Monday, January 22, 2018
TV and Media

On TV this week, Nov. 26-30

On TV this week


2 Broke Girls, 9 p.m., CBS Max and Caroline find the perfect storefront for their cupcake business. It must be right next to a Gold's Gym.

MINISERIES FINALE Witness, 9 p.m., HBO The final installment of Michael Mann's series about photojournalists follows a guy who goes into Rio de Janeiro's infamous favelas. Yeah, we played that level on Call of Duty, too. Doesn't sound fun.

SEASON PREMIERE Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, 9 p.m., TLC Are we all thoroughly unimpressed with decorative cake bakers now? We've seen this shtick so many times, we've all convinced ourselves we could make a cake shaped like a Lotus Elise ourselves.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 9 p.m., ABC Jenny McCarthy is the guest host for a Thanksgiving-themed episode that includes a visit from a UFC fighter and lots of single moms. AMERICA!


SEASON FINALE Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars, 8 p.m., ABC Is it too late for Emmitt Smith to win?

SEASON FINALE Flipping Out, 9 p.m., Bravo In a gripping turn of events, Jeff alienates those closest to him while proving he is highly capable of doing his job. If only every week could be this surprising.

Go On, 9 p.m., NBC Misty May-Treanor asks Ryan to join her in a game. The summary doesn't specify if the game is beach volleyball, or baseball with her husband Matt. It will be disastrous, in any case.

Emily Owens, M.D., 9 p.m., CW Meryl Streep's daughter treats a deathly ill infant. That's almost too much melodrama for our taste. Almost.


A Charlie Brown Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC Everyone's favorite loser learns that those around him will actively seek to gloat in his failure until a thumb-sucking 8-year-old reminds him that Christmas is about togetherness, not consumerist obsession. Hey, did you see these new Peanuts toys you can buy?

Christmas in Rockefeller Center, 8 p.m., NBC It's the big 8-0 for this annual ceremony hosted by Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker. Ann Curry would be there, but Matt Lauer had only coal for her this year.

SEASON PREMIERE The Hour, 9 p.m., BBC America More confirmation of your suspicions that TV news in 1957 was just as focused on ratings and selling you junk as it is today.

SEASON FINALE Life After Top Chef, 9 p.m., Bravo Before a cookoff for Michelle Obama, all the cheftestants contemplate the irony of a television show that trades on their fame as Top Chef participants, therefore actively capitalizing on their conspicuous inability to move on. This is not life after Top Chef at all!

SERIES PREMIERE Love You, Mean It With Whitney Cummings, 10:30 p.m., E! In case you thought the foul-mouthed comedian with the failed sitcom had any more jokes, here's a weekly talk show in which she talks about the same things, just without the benefit of a laugh track.


Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me?, 9 p.m., BBC America Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon and John Entwistle, talk about the "last great album The Who ever made." If only the Lifehouse project had worked out as planned.

SEASON PREMIERE Rocket City Rednecks, 9 p.m., NatGeo The team tries to make a pod that will survive a tsunami. To be fair, it's not really the tsunami itself, but the crumbling buildings and floating cars it has to survive.

100 Greatest Kid Stars, 9 p.m., VH1 If Gary Coleman doesn't get the honorary No. 1, the fix is in. The poor guy needs this, rest his soul.

BBC Electric Proms: The Who, 10 p.m., BBC America In case you didn't get enough, here's a performance of Who songs at the Roundhouse in London, with Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey on drums. Yes, they will play My Generation.


Nikita, 8 p.m., CW A rogue agent becomes the president of Uzbekistan and threatens the life of the U.S. president. That's so unbelievable; a woman as U.S. president? Yeah, tell us another one.

Ghost Adventures, 9 p.m., Travel The trio visit a variety of ghost towns to see if their name is literally true. Hint: It isn't.

Haven, 10 p.m., SyFy Audrey learns of a prophecy that she's going to disappear within days. Unless she can convince George to kiss Lorraine at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance, that is.

The Dead Files, 10 p.m., Travel A West Virginia mother of eight fears for her children's safety after witnessing strange activity in her home. Don't worry, that's just the kids' father.

— Joshua Gillin [email protected]

Jones: Saluting CBS, honesty and goats (not to be confused with GOATS)

Jones: Saluting CBS, honesty and goats (not to be confused with GOATS)

Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.Best coverageThe best football broadcast I’ve ever seen was Super Bowl XLIII. That was NBC’s coverage of the Steelers’ last-minute victory over th...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Monday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballNorth Carolina at Virginia Tech7 p.m.ESPNOhio State at Maryland7 p.m.ESPN2Iowa State at Texas7 p.m.ESPNUMaryland at Indiana7 p.m.FS1Holy Cross at American7 p.m.CBSSNWomen: LSU at Texas A&M7 p.m.SECNebraska at Ohio State8 p.m.Bi...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballMiami at N.C. StatenoonCh. 44Rutgers at MichigannoonBig TenWomen: South Carolina at KentuckynoonESPNUWomen: Marquette at VillanovanoonFS1Women: George Washington at DaytonnoonCBSSNWomen: Virginia Tech at Virginia12:30 p.m.Fox S...
Published: 01/20/18

Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballWomen: La Salle at Rhode Island11 a.m.CBSSNPurdue at IowanoonESPNFlorida State at Virginia TechnoonESPN2; 1010-AMWichita State at HoustonnoonESPNUVillanova at ConnecticutnoonCBSSt. John’s at GeorgetownnoonFS1Ohio State at Minne...
Published: 01/19/18
This week’s pop culture winners and losers

This week’s pop culture winners and losers

WinnersTimothée ChalametOscar darling Timothée Chalamet, whose breakout performances include Lady Bird and Call Me By Your Name, has pledged to donate his salary from his role in Woody Allen's A Rainy Day in New York to charities fighting s...
Published: 01/19/18
Review: ‘The Alienist’ is a grisly tale of murder, madness and class division

Review: ‘The Alienist’ is a grisly tale of murder, madness and class division

A doctor, an illustrator and a police department secretary are tasked by a young Theodore Roosevelt to conduct a secret investigation into a series of murders in 19th century New York City.The macabre tale is the focus of the new TNT series The Alien...
Published: 01/19/18
What to watch this weekend: ‘The Open House’ on Netflix, ‘The Alienist,’ ‘The Resident’

What to watch this weekend: ‘The Open House’ on Netflix, ‘The Alienist,’ ‘The Resident’

19th century serial killers: The AlienistIn the late 19th century, a doctor who studied and treated the mind (a modern-day criminal psychologist) was called an alienist because their patients were believed to be "alienated from their mind." Dr. Laszl...
Published: 01/19/18

Friday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosNASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony8 p.m.NBCSNCollege basketballBuffalo at Western Michigan7 p.m.ESPNUSt. Bonaventure at Davidson7 p.m.ESPN2Canisius at Manhattan9 p.m.ESPNUIllinois at Wisconsin9 p.m.FS1College gymnasticsFlorida at Kentuc...
Published: 01/18/18
'American Pickers' is coming to Florida, and wants to pick through your stuff

'American Pickers' is coming to Florida, and wants to pick through your stuff

Know someone with a cool collection of antiques, collectibles or dust-covered old “junk” they’ve been holding onto for years in the hopes of someday cashing in? The time may be now. American Pickers, the A&E reality series fol...
Published: 01/18/18
Nancy Pelosi is going to be a guest judge on 'RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars'

Nancy Pelosi is going to be a guest judge on 'RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars'

She might be more familiar with democracy, but top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi is soon going to show her expertise on a certain kind of monarchy: The California congresswoman is slated to appear as a guest judge on RuPaul’s drag-queen competiti...
Published: 01/18/18