New Year, New TV Inspiration

I was looking at listings for new shows or seasons this year and saw many opportunities to be entertained and inspired at the same time. If you're a big fan of Sci Fi, Fantasy, Super Heroes, or Historical, you may want to set your DVRs for the following new (and continuing) series:

Colony - Science Fiction - USA Network - Starts January 14. Thursdays 10/9C A near future series about an occupied LA and starring Josh Holloway ("Lost"). Probably not a lot of cosplay opportunities with this one, but looks like it could be interesting.

War and Peace - Historical - Lifetime/A&E/History - Starts January 18. 9/8C
A miniseries based on Leo Tolstoy's novel, War and Peace. Featuring Paul Dano ("12 Years a Slave," "Little Miss Sunshine"), Lily James ("Cinderella," "Downton Abbey"), James Norton ("Happy Valley"), Golden Globe® winner Gillian Anderson ("The X Files," "Hannibal"), Oscar®, Golden Globe and BAFTA winner Jim Broadbent ("Moulin Rouge!," "Iris") and others. Should be a visual treat with gorgeous costumes, elegant uniforms and breathtaking sets. This article on historical accuracy in the adaptation has lots more information that only makes it more intriguing!

The Shannara Chronicles - Fantasy - MTV - Started January 4. Tuesdays 10/9C
Despite this airing on MTV, I'm optimistic about this high fantasy series. I've never read the books by Terry Brooks, but it's been recommended on numerous occasions. I see a lot of cosplay opportunities! Having watched episode one, I'm pretty damned impressed. You can check it out for free on

Agent Carter - Super Hero / Marvel - ABC - Season 2 starts January 19. Tuesdays 9/8C
I haven't been watching this, but it's going on the DVR. The retro styling is very appealing, as is the female lead.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow - Super Hero/ DC - CW - Starts January 21. Thursdays
Described as "Guardians meets Doctor Who" and I'm in. It's on the CW so expect lots of pretty people and questionable acting.

Black Sails - Historical Fiction - Starz - Season 3 starts January 23.
Pirates. Nuff said. Catch up on the first two seasons on Starz.

The X-Files: Reopened - Sci Fi - Fox - Starts January 24. Sundays 10/9C
While I was not a huge fan of the original, I can't help but be excited to watch the reboot. It's a geek thing.

The Magicians - Fantasy - Syfy - Premiered on December 6 and series starts January 25.
Based upon Lev Grossman's best-selling books, The Magicians centers around Brakebills University, a secret institution specializing in magic. So, Harry Potter for 20-somethings? I'm down to give it a try.

Lucifer - Fantasy - Fox - Starts January 25. Mondays 9/8C
Looks like a hell of a fun and funny show with a smoking hot lead actor (Tom Ellis, "Merlin"). Probably won't have a lot of costume ideas, but who cares? We all need a little fluff.


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