What’s On TV – Sunday (1/13/19) – ‘True Detective’ and Film Critics Are Worthy Investigations

Time might be a flat circle, but at least you’ll have good TV to check out tonight. It’s the return and premiere of “True Detective” that has the internet buzzing. Mahershala Ali might be in the Oscar hunt, but his role already feels Emmy worthy. Meanwhile, another huge precursor crowns the best in television for 2018. “The 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” are set to hand out some prizes to the best in entertainment. Check out some of our other picks for the best in television tonight!

Critics' Choice Awards

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“The 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” at 8 PM on the CW

For some of our more devoted readers, this is a no brainer. “The Critics’ Choice Awards” easily top the night on television for us. The awards show, recognizing some of the best film and television of 2018, begins the televised portion at 8 PM on the CW. This year, Taye Diggs will try his hand at hosting the event. It’ll be curious to see what wins for the critics, especially after the debacle of the Golden Globes last week. With any luck, you might even see Clayton Davis on the screen! He’ll be in attendance, so make sure you follow him on social media to check on some fun pics to come.

What’s Premiering?

“True Detective” (HBO)

It is time for the return of one of the best shows on television. “True Detective” stumbled hard in Season 2, but the first season remains an all-time television event. Mahershala Ali seems like he couldn’t have more heat right now. Yet his appearance as the lead in the show looks to further push him towards becoming a household name. With the episodes directed by Jeremy Saulnier and Daniel Sackheim, expectations are high. The cast also includes Stephen DorffCarmen Ejogo, and Ray Fisher. If you weren’t excited enough already, David Milch helped co-write at least two episodes of the Nic Pizzolatto drama. If not for the Critics’ Choice Awards, this would be the even of the night on television. It still might.

What’s Returning? 


One of the most underrated period shows on television, “Victoria” returns for its third season on PBS at 9 PM. It will then immediately follow up that return with a 2nd about the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The show stars Jenna Colman, who has quietly turned in a strong performance on the series. If not for Netflix, there’s a chance this show would have exploded onto the scene.

Movies on TV

One of the Networks that will be without NFL Playoff football this week, but still wants to draw good ratings will be NBC. Rather than roll out new episodes of their shows, they instead took up the option of showing one of the most popular film franchises in history. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (or Philosopher’s Stone for the sophisticated) returns to TV at 8 PM on NBC. See the film that started a now ten-film franchise, and remains an impressive franchise achievement in its own right.

Meanwhile, one of two films should satisfy our adrenaline junkies. “Dunkirk” will air on Cinemax at 8 PM. Christopher Nolan crafted something unlike any war film to date, and the mega-hit earned a Best Picture nomination and won three Oscars on the night. Meanwhile, “John Wick” airs as the ultimate shoot-em-up on AMC at 8 PM. While Keanu might be bombing in “Replicas,” he remains a fun action star in the right roles.

If you’re in the mood for an epic film, “Gladiator” will air on IFC. The Russell Crowe-led film continues to excite audiences almost twenty years after it dominated the Oscars. With 5 Oscar wins, including Best Actor for Crowe, and a Best Picture win, “Gladiator” works as a timeless film, and one the great throwbacks to sweeping Hollywood epics.

Last but not least, anyone who has never seen “A League of Their Own” has done themselves a disservice. One of the most impressive feel-good movies of the 1990s, it features dozens of great performances. Geena DavisLori PettyRosie O’Donnell, and Tom Hanks knock it out of the ballpark. We tragically lost Penny Marshall at the end of 2018, and this remains one of her enduring films worthy of watching time and time again.

New Episodes

There are plenty of other shows airing new episodes tonight. Use this as a helpful guide when channel surfing tonight. Make sure you don’t miss the latest episodes of your favorite shows. Once again, times may vary by local area. Please check your local guide for the most accurate times.

  • “God Friended Me” (CBS) at 8 PM
  • “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS) at 9 PM
  • “Madame Secretary” (CBS) at 10 PM
  • “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (ABC) at 8 PM
  • “Shark Tank” (ABC) at 9 PM
  • “The Simpsons” (FOX) at 8:00 PM
  • “Bob’s Burgers” (FOX) at 8:30 PM
  • “Family Guy” (FOX) at 9:00 PM
  • “Rel” (FOX) at 9:30 PM
  • Victoria on Masterpiece” (PBS) at 9 PM
  • Victoria & Albert: The Wedding” (PBS) at 10 PM
  • The 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” (CW) at 8 PM
  • “Crikey! It’s the Irwins” (Animal Planet) at 8 PM
  • “How Do Animals Do That?” (Animal Planet) at 9 PM and 9:30 PM
  • “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo) at 8 PM
  • “Married to Medicine” (Bravo) at 9 PM
  • “Dirty John” (Bravo) at 10 PM
  • “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo) at 11 PM
  • Star Wars Resistance” (Disney) at 10PM
  • “Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest” (Disney XD) at 9 PM and 9:30 PM
  • “Building Alaska” (DIY) at 9 PM
  • “Alaska: The Last Frontier” (Discovery) at 8 PM and 9 PM
  • “The Last Alaskans” (Discovery) at 10 PM
  • Total Bellas” (E!) at 9 PM
  • Nightly Pop” (E!) at 10 PM
  • Worst Cooks in America” (Food) at 9 PM
  • True Detective” (HBO) at 9 PM AND 10 PM
  • “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” (HGTV) at 8 PM and 8:30 PM
  • “Bahamas Life” (HGTV) at 9 PM and 9:30 PM
  • “Island Life” (HGTV) at 10 PM and 10:30 PM
  • “Valley of the Boom” (National Geographic) at 9 & 10 PM
  • Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti” (Science) at 8 PM and 9 PM
  • “Houdini’s Last Secrets” (Science) at 10 PM
  • “Ray Donavan” (Showtime) at 9 PM
  • “Outlander” (STARZ) at 8 PM
  • “Counterpart” (STARZ) at 9 PM
  • “90 Day Fiance” (TLC) at 8 PM
  • “Return to Amish” (TLC) at 10 PM

What do you think you’ll tune into? Did we miss any new shows you’ll be watching? Let us hear your picks in the comments below! 

Be sure to check out our Official Oscar Predictions Page to see where this year’s films and performances rank among the contenders!