Must See HDTV (January 21st - 27th)

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Must See HDTV January 21st 27th

We'll take a break from football -- true addicts can give the Pro Bowl and Senior Bowl a look -- for one weekend before the big game, but there are other options. That includes hockey now, of course, but also a few premiering and returning shows. Look below for the highlights this week, followed after the break by our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and videogames.

The Following
If you need a few more connections in your next six degrees of Kevin Bacon game, tune in to The Following, which pits Bacon as an FBI agent chasing down serial killer (and leader of other killers) James Purefoy. It's been heavily promoted, but we'll find out tonight if the high profile cast and production add up to a show worth watching -- it didn't work so well for ABC's Last Resort, which is airing its series finale this week.
(Fox, January 21st, 9PM)

Spartacus: War of the Damned
The last season of Starz' hit Spartacus: War of the Damned kicks off Friday night, and should bring along all the associated violence we've come to expect from the series. As Marcus Crassus and Julius Caesar join the fight things are only going to get more interesting, if you've somehow missed out on the show till now you can check out a trailer embedded after the break. The special effects have never surpassed the level of most made-for-Syfy movies, but somehow it manages to become more than the sum of its parts.
(Starz, January 25th, 9PM)

The Cave
The next adventure game from Double Fine, The Cave hits a slew of platforms this week. Available for download on Steam, PSN, Xbox Live and Wii U eShop, it lets player's pick their own squad of adventures and explore -- what else -- a cave. Somehow that area will include an amusement park, castle and even a ready to launch nuke, but we're most interested to see how it integrates the Wii U GamePad for camera and character switching.
($14.99, multiple platforms / dates)

Blu-ray & Games

  • End of Watch
  • Death Race 3: Inferno
  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • The Paperboy
  • The Quiet Man
  • For A Good Time, Call...
  • Pina
  • The Cave (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC)


  • The Following (series premiere), Fox, 9PM
  • Spurs/76ers, TNT, 7PM
  • Lakers/Bulls, TNT, 9:30PM
  • The Bachelor, ABC, 8PM
  • Bones, Fox, 8PM
  • Continuum, Syfy, 8PM
  • The Carrie Diaries, CW, 8PM
  • How I Met Your Mother, CBS, 8PM
  • Switched at Birth, ABC Family, 8PM
  • WWE Raw, USA, 8PM
  • 2 Broke Girls, CBS, 9PM
  • 90210 (winter premiere), NBC, 9PM
  • Being Human, Syfy, 9PM
  • Bunheads, ABC Family, 9PM
  • Mike & Molly, CBS, 9:30PM
  • Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 10PM
  • Lost Girl, Syfy, 10PM
  • Deception, NBC, 10PM
  • Castle, ABC, 10PM
  • Catfish, MTV, 11PM


  • The Taste (series premiere), ABC, 8PM
  • The Ultimate Fighter (season premiere), FX, 8PM
  • White Collar (winter premiere), USA, 10PM
  • Raising Hope, Fox, 8PM
  • Betty White's Off Their Rockers, NBC, 8 & 8:30PM
  • Hart of Dixie, CW, 8PM
  • Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family, 8PM
  • Ben & Kate, Fox, 8:30PM
  • Go On, NBC, 9PM
  • The Lying Game, CW, 9PM
  • New Girl, Fox, 9PM
  • Happy Endings, ABC, 9PM
  • Emily Owens M.D., CW, 9PM
  • Dual Survival, Discovery, 9PM
  • The Mindy Project, Fox, 9:30PM
  • The New Normal , NBC, 9:30PM
  • Africa, Discovery, 10PM
  • Cougar Town, TBS, 10PM
  • Justified, FX, 10PM
  • Private Practice (series finale), ABC, 10PM
  • Parenthood (season finale), NBC, 10PM
  • The Burn with Jeff Ross, Comedy Central, 10:30PM
  • Flashpoint (series finale), Ion, 11PM


  • American Idol, Fox, 8PM
  • Arrow, CW, 8PM
  • The Middle, ABC, 8PM
  • Nuggets/Rockets, NBA TV, 8PM
  • The Neighbors, ABC, 8:30PM
  • WWE Main Event, Ion, 8PM
  • Criminal Minds, CBS, 9PM
  • Supernatural CW, 9PM
  • Modern Family, ABC, 9PM
  • Inside the NFL, Showtime, 9PM
  • Suburgatory, ABC, 9:30PM
  • Workaholics, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • CSI, CBS, 10PM
  • Necessary Roughness (winter premiere), USA, 10PM
  • American Horror Story (season finale), FX, 10PM
  • NFL Turning Point, NBC Sports Network, 10PM
  • Nashville, ABC, 10PM
  • Unsung: Isaac Hayes (season premiere), TV One, 10PM
  • The Kroll Show, Comedy Central, 10:30PM


  • 30 Rock, NBC, 8PM
  • Impact Wrestling, Spike TV, 8PM
  • The Vampire Diaries, CW, 8PM
  • Last Resort (series finale), ABC, 8PM
  • Knicks/Celtics TNT, 8PM
  • American Idol, Fox, 8PM
  • Parks & Recreation, NBC, 8:30PM
  • Beauty & the Beast (winter premiere), CW, 9PM
  • Glee (winter premiere), Fox, 9PM
  • Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 9PM
  • The Office, NBC, 9PM
  • 1600 Penn, NBC, 9:30PM
  • Anger Management, FX, 9:30PM
  • King of the Nerds, TBS, 10PM
  • Archer, FX, 10PM
  • Bellator MMA Live, Spike TV, 10PM
  • Suits, USA, 10PM
  • Legit, FX, 10:30PM
  • Clippers/Suns, TNT, 10:30PM
  • Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell, FX, 11PM


  • Spartacus: War of the Damned (season premiere), Starz, 9PM
  • Spurs/Mavericks, ESPN, 8PM
  • Nikita, CW, 8PM
  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM
  • Malibu Country, ABC, 8:30PM
  • CSI: NY, CBS, 9PM
  • Friday Night Fights, ESPN2, 9PM
  • Real time with Bill Maher, HBO, 10PM
  • Banshee, Cinemax, 10PM
  • Merlin, Syfy, 10PM
  • Portlandia, IFC, 10PM


  • Senior Bowl, NFL Network, 4PM
  • UFC on Fox 6, Fox, 8PM
  • US Figure Skating Championships, NBC, 8PM
  • Abominable Snowman, Syfy, 9PM
  • Saturday Night Live: Adam Levine / Kendrick Lamar, 11:30PM


  • AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, NBC, 7PM
  • The Cleveland Show, Fox, 7:30PM
  • 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TBS/TNT, 8PM
  • The Simpsons, Fox, 8PM
  • Bob's Burgers, Fox, 8:30PM
  • Girls, HBO, 9PM
  • Family Guy, Fox, 9PM
  • The Makeover, ABC, 9PM
  • Shameless, Showtime, 9PM
  • Downton Abbey, PBS, 9PM
  • Revenge, ABC, 9PM
  • Enlightened, HBO, 9:30PM
  • American Dad, Fox, 9:30PM
  • House of Lies, Showtime, 10PM
  • The Mentalist, CBS, 10PM
  • Californication, Showtime, 10:30PM

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