TV THIS WEEK: Agent Carter premieres, Freak Show returns, and more!

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Jan 5, 2015, 5:47 PM EST

After a holiday drought, we've got plenty of midseason premieres and a brand-new series this week.

We'll be heradling plenty of other midseason returns, season premieres and series debuts in the weeks and months to come, but for the moment we're most looking forward to Agent Carter, which finally premieres on Tuesday after what seems like an exhausting wait. We're just itching to see Peggy Carter kick ass in the past of the Marvel Universe, but that's far from the only thing to be excited about this week. We've also got midseason premieres of Gotham and American Horror Story, the season premiere of Archer, cartoons and much more.

Check out the week in TV below. What's on your watchlist?

Highlights of the Week

Gotham (FOX) Monday, 8 p.m. - "Rogues' Gallery"

Midseason premiere! - Though Bat-fandom is still divided over its merits, Gotham has proven to be a much-needed hit for FOX, a network that's suffered this season from gambles like Utopia that didn't pay off. Viewers just keep coming back to Gotham City, and the show's continued to perform well against tough Monday night competition. Now it faces another test: its first midseason premiere. Gotham debuted in the fall with more than 8 million Live+Same Day viewers, and it continues to sport one of the biggest DVR increases in broadcast TV. Will the midseason premiere provide another ratings highlight for the show? We'll find out this week, as a murder occurs in Arkham Asylum and Cobblepot continues to gather strength. Check out a preview below.

Agent Carter (ABC) Tuesday, 8 p.m. - "Pilot" and "Bridge and Tunnel"

Series premiere! - We've finally arrived at Agent Carter premiere week after months of anticipation, watching TV spots and waiting to see more of Hayley Atwell as Marvel's superspy. This particular premiere is important for a number of reasons. For one thing, it's Marvel Studios' attempt to layer in even more backstory to the history of S.H.I.E.L.D., Howard Stark and Peggy Carter, and that's not exactly easy given what we now know about HYDRA's part in all of that, so we'll have to see how well the show handles that particular juggling act. The show's also an important new step for Marvel television, which, while it has a hit in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., hasn't always had the easiest time getting viewers to pay attention in the shadow of all those movies. But, perhaps most importantly, this marks Marvel Studios' first female-led project, something fans have long been asking for. We now know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is turning the spotlight on both Jessica Jones and Carol Danvers in the coming years, but this week Peggy leads the way. Check out a preview below.

Forever (ABC) Tuesday, 10 p.m. - "The Wolves of Deep Brooklyn"

Midseason premiere! - It's a tough time to be a Forever fan, because the show is mired in an uncertain future. After a solid-but-not-stellar premiere in September, ratings took a slide until only about half the viewers who watched the first episode were tuning in. The most recent episodes saw a bit of an uptick, and the show's seen a DVR increase of about 3 million viewers each week, but Forever might not have the strength to survive long-term. There is a glimmer of hope, though, and it began when the show got a full-season order back in November, something many TV journalists weren't expecting to see. Forever now has something so many struggling first-season shows never get: time. Over the rest of its full season it can continue to develop its characters (and it took a huge step forward with that in the midseason finale), grow its story and tease out the future, and earn a second season. Of course, it might also continue to decline, but the show's riding on a strong midseason ender, it's got a chance to go further, and plenty of viewers are still sticking around, so let's see if Forever can stick around another year. This week, Henry's back on the job to investigate a young investor's murder.

American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX) Wednesday, 10 p.m. - "Magical Thinking"

Midseason premiere! - American Horror Story has quite a luxury as it heads into the second half of its fourth season, as it's already been renewed for season five. So, if you're a fan of the show, you can ignore any worry of slipping ratings -- the last episode drew less than half the Live+Same Day viewers of the premiere, but the show's still going strong overall -- and just sit back and enjoy the creepiness. Freak Show isn't doing quite as well as Coven did with its midseason episodes last year, but there's plenty of time to remedy that, and after all, another year of the series is already on the way. This week, Neil Patrick Harris guest-stars as Elsa makes her move on Hollywood. Check out a preview below.

Archer (FX) Thursday, 10 p.m. - "The Holdout"

Season premiere! - Like American Horror StoryArcher also has the luxury of knowing it's going to stick around, as it's already been renewed for a seventh season to follow the sixth season that will premiere this week. That's interesting considering what happened in season five, when Archer underwent a reinvention of sorts during which viewership slipped to lows that the show hadn't seen since season one, but FX is a network known for embracing its creators, and this year Archer's undergoing a kind of reboot, returning to something approximating its original format (though it had to do away with "ISIS" as the name of the spy agency). If you know Archer, though, you know that nothing's ever stable for long, so we'll see what kind of chaos ensues this time around. This week, Archer heads out to salvage a crashed plane. Check out a preview below.

Monday, January 5

Gotham (FOX) 8 p.m. - "Rogues' Gallery"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Sleepy Hollow (FOX) 9 p.m. - "Paradise Lost"

Midseason premiere! - Ichabod and Abbie meet Orion, an angel who may be able to help them in the aftermath of their showdown with Moloch. Meanwhile, Katrina isn't quite ready to give up on Abraham.

Scorpion (CBS) 9 p.m. - "Kill Screen"

Midseason premiere! - Team Scorpion help Ralph when he is questioned by the FBI, after his dark Web game play inadvertently reveals the location of a CIA safe house and results in the murder of some CIA operatives.

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD) 9 p.m. - "Path of the Jedi"

Midseason premiere! - Skylar realizes her powers are greater than the Annihilator's and that she doesn't have to take orders from him anymore.

Tuesday, January 6

Agent Carter (ABC) 8 p.m. - "Pilot" and "Bridge and Tunnel"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Forever (ABC) 10 p.m. - "The Wolves of Deep Brooklyn"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Person of Interest (CBS) 10 p.m. - "If-Then-Else"

Midseason premiere! - The team try to prevent a global catastrophe when Samaritan launches a cyber attack on the stock exchange.

Wednesday, January 7

American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX) 10 p.m. - "Magical Thinking" 

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Thursday, January 8

Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6 p.m. - "Mouth Hole" and "The Best Robin"

Robin wants to learn to whistle; a team of Robins fight Brother Blood.

Steven Universe (TOON) 6:30 p.m. - "Warp Tour" and "Space Race"

Steven is paranoid about the warp streams; Steven tries to build a spaceship for Pearl.

Adventure Time (TOON) 7 p.m. - "The Pajama Wars" and "Jake The Brick"

Finn and Princess Bubblegum vanish during a slumber party; Jake is determined to fulfill a lifelong ambition.

Archer (FX) 10 p.m. - "The Holdout" 

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Friday, January 9

Our regular Friday shows are back later this month, but for now you can consider this your time to catch up on everything else you missed earlier in the week.

Saturday, January 10

Saturday's also quiet this week.

Sunday, January 11

Galavant (ABC) 8 p.m. - "Two Balls" and "Comedy Gold"

Galavant and the gang head to Sid's hometown, while King Richard throws a ball for the people of Valencia.

The Librarians (TNT) 8 p.m. - "And the Rule of Three" and "And the Heart of Darkness"

A group of competitive high-school students use witchcraft to undermine each other, prompting the Librarians to intervene before the students destroy themselves. Plus, the team embarks on a mission to destroy a haunted house.

Resurrection (ABC) 9 p.m. - "True Believer"

Things turn more ominous in Arcadia with the return of Preacher James, who seems to have a strange and unnerving connection to Bellamy. Elsewhere, Margaret's presence is quickly felt at the government facility where she and other returned are being detained; and faith becomes harder to hold onto when the unthinkable happens to Henry.