CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As I've learned during the seven-and-a-half years I've been doing this column, there's never really a slow week in TV. With networks and cable, scripted shows and reality TV, specials, TV movies and miniseries, there's always a fair amount of stuff to be found each week. But outside of the networks' fall season premieres, there's never quite as busy a time as the beginning of a new year.
This week isn't as busy as last, but it's still pretty packed with 15 new shows debuting, 13 starting new seasons, 28 returning from break and a handful of season finales and specials, including the Golden Globe Awards on NBC Sunday. Here's a look:
Scripted: "Enlisted," 9:30 p.m. Friday, Fox (sitcom about an Afghanistan war vet tasked with shaping up his dysfunctional brothers' ragtag platoon; starring Geoff Stults); "Helix," 10 p.m. Friday, Syfy (thriller about scientists who travel to the Arctic to examine a possible outbreak from an alien virus that could be a threat to humanity; starring Billy Campbell); "When Calls the Heart," 9 p.m. Saturday, Hallmark (a refined city woman in the 19th century takes a teaching job in a Canadian frontier town; inspired by Janette Oke's novels and starring Lori Loughlin); "Chozen," 10:30 p.m. Monday, FX (animated comedy about a gay, white rapper fresh out of prison); "Bitten," 10 p.m. Monday, Syfy (supernatural thriller set in a world where there's only one female werewolf in existence; based on Kelley Armstrong's novels).
Reality: "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty," 10 p.m. Friday, Spike (teams compete to find evidence of the creature and for a cash prize); "Beaver Brothers," 8 p.m. Sunday, Animal Planet (Canadian trappers catch and relocate animals); "90 Day Fiancé," 10 p.m. Sunday, TLC (international women meet American men and must decide whether to get married before their visas expire); "Don't Trust Andrew Mayne," 10 p.m. Monday, A&E (a magician pulls pranks on strangers); "Duck Quacks Don't Echo," 10 p.m. Monday, National Geographic (unusual hypotheses are tested); "Friday Night Tykes," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Esquire (following kids in the Texas Youth Football Association); "Building Wild," 9 p.m. Tuesday, National Geographic (a duo builds lavish cabins in the woods); "Obsession: Dark Desires," 10 p.m. Tuesday, ID (victims of obsession are profiled); "Crazy Hearts: Nashville," 11 p.m. Wednesday, A&E (country musicians pursue stardom).
W.Va. series: "Appalachian Outlaws," 10 p.m. Thursday, History (high-stakes ginseng harvesting).
Scripted: "Lost Girl," 8 p.m., and "Being Human," 9 p.m. Monday, Syfy; "Archer," 10 p.m. Monday, FX; "Kroll Show," 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central; "Suburagtory," 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, ABC; "Men at Work," 10 p.m. Wednesday, TBS.
Reality: "Treehouse Masters," 10 p.m. Friday, Animal Planet; "Deadly Sins," 9 p.m. Saturday, ID (focuses on Jodi Arias' trial); "Unusual Suspects," 9 p.m. Sunday, ID; "Brain Games," 9 p.m. Monday, National Geographic; "Face Off," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy; "American Idol," 8 p.m. Wednesday, Fox; "Duck Dynasty," 10 p.m. Wednesday, A&E.
Timeslot premiere: "Intelligence," 10 p.m. Monday, CBS.
ABC: "Last Man Standing," 8 p.m., "The Neighbors," 8:30 p.m., and "Shark Tank," 9 p.m. Friday; "Nashville," 10 p.m. Wednesday.