College football championship game, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN.
OK, this is a little
like women's basketball and the University of Connecticut – no
surprises, no fun. For the second straight year, the game has
Alabama and Clemson. Alabama won last time, has won 26 straight games
and (counting the days before playoffs) is going for its fourth title
in seven years.
Maybe Clemson, 13-1,
can snap the streak. It did come up with a convincing win over Ohio
State, 31-0. That was right after 'Bama beat Washington, 24-7,
setting up some sameness.
II: “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
Yes, it's just a
rerun. Still, it's a rerun of TV's best comedy, which is always an
improvement over the consistently adequate comedies that CBS airs on
somethng “Big Bang” savors – isolating mismatched characters.
This one has two terrific actresses: Penny (Kaley Cuoco) is with
Leonard's non-nurturing mother, played by Christine Baranski – who
has an Emmy (for “Cybill”) and 15 nominations, four of them in
ALTERNATIVE: “The Bachelor” (ABC) or “Celebrity Apprentice”
(NBC), 8-10 p.m.
For the second
straight week, these big-deal reality shows collide with bigger-deal
football. Last week it was the bowl games, including (in most time
zones) that wild Rose Bowl finish. Now there's more.
Last week, in his
debut as the “Apprentice” boss, Arnold Schwarzenegger fired
YouTube personality Carrie Keagan and singer Carnie Wilson. In Nick
Viall's debut as the bachelor, he trimmed the field from 30 to 22. He
kept Liz Sandoz, but neither one mentioned a secret that's key
tonight: The two had met at a wedding; they slept togther, she didn't
give him her phone number but tried to reach him later.
p.m., CW. The final minutes of this rerun lauch a four-show
crossover. Between now and Thursday, Supergirl will link with Green
Arrow, The Flash and the Legends of Tomorow, in an effort keep the
Dominators from dominating.
Ryan” (1998), 8 p.m. to midnight, AMC. Steve Spielberg's
masterpiece mixes jolting battle scenes with a story rich in human
depth. Tom Hanks stars, with Matt Damon in the title role.
season-opener, 9-11 p.m., Bravo. It's party time for Lisa
Vanderpump's young employees, who are, at least, very attractive.
When told it's a clambake, they look it up to see what it is. (It
turns out to be place where clams are baked.) Then someone wonders if
it will be formal.
p.m., Freeform. In the first two episodes, Holden woke from a 12-year
coma, facing questions. Why did he seem to have these memories? Why
does his mind have strange powers? In a fairly good episode, he
learns more about himself ... and learns the secret his family's been
“The Odd Couple,”
9:30 p.m., CBS. After the current, 13-episode season, CBS has no
plans to renew this above-average show. Speeding the departure, it
has a new episode here, on a night of reruns. A fun-loving woman
(Busy Phillips) spends the night with Felix, who's not the fun type.
“Big Fan” debut,
10 and 10:30 p.m., on ABC. This game has fans seeing if they can top
their favorite celebrity in questions about him or her. Tonight, it's
Aaron Rodgers and actor Matthew McConaughey.
p.m., CBS. Happy (Jadyn Wong) is clearly unhappy in this rerun. She's
lost in a blizzard, while the team tries to rescue soldiers in