Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

TV Heats Up Quickly This Year; Premieres Started Soon after the First and Are Now in Full Swing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

TV Heats Up Quickly This Year; Premieres Started Soon after the First and Are Now in Full Swing

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On this first Sunday of 2015, you're already behind on your TV watching.

Cable and broadcast networks give viewers no post-holiday break this year, no chance to finish taking the decorations down or even get to the gym, however urgent that might be. New shows and episodes are already arriving.

Here are 10 of particular interest, followed by a chronological list of premieres and returns through February, with some dates going as late as April. Good luck.

"Galavant," 7 p.m. Sunday on ABC * In the wackiest concept of the year, or pretty much any year, screenwriter Dan Fogelman ("Crazy, Stupid, Love," "Tangled") teams up with composer Alan Menken ("The Little Mermaid") and lyricist Glenn Slater ("Tangled") for a musical comedy series about a fallen hero (Joshua Sasse) in search of happily ever after.

"Marvel's Agent Carter," 7 p.m. Tuesday on ABC *Hayley Atwell is the Marvel Comics star, trying to make it in the man-centric world of 1946.

"Togetherness," 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11 on HBO * Brothers Mark and Jay Duplass created this eight-episode comedy about two couples sharing a house. Mark Duplass ("The Mindy Project") also stars. "Togetherness" is paired with the return of "Girls" and "Looking."

"Twelve Monkeys," 8 p.m. Jan. 16 on Syfy * Aaron Stanford is a time traveler out to stop the spread of a deadly plague in a series spun off from the Terry Gilliam movie.

"The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore," 10:30 p.m. Jan. 19 on Comedy Central * Wilmore, a veteran of "The Daily Show" and co- creator of ABC's "Black-ish," takes over Stephen Colbert's time slot.

"Backstrom," 8 p.m. Jan. 22 on Fox * Rainn Wilson is a self- destructive detective in a new dramedy adapted from a Swedish book series by Hart Hanson ("Bones").

"Allegiance," 9 p.m. Feb. 5 on NBC * Hope Davis and Scott Cohen star in a thriller in which a young CIA analyst (Gavin Stenhouse) learns his parents are former Russian spies being called back to work.

"Better Call Saul," 9 p.m. Feb. 8 on AMC * Bob Odenkirk is the shady lawyer in a "Breaking Bad" prequel, set six years before Saul Goodman met Walter White.

"The Odd Couple," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 on CBS * Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon star in a remake of the comedy classic, based on the Neil Simon play.

"Battle Creek," 9 p.m. March 1 on CBS * Josh Duhamel is a self- important FBI agent reassigned to Michigan and partnered with Dean Winters in a dramedy created years ago by Vince Gilligan ("Breaking Bad").

AND ALL THE REST

* "Celebrity Apprentice," 8 p.m. Sunday on NBC

* "Downton Abbey," 8 p.m. Sunday on PBS

* "Ultimate Survival Alaska," 8 p.m. Sunday on Nat Geo

* "Worst Cooks in America," 8 p.m. Sunday on Food

* "The Bachelor," 7 p.m. Monday on ABC

* "Child Genius," 9 p.m. Tuesday on Lifetime

* "Cougartown," 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on TBS

* "Framework," 9 p.m. Tuesday on Spike

* "The Haves and Have Nots," 8 p.m. Tuesday on OWN

* "American Idol," 7 p.m. Tuesday on Fox

* "Empire," 8 p.m. Wednesday on Fox

* "Hindsight," 9 p. …

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