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Alex Hibbert and Jason Mitchell star in The Chi (Photo: Matt Dinerstein/Showtime)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Sunday, January 7. All times are Eastern.

Top picks

The Chi (Showtime, 10 p.m.): Set in Chicago’s South Side, Lena Waithe’s The Chi takes a long and thought-provoking look at the lives of Second City residents who haven’t gotten nearly as much attention as their North Side or suburban counterparts, outside of being presented on the news as statistics or invoked by a white-supremacist president to condemn minorities. (Sorry, we’re getting a little heated.) This hour-long drama features a great cast, including Jason Mitchell and The Wire’s Sonja Sohn, and a pilot directed by Rick Famuyiwa. Cultural anthropologist—er, critic—Ashley Ray-Harris will have weekly reviews.


The 75th Golden Globe Awards (NBC, 8 p.m.): Seth Meyers hosts the diamond-anniversary edition of the Golden Globes, which will see frontrunners Big Little Lies and The Shape Of Water try to bring home all of the accolades. The red carpet should be especially interesting this year, since many actresses have vowed to wear black to promote the Time’s Up movement, which was founded in response to the #MeToo movement and the sexual assault and harassment allegations that have inundated Hollywood since at least September.

Regular coverage

The Simpsons (Fox, 8 p.m.)
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 8:30 p.m.)
Ghosted (Fox, 8:30 p.m.)
Shameless (Showtime, 9 p.m.)

Wild card

StarTalk (National Geographic Channel, 11 p.m.): Stephen Colbert returns the favor, joining Neil DeGrasse Tyson for a chat on his podcast turned talk show.


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