It may be the start of a new year, but it’s also the start of a new month and that means as ever a look at what’s lying ahead in terms of new seasons and new shows on television. The days of mid-winter being a quiet time for television schedules is over, with January seeing the return of a couple of comedy favorites, the return of what may be Syfy’s best series and a couple of newcomers waiting to win your attention.
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein talk about joining Patton Oswalt and The Decemberists to bring a little bit of Portlandia to Springfield in Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons.
As soon as January arrives and the holidays are out the way, television can finally begin to settle back into the business of offering enjoyable entertainment on a regular basis. Not only will we get new episodes of favorite shows like Fringe and Parks and Recreation, but there are also midseason premieres of favorites old and, just maybe, new. Here are five you should pay attention to.