What to Watch Tonight: Lights Out Series Premiere, Southland, Parenthood & The Good Wife

by Jason the TVaholic on January 11, 2011

in Tonight on the Tube

News & Notes

Get V Season 1 on DVD or Blu-ray at AmazonOn cable tonight, Animal Planet has the series premiere of I, Predator, BET has the fourth season premiere of The Game, Bravo has the fourth season finale of Millionaire Matchmaker, Comedy Central has the third season premiere of Tosh.0 and the series premiere of Onion SportsDome, FX has the series premiere of Lights Out, Golf Channel has the third season premiere of The Haney Project and the series premiere of Pipe Dream, MTV has the third season premiere of Teen Mom, and Travel Channel has the first season finale of Mysteries at the Museum.

In late night, BET has the series premiere of Let’s Stay Together.

Email and RSS readers will find links to the finally updated Printable TV Schedules. Sorry it took so long.

Prime Picks

No Ordinary Family (ABC): New. Katie gets a promotion. Jim’s brother finds out about the family’s abilities and wants to use them for his own personal gain. Daphne ends up on the school’s peer disciplinary panel.

V (ABC): New. Erica has Tyler’s blood analyzed and finds out something interesting. Anna faces off with her mother Diana, played by Jane Badler (Original V series). Runs 61 minutes.

The Good Wife (CBS): New. Alicia has a client that the law firm attempts to turn against his girlfriend, as they are both accused of murder. Alicia has to make a hard choice.

Solid Selections

NCIS (CBS): New. The team works with a member of the Coast Guard Investigative Service to solve the murder of a Marine that was on a dinner boat.

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS): New. A body gets stolen that contained a top secret residue, which leads the team to an experimental Navy tracking system.

Parenthood (NBC): New. Adam is starting to worry about how stable his job actually is and Haddie goes to Amber for comfort when her parents don’t like what she has decided.

Other Options

  • Dirty Jobs (Discovery Channel): New. Mike helps turn molasses into rum. Plays again later. A repeat episode plays right before.
  • Glory Daze (TBS): New. Joel shares some class notes with Christie. Jason and Turbo do some bonding over music. Plays again Friday night.
  • Lights Out (FX): Series Premiere. A former heavyweight champion boxer is struggling to support his family after having retired a few years back. Runs 63 minutes. Plays twice and again later. FX has another solid drama on their hands. The cast is great and, while the story will remind you of some of the Rocky movies, the story is very compelling as well. The story revolves around Patrick “Lights” Leary who retired after winning the title for medical reasons. It is a few years later and things are not going well financially after some bad investments and living an expensive lifestyle. He begins to do whatever he has to do to get some money coming in. Only his brother knows how truly bad off he and his family are. So, when the opportunity to fight again pops up, he takes it. The drama will come from a wife that doesn’t want him to fight again, himself dealing with deteriorating mental conditions, continued money woes and dealing with his kids and father, played by the wonderful Stacy Keach that is perfectly cast in this role. I’m looking forward to keeping up with this one over the next few weeks.
  • Southland (TNT): New. While I like the show, I don’t always heap the amount of praise on it that other do, but tonight’s episode is well worthy of the praise. As gang retaliations start to spiral out of control, the cops and detectives attempt to put an end to it before it goes too far. Some of what happens is a gut wrenching look at the stupidity of this violence and how it touches those not involved and affects the cops that try to stop it. Some of these reactions tell the story of how different people view what is going on and it all make you think. Plus, C. Thomas Howell is back in this episode. Plays again later.
  • What Not to Wear (TLC): New. Clinton and Stacy help a woman named Maggie give up her “I give up” style. Plays again later.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has doubleheader college basketball action.
  • ESPN2 has college basketball action.
  • NBA TV has the Phoenix Suns at the Denver Nuggets.

Late Night

  • Men of a Certain Age (TNT): Repeat. Last night’s midseason finale episode, “Let the Sunshine In,” replays.

TV Marathons

A&E has six episodes of The First 48.
BET has 18 episodes of The Game.
Bravo has 14 episodes of Millionaire Matchmaker.
History has five episodes of MonsterQuest that play twice.
Oxygen has 11 episodes of America’s Next Top Model.
SpikeTV has 16 episodes of 1000 Ways to Die.
Syfy has all 26 episodes of The Green Hornet.
USA has seven episodes of White Collar early followed by 10 episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims.
WE has seven episodes of Amazing Wedding Cakes.

Can you believe how much great TV there is tonight in the final hour of primetime? It’s kind of ridiculous. What will you be watching?

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