CITYTV PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS: MONDAY, JANUARY 16 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 22
- The inmates break out this Monday in the two-hour series premiere of highly-anticipated
psychological thriller Alcatraz -
- Ben is taken by surprise when an old flame drops by for a visit on a brand new episode of The Bachelor -
- Kelsey Grammer guest stars in an all-new episode of 30 Rock -
(Toronto – Friday, January 13, 2012) Next week, the inmates make a break for Monday nights in the highly-anticipated new series from J.J. Abrams, Alcatraz. The mind-bending mysteries begin to unravel in the spine-tingling two-hour series premiere. Then, on a new episode of The Bachelor, a surprise visitor from Ben’s past returns and asks to be given a second chance, causing a frenzy among the remaining bachelorettes during the cocktail party, with one bachelorette fainting, another bursting into tears.
Below is a chronological listing of detailed highlights January 16 – January 22. All programming is subject to change. Please kindly note specific changes to network airings for The Bachelor and The Biggest Loser.
Alcatraz (s/FOX): Monday, January 16 at 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT)
***Two-hour Series Premiere***
When San Francisco police detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones, Sons of Anarchy) is assigned to a vicious homicide, a fingerprint turns up an unlikely suspect – Jack Sylvane (Jeffrey Pierce, The Nine), an Alcatraz inmate who died 30 years earlier. Motivated by her family ties to the prison and intrigued by government agent Emerson Hauser’s (Sam Neill, The Tudors) attempts to hamper her investigation, she vows to uncover the truth. Madsen teams up with Alcatraz expert Dr. Diego “Doc” Soto (Jorge Garcia, Lost) to help navigate through what appears to be a series of impossible events. Together, they uncover a grisly truth: Sylvane is not only alive, but he hasn’t aged since 1963 and has taken to the streets to exact revenge. With bodies piling up from Sylvane’s reprisal, Madsen and Soto are forced to join forces with Hauser and his technician, Lucy Banerjee (Parminder Nagra, ER), to end his retribution.
The Bachelor: Monday, January 16 at 8pm ET (9MT) on OMNI.2 (s/ABC) and OMNI Alberta (s/ABC); 6PT (10CT) on Citytv
This week, the remaining 16 bachelorettes head to San Francisco for an unforgettable vacation. Upon arrival, the ladies learn not everyone will get a date this week, and those who are chosen for one-on-one dates will either be given a rose or sent home. Ben’s first one-on-one date takes him and one of the women on an adventurous excursion, scaling the Bay Bridge. Then, he surprises 11 of the women with a ski trip in the middle of the city as he has a local hill transformed into a snowy slope. Later, Ben gives one bachelorette a personal tour of the city and makes a stop at City Hall, where they’re serenaded by platinum recording artist Matt Nathanson. Later at the cocktail party, a woman from Ben’s past arrives and asks to stay and vie for Ben’s love.
The surprise guest throws the women into chaos, as one faints and another dissolves into tears at the rose ceremony, leaving only 13 ladies in the bid for Ben’s heart.
How I Met Your Mother: Monday, January 16 at 10pm ET/PT (8MT, 9CT)
In How I Met Your Mother’s 150th episode, Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel) officially move to the suburbs and realize that Lily's bossy father refuses to move out of their house. Meanwhile, the gang adjusts to the move by going to a strip club - naturally.
2 Broke Girls Monday, January 16 at 10:30pm ET/PT (9:30CT, 8:30MT)
“The Upstairs Neighbour”
Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behr) start off on the wrong foot with their new upstairs neighbour.
The Biggest Loser (s/NBC): Tuesday, January 17 at 8pm ET on OMNI.1; 6MT/PT (10CT) on Citytv
This week kicks off with a Chinese buffet temptation that will give the winner complete control of how contestants will be matched up for a face-off challenge in the gym – and also give them a two-pound advantage to use or give away. Later, trainers Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince coach the contestants through a wild water-transfer challenge that will reward the winning team with the most coveted prize of all – video chats with loved ones from home. Then, one player makes a shocking decision that stuns everyone, before another contestant is sent packing following the weigh-in.
Last Man Standing (s/ABC): Tuesday, January 17 at 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT)
“Odd Couple Out”
Vanessa (Nancy Travis) blames Mike (Tim Allen) for their lack of party invitations, so he attempts to be friendlier and agrees to attend a neighbour’s dinner party. Elsewhere, Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) damages Mandy's (Molly Ephraim) car while driving without a license.
Work It (s/ABC): Tuesday, January 17 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT)
Unbeknownst to Angel (Amaury Nolasco), Kristin (Kirstin Eggers) asks “fellow single mom” Lee (Ben Koldyke) for advice on how to raise her son and Lee starts spending more time with her. But Angel gets upset because he thinks Lee has ditched him and made another best friend. Meanwhile, Angel and Lee team up against Connie (Beth Lacke) and Brian (John Caparulo) at the local bar’s trivia night.
New Girl (s/FOX): Tuesday, January 17 at 9pm ET/PT (8CT, 10MT)
“The Story of the 50”
When Schmidt’s (Max Greenfield) plans for his 29th birthday fall apart, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) takes charge and enlists the help of her school’s party-hungry vice-principal (Rachael Harris, Diary of a Wimpy Kid). Meanwhile, Nick (Jake Johnson) begrudgingly has his first date at Schmidt’s party with a beautiful lawyer (Lizzy Caplan, Party Down) who harbours a secret, and the gang wonders who placed a $50 bill in the douchebag jar.
Raising Hope (s/FOX): Tuesday, January 17 at 9:30pm ET/PT (8:30CT, 10:30MT)
“Mrs. Smarty Pants”
After Hope shows promising signs of being a baby genius, Jimmy (Lucas Neff) becomes inspired to go back to school and prepare for the G.E.D. exam. But, Jimmy is surprised to find his former high school teacher, Mr. Swift (Fred Willard, Back To You), instructing the G.E.D. class. Mr. Swift picks up where he left off, giving Jimmy a hard time in the classroom. Meanwhile, Burt (Garret Dillahunt) and Virginia (Martha Plimpton) worry that Jimmy could become the smartest family member if he passed the test, so they decide to take the G.E.D exam too. They soon realize - they’ll need all the extra tutoring they can get in order to pass.
Body of Proof (s/ABC): Tuesday, January 17 at 10pm ET/PT (8MT, 9CT)
“Sympathy For The Devil”
When a mother is put on trial in a very public case, she is found innocent in the court of law, but not in the eyes of the public. And when she turns up dead the day after her acquittal, Megan (Dana Delany) and the team are forced to set aside their personal feelings to find justice for the now victim. Getting to the truth however, is more difficult than they expect, especially when an overzealous reporter (Marcia Gay Harden, Damages) does everything possible to sensationalize the case and the victim’s mother (Rita Wilson, Larry Crowne) finds it all just too much to bear.
The Middle (s/ABC): Wednesday, January 18 at 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT)
“Hecking It Up”
With Indiana hosting the Super Bowl, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) is devastated when she ends up with a less-than stellar official volunteer position. Meanwhile, the entire Heck household takes advantage of the Donahue’s new car while they are out of town, and a scary, close call with the car causes Sue (Eden Sher) to profess her true feelings to her new boyfriend, Matt (Moises Arias, Hannah Montana).
Suburgatory (s/ABC): Wednesday, January 18 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT)
“The Casino Trip”
When George (Jeremy Sisto) wins an all expenses paid trip to Atlantic City, he enlists Noah (Alan Tudyk), Fred Shay (Chris Parnell, Saturday Night Live), Tom (Todd Sherry, Raising Hope) and Alex (Alex Boling, The Secret Life of the American Teenager), and it turns into a getaway with the guys. During their trip, they run into Steven Royce (Jay Mohr) – who is supposed to be in Singapore – and they help Fred cope with his gambling problem. Meanwhile, Tessa (Jane Levy) tries to get some alone time with Scott Strauss (Thomas McDonell, Prom).
Modern Family (s/ ABC): Wednesday, January 18 at 9pm ET/PT (8CT, 10MT)
“Little Bo Bleep”
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Happy Endings (s/ABC): Wednesday, January 18 at 9:30pm ET/PT (8:30CT, 10:30MT)
Jane (Eliza Coupe) convinces Penny (Casey Wilson) to stop changing herself for every guy she dates, and to instead change the guy to suit her needs. Penny’s first experiment is Jeff (Ryan Hansen, Friends With Benefits), a slacker who is 30 going on 20. Meanwhile, when Brad (Damon Wayans, Jr.) overhears Jane bragging to Penny about how she completely made him over after they met, he rebels, and starts walking, talking and dressing like his college-era self. And Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) and Max (Adam Pally) stage an “in-T-vention” to stop Dave (Zachary Knighton) from his obsession with v-necked T-shirts.
Revenge (s/ABC): Wednesday, January 18 at 10pm ET/PT (8MT, 9CT)
Daniel (Josh Bowman) plans a romantic proposal that may carry dire, long-term ramifications, and Charlotte (Christa B. Allen) is devastated when she’s forced to move back home with her mother. Meanwhile, Jack’s (Nick Wechsler) life is put in jeopardy when he’s betrayed by someone he adores, and Nolan (Gabriel Mann) forces Emily (Emily VanCamp) to think twice about her actions.
30 Rock (s/NBC): Thursday, January 19 at 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT)
“Idiots Are People Two”
Drama erupts at TGS when a cell phone video leaks onto the web with Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) on an offensive rant. Liz (Tina Fey) tries to do damage control. Meanwhile, Jack’s (Alec Baldwin) refusal to approve of Liz’s new boyfriend causes her to question the validity of her relationship. Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) and Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) call on Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) when a problem arises that only the Best Friends Gang can handle.
Parks and Recreation (s/NBC): Thursday, January 19 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT)
Faced with a tough new opponent, Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott) disagree on the content of her first campaign ad. Ron (Nick Offerman) is very uncomfortable when Chris (Rob Lowe) tries to befriend him, while Andy (Chris Pratt) and April (Aubrey Plaza) make a trip to the doctor.
Person of Interest (s/CBS): Thursday, January 19 at 9pm ET/PT (8CT, 10MT)
Carter (Taraji P. Henson) meets Reese (Jim Caviezel), and must decide if she wants to help with a case involving a young lawyer.
Private Practice (s/ABC): Thursday, January 19 at 10pm ET/PT (8MT, 9CT)
Just as Violet’s (Amy Brenneman) personal life takes a turn for the better with Scott, the paramedic, Joanna (the abused woman she met at the airport months earlier) arrives in need of urgent medical attention, being both pregnant and badly beaten. Meanwhile, Cooper (Paul Adelstein), Charlotte (KaDee Strickland) and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) all counsel Erica (A.J. Langer) on the toughest decision of her life, and Addison (Kate Walsh) and Jake (Benjamin Bratt) meet with potential surrogates.
Fringe (s/FOX): Friday, January 20 at 9pm ET/PT (10MT, 8CT)
“Enemy of My Enemy”
The alternate Fringe division confronts a powerful new adversary during Peter's (Joshua Jackson) visit to the other side.
The Quon Dynasty: Sunday, January 22 at 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT)
***Citytv Original Series***
“The Kung Pao-r of Love”
It’s “singles night” at the Lingnan, but matchmaker Amy is fretting about her own romantic worries: her son Marty is “living in sin,” and her husband Kinman takes her for granted. Will Marty melt his mom’s disapproval, by following through on a plan to propose to Arisa? And can Mandy arm-twist her unromantic dad into making just one grand gesture? Meanwhile, Miles flirts with a potential rival for his love of the Lingnan – his own Asian tapas bar.
Extraordinary Canadians: Sunday, January 22 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT)
***Citytv Original Series***
“John Ralston Saul on Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine”
One a fatherless French Canadian habitant, the other a Toronto blue blood: John Ralston Saul leads us through the exciting story of how these two unlikely men unite to bring us the democratic and non-violent Canada we know today.
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