What to Watch: TV Picks For January 23 - 29
"Touch" - Wednesday January 25, 9 p.m. ET/PT, Global/Fox
Don't get too excited -- tonight is just a preview of this new Keifer Sutherland series, which will eventually debut in March, in the old "24" slot. Created by Tim Kring ("Heroes"), it stars everyone's favourite Christmas tree wrangler as a 9/11 widower with an autistic son, who just might be able to predict the future. Danny Glover co-stars as an expert on child math prodigies, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who was the best thing about "Undercovers" for the few minutes it lasted, plays a social worker.
"CSI" - Wednesday January 25, 10 p.m. ET/PT, CTV/CBS
After over 260 episodes, original cast member Marg Helgenberger dons her bulletproof vest over a sexy camisole for the last time tonight, as her character Catherine Willows departs the CSI team. I haven't watched the show in a long time, pretty much since William Petersen said sayonara, but I can see tuning in to give Marg a proper farewell. If you think about it, her Catherine was the ass-kicking, sexy single mom with both brains and body that TV has been trying to craft a show around for the last decade. Guys, Catherine Willows is basically Wonder Woman. How did I not see this before?
"The 18th Annual SAG Awards" - Sunday January 29, 8 p.m. ET, Global/TNT/TBS
You have to be really dedicated to the Hollywood cause to watch this awards show, which tends to be a predictor of, well.. nothing, really. But it does represent your last chance to laugh at the absurdity of a nomination for Greg Kinnear for that unholy mess "The Kennedys." The SAGS feature TV as well as film, and the usual suspects are here. Though I'm guessing "Homeland" didn't qualify for this year, which means maybe "Game of Thrones" stands a chance of picking up a well-deserved award here.
"Luck" - Sunday January 29, 9 p.m. ET/MT, HBO Canada/HBO
This new series from David Milch ("Deadwood") and Michael Mann ("Robbery Homicide Division") is set in the world of horse racing, and has critics thrilled with the complex, difficult material -- think "The Sopranos" and "Rome." I'm sure it's very good, but I can't help but question the decision to go so old with the cast. No doubt Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Michael Gambon, Dennis Farina, Jill Hennessy Richard Kind and Joan Allen bring great skill and experience to the production, but a fresh faced up-and-comer in a leading role wouldn't hurt. No matter how cerebral the show, there always needs to be a little eye candy.