Golden Globe awards, 8-11 p.m. ET and PT, NBC.
For the third
straight year, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host. We can expect lots of
sharp humor from them and the presenters, including Tom Hanks,
Kristen Wiig, Seth Meyers, Kevin Hart, Lily Tomlin, Anna Faris,
Melissa McCarthy and former host Ricky Gervais.
In movies, dramas
are strong (“Selma,” “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “The
Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything” ), comedies are
quirky (“Birdman,” “St. Vincent,” “Pride,” “Grand
Budapest Hotel,” “Into the Woods”); TV has “The Good Wife,”
“Downton Abbey,” “Jane the Virgin” and lots of cable.
II: “Chimpanzee” (2012), 8-10 p.m., NatGeo Wild, rerunning at 11.
Each Earth Day, the
Disney people debut a gorgeous nature film in theaters. Now six of
the movies will skip all the Disney-owned channels and go to NatGeo,
starting with this beauty.
In the African rain
forest, a band of chimps lives among lush food choices ... making it
the target of a bigger, nastier crew. There's humor, violence,
tragedy ... and then a remarkable twist involving an orphaned
3-month-old chimp and the cranky leader. The result is richly moving.
ALTERNATIVE: Season-openers, 9-11 p.m., HBO and Showtime.
The two pay-cable
giants stuff tonight with openers, led by strong ones at the start
At 9 p.m., HBO's
“Girls” has a dizzying shift, with Hannah (a zealous
city-dweller) going to Iowa for its writing workshop; today's
transitional episode is fairly good and next week's is a delight.
Even better is Showtime's “Episodes,” at 10:30. Matt LeBlanc
plays a perverse version of himself, an actor in an awful TV comedy.
He was happy to see it cancelled ... then appalled to see it
Football, 1:05 p.m.
ET, Fox and 4:40 p.m. ET, CBS. The Packers host the Cowboys and then
the Broncos host the Colts, with the winners a step away from the
9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). On the same night that it's up
for a Golden Globe, this classy drama has key moments, both personal
(Lady Mary's tryst) and global: Despite Robert's grumbling, a radio
arrives so people can hear the king's speech.
Alaska,” 9 p.m., National Geographic. The second episode of this
terrific race has all the elements, from dog sleds to river rafts,
with grand adventure and near-tragedy.
season-opener, 9-10 p.m., Showtime. Fiona's back from prison, working
as a waitress and in a chaste relationship with her boss. Her
brother is on college break, re-adjusting shakily to his rough life.
Their older sister tries hard to shock their dad Frank ... who, if
course, is unshockable. Back from his deathbed, Frank has a grand
project, in a sharp (and sometimes funny) episode.
debut, 9:30, HBO. This starts shakily, with a stale husband-wife
relationship, but then gets much better when two troubled souls –
his lumpy friend, her flighty sister (Amanda Peet) -- arrive.
“The Good Wife,”
10 p.m., CBS. An hour later than usual, due to football, this show –
another Globe-nominee – has the key debate between Alicia and Frank
Prady (David Hyde Pierce).
season-opener, 10 p.m., HBO. These gay friends depart San Francisco
for a vacation that's supposed to involve no drugs, no sex and many
trees. Plans change, sometimes thoroughly.
“House of Lies,”
10 p.m., Showtime. Marty is back from prison (flashbacks tell us what
happened), Jeannie is pregnant and their seedy consulting firm is
crumbling in funny ways.