What’s on TV? – Sunday (1/27/19) – The 25th Screen Actors Guild, Rent, and the Offers You Can’t Refuse

SAG 25th Anniversary

With the NFL taking the week off before the Super Bowl, television became very busy tonight. Not only do we have another big awards show, with the Screen Actors Guild handing out their prizes tonight. Meanwhile, a live production of “Rent” will air on Fox. The night also sees the return of “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II” to AMC. Yet it could be “I Am the Night,” a new TNT/TBS series that steals the evening. Check the full list of shows below!

Pick of the Day

SAG Awards

25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” on TBS and TNT at 8 PM

There are a lot of races that are now hitting the homestretch. For some performers, the awards may determine who will take home Oscar. We also get a blend of television talent to compete for their own prizes. Ultimately, all eyes will be on the SAG Ensemble race, as the winner could get a huge boost for Oscar. In particular, “BlacKkKlansman,” “A Star Is Born,” and “Black Panther” could all use the big boost for Oscar. Check out the Screen Actors Guild tonight to see who gets th boost for Oscar.

Rent Live

“Rent” on Fox at 8PM

A live production of “Rent” could provide some potential contenders for the Emmys later this year. Michael Greig, who received a Tony nomination for “Rent” in 1996. He remains a big Broadway director, receiving a Best Director nomination as recently as “Dear Evan Hansen” in 2017. The cast also features Brandon Victor Dixon, fresh off an Emmy nomination for “Jesus Christ Superstar” last year. With a cast rounded out by Jordan FisherTinasheValentinaKiersey Clemons, and Mario, the show could pop for the Emmys later this year.

What’s Premiering?

“I Am the Night” (TBS)

I Am Night

Chris Pine throws his name in the hat for the Emmys this year by taking on “I Am the Night” on TBS and TNT. The series stars India Eisely as a teenager looking for her birth parents. She comes into contact with Pine, playing a washed-up reporter who has a dark past. Over the course of the eight-episode series, the two begin to investigate her past, putting them on the trailer of George Hodel (Jefferson Mays). A mystery story soaked in the darkness of Los Angeles, “I Am the Night” will surely appeal to pulp crime fans. It will air immediately following the SAG awards, so it should not take too much effort to check it out.

What’s Returning?

The Circus Season 4

“The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth” (Showtime) 

If you’re a fan of Washington politics, documentaries on politicians, or potentially “Hard Knocks,” you might be in the mood for “The Circus.” The last month has tired most audiences out of the political struggles of Washington. Yet the addition of dozens of new senators and members of Congress gives “The Circus” a new group of political actors to observe. The stories of the new blood to our government should make for some interesting stories, and “The Circus” can work to raise the profile of potential future leaders.

Movies on TV

Lifetime premieres their new original film this evening, with “Love You to Death” at 8 PM. The film is based off the story of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard, one of the most interesting and salacious true crime stories in recent memory. “Mommy Dead and Dearest” aired on HBO last year, and drew rave reviews. This dramatization stars Marcia Gay HardenTate Donovan and more. This will be an interesting project, especially with Hulu releasing “The Act” starring Patricia ArquetteJoey King, and Chloë Sevigny. With the dueling series on the horizon, this should be a good movie to check out.


In a surprise to no one, AMC will air a pair of “The Godfather” films tonight. “The Godfather” begins at 5 PM, while “The Godfather Part II” will take over at 9 PM. The two films remain some of the most acclaimed films in film history. The acclaim certainly comes from Francis Ford Coppola keeping the large ensemble balanced. Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando won Oscars for the films, but Al PacinoJames Caan, and Robert De NiroMichael GazzoLee Strasberg, and Talia Shire all received Oscar nominations. It remains a showcase on the acting front, and if you’ve somehow never watched the first two parts, it is worth the 7-hour commitment.

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Last, one of the documentaries to push for Oscar makes its TV debut tonight. Three Identical Strangers will air on CNN tonight at 9 PM. The documentary follows triplets who unexpectedly meet each other after attending the same college. However, as the documentary unfolds, incredible pieces of the story come out. As the film handles weighty psychological arguments, including nature vs. nurture, a conspiracy unfolds. It is a wild ride, and “Three Identical Strangers” remains one of the must-watch films of 2018.

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.

  • “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” (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 and 10 PM
  • “America Ninja Warrior” (NBC) at 9 PM
  • “Rent” (Fox) at 8 PM
  • Victoria on Masterpiece” (PBS) at 9 PM
  • Victoria & Albert: The Wedding” (PBS) at 10 PM
  • Supergirl” (CW) at 8 PM
  • Charmed(CW) at 9 PM
  • Victoria” (PBS) at 9 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
  • “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo) at 11 PM
  • Star Wars Resistance” (Disney) at 10 PM
  • “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
  • Crashing” (HBO) at 10 PM
  • High Maintenance” (HBO) at 10:30 PM
  • “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” (HGTV) at 8 PM and 8:30 PM
  • “Carribean Life” (HGTV) at 9 PM and 9:30 PM
  • “Island Life” (HGTV) at 10 PM and 10:30 PM
  • “Swamp People: Blood and Guts” (History) at 8 PM
  • “Love You to Death: Special Edition” (Lifetime) at 8 PM
  • “Valley of the Boom” (National Geographic) at 9 & 10 PM
  • “Bermuda Triangle: The New Secrets (Science) at 8 PM and 9 PM
  • “Houdini’s Last Secrets” (Science) at 10 PM
  • “The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth” (Showtime) at 8 PM of (Showtime 2) at 8:30
  • “Shameless” (Showtime) at 9 PM
  • Black Monday” (Showtime) at 10 PM
  • SMILF” (Showtime) at 10:30 PM
  • “Air Disasters” (Smithsonian) at 8 PM
  • Disasters at Sea” (Smithsonian) at 9 PM
  • “Outlander” (STARZ) at 8 PM
  • “Counterpart” (STARZ) at 9 PM
  • “Sister Wives” (TLC) at 8 PM
  • “Seeking Sister Wife” (TLC) at 10 PM
  • “Expedition Unknown” (Travel) at 9 PM

What are you watching tonight? Who do you think can win the Screen Actors Guild Awards? Share with us in the comments below!

Will any of these shows contend for awards? Check out our predictions at the Circuit Hub.

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Written by Alan French

Alan French is a movie buff, a TV lover, and a sports fanatic. His favorite TV shows are 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Rick and Morty' and 'Game of Thrones.' He's also a Spielberg fanatic. You can find him on Twitter and Medium @TheAlanFrench.


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