By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
5:41 PM CST, December 18, 2013
TV is getting exciting again after the holiday lull. "Justified," "Cougar Town," "Shameless" and "Girls" return with new seasons, while "Chicago P.D.," "True Detective" and "The Spoils of Babylon" debut the week of Jan. 6 to 12.
Monday, Jan. 6
7 p.m. Monday, ABC
Former Venezuelan soccer player Juan Pablo Galavis gets his pick of 29 women.
8 p.m. Monday, CBS
The season ends as it began: Ellen wants to operate on the preisdent.
9 p.m. Monday, MTV
MTV finally begins the second half of Season 3.
Tuesday, Jan. 7
8 p.m. Tuesday, CBS
Josh Holloway plays an intelligence operative implanted with a chip that gives him access to computers, wi-fi, phone and satellite data. Read more here: Trending TV--Spies
8 p.m. Tuesday, NBC
Tonight's midseason return brings big changes for some members of Firehouse 51. Will Casey survive?
9 p.m. Tuesday, FX
Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens takes on the Crowe family while Boyd Crowder goes after the Detroit mob.
9 p.m. Tuesday, ABC
Tricia Helfer plays a Texas Ranger who shoots first.
Being Mary Jane
9 p.m. Tuesday, BET
Gabrielle Union stars as a cable news anchor in Atlanta juggling her career, family, friends and romance.
100 Days of Summer
9 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo
A group of successful Chicagoans navigate personal, professional and social lives over a summer in this reality series. I only mention if because it was filmed in Chi.
9 p.m. Tuesday, TBS
Jules tries to play it cool now that Travis and Laurie are dating. Break out the wine.
Wednesday, Jan. 8
People's Choice Awards
7 p.m. Wednesday, CBS
Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings of "2 Broke Girls" host the 40th annual fete.
8 p.m. Wednesday, USA
In "Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels and Burton Guster's Goblet of Fire," Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) head to London, where the run into Desperaux (Cary Elwes).
9 p.m. Wednesday, NBC
Led by a possibly dirty cop, the detectives of CPD’s Intelligence Unit fight crime dirty in this “Chicago Fire” spin-off.
American Horror Story: Coven
9 p.m. Wednesday, FX
In "The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks," Fiona tries to ferret out the next Supreme with a visit from Stevie Nicks, while Madison takes a page from Fiona’s book and tries to off her competition for the Supremacy.
10 p.m. Wednesday, WTTW (check local listings for your PBS station)
This three-part doc follows modern adventurers trying to replicate part of the perilous journey undertaken in 1916 by polar explorer Edward Shackleton.
Thursday, Jan. 9
Parks and Recreation
7:30 p.m. Thursday, NBC
Amy Poehler and Co. celebrate their sitcom’s 100th episode.
The Spoils of Babylon
9 p.m. Thursday, IFC
Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Val Kilmer and Jessica Alba are just some of the stars in this parody of melodramatic miniseries of the 1970s and '80s.
Do or Die
9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nat Geo
Back-to-back episodes offer suggestions about what to do when a friend is choking or when a 600-pound marlin jumps into your yacht, as well as how to survive a tsunami and save a friend who is being attacked by a polar bear.
Friday, Jan. 10
8:30 p.m. Friday, Fox
The Army-serving Hill brothers (Geoff Stults, Parker Young, Chris Lowell) are reunited at Fort McGee with mostly humorous results in this new sitcom.
9 p.m. Friday, Syfy
Ronald D. Moore, who created the dearly missed "Battlestar Galactica" reboot, returns with a scary tale of human-altering science being executed in a remote facility in Antarctica. Read more on "Helix" here and there. Watch the 1st 15 minutes here.
9 p.m. Friday, Cinemax
Season 2 brings a new FBI agent (Zeljko Ivanek) makes more trouble for ex-con Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), who has managed to fool everyone into believing he’s a legit lawman. Well, nearly everyone.
10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty
9 p.m. Friday, Spike TV
Nine teams race to find Sasquatch. For a $10 million prize. No one wins here.
Saturday, Jan. 11
7 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime
A New Jersey teen attempts to cope after death of father in this 2012 adaptation of the Judy Blume novel.
When Calls the Heart
8 p.m. Saturday, Hallmark
A young teacher finds romance with a Mountie in a frontier mining town.
Animation Domination High-Def
10 p.m. Saturday, Fox
"Lucas Bros. Moving Co." and "Golan the Insatiable” are added to the hourlong comedy block.
Sunday, Jan. 12
Golden Globe Awards
7 p.m. Sunday, NBC
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return to host the 71st annual broadcast celebrating movies and TV.
8 p.m. Sunday, HBO
In the time-jumping drama, two Louisiana detectives (Matthew McConaughy, Woody Harrelson) both investigate a ritualistic murder and look back on the unsolved case 17 years later.
8 p.m. Sunday, Showtime
No denying the Gallaghers would be better off if dad Frank just stayed away. Fiona’s over him.
9 p.m. Sunday, PBS
This special goes behind-the-scenes of the hit mystery series “Sherlock” one week before its Season 3 premiere.
9 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO
A double dose of the “Girls” as Season 3 begins.
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