What to Watch: Mid-Season New & Returning Television Premiere Dates (January)
Happy New Year! The TV-midseason is underway and here’s a rundown of season and midseason premieres (and one series finale) this January!
Monday Jan. 7
Deception 9pm est on Global
Deception is a new 13-part, hour-long drama. Plagued by their privileged socialite daughter’s notorious partying ways, the wealthy Bowers family must now face the media in light of her death from an apparent drug overdose. Suspicions arise and undercover Detective Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good, Think Like a Man), a former childhood friend of the troubled young heiress, steps in to shine some light on buried secrets. Deception also stars Canada’s own Victor Garber (Alias, Glee), Tate Donovan (Damages) and Katherine LaNasa (Alfie).
Castle 10pm est on CTV
When a powerful divorce attorney who only represented women is murdered, Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) are confronted by a bunch of angry ex-husbands, any one of whom could be the murderer.
Tuesday, Jan. 8
Ben and Kate8:30pm est on CityTV
Kate (Dakota Johnson) takes action after Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) fails a test to get into the gifted program at her school. Meanwhile, Ben (Nat Faxon) encounters a friend from college who stole one of his business ideas, and BJ’s (Lucy Punch) mother (guest star Jane Seymour, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) comes for a visit.
New Girl 9:00pm est on CityTV
Things get complicated when Jess (Zooey Deschanel) invites Nick (Jake Johnson) and Angie (recurring guest star Olivia Munn, The Newsroom) to spend a weekend away with her and Sam (recurring guest star David Walton, Bent). Meanwhile, Winston (Lamorne Morris) teaches Schmidt (Max Greenfield) about race relations.
The Mindy Project 9:30pm est on CityTV
Mindy’s (Mindy Kaling) brother (guest star Tyler, the Creator, leader of the American hip hop group Odd Future) shocks his sister with his plans to drop out of school and become a rap star. Meanwhile, Danny (Chris Messina) and Jeremy (Ed Weeks) try to schmooze their landlord into lowering their rent for the office.
Pretty Little Liars 8pm est on MuchMusic
“She’s Better Now”
Radley Sanitarium has given Mona a clean bill of health and she is headed back to the halls of Rosewood High, much to the Liars’ dismay. With their former tormentor now back in their everyday life, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer take very different views of the “new” Mona. She made their lives a living hell… Is she really cured? And what other secrets could she be holding onto? It’s up to Mona to prove to the Liars if she has changed or not.
Justified season 2 premiere 10pm est on Showcase
“The Moonshine War”
Justified follows Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) as he’s haunted by his personal and professional past. The sophomore season picks up immediately following the epic gun battle that capped off season one. After breaking the Crowder family’s criminal grip on Harlan County, Raylan must now cope with the criminal organizations moving in to fill the void. Clearing his name as a lawman by continuing to crack cases closely tied to his past, Raylan once again finds himself entangled with the volatile Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins).
Wednesday, Jan. 9
Cougar Town: 8:30p.m.est on CityTV
**Season Premiere** “Blue Sunday”
Jules (Courteney Cox) and Grayson (Josh Hopkins) are in their first week of marriage, but it’s not all wedded bliss for Grayson, who has a lot to learn about being Jules’ husband. Meanwhile, Bobby (Brian Van Holt) tries giving fatherly advice to Travis (Dan Byrd).
Suburgatory 9:30 pm est on CityTV
When Dalia (Carly Chaikin) gets a new car for her PSAT performance, Tessa (Jane Levy) – who is treated to ice cream for hers – becomes obsessed with discovering her score. Meanwhile, Noah (Alan Tudyk) and Jill (Gillian Vigman) want Mr. Wolfe (recurring guest star Rex Lee, Entourage) to tutor their baby after a devastating rejection from the best daycare centre in town.
1600 Penn 10:30 pm est on CityTV (Moves to Fridays at 9 p.m. starting Jan. 25)
The Gilchrists are just the average American family dealing with everyday issues – with one exception: they live in the White House. Never a dull moment to be had, stepmom Emily (Jenna Elfman, Dharma and Greg) desperately tries to win over the kids. First Son Skip (Josh Gad, star of Broadway sensation The Book of Mormon) is one of the administration’s biggest liabilities – but also the glue that holds the family together – and President Dale Gilchrist (Bill Pullman, Independence Day) knows all too well that the only thing harder than being Head of State is being head of the family.
Friday, Jan. 11
Fringe 9:00-10:00 p.m. est on CityTV
“The Boy Must Live”
Walter (John Noble) goes into the deprivation tank with the goal of learning more about the mysterious figure called Donald. Meanwhile, Captain Windmark (Michael Kopsa) sets out on a crucial mission.
Sunday, Jan. 13
Happy Endings: 10 pm est on CityTV *new time*
Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 10:30 pm est on CityTV *new time*
Monday, Jan. 14
Being Human (U.S) at 9pm est on Space
Season 3 Premiere “It’s a Shame About Ray”
The new season picks up 15 months after the events of last season’s riveting finale which ended with Aidan (Sam Witwer) being buried alive as punishment from the vampire leader Mother. Also, Sally (Meaghan Rath) was lost in a state of limbo, and Josh’s (Sam Huntington) plot to kill Ray, his werewolf “maker,” endangered Nora.
Bones 8pm est (Two-Hour Winter Premiere) on Global
Friday, Jan. 18
Fringe 8pm est (100th Episode and Two-Hour Series Finale) on City TV
“Liberty”,”An Enemy of Fate.
The acclaimed series that has explored the human condition through the prism of parallel universes, unexplainable phenomena and unimaginable threats, reaches a milestone 100th episode and comes to an epic and climatic conclusion. First, the Fringe team engages a desperate plan as Olivia embarks on a dangerous and otherworldly journey into the unknown. Then, Peter, Olivia, Walter, Astrid and Broyles face off against the Observers in one final and extraordinary battle for the fate of mankind.
Saturday, Jan. 19
Ripper Street 9pm est *new* on Space
“I Need Light”
An eight-episode BBC series following the gruesome aftermath of history’s most notorious serial killer, Jack The Ripper. In the premiere episode of RIPPER STREET, a young woman is found brutally murdered with the hallmark signs of the Ripper upon her. One-time H Division boss Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline (Clive Russell, CORONATION STREET) believes it is the return of Jack The Ripper, but Detective Reid suspects a different evil is at work.
Monday, Jan. 21
The Following 9pm est (Series Premiere)
Wednesday, Jan. 30
The Americans 10pm est on Showcase/FX Canada **90 minute series premiere
Set in America’s capital during the Cold War, The Americans follows Phillip (Matthew Rhys, Brothers and Sisters) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell, Running Wilde), two KGB spies posing as Americans. The couple carefully manoeuvres through the escalating Cold War and the relationships they maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. Complicating their relationship further is Phillip’s growing regard for American values and lifestyle, compounded by the arrival of Stan (Noah Emmerich, White Collar), their new neighbour and an FBI agent working in counter intelligence.
What will you be watching in the new year?