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New Winter TV Shows

The 100
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  • CW
  • Premieres: Wednesday, Mar. 19 at 9/8c

What do you get when you cross The Lord of the Flies, Battlestar Galactica, and [insert any CW show here]? This surprisingly heavy and promising sci-fi drama about incredibly attractive juvenile delinquents who've been tasked with assessing the livability of a post-apocalyptic Earth while the adults wait in an orbiting spaceship to see if the kids are eaten by aliens. Teens will die, and you will enjoy it. (Pro tip: The title's pronounced "The Hundred," not "The One Hundred." Impress your friends.) Henry Ian Cusick, Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Isaiah Washington and future heartthrob Thomas McDonell star.

About a Boy
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  • NBC
  • Premieres: Friday, Feb. 21 at 10/9c

As the man behind Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, producer Jason Katims knows a thing or two about family drama and adapting pre-existing franchises for TV. Here, he tackles Nick Hornsby's 1998 novel (and its 2002 Hugh Grant-starring film adaptation) about a man-child (David Walton) who bonds with the son of his neighbor (Minnie Driver). Walton is destined for stardom, and his chemistry with the affable Driver could make him supernova.

Ali G Rezurection
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  • FXX
  • Premieres: Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10/9c

Booyakasha! This repackaged version of the U.K. cult classic The Ali G Show is a must-see for anyone who loved Borat but missed his humbler beginnings. The British comedy is where Sasha Baron Cohen perfected the art of the intrusive prank interview. This new version will feature six episodes never aired stateside as well as brand-new introductions from Cohen, giving those who are familiar with the original a reason to tune in. (As if watching him troll Pat Buchanan again wasn't enough.)

American Dream Builders
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  • NBC
  • Premieres: Sunday, Mar. 23 at 8/7c

Interior designer Nate Berkus hosts this new reality competition series in which designers, architects, builders and landscapers throw their paint-splattered hats into the ring for a series of weekly elimination challenges that continue until only two competitors remain. The lucky finalists will each have to design and renovate an entire home, with America voting on the winner. Bonus: The finished abodes will be given away to two lucky viewers!

APB with Troy Dunn
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  • TNT
  • Premieres: Friday, Jan. 17 at 10/9c

According to TNT, Troy Dunn is "the nation's foremost expert in locating and reuniting long-lost persons." In this new unscripted series, he'll work real cases all across the country with the help of a social media tie-in app that allows viewers to aid in the investigations.

The Assets
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  • ABC
  • Premieres: Thursday, Jan. 2 at 10/9c

After the success of The Americans on FX, it's not surprising that other networks want to revisit the Cold War. The Assets is ABC's attempt to snag a piece of the spy pie. Set in 1985, this eight-episode limited series is based on the real-life actions of a CIA agent who hunted down one of the biggest moles in U.S. history. Jodie Whittaker stars as Sandy Grimes, the agent in question, while Paul Rhys plays the mole, Aldrich Ames.

Believe
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  • NBC
  • Premieres: Monday, Mar. 10 at 10/9c

The midseason's toughest-to-describe offering follows a young girl with special powers and the ex-convict sent to protect her as they run from a secret cabal trying to capture her and poke her with probes. Phew! Need a good reason to believe in Believe? Gravity's Alfonso Cuarón came back down to Earth and brought along his buddy J.J. Abrams to executive-produce the fantasy/supernatural drama.

Black Sails
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  • Starz
  • Premieres: Saturday, Jan. 25 at 9/8c

Trend, ho! The first product of TV's pirate fascination to hit dry land is a prequel to Robert Lewis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Toby Stephens stars as the dread pirate Captain Flint, a ruthless booty-hunting sea plunderer who patrols the waters of the Caribbean in the 1700s. Pushed to the end of his metaphorical plank by the Royal Navy, Flint teams up with a pretty lass (Hannah New) for his biggest score. And don't worry about a one-and-done, because Starz has already ordered a second season.

Chicago PD
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  • NBC
  • Premieres: Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 10/9c

Dick Wolf is already building his next Law & Order-scale empire with this spin-off of Chicago Fire, on the fine folks of Chicago Police Department's District 21. The squad is split into two divisions—the uniformed cops who patrol the streets, and the plain clothes cops who work the Intelligence Unit headed up by Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), who is not against toeing legal and ethical lines to protect the city he loves. Rounding out his squad are detectives Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda), Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer), and Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush).

Chozen
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  • FX
  • Premieres: Friday, Jan. 13 at 10/9c

Bet you never thought you'd see a primetime animated comedy about a white, gay, ex-convict rapper, but here you go. Voiced by Bobby Moynihan, rapper Chozen is back on the streets with a positive message gleaned from his time on the inside. Expect more than a few butt jokes, because the show comes from the same minds that spawned Eastbound & Down and Archer. The cast also includes Hannibal Burress, Michael Pena, Kathryn Hahn, Method Man, and Nick Swardson.

Crisis
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  • NBC
  • Premieres: Sunday, Mar. 16 at 10/9c

Not to be confused with Hostages on CBS, Crisis is an action thriller that kicks off when a school bus carrying the children of Washington, D.C.'s most elite and powerful people — including the POTUS himself — is ambushed, and all the young'uns are kidnapped. Lance Gross (House of Payne) takes the lead as Secret Service agent Marcus Finley, who's drawn into the situation on his first day on the job. (Maybe he should ask The Blacklist 's Liz Keen for advice?) Gillian Anderson, Rachael Taylor, and Dermot Mulroney also star.

Enlisted
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  • Fox
  • Premieres: Friday, Jan. 10 at 9/8c

Ten-hut! Fox drafted this comedy about three very different brothers working at an Army base in Florida, and it has the potential to be a midseason gem. (Think Stripes with a bit of Police Academy thrown in for good measure.) Geoff Stults stars as the charming leader of a ragtag company of goofballs who polish tanks and fix gear while the real soldiers are off fighting overseas. Chris Lowell and Parker Young co-star as his smarter and younger brothers, respectively.

Growing Up Fisher
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  • NBC
  • Premieres: To Be Announced

J.K. Simmons, Jenna Elfman, Ava Deluca-Verley, and Eli Baker star in this half-hour, single-camera comedy about a dysfunctional family. Parents Mel (Simmons) and Joyce (Elfman) are getting a divorce, but their children don't know it yet. Meanwhile, teenage daughter Katie is obsessed with the '80s and going to the mall, while 11-year-old Henry is reeling from being replaced as his blind father's eyes and ears by a guide dog named Elvis. Just your typical American family stuff, really.

Helix
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  • Syfy
  • Premieres: Friday, Jan. 10 at 10/9c

Frozen-snot 'staches are the least of Dr. Alan Farragut's (Billy Campbell) concerns when he travels to the Arctic with a group of Center for Disease Control specialists to investigate a possible viral outbreak at a state-of-the-art research facility in this drama from Battlestar Galactica write Ronald D. Moore. As Farragut's team gets closer to finding the cause of the disease, they learn that they may also hold the key to preventing the annihilation of the human race. And here they thought they were setting out on a paid vacation!

Killer Women
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  • ABC
  • Premieres: Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 10/9c

The promos for this show like to emphasize the fact that it's executive-produced Sofia Vergara, but perhaps they'd do better to play up the return to television of Battlestar Galactica 's Tricia Helfer, who plays Molly Parker, the only female Texas Ranger on an elite squad committed to justice. She's a ballsy woman who gets things done while her colleagues sit around and wait for her to fail. The series reunites Helfer with former BSG co-star Michael Trucco, who plays Molly's brother Billy. The rest of the cast includes Alex Fernandez, Marta Milans, Jeffrey Nordling, and Marc Blucas.

Late Night with Seth Meyers
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  • Premieres: To Be Announced

Seth Myers, who followed in Jimmy Fallon's footsteps when he took over hosting duties for Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, continues on that same path as he takes over for the Fallon as the new host of Late Night. Because as you may have heard, Fallon will be the new host of The Tonight Show. Let's just hope he lasts longer than Conan O'Brien did.

Looking
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  • HBO
  • Premieres: Sunday, Jan. 19 at 10/9c

HBO's latest comedy is being called the gay male version of Girls. Set in San Francisco, Looking is about three roommates ( Glee 's Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, and Murray Bartlett) who are all looking for love and happiness with various degrees of success. Scott Bakula and Being Human's Russell Tovey also star.

Mixology
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  • ABC
  • Premieres: Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 9/8c

Set in a sexy Manhattan bar, the high-concept comedy from the writers of The Hangover chronicles the exploits of singles in search of love all over the course of one night. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore will write and executive-produce. Kate Simses, Sarah Bolger, Adam Campbell, Vanessa Lengies, Alexis Carra, Ginger Gonzaga, Craig Frank, Blake Lee, Adan Canto and Andrew Santino will star.

Private Lives of Nashville Wives
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  • TNT
  • Premieres: Monday, Feb. 24 at 10/9c

In the same vein as the Real Housewives franchise, and probably helped by ABC's Nashville, this new reality series shadows six opinionated women as they live, work, and try to figure out their lives in the country music capital. One wife is a former soap star, and one of them used to work at Hooters. In other words, be prepared for all kinds of sass and drama.

Rake
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  • Fox
  • Premieres: Thursday, Jan. 23 at 9/8c

An adaptation of the Australian show of the same name, Rake stars Emmy nominee Greg Kinnear as chaotic criminal defense lawyer Keegan Deane. He's brilliant and charming, but also self-destructive to the point that he's in debt to his bookie, he's dodging the IRS, and his main love interest may or may not be a prostitute. The series also stars Miranda Otto as Keegan's ex-wife Maddy, John Ortiz as his best friend Ben, and Necar Zadegan as Ben's wife Scarlet.

Resurrection
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  • ABC
  • Premieres: Sunday, Mar. 9 at 9/8c

Zombies! Sort of. In a small town in Missouri, dead people rise from their graves decades after they went six feet under, causing many a freakout and much confusion. At the center of this existential mystery drama is one undead boy named Jacob, who shows up on his parents' (Kurtwood Smith, Frances Fisher) doorstep 30 years after he died. Naturally this causes some concern for his folks, as well as the sheriff (Matt Craven) whose wife drowned trying to save Jacob.

The Spoils of Babylon
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  • IFC
  • Premieres: Thursday, Jan. 9 at 10/9c

The Thornbirds. Falcon Crest. And now The Spoils of Babylon. Funny Or Die's Adam McKay and Will Ferrell wring the decadent soaps of the '80s into a parody miniseries with a stellar cast. Based on a fake book written by one of the characters, it tells the story of the Morehouse family, who rise from Texas rags to Wall Street riches. Ferrell, Tim Robbins, Kristen Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, and Haley Joel Osment headline the OMG cast.

Star-Crossed
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  • CW
  • Premieres: Monday, Feb. 17 at 8/7c

Aimee Teegarden of Friday Night Lights fame is going back to high school on The CW's newest sci-fi drama. When an alien race known as the Atrians landed on Earth several years ago, a young human girl befriended a young alien boy who was then captured. Several years later, a small group of aliens is assimilated into the human school system, allowing Teegarden's character Emery to be reunited with the now fully grown and very attractive alien hunk (Matt Lanter) she thought died long ago. Malese Jow and Grey Damon also star.

True Detective
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  • HBO
  • Premieres: Sunday, Jan. 12 at 9/8c

Looking for a slightly sunshinier version of The Killing? Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey brood around Louisiana as detectives who reopen a murder case they worked in 1995 in this visually stunning new mystery anthology series. As the men work the case in present day, flashbacks intertwine and reveal buried truths about what really happened 17 years ago.

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