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What to watch this weekend: Golden Globes, Lena Waithe’s ‘The Chi’

THE SHAPE OF FILM AND TELEVISION: GOLDEN GLOBES

In the first prominent awards show in the post-Weinstein era, the Golden Globes seem ready to turn the page in the book on Hollywood culture. But don't worry, Meryl Streep still gets a nod, scoring her 31st nomination for The Post. In the movie category, Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, Steven Spielberg's The Post and Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri led in nominations. And on the small screen front, HBO's Big Little Lies picked up six nominations and FX's Feud: Bette and Joan got four while Fargo, The Handmaid's Tale and This Is Us all scored three nods. Film and TV buffs are surely excited about this year's lineup, but many others might tune in to see how host Seth Meyers attempts to keep the ceremony light in the midst of dark scandals in the entertainment industry. 8 p.m. Sunday, NBC.

WINTER TV

From Versace to Waco, new true crime shows to check out

New shows to make you cry like you did during 'This Is Us'

4 science fiction shows that aren't about superheroes 

Watch these new shows that bring more diversity

Review: The X-Files Season 11

THEY'RE THE WORST: ALONE TOGETHER

The trio behind the Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer) serve as executive producers for Alone Together, a new half-hour, single-camera comedy on Freeform. Esther (Esther Povitsky) and Benji (Benji Aflalo) are platonic best friends who just want to be accepted in the vain, status-obsessed culture of Los Angeles. They're both overlooked millennial misfits from different backgrounds, but they always have each other's backs. Plus they have nobody else to hang out with. Throughout the first season, the two embark on shooting their own music video, standing in line for a lip kit pop-up and even trying out retirement life.  8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Freeform.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: THE CHI

One of the things on my TV wish list for 2018 is to see more voices of people of color telling the stories we haven't heard before. The Chi delivers that just a week into the new year. The one-hour drama series from Lena Waithe, the Emmy-winning writer and actor who helped bring Master of None's "Thanksgiving" episode to life, promises to "explore the humanity behind the headlines sensationalizing the South Side of Chicago." It's a coming-of-age story that follows a group of residents facing the daily grind of Chicago, where Waithe was born.  The cast includes Jason Mitchell, Jacob Latimore, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Alex Hibbert, Yolonda Ross, Armando Riesco and Tiffany Boone.  10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime.

NEW TO NETFLIX

Bring It On: Awesome! Oh, wow! All five Bring It On movies are now available on the streaming giant. That's almost 10 hours of cheesy high school cheerleading goodness. But obviously the first film's Toros still are No. 1.

Rent: Now you can live La Vie Bohème from the comfort of your couch along with the rest of the cast of Rent, adapted from the Tony-winning Broadway musical.

Troy: Also known as the movie you say you don't want to watch but never skip over when flipping through channels. Shirtless studs Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom probably weren't part of the original story of the Iliad, but who are we to judge cinematic storytelling?

UPCOMING STREAMING RELEASES

Friday: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Netflix)

Monday: The Conjuring (Netflix)

Wednesday: 47 Meters Down (Netflix)

Jan. 12: Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams (Amazon),

Jan. 26: Dirty Money (Netflix)

Contact Chelsea Tatham at [email protected] Follow @chelseatatham.

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