Now that we are out of the holiday TV rerun slump, we figured it was as good of a time as any to mentally prepare ourselves and our DVRs for the new batch of shows about to hit our home entertainment centers. And while with the onslaught of old favorites returning (GIRLS! DOWNTON ABBEY! NASHVILLE! SMASH!) it may seem easy to just focus on the tried and tested, we feel these network offerings deserve at least an episode or two of your test viewing time. So, lets dig in.
- FOLLOWING (Fox, Series Premiere – Monday, January 21st, 9pm) – by far the show we’ve been waiting for the most. Kevin Williamson (Scream, Dawson’s Creek) returns to his horror/thriller fanboy roots with a macabre treat which asks the question: What would happen if serial killers had a way of communicating and connecting with each other? What if they were able to work together and form alliances? What if one brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic mastermind was able to bring them all together and activate a cult of believers following his every command? Kevin Bacon (good cop) and James Purefoy (bad killer) lead the cast and the preview is as close to perfect as this season gets:
- 1600 PENN (NBC, Series Premiere – Thursday, January 10th, 9:30pm) – with 30 ROCK wrapped, NBC has some big comedy shoes to fill and we’re happy to see them looking towards our fair city and that big, white house on Penn Ave to fill them. And while we’ll always have a soft spot for Bill Pullman (as the President and pater familias), and are jazzed to see Jenna Elfman return to the small screen, the real selling point here is Josh Gad is Skip Gilchrist whom you may remember as BEARCLAW from a recent NEW GIRL episode and who is the #1 person we’re excited to see have a show to call his own this season. If all goes according to plan, I sense a Skip themed BWB VERY.VERY.SOON.
- AMERICANS (FX, Series Premiere – Wednesday, January 30-10pm) Need something to carry you over now that HOMELAND is over for the season? Welcome “Americans” which slides into the “American Horror Story” time slot at the end of the month. Matthew Rhys and Russell star as Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, the married KGB spies and parents of two, posing as Americans in the suburbs of Washington, DC (so many DC shows this season!) in the midst of cold war 80s. And then…. Things get more complicated when Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), an FBI agent, moves in next door. Should be a good and paranoid time.
- CULT (CW, Series Premiere- Tuesday, February 19th-9pm) – Cult offers the necessary mindf*ck of the season. A show about people obsessed with a TV show about a CULT (named “CULT”) and the intersection between your reality and tv, if executed probably it should get very weird, very fast.
- DECEPTION (NBC, Series Premiere – Monday, January 7th – 10pm (TONIGHT!) – sitting grittyily AND glamorously at the intersection of “SCANDAL” and “REVENGE” the new show from the creators of “Friday Night Lights” (!!!!) follows Detective Joanna Locasto goes undercover to investigate the death of her best friend, a notorious socialite from one of America’s wealthiest families, who (supposedly) died of a drug overdose. “Supposedly” being the operating word here.
- CARRIE DIARIES (CW, Series Premiere – January 14th, 8pm) – We know those Sex and The City movies left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth, but with GOSSIP GIRL gone, it is time to make room for another dishy teen soap, and a SATC prequel set in the 80s with Anna Sophia Robb as baby Carrie Bradshaw seems like a pretty good idea? Plus: the clothes! the hair! the super cute transfer students! the complete lack of mid-30s whining!
- MONDAY MORNINGS (TNT, Series Premiere – February 4th, 10pm) – Remember that scene in “MALICE” where Alec Baldwin’s cocky surgeon admits that he basically thinks he IS God? If you don’t, go rent that movie-it is great. Well, decade or so later David E. Kelley expands on the God complex/MD topic and brings us a medical drama about the mistakes surgeons make and the Monday morning hospital reviews where there ARE NO GODS in the room. BONUS: Ving Rhames plays one of the doctors.
still a little bit of time to wait for, but should TOTALLY BE WORTH IT:
- BATES MOTEL (A&E, Series Premiere – Monday, March 18th, 10pm) – A “PSYCHO” prequel. Starring Vera Farmiga as the Mother. Nothing not to be pumped for, right?
anything you’re super excited for on your small screen/think we CHOSE WRONG? comment away