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TV This Week for Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012

January 6, 2012 |  5:08 pm

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The British are coming back! “Absolutely Fabulous” — the hit Britcom with Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, below, from left — marks its 20th anniversary with a new series of specials. And the Edwardian-era miniseries “Downton Abbey” launches a second season on “Masterpiece Classic.” (“Absolutely”: BBC America, 7 and 10:10 p.m. and Logo, 10 p.m.; “Masterpiece”: KOCE, 9 p.m.)

Based on John Grisham’s bestseller, the new legal drama “The Firm” picks up the story 10 years later — are those hours billable? — and debuts  here before moving to its regular Thursday slot. Josh Lucas and Molly Parker star. (NBC, 9 p.m.; Thu., 10 p.m.)


Will college football ever adopt a playoff system? And if it does, what will fans have to complain about then? All questions aside, the LSU Tigers take on Alabama’s Crimson Tide for the “2012 Allstate BCS National Championship.” (ESPN, 5:30 p.m.)


His outlaw ways inspired movies starring Kris Kristofferson and Emilo Estevez, with songs by Bob Dylan and Jon Bon Jovi. And now William Henry McCarty, Jr. a.k.a. William H. Bonney a.k.a. Billy the Kid is profiled on “American Experience.” (KOCE, 9 p.m.)


If Chelsea Handler doesn’t seem like herself, it’s because Laura Prepon (“That 70s Show”) is the one playing a pre-fame version of the comic, author and talk show host in the new sitcom “Are You There, Chelsea?” costarring ... Ms. Handler. (NBC, 8:30 p.m.)


Truth is stranger than fiction. Exhibit A: Errol Morris’ 2010 documentary “Tabloid,” which untwists the tale of a former beauty queen and alleged abductress. Exhibit B: “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” concluding the chronicle of the wrongfully convicted West Memphis Three. (Showtime, 8 p.m.; HBO, 9 p.m.)


returns with new episodes, and while we’ve often spotlighted this alt-universe-traversing sci-fi series’ characters and stars, we’ve yet to make mention of the indispensable Agent Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole). Here’s to you, Astrid! (Fox, 9 p.m.)


Last year’s winner, Teresa Scanlan, right, will crown her successor at “The 2012 Miss America Pageant” in Las Vegas. Brooke Burke-Charvet and “The Bachelor’s” Chris Harrison share hosting duties. (ABC, 9 p.m.)

Photos: "Absolutely Fabulous" Credit: Jack Barnes  / BBC; "The 2012 Miss America Pageant" Credit Bruce Boyajian.