On TV this week for Jan. 11: 'Shadowhunters' debuts, Josh Holloway returns, and more
Welcome to This Week in TV, a new weekly feature in which we spotlight the series debuting or returning to air. Set your DVRs and alarms: Below are the highlights for the next seven days.
Monday, January 11
The Marijuana Revolution (History, 9 p.m.)
The drug has had a tumultuous relationship with the U.S., but History is looking past the haze by investigating the new marijuana industry as the drug continues to enter legal markets across the country.
Tuesday, January 12
Shadowhunters (ABC Family Freeform, 9 p.m.)
The network introduces its new name with a sleek adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s popular The Mortal Instruments YA series, about a young woman who discovers she’s descended from a line of human-angel hybrids named Shadowhunters, who must destroy life-threatening demons.
Pretty Little Liars (Freeform, 8 p.m.)
iZombie (The CW, 9 p.m.)
MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion (The CW, 8 p.m.)
The hour-long retrospective takes a look at the Fox sketch comedy series’ 14-year run and reunites at least 19 stars, including Ike Barinholtz, Alex Borstein, Mo Collins, Crista Flanagan, Keegan-Michael Key, Michael McDonald, and Bobby Lee.
Wednesday, January 13
Second Chance (Fox, 9 p.m.)
The series once known as The Frankenstein Code — and later, as Lookinglass — has finally landed on a title and premiere date. Tune in for a twisty futuristic drama about a sheriff who gets, well, a second chance at life, thanks to altruistic billionaires with resurrection technology.
Teachers (TV Land, 11 p.m.)
Improv group The Katydids star in this comedy about six elementary school teachers who might be even less prepared for the real world than their pint-size pupils.
Mob Wives (VH1, 8 p.m.)
Face Off (Syfy, 9 p.m.)
Younger (TV Land, 10 p.m.)
Criminal Minds (CBS, 9 p.m.)
Code Black (CBS, 10 p.m.)
Thursday, January 14
Colony (USA, 10 p.m.)
It’s a pseudo sci-fi tale about a family caught in an occupied Los Angeles following a mysterious invasion. (But perhaps more important, it’s a mini-Lost reunion for showrunner Carlton Cuse and star Josh Holloway. If only the aliens on the new drama were called “The Others”…)
Idiotsitter (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.)
Jillian Bell and Charlotte Newhouse star as an immature adult under house arrest and the rule-following nanny hired to care for her, respectively. It’s like The Odd Couple, but with a bigger dose of claustrophobia.
Workaholics (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.)
Friday, January 15
Degrassi: Next Class (Netflix)
Out with the old, and in with the … some old and some new? The latest installment of the Canadian teen hit mixes the current cast with fresh faces to tell more tales of heartbreak and high-school drama when it arrives in full binge form on the streaming site.
Hell’s Kitchen (Fox, 9 p.m.)
Saturday, January 16
Spotless (Esquire Network, 10 p.m.)
The first season of Esquire’s first scripted drama comes to and end Saturday, and brothers will put their lives on the line in an elaborate set-up in which they aim to expose the dark transgressions of the man who has been threatening their family.
Saturday doesn’t have much to offer as far as premieres go, but if you’re looking for kid-friendly content, Sesame Street will be making its debut on HBO.
Sunday, January 17
The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth (Showtime, 8 p.m.)
Take a behind-the-scenes look into the 2016 presidential race in this docuseries produced by Bloomberg Politics.
Angie Tribeca (TBS, 9 p.m.)
Rashida Jones fronts this Steve and Nancy Carell-backed spoof of police dramas full of punching, kicking, and celebrity cameo-ing from the likes of Lisa Kudrow and James Franco. (For those looking to binge, the network will air the comedy’s entire first season twice in a row for a jam-packed 25-hour marathon.)
The Real Housewives of Potomac (Bravo, 9 p.m.)
From the suburbs of D.C. comes another Real Housewives spin-off! Expects secrets, scandals, and (back)stabbings.
Billions (Showtime, 10 p.m.)
Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti square off in this drama about New York City’s financial power players. (Watch the trailer here.)
Mercy Street (PBS, 10 p.m.)
The harrowing tale of two Civil War nurses — one on either side of the conflict — stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Hannah James.
21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards (A&E, Lifetime, LMN, 8 p.m.)