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What to Watch on Sunday: SAG Awards and a powerful 'Downton Abbey'

Screen Actors Guild Awards (8pm, TNT) - Outstanding TV and film performances are honored, and Dick Van Dyke receives the Life Achievement Award.

Downton Abbey (9pm, UNC-TV) - Episode four -- or as I call it, the OH NO NO NO! episode -- has Anna uncovering evidence that could clear Bates (yawn), Edith becoming a newspaper columnist, and Matthew questioning the management of the estate. Also, Isobel offers Ethel a position in her household and a fancy doctor is hired to oversee the delivery of Sybil's baby.

The Makeover (9pm, ABC) - A Hallmark Hall of Fame movie about the transformation of blue-collar Boston beer vendor Elliot Doolittle into a viable congressional candidate by handler Hannah Higgins. Yes, it's a twist on George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion." Adrienne reviews.

The Good Wife (9pm, CBS) - Alicia is presented with a career-altering offer, while Will and Diane fight off their creditors.

Enlightened (9:30pm, HBO) - Amy gets a letter from Levi in Hawaii, where he refuses to buy into Open Air's rehabilitation philosophy and decides to accompany a pair of younger addicts for a night of indulgence.

Californication (10:30pm, Showtime) - Hank attends a funeral with Faith, and Charlie is the guest of Robbie Mac and Ken for a night on the town.

What to Watch on Sunday: SAG Awards and 'Luck' on HBO

Screen Actors Guild Awards (8pm, TNT and TBS) - This is sort of the stepchild of the major awards shows, relegated to basic cable and without any kind of host. But I'll still watch!!! Especially since tonight Dick Van Dyke will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Mary Tyler Moore.

Luck (9pm, HBO) - HBO officially debuts their new drama series about the world of horse racing (viewers got a sneak preview in Decemeber). It stars Dustin Hoffman as an owner trying to get back into the swing of things after three years in jail. Also stars Nick Nolte. Written by David Milch and directed by Michael Mann. Here's Adrienne's review.

The Good Wife (9pm, CBS) - The last new episode we got ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, so I'm hoping for more insight into the whole Kalinda/Will con tonight. Also, Wendy Scott-Carr presents her evidence against Will to the grand jury, and when Alicia takes the stand, details of her relationship with Will are revealed.

Downton Abbey (9pm, UNC-TV) - In a really great episode 4, Matthew and William are engaged in a fierce battle at the front, and Vera strikes a cruel blow against Bates and Anna.

A Smile as Big as the Moon (9pm, ABC) - A fact-based drama about a Michigan high school football coach and special ed teacher who fights an uphill battle to take his students to NASA's Space Camp in Alabama in the 1980s.

Shameless (9pm, Showtime) - Fiona is concerned she is dumping too much responsibility on the Gallagher children when stress causes Debbie to break out in a rash. The Gallagher children stressed? YOU DON'T SAY.

An Evening of Stars (11pm, BET) - This UNCF fundraising showcase features Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Marsha Ambrosius, Ledisi, Musiq Soulchild, and many others.

'Modern Family' and 'Dexter' get SAG nominations

The Screen Actors Guild announced their annual award nominations this morning and the ABC sitcom "Modern Family" leads the TV category with five nods. Raleigh native Michael C. Hall (left) was nominated for his starring role in "Dexter." Hall won the SAG Award for playing serial killer Dexter Morgan in January 2010. "Dexter" was also nominated today for Best Drama Series Ensemble.

One glaring omission from the SAG list is Showtime's excellent new drama, "Homeland," which is filmed in Charlotte. Claire Danes are Damien Lewis are both terrific in that show. There's always next year.

The SAG Awards Show will be broadcast on January 29, on TBS and TNT.

See more SAG television nominations below:

'Modern Family' and Betty White win big at SAG Awards

The Screen Actors Guild Awards took place tonight in Los Angeles, the awards show that gives film and television actors a chance to choose the performances they believe most deserving. 

If you've been paying any attention to other awards given out this season, there weren't a lot of big surprises, but there were some nice moments. And the show went unhosted, so we don't have to spend our Monday reading about how wonderful/terrible the host was.

Here is a rundown of the TV winners.

SAG nominations not quite as odd as Golden Globes, but ...

The Screen Actors Guild announced their nominations today. They aren't quite as puzzling as the Golden Globe nominations announced earlier this week, but there are a few head-scratchers.

Like the cast of "Hot in Cleveland" (or "The Office," for that matter) getting an ensemble nod over say, "Community." But I quibble. All in all, it's a much more legitimate nomination list, even if it does inexplicably exclude Connie Britton, Kyle Chandler, and anything remotely related to "Friday Night Lights." I will never understand that.

Click below to read the full list of TV nominees.

SAG Awards: Raleigh's Michael C. Hall a big winner again

It was another big night for TV stars at last night's SAG Awards, and a lot of Warm TV favorites took home bronzed naked men (those would be SAG trophies), including Raleigh's Michael C. Hall.

For the most part, the SAGs mimicked the Golden Globe awards given out last Sunday night. Alec Baldwin once again won for Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy for his role on NBC's "30 Rock," and his costar Tina Fey took home the trophy for Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy. (Baldwin the won Golden Globe last week, but Fey lost out to Toni Collette.)

What to Watch on Saturday: From Betty White to Lionel Richie

Screen Actors Guild Awards (8pm, TBS) - Shoved onto cable on a
Saturday night, the SAG awards get no love from the networks, but it's
still one of my favorites. Presenters include George Clooney, Meryl
Streep
, Alec Baldwin, and Jane Lynch. Sandra Bullock will present the Life Achievement Award to Betty White.

The Pregnancy Pact (9pm, Lifetime) -  A blogger investigates a rash of teen pregnancies at her old high school, and rumors swirl about a pregnancy pact between girls. 

The Deep End (9pm, ABC) - If you missed the premiere of ABC's new legal drama on Thursday (think of it as a "Grey's Anatomy" with lawyers), you can catch the repeat tonight.

Evening of Stars (Midnight, WGN) - The 31st Annual UNCF fundraiser pays tribute to Lionel Richie (Yes, I had that album on the right and wore it slap out. Truly.). Performers on the show include Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Akon, Ledisi, Jessie McCartney, James Ingram, Brian McKnight, Boney James, and Katharine McPhee. "Evening of Stars" repeats on BET Sunday night at 10pm.

SAG Awards: 30 Rock sweeps

This is how you do an awards show - no muss, no fuss, in and out in two hours. And that's for TV and  movies. Oscars -- take note.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards show sped along last night at a nice little clip, and it had some cool moments. Here are some of the highlights for the TV awards handed out.

Tina Fey wins Best Comedy Actress. She makes a joke about actors not getting internet residuals and asks her infant daughter Alice to take care of her when she's old and broke.

(Note: Jon Hamm of Mad Men looks GREAT with 2009 hair).

Alec Baldwin wins Best Comedy Actor. He says he'd like to make out with Anthony Hopkins because he looks "so good."

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