Tournament of Roses parade, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, six channels.
Each year, this
good-natured parade helps viewers lose any risidual fog and
hangovers. This year it has 37 floats, 18 horse units and 20 bands,
including ones from Hawaii, Mexico, Denmark and the Marines.
The theme is
“Inspiring Stories” and Louis Zamperini – subject of the movie
and book “Unbroken” -- was named grand marshal; he's still
considered marshal, despite his death in July at 97. The parade is
carried on NBC, ABC and four cable channels -- Hallmark, RFD-TV,
Univision and HGTV – which annually makes this commercial-free, to
promote an amiable new batch of series.
TODAY'S MUST-SEE II:
Bowl games, all day.
Things peak tonight
on ESPN, when two games decide who will be in the Jan. 12 national
championship game. At 5 p.m. ET, the Rose Bowl has Oregon (ranked No.
2) and Florida State (No. 3); at 8:30, the Sugar Bowl has Alabama
(No. 1) and Ohio State (No. 4).
There's more, as a
warm-up. At noon ET on ESPN2, the Outback Bowl has Wisconsin (No. 18)
and Auburn (No. 19). At 12:30 on ESPN, the Cotton Bowl has Baylor
(No. 5) and Michigan State (No. 8); at 1 on ABC, the Citrus Bowl has
Mississippi (No. 16) and Minnesota (No. 25).
Debuts, all day, HGTV.
Today, this channel
obsesses on fantasy; its five new shows view exotic homes or
settings. Debuting (each with two half-hours) are “Castle Hunters”
at 10 a.m., “Half-Price Paradise” at 2 p.m., “Living Big Sky”
at 6, “Island Life” at 7 and “Building Hawaii” at 11.
(A few of those change in the Pacific time zone, however. There, "Castle Hunters" is 7 a.m., "Half-Price Paradise" is 11 and "Living Big Sky" is 3 p.m.; the others stay the same.)
There's more to
fantasize about. At 8, HGTV introduces the “Dream Home” that one
viewer will win. This one is a sprawling, Cape Cod-style home on
Martha's Vineyard, a mile from the beach.
a.m., IFC. This wonderfully odd comedy reruns its first four seasons
until 2 a.m., then starts over to complete a 24-hour stretch. The
fifth season starts next Thursday,
Performances,” 8 p.m., PBS (check local listings). The Vienna
Philharmonic continues its tradition of New Year's Day concerts,
filled with Strauss tunes. Zubin Mehta is the guest conductor, with
Vienna City Ballet dancers; Julie Andrews hosts.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. An all-rerun night for CBS starts with this
hilarious episode. Amy convinces a reluctant Sheldon to join Howard
and Bernadette for a trip to wine country; also, things go wrong when
Leonard and Penny are in charge of Raj's dog.
CBS. Here's the episode from last spring, with teen Violet having
her baby. Her mom and grandmother – both former teen moms – face
“Bad Judge,” 9
p.m., NBC. Angela Kinsey (“The Office”) guests as a friend,
getting over a divorce. Rebecca (Kate Walsh) helps her, but soon
finds that people don't always appreciate her judgments.
“Two and a Half
Men,” 9:01 p.m., CBS. This season-opener sent the show in a fresh
direction. Faced with a health scare, Walden decided to change his
life. It's fairly funny; so is the “McCarthys” that follows, with
the family trying to resist everything Jackie must give up during
10:01 p.m.., CBS. Moriariy, Holmes' former nemesis, is a consultant
on a case.