New year, new billboards, that's what we like. It's television midseason time and so lots of billboards for series premieres, replacements and returning shows around L.A. this month. Plus some new movie billboards to line the city skyline too.
No doubt following in the success of glee's musical format, NBC is trying its luck with its Broadway-inspired show Smash. I'm loving the dramatic and theatrical billboard, but let's wait for the viewer figures before we declare a new star has been born.
David Duchovny returns for a fifth season of Californication, with this hip-hop inspired billboard. 'Notorious Hank', indeed.
Another returning series is Starz Spartacus, although with a new face as the lead Roman hero.
Liam McIntyre does a good job of filling the loincloth of Andy Whitfield, who sadly passed away at a young age from cancer.
Another returning series is the critically-acclaimed Southland cop show, back for a fourth season with the same creative, but an updated colour scheme for its billboard ad.
I loved how patriotic this huge Real Time with Bill Maher billboard was, especially fitting for the political nature of his talk show.
That billboard was replaced by this super-sized ad for Dustin Hoffman's new HBO drama about horse-racing, Luck.
A favourite billboard of mine this month was this cool third season creative for Justified. It has that iconic modern cowboy feel.
The CW continued to show support for their Rachel Bilson comedy-drama, Hart of Dixie, with this slightly amended billboard for the first season featuring more of the cast.
There are a few shows that are just 'car-crash television', so bad that you can't help but watch. Fortunately I've never been sucked in by Dance Moms, but I've seen the trailers on Lifetime and the dance instructor seems like a really vile character, although this show seems to be one step away from a child's beauty pageant, which I find disturbing at the best of times.
It's nice to see a remake of a BBC show getting a second season in the form of Syfy's Being Human. My dilemma now is, as I've never seen the supernatural-themed show but think that I may like it, do I watch the original British series or start over with this American version?
Another fun billboard that appeared before year's end, but has stuck around this month is the series premiere billboard for Shipping Wars, which has a fantastic visual with that giant gnome being towed.
I also loved this 'Januscary' billboard for The Hub kids channel this month, which is very witty and appropriate considering there actually was a spooky Friday 13th in January.
Finally for TV, this billboard for generale.tv intrigued me. Apparently it's for a forthcoming new channel offering all kinds of programming, including children's shows.
The funny thing was, that only days before I'd glimpsed this two dimensional billboard version for the same film and thought it was brilliantly eye-catching too with its vibrant colour and bushy eye-brows peaking over the top of the ad.
January seems to be a real month for fantasy movies. Whether it be Legion or Daybreakers from year's past to 2012's Underworld Awakening, the fourth in the franchise luring Kate Beckinsale back into her skintight spandex as the vampire 'Selene'.
The eyes certainly have it this month and these movie billboards for Denzel Washington's Safe house and Liam Neeson's The Grey made me laugh as they are pretty similar with their face to camera creative.
I thought this Man on a Ledge billboard was clever, even if it was very literal.
And even though it's had the worst reviews, I still thought this was an appropriately creepy billboard for The Devil Inside. You can't beat a possessed nun for an arresting visual.
Here's another creative for one of the big Holiday blockbusters, Mission: Impossible 4, which I thoroughly enjoyed, especially for the breathtaking stunts which this billboard clearly conveys.
Mark Wahlberg's smuggling action movie, Contraband, opened this month and I snapped this billboard for the movie towering high over Vine Street in Hollywood.
And finally this super-sized billboard featuring the profiles of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson was a welcome addition to the other billboards for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
And it's not often I feature many radio billboard ads (mainly because they don't tend to be very good), but I thought this simple ad for The Sound 100.3 FM really stood out with its vivid colours against that clear California sky.
Be sure to check out Daily Billboard in the coming days for even more great billboards from the new TV midseason and come back next month for another fantastic round-up of the best February has to offer the skies of L.A.
Keep your eyes to the sky...