Here's what's new and returning the week of Jan. 25

By Shirley Li
January 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST
Bettina Strauss/Fox; Ed Miller/NBC; Tommy Garcia/Fox

Welcome to This Week in TV, a 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 25

SERIES PREMIERES

The Magicians (Syfy, 9 p.m.)

Based on Lev Grossman’s fantasy novels, the series follows a group of budding magicians. (Just don’t refer to Brakebills University as Hogwarts.) 

EW’s review (B) can be found here.

Recovery Road (Freeform, 9 p.m.)

A hard-partying teen enters a sober living facility, where she must learn to juggle life in high school by day and life in rehab by night.

Lucifer (Fox, 9 p.m.)

Satan (played by the devilishly appealing Tom Ellis) departs the underworld for LA, where at least the traffic will remind him of his former home.

EW’s review (C+) can be found here

SEASON PREMIERE

American Dad! (TBS, 8:30 p.m.)

Seth MacFarlane’s animated comedy that’s not Family Guy returns with more grilling, more gusto, and more talking goldfish.

MIDSEASON PREMIERES

The Fosters (Freeform, 8 p.m.)

Stay hydrated for your tear ducts, The Fosters fans: Now that Brandon and Callie’s secret is out, only more heartbreaking drama (think new romances) can ensue.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW, 8 p.m.)

Rachel Bloom’s Rebecca Bunch is back! Not, like, back with Josh or anything! Just back, and with a Golden Globe to boot!

Jane the Virgin (The CW, 9 p.m.)

Gina Rodriguez’s Jane Gloriana Villanueva is also back! Not, like, back with Michael or anything! … At least, not yet?

Tuesday, January 26

SERIES PREMIERE

Outsiders (WGN America, 9 p.m.)

Mountain dwellers clash with nearby townspeople. Think Winter’s Bone, but with more beards and showdowns.

EW’s review (B-) can be found here

SPECIAL

Panda Republic (Animal Planet, 8 p.m.)

Jack Black (you know, the guy who’s played a panda for eight years now) narrates the network’s latest, cutest, two-hour deep dive into the endangered species. 

Wednesday, January 27

MIDSEASON PREMIERES

Suits (USA, 10 p.m.)

Don’t worry, they’re still pressed!

Thursday, January 28

SERIES PREMIERE

You, Me and the Apocalypse (NBC, 8 p.m.)

In which doomsday acts as the punchline for Rob Lowe, Jenna Fischer, and a barely recognizable Megan Mullaly. 

EW’s review (B+) can be found here

SEASON PREMIERE

Party Down South (CMT, 9 p.m.)

It’s the last season, and there’s no doubt the party will go out strong.

Friday, January 29

MIDSEASON PREMIERES

The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 8 p.m.)

No, Elena won’t be coming back, but Damon will (finally) be wide awake. Expect bloody drama.

The Originals (The CW, 9 p.m.)

War is poised to break out between the supernatural families. Expect bloody drama.

Grimm (NBC, 9 p.m.)

The mysteries surrounding Nick deepen when the dark fantasy returns. Expect bloody drama.

Saturday, January 30

SPECIAL

The 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards (TBS/TNT, 8 p.m.)

Help out your Oscars ballots by finding out which actors the actors themselves revere this awards season.

Sunday, January 31

SEASON PREMIERE

The Venture Bros. (Adult Swim, 12 a.m.)

Fine, this counts as technically premiering on Feb. 1, but Dr. Venture would approve of being lax with times.

SPECIALS

Grease: Live! (Fox, 7 p.m.)

Aaron Tveit, Julianne Hough, and Vanessa Hudgens have got chills; they’re multiplying. 

American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World (NBC, 8 p.m.)

The three-hour special is the third annual international competition, featuring teams from around the world competing in Las Vegas. 

Celebration of Gospel 2016 (BET, 8 p.m.)

Taraji P. Henson hosts this musical special.

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