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“The 77th An­nual Golden Globe Awards” (7 p.m., NBC): Break out your best fake smile, all you Hol­ly­wood stars! Bri­tish ac­tor and comic Ricky Ger­vais, who has a fond­ness for crack­ing jaw-drop­ping, take-no-pris­on­ers jokes at the ex­pense of the rich and fa­mous, re­turns for his fifth stint as host of this year’s cer­e­mony. Among nom­i­nees, it was a good year for stream­ing ser­vices: Net­flix leads the pack with a com­bined to­tal of 17 film and TV nods, while the re­cently launched Ap­ple TV Plus picked up its first Globe nom­i­na­tions for “The Morn­ing Show.”

“God Friended Me” (7 p.m., CBS): Miles (Bran­don Micheal Hall) stum­bles across a new clue to who is be­hind the God Ac­count when Joy (Jes­sica Lu) points out what may not be a co­in­ci­dence: All Miles’ friend sug­ges­tions have been clients of the same in­sur­ance com­pany. So is the new­est one, Abe (Judd Hirsch), a Holo­caust sur­vivor des­per­ate to find in­for­ma­tion about the fate of his long-lost sis­ter.

“Tolkien” (7 p.m., 11 p.m., HBO): Dome Karukoski’s 2019 pe­riod bi­o­graph­i­cal drama stars Ni­cholas Hoult (“Jack the Gi­ant Killer”) as English pro­fes­sor J.R.R. Tolkien, who achieved his great­est fame for writ­ing “The Hob­bit” and “The Lord of the Rings.” The film’s pri­mary fo­cus, how­ever, is on Tolkien’s early years as an aca­demic, when he dis­cov­ers his pas­sion for lan­guages. Lily Collins plays Edith Bratt, Tolkien’s life­long love and even­tual wife, who in­spired sev­eral of his fe­male fan­tasy char­ac­ters. Colm Meaney and Derek Ja­cobi also star.

“Cross­word Mys­ter­ies” (7 p.m., HMM): Lacey Chabert re­turns as New York Sen­tinel cross­words edi­tor and part-time sleuth Tess Harper in a new mys­tery called “Abra­ca­daver.” The story opens as a ma­gi­cian abruptly drops dead in mid-per­for­mance, leav­ing Tess and NYPD De­tec­tive Lo­gan O’Con­nor (Bren­nan El­liott) to fig­ure out who’s be­hind what they soon as­cer­tain was a pre­med­i­tated mur­der. John Kape­los, Bar­bara Niven and Ro­maine Waite also star.

“Worst Cooks in Amer­ica” (8 p.m., 11 p.m., Food): Alton Brown (“Good Eats”) joins chef Anne Bur­rell as a team men­tor as they lead a new class of 16 de­cid­edly un­promis­ing re­cruits through an­other rig­or­ous culi­nary boot camp, which in­cludes some of the cra­zi­est chal­lenges ever. In the sea­son pre­miere, “Bot­tom’s Up,” Bur­rell and Brown gauge the rough ta­lent level of their new­bies by hav­ing them make a base­line dish, but the re­sults are pretty de­press­ing.

“Sis­ter Wives” (8 p.m., 12 a.m., TLC): As Sea­son 14 opens with a pre­miere called “Kicked Out,” the Sis­ter Wives have just moved to Flagstaff, Ariz., but they quickly dis­cover they weren’t able to leave be­hind them the dra­matic chal­lenges posed by their polyg­a­mous life­style. One wife is driven from her home by an­gry neigh­bors, and the cost of the prop­er­ties Kody needs to ac­com­mo­date his four wives and large brood threaten fi­nan­cial dis­as­ter. He con­sid­ers build­ing one gi­ant house for ev­ery­one, but his wives are skep­ti­cal.

“Naked and Afraid” (9 p.m., 1 a.m., Dis­cov­ery): Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel opens Sea­son 11 of its sur­vival­ist chal­lenge with a premise more har­row­ing than ever be­fore. The show in­vites some of the strong­est and most re­source­ful play­ers ever fea­tured on past sea­sons and drops them in iso­lated ar­eas around the globe, leav­ing them with not even the clothes on their back — and, this time around, no one by their side.

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Ricky Ger­vais

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