TV highlights: 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards


MODERN FAMILY: Mitch and Cam get a rude awakening in the cutthroat world of booking a wedding venue, on "Modern Family." (Ron Tom/ABC)
January 7

SERIES PREMIERE: A game show meant to test women’s knowledge on what men really think about, “Mind of a Man” (GSN at 8 p.m.) opens with two hours of the show, which just so happens to be an opportune time to practice rolling your eyes for 120 minutes straight.

Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings of “2 Broke Girls” fame are hosts to the “40th Annual People’s Choice Awards” (CBS at 9), which has Sara Bareilles, Brad Paisley and One Republic slated to perform.

There’s a lot of stress and tension on “Modern Family” (ABC at 9) tonight with Phil possibly landing in jail, Jay and Gloria planning birthday parties for their sons, and Mitch and Cam realizing that finding the right wedding venue is no small task.

RETURNING SHOW: Season eight of “Psych” (USA at 9) opens with Gus attending a Harry Potter convention in London.

SERIES PREMIERE: The three-part docu-series “Chasing Shackleton” (WMPT at 10) follows five intrepid adventurers as they retrace the death-defying 1914 Anarctic sea-and-land journey by a shipwrecked crew originally led by Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Cordelia finds out about Hank’s axeman past and Madison is back to being bad on “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX at 10), but what really matters on this episode is that singer Stevie Nicks is guest-starring in all her witchy glory.

SERIES PREMIERE: From the team behind “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” (NBC at 10) steps into the world of Chicago’s toughest detectives unit. In the first episode, the team discovers an unexpected asset during their investigation into a drug-cartel cleaning house.

RETURNING SHOW: For its whopping 29th season, “The Real World” franchise is switching it up for “Real World: Ex-Plosion” (MTV at 10) in San Francisco. Instead of just seven strangers picked to live together in a house, it’s seven strangers who are later joined by five of their exes.

Actress Scarlett Johansson stops by the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), with a performance from singer-songwriter John Grant.

Actors Steve Carell and Kathryn Hahn are on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC at 11:35), with musical guest Jake Clemons.

Actresses Sofia Vergara and Emmy Rossum come to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), with a musical performance from Yuna.

— Rachel Lubitz

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