2:55pm PT by Rick Porter
This Week in TV: NFL Conference Championships, 'Snowpiercer,' 'Mixed-ish'
The coming week is a big one for the ABC/Freeform -ish franchise, as all three comedies will be on the air again. The NFL also determines its Super Bowl participants, one of last year's bigger cable dramas starts a new season and Netflix returns a quirky competition series between now and Jan. 27.
Below is The Hollywood Reporter's rundown of premieres, returns and specials over the next seven days. It would be next to impossible to watch everything, but let THR point the way to worthy options for the coming week. All times are ET/PT unless noted.
Starting now, this guide will run on Thursdays each week, to line up with the Thursday and Friday premieres of many streaming series. Please excuse any duplication with the previous Sunday guide.
The Big Show
The NFL plays its conference championship games on Sunday, with the winners earning the right to play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7. The NFC is up first at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT on Fox, when two of the greatest quarterbacks ever — Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — square off. The AFC title game (6:40 p.m. ET/3:40 p.m. PT, CBS) pits the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs against the Buffalo Bills, who are in their first championship game since 1994.
Also on broadcast …
CW lifer Jared Padalecki stars in Walker (8 p.m. Thursday), a loose reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger (read THR's review). The season three premiere of Legacies follows at 9 p.m. Another CW series, Charmed, begins its third season at 9 p.m. Sunday. ABC doubles up on Anthony Anderson Tuesday with a new season of To Tell the Truth (8 p.m.) and a new time period for Black-ish (9 p.m.). The second season premiere of Mixed-ish follows at 9:30.
On streaming …
Returning: It may not be quite as soothing as The Great British Baking Show or The Great Pottery Throw Down, but Netflix's Blown Away (Friday) has its own pleasures. The competition features 10 artists using glass and heat to make incredible pieces of art, with sweat and shards of broken material aplenty.
Also returning: Season two of Selena Gomez's cooking show Selena + Chef (Thursday, HBO Max), season three of Italian crime drama Gomorroah (Thursday, HBO Max; it previously ran on Netflix and Sundance), and season two of dramedy Bonding (Wednesday, Netflix).
New: Israeli drama Losing Alice (Friday, Apple TV+) stars Ayelet Zurer as a director who becomes obsessed with the screenwriter (Lihi Kornowski) of her latest film. Luther creator Neil Cross' The Sister (Friday, Hulu) centers on two old friends and a long-buried secret that threatens to resurface.
On cable …
Returning: The first season of Snowpiercer ended with a revolution aboard the train and a cliffhanger: the revelation that the passengers weren't the only humans still alive. Season two (9 p.m. Monday, TNT) picks up from that point, with Sean Bean and Rowan Blanchard joining the cast.
Also returning: Grown-ish (8 p.m. Thursday, Freeform) begins the second half of its third season. The Misery Index begins its third season at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on TBS.
New: Alan Tudyk stars in Resident Alien (10 p.m. Wednesday, Syfy), playing an extraterrestrial who must assume a human form after crash-landing on Earth. His mission to kill all humans becomes complicated when he starts to assimilate into his new surroundings.
Also new: Edward Burns created, directed and co-stars in the 1980-set dramedy Bridge and Tunnel (9 p.m. Sunday, Epix). Painting With John (11 p.m. Friday, HBO) trains its camera on artist and musician John Lurie as he paints and ruminates on life.
In case you missed it …
The true crime docuseries Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer takes a (mostly) restrained approach to the case of Richard Ramirez in 1985 Los Angeles. While there are some odd moments involving re-enactments and animals, THR critic Daniel Fienberg notes that there's an admirable, "methodical progression" that mirrors the way its two primary subjects, detectives Gil Carrillo and Frank Salerno, built their case. The four-episode series is streaming on Netflix.