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December 17, 2018

What to Watch in January

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New Year’s resolutions are great, but let’s be honest: the real goal during the cold month of January is to stay inside and watch as much TV as possible. Thankfully, January TV premieres have a lot to offer, including new seasons of old favorites, and the award shows that jumpstart Oscar season.

Here’s a rundown of the hot premieres and events you can watch to start the new year off right. Watch them all on Xfinity X1, catch them On Demand, or stream them from a mobile device.

Project Runway All-Stars

Premieres: January 2

Where to watch: Lifetime

Back for a best of the best season, Project Runway brings 14 fashion-designer phenoms together to create their best looks in daunting challenge rounds. Past seasons have had contestants clamoring for the win with over-the-top ball gowns, designs inspired by wine and food pairings, and more wacky assignments. Judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman are back with host Alyssa Milano to crown a catwalk king or queen, with the help of surprise guest judges each week. What crazy challenges will this season have in store, and which guest judges will be there to see it? Tune in to find out which contestants will, as Tim Gunn says, “make it work.”

America’s Got Talent: The Champions

Premieres: January 7

Where to watch: NBC

From magicians and comedians to singers, dancers, and ventriloquists, there’s one thing that 13 seasons of this show have proven: America’s got tons of talent. Now, after countless awe-inspiring acts have stunned judges and audiences alike, the best of the best from the US and UK versions of the show will return to the stage to battle it out. Who’s on your list of favorites? Whether it’s a kid DJ, a knife thrower, or a balancing contortionist, chances are you’ll see them back on stage this January, as past winners and finalists come back to claim the title of AGT champion.

The Bachelor

Premieres: January 7

Where to watch: ABC

Love it or hate it, it’s hard to look away from the television mainstay that is The Bachelor. This season, it’s Colton turn to hand out the roses, after missing his chances at love as a contestant on The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. Despite his boyish charm and “innocence,” this guy couldn’t seem to open his heart to love, leaving disappointed ladies in his wake. Is he finally ready to take the leap and commit? Bachelor Nation can’t wait to find out, in what Chris Harrison will surely dub “the most dramatic season yet.”

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Premieres: January 8

Where to watch: PBS

Looking for something more serious? Tune into PBS for the return of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. This popular program explores lineage and family history to uncover the roots of guests like Andy Samberg, Chloe Sevigny, and Kal Penn. Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, guides guests in their search of their ancestors’ stories.

Myth Busters Jr.

Premieres: January 2

Where to watch: The Science Channel

For the kids (or kid at heart) in your home, Myth Busters Jr. combines playfulness with science. The popular science series has evolved as host Adam Savage gives six STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) superstars a chance to show off their skills. Working together, they tackle myths within chemistry, physics, popular culture, and more.

76th Golden Globe Awards

Broadcasts: January 6

Where to watch: NBC

Known as the most fun-loving and laid-back awards ceremony of the season, the Golden Globes kicks off the string of Hollywood award shows, recognizing the best in TV and movies. This year’s event will be hosted by comedian Andy Samberg and actress Sandra Oh (who is also a nominee), so it’s sure to pack its trademark, humorous punch. See which programs take home the coveted gilded trophies from all your favorite shows, like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Succession, The Americans, and The Handmaid’s Tale. And get ready to make your “must-watch movies” list, as nominees in the motion picture categories from films like Mary Poppins and A Star is Born vie for the win.

24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

Broadcasts: January 13

Where to watch: the CW

Often a predictor of Oscar wins, the Critics’ Choice Awards crown the best of the best in film and television — as voted on by more than 300 television, radio, and online critics from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA). (After all, who best to name the top performers in Hollywood than those who judge them for a living?) With no cap on the number of nominees and dozens of categories, many of this season’s picks have more than one chance to win, like Amy Adams (for both Sharp Objects and Vice) and Julia Garner (for Dirty John and Ozark). It’s sure to be a long night of star-studded fun.

So, hold off on that “watch less TV” New Year’s resolution for now. Winter TV premieres and awards events will keep your cozy nights on the couch highly entertaining, and Xfinity has you covered. Set your DVR, or keep on top of all of this quality programming by streaming them on the go. Happy New Year!

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