Today’s Top 5 TV Picks – Thursday January 3

Today’s Top 5 Picks


The Titan Games

8 p.m. ET on NBC – Series Premiere

Executive producer and host Dwayne Johnson draws from his long-standing mission to motivate audiences to reach their true potential for this new 10-episode athletic competition, which tests not only the physical prowess of contestants in head-to-head challenges, but also lets them prove their mental and emotional mettle. At stake is a grand prize of $100,000. NBC Sports host Liam McHugh and Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez serve as commentators, and Cari Champion contributes interviews from the floor of the Titan arena.



8 p.m. ET on FOX – Season Premiere

The atmospheric comic book-inspired drama returns for its fifth and final season, which will see the criminal landscape for which the titular Gotham City is famous for emerge in full malevolent flower, pitting Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) against the most depraved and mercurial villains anyone could imagine. Against this scary backdrop, however, a hero rises as young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) embraces his destiny and assumes responsibility for his city’s well-being.


Surviving R. Kelly

9 p.m. ET on LIFE – Premiere

This explosive three-night documentary series, which concludes Saturday, sheds a light on many of the dark rumors surrounding R&B superstar R. Kelly, through more than 50 interviews. Among those sharing their perspectives on Kelly’s controversial past are civil rights activist Tarana Burke, musician John Legend, talk show host Wendy Williams, ex-wife Andrea Kelly and brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly, along with many others. Their words piece together a history of Kelly’s alleged abuse of underage African-American girls stretching from 1970 through the present. Another episode immediately follows.


Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles

9:01 p.m. ET on BRAV – Season Premiere

Southern California real estate agents Josh Flagg, Josh Altman, James Harris, David Parnes and Tracy Tutor face some of the toughest challenges of their careers in a hostile market as they return for a supersized Season 11 premiere in “The Struggle Is Real.” Josh Flagg is forced to admit to himself that he may have promised more than he actually can deliver to the owner of a vintage Beverly Hills estate. Elsewhere, Josh Altman finds himself under attack as he launches his latest listing.


The Blacklist

10 p.m. ET on NBC – Season Premiere

Season 6 opens with “Dr. Hans Koehler,” a new two-part story (concluding Friday) that opens as Red (James Spader) hands off a new Blacklist case to the Task Force, prompting them to launch an immediate search for a plastic surgeon who specializes in creating new identities for fugitive criminals. Elsewhere, Liz (Megan Boone) and her sister Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) mount their own covert investigation into what happened the night the real Raymond Reddington died. Kenneth Tygar and Christopher Lambert guest star.

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