Top of the morning, Jan. 10, 2014
We are all about accountability at The News-Gazette. On Sunday, Bob Asmussen predicted 10 categories in The People’s Choice Awards. How did he do? He picked four of 10 correctly. One of his misses was in the Favorite Movie Actor category. Robert Downey Jr. didn’t win but took home two other awards. That’s like getting it half right.
Here’s your weekend viewing guide, courtesy Asmussen:
9 p.m., WCIA
The Tom Selleck-driven show isn’t going to win a bunch of Emmys. And the acting can, at times, be wooden. But it is like a old, comfortable pair of shoes. No blisters and it gets you where you want to go. At a time when television is trying to be ultra-clever, “Blue Bloods” is a throwback. A modern-day “Mannix.” In tonight’s episode, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) works to get a new type of heroin off the New York streets. Count on some wise advice from dad Frank (Selleck).
NFL: Colts at Patriots
7:15 p.m., WCIA
Make sure you stick around to the end of the game. Last weekend, Indianapolis showed the game isn’t over until Andrew Luck is done throwing passes. There are all sorts of Illinois ties with this game. The Colts roster includes former Illini defensive back Vontae Davis and ex-offensive lineman Hugh Thornton. Davis was a first-round draft choice now in his fifth NFL season. Thornton is a rookie who has excelled after being picked in the third round of the 2013 draft. A pair of former Illini assistants are on Chuck Pagano’s staff. Joe Gilbert works with the offensive linemen and Mike Gillhamer instructs the secondary. Both served with Ron Zook at Illinois. The Patriots roster includes four former Illini: rookie defensive lineman Michael Buchanan, rookie defensive back Justin Green, veteran tight end Michael Hoomanawanui and defensive back Tavon Wilson.
“The Golden Globes”
7 p.m., WAND
Put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press, the Golden Globes honor both movies and television. While it hasn’t quite reached Academy Awards status, the show is running a close second. How do you know? Check out the nominees who arrive. It will be a bunch of A-listers. Rarely will you find yourself saying “Who is that?” The hosts — Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — add plenty of laughs. Hopefully, no rumbles break out between the TV and movie types.