What to Watch This Weekend: Helix, SNL, and the Premieres of Looking, Sherlock, and The Following

What to watch on Friday, January 17...

8pm, The CW
The Carrie Diaries
Carrie tries to cover when Bennet’s work ethic falters, which only lands them both on Larissa’s bad side. Elsewhere in “Hungry Like the Wolf,” a foxy lawyer outfoxes Tom, Sebastian’s father needs a whopper of a favor, and Samantha’s latest roll in the hay prompts a surprising decision.

8pm, Fox
A country singer turns up in a shallow grave in “Big in the Philippines,” and the team’s investigation leads to his malfeasant record label. Off the beat, Brennan turns up strange news when examining Wendell's hockey injury.

8:30pm, ABC
The Neighbors
“High School Reunion” sends the Weavers to their graduating class’s silver anniversary shindig. As Debbie gears up to confront a ritzy rival, Marty channels the spirit of Headbanger’s Ball for his old band’s triumphant return.

9pm, NBC
A spate of murders targeting veterans and military contractors may be revenge for an even grislier act. As Nick and Hank investigate in “The Good Soldier,” Rosalee reunites with her family and brings Monroe along, and Adalind’s powers begin to flicker back on.

9pm, CBS
Hawaii Five-0
“Hana lokomaika’i” puts the murder of Chin’s father under the Internal Affairs microscope, casting light on his relationship with Maria and her brother’s role in the crime.

9pm, Fox
Raising Hope
“Hot Dish” adds to the ranks of TV cooking competitions as Virginia, Sabrina, and Burt’s mom (Shirley Jones) square off to determine who is the Chance family’s preeminent gourmet.

9:30pm, Fox
Can Derrick drill the sharpshooter’s mentality into Randy in time for him to pass his marksmanship test? Will Pete or Jill prove the strappingest soldier in a gauntlet of kooky challenges? These questions and many more will be answered in “Randy Get Your Gun.”

10pm, Cinemax
On the outs with Gordon and Deva, Carrie searches for new digs in “The Thunder Man.” Elsewhere, Alex must prove his mettle, Proctor looks to Lucas to repay a favor, and Siobhan boggles at her ex’s sudden return.

10pm, CBS
Blue Bloods
Frank is wrong-footed at a press conference by a woman (Karen Allen) demanding justice for the murder of her daughter. Meanwhile in “Unfinished Business,” Danny and Baez try to locate an Army vet who may be afflicted with PTSD.

10pm, Syfy
The team wraps the virus up nice and tight in “274,” securely under lock and key, yessir that nasty little bugger won’t be infecting anyone els—nope, wait, there it goes, spreading faster than ever. Solid job, team, just really well done all around.

– Steve McQueen, Nicole Beharie, and Faith Evans on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Chelsea Handler, Bob Costas, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Don Cheadle, Myq Kaplan, and Roadkill Ghost Choir on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Kevin Hart, Tim Gunn, and Jhene Aiko on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Chris Pine and Morenna Baccarin on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


What to watch on Saturday, January 18...

10:30am, The Hub
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Rainbow Dash is rarin’ to hit the Equestria Games in “Rainbow Falls.” But will she be tempted to abandon her Ponyville teammates when a roster spot opens up on the crackerjack Cloudsdale squad?

MOVIE PREMIERE, 8pm, Lifetime
Flowers in the Attic
Kiernan Shipka, Ellen Burstyn, and Heather Graham star in this adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ scandalous bildungsroman. After their father’s death, four young siblings are cloistered and abused by their domineering mother and grandmother, yet still manage to grow closer together.

LIVE, 5pm Eastern/8pm Pacific, TBS & TNT
2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards
The 20th annual honors for thespians, by thespians is held at L.A.’s Shrine Exposition Center. Rita Moreno will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

8pm, Discovery
Crash is the subject of this week’s episode, as the team tests whether an Oscar-winning movie really can end racism in 21st century America. No, wait… I’m being told this week’s episode is about Hollywood car crashes, and what would actually become of vehicles that smash through panes of glass, take heavy gunfire and so on. What to Watch This Weekend regrets the error.

8pm, Nickelodeon
Sam & Cat
“The Killer Tuna Jump” welcomes Cat’s Victorious chums Jade and Robbie, and Sam’s iCarly pal Freddie, for an hour-long, carnivorous-fish-laden crossover extravaganza.

9pm, BBC America
An evil moneylender abducts Medusa, totally tunicblocking the burgeoning romance between her and Hercules. To save the damsel, the fellas must snatch a potent artifact straight outta Hades. Could it be the “Pandora’s Box” of the episode’s title?

SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm & 10:30pm, Pivot
HitRecord on TV!
Joseph Gordon-Levitt serves up a smorgasbord of short films, music, animation and other creative endeavors. The theme of the premiere is “The Number 1,” while Tony Danza stops by for an ornate musical number in the second episode.

SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm & 11pm, Science
The Moaning of Life
The intrepid adventures of the globetrotting Karl Pilkington continue, with the once and future idiot abroad exploring other cultures in Japan, South Africa, Mexico, Taiwain, and elsewhere. The first two episodes focus on how people pursue happiness and why they have children.

11:30pm, NBC
Saturday Night Live
Drake pulls triple duty as host, musical guest, and dispenser of valuable life lessons to the youth of Canada.


What to watch on Sunday, January 19...

9pm, PBS
Downton Abbey
“Mary, Edith, Tom, and Anna each struggle with a dilemma,” announces this week’s press release, and I’m not gonna lie, like the first three times I read that I could’ve sworn it said “diorama.” Which, you must admit, would be an intriguing new direction for the show to take, no? Thrill as the Granthams recreate the falling out of David Lloyd George and H.H. Asquith in a moderately sized shoebox!

9pm, HBO
True Detective
With Quesada threatening to yank them off the case in “Seeing Things,” Hart and Cohle train their attentions on a burned-down church and a brothel out in the sticks.

9pm, Showtime
Fiona scrambles for a cover story after dinging up a company car in “My Oldest Daughter.” At U of C, Lip finds college studies and college ladies equally flummoxing.

9pm, ABC
Emily and Daniel have knives drawn in “Hatred,” and neither one is going down without a steamy, steamy fight. But could an increasingly off-balance Emily wind up torpedoing all the revengeration she’s been working towards?

“The Empty Hearse” reveals the mystery of how Sherlock survived his apparently untimely demise, and it probably won’t involve a cryptic sojourn to Tahiti. Upon returning to London, the consulting detective is called upon to foil a terrorist threat while also repairing his relationship with a deeply spurned Watson.

The Following
“Resurrection” finds Ryan hale and hearty and living the life of Riley in the Big Apple. But when the one-year anniversary of Joe Carroll’s death rolls around, the bodies start dropping once more. The two-hour “special premiere” begins after the NFC Championship game in all time zones, with Season 2 resuming in its regular timeslot of Monday at 9pm on January 27.

10pm HBO
Hannah hits the quarter-century mark in “She Said OK,” but her birthday bash can’t escape Marnie’s suffocating gravity. Elsewhere, Ray adjusts to his new position, and Adam’s sister (Gaby Hoffmann) arrives to make the rest of these crackpots look stable by comparison.

10pm, Showtime
House of Lies
The object of Roscoe’s affection throws Marty for a loop in “Power,” while Sarah tells Doug she wants to be a mommy. Meanwhile, Jeannie pulls no punches in pursuing a Pentagon contract.

In “...A better place,” Sara’s life hangs in the balance, and America’s TV listings columnists are briefly reminded that this show has improbably survived long enough to air a season finale.

Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, and Murray Bartlett portray three young gay men living in San Francisco in this new dramedy. “Looking For Now” kicks things off with Patrick absorbing the news of his ex’s engagement, Dom casting an eye towards an old squeeze, and Agustin getting ready to move in with his boyfriend.


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anyone know how I can watch Klondike discovery channel? dont have pay tv. thought The Musketeers was on too.
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