List of January 2015 Mid-Season Series Premieres & New Seasons

We’ve gotten quite excited over this list of January 2015 Mid-Season Series Premieres & New Seasons. The beginning of the year is a big deal for television and this year it’s no wonder why. The first week opens up with a sixth season of Ridiculousness on MTV, a second adventurous season with Mysteries at the Castle on the Travel Channel; new seasons of The Mentalist, The Good Wife and Downtown Abbey kick off Sunday nights starting January 4th; The Bachelor and Antiques Roadshow making their 19th year premiere (who saw THAT correlation??); Marvel’s Agent Carter making it’s debut on ABC; Pretty Little Liars, Cougar Town and Real Husbands of Hollywood returning for sexy Tuesday nights; A&E’s Wahlburgers and Duck Dynasty gracing us with their presence on Wednesdays; Archer and Portlandia giving the laughs on Thursday nights, and Glee returning for a one-hour first episode on Friday the 9th.

The second Sunday of the month, January 11th, brings us the season premiere of Shameless on Showtime, along with the fourth seasons of House of Lies and Episodes. HBO reluctantly premieres a fourth season of Girls, as well as the series premiere of Togetherness from writer/actor Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed) and a new season of the out and open male singles dramedy Looking.

The rest of the month offers some great renewals and premieres such as the modern day wild mid-western Justified on FX, a TV adaptation of 12 Monkeys starring Aaron Stanford (CW’s Nikita) as James Cole, Netflix’s The Fall pulling us down and taking Gillian Anderson with it, espionage-driven The Americans also on FX, and Suits on USA finally back after a long hiatus. We also get a new installment of Black Sales, the thrilling Caribbean pirate story on STARZ, and Thursdays get scandalous with ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder and Scandal back to back starting January 29th.

January 1:
Ridiculousness (MTV, Season 6 premiere)
Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory (MTV, Season 7 premiere)
Big Women, Big Love (Lifetime, series premiere)

January 2:
Mysteries at the Castle (Travel Channel, Season 2 premiere)
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta (TLC, Season 7 premiere)

January 3:
Raising Whitley (OWN, Season 3 premiere)
Sag Harbor (OWN, series premiere)

January 4:
Galavant (ABC, series premiere; back-to-back episodes)
The Mentalist (CBS, Season 7 regular time slot premiere)
The Good Wife (CBS, Season 6B premiere*)
The Celebrity Apprentice (NBC, Cycle 14 premiere)
Downton Abbey (PBS, Season 5 premiere)
Thicker Than Water (Bravo, Season 2 premiere)
Sister Wives (TLC, Season 5B premiere; two-hour episode*)

January 5:
The Bachelor (ABC, Cycke 19 premiere)
Antiques Roadshow (PBS, Season 19 premiere)

January 6:
Marvel’s Agent Carter (ABC, series premiere)
MasterChef Junior (Fox, Season 3 premiere)
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, Season 5B premiere*)
Switched at Birth (ABC Family, Season 4 premiere)
Cougar Town (TBS, Season 6 premiere)
Child Genius (Lifetime, series premiere)
Real Husbands of Hollywood (BET, Season 2B premiere*)
Wild Transport (A&E, series premiere)
60 Minutes Sports (Showtime, Season 3 premiere)
The Challenge (MTV, Cycle 26 premiere)
The Haves and Have Nots (OWN, Season 2 premiere)

January 7:
American Idol (Fox, Season 14 premiere)
Empire (Fox, series premiere)
Love Thy Neighbor (OWN, Season 3 premiere)
Hindsight (VH1, series premiere)
My 600-lb. Life (TLC, Season 3 premiere)
My Strange Addiction (TLC, Season 6 premiere)
Duck Dynasty (A&E, Season 8 premiere)
Wahlburgers (A&E, Season 2 premiere)
Donnie Loves Jenny (A&E, series premiere)

January 8:
Archer (FX, Season 6 premiere)
Expedition Unknown (Travel Channel, series premiere)
Babylon (SundanceTV, series premiere)
Portlandia (IFC, Season 5 premiere)
Love Thy Sister (WEtv, series premiere)

January 9:
Banshee (Cinemax, Season 3 premiere)
Glee (Fox, Season 6 premiere; one hour)
Masters of Illusion (The CW, Season 2 premiere)
Cold Justice (TNT, Season 3 premiere)
Jessie (Disney Channel, Season 4 premiere)
Real Time With Bill Maher (Season 13 premiere)
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (WEtv, Season 2 premiere)
David Tutera’s CELEBrations (WEtv, Season 2 premiere)
Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC, Season 4 premiere)

January 10:
Ghost Adventures (Travel Channel, Season 10B premiere*)

January 11:
Shameless (Showtime, Season 5 premiere)
House of Lies (Showtime, Season 4 premiere)
Episodes (Showtime, Season 4 premiere)
Girls (HBO, Season 4 premiere)
Togetherness (HBO, series premiere)
Looking (HBO, Season 2 premiere)

January 12:
Eye Candy (MTV, series premiere)
Fashion Police (E!, Season 5 premiere)
Friends to Lovers (Bravo, series premiere)

January 13:
Parks and Recreation (NBC, Season 7 premiere)
Face Off (Syfy, Season 8 premiere)
Troy Street Magic (Syfy, series premiere)
Kroll Show (Comedy Central, Season 3 premiere)
Genealogy Roadshow (PBS, Season 2 premiere)
Hotel Showdown (Travel Channel, series premiere)
Wrestling With Death (WGN America, series premiere)
Big Giant Swords (Discovery Channel, series premiere)
Married at First Sight: The First Year (FYI, series premiere)
Mikie Saves the Date (FYI, series premiere)
My Big Fat Fabulous Life (TLC, series premiere)

January 14:
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, Season 10 premiere)
Man Seeking Woman (FXX, series premiere)
Melissa & Joey (ABC Family, Season 4 premiere)
Baby Daddy (ABC Family, Season 4 premiere)
Broad City (Comedy Central, Season 2 premiere)
The Game (BET, Season 9 premiere)
Rock This Boat (Pop [formerly TVGN], series premiere)
The Story Behind (Pop [formerly TVGN], series premiere)
Snoop & Son: A Dad’s Dream (ESPN, limited series premiere)
Web Therapy (Showtime, Season 4B premiere*)

January 16:
12 Monkeys (Syfy, series premiere)
World’s Funniest Fails (Fox, series premiere)
The Fall (Netflix, Season 2 premiere)
Helix (Syfy, Season 2 premiere)

January 17:
The Musketeers (BBC America, Season 2 premiere)

January 18:
Grantchester (PBS, series premiere)
Austin & Ally (Disney Channel, Season 4 premiere)
K.C. Undercover (Disney Channel, series premiere)
Star vs. The Forces of Evil (Disney Channel, series premiere)

January 19:
The Fosters (ABC Family, Season 2B premiere*)
Chasing Life (ABC Family, Season 1B premiere*)
Brain Games (National Geographic Channel, Season 4 premiere)
The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore (Comedy Central, series premiere)

January 20:
Justified (FX, Season 6 premiere)

January 22:
Backstrom (Fox, series premiere)
Nightwatch (A&E, series premiere)

January 23:
Love, Lust or Run (TLC, series premiere)
Preachers’ Daughters (Lifetime, Season 3 premiere)
King of the Nerds (TBS, Season 3 premiere)

January 24:
Black Sails (Starz, Season 2 premiere)

January 25:
Sons of Liberty (History, miniseries premiere)

January 26:
Mud, Sweat and Gears (BBC America, series premiere)
Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations (Travel Channel, series premiere)

January 27:
Sirens (USA, Season 2 premiere; back-to-back episodes)

January 28:
The Americans (FX, Season 3 premiere)
Suits (USA, Season 4B premiere*)

January 29:
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, Season 11B premiere*)
Scandal (ABC, Season 4B premiere*)
How to Get Away With Murder (ABC, Season 1B premiere*)
Fortitude (Pivot, series premiere)

Bill & Ted To Return With More Excellent Adventures in 3rd Movie

Alex Winter, the actor and director who portrayed Bill S. Preston Esquire in the two Bill & Ted movies, has given away a pile of bodacious details about the new, upcoming sequel to the franchise. In an interview with Yahoo’s movie writer Ben Falk, Winter says:

“[Bill & Ted] will be 40-something and it’s all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up,” Winter tells us. “It’s really sweet and really f—-ing funny.

“But it’s a Bill & Ted movie, that’s what it is. It’s for the fans of Bill & Ted. It fits very neatly in the [series]. It’s not going to feel like a reboot. The conceit is really funny: What if you’re middle-aged, haven’t really grown up and you’re supposed to have saved the world and maybe, just maybe, you kinda haven’t?”

“There’s many versions of ourselves in this movie,” he continues. “[It’s] answering the question: ‘What happened to these guys?’ They’re supposed to have done all this stuff, they weren’t the brightest bulbs on the tree, what happened 20 years later? To answer that question in a comedic way felt rich with possibility.”

As speculation about the reason behind such a long wait for another installment in the cult film’s series surrounded around the death of George Carlin (Rufus) and a lack of profit from the second movie, Winter tells us a bit of different story.

“Me and Keanu and [original writers] Chris [Matheson] and Ed [Solomon] are all very close and have remained close over the years,” says Winter. “We’d be having dinner and we’d be like, ‘is there a point? Is there a way in?’ We’d kick an idea around and go no and we would leave it alone for a bunch of years. I guess about four years ago we had an idea together that we thought was pretty great. I think it was because so much time had gone by that it was great.

“It was really just the four of us and we were really very measured about it. It took time to construct the idea, it took Chris and Ed time to build the first draft. Then we put a producer together and got a director [Galaxy Quest helmer Dean Parisot]. We’ve been working on drafts for the last couple of years. The script’s been finished for a while, but comedy is so specific. We’re in that world where producers are on, financiers are on and we’re just working and reworking the script.”

7 Cable Shows You Don’t Want To Miss in April 2012

There are some great new shows and new seasons coming this April 2012

7. Magic City (series premiere, April 6th) – This Starz channel noir throwback features a 1960s Miami Beach setting where producer Mitch Glazer (Lost in Translation, Scrooged, The Recruit) has set a release date for April 6th. While the timeslot is a Friday night in spring (not the best timeslot), the storyline has incredible potential. Picture all your favorite noir topics: drugs, criminal underworld, gambling, strip clubs and prostitutes..

Magic City Starz

Magic City Starz

And now picture it in a 1960s Miami Beach night club, with the swank and swoon of that classic time period we have all recently gotten a good taste of from Mad Men, and you got yourself an instant hit.

6. The Big C (season three, April 8th 2012) – I wasn’t blown away by this show at first, but it really has a life of its own. The characters all have quite a bit of depth and the storyline, while is often far-fetched, is contrived and realized in a way that leaves you rooting for the characters. It sits at #6 on this list, though, because the following programs blow it out of the water..

5. Nurse Jackie (season four, April 8th, 2012) – It was said by Variety Magazine that Nurse Jackie was “all style and no substance”, but that has to be the dumbest criticism of a TV show. First off, a show is meant to entertain and that is how you should judge it. From where I’m sitting, Nurse Jackie is a deluge of substance: character development, real-world issues, and the viewer’s love/hate relationship with a witty, possibly amoral person who feels almost too-human at times. The show only lacks a solid direction, but substance is overflowing here. Anyway, if people have trouble turning it off then that means it’s entertaining, no? I personally had to watch all episodes of every season in one sitting.

4. The Borgias (season two) – There is, right now, no other show on TV that fits this genre. It’s entirely unique and tells the story of the Spanish/Italian Papal Family in all it’s crooked glory. The first season proved to enormously overshadow showtimes other series of the same genre The Tudors in that it showcased a much higher skill of acting from all fronts. From the wardrobe to the style to the direction and writing, this show has serious class.

3. Breaking Bad (season five, series conclusion) – Ok, this one doesn’t start until July, but it’s still very much worth mentioning now. While you’re out jetskiing, surfing, sailing, or any other water sports your summer entails, you’ll be missing the concluding season of one of the best shows on television. Thank god for Tivo! Walter Sr. is said to make the ultimate sacrifice and determines the fate of himself, his family and Jesse Pinkman once and for all in this exciting AMC drama.

Jessica Pare Mad Men Dance Scene

Jessica Pare Mad Men Dance Scene

2. Mad Men (season 5) – After a year off, Mad Men returned to AMC March 25th with their fifth season, which showcased the intimacy of Donald Draper and his new wife Megan Draper, including a party where Megan sings a sassy, burlesque-like song in French in one of the most unforgettable scenes on television this year. The style on this is through the roof and it’s no wonder Mad Men has received so much critical acclaim.

1. Game of Thrones (season two, April 2nd 2012) – Like millions of people around the country, I was a big, big fan of Lost and didn’t think it was possible for a show of that caliber to ever come around again — until I saw Game of Thrones. From the cinematography to the story arc to the direction and imagination of the original author and creator George R. R. Martin, there is seriously no other show that comes close to how moving, awe-inspiring, addicting and (ultimately) highly entertaining as this fantasy set in a mythical, medieval world. If you haven’t seen series one yet, you should drop everything you’re doing now and go watch it. Because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, all I want to say is NED STARK.

Noah’s Arkansas

That said, it is with a big happy sigh of relief that I report that this exquisite new play, written by Bogard and produced by Wide Eyed, has made me feel that my decisions were entirely justified.

Noah’s Arkansas is a heartfelt drama about family, trust, and the all-too-brief time we have together on this planet; it’s possible to quibble about this or that decision, but Bogard’s script is solid, intelligent, funny, and often profound, and the production, under the steady hand of director Neil Fennell, is beautifully wrought. Noah’s Arkansas Review

Trailer: Sherlock Holmes (2009)

sherlock holmes
Sherlock Holmes
starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law
opens: 12/25/09 (christmas day)

This new movie from Warner Bros. and Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Revolver, RocknRolla), starring Robert Downey Jr., Rachel McAdams, and Jude Law is looking very action-packed, comical, dramatic and most of all visually stunning. Ritchie has a knack for modern editing and the creation of fast-paced, densely involved tales without losing the audience’s attention. Couple that with being a period piece, spectacular wardrobes, mind-blowing special effects and the presence of some great modern actors and you have a great movie. Oh, and the dialogue doesn’t seem too shabby either!

After watching the trailer above, check out the behind-the-scenes clip below.

Kristen Stewart in New Scene from ‘New Moon’

A sneak peek at the new movie in the Twilight Saga, New Moon featuring Kristen Stewart as Bella:

After Bella recovers from the vampire attack that almost claimed her life, she looks to celebrate her birthday with Edward and his family. However, a minor accident during the festivities results in Bella’s blood being shed, a sight that proves too intense for the Cullens, who decide to leave the town of Forks, Washington for Bella and Edward’s sake. Initially heartbroken, Bella finds a form of comfort in reckless living, as well as an even-closer friendship with Jacob Black. Danger in different forms awaits. Written by IMDb Editors

The Edge of Mel Gibson’s Darkness

If Mel Gibson didn’t have an edge of darkness in him, he wouldn’t be perfect such a role as this. A detective who’s lost his activist daughter by way of corporate espionage shotgun blast right at his front door when she comes to visit (I didn’t give this away, it was in the trailer). It’s all pretty and nice until that happens and suddenly it’s yet another thriller action flick starring Mel Gibson — or is it?

Corporate espionage is a fascinating subject and Hollywood knows that it’ll bring the intellectual out to the theaters (or at least to the DVD store). From Michael Clayton to the International to the Constant Gardener, the past decade alone has brought us some good films that have decidedly cast a darker shadow on the big guys. E! Online says it’s simply “more paranoia from Mel Gibson”, but I’m not exactly sure what they’re referring to. The only conspiracy movie that stands out in my mind is conspiracy theory, and it’s not even that serious of a movie. Edge of Darkness, on the other hand, looks fairly original, less demeaning and more mentally stimulating, and it’s not surprising with the director of Casino Royale and screenwriter of The Departed (not to mention Ray Winstone who’s career as an actor is full of strong supporting roles which he always pulls off with ease).

It’s nice to see Gibson acting again, though, and taking a break from producing. He outdoes himself in his work as a producer on Passion of the Christ and Apocalyptico — both movies are extreme, but incredibly artistic for a Hollywood hunk. Some would disagree with me on this, but he’s not a terrible, nor even a mediocre talent. His acting in Payback might be his darkest and in Edge of Darkness he seems to have a similar damaged persona going on.  What I like from the trailer is that there appears to be some strong development of his relationship with his daughter before the murder. Whether or not this is carried out too briefly in the actual film is what I’m afraid of.

While trailers are meant to double as a quick plot summary and marketing tool, there are some unfortunate cliche taglines in Mel Gibson’s dialogue that make me roll my eyes, such as “Fasten your seatbelt” and “I’m a guy with nothing to lose”.  But then there’s a good one towards the end that, while may be corny, works real well if this is to be a dirty harry sorta thing:  “You gotta decide if you’re the one on the cross.. or the guy bangin’ in the nails.”  Haven’t had enough of Jesus yet, Mel?

In one clip, Gibson’s character knocks over an operating table in a room where a doctor with a face-mask is, alluding to the possibility that the cover-up he is uncovering is led by powerful men who find it necessary to alter his brain chemistry or otherwise mess with his body to aid their corruption. This sort of conspiracy always makes me wonder why the evil-doers would go that far if they could just kill the guy and be done with it, especially when there’s all sorts of other killing going on. Alas, we shall have to wait to find out just how important it is to them for him to stay alive and, as a fan of conspiracy theories, I think it’ll be worth the wait.