Weekly TV Guide: ‘Supergirl’ Returns, ‘The Shannara Chronicles’ Premieres

     January 4, 2016


The Collider Weekly TV Guide is a rundown of notable episodes, premieres, returns, finales, and opportunities to catch up on great shows (or cast an eye to the occasional train wreck). Check out our picks for the week beginning with Monday, January 4th:

Monday, Jan. 4th

Supergirl, “Blood Bonds” (CBS, 8 p.m.) – In the latest episode of this popular DC adaptation, Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl must save Hank, a.k.a. Martian Manhunter, (David Harewood) from Chris Vance’s Non while, as Kara, she must finally face Cat (Calista Flockhart) who has pieced together her heroic identity.

Tuesday, Jan. 5th

New Girl Season 5 Premiere, “Big Mama P” (Fox, 8 p.m.) – As season 5 of this breezy, amiable comedy begins, Jess and Nick (Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson) are asked to play the roles of maid-of-honor and best man for Cece and Schmidt (Hannah Simone and Max Greenfield), but all the good feels turn sour when Cece’s mom arrives at the engagement party.


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The Shannara Chronicles Series Premiere, “Chosen” (MTV, 10 p.m.) – In this MTV fantasy series, which has been given comparisons to Game of Thrones, minus all the sex and gore, sees an Elvin princess, a human-elf hybrid, and a Rover (whatever that is) fighting to protect the mystical Four Lands from evil invaders. The series is based on Terry Brooks’ popular fantasy novel series.

Wednesday, Jan. 6th

Mike & Molly Season 6 Premiere, “Cops on the Rocks” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) – This venerable sitcom, blessed only by the great Melissa McCarthy’s natural charisma and whip-smart comic timing, heads into the sixth season with police partner Mike and Carl (Billy Gardell and Reno Wilson) while Molly (McCarthy) heads into a promotional radio interview sans Rondi Reed’s Peggy.

American Crime Season 2 Premiere (ABC, 10 p.m.) – John Ridley’s anthology drama continues on with a brand new story, with Timothy Hutton’s Coach Dan Sullivan suspecting that two of his players are responsible for the leaking of naked photographs of Taylor (Connor Jessup) to various social media outlets. The latest season looks to investigate such sexual assault cases from a private and public perspective.

Thursday, Jan. 7th

Angel from Hell Series Premiere, “Pilot” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.) – In the series premiere of CBS’s latest comedy, Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson co-star in the strange sitcom, which pitches Lynch’s Amy as an oddball who claims to be the guardian angel of Lawson’s Allison, a high-strung doctor working in one of Manhattan’s busiest hospitals.


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Shades of Blue Series Premiere, “Pilot” (NBC, 10 p.m.) – In the ongoing pursuit of recapturing the magic that was Brisco-era Law & Order, this latest NYC cop drama stars Jennifer Lopez as Harlee Santos, a dirty detective who the FBI are looking to turn to find a number of other dirty cops in the force. The Bureau’s tactics include threatening Santos’ relationship with her young daughter. This might turn out to be an ideal role for Lopez, but NBC’s track record on these sort of shows, post-Law & Order, has been dismal to say the least.

Sunday, Jan. 9th

The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC, 8 p.m.) – Let the nonsense begin! Ricky Gervais returns for hosting duties on the 73rd annual awards ceremony, which has always proved to be a solid indicator of where the Oscars will land. Mind you, Gervais was reportedly never going to be let back up on the stage again after his previous hosting debacles, so expect awkward jokes and plenty of fireworks from the Derek and The Office star.

Shameless Season 6 Premiere, “I Only Miss Her When I’m Breathing” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) – Following losing Bianca (Bojana Novakovic), William H. Macy’s Frank becomes a life-affirming humanist, and the results freak out the rest of the Gallagher clan in the season 6 premiere of Showtime’s dark-ish family comedy. Feeling the stress, Fiona (Emmy Rossum) must also get Debbie (Emma Kenney) to take a pregnancy test and her brother to take his meds.


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