Thursday, January 5th – The Vampire Diaries returns with a new episode and as expected… Klaus threatens violence unless Stefan returns his family. (CW)
Thursday, January 5th – The Secret Circle returns and Cassie finally finds out a secret about herself. (CW)
Friday, January 6th – Supernatural returns and Sam hunts down a missing Dad that is also a supernatural hunter. (CW)
Friday, January 6th – Merlin is back for a 4th season and in it’s season opener Morgana summons Callieach. (Syfy)
Sunday, January 8th - Once Upon a Time returns with a new episode and in it Emma decides to run for office. (ABC)
Friday, January 13th – Grimm returns with a new episode – “Game Ogre” A string of brutal murders lead Nick and Hank to a man who recently escaped prison. (NBC)
Friday, January 13th – Fringe returns and while Olivia and Lincoln try to return Peter home, they try to cope with the looming threat of the transparent shapeshifters. (Fox)
Monday, January 16th – Being Human is back for a second season and as the gang tries to become more human, they actually become more monstrous, i.e. Sally experiments with willfully possessing people, Josh pursues a cure for his werewolf curse and Aidan agrees to mentor the Queen’s daughter, but ends being tempted by figures from his past. (Syfy)
New Shows that may pique your interest:
Lost Girl will start its run on Syfy on Monday, January 16th. FYI – Bo is a beautiful, smart and strong woman with one major flaw. he or she usually dies. Bo is a succubus – a form of fae who feeds off of sexual energy. In other words, her kisses kill. Which makes it kind of ironic that she’s a private detective who, along with her human business partner and a couple of supernatural cops are out to catch evil doers.
The Fades swims across the pond and sets up camp on BBC America on Saturday, January 14th. Paul is seeing the spirits of the dead (known as Fades) all around him. An embittered Fade finds a way to break the barrier between the dead and the living, aiming its vengeance at Paul, Mac and their loved ones. Soon the fate of humanity rests in the hands of the two best friends, who already have enough trouble getting through the day in one piece, let alone saving the world.
Shows with a supernatural twist –
The following shows may spell Terra Nova and Fringe’s doom… if they succeed.
Premiering on Wednesday, January 25th – Touch:
From writer/creator Tim Kring and executive producers Peter Chernin (TERRA NOVA) and Katherine Pope (TERRA NOVA) comes TOUCH, a preternatural drama in which science and spirituality intersect with the hopeful premise that we are all interconnected, tied in invisible ways to those whose lives we are destined to alter and impact.
Through masterful storytelling, the series follows a group of seemingly unrelated characters – beginning with a former firefighter tormented by his inability to save a dying woman, an Iraqi teenager who will go to great risks to help his family, a gifted singer whose actions at a karaoke bar save lives thousands of miles away and a British businessman desperately trying to retrieve a key piece of information from his lost mobile phone – who affect each other in ways seen and unseen.
At the center is Martin Bohm, a widower and single father, haunted by an inability to connect to his mute, severely autistic 11-year-old son, Jake. Caring, intelligent and thoughtful, Martin has tried everything to reach his son who shows little emotion and never allows himself to be touched by anyone, including Martin. Jake busies himself with cast-off cell phones, disassembling them and manipulating the parts, allowing him to see the world in his own special way.
After multiple failed attempts at keeping Jake in school, Martin is visited by social worker Clea Hopkins, who insists on doing an evaluation of the Bohms’ living situation. Although new at her job, Clea sees a man whose life has become dominated by a child he can no longer control. She believes his attempts to communicate with Jake are just wish fulfillment, and determines that it’s time for the state to intervene. But everything changes when Martin discovers that Jake possesses a gift of staggering genius – the ability to see things that no one else can, the patterns that connect everything. Jake is indeed communicating after all. But it’s not with words, it’s with numbers. And now he needs Martin to decipher their meaning and connect these numbers to the cast of seemingly unrelated characters whose lives they affect.
Along the way, Martin will be guided by Boris Podolsky, a discredited aging professor who offers Martin a compelling but unorthodox theory about Jake and his rare ability. Whether it be chance, coincidence, timing, synergy or fate, there are events that touch us all, as part of an interconnected, dazzlingly precise universe.
Premiering on Monday, January 16th – Alcatraz:
When San Francisco Police Department Det. Madsen is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: Jack Sylvane, a former Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago. Given her family history – both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, Ray Archer, were guards at the prison – Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent Emerson Hauser tries to impede her investigation, she’s doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast, Dr. Soto, to piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. The twosome discovers that Sylvane is not only alive, but he’s loose on the streets of San Francisco, leaving bodies in his wake. And strangely, he hasn’t aged a day since he was in Alcatraz, when the prison was ruled by the iron-fisted Warden James and the merciless Associate Warden Tiller.
Madsen and Soto reluctantly team with Agent Hauser and his technician, Lucy Banerjee, to stop Sylvane’s vengeful killing spree. By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Rebecca’s own heritage, the team will ultimately discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister present-day threat. For while he may be the first, it quickly becomes clear that Sylvane won’t be the last prisoner to reappear from Alcatraz.
Through the course of the investigation, Madsen and Soto will learn that Agent Hauser has known about the prison’s secret history and has been awaiting the prisoners’ return. Soto will witness his life’s work – the history of Alcatraz – come alive. Madsen will be forced to keep her supportive San Francisco cop fiancé, Jimmy Dickens, at arm’s length from the highly classified assignment as she sees everything she thought she knew about her family’s past shattered, all while fighting to keep the country safe from history’s most dangerous criminals.
By the way, The Walking Dead returns February 12th and the gang must deal with the aftermath of the blood bath at the barn. (AMC)
Game of Thrones will be back for a second season on April 15th on HBO.