‘True Detective,’ ‘Chozen’ Among Cable Premieres in Busy January

Numerous other series, including 'Cougar Town,' 'Girls' and 'Psych,' return with new seasons

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There are six new broadcast series bowing in January — and another half-dozen returning to kick off another season — but it’s an even busier period for cable networks.

It’s the rare cabler that’s not bowing or bringing back something this month, as everybody — from FX with its latest animated comedy to OWN and its top-rated series — hopes to establish shows before the start of the Winter Olympics on NBC.

Most of the new cable series are bunched around the middle of the month, starting with IFC’s “The Spoils of Babylon” on Jan. 9 and Syfy’s “Helix” one night later. The following week will see, among others, the debut of HBO’s “True Detective” (Jan. 12), Syfy’s “Bitten” and FX’s “Chozen” on Jan. 13, and Lifetime’s “Under the Gunn” on Jan. 16.

HBO’s “Looking” bows on Jan. 19, and Starz has “Black Sails” on Jan. 25.

It’s also a big month for pubcaster PBS, which returns “Downton Abbey” (Jan. 5) and “Sherlock” (Jan. 19).

Here’s a look at some of the cable shows returning for a new season in January and their premiere dates:

Jan. 6 — “Single Ladies” (VH1)
Jan. 7 — “The Haves and the Have Nots” (OWN); “Justified” (FX); “Cougar Town” (TBS)
Jan. 8 — “Psych” (USA)
Jan. 10 — “Banshee” (Cinemax)
Jan. 12 — “Girls” (HBO); “Shameless,” “House of Lies” and “Episodes” (SHO)
Jan. 13 — “Being Human” and “Lost Girl” (Syfy); “Switched at Birth” (ABC Family); “Archer” (FX)
Jan. 15 — “Baby Daddy” (ABC Family); “Men at Work” (TBS)
Jan. 17 — “Cold Justice” (TNT)
Jan. 19 — “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” (E!)
Jan. 21 — “Teen Mom” (MTV)
Jan. 23 — “King of the Nerds” (TBS)

And then there are some cable series kicking off the second half of seasons that began in 2013:

Jan. 6 — “Teen Wolf” (MTV)
Jan. 7 — “Pretty Little Liars” and “Ravenswood” (ABC Family)
Jan. 13 — “The Fosters” (ABC Family)
Jan. 14 — “Face Off” (Syfy)
Jan. 15 — “Duck Dynasty” (A&E); “Melissa & Joey” (ABC Family)