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What to watch this week: Tyra Banks and David Letterman return, award shows, and much more

January 7, 2018 Updated: January 7, 2018 at 2:57 pm
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GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards -- Pictured: Host Seth Meyers -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC)

Sunday 
“2018 Golden Globe Awards” 6 p.m., NBC, Awards Show - Seth Meyers hosts the 75th annual Hollywood Foreign Press Association gala, which honors achievement in movies and television. 

“The Chi” (8 p.m., Showtime, Series Premiere) - Produced entirely in its namesake city, Chicago, “The Chi” is a timely coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption. 

Monday 
“David Bowie: The Last Five Years” (6 p.m., HBO, Documentary) - A profile of David Bowie (1947-2016) focuses on the output from his last few years. 

“College Football National Championship” (6:15 p.m., ESPN) - Alabama plays Georgia in the CFP National Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. I’m rooting for Georgia because Alabama is the New England Patriots of college football. 

“The Good Doctor” (9 p.m., ABC, Mid-Season Premiere) - Overwhelmed by Dr. Aaron Glassman’s attempts to have him meet with a therapist and the demands at work, Dr. Shaun Murphy decides to take an impromptu trip with his friend Lea and leave everything behind. 

Tuesday
“America’s Next Top Model” (6 p.m., VH1, Season Premiere) - In the season 24 premiere Tyra Banks returns as host alongside returning judges Ashley Graham, Law Roach, and Drew Elliott. They welcome 26 aspiring models to compete for the title. 

“Undercover High” (8 p.m., A&E, Series Premiere) - Administrators at Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas send seven adults back to high school to gain unique access and perspectives on the issues teenagers face. I’ve watched the first two episodes, look for my review on Monday. 

“This is Us” (8 p.m., NBC, Mid-Season Premiere) - NBC was kind enough to give you the holidays off from needing tissues. That ends tonight as “This is Us” returns. 

Wednesday 
“The Amazing Race” (7 p.m., CBS, Season Premiere) - The race continues in Antwerp, Belgium. Maybe they’ll run into Tom Shane. 

“9-1-1” (8 p.m., Fox) - A night at an amusement park takes a deadly turn when a rollercoaster malfunction leaves lives hanging in the balance. I hate when that happens. 

Thursday 
“Critics Choice Awards ” (7 p.m., The CW, Awards Show) - Olivia Munn hosts the 23rd annual event, celebrating the best in movies and TV, from the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, CA. Full disclosure, I actually vote on these awards so if you’re unhappy with the results, feel free to send me a strongly worded email. 

“Top Chef Colorado” (8 p.m., Bravo) - The sixth episode of the season is titled, “Now that’s a lot of schnitzel.” Denver chef Keegan Gerhard, who I had a great conversation with during the first challenge of the season, is a guest on this week’s episode.   

Friday 
“My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman” (Netflix, Series Premiere) - The six-episode series has Letterman combining two interests for which he is renowned: in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor. In each hour-long episode, Letterman will conduct a long-form conversation with a singular guest and will also explore topics on his own, away from the studio.   

“Taken” (8 p.m., NBC, Season Premiere) - This series, in which actor Clive Standen takes on the role of young Brian Mills (played by Liam Neeson from the “Taken” movies), returns for a second season tonight. 

Saturday 
“The Fate of the Furious” (6 p.m., HBO) - Dominic Toretto’s crew are rocked to their core when they must face their most dangerous adversary yet - Dom himself, who is now working with a cyber terrorist known only as Cipher. 

“Saturday Night Live” (9:30 p.m., NBC, Mid-Season Premiere) - Sam Rockwell hosts, Halsey 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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