Weekend TV: Critics Choice Awards, Golden Globes herald awards season
BY RITA SHERROW World Television Writer
Thursday, January 10, 2013
1/10/13 at 5:56 AM
See Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in a
promo for the Golden Globes.
Get out the party dresses. It's awards season on TV. It's also time for winter premieres on HBO and Cinemax, Disney welcomes a new princess named Sofia, and rocker Cyndi Lauper lets us in her "real" life. Be there or be square.
The on-air awards season begins with the "18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards" at 7 p.m. Thursday on CW, channel 19, cable 12. "Lincoln," which stars Daniel Day-Lewis and features Tulsa's multi-talented Tim Blake Nelson in an important role, received 13 nominations.
Then, on Sunday, uber-talented best buds Tina Fey and Amy Poehler get the party started as hosts of "The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards," airing at 7 p.m. on NBC, channel 2, cable 9. This is the one where everyone drinks Champagne and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gives out awards for excellence in film and television.
Life is full of adventures if you're an ordinary young girl in training to become a princess. Such is the life of Sofia, voiced by Ariel Winter of "Modern Family," in the new animated series "Sofia the First." It debuts Friday on Disney, cable 32, at 8:30 a.m. and Disney Junior, cable 147, at 4:30 p.m.
In this new animated series, aimed at 2-to-7-year-old kids, Sofia learns royal ways and learns that honesty, loyalty, compassion and grace are the marks of a true royal.
The voice cast for the new series includes Sara Ramirez ("Grey's Anatomy"), Wayne Brady ("Trust Us With Your Life") and Tim Gunn ("Project Runway"). Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family") guest-voices the role of Minimus the overly anxious horse in the series premiere. Oklahoma's Megan Mullally will also voice a role this season.
Cinemax, cable 320, debuts its new actioner "Banshee" at 10 p.m. Friday.
The series stars Anthony Starr as Lucas Hood, a former ex-convict and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., so he can continue his "activities." But, even there, he is still being hunted by gangsters he betrayed years earlier.
What he didn't know was that his former partner-in-crime and lover (Ivana Milicevic) moved to Banshee, changed her name to Carrie and is living with her new family who have no clue of her past. And she's married to a Gulf war hero Gordon Hopewell who's an attorney.
Eager to get back to his real profession, Lucas accidentally gets tangled up with a shunned Amish gangster while still keeping an eye out for the New York mobster looking for revenge for the jewelry heist perpetrated by Lucas and Carrie that landed Lucas in prison.
Girls wanna have fun
Pop music icon Cyndi Lauper juggles stardom and family in the half-hour reality series "Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual" starting at 7 p.m. Saturday on WeTV, cable 175.
Life is comical, chaotic and successful for this wife, mother and wearer of multiple hats. This season, she composes and launches her Broadway musical "Kinky Boots," performs on "The Voice," writes her autobiography, serves as grand marshal of a parade and works for her True Colors charitable foundation. Oh, and don't forget, cheering her son Declyn on at his hockey games. Looks like she's still having fun.
Life isn't all fashion and fancy cocktails with girlfriends in New York City, no matter what Carrie Bradshaw used to say.
Not if you watch HBO's Emmy-winning series "Girls," which returns for a second season at 8 p.m. Sunday on cable 300. Life is complicated for Hannah (Lena Dunham, who created, stars and executive produces the series).
She is seeing a new guy but is still worried about her weird ex Adam after the accident. Marnie is desperate for the support of her best friend, but they seem so far apart. Jessa returns from her honeymoon with her new husband, and Shoshanna is trying to navigate her shaky relationship with Ray. Rita Wilson, Rosanna Arquette, Carol Kane and Patrick Wilson guest star this season.
Laura Dern is back as Amy Jellicoe, a self-destructive corporate executive who had a "spiritual awakening after a career-destroying meltdown," in "Enlightened." The comedy-drama returns at 8:30 p.m. Sunday on HBO, cable 300.
In this second season, Amy is more determined than ever to gather evidence of misconduct on the part of Abaddonn Industries with the help of her assistant (Mike White) and a journalist (Dermot Mulroney). And her ex Levi (Luke Wilson) continues to struggle with rehab. Dern's real-life mom, Diane Ladd, will return to her role as Amy's mother.
Lena Dunham stars and executive produces HBO's Emmy-winning comedy series "Girls" returning for a second season at 8 p.m. Sunday on cable 300. JESSICA MIGLIO / HBO
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey (and their sneakers) will be the hosts of "The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards," airing at 7 p.m. Sunday on NBC, channel 2, cable 9. GAVIN BOND / NBC
Pop icon Cyndi Lauper stars in "Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual," a new half-hour reality shows starting at 7 p.m. Saturday on WeTV, cable 175. WETV
The new animated series "Sofia the First," which tells the story of a young princess in training, debuts at 8:30 a.m. Friday on Disney, cable 32 and 4:30 p.m. Friday on Disney Junior, cable 147. DISNEY JUNIOR