As if those, playoff football, and the Golden Globes aren’t enough, there’s quite a few new series vying for our attention, as well. These are the 9 series we’re potentially the most excited about in January.
Galavant (ABC, January 4th) — The American fairy tale-themed musical comedy looked, based on the trailers at the upfronts, like one of the most exciting new series of the season. It seems way out there zany in the best kind of way, and its absurdity ultimately may have caused ABC to lose some confidence in it, as the series will now only be running back-to-back hour long episodes for four weeks in January (until Once Upon a Time comes back). But I don’t care: The second Timothy Omundson (Psych) shows up in the teaser joyfully singing about decapitating a man, I was sold.
Empire (Fox, January 7th) — I admit that Empire looks better on paper than in reality. It’s a hip-hop Sopranos featuring a stellar cast that includes Taraji P. Henson, Gabourey Sidibe and Terrence Howard, from Lee Daniels and writer Danny Strong (who brought us The Butler). But dramas like these also may not work very well on network television, and the trailer looks a little on the hokey side. But damn, that cast!
Agent Carter (ABC, January 6th) — Assuming that Marvel has learned from its mistakes and knows better than to start off a series slowly (as it did with Agents of SHIELD), the Agent Carter spin-off of Captain America could be the perfect way to fill in the gap between SHIELD half seasons. I’m both excited at the potential, and trepidatious, knowing how easily it can be screwed up.
Togetherness (HBO, January 11th) — This is honestly the new show I’m most excited about in January. It looks like sort of the dysfunctional, HBO version of Parenthood in that it has a tender, heart-melting vibe to go along with the indie spirit of the series, which comes from mumblecore kings Mark and Jay Duplass. Mark, who also stars in The League, appears on The Mindy Project, and is in every other indie film, is also a main cast member here, along with the phenomenal Melanie Lynskey and Amanda Peet, which puts her at the same network with her husband, Game of Thrones showrunner David Benioff. This trailer is incredible.