Watch it

Golden Globe Awards (5 p.m., NBC). I kinda hate awards shows in general, but this is probably the most entertaining of the bunch. TV gets mixed with movies, everyone’s drinking, and the winners can be outright bizarre choices. And Ricky Gervais is hosting again, and as I’ve said before, he’s never not funny. Even when hosting an awards show.

“Denis Leary & Friends: Douchebags and Donuts” (10 p.m., Comedy Central). A new standup special from the bitterest comic out there, along with Whitney Cummings, Adam Ferrara and Lenny Clarke. This will probably feature a whole lot of bleeping, and should be very funny. Be warned, if the title offends you, the material will offend you even more.

Games of the day

NFL playoffs: Seahawks vs. Bears (10 a.m., Fox). How hilarious would it be if the Seahawks, who made the playoffs with a losing record, made the NFC championship game? I’m rooting for them.

Jets vs. Patriots (1:30 p.m., CBS). The Jets have been talking a lot of smack. The Pats are the best team in the league. This should be good.

Record it

“Masterpiece Classic: ‘Downton Abbey’ ” (9 p.m., PBS). Part 2, as Mary balances three suitors, Mr. Carson’s secret past comes to light, and Gwen the maid makes known her yearning for something more.

“Worst Cooks in America” (9 p.m., Food Network). The wannabe cooks try to recreate frozen meals using fresh ingredients.

“Big Love” (10 p.m. HBO). Season premiere. The fifth and final season begins for everyone’s favorite polygamist family. It’s never interested me.

“Top Gear” (10 p.m., History). The guys go to — where else? — Alaska to test the toughest trucks.

“Shameless” (10 p.m., Showtime). The one Showtime series I didn’t see last week was apparently the best of the bunch. Oh well. Tonight Frank goes on a bender and ends up in Toronto.


“The Tudors” (starting at 6 a.m., BBC America). OK, this is bizarre. BBC America is airing Showtime’s “The Tudors” for the first time. But they’re burning off the first season from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, and Season 2 from 9 p.m. today to 4 p.m. Monday. Then on Wednesday it starts a normal one-episode-a-week schedule, starting with Season 3. So basically, if you haven’t seen the first two seasons, you’d better clear up some DVR space, pronto. Seems like a pretty bad way to lure new viewers.

Skip it

“Live from the Red Carpet: The 2011 Golden Globe Awards” (3 p.m., E). You want insipid? Try Giuliana Rancic interviewing celebrities and commenting on fashion.

Showtime’s “Californication” (9 p.m.) and “Episodes” (9:30 p.m.) were both awful in their season premieres last week. If I had Showtime, I wouldn’t bother watching either one again.