(Here's the TV column for Sunday, Jan. 1, a tad out of order. If you scroll on down, you'll see the ones for the 5th, 4th, 3rd and 2nd; sorry about that.)
“The Mick” debut, 8 p.m., Fox.
Olson) is sort of drifting through life, without a job or a clue.
Then her rich sister is arrested and asks her to watch the kids. Mick
is glad to help out ... since it involves living in a mansion that
has a swimming pool and a liquor cabinet.
“The Mick” is a
variation on “Uncle Buck” and Olson is a variation on Allison
Janney in “Mom” -- a tall, slender woman who somehow seems
charming in her unapologetic decadence. The humor gets a bit broad at
times, but the show – which will air on Tuesdays – remains fun.
“Now More Than Ever,” 8 and 10 p.m. ET, CNN (barring late news).
At first, Chicago
was an anomaly – a horn band making classy album-rock music. Then
it began to have hit songs and things changed ... often.
Here is a
wonderfully frank assessment by the guys who were there. It's sort of
like the history of rock – fame, money, drugs, departures, rebirth
– in a first-rate band that is now entering its 50th
II: .“Ransom” debut, 8:30 p.m., CBS.
In rare moments of
budgetary sanity, U.S. networks try co-productions with other
countries, spreading out the costs. A few of those shows (ABC's
“Rookie Blue,” CBS' “Flashpoint”) succeed; most don't.
Now that's pushed
further: Four countries – Canada, France, German and the U.S. --
are involved. The story, partly based on a real-life figure, is about
a hostage negotiator. The stars – from England, Canada and Ireland
– are mostly unknown here, which may be why the series will be
pushed to Saturdays.
ALTERNATIVE: Football, all day.
supposed to be a lot of football games on New Year's Day? Yes, but
these aren't the ones we expect. Since this is a Sunday, the bowl
games (and the Rose Parade) will wait a day.
Instead, we get the
pros, with titles and play-off spots at stake. Most of the games are
at 1 and 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox and CBS; at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC, the
Detroit Lions host the Green Bay Packers, with the winners becoming
the division champions.
3-10 p.m., Investigation Discovery. This starts and ends with current
series, led by Joe Kenda (3 p.m.) and Paula Zahn (9 p.m.). In between
are advance debuts of five crime shows, concluding with the 8 p.m.
“Murder Chose Me”: Rod Demery was 3 when his mother was killed;
he grew up to become a homicide detective in Shreveport, La. Now
retired, he discusses his cases.
Performances,” 7:30-9 p.m., PBS. Gustavo Dudamel is guest conductor
of the Vienna Philharmonic, which this year will have its 175th
birthday. Here's the annual New Yearls Day concert, which includes a
chorus and ballet dancers; some stations will also carry it at 2:30
Nine-Nine,” 8:30 and 9 p.m., Fox. When prisoners escape from a van,
it's a crisis for the precinct ... and an opportunity for Jake and
Amy, who make a bet about who can catch the most people.
Sherlock,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS. Fresh from his triumphant work as
Richard III in PBS' Shakespearan trilogy, Benedict Cumberbatch
returns to another classic role. He's probing a mystery, while his
friend Dr. Watson copes with the mysteries of parenthood.
“To Tell the
Truth” return, 9 p.m., ABC. What happens when three different
people claim to have invented the hashtag ... or a “Game of
Thrones” language. Tonight's panelists – Ashley Graham, Jalen
Rose, Angela Kinsey, Donald Faison – try to figure it out. They
also meet a Sumo wrestling champion, a bear-attack survivor and one
of the original “Soul Train” dancers.
p.m., ABC After a night with Wallace (Eddie Cahill), Hayes (Hayley
Atwell) ponders her relationships. Meanwhile, she's trying to free a
woman convicted of killing a basketballl star.