January 2021 Releases On My Radar

Fancy seeing you here! We’ve got lots of amazing TV and movies coming up in 2021. I don’t even know where to start. I also don’t even remember how to stalk everything. I feel like I’m not me. People who haven’t watched TV much at all are watching shows I haven’t gotten to yet. I don’t like it. Haha. Also, no matter how hard I try, I still can’t seem to make Apple TV happen. Why can’t I finish any show I start on there? So let’s leave the hot mess that was 2020 behind us and let’s get back to our TV/movie addicted selves, shall we? I feel a bit rusty here so if you feel like I’ve left something off that you’d think I’d enjoy, let me know! Okay, you ready? Let’s dive in:

I’d say that my top three January reads to get to asap are Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink which I’m reading an advance copy of now, Lore by Alexandra Bracken, and  Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo. Speaking of books, I am officially launching Melanin in YA on Monday which is a database for all things Black in traditional young adult publishing. So if you’re looking for Black YA authors, Black books, Black literary agents who rep Y.A., Black editors, Black influencers, etc… I highly recommend checking it out!

Returning TV:
An all new season of Snowpiercer is here this month! I am SO excited, oh my god. I can barely contain myself. I’m also excited for the return of Superstore from its winter hiatus. Can I dive into Batwoman without having watching any episodes beside the crossover episodes? You bet I will with the new lead.

New TV:
OTH fans, you want to be watching James Lafferty and Stephen Colletti back together on screen on their new Hulu show, Everyone is Doing Great. It follows two actors in the aftermath of their hit vampire show. Ha! I cannot wait! That said, I think it’s safe to say WandaVision on Disney+ is the most highly anticipated new series dropping this month. If you disagree, get yo life together!

Docu-series & Specials:
There’s not much this month in the vein of docu-series or specials that’s really worth pointing out. I will say that there’s a documentary on crack coming from Netflix for those who need that in their lives. But I’ll pass, so please don’t recommend this doc to me. Not interested.

I hate that I’m even saying this but there truly is not a single movie/documentary coming out this month that I HAVE to see as soon as it drops. I’m good. I’ll get to these when I get to them. How about you?

What are you anticipating this month?

January 1, 2021
The Minimalists: Less Is Now (Netflix, Documentary)
Shadow in the Cloud starring Chloë Grace Moretz with a British accent (VOD)

January 5, 2021
* Lore by Alexandra Bracken (YA)
* Glimpsed by G.F. Miller (YA)
* Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant (YA)
* One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite (YA)
* Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala (YA)
* Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour (A)
* Persephone Station by Stina Leicht (A)
* The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins (A)
* The World Between Blinks by Amie Kaufman, Ryan Graudin (MG)

TV on Blu-ray/DVD
The 100: The Seventh and Final Season


January 7, 2021
* Blood, Metal, Bone by Lindsay Cummings (YA) (UK Release)

January 12, 2021
* Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink (YA)
* Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Browne (YA)
* Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (YA)
* Tales From the Hinterland by Melissa Albert, Jim Tierney (YA)
* The Other Mother by Matthew Dicks (YA)
* Clues to the Universe by Christina Li (MG)
* Alone by Megan E. Freeman (MG)
* Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire (A)
* Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu (N)

TV on Blu-ray/DVD
Manifest: The Complete Second Season

January 15, 2021
Outside the Wire starring Anthony Mackie (Netflix)
One Night in Miami… directed by Regina King & starring Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge (Amazon Prime)
The Ultimate Playlist of Noise (Hulu)
MLK/FBI (VOD, Documentary)
Some Kind of Heaven (VOD, Documentary)


January 19, 2021
* Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (YA)
* Playing with Fire by April Henry (YA)
* Wider Than the Sky by Katherine Field Rothschild (YA)
* Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall (YA)
* Wench by Maxine Kaplan (YA)
* Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore (YA)
* We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal (YA)
* Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston (MG)
* The Divines by Ellie Eaton (A)

January 23, 2021
Salt-N-Pepa (Lifetime, 8/7c)


January 26, 2021
* The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe (YA)
* Wings of Ebony by J. Elle (YA)
* We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen (A)
* A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes (A)
* The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon (A)
* The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon (YA)
* We Came, We Saw, We Left: A Family Gap Year by Charles Wheelan (N)

TV on Blu-ray/DVD
Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season
Snowpiercer: The Complete First Season

January 29, 2021
The Dig starring Carey Mulligan (Netflix)
The Little Things starring Denzel Washington & Rami Malek (HBO Max)

TV Premieres On My Radar

Note: Like above, the titles listed below are only of shows that I enjoy or am looking forward to checking out (new series are in CAPS), it’s not a definitive list of all of the premieres this month.

8pm American Gods: Season 3 (Starz, January 10), Batwoman (The CW, January 17)
8:30pm THE GREAT NORTH (Fox, January 3)
9pm ELIZABETH IS MISSING (PBS, January 3), Charmed: Season 3 (The CW, January 24), Euphoria: Part 2 Jules (HBO, January 24)

1:35am A Little Late With Lilly Singh (NBC, January 11)
8pm MAGNOLIA TABLE WITH JOANNA GAINES (HGTV, January 3), 911: Season 4 (Fox, January 18), All American (The CW, January 18)
9pm Snowpiercer: Season 2 (TNT, January 25)

8pm This Is Us (NBC, January 5), Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: Season 2 (NBC, January 5), Revisiting Underground Special (OWN, January 5)
9pm TRICKSTER (The CW, January 12), Black-ish (ABC, January 26)

Midnight SURVIVING DEATH (Netflix, January 6), EVERYONE IS DOING GREAT (Hulu, January 13), NIGHT STALKER: THE HUNT FOR A SERIAL KILLER (Netflix, January 13), SPYCRAFT (Netflix, January 20)
8:30pm American Housewife (ABC, January 13)
10pm RESIDENT ALIEN (Syfy, January 27)

Midnight Call My Agent!: Season 4 (Netflix, January 21)
8pm Grown-ish (Freeform, January 21)
8:30pm Superstore (NBC, January 14)
9pm CALL ME KAT (Fox, January 7), Mom (CBS, January 7), Legacies: Season 3 (The CW, January 21)

Midnight PRETEND IT’S A CITY (Netflix, January 8),  LUPIN (Netflix, January 8), WANDAVISION (Disney+, January 15), Servant: Season 2 (Apple TV+, January 15), Endlings: Season 2 (Hulu, January 15), BLING EMPIRE (Netflix, January 15), LOSING ALICE (Apple TV+, January 22), PIXAR POPCORN (Disney+, January 22)
8pm Doctor Who Holiday Special (BBC America, January 1)

Midnight: THE NETFLIX AFTERPARTY (Netflix, January 2)