December Doldrums for SoHo but New Year Truly Dynamic

SoHo’s December highlights are limited to filler specials but promised for 2014 are True Detective, Looking and a season of HBO documentaries.

True Detective teams Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as Louisiana cops who reunite to re-open a serial killer case they worked on 17 years earlier.

The series was written by The Killing’s Nic Pizzolatta and co-stars Eagle Eye’s Michelle Monagahan, Veep’s Kevin Dunn, Sons of Anarchy’s Tory Kittles and The Wire’s Michael Potts.

It goes to air on January 12 in the US, and looks set to screen here 8.30 Sundays from January 19.

Ray Donovan vacates this slot on December 15, and will be replaced in the interim by Mike Tyson’s one-man stage show, Undisputed Truth, on the 22nd and a three-week re-run of Hatfields & McCoys from the 29th.

Also returning is Banshee, which resumes January 10 in the US and should be a contender for 8.30 Mondays from January 20.

Boardwalk Empire boots it from the slot on December 16 and comedy specials plug the gap for the rest of the month: Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles on the 23rd and George Lopez: It’s Not Me, It’s You on the 30th.

Of course, it’s conceivable Banshee will air Sundays and True Detective Mondays but the latter would seem a better fit for what should be SoHo’s flagship drama night.

Also lined up for the new year are the gay comedy Looking, which launches January 19 in the US and probably will be paired here with season three of Girls on Thursday nights, new series of top British dramas Top Boy and Line of Duty, and the fourth and final season of Treme, which starts December 1 on HBO.

Justified fans who have impatiently waited for new episodes since the first two seasons aired on TV One can look forward to season three while Breaking Bad fans who came in late can see it from the beginning in HD with SoHo’s “premiere” of season one.

Also watch for seasons two of Queer as Folk and three of Damages (which has aired on TV One but only in SD).

As part of its Box Set Saturdays in December, SoHo will screen season three of Strike Back (December 7), season one of Episodes and Hello Ladies (December 14), two of Justified (December 21), and Five Days 2 and series one of Top Boy (December 28).

Meanwhile, Hell on Wheels fans will be elated to learn AMC has renewed the western for a fourth season, with 13 episodes instead of the traditional 10.

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2 Responses to “December Doldrums for SoHo but New Year Truly Dynamic”

  1. Sigh, still no signs of Deadwood or Carnivale.

  2. This is good news for me. Looking forward to watching True Detective, and new seasons of Top Boy, Banshee, Line of Duty and Hell on Wheels.

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