“Portlandia” season-opener, 10 p.m. ET, IFC, rerunning at 1:30
Have you ever
wondered what happens when two witches go shopping at Bed, Bath and
Beyond? You'll see tonight, in a hilarious sketch.
This is the sort of
droll absurdism that Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein do
brilliantly. In one wonderful bit, they're telling a music duo (Run
the Jewels) how to surprise-release a new album. In another, Vanessa
Bayer is a guest at a hotel where people over-explain everything. For
more great moments, previous episodes rerun from 7:30-11:30 a.m. ET.
“Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers,” 9-11 p.m., ABC.
TV has suddenly
discovered the power of re-telling high-profile murder stories. Last
year, the O.J. Simpson and JonBenet Ramsey case were retold in
scripted and documentary films; more will follow.
This one is a doc:
In 1989, Jose and Kitty Menendez were murdered in their upscale
California home. Their sons, 21 and 18, promptly went on a spending
spree. After two hung juries, they were convicted.
II: “Superstore” and “The Good Place,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., NBC.
After a high-profile
start, both shows stepped aside for two months of football. Now
First, the store's
tradition involves cleaning out the “lost and found” bin each New
Year; Amy hits the jackpot. Then in “Good Place,” Eleanor
(Kristen Bell) – not the introspective type – makes a personal
discovery. And Michael (Ted Danson) nudges an indecisive Chidi to
make a big decision.
ALTERNATIVE: Fisher/Reynolds interview, 10 p.m., Opray Winfrey
mother-daughter duos, none seemed as interesting – and as
mismatched – as this: Debbie Reynolds' image was endlessly light
and bright; Carrie Fisher was sharply acerbic. After their deaths –
a day apart, at ages 60 and 84 – TV is offering some memories.
This is a 2011
“Oprah Winfrey Show” hour, ranging from Fisher's mental-health
struggles to the famed affair between her dad (Eddie Fisher) and
Elizabeth Taylor. There's more coming: On Saturday, HBO debuts
“Bright Lights,” its Reynolds/Fisher documentary. And on Jan. 27,
Turner Classic Movies has a Reynolds marathon, peaking with “Singing
in the Rain” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”
8 and 9 p.m., Fox. The first hour involves an unusual taste
challenge. The second requires mixing international flavors.
American Baking Challenge,” 8 p.m., ABC. A week before the finale,
the challenges are getting tougher. Here are three involving French
BangTheory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Sheldon and Amy return home and (through
flashbacks) describe their awful trip to Texas. Emmy-winner Laurel
Metcalf is back as his mom.
Indoors,” 8:31 p.m., CBS. Here's the ultimate crisis for the
millennials: Jack has left them camping in the woods, without their
p.m., CBS. Two “West Wing” Emmy-winners are re-united: Allison
Janney is Bonnie, a recovering (barely) alcoholic; Bradley Whitford
is Mitch, a hard-partying friend of her boyfriend.
p.m., CMT. Last month, the show snuck one episode out early. That
reruns at 9 p.m., before “Nashville” settles into its new cable
timeslot. Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) is back from the crash, unsure
if she'll walk again ... and grumping at Avery's attention. Also,
Rayna (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Esten) are trying to craft
an album about their love story.