|Carmel Valley's Angelique Cabral|
in "Enlisted." (Tommy Garcia/Fox)
Below is a list of new shows (and returning favorites) premiering in January. One new show I'd like to single out is "Enlisted," a sitcom premiering Friday, Jan. 10 on Fox and starring Angelique Cabral, who grew up in Carmel Valley. (Read my interview with her here.) The show surrounds three brothers in a unit of misfits at a Florida Army base; Cabral plays Sgt. Jill Perez, leader of another unit on the base. The pilot has a few chuckles but a lot of heart, and the cast chemistry is solid. In other words, give it a try.
Now, to the rest!
THURSDAY, JAN. 2
The Assets (10 p.m., ABC) -- An eight-part miniseries about real-life CIA agents who tried to find a mole at the end of the Cold War.
Community returns for its fifth season at 8 p.m. If you thought it lost a little something last year, critics have said it's back to form with the return of creator Dan Harmon. (NBC)
SUNDAY, JAN. 5
Downtown Abbey returns for season 4 at 9 p.m. (PBS)
TUESDAY, JAN. 7
Intelligence (9 p.m., CBS) -- Josh Holloway is an intelligence operative with a microchip in his brain that lets him access all sorts of stuff. Marg Helgenberger is the leader of the team that supports him. (It will regularly air at 10 p.m. Mondays starting Jan. 13.)
Killer Women (10 p.m., ABC) -- Tricia Helfer is the lone female Texas Ranger. The show is from "Modern Family's" Sofia Vergara.
Justified (FX) and Cougar Town (TBS) start their fifth seasons at 10 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8
Chicago PD (10 p.m., NBC) -- The cop spinoff off "Chicago Fire."
Psych (USA) starts season 8 at 9 p.m.
FRIDAY, JAN. 10
Enlisted (9:30 p.m., Fox) -- Support your local talent.
Helix (10 p.m., Syfy) -- From Ronald D. Moore. CDC scientists investigate a possible disease outbreak in a high-tech research facility in the Arctic.
SUNDAY, JAN. 12 (aka, premium cable night)(also, Golden Globes at 8 p.m., ABC)
True Detective (9 p.m., HBO) -- Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey star as two Louisiana detectives who revisit a homicide case from 1995. Good early buzz from critics.
Shameless, season 4 (9 p.m., Showtime); season 3 premieres of Girls (10 p.m., HBO), House of Lies (10 p.m., Showtime) and Episodes (10:30 p.m., Showtime).
MONDAY, JAN. 13
Bitten (10 p.m., Syfy) -- Based on the "Women of the Otherworld" novels, the show surrounds the only female werewolf in existence.
Chozen (10:30 p.m., FX) --An animated comedy about a gay white rapper.
Season 4 premieres of Syfy's Lost Girl (9 p.m.) and Being Human (10 p.m.); season 5 premiere of Archer (10 p.m., FX).
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15
Suburgatory returns for its third season (8:30 p.m., ABC).
THURSDAY, JAN. 16
Under the Gunn (9 p.m., Lifetime) -- Tim Gunn has his own show! "Project Runway" alums mentor their own groups of designers.
SUNDAY, JAN. 19
Looking (10:30 p.m., HBO) -- The life of gay thirtysomethings in San Francisco.
The Following's second season premieres after the NFC Championship (Fox). Its real-night run starts Jan. 27.
Sherlock season 3 starts at 10 p.m. on PBS.
THURSDAY, JAN. 23
Rake (9 p.m., Fox) -- Greg Kinnear as an effed-up lawyer for effed-up people.
SATURDAY, JAN. 25
Black Sails (9 p.m., Starz) -- Pirates!