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Happy 2024, y’all! A new year means lots of new TV to look forward to, and January is starting out strong with True Detective: Night Country, Criminal Record, Masters of the Air, Sort Of, Vanderpump Rules, and more — not to mention the Emmys!
We’re looking forward to it all — starting with Echo, the first series under the new Disney+ “Marvel Spotlight” banner. If you tuned into Hawkeye in 2021, you’re familiar with Echo‘s Maya Lopez (played with expert-level badassery by Alaqua Cox), but this series takes the opportunity to dive much deeper into Maya’s past in Oklahoma, her Native American roots, and her connection (or rather, rivalry) with Kingpin.
MCU lore aside, the series boasts an incredible supporting cast (including Devery Jacobs, Graham Greene, Tantoo Cardinal, Zahn McClarnon and more), plus director Sydney Freeland (who directs four of the five episodes) and Josh Feldman and Shoshannah Stern (ATX TV alums and co-creators/stars of This Close) in the writers’ room. All episodes are streaming now on Disney+, and we plan on binging posthaste.
Need more recs to start the year off right? Read on!
– JENN MORGAN, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING
IN THE QUEUE
A little something to look forward to, as a treat.
Criminal Record starts with a phone call from a woman who reveals that an abusive man in her life says he killed a woman years before and another man is in prison doing his sentence. This isn’t just a show that tries to find one perpetrator, though; it is a thoughtful character drama that examines the lives of everyone affected, from the original victim’s son, to the man convicted of her murder, to the detectives who put him away. Cush Jumbo (one of my favorites from The Good Wife), and Peter Capaldi (the 12th Doctor himself!) star, and they are both so exciting to watch.
Criminal Record premieres Jan 10 on Apple TV+. Watch the trailer HERE.
– Danielle Turchiano, Social Media Manager
Law & Order: EVERYTHING!
It. Is. Time. Law & Order: EVERYTHING, aka Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and Law & Order: Organized Crime are all back on January 18th! I’m excited for all of it, I just can’t look away from the Dick Wolf universe, but let’s all be honest, we’re here for Mariska Hargitay / Olivia Benson, who is the longest-running primetime live-action character of all time. In Olivia I trust.
The Law & Order universe returns January 18 on NBC. Stream your favorites on Peacock!
– Laura Kincaid, Director of Operations
Percy Jackson & The Olympians (Disney+)
I read the first book in this series long ago but have debated whether I would watch the series (mainly because I’m pretty adamant that one MUST read the books before watching a show/movie). However, I love a great YA fantasy adventure, and I have on good authority from people I know that love the books that while this is an excellent adaptation, it is also a great watch for those that have not read. You’ve got a quest, a trio of friends, and a cameo by Lin-Manuel Miranda. What more do you want?
Season 1 is airing now on Disney+. Watch the trailer HERE.
– Emily Gipson, Co-Founder & Co-President
More TV, but for your ears.
Stick The Landing
Hosted by Andy Greenwald
New pod alert, Baranskis! Writer/producer and co-host of The Watch podcast, Andy Greenwald, is hosting a new series called Stick the Landing, which will revisit “iconic season finales from the past to see what they might tell us about our TV-watching future. Each episode will feature a different guest to revisit finales from shows such as Friday Night Lights, Freaks and Geeks, and The Office and ask a central question: Did it stick the landing?”
As TV connoisseurs, longtime listeners of “The Watch,” and nerds who really enjoy a good finale debate, we’re looking forward to this one. “Stick the Landing” launches Jan 17 on Spotify (on The Ringer’s “Prestige TV” feed,” but you can subscribe now!