TV Watch List: Weekend, Jan. 6-8

Patsy (Joanna Lumley, left) and Edina (Jennifer Saunders) are still “Absolutely Fabulous.”

‘Absolutely Fabulous’
COMEDY. Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are just as fab as they were 20 years ago when this over-the-top Britcom premiered. The first of three specials brings the overindulging duo up to date with references to Twitter and the royal wedding — and more booze than you even remembered.
Sunday, 10 p.m., BBC America and Logo

‘Mob Wives
REALITY. There’s something about a “make-up talk” that Drita and Karen don’t understand. Namely, it’s the making up part they seem to have trouble with when their conversation takes a vicious turn.
Sunday, 8 p.m., VH1

‘The Firm’
DRAMA. NBC delivers a television sequel to the John Grisham novel and 1993 film starring Tom Cruise. Josh Lucas takes over the role of idealistic lawyer Mitch McDeere, who exits witness protection after 10 years in hiding for his role as a whistleblower. Mitch attempts to open his own firm and gives his family some sense of normalcy, but it turns out mobsters have pretty good memories and aren’t very forgiving.
Series premiere, Sunday, 9 p.m., NBC

‘Downton Abbey’
DRAMA. The upstairs/downstairs residents of this English manor became surprise stars last year. As Season 2 kicks off, the men are in the thick of World War I, only serving to amp up the romantic melodrama that has stolen the hearts of millions.
Season premiere, 9 p.m., PBS


Thousands protest in New York over Eric Garner…

The Reverend Al Sharpton led thousands of chanting but peaceful activists in a march across Staten Island on Saturday to protest the death of Eric Garner.


Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages

Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt fire and resume peace talks, but violence continued unabated.


SpaceX rocket terminated in Texas test flight

A Space Exploration Technologies’ Falcon 9 rocket suffered an anomaly shortly after launch on a test flight, triggering its automatic termination system.


MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…


Arcade Fire concert review, Massachusetts, Aug. 19

Arcade Fire take the opposite approach of "Shut up and play the hits," and it works in their favor on the "Reflektor" tour.


Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.


Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm


Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.


3 things we learned about the Giants in…

The Giants claimed the Snoopy trophy in a battle of MetLife Stadium tenants Friday night. But more importantly, the offense finally showed some life in…


3 things we learned about the Jets in…

The Jets lost the Snoopy Bowl, 35-24, to the Giants, losing the trophy and local bragging rights.


Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.


Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.


Asics is giving away free gear around NYC…

Asics wants to see you on the court - and in the stands for the U.S. Open, which begins Monday - by giving away free…


Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…


Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…


Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…