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What to watch on TV this week: The 30th season of “The Amazing Race,” a new Bachelor, and much more

December 31, 2017 Updated: December 31, 2017 at 3:16 pm
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THE AMAZING RACE is a multi-Emmy Award-winning reality series hosted by Emmy Award-nominated host Phil Keoghan, where teams of two embark on a trek around the world. At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. Teams who are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning THE AMAZING RACE and the $1 million prize. The 30th season of THE AMAZING RACE will premiere during the 2017-2018 television season on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R, Top Row: Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Tim "Eater X" Janus, Cody Nickson and Jessica Graf, Lucas Bocanegra and Brittany Austin, Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly; Middle Row: Kristi Leskinen and Jen hudak, Cedric Ceballos and Shawn Marion, Daniel and Eric Guiffreda; Bottom Row: Trevor Wadleigh and Chris Marchant, April Gould and Sarah Williams, Evan Lynyak and Henry Zhang, Dessie Mitcheson and Kayla Fitzgerald Photo: John Paul Filo/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Sunday 
“Fox’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey” (11 p.m., Fox, Holiday Special) - Steve Harvey hosts Fox’s New Year’s Eve party from Times Square in New York City. Hopefully at midnight Harvey doesn’t shout out, “Happy Easter!”

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” (11:30 p.m., ABC, Holiday Special) - If you need two names in the title of your New Year’s celebration, this is the one to watch. Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy host from Times Square in New York; Ciara hosts from Hollywood. 

Monday 
“Rose Parade Live” (Amazon Prime, 9 a.m.) - This New Year’s Day watch Cord Hosenback (Will Ferrell) and Tish Cattigan (Molly Shannon) host the 2018 Rose Parade live. With these two “SNL” alums in character, it should be a good time. 

“College Football Semifinal: Rose Bowl” (3:10 p.m., ESPN) - I don’t usually watch college football but the playoff always draws me in. Up first is Georgia (12-1) vs. Oklahoma (12-1) with possible future Broncos QB Baker Mayfield.   

“College Football Semifinal: Sugar Bowl” (6:50 p.m., ESPN) - Alabama (11-1) vs. Clemson (12-1) from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Atlanta.

“The Bachelor” (7 p.m., ABC, Season Premiere) - Get Janu-arie off to a romantic start with the season 22 premiere of this long running ABC franchise. Former race car driver Arie Luyendyk is this year’s Bachelor. 

Tuesday
“The Challenge: Vendettas” (7 p.m., MTV, Season Premiere) - In the season 31 premiere past feuds and grudges come back to haunt 28 eager Challenge competitors vying for $500,000.

“LA to Vegas” (8 p.m., Fox, Series Premiere) - The series premiere introduces the shoestring budget airline crew and its eccentric passengers who, every weekend, take the roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. You can read my Gazette review right here.  

Wednesday 
“grown-ish” (6 p.m., Freeform, Series Premiere) - This “black-ish” spin off premieres tonight. Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi) arrives at Cal U certain she will dominate her time in college but quickly learns she may have a little more growing to do. 

“The X-Files” (7 p.m., Fox, Season Premiere) - The season 11 premiere picks up after last season’s cliffhanger with Mulder and Scully learning they aren’t the only ones searching for their lost son William. 

“The Amazing Race” (7 p.m., CBS, Season Premiere) - Season 30 begins in Washington Square Park in New York City. The 11 teams then fly to Iceland, where they must traverse a massive canyon. 

“9-1-1” (8 p.m., Fox, Series Premiere) - The series premiere introduces first responders and dispatchers going through harrowing times in Los Angeles. You can read my review right here

Thursday 
“The Four: Battle for Stardom ” (7 p.m., Fox, Series Premiere) - The premiere of the singing competition series that features four reigning champs competing against newcomers each week. If they’re outperformed they go home and the challenger takes their place. 

“Top Chef Colorado” (8 p.m., Bravo) - The fifth episode of the season is titled, “This is Not Glamping.” This week chefs go to Estes Park and make dishes outside in the cold.   

Friday 
“Child Support” (7 p.m., ABC, Series Premiere) - In the series premiere, young kids help adults answer trivia questions for a chance to win a large cash prize. Ricky Gervais hosts.   

“U.S. Championships” (7 p.m., NBC) - The U.S. Championships women’s competition, an Olympic qualifier, takes place in San Jose today. 

Saturday 
“Everything, Everything” (6 p.m., HBO) - A teen girl is unable to leave her home because she has an immunodeficiency that makes her allergic to almost everything. 

“U.S. Championships” (7 p.m., NBC) - The U.S. Championships men’s competition, an Olympic qualifier, takes place in San Jose today.

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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