On TV this weekend: Lizzie Borden gets her cuts in, Shaun White answers Russia’s call, Black Sails hit the high seas, the Grammy Awards toast the top of the pops, Bob’s Burgers get Bowled over and Sherlock is truly the best man for the occasion. Here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.
SATURDAY, JAN. 25
8 pm Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (Lifetime) | Christina Ricci (Pan Am) plays the titular ax murderess who, according to legend, offed her parents in 1892. Billy Campbell (Helix) and Clea DuVall (American Horror Story: Asylum) co-star.
8 pm Shaun White: Russia Calling (NBC) | Get an inside look at how the gold medal-winning snowboarder is prepping for the upcoming Winter Olympics.
9 pm Black Sails (Starz) | Series premiere: Set 20 years before Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, this adventure drama follows Capt. Flint (Toby Stephens, the BBC’s Jane Eyre) and his crew as they take on a young John Silver (Luke Arnold, Australia’s Winners & Losers). The ensemble cast also includes Tom Hopper (Merlin) and Jessica Parker Kennedy (The Secret Circle). Hear what the cast had to say about the production’s huge action sequences and racy interludes.
10 pm The Moaning of Life (Discovery) | Karl’s got weddings on his mind, so he investigates arranged unions in India and shotgun ceremonies in Las Vegas.
11:30 pm Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) returns to host with musical guest Bastille.
SUNDAY, JAN. 26
8 pm 56th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS) | John Legend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde and former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are among the performers at this year’s musicfest. NCIS: LA’s LL Cool J hosts.
8 pm The Simpsons (Fox) | Nelson demands that Bart find him the best Valentine’s Day card ever, or risk being fed to the classroom’s electric pencil sharpener. May we suggest the oldie-but-goodie “Choo-Choo-Choose Me?”
8:30 pm Bob’s Burgers (Fox) | The Belchers hire a former pro football star (voiced by Key & Peele‘s Jordan Peele) to endorse them in a local Super Bowl commercial.
9 pm Downton Abbey (PBS) | Bates seeks to learn what’s troubling Anna.
9 pm True Detective (HBO) | Cohle connects Dora Lange’s case to one of a woman assumed to have drowned years earlier.
9 pm Family Guy (Fox) | Brian’s neglected son Dylan shows up in town as a teen TV star, and Brian tries to parlay the visit into a writing gig with the show’s staff. Liam Neeson (the Taken films) and Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) lend their voices to the episode.
10 pm Sherlock (PBS) | When mortal danger pops up at John’s wedding reception, Sherlock must juggle his best-man duties with solving the case and stopping a killer. (And you thought your wedding was hectic.)
10 pm House of Lies (Showtime) | Marty and Jeannie enact a plan; Clyde works out of Monica’s home.
10:30 pm Looking (HBO) | Dom helps Augustín move to Frank’s place in Oakland; Patrick and Richie go on a date, but a tipsy Patrick gets a little too focused on personal details.
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