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What to watch on TV for the week of January 21 - January 27: JK Simmons gets tough, a Denver Bronco plays guitar, and much more

January 21, 2018 Updated: January 21, 2018 at 10:51 am
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JK Simmons stars in "Counterpart," which premieres Sunday. Photo courtesy of Starz.

Sunday 
“Counterpart” (6 p.m., Starz, Series Premiere) - A man working at a Berlin-based agency learns the organization safeguards a parallel dimension. Academy Award winner JK Simmons stars. 

“24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” (6 p.m., TNT/TBS, Awards Show) - Kristen Bell hosts the gala which honors outstanding film and TV performances. Morgan Freeman receives the Life Achievement Award. 

“The Resident” (8 p.m., Fox, Series Premiere) - In the premiere, an idealistic Dr. Devon Pravesh faces the harsh realities of medical care on his first day as an intern when third-year resident Dr. Conrad Hawkins takes him under his wing and teaches his unconventional ways for treating patients. You can read my Gazette review of this new series right here

Monday 
“The Alienist” (7 p.m., TNT, Series Premiere) - A young boy is found murdered on an unfinished bridge, spurring an alienist, newspaper illustrator, secretary, and police commissioner to begin an investigation to find a serial killer.   

“Mosaic” (9 p.m., HBO, Limited Series Premiere) - In a mountain resort town in Utah, celebrated children’s author Olivia Lake befriends a would-be artist named Joel at a gala hosted by a wealthy financier. Sharon Stone, Garrett Hedlund, Paul Reubens, and Beau Bridges star. 

Tuesday
“Drunk History” (8 p.m., Comedy Central, Season Premiere) - Evan Rachel Wood, Tiffany Haddish, Mandy Moore, and Busy Phillips pay tribute to the first woman to fight in the Revolutionary War and a museum curator who saved art from the Nazis. 

“Another Period” (8:30 p.m., Comedy Central, Season Premiere) - In the season three premiere, Lillian and Beatrice take up Hortense’s mantle to begin fighting for women’s rights, and Peepers bristles at Father Black Donahue’s new role at the manor. 

Wednesday 
“Waco” (8 p.m., Paramount/formerly Spike, Series Premiere) - In the series premiere, the ATF gets a tip about suspicious activity involving weapons taking place among a small religious community led by David Koresh. Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch star.

“Let’s Get Physical” (9:30 p.m., Pop, Season Premiere) - Joe’s father passes away, and Joe’s inheritance depends on Joe beating his rival in the upcoming Competitive Aerobics Championship in the series premiere of this comedy about a slacker making a comeback in the fitness industry. 

Thursday 
“MVP: Most Valuable Performer” (7 p.m., CBS, NFL Special) - A talent show in which NFL players share their off-the-field talents. Denver Bronco Domata Peko is an alternate performer but I expect him to compete. I wrote about this last week

“Lip Sync Battle” (7:30 p.m., Paramount/Spike) - Ricky Martin and Kate Upton face off. 

“Top Chef Colorado” (8:15 p.m., Bravo) - The iconic restaurant wars challenge features the chefs dividing into teams to design a restaurant and create a cohesive menu but the heat is on when egos collide and tempers flare.   

Friday 
“A Futile and Stupid Gesture” (Netflix, Film Premiere) - The story of comedy wunderkind Doug Kenney, who co-created the National Lampoon, “Caddyshack,” and “Animal House.” Kenney was at the center of the 70’s comedy counter-culture which gave birth to “Saturday Night Live” and a whole generation's way of looking at the world.

“Jane the Virgin” (8 p.m., The CW, Mid-season premiere) - After Jane and Rafael decide to send Mateo to a new school, they become guilt-ridden when they are forced to lie to him to get him in. 

Saturday 
“All Eyez on Me ” (6 p.m., HBO) - This biopic of rapper Tupac Shakur depicts his rise to fame, his political activism, his growth as an artist and his untimely death at the age of 25. 

“Conan Without Borders: Haiti” (8 p.m., TBS, TV Special) - Talk show host Conan O’Brien takes his eighth international adventure in the past three years. This time heading to Haiti. 

“Saturday Night Live” (9:30 p.m., NBC) - Will Ferrell hosts, Chris Stapleton is the musical guest. 

Gazette media columnist Terry Terrones is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @terryterrones.

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