Your TV runneth over with new offerings this month

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01/04/2014 9:54 PM

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Jan. 7

INTELLIGENCE | Josh Holloway (“Lost”) is a low-rent Jason Bourne with a chip in his brain and a Paleo-workout look about him. Should be like “Chuck,” with fewer laughs, more scowling and Marg Helgenberger’s predictable return to formulaic network crime-fighting. 8 p.m. on CBS

BEING MARY JANE | The makers of BET’s hit “The Game” based a series on last year’s TV movie about powerhouse TV journalist Mary Jane Paul’s struggle to manage her career ambitions and not-so-ambitious family. With Gabrielle Union in the title role, Omari Hardwick and Lisa Vidal. 9 p.m. on BET, after an encore of the movie at 7 p.m.

KILLER WOMEN | Adapted from an Argentinian thriller, it’s a chance to watch a former beauty queen fight sexism and bad guys in the Texas Rangers, hopefully with all the attitude you’d expect from a show with Sofia Vergara as an executive producer. With Tricia Helfer of “Battlestar Galactica.” 9 p.m. on ABC Jan. 8

CHICAGO PD | This spinoff of the crowd-pleaser “Chicago Fire,” also co-created by Overland Park native Michael Brandt, makes the jump from fire engine to squad car and will also feature tie-ins with “Law Order: SVU.” With Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush and Elias Kotias. 9 p.m. on NBC Jan. 9

SPOILS OF BABYLON | This star-studded, mockumentary-style six-parter from the Funny or Die team is a send-up of bloated, epic TV miniseries where you get to see a family’s four generations mess around. Think “The Thorn Birds” meets “Waiting for Guffman.” With Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins and more. 9 p.m. on IFC Jan 10

ENLISTED | The premise — three brothers trapped in a Rear Detachment Unit mowing lawns for Army families — has a hard time juggling its slapstick sitcom humor with tearjerker sentimentality before the pilot is over. Not a good sign. With Geoff Stults and Chris Lowell. 8:30 p.m. on Fox

HELIX | This thriller follows a team of CDC scientists as they check out a possible outbreak at a shadowy high-tech research lab in the Arctic. With Billy Campbell and Jordan Hayes. 9 p.m. on Syfy Jan. 11

LUCAS BROS. MOVING CO., GOLAN THE INSATIABLE | These 15-minute doses of audacious animated silliness join “Axe Cop” and “High School USA” in Fox’s Animation Domination High-Definition (ADHD) block, the network’s push to provide an edgier alternative to “Saturday Night Live.” “Lucas Bros.” follows identical twins making money and mayhem with an inherited van. In “Golan,” a goth 10-year-old befriends an overlord from another dimension who’s new to her small town. 10:30 p.m. on Fox Sunday, Jan. 12

TRUE DETECTIVE | In eight hourlong episodes that bounce among 1995, 2002 and 2012, Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are Louisiana detectives hunting for a serial killer whose bizarre crimes have occult overtones. Things get even more disturbing when the cops’ personal lives start colliding. The series was created and penned by acclaimed mystery writer Nic Pizzolatto and also stars Michelle Monaghan. Look for a review in next week’s A+E. 8 p.m. on HBO Monday, Jan. 13

BITTEN | As the only female werewolf in existence, Elena Michaels has ex-boyfriend drama, family drama and a stubborn facial hair issue. This Canadian import should land closer to “Haven” than “Sharknado.” With Laura Vandervoort, Greg Bryk, Greyston Holt and Paul Greene. 9 p.m. on Syfy

DON’T TRUST ANDREW MAYNE | Another hipster magician/prankster/illusionist messing with naive bystanders. 9 p.m. on A

CHOZEN | The guys behind “Archer” and “Eastbound Down” bring this animated comedy about a rapper seeking redemption in the hip-hop scene after his release from prison. He’s also white and gay, so his videos feature beefcakes in Speedos and bear masks. Filthy, funny satire for the not-easily-offended. With voice talent from Bobby Moynihan, Michael Pena and Method Man. 9:30 p.m. on FX Thursday Jan. 16

UNDER THE GUNN | Fabulously droll “Project Runway” mentor Tim Gunn mentors three designers (Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos) he once mentored so they can mentor other fashion designers. As Tim would say, “This concerns me.” 8 p.m. on Lifetime Saturday, Jan. 18

FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC | Lifetime brings V.C. Andrews’ young adult sensation back out from under the mattress for the first time since the 1987 Kristy Swanson movie. Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men’s” Sally Draper) is oldest sister Cathy this time around, and her troubling relationship with her brother won’t be glossed over. With Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn. 7 p.m. on Lifetime Sunday, Jan. 19

RICH KIDS OF BEVERLY HILLS | More vapid, privileged young’uns letting cameras document their awfulness. 9 p.m. on E!

LOOKING | “Queer as Folk” for 2014? “Girls” for gays? “The L Word” for guys, only funnier and in San Francisco? From indie director Andrew Haigh (“Weekend”), starring Jonathan Groff and Scott Bakula. 9:30 p.m. on HBO Monday, Jan. 20

KLONDIKE | The “Shark Week” channel’s first-ever scripted miniseries follows six strangers converging on the Yukon during the last great gold rush. A welcome opportunity to see Richard Madden (the late Robb Stark of “Game of Thrones”) do his sexy outdoorsy action thing again. “Klondike” also chose authentic Canadian locations and avoided CGI. With Sam Shepard, Abbie Cornish and Tim Roth. Directed by Simon Cellan Jones, who has helmed episodes of “Magic City,” “Treme” and “Boardwalk Empire.” 8 p.m. on Discovery Tuesday, Jan. 21

OPPOSITE WORLDS | A retread of a Chilean reality hit, this “groundbreaking social experiment” traps its teams of human hamsters in a house with a glass partition for a “Survivor”-meets-”Big Brother” event in 12 episodes over six weeks. 9 p.m. on Syfy Wednesday, Jan. 22

THE FASHION FUND | This horror/reality series gives Anna Wintour even more Godlike power over the fashion world in a “Project Runway”-on-steroids format. 9 p.m. on Ovation

BROAD CITY | Amy Poehler produced this half-hour, 10-episode portrait of 20-something roomies that began its life as an irreverent Web series by New York City comics Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. 9:30 p.m. on Comedy Central Thursday, Jan. 23

RAKE | This adaptation of an acclaimed Australian comedy-drama follows the obnoxious, self-destructive genius tradition of “House” and “The Closer.” This time Greg Kinnear, as a criminal defense lawyer, gambles, sleeps around and tells off everyone at work so you don’t have to. Sam Raimi directed the pilot. 8 p.m. on Fox Saturday, Jan. 25

LIZZIE BORDEN TOOK AN AX | Christina Ricci gets back into that creepy corset mode she does so well as the maybe/probably double-murdering spinster of 1892. With Clea Duvall, Billy Campbell and Jennifer Kydd. 7 p.m. on Lifetime

BLACK SAILS | “Jericho” creator Jon Steinberg set this “Treasure Island” prequel in the Bahamas of 1715. Captain Flint takes on rival pirates, his girlfriend’s dad, the British navy and an upstart named Silver. With Toby Stephens and Hannah New. 8 p.m. on Starz Wednesday, Jan. 29

FLEMING: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND | This smartly cast, lovingly produced four-week miniseries stars Dominic Cooper as the 007 creator during his playboy years as an intelligence officer for the Brits in WWII. With Rupert Evans and Anna Chancellor. 9 p.m. on BBC America

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