What to Watch: TV Picks For January 16 - 22
"Alcatraz" - Monday January 16, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Citytv/Fox
A gruesome murder turns up a strange suspect -- a prisoner at Alcatraz who was supposed to have died 30 years ago, but appears to be alive and un-aged. Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia and Sam Neill play a trio of TV standbys (detective, secret agent and comic book geek) who unearth a Dharma-sized conspiracy in this new attempt from creator J. J. Abrams. Tonight is a two-hour premiere; next week look for the show at 9 p.m.
"Are You There, Chelsea?" - Wednesday January 18, 9 p.m. ET/PT, Global/NBC
I don't know why this show, based on Chelsea Handler's earlier books, decided to cast Laura Prepon as Chelsea and Chelsea Handler as her own sister Sloane, but I have a feeling it doesn't matter -- this thing is doomed. I knew it when I heard the character of Shoniqua had been excised, and frequent "Chelsea Lately" panelist Jo Koy had left the show. Not to mention it's paired with "Whitney," which is getting worse by the week. It's gonna be a tough month to be a Chelsea Handler fan, but I'll get through somehow.
"Unsupervised" - Thursday January 19, 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, FX Canada, FX
This is the new animated comedy from writers of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," with voice work from Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen and Kaitlin Olson. Before you get too excited, David Hornsby also created this fall's cancelled "How to be a Gentleman."
"Lost Girl" - Sunday January 22, 9 p.m. ET/PT, Showcase
Season two finds Bo struggling to stay free and questioning her morals and beliefs. At the same time, an ancient evil force grows more powerful and threatens the very existence of the Fae. Aaron Ashmore continues his five-episode guest star arc, and Lauren Holly guests as a Fae who gets her fix from adoring fans.