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The week of Jan. 7 is the de facto second premiere week of the 2018-19 TV season. It doesn’t have quite the volume of the last week of September, but no fewer than 20 significant shows make their season or series debuts in the week. The bulk are on broadcast and cable outlets, with streaming services stepping back a bit.
Below is The Hollywood Reporter‘s rundown of some of the coming week’s highlights. It would be next to impossible to watch everything, but THR can point the way to some worthy options. All times are ET/PT unless noted.
Returning: The Bachelor (8 p.m. Monday, ABC) kicks off a new season with franchise veteran Colton Underwood (and his dog, and his virginity) taking center stage. Thirty women will vie for his affections/a spot in next summer’s Bachelor in Paradise cast.
Also returning: Brooklyn Nine-Nine makes the jump to NBC (9 p.m. Thursday) after five seasons on Fox; Ellen’s Game of Games (8 p.m. Tuesday, NBC) begins its second season; Finding Your Roots (8 p.m. Tuesday, PBS) opens its fifth season; Victoria (9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13) starts season three as part of PBS’ Masterpiece.
New: Memorable competitors from Got Talent franchises around the world (but mostly the United States) gather for America’s Got Talent: The Champions (8 p.m. Monday, NBC); Schooled (8:30 p.m. Wednesday, ABC) spins off from The Goldbergs and into the ’90s; CBS debuts Fam (9:30 p.m. Thursday), starring Nina Dobrev and Tone Bell.
Returning: Three-plus years after its second season, True Detective returns to HBO at 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. Oscar winner Mahershala Ali stars as an Arkansas state police detective haunted by a missing-children case. Carmen Ejogo and Stephen Dorff also star. Per THR‘s review, season three is a step up from the previous outing, even if it doesn’t live up to the first year.
Also returning: The fifth and last season of You’re the Worst (FXX, 10 p.m. Wednesday); OWN’s biggest scripted show, The Haves and the Have Nots (9 p.m. Tuesday); season two of truTV’s I’m Sorry (10 p.m. Wednesday).
New: The Fosters spinoff Good Trouble (8 p.m. Tuesday, Freeform) follows Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) to Los Angeles as they start their careers; Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club (8 p.m. Tuesday, MTV) follows Lohan and the staff of her club on Mykonos; Project Blue Book (10 p.m. Tuesday, History) is a scripted drama about the Air Force’s search for UFOs in the 1950s and ’60s; Valley of the Boom (9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, Nat Geo) mixes scripted scenes and documentary footage to tell the story of Silicon Valley’s rise.
New: Sex Education is a British dramedy starring Gillian Anderson as a sex therapist and Asa Butterfield as her teenage son, who joins forces with a classmate (Emma Mackey) to open an underground sex therapy clinic at their school. It debuts Friday.
Also new: BBC drama Informer, about a British-Pakistani man (Nabhaan Rizwan) forced into working for the government, comes to the States via Amazon on Friday; British cop show No Offence also crosses the pond via Acorn TV on Monday.
Returning: New seasons of Future Man (Hulu) and Friends From College (Netflix) drop Friday.
In case you missed it…
Decluttering guru Marie Kondo helps people whose homes (and lives) need a little organization in Tidying Up. Think Hoarders without the morbid curiosity and a gentler touch. It’s streaming on Netflix.
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