What’s on TV This Week: Emmy Awards and ‘Fargo’


Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is a vast one. Here are some of the shows, specials and movies coming to TV this week, Jan. 15-21. Details and times are subject to change.

EMMY AWARDS 8 p.m. on Fox. This awards show was postponed from the fall because of actor and writer strikes, and now it is finally time for the television academy to hand out awards (by way of presenters including Jon Hamm, Quinta Brunson and Pedro Pascal). Because this is the 75th annual ceremony, distinguished shows from the past — “Cheers,” “All in the Family,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Game of Thrones,” among others — will be celebrated with homages and cast reunions. It is looking like it will be a big night for “Succession,” whose 27 nominations are the most of any show. Anthony Anderson will host.

TOP GUN (1986) 8 p.m. on Paramount. Since the 2022 remake of this film didn’t take home the only award it was nominated for at this year’s Golden Globes, maybe it’s time to revisit the original. Tom Cruise stars as Maverick (his pilot name), an arrogant and reckless fighter pilot who is sent to Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School, where he develops an enemy (Iceman; Val Kilmer) and a crush (Kelly McGillis). “The snappily edited sequences of battle and mock battle sweep us in and out of the cockpit,” Walter Goodman wrote in his review for The New York Times. “You can’t always be sure exactly what’s going on, but it’s exciting anyhow.”

FARGO 10 p.m. on FX. This season of the anthology show, named after the 1990s movie, took it back to the basics with Minnesota and North Dakota settings. Jon Hamm stars as Sheriff Roy Tillman, who has been searching for Dot Lyon, a housewife with a mysterious past. This week’s show is the season finale and the penultimate episode left lots of things in the air, so here’s to hoping all the loose ends get tied up.

CHICAGO MED, CHICAGO FIRE and CHICAGO PD starting at 8 p.m. on NBC. All three of these shows, which exist in the same universe — and were all created by Dick Wolf, of “Law and Order” fame — are back for their ninth, 12th and 11th seasons. Each show focuses on the lives and workplaces of essential workers in Chicago.

LAW & ORDER, LAW & ORDER: S.V.U. and LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME starting at 8 p.m. on NBC. Though the original “Law & Order” took a hiatus from 2010 to 2021, it is back in full force for its 23rd season, along with the two spinoffs that are beginning their 25th season (“S.V.U.”) and fourth season (“Organized Crime”). Get ready for all the fictional crime your heart desires because the new episodes of each show in this franchise are airing back to back.

NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY DEBATE 9 p.m. on ABC. Though it’s not clear who will be participating in this debate, Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor, won’t be; he dropped out of the race last week. To qualify for the debate, set to be held at Saint Anselm College, candidates have to finish in the top three in the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 15 or receive at least 10 percent in either two Republican primary voters polls or at least 10 percent in two New Hampshire Republican primary voters polls.

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER 10 p.m. on HBO. Hosted by Bill Maher, this show usually brings together three panelists from various points on the political spectrum, who debate current events. It is back for its 22nd season., and the first episode will feature Andrew Sullivan, the former editor of The New Republic; Governor Gavin Newsom of California; and the MSNBC journalist Alex Wagner.

TWILIGHT MARATHON starting at 1 p.m. on E! If you move past the creepy animatronic-looking toddler Renesmee, Jacob imprinting on Renesmee, the horribly traumatic birth season or anything dealing with the extremely implausible logistics related to anything in these films, reliving the glory of this franchise isn’t the worst thing you could do with your Saturday afternoon. Kristen Stewart plays Bella Swan, and Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner embody Edward Cullen and Jacob Black. “It turns out that there’s something to be said about watching these two lovebirds tap into their inner monsters,” Manohla Dargis wrote in her Times review of the final film. “It’s bloody good fun while it lasts.”

THE WOMAN IN THE WALL 9 p.m. on Showtime. This show, which first aired in Britain, follows Lorna Brady (played by Ruth Wilson) as she wakes up and finds a dead woman in her house — and has to question everything to figure out who this woman is and whether she is responsible for the murder, though she has no recollection of it. Daryl McCormack plays Detective Colman Akande, who is investigating Lorna for a different crime.



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