Top of the morning, Jan. 3, 2014
The holidays are over, which means the networks will return to first-run shows. Here's your weekend viewing guide, courtesy of staff writer Bob Asmussen:
"Return to Downton Abbey," 9:30 p.m., WILL
Before Season 4 debuts Sunday night, watch the special look back at the British import. Hosted by Susan Sarandon, the show will help you catch up on the comings and goings in the popular series. While certainly not for everyone, friends who have watched the show have gotten hooked. Might be time for the rest of us to take a look and see what we're missing.
NFL playoffs, Saints at Eagles, 7 p.m., WAND
Talk all you want about the Bears, Colts and Rams. But the team fans in Champaign-Urbana ought to be rooting for plays in New Orleans. The Saints are loaded with local connections, starting with head coach and former Illini assistant Sean Payton. Rantoul's own Greg McMahon is in his eighth season with the team and sixth as special teams coordinator. Ex-Illini assistant Dan Roushar is in his first season working with the Saints running backs. And that includes Pierre Thomas, the former Illini standout and one-time News-Gazette All-State Player of the Year who has a career-best 77 catches this season. Former Illini defensive lineman Glenn Foster also is on the roster.
"The Good Wife," 8 p.m., WCIA
Network TV's best drama returns after a short break. The show works best when stars Juliana Margulies and Josh Charles are on the screen together. In this episode, they face off in court, where tempers are certain to grow short. The undervalued part of the show is Alan Cumming as scheming "Eli Gold." He is always up to something. Sort of a modern-day J.R. Ewing without the twang.