By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
11:54 PM CST, January 12, 2014
"Archer," "Sherlock," "Bitten," "Chozen," "Looking," "HitRecord on TV": It's another busy week of TV premieres. Here are top picks for Jan. 13 to Jan. 19.
Monday, Jan. 13
9 p.m. Monday, FX
Sterling Archer and the former ISIS gang must find a new home base in Season 5. Followed at 9:30 p.m. by the series premiere of "Chozen," a new animated comedy about a gay white rapper. Read my "Chozen" review here.
9 p.m. Monday, NBC
While the FBI hunts for the mole from within, Red (James Spader) conducts his own investigation into who betrayed him. And a serial killer from Liz's (Megan Boone) past, "The Good Samaritan" (guest star Frank Whaley) resurfaces.
9 p.m. Monday, Syfy
Laura Vandervoort plays Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence—unless you're watching "Being Human," which premieres a new season at 8 p.m.
Other Monday premieres
7 p.m. "Switched at Birth," ABC Family; "Lost Girl," Syfy
8 p.m. "Being Human," Syfy; "The Fosters," ABC Family; "Brain Games," Nat Geo; "Murder Comes to Town," Investigation Discovery
9 p.m. "Duck Quacks Don't Echo," Nat Geo; "Alaska Fish Wars," Nat Geo WILD; "Don't Trust Andrew Mayne," A&E
9 p.m. "Major Crimes," TNT
Tuesday, Jan. 14
Bron/Broen (The Bridge)
You a fan of FX's adaptation of "The Bridge?" Check out the original Scandinavian drama that became a worldwide sensation.
7 p.m. Tuesday, CBS
Gibbs and his team track down one of the terrorist Parsa's cohorts.
9 p.m. Tuesday, TBS
Monica and Chandler reunite when Matthew Perry guest stars.
9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central
Nick Kroll's weird and wild sketch show returns for Season 2.
7 p.m. "1964," PBS
8 p.m. "Face Off," Syfy; "Building Wild," Nat Geo; "Friday Night Tykes," Esquire
9 p.m. "Obsession: Dark Desires," Investigation Discovery
Wednesday, Jan. 15
7 p.m. Wednesday, CW
Sean Maher joins his "Firefly" sister Summer Glau as a guess star, playing a bomber who calls himself Shrapnel.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, ABC
With Malin Akerman and Parker Young off doing new shows, the Season 3 premiere resets the suburban world of Tessa and George.
9 p.m. Wednesday, ABC
All I can is, Will Lexington (Chris Carmack) better not be dead.
Men at Work
9 p.m. Wednesday, TBS
Milo joins Gibbs on his yearly "samurai cleanse," which could be funny I guess.
Other Wednesday premieres
7 p.m. "American Idol," Fox; "Melissa & Joey," ABC Family (midseason premiere)
8 p.m. "Babby Daddy," ABC Family
9 p.m. "Duck Dynasty," A&E; "Jim Rome on Showtime," Showtime
10 p.m. "Crazy Hearts: Nashville," A&E
Thursday, Jan. 16
30 for 30: The Price of Gold
8 p.m. Thursday, ESPN
No one knew figure skating was a contact sport until the 1990s when Tonya Harding had someone whack Nancy Kerrigan in the knee.
Under the Gunn
8 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime
Tim Gunn hosts new design competition series that doesn't look much different than "Project Runway."
9 p.m. Thursday, Investigation Discovery
Who better than Jerry Springer to host a look into racey tabloid stories?
Other Thursday premieres
7 p.m. "Critics Choice Movie Awards," CW
8 p.m. "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," TLC
9 p.m. "Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor," TLC; "SWV Reunited," Wetv; "Party Down South," CMT
10 p.m. "The Brian Boitano Project," HGTV
9 p.m. "Ground Floor," TBS
Friday, Jan. 17
APB with Troy Dunn
8 p.m. Friday, TNT
Troy Dunn, finder of lost loves and others, uses his expertise in this new reality series.
I Didn't Do It
8:40 p.m. Friday, Disney
Former Chicago resident Piper Curda stars as one of five friends navigating their freshman year at an Evanston high school.
Other Friday premieres
7 p.m. "Cloud 9," Disney
8 p.m. "Cold Justice," TNT
9 p.m. "The Diamond Collar," OWN
Saturday, Jan. 18
State of Syn
2:01 a.m Saturday, Hulu
Jewel Staite ("Firefly," "L.A. Complex") and David Hewlett ("Stargate SG-1," "Stargate: Atlantis") star in this eye-popping sci-fi motion novel about a groups fight to stop tech giant Psylosense from getting society hooked on a digital sensory technology called Vibe.
Flowers in the Attic
7 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime
How can a movie based on V.C. Andrews’ frightening, classic book about four children being locked and abandoned in an attic be such a snoozer?
HitRecord on TV
9 p.m. Saturday, Pivot
Joseph Gordon-Levitt directs a global online community to create content for this exciting variety show. Watch the first episode online here.
Other Saturday premieres
6 p.m. "June in January," Hallmark Movie Channel
7 p.m. "20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards," TNT
8 p.m. "My Gal Sunday," Hallmark; "My Big Redneck Family," CMT
9 p.m. "The Moaning of Life," Science Channel; "We Move Animals," Nat Geo WILD
11 p.m. "Neal Brennan: Women and Black Dudes," Comedy Central
Sunday, Jan. 19
The Real Sherlock Holmes
5 p.m. Sunday, BBC America
BBC America tries to steal thunder from tonight's Season 3 premiere of "Sherlock" on PBS with this look at the fictional detective's history and legacy.
9 p.m. Sunday, PBS
Season 3 opens with "The Empty Hearse," which isn't all that interesting as a mystery, but explains in detail how Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) faked his death--and why Watson (Martin Freeman) is so pissed at him for doing it. No, they aren't gay!
9:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO
Three gay friends walk varied paths looking for love in this charming slice-of-life series.
9:30ish Sunday, Fox
Season 2 kicks off whenever the "NFC Championship Game" ends one year after the alleged death of serial killer Joe Carroll.
Other Sunday premieres
7 p.m. "The Bachelor: Bachelor Love Stories," ABC
8 p.m. "She Wolf," Nat Geo WILD; "Greatest Mysteries: Buckingham Palace," Travel
9 p.m. "Castle Secrets & Legends," Travel
8 p.m. "Revenge," ABC
9 p.m. "Betrayal," ABC
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