The following list provides the dates of the new and returning major network and cable dramas as well as mini-series and made-for-TV movies that will air during January:
January 1 – Parenthood will be back on NBC with all new episodes starting tonight at 10 PM
January 1 – Emily Owens, M.D. will be back with more new episodes starting tonight on The CW at 9 PM
January 2 – Nashville: The Whole Story, a recap of the new ABC musical series, will air at 10 PM
Special Synopsis: There will be feature clips telling the intersecting tales of music industry greats Rayna James (Connie Britton) and Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) – one a legend, another on the rise — as they make their own ways in life, love and in their careers.
January 2 – New episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Chicago Fire will be back on NBC starting tonight at 9 and 10 PM respectively
January 3 – Person of Interest and Elementary will be back with new episodes on CBS at 9:01 and 10:01 PM respectively
January 4 – Merlin will be back with a new season on Syfy at 10 PM
January 4 – CSI: NY and Blue Bloods will be back with new episodes on CBS at 9 and 10 PM respectively
January 4 – The made-for-TV movie Cold Spring will debut on Lifetime Movie Network at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Sara and Roy decide to start a new life after an almost fatal accident and move to the small town of Cold Spring. The accident also acts as a wake-up call for Roy who breaks off an affair he has been having with Diane, however she shows up declaring she cannot live without him. When Roy insists he will remain faithful to Sara, women begin turning up dead and Roy becomes the prime suspect. The film stars Natasha Henstridge, Sean Patrick Flannery and Jennifer Gibson.
January 4 – The two-hour movie for the failed pilot Over/Under will air on the USA Network at 10 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Steven Pasquale (who will star in the NBC series Do No Harm at the end of the month) was to star in this back-door pilot that did not get picked up for series. He was to play Paul, a Manhattan day trader whose massive gambling problem costs him his job, forcing he and his photographer wife Vicky (Caroline Dhavernas, to be seen in Hannibal later this year) to relocate to Brooklyn. There Paul finds an unlikely partner in father-to-be Marino (Anthony Carrigan), with whom he starts a high-end bookie business. Giancarlo Esposito (who now stars in Revolution) also starred as Oliver, an artist who once taught Vicky and maintains a special fondness for his former student.
January 6 – Once Upon a Time and Revenge will both be back with new episodes on ABC at 8 and 9 PM respectively
January 6 – The PBS special Secrets of Highclere Castle will debut at 8 PM
Special Synopsis: It may be more famous now than any time in its 1,300-year history as the setting of “Downton Abbey,” but England’s Highclere Castle has its own stories to tell. In its heyday, Highclere was the social epicenter of Edwardian England. See how all the inhabitants of Highclere lived, from the aristocrats who enjoyed a life of luxury to the army of servants toiling “below stairs.” Also find out how the current inhabitants, Lord and Lady Carnarvon, spend $1 million in annual upkeep funds and what life in a fairytale castle is like today.
January 6 – Downton Abbey will be back for an 8-part season three starting at 9 PM on PBS
Mini-Series Synopsis: The Great War is over and a long-awaited engagement is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate.
January 6 – The Lifetime movie An Amish Murder will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Neve Campbell (Scream and Party of Five) will star in the film that is based on the book Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo that tells the story of a woman who grew up Amish and, after returning to her small hometown as its Chief of Police, must solve a string of horrible murders. The cast includes Neve’s brother Christian Campbell, Noam Jenkins (Rookie Blue) and C. Thomas Howell (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and The Outsiders).
January 7 – Castle is back with all new episodes on ABC starting at 10 PM
January 7 – Deception is the new NBC drama that will debut at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: When Vivian Bowers, a famous socialite, is found dead from what appears to be an overdose, her former best friend, Detective Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good), is re-embraced by the wealthy Bowers family, and in time she begins to uncover the truth of what really happened with her friend’s death. The cast includes Victor Garber (Alias), Tate Donovan (The O.C. and Damages), Katherine LaNasa (Longmire and Big Love), Laz Alonso (Breakout Kings), Wes Brown (Hart of Dixie and True Blood), Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men) and Ella Rae Peck (Gossip Girl).
January 7 – ABC Family welcomes back new episodes of Switched at Birth and Bunheads at 8 and 9 PM respectively
January 7 – The series finale of The Mob Doctor will air on FOX at 9 PM
January 8 – Justified will be back with new episodes on FX at 10 PM
January 8 – New episodes of Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game will be back on ABC Family at 8 and 9 PM respectively
January 9 – Nashville will be back with all new episodes on ABC starting tonight at 10 PM
January 9 – The People’s Choice Awards will air on CBS at 9 PM
January 10 – Last Resort, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal will all return with new episodes on ABC at 8, 9 and 10 PM respectively
January 11 – The new Cinemax drama Banshee will debut at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: The story is set in a Pennsylvania Amish country and features an enigmatic ex-con/martial arts expert posing as a murdered sheriff who imposes his own brand of justice while also cooking up plans that serve his own interests. The cast includes Antony Starr (Rush), Ivana Milicevic (Mind of the Married Man), Ulrich Thomsen (“The Celebration”), Frankie Faison (The Wire) and Ben Cross (Star Trek) also star.
January 12 – The Hallmark Channel original movie Nearlyweds will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Danielle Panabaker (Shark) stars as a new bride who deals with a rocky path in her almost marriage, fueled largely by her monster-in-law, Renee (Naomi Judd). When Erin (Panabaker), Casey (Jessica Parker Kennedy from The Secret Circle) and Stella (Britt Irvin from Smallville) discover that a paperwork error has annulled all their marriages, they reassess their relationships with their new nearly-husbands. Co-stars include Travis Milne (Rookie Blue), Ryan Kennedy (Hannah’s Law) and Steve Bacic (Big Love).
January 12 – The Lifetime movie In the Dark will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Elizabeth Rohm stars as Ali, an aspiring artist whose husband and daughter are killed in an automobile accident that leave her blind. Her doctor, (Elizabeth Pena) suggests she hire a caretaker, Jeff, (Sam Page) to help her adjust to life as a blind woman. Eventually, with Jeff’s help, Ali begins to regain her independence even making friends with the young woman, Linda, (Shannon Elizabeth) who lives across the street. When Jeff becomes overly obsessive and Ali asks him to back off, he takes matters into his own hands forcing Ali to use all her other senses to fight for her life.
January 13 – The Golden Globes will air on NBC at 8 PM
January 14 – Bones will have a two-hour winter premiere on FOX starting at 8 PM
January 14 – Syfy will introduce the Canadian series Continuum at 8 PM
Show Synopsis: When a group of rebels convicted as terrorists escape execution by fleeing from the year 2077 to 2012, Officer Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols), a future Vancouver law enforcement officer (called a Protector), is involuntarily transported with them. In order to track the terrorists down and keep them from changing the past (and presumably future), Kiera joins the 2012 Vancouver Police Department and uses the skills of a young tech expert, Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen), to both track the Liber8 agents’ pasts and provide her with the necessary information and contacts to operate in the present despite her lack of official credentials. The cast includes Victor Webster (Castle and Mutant X), Stephen Lobo (Arctic Air), Roger Cross (24) and Lexa Doig (Stargate: SG-1).
January 14 – The third season of both Being Human and Lost Girl will air on Syfy at 9 and 10 PM respectively
January 14 – The new CW series The Carrie Diaries will debut at 8 PM
Show Synopsis: Based on the novels by Candace Bushnell, it is 1984, and life isn’t easy for 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb). Since their mother passed away, Carrie’s younger sister Dorritt (Stefania Owen) is more rebellious than ever, and their father Tom (Matt Letscher) is overwhelmed with the responsibility of suddenly having to care for two teenage girls on his own. Carrie’s friends – sweet, geeky Mouse (Ellen Wong), snarky Maggie (Katie Findlay) and sensitive Walt (Brendan Dooling) – make life bearable, but a suburban life in Connecticut isn’t doing much to take her mind off her troubles. Even the arrival of a sexy new transfer student named Sebastian (Austin Butler) only reminds Carrie that she spent the whole summer grieving rather than moving on with life. So when Tom offers Carrie the chance to intern at a law firm in Manhattan, she leaps at the chance. The cast includes Chloe Bridges (90210) and Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who).
January 14 – 90210 will move to its new timeslot of 9 PM on The CW
January 16 – Both Arrow and Supernatural will be back with more new episodes on The CW at 8 and 9 PM respectively
January 17 – The Vampire Diaries will be back with more new episodes on The CW at 8 PM
January 17 – Suits will be back with new episodes on the USA Network at 10 PM
January 17 – The final two episodes of Haven will air back-to-back on Syfy from 8 PM to 10 PM
NOTE: The penultimate episode of Haven was pre-empted on December 14 due to the nature of the storyline (a school shooting), which was set to air the same night as the tragic incident at the Sandy Hook school in Connecticut; but both this episode and the season finale episode have been set to air tonight.
January 18 – The two-hour series finale of Fringe will air on FOX at 8 PM
January 18 – Nikita will return with all new episodes on The CW starting tonight at 8 PM
January 19 – The Hallmark Channel movie The Sweeter Side of Life will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Kathryn Morris (Cold Case) plays Desiree Harper, whose perfect life as the wife of a high-powered Manhattan doctor comes to a sudden end when her husband says he wants a divorce and invokes their ironclad pre-nup to leave her penniless. Desiree soon finds herself abandoned by her rich friends and back in her New Jersey hometown helping her father in his struggling bakery. Though Desiree wants nothing more than to return to her high-class life, spending time with her father causes her to see things differently. She rediscovers her love of baking and puts her business degree to work to save her father’s shop. Desiree’s success at the bakery leads to an unexpected opportunity which forces her to choose between what she has lost and the new life she has found.
January 19 – The original Tasmanian Devil film will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years) and Olympian medalist Apolo Ohno, a group of daredevil base jumpers in New Zealand confront oversized Tasmanian devils determined to kill them.
January 19 – The new BBC America drama Ripper Street will debut at 9 PM
Show Synopsis: Set in Whitechapel in 1889, six months after Jack the Ripper claimed his last victim. The series stars Matthew Macfadyen (MI-5 and Pride and Prejudice), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Adam Rothenberg (Alcatraz), Myanna Buring (The Twilight Saga and White Heat) and David Dawson (Luther, Secret Diary of a Call Girl).
January 19 – FOX will air a special look at the new drama series The Following at 12 Noon
January 19 – The Lifetime movie Prosecuting Casey Anthony will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Rob Lowe stars as Jeff Ashton, the Florida prosecutor in the controversial Caylee Anthony murder trial. The film reveals Ashton’s inside story of the true crime drama that captivated and then shocked the nation when Caylee Anthony’s mother, Casey, was acquitted of killing her daughter, despite what many thought to be overwhelming evidence of guilt. The cast includes Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost and Revolution), Oscar Nunez (The Office), Marisa Ramirez (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena), Kevin Dunn (Transformers) and Virginia Welch (A God Named Pablo) is Casey Anthony.
January 21 – The series premiere of the new FOX drama The Following will debut at 9 PM
Show Synopsis: When notorious serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) escapes from death row and embarks on a new killing spree, the FBI calls former agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) to consult on the case. The cast includes Shawn Ashmore, Annie Parisse, Natalie Zea and newcomer Kyle Catlett.
January 22 – Private Practice will air its series finale on ABC at 10 PM
January 22 – New episodes of the current season of White Collar will return at 10 PM on the USA Network
January 22 – The two-hour Ovation movie The Scapegoat will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters and the upcoming The Americans) will star in this made-for-TV movie based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier that is set in 1952 in Great Britain. The coronation of Queen Elizabeth is in preparation and we meet John Standing (Rhys), who teaches Greek in a shabby prep school until he is unceremoniously dismissed. He decides to embark on an adventure, heading out by train to explore the continent, but on a stop-over he meets his mirror image in a bar and spends a night getting to know “Johnny”, a man of privilege who longs to escape his responsibilities.
January 23 – Necessary Roughness will be back on the USA Network at 10 PM
January 23 – The Season finale of American Horror Story: Asylum will air on FX at 10 PM
January 24 – Glee will be back with new episodes on FOX at 8 PM
January 24 – Beauty And the Beast will be back on The CW with all new episodes at 9 PM
January 25 – Spartacus: War of the Damned will debut on Starz at 9 PM
January 26 – Abominable Snowman is the new Syfy film that will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Friends go on a snowy adventure and come face to face with a deadly creature. The movie stars Adrian Paul (Highlander) and Chuck Campbell (Stargate:
January 26 – The Hallmark Movie Channel movie Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Luke Perry reprises his role as circuit judge John Goodnight, an honorable man on a mission to dispense justice, one town at a time. This third movie in the franchise finds Goodnight, as he travels the Western territory in the 1880s, attempting to leave a trail of justice in his wake. Between dealing with difficult defendants and dealing cards at saloons, John crosses paths with a stagecoach under attack. Drawing his gun, he comes to the rescue of the only surviving passenger, a beautiful woman named Lucy Thoreau (Isabelle), who John doesn’t realize is actually a convicted con artist on the run. Little does she know, John is an honest judge, and as they start to fall for each other on their wild journey, the secrets between them are slowly revealed. Running from Cyril Knox (Ricky Schroder), the wealthy aristocrat who wants her jailed, Lucy must convince John to help her flee – right onto a gambling riverboat. Can Lucy con John into helping her get away with her crimes, or will the fair judge find out her true identity and turn her in himself? Katharine Isabelle (“Endgame”) co-stars.
January 27 – The SAG Awards will air on TNT and TBS at 8 PM
January 27 – The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie The Makeover will air on ABC at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Hannah Higgins (Julia Stiles) is a smart, driven education consultant. She’s so driven she runs for Congress to advance the cause of education reform. Hannah’s a disaster of a candidate, though—her cold, elitist persona alienates Boston voters; but Hannah and her business partner, Colleen Pickering (Camryn Manheim), don’t give up easily. Next time around, they recruit a candidate who definitely is a people person. Elliot Doolittle (David Walton) describes himself rather grandly as a beer vendor, someone who drives a truck and keeps Boston’s watering holes well supplied with the frothy stuff. Elliot’s thick South Boston accent masks his intelligence; he’s the opposite of prim-and-proper Hannah, but his total lack of pretension and his obvious people skills allow him to connect instantly with anybody and everybody. So, Hannah takes Elliot on as a “project.” If she can just teach him to speak like a gentleman, dress like a gentleman, become a gentleman who can run for Congress and win, and then help promote the cause that Hannah holds dear. The film also stars Frances Fisher.
January 28 – Season two of Dallas will air on TNT at 9 PM
January 29 – Parenthood will air its season finale on NBC at 10 PM
January 30 – The new FX drama The Americans will debut at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: This is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), who have two children – 13-year-old Paige (Holly Taylor) and 10-year-old Henry (Keidrich Sellati) who know nothing about their parents’ true identity – grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. Complicating their relationship further is Philip’s growing sense of affinity for America’s values and way of life. Tensions also heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), an FBI agent. Stan and his partner, Agent Chris Amador, are members of a new division of Counterintelligence tasked with fighting against foreign agents on U.S. soil, including KGB Directorate S illegals, Russian spies posing as Americans.
January 31 – The new NBC drama Do No Harm will debut at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale from Rescue Me) is a highly respected neurosurgeon who has it all: a lucrative career, confident charm and the gift of compassion. But he also has a deep, dark secret. One morning when he wakes up disoriented in a wrecked hotel room amidst several near-naked women he’s never seen before, he knows one thing: it’s happening again. Every night at the same hour, something inside Jason changes, leaving him almost unrecognizable – seductive, devious, borderline sociopathic. This new man is his dangerous alternate personality who goes by the name of “Ian Price.” For years he’s battled Ian, keeping him in check with a powerful experimental sedative. But now his – their – body has developed a resistance to the serum, setting Ian free once again. And to make matters worse, after being suppressed for so long, Ian’s hell-bent on taking revenge on his oppressor. With everyone Jason cares about at risk – patients, friends, co-workers and even the woman he loves – he’s got to stop Ian once and for all. The series also stars Alana De La Garza (Law & Order), Michael Esper (A Beautiful Mind), Ruta Gedmintas (The Borgias) and Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show).
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