Watch With Amanda: What’s on TV This Week? January 14 – 20

This week: Carrie Bradshaw returns to the small screen as a 16 year old in The Carrie Diaries, American Idol is back with new judges and new talent, and it’s the series finale of Fringe! Who’s going to cry??

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What will you be watching?

Monday January 14th
The Carrie Diaries (8pm): SERIES PREMIERE! In the series premiere of this prequel to “Sex and the City,” 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw enters her junior year of high school as she struggles to move on after her mother’s death. However, things begin to look up for her after she starts an internship in Manhattan. Based on the Candace Bushnell book series.


How I Met Your Mother (8pm): Despite having already popped the question, Robin insists that Barney seek her father’s permission before the couple can announce their engagement. Meanwhile, a conflicted Ted throws himself into the planning of the their wedding.
Continuum (8pm): SERIES PREMIERE! Eight convicted terrorists escape their planned execution in the year 2077 by traveling back in time to 2012, accidentally bringing officer Kiera Cameron along with them in the series premiere.

Bones (8pm): When a professional ballroom dancer is killed before her audition for a reality-TV dance competition, Brennan and Booth pose as potential contestants to hunt for suspects. In the second hour, an archaeologist with a dubious reputation is murdered soon after making an important decision
Being Human (9pm): SEASON PREMIERE! In the third-season opener, Aidan resurfaces to find the vampire community has changed a great deal. Meanwhile, Sally struggles to free herself from limbo; Josh and Nora stand up to Ray, and at the same time a new threat comes looking for them in Boston.

Castle (10pm): A promising DJ is murdered at an album-release party for a fading pop star, and the investigation takes Castle and Beckett inside the city’s music industry. One lead points to a troubled teen, whom Esposito tries to put on the right path.

Hawaii Five-0 (10pm): A college professor’s murder is investigated, and the chief suspects include the victim’s boss, a teaching assistant and a student who was caught cheating by the teacher.
Deception (10pm): As Joanna tries to figure out what really happened the night Vivian died, some people point the finger at Edward. At the same time, Julian’s grief over his sister’s death leads to self-destructive behavior; and Robert uses discretion when handling a threat to his family.

Tuesday January 15th
NCIS (8pm): In the aftermath of a tragic event that strikes close to home, the NCIS team unites to demand answers and protect vulnerable colleagues.


Raising Hope (8pm): Jimmy signs up for a series of medical experiments to pay for an engagement ring for Sabrina, even though she says it’s not necessary. Meanwhile, Virginia’s secret habit of pawning her engagement ring from Burt may be exposed when Jimmy wants to buy it for Sabrina.
Pretty Little Liars (8pm): Aria, Emily and Spencer think Mona has regressed to her old bad behavior, but they have no proof, and Hanna has doubts about their claim. Meanwhile, Aria’s suspicions about her dad intensify when something important vanishes from her room.

Hart Of Dixie (8pm): A distracted Lavon needs help with Pioneer Day, so Zoe and Wade portray the town’s Founding Couple while Lemon and AnnaBeth cater the First Feast. Elsewhere, George counsels Brick on his love life.
Ben & Kate (8:30pm): Tommy introduces his new girlfriend, Lila, to the gang, and Kate tries to get to know her better. Meanwhile, Ben works on his Rail Mall business plan.
NCIS: LA (9pm): A marine’s distraught widow questions the circumstances surrounding his death in combat, so Sam and Callen investigate to determine if there is a cover-up. Meanwhile, the team fears that Hetty is ordering another brutal evaluation when she brings in a psychologist.
Happy Endings (9pm): Jane’s ex comes to town for a visit, and Brad is shocked to discover that “Ryan” is a woman. Meanwhile, Max’s cool new roommate works wonders with the apartment, but when he suddenly disappears, the gang investigates and digs into his private life.
New Girl (9pm): Jess tries to help Nick repair his relationship with his con-man father, but Nick worries that his dad is only using him in a scheme. Elsewhere, Schmidt and Robby team up to try to win back Cece.

Go On (9pm): Ryan decides to go on his first date, but he’s on a slippery slope when snowboarder Shaun White (playing himself) ends up being his romantic rival. Elsewhere, Yolanda lands a job at a hospital.
Don’t Trust The B In Apt 23 (9:30pm): Chloe and June ask out the same man, so James creates various dating challenges for them to compete in to win the guy’s affection.
The Mindy Project (9:30pm): Mindy’s plans for a bunk bed for her goddaughter’s sleepover go awry after Morgan and Danny’s creation injures Gwen when it collapses. Meanwhile, Shauna and Betsy try to find out who’s stealing the office’s magazines, a search that yields some surprising discoveries.
The New Normal (9:30pm): Bryan and David fail to find a nanny, so both express interest in being a stay-at-home father. Before long, they learn valuable lessons about parenting. Meanwhile, Rocky gets a shot at her dream career.
Private Practice (10pm): Addison attends a custody hearing for Henry and discovers the judge has reservations regarding Jake. Meanwhile, Miranda meets Sheldon’s friends; and Cooper’s plans to acquire the perfect house are halted when Charlotte goes into labor.

Vegas (10pm): Sheriff Lamb’s former flame reappears and seeks his help finding the man who attacked her husband. Meanwhile, Savino has a unique way of dealing with a snitch inside the casino.
Cougar Town (10pm): Jules excuses Travis from “family night,” but is worried by his extended absence. Meanwhile, Ellie finds success in training Andy like a dog; and the guys try to grow mustaches like Tom Selleck.
Parenthood (10pm): Victor’s adoption deadline nears, prompting Julia and Joel to consider the future; Renee crosses the line with Crosby and Jasmine; Zeek and Amber encourage Ryan to mend fences with Joel; Mark and Sarah discuss their relationship; and Kristina helps Max with something he’s passionate about.

Justified (10pm): Raylan tangles with members of a dangerous family. Meanwhile, Boyd targets an unusual preacher.

Wednesday January 16th
American Idol (8pm): SEASON PREMIERE! Part 1 of the two-part Season 12 premiere features preliminary auditions. Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are the judges.
Criminal Minds (9pm): Reid’s girlfriend is kidnapped by a stalker, and the unit conducts a search to find her.


Modern Family (9pm): Jay and Gloria plan a surprise party for Manny’s 14th birthday; Haley’s interest in an older man is a concern for her parents; Cameron worries that Lily is closer to Mitchell.
Suburgatory (9:30pm): Already busy helping Tessa recover from dental surgery, George has to put up with the hysterical behavior of Fred Shay, who hides out in the Altman’s basement following a career setback. Meanwhile, Dallas begins to feel insecure about her relationship with George.
Nashville (10pm): Rayna and Juliette prepare to share billing in a concert in San Diego. Meanwhile, Rayna struggles to perform without Deacon; Juliette uses the press to communicate with Sean; Gunnar and Scarlett embark on a road trip to Texas; and Avery plans to sign with Dominic.

CSI (10pm): A local news anchor is killed on a live broadcast.
American Horror Story: Asylum (10pm): A new inmate creates problems for Sister Jude. Meanwhile, Grace’s alien obsession becomes violent.

Thursday January 17th
The Vampire Diaries (8pm): Rebekah questions Stefan, Elena and Caroline about the search for a cure. Meanwhile, Bonnie’s father suddenly becomes more involved in her life.


American Idol (8pm): The conclusion of the two-part Season 12 opener features preliminary auditions.
30 Rock (8pm): Jack and Liz head to Florida to handle his late mother’s estate, only to unearth a stunning discovery about her. Tracy and Jenna supervise the “TGS” staff in their absence, leading to disastrous results for Kenneth.
Parks & Recreation (8:30pm): Councilman Jamm inserts himself into the bachelorette party Ann has planned for Leslie; at the same time, Chris throws a game night with the guys in honor of Ben’s last days as a single man.
Grey’s Anatomy (9pm): The plaintiffs in the plane-crash lawsuit receive an update on their case. Meanwhile, Catherine pursues Richard, but he tries to dodge her; Jackson treats a former patient of Mark’s; and Derek starts the recovery process for his hand.

The Office (9pm): Clark brings an espresso maker to the office, and the staff embraces the new device. Meanwhile, Dwight and Clark pretend to be a father-and-son duo to land a sale; and Darryl goes on an interview at Jim’s company, where Pam drops by unexpectedly.
Scandal (10pm): A flashback reveals more details about the fixed election. Meanwhile, the White House undergoes additional changes; and Edison makes a surprising allegation as he has a dispute with Olivia.

Friday January 18th
Fringe (8pm): SERIES FINALE! In the two-hour series finale, a dangerous mission for Olivia precedes the Fringe team’s final battle against the Observers, with the fate of mankind at stake.


Nikita (8pm): Birkhoff reveals the identity of Amanda’s mole to Nikita. Meanwhile, Michael confronts Alex about her drug use.
CSI:NY (9pm): The CSIs investigate the link, if any, between a skyscraper with a notorious history and a masked man found dead at the bottom of it. Meanwhile, Jo’s day off takes an interesting turn when she runs into a stranger who has a connection to her past.

Sunday January 20th
Once Upon A Time (8pm): Dr. Whale must operate to save the injured stranger, but some townsfolk want the stranger to die, fearing he could reveal their real identities to outsiders. Meanwhile, back in fairy-tale land, Victor strives to show his dad that he can revive the dead.


Revenge (9pm): Daniel competes against an intense business adversary to land a deal that Victoria wants to halt. Meanwhile, Aiden makes a menacing transformation; and Conrad gains control of Jack and Amanda’s future.

Shameless (9pm): Ian discovers another side to Lip’s dangerous new friend.

Girls (9pm): Hannah’s unnerved by Adam’s creepy dirges that he posted on the Web, but is miffed by Sandy’s critique of her essay. Meanwhile, Marnie considers a new career path; Elijah confesses a recent transgression to George; and Jessa gets a gift from her husband
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Enlightened (9:30pm): Amy is energized by Jeff’s revelation of bribery allegations involving Abaddonn’s CEO, but panics when a security breach on the company’s computers could leave her exposed unless Tyler can find a solution to cover her tracks. Meanwhile, Krista winds up in the hospital after complications with her pregnancy.
Happy Endings (10pm): Jane’s ex comes to town for a visit, and Brad is shocked to discover that “Ryan” is a woman. Meanwhile, Max’s cool new roommate works wonders with the apartment, but when he suddenly disappears, the gang investigates and digs into his private life.
Don’t Trust The B In Apt 23 (10pm): Chloe and June ask out the same man, so James creates various dating challenges for them to compete in to win the guy’s affection.
House Of Lies (10pm): In Las Vegas to help reinvigorate an aging casino, Marty meets the firm’s newest consultant, a woman who was his biggest rival in business school. Meanwhile, Clyde is seduced by the Vegas nightlife; and Jeannie discovers a passive-aggressive adversary in Galweather Stearn’s interim CEO.

Californication (10:30pm): Hank may have found a new muse in the enchanting Faith, who has performed that role for many a rock star; Charlie sinks to new depths in his efforts to land an award-winning gay movie star as a client. Meanwhile, Marcy has issues with Stu; and Karen takes a new job.

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3 Replies to “Watch With Amanda: What’s on TV This Week? January 14 – 20”

  1. Amanda, you know that I’ll be watching Being Human. I love that show and I think the Lost Girl is coming on tonight too

  2. OMG. Fringe, I can’t even. But every good thing must come to an end. There will be tears!

    I’m excited about Carrie Diaries…I hope they keep it fun and a wee bit campy – the first person narrative worked so well initially in the series!

    Continuum seems like there will be a lot of potential “what if…” or wait a minute…that wouldn’t logistically make sense…” but I think it could work if they just address it from the get go and be like anything can happen – a Looper disclaimer.

    Justified is going to be insane!! I love how they’re playing with the format from the seasons previous. Crazy religious preachers, cold cases brought back, and Rylan Givens going sort of rogue…I can’t wait to see how each week will unfold!

    thanks for the previews! I appreciate all the trailers in one place!

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