by Alicia Glass, contributing writer
It’s here, it’s here, it’s my year, Year of the Sheep (I’m an Aries)! Welcome, 2015! That means brand new and returning TV shows for the pleasurement of your eyeballs!
When: Sundays, 8/7c
What IS it: A comedic parody of the Hero’s Journey, Galavant is on a mission to reclaim his reputation and his happily ever after from an evil King who stole his lady love!
Come on the singalong: A lot like Spamalot or Krod Mandoon, Galavant looks like great fun and yes, it is a musical TV show!
When: January 6, 2015, 9/8c
What IS it: Agent Peggy Carter, the precursor to S.H.I.E.L.D., juggles secretarial work by day and secret missions for Howard Stark by night, all set in 1940s America in the Marvel universe!
Yet more Marvel: This one has been breathlessly awaited by Marvel fans the world over, and especially fans of the show Agents of SHIELD. Hayley Atwell even reprises her role as Carter from the Captain America films!
When: January 13, 2015, 9/8c
What IS it: The return of everyone’s favorite special effects makeup show, now in its eighth season!
Turning the tables: This latest season features the return of some previous Face Off winners, to mentor brand new competing teams in the very first Return of the Champions season!
When: January 16, 2015, 10/9c
What IS it: The return of that extra weird nasty virus in a secret military base show.
More silvery-eyed monsters: Most of the main characters either died or seriously transformed in the first season, so there’s plenty of room for expansion and viral epidemics outside secret military containment fields.
King of the Nerds
When: January 23, 2015, 9/8c
What IS it: Season three of the acclaimed show for the nerd in all of us is here, hosted by ultimate Nerds Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong!
Going into the Nerd-off: Test your own Nerd-strong skills as you watch contestants navigate mazes, culture challenges, and cheer for your favorite!
When: January 24, 2015, 9 ET/PT
What IS it: The hunt for the Spanish treasure galleon Urca de Lima continues, as pirates and the government fight for control of New Providence island!
Piracy on the high seas: Since Crossbones went away and there’s no word yet on Red Flag, Black Sails is the only place to get your piratical fix!
When: January 16, 2015, 9/8c
What IS it: The television adaptation of a really odd sci-fi movie wherein a hapless criminal is sent repeatedly back in time to try and learn the factors of the disease that wiped out most of the world!
Why you really should TRY it: The film itself was actually a really great bit of sci-fi post-apocalyptic mystery, and the show looks just as good, if not perhaps better!
So whether it’s singing anti-heroes or world-destroying viruses you’re after, January promises to be an extra special month for television! Which new or returning show are you most looking forward to? Sound off in the comments!