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January’s most anticipated TV premieres
Watch clips and get the scoop on this month’s most anticipated shows
Published Tuesday, December 31, 2013
by Michaela L. Duckett

There was once a time when TV shows had seasons that were predictable. 

Now with so many winter finales, midseason premieres and year-round programming with seemingly random hiatuses for some shows, it can be hard to keep up with when new seasons your favorite shows are airing.

Luckily, we’ve got the scoop on what’s returning and debuting this month on TV. From BET’s “Being Mary Jane” to the DIY Network’s “Rev Run’s Renovation,” there’s plenty to watch. Here’s a look at what’s coming on and when:

BLOOD, SWEAT & HEELS’ – (Debuts Sunday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. on VH1)

This reality-TV series features an all-female cast of six movers and shakers navigating New York City's elite circles of real estate, fashion and media. The cast includes former "video vixen" turned realtor Melyssa Ford, real estate partner Brie Bythewood, modeling agency owner Mica Hughes, affordable style expert Daisy Lewellyn, blogger and author Demetria Lucas, and "style scholar" Geneva Thomas. The show follows these independent ladies as they aggressively pursue personal and career goals, but will the cost of success prove too steep as they climb their way to the top?” Drama ensues on the season premiere when Lucas takes to the Internet to put one of her cast mates on blast following a disagreement.

Check out a preview below:

 ‘COUPLES THERAPY’ – (Season 4 premieres Thursday, Jan. 2 at 9 p.m. on VH1

On previous seasons of “Couples Therapy,” we’ve seen DMX and his wife Tashera Simmons confront the troubled rapper’s drug addiction, mommy issues, extramarital affairs and love children. We watched as JoJo of Jodeci battled with choosing between the love of his life and his love for alcohol. Even self-proclaimed pimp and ladies’ man rapper Too Short took a seat on Dr. Jenn Berman’s couch to talk about his emotions and figure out if he could be a one-woman man as rapper Chingy and his longtime girlfriend decided to call it quits.

Now another rapper is joining the cast of VH1’s “Couples Therapy,” which gives viewers a look into works of the relationships of some of the most intriguing celebrity couples and reality-TV stars. The Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah has joined the cast of season 4 with girlfriend Kelsey Nykole. “Real Housewives” star Taylor Armstrong, “The Real L Word’s” Whitney Mixter and “Jon & Kate Plus 8” star Jon Gosselinand along with their significant are also turning to Dr. Berman for relationship advice, as “Teen Mom” star Farrah Abraham makes history as the first to seek couple’s therapy alone. 

Take a peek at the extended trailer below:

'REV RUN’S RENOVATION' – (Debuts Saturday, Jan. 4 at 10 p.m. on DIY Network)

This 10-episode series airing on HGTV’s DIY network will document the renovation of hip-hop icon Rev. Run’s 9,000-square-foot mansion in New Jersey. Run, on of the founding members of Run DMC, and his family – including wife Justine, daughters Vanessa, Angela, Miley and sons Jo Jo, Russy and Diggy – first made their way into American homes with the debut of the hit reality series “Run’s House,” which aired on MTV. As the family home is gutted from top to bottom, conflict ensues as the Simmons family (sans the older kids) debates the new design and the budget.

Watch the trailer below:


 ‘SINGLE LADIES’ – (Season 3 premieres Monday, Jan. 6 at 9 p.m. on VH1)

Created by Stacy A. Littlejohn and produced by Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Entertainment, VH1’s “Single Ladies” is set in Atlanta and chronicles the love lives of three friends from different backgrounds. Keisha Greene is a former video vixen turned semi-professional poker player looking to make a name for herself in the real estate industry. April Goldberg (formerly Jenkins) is navigating life as a single woman after an affair ended her seven-year marriage. Raquel is a smart, savvy businesswoman who can’t seem to find luck with men.

In the show’s third season, we find the three besties tighter than ever and ready for more crazy and wild adventures. The premiere jumps three months ahead with a lavish wedding, leading to a new romances and personal challenges for these three women as LeToya Luckett (formerly of “Destiny’s Child) and Damien Dante Wayans join the cast. T.I., KeKe Palmer, Laz Alonso, Cassandra Freeman, Malik Yoba, La La Anthony, Omar Gooding, Future, Ja Rule and other celebrities will also make appearances this season.

Check out the steamy extended first look below:

‘THE HAVES AND HAVE NOTS’ – (Season 2 premieres Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 9 p.m.)

The OWN Network’s first scripted television drama, “Tyler Perry’s The Haves and Have Nots,” follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their opulent Savannah, Georgia, mansion. From the outside, the Cryers are the enviable face of success and wealth, but behind the veil, the family's dysfunction threatens to destroy their world of privilege. The family patriarch, Jim Cryer (John Schneider), is a powerful judge whose double life, including tawdry affairs with high-priced escorts, puts his family and political ambitions at risk as his wife, Katheryn (Renée Lawless), is willing to do anything to protect her family's status. Their opulent lifestyle is a stark contrast to that of the Young family, dubbed the “have nots” in this series, headed by Hana, the Cryer’s family maid who finds her wealth in religion and virtue and has secrets of her own.

The first season set records for OWN, scoring the highest ratings ever for a series premiere on the network. The season finale was the third most watch telecast in OWN history, bested only by Oprah’s interview with Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina and her history-making interview with disgraced athlete Lance Armstrong. With a story line laced with steamy affairs, manipulation, betrayal and a slap or two, does season 2 have enough soap opera-like drama to keep fans tuned in?

CLICK HERE to watch the top 10 OMG moments for season 1.


BEING MARY JANE – (Debuts Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 10 p.m. on BET)

BET’s first one-hour original scripted series “Being Mary Jane” stars Gabrielle Union as Mary Jane Paul, a beautiful, successful and well-educated woman who seemingly has it all. As the host of a popular news-style daytime show on a CNN-like network called SNC, she has the career of her dreams and a sizeable bank account to match. However, despite the trappings of a well-heeled life, she is looking for love in all the wrong places. In the pilot we watched as she broke things off with her lover Andre Daniels after learning he is married and rekindled her relationship with ex-boyfriend David Paulk.

In upcoming episodes MJP discovers that resisting Andre will prove more difficult than she thought and that although David is handsome, smart and successful, something just isn’t clicking between the two. All the while, MJP is struggling to prove her value at work while supporting her family – which includes financially irresponsible siblings who continue to grow their families while living at home with their parents as their mother battles Lupus.

Watch a clip of an upcoming episode below:



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