Over on cable, Animal Planet has the series premiere of Gator Boys, BBC America has an Absolutely Fabulous special, Comedy Central has a Tom Papa: Live From New York City comedy special, Discovery Channel has a Secret Service Secrets special, Food Network has a The Big Waste special, History has the fifth season premiere of Ax Men and the series premiere of Cajun Pawn Stars, Showtime has the second season premiere of Shameless, the series premiere of House of Lies and the fifth season premiere of Californication, and TLC has the first season finale of All-American Muslim.
Listen to the Winter TV Preview 2012 over at TV times Three for more on some of the new and returning shows premiering tonight and over the next couple weeks.
Once Upon a Time (ABC): New. Emma decides to run for sheriff, so Regina and Mr. Gold team up to play some dirty politics. Rumpelstiltskin is looking for a source of power to keep his son from going to war.
The Good Wife (CBS): New. A couple that had their divorce handled by Lockhart/Gardner is accusing the firm of trying to influence them for financial gain.
Pan Am (ABC): New. Something messes with Dean and Colette’s buddy romance. Kate is haunted by her last assignment. Kate has fallen for the congressman. Starts a minute after the hour and runs 59 minutes.
The Simpsons (FOX): New. Homer gets his own political talk show after a video of one of his rants goes viral. Runs 30 minutes.
Leverage (TNT): New. The team stages a faux hostage crisis after getting caught in a highly guarded government facility. Plays again later.
House of Lies (Showtime): Series Premiere. Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) star in this show about a team of management consultants. In this episode they head to New York to figure out how to turn things around for a financial institution that was part of the housing scandal. Runs 35 minutes. Plays again later. Was very much looking forward to this show and after watching the first three episodes was pretty disappointed. They try to make some of the characters sympathetic with back-story and family story, but nobody is very likable. I’m not really sure what the point of the show is and not sure I’m going to watch much more to see if I can find one.
Californication (Showtime): Season Premiere. Hank is living in New York and heads to Los Angeles after a bad break up and an offer to write a movie. Starts five minutes after the half hour and runs 30 minutes. Plays again later. No other show on TV has a more fitting title than this one.
A&E has seven episodes of Criminal Minds tonight.
BBC America has eight episodes of The Tudors.
BET has 24 episodes of The Game.
Centric has 12 episodes of Miami Vice.
TNT has 10 episodes of Law & Order early.
USA Network has 14 episodes of NCIS.