When five women call themselves “the First Lady,” you’re bound to have drama — as well as intrigue and pecking orders. Welcome to “The Sisterhood” (8 p.m., TLC), a new docu-melodrama showcasing five women married to the most prominent religious pastors in Atlanta.
As the wives of religious leaders, they are accustomed to being the public face of powerful social institutions. “The Sisterhood” invites these women into a single room and lets their strong personalities emerge.
• The third season of “Dance Moms” (8 p.m., Lifetime) debuts, documenting the backstage machinations of stage mothers and their little darlings.
• On a similar note, ABC Family allows viewers to catch up with its better-than-average series “Bunheads” (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Sutton Foster stars as a washed-up Las Vegas showgirl and one-time ballet dancer whose impetuous marriage lands her in a small town, under the thumb of her controlling mother-in-law (Kelly Bishop), who just happens to run a dance academy. The series, from “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, returns with new episodes Jan. 7.
• The makers of reality television are determined to give every boring endeavor its day in the sun. “Diggers” (9 p.m., National Geographic) features two friends who share a mutual obsession with finding buried objects with their metal detectors. These aren’t average retired guys scouring the beach for loose change and old bottle caps. They’re amateur historians and archaeologists who are out to find such artifacts as Civil War belt buckles and silver coins. Help yourself.
• You can be pretty sure that those who watch the run-up to the Rose Bowl Parade, “Countdown to 124th Roses” (9 a.m., Hallmark), weren’t out late carousing as 2012 expired. The “124th Tournament of Roses Parade” (10 a.m.) follows.
Tonight’s other highlights:
• Stanford and Wisconsin meet in the Rose Bowl (4 p.m., ESPN).
• Florida State and Northern Illinois clash in the Orange Bowl (7:30 p.m., ESPN).
• Divergent personalities clash as two experts brave Chile’s Atacama Desert on “Dual Survival” (8 p.m., Discovery). Its grim climate has earned it the moniker “Mars on Earth.”
• Savino’s ambitions don’t sit well in Milwaukee on “Vegas” (9 p.m., CBS).
• Crosby and Jasmine make a generous gesture on “Parenthood” (9 p.m., NBC).
• Rayna and Deacon perform at Teddy’s fundraiser on “Nashville” (9 p.m., ABC).