What Else is On? January 15-21, 2014

Flowers in the Attic (Photo: Lifetime)
Flowers in the Attic (Photo: Lifetime)

Everything old is new again on TV this week. Tonya and Nancy will be revisited, there’s an adaptation of a V.C. Andrews classic, and SyFy has created a hybrid of reality game shows.

Wednesday, January 15

Nashville‘s back, y’all! Be sure to get caught up on the awesomeness before it returns tonight at 10pm on ABC.

Thursday, January 16

Nine days ago was the twentieth anniversary of the infamous attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan by a goon working on behalf of Tonya Harding’s then-husband. Nancy will be providing insight during this year’s Olympics while ESPN will look back at the incident in their documentary series 30 for 30. “The Price of Gold” will debut at 9pm.

Lifetime refuses to be Project Runway-free on Thursdays, so they have developed the spin-off competition Under the Gunn. In this competition, Tim Gunn and Project Runway alumni will mentor contestants as they work through fashion challenges. See if this is a must-have or a fashion faux pas at 9pm.

Saturday, January 18

Lifetime has adapted the book Flowers in the Attic in what should be a delightfully bonkers cinematic experience. This adaptation stars Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) and Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black and Arrow). The premiere is at 8pm.

Sunday, January 19

The long-awaited third season of Sherlock finally hits America. The six previous episodes are currently streaming on Netflix and are well worth your time. The show debuts after Downton Abbey, but check your local PBS listings. If you can’t find it on your DVR, check under Masterpiece Mystery.

Monday, January 20

The Eurovision Song Contest will hold its semi-final allocation draw live from Copenhagen’s city hall. 36 countries are officially in, though Slovenia has until Friday to make its final decision to join. The draw time has not yet been announced, but it will likely be sometime around 1400 CET (that’s 8am Eastern).

Sleepy Hollow wraps its first season with a two-hour event. Will your favorite characters survive? Will Mooch? The show begins at 8pm.

Discovery enters the scripted mini-series game with Klondike. This three-part story is about a gold mining crew in Canada’s Yukon region trying to survive as they stake their claim. This first installment begins at 9pm.

Tuesday, January 21

SyFy’s Opposite Worlds looks like a cross between ABC’s Glass House (which I liked) and that season of Survivor: Fiji where they had the fancy and not-so-fancy beach. In this new series, players will live in a house divided into future and past, and the (in)conveniences appropriate to those timeframes. Tuesday’s show will recap the week while Wednesday’s installment will include live contestant eliminations. It might be fun? The show begins at 10pm.

You know what we need? Another dating game show. On Are You the One?, dating experts have determined the perfect match for ten guys and ten gals. The twenty contestants will be sent to Hawaii to live together for a month. If they can figure out how the dating experts paired everyone up, the cast splits a million dollars. The premise seems bizarrely heteronormative for MTV, but I guess we’ll see what happens when the show debuts at 11pm.

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Mike has been writing about TV online since 2008, when he started the blog WTF Little House on the Prairie? The blog was a project to practice writing about television analytically prior to getting an MA in Television-Radio-Film from Syracuse University, or as he likes to call it "TV Camp." After a lengthy stint at TVLatest, Mike wanted to launch a site that brought in classic TV, diamonds in the rough, and the shows everybody watches. E-mail: mike@whatelseison.tv