TV This Week, Jan. 17 - 23: 'War & Peace' and more

TV This Week, Jan. 17 - 23: 'War & Peace' and more
Tolstoy's "War & Peace" comes to TV in a new four-part adaptation. With James Norton. (Laurie Sparham / BBC)


Find out what's tops on screens both big and small at "The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards." 5 and 8 p.m. A&E, Lifetime


"The Envelope," please. The inaugural installment of this series produced by the Los Angeles Times features Cate Blanchett, Charlotte Rampling, Helen Mirren, Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan and Lily Tomlin chatting with one another about their careers. 5:30 p.m. Ovation

A tony Washington, D.C. suburb is the setting for the new franchise entry "The Real Housewives of Potomac." 9 p.m. Bravo

"Parks & Rec's" Rashida Jones cops an attitude as "Angie Tribeca" in this spoof of police procedurals that debuts with a commercial-free marathon of the entire 10-episode first season. 9 p.m. TBS

Blue vs. gray: The Civil War serves as the backdrop for the new hospital-set drama "Mercy Street." With Josh Radnor, Gary Cole and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. 10 p.m. KOCE

"Billions" are at stake in this new drama about a U.S. attorney (Paul Giamatti) who does battle with a hedge-fund manager (Damian Lewis). Malin Akerman and Maggie Siff also star. 10 p.m. Showtime


Jeff Ross and "SNL's" Jim Breuer are just some of the comics yukking it up in the new special "Just for Laughs Starring Howie Mandel." 8 p.m. KTLA

Gigi Hadid and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine's" Terry Crews are among the famous faces taking part in a "MasterChef Celebrity Showdown." 8 p.m. Fox

Young do-gooders do good for the benefit of their communities in the new reality series "The HALO Effect." 8 p.m. Nickelodeon

All we are saying is give "War & Peace" a chance. Gillian Anderson, Stephen Rea, Paul Dano, James Norton and Lily James star in a lavish new adaptation of Tolstoy's epic novel about Russian society during the Napoleonic Wars. 9 p.m. A&E, History, Lifetime


"Marvel's Agent Carter" relocates from NYC to post-WWII Los Angeles for its second season. Hayley Atwell stars. 9 p.m. ABC

They robbed banks: The tale of Depression-era partners-in-crime Bonnie and Clyde is retold on a new "American Experience." 9 p.m. KOCE

"Frontline" looks at the dangers posed by vitamins and such in the new exposé "Supplements and Safety." 10 p.m. KOCE


Personal trainers go from "Fit to Fat to Fit" to gain an understanding of what it's like for their overweight clients in this new series. 10 p.m. A&E

Speaking of personal trainers, the new reality series "Just Jillian" gets up close and personal with Jillian Michaels of "Biggest Loser" fame. 10 p.m. E!


The new chat show "Kocktails With Khloé" has the youngest Kardashian and her pals shooting the breeze over dinner and drinks. 7 p.m. FYI

Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) offers Sam (Jared Padalecki) a deal on the return of "Supernatural." 9 p.m. KTLA

What's killing the krill? Find out when "Nova" heads to Antarctica to explore a "Mystery Beneath the Ice." 9 p.m. KOCE


"DC's Legends of Tomorrow" travel through time to try to stop a madman in this new superhero spin-off. 8 p.m. KTLA

"Spectre's" Ben Whishaw is caught up in intrigue all his own in the new five-part mystery drama "London Spy." With Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling. 10 p.m. BBC America

Send in the clown: "The Hangover's" Zach Galifianakis plays a sad one by the name of "Baskets" in this new sitcom. 10 p.m. FX

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's quirky "Portlandia" clocks in for another season. 10 p.m. IFC


Russian soprano Anna Netrebko sings the role of the — spoiler alert! — ill-fated heroine in Verdi's tragic opera "Il Trovatore" on "Great Performances at the Met." 9 p.m. KOCE

The 2015 doc "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon" salutes the irreverent but influential humor magazine in interviews with the likes of Chevy Chase and Judd Apatow. 9 p.m. History, Showtime

Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner assemble for the 2015 sequel "Avengers: Age of Ultron." 9 p.m. Starz

The cut-ups at "Childrens Hospital" are back for a seventh season. 11 p.m. Cartoon Network


Do you? "Chelsea Does." Ms. Handler, late of "Chelsea Lately," tackles topics like marriage and drug use in this new docu-series. Any time, Netflix

The new bio-pic "Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart" dramatizes the struggles and triumphs of the chart-topping R&B singer (Lex Scott Davis). 8 p.m. Lifetime

Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" goes to the dogs — sorry, that's "dog show" — in the new TV movie "Unleashing Mr. Darcy." 9 p.m. Hallmark Channel

"Beowulf" is a new series based on that epic medieval poem about a monster-slaying hero (Kieran Bew) that they made you read in high school. William Hurt also stars. 10 p.m. Esquire Network

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