More, more, more, as Andrea True Connection once sang about the January schedules. Firstly, two more American shows for your attention. The second season of Dana Delany vehicle Body of Proof starts this week: I liked season 1, and there really isn’t much backstory to catch up with if you fancy an undemanding forensic science procedural. Moreover, the American ratings would suggest that it won’t be too long before it’s on the slab itself, so catch it while you can (Thursday 5 January, 9pm, Alibi).
And bit-of-a-hit freshman comedy New Girl reaches our screens as well, with Zooey Deschanel dividing audiences as a teacher who moves into a flat with three men after her relationship ends. The Radio Times’s excellent Alison Graham suggests that if you liked Juno (she didn’t) you’ll like this (she doesn’t). I liked Juno, and I also liked Deschanel in (500) Days Of Summer, so I’ll be giving this a go (Friday 6 January, 8.30pm, C4).
Now for the British shows. I did my best with Brit-drama last year, but most of it confirmed my prejudices by being OK but not as good as the American stuff. So here’s a few shows I won’t be watching. Tonight sees the debut of consecutive-nights three-parter Public Enemies, with Daniel Mays (again) as a paroled killer and Anna Friel as his probation worker. I’m guessing secrets will be revealed, but I won’t be there to see them (tonight, 9pm, BBC 1).
Then a real curio: Eternal Law, from the creators of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, is about two angelic (actually, not metaphorically, as far as I can see) barristers who come down to Earth to get involved in court cases. It’s set in York, one of my favourite places, but unless the reviews are stellar I’ll be giving this one a miss as well (Thursday 5 January, 9pm, ITV 1 – Scottish viewers might need to hunt about a bit).
And also starting on Friday 6 January, both at 9pm: Law and Order: UK (ITV 1 – Scottish viewers might need etc etc); and dramedy Stella, written by and starring Ruth Jones (Sky 1).
Phew. On top of all that, coming soon to a PSA near you: Borgen, Desperate Housewives, Unforgettable, and The Good Wife.