TODAY'S MUST-SEE: Football, all day.
Many of us are used to stumbling up on
New Year's Day and staring at a parade and the bowl games.
Not this time. When Jan. 1 is on a
Sunday, all of that gets nudged back to the next day; this is NFL
That means a triple-header – 1 p.m.,
4:15 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. ET. The play-offs won't be settled until that
final game, with the Giants hosting the Cowboys on NBC. The winner is
a division champion; the loser is done for the season.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Once Upon a
Time,” 7-11 p.m., ABC.
With a late start and a lot of holiday
breaks, this terrific newcomer has only shown seven episodes so far.
Now you can catch over half of them in one night.
Most of these reruns focus heavily on
Snow White and Prince Charming. In the 7 p.m. show, we see them meet,
when she was a clever thief and he was … well, a charming prince;
we also see their equivalents in our world, Mary Margaret and an
amnesiac. They don't know their fairy-tale pasts.
At 9 p.m., he faces tough decisions. At
10, the Evil Queen seeks an assassin to stop Snow.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Oprah's Next
Chapter,” 9-11 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network.
Exactly a year ago, OWN was launched
with strong interest and weak ratings. This show is the key piece in
its new phase.
Instead of doing a daily show, Winfrey
will travel the country (and beyond) to meet interesting people. That
starts here with Steven Tyler, who has managed to be a rock-band
frontman for four decades, finding fresh popularity at age 63 via
Other choices include:
– “Great Performances,” 2:30-4
p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). This has become a
New Year's Day tradition for PBS. The Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna
Boys Choir perform the music of Johann Strauss, his family and his
contemporaries; Julie Andrews hosts from scenic Vienna sights.
– “Unforgettable,” 8 p.m., CBS.
After a fairly good start in the ratings, this show gives latecomers
a chance to catch up. Two days before new episodes begin, it reruns
the pilot: Carrie (Poppy Montgomery) has a syndrome that exists for a
tiny number of real-life people, causing them to remember every
detail. A murder case in her neighborhood draws her back into police
– “The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Here's a rerun of the funny season-opener. Kiefer Sutherland plays a
shadowy security guard who seems a lot like his old “24”
– “Masterpiece Classic,” 9-10:30
p.m., PBS (check local listings). The “Downton Abbey” finale is
beautifully crafted, but leaves way too many plot threads open. This
rerun will frustrate you, but not for long: Next Sunday, the sequel
begins and the missing pieces will start to emerge.
– “The Good Wife,” 9 p.m., CBS.
In three previous episodes, we saw a romance form between political
opposites – Diane Lockhart and Kurt McVeigh (Gary Cole), a
right-wing ballistics expert. Now she defends him against a law suit.
Other guest stars in this rerun are America Ferrera and Jerry
– “CSI: Miami,” 10 p.m., CBS. In
a rerun of the season-opener, serial killer Jack Toller has escaped
and Natalie faces death, unless Horatio can save her.