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ANTICIPATION REPORT: New Television For The New Year

The year is off to a strong start! CBS All Access/Netflix/HBO

If your New Year’s resolution is to watch more television in 2020, you’re in luck! January offers new series and seasons of crime, drama, and sci-fi starting with Star Trek: Picard (No. 1). On the 23rd, the latest Star Trek installment brings beloved star, Patrick Stewart, back to reprise his role as Jean-Luc Picard where fans will follow the next chapter of Picard’s life.

Next, HBO brings another Stephen King novel to life with mini-series, The Outsider (No. 2). An investigation of a young boy’s murder takes a mysterious and sinister turn; making everyone question what’s “real” as a supernatural force makes it way into the case. The ten-episode thriller premieres on January 12th.

Crime-dramas continue to be a prevalent genre in January with network spin-offs, 9-1-1: Lone Star (No. 3) and FBI: Most Wanted (No. 4). Following the success of 9-1-1, the new FOX series brings more emergency action -- only this time in Austin, Texas. Rob Lowe stars as a New York firefighter who relocates with his son, where he struggles to balance saving lives and saving himself. Meanwhile, CBS drama, FBI: Most Wanted, will follow a different FBI division of those who capture notorious criminals on the Bureau’s Most Wanted list. 

Rounding out January’s new series is Netflix ice-skating drama, Spinning out (No. 5). A figure skater must handle love, secrets, mother-daughter issues, and her mental health on and off the ice as she skates towards her Olympic dreams. As of January 1st, the first season is now available for your bingeing pleasure!

Two hit Netflix series kick-off our returning category with Season 2 of Sex Education (No. 1) and Part 3 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (No. 2). On January 17th, love triangles arise in Sex Education’s sophomore season as Otis continues to master his sexual urges. Meanwhile, with the Dark Lord unthroned, Sabrina takes the title as “Queen” as she and her mortal friends attempt to free her boyfriend from eternal damnation. Part 3 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comes to fruition on the following Friday, January 24th. 

Additionally, Anime series, Haikyu!! (No. 3) returns to Tokyo Broadcasting System on the 10th. Officially titled “Haikyuu!! To The Top,” Season 4 of the volleyball-comedy continues Karasuno’s journey with team training, difficult practice matches, and a Spring High Tournament. 

Lastly, dramas wrap-up January's Anticipation Report as Manifest (No. 4) returns to NBC and The Young Pope follow-up series, The New Pope (No. 5), makes its debut on Sky Atlantic/HBO. The first season of Manifest answered many concerns about Flight 828, but left viewers with even more questions! Season 2 will dive into the aftermath of the season finale’s shooting, and how passengers react to the news of their 2024 fate. The New Pope will pick up right where the 2016 series left off with Pius XIII (Jude Law) in a coma. Although plot details have yet to be revealed, we do know that Vatican City finds a viable replacement in Sir John Brannox (John Malkovich).

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