SUNDAY, JANUARY 9
9/8c | The Cape (NBC) | David Lyons, Summer Glau, James Frain and a scene-stealing Keith David star in this pulp-y look at a costumed hero fighting to get his life back. (See related TVLine Q&A.)
9 pm | Californication (Showtime) 9:30 pm | Hank must face the music for his unwitting act of statutory rape. Annnnd on a lighter note, guests for Season 4 include Rob Lowe (channeling Brad Pitt), Carla Gugino (Sin City) and Michael Ealy (The Good Wife).
9:30 pm | Episodes (Showtime) | This new series finds Friends alum Matt LeBlanc (played by Friends alum Matt LeBlanc) cast as the lead in a U.S. adaptation of an acclaimed U.K. comedy — bristling the show’s British creators. Slow start rife with double-talking Hollywood stereotypes, but stick with it; the laughs begin to aggregate around Week 3.
10 pm | Shameless (Showtime) | William H. Macy (Fargo) is the forever-sauced pop of a dirt-poor brood of six. As the eldest child, Emmy Rossum (Mystic River) labors to rule the roost. Very funny, instantly engaging. (See related TVLine Q&A.)
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MONDAY, JANUARY 10
8/7c | Lie To Me (Fox) | Truth — you get two episodes this week. First, Cal goes a bit cuckoo in a mental hospital. After that, he tries to find out what guest star Sam Page (Gossip Girl, Mad Men…) is up to — other than popping up on virtually every TV series this season.
10 pm | Hoarders (A&E) | Rats, its the season finale! No, really — it’s about amassing rats.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 11
9/8c | V (ABC) | Anna and her mother, Diana (Jane Badler), exchange threats, while Erica begins to suspect that her pregnancy with Tyler was no ordinary one.
10 pm | Lights Out (FX) | Holt McCallany is “Lights” Leary, a boxing champ tempted to bob-and-weave his way out of retirement. Stacy Keach (Fat City) plays his pop. Another knockout from FX.
10 pm | The Game (BET) | After this sitcom was dropped by The CW back in 2009, BET — already home to its reruns — stepped up and ordered a fourth season. Now, at long last, The Game is on.
10:30 pm | The Onion SportsDome (Comedy Central) | What if SportsCenter was brought to you by the people who fashion such headlines as “Christ Returns To NBA”?
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12
8/7c | Human Target (Fox) | Busting Guerrero out of prison requires the gang to no, not resurrect Michael Scofield, but unlock their shady associate’s secrets-filled briefcase :-O
9 pm | Modern Family (ABC) | When Cameron meets Mitchell’s high-school squeeze (played by 24‘s Mary Lynn Rajskub), the she hits the fan.
10 pm | Off The Map (ABC) | From the producers of Grey’s Anatomy — Shonda Rhimes included — comes this drama about preternaturally pretty docs toiling at a South American clinic. Familiar faces include Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), Jason George (Grey’s) and Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls).
10 pm | Law & Order: SVU (NBC) | Oscar winner Jeremy Irons guest-stars as a sex therapist. His No. 1 piece of advice: Reversal of foreplay. Also appearing: Criminal Minds alum A.J. Cook, as the lesbian lover of Irons’ daughter.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 13
9/8c | Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | Seattle Grace welcomes a fresh crop of interns. But we’ll be watching to properly evaluate Meredith’s bold new bangs.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 14
8/7c | Medium (CBS) | In the series’ penultimate episode, Allison and Joe are unsettled when Marie has a breakdown in school.
9 pm | The Ricky Gervais Show (HBO) | Think of the animated series’ Season 2 premiere as a warm-up for the assuredly unique humor Ricky will bring as host of next Sunday’s Golden Globes. (If you’re an impatient bloke, you can watch the full premiere right here.)
10 pm | Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO) | It’s the ninth season of the show that asked you to believe that Zach Galifianakis wasn’t smoking a real joint. Right.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 15
4:30/3:30c, 8/7c | NFL Divisional Games (CBS, Fox) | Steelers vs. Baltimore/Kansas City, then the Falcons take on Green Bay/Seattle.
11:30 pm | Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Oh Gwyneth Paltrow, we’ll never “Forget You” and your rousing visit to Glee. So our hopes are high to see you host SNL, with Cee-Lo Green as musical guest.
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