Thursday: Mom, Scandal, Elementary & More

by Jason the TVaholic on January 29, 2015

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News & Notes

Get Elementary Episodes via Amazon Instant VideoTonight, NBC has the 16th season finale of The Biggest Loser.

Over on cable, Food Network has the series premiere of Duff Till Dawn, Pivot has the series premiere of Fortitude, Syfy has the first winter season premiere of Wizard Wars, and truTV has the fourth season premiere of Impractical Jokers and the series premiere of Breaking Greenville.

In late night, Syfy has the series premiere of Close Up Kings.

Listen to the latest TV times Three Podcast: Ep.259, “Choosing a Grounder Over a Grandmother.” On this episode I am joined by @mytakeontv and @raelee to talk about the number of primetime scripted shows in 2014 and recent episodes of Jane the Virgin, The Flash, Arrow, The 100 and Hart of Dixie. Lastly, a brief reality check and a TV recommendation.

Prime Picks

The Big Bang Theory (CBS): New. Sheldon thinks his life has become too easy, so he wants the gang to make things more difficult for him. Runs 31 minutes.
Mom (CBS): New. Christy tries to keep Bonnie under control after the loss of Alvin. Runs 30 minutes.

Scandal (ABC): New. We see what happened to Olivia from her point of view.

Elementary (CBS): New. Holmes and Watson attempt to help Kitty in the present, while we see how Sherlock and Kitty first met. This is a solid end to the Kitty storyline.

Solid Selections

The Vampire Diaries (The CW): New. Luke and Liv attempt to get their father to agree to let Jo and Kai do the merge ceremony. Things go badly for Caroline and her mother.

Chopped Canada (Food Network): New. Four female chefs compete using salmon cakes, goat and frozen breakfast treats. Plays again later.

Parenthood (NBC): Series Finale. Amber is getting used to being a mother. Joel and Julia make a big decision. Kristina shows Adam what she thinks the future could be. Hank goes to Zeek and Drew with a big question.

Other Options

  • Babylon (Sundance): New. “Episode 4” plays. Plays again later.
  • Episodes (SHO2): Repeat. This past Sunday night’s episode, “Episode 403,” replays. Runs 30 minutes. Plays again later on Showtime.
  • Fortitude (Pivot): Series Premiere. The 12-part series begins with the first two episodes tonight, which sets the tone and introduces you to all the players leading up to a murder in a small town in the middle of frozen nowhere. If you liked Broadchurch and mysteries in that vein that are more about the people and the secrets they are keeping and the plans they have than the actual murder, then you should definitely check this one out. But, first you’ll probably have to find out if you even have Pivot. The cast is quite good with Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter films), Sofie Grabol (Forbrydelsen the original Danish The Killing), Christopher Eccleston (The Leftovers, Doctor Who), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife), and probably a few other familiar faces if you watch a lot of British TV series. Runs two hours. Plays again later.
  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): New. Meredith is dealing with the prospect of Derek going to Washington D.C. Jackson and April get some disturbing news.
  • How to Get Away With Murder (ABC): New. Everyone is searching for what happened to Annalise’s husband.
  • Togetherness (HBO2): Repeat. This past Sunday night’s episode, “Insanity,” replays. Runs 30 minutes. Plays again later on HBO

Sports Notes

  • CBS Sports has doubleheader college basketball action tonight with Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech and Alabama Birmingham at UTEP.
  • ESPN has doubleheader college basketball action tonight with Maryland at Ohio State and Kentucky at Missouri.
  • ESPN2 has doubleheader college basketball action tonight with UConn at Cincinnati and Utah at UCLA.
  • ESPNU has tripleheader college basketball action tonight with Dayton at UMass, Eastern Kentucky at Murray State and San Francisco at BYU.
  • FS1 has women’s college basketball action tonight with Oklahoma at Texas followed by men’s action with Colorado at USC.
  • TNT has doubleheader NBA action tonight.

Thursday TV Marathons

Blue Bloods (ION): Has 18 episodes.
Girlfriends (TV One): Has 12 episodes early.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (USA Network): Has 17 episodes.

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News & Notes

Get Arrow Episodes via Amazon Instant VideoTonight, PBS has the 14th season premiere of Secrets of the Dead.

Over on cable, FX has the third season premiere of The Americans, History has the series premiere of Mississippi Rivermen, truTV has the series premiere of Kart Life, and USA Network has the fourth winter season premiere of Suits.

In late night, Showtime has the fourth season finale of Web Therapy.

Prime Picks

Arrow (The CW): New. Arsenal and Dig don’t think that Laurel should be trying to replace her sister. Brick puts his plan in motion to take over the Glades.

The 100 (The CW): New. Lincoln and Bellamy attempt to break into Mount Weather. The new alliance deals with a new threat on their way to rescue their people.

The Americans (FX): Season Premiere. Elizabeth comes close to getting some key info for the cause, while also almost getting caught. Stan wonders what his wife saw in the group she joined. Runs 66 minutes. Plays twice and again later.

Solid Selections

The Mentalist (CBS): New. Jane sets out to help Abbott save his career.

Empire (FOX): New. Lucious goes after a rival company’s top client. Jamal has writer’s block. Cookie attempts to make things right with Hakeem.

Hindsight (VH1): New. Lolly goes with Jamie to a Halloween party, which is something she usually does with Becca. Sean is back in town. Plays again later two times.

Other Options

  • Baby Daddy (ABC): New. Tucker gets Ben and Riley to come on the Mary Hart Show after they are mugged. Plays again later.
  • Criminal Minds (CBS): New. The team has to look back at a former case of Rossi and Gideon to help solve the case they are investigating now.
  • Episodes (Showtime): Repeat. This past Sunday’s episode, “Episode 403” replays. Runs 30 minutes.
  • Melissa & Joey (ABC Family): New. Joe attempts to convince Mel that they should have a baby. Lennox tries to setup Zander with one of her friends. Plays again later.
  • Suits (USA Network): Winter Premiere. Louis is getting closer to getting his name on the door. Runs 61 minutes. Plays again later.
  • Togetherness (HBO Signature): Repeat. This past Sunday night’s episode, “Insanity,” replays. Plays again later on HBO.

Sports Notes

  • CBS Sports has doubleheader college basketball action tonight with Temple at Central Florida and East Carolina at Memphis.
  • ESPN has doubleheader NBA action tonight.
  • ESPN2 has college basketball action tonight with Duke at Notre Dame followed by women’s semifinal coverage of the Australian Open tennis tournament.
  • ESPNU has tripleheader college basketball action tonight with SMU at South Florida, Kansas at TCU and Stanford at Washington.
  • FS1 has college basketball action tonight with St. John’s at Creighton.

Late Night

  • Cougar Town (TBS): Repeat. Last night’s episode, “Waiting for Tonight,” replays.
  • Sirens (USA Network): Repeats. Last night’s episode, “Johnny Nightingale,” and the second season premiere episode, “Superdick,” replay.

Wednesday TV Marathons

Cold Case (ION): Nine episodes tonight into late night.
Ghost Whisperer (ION): Nine episodes today.
NCIS (USA Network): Has 12 episodes.
Sanford and Son (TV One): Has 10 episodes early.
Supernatural (TNT): Has 10 episodes.

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Tuesday: The Flash, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Justified & More

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January 26, 2015

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