The New Year is here, and that means lots of our favorites are coming back to rescue us from the winter doldrums. It’s a busy week, possums, buckle up!
The Librarians (Sunday 1/4 at 8/7c on TNT) The Geek Girls are all in on this show, and this episode, featuring fairy tales that come to life and turn violent (The Library’s less musical answer to Into the Woods?) is directed by Jonathan Frakes. Yes, that Jonathan Frakes.
Downton Abbey (Sunday 1/4 at 9/8c on PBS) Season 5 of Downton is finally hitting Stateside television, and PBS has quite the evening planned if you’re inclined to celebrate (I personally am going to be wearing a cloche hat and flapper dress and sipping tea, but YMMV). Kicking off at 8/7c, PBS has Secrets of Highclere Castle (the iconic estate featured on the show), and after the series premiere of Downton, you can stay tuned for The Manners of Downton Abbey on at 10/9c and featuring the series’s historical advisor, Alastair Bruce, and interviews with some cast members. I know what I’ll be doing for that three hours!
Galavant (Sunday 1/4 at 8/7c on ABC) premieres this week, making me very happy that DVRs exist because otherwise I would be torn between this and Downton. If you have been watching anything at all on ABC in the past three months, you’ve seen ads for this “musical comedy extravaganza” with songs composed by Disney princess story veterans Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, and featuring cameos by John Stamos, Weird Al, Rutger Hauer, and Ricky Gervais. Don’t even pretend you’re not going to watch, because I don’t want to hear your lies.
Sleepy Hollow (Monday 1/5 at 9/8c on Fox) has me wondering how in the hell they’re going to come back from a midseason finale that seemingly crushed the major enemy of the season as well as taking out one of the protagonists (oh Captain, my Captain, this week’s picture is for you). This week’s teasers say that Katrina is holding Headless captive and that Ichabod and Abbie run into an…angel? Is there some Constantine crossover here that I didn’t know about?
Star Wars Rebels (Monday 1/5 at 9/8c on DisneyXD) is on Chuck’s must watch list, and is returning with the ninth episode of season one. Ezra Bridger is slowly becoming a true part of the team but there are still challenges ahead! Can Kanan Jarrus (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.) really to turn this former street criminal into a Jedi? Chuck says “The series is smart and funny, with just the right tone to make it feel more like A New Hope and Empire than just a Star Wars spin-off. Writer Gregory Weisman (Young Justice, Spectacular Spiderman) and director David Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender) have found a great story in this band of rebels, they’re bringing a great balance of small personal interactions and big laser filled battles to the small screen, it’s truly worth watching.”
Agent Carter (Tuesday 1/6 at 8/7c on ABC) is finally, FINALLY here, after a whole fall’s worth of teasers and sneak peeks on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I don’t know about you, but I am dying to see what Peggy Carter does after Cap’s seeming death, and some time with Papa Stark isn’t going to be amiss, either.
Forever (Tuesday 1/6 at 10/9c on ABC) is titled “The Wolves of Deep Brooklyn,” which automatically means I’m watching, because BKLYN represent! Henry’s back on the job after his leave of absence, which means his partners in sleuthing are going to be watching him like a hawk. I’m also hoping for some quality Abe time this week, as Judd Hirsch’s character is one of my favorite parts of the show.
American Horror Story: Freak Show (Wednesday 1/7 at 10/9c on FX) is headed toward the end of the season—only three episodes are left. And now that the cat’s out of the bag about all the seasons of AHS being connected, I can’t wait to see how they tie it all together. Now if only Twisty would come back…
Big week this week, even bigger next week as more of our favorites return. The question is, though, what shows are you most looking forward to? New shows, old shows, it doesn’t matter, just let us know in the comments below!