!!! <3

  25. HAP says:

    House Of Lies
    True Detective

  26. Steve says:

    House of Lies
    The Following

  27. Linstro says:

    i will be watching Sherlock! and taping The Following.

  28. Tommy says:

    Looking, shameless, girls and true detective!

  29. tara17 says:

    The shows I watch are repeats, so I’ll be viewing the SAG awards, even if I already know who won.

  30. Linstro says:

    I will be watching Sherlock…taping The Following and True Detective.

  31. Ella says:

    Mid-season finale?! But Revenge only just came back! :(