What To Watch: This Week’s DVR Picks

by | December 30, 2011 at 1:37 AM | Tuned In: What To Watch Today

Monday January 2:

The Bachelor‘ (8pm ET on ABC) **Season Premiere** Record Now

Millions of viewers were shocked, along with Ben Flajnik, 29, the handsome winemaker from Sonoma, when, after summoning the courage to get down on one knee and offer his heartfelt proposal to Bachelorette Ashley Hebert, she rejected him, sending him off heartbroken and angry. But Ben isn’t giving up. He is back as the Bachelor and ready to risk it all again for another chance at love.

Pretty Little Liars‘ (8pm on ABC Family) **Winter Premiere** Record Now

A month has passed on “Pretty Little Liars” since Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer were arrested and a lot has changed in Rosewood, and with the girls. No longer the mighty four best friends, the Liars are at each others’ throats and Emily has been iced out completely. But what could have divided them so severely? Has “A” finally won the game of divide and conquer? With Emily now truly on her own, is she ripe for “A’s” picking?

The Lying Game‘ (9pm on ABC Family) **Winter Premiere** Record Now

It’s been a tough night for Emma and Ethan, and things are about to get tougher when they find Sutton has disappeared after their argument and the Mercer family car is missing from the garage. When the police find the car at the bottom of the lake, Emma and Ethan look to each other for support, but Thayer threatens to tear them apart with his accusations against Ethan.

Hoarders‘ (9pm on A&E) **Season Premiere** Record Now

The fifth season of “Hoarders” features some of the series most dramatic moments and emotional transformations to date. One man’s hoard is so out of control that officials have called in the Fire Marshall because his home presents a fire hazard to the neighborhood.

It’s a Brad, Brad World‘ (10pm on Bravo) **Series Premiere** Record Now

Bravo’s newest docu-series ‘It’s a Brad, Brad World’ follows fan favorite Brad Goreski as he embarks on his own in the glimmering, cutthroat world of fashion styling. With all eyes on him, the pressure to succeed is as important as landing amazing designer gowns for his elite celebrity clients.

Celebrity Wife Swap‘ (10pm ET on ABC) **Season Premiere** Record Now

In ‘Celebrity Wife Swap,’ two mothers from two celebrity families with very different kinds of households swap lifestyles and children (but not bedrooms) in a week-long challenge. In the first part of the swap, each mom moves into the other’s home and must adopt their new celebrity family’s lifestyle, no matter how different. She agrees to follow a manual written by the departing mother that sets out the rules of the household – how to parent, manage their social life, do house work, unwind and more.

Tuesday January 3:

The Biggest Loser‘ (8pm ET on NBC) **Season Premiere** Record Now

‘The Biggest Loser’ returns with a bang for season 13 when the contestants arrive at the ranch and get one of the biggest surprises ever in the series’ history. They arrive in teams of two – including mother/daughter, father/son, brother/sister and husband/wife, all eager to change their lives together. But they’re shocked to discover that they will not only be split up – they will also be competing against the person they came with.

Switched at Birth‘ (8pm on ABC Family) **Winter Premiere** Record Now

This season, the families must deal with the arrival of Bay’s biological father Angelo (Gilles Marini), inflaming old passions and creating new rivalries. All in all, everyone struggles to navigate family dynamics that seem to be getting more, not less, complicated.

Work It‘ (8:30pm ET on ABC) **Series Premiere** Record Now

From ‘Friends’ producers Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen comes “Work It,” a high-concept comedy about two unrepentant guy’s guys, Lee and Angel, who are unable to find work in a tough economy and dress as women to get jobs. Not only do they pull it off, but learn that to be a better man may mean having to be a better woman.

Jane by Design‘ (9pm on ABC Family) **Series Premiere** Record Now

Quimby is a fresh-faced fashionista juggling life both as a regular high school student and as an assistant to a high-powered fashion executive — all while trying to keep her true identity a secret — in the series premiere of ABC Family’s new original series ‘Jane By Design.’

Wednesday January 4:

Dog the Bounty Hunter‘ (9pm on A&E) **Season Premiere** Record Now

The world’s most famous bounty hunter, Duane “Dog” Chapman, is back with action-packed, high-stakes hunts from Hawaii to Colorado, tracking down fugitives along side his wife Beth and fearless family-based posse.

Steven Seagal: Lawman‘ (10pm on A&E) **Season Premiere** Record Now

‘Steven Seagal Lawman’ chronicles martial arts expert and international film star Steven Seagal’s extraordinary life in law enforcement. This season, Seagal has joined up with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona to execute outstanding arrest warrants, respond to emergency situations, work with the narcotics unit and much more.

Thursday January 5:

Wipeout‘ (8pm ET on ABC) **Season Premiere** Record Now

Host John Henson says “Be sure to watch Winter ‘Wipeout’ — same cold conditions, new hot co-host.” The weather outside is frightful, but the season premiere of Winter “Wipeout” is delightful, as 24 winter warriors battle head-to-head in a frigid free for all for $50,000.

Project Runway All Stars‘ (9pm on Lifetime) **Season Premiere** Record Now

A new day has arrived for 13 of the show’s most talented and memorable designers who’ve come back to the catwalk to face a brand new panel of discerning eyes with host supermodel Angela Lindvall, world-famous designers Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman as judges and fashion tastemaker and mentor, Marie Claire Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles.

Jersey Shore‘ (10pm on MTV) **Season Premiere** Record Now

They’re back! Fresh off their European excursion to Florence, Italy, America’s favorite housemates are back in Seaside Heights. In their home turf and excited to be in their natural habitat, the cast hits the ground running to get their “G.T.L” regimen back on schedule while also dealing with their evolving group dynamic amidst the tensions and hookup rumors left over from their time in Florence.

Friday January 6:

Merlin‘ (10pm on Syfy) **Season Premiere** Record Now

The fourth season finds Camelot on the brink of a Golden Age of magic, mystery and action-adventure. With Morgana now a dangerous outcast, Merlin must use all his powers to ensure Arthur fulfills his destiny as the Once and Future King.

Portlandia‘ (10pm on IFC) **Season Premiere** Record Now

In the Season two opener, Carrie and Fred discover the world of mixology on a quest away from the city.

Sunday January 8:

The Firm‘ (9pm ET on NBC) **Series Premiere** Record Now

Attorney Mitchell McDeere (Josh Lucas) resurfaces in the opener of the dramatic series set 10 years after the events established in ‘The Firm.’

Shameless‘ (9pm on Showtime) **Season Premiere** Record Now

Season two finds our favorite dysfunctional family braving the heat and humidity of summertime in Chicago, trying to keep cool… and Frank (William H. Macy) out of trouble. Bearing the de facto parent badge/burden, Fiona (Emmy Rossum) spends her nights working at a nightclub and her days keeping an eye on her siblings.

House of Lies‘ (10pm on Showtime) **Series Premiere** Record Now

‘House of Lies’ is the new dark comedy about all the screwed up ways big business is practiced these days. The series, based on the hit tell-all book from best-selling author Martin Kihn (House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time), peels back the bull to reveal a world few know exists and fewer still have experienced.

Californication‘ (10:30pm on Showtime) **Season Premiere** Record Now

This season, Hank is back in LA and in deep with mega-rich rap mogul Samurai Apocalypse (guest star RZA), who hires Hank to write the screenplay for his hot, new film property. Their friendship is tested by silky siren Kali (guest star Meagan Good), a singer who is Sam’s protégé.