Sunday marks the return of Ricky Gervais to the Golden Globes (NBC, 8 p.m.) and already there's going to be a buzz as to what the British comic will say.
Will he tone down last year's acerbic performance, or will he kick it up another notch (if that's possible) and skewer the Hollywood elite.
Of course, Gervais drew a lot of criticism from the Hollywood elite, but you know what, I don't see much wrong with poking some fun at the rich and glamorous. While there were plenty of awkward, cringe-worthy moments, I don't think Gervais went out of his way to be vicious toward anyone. As he wrote in a piece in Entertainment Weekly, a lot of people made assumptions about his jokes that he didn't intend.
I also like bringing Gervais back for no other reason than it sticks it to the self-important Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who probably don't watch half the shows that are submitted for Globe consideration.
Anyway, the predictions:
BEST DRAMA: "Homeland." While "Homeland" is truly deserving of this honor, my guess is that the HFPA will like the undertones that criticize American foreign policy.
BEST ACTOR, DRAMA: Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire." This series is inexplicably the darling of the Globes, so a Buscemi repeat is a strong possibility. Jeremy Irons might score an upset given his exceptional career.
BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA: Claire Danes, "Homeland." Julianna Margulies might pull it out here, but network shows don't do well on the Globes. Mireille Enos of "The Killing" is also a possibility, because the HFPA probably thinks it's a great series.
BEST COMEDY: "Enlightened." A comedy that no one watched, and those who did were sharply divided over? Sounds like a perfect Globes winner to me. "Modern Family's" astounding success at the Emmys the past two years will probably kill its Globe chances. Look for Showtime's terrific "Episodes" to be the dark horse here.
BEST ACTOR, COMEDY: Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes." That "Episodes" drew any Globes attention at all is actually a positive mark in the HFPA's favor, and I think "Joey" pulls out the win here. Unless they go for their typical weird pick, in which case it's probably "Californication's" David Duchovney or "Hung's" Thomas Jane.
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY: Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl." The Globes seem to like to go with either the most obscure picks or whomever has the hot hand right now, which would be Deschanel. Laura Dern from "Enlightened" also fits the bill because of the former.
WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: Wow, it's been a long wait for "Fringe," (Fox, 9 p.m.), but I hope it's worth it because Peter (Josh Jackson) heads over to the other universe to confront Walternate (John Noble).
"Chuck" (NBC, 8 p.m.) continues its final few episodes tonight with guest star Bo Derek, followed by a new "Grimm." The CW airs a new "Nikita" at 8 p.m., followed by a new "Supernatural."
CBS is all-new tonight with "A Gifted Man," "CSI: NY" and "Blue Bloods."
On cable, SyFy wraps up a two-part "Merlin" at 10 p.m.
On Saturday, ABC hosts the Miss America Pageant at 9 p.m. Go Georgia! (I'm kidding, they are all lovely).
BBC America debuts "The Fades" at 9 p.m., sort of a "Buffy"-esque series in which a teenager has visions of an apocalyptic future and a stranger tells him his role in the coming fight between good and evil. I hope it's better than "Demons" or "Hex" were.
On Sunday, the other networks don't seem concerned about going against The Globes.
Fox debuts the new, animated version of "Napolean Dynamite" at 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. It features the original cast of the independent hit movie from 2004. Honestly, I thought the movie was overrated and I don't remember much about it, so it's good to see Fox striking while the iron is hot.
ABC has new episodes of "Once Upon A Time," "Desperate Housewives" and "Pan Am," while CBS airs "Undercover Boss" and "The Good Wife" from 8-10 p.m.
The wildly popular "Masterpiece" series, "Downton Abbey" (PBS, 9 p.m.) airs its second episode tonight. Seriously, it's all people seem to talk about on Facebook.
On cable, the disappointing "Hell on Wheels" (AMC, 10 p.m.) concludes its first season, while the much-better "Leverage" (TNT, 9 p.m.) also wraps up its season.
Meanwhile, Showtime has new episodes of "Shameless," "House of Lies" and "Californication" beginning at 9 p.m.