The excitement of the holidays is quickly wearing off and, suddenly, with the cooler weather outside, we are looking for something good to watch on television.  In the past, January wasn’t necessarily the best time to find new shows but that trend has been changing in recent years.  This January there is a great new lineup to keep you entertained while you stay cozy warm indoors.

The Carrie Diaries (CW)
Premieres: January 13 at 8pm

It’s finally here.  Fans of Sex and the City have been waiting for this prequel series that follows the life of a much younger Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) as she begins her journey into self-exploration and womanhood in the 1980s.  Still in high school, Carrie navigates through early relationships set against the backdrop of Manhattan.

American Idol (FOX)
Premieres: January 16 at 8pm

The upcoming season of American Idol is already off to a controversial start.  When Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler left the show last season, everyone was left wondering who the producers would pick as replacements.  Keeping veteran, Randy Jackson, while adding country star, Keith Urban, was pretty genius but the dynamic between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj is what has caused so much buzz.  We’ll all have to wait until the season actually gets underway to see how these two really get along.

The Bachelor (ABC)
Premieres: January 7 at 8pm

When Emily said goodbye to Sean during the last season of The Bachelorette, he was left heartbroken and many viewers at home were left bewildered – he’s a good-looking guy, seems genuinely nice and has a great family.  For those very reasons, he’s been tapped to be the next bachelor and we’ll get to see him search for the right woman.  Things didn’t work out between Emily and Jef so maybe she’ll come back asking for another chance – stranger things have happened!

The Americans (FX) 
Premieres: January 30 at 10pm

If you liked Mr. and Mrs. Smith then you might enjoy this show about Russian spies, Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) who try to blend in as Americans living in Washington, D.C. right after Ronald Reagan was elected.  Their lives, set in the 1980s, includes a fake marriage (with kids who have no idea who their parents are!) that slowly begins to feel like a real life.  Unfortunately, with the Cold War very much in action, there’s no time for them to let down their guard.

Buckwild (MTV) 
Premieres: January 3 at 10pm

Jersey Shore is over so it’s not surprising that the network once associated with music found another reality show to entertain their audience.  The program follows a group of West Virginia friends who live by the motto “whatever happens, happens.”  As a result, they engage in activities that most of us would never consider trying.  Dump truck pool parties, anyone?

Deception (NBC)
Premieres: January 7 at 10pm

Have you been enjoying ABC’s hit series, Revenge?  If so, you might enjoy the similar storyline of this new NBC drama that follows Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good), an FBI agent who returns to her humble beginnings as a maid’s daughter in an attempt to discover who murdered the people closest to her.  Surrounding by luxury, will Joanna be able to remain focused enough to solve the mysteries?

King of the Nerds (TBS)
Premieres: January 17 at 10pm

Not all reality shows are mindless!  This series, hosted by Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, pits 11 “nerdy” contestants against each other as they compete in weekly challenges to uncover the greatest nerd of all time.  Some of the games which will lead one lucky winner to the $100,000 prize include life-sized chess and live gaming.

The Taste (ABC)
Premieres: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 8/7c

Viewers quickly embraced The Voice and, along the same lines, ABC has come up with a cooking reality show with a similar premise.  The series will feature 16 professional and amateur chefs who will be whipping up dishes which will be tasted and evaluated by famous culinary experts including Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebrve and Brian Malarkey.  The judges will be blindfolded and, eventually, the 16 will be split up into four teams with each chef mentoring them through weekly challenges.