January is a notoriously lame month at the movies, but thankfully, TV makes up for the shortfall with a packed schedule of new and returning series. Ring in the new year with Fox’s new sitcom The Mick, starring Kaitlin Olson, which premiered in a special time slot on New Year’s Day, and Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope on HBO, starring Jude Law, which premieres mid-month. Maybe you’re waiting for Scandal to come back into your life after a long hiatus, or the Norman Lear-produced One Day at a Time remake to land on Netflix. (It drops in just a few days, and it’s well worth the wait.) New year, new you, new shows to fill the cold winter months when all you want to do is hide under a blanket with a takeout menu and see how long you can go without washing your hair.
1/1: The Mick (Fox)
This new sitcom stars It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Kaitlin Olson as the hard-partying, binge-drinking sister of a woman who married rich and lives in a mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut. In the pilot episode, which aired on Sunday (the second airs tonight, in the show’s regular Tuesday timeslot), Olson’s Mackenzie — a.k.a. Mickey — finds herself looking after her niece and nephews when her sister and brother-in-law are arrested for fraud during a Labor Day barbecue. Created by Always Sunny producers Dave and John Chernin, The Mick’s first four episodes are solid enough to leave me hopeful that this series will be more than a vehicle for Olson’s talents.