New television is back with a vengeance — and not a moment too soon. Now that the holidays are over, many of your favorite shows return with "midseason premieres." Here’s what to watch and what to avoid on television this week:
Monday: "The Bachelor" 7 p.m., ABC: There are 26 chicks vying for the attention of Dallas businessman (and Emily Maynard’s castoff) Sean Lowe? That’s a lot of fake phone numbers to come up with.
"Deception" 9 p.m., NBC: This new drama that borrows heavily from ABC’s evil-rich-folk series, "Revenge," puts an undercover cop in the home of her deceased childhood friend.
Tuesday: "Betty White’s Off Their Rockers" 7 p.m., NBC: It’s a new season of senior citizen punking — and this time, not at the hands of Congress.
"The Lying Game" 8 p.m., ABC Family: The Austin-filmed teen drama kicks off Season 2.
"American Experience: The Abolitionists" 8 p.m., PBS: Part one of three focuses on the early days of the antislavery movement.
"Justified" 9 p.m., FX: Raylan finds a skeleton in the family closet as Season 4 begins.
"Cougar Town" 9 p.m., TBS: Series star Courteney Cox directs the fourth-season premiere.
Wednesday: "Stars in Danger: The High Dive" 7 p.m., Fox: This reality show, in which "stars" including "The Jersey Shore’s" JWoww and Antonio Sabato Jr. quickly plummet from tremendous heights to great depths, might have provided the perfect analogy for its contestants’ careers.
"People’s Choice Awards 2013" 8 p.m., CBS: Kaley Cuoco ("The Big Bang Theory") exercises her hosting muscles as fan favorites take honors for music, TV and film work.
Thursday: "18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards" 7 p.m., CW: "Lincoln" leads the pack with a record 13 nominations, but I’ll bet he won’t be there to accept any wins.
Friday: "Fringe" 8 p.m., Fox: Answers to nagging plot points come thick and fast in the third-to-last episode of television’s trippiest drama.
"Banshee" 9 p.m., Cinemax: An ex-con assumes the identity of a small-town lawman in this new, pay-cable crime drama.
Saturday: "Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual" 8 p.m. WEtv: The ’80s icon really lays on the Queens accent in this new reality series, which shows her juggling stardom and family life.
Sunday: "The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards" 7 p.m., NBC: Comedic besties Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s nods to excellence in TV and film.
"Girls" 8 p.m., HBO: Hannah has a new roommate and Jessa has a new husband in the second-season premiere.
"Shameless" 8 p.m., Showtime: Frank finds himself in a strange place — geographically, for once — in the Season 3 kickoff.
"House of Lies" 9 p.m., Showtime: Marty and the team face a new corporate culture.
"Californication" 9:30 p.m., Showtime: Hank heads to Broadway. "Hey, degenerate authors — let’s put on a show!"