TV This Week, Jan. 25-31: 'Bad Words,' Mel Brooks and more

TV This Week, Jan. 25-31: 'Bad Words,' Mel Brooks and more
Jason Bateman directs and stars in the 2013 comedy "Bad Words" on Cinemax. (Sam Urdank / Focus Features)

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Stars of screens big and small will be in attendance at the "21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards." 5 p.m. TBS, TNT

A bevy of beauties battles for the title at "The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant." 8 p.m. NBC

Jason Lee and Minka Kelly try to save a family of swans in the TV movie "Away & Back." 8 p.m. Hallmark Channel

That dude who had a beer named after him is just one of the Founding Fathers featured in the new, three-night miniseries "Sons of Liberty." 9 p.m. History Channel; also Mon., Tue.


Don't touch that remote! Boomer Esiason and Katharine McPhee host "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2015." 8 p.m. CBS

"Top Gear" revs up for a new season, followed by the debut of the car-customization challenge "Mud, Sweat and Gears." 8:30 p.m., 10 p.m. BBC America

Kathy Griffin and company dish on SAG Awards style on a new "Fashion Police." 9 p.m. E!

The documentary "Night Will Fall" recalls how master-of-suspense Alfred Hitchcock helped make a record of atrocities at Nazi concentration camps in 1945. 9 p.m. HBO

Noted chair-sitter Ellen DeGeneres presents the furniture-making competition "Ellen's Design Challenge." 9 p.m. HGTV

Andrew Zimmern visits Athens, then Paris, in the new spin-off "Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations." 9 and 9:30 p.m. Travel Channel

Ashley Judd and others help shine a light on the shadowy world of sex trafficking in the debut of the three-part series "A Path Appears." 10 p.m. KOCE


"The Guild's" Felicia Day reprises her role as hacker Charlie Bradbury on a new episode of "Supernatural." 9 p.m. KTLA

Comic-book legend Stan Lee puts in a cameo, as is his wont, on a new "Marvel's Agent Carter." 9 p.m. ABC

The incandescent light bulb. The movie camera. The record player. All invented by Thomas Alva Edison, who's profiled on a new "American Experience." 9 p.m. KOCE

If you hear "Sirens," it's just the return of this Denis Leary-created comedy about EMTs in Chicago. 10 and 10:30 p.m. USA


A passel of penguins passes the time around a post office on the Antarctic peninsula on a new "Nature." 8 p.m. KOCE

It's all fun and games until someone's house gets swallowed by a sinkhole. A new "Nova" investigates that geological phenomenon. 9 p.m. KOCE

Some have skeletons in their closets, but Ben Franklin had some actual ones in his basement. Find out why on the season premiere of "Secrets of the Dead." 10 p.m. KOCE

Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell are back as Boris and Natasha — oops, that's Phillip and Elizabeth — on the return of the 1980s-set spy drama "The Americans." 10 p.m. FX

Car-crazy kids take to the track in the new reality series "Kart Life." 10 p.m. Tru TV

"Suits" is back with new episodes. Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams and Gina Torres star. 10 p.m. USA


Kinda fonda Shonda? "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and "How to Get Away With Murder" are all back with new episodes. 8, 9 and 10 p.m. ABC

Bang your head! The 2014 rock-doc "Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back" charts the rise, demise and rebirth of 1980s hair-metal band Quiet Riot. 8 p.m. Showtime

Bye-bye, Bravermans: "Parenthood" — the family drama starring Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, etc. — signs off after six seasons. 10 p.m. NBC

Jeff Goldblum puts in yet another sure-to-be-quirky appearance on a new episode of "Portlandia." With Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. 10 p.m. IFC

All's fair in the ratings race between rival TV stations in small-town Mississippi in the reality series "Breaking Greenville." 10:30 p.m. Tru TV


Director-star Jason Bateman cleans the clocks of spelling-bee competitors far younger than himself in the off-color 2013 comedy "Bad Words." Kathryn Hahn also stars. 8:30 p.m. Cinemax

The plays are the things when "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "King Lear" are explored in new episodes of "Shakespeare Uncovered." 9 and 10 p.m. KOCE

Get ready for the big game with "Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops" and the "Key & Peele Super Bowl Special." 9 p.m. VH1; 10 p.m. Comedy Central


A backlog of birthday wishes is belatedly granted in the TV movie "A Wish Come True." With Megan Park and Dean Cain. 8 p.m. Hallmark Channel

Paz Vega is "Beautiful & Twisted" and that's just the way Rob Lowe likes it in this new, fact-based tale of obsession and murder. Candice Bergen also stars. 8 p.m. Lifetime

'Tis the night before the Super Bowl, which means it's time for the "NFL Honors." Seth Meyers hosts. 9 p.m. NBC

A comedy legend holds court in Westwood in the special "Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen." 9 p.m. HBO