Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith in season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey" on PBS.
Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith in season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey" on PBS.
  • The Bachelor -- ABC, Monday, 8 p.m.

ABC churns out these seasons every three months it seems. How many good-looking, uninteresting single people are out there, anyway?

  • Justified -- FX, Tuesday, 10 p.m.

The highly respected but criminally under-watched modern Western show Justified returns Tuesday night.

The show, based on Elmore Leonard's stories about U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (played by Timothy Olyphant), continues on after Leonard's death in August.

Walton Goggins returns as Boyd Crowder and Michael Rappaport will play a new character who will likely have a strong New York accent.

Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey star in HBO’s "True Detective" Season 1.
Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey star in HBO's "True Detective" Season 1. (Photo: Jim Bridges/HBO)
  • Chicago PD -- NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m.

Because Chicago Fire is really setting the network television world on ... uh, fire, how about a spinoff about the corresponding police department?

It's kind of sad that even though all the shows Dick Wolf creates are essentially exactly the same, they're the only ones NBC produces these days that anybody bothers to watch.

  • Downton Abbey -- PBS, Sunday, 8 p.m.

Yeah, Julian Fellowes killed off a few characters last year (though he let O'Brien leave unscathed for some reason), but Downton Abbey is still a fun treat to watch, with all the downstairs love triangles and upstairs talk of estates.


Hopefully the show makes it long enough to get Lord Grantham into those wild, pot-smoking phase of the 1960s. He's close, right?

  • True Detective -- HBO, Sunday, 9 p.m.

Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey both had big years at the movies in 2013 (Harrelson with Catching Fire and Now You See Me, McConaughey with Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street). And now they're starring in a TV show?

True Detective will have an anthology format, with each season following a new story. The initial season follows the two actors playing detectives searching for a serial killer, a hunt that will cover 17 years.

Man, McConaughey is going to look like 35 by the end of it.

  • Girls -- HBO, Sunday, 10 p.m.

The most frustrating show on TV returns right after True Detective. I want to like Girls, mainly because of its artistic ambition, its unconventionality, and occasional sharp sense of humor.

Maybe this year the characters will start acting in ways that actually mimic real human behavior.

Except for Adam. He's cool.

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