Here are the top TV, DVD, and movie offerings this month. By John Ross

TV Show:The Complete Jane Austen, Masterpiece Theatre
Sounds Kind of Like: A high-school literature class assignment.
But It’s Different Because: There’s no reading involved. This PBS series brings all of Austen’s novels to life — six miniseries airing over the course of four months.
People You’ll Recognize: Kate Beckinsale, who played a lovely werewolf-killing vampire in the Underworld films, stars in Emma. Anthony Head, who played a vampire-killing teacher on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, stars in Persuasion. And Colin Firth, who ripped the heart from Ren�e Zellweger’s chest (in the romantic sense) in Bridget Jones’s Diary, stars in Pride and Prejudice.
Book-Report Alert: In addition to airing dramatizations of all of Austen’s novels, Masterpiece Theatre is also premiering a dramatization of her life in the biopic Miss Austen Regrets.
When to See it: Airs Sunday evenings, starting January 13.

TV Show:How to Look Good Naked
Sounds Something Like:What Not to Wear
But It’s Different Because: Unlike the TLC show that breaks guests’ fashion sense down and then builds it back up through the power of positive shopping, this Lifetime series is entirely about making you feel good about the shape you’re in — whatever that may be.
A Host You’ll Recognize: Carson Kressley of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy infamy leads the way here. But otherwise, there are no men allowed. This show is all about women’s issues.
Five-Day Plan: Though the show eschews plastic surgery and other dramatic quick fixes, it still promises “both an internal and external makeover” in just five days. How? Step one: Buy better undergarments.
When to See It: Premieres January 4 on Lifetime.

DVD:Pioneers of Television
Are You the Keymaster? And Other Questions Worth Asking: Was Sigourney Weaver’s dad the brain behind The Tonight Show? Did Pat Boone think early TV shows had a racist bent? Was Regis Philbin once the young sidekick on a TV talk show? The answers to all of those and more are part of this PBS series, which praises the early days of TV.
People You’ll Recognize: The series’ producers interviewed nearly 100 former golden-age stars, including Dick Van Dyke, Jonathan Winters, Bob Barker, Tommy Smothers, and the late Merv Griffin.
In the Golden Age, There Was No Progressive Scan: But today, you’ve got a choice. You can either watch this four-part series — split into mini-documentaries about the sitcom, the variety show, the talk show, and the game show — as it airs on PBS stations this month or get with the times and see it on DVD. It’s your call, Grandpa.
When to See It: On the air beginning January 2. On DVD on January 29.

DVD:Shoot ’Em Up
Stars: Monica Bellucci, Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti
Jane Austen It Ain’t: The title does not lie. This movie is as much an ode to the action flick as it is anything else. It’s short on plot (which has something to do with Clive Owen trying to save a baby) and long on the clich�s of the genre — stuff blowing up, people getting shot, and lots of wisecracking.
Commando It Also Ain’t: Derivative, Shoot ’Em Up is not. To wit, in the opening sequence, Owen defeats some bad guys who are after a pregnant woman and delivers her baby during the shoot-out. The Governator has never done anything like that.
Best Line: Monica Bellucci to Owen, “Who are you?” Owen to Bellucci, “I’m a British nanny, and I’m dangerous.”
When to See It: The DVD hits stores on January 1.

Movie:In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Stars: Jason Statham, Leelee Sobieski, Ray Liotta, Burt Reynolds, Will Sanderson, Brian J. White
Peter Jackson Did Not Direct: It sounds like another Lord of the Rings sequel and the movie does contain magical forces and weird creatures, but there are no hobbits here. Instead there is tough-guy Jason Statham as a reluctant hero. Plus, Burt Reynolds. (!) And the director of this all-out fantasy-action flick is not New Zealand’s Jackson but Germany’s Uwe Boll, who has directed such, ah, interesting films as House of the Dead and Blood Rayne.
Best Line: Statham says, “Today we lick our wounds, bury our dead. Tomorrow we gouge evil from its shell.” Evil on the half shell? Delicious.
When to See It: January 11.