The Beast (premieres January 15th on A&E)
Patrick Swayze stars as Charles Barker as an unorthodox undercover FBI agent who starts training a rookie agent. For more, see here.
Trust Me (premieres January 26th on TNT)
TV needs more shows about ad agencies. Fewer professions see more drama and conflict both internal and external. This one stars Eric McCormack (Will and Grace) and Tom Cavanagh (Ed) as best friends working at a top Chicago ad agency.
The Closer (returns January 26th)
Kyra Sedgwick returns to one of the better procedurals on TV with one of the best casts. And why JK Simmons doesn’t have his own show is beyond me.
Monk and Psych (returning January 9th on USA)
This is the final season of USA’s most acclaimed hit, Monk. I never really got into it, but I’ve always appreciated Tony Shaloub. I’m guessing he’ll get another show pretty quickly. USA does a great job with their Monk promos though:
I’ve seen almost every episode of Psych. The first season was really fun but it’s been a little tired of late. Here’s hoping for a rebound.
Burn Notice (returns January 22nd on USA)
I lament the fact that I never caught this series as it looked really promising to me.
Damages (returns January 7th on FX)
This is show I will recommend more than any other. It’s not too late to rent Season 1 and catch up. Okay, maybe it is, but you really shouldn’t have much trouble with starting now, and you can probably find some recaps online somewhere. Anyway, as I’ve stated elsewhere, Damages has put together one of the better casts you’ll find on a TV drma these days with Glenn Close, William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden, Zeljko Ivanek, Rose Byrne, Mario Van Peebles, and Ted Danson in one of my favorite performances of the past year.
Big Love (returns January 18th on HBO)
I can’t comment on this one, never having seen it, but wikipedia has this to offer:
In the third season of Big Love, Bill tries to find a partner for a Mormon-friendly casino and attempts to woo a fourth-wife prospect through unorthodox group-dating rituals, all while dealing with escalating hostilities between his parents.
United States of Tara (premieres January 18th on Showtime)
Written by Juno scribe Diablo Cody and produced by Steven Spielberg, Toni Collette stars as housewife with dissociative identity disorder.
Flight of the Conchords (returns January 18th on HBO)
You can already catch the first episode here.
Breaking Bad (returns March 8th to AMC)
Bryan Cranston returns as a high school teacher diagnosed with terminal cancer who turns to cooking meth to support his family after he’s gone.
Rescue Me (returns March 3rd to FX)
Denis Leary’s firefighter dramedy returns with Michael J. Fox joining the cast for the first four episodes. For previews, see here.
Battlestar Gallactica (returns January 16th to SciFi)
And lest I have my login revoked, I think I’d better mention this one.