As the networks’ midseason premieres roll on, a load of cable shows’ new seasons begin. In midst of all the hellos, TV’s best science fiction show says goodbye. Here’s what to watch and what to avoid on television this week.
Monday: "Continuum" 7 p.m., Syfy: Terrorists from the future (futerrorists?) travel back to 2012 but, oops … they brought a future cop back with them.
"The Carrie Diaries" 7 p.m., CW: Let’s hope the premiere of this new series — a prequel to "Sex and the City" — means the endless promos will stop and Adam Ant can climb back into his mound.
"Being Human" 8 p.m., Syfy: Season 3 begins with Sally trapped in limbo. Hey — just tell ‘em to raise the stick.
"Lost Girl" 9 p.m., Syfy: Season 3 kicks off tonight.
Tuesday: "Bad Girls Club" 7 p.m., Oxygen: New season, new girls, new city — Atlanta.
"Pioneers of Television" 7 p.m., PBS: The third-season premiere looks at female comics and sitcom stars.
"Face Off" 8 p.m., Syfy: 14 special effects competitors square off, creating goblins in the reality series’ Season 4 premiere.
"Emily Owens, M.D." 8 p.m., CW: Sorry, Mamie. The network begins to burn off the canceled drama’s remaining episodes.
Wednesday: "American Idol" 7 p.m., Fox: Season 12 kicks off with auditions before Randy Jackson and new judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.
"Kroll Show" 9:30 p.m., Comedy Central: "The League’s" Nick Kroll debuts his new sketch comedy show.
Thursday: "Anger Management" 8 p.m., FX: Charlie Sheen messes up a shower in the Season 2 premiere. Luckily, it’s a baby shower because, you know, there are things you can’t un-see.
"Archer" 9 p.m., FX: The titular agent hopes a spa visit will restore his memory as the fourth season begins.
"King of the Nerds" 9 p.m., TBS: Ladies and gentlemen … start your pocket protectors! I’m not sure why anybody would want to win this crown, but eleven contestants try.
"Legit" 9:30 p.m., FX: Jim Jeffries portrays a politically incorrect standup comic working on his act and his life in this new comedy.
"Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" 10 p.m., FX: The politically incorrect standup comic begins his show’s sophomore season.
Friday: "Fringe" 7 p.m., Fox: The adventures of Walter and the gang wind up tonight (in our universe, anyway) with back-to-back episodes.
"Real Time with Bill Maher" 9 p.m., HBO: A new season of talking head gabfest-ing begins.
Saturday: "Ripper Street" 8 p.m., BBC America: If I learned on thing from this cop drama set in 1889 London, it’s this: If you live on Ripper Street, you’re just asking for it.
Sunday: "NFL Football" 5:30 p.m., CBS: The AFC’s top two battle it out to determine who heads to the Super Bowl.
Events & programs
Farm to Disco. A seventies-themed disco party celebrating the Sustainable Food Center’s new headquarters, with a DJ and all-you-can-eat fondue. 7 p.m. Monday. $60. Swan Dive, 615 Red River St. 236-0074, www.sustainablefoodcenter.org.
Bobby Jealousy at Hotel Vegas. Austin-based Bobby Jealousy, who are set to release a new album in February, bring their rock/soul act to Hotel Vegas on Mondays in January. With Brian Patterson Golden Explosion and Burgess Meredith. 10 p.m. 1500 E. Sixth St. hotelvegasaustin.com.
— Peter Mongillo
Also playing: Dale Watson at the Continental Club; Ramsay Midwood, the Austin Steamers and Mother Merey and the Black Dirt at the Hole in the Wall.
Thrift Set Orchestra. A concert featuring early jazz, swing classics and original material. 9 p.m. Mondays in January. $5-15. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd. www.vortexrep.org
Big Screen Classics: "The Big Gundown." Sergio Sollima directs the 1966 spaghetti western. 7 p.m. Monday. $10. Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St. 476-1320, www.drafthouse.com.
Music Monday: "Purple Rain." Prince stars as "The Kid" in the 1984 musical. 7 p.m. Monday. $5-$10. Alamo Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd. 219-5408. Alamo Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Lane. 476-1320, www.drafthouse.com.
Music Monday: "What Did You Expect?: Archers of Loaf Live at Cat’s Cradle." Gorman Bechard directed the 2012 rock doc. 9:45 p.m. Monday. $5. Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St. 476-1320, www.drafthouse.com.
Action Pack: The "Big Lebowski" Quote-Along. An interactive screening of the Coen brothers comedy, with props and more. 10 p.m. Monday. $12. Alamo Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Lane. 476-1320, www.drafthouse.com.
Monkeyshine Monday Comedy Show. Charlie Hodge hosts an evening of music and comedy. 10:15 p.m. Monday. $5. Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St. 476-1320, www.drafthouse.com.
Free this week
Make, Craft, Create. The Austin Public Library hosts its monthly adult craft night. 6:30 p.m. Monday. Austin Public Library Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd. 974-7500, www.austintexas.gov/library.
Author appearance. Whole Foods CEO John Mackey speaks and signs "Conscious Capitalism." 7 p.m. Tuesday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 472-5050, www.bookpeople.com.
Live music. Youngblood Hawke performs; free refreshments provided by Shiner. 3 p.m. Thursday. Waterloo Records, 600 N. Lamar Blvd. 474-2500, www.waterloorecords.com.
Warm Saké & a Movie. A saké demonstration and a screening of "My Neighbor Totoro." 6 p.m. Friday. Texas Saké Company, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. www.txsake.com.
"The Laugh Lounge." Features local comedians. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Austin Java, 1206 Parkway. 482-9450,
Octavitas Celebration. Dancing, a Parranda sing-along and more. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery St. 251-8122, www.prfdance.org.