“Jane the Virgin,” 9 p.m., CW.
After a month of
reruns, “Jane” returns, toting some honors. The American Film
Institute named it one of the year's 10 best shows; the Golden Globes
gave it a win (for Gina Rodriguez) and a nomination (best comedy).
What remains is for this clever show to get viewers.
As a storm rages
through Miami, Jane – a virgin, accidentally impregnated via
clinical error – has new problems. She frets about her grandmother
(who is hospitalized) and her friends (who face lay-offs). There are
serious, moving moments, alongside the offbeat humor from a droll
“Scorpion,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Fresh from its
Sunday spotlight – a coveted slot after the AFC playoff game --
“Scorpion” returns to its regular spot. It offers the episode
that was originally set for Sunday, then was nudged back a night.
David James Elliott
(“JAG”) plays a former Secret Service agent, now injured and
impaired; the team must jog his memory, to prevent a nuclear launch.
Also, Paige worries about her son: His father insists he would be
better off if he moved to Maine.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Nightly Show” debut, 11:31 p.m., Comedy
For a decade, Comedy
Central has had brilliance four nights a week, with Stephen Colbert
following Jon Stewart. Now Colbert is gone – his CBS show starts in
September – and Larry Wilmore arrives.
He's an unusual
choice – older (52) and quieter than most new stars – but a good
one. As a producer (“Bernie Mac Show,” early episodes of
“Black-ish” and “The Office”) and as one of Stewart's
correspondents, he's shown great wit; now he plans to take a
round-table approach to the news.
5:45 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. Martin Luther King Day is
celebrated with a string of powerful dramas, including this look at
the Civil War's first all-black unit. That's followed by Sidney
Poitier films -- “The Defiant Ones” (1958) at 8 p.m. ET, “To
Sir With Love” (1967) at 10 and “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner”
(1967) at midnight.
8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Jimmy Kimmel, who says he's a fan of the show,
arrives to help Chris Soules and the remaining 18 women. He plans
dates and even joins a hot-tub party.
“2 Broke Girls,”
8 p.m., CBS. Caroline has been learning how to live cheap. Now comes
a surprise – a Lamborghini her father ordered (to be delivered on
her birthday) before being convicted of embezzling.
Molly,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. When he gets a letter about his parents'
troubles, Samuel considers moving back to Africa.
9 p.m., Fox. In flashbacks, Michelle Trachtenberg (“Buffy”) plays
Abigail Adams, the outspoken wife of the second president.
Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local lisatings). The accounts by Adam
Winfield are chilling: In Afghaistan, he said, his unit sometimes
murdered innocent civilians, then planted weapons on them; the
sergeant in charge encouraged this and collected fingers of the
victims. His colleagues (subsequently convicted) now confirm this;
the Army seems to have acted slowly – then gone after Winfield, the
whistle-blower. That's told in a compelling and disturbing
p.m., ABC. On the night that “Jane the Virgin” brings
telenovela-style fun, this show has the murder of a telenovela
actress. The suspects are as flamboyant as the characters they play.