City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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TV best bets with Golden Globes, return of ‘The Bachelor,’ ‘Cougar Town,’ ‘Justified,’ ‘Girls’

Cyndi Lauper's reality show debuts on WE-TV Saturday night. CREDIT: WE-TV

Cyndi Lauper's reality show debuts on WE-TV Saturday night. CREDIT: WE-TV

Viewers this week get inundated with new and returning shows.

You can get some reality show “love” (the 17th season of “The Bachelor” on ABC on Monday), time with your drinkin’ buddies (the fourth season of “Cougar Town,” no longer on ABC but now on TBS, on Tuesday), neurotic twentysomethings (”Girls” on HBO Sunday), a tough sheriff in a small town (FX’s “Justified” on Tuesday) or a crass, messed-up family (”Shameless” on Showtime Sunday).

And both baseball legend Pete Rose and quirky 1980s singer Cyndi Lauper get reality shows on TLC and WE, respectively.

And if you’re into films, the Golden Globes arrive on Sunday to give a preview of what the hot critics’ favorites are.


“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC (17th season debut) — Dallas businessman Sean Lowe tries to show some personality as the new “Bachelor.”

“The Biggest Loser” 8 p.m. NBC — The NFL’s Antonio Gates encourages the contestants during a football-theme challenge.

“Love & Hip Hop” 8 p.m. VH1 (third season debut) — Ex-flames Tahiry Jose and Joe Budden try to define their relationship.

“Switched at Birth” 8 p.m. ABC Family (second season debut) — A newly wealthy Angelo buys expensive presents for everyone.

“The Mob Doctor” 9 p.m. Fox (series finale) — This poorly rated drama is getting the bullet.

“Deception” 10 p.m. NBC (new series) — A detective keeps her job under wraps.

“Vanderpump Rules” 10 p.m. Bravo (new series) — This is a spinoff of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

“Castle” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Castle and Beckett investigate a divorce attorney’s homicide and find a list of angry ex-spouses.

“Cake Boss” 10:30 p.m. TLC (fifth season finale) — Buddy bakes a cake for NFL coach Tom Coughlin’s charity organization.


“Betty White’s Off Her Rockers” 8 p.m. NBC (second season debut) — Psy tries to teach White the “Gangnam Style” dance. Wasn’t that so 2012?

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Ziva’s father unexpectedly arrives to visit his daughter.

“Totally T-Boz” 8 p.m. TLC (new series) — T-Boz returns to Atlanta to visit her dad.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS — Kensi works undercover at an auto-body shop to investigate a case.

“New Girl” 9 p.m. Fox — Winston teaches Schmidt about race relations.

“Cougar Town” 10 p.m. TBS (fourth season debut) — Raise a glass to TBS for saving this wine-drenched comedy after ABC nixed it.

“The Joe Schmo Show” 10 p.m. Spike (third season debut) — After an eight-year break, Spike brings this mockery of reality TV back. This time, they create a fake bounty hunter competition show featuring 11 actors and one poor,  unsuspecting “Schmo.”

“Justified” 10 p.m. FX (fourth season debut) — Raylan uncovers an unsettling family secret.

“Parenthood” 10 p.m. NBC — Drew and Amy receive major news.

“Snooki & JWoww” 10 p.m. MTV (second season debut) — Snooki and Jionni prepare for parenthood.


“Stars in Danger” 8 p.m. Fox — JWoww and Kyle and Kim Richards are among the “celebrities” trying diving.

“I Get That A Lot” 8 p.m. CBS — Famous folks (including the late Larry Hagman) pretend not to be famous.

“39th Annual People’s Choice Awards” 9 p.m. CBS — Kaley Cuoco (”The Big Bang Theory”) hosts again.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — Two suspects are tried for the same murder in separate, simultaneous court proceedings.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Jay runs into Billy Dee Williams.

“American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX — Dr. Thredson receives an unexpected visitor.

“Chicago Fire” 10 p.m. NBC — Severide tells Chief Boden about his injury.

“Hot in Cleveland” 10 p.m. TV Land — Wilbur’s christening brings Joy’s new family members together for the first time.

“Nashville” 10 p.m. ABC — Lamar brings up some deeply buried secrets.

“Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo — The foodies set out to impress celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.


“30 Rock” 8 p.m. NBC — Liz mulls over motherhood.

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS —The guys take a road trip to a comic-book convention.

“The 18th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” 8 p.m. the CW — Expect “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty” to get some love.

“1600 Penn” 8:30 NBC (new series) — Skip gets in trouble in college and is sent back to the White House. His dad and the president is played by Bill Pullman.

“Two and a Half Men” 8:31 p.m. CBS — Walden is ready to tell Kate the truth about his identity.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — Bailey’s wedding is in limbo.

“The Office” 9 p.m. NBC — A lice infestation hits the office.

“Project Runway All Stars” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Joshua last week bagged his first win to stay in the final four.

“Person of Interest”9:01 p.m. CBS — Carter helps Reese steer clear of Agent Donnelly.

“Double Divas” 10 p.m. Lifetime (regular time slot) — Stories about items and people reunited years later.

“Elementary” 10:01 p.m. CBS — Holmes faces a British criminal known as M.

“Scandal” 10:02 p.m. ABC — Olivia comes to the rescue of Mellie.


“Last Man Standing ” 8 p.m. ABC — Vanessa gets a promotion but worries if it was based on merit.

“Undercover Boss” 8 p.m. CBS —  Kampgrounds of America CEO works undercover.

“Malibu Country” 8:31 p.m. ABC — Reba puts her foot in her mouth at Kim’s baby shower.

“CSI: NY” 9 p.m. CBS — An off-duty police officer is killed during a robbery.

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. ABC — A pair of chemical engineers demonstrate a capsule that can keep liquids hot for a longer period of time.

“Say Yes to the Dress” 9:30 p.m. TLC — A bride wants a Grace Kelly-style gown in black.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Jamie experiences grief following an incident at work.

“Banshee” 10 p.m. Cinemax (new series) — An ex-con takes on the persona of a dead sheriff. The drama is by “True Blood” creator Alan Ball, formerly of Marietta.


“2013 Miss America Competition” 9 p.m. Saturday ABC — Brooke Burke-Charvet and Chris Harrison host.

“Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual” 9 p.m. Saturday WE (new series) —Following the pop singer’s busy career and family life.

“The 70th Annual Golden Globes” 8 p.m. Sunday NBC — Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host. Jodie Foster gets a tribute.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Phaedra and Apollo produce their work-out video with Kenya as producer. Things, of course, do not go smoothly.

“Once Upon a Time” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Mr. Gold wants to search for Bae.

“Downton Abbey” 9 p.m. Sunday GPB — Bates has trouble with his cellmate.

“Girls” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO (second season debut) — Hanna throws a party for her new roommate.

“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” 9 p.m. Sunday TLC — June plans a simply, inexpensive dinner for Thanksgiving.

“The Good Wife” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS —Peter gets conflicting advice from Eli and Jordan.

“Revenge” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Emily and Aiden stage their next scheme at a fund-raiser and wine auction.

“Shameless” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (third season debut) — Fiona adapts to living with Jimmy.

“Enlightened” 9:30 p.m. Sunday HBO (second season debut) — Amy contacts a reporter after she finds incriminating e-mails that could bring down her company.

“Cruise Ship Disaster” 10 p.m. Sunday Discovery — What happened on the Costa Concordia that hit a reef last year in Italy?

“House of Lies” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime (second season debut) — Marty and his Pod adjust to a new corporate culture after a sexual-harassment scandal.

“The Mentalist” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — The team investigates a geologist’s homicide. .

“Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs: The Family Hustle” 10 p.m. Sunday TLC — We know Pete Rose was called “Mr. Hustle” but the “Family Hustle” line was already taken by T.I.’s VH1 reality show!

“Californication” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime (sixth season debut) — Hank is still reeling from the murder attempt on his life.

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9 comments Add your comment

Justified Fan

January 7th, 2013
11:04 am

JUSTIFIED is the best show on TV, in my humble opinion.

I love to daydream about being Marshal Raylan Givens.


January 7th, 2013
12:06 pm

Second the Justified applause, it and TWD over on AMC are pretty much the only TV shows I watch on a regular basis.

Justified Fan

January 7th, 2013
12:35 pm


Are you single, by chance? :-)

In need of a “Cuddle Buddy” for those two shows?

You sound like my type of gal.



January 7th, 2013
2:01 pm

Odds are Deedra is a fat bald guy in New Jersey…LOL.

Kevin O'Connell

January 7th, 2013
2:15 pm

Dittoes for Justified. It is wonderful.

Kevin O'Connell

January 7th, 2013
2:16 pm

BTW, old and fat, not bald, but married.


January 7th, 2013
3:16 pm

Justified doesn’t get the accolades it deserves. Great characters, good stories and a wicked sense of humor!

BTW, Rodney, is there nothing new or of note on Saturday??


January 7th, 2013
3:32 pm

Hello? Antiques Road Show starts new season tonight.

Branch Loveless

January 8th, 2013
11:15 am

Please, please, please don’t let “Charlie Hustle” make an arse of himself on his show. C’mon, Pete, do ya really need to do this ???

(Of course I will be giving it a “looky-loo” as a long-time Pete Rose and the Big Red Machine fan.)