This week: ‘Nashville,’ ‘Portlandia’ and the Dropkick Murphys all return for 2017

“Nashville” (CMT). The much-loved series moves from ABC to CMT for its fifth season. Hayden Panettiere is back, Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples are not, and Connie Britton will appear in only 10 of the 22 episodes. (Jan. 5)

“Portlandia” (IFC). The comedy that pokes fun at the only people who could possibly care about it goes into its seventh season. Guests include Abbi Jacobson, Maria Bamford, Run the Jewels, the B-52s, Andy Richter and more. (Jan. 5)

220px-11shortstoriesDropkick Murphys, “11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory” (Born & Bred). The Boston-based Celtic punk outfit decided to record their ninth album in El Paso and the world may never know why. (Jan. 6)

Gone Is Gone, “Echolocation” (Rise/Black Dune). The debut album from a 21st-century rock supergroup features Mastodon singer/bassist Troy Sanders, Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, At the Drive-In drummer Tony Hajjar and multi-instrumentalist Mike Zarin. (Jan. 6)

“Emerald City” (NBC). As stated earlier, NBC’s “Wizard of Oz” reboot is a dark, adultish take on Dorothy and pals. Here, our heroine is 20 and Toto is a police dog. Look for a Game of Thrones for network thing, with Tarsem “The Cell” Singh directing all 10 episodes. At least it will probably look good. (Jan. 6)

 “The 74th Golden Globe Awards” (NBC). Jimmy Fallon hosts television’s potentially drunkest live broadcast. (Jan. 8)

Author: Joe Gross

Joe Gross has covered books, movies, music and culture for the American-Statesman since 2002. He tweets at @joegross.

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