Rose Parade, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, ABC, NBC, HGTV, Hallmark and RFD.
associate the parade and bowl games with hangovers; each year, they
watch them in a New Year's Day blur. But this time (with Jan. 1 on a
Sunday), they were pushed back a day.
Now we can see the
parade with clear eyes. There's much to see, including 41 floats,
lots of horses and 21 marching bands. There are ones from Mexico and
Japan, plus Air Force and Marine bands, a high school all-star band
and ones from the Rose Bowl schools, Penn State and Southern
TODAY'S MUST-SEE II:
Football, all day.
As soon as the
parade ends, the first two bowl games begin. At 1 p.m. ET, ABC has
the Outback Bowl, with two 8-4 teams – Florida (ranked No. 17) and
Iowa. ESPN has the Cotton Bowl, with undefeated Western Michigan (No.
15) and Wisconsin (10-3, No. 8).
ESPN follows at 5
p.m. with the Rose Bowl; Penn State (11-2, No. 5) faces Southern
California (9-3, No. 9). At 8:30, it has the Sugar Bowl, with
Oklahoma (10-2, No. 7) and Auburn (8-4, No. 14).
ALTERNATIVE: “The Bachelor” opener, 8-10 p.m., ABC.
runner-up is now in charge. Nick Viall finished second in Season 10
of “Bachelorette,” was inserted in the fourth episode of Season
11 – and finished second again. Now he does the choosing.
Viall, 36, grew up
near Milwaukee in an 11-kid family. He graduated from the University
of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is in technology sales.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Celebrity Apprentice” opener, 8-10 p.m., NBC.
The show's previous
host was dumped after he drifted into politics, so now a former
politician steps in. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who's also a movie actor,
has the usual assortment of semi-celebrities.
Four are mostly just
famous from other reality shows -- Snooki, Kyle Richards, Carson
Kressley and Porsha Williams. Six have been top athletes -- Laila
Ali, Lisa Leslie, Eric Dickerson, Matt Iseman, Chael Sonnen and Ricky
Williams.There are three musicians (Boy George, Vince Neil, Carnie
Wilson) and a comedian (Jon Lovitz), plus TV personalities Brooke
Burke-Charvet and Carrie Keagan.
Mysteries,” any time, www.acorn.tv.
Here's the 10th season of this Canadian series, focusing
on an upper-crust, cop a century ago. Known to some
Americans as “The Artful Detective,” it can be slow and stagnant;
but the two-part season-opener – murder among marriage hopefuls – has plenty of
big moments and a solid mystery.
“Kevin Can Wait,”
8 p.m., CBS. Kevin is finally ready to give his wife a proper ring.
Since this is a situation comedy, he decides to surprise her ... and
sees it go very wrong.
“The Odd Couple,”
9:30 p.m., CBS. For the first time in four weeks, here's a new
episode. Charlotte plans to take Oscar to a classy event; instead, he
has Felix in his place.
p.m., CBS. During a desert mission, Cabe has been seriously wounded
by shrapnel. To save him, the team tries to freeze him.
Jimmy Kimmel, 10
p.m., ABC. Here's something new – a special designed to follow the
“Bachelor” opener. Mocking opportunists, it's called “Jimmy
Kimmel Live: Here for the Right Reasons.”
“The Wall,” 10
p.m., NBC. This is the second “sneak preview,” before the show
settles into its regular spot at 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Duos answer
questions, with a mega-wall randomly creating rewards.