Do you have 2020 vision? You will with this handy list of new and returning mid-season TV premieres for the year 2020. January is a busy month, especially in Canada, with several home-grown productions all part of the mix.
NEW CANADIAN SHOWS
Endlings (Jan. 5, CBC): A cool new sci-fi drama for tweens featuring four foster kids who become animal rescue rangers, wrangling rare species from across the galaxy.
High Arctic Haulers (Jan. 5, CBC): From the producers of Ice Road Truckers comes this fascinating look at the men and women who help truck and fly vital supplies to remote regions of Canada’s most northernly communities.
Coroner (Jan. 6, CBC): The No. 1 new series in Canada last winter returns with Serinda Swan back as intense coroner Dr. Jenny Cooper and Roger Cross as veteran homicide detective “Mac” McAvoy.
Nurses (Jan. 6, Global): What Rookie Blue was to cop shows, this series is to the nursing profession. Five young nursing students graduate to the floor of a busy, big city hospital. Set and shot in Toronto, as always.
Kim’s Convenience (Jan. 7, CBC): The Kim family welcome convenience store customers back for a fourth funny season. Among the new storylines: Will Jung and Shannon finally find love at the Handy Rent-a-Car?
Schitt’s Creek (Jan. 7, CBC): The sixth and final season of 14 episodes will conclude with an ending the creators of this series had in mind all along. Do the Schitts regain their fortunate and finally move out of that crummy little motel?
Fortunate Son (Jan. 8, CBC): It’s 1968, and U.S. draft dodgers are flooding into Canada as the war in Vietnam rages on. Kari Matchett (Covert Affairs) plays an American activist working the anti-war cause from B.C.; Stephen Moyer (True Blood) plays a CIA agent in hot pursuit. Filmed in Calgary.
Burden of Truth (Jan. 8, CBC): This Winnipeg-based drama returns for a third season with crusading young lawyers Joanna Chang (Kristin Kreuk) and Billy Crawford (Peter Mooney) cracking a new, impossible-to-win case. At stake: the friendship between these two solicitors.
Back in Time for Winter (Jan. 9, CBC): The Sudbury, Ont.-based Carlson family give up their electronic devices and embark on an experiment that sees them live like a Canadian family from the 1940s, ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Sure, you try keeping bell bottoms dry in a Sudbury winter!
The Detectives (Jan. 9, CBC): The story behind real cases are told by the detectives who cracked them in the second season of this true crime, re-creation drama.
NEW FROM THE AMERICAN NETWORKS
Deputy (Thurs., Jan. 2, Fox): Stephen Dorff plays a deputy who steps up as the new sheriff in modern day Los Angeles.
The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards (Sun., Jan. 5 on NBC and CTV). Ricky Gervais returns as host, which should make it interesting, even if the awards are somewhat bogus.
America’s Got Talent: The Champions (Jan. 6, NBC, Citytv). Past winners try to win again.
Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time (Jan. 7, ABC). Host Alex Trebek soldiers on with former champions James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings, and Brad Rutter. First player to win three games takes the Jeopardy crown.
FBI: Most Wanted (Jan. 7, CBS, Global). Julian McMahon, Kellan Lutz, Nathaniel Arcand and others star in a spin-off drama about an elite corps of FBI agents who only track the most wanted criminals.
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (Jan. 7, NBC). A “whip-smart” San Francisco-based coder (Jane Levy) suddenly gains the ability to hear the thoughts and desires of people around her through song. Lauren Graham, Skylar Astin, Mary Steenburgen and Peter Gallagher all star.
Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector (Jan. 10, NBC). Russell Hornsby (Grimm) plays Lincoln Rhyme, a former NYPD forensic specialist forced to retire when a serial killer left him paralyzed. He’s brought back in when a young detective (Arielle Kebbel of Midnight, Texas) has a lead on the same killer.
Sanditon (Jan. 12, PBS). Based on an unfinished novel by Jane Austen, set at a small, seaside village. Rose Williams, Theo James, Anne Reid, Kris Marshall, and Crystal Clarke star.
Grace and Frankie (Jan. 15, Netflix). The sixth and final season of the Jane Fonda/Lily Tomlin series. Now Fonda will have more time to go to prison!
9-1-1: Lone Star (Jan. 19, Fox). Rob Lowe and Liv Tyler prove even first responders can be beautiful in this spin-off from the popular rescue drama.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (Jan. 19, HBO). Larry David is back for a 10th season with Jon Hamm, Laverne Cox, Jane Krakowski and Fred Armisen among the guest stars.
Outmatched (Jan. 23, Fox). A blue-collar couple from New Jersey (Jason Biggs and Maggie Lawson) are trying to raise four children – three of whom are geniuses.
Star Trek: Picard (Jan. 23, (CTV Sci-Fi Channel, CBS All Access). You’ll need one of those fancy new streaming services to see this highly anticipated sci-fi spin off series starring Patrick Stewart and several other cast favourites from Star Trek: The Next Generation, including Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis.