Happy new year, friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with plenty of time spent with your favorite people and some rest from the everyday hustle and bustle. As we begin a new year, I know many of you are busy making plans and setting goals, breaking in new calendars and planners, and generally getting your New Year on.

Since I have a little something called A BOOK RELEASE (eeeek!) going on right now, I’ve been struck with a case of tunnel vision. I told a couple friends yesterday that my “new year” – the one with goals and reflection on my One Word and budget and date night ideas and meal plans – will start in a few weeks. Until then, I’m all book, all the time.

Which is my only excuse for missing the new Sherlock special last night.

I would have sworn I had my DVR set! I mean, I may not be ready to set a budget or any real goals for 2016, but by golly, MY DVR IS SET! Except, it wasn’t. Apparently.

Lucky for me – and you, if you missed it as well – the Sherlock special will air again next Sunday (January 10) at 9:00 pm CST.

I figured that no matter how much book business I have on my mind, this would be a good time to make a note of what other shows are coming back or premiering in the next few weeks. And since I would hate to have another Sherlock-type situation – for you or for me! – I’ve got a list of dates to mark on our calendars or set on our DVRs. (FYI, times are CST, because that’s where I live.)

Now, as always, this list is certainly not exhaustive; it’s simply the shows I’m thinking about watching. (You can find a more exhaustive list here.)

New Year, New TV - 2016

Sunday, January 3

  • Downton Abbey (PBS – 8:00 pm) – I haven’t watched this for a while, but you might.
  • Galavant (ABC – 7:00 pm) – The musical comedy is back and, I’m guessing, even more ridiculous than ever.

Tuesday, January 5

  • New Girl (FOX – 7:00 pm) – I don’t like the news that Megan Fox is joining the show, but we’ll see how it goes.
  • Hollywood Game Night (NBC – 7:00 pm) – I got bored last season, but I might try it again.
  • Pitch Slapped (Lifetime – 9:00 pm) – A new “docu-series” that’s basically Pitch Perfect in real life. Yay!

Thursday, January 7

  • Shades of Blue (NBC – 9:00 pm) – JLo is in a new cop show, and I can’t help it. I’m gonna watch.
  • Lip Sync Battle (Spike – 9:00 pm) – The show returns with Channing Tatum vs. Jenna Dewan Tatum. OBVIOUSLY I will be watching that.
  • Angel From Hell (CBS – 8:30 pm) – Sue Lynch, Maggie Lawson and Kyle Bornheimer in a new sitcom that looks super funny, despite its dumb title? Sign me up!

Tuesday, January 12

  • Shadowhunters (ABC Family/Freeform – 8:00 pm) – This new show is based on the Mortal Instruments series of books. I will be watching it. Feel free to mock and judge.

Sunday, January 17

  • Angie Tribeca (TBS – 8:00 pm) – I’m not sure what kind of show this will be, but I have high hopes. It’s a police spoof (I think?) created by Steve and Nancy Carell. And it will apparently be playing for 25 hours straight on TBS the day it premieres.

Tuesday, January 19

  • Agent Carter (ABC – 8:00 pm) – I can’t believe I missed this in my original post! This show was SUCH a pleasant surprise last year, and I can’t wait for it to return. Peggy is one of my very favorite female characters on television right now.

Wednesday, January 27

  • Suits (USA – 8:00 pm) – It gets better every season, so of course I’m looking forward to this one.

I also might check out 11.22.63 on Hulu (premiering on Monday, February 15). It’s based on the Stephen King novel of the same name that I tried to read early last year but couldn’t make it through. I’ll probably try to read the book again before watching the show. But it’s about time travel, so let’s be honest: I won’t be able to resist.

And on Friday, February 26, the Tanners come back to our TVs with Fuller House on Netflix. I’d like to pretend like I’m not going to bother with that, but again, I imagine my resistance will be pretty low to this nostalgic show.

Also, NOT LIKE I NEED ANOTHER SHOW TO WATCH BECAUSE SERIOUSLY, I’ll confess that the trailers for Lucifer (FOX, January 25 at 8:00 pm) and The Catch (ABC, March 24 at 9:00 pm) are intriguing.

Now, I haven’t even watched all the fall finales and Hallmark movies on my DVR yet, and I may not get to them this week either. But it’s a new year! Time to set goals and stretch ourselves! So, you know, I’ll set my DVR and see what I can do.

Are you planning to watch any new (or returning) shows this year?

What should you watch next?


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