Most TV networks stateside, be them part of the cable system or mainstream broadcasters, tend to air their hit shows starting in the fall. It’s been that way for decades and things are bound to stay the same for years to come. But there are exceptions. Like FX, which has set premiere dates for Justified, The Americans and other shows.
Granted, they’ve kicked new seasons of Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story into gear between September and October, but they’ve kept their cards close and a quartet of aces up their sleeves for the beginning of 2014.
First, there’s Justified, set to have its season five premiere Tuesday, January 7 at 10 pm ET. The two-time Emmy winning action crime series will air 13 all-new episodes through April (presumably), with the always charming Timothy Olyphant squaring off this time againt the Crowes, described as “a deadly, lawless family from Florida intent on settling in Harlan with new criminal enterprises in mind.”
Archer and Chozen will begin their runs only six days later, with the veteran animation scheduled Mondays at 10 pm and the rookie animated show following at 10:30. Archer is, just like Justified, reaching its fifth season and airing 13 fresh episodes, whereas newcomer Chozen intends to shock, charm and amuse with a storyline revolving around a gay white rapper fresh out of prison and voice work from Bobby Moynihan, Michael Pena, Nick Swardson, Kathryn Hahn and Method Man.
Finally, The Americans, which may just be FX’s absolute headliner right now, will be fashionably late to the winter premiere party, being slated for a season 2 debut sometime in February. No idea when. Fingers crossed for at least 13 episodes to air when it comes down to it.