10 TV Series Premieres to Watch in January
In addition to the many TV favorites returning from their winter hiatuses, there are also plenty of new shows headed our way in the coming month. Here’s a look at 10 freshman series scheduled to premiere in January.
1. Galavant, January 4
ABC’s upcoming fairy tale-themed musical comedy, created and written by Dan Fogelman, stars Joshua Sasse as the dashing hero. The show follows Galavant as he seeks revenge after losing the love of his life, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), to the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson). But his mission to finally get his “happily ever after” won’t be without its fair share of unexpected twists and turns.
The episodes will chronicle Galavant’s journeys through musical numbers composed and written by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. The four-week, eight-episiode “comedy extravaganza” will act as the midseason fill-in for Once Upon A Time, airing Sundays at 8 p.m.
2. Agent Carter, January 6
Hayley Atwell, who first appeared as Peggy Carter in Marvel’s Captain America movies, will reprise her role in the upcoming comics series. Set in 1964, the show will follow Carter as she attempts to balance her routine office duties with her secret work assisting Howard Stark, who has just been framed for supplying deadly weapons to the top bidder. Carter works with Stark’s butler, Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy), to find those responsible and help dispose of the weapons.
Dominic Cooper, Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj, and Shea Whigham will also co-star in the series. It airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.
3. Empire, January 7
Created by The Butler’s Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, the new music-themed soap opera stars Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, the head of a prominent hip-hop record label who has recently been diagnosed with a debilitating illness. As the music mogul prepares to pass on his legacy to one of his three sons, his ex-wife (played by Howard’s Hustle and Flow co-star Taraji P. Henson) shows up after her recent stint in prison and demands her share of the empire.
Empire marks Daniels’s first foray into television, making him only the latest in a string of acclaimed filmmakers to transition to the small screen. The show also features Gabourey Sidibe, who previously worked with Daniels in the title role of Precious, as a series regular. Courtney Love has already been cast as a recurring guest star. It will air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on FOX.
4. Hindsight, January 7
The upcoming VH1 series chronicles the story of Becca (Laura Ramsey), a thirty-something on the verge of entering her second marriage. Though everything seems perfect, Becca is still plagued by doubt, especially when she starts thinking about her former best friend Lolly (Sarah Goldberg), whom she had a falling out with many years ago. Just as she’s wishing she could get another chance to talk to her, she finds herself transported back to New York City on the morning of her first wedding day in 1995.
Nick Clifford, Jessy Hodges, John Patrick Amedori, and Drew Sidora are also co-starring, with Alexandra Chando, Collins Pennie and Adam Herschman appearing in recurring roles. The show airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m.
5. Babylon, January 8
Starring Brit Marling (Another Earth) and James Nesbitt (The Missing), the British comedy-drama revolves around an earnest PR executive who attempts to modernize London’s law enforcement culture, only to discover her certainties shattered and herself undermined in the murky politics of contemporary policing.
Co-starring Bertie Carvel, Paterson Joseph, Nicola Walker, Adam Deacon, and Jill Halfpenny among others, the show, which aired in the UK in 2014, will air on SundanceTV on Thursdays at 10 p.m.
6. Togetherness, January 11
Created by brothers Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass, the eight-episode HBO comedy follows two middle-aged couples living under the same roof, who struggle to keep their relationships alive and their emotional problems in check while pursuing their individual dreams. Mark plays Brett, who’s married to Michelle (Melanie Lynskey) — and who’s letting sister (Amanda Peet) and his best friend (Steve Zissis) crash in their apartment.
The project marks the first time that the Duplass brothers have directed, produced, and written a TV show together. The half-hour series will air Sundays at 9:30 p.m.
7. Eye Candy, January 12
Based on R.L. Stine’s novel of the same name, MTV’s new teen drama stars Victoria Justice as tech genius Lindy Sampson, who starts online dating and begins to suspect that one of her mysterious suitors might be a deadly cyber stalker. When her friends at the cyber police uncover a potential serial killer in Manhattan, Lindy believes it may be one of her dates. She teams up with a band of hackers to solve murders while unleashing justice on the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y.
The show, which has been compared to Veronica Mars, co-stars Casey Deidrick, Harvey Guillen, Kiersey Clemons, and John Garet Stoker. The show airs Monday at 10 p.m.
8. Man Seeking Woman, January 14
The 10-episode comedy follows twenty-something Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel), a naive romantic who goes on a desperate quest for love when his longtime girlfriend dumps him.
Based on the novel by Simon Rich, the show co-stars Eric Andre as Josh’s best friend, Britt Lower as Josh’s older sister, and Maya Erskine as the ex-girlfriend who broke his heart. The 10-epsiode first season of the romantic comedy series airs on Wednesdays on FXX.
9. 12 Monkeys, January 16
The sci-fi fiction mystery drama, based on the 1995 movie of the same name, follows the story of time traveler James Cole, who travels from the year 2043 to the present day in order to stop the release of a deadly virus by the enigmatic organization known as “Army of the Twelve Monkeys.” In order to prevent the virus that caused the death of 93.6% of the world population. Virologist Cassandra Railly and a math genius with mental issues, Jennifer Goines, will be helped by Cole in his effort to stop the virus.
The cast stars Aaron Sanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo, and Noah Bean. The series premiere airs at 9 p.m. on SyFy.
10. Backstrom, January 22
Based on the Swedish book series by Leif G.W. Persson, the upcoming crime comedy centers on Everett Backstrom (played by Rainn Wilson), an overweight and offensive detective, who is constantly struggling with his self-destructive tendencies and works as part of a team of eccentric criminologists.
Genevieve Angelson, Page Kennedy, Kristoffer Polaha, Dennis Haysbert, Beatrice Rosen, and Thomas Dekker co-star in the series. The show airs on Fox on Thursdays at 9 p.m.