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Kristen Bell hosts the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and J. K. Simmons pulls double duty in “Counterpart.”
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COUNTERPART 8 p.m. on Starz. In “Whiplash” and “Oz,” J. K. Simmons wreaked havoc with his curt, gravelly voice, a piercing stare and spasms of violence. But the only thing that might be more frightening than one J. K. Simmons is two. In “Counterpart,” he stars as both a low-level office cog at a Berlin-based spy agency and his ruthless carbon copy from another dimension that opened up during the Cold War. The duplicate has breached the border between worlds to warn of a rogue assassin who already crossed it; the odd couple must team up to hunt him down.
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N.F.L. PLAYOFFS All four remaining teams with a shot at the Lombardi Trophy go to battle on Sunday. In order to repeat last year’s victory, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will have to go through the Jacksonville Jaguars (3:05 p.m. on CBS), who along with their erratic quarterback Blake Bortles just scored 45 points against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Minnesota Vikings, who are here thanks to Stefon Diggs’s game-ending touchdown catch last week, hope to advance to a hometown Super Bowl in Minneapolis; they will face off against the Philadelphia Eagles (6:40 p.m. on Fox), who have already exceeded expectations after their starting quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending injury.
THE 24TH ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS 8 p.m. on TNT and TBS. Last year’s SAG Awards, which took place two days after President Trump’s travel ban, became an impromptu call to arms and show of solidarity for marginalized communities. This year, as the organizers and participants fix their gaze on the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, Kristen Bell will serve as the award show’s first host, male or female, and all the presenters will be women. The television shows “Stranger Things” and “Big Little Lies” will likely take victory laps with four nominations apiece, while “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is up for four awards as well.
THE RESIDENT 10 p.m. on Fox. Where ABC’s smash hit “The Good Doctor” opts for sentimentality, “The Resident” instead leans toward cynicism. The new medical drama starts with an idealistic hospital intern (Manish Dayal) hoping to do good; he quickly learns firsthand not only the limitations of his profession, but also the ways that doctors can harm, especially when reputations and the bottom line need to be preserved. Matt Czuchry, Bruce Greenwood and Emily VanCamp play the hospital’s weathered realists.
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DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (2013) on Netflix. Matthew McConaughey’s midcareer rehabilitation, cheekily known as “The McConaissance,” hit a fever pitch with “Dallas Buyers Club,” which recently arrived on Netflix. He plays Ron Woodroof, a Texas rodeo rider who is diagnosed with H.I.V. in 1985 and distributes illegal medical treatment to others affected by the disease. “Skinny as a whippet and fierce as a snapping turtle, Matthew McConaughey brings a jolt of unpredictable energy to ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’” A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times.