The new 2013 year in scripted television kicks off in January with the return of several fan favorites, new shows, and a couple of series finales.
Now that the second half of the television season is here, shows like Private Practice and Fringe will come to an end while shows The Following, Deception, The Carrie Diaries and The Americans lead the pack of newcomers in January.
Fan favorites like Downton Abbey, Revenge, Justified, Pretty Little Liars, and Suits return after thrilling cliffhangers that left viewers scrambling for answers.
With the success of cable network shows, television viewers have plenty of options for their schedule in January 2013.
Here’s what’s hot in scripted TV in January 2013:
Downton Abbey – January 6
The British import Downton Abbey returns to PBS for a third season as the Crawley family contends with new financial hardships in post-war Britain. Mary and Matthew prepare for their wedding while Tom and Sybi deal with the impending birth of their first child and a new crop of characters join the show, including Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson.
The Good Wife – January 6
The mid-season premiere of CBS’s The Good Wife picks up with “Boom De Ya Da” in which Will expects a potentially big pay day from his latest case. Michael J. Fox returns as Louis Canning to further complicate things for the firm. In an effort to help Will, Alicia makes a move that could make or break a winning argument.
The Mentalist – January 6
In the mid-season premiere called “Days of Win and Roses,” the CBI team investigates the mysterious homicide of a young model at a high-end California rehab center. Lisbon ramps up her investigation into multi-millionaire Tommy Volker. Although the December finale left off with Summer and Tim’s reunion, only time will tell if the two were meant to be together.
Once Upon a Time – January 6
ABC’s fan favorite returns with “The Cricket Game” in which the fairy-tale characters continue the battle between good and evil in Storybrooke. Although Regina is accused of something horrible in a surprise twist, Emma remains hopeful and determined. When the show resumes its Sunday night slot, Prince Charming and Snow White continue to plot The Evil Queen’s demise.
Revenge – January 6
ABC’s Revenge kicks off the second half of its sophomore season with the episode “Power”. Emily and Victoria come together to strike a deal, one that could put Daniel’s life in immediate danger. Although Emily and Aiden have rekindled their romance, Victoria always gets her way. Is Emily the perfect ally Victoria needs to wrestle control of Grayson Global from her own son?
Lost Girl – January 6
Lost Girl returns for a third season in which our favorite succubus will need to make a tough decision in her love life between Dyson and Lauren. When the series resumes, Bo is back on the Morrígan’s hit list and still has an uncertain future with Ash. Good thing Kenzie is there to save Bo from completely turning over to the dark side, right?
Deception – January 7
NBC’s new stylish crime drama follows Meaghan Good as Detective Joanna Locasto who investigates the mysterious death of her childhood friend and wealthy socialite, Vivian Bowers. In the classic Clue style “whodunit” mystery, everyone’s a suspect. The deeper Joanna digs, however, the bigger the hole of deception becomes.
Private Practice – January 8
The ABC spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy has a lot of wrapping up to do before the series finale. Will Charlotte and Cooper learn to be parents? Is Sam’s relationship with Stephanie still rocky after their Christmas reunion? Will Amelia finally re-enter the dating world after her first year of sobriety? It’s been a good run for Private Practice but somehow we’re still holding out hope for a reunion between Sam and Addison. Pretty please!
Pretty Little Liars – January 8
Pretty Little Liars returns for its mid-season finale with Mona out of the Radley Sanitarium. No longer considered a risk in the eyes of doctors, Mona’s return to Rosewood will likely cause a lot of problems for Hanna, Emily, Spencer, and Aria. Is Mona simply carrying out another sinister plan for “A”?
Justified – January 8
After a thrilling Season 3 finale, FX’s Justified begins the season with the episode “Hole in the Wall” that sees Raylan Givens on the hunt for a bail jumper from Tennessee. With Quarles now dead, Raylan shifts his focus to a 30-year old mystery connected to his childhood and father.
Nashville – January 9
After a breakout debut, Nashville returns with Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes ready for their joint tour. Although the two country music stars call a temporary truce to make the tour a success, Rayna may be using the stint to escape her marital problems with Teddy. As for Scarlett, Gunnar’s romantic confession could impact the duo’s upstart music career.
1600 Penn – January 10
When new NBC comedy made its debut in December, viewers were introduced to the White House antics of the Gilchrest clan and the first family of the President of the United States. Bill Pullman returns to the small screen as President Dale Gilchrest who tries to balance a busy political career in the White House, his step wife, the kids, and running the country without losing his mind.
Fringe – January 11
With only three episodes left until the series end of Fringe, long-standing questions are finally answered in January to give fans much-needed closure. With Nina’s help, the Fringe team races to communicate with the Observer who serves up more than a few shocking details. This is a must see event for Fringe fans and one of the most anticipated returns of the year.
Girls – January 13
When Girls returns for its second season, Hannah is still taking care of Adam after his accident but has eyes for someone else. Jessa is back from her honeymoon and ready to give Hannah even more headaches. Marnie tries the single life while Shoshanna takes a relationship plunge with Ray. Expect more curse filled drama, will-she-or-won’t-she battles, and a few triumphs that give each girl hope for the future.
Californication – January 13
Showtime’s Californication returns for a sixth season and a new twelve episode run. Although Hank tries to be a positive father figure for Becca, he’s conflicted over his feelings for her mother and ex-girlfriend Karen. Good thing Hank has Faith to keep him occupied, at least for a little while.
The Carrie Diaries – January 14
A prequel to Sex and the City, starring AnnaSophia Robb, The Carrie Diaries follows a teen Carrie Bradshaw on her first internship in NYC where she learns that fashion isn’t as glamorous as it looks in magazines. We just hope there’s plenty of clever comedy like its predecessor.
Being Human – January 14
Season three kicks off with Aidan out of the ground and struggling to adapt to life after being buried for fifteen months. Fans will see more of Nora this season since the recurring Kristen Hager has been added to the main cast. In the season opener called “It’s a Shame About Ray”, the events pick up after Sally’s state of limbo and Josh’s plot to kill his maker. The new season features a slew of guest stars, including Mark Pellegrino, Amy Aquino, Xander Berkeley, Bobby Campo and Kyle Schmid.
Haven – January 17
Haven returns to close out the third season after Syfy made the decision to delay the last two episodes in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. After an entire season devoted to finding the Bolt Gun Killer, Audrey needs to share Claire’s timely confession with Nathan and Duke who desperately attempt to change her fate.
Suits – January 17
With the Pearson-Hardman war finally over, Mike Ross needs time to grieve his grandmother’s death before dealing with his lack of legal credentials. Harvey and Jessica puts the pieces of the firm back together in the aftermath of Louis’s betrayal and his choice to ally with Hardman.
The Following – January 21
One of the most anticipated dramas of the new year, The Following stars Kevin Bacon as a former federal agent forced out of retirement when a serial killer escapes from death row. With Bacon on the small-screen, The Following offers an undercurrent of psychological manipulation within a gritty crime drama that we haven’t seen before.
White Collar – January 22
White Collar returns for the second half of season four with the new episode “Family Business” in which Neal Caffrey and Peter Burke uncover more secrets from Neal’s past. Fans will be happy to know that White Collar will move toward the end of the season with a big reveal.
Dallas – January 28
Although fans had to say goodbye to actor Larry Hagman prior to the holidays, TNT’s Dallas returns with a showdown between J.R. Ewing and Cliff Barnes. With an extra five episodes in season two, producers needed incorporate the unfortunate passing of Larry Hagman. Now it’s up to young John Ross to continue his father’s legacy as one of the best TV villains of all time.
The Americans – January 30
A Cold War drama set in the 1980s, The Americans follows a seemingly normal, suburban couple who turn out to be undercover Soviet KGB officers working as sleeper agents within America. Starring Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell, Noah Emmerich, and Holly Taylor, The Americans will make you think twice before you ask your neighbor for a cup of sugar.
Which shows are you looking forward to the most?