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What's on your HDTV: 'The Wire', 'Galavant', 'Downton Abbey', 'Friends'

Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
December 29, 2014
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If you're reading this, then you might not be watching HBO Signature's The Wire HD marathon as it covers season four, which some consider to be the best in the series. Of course, you can jump in anywhere you want with the remastered version thanks to HBO Go, although series creator David Simon points to the 4x3 DVD release as the best way to see the show as originally intended. This week there's the usual slew of New Year's Eve celebrations and bowl games (with the addition of a new playoff wrinkle), ABC is kicking off 2015 with its new show Galavant, and PBS has season five of Downton Abbey. Netflix's introduction to 2015 starts with every episode of Friends (but watch Bad Boys, The Breakfast Club, Spaceballs and Happy Gilmore before they fade out Wednesday night), while on Blu-ray we have Denzel Washington in The Equalizer and Kevin Smith's horror flick Tusk. Gamers can dig in to the Halo 5 beta, but there's not much else new out there for now. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).


Blu-ray, Streaming movies & Games

  • The Equalizer
  • Tusk
  • Banshee (S2)
  • Shameless (S4)
  • Reach Me

Monday

  • Liberty Bowl: Texas A&M vs. West Virginia, ESPN, 2PM
  • Russell Athletic Bowl: Clemson vs. Oklahoma, ESPN, 5:30PM
  • Texas Bowl: Arkansas vs. Texas, ESPN, 9PM
  • WWE Raw, USA, 8PM
  • Mike & Molly, CBS, 8:30PM
  • Major Crimes, TNT, 9PM

Tuesday

  • Music City Bowl: LSU vs. Notre Dame, EPSN, 3PM
  • Belk Bowl: Georgia vs. Louisville, ESPN, 6:30PM
  • The 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, CBS, 9PM
  • Bye Felicia!, VH1, 9PM
  • Inside the NFL, Showtime, 9PM
  • San Francisco Bowl: Maryland vs. Stanford, ESPN, 10PM
  • Jim Tom Special, Discovery, 10PM
  • Ground Floor, TBS, 10PM
  • The Real World, MTV, 10PM
  • Benched (season finale), USA, 10 & 10:30PM
  • The Real World Road Rules Challenge, MTV, 11PM
  • The Listener, Ion, 11PM

Wednesday

  • Peach Bowl: Ole Miss vs. TCU, ESPN, 12:30PM
  • Fiesta Bowl: Arizona vs. Boise State, ESPN, 4PM
  • Orange Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Mississippi State, ESPN, 8PM
  • Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015, ABC, 8PM
  • Pitbull's New Year's Revolution, Fox, 8PM
  • NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly, NBC, 10PM
  • Live from Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve, PBS, 8PM
  • Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again, HBO, 9PM
  • NFL Turning Point, NBC Sports Network, 10PM
  • MTV's NYE 2015, MTV, 11PM

Thursday

  • Friends (complete series), Netflix
  • Outback Bowl: Auburn vs. Wisconsin, ESPN2, 12PM
  • Cotton Bowl: Baylor vs. Michigan State, ESPN, 12:30PM
  • Citrus Bowl: Minnesota vs. Missouri, ABC, 1PM
  • Rose Bowl: Florida State vs. Oregon, ESPN, 5PM
  • Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Ohio State, ESPN 8:30PM
  • The Biggest Loser, NBC, 8PM
  • The Taste, ABC, 8PM
  • Bad Judge (winter premiere), NBC, 9PM
  • A to Z (winter premiere), NBC, 9:30PM
  • The Millionaire Matchmaker, Bravo, 10PM
  • Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, MTV, 10PM
  • Ridiculousness, MTV, 10:30 & 11PM
  • Lucas Bros. Moving Company, FXX, 12AM
  • Stone Quackers, FXX, 12:15AM

Friday

  • Armed Forces Bowl: Houston vs. Pittsburgh, ESPN, 12PM
  • Gator Bowl: Iowa vs. Tennessee, ESPN, 3:20PM
  • Alamo Bowl: Kansas State vs. UCLA, ESPN, 6:45PM
  • Cactus Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Washington, ESPN, 10:15PM
  • Undercover Boss, CBS, 8PM
  • Whale Wars (season premiere / finale), Animal Planet, 8, 9 & 10PM
  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM
  • Hawaii Five-0 (winter premiere), CBS, 9PM
  • A Football Life: The 2006 Rose Bowl, NFL Network, 9PM
  • Blue Bloods, CBS, 10PM

Saturday

  • Damaged, Lifetime, 8PM
  • The Missing, Starz, 9PM
  • Surprised By Love, Hallmark, 9PM
  • Transporter: The Series, TNT, 10PM

Sunday

  • 60 Minutes, CBS, 7PM
  • Galavant (series premiere), ABC, 8PM
  • Madam Secretary (winter premiere), CBS, 8PM
  • The Simpsons (winter premiere), Fox, 8PM
  • The Librarians, TNT, 8PM
  • Brooklyn Nine-nine (winter premiere), Fox, 8:30PM
  • The Apprentice (season premiere), NBC, 9PM
  • Resurrection (winter premiere), ABC, 9PM
  • Downton Abbey (season premiere), PBS, 9PM
  • The Good Wife (winter premiere), CBS, 9PM
  • Family Guy (winter premiere), Fox, 9PM
  • Bob's Burgers (winter premiere), Fox, 9:30PM
  • Revenge (winter premiere), ABC, 10PM
  • CSI, CBS, 10PM
  • The Manners of Downton Abbey, PBS, 10:15PM

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