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TV best bets with returns of ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘The Biggest Loser,’ ‘Mob Wives’

downton abbey season 3PBS’s biggest hit in many years (thanks to those Brits) is “Downton Abbey,” which returns to GPB Sunday for a third season.

Watch for spoilers online because the show debuted in Britain more than three months ago.

NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” is back the same night after taking the fall off and is bringing in kids for the first time. And Jillian Michaels returns after a break. Atlanta’s Dolvett Quince is back for a third cycle.

And those nutty “Mob Wives” return Sunday on VH1 for a third round. (The spinoff out of Chicago died after one cycle)

Three Atlanta-based reality shows also arrive on Tuesday: Kennesaw’s “Double Divas” on Lifetime, “Totally T-Boz” on TLC and “The Sisterhood” right afterwards on the same network.

MONDAY

“New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Celebrates Dick Clark” 8 p.m. ABC — Jenny McCarthy and Fergie host a celebration of the late great Dick Clark, who turned New Year’s into a big TV event four decades ago. Later, Ryan Seacrest hosts with live performances by Taylor Swift, Psy and Justin Bieber.

“NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly” 8 p.m. ABC — Train and the coaches of “The Voice” show up.

“New Year’s Eve Live” 10 p.m. CNN — Kathy Griffin joins Anderson Cooper in Times Square.

“New Year’s Eve Live!” 11 p.m. Fox — “Idol” winner Phillip Phillips and Lifehouse perform.

“All American New Year” 11 p.m. Fox News — Pat Benatar and Sarah Brightman perform. Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly host.

“MTV’s Club NYE 2013” 11 p .m. MTV — Ke$ha and Sean Kingston perform. Snooki and Jwoww pop up, too.

TUESDAY

“Dance Moms” 8 p.m. Lifetime — A preview of the third season include favorite routines performed by the dancers.

“Totally T-Boz” 8 p.m. TLC (new series) — TLC’s T-Boz gets a four-episode test run about her life.

“The Sisterhood” 9 p.m. TLC (new series) — Five metro Atlantans reveal life as preachers’ wives.

“Hardcore Pawn: Chicago” 9:30 p.m. TruTV (new series) — A spin-off featuring another pawn shop in Chicago.

“Chopped” 10 p.m. Food (13th season finale) — A competing chef attempts to recover after dropping the entree ingredient of pork belly on the floor.

“Parenthood” 10 p.m. NBC — Jasmine and Crosy take in a familiy member.

“Storage Wars: New York” 10 p.m. A&E (new series) — A second spinoff of the original after the Texas and California versions.

“Double Divas” 10”30 p.m. Lifetime (new series)— The two women who run Kennesaw’s bra-fitting lingerie shop LiviRae.

WEDNESDAY

“Mobbed” 8 p.m. Fox — A woman honors her father, who made a living as a firefighter.

“Guys With Kids” 8:30 p.m. NBC — The guys wax nostalgic about the past.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — Fin’s former brother-in-law gets arrested for assaulting a priest prior to Christmas.

“Toddlers & Tiaras” 9 p.m. TLC Profiling contestants at an international Fresh Faces pageant in Kentucky.

“American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX — Monsignor Howard confronts the Devil.

“Chicago Fire” 10 p.m. NBC — Cruz is overcome with guilt over Flaco’s death and turns to Casey.

“Hot in Cleveland” 10 p.m. TV Land — Melanie finds herself tangled up in a love triangle at the office.

“Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo — The contestants’ knife skills are put to the test.

THURSDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS —Sheldon gets accused of sexual harassment.

“Funniest Commercials of the Year 2012″ 8 p.m. TruTV — Turner moves this special from TBS to TruTV.

“Two and a Half Men” 8:31 p.m. CBS — Alan makes an investment in Kate’s fashion line using Walden’s money.

“Project Runway All Stars” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Anthony Ryan and Uli are the strongest performers among the final five.

“Person of Interest”9:01 p.m. CBS — Finch protects a teen genius who reminds him of himself.

“Buck Wild” 10 p.m. MTV (new series) — Like “Jersey Shore,” except set in West Virginia.

“Lost and Found” 10 p.m. OWN (new series) — Stories about items and people reunited years later.

“Elementary” 10:01 p.m. CBS — Holmes offers Watson an apprenticeship

FRIDAY

“Last Man Standing ” 8 p.m. ABC — Eve gets suspended for calling a classmate a bad name.

“Undercover Boss” 8 p.m. CBS — Mood Media CEO Lorne Abony works undercover at his company.

“Malibu Country” 8:31 p.m. ABC — Reba goes nose to nose with June’s principal after the school drops the music program.

“CSI: NY” 9 p.m. CBS —Two separate murders are linked by a very unusual weapon.

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. ABC — Mark and Lori offer an entrepreneur $1 million in investment money.

“Say Yes to the Dress” 9:30 p.m. TLC — A belated Christmas-themed episode.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Danny and Kate search for a sniper who appears to be a radical environmentalist.

“Over/Under” 10 p.m. USA (new series) — Steven Pasquale plays a day trader with a gambling problem.

“Portlandia” 10 p.m. IFC (third season debut) — Iris and Spyke rustle up former MTV personalities to wrest the network from the tween set.

WEEKEND

“Pit Boss” 9 tonight Animal Planet (third season debut) — Shorty is back.

“Wedding Band” 10 tonight TBS —Tommy and the guys are enlisted to play at a divorce party.



“Mob Wives” 8 p.m. Sunday VH1 (third season debut) —Renee fears she and her son are being targeted after a home break-in.



“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Bravo moves the show an hour earlier.

“The Biggest Loser” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC (14th season debut) — Three kids and 15 adults begin their weight-loss journeys. Jillian Michaels returns as a trainer.

“Downton Abbey” 9 p.m. Sunday GPB (third season debut) — The family and staff prepare for Mary and Matthew’s wedding.

“The Good Wife” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS — Will hopes for a large payday for his latest case.

“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” 9 p.m. Sunday TLC — June sports a new look for Halloween.

“Rachael Vs. Guy: Celebrity Food Cookoff” 9 p.m. Sunday Food (second season debut) — Two metro Atlantans take part: Chili of TLC and former NFL star Hines Ward.

“Revenge” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Victoria incorporates Emily into her latest scheme.

“The Mentalist” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — Lisbon intensifies her probe of multimillionaire Tommy Volker.

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