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A wave of premieres tries to take The Golden Globes’ spotlight

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, January 11th. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC, 8 p.m.): The Internet’s Imaginary Girlfriends Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are back! And this time, things are…well, about the same as last time, give or take a Jane The Virgin. Still, the Globes are the most fun awards show by a mile—not because they get it more right than the others or anything (never forget that all awards shows are useless), but because they get so much more drunk than the others. We have no doubt that Amy and Tina will be kicking things off with a hearty drinking game, so we’ll do the same:

  • Drink any time Amy and Tina say, “______ is here!”
  • Drink any time Amy and Tina high five;
  • Drink any time Amy and Tina make the Bill Cosby jokes they confirmed to be fair game;
  • Drink any time a presenter misreads the teleprompter, drink again when that’s more entertaining than the prepared banter;
  • Drink any time a result messes with your fantasy awards season league (though we hope we’re the only ones ill-advised enough to do a fantasy awards season league, which turns out to be some cutthroat shit);
  • Drink any time an SNL castmember does a Bit;
  • Drink for the entire duration of a winner’s walk to the stage (fingers crossed for upsets);
  • Finish your drink if Amy references Joaquin Phoenix’s big ol’ crush on her;
  • Finish everyones drink if more than one non-white person wins, let’s get weird!!

Make sure to drop by the A.V. Club’s livechat—especially if you follow these rules, because we have a feeling you’ll be very entertaining indeed.

Also noted

Togetherness (HBO, 9:30 p.m.): The Duplass brothers take their act to television for a new comedy about restless thirtysomethings. Joshua Alston found it charming, and so we’re interested to see if our weekly reviewer Gwen Ihnat will think the same.

Girls (HBO, 9 p.m.): The show returns for its fourth season with Hannah preparing for the University of Iowa, Marnie singing the brunch shift, Shoshanna graduating, and Jessa…doing drugs in a bowler hat, probably? Anyway, Joshua Alston is taking over weekly reviews and looks forward to a spirited and completely reasonable debate.

Shameless (Showtime, 9 p.m.): The Gallaghers return for a fifth season that includes both gentrification and Dermot Mulroney (isn’t that always the way?). Joshua Alston is still working through his feelings on the Showtime press release calling William H. Macy a “pickled patriarch.”


Looking (10 p.m.): The show’s second season starts off in classic fashion: at a secluded family vacation home for a weekend of bonding and drinking. Brandon Nowalk didn’t know he wanted to write his review from Scott Bakula’s family home until he suddenly felt it, you know?

House Of Lies (Showtime, 9:30 p.m.): The fourth(!) season finds Don Cheadle in prison, Kristen Bell pregnant, and Ben Schwartz making delightful, gif-able faces, as he is wont to do.


TV Classic

The Simpsons: Classic coverage returns with Erik Adams taking a look at “The Twisted World Of Marge Simpson.”


Regular coverage

The Simpsons (FOX, 8 p.m.)
Galavant (ABC, 8 p.m.)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, 8:30 p.m.)
Downton Abbey (PBS, 9 p.m.)
Bob’s Burgers (FOX, 9:30 p.m.)
The Good Wife (CBS, 10 p.m.)


What else is on?

Mulaney (FOX, 7 p.m.): Molly Shannon drops by to lend some offbeat humor to what looks like the set of Law and Order, maybe?


The Great British Baking Show (PBS, 8 p.m.): All the summary says about this episode is “Bread.”, so we are in.

TLC Special: My Husband’s Not Gay (TLC 9:30 p.m.): Okay? We don’t mean to sound callous, TLC Special, we just don’t care what your husband is. Your life’s your business, sexuality is a spectrum, gender is a myth, time is a flat circle, etcetera and so on.


NFL Playoff: Cowboys at Packers (FOX, 10 a.m.): As always for football-related things, we turn to our personal informer on all things NFL. What’s On Tonight’s roommate? “Man, fuck the Cowboys.” Thanks, What’s On Tonight’s roommate!

NFL Playoff: Colts at Broncos (CBS, 1:30 p.m.): “I don’t know, Luck’s been playing better than Manning lately?” Thanks, What’s On Tonight’s roommate!


PGA Tour Golf: Hyundai Tournament of Champions (NBC, 11:30 a.m.): We just discovered that the PGA’s prize money is $5.7 million. Damn, Hyundai, don’t hurt ‘em.

We hear it’s cold out there today (don’t forget your booties), so here are some movies to keep you inside, occupied for longer periods of time, and most importantly, inside:

The Bourne Supremacy (2-4:30 p.m.)
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (HBO, 2:30-5:15 p.m.)
Smokey And The Bandit II (CMT, 2:30-5:30 p.m.)
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (ABC Family, 4-6:30 p.m.)
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (FX, 4-7:13 p.m.)
The Departed (AMC, 4:30-8:30 pm.)
A Knight’s Tale (BBC, 5-8 p.m.)
Jumping The Broom (BET, 6:30-9:30 p.m.)
Monsters, Inc (ABC Family, 6:30-8:30 p.m.)
Braveheart (AMC, 8-midnight)


…and much, much, much, much, much, much, muuuUUUuuUUUuuch more (just take a look at your local listings, we got tired).

In case you missed it

Glee: Brandon Nowalk has higher hopes for this last season than he was anticipating, even if it so far contains a dangerously low amount of our queen Santana.


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