Tierna Unruh-Enos is publisher at The Paper.


Thursday 31

“Cleaning Up” (Sundance Now streaming anytime) A down-on-her-luck London office cleaner with a gambling problem overhears an illegal stock trade going down and uses the insider info to turn her life around (sort of) in this darkly comic drama starring BAFTA Award winner Sheridan Smith (“Jonathan Creek”). 

“Dick Clarke’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021” (KOAT-7 7pm) This year you don’t have to be jealous of all those people partying out on the streets of Times Square—because everybody’s stuck at home under pandemic lockdown orders. That isn’t stopping Ryan Seacrest from inviting J. Lo, Nelly, Billy Porter, Cyndi Lauper and Ciara to anchor five and a half hours worth of audience-free performances tonight.

“FOX’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2021” (KRQE-DT2 7pm) Ken Jeong and Joel McHale (both from “Community”) roast the year that was and toast the year that will be. LeAnn Rimes, Gloria Estafan, John Legend and Green Day are among the musical guests.

“New Year’s Eve: Escape From 2020” (KOB-4 7pm) Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, John Legend, Carson Kreesley, Johnny Weir and other celebrities get interviewed for this kiss-off to the year that was.

“United in Song: Celebrating the Resilience of America” (KNME-5 7pm) PBS offers a classy New Year’s Eve with performances filmed at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon as well as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Among the evening’s entertainers: Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, Patti LaBelle, Juanes and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Friday 1

“Headspace Guide to Meditation” (Netflix streaming anytime) The popular self-help website joins forces with Netflix to teach people how to chill out.

“Mystery at Blind Frog Ranch” (Discovery 9am) Like Utah’s infamous Skinwalker Ranch, Utah’s Blind Frog Ranch also claims to be a hotspot of supernatural/alien/extradimensional activity. Or at least that’s what the owners who are leasing it to Discovery Channel say.

“Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks” (BBC America 6pm) Series 13 of the venerable BBC sci-fi series is still a ways off. But at least we get Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor teaming up with John Barrowman’s Capt. Jack Harkness to fight off some Daleks in this one-off holiday special.

Saturday 2

“Affluenza Teen: The Jailhouse Sessions” (Reelz 8pm) ’Member Ethan Couch, the 16-year-old Texan who killed four people and injured nine in a drunk driving accident but argued in court that he was too young, wealthy and privileged to understand the consequences of his awful actions? He got off on manslaughter charges and was given probation; but then he violated probation, fled the country and hid out in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta with his rich mommy. For that he got two years in jail. Here’s a collection of his jailhouse interviews.

Sunday 3

“The Watch” (BBC America 6pm) “Inspired” by Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, this modern-day “fantasy police procedural” finds a group of trolls, werewolves, wizards and other supernatural misfits fighting dragon-on-elf crime in the big city. 

“Call Me Kat” (KRQE-DT2 7pm) Mayim Biyalik (“Blossom,” “The Big Bang Theory”) stars as a middle-aged woman who, instead of getting married, opens a cat cafe. (On the DL: This is just a remake of the popular British sitcom “Miranda.”)

“Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President” (CNN 7pm) Jimmy Carter was definitely the last moral man in American politics. Evidently, he was also cool enough to pal around with Gregg Allman, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Jimmy Buffett and others. … Legally speaking, you know, he could run for president again.

Elizabeth is Missing (KNME-5 8pm) Two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson returns to TV after 30 years with this “Masterpiece” mystery (based on the book by Emma Healey) about a feisty grandmother who tries to solve the disappearance of an old friend while fighting off early-stage Alzheimer’s.

Monday 4

“30 Coins” (HBO 7pm) Spanish cult film king Álex de la Iglesia (Accion Mutante, Dia de la Bestia, The Perfect Crime, The Last Circus, Witching and Bitching) is the creator-writer-director behind this gonzo horror series about Father Vergara, an exorcist, boxer and ex-convict exiled to a remote town in Spain, who enlists the help of the mayor and a veterinarian when a series of paranormal phenomena begins to occur. Rest assured: There will be monsters.

Tuesday 5

“The History of Swear Words” (Netflix streaming anytime) Well, it’s about #@$&ing time somebody got around to it.

Wednesday 6

“Name that Tune” (KRQE-DT2 8:02pm) Singer/actress Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”) hosts while ex-“American Idol” judge Randy Jackson leads the band in this revival of the classic game show (which first appeared on NBC Radio in 1952).