Off the Wall: Going for the gold and the knees
Off the Wall is overflowing this week.
GOOD SPORTS/BAD SPORTS You'd think there were Winter Olympics coming up or something. We get network prime-time coverage of this year's "U.S. Figure Skating Championships" (Saturday 8-11, NBC/4), as well as the skating documentary "The Price of Gold" (Thursday at 9 p.m., ESPN). The new "30 for 30" film flashes back 20 years to the 1994 "kneeing" of contender Nancy Kerrigan by cohorts of rival Tonya Harding. Preview at espn.com/30for30
BIG WEEK FOR SCRIPTS! Yowza, look how many dramas/ comedies are premiering/resuming. New entries include the Erin Krakow-Lori Loughlin frontier drama "When Calls the Heart" (Saturday at 9, Hallmark; after 7 p.m. pilot movie), from the Janette Oke books about a teacher and a Mountie. Moody crime spellbinder "True Detective" (Sunday at 9 p.m., HBO) pairs Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as disparate cops sleuthing kinky murders. "Bitten" (Monday at 10 p.m., Syfy) is about a sexy female werewolf and the pack that won't let her loose. And "Chozen" (Monday at 10:30 p.m., FX) animates a white gay rapper's antics upon release from prison. Preview the pilot episode now via Xbox Live. More at fxnetworks.com/chozen
RETURNING FAVES Premium cable springs back into action with HBO's "Girls" (Sunday at 10 and 10:30 p.m.) and Showtime's trifecta of "Shameless," "House of Lies" and "Episodes" (Sunday at 9, 10 and 10:30 p.m., Showtime). New seasons, too, for Syfy's "Lost Girl" and "Being Human" (Monday at 8 and 9 p.m.), adult spy spoof "Archer" (Monday at 10 p.m., FX) and guycom "Men at Work" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., TBS). ABC Family's midseason slate adds "Switched at Birth" (Monday at 8 p.m., after noon-8 p.m. marathon), "The Fosters" (Monday at 9 p.m.), "Melissa & Joey" (Wednesday at 8 p.m., after noon-8 p.m. marathon) and "Baby Daddy" (Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., after Tuesday 1-7 p.m. marathon).
GIRLS WITH GLOBES Tina Fey and Amy Poehler once again host the live and alcohol-fueled "Golden Globe Awards" (Sunday 7 p.m. preshow, 8-11 p.m. ceremony, NBC/4). Preview the TV and movie contenders in Saturday's "Road to the Golden Globes" (9, ion/31) and Sunday's "Countdown to the Red Carpet" (4 p.m., E!). Don't forget the post-show "E! After Party" (Sunday 11 p.m.) and Joan Rivers' "Fashion Police" (Monday at 9 p.m., E!). Globe details at goldenglobes.com
REAL FUNNY If the soap genre can morph from scripted to un-, why can't comedy? Check the wacky scientific trials run by comics Michael Ian Black, Tom Papa and Seth Herzog in "Duck Quacks Don't Echo" (Monday at 10 p.m., NatGeo). Or the getting-even stunts of the title magician in "Don't Trust Andrew Mayne" (Monday at 10 and 10:30 p.m., A&E). Or the aptly named prankfest "Jerks With Cameras" (Thursday at 10:30 p.m., MTV). Meet theMayne man at aetv.com/andrewmayne
OTHER UNSCRIPTED Here come the big season premieres of "Duck Dynasty" (Wednesday at 10 and 10:30 p.m., A&E), "The Real World" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., MTV) and "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" (Thursday 9 p.m., TLC). There's fresh docusoap from "Friday Night Tykes" (Tuesday at 9 p.m., Esquire), eyeing Texas youth football, and "SWV Reunited" (Thursday at 10 p.m., WE), tracking '90s comeback trio Sisters With Voices. And there are unscripted subgenres, too, as seen in "Project Runway" competition spinoff "Under the Gunn" (Thursday at 9 p.m., Lifetime), the Jerry Springer-hosted crime tales of "Tabloid" (Thursday at 10 p.m., ID) and the investigative hour "APB With Troy Dunn" (Friday at 9 p.m., TNT).