TV highlights: ‘Downton Abbey’ returns


Downton Abbey: The blockbuster Brit hit returns for its fourth season. (Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2013 for MASTERPIECE)
January 3

After a photojournalist is blinded while on assignment in a war zone, she lives a reclusive and quiet life in a New York City penthouse until a smooth but sadistic criminal looking for a hidden fortune enters her life in “Blindsided” (Lifetime at 8 p.m. Saturday). Stars Michelle Monaghan and Michael Keaton.

“Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious” (OWN at 10) showcases outrageous stand-up sets from the likes of Kristin Chenoweth, Wayne Brady, Jeff Probst, Camryn Manheim, Adele Givens, Jessica Kirson, Helen Hong and Kellye Howard.

Sunday talk shows: “Platts Energy Week” (WUSA at 8 a.m.) interviews Mercer’s Philip Tenenbaum, E.On’s Leonhard Birnbaum and Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital’s Wal Van Lierop; “BioCentury This Week” (WUSA at 8:30) features the Food and Drug Administration’s Anne Pariser, MPS Society’s Stephanie Bozarth, and Art Estopinan, chief of staff for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.); “Fox News Sunday” (Fox at 9) hosts Mitt Romney, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue and Becket Fund for Religious Liberty’s Mark Rienzi; “White House Chronicle” (WETA at 9) has United States Energy Association’s Barry Worthington; “State of the Union” (CNN at 9) features Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), National Economic Council’s Gene Sperling and political analyst Stuart Rothenberg.

“Government Matters” (WJLA at 9:30) hosts former E-government administrator Mark Forman, Center for a New American Security’s Phillip Carter and LexisNexis’s Haywood Talcove; “This Week” (ABC at 10) features Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.); “Newsmakers” (C-SPAN at 10) talks to Heritage Action for America’s Michael Needham; “This Is America & the World” (WETA at 10 and WHUT at 6 p.m.) talks to Philippines Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr.; “Meet the Press” (NBC at 10:30) has Janet Napolitano, the National Economic Council’s Gene Sperling and CNBC’s Jim Cramer; “Face the Nation” (CBS at 10:30) talks to Sen. Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Reps. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) and Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.).

RETURNING SHOW: Sunday night, “Downton Abbey” (PBS at 9 p.m.) is back and — spoiler alert — the show opens six months after Matthew’s death, with Mary and Isobel in deep depressions and O’Brien causing a crisis.

SERIES PREMIERE: New reality show “Blood, Sweat and Heels” (Bravo at 9) follows a group of young “movers and shakers” in Manhattan’s world of fashion, real estate and media.

“The Best of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 9) is an ode to the multitalented and highly enthusiastic comedian and his show. It’s a best-of compilation with comedy skits and parodies that feature Michelle Obama, Tom Cruise, Paul McCartney and Miley Cyrus.

— Rachel Lubitz

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