Category Archives: What’s Hot on TV

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – NFL Wild Card Playoffs

It’s still hard for me to believe the Chicago Bears don’t even have a wild Card spot in the playoffs after their terrific start, but still there are two great games on today anyway. First up is Atlanta vs. Giants, and after that it’s Pittsburgh vs. Denver. If you’re a 60 Minutes fan, you have an extra hour before sitting down to watch it today. While usually they just start it whenever football gets over, tonight they’re just figuring on it starting at 7:00 PM Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links

1. NFL Football. NBC Wild Card Game. Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants. 12:00 PM CT Fox

2. College Basketball. Wisconsin at Michigan. 12:30 PM CT CBS

3. Meet the Robinsons. Interesting animated Disney movie originally seen in 3D about an orphan who invents a time machine and is taken back to meet this very odd family. 1:00 AM CT WGN

4. Bull Riding. PBR Tour from New York. 1:30 PM CT NBC

5. Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular. From Moline, Illinois. 3:00 PM CT NBC

6. Footloose. Kevin Bacon stars as a guy that moves to small town and has a hard time fitting in. It’s another 80s classic, and it’s very 80s. 3:00 PM CT CMTV

7. NFL Football. AFC Wild Card Game. Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos. 3:30 PM CT CBS

8. Dateline NBC. Jennifer Hudson discusses her new life that includes healthy living, an upcoming wedding, and a new book, an unlikely suspect is found in a woman’s death, and Ricky Gervais discusses his life and hosting the Golden Globe Awards. 6:00 PM CT NBC

9. America’s Funniest Home Videos. Clips include kids saying funny things, burning pants on a guy, dogs itching their butts, being being afraid, and a dog with his head stuck in a snack container. 6:00 PM CT ABC

10. NBA Basketball. San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder. 6:00 PM CT NBA TV

11. 60 Minutes. Featured tonight are stem cells being marketed over the Internet as incurable disease treatments, Marines who petitioned to be able to fight along with their siblings on the Afghanistan front lines, and the European white truffle industry being threatened by the Chinese truffles. 7:00 PM CT CBS

12. Once Upon a Time. Emma runs for office, forcing Regina and Mr. Gold into dirty politics, and Rumpelstiltskin looks for a power source trying to help his son avoid war. 7:00 PM CT ABC

13. The Simpsons. Homer gets his own political talk show after a video of one of his rants goes viral. He endorses Ted Nugent as the Republican presidential nominee. 7:00 PM CT Fox

14. Jig. The Irish Dancing World Championships from Glasgow, Scotland. 7:00 PM CT TLC

15. Glam Fairy. A female football team gets a new look, and Alexa’s dog has paranormal activity surrounding it. 7:00 PM CT Style

16. Mob Wives. Drita and Karen’s conversation takes a vicious turn, Junior is sentenced, and a look at Ramona’s lineage. 7:00 PM CT VH1

17. The Cleveland Show. Cleveland believes Jr.’s new girlfriend only wants him to get a green card. 7:30 PM CT Fox

18. The Good Wife. A couple accuses Lockhart/Gardner of influencing them for financial gain after their divorce case. 8:00 PM CT CBS

19. The Firm. Series Premiere. The McDeere family sets about rebuilding their lives ten years after going into witness protection after Mitchell exposed his law firm as a mob front and put them in witness protection. 8:00 PM CT NBC

20. Desperate Housewives. Bree gets ready to end her life after being abandoned by her friends, Gaby believes Carlos may have been involved in another murder, Susan comes to a decision about her career, and Lynette confesses to Tom. 8:00 PM CT ABC

21. Family Guy. Peter isn’t happy when Meg turns 18 and gets involved with Quagmire. 8:00 PM CT Fox

22. Leverage. Nate’s dad is hired by Latimer for an uber-secure government office heist, and the team has to stage a hostage situation when they get trapped in a building. 8:00 PM CT TNT

23. Oprah’s Next Chapter. Oprah’s guests are Pastor Joel Osteen and wife Victoria. 8:00 PM CT OWN

24. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Phaedra is ready to begin her family business, Kandi goes country, Kim experiences difficulties with Brielle, and NeNe meets up with Marlo Hampton. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

25. Hoarding: Buried Alive. Miranda’s hoarding doesn’t leave room for her toddlers to play, and Hsi-Ming’s daughter is worried about her mom’s health and safety. 8:00 PM CT TLC

26. Gator Boys. Paul and Jimmy want to capture an alligator before it gets killed by a rival trapper. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet/p>

27. Snapped. A woman claims the tape that shows her plotting to kill her husband was san audition for a reality TV show. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

28. My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. Bride Sashani who dreams of being a pop star wants to have a Motown wedding. David works to create a triple platinum event, featuring over-the-top sequined gowns, wall-to-wall music and a Grammy®-winning star! 8:00 PM CT WE

29. Baseball Wives. Jordana believes the other women are snubbing her 8:00 PM CT VH1

30. College Football. GoDaddy.com Bowl from Mobile, Alabama. Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

31. American Dad. Steve takes on the persona of a superhero to show he’s macho, and Francine gets shocking news. 8:30 PM CT Fox

32. CSI: Miami. A killer murders a genius with an unusual weapon. 9:00 PM CT CBS

33. Pan Am. Dean and Colette’s relationship takes a hit, Maggie falls in love with a congressman she wrote a story about, Kate is haunted by her last assignment, and Ted believes he has found Miss Right. 9:00 PM CT ABC

34. Kourtney & Kim Take New York. In the first half hour, Kourtney and Kim go to Mystic, Connecticut while the guys go to Toronto and find trouble. In the second half hour, Kim has more fun in Dubai not being with Kris J., and Kourtney and Khloe play a prank on Kris H. 9:00 PM CT E!

35. Tom Papa: Live in New York City. Tom discusses his life, including bits on kids and the worst roommates. 9:00 PM CT Comedy Central

36. Oprah Presents Master Class. The guest tonight is Jane Fonda. 9:00 PM CT OWN

37. Chef Roblé & Co. Chef Roblé meets with a bachelorette from Jersey Shore, and is pushed to his limits by a dinner party hostess. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

38. Finding Bigfoot. The team investigates a bigfoot video in Rhodes Island. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

39. Hell on Wheels. Cullen and Lily try to make the railroad’s deadline, and Elam and Joseph deal with their violent mission’s consequences. 9:00 PM CT AMC

40. Angry Boys. In the first half hour, Daniel makes plans for a farewell party, and Blake Oakfield talks about his surfing career. In the second half hour, Jen Okazak markets her son as being gay, and Daniel tries to prevent Nathan from touching himself. 9:00 PM CT HBO

41. After Lately. Heather wakes up with a hickey of unknown origin, Jen has a new best friend in Dave Grohl, and Sarah receives a mystery package. 10:00 PM CT E!

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – SNL with Charles Barkley and Kelly Clarkson

Saturday Night Live is back … live tonight. That pleases me to no end. I thought we’d have to wait another week or two. Hosting tonight is Charles Barkley, which nearly guarantees us that it will be a good night. The musical guest is Kelly Clarkson, the original American Idol, and I’m hoping she takes part in some skits as well. 

1. High School Football. U.S. Army All-American Bowl from the Alamadome in San Antonio. 12:00 PM CT NBC

2. College Football. BBVA Compass Bowl fro Birmingham. Pittsburgh vs. Southern Methodist. 12:00 PM CT ESPN

3. College Football. NCAA Division I, Final, from Frisco, Texas. North Dakota State vs. Sam Houston State. 12:00 PM CT ESPN2

4. Women’s College Basketball. Michigan State at Penn State. 1:00 PM CT CBS

5. Despicable Me. In this animated flick starring Steve Carell, a super villain plans on carrying out the ultimate plan to steal the moon, but gets stuck with three little orphaned girls that stand in his way. 11:40 AM CT Cinemax

6. Women’s College Basketball. Connecticut at Notre Dame. 3:00 PM CT CBS

7. College Basketball. Florida State at Clemson. 3:00 PM CT ESPN2

8. NFL Football. AFC Wild Card Game, Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans. 3:30 PM CT NBC

9. Date Night. Extremely funny movie with two funny people. Steve Carell and Tina Fey pretend to be another couple just to get seated at a restaurant, and are too convincing, setting themselves up on an adventure to keep themselves alive and away from the dirty cops. 4:30 PM CT HBO Signature

10. NBA Basketball. Charlotte Bobcats at Indiana Pacers. 6:00 PM CT NBA TV

11. NFL Football. NFC Wild Card Game, Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints. 7:00 PM CT NBC

12. Cops. A homeless man refuses to leave the handicap bathroom stall in a store, two people get cozy in a stranger’s yard, and man is accused of threatening a property manager. 7:00 PM CT Fox

13. Fixing Pete. Brooke Burns stars as Ashley Boyd, a fast-rising fashion editor with a cool boyfriend and a perfect life. Her boss Nan (Valerie Harper) decides it’s time to give Ashley her very own column, and tells her that her first set of articles has to center on giving a guy a maker. That guy happens to be Pete Camden (Dylan Bruno), a chauvinist slob of a sportswriter. John Ratzenberger costars as well. 7:00 PM CT Hallmark Channel

14. My Cat from Hell. A cat stops Tim from proposing marriage, and another has an onset of aggression. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

15. Republican Debate. Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos moderate the GOP debate in New Hampshire. 8:00 PM CT ABC

16. Mars Needs Moms. Mars has figured out what every mother wants their kids to realize, that their discipline and guidance are actually a good thing for the development of a child. In this animated movie, Mars steals the really good moms out there to transfer their mothering into robots to do the same job. A young boy stows away on the spaceship to try and rescue his mom and get her back, and gets help on Mars from the only other Earthling up there and a sympathetic martian who learned English from watching a bad sitcom from the age of Aquarius.. 8:00 PM CT Starz

17. 48 Hours Mystery. A fatal extramarital affair is featured. 9:00 PM CT CBS

18. Pit Bulls and Parolees. Tia makes a difficult decision, and a family loses their home in a fire, putting them in need of finding shelter for their pit bull. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

19. NBA Basketball. Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Clippers. 9:30 PM CT NBA TV

20. Saturday Night Live. Charles Barkley guest hosts, and Kelly Clarkson is the musical guest. 9:30 PM CT NBC

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Jersey Shore is Back … In New Jersey

The Jersey Shore group is back with a new season and back in their native New Jersey. But before you watch them tonight on MTV, watch them today as the guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Catch up with other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links

1. Live! With Kelly. Rob Lowe guest cohosts, with Darren Criss and Alberto Perez as guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. United 93 A dramatization in actual time of the actions of those on United Airlines Flight 93 on 9/11. 11:00 AM CT ActionMax

3. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jenni “J-Woww” Farley, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola, and Deena Nicole Cortese. Syndicated, check local listings.

4. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. Two best friends go back to high school at their 10 year reunion and try to make it seem like they’ve become successful businesswomen. Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow star. 3:45 PM CT CMT

5. College Basketball. Pittsburgh at DePaul. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

6. Wipeout. Obstacles include Snow Shovel Trouble, Pain in the Ice, and Candy Pain Lane. 7:00 PM CT ABC

7. The Vampire Diaries. Using violence, Klaus tries to show that no one will be safe until he gets his family back, Tyler tries to adjust with the recent changes, and Alaric’s ability to heal intrigues a beautiful doctor. 7:00 PM CT CW

8. NBA Basketball. Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks. 7:00 PM CT TNT

9. When Vacations Attack! Jasen Magic, an escape artist performing for hundreds of vacationers, is trying to wiggle his way out of a strait jacket while dangling from a burning rope 30 feet above a river when the release clip snags, and he goes up in flames. Then, a family vacation in Honduras turns to terror when a monkey goes mad and sinks his teeth into a teenaged boy, and two brothers on a dream fishing vacation suddenly find themselves clinging to a life raft in icy water as they watch their boat and its captain slowly sink into the deep 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

10. Grey’s Anatomy. After her family is involved in a car accident, a daughter needs to make a difficult decision, Teddy wants Cristina to help with a patient in the O.R., and Lexie works alongside Mark’s new girlfriend during surgery. 8:00 PM CT ABC

11. The Secret Circle. Cassie sharers a secret with Adam. Diana is thrilled to have her grandma visit, but Charles takes an interest in Cassie, making him suspicious. Fay looks for help on a spell from a mysterious stranger. 8:00 PM CT CW

12. The First 48. Miami police try to find the person behind the murder of a Good Samaritan who stepped in to prevent a robbery. 8:00 PM CT A&E

13. World’s Dumbest … Burglars clad in underwear, jewel thieves who can’t recognize diamonds, and robbers with lame disguises. 8:00 PM CT truTV

14. NY Ink. Tensions mount when Megan invites Chris to the party without asking Ami, and Jessica tests her luck attempting to become a tattoo artist. 8:00 PM CT TLC

15. Project Runway All Stars. The Project Runway favorites are back for another try, but oddly, it’s the host and the guest judges who aren’t returning for All Stars. Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum won’t be around, being replaced as host and judge. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

16. Braxton Family Values. 8:00 PM CT WE

17. College Basketball. Michigan at Indiana. 8:00 PM CT ESPN2

18. Private Practice. After Mason is caught stealing, Cooper needs to decide whether or not to punish him, Pete and Violet try to split time with Lucas, Addison gets ready for a new baby, and Violet and Jake work with polyamorists. 9:00 PM CT ABC

19. Beyond Scared Straight. A four-day intervention shows troubled teens the horrors of doing hard time. 9:00 PM CT A&E

20. Impractical Jokers. 9:00 PM CT truTV

21. Hook, Line and Sisters. In the first half hour, Sierra snags the net, and Dean comes to a decision that could prove deadly. In the second half hour, Dean shows as being very impatient, but his instincts bring the Memry Lane their biggest set of the season. 9:00 PM CT TLC

22. 24 Hour Catwalk. Series Premiere. Each week four new designers will get just twenty-four hours to create a new line and present it for a shot at winning $10,000. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

23. Jersey Shore. Season Premiere. The roommates are back in New Jersey, and Mike threatens to ruin Snooki and Jionni’s relaitonship. 9:00 PM CT MTV

24. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trailblazers. 9:30 PM CT TNT

25. Conan. Chris Paul and Tom Papa are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

26. Late Show with David Letterman. Tonight’s guests are Tina Fey and The Barr Brothers. 10:00 PM CT CBS

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Hot in Cleveland Flashback

Ever wonder how Melanie, Joy, and Victoria met before they ended up in Cleveland? We know how they met Elka, but how did they meet each other? Tonight’s Hot in Cleveland episode flashes back to the Los Angeles hotel where it all started. Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links

1. Live! With Kelly. David Duchovny cohosts, and Terrence Howard and Brooke Burke are the today’s guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Hairspray. This movie’s just fun in everyone single way, especially John Travolta in drag. It’s a fun way to spend a Saturday night. 10:00 AM CT Logo

3. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Elli Kemper, Justin Bieber and Mindless Behavior. Syndicated, check local listings.

4. Fletch. Classic Chevy Chase. He plays a reporter who goes undercover to investigate a man who wants to kill him. 3:00 PM CT Cinemax

5. College Basketball. Duke vs. Temple. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

6. NBA Basketball. Washington Wizards at Orlando Magic. 6:00 PM CT NBA TV

7. I Get That a Lot. Pamela Anderson, Jerry Springer, Pauley Perrette, Apolo Ohno, Ty Pennington, and Dr. Drew Pinsky pretend to be lookalikes instead of the real thing. 7:00 PM CT CBS

8. The Middle. Frankie wants each family member to have a New Year’s resolution anonymously assigned to them and to have incentives to keep everyone on track, but it only leads to chaos. 7:00 PM CT ABC

9. Suburgatory. Dalia hires Tessa to drive her around to stalk a guy she has a crush on, but Tessa ends up developing feelings for the guy as well. George’s relationship with Noah is stressed when he decides to join the country club. 7:30 PM CT ABC

10. College Football. 2012 Discover Orange Bowl from Miami. Clemson vs. West Virginia. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

11. Modern Family. Phil misses his doctor’s call who is calling with test results and assumes the worst, Javier picks up Manny to take him to the horse races, and Mitchell ends up in a competition when he wins an environmental law award. 8:00 PM CT ABC

12. Mobbed. A man uses a flash mob to reveal his feelings to his long-distance best friend. 8:00 PM CT Fox

13. Happy Endings. Dave acts surprised when his shrink and Penny start dating, Max and Jane get in a strange competition after a sweater fight, and Alex and Brad bond over a shared interest. 8:30 PM CT ABC

14. Revenge. Daniel’s small birthday celebration is crashed by an unstable visitor, Charlotte is used as a pawn in Conrad and Victoria’s bitter divorce fight, and Emily’s plan begins to unravel. 9:00 PM CT ABC

15. Dog the Bounty Hunter. Leland goes to a Lamaze class, and Dog realizes he needs Leland’s help with a collar. 9:00 PM CT A&E

16. The Soup. 9:00 PM CT E!

17. Hot in Cleveland. Flash back to the series of events that led to Melanie, Joy, and Victoria meeting on the rooftop of an LA hotel. As all three struggle to move forward with their love lives and careers, they take their meeting as fate and decide to stick together. We’ll also find out what Elka was up to in the ‘80s, and it may look familiar… 9:00 PM CT TVLand

18. Top Chef: Texas. The contestants group into teams for a BBQ showdown, and Nathan Myhrvold appears as a guest judge. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

19. Toddlers & Tiaras. Alan and Heaven face off, and Laci goes for broke. 9:00 PM CT TLC

20. True Life. “On the Mat.” 9:00 PM CT MTV

21. The Exes. Holly trades apartments with Phil, Stuart, and Haskell when her mother comes for a visit. 9:30 PM CT TVLand

22. NBA Basketball. Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers. 9:30 PM CT NBA TV

23. Conan. Emmy Rossum, Dave Attell, and Chris Isaak are the guests tonight. 10:35 PM CT TBS

24. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Tracy Morgan, Rick and Corey Harrison, and Shaggy. 10:35 PM CT NBC

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Keep Your Resolutions with Biggest Loser

Before you even have a chance to break the resolutions about eating right and working out more regularly, The Biggest Loser has their season premiere. Sure, the last season of the show ended, and you were initially inspired, but then went offtrack during holiday parties. And now, before you have a chance to break all those resolutions, the show is back to remind you to be good. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. Live! With Kelly. William H. Macy, Isaac Mizrahi, and Tony Horton are today’s guests, and Jim Parsons guest hosts. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. The Time Traveler’s Wife. A man who travel’s through time not of his own free will starts a relationship with a young woman, but it proves difficult. Stars Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. 10:30 AM CT HBO

3. The Talk. The guests today are Drew Carey, Melissa Rauch, and Cynthia Pasquella. 1:00 PM CT CBS

4. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Howie Mandel and Elle Fanning are today’s guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

5. Wall Street. Before Charlie Sheen was “winning” at life, he was winning on Wall Street with boss Michael Douglas. 2:15 PM CT MoMax

6. Politically Direct 2012: 2012 Iowa Caucus. Three hours of live coverage of the Iowa Caucus featuring former Vice President and Current TV founder Al Gore, The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur host Cenk Uygur, and former Michigan Governor and host of the upcoming week nightly program The War Room with Jennifer Granholm, Jennifer Granholm. 6:00 PM CT Current

7. College Basketball. Michigan State at Wisconsin. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

8. NCIS. The team is led to E.J. Barrett when investigating the murder of a Navy commander. 7:00 PM CT CBS

9. The Biggest Loser. The Losers arrive at the ranch in pairs, but are split up into two teams, competing against each other. 7:00 PM CT NBC

10. Last Man Standing. Vanessa wonders if Mike feels tied down after a rising star on the pro fishing circuit visits, and Eve and Kristin believe Mandy’s turn to veganism is a passing phase. 7:00 PM CT ABC

11. Switched at Birth. Gay gets a chance to see what life with her biological parents would have been like. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

12. Texas Multi Mamas. 7:00 PM CT WE

13. Work It. Series Premiere. Sounding very much like Bosom Buddies, Lee and Angel dress up as women to land sales jobs, then realizes they have to keep up the ruse. 7:30 PM CT ABC

14. College Football. 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl from New Orleans. Michigan vs. Virginia Tech. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

15. NCIS: Los Angeles. Nell replaces a dead Defense Department researcher in an undercover operation, and Hetty’s leadership is questioned by the new NCIS assistant director. 8:00 PM CT CBS

16. Celebrity Wife Swap. The wife of former TV evangelist Ted Haggard and Gary Busey’s fiancée switch lives for a week. 8:00 PM CT ABC

17. Jane by Design. Series Premiere. A high school student gets a job assisting the demanding executive of a chic fashion house. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

18. Hidden City. Marcus Sakey features three unique tales of New York: Son of Sam, the story of David Berkowitz – mailman by day, murderer by night; Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen, the infamous punk duo whose one drugged-out evening of partying at the Chelsea Hotel ended in Nancy’s murder; and Nicky Barnes, Harlem’s biggest drug dealer. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

19. America’s Supernanny. A father leaves all the childrearing of four kids, including one child with special needs, to his wife. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

20. Unforgettable. Carrie and All believe the mob could be behind the murder of a construction worker with a promising future. 9:00 PM CT CBS

21. Parenthood. The extended family takes a road trip, Adam and Haddie reconnect, Sarah has to deal with an embarrassing issue with Max, Julia begins to appreciate Crosby, and Kristina finds it hard to punish Max. 9:00 PM CT NBC

22. Body of Proof. Megan is on the case of a bride who perishes on her wedding day, and Ethan crushes on the new girl who is interested in someone else. 9:00 PM CT ABC

23. One Born Every Minute. The newborn of a teen mom is rushed to the NICU, a couple wants to deliver their second baby naturally, and a woman teaches her son-in-law a lesson. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

24. Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. Tori tweets about being pregnant and apologizes to Kathie Lee for lying about it on the Today Show.. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

25. Teen Mom 2. Kailyn spends the holidays alone, Jenelle has second thoughts about filing charges, Leah wants the holidays to be special for the twins, and Chelsea and Adam make up. 9:00 PM CT MTV

26. Conan. Mindy Kaling, Gary Oldman, and Everlast are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

27. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Whitney Cummings, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, and will.i.am. 10:35 PM CT NBC

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Rose Bowl and The Bachelor

A day later than we expected it, the Rose Bowl parade and bowl game air. Grand Marshal J.R. Martinez has to be thinking “As one door closes …” He had his time in Iraq cut short when a bomb exploded and he was burned over 40% of his body, then came back home and got a job acting on All My Children. The long-airing soap ended, and he landed on Dancing With the Stars. He won that show, and now he sits as the Grand Marshal of the Rose Bowl parade. Also on tonight is the season premiere of The Bachelor, somehow they’re topping previous seasons yet again, this time by including a bachelorette in her 70s. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.  

1. 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade. J.R. Martinez is grand marshal of this year’s parade. 10:00 AM CT NBC and ABC

2. NHL Hockey. 2012 Winter Classic from Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers. 12:00 PM CT NBC

3. College Football. Outback Bowl from Tampa. Georgia vs. Michigan State. 12:00 PM CT ABC

4. College Football. Capital One Bowl from Orlando. Nebraska vs. South Carolina. 12:00 PM CT ESPN

5. College Football. Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl fro Jacksonville. Florida vs. Ohio State. 12:00 PM CT ESPN2

6. White Chicks. I’m hoping to sometime see more than the last twenty minutes of this movie. Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans post as white women as part of the FBI. 12:10 PM CT Starz in Black

7. There’s Something About Mary. There’s also something about hair gel. 2:30 PM CT FX

8. College Football. 2012 Rose Bowl from Pasadena. Oregon vs. Wisconsin. 4:07 PM CT ESPN

9. How I Met Your Mother. Marshall spends Mew Year’s Day tailgating at his father’s grave, Barney and Ted open a bar, and Robin subs for a news anchor. 7:00 PM CT CBS

10. Who’s Still Standing. An Internet marketer faces off against ten strangers in a battle of trivia. 7:00 PM CT NBC

11. The Bachelor. Season premiere. Ben comes back to the mansion to find a bride, and finds a woman in her 70s professing her love for him and a woman on a horse. 7:00 PM CT ABC

12. Pretty Little Liars. The relationship of Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer takes a turn after they are arrested. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

13. The Mortified Sessions. Cheryl Hines and Margaret Cho. Find out more on the show’s Facebook page. 7:00 PM CT Sundance

14. 2 Broke Girls. Carolina finds out Max’s secret ingredient in her cupcakes while in the midst of her obsession with coupons. 7:30 PM CT CBS

15. NBA Basketball. Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks. 7:30 PM CT NBA TV

16. College Football. 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl from Glendale, AZ. Oklahoma State vs. Stanford. 7:37 PM CT ESPN

17. Two and a Half Men. Walden needs Alan’s help when his mom and ex try to take over his company. Mimi Rogers guest stars. 8:00 PM CT CBS

18. Fear Factor. The stunts include grabbing flags from a car suspended in the air by helicopters and a drink made insects. 8:00 PM CT NBC

19. Hoarders. A man’s filthy home could have contributed to the death of his girlfriend, and a woman’s hoarding gets even more out of control after her husband’s death. 8:00 PM CT A&E

20. Celebrity Slimdowns: Losing the Weight. Celebrities reveal the stories behind their weight loss. 8:00 PM CT E!

21. The Lying Game. After an argument with Emma and Ethan, Sutton vanishes, while Char’s aunt makes a return. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

22. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The housewives travel to Hawaii, but Kim keeps missing the flight, and Taylor stays behind to cope with her troubled marriage. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

23. Cake Boss: Next Great Baker. The contestants have to get rid of Lackawanna’s industrial oven for their challenge. 8:00 PM CT TLC

24. The Layover. Tony finds himself in Amsterdam. The city is well known for its red light district, but Tony wants to survey what else Amsterdam has to offer. On the journey he finds himself riding down canals, climbing into 18th century buildings and eating microwaved meat sticks out of giant glowing yellow boxes. Tony realizes that a layover in Amsterdam is guaranteed to lead to the unexpected 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

25. Mike & Molly. Christina wants to up the ante in her relationship with Carl, causing him to panic. 8:30 PM CT CBS

26. Hawaii Five-0. The team considers that the person behind a teenager’s murder could be a hired professional. 9:00 PM CT CBS

27. Rock Center with Brian Williams. The rise in farmland costs, Honduran lobster divers, Fred Armisen and Darrell Hammond, and cleaning up in Times Square after New Year’s Eve. 9:00 PM CT NBC

28. Celebrity Wife Swap In this celebrity version, control freak Tracey Gold and free spirit Carnie Wilson switch families for a week. 9:00 PM CT ABC

29. Intervention A woman addicted to both meth and painkillers. 9:00 PM CT A&E

30. Scouted. Religion and fashion lifestyle clash for Lindsay, and Amber has a similar clash, but for her it’s between a boyfriend and a modeling career. 9:00 PM CT E!

31. Extreme Clutter. Mackenzie Phillips can’t get rid of her clutter until she deals with past issues. 9:00 PM CT OWN

32. It’s a Brad, Brad World. Style icon Brad Goreski is stepping out of Rachel Zoe’s shadows and into the limelight. But, life isn’t all pinning and pulling clothes for Brad, as limited funds and no assistance stifles his climb to the top. The first step in getting his office out of his garage and into a proper work space is to snag business fast. When Brad lands a coveted job, dressing R&B singer Keri Hilson for the MET Ball, will he make his mark on the most fashionable red carpet in New York City? 9:00 PM CT Bravo

33. Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too. The game takes another turn when women from the guys’ pasts make appearances. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – New Year’s Day Without the Rose Bowl?

IT just doesn’t seem like I properly rang in the new year if I can’t wake up hungover and watch the Rose Bowl parade. Oh sure, I’m still hungover, but we’ll have to wait until tomorrow for the Rose Bowl. Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links

1. NFL Football. New York Jets at Miami Dolphins. 12:00 PM CT CBS

2. NFL Football. Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings 12:00 PM CT Fox

3. Tropic Thunder. Actors in a war movie find themselves in the middle of the Vietnamese jungle, not acting anymore. It was much better than I thought it would be. Stars Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., and Jack Black. Tom Cruise is nearly unrecognizable here. 12:00 PM CT FX

4. Pineapple Express. I don’t think I’ve seen Seth Rogen in a movie that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy, and this one is no different. James Franco co-stars, making it just that much better and a great buddy movie. 2:30 PM CT FX

5. NFL Football. Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos. 3:00 PM CT CBS

6. NFL Football. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons 3:00 PM CT Fox

7. The Caesars Tribute II: A Salute to the Ladies of the Ice. Nance Kerrigan, Tara Lipinski, and Sarah Hughes are featured in this event held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. 3:00 PM CT NBC

8. 60 Minutes. Featured tonight are House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a man who took others’ college admissions exams, and rock climber Alex Honnold. 6:00 PM CT CBS

9. Dr. G: Inside the Caylee Anthony Case. Exploring the forensics of the Caylee Anthony case. 7:00 PM CT TLC

10. When Vacations Attack. A vacation of a lifetime for two childhood friends who dreamed of running with the bulls in Pamplona turns tragic when one of them slips and is gored. Then, aparaglider pilot is soaring over Idaho when the winds shift and he comes crashing down, and a helpless calf is stuck on thin ice when a helicopter races to the rescue. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

11. NFL Football. Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants. 7:15 PM CT NBC

12. Leverage. The team sends corrupt siblings through an elaborate treasure hunt. 8:00 PM CT TNT

13. Oprah’s Next Chapter. Oprah visits with Steven Tyler’s at his home in New Hampshire. 8:00 PM CT OWN

14. How to Start a Revolution. This timely documentary by Ruardih Arrow features the untold story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp, the world’s leading expert on nonviolent revolution. Sharp’s writings on civil disobedience have inspired uprisings across the globe, providing people with tools to topple dictators. 8:00 PM CT Current

15. Hoarding: Buried Alive. A woman loses her husband to her hoarding, and could lose her children and home as well. 8:00 PM CT TLC

16. Hot Spots 2012. In this fast-paced one-hour special, Johnny Jet takes you to the places you must see in 2012–London, where they’ll be celebrating the Olympics, Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee and the opening of the Harry Potter Studio Tour; Belize, where many believe the end of the Maya calendar also means the end of the world; the British Virgin Islands where Richard Branson’s private island will cost you more than $50,000 per night; New Zealand, where thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies are continually testing the limits; and Spaceport America, where the first paying customers will be blasted into space. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

17. My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. 8:00 PM CT WE

18. Kourtney & Kim Take New York. Kris has concerns about Jonathan’s sexuality, Scott does some impulsive shopping, and Kourt becomes interested in couponing. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

19. Chef Roblé & Co. The team does parties for a dog wedding and a naked statue unveiling. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

20. All-American Muslim. The Dearborn community gets ready for a painful anniversary, and Shadia and Bilala travel to New York to get Ami James tattoos. 9:00 PM CT TLC

21. Finding Bigfoot. The team investigates a baby bigfoot video in New York. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

22. Hell on Wheels. Cullen and Elam are out for vengeance, and Lilly tries to find her place. 9:00 PM CT AMC

23. Angry Boys. Shot in mod documentary style, this comedy explores the lives, dreams and aspirations of males in present-day society, spotlighting six characters, all portrayed by Lilley, from a pair of 17-year-old twin boys in Australia to a 24-year-old Los Angeles-based rapper. 9:00 PM CT HBO

24. After Lately. Chris is confronted by James Van Der Beek, the writers don’t care for the new PA, and Josh tries to prove to his son that he’s funny. 10:00 PM CT E!

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – 40 Years of New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

Seriously, how is that guy still celebrating? The man once thought of as an eternal teenager tonight celebrates forty years of ringing in the New Year from Times Square. Although for the last few years, because of declining health and age, Dick Clark has been sharing those duties with Ryan Seacrest, who is definitely primed to take over that empire. Will we be seeing Seacrest still doing this in another 40 years? Will he still be hosting American Idol

1. College Basketball. Louisville at Kentucky. 11:00 AM CT CBS

2. Overboard. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell star in a movie I thought would be just alright, but not only did I really enjoy it, it’s become one of my favorites. 11:00 AM CT ABC Family

3. College Football. Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl from Houston. Northwestern vs. Texas A&M. 11:00 AM CT ESPN

4. College Basketball. Virginia Tech at Oklahoma State. 11:00 AM CT ESPN2

5. College Football. Hyundai Sun Bowl from El Paso. Georgia Tech vs. Utah. 1:00 PM CT CBS

6. College Basketball. Providence at Georgetown. 1:00 PM CT ESPN2

7. College Football. AutoZone Liberty Bowl from Memphis. Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt. 2:30 PM CT ABC

8. College Football. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl from San Francisco. Illinois vs. UCLA. 2:30 PM CT ESPN

9. College Basketball. Illinois at Purdue. 3:00 PM CT ESPN2

10. Role Models. A PR team for an energy drink get community service after one of their school visits goes badly. They become Big Brothers, of sort, to two troubled boys. Christopher Mint-Plasse, aka McLovin, is a standout as a teenaged RPG player. 3:30 PM CT FX

11. U.S. Snowboard Cup. 4:00 PM CT NBC

12. College Basketball. Ohio State at Indiana. 5:00 PM CT ESPN2

13. College Football. Chick-Fil-A Bowl fro Atlanta. Auburn vs. Virginia. 6:30 PM CT ESPN

14. New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party. Clips of the past year’s celebrations. 7:00 PM CT NBC

15. Strange Sex: The Year’s Best. The top 10 strangest stories. 7:00 PM CT TLC

16. College Basketball. Gonzaga at Xavier. 7:00 PM CT ESPN2

17. The Bourne Ultimatum. The third in the Bourne series starring Matt Damon as amnesiac Jason Bourne searching for his real identity with the CIA assassins following him. 7:30 PM CT CBS

18. College Basketball. Oregon at Washington. 9:00 PM CT ESPN2

19. New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly. The start and end time depends on your particular time zone, and here in Chicago we start, then end for local news, then pick up again. Carson will ring in 2011 in Times Square with Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Tony Bennet among others. NBC

20. Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2012. Again the start and end time depends on time zone. Dick and Ryan host with Jenny McCarthy providing reports from Times Square. ABC

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Bowl Games and Sanctuary Finale

There aren’t a whole lot of choices tonight for those of us who are deciding to stay in to rest up for New Year’s Eve tomorrow night. However, there are a few choices, mostly bowl games and the season finale of Sanctuary on Syfy. If those don’t appeal to you, either hit the Red Box or Netflix, or catch up on your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. Rachael Ray. The guests today include Joey Fatone, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Stacy Keibler who help preview Rachel’s new show Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Drillbit Taylor. Owen Wilson stars as an ex-soldier who agrees to protect a group of kids against the school bully in order to make some quick money. 10:00 AM CT Comedy Central

3. Mannequin. This is Kim Cattrall way before we got to know her as an over-sexed NYC dweller. She’s a mannequin come to life in this 80s movie that also stars Andrew McCarthy. 11:00 AM CT Style

4. College Football. Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl from Dallas. BYU vs. Tulsa. 11:00 AM CT ESPN

5. College Football. New Era Pinstripe Bow from Yankee Stadium. Iowa State vs. Rutgers. 2:20 PM CT ESPN

6. The Princess Bride. Such a classic is this one, that my niece got a tattoo inspired by this movie. (It says “As You Wish.”) 2:45 PM CT HBO Signature

7. College Football. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bow from Nashville. Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest. 5:40 PM CT ESPN

8. College Basketball. Western Michigan at Duke. 6:00 PM ESPN2

9. Chuck. With the arrival of Sarah’s original handler, she worries she’ll have to hurt her mother and others closest to her. Cheryl Ladd and Tim DeKay guest star. 7:00 PM CT NBC

10. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Adapted from C.S. Lewis’ novel about children in Britain who find their way into a magical world. 7:00 PM CT ABC

11. Say Yes to the Dress. In the first half hour, Latoya wishes for a ball gown of bling, and Kristin, newly free of cancer, is ready to get tied down. In the second half hour, Katie wants a character dress, while Meghan wants a fairytale. 8:00 PM CT TLC

12. America’s Most Wanted. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

13. College Basketball. West Virginia at Seton Hall. 8:00 PM ESPN

14. Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys. Olivia, concerned about Brent’s manic, alcohol-fueled behavior, confronts him with a challenge to sober up. She hopes to help him salvage the emotional wreckage from ending an abusive 10-year relationship. Without a straight man in her life, Tenisha brings Jared back home to Memphis for her family reunion. Peter, hopeful to get a gig hosting Olivia’s charity event, works to clean up his raunchy comedy act. Then, Olivia suddenly finds life can be topsy turvy when she is forced to take a hard look at her own troubled relationship with her husband – one that may end in divorce. 8:00 PM CT Sundance

15. The Life & Times of Tim. Tim gets the caddy gig back that he had in high school, and also refers to himself as a sausage salesman. 8:00 PM CT HBO

16. All On the Line with Joe Zee. Season finale. After over twenty years as a household name in the fashion industry, Miller has engaged Joe to help her garner big attention at Fashion Week with a line that is hip and cool and that will appeal to a younger generation.  Joe demonstrates to them how utilizing celebrities and blogs is a better way to reach their target customers and will help her become an even bigger and better label. 8:30 PM CT Sundance

17. Sanctuary. Part 2 of the Season Finale. Henry enters the room carrying with him what appears to be a heavy piece of electronic equipment that was recovered outside the homeland district that he intends on studying to find out whats keeping everyone inside. Nikola quickly determines that he had single handily designed this little machine years before he was fired from SCU, which could contain almost any type of creature through pure electricity. Suddenly, they realize that a handful of these machines could produce enough energy to create an electrified web to destroy hundreds of bodies. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

18. Four Weddings. Mirian has her dad officiate, Kim’s rings are carried by a hand puppet, Jen hosts a $4 cocktail party, and Colleen has a reception sans alcohol. 9:00 PM CT TLC

19. Confessions: Animal Hoarding. A ghost-hunting hoarder, and a woman experiences a head trauma and hoards cats and raccoons. 9:00 PM CT TLC

20. College Football. Insight Bowl from Tempe, AZ. Iowa vs. Oklahoma. 9:00 PM CT ESPN

21. Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold. Tracey lends her support to a woman who starved herself and abused prescription drugs to lose more than two-hundred pounds. 10:00 PM CT Lifetime