Here are the 8 new and returning television shows in January that you need to get excited for.
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride sees the return of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson investigating a supposed ghost. In the New Year’s Day special, however, Holmes and Watson are transported from modern-day to the 1895 setting the characters were originally borne by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The time-jump is a cool and unexpected idea and fans are going to be excited that they get to spend more time with these characters, even if it’s in a different setting.
Fans of Monty Python are going to love the second season of ABC’s cheeky fairy tale adventure Galavant, which improves upon its first season and continues to deliver plenty of humor and wit. The first episode is even called “A New Season aka Suck It Cancellation Bear,” a reference to the popular TV ratings website. In Season Two, Galavant (Joshua Sasse) teams up with the affably evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson) to find Princess Isabella (Karen David). Mallory Jansen returns as the deliciously wicked and power hungry Queen Madalena, with Vinnie Jones and Luke Youngblood rounding out the superb cast.
Shades of Blue
If you’ve seen the trailer for Shades of Blue, you’ll see that this is going to be an intense show and maybe a little emotionally manipulative. Jennifer Lopez plays Harlee Santos, a police officer forced to become an FBI informant when given the choice between her daughter or her corrupt co-workers. Acting powerhouse Ray Liotta (Goodfellas) plays her corrupt and paranoid boss. Shades of Blue definitely has potential so I’ll be checking it out.
Naturally, Angie Tribeca invites comparisons to Brooklyn Nine-Nine, something the creators acknowledge by clarifying it’s more like police procedural spoof shows like Sledge Hammer! or Police Squad! (or, more recently, Charlie Brooker’s A Touch of Cloth). From the trailer, it does look more satirical and meta-funny than Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It may also be the perfect vehicle for Rashida Jones to showcase her comedic chops, because as much as we loved her as Ann on Parks and Recreation, she was more of the straight woman on the show who didn’t get nearly as much to do as her co-stars. Hayes MacArthur, Jere Burns, and Deon Cole also star. Lisa Kudrow guest stars in the pilot episode.
War and Peace
Network: A&E, Lifetime, and History Channel
War and Peace, the latest on-screen adaptation of the Russian masterpiece by Leo Tolstoy, has assembled a very talented cast of young up-and-comers with Lily James, James Norton, Paul Dano, Aneurin Barnard, and Tuppence Middleton. Not to mention X-Files own Gillian Anderson. It looks like a beautiful period piece, with directing from Tom Harper, who’s directed episodes of Peaky Blinders, Misfits, and This Is England ’86.
Let’s all agree that Hayley Atwell was born to play Peggy Carter. I don’t see how anyone else could have made her such a fan favorite. The second season of Agent Carter, the superior ABC Marvel show, sees Peggy traveling to Los Angeles alongside Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy). Season Two will also feature the return of Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray), Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj), and Dottie Underwood (Bridget Regan). New additions include Lotte Verbeek as Jarvis’ wife Ana, Wynn Everett as Whitney Frost AKA Madame Masque, and Reggie Austin as Jason Wilkes.
Legends of Tomorrow
Network: The CW
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, another spin-off from Arrow, is the next best thing to getting a TV show about the Justice League. And the superpowered individuals on this show are more than capable of kicking some serious ass. You have Victor Garber as one half of Firestorm with Franz Drameh as the other half, Brandon Routh as The Atom (DC’s version of Ant-Man), Caity Loitz is back as Sara Lance AKA White Canary after being resurrected on Arrow, Doctor Who‘s Arthur Darvill is East Londoner and time traveler Rip Hunter, Prison Break‘s Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller are criminal accomplices Heat Wave and Captain Cold, and Ciara Renée and Falk Hentschel are power couple Hawkgirl and Hawkman. The trailer looks fun and fresh, an impressive feat considering this is already the third spin-off of an existing TV show.
Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) are back in The X-Files six-episode miniseries airing on Fox. What more can you say about this iconic TV show and these culturally relevant TV characters? To this day, people still talk about Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. The X-Files will have a two-night premiere starting January 24.