Today’s Top 5 TV Picks – Wednesday January 2


Today’s Top 5 Picks


1

Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back

8 p.m. ET on FOX – Season Premiere

Chef Gordon Ramsay returns for the sophomore season of his latest unscripted series, which sends him on the road to help eateries that are teetering on the brink of commercial oblivion, usually from multiple problems. First, he sends in a team to record secret surveillance of the restaurant in operation, before paying a visit incognito to witness any issues firsthand. Finally, with a clock ticking down 24 hours, Ramsay intervenes and tries to turn things around in a single day.

2

grown-ish

8 p.m. ET on FREE – Season Premiere

Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi) and her friends begin their sophomore year of college as this spinoff of the Emmy-nominated sitcom “blackish” opens Season 2 with a premiere called “Better.” For the students, now that they’ve managed to get through the gaffes and the obstacles to which most freshmen are prone, they’re approaching this new year with a confidence that is both bold and, as they quickly learn, completely misplaced. Trevor Jackson, Francia Raisa and Emily Artook co-star. Another episode immediately follows.


3

The Masked Singer

9 p.m. ET on FOX – Series Premiere

Nick Cannon (“America’s Got Talent”) hosts this new American adaptation of a South Korean game show, in which celebrity panelists must try to identify unnamed performers in a singing competition who are performing under heavy disguises. These masked singers aren’t rookies — in fact, the network says the performers have a total of 65 Grammy nominations and 16 Emmy bids between them. Trying to guess their identify are panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke.

4

MythBusters Jr.

9 p.m. ET on SCIENCE – Series Premiere

Adam Savage, best known for his decade-plus run as host of the original “MythBusters” series, returns in this engaging new hourlong follow-up, in which he mentors a half-dozen of today’s brightest young minds (ages 12-15) as they demonstrate their ingenuity when it comes to designing, building, fabricating and testing. The 10 episodes in this initial order follow the group as they check such hypotheses as whether one can make functioning car tires out of duct tape or fashion a jet pack from a fire extinguisher.


5

SEAL Team

9:01 p.m. ET on CBS

“Backwards in High Heels” was a famous phrase used to support the premise that Ginger Rogers was a superior performer to Fred Astaire, because she had to dance that way while doing everything else he did. It’s also the title of this new episode, which finds Bravo Team doing a different diplomatic dance of their own as they partner with the British Special Air Service. Their joint mission: to rescue the passengers on a hijacked plane who are the hostages of terrorists. Luke Mably guest stars; David Boreanaz also stars.

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