The 71st Annual Golden Globes (NBC, Sunday 8 p.m.) — Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return to host the best awards show of the year. Here’s a fun drinking game: Drink whenever you see anyone else drink. Good luck making it to the second hour.
True Detective (HBO, Sunday 9 p.m.) — SERIES PREMIERE. Two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, take small-screen roles in HBO’s new detective series, and you’d be surprised to find out that there’s still room to elevate the small-screen form. These guys may have found the ceiling, however.
Girls (HBO, Sunday 10 p.m.) — SEASON PREMIERE. You may also be surprised to learn, three seasons in Girls, that Lena Dunham gets naked. *GASP* Apparently, that is still an issue for some. Putting aside any sexist objections to the question, it’s still a dumb question to ask this late in the series’ run.
Shameless (Showtimes, Sunday 9 p.m.) — SEASON PREMIERE. The TV networks used to have the decency not to schedule premieres against big awards shows, but not anymore. At least you can watch the premiere of Shameless on YouTube before Sunday night, and you should: It’s a good season premiere.
NFL Playoff Football — New Orleans at Seattle (Fox, Saturday 4:35); Indianapolis at New England (CBS, Saturday 8:20); San Francisco at Carolina (Fox, Sunday 1:05 p.m.) and San Diego at Denver (CBS, Sunday 4:40 p.m.). I’m an Indy fan, and by virtue of that, a Peyton Manning fan, and I now live in New England, so sports radio is even more hell than usual this week.
Enlisted (Fox, Friday 9:30 p.m.) — Again, if you want network television to start sticking its finger up your butt, you really should watch Enlisted tonight. The reviews have been universally positive. (Check out Raising Hope beforehand, while you’re at it)
Banshee (Cinemax, Friday 10 p.m.) — It has a relatively small audience, but it is fierce and passionate. Check in if you get a chance.
Helix (SyFy, Friday 10 p.m.) — As if you needed yet another new show, SyFy premieres Ronald D. Moore’s new series, and reviews for it have been pretty decent, too. Here’s four things worth knowing about the series.