What to Watch Today: Bowl Games, Pretty Little Liars S.2 & The Lying Game S.1 Winter Premieres and More

News & Notes

Get Pretty Little Liars Episodes via Amazon Instant VideoTonight, ABC has the 16th season premiere of The Bachelor and the seventh season premiere of Wife Swap and PBS has the 16th season premiere of Antiques Roadshow.

Over on cable, A&E has the fifth season premiere of Hoarders and the 12th season premiere of Intervention, ABC Family has the second winter season premiere of Pretty Little Liars and the first winter season premiere of The Lying Game, E! has a Celebrity Slimdowns special, and TLC has the first season finale of Candy Queen.

Prime Picks

Pretty Littlle Liars (ABC Family): Winter Premiere. Things are different between the girls after their arrest. Plays again later. This is a very good episode of this show, but anything more would be too spoilery given what happens.

The Lying Game (ABC Family): Winter Premiere. Nobody knows what happened to Sutton. Char’s aunt, recurring guest star Charisma Carpenter (Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), returns to town. Plays again later. Given that this is only Ep.11, I wouldn’t expect them to answer the big questions. But, they keep piling on new mysteries/secrets without really answering much of anything. And, in this episode they add a whole bunch more. I’m still on board. But, if they don’t start letting the audience in on a few things before the end of the season, it will all just become way too much. What do you think of the show going into the winter premiere?

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS): New. The team is looking into whether the murder of a teen was done by a professional.

Solid Selections

How I Met Your Mother (CBS): New. Marshall does a little New Year’s Day tailgating. Barney and Ted decide to open a bar.
2 Broke Girls (CBS): New. Caroline deep into her extreme couponing learns what the secret ingredient is in Max’s cupcakes.

Two and a Half Men (CBS): New. Walden goes to Alan for help after his mom and ex-wife try to take his company away from him. Runs 31 minutes.

The Closer (TNT): Repeat. The seventh winter season finale episode, “Silent Partner,” from last week replays, where Brenda and the team are looking into a murder related to Turell Baylor’s death.

Sports Notes

  • ABC has college football action with the Outback Bowl featuring Michigan State vs. Georgia.
  • ESPN has tripleheader college football action with the Capital One Bowl featuring Nebraska vs. South Carolina, the Rose Bowl featuring Wisconsin vs. Oregon and the Fiesta BowlM featuring Stanford vs. Oklahoma State.
  • ESPN2 has college football action with the Gator Bowl featuring Florida vs. Ohio State.
  • NBA TV has a game tonight.
  • NBC has the NHL Winter Classic today.
  • NBC Sports has NHL action tonight.

TV Marathons

There are lots of TV marathons over the New Year’s weekend and here are the best of today’s bunch:

ABC Family has 10 episodes of Pretty Little Liars.
Food Network has 20 episodes of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.
Syfy has eight episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
WE tv has 10 episodes of The Golden Girls tonight.

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