“SHERLOCK” — OK, it’s not so “Elementary,” but fans of the popular drama have waited almost two years to find out how their favorite brainy sleuth (Benedict Cumberbatch) survived in the closing moments of Season 2’s finale after it appeared that he fell to his death. In the first of three 90-minute episodes, the saga picks up two years after Sherlock’s leap off the roof of St. Bart’s Hospital and nothing seems to be the same, especially his relationship with Watson (Martin Freeman). 9 tonight, PBS.
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TONIGHT: Season 2 of “The Following” begins with — what else? — another bloody killing spree. Will Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) ever be able to find a sense of peace? 8:30 (time approximate due to NFC championship game), Fox. And you thought all reality TV dating shows ended in tears and tabloid-fueled acrimony. Nope. “The Bachelor: Bachelor Love Stories” is a where-are-they-now special that catches up with some of the successful relationships the franchise has spawned. 7 p.m., ABC. MONDAY: A lot of fans completely lost their heads over the breakout hit “Sleepy Hollow.” Alas, Season 1 comes to an end tonight with a two-hour finale and we’re betting that something weird and scary will happen. 7 p.m., Fox. TUESDAY: “American Masters: Salinger” recalls the life of J.D. Salinger, the enigmatic author who stepped away from the spotlight after the success of “The Catcher in the Rye.” This version of Shane Salerno’s film contains 15 minutes of material not seen in theaters. 9 p.m., PBS. Reality TV gets even weirder with “Opposite Worlds.” It’s a competition in which opposing teams live in a house separated into two distinctly different worlds: one past and one future, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. 11 p.m., Syfy. WEDNESDAY: In the hilarious new comedy “Broad City,” Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer play BFFs navigating their 20s in New York City and making a mess of things. Amy Poehler is an executive producer. 11:30 p.m., Comedy Central. THURSDAY: Greg Kinnear makes his TV series debut in the drama “Rake.” He plays a brilliant criminal defense attorney whose self-destructive ways often affect his job. In other words, a legal-series version of “House.” 8 p.m., Fox. FRIDAY: Who said board games aren’t dangerous and messy? On “Bones,” the team delves into the world of professional chess after a champion’s body is found in pig slop. 7 p.m., Fox. SATURDAY: The new drama “Black Sails” attempts to shiver our timbers by whisking us back to the golden age of piracy. It opens with Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) trying to fend off a mutiny by his motley crew. 10 p.m., Starz. Christina Ricci has an ax to grind in the new TV film “Lizzie Borden.” It’s the true story of the sensational 1892 whack job who lives on in infamy (and nursery rhymes). 9 p.m., Lifetime.
Martin Freeman, left, stars as Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes in “Sherlock” on PBS’ “Masterpiece.”