True Detective (9pm, HBO) - The premiere of a critically acclaimed new drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as the former partners in Louisiana’s Criminal Investigative Unit looking back at a 1995 murder after a similar crime occurs in 2012. The eight episodes, all shot on location in Louisiana, alternate in time between 1995, 2002 and 2012. This is the kind of show that makes a person call up and order HBO.
Also on tonight . . .
Golden Globe Awards (8pm, NBC) - The fun, but largely meaningless, awards gala honors achievement in 25 movie and TV categories. The reason to watch: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host.
The Good Wife (9pm, CBS) - Alicia and Will each represent one-half of a couple accused of smuggling drugs, but chaos ensues when they insist on separate jury pools for their individual clients. Also, Marilyn investigates possible voter fraud during the gubernatorial election.
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Downton Abbey (9pm, UNC-TV) - The second episode of the new season has the Crawleys hosting a party for friends and acquaintances, including Lord Anthony Gillingham, who has eyes for Mary (trust me, you will like him -- he may even make you forget ole Matthew), and Gillingham’s valet, who is attracted to Anna (trust me, you will not like him). If you missed last week’s season premiere, UNC-TV will air the previous week’s episode each week before the new episode (tonight’s previous episode starts at 7).
Shameless (9pm, Showtime) - Season 4 beings with a drug-addled and deathly ill Frank reappearing (apparently, Showtime did not get my note about killing him off for good).
Girls (10pm, HBO) - In the Season 3 premiere, Hannah tries to keep her OCD under control as she focuses on living with Adam and on her writing career. In a second new episode at 10:30, Hannah reunites with Jessa on a road trip with Adam and Shoshanna, and Marnie moves into her own apartment.
House of Lies (10pm, Showtime) - Season 3 starts with Marty pursuing an organic grocery store CEO and Clyde struggling in his new position working for Monica.
Episodes (10:30pm, Showtime) - Season 3 has Matt fighting for custody of his children and trying to get his ex-wife to forgive him for sleeping with his stalker. Meanwhile, Sean and Beverly get back together, but discover that old wounds don’t heal so easily. At the network, Carol’s ambitions are death a cruel blow. This is a fantastic sitcom -- definitely worth catching up on if you’re not familiar (but start from the beginning -- seasons are short).