January’s New Shows To See!

Four new shows make their debuts this January. Some look hilarious, others action-packed and one possibly twisted in the best kind of way. Read on to see the new shows you have to check out this January! 🙂

L.A. To Vegas

Premiers on January 2 on FOX

Jackpot Airlines is a budget carrier whose junket flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back is filled with dreamers hoping to finally make that big score. Long-suffering flight attendant Ronnie holds things together in the cabin, managing the revolving door of bachelor parties and 21st birthdays, and developing a location-based relationship with Colin, an economics professor who is a frequent passenger on her flights. Theirs isn’t the only relationship fostered by proximity. Together, the rest of the crew and regulars, they are part of an unconventional family from Friday to Sunday, whether they like it or not.

Here is a comedy that has everything it needs to be a runaway hit, from its executive producers to its cast. It looks funny… but something about it also makes me feel like it has an immediate shelf life. But trailer invokes a lot of laughs, and I’m not the easiest person to crack up, so maybe I’m being a little short-sighted. I have been pleasantly surprised by new comedies (American Housewife) and let down by others (9JKL). So, I hope this show has some staying power, and honestly that is all I have to say on it except for reiterating that so many comedic geniuses are behind this show, I do have hope it may just be comedy gold. We’ll see! 🙂

9-1-1

Premiers on January 3, 2018 on FOX

9-1-1 is an upcoming American procedural drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk which follows the lives of Los Angeles first responders: cops, paramedics, firefighters and dispatchers.

Out of all of the shows in this post, 9-1-1 is the show that I’m the most excited to see! I wouldn’t expect that – the idea seems interesting enough, but not the most interesting per say. But then I saw the trailer and I was officially wowed. After I saw the trailer I saw that it’s another show created by Ryan Murphy so it’s bound to be spectacular! 😉

The trailer looks action-packed and thrilling, but I might be the most excited about the cast. Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, Peter Krause and Aisha Hinds – come on! I love every single one of them and I’m excited to see what they do together. This show really seems to have everything going for it: creators, story, direction, cast, hook. I’m sold!

Black Lightning

Premiers on January 16, 2018 on The CW

Jefferson Pierce, who retired from his superhero persona Black Lightning nine years ago after seeing the effects it had on his family, is forced to become a hero again when the rise of a local gang, The One Hundred, leads to increased crime and corruption in his community.

I love me some superheroes. Movies, TV shows – I just can’t get enough. But this show I’m on the fence about. I like the cast, and Black Lightning as a character, but I’m not sure about the story or the concept. Most superhero shows are about saving the world, facing up to a big bad, or stopping mass casualties beyond what we see in the news today (which is really saying something). But this story seems to revolve around a local gang. The story seems like a grittier story for a grittier show, but the problem is it seems too lack the grit and instead of being focused seems to be restrained. Out of all of the shows on this list, this is the one I really hope surprises me the most. Because the character, the cast and another superhero in the mix on the CW are all things I want to see. Here’s hoping that Black Lightning proves to lightning in a bottle

The Resident

Premiers on January 21, 2018 on FOX

The Resident centers on an idealistic young doctor who begins his first day under the supervision of a tough, brilliant senior resident who pulls the curtain back on all of the good and evil in modern day medicine. Lives may be saved or lost, but expectations will always be shattered.

I honestly don’t know what to make of this show. Part of me thinks it looks interesting. Sure, it is one more medical drama and we certainly already have too many of those on TV, but it also seems to be a different angle than we’ve ever seen before. We’ve seen doctor drama shows, we’ve true medical dramas where medicine takes centerstage, and we’ve seen medical dramas that show an outcast or awkward doctor try to navigate caring for patients by caring for the people who are those patients. This seems to be a more sinister take on a medical drama. It claims doctors can heal as well as cover up things, and based on the trailer we see both. The idea that we see the good and evil of modern medicine is interesting and something that really hasn’t been explored – at least the “evil” side of it.

To sweeten the deal The Resident boasts a stellar cast including: Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp, Bruce Greenwood, Merrin Dungey, and Melina Kanakaredes. Anyone of these actors/actresses would make me tune in just to watch them. So seeing them all together on a single project – color me excited! 😉


And that’s it. Kind of a relief to only have a few shows compared to the fall when there are dozens. I’m looking forward to see each of these and see just how they do. Stay tuned! 😉

-DMW

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