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January is a great month for TV
ABC’s ‘Scandal’ returns with NBC's ‘Deception’
Published Thursday, January 10, 2013 8:11 am
by Michaela L. Duckett


Hip hop jump-offs, celebrity husbands, STD-catching preachers, murder mysteries and a whole lot of scandal are all part of the TV lineup this winter. Here’s a list of some of the most anticipated series premiering and returning this month:

Megan Good stars in NBC’s “Deception.” Good plays Detective Joanna Locaste, who goes undercover to unlock the mystery behind a socialite’s murder.

“Deception,” a drama series staring Laz Alonso and Meagan Good, premiered Monday on NBC.

In the season premier, wealthy socialite and notorious party girl Vivian Bowers is found dead of an overdose at the age of 32. FBI agent Will Moreno (Laz Alonso, “Avatar”) suspects foul play and asks his former love interest, Detective Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good, “Think Like a Man”), to go undercover and discover the truth.

Joanna quickly begins to uncover dark secrets and clues about why Vivian’s life was very much in danger. “Deception” airs Monday at 10 p.m.

Real Husbands of Hollywood
Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon, Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin, J.B. Smoove and Robin Thicke star in what has been dubbed “the fakest reality show ever.”

“Real Husbands of Hollywood” is a semi-scripted series following these men of Hollywood along their surreal lives. Hart is recently divorced. Cannon is married to superstar Mariah Carey. Kodjoe is the husband of actress Nicole Ari Parker. Martin is married to actress Tisha Campbell-Martin. Smoove’s wife is songstress Shahidah Omar, and Thicke is the husband of actress Paula Patton. The weekly show will also feature special appearances by Jay Leno, Ed O’Neill, Shaquille O’Neal, Common, Russell Simmons and other celebrity guests.

“Real Husbands of Hollywood” premieres Jan. 15 at 10 p.m. on BET.

The Sisterhood
This reality show follows a group of preachers’ wives in Atlanta. On the first episode, which premiered Jan. 1, one of the wives rebukes another after being admonished for quoting too much scripture.

One preacher gifts his wife a pair of handcuffs for Father’s Day and promises her the best 9 1/2 minutes of her life. Another preacher professes to be a Jew who converted to Christianity because his wife was so fine that he wanted to know her Jesus. Another gives his teenage daughters a safe sex demonstration with a banana and admits to contracting several STDs in his youth. What does their congregations think of all this?

“The Sisterhood” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on TLC.

Second Generation Wayans
This new scripted comedy follows Damien Dante Wayans and Craig Wayans as they try to emerge from the long shadows of their famous uncles to carve out their own paths to stardom.

Joining the duo on this ride is friend and business partner George O. Gore II and office assistant Maya (Tatyana Ali). Special guests include Marlon Wayans, Damon Wayans Jr., Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, DeRay Davis, Gabourey Sidibe, Erik Estrada, Terry Crews, LeToya Luckett, Keith Robinson, and Affion Crockett. “Second Generation Wayans” premieres Jan. 15 on BET at 10:30 p.m.

Starring Kerry Washington, “Scandal” follows Olivia Pope, Washington D.C. ‘s numero uno “cleaner” of all things political and well … scandalous! The Jan. 10 episode follows Huck’s (Guillermo Diaz) arrest and subsequent torture under the Patriot Act and accusations of plotting the assassination of President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn). Everyone has a secret... and Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite. “Scandal” airs Thursdays on ABC at 10 p.m.

Love & Hip Hop NYC
If Monday’s premiere is any indication of what viewers can expect, the third season of VHI’s docu-soap series “Love & Hip Hop NYC” is going to be filled with drama, love triangles, and fights.

This season, we are introduced to recovering addict and rapper Joe Budden, ex-girlfriend Tahiry Jose, new girlfriend Kaylin Garcia and alleged platonic friend Raqui Thunda. We also catch up with cast members from the first two seasons. Rapper Jim Jones’ ex-manager Yandy Smith expresses her concern over shacking up with the father of her newborn baby, while singer Olivia continues to struggle to revive her career. “Love & Hip Hop” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on VH1. Will you be watching?

American Idol
Watch the drama unfold between judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey when “American Idol” returns for its 12th season this month. Country singer Keith Urban will be taking Randy Jackson’s seat at the judges’ table this season. “American Idol” has been the No. 1 entertainment program among Total Viewers for the past nine consecutive seasons.

To date, “Idol” alums have produced 349 No. 1 Billboard hits and garnered nearly 250 million iTunes downloads. Who will you be voting for when the singing competition premieres Jan. 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. on Fox?

Kourtney & Kim take Miami
 The Kardashians are back and heating things up in Miami with baby talk on “Kourtney & Kim Take Miami,” the latest series in the popular reality-TV franchise. Kourtney, along with her children Mason and Penelope and boyfriend Scott, will share a mansion with Kim in Miami. Younger sister Khloé will spend the season preparing for “The X Factor” co-hosting duties and checking in on her sisters to make sure her investment in DASH is protected.

As the sisters work to build their empire, Scott considers opening another restaurant.
“Kourtney & Kim take Miami” premieres Jan. 20 on the E! Network at 9 p.m.



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