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Big Love
9/8c HBO
If you thought Bill Henrickson had problems before — before he pronounced his polygamy — wait until you see the trouble that awaits him in the premiere of the fifth and final season. He encounters open revolt at Home Plus, his family is ostracized, even attacked, in public, and his soon-to-be fellow state senators can't bear to be in the same room with him. Sure, he's faced uphill battles in the past, but the ones ahead will test his mettle, and threaten to pull his family apart at the seams. — Joe Friedrich

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NFL Playoff
1/Noon c Fox
Day 2 of the divisional battles begins with the high-flying Seahawks visiting the Bears in Chicago. The Bears are certainly the favorites in this game, but the Seahawks, behind rejuvenated QB Matt Hasselbeck, stunned the Saints last weekend 41-36, and if they can beat the Saints...Later in the day on CBS, it's another AFC divisional rivalry, with the Jets visiting the Patriots. Each team has a win over the other this year; but in addition to the normal problems of dealing with Tom Brady, the Jets will need to mentally shake off a 45-3 drubbing the Pats handed them in early December in Foxboro, Mass. — Dave Roeder

Australian Open
6:30/5:30c ESPN2
After dramatically volleying the men's world No. 1 ranking back and forth for a few years, Spain's Rafael Nadal has a firm hold on the honor over Swiss star Roger Federer. Winning the last three majors of 2010 will do that, though Nadal enters two weeks of heat in Melbourne feeling dual pressures from the talk of a "Rafa Slam" as well as a resurgent Federer, who has won 26 of his last 28 matches, including the season opener in Qatar. With Serena Williams injured, the women's bracket Down Under promises a new champion, with Caroline Wozniacki and Vera Zvonareva among the hungriest as they try to add a major win to their lofty rankings. — Roger Leister

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Golden Globe Awards
8/7c NBC
Dig that gold. A galaxy of stars will be mining for golden honors at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 68th annual soiree, which recognizes achievement in 25 movie and TV categories. Ricky Gervais returns to host for the second time, and the colorful Brit funnyman will likely add his zesty brand of wit to the proceedings, which include a tribute to Robert De Niro, who receives the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Slated presenters include Kevin Bacon, Helen Mirren, Kevin Spacey, Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr. and Bruce Willis. The ceremony is broadcast from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in the land of 90210. — Dean Maurer

The Simpsons
8/7c Fox
Smithers spruces up Moe's tavern with a trendy makeover, and it instantly becomes a gay hangout. Elsewhere, Principal Skinner has a crush on the new music teacher (voice of Kristen Wiig), whose daughter (voice of Alyson Hannigan) has a thing for Bart, leading Skinner to enlist the rascally rapscallion as the unlikeliest of allies. Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall) has a voice cameo. — Fred Mitchell

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