What to watch on Tuesday, January 1...
MARATHON, 10:30am, Science
My New Year’s resolution: Never wind up in the cold open of a procedural. To understand why, look no further than this marathon of 13 episodes from Fringe’s first season, when grisly demises in confined spaces were a weekly occurrence. With the end of the series fast approaching, relive its early days, when Lance Reddick was still a regular and no less than 30 percent of Joshua Jackson’s dialogue was tailor-made to be used in Fox promos.
MARATHON, 11am, ABC Family
My TV.com colleague Nick Campbell already broke down why you should catch up on the first half of Amy Sherman-Palladino’s sparkling freshman dramedy. Now ABC Family gives you a chance to dive in with a seven-episode marathon ahead of its midseason return on Monday, January 7. Highlights include “Money for Nothing,” “Movie Truck,” and “No One Takes Khaleesi’s Dragons.”
124th Tournament of Roses Parade
Sixteen-year Rose Parade veteran Al Roker is joined by rookie commentator Alison Sweeney (of The Biggest Loser fame) for the annual New Year’s Day Running of the Floats, led by this year’s grand marshall, primatologist Jane Goodall. Inspired by the classic Dr. Seuss book, the shindig’s theme for 2013 is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” Although, since the parade route is determined well in advance, the places it’ll go are probably restricted to the end of a block in Pasadena. (Note: NBC offers affiliates optional parade coverage starting at 11am, so the telecast may begin at that time in some markets.)
SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 8pm, Lifetime
A preview of the new season includes some of the dancers’ favorite routines. Watch closely to see if any of their moves approximate a semaphore code for “Send help now” or “If you have but a morsel of human kindness within you, please call DCFS, for the love of all that is pure and holy.”
SERIES PREMIERE, 8pm, TLC
Be honest: How many times over the years did you stop and ask yourself, “Gee, I wonder whatever became of Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins, the former member of 1990s hip-hop/R&B; trio TLC?” And how many times did you subsequently think, “Gosh, there’s A WHOLE CHANNEL that goes by the name TLC now... why, I bet it would be the perfect forum for updating me on the current ambitions and adventures of the aforementioned Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins! Possibly in the form of a four-part series! I wonder if she travels anywhere exotic, such as Bangladesh, perhaps?” Well folks, in 2013, you need wonder no more.
SERIES PREMIERE, 9pm, TLC
In a world full of Basketball Wives, Sister Wives, and Mob Wives, I’m a little amazed TLC didn’t call this show Preacher Wives, but the network is nothing if not iconoclastic. The new series follows five of Atlanta’s most prominent First Ladies (as the wives of pastors are known) through the challenges of faith, community, and internecine rivalry.
You know what’s great for a hangover? Long, fitful crying jags. At least, that must be the theory behind Parenthood returning on New Year’s Day to begin the homestretch of Season 4. That, or NBC is just trying to kick the last few episodes out the door as quick as possible, starting with “Keep on Rowing,” in which Hank and Sarah take their courtship to the next level.
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?